We were on site #1212. This review will be of the whole resort including campground. We have camped here many times so we know the drill. We were here specifically for marathon weekend. Upon check in we already knew our site because of a snafu with in laws checking in 1 day earlier. Check in cast member still would not tell us site number though, insisting we had to go to overflow and sit and wait for a text. Glad we did not because they NEVER texted us. Also many roads would be closed during the weekend but we were never informed about them at check in. In laws were able to get a brochure about the closures but they had to insist on getting one it was never offered to them.Every camper checking in this weekend should have received one in their packet no questions. It also should have been posted on restrooms and bus stops. It probably impacted many people trying to get to parks early until 1 pm. Also was not told where to catch bus to take runners and others to race area. Also no TV info in packet. Disney has all these channels to tell you how great they are but don't inform of what channels are what anywhere. We were able to enjoy our stay because we had low expectations since we are locals. But if we were here to go to parks it would not have been fun. The campground was great, but we ordered a giddy up and go at Trails End and it was cold and the biscuits were so hard that we left them out for the animals who didn't touch them either! It kind of ruined our first night tradition. Disney does lots of things right but you can tell they are starting to crumble at the edges.
We were in site #13 a FHU site. There are 7 FHU (8-14) and 10 50Amp sites-2 are FHU.Sites are mostly short and unlevel. Ours was very long, but narrow. Most sites are shady. All sites are dirt. One bathhouse which was clean. Firewood is delivered to your site when you buy it. Park has playground, boat ramp, 2 short hiking trails, canoe/kayak rentals which are very reasonable $4 1/2 hr. There was a notice of a pontoon tour but did not happen while we camped. Most people come to fish. Campers were quiet, but there is noticeable road noise in park. Lots of road construction at entrance. Shops and restaurants are close by. Over air TV was OK, received most Orlando channels.
We stayed in site #104. It is a non-reservable site. We were moved from our original site #41 due to soft wet ground and flooding from recent rains. We went to look at the original site and it looked like a big rig or truck had torn the ground up getting out of the soft dirt. Site 104 was very pleasant since no one was around us. This park has too many sites very close together. Luckily not many people were camping this same weekend either. It was the first time we had not seen this park crowded. There were lots of mosquitoes during our stay. Several people in our camping group reported not being able to go on the trails due to the mosquitoes biting them. During the day in the campground it was not too bad but as soon as dusk came they were out full force. There were no ranger led events except for the tram tour. FL Parks now have a geo cache trail for all the CCC parks that ends in HHSP. We visited the CCC museum and had a nice chat with the volunteer worker. We were able to get WiFi from our site, probably because we were close to the office. We had to park our RV carefully because of the low hanging tree branches in our site, since park is very shady. No smoke problems this time-not as many people cooking outside I guess. TV was not the greatest for over the air. We checked out the Lake Placid Orange Growers visitor welcome center, the Lake Placid Farmers market on Saturday morning downtown, and Henscratch Farms and Winery which was a very nice place to visit. Also stopped at Webbs Candy shop on Hwy 27 on way home. Lots of old FL places to check out in area.
We camped in site #46. I was all set to give this park a 9 or 10 like I have before, but the volunteer who cleans this park is a jerk and left us with a bad experience this trip. We've camped here 7 times over 8 years and campers always had access to the spring area before and after the park was opened or closed. We are only taking pictures and observing wildlife in a National Rec area. We do not swim or disturb them in any way. This guy who is set up on site #9 was very adamant that we could not walk down to the springs 15 minutes before the park closed one night or 30 minutes before it opened another day. He ended up cursing us out when we questioned why has this changed. Otherwise, park was clean in the camping areas, needed cleaned in the day areas, because people always seem to leave stuff behind. Sites all have w/e/s 50 amp, bbq grills and fire rings with concrete pads. Our site had shade and was close to the bathhouse. There is a $9 fee to book here. Verizon cell was very spotty and our Mi-Fi did not work the whole time. Very limited TV channels over air as well. No playgrounds for kids but lots of open space to play.
We had site #13 and have been here multiple times. Really like the woodsy feel and closeness of the camping area to the tubing area. Campground had noisy people next to us this time. People using loud voices until very early in the morning, not drunk (no alcohol allowed in park, they WILL check) just noisy. It rained at the start of our stay and there was some standing water in a few sites which breeds mosquitos here. Park was very crowded on weekend but quiet during week. Tube run is great and cold. Lots of lifeguards for safety, if you are not acting in a family friendly way you WILL be asked to leave. Park closes from 10a-3p on weekends because of crowding, so get here early or come late. Campers checking in must be IN sites before park closes for night. No late arrivals.
We were on site #39 in the newer loop. The only bad thing about this loop is there is very little shade available. Campground is quiet. Bathhouses were clean, with washer and dryer. Our loop had the FHU older loop is W/E only. All sites had grills and picnic tables. The ones in the newer loops cannot be moved around. There are 2 pull through sites. Rangers were nice and helpful. The ads on the campground map were extremely helpful when we needed an RV repair. Only about 5 TV stations available on digital. Area has many restaurants, stores and grocery. Beach is clean, but same as last year there is green goo in the water and this year there were lots of biting insects in the seaweed. Campsites in newer loop are gravel and in older one they are sand. Lots of sandspurs even if you walk on the concrete you will have them on your shoes.
We stayed in site #31 which was on the end of the camping loop. Site had picnic table, ground ring/grill, w/e hookups, and was sandy and very shady. Plenty of room to spread out. Magnolia loop has newer bathhouse and dog walk area with a playground in center of loop. Only 3 TV stations available. Campground was quiet even with park having a large family reunion going on. Park offers a Nature center, CCC museum, several trails to hike, suspension bridge, swimming area on Santa Fe River, and picnic facilities. Also has a large group camp with cabins that includes a dining hall, meeting building and open air pavilion. Rangers were very nice and patrol camping areas often. We also went to tube down the Ichetucknee River which was a great trip. $5 pp to tube and you can bring your own or rent from outside the park from vendors. That park was also clean and had a reasonable concessionaire stand for food. Changing rooms, restrooms and picnic facilities with a tram to take you back to the main area provided.
