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Cooper Creek – Branson

Cooper Creek – Branson

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Location:  Branson, Missouri
Site Quality:  Asphalt roads throughout the park with gravel pull thru and back in spots.
Type:  Commercial
Access: From highway 65, take the highway 76 Country Blvd exit (center lane to turn then get into the left lane as soon as possible) then go 1.2 miles West to Fall Creek Rd (Yellow route south). Go left (south) 1.6 miles then take a slight left onto River Valley Rd. Follow the signs to the campground. Even though this goes into Branson on highway 76 it’s not too bad even with a big rig. The road is hilly and busy but you turn off before the main area of Branson attractions.
Staff: Friendly and helpful but at times a bit odd. The did look out for us and move us to higher ground before potential flooding rains which was great but sometimes seemed to have a bit of a negative disposition. Overall, more positive than negative.
Amenities:  Cable TV, pool (2 but only one was open), store, laundry facilities along with showers and restrooms, horseshoes, basketball court, tornado shelter. Marina on site with fishing and boat rental opportunities. There are also cabins for rent and a playground for kids.
Cellular/WiFi:  AT&T and Verizon 1 bar (phones) with decent speeds (6 Mbps Verizon / 5 Mbps AT&T) when using the booster. WiFi was available but we did not use it.
What we liked: Felt safe and secure. Our sites (#84 and #8) had lots of shade from large trees.
What we didn’t like: Satellite did not work but only because of the shade trees. Free CATV is included so that was an alternative. Speed limit is 5 MPH but many people were going through the park at least at 20 MPH.

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Springfield / Route 66 KOA

Springfield / Route 66 KOA

Rating:  
Location:  Springfield, Missouri
Site Quality:  Gravel roads throughout the park with gravel pull thru and back in spots.
Type:  Commercial
Access:  Just off Interstate 44 on Farm Road 140. Take exit 70 (MM) and go south about a block to 140 then east to the park. Fairly easy for a big rig although some of the trees on 140 were pretty low. When full, some of the park roads could also be difficult to navigate due to shorter sites with minimal room to park a tow vehicle.
Staff: Friendly and helpful.
Amenities:  Cable TV, Pool, dump station, propane on site, store, limited restaurant, laundry facilities along with showers and restrooms.
Cellular/WiFi:  AT&T and Verizon 2 bars and decent speeds (5 Mbps Verizon / 3 Mbps AT&T). WiFi was available but we did not use it since it was an open system.
What we liked: Felt safe and secure. Our site (#22) had lots of shade from large trees.
What we didn’t like: Our site was a bit small for our coach plus truck. Previously we had been put in a premium site when we stayed one night and it was a bit longer (sites 65-67, 72 and 73). Any of the sites 65 through 74 should be slightly longer. Sites 21 through 33 seem to be some of the shortest. We had to park the truck sideways across the front of the site partially on the grass. Satellite did not work but only because of the shade trees. Free CATV is included so that is an alternative. There is is a busy train track adjacent to the park with associated horn noise all night. 

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Tulsa NE / Will Rogers Downs KOA – Claremore

Tulsa NE / Will Rogers Downs KOA – Claremore

Rating:  
Location:  Claremore, Oklahoma
Site Quality:  Gravel roads throughout the park with gravel pull thru and back in spots. In addition some spots were just grass.
Type:  Commercial
Access:  About 3 miles off Interstate 44 (Turner Turnpike) off highway 20 East of Claremore with good access for big rigs.
Staff: Friendly and helpful.
Amenities:  Laundry facilities along with showers and restrooms.
Cellular/WiFi:  AT&T and Verizon 4 bars and decent speeds (7.78 Mbps Verizon / 7.69 Mbps AT&T). WiFi was available but we did not use it.
What we liked:  Quiet, peaceful atmosphere. Felt safe. Site (#37) was more than large enough for a 41′ RV and the truck. The Cherokee Casino is adjacent to the RV park. This could be good or bad but they did have a cheap restaurant with decent food.
What we didn’t like: Will Rogers Downs is adjacent to the park although the season did not start for another week when we stayed there (August 30, 2018). Again, this could be both good and bad depending on your preference. Some sites backed up to the track so you could watch the races from your RV.

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Pioneer RV Park – Guthrie

Pioneer RV Park – Guthrie

Rating:
Location:  Guthrie, Oklahoma
Site Quality:  Gravel roads throughout the park with gravel pull thru and back in spots.
Type:  Commercial
Access:  About a half mile off Interstate 35 on East Seward Rd. with decent access for big rigs.
Staff: Friendly and helpful. We needed some branches trimmed and the owner’s wife came right away and took care of it.
Amenities:  Laundry facilities along with showers and restrooms. Store with minimal restaurant and Propane for sale.
Cellular/WiFi:  AT&T and Verizon 4 bars and decent speeds (2-4 Mbps Verizon / 17 Mbps AT&T). WiFi was available but we did not use it.
What we liked:  Quiet, peaceful atmosphere. Felt safe. Site (#35) was big enough for a 41′ RV and the truck.
What we didn’t like: Was a bit tight navigating for a rig our size. We were also very close to our next door neighbor. We really wouldn’t have much of an opportunity to be outside at our site here.

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Kanopolis State Park – Marquette

Kanopolis State Park – Marquette

Rating:  
Location: Marquette, Kansas
Site Quality:  Paved roads gravel pads (Sumac Loop). Back in spots throughout the park. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring.
Type:  State Park
Access:  Easy access from Interstate 70 or 135 but 15 to 20 miles in and off state hwy 141.
Staff: Friendly and helpful.
Amenities:  Showers and restrooms (not in Sumac loop though),  playground for kids. There is a swim area and boat launches as well as other facilities but we did not use any of these.
Cellular/WiFi:  AT&T and Verizon 2 bars and decent speeds (>22Mbps on AT&T but Verizon was a bit slower). WiFi was not available.
What we liked:  Quiet, peaceful atmosphere. Felt safe. Our site (#13) was spacious enough for the rig and truck although our truck had to sit on the grass a bit.
What we didn’t like: Do not get truck passes online. At the park they are $5 per day, online a one day pass was $13 after additional fees. There are booths or self-pay stations to get these on site. The facilities in the Sumac loop were starting to edge toward being a bit run down. The picnic tables for example could use new wood tops. Also some of the pavement was quite uneven in some sites from tree roots. We could not get DirecTV but only because of a tree blocking our view of the southern sky.

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