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Places we have been.

Rocky Point Park

Rocky Point Park

Rating: ⭐⭐
Location:  Texarkana, Texas
Site Quality:  Asphalt roads and pads throughout the park. 
Each site has a picnic table, grill, utility table and fire ring. 
Type:  Corps of Engineers
Access:  Easy access from highway 59 going south from Texarkana. The roads into the park should be thoroughly researched prior to arrival as it can be a bit difficult to go into the right one. Our navigation system showed roads that were not actually there.
Staff:  The park attendant who checked us in was very helpful and friendly. Beyond that we saw very little of the staff unlike recent parks we have stayed at where they were constantly busy.
Amenities:  Water and electric only in our site (C10). Three bath houses within the camping area.  Two of them were older and in need of some maintenance but the third was better. Dump station (2), Fishing pier, boat ramp and boat dock, playground, swim beach. 
Cellular/WiFi:  AT&T and Verizon 2 bars without amplification. With amplification it was 5 bars and we got 12.6 Mb on AT&T and 7 Mb on Verizon.
What we liked:  Large sites many with lake views. Nice lake and sunset views from our site. Satellite worked on site C10 but likely most other sites would not get reception due to trees.
What we didn’t like: No sewer hookup at site C10. Full sun in the late afternoon was very hot. Lots of bugs – particularly love bugs, mosquitos and gnats. A bit pricey for not having full hookups ($26 per night). Our fire pit was left full of trash from a prior camper including beer cans, plastic oil containers, etc. The staff here didn’t seem to do any cleaning after each campsite was vacated – this seems to be something we consistently notice at the COE parks we have visited. Grass around the site needed to be mowed.

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White Oak Lake State Park

White Oak Lake State Park

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Location:  Bluff City, Arkansas
Site Quality:  Asphalt roads and pads throughout the park. Mostly 30A back in spots but there are 5 pull through sites. Only 3 sites are 50A (A1, B25 and C27).   
Type:  State Park
Access:  From Interstate 30 go east on either Arkansas 53 or 24 to Arkansas 387. Some smaller roads but pretty easy even for a larger rig.
Staff:  The park attendant who checked us in was very helpful and friendly.
Amenities:  Water and electric only. Bath house in the camping area was clean.  Dump station, Fishing pier and boat dock. Boat rentals on site including fishing boats, canoes, kayaks and pedal boats. You can also rent fishing gear as well as bicycles. Several hiking and bicycle trails of various lengths.
Cellular/WiFi:  AT&T and Verizon 3 bars but we had data issues using the amplifier and MiFi devices but our phones worked pretty well without amplification. 
What we liked: Gorgeous park with lots of trees. Spacious sites. Site B25 had good satellite reception (C27 likely would as well) but many of the other sites likely wouldn’t due to trees. Hiking trails. 
What we didn’t like: Only a few 50A sites. Some roads were a bit narrow for our rig but they were manageable. No sewer hookups. Cellular data was inconsistent. Lots of bugs.

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Woolly Hollow State Park

Woolly Hollow State Park

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Location:  Greenbrier, Arkansas
Site Quality:  Asphalt roads and pads throughout the park. Mostly back in spots but there are 2 pull through sites (1 and 14) although they may be too short for our rig (particularly #1).   
Type:  State Park
Access:  Access is from Highway 65 which is a good road with 2 to 4 lanes from Missouri southbound. The highway goes right through the heart of the Ozarks and is very hilly with many curves in spots. It was not particularly difficult to navigate but going through Harrison the lanes were very narrow. From 65 you go east on Arkansas highway 285 about 6 miles to the park.
Staff:  The park attendant who checked us in was very helpful and friendly.
Amenities:  Fishing pier and small store in the park. Bath house in the camping area. Swim beach and snack bar both open during the summer months (up to Labor Day) when it appears the park can get quite busy. Boat rentals on site including fishing boats, canoes, kayaks and pedal boats.
Cellular/WiFi:  AT&T and Verizon 1 bar with marginal data and phone capability even with the booster. Some folks at the park said they had gotten better cell signal in prior trips so it’s possible there was an intermittent issue while we were there.
What we liked: Gorgeous park nestled in hills with lots of trees. 30 AAA sites with 50A full hookups (sites 1-30). 20 of these have tent pads as well as an RV site. Site 8 had good satellite reception but most of the other sites likely wouldn’t due to trees.
What we didn’t like: Our site had a significant slope back to front. Marginal cellular service AT&T and Verizon.

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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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