We had sites 1729 and 1731. Our sites had concrete and coquina rock, w/e/s and disney cable with a few added channels, picnic table and stand up grill. No fires at sites. Campground provides a nightly campfire program for all campers with a movie and sing a long. Shady loop, clean bath house, trash picked up constantly. Cable in 1729 was too far to use, needed an extension. Can rent golf carts, we brought our bikes to use. Large swimming pool with slide,kids waterplay area, very small hot tub for 1298 sites. Lots of activities and boat to get to MK. Bus transportation to everywhere else.Bring decorations to place on sites, lots of people go looping to see them.
We had site #109. This was our 5th stay in this park.Do not believe RA when they say it will fit a 35 ft anything. This is a site for popups and tents and very small RV's. We had to caddy corner ourselves in this site as there were no others to move to on a holiday weekend. Site was very unlevel as well. We had a picnic table and combo grill, with water and electric. Barely any TV due to many trees. Our mi-fi didn't always work probably due to the distance away from town. Pool has been remodeled and is nice but there are only 10 chairs unless you rent one. The store has gone downhill, now only carries very basic necessities. No more griddles in the table for the make your own pancakes. No free guided canoe trip on Thursdays. But you can rent surreys and golf carts at store. They were way overpriced though. There is a Fort tour on weekends for $2 pp. And the tram comes around on Friday nights for a tour of the loop around the park. On Saturday nights they give a ranger program in park. Dump station is up a hill so be careful when using it. Made it hard to hook up car.
We camped in site #27. Site had concrete to park MH on and picnic table, with fire ring/grill combo. Trees too small for shade anywhere in camping area. Campground 1/2 PT 1/2 BI sites. BI sites are much more private than PT's which are right on the road. 1 loop is for campers with horses, though anyone can book. Park is building a barn with stables so maybe all sites will open to anyone in near future. Only about 3 sites have water view so don't go by what you see on ReserveAmerica. Baths are solar heated and were clean. We were able to get many over the air TV channels here. Not close to town so the night skies were beautiful with stars. Water is sulfur so it does smell. Bring bottled if it bothers you. We tried out the easy bike path Sand Pine. Was really fun but very intense in turns. Mostly flat, although the other trails are not. No swimming here so for us this will be a cold weather park in future. March was very hot in FL. Also checked out nearby Paynes Creek SP which has a museum and hiking trails, it is about 45 minutes away. Also nearby is Bunker Hill Winery in Duette.
We stayed in site#10 in Big flats which is an older campground. We've been here before and chose this area even though the newer area had opened with FHU. We like being closer to the action and Big flats is closer to marina, bird walk, tram rides, air boat ride and stores. It was a short 15 minute bike ride to the canopy walk. TV reception was non existent but we knew that last year. Cell phone for Verizon and ATT was fair. Our Mi-Fi would not work here though. They have widened the spaces and taken away the middle sites in both older campgrounds to give more room. Campground was very quiet at night and we enjoyed our campfire and solitude even though it was New Year's weekend. There was no partying going on in Big Flats from what we could tell. Park has many trails and bike routes as well as a small museum. There was also a naturalist out on Saturday with animal skulls and pelts and footprints to educate people in the park. Even though it was a holiday, the park wasn't too crowded. But because of the warm weather, we did not see as many animals as last time. The birds were plentiful but the gators were able to stay in the water since it was mild, so not many opportunities to see them. They have removed the playground that was at the picnic area to enlarge the parking lot for the boat parking. While in the area we went to Rosa Fiorelli winery, Hunsader Farms, Crowley Nature Center (has farmer's market on Saturday mornings), Yoder's Amish restaurant and Alpine Steakhouse. For most of these, use the back gate it will save a lot of time driving. We might take a site in the newer section if we come back. We drove through it and it looked nice but sites are all gravel which in our experience in FL means ants. Roads are paved though in the newer area.
We stayed in site #44 a pull through site. We had fire ring/grill and picnic table, 30A, site was hard crushed gravel. Very long and wide with bushes along roadway for privacy. This was our 3rd stay, we came for the Christmas lights. Enjoyed the festival both nights we were here. All craft houses except blacksmith's were open and selling their wares. Main store was giving out cookies and hot chocolate. There was free popcorn, marshmallow roasts, movies, snow and Santa visits. Lights were great, kudos to the volunteers who spend their time installing them. Dump station has been rebuilt since we were here last. TV reception is still extremely poor w/o a SAT dish. Carillon was playing Christmas tunes instead of SF's music. Bathhouses were very clean and all volunteers were friendly. We ventured into Lake City and they had a Winter Festival that was totally free for all the activities. Also a great homemade, homegrown farmer's market is set up near the lake downtown every Saturday. We didn't get to the trails as we did on our last visit, but neighbors of ours said they were in good shape. The springhouse is getting a new roof so it was closed to the public. Not much going on in the town of White Springs, Lake City is where you would need to go shopping. Wi-Fi is available at main store if needed.
We were in site #11. It was shady, had a concrete slab, picnic table and FHU with cable. We backed up to the road so there was more noise than if you are closer to the beach. The clubhouse has been renovated and heat and air added with new windows since our last visit. We were in town for the Blue Angels Homecoming show so did not spend much time in park. We did receive a notice of a potluck on Saturday night by some of the residents. The beach is close by and now there is a boardwalk to cross the dunes. PNS Lighthouse is a short walk on path or by the beach. Air Museum down the street; new section just opened. Roads are dusty in park from the limestone gravel. No fires allowed. Cable was really fuzzy and did not get many channels. Park has wi-fi for $8 day. Central location to what we needed for this trip, and it was fun to see all the planes fly in the day before the show.
We were in site #1219 a non pet preferred loop. Our loop had a shared bath house with 1300 loop and larger concrete pads. It was so large that we could pull forward our RV and hook up our car behind us without leaving our site. We've stayed here many times and each time it has been good. Our loop was very spread out and quiet, occasionally you could heard activities at pool if wind was blowing right. Lots of activities for families in park. You can hop a boat to MK and then more boats, buses or monorails to get anywhere on property. Park has horseback riding, archery, swimming, hot tub, food, musical show, pony rides, etc. Lots to do.
