My family stays here every year. Half of us are in a travel trailer and half tent camp. The atmosphere is pleasant and family-oriented. The good: The tubing on the creek is the best! We pile tubes into truck and take them up into the National Park (about a mile and half up the road). Everyone hops onto their tube and floats back down the creek to the campground. This is not to be missed! The Not-So-Good: This year we had a family tent camping right behind us (the spaces back up to each other in the center). I had to repeatedly complain to the office because the kids in this family ran wild: well past the 10pm "Quiet Hours" and often past midnight. Never saw ANY staff down in the campground except for a man mowing the volleyball area. He slung grass on the children and paid no attention to the possibility of slinging rocks on them. Both of these issues were very disappointing. There are goats in a "petting zoo" that will entertain and amuse children. I was concerned that the water buckets for these goats remained empty during the first three days of our stay (I even heard other campers contemplate a call to the ASPCA). Despite these two unusual happenings, we highly recommend Deep Creek. We will be back next year.
First and foremost, DO NOT try to use a GPS to find this campground. Even the staff snickered when I went into the office to register as I recounted being LOST while trying to find this campground. Learn from my experience and call ahead to get directions - even GoogleMaps and MapQuest don't get you there (yes - I had printed out directions as a back-up). The campground is very rustic and primitive in appearance. The full hookups were nice. There are lots of kids and seemingly hourly Yogi wagon rides for the kids through the park (beware the squirt gun rides...lol). The campground has cable hook-ups but staff told me it was "corroded in the ground" so I never got even ONE channel on my digital/LCD television. Even the antenna wouldn't tune in anything (so I missed the Heels first football game). The bathrooms were clean and spacious. There were more staff present here than at any other campground we've stayed at in past 3 years. It felt like a very safe environment for the kids to run around and bike and play in the river. There's a nice wide and level hiking trail to Mingo Falls. It's 2 miles each way and has a STEEP set of stairs that must be climbed to view the Falls. It is beautiful and worth the effort! We will stay here again. My family enjoyed the stay.