Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

RV Park Review–Southgate RV Park (Fayetteville, Arkansas)

Website:      Southgate RV Park
Location:     2331 South School Ave., Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701
Date:           March 2016
Price:          $32/night
Site:            #33

This is one of those RV parks that you have a love-hate relationship with.  You love the location – super close to a 014town you want to be in and its attractions (in this case it was downtown Fayetteville) but, you drive in, take a look around and let out an “ugh!”  There is nothing appealing about this park – gravel roads and sites, no picnic tables, no fire pits, old bathrooms/laundry, and not much else.
The park has some 80 sites set in a horseshoe-shape with a mix of permanent people and transients.  We were in a pull-thru that faced a big field separating the park from a neighborhood development and a Tyson chicken plant mysteriously labeled “Mexican Original.”

Site description:
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Roads and sites are gravel.  Some sites had a paved pad but most are gravel.  All sites have 50/30 amp, water, and sewer.  There are back-ins and pull-thrus.  At one time there was cable but it was not working when we were there and we were not able to get any antenna channels (although our friends picked up 20 or so).  While there are no picnic tables at the sites, there are two areas in a big field that have picnic furniture and available for anyone to use. 

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Sites are fairly close together with just a few trees scattered about for shade.  The water and electric worked fine.  This park is big rig-friendly and we had no problem maneuvering our RV with the car attached through the park.

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We called about making a reservation and the owner said to call him prior to our arrival and he would give us a site number.  When we arrived he drove by and instructed us to put our money (cash or check only) in an envelope and drop it in an outside deposit box. 

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Amenities:

Can’t say there are any amenities except the two picnic areas and an old, tired bathroom/shower house.  We were only in there one time and that was during a tornado watch.  It was old, needed painting and in need of cleaning.  There is one washer and dryer that are housed in the bathroom.

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Surrounding area:

The park is a short drive from I-49 with an easy in and out on good roads.  After exiting the interstate you will notice the correctional center, bail bonds, homeless shelter, pawn shop, and huge Tyson processing plant.  However, you are just five miles or so from downtown Fayetteville where you have everything at your fingertips.  Within just a short drive you are downtown where restaurants, shops, entertainment and more were very close.  Fayettteville is home to the University of Arkansas and has that cool college town vibe with good restaurants, lots of microbrews, funky shops, and lots of energy.  Restaurants range from fine dining to ethnic to a gourmet grilled cheese restaurant.  There is lots to do in Fayetteville and other towns in Northwest Arkansas.  Just north of the park a couple of miles (in south Fayetteville) is a funky section that focuses on farm-to-table restaurants, a bicycle themed bar, the winter farmer’s market, and a well-revered wood fired pizza joint. 

What we liked:

The location of this park is great – easy access to I-49 and downtown Fayetteville.

What we didn’t like:

One big turn off was the smell from the Tyson plant.  It had a masa-type smell and knowing it was a chicken processing facility we had the feeling that chickens were being converted into something called “Mexican” based on the Tyson sign along the road.  The surrounding neighborhood is definitely not the best – remember we mentioned pawn shops, jail, etc?  That being said we never felt unsafe in the RV park.

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The park has no real amenities and the bathroom/shower/laundry are pretty run down.  The sites are o.k. in that they are level but this is not a park where you would want to spend a lot of time hanging around your site outside. 

Spirit’s two cents:

Spirit liked the fact that this park had a huge field (right in front of our RV) for playing in and a ditch to cool off in (that part we disagreed on).  The park is small and not much room to walk a dog in and the neighborhood is not one conducive to walking a dog.  But, while we were there Spirit had her dog friends (and newbie RVers) Cosmo, Bee, and Leroy who all enjoyed running in the field chasing various toys.

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