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Old 10-14-2010, 08:38 AM   #11
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Pond Lady, are you sure you are not at a RV sales lot? Youroo!!
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Old 10-14-2010, 08:42 AM   #12
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When I camp, I want to be in the woods, not in a converted pasture where the owners have packed so many sites in, you can watch your neighbor bathe. There are picnic tables jammed between the sites, no place to park the TV. They advertise cable, but it's non existent according to neighbors. They advertise wi-fi, but it's censored by the owners. It's their wi-fi, so they can censor whatever they wish, but I think we should be told before we contract to pay and stay.
Youtube, facebook and trip advisor is blocked. Probably more but I haven't looked. I picked up an iPad so I could get unrestricted access.
In the office, they have a paper that states they will not accept money unless it has 'In God we Trust" displayed prominently. I was tempted to get a Magic Marker and use it before I paid. Bet they would have taken it. I have no problem with anyone's belief system as long as they do not try to impose it on me. I am quite old enough to have figured out my own, thank you very much.
Table Rock had no spaces or we would have been there. Serves us right for not making reservation ahead.
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Old 10-14-2010, 08:43 AM   #13
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YouRoo, as the advance scout, I can tell you that I have run into hostile territory. I will continue to scout for a proper FROG rally location.
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Old 10-14-2010, 09:00 AM   #14
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You go girl!! Youroo!!
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Old 10-14-2010, 12:29 PM   #15
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I'm sorry to hear of your bad experience at America's Best. We stayed there in July and did notice some of the things you are remarking about, but found that they weren't much worse, or better for that matter, than most other campgrounds. We scouted around at some of the other "highly rated" campgrounds in Branson and found them all to be very similar to ABC. Most are very hilly and their definition of level is similar to the IRS definition of a fair and equitable tax code. A few of the campgrounds I would be just plain scared to drive into because of the tight turns and severe slopes. I certainly wouldn't rate ABC as a 5 star as Woodalls does, but it was adequate for our needs.

As for the religious aspects of the campground, that is pretty universal in Branson. It bills itself as old time America and part of that is the religious values. It is also the only place I have ever been where before every show I was asked to stand and be honored as a vet. As a Vietnam Era Vet I can tell you that felt pretty good and I can put up with some preaching to finally be recognized after 40 years. Branson is Vegas without the gambling and the hookers, but with a religious twist.
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Old 10-14-2010, 07:50 PM   #16
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First of all,thank you for your service to our country?
Second, I think I am used to state parks, not private ones. We left Branson and are now in a corps of engineers park in Mountain Home, AR. The Corps of Engineers sure does parks better than New Orleans levees.
Pics follow after some exploring.
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Old 10-15-2010, 12:06 AM   #17
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Also sorry to hear about your experience at ABC. We live 40 miles to the north in Springfield, Missouri and frequent all Table Rock campgrounds spring through the fall(no private campgrounds, only C.O.E. & Table Rock State Park campground. As far as being really close to Branson, you can't beat the State Park. But if you only wanted to drive just a few more miles(south), please consider Old Highway 86 campground(C.O.E.) A well kept secret of the locals here and those who have discovered it searching for nearby spots. It is very clean, with many water/electric sites. No sewer, but you won't be disappointed with the restrooms, or just bring your Barker. The sites are on a level arm of land with beautiful views of the lake. You can see The Branson Belle all lite up at night, and during the day see the Shepard Of The Hills Tower & Chateau Of The Lake.
Everyone has their own favorite places to watch fireworks on the 4th of July, but if you are passing through at that time of year, the City of Branson campground right by the Branson Landing we've heard is really nice. You don't even have to leave your trailer to see a great display. But some people want more than a parking lot to camp in, even though you are within walking distance to shopping, entertainment, & hardly any driving to speak of. I believe they offer W/S/& E.
My wife & I don't pay double the price for a campspot unless we have to, that's why we stay at C.O.E. campgrounds.
One of the best campgrounds near Silver Dollar City(privately owned) is Compton Ridge. We have heard from several local campers about this one, & they have a huge Halloween party that many keep returning year after year. Many have elaborate displays they set up on their campsites, with several awesome we're told.
Good luck & hope you give Branson another visit!
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