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Saturday, March 5, 2016

REVIEW Peace River RV Campground Resort- Thousand Trails, Wauchula, Florida

Peace River RV Campground Resort was our first time staying in a Thousand Trails park with our new zone pass membership... and we LOVED it!

Location: 2555 River Rd, Wauchula, Florida. You can get actual directions here.

Value 5/5
For us we give the value a 5 as we stayed here for FREE with our new membership. In the future our cost will only be $3 a night which is still awesome! (see how much we saved in camping fees HERE when we bought our membership) Sites here are normally around $35 a night to start I believe.

Site Quality 4/5
Our site was a bit muddy in a small area under the very back of our camper so it didn't bother or effect us at all. It had been covered with some straw before we arrived and even after it rained again the muddiness did not get any worse. Our site was grass but very flat and level. It had water and 30 amp at site. We had no sewer on our site but we didn't care because we were on the river. The sewer sites are generally taken all the time and are given away by a lottery system. We found this a bit odd but it seemed to work well for the park and many people would give up their river sites to go get a sewer site when one came available. No internet at the site. Internet could be used at the Rec Hall and by the pool area or it could be purchased. Fire pits at all the sites but picnic tables only at some sites. We were told if we want a table, pick a site that already has one. Seems to me like everyone should just get a table. Our site was very large and spacious and we had just enough room to put out the awning beside the palm tree pictured. There was still about 10 feet behind the camper before the river as well, where our fire pit area was.

Facility Fun 4/5
The heated pool was warm enough that even I could get in it and the kids made use of it almost daily, and a hot tub. There was an older wooden playground with slide, climbing apparatus and swings. We never saw more then one or two other kids on it with us while we were there. There was an older looking mini putt area and a few walking trails around the park. Fishing also was permitted. We watched many kayaks and boaters go by on the river behind our site. The girls were allowed to ride their motorized Jeep and did a lot of bike riding around the park. Bonus here is we got to spend time with a lot of other fulltime families here so there were always lots of kids around. There were pickle board courts, horse shoes and billiards / games room as well as a library. Lots to keep you entertained. They also had weekly activities planned.

Natural Surroundings 4.5/5
This park felt very natural. The only area I would not have liked being would have been in one of the middle open field sites. The sewer sites near the entrance of the park were mainly in a treed area, and down by the river had many full grown trees and the wonderful river. There were a few trails around the outskirts of the park to walk on or bike ride.

Bathrooms 4/5
The only bathrooms that we went in were the ones by the pool and laundry area. There were two toilets and two showers/changing rooms in the ladies bathrooms. They were very clean and modern.

Staff 3/5
I found the staff to be on the grumpy side. The person who signed us in was very blunt and rushed through everything and then when I had a question he looked at me puzzled like, why didn't I just agree quickly and leave. Perhaps he was just having a bad day. Other people we talked to had horror stories about one staff. We generally just stayed away from the office area and didn't have to deal with the staff very much at all.

Location 3/5
This location is a bit out of the way with not too much around it. There is a Walmart in Wauchula about 10 mins away (which allows over night RV Parking when we were there). There are a few small local places around like the Hardee County Wildlife refuge, Pioneer Village and Heritage Museum. I'm sure there is more around but our kids were having so much fun with all the other families that we didn't venture out much from here. Beaches are about an hour 1/2 away. On my next visit I'd like to go to Solomons castle (30 mins away) and see the Herrmans Royal Lippizan Stallions practice (40 mins away).

Overall 4/5
We loved our time here at Peace River. I think more so because we had a river site. It was spacious and beautiful! I liked a lot of the treed sites too but my opinion of this park would have been less if we were stuck in the open field area. However where we were in site P80 we were extremely happy. We loved the size of the site and the river location. We loved that so many other full time families were here. The only thing we would have liked to have seen changed would be picnic tables at every site and a newer playground. Laundry was available and cost $1.75 and $1.50 I think to wash and dry.

Campground map. The blacked out areas we were told not to park
in as the ground was still soggy from a recent flood.


Weekly activities

We hung our hammock by the river and
enjoyed many a relaxing afternoon

Mini golf area

The wooden payground

Our campfire pit with grill near the river at the back of our site

Ice cream truck came around on Saturdays
Riding the trails on the outskirts of the park

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