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Friday, May 22, 2009


Our Opinion: Recommend - but only if you don’t mind road noise.

Date of Stay: May 21 through 25, 2009

Weather During Stay: High’s in the upper 70’s or 80, lows in the 40’s. Sunny and clear.

Site Description: Our site, number 22, is a long, level, narrow terrace, at the top of a fairly steep hill. The small (50 site) campground is all downhill from here. We have plenty of length for our 40’ motorhome and our Jeep, either front or rear. The terrace is narrow, but we have sufficient space for our chairs, a small picnic table, and our grill on the side of the motorhome.

All sites have FHU, with 20/30/50 amps. Cable TV is provided, with 98 channels. All sites are terraced, and about half are pull-throughs. Very nice landscaping.

Rate: $31.85 plus a 1% “travel tax”. 10% discount for AAA or Good Sam. We used the AAA discount, so paid $28.95 per night.

Phone/radio/TV: Verizon cells phones and the aircard work well here. No local TV stations on the antenna, but there are no obstacles for satellite TV and cable TV is provided. Local NPR is available on 89.5. WiFi is available in all sites for $2.25/night, $12.50/week, or $15.75/month.

Elevation/Landscape/Terrain: This small park, about 1000’ feet elevation, is built on terraces carved from a rather steep hillside.

The landscaping is very appealing, with a trees and shrubbery at every site. Because of the hillside’s slope, views are great, especially from our top-of-the-hill site: neighbors rooftops, lush landscaping, and distant views of heavily forested mountains.

Lighting/Noise: Night lighting is unobtrusive. The big problem with this park is it’s proximity to I-5 and the heavy traffic noise. This bothers Odel far less than it does me, and probably wouldn’t bother the hard of hearing at all! I would be somewhat reticent to return for that reason.

Favorite Sites: Site 22 is very nice, one of the larger sites, situated at the top of the hill. Backins in the 4-10 range look special, too - but most of the sites here seem very acceptable.

Hiking/Walking: Nothing interesting at the park. One mile down a steep paved road is a large city park along the Rogue River. The frisbee golf course there was very busy, and the walking looked pleasant. The area around Grants Pass abounds with hiking and other outdoor activities.

Comments: If this park was ½ a mile from the interstate, it would get an unqualified Rave rating. The first night, I slept with earplugs and closed windows - but found I adjusted as the days went by. If we stay in Grants Pass again, I would be likely explore other, quieter, options - but Odel is quite happy here.

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