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Old 08-26-2016, 09:02 AM   #21
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We have been doing this RV thing for 5 seasons now and by far we prefer the COE/State and Federal Campgrounds in the midwest. Sometimes when we go to a new location we try to scout out a private "Resort" in places and are quickly disappointed. This year, we stayed at our first private campground in the smoky mountains. The price was nearly what you would pay for a hotel room and I was ok with that. It was highly recommended and had excellent reviews. The place was really really nice and well kept. The bathrooms were as clean as I have ever seen in a CG or even some hotels. The sites backed to a mountain stream. There was an excellent camp store and the owners were an absolute delight. The down side is we were not able to relax as we are accustomed to. People and kids walking by our site nearly every few minutes. Golf cart and gator's running around doing maintenance and things. Open your door and you get to look at the retired couples RV literally feet away. As much as our kids loved the playground, we wouldn't let them ride their bikes as nothing was paved and there was fairly constant traffic. Everything was so compact that it was easy to loose site of them. We realized that type of Camping is not for us and our family. Everyone does better winding down and just casting a line in the water or taking a bike ride when you want. Simple things...and might I add at 75% less of a cost. I would without a doubt recommend our smoky mountain campground to anyone, it was just not for us and how we like to relax.
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Old 08-26-2016, 09:29 AM   #22
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We are at Swan Bay Resort in the Thousand Islands right now. Paid $75 a night for full hook up 30AMP site, they charge more for 50amp on the exact same site. Sure it's pricey, but it's also all brand new, level concrete pads, paver patios, right on the river. I wouldn't consider it camping at all as there's not many trees and there is a price chopper right outside the park. The rules here are strict, no campers without full hook ups, no tents, etc, but that's also nice. You don't see any junk RVs here nor any kids just looking for somewhere to drink and be loud.
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Old 08-26-2016, 09:35 AM   #23
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price chopper?
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Old 08-26-2016, 09:39 AM   #24
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Grocery store. Nice to have though, for anything you forgot or run out of. Nice walking path from park to the store.
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Old 08-26-2016, 12:00 PM   #25
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Sounds like you need it $75 a night. :-)
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Old 08-26-2016, 12:18 PM   #26
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Lake Hartwell

Back to the original poster - we stayed at Springfield at Lake Hartwell SC COE (really GA/SC line) and we had a reserved site right on the water that I picked out. I used the Recreation.gov site to do that and it was only $26. Well worth it to know your site - try it out!!
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Old 09-20-2016, 08:29 PM   #27
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I stayed 2 nights at swan bay last year. We where by the boat dock. Nothing but boaters going to store for food and beer. Did they ever get the boat taxi going from that dock?
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