We were in site #59 for a mini family reunion. This site was very sunny most of the day. Most sites seemed to have an invasion of ants this time of year so be careful leaving out any food because they will get it. Also we were told there were bears spotted in the area, but we never saw any. Each campsite has W/E/S 50 amp, a stand up grill and a fire ring with a lantern pole. All sites are asphalt and no cars can be parked on the grass. Bathrooms were very clean especially for a holiday weekend. You do have to pay a $9 reservation fee if made with Rec.gov. The springs were nice and cool and the rangers were checking coolers and handing out wristbands while we were there. There are 3 wineries that we visited in the area and we ate in Astor at Sparky's, very good hamburgers and salads. On Saturday's there is a flea market and farmer market across the street with a good diner. Not much to do inside park except for the springs. No real trails inside park. TV reception was OK for this area. There is an area for basketball and horseshoes near the extra car parking area.There is a store near the springs that carries swim supplies and ice cream.
We were in site #13.This is our 4th visit check out reviews on 8/08, 6/09, and 9/10 for full info. We love this park even though the campground is older. It is a short walk to the springs to cool off and there is peace and quiet here. No alcohol or rude behavior is tolerated. I even saw some loud mouthed kids at the springs get their entire family ejected for loud cursing. This is a very family friendly park where they don't put up with rule breakers! The newest thing they have added is the bear proof trash cans in the campground. We saw a young bear checking every trash can in the picnic area this visit. Park is patrolled often by sheriff deputies. The tubing is great and as a camper you can walk the spring trail after the park closes and see lots of wildlife come out. Our site was HUGE and next to the walkway. Lots of shade and they also sell firewood for campers now. Apopka is close by with many stores if you forget anything. Best value in Central FL in our book.
We camped in site #47 which was a FHU PT site on the new loop. Our site was gravel and had a fixed picnic table and a combo grill/fire ring. Our particular site was quite tight with just enough room to park the RV but no real room to spread out. Sites in newer section were very unlevel most sloping toward Western Lake. Most sites in the newer loop have no shade and lack privacy. Other sites in the new loop were more generous on space. The older loop is sand based and has w/e only but includes a clothesline to hang items from. It also has more shade and privacy. The park has 1 trail which is in the day use area near the beach. There are other trails that do lead outside the park boundaries into the Washington Nature Preserve to hike or bike. Also 30A has a large paved bike trail that leads into nearby areas. Grayton Beach has a picnic area and beach and that's about it. The beach is clean and the sand is cool and white. We had some storms the week we were here and the waves were rough. There was also a green goo of seaweed floating everywhere in the water. It seemed to stick to everything. There are no shells on this beach so walking along it was comfortable. Did not have to wear water shoes to keep feet from being cut. Park beach was very uncrowded unlike public beaches east and west of park. Park also rents bikes and canoes. We saw several people paddleboarding in park so I guess they can be rented nearby. Firewood is for sale in park. Park Ranger lady was very helpful with information of the area. She also gave our child a Jr Ranger book to work on while in park. Then, awarded her pins when she completed it. Bathhouse in new section is very nice and clean but could use AC and ceiling fans. It becomes very humid when inside it. Older section has a bathhouse that needs replaced. It looks like an old construction trailer. But it does have AC and fans. ATT and Verizon phones worked fine. No Wi-Fi in park. Did not find anyplace nearby that had it either. TV reception was spotty we were able to get 2 stations most of the week. The towns of Seaside and Watercolor are about a mile away and have shopping and food. There is a nice farmer's market on Saturday mornings in Seaside. We also toured nearby wineries and tried local wines. There are 2 Publix, one in Watercolor and one on 30A about 4.5 miles away. There are Wal-Marts on 30A as well if you forget anything.
We were in site #26 FHU Big Brook Campground. Our site was part paved and part gravel. We had a fire ring/grill combo, picnic table and lantern pole. W/E/S with 2-30A plugs and 1-20A plug in electrical box. Site was very shady but not very wide. We had just enough room to put out our opposing slides but could not use our awning. So we set up our EZUP behind the RV and put out our chairs facing the stream. Only 2 sites actually have a view of the stream #26 & #27. No TV reception at all and SAT was hard to get as well. We were directly across from the bathhouse which had 2 showers and 3 toilets, mostly used by the camp above us, Laurel Ridge. We also had the trash cans and recycling bins in front of our site. After 2 days the recycling cans were full and campers were leaving their bottles and cans on top of the trash cans. There are 3 areas in which to camp for RV's:Big Brook (FHU), Laurel Ridge (W/E), and Little Brook (W/E). Hickory Hollow (walk-in) and Squirrel's Nest (platform walk-in). There is also the Unicoi Lodge, cottages, cabins, and Quonset huts to stay in. There is a dump area in Little Brook. Campers need to check in at the Lodge and not in the campground. You get a color coded card to match to the site poles and you can choose among the ones from your color card which campsite you want. Our camp host didn't seem too friendly, we were there a week and they never seemed to venture off their own site. At check in we were told there was bear activity in the campground. We met him personally on the 2nd day we were there. He came right up to my husband who was outside eating his breakfast. My husband ran inside but wasn't able to grab his milk and the bear helped himself to it. We had another sighting of him in our camp 2 days after that. I feel the camp hosts should be policing the campers better and informing to not leave food out that the bears can get at, but they are not. Like I said we hardly saw our host. Because they are not policing the bear will be euthanized when caught. We also saw 3 deer, many types of birds and butterflies, and squirrels in the park. The park has an interpretive center with a trading post that sells camping stuff and ice cream/sodas. There are several programs a day for children. There is a lake front beach with paddle boats and canoes to rent. Several docks to fish from. There are many trails to mountain bike or hike. Anna Ruby Falls trail is about 4.8 miles one way from the park. The Lodge has a restaurant that has a buffet for every meal. There is also a craft store and Wi-Fi can be accessed there. The town of Helen is about 3 miles away from Unicoi. Try to visit on a weekend because during the week many shops are closed or open late in the day. Check out Betty's Grocery for anything you need, their prices are reasonable on most everything. Stop at Fred's famous Peanuts for boiled peanuts at Hwy 17/75 & 356. Go tubing on the "Hooch" with Cool River Tubing, take the 2 hour trip it's well worth it. The water was cold but the tubes have bottoms so you don't hurt yourself on the rocks. We also visited Anna Ruby Falls ($2pp) which is right next door. Then traveled to Brasstown Bald the highest point in GA, stopped at Goats on the Roof for fantastic fudge and shirts. We then hiked a portion of the Appalachian Trail and stopped for wine, pottery, and specialty grains at Nacoochee Village. We ate lunch at Troll Tavern and watched the tubers from the patio. We also did a farther trip to Mercier Orchards in Blairsville for cider and novelties. We would love to camp here again in the future.
