Lost Dutchman State Park – One Of Our Favorite State Parks

Lost Dutchman State Park is located at 6109 N. Apache Trail in Apache Junction, AZ

This RV park is part of the Arizona State Parks system. And is an absolutely unique park with such beautiful views that it tends to be a very difficult park to get into. But if you can get a reservation, it is well worth it!!!!

You literally camp right at the base of the Superstition Mountains with views that change with the rotation of the sun. It is breathtaking!

If you are a photographer, it is an absolute must! You will not be disappointed.

All this being said, there are a few things that you need to be mindful of about the park.

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Lost Dutchman State Park Features

First, it is a state park. And like most state parks, none of the sites have a sewer connection.

But there is a dump station that is available to all campers. So you can take care of your waste water needs while staying there or just before you leave.

Some of the sites do have electric and water hookups, but by far most are dry camping instead. If you need RV hookups, very often you must book out many months ahead.

This is especially necessary during the peak usage times in the winter months.

When you book online, they let you know the length of the sites that are available. And whether they have hookups or not. So you can narrow your search to fit your needs when you are booking your reservation online.

How are the sites? Well, remember that you are camping on the edge of a mountain. So many of the sites are somewhat unlevel and this can be a challenge to level your rig if it is a big one.

It can still be done though. And for most RVs it won’t be a problem. But bigger rigs may be more challenging to level in this park. So just be aware of that.

The sites usually give you plenty of room between your neighbors along with some Arizona landscape too. And we really enjoyed that!

A campsite at Lost Dutchman State Park

Pretty much all the sites have a very nice view of the mountains though. And some are just spectacular!

Lost Dutchman State Park Nearby Support Services

Since you are near the mountains, does that mean that you are very far away from places to shop? The good news is the answer is – “NO”.

Apache Junction is just a stone’s throw away, so to speak. And it has a Walmart, Safeway, and a very big Fry’s grocery store. So you can definitely get your groceries easily there.

But there are many other stores where you can get other things you may need too. For instance, such as a large Ace Hardware, CVS, and Walgreens. There are plenty of other stores too.

If you are looking for places to eat, there is no shortage there either. There are fast food places but also some Mom and Pop ones that can be explored.

But if Apache Junction is not enough, about 15 minutes from Apache Junction is the city of Mesa.

And you can find just about anything that you want there. So although the state park is out on the fringes of the Phoenix valley, a lot is still close by.

Things To Do In The Surrounding Area

But what about things to do while staying there? Well, there are hiking trails everywhere, and I mean everywhere. There are some for just about everyone, no matter what their ability.

And if you can’t find what you want there in the park, the mountains around have tons of hiking trails.

If you like horseback riding, that is available too. In fact, sometimes on your hike, you might run into a group of horses and riders on the trails.

If you are not a hiker, no problem. There are scenic drives that take you to local beautiful lakes, one of which is our favorite, Canyon Lake.

And if you just want a little flavor of the West, there is a place called Goldfield about a half mile from the park.

It has many different activities including a train ride and zip line. But you can also just walk through the town and look at the shops. And every hour on the hour is a western gun fight in the middle of the street.

So there is a lot available to you, not just in the park but in the surrounding area.

What About Connectivity?

How about connectivity? While we were there we had T-Mobile for our phones and it was fine.

There is no wifi available in the park. But we used our AT&T data plan with our hotspot and made out just fine. You are not that far from the Phoenix area, so connectivity in this park is usually pretty good.

The park is kept up fairly well. They try to maintain the beauty of the Arizona desert. And as a result, there are not many amenities such as pools and playgrounds, etc.

But the rest of what the park offers more than makes up for it. The bath houses are not fancy but clean. And as with most state parks there are no laundry facilities, so you have to do that off premises.

So summing all this up … what do we think of Lost Dutchman State Park?

Our Conclusion

If you love gorgeous views, beautiful starry skies at night, bunnies and quail scurrying around your campsite. Or if you enjoy desert flora everywhere, and flowered covered cactus in the spring.

If you love seeing wild flowers during the rest of year, and the relaxation of being surrounded by nature. And if you still like being able to find everything you need very close by to make your visit comfortable, then we think you will enjoy Dutchman State Park.

We still will give it a 4.5 rating though, mainly because of the difficulty of leveling your rig at times.

But it is a small price to pay for the experience you will have in this unique and beautiful state park.

