We stayed at the Lake Livingston / Onalaska KOA in late October of 2019 as we were heading back to the Round Rock Area from our tour of the Southeast. The first part of the stay we met up with good friends, Tammie and Peter, for three days with their new RV. The first two of those days, the weather didn’t cooperate. We woke up on the third to a gorgeous day. The sky was clear and it was warm enough to be comfortable but cool enough at night to have a campfire while sitting outside and watching the World Series game 5, Houston Astros beat the Washington Nationals. It was a great four days with them relaxing, catching up, and making new memories. Peter is a great cook and made dinner twice! So glad we can look forward to camping with them in the future.…
Site Quality: Concrete roads and pads. Long enough for our rig and truck. Sites are fairly wide and have nice patios along with a picnic table and grill.
Type: Commercial Park
Access: About 2 miles south of I-10 in Sulphur, LA (Just West of Lake Charles).
Staff: Staff interaction was good. They moved us from a shorter back-in site into a pull-through.
Amenities: Two swimming pools, one just for adults. Propane on site. Playground, fishing pond, laundry facilities, restrooms/showers, gym/recreation room. Free cable TV and WiFi.
Cellular/WiFi: Verizon and AT&T were both good. They had WiFi but we did not use it.
What we liked: Easy access, nice clean park. Quite a few long term residents but the park strictly enforces rules to keep the park looking great. Good access to stores and restaurants nearby. Lots of stuff going on in Lake Charles if you stay longer. We were only here overnight.
What we didn’t like: A tree next to our site could have been trimmed up a bit. I-10 in Louisiana is horribly rough with a lot of construction both particularly bad near Lafayette. We had been through that area about a year before and honestly not much seems to have changed. It will be quite some time before the construction is completed. Probably not a good place to be in the summer.
Verdict: Great stop along I-10 for an overnight or longer.
Buccaneer State Park was pretty and reminded us a bit of Tyler State park in Texas. When we booked, the only place we could get more than a week in a site large enough for our trailer was Royal Cay. Even when we got there, a sign on the office window said they were booked up although that was taken down later in the week. What we found was that there were always numerous empty sites in the park. In our loop there were never more than 4 or 5 campers there in a loop of 57 sites. We were pretty much all by ourselves in the back of the loop. While we liked the seclusion, Royal Cay was the least desirable loop with gravel pads and no picnic tables, grills or fire rings. We also had a train track about 100′ away and although they didn’t use their horns they were still quite loud when they passed by at all hours of the day and night. We likely would have preferred to be in another loop particularly since they weren’t as booked as they indicated.…
When looking for a place to stay for a few days near Mobile, AL we were originally a little skeptical when it came to All About Relaxing. For one thing, the name was a bit different than any other park we have stayed – don’t get us wrong we are all about relaxing but it was just different. Mostly though it was the reviews for the place. It was difficult to find much of anyone with anything negative to say. We thought that it just sounded too good to be true. After our stay I’d say that while the reviews were a little more positive than I thought they should be – this was a very nice place to stay. It’s gated so you felt like security was pretty good compared to most places. The park was also extremely clean and well maintained. Our only real complaints are that the sites are a bit close together but we have stayed in worse and navigation was somewhat difficult in a big rig. It was impossible to get in or out of our site without going over some of the landscaping.…
We had seen damage from Hurricane Michael around Eastpoint, FL although most of it had been repaired and rebuilt. There were no road issues and only a few buildings still under reconstruction. There were a few that likely never will be rebuilt. The trip from Eastpoint to Navarre was different. Mexico Beach, about 50 miles from Eastpoint was where Michael came ashore. US-98 through town was still being detoured for several blocks due to damage. Probably 50% or more of the buildings were still being rebuilt. From there to Panama City about 50 miles away showed the destructive power of a category 5 storm even a year later. Pine trees and Palms seem to weather the storms well but other types of trees, some a foot or more in diameter were broken off about 30 feet in the air. After seeing all this, we were glad we made the decision to flee the Orlando area because of Hurricane Dorian even though it ended up staying offshore.…