This campground lived up to the great reviews. The grounds are immaculately kept. The owner and staff are all friendly and helpful, and the sites are roomy and level. The store was a pleasure to browse, with all kinds of knick knacks mixed in with the camping necessities, should you forget to pack something. Lots of resident campers here. The consistent theme was just how friendly everyone was: staff and fellow campers alike! They sure do love their golf carts here. I saw dogs being walked via golf cart, a cat being taken for a ride, countless varieties of customized carts, and a golf cart poker run that took place the weekend we were here. They have a nice fenced in dog park area and also waste bag/disposal stations in the dog park and placed throughout the campground. There are a couple of playgrounds, along with a sand volleyball area, tetherball, and a very nice pool! We stayed at site 201, which was a nice roomy corner site. The only downside was that we were across from the dump station so there would be the occasional unpleasant whiff of odor, but it wasn't constant or overpowering. We saw many people with kayaks that were accessing the Shenango River (there is a trail to the water with steps), and my dog enjoyed a swim in the river as well: though the access in and out via the steps was a little steep for her. We camped with 2 adults, 2 kids, and a large dog. We will be back: this campground was very nice and we felt welcome! Looks like a great place to lease long term when we're ready as well.
I was disappointed in the campground and glad that we only made it a one-day stopover so we could be close to Grandfather Mountain. Sites are not level and VERY close together, to the point where I couldn't tie out my dog, as she would be in someone else's site on her 6ft lead. The whole grounds looked kind of run-down, with weeds growing around the camp sites. Grass, however, appeared to be cut. Don't let the flattering photos on their website deceive you. A stream runs behind The sites in the A loop, but access to the stream is steep and rocky.
We loved this campground and will definitely be back! Immaculately maintained buildings and grounds. Most of the time you are dealing directly with the owners and they are the sweetest, nicest people you'd ever want to meet. Don't forget to get an ice cream cone at the general store on site. The tubing was a blast. There are large play areas in open fields, a log play fort, a sand volleyball court, tether-ball courts, and a goat feeding/petting area. Very kid-friendly, yet lots of space and quiet to be had for the adults, too. The only way they could possibly improve this campground would be to offer some sort of shuttle to the area of Great Smoky Mountain State Park about a mile up the road, where many of the campers drive to start tubing back to the campground (it's about an hour tube ride, per the campers that did it while we were there). I would pay $5 a head for a shuttle! We only had one vehicle there so we just tubed within the campground's property, which was still lots of fun. Note: We almost missed out on camping here due to the dog policy listed on the website which stated specific breeds weren't allowed. I sent a rather cranky email and was met with an apologetic reply and a promise to further research the dog policy when the owners spoke to their insurer. I could have stayed here for two weeks, happily. In talking to the other campers, we found that many of them come back every year for at least a week. We will definitely come back, and I highly recommend this campground.
We will come back to Stone Mountain State Park! Sites are level and paved with fine gravel, with plenty of room between sites. Campground is quiet, with a great view of night sky. The stream ran behind our site (B50) and we were treated to the sound of water cascading over the rocks. Great trails; we saw deer everywhere at all hours of the day. The hike to the top of Stone Mountain, then down to the falls and back up, was well worth the effort. Grounds and facilities were extremely well-kept and clean, to the point that it even looked like the ashes and debris were removed from fire rings in between guests. I wish we had more than 3 days to spend at Stone Mountain; I think we all would have been happy to camp here for much longer. We'll be back!