It is my intention to post a review of the campgrounds we visit along the way. This will not only provide a record of our stays, but may also help others considering staying there in the future. This is my first review!
- Name: Markham Park Campground
- Dates of stay: September 25 – November 26, 2017
- Location: 16001 W State Rd 84, Sunrise, FL 33326 (near the intersection of I-75 and I-595)
- Type of campground: Broward County park
- Cost: $30/night off-season (April 1 – Oct 31), $40/night in-season, plus tax
- Additional fees: >4 campers, pets, extra vehicles, certain park activities
- Stay limit: none, subject to availability
- Accepts mail / packages: yes
- Cell reception: AT&T: marginal signal
- Website: http://www.broward.org/Parks/MarkhamPark/
- Pros: Spacious full hookup sites in a well-kept park with many amenities. Price is a bargain by Florida standards.
- Cons: Florida summer heat/humidity and mosquitos
Broward County’s park campgrounds are underappreciated gems. Markham Park campground has 88 full hookup (30/50 amp, water, sewer) paved sites, 8 of which are pull through. With our bus size in mind, I booked one of the pull through sites, which is long enough for our 43 foot motorhome, plus a vehicle. Roads into the campground are all paved and wide enough to pose no problems with our big rig. The sites have some trees providing shade, but we have no trouble obtaining satellite signal. The sites also come with a wood picnic table, fire ring and grill.
Considering that the local KOA’s run north of $70 per night for a very tight site, Broward County’s fee of $30-40/night is a deal. According to the fee chart, additional fees may be charged for pets ($20 deposit) and more than one vehicle ($2/night per additional vehicle) but we weren’t charged for either one. I just asked for an extra vehicle pass in the office and they handed me one, no questions asked. The pass is needed for weekend entry when the park charges admission fees of $1.50/person. During the week, entrance to the park is free. The office staff was friendly and helpful, and we were able to ship mail and packages to the office with no problem.
The campground is spread out over the western side of the park. Campground amenities include clean, locked bath houses (code is given at check in) and trash dumpsters. I didn’t see a laundry facility, but I haven’t really looked for one since I have my own laundry equipment. We have AT&T cell service and the reception is marginal, at best. Our cellular booster isn’t installed yet and we have to go outside to take calls. Inside the bus, internet reception is possible, but slow. If we had our booster operational, that may help. Being close to Ft. Lauderdale and Miami, we are able to pull in a variety of over the air channels on our digital antenna.
The real benefit of camping here is the range of amenities offered by the park. The park is equipped with the usual picnic tables and pavilions, playgrounds, tennis courts and walking/biking paths, as one might expect. But the park also has a shooting range, model plane airfield, disc golf course, mountain bike trails, several boat launches, workout equipment (the Fitness Zone) and a dog park with three separate zones for large dogs, small dogs, and puppies. The park even has an observatory, which is free and open to the public on Saturday nights. With all that the park has to offer it is well utilized, especially on weekends. However, the campground is off to the side and relatively isolated from the busy-ness of the rest of the park. Mostly you see road bikers whizzing through their laps and folks jogging or walking their dogs. It should be noted that passes are required (fees charged) for use of the dog park, airfield, and mountain bike trails.
We arrived here shortly after Hurricane Irma, and the park is still cleaning up downed trees. All of the activities are available at this point, except for the full disc golf course.
Since the park is at the edge of the County, adjacent to the Everglades, some level of mosquitos and bugs are inevitable. The County does fog for mosquitos which helps considerably but they can still be bothersome, especially at dawn and dusk. Since it’s mid-October, the weather is just starting to cool down a bit, but keeping the rig cool in the intense summer heat was always a bit of a struggle. We are NOT planning to camp in Florida again during the height of the summer!
Bottom line: I would definitely stay here again. It’s a beautifully kept park with lots of amenities at a moderate price for this area.