Trek to Lower Alabama
Fairhope, AL - Events of Wednesday, October 7 to Friday, October 9, 2015
From the Knoxville area, we headed farther south toward Lower Alabama on Wednesday morning. Our first overnight stop was at River Country Campground located on the Coosa River in Gadsden, AL.
River Country Campground has 132 pull-through sites and 62 waterfront back-ins. The campground has partially paved roads and gravel pads. There is a boat launch, a large swimming pool, a conference center and a chapel. Most of the sites have full hookups with 30/50-amp electric except for 46 overflow sites that have only water and 30-amp electric. There is also free Wi-fi that was fairly fast most of the time and free cable. There is also a strong Verizon 4G signal in the area.
We got a nice pull-through on the end of the row. Most of the sites are very close together; but it looks like when the campground isn't full, they only use every other site.
Our site was across the road from the river, and we had a nice view of the river out our back window.
After we got set up and had lunch, we took a walk down along the river. There is a nice walkway that runs behind all the riverfront sites, and there are numerous swings where you can sit and enjoy the view.
The next morning, we headed out on the second leg of our journey to Lower Alabama with about a two and a half-hour drive to The Woods RV Park, in Montgomery, AL. The Woods has about 100 sites, all of which are pull-throughs with full-hookups and 30/50-amp electric. The roads and pads are gravel, and the grassy sites are fairly widely spaced. There is free cable and free Wi-fi that was pretty fast. There is also a good Verizon 4G signal in the area.
Our cost for one night at The Woods was $22.80. That price was a 50% Passport America discount off the base rate and included $5 extra for 50-amp electric and tax
Since the campground is close to I-65 and has all pull-throughs, it is a good place for an overnight stop. The downside to being close to the interstate is there is a fair amount of traffic noise both from the busy, 4-lane road that passes the campground and from the interstate itself. We also heard a couple of distant trains.
Although we usually don't like to travel more than two days in a row, the second two days of our three-day trek to Lower Alabama were fairly short so we made an exception and headed out Friday morning on the final leg to Coastal Haven RV Park in Fairhope, AL.
In the past, we always stayed at the Escapees Rainbow Plantation RV Park when we stopped in Lower Alabama; but this year, we made our reservations a little too late to get a site at Rainbow Plantation where we were sure we would be able to get good satellite reception. The live oak trees between the sites at Rainbow Plantation have gotten pretty big, and there aren't many sites with a good view of the southern sky to begin with. On top of that, having a new RV with the satellite dish in a different location on the roof added to our uncertainty about being able to get satellite reception, so we decided to try Coastal Haven.
Coastal Haven has about 50 back-in sites and about 12 pull-throughs. All sites have full hookups with 30/50-amp electric, and all the pads and patios are paved. The sites have fairly wide spacing for a private campground, and there is well-manicured grass between the sites.
All the pads are nice and long, but some of them (like ours) are narrow and are at 90º to the road rather than at an angle making backing in a challenge. Adding to the challenge is the fact that most sites have trees flanking the entrance to the site. If we come back to Coastal Haven, which is highly likely, we'll ask for one of the angled sites, one of the wider sites or one of the pull-throughs.
Coastal Haven also has free cable and free Wi-fi that is pretty fast. There is also a good Verizon 4G signal. Coastal Haven is located on a road with a lot more traffic than the one where Rainbow Plantation is located, so there is a little more traffic noise. However, during the day, we're running the air so we can't really hear the traffic that much from inside, and it diminishes to almost nothing at night.
We got a monthly rate at Coastal Haven of $442 including tax. That works out to a little over $14 a night, which we think is an excellent price given how nice the campground is. The daily rate is $42 a night, and weekly rate is $146.
As we said, we have lots of favorite things to eat here in Lower Alabama, so we're planning to enjoy as many as we can while we're here. We also have a list of sightseeing possibilities, so stay tuned.