We stayed in site #81 in the River Area in a premium loop D. Most sites there are PT's. Our price was $36 due to purchasing a $5 parking pass required in GA. We only did an overnight but tried to see as much of the park as we could before leaving the next day. Our site was gravel and had a picnic table, fire ring, stand up grill, and a lantern pole. There was no cable or TV reception for us even though the park lists 6 stations on their brochure, we were unable to receive any. There is a sign on the dump station to beware that it backs up often and that a new one is under construction. There were grey water drains throughout most of the park. We didn't use it since we only stayed 1 night. Our site was very shady and quiet. It seems this is the area where most of the big rigs stay since the sites are the longest in the park. We did not have a reservation and the office had just closed when we arrived so we stopped at the host site to pay for the night. Host was friendly and helpful. Bathhouse was clean but the park was not crowded at all. Park sells firewood (host site) and has a store in the office. Campground is 2 miles off I-75 so there was no noise to bother our sleep. Park offers paddle boats, canoes, has several playgrounds, riverside as well as lakeside camping and yurts for rental. Falls were a short drive from our site to a parking area, then a path to the stairs which led to a very steep descent onto the rocks to view the waterfall up close. Several people were playing in the water at the base of the falls, but the park advises you to stay off the rocks and out of the water since it is very slippery. Brochure also states that Wi-Fi is available at the office but we didn't use it so cannot comment about the strength of signal. There was a Catfish restaurant at the entrance to the riverside camping area that seemed really busy for dinner so I would guess it was a good place to eat. Would definitely come back to this park to enjoy a longer stay.
We camped in site #93 a PT, this was our second visit. Site was very unlevel as it slopes down to Catfish Hotel Sink. All sites have picnic table, combo grill/fire rings, lantern post and laundry posts(bring your own rope). Sites are sand with leaves. Each site was raked by the volunteer host after occupant checked out. So all sites were very clean. There was a mandatory burn ban in effect during our visit as FL is in a drought right now. Park was well maintained, bathhouses were clean when we arrived but we did not use them, so do not know if they were kept that way. There were a lot of tenters and popups so I would suspect they had moments when they were not pristine. Park has hiking trails, playgrounds, concessionaire that rents kayaks and canoes, sells ice and ice cream as well as various sundries. They have a deal if you are a camper: rent a canoe at 4pm until 4pm the next day for $30. There is a Wal-Mart nearby if you forget anything. Springs were clean and cold. Not overly crowded even though temps were in the 90's. Many volunteers picking up trash and answering questions from guests. There is a nice long boardwalk that you can tie up a boat to or fish from. We watched the sturgeon jumping in the Suwannee River each night. Lots of deer roaming around. The campers feed them so they are not shy and are not afraid of cars or people. We visited the Dakotah Winery on Hwy 19 nearby. Had a great tasting and they have a nice shop with lots of goodies to buy. Checked out the Chiefland Farmers and flea market. Much more flea than farmers market. Was disappointed to not find any local produce there. I would have given this park a 10: if not for the many stinging insects, lots of yellow flies this time of year; we could only get 1 TV station so had to rely on our weather station for updates since we couldn't get local TV weather; and the unlevelness of our site.
We were in Site #21. We were here previously in July 2009. The only changes since then was they finally added 2 washing machines and 1 dryer to the bath house. Beach here was quiet, mostly fishermen and families. This time our site was on the dune side so we had an awesome view of the water. They have replaced the broken dune walk over and the observation decks. We again went to the farmer's market in town and bought our fresh veggies and bread. Also took another trip up to Washington Oaks to see their beach and gardens, well worth the trip. Same ranger checked us in again and still wanted us to hear about everything. He must be the senior ranger on duty so he gets to talk the most. We've never had checkins take so long anywhere. We did get to walk the Joe Kenner nature trail this time and did enjoy it. Saw manatees in the bay side where you put in boats. Again it rained with a potential for 60 mph winds but the hosts had checked out and no one replaced them while we were here. Luckily we saw the sky changing and watched the local news to know. Campers were friendly and polite. There are no campfires allowed right now, a burn ban is in effect. You can have a charcoal or gas grill, if it has a lid to cook.
We camped in site #23. You pick your site when you get there.Sites fit even the largest RVs. Rules aren't followed though about how many people or vehicles can be on a site. We saw 8 tents and about 40 people on one site right next to the park host. They probably rented the right amount of sites but all set up on the same one.Sites have fire ring and grill with picnic table and all packed limestone with poles ringing the site. Bathhouses are clean and large in center of loop. There are 4 family sites that will hold 3 families with 18 people. We swam in the lake which was still cold in April. The water is tea colored due to the cypress trees in the lake. Lots of boaters here but you cannot rent a canoe or kayak. Lifeguards only in summer time. We did the FL Orienteering Club's event on this weekend. Was quite warm but had a good time hiking in the Split Oak Forest. The park host has put together a film about the wildlife in the park and he shows it on Saturday nights in the Fall and Winter seasons. stores are pretty close. A Publix grocery is 7 miles away as well as restaurants. Was able to get many local TV stations and phones worked fine here.
We stayed in site #17. We chose this site because we have visited the park before on a rainy weekend and noted what sites drained off quickly and which ones did not. I mention this because all the sites are hard limestone and if you have one of our FL showers and do not pick your site well you could have a pond for several days in your site. It did not rain on us this visit, so all was good. Sites are very shady, most are wide. About 1/2 have tent pads in them so if your RV is long do not choose one of these sites. There was no ranger talk even though it showed on the website. Luckily we were with a group so did not miss it. Baths were clean but old. Nice shower area with plenty of room so your things would not get wet. We toured the nearby Museum of Natural History in GNV as well as the zoo on the campus of Santa Fe CC. Both were well worth the visits. We only went up the observation tower once and were able to see the wild horses nearby, but no bison. This is a great park, just book early during football weekends for home games as U of F is so close by. Town of Micanopy is very quaint and reminds us of Old Florida.