Have safe and happy trails everyone!

Hidden Cove RV Resort – Our RV Camping Experience

Hidden Cove RV Resort is located at 687 CR 3919 in Arlely, AL.

This little hidden gem of a campground is in Northern Alabama and located on Lewis Smith Lake. But it is affectionally called just Smith Lake.

It is part of the Thousand Trails campground system, but can be booked online independent of Thousand Trails. And the cost for an RV campsite is about $50 a night if you decide to book it that way.

Click here to view the Hidden Cove RV Resort map

Hidden Cove RV Resort Features

This campground offers not only 30 amp but 50 amp sites. In fact they just put in a new loop, Loop C, which has nothing but 50 amp sites.

These sites offer not only back-in spots but also pull-through if that is your choice. And with their addition of 80 new spots it is a great option to stay.

Some of these spots back up to overlook the lake, but most of those sites are hard to get. And that is because they are snatched up right away.

There are some annual sites there also, but not all are just for the annual residents.

Of course, these newer sites are wonderful in many ways. But don’t forget that there are also some great campsites located in the older loops as well.

For instance, in Loop B which is mainly 30 amp, and then Loop A which offers 50 amp sites.

Most of the campsites in this park tend to be fairly level and offer water and sewer as well as electric.

A real plus is that pretty much all campsites are accessible for rigs of all sizes. And the roads seem to be fairly well cared for too.

A Warning For Those With Larger Rigs

But there is one situation that you do need to be aware of. And that is if you are trying to access Loop B and Loop C there is a small bridge to cross first.

And when you leave the office after check in, you may choose to take the left hand road at the fork.

But the left turn to go over the bridge to get to those loops is very narrow and sharp. We almost got ourselves in a tough spot trying to do that.

So if you have a bigger rig it would be best to take the road to the right at the fork instead. Then drive through the dump station and take the next left.

That will give you a more gentle bend and you will be able to go across that bridge easily. Mainly because you will be entering it straight ahead instead of at a sharp angle.

Then leaving the area, if you reverse the direction, it will work just as well. Of course, if you have a smaller rig, you can probably make that swing just fine.

So it will be up to you if you want to do that or follow the route that the bigger rigs would find better to navigate.

Hidden Cove RV Resort Amenities

The park itself is very well cared for though. The bath house and laundry room, especially in the new section, was very up to date and clean. Laundry was reasonably priced also.

The bath house in the older part of the park was very clean too. Although it could use some upgrading at some point in the future, it’s still very usable.

The park also boasts some enjoyable amenities too. For instance, they had just redone the mini golf area.

And there was a playground for the kids, and a pool that was not open yet when we were there. This is because it was just being finished.

All of these areas and the clubhouse will be a definite plus when the restrictions of Covid are lifted.

But let me tell you that the real beauty of the park is the access that you have to Lake Smith. In fact, if you own a boat, it is a boaters paradise.

Hidden Cove RV Resort floating boat dock

There is a really nice boat ramp and dock onsite. And it even has a floating fishing well which is really cool and we saw many campers using it.

So if you like to fish, this RV park is absolutely a must visit. But even if you are not into fishing, just walking the park is very enjoyable.

Its many views and the observation deck with a free-to-use paddle boat are just amazing. And if you wish to just go swimming off the rocks, you can do that also.

This is not only a great place to do things with the family though. It’s also a good place to get some quiet personal rest and relaxation if that is your choice.

What About The Surrounding Area?

What about the area around it? Well, there are so many things to do. We stayed for about 10 days and enjoyed the beauty of the surrounding area.

There was a natural bridge fairly close by with surrounding trails and trickling brooks.

Covered bridge nearby to Hidden Cove RV Resort

And there was a really cool covered bridge with hiking trails not far away too.

Also, if you are interested in the history of the Civil War, there is a wonderful little museum that we found.

It has interesting war memorabilia that is privately owned by a unique gentleman that is a wealth of information. All of these things add to the uniqueness of the area.

But seeing you are kind of out in the middle of nature, do you have to go far to provision? Well there is an adorable little town of Arley only 5 miles away.

The town has a grocery store that is not too high priced for being in a smaller town.

And there is a really delicious diner and cafe in Arley as well. They are both reasonably priced for a nice breakfast, lunch or light dinner.

There are also some Mom and Pop restaurants not far away that serve up some delicious seafood and other cuisines.

