This review is on camping area E and is one of our favorite camping areas. We've been to this park multiple times, in the winter & early spring months. Sites are easy to back into. Only take a trailer longer than 25' into the park on hwy 170. This park is at the bottom of a steep ravine so there is no cell service and very limited over the air TV signal in the campground area. You can walk to the hwy 220/170 junction and get Verizon service. All sites in campground E have 30 or 50 amp service, water, sewer, fairly level paved parking, tent pad, picnic table, grill, & fire pit. Very little exterior lighting, so take a flashlight to get around at night. This area has a beautiful flowing stream along the south side. Has always been nice and quiet at night. Sites 87 thru 94 are close to the campground sewage treatment so there is some off and on motor noise that you will hear from those sites, but no smell. The park has beautiful scenery and a lot of great hiking trails. We have always used the online reservation system and you can request a specific site, but call before you get there to make sure the site is available because they do not let you know ahead of time. If you have made an online reservation, you can go ahead and park your rig and then walk or drive to the office for check in.
This was our first trip to this park and we had a very enjoyable experience. We will return. Our site was not level, but pulling up on blocks took care of that. Even though the park was full, everyone was on good behavior and it was very quiet at night. The sites are well spaced and you're not crammed in on top of each other. Almost all of the sites are shaded and a few in the north section of the park have a slight view of the lake through the trees. I would recommend to stay away from sites 85 thru 89 as they were close to a sewer lift station and the smell was terrible in that area. Besides the nightly rate, you do get charged a daily per person admission fee of $5 each. If you have more than 2 vehicle units (our truck and trailer counted for 2 units) on the site, they also charge you an additional $4 per night for an excess vehicle fee. If your site hasn't been used for a while, the water will have a real bad sulfur smell for a few minutes, but that will clear up after a few gallons of water are run out. The area is hilly with a lot of trees and the hiking trails were great. The park rangers were friendly and they drove through the camping area several times each day. We did see several deer during our stay. Dogs are abundant, but they must be on a leash.
Park has easy access off of I-70 and the owners are nice and lead you to your site. Most all of the nice shaded sites are taken by seasonal campers - the sites available for overnighters are not shaded and are really close together. The park was quiet at night, but there were not many people in the park when we stayed. We would not stay there for an extended stay, but it is a great place to catch a one night break from your travels. They give a small discount for AAA members.
Owners were friendly and helpful and directed us to our site. This park has mostly seasonal camper units set up, they only have a few spots for weekenders so make a reservation. Even though the park is right by a road that enters a Corp of Engineers park, it was a quiet 4 night stay for us. Our Verizon phone worked fine. The sites are well spaced. We will stay there again.