Emporia, Kansas

Emporia RV ParkOther reviewers at rvparkreviews.com

June, 2015

The Lowe’s overall rating = 4 out of 10 stars

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Note the car carrier truck screaming down the road just a few yards behind Betsy.  NOISY!!!

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This could be a decent park at a better location

 

Noise level and overall “feel” of the park?
Hands-down the noisiest park we’ve ever been to, and we’ve stayed at
over 250 of them.  Terrible noise from the freeway that passed right
next to the park, plus trains going by at all hours!  That’s what drove
our rating for this park down so far.  Even if it was the greatest park
in the world in all other respects, the noise problem made it almost
impossible to bear.  Sleeping here was a challenge, and we didn’t
see folks sitting outside enjoying the quiet – there wasn’t any!  The
park manager was only onsite between 4:00pm-7:00pm daily, but
fortunately we didn’t require any assistance after checking in.
This was a very busy “one-nighter” for most people passing through,
but we stayed four nights so we could check out some area
attractions.

Road and site access/type?
Gravel interior roads and sites.  Most sites were pull-throughs and
easy to access.

Spaciousness/levelness of sites?
Site spacing was tight, no sense of privacy.  We needed our jacks
and blocks to level, and noticed several other coaches with their
wheels off the ground in order to get level.  The length of the sites
was good, we were able to park our coach with the car behind it
without obstructing the road.

Utilities and WiFi/cell reception?
The full hookup 50-amp power was adequate.  We ran our air
conditioner often and noted the voltage hovered at 110 volts when
our neighbor ran his AC off the shared electrical post.  Water
pressure was good, and the area is noted for having excellent
water quality.  The signal to our Verizon phones and hotspot was
awesome, and our internet was blazing fast.

Picnic table and/or fire pit?
Table only, and it was a sturdy one.

Bathrooms/showers/laundry room?
The laundry room was small, but not bad.  It had 3 washers, 3
dryers and a small table that could be used for folding.  The
bathrooms and showers were old, but clean.  Showers had small
benches or chairs for the goodies.

Pet and/or kid friendly?
Keep your pet on-leash here, or it might get smashed on the
freeway!  This was definitely a “stopover” park, and not a
place for enjoying time with the kids and dogs.

Bike/walking trails nearby?
Forget it!  We did lots of walking at the Tallgrass Prairie National
Preserve about 20 miles away, and some other shorter trails closer
by.  Nothing available near the park, though.

Grocery stores and other services nearby?
The Walmart was about 3 miles away, and it was a good one.
Dillons was 5 miles away, and not so good – old and small.  The
Bobby D’s restaurant downtown was excellent, as was the Radius
Brewing Company across the street from it.  Some other services
could also be found in this medium-sized town.

Comments:
Why did we stay here, knowing in advance how terrible the noise
was?  It’s really the only game in town for folks who want to visit
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, and we enjoyed the good food
and atmosphere in the town of Emporia.  It’s just the incessant
traffic and train noise that don’t allow me to give it a higher
rating.  It’s a so-so park in a horrible location.