Hidden Cove RV Resort Shopping Options

If you wish to go to a small city with more options for shopping, Jasper is only 25 miles away. And it has at least a Walmart and Aldi’s, as well as other known brands for general shopping.

You will also find a Harbor Freight and other stores where you can find just about anything that you need.

If you go in the other direction, there is the city of Cullman which is about 30 miles away. And it offers very much the same opportunities for shopping.

So you definitely have plenty of shopping options to choose from in the area. We feel that you can stay in the area for a period of time and have everything that you really need.

Campground Internet Access

But there is one last thing that most of us travelers want to know. And that is how is the connectivity in this park for cell phone and internet access?

Well, we had Sprint cell service at the time for our phones, and it tended to be a bit spotty.

But when we accessed the internet through our hotspot which was with AT&T, it was a different story. In fact, we had enough signal to easily work online and stream videos if we wished.

The RV park does offer wifi, so I am sure you could get some access through that method too. But I am not sure what the cost is as we did not need to access it.

Our Conclusion

So is this park a good option?? Oh my goodness yes.

It is a bit off the beaten path but what a wonderful place to stay. We enjoyed it so much that we have plans to go back again later this year.

Our rating for this little hidden gem is definitely a 4.5.

Thank you Hidden Cove RV Resort for a great visit the first time and we look forward to seeing you again this year!

Field And Stream RV Park – Should You Stay There?

Field & Stream RV Park is located at 7 Dupaw Gould Road in Brookline, NH.

This adorable little RV park is located in the beautiful New Hampshire hills. And it’s loaded with the flavor of New England and all of its beauty.

We were able to visit this gorgeous area during September, actually over the Labor Day weekend. So we experienced the nip of fall in the air and the beauty of the changing leaves.

Field And Steam RV Park Features

The park is easily accessed by any size rig. And there are plenty of main roads leading into it from all directions.

Although this is a small park with only 54 sites, it is well laid out and extremely clean.

Click here to view the Field And Stream RV Park website and map

And it does accommodate travelers during all four seasons. This is very unique for RV parks in this area.

Like many other RV campgrounds, there are some long term campers in the park. But they also have RV sites available for those who pass through the area too.

All of the campsites appear to be pretty level and can handle almost any size rig. They all have both 50 and 30 amp electric, as well as water, sewer, and wifi. And many sites are also cable ready.

We found the staff to be quite helpful, making sure to help us get our bigger rig into
our campsite.

They also offer propane fill-ups for your LP tanks too. We were glad to take advantage of that provision while we stayed there.

And the bath houses and laundry rooms were immaculate and very reasonably priced.

Although they don’t offer tons of amenities, they do have a fishing pond, and a playground for the kids. And of course a nice place for your furry friends to run around too.

Field And Stream RV Park hiking trails

They also have a hiking trail that flanks a fairly large lake and is very pretty to walk. In fact, the area is loaded with hiking opportunities for those who are nature lovers.

Quite frankly, with all the beauty surrounding you and the gorgeous scenic drives, there is more than enough to keep you busy.

Nearby Shopping And Facilities

But seeing that the park is out in the countryside, is civilization anywhere nearby? Oh my goodness yes!!

Nashua, NH is only about a half hour away and it has all of your major stores there. For instance, Walmart, Costco, Sam’s, Aldi, Shaw’s, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and others.

And just a side note, New Hampshire is tax free…. what a plus!!

But if you want to get even closer to things, Boston is only about 1 hour away. And it
offers so many things you can’t even begin to cover it all.

Field And Stream RV Park nearby lakes

So, the park’s location offers a lot of beauty with lots of shopping availability very close by. A win, win situation!!!

How about cell phone and internet reception? Although it was not exceptional, our Sprint service took care of all of our calling and texting needs.

Our AT&T hotspot did fine for internet access too. We did not have exceptional upload and download speeds, but we had enough to work and stream all that we needed.

Our Conclusion

So what was our final thoughts about this park???

It was a nice, quiet, well maintained little park nestled in the middle of a gorgeous
part of New Hampshire. It handled all of our needs and gave us a taste of New England at its finest.

I guess the only thing that would be considered a downside for some would be the lack of amenities as was mentioned.

But this was not a major problem for us though and we would definitely give this park a 4.8 rating.

Thanks to all at Field & Stream for making our stay in your area WONDERFUL!!!!!