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Old 07-30-2012, 10:13 AM   #1
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State Parks VS Private Owned

Which do you prefer? I'm new to TT travel and I've only stayed in 3 St. Parks so far. I've visited a private owned park and I do like the personal attention I rcvd just as a visitor. So, this is why I asked...."which do you prefer"?
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Old 07-30-2012, 12:21 PM   #2
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1st choice is Corps of Engineers (COE) parks. They seem to be the best maintained.
2nd choice is state parks. Not as well maintained but that really depends on the state you are in.
3rd choice is private/commercial. Sites are usually too close together and overpriced.
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Old 07-30-2012, 01:38 PM   #3
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110% on tnchuck's #3 above. Thus far (still a newbie) we've stayed in only one State Park (Lake Catherine, AR) and it was excellent. The CG's were mostly immaculate and we had a FHU (a prerequisite for me). We've stayed in several private CG's that have been very nice but the pads are always close together. Private CG's usually have a collection of full-timers and work campers living in. The work guys/gals usually leaving early (for some reason they drive a high percentage of diesels) and if you are near the exit it can get a little noisy. All that said I have found the people to be a little (not a lot) more friendly and outgoing at the private CG's.
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I've been camping all my life. I prefer our state parks that are run by the army corp of engineers. They are clean and well run. The rules are few but enforced.
Private campgrounds seem to have plenty of activities to entertain. However, they are louder and sometimes wilder. Once, very recently, we stayed at a private campground, and my head thumped for 3 days after from the neighbors music. No patrol to tell him to keep down, or to put his pit bull on a leash.
Ohio State Parks has my vote.
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Old 07-30-2012, 03:01 PM   #5
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Good input JOF members, I really appreciate it!
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Old 07-30-2012, 03:24 PM   #6
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We really pretty much stopped going to state parks. Often filled with 20 something partiers, who know the park rangers leave after 10. I agree that the private campgrounds are getting pricey, and often the sites are close together, especially the pull through sites. I was at a park last year where one campers awning was about 6 inches from the next camper. Thats nuts.
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State Parks here in Minnesota do not offer Water at the sites which is one of the biggest reasons I do not stay at State Parks.
The other reason is the sites are rather close to each other and very tight to get in and out.
Another reason is State Parks do not have much to offer as amenaties go (no pools or play grounds for our grandkids).
The last reason is as stated earlier, the private campgrounds are a little more personal and have a few more amenaties to offer.
The price is nice compared to private campgrounds, but the price is not enough to change my reservations!!
That's my two cents worth! :hihi:
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Georgia and South Carolina have some great State parks. Peggy and I mostly use the Ga. State parks. The C.O.E. parks are well maintained here also. Only stayed in 1 privately owned campground. It was very nice, but we found it a little more expensive.
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Which do you prefer? I'm new to TT travel and I've only stayed in 3 St. Parks so far. I've visited a private owned park and I do like the personal attention I rcvd just as a visitor. So, this is why I asked...."which do you prefer"?
We really like the COE parks here in Missouri, the camp sites tend to be a little more spread out and better maintained than the State Park sites.
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Both, they are just different experiences.
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