Sunday, February 17, 2013

Time to Move On

 Gunter Hill COE Park, near Montgomery, AL

We certainly enjoyed the time we spent at Emerald Coast RV Park Resort, but after six very enjoyable weeks it's time to move on.  We put away most of our "outside" stuff last night, so only interior items needed to be stowed for the trip today.

Emerald Park RV Beach Resort serves a buffet-style breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00-10:00 am each week.  We had breakfast with our new friends Cathy and Phil (who are working towards becoming FTers).  Stay the course guys, you'll get there!

We are eventually heading toward  Red Bay, AL for a service appointment at the Service Center on the 25th, but first we will  make a stop to have some work done by Brannon Hutcheson of Custom RV, Inc. of Vina, AL on the 20th.

Since we don't intend to travel many miles each day anymore, we looked for a place to stop approximately midway and wound up searching for a place near Montgomery, AL (about 200 miles each day).  After reading about a Corps of Engineers Park (COE) discovered by reading the Where's Eldo Blog, I decided to look at a few reviews on the RV Park Reviews website.  Reviews were favorable, so we decided to give it a try.

Since we took our time leaving Panama City Beach, FL (around 11:30 am) we pulled into the check in area at Gunter Hill Park around 4:00 pm.  There are two areas for camping, but the Catoma loop is the only one currently being used during the winter months. Although there are 75 sites, only 8 were currently being used so we had our pick of the lot. Total site fee is currently $22 per night (incl. tax) for a FHU, and if you have a senior's pass the cost is only $11.  In our minds that is quite a deal for a FHU site with beautiful surroundings.

Our pull-thru site
 This COE campground is fabulous! A major upgrade was done to the Catoma loop during 2012.  The roads are all recently paved (no dust or potholes) and the sites are all concrete.  Non-typical for a COE park is that there are FHUs.  The power pedestals are all new and house 20, 30, and 50 amp receptacles.  Water pressure and electrical voltage were excellent.

Back-in site
 Although most sites are back-ins, there are a limited number of pull thrus available.  We chose a pull thru and we are adjacent to the water, just a bit up the hill.  It is VERY quiet here tonight.

View out our passenger's side 
Patio area

We didn't get to explore too much as it was getting dark by the time we got set up, but there appears to be many hiking and biking trails to explore.

We've decided to stay here for two nights before moving on to Red Bay.  Hopefully, tomorrow we'll get to visit Montgomery and learn a bit of the local history.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. It looks like a really nice camp site, but you don't have many neighbors, at least no noise to disturb you.

  2. Sounds like a nice place! Maybe you can return there and spend more time at some point.

    1. We took a quick run around Montgomery today just for that purpose. There's a lot of history and things to see in this city.

  3. What a score! That's a nicer looking CG than a lot of the very expensive resorts. Too bad you couldn't get the senior rate, I guess they wouldn't accept adding both of your ages together? ;c)

    1. Paul that just gives us something to look far, far, far into the future for. LOL (Actually, it's not that far in the future for me.) Still, quite a bargain for a very nice CG.

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  5. I had hoped to stay at Gunter Hill this year ... maybe on our way down from RB. Instead, we're going to head back to Maxwell AFB for a while, and then stay at Isaac Creek COE to split our drive south into two segments. Definitely have this park on our list for future.