Friday, June 26, 2015

T. O. Fuller State Park - Tennessee

Traveling to the T. O. Fuller State Park is an un-nerving experience. You travel through some neighborhoods that have more boarded up buildings than we felt comfortable with.

Things didn't improve when we entered the park. The welcome station was closed and a huge burglar metal door covered the actual door. That was some welcome to this state park.

Needless to say, we were very apprehensive as we pulled Rosie, our 25 foot Airstream trailer, into the campground. We saw the camp host and our first question was, "Is this a safe place?" It was easy to tell that he answers that question every day for every new camper arriving at the park.

Sign entering the park

In case you are wondering, his response was that he had lived in the park for years and it was very safe.

The camping sites are large and you have the feeling that you are in the woods. It was also quiet while we camped there.

Rosie in T.O. Fuller State Park

Unfortunately, the phase we found ourselves saying most often in this park was, "What's that smell?" We found the source of the unwanted aromas. The park is down-wind of a sewage treatment plant.

Here are some specifics about this park:
  • This park appears smaller than most state parks we have visited. There is only one camping loop with 45 campsites.
  • Most of the sites are gravel. There are a couple of concrete sites for disabled visitors.
  • Camping sites offer water and electric connections.
  • The camp host had to show us how to turn the water connection on. It was unique and we are glad he showed us the trick.
  • Our site had 20, 30 and 50 amp electrical service.
  • There were many mature shade trees in the camping loop.
  • The park was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the late 1930s. It appears that the bathhouse hasn't been updated since the Great Depression. The showers have concrete walls and floors and it appears that mold is a growing problem there.
  • There are two washers and two dryers in the park. Four quarters will wash a load of clothes and another dollar will dry them.
  • There is a motel-style ice maker in the campground. We enjoyed the luxury of having all the ice we wanted while in the park.
  • There is one dump station in the park.
  • AT&T provided adequate 4G voice and data service over the park.
  • The park does not provide Wi-Fi service.
  • We were able to watch ABC, CBS, CW, FOX, ION, NBC and PBS using our antenna. Digital channels included Antenna, Bounce, Decades, GRIT, ME-TV, THiS, Movies and a couple we could not identify playing movies and cartoons from the 1930s.
  • There are several hiking trails in the park.
  • There is a swimming pool in the park. It is outside the camping area and costs extra if you want to use it.
  • This is a pet friendly park.
The park is close to Memphis and the many attractions there.
Rosie waiting her turn at the dump station

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