We camped in site #24 in the newly renovated equestrian sites that have 50A/water. Site came with combo fire ring/grill and picnic table. Site was crushed limestone/shell. Plenty of room for larger RV's in horse sites. Lots of shade in site. Campground is in the middle of Florida, nowhere near anything. We only received 1 TV channel well w/o SAT. Very little phone reception. Many great hiking trails for horses, bikes or people. We saw deer, burrowing owls, crested caracaras, vultures, and other birds. Beautiful sunsets and clear stargazing. Burn ban in effect while we were here so no campfire, but park does sell firewood. Very nice bath house with washer and dryer. No playground or interpretive exhibits but ranger did come by site personally with a gator skull and fossils. Buggy ride was down during our stay. We would go back for the relaxation since it was quiet and peaceful during our stay.
We were in site #59. Site had e/w with a picnic table and fire ring/grill combo. Site was grass with dirt. Most sites are very close together unless you book from 109-120. They seemed to have more side room but most sites are not very deep. This park was built when RV's were small. The playground in the camping area consisted of a metal monkey bar and 4 regular swings (no baby ones). There was only 1 pull through in entire park- site # 89. It was also directly on the road. The feeling I got as I pulled into the camping area was an old RV park where you could stand at the side of your RV put your arms out and touch the RV next to you. Park had a good vibe when we were there though. Pretty quiet except for the host in #77 who liked to play very bad music very loud in the afternoon but not late at night. This is a place where if you have a loud voice they will be able to hear you 10 sites over because you are so close. Did I mention how close you are? Rangers at check in were not familiar with computer. I think only one was a real ranger and could use it, so it took about 15 minutes to check in. I had to ask about everything since we had never been to this park before. I thought after I was asked if it was my first visit they would be forthcoming with info on things to do, ranger programs, etc., but they were not. Again only one ranger seemed to know anything, and he was busy checking in campers. Bath houses were old and need refurbished badly, but there were 3. Dump station was awful. It is 2 sided but cannot be used that way if a large RV is in it because of the way they need to pull in. I had to stand at the other end and tell people that we were waiting to use it or we would never had been able to dump when we left because of the turning radius we needed to have to get near the dump area. There is a nice dredge that was used to make the Tamiami Trail and a small interpretive center that is being worked on in an old fort type building and a short nature trail with a boardwalk in the park. Our favorite part was the Friday and Saturday ice cream parties in the screened in clubhouse. On Friday they had a guitar player for entertainment and Saturday there was a ranger talk on invasive species. The playground area in the picnic area is newer and has more pieces to it. The Coke machines do not take dollar bills no matter what they say. The ranger at the office confirmed that, but they won't put a note on them to tell people that. This is a great location for accessing Big Cypress Preserve which we did. We rode our bikes through Shark Valley which was a treat with so many gators and birds to see. We booked this park because we knew we would be there in January, and it does get cold even in South Florida so we wanted electricity. If I was to visit the area again I would stay at one of the national park camping sites because they had lots of room and are cheaper.
We were in site #63 very close to store and had a sidewalk next to us. This is our second visit and we came to specifically see the Christmas Lights. Less turn around of sites than in summer. We were actually surprised that there were a number of sites vacant while we were there, even on Thanksgiving day. In summer people are moving constantly to new sites to be able to stay for the time they want to spend here. So this time there was less traffic congestion. Our site was spacious, we had a fire ring/grill combo, large picnic table, w/e/s with 50 amp.Wi-Fi in park is very good. There is a laundry area at bath house and a clubhouse in campground. There is a store with ice cream, drinks, and firewood, and propane refill. Park has very nice bike/walking paths. Husband ran the Turkey Trot in Charleston while we were there and was able to utilize paths to train. Dog area with beach, fishing dock, very nice playground though it is starting to fade from the sun after just 1 year of being open but is well maintained. We did use the climbing wall but the day we went there was not enough help for all the people who wanted to climb the wait was really long. And when the employee did call for help the man that came instead of helping to belay he took over an hour to set up the small movable climbing wall instead. The Christmas Light festival was great and it was better being in the park. Each night we walked a different area to see them up close. There are train rides, food, a carousel, 2 stores, a bakery, and visits with Santa. Charleston is very close by with many things to do and stores to shop in. Everybody we met was very friendly and helpful.
We stayed in site #57 within site of the beach and close to a bathhouse. Our site was not level it was more like a bowl but very wide. I have to say that overall the state park was very nice but the campground was shoddy. This is probably the lowest I've ever rated a campground. This place is fighting Mother Nature.This park was made by the CCC and it shows. They should close down for a year or so and do a complete over haul on this place. The bathhouses are old, old, old. I didn't use them but I don't think they have heat or air in them or any ventilation according to my husband. The water has encroached on the road and campsites after a storm this spring and they had to move several campsites away from the water. They added a new road but can't seem to put a sign to it after 5 months, it looks like you are driving into someones campsite. Each site has 30amp (if you are in the front 50 if you are away from the water) , water and a picnic table with a grill/fire ring, most sites are shady. Most sites near the water were smaller and those in the back are roomier but I understand buggier because they have cut canals around the sites for water runoff. Most of the sites are very sandy. I would avoid sites 20-37 because the staff keeps piling new sand in them and has to pull out an RV quite often. A large MH had to be pulled out while we were there and after wards the staff just smoothed out the sand for the next sucker. Don't know why they don't add gravel to the base instead. Our Verizon phone worked but not our AT&T phone. No Wi-Fi in park or cable. Limited over the air TV available. There was a playground quite far from our campsite. There is only one location for trash and recycling in the park and that is next to the front dump station which is probably why we saw so much garbage in the park. Should add more receptacles near store and 2nd dump station. The dump stations were very small. The entrance one can be used going in or out of the park but can't be used by 2 RV's at the same time. The back dump is tiny and is right in front of site #147. I would hate to be in that site. Gate code is changed everyday. The store seems well stocked and they were helpful. The volunteers checking people in were also helpful.There is no laundry so if you plan a long stay you will have to leave to do it. We did see deer in the campground, they seemed very tame so they must be fed by campers. The rest of the park is great. We rode our bikes on the trail from the campground to the lighthouse. It was a challenging trail for us flat lander with lots of switchbacks and elevation changes. There about 5 trails in the park and all can be biked or hiked. You can also ride on the beach at low tide- the sand is quite hard. They have a visitors center with a movie and a separate nature center with animals and programs. Overall the entire park is great but the campground needs a lot of work.
We camped in site #1645 which is a full hook-up loop. The site has water/electric/sewer and an electric outlet on the signpost for plugging in a golf cart. Our site had a concrete pad to park on and a coquina sand pad behind the RV. Site comes with a long picnic table vs. the square ones in the upgraded loops. There is also a BBQ grill but no fire ring since Ft Wilderness has a campfire program every night. Our site was located on the end of a loop so it was very convenient to the comfort station and to the bus stop at the front of the group of loops 1600-1900. Site was shady and had a nice buffer between campers. We were there for Halloween again and FW has lots of activities for that time frame for the campers to participate in.
We camped in site #8. Very shady with w/e, fire ring/grill combo, picnic table on a concrete slab. Sites are long enough for the longest RV's. We did have a problem with the power going out, but it was rectified quickly with the ranger. This our 3rd time camping here and we still really like this campground. It is quiet, but close to the river where the tubing is. Park is not crowded during the week but does get full on weekends. We saw deer on a hike, turkeys, raccoons, and a bear was sighted in the campground.
We had site #57. Lots of shade with a paved parking pad, grill, picnic table, fire ring, 50A/w/s. Most sites were spaced well apart from each other. Lowest number sites have the most sun. 2 bathhouses for RV area and 1 for the tenting area. Springs have been redone and look good. Water is 72 degrees year round. We were camping with a group over Labor Day weekend. Lots of groups here at the same time but no problems that I saw. Everyone seemed respectful of others and their sites. Kids had fun even though there is no playground. Behind sites between rows there is plenty of play space for games and running around. Cell service is spotty for all carriers. TV came and went as well. There seemed to be more bugs on this trip but it did rain for a week straight before the weekend and it rained over the weekend as well. Nice original flea market across street each weekend. Stand sells boiled peanuts there. Will return again.
We camped in site #14 the last site on the water view aisle. Our site was level with trees in the rear and side. Site comes with fire ring/grill and picnic table. Base was gravel/sand. There are 3 PT sites but all are first come, they cannot be reserved. Water is shared between units so bring long hoses in case you get the long side. We were able to see the inlet from our site. The first day we went to the beach from the campground using our bikes. There is no bike rack near the beach nor is there a rinse off nearby (it is behind the Fishing Museum). There are no lifeguards at beach and the sand is quite high above the water making it hard to keep younger ones in view, the waves are very rough and there is a steep drop off not far from shore. Which is probably why the surfers love it (surfing is north of the pier only). The next day we went to the McLarty Museum which is part of the park. Nowhere on the website or in print did it say there was a cost of $2 pp to enter until you get to the museum. Inside there is a 45 minute movie about how the 1715 Plate Fleet was found by a local man. There are some of the finds in the museum. We then went to the beach that is just north of the museum and enjoyed it more than the area near the camp office. The sand was not so steep and there was no drop off. The beach was not very crowded either and the water was cool. After returning to the main park we went to the Fishing Museum (no charge) and watched a 20 min movie about how the cut was formed and how the fishing is much better now. There are some displays to go along with that. Then we went back and walked around the campground and area. We saw wild bunnies near the bathhouses, which were very clean. Larger campsites were away from the water, they also had the most shade. The ones closer to the water had a better breeze though. No see ums were at the beach as well as in the campground area. Do not book sites 50-51 or 16 as they are practically on top of the dump station. There is no gate or code for the campground but it is patrolled by the sheriff's office and park personnel quite a bit as the park is open 24 hours a day. If you have a site near the water you will hear cars and boats being driven by at all hours. Sites by the water are not at all private. I heard every word said by our neighbors the whole weekend, and they were not talking loud. The campground has lots of trash cans on every row along with recycle cans but they do not recycle glass or plastic containers only cans. We were able to use Verizon and AT&T phones and did get some local TV stations. There is a bike trail but it doesn't go everywhere in the park. You must have a car to get around to the different areas as they are all spread out too far from each other. There is Wi-Fi but you must pay $3 day or $15 week for it and it is only in one spot. The price to camp here is rather high compared to other places we have camped in FL S/P's. So this park is way down the list to go back to. There are many nicer parks we can go to nearby.
We stayed in site #39. Park has just been renovated to upgrade to FHU sites. There is very little shade right now but trees have been planted and in a couple of years there will be shade. Sites are gravel, mostly level, have a picnic table, stand up grill, a combo fire ring and most have laundry poles to hang your wet towels from (bring your own rope). DTV has few channels but there are enough to get news and weather from. There are 3 pull-through sites and 3 host sites: 1 per loop. Bathhouses were clean and new. Most sites are very large so any RV will fit. Lots of space between them as well. Ours was so large we could back the toad up and hook up in our site, and it was not a pull-through. Park has a pool that just reopened but it is old and needs some work. Campground has a tube launch and their own swimming area. Park office has a rec room with TV and game tables, store and another set of baths. There is a laundry behind office as well. Canoe/kayak and tube rentals just for campers at campground. Playground was small but OK. There was horseshoes and shuffleboard available. No ranger programs in summer but park has a large amphitheater. Cell phone for Verizon and ATT worked fine. Not much security though, campground gate is open all day because of the shuttle that runs from tube launch. We had guests visit and they never had to check in. Gates are locked at night though. Park was quiet most of night except for train horns that blow most of night (Fri at 4 am and Sat starting at 11 pm through the night). There really is nothing nearby so bring provisions. Head Springs are about 8 miles away and you can swim and snorkel there and walk through the gardens. Tube run takes about 1.5 hours from campground to the take out point. You need a dive flag if you want to snorkel but we saw people snorkeling without one and no one cared. No disposables are allowed on the river. We will camp here again.
