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Old 03-28-2016, 11:22 AM   #1
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Private vs Public Campgrounds

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Just returned from a trip to branson without the RV. This is a rare one for us for sure....we did miss the Camper for sure. The place we stayed was really nice but the beds were awful. My wife actually said when we woke up after the first morning that we should have camped....that how bad they were. But thats another topic.

We scoped out 4 campgrounds on the west side of town and I was disappointed to say the lease about the private CG offering. Compton Ridge (Closed and re opened last season) Now named something else was in my opinion run down and not really worth the price. Acorn Acres....Aside from the Junk yard at the entrance was alright but My wife did not approve. The Wilderness was very small, tight and cramped but prob the cleanest. Table rock state park was also a winner, however no shade in the FHU sites is a deal breaker.

In 5 years we have only stayed in one Privately owned CG and that was for an overnight stop while traveling... I think that the Midwestern State parks, COE and City/County parks have spoiled me and they are typically 1/2 the cost of most of the private offerings.
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Old 03-28-2016, 11:34 AM   #2
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Mill Creek west of Branson looks like a really nice campground. All the pics I've seen have shown nice sites on the lake with asphalt streets/sites trimmed with windsor stone. Definitely on our list when we are in the area.
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Old 03-28-2016, 11:40 AM   #3
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We prefer public campgrounds over all. We only stay in a private one if there are not any other options or we need a monthly rate. Other than that, public all the way.
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I choose state parks 99.9% of the time. I am not usually at a spot more than 4 days so I don't need full hookups. We like state parks because the spots are more wooded and more like camping instead of being parked in a trailer park. I can get more camping per year done at state and fed parks for my camping budget.
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Old 03-28-2016, 11:45 AM   #5
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Tall Pines C/G is where we stay,Rated in the Top 3% of all US C/G! Good enough for us! Youroo!! Also their Site "Does Not List" Good Sam or PassPort America,BUT they DO offer it at Check In? Figure That? 50% off is 50% OFF!
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Old 03-28-2016, 11:50 AM   #6
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I choose state parks 99.9% of the time. I am not usually at a spot more than 4 days so I don't need full hookups. We like state parks because the spots are more wooded and more like camping instead of being parked in a trailer park. I can get more camping per year done at state and fed parks for my camping budget.
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Old 03-28-2016, 12:04 PM   #7
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Campgrounds are a crap shoot. I have seen beautiful pictures of some campgrounds that must have been taken when it was brand new a 100 years ago or the website builder found them on the internet somewhere.

The Midwest does have some great local campgrounds, not so many on the East Coast. We stay in a wide variety of both private and public. If we like it we go back, if not we don't. Sometimes you have no choice. Also will depend on the seasons. We have a couple of state park campgrounds in NC/SC that I won't go to because they are in rough shape, there are others that we go to again and again. The private ones are getting expensive, we looked at one that we have stayed at before and it was $78 a night in peak season and is packed. Not our cup of tea.

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Old 03-28-2016, 12:30 PM   #8
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I have stayed at Compton Ridge and am a member of Ocean Canyon.... It is a little more run down than some but has everything you need... We were there over Thanksgiving and had a blast.... It was "after season" so the store was not so stocked but the indoor pool was nice for the kids.... Will stay there again.... Want to see while trees are green and then changing colors


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Table Rock state park is very nice. We stayed there a week a few years ago.
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It depends what you are looking for of course. Federal sites appear to be good especially if you have the Federal discount programs available to you. Make sure you get the discount passes well ahead of travel. The state sites seem to have older CCC origins and have more limited services. Lacking water and dump stations more often and can cost more to non-residents, especially if you tow extra vehicle. County and city run sites seem to have more complete services. We all have our favorites.
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