Address: 24280 Patterson Rd, Robertsdale, AL 36567
# of sites: 64
Full hookup price: From $31 per night
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Warnings: Not pet-friendly, owner is obnoxiously political
Wilderness RV Park is aptly named, located in the woods within the foot of Alabama that reaches the Gulf of Mexico. It is located about halfway between Mobile and Pensacola. It is a relatively small campground and was chosen for its proximity to Mobile.
This park is clean, though rustic, and there is sufficient space between rigs when full. It has a pond and is surrounded by forest, giving it a woodsy feel with a true campground ambiance, though it's located just off I-10.
Camping prices did reflect the level of park we experienced. As an RPI (Resort Parks International) campground, we only paid the members' rate of $15 per night for a 50-amp site, discounted from the already low $36 rate. 30-amp sites run only $31/night.
The overall location near the Gulf shore and just off the interstate is it's biggest advantage. Sitting just a half-hour drive from Mobile, 45 minutes from Gulf Shores and about 35 minutes to Pensacola makes sightseeing and grocery shopping in this region nicely accessible.
We had red flags right off the bat upon check-in, with faded posters with hateful political messages plastered around the office. Now, we don't have a problem with people displaying political views opposed to our own, though I prefer not to see them. However, these signs were crude and somewhat racist, and if we were planning a longer stay, we would have made other arrangements.
Once we set up the owner pulled his golf cart over and let us know that dog fences were not allowed and we would have to take them down. When we asked his reasoning, he said that dogs in pens tend to dig and the grass would suffer. This was an odd reply, since dogs tied on leashes also dig and the grass we were parked on was not manicured, landscaped or newly seeded. He just didn't like pens and that was that. There was no off-leash area and the grassy field around the pond was a swamp most of time we were there, so not being able to use our dog door and a limited walking area made handling potty times somewhat difficult.
There were no real amenities that you might see in a resort. Just ordinary camping is the most you can hope to do here.
If you need a quick layover near Mobile or Pensacola, and you're not easily offended by southern tendencies, this campground may fit your bill
Jack Huber is a novelist with 7 mysteries published, along with several books of poetry and photography. Now retired, he and his wife, Nadyne, are free to travel the country in their 32' 5th wheel and 1-ton Ford pickup.