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Old 07-03-2016, 09:14 AM   #1
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Is it ok to just go and look at a campground that you are intrested in staying out,if so what do you tell them at the front desk
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Old 07-03-2016, 09:18 AM   #2
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Just tell them that you are thinking of staying there and would it be ok to look around? I've never been refused, and if it ever did happen I probably would not want to stay there anyway.
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Old 07-03-2016, 09:35 AM   #3
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Just tell them that you are thinking of staying there and would it be ok to look around? I've never been refused, and if it ever did happen I probably would not want to stay there anyway.
Thats what we do and have never been denied until last week. A small campground on the east side of Flathead Lake wanted to charge us $5 to drive through in our Jeep. We were quite surprised.
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While it might not be the best option, I use Google Earth to look camp grounds over. I like to look at the surrounding area, not just the camp grounds.
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Old 07-03-2016, 10:16 AM   #5
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Most CG's around here you can just drive thru. Generally there's an office, but no traffic control check point. Our State Parks in Michigan are the exception. They have controlled access.
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Just tell them that you are thinking of staying there and would it be ok to look around? I've never been refused, and if it ever did happen I probably would not want to stay there anyway.
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I have found that most CGs will allow you to drive through if you ask.... and that the gate attendant at most state parks, COE parks, etc. issue a temporary pass which allows you to drive through their campground.

BTW I've never stayed at a park without looking it over 1st.

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I've never been refused when asking to drive through a CG.
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I guess I would have to take the position that if I was charged or refused the ability to preview with a drive through where I might spend my money, I would choose to spend my money elsewhere.


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Pretty much what everyone else has said. Ask at the gate, tell them you'd like to look it over, and you'll almost always be welcomed and allowed in. We've never been turned away when visiting like that.

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For state parks you may have to pay the day use fee of a couple of dollars. We self pay when an attendant is not available.
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I'm presently working at a private campground and potential guests are welcomed to check out our sites!!
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Old 07-03-2016, 02:15 PM   #12
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We have only checked a campground out after we had to book at another because our first choice was full. So happy we stayed at our second choice. The first campground looked like it was a modern day version of a work camp from the 1930's. Today I do not think there is any really good reason for poor up keep and extreme overcrowding.
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The only preview, I have ever been refused was at A TX State Park. At Falcon Lake, we were in a PU and just wanted to drive through and check out the camping area.
I now buy and use the annual pass, but have never been back to Falcon.
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The COE parks around us here in Arkansas will gladly let you drive through for free to find your spot...
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