We stayed in site #37 in West Rim. This was our second stay here (see review 09/2007). We intentionally picked this campground again so we could eat at the Canyon Grill down the road from the park. Last time we were here GA was having a drought. This time there was plenty of water in the waterfalls making the hike well worth it. They had even added another section to hike since we were here last. Park is very cool after the heat of the Midwest for us. Hosts were extremely friendly and we didn't notice too many insects this time. Another difference was there was cell phone service for both ATT and Verizon, and we did get some TV stations. There were no ranger programs during the week when we were here but they do have them on weekends. Office staff were pleasant to deal with. Most sites are level and very private in West, very open in East. Bathhouses still need to be updated but were clean. Grey water dump areas spread throughout camping areas. Playgrounds right in camping loops. West Rim and East Rim are not close together so a car is needed if wanting to go between and not take all day to get there. There is a hiking path from West to Rim but it is a 4 mile walk. There is a $5 parking pass charge added to your site fee but it is a one time charge not paid everyday of your stay. This is a special place where you can slow down and relax and just take a deep breath. Much needed after the last park we stayed at.
We camped in site #36. We picked this campground because another we were considering did not have a pool and it was hot. That said we should have gone with the one without the pool. There is not too much nice to say about this campground for us. Good: had a slide but line was long and it was buggy outside so you were getting bit while waiting for turns. Pool: it was wet but so crowded you could not move and no one was following the rules of no jumping, no horseplay and (the scariest), no diving. It was close to Mammoth Cave, about 9 miles away and somewhat near Lincoln's Birthplace which was why we were here. We thought because we arrived late on a Sunday that most of the weekenders would be gone. Found out they leave on Mondays. There are lots of activities for parents to dump their children at so they can go to the pool or their sites to get drunk and rowdy themselves. There seemed to be no policing of any rules at this park. Golf carts are to be avoided because the drivers are not watching for kids, dogs or anyone walking on the paved roads. Sites were so unlevel we kept rolling out of our beds. We could not dump our tanks in a FHU site because the sewer was uphill of our RV and was over 30 ft away from our drain. There is no cable or TV stations available and the Wi-Fi sucked unless you were at the office, as we found out. Even our Verizon Mi-Fi would not get data at this park. Site was barely able to fit our MH and toad. Felt like we were hanging over the road and would be hit by a crazy driver. Water pressure was very low. There was no direction to the traffic in the park. All roads were 2 way but only wide enough for one vehicle at a time. Woe to the person driving through and meeting another RV in the center. Who will have to back up, especially uphill? On Monday morning some campers thought it would be fun play musical car alarms at 6:30 am to wake up entire campground. And most of all: the price was way too high. This has definitely solved our need to ever stay at another Jellystone in the future. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, not going to happen.
We stayed in site #15. Our site was shady and had a large concrete area to park on. It was wide enough that we parked in center and could still open our cargo doors and not step on grass. The picnic table was also on a concrete side section. Our site was very level. Site comes with electric, picnic table and fire ring/grill combo. All sites are back ins. We had a water spigot next to our site. There was a spigot about every 4 sites, so you do not have to go far to get water. There was a vault toilet near us and a larger bathhouse near the center of campground. No laundry facilities are available in the park. Host can give you a map of nearby stores and attractions. Firewood was available every night from 6-6:30 pm for $4 bundle. Park is very quiet but had lots of families camping on weekend, most people were checking out on Sunday so I suspect it would be peaceful during week with everyone gone. Hosts were friendly when we checked in. When you get here, you go right to your site if you have reservation. They will come by later with your car tag. If you don't have a reservation you pick a site that is not taken and they will come by to collect payment. There is a nice visitor center with a movie and a Naturalist program for all ages. You get a badge if you finish and can add pins the more times you participate. There is not too much to do in park besides biking and the visitors center. Pool is permanently closed due to maintenance/age issues, it is a shame because it was really hot we were here and we would have enjoyed it. There is also tennis courts and baseball field near pool area, they don't look like they are being maintained though. We saw no playgrounds in park. They have an equestrian area but it was closed when we were here. Not sure if you had to bring your own horse or could ride theirs? We were able to get plenty of TV channels and Verizon and ATT worked here well. We saw people with satellites but you do need to chose a site without trees for that. We spent the day at the Jefferson Memorial Arch and Grant's House, both were very good parks and highly recommended.
Park makes you buy a parking pass. Since we were staying 2 weeks we had to buy 2: one for the toad and one for the MH. Total cost was $30, so my cost reflects this in the price. NE should just roll this into the camping fee like most other states. It feels like you are being charged double when you roll up to the gate. We stayed in site 141 in the Lakeview Campground. We were here for 9 days so my review will be different from the other posters who I suspect are here for weekends only. First the pros. We had 30 amp electric, and site was paved with asphalt, sites are spaced nicely in Lake View (LV) much more than in Little Creek (LC). There is shade in both camps. We were able to get 8 TV stations very clearly. ATT and Verizon both worked here. There are water spigots available in center of loops. Our site had a picnic table and a grill/fire ring combo. Trash cans are located throughout the campground so no long walk to take trash out and it seems to encourage people to dispose of their pet waste. Cons. The sites flood every time it rains leaving a muddy mess, none of the sites are level, there are only 5 full hookups in LV and only 2 can be reserved. Host sits on a walk up site, so really there are only 2 walk ups available. Bath houses are very old and there are only 2 showers in LV and 4 in LC. You also need to push a button to get a shower, water only lasts for about 2 minutes and you do not get to control the temperature of the water. There should be more showers for a no water/sewer campground. Wi-Fi is supposed to be available in LV but even sitting right outside the bath house where the transmitter is located, we could not get a signal. (Wi-Fi was a big reason for booking in LV and not LC). We had to go to the lodge daily to get a signal and do some work. Our power cut off several times for short periods during our stay, causing us to have to reset items when returning to our RV after being away. Also there are several trains day and night and they do blow their horns for quite some time when they go by. Park: The park is landscaped beautifully with lots of activities for everyone, We participated in the Jr Naturalist classes which were offered everyday, not just on weekends. Park has mini golf ($3.50), water park ($7/5), horse trail riding ($15-not worth it), melodramas ($7/5 we saw 3 of them), indoor playground ($2) and fishing (need a permit). There is nothing nearby so bring everything you need for a stay unless you want to drive to Lincoln or Omaha. There is a small but nice wildlife safari ($6/4) 1 mile down the road and a SAC museum ($10/5) next door. There is a marina between the 2 campgrounds that sells convenience items, firewood, ice cream and fishing stuff and paddleboat rides. There is also a nice bike trail that goes all the way around the park. There are 2 outside playgrounds 1 in LC camping area and the other next to the theater. Bball courts and baseball field are near LC camping area. Laundry is located at LC campground in bath house ($1.50 W or D). Tennis courts are near water park. We would have given this park a higher rating if only staying here for a weekend, because then we would not have had to use the bath house. Because of the age and lack of usefulness of those, and there is no water at sites and our RV sat in a wet mud hole for 2 weeks, we rated it lower.
We stayed in site #D12. First I want to say this is the 4th KOA we have stayed in for our tour of the west, and it is also the most expensive at $53 a night. The next closest was a $40 night stay. This park is NOT worth that. You are between I-90 and a truck terminal that is very busy, as well as the airport. The airport I don't mind because I live near one at home and don't notice it, but I mention it because others might. Sites are all gravel with a little grass in between and no privacy. Site was FHU and has a picnic table, cable TV and Wi-Fi which was a good connection. Need a water pressure regulator for your hoses here. If you want a fire you have to rent a portable firepit because of local and state regulations with no outside wood allowed because of beetles. They have a heated pool, and mini golf ($2 person) with 1 free coupon in a welcome packet. The bathhouses were clean as well as the park. The section we were in was not shaded but easy to maneuver around. It looked like they were installing a basketball goal near the mini golf area. The office staff ladies were very friendly and helped us with directions. When I told her that this was the most expensive KOA we have now stayed at, she tried to lower the cost but it only went down $3. We are a 35 ft MH with a toad and a 12 year old which we paid $2 extra for. After checking the prices on RVreviews, I found out that we are paying the highest rate in 3 years except for 1 other customer. Based on that I would not stay here again when there are many other parks in the area that are a better deal.
We were in site # 218 in Base Camp. Our site was a 50 amp pull through and had a picnic table with fire ring/grill combo. Base of site was gravel and had grass between sites. Our site was unlevel; first time on this trip we needed to get out our step stool. Wi-Fi is offered, but don't ever count on it. It is very spotty, we ended up using our Mi-Fi as well to check messages on. There is basic cable in Base Camp of 13 channels. The day we checked in we used the hot tub, and the temperature was fine, but the jets weren't very powerful. On the last day we wanted to go into the hot tub but the temperature of the water was not in the optimum range for use. The pool area was very clean and the playground was brand new. Park has its own set of gas pumps so no need to leave. Cell service was good for Verizon, but no service for AT&T. Park offers a pancake breakfast each morning for $2.00 with anything extra costing more. Park rents bikes and cars for sightseeing. They also have chuck wagon dinners and rides in the summer. They have a store that has food and gift items. Laundry was $2/wash and $1/dry. Clubhouse area with pool table and video games available. Custer is about 11 miles away and Hill City is about 4 miles away. The only real problem I had with this park was the driveways into and out of each area were on uphill or downhill grades. Makes it difficult to see people or cars coming, and if you have to wait for them to pass you end up spinning out in the gravel road. Other than that we would come back to stay again.
We stayed in site #3. Our site had full hook ups and a picnic table with shade from large trees. It was grass and gravel and level. There is a group campfire site down at end of row. The office closes at 5 pm so we did not meet the staff. The pool was locked. The park had a very nice playground, stores available across street since KOA's was closed. There is no TV or cable. The Wi-Fi worked very well. Only Verizon worked for us not ATT. Horse rides and hayrides available next door. The post office was next door. Devil's Tower entrance is next to park. It is very family oriented, lots of kids playing. The park shows same movie "Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind" every night. The bathhouses are old but work. The park also has laundry. Almost every site has an awesome view of Devil's Tower. No gas or groceries nearby-about 45 minutes away. This KOA only accepts their own card for discounts. Others we have stayed at took Good Sam or AAA. It was good for overnight and visiting park which is what we did.
We stayed for 4 nights in site G321, in some of the coldest weather we have ever camped in. 3 of the nights it dropped below freezing and snowed. There is no electricity now and probably won't be until Xanterra settles their contract with the NPS. The sites were fine for us, we were able to fit a 35 ft MH and car next to each other without having to bang into each other getting by. Sites are asphalt with evergreen trees either behind or next to sites with pine trees on the outer perimeter for shade. They were only parking rigs on one side of the loop so there was no one behind us. The park had vacancies every night, not sure if it was because of weather or the fact there was no electricity. Generators can be run from 8am-8pm. Park still has sewer and water though, so still the best value for us instead of driving into park each day: we were closer to where we wanted to go each morning. Be sure to unhook hoses when weather drops to freezing temperatures. Some campers forgot and had no water in morning. Park restrooms were clean and heated with hot water in them. Need to use water regulator because pressure varies from 0-100 psi according to office. We found the pressure to be low on our trip. Village of Fishing Bridge has everything you need: groceries, shops, gas, propane, restaurant, visitor center, and hiking. Easy access to see rest of park from here. Park office has small store, showers ($), laundry and dump station if you camp elsewhere and need it. Rows A-D are no generator rows and E-G are for generators. There is no TV available and only Verizon worked in limited areas of park. ATT did not work at all. Some roads were closed completely during our stay and some closed periodically for the weather. Check road conditions before traveling anywhere when there is bad weather nearby. All in all, we would definitely book here again in the future. Even if there was no electricity.
We were in Site #80 a pull-through, w/ FHU and cable TV. Wi-Fi is free for 2 continuous hours each 10 hours of paid site. Site was gravel with an asphalt area for the picnic table. Park takes AAA or Good Sam for discount. Cable TV has 16 channels. Water needed to be disconnected each night for freezing conditions. Park has