The rate we paid reflected a special discount the state was running this time of year. The sites are shaded, mostly pine and oak, with sandy ground. The first site we were on (#85) was long but not very wide; with a neighbor on #84 who had slides extended, it was just too narrow for our tastes. Plus, if somebody came in across the road, we'd be trapped; we'd need access to that site to make the turn out. Luckily, at this time of year it was easy to get another site down the road that provided more elbow room. The only real downer is the location of the airport, across from the park entrance. Some of the jets came in for their landing over the rig, and not very high above the tree line. That sent the dogs (and almost the humans!) diving for cover. The noise level was bordering on painful two or three times, although most of the flights came in over the beach. Plane activity seems concentrated around 8-10 a.m. and again in late afternoon. Mid-day, it's not bad. Plenty of areas to walk pets. In the closed loop area, it's nicely shaded. The beach area is beautiful, with a long boardwalk. The park also has a few interconnected nature trails, which are well-marked. Not sure I'd do them in hot weather, when creepy stuff would be out, but in January they were pleasant. On exiting, be VERY careful of an angled tree that leans over the park road. It's past the park office and ticket booth. Keep as far left in the lane as you can; the tree bears plenty of battle scars!
The sites in the area we were assigned (the B section, near the office) were pull-thru and level. They weren't hugely wide, but were perfectly fine. We had a small, raised concrete pad. The cable hook-up worked fine. There are lots of open sky sites for anyone who needs one. Because of the frigid weather (night temps in the mid-teens), the water was turned off between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. A note in the office informed us about that when we checked in, so it didn't come as a surprise. There aren't any fire rings--a big plus in my book--so you don't have other people's smoke seeping into your ventilation system. The RV Park is behind the Barnyard Flea Market. To get to the campground, you can enter the flea market area and drive around behind those buildings. Big rigs (40'-45' especially) will want to take this route, instead of going to the traffic light at Oak Drive and turning left, then left again into the campground. There's plenty of room to walk pets, especially when the flea market isn't operating. (It runs Friday, Saturday, Sunday). The campground and the flea market are connected, more or less; there are some bushes and a grassy strip between the two, but no real fence between them. You can walk to a grocery store nearby. Several dumpsters are located around the grounds, and pet waste disposal bags are provided at one end of the campground (on the same side as the motorhome storage area). The laundry room had several machines, and the cost was very reasonable ($1 each for washing and drying). All in all, I'd stay here again.
We had business in Mansfield, which is one reason we stayed here. The other reason was that we travel with dogs and need CG's that offer plenty of areas to take them for walks. We arrived at 1 p.m. and were charged $42.75 for the night, which seems very expensive for off-season and mid-week. There were no amenities or "happenings" that justified the high price. Sites are numbered, but either the hookups are placed on the wrong side of the site, or the sites are numbered incorrectly. We were assigned a back-in site, but had to pull in forward to get the hookups on the driver's side. The grounds seemed to be well-maintained, and although we didn't play miniature golf, the course appeared to be in good shape, with some very cute decorations. There's also a lovely gazebo nearby. The immediate entrance to the park is up a long hill, and had at least one rough bump. As I was walking my dog down the hill, a Class A was coming up; I heard its back end scrape the road, so if you have a big rig with a long overhang, be cautious. Unless I had kids, I wouldn't come here in the high season, as I'm sure it would be too noisy. In October, though, it was fine. There was excellent cellphone reception, as a tower is very close.
This campground is unique in its focus on dogs. I appreciate the fact that the owners make no apologies for catering to adults. This is NOT a "family campground." Hallelujah! It's so wonderful not to have to deal with out-of-control youngsters teasing your dog or cutting through campsites on bicycles. Whether your dog likes to go hiking or swimming, tear around an agility course or show off obedience skills in rally-o, you can keep the K9 occupied all day here. My dogs love romping with the other bowser's in the play area, and that opportunity really helps with their socialization skills. They're so much calmer when we have to move on to other campgrounds. The bathrooms and showers are immaculate. I talking, "you could eat off the floor" immaculate! (My own place should be so clean!) The sites are plenty long enough, though not as wide as those in some of the better state parks. They're gravel, as are the roads. Cable and electric hookups worked fine. Cellphone reception was weak. One thing we noticed is that even though almost everybody arrives with at least one dog, at night the place is so quiet you could hear a pin drop! In fact, after sundown it's probably one of the quietest campgrounds we've ever been in. We stayed 2 weeks and will stay again. Even though we could go to a nearby campground for about half the 4Paws rate, we feel giving our dogs the chance to spend time here is worth the extra money.
The restrooms and showers were clean, although the toilet bowls were stained (probably from the minerals in the water rather than poor housekeeping). The campground has a bit of a run-down or older look, though that could be due to the sandy/dusty roads. Pull-through sites are level enough, though close, and can accommodate larger rigs. Back-in sites seem smaller, mainly for 30-35 foot rigs. There seem to be more permanent/seasonal folks than there were last year. There are dog breed restrictions (including no Dobermans). There is also a territorial "attack" goose (named Henry) who may decide he doesn't like you or your rig. A hiking trail winds around the back and side of the lake. For the most part, it's a pleasant trail. There is one area that's been washed out and would be hard to get past for anyone who's not nimble. A designated pet-walk area is next to the lake, but there was no trash can nearby. I managed to pick up the Winston-Salem TV station with just an indoor antenna, so even though there's no cable, you can probably get a signal. I wouldn't stay here for any extended time, but for a quick stopover the campground is acceptable.
The sites are all very nice, with a mix of waterfront and interior ones. The most level sites seem to be the waterfront ones, and they have wonderful views of the lake. A few of them are open enough that anyone needing satellite signals could probably get them. Unfortunately, if you're a boater, the boat launch ramp will only launch you onto dry ground due to the drought. As low as water levels were last year, the shoreline's receded even more this year (I'd say, 20-30 feet in some areas). The hiking trails are well-marked and covered with pine needles or oak leaves, making them comfortable to walk on. Now for my complaint: A resident park employee apparently lets his two large dogs wander around off-leash. They haven't come into the campground as far as I know, but one of them is very territorial when it sees another dog near its house. Both dogs charged at me and my (leashed) Border Collie today. The Lab held back, but the other K9 got within 6 inches of my dog's face, growling, hackles raised and baring its teeth. I yelled "No! Go back home!", and the dog did back off. But had this been a youngster walking a German shepherd, for example, the outcome could have been a bloody mess. The Lab also takes a nap in the middle of the road. With the speed limit ranging between 15 and 35 m.p.h., and dappled shade making it hard to see as you round the corner, this creature risks getting injured or killed. Park personnel ought to be setting a good example, not being this clueless about their dog ownership responsibilities.
The pull-through site I selected was very level, with small-sized gravel as a ground cover. (I consider this a plus, because it's easier to walk on). Electric and cable hookups worked very well. Large gravel covers the hiking paths, so if you plan to do serious walking, you'll want shoes that will protect you from the chunkier stones. That said, you can get in plenty of mileage just staying on the roadway. The water level at this lake wasn't as low as at some of the other state parks (e.g., Tugaloo & Mistletoe), which boaters will appreciate. If you come with a squirrel-crazy dog, be forewarned: there are a lot of "tree rats" around! The front office personnel were some of the friendliest I've met in any of the Georgia state parks, and there was plenty of heat in the restroom. The washer and dryer are in an enclosed room (not outside), and even though the dryer is the economy-kind (where a load only costs 75 cents), it dried a huge load of laundry which included denim pants. The only drawbacks: I couldn't get cellphone service, and my Internet Aircard didn't get a signal, either.
The people we dealt with in the office (who I believe were the owners) were very friendly. They assigned us a nice, level pull-thru site, even though we were staying just one night, and for a discounted price. There were at least two nature/hiking trails that I found--one that started behind site 47 was very level and covered with pine needles, so was comfortable for me and my older dog to walk on. The other paralleled the roads in the main area of the campground and was more rugged, similar to what you'd find in a state park. Both trails provided plenty of exercise for human and pet. The owners are putting in a new area in an elevated part of their property, which will be excellent for anyone needing clear sky for satellite. Many of these sites seem to be ready, though the bathhouse at that end wasn't constructed when we visited. I'd stay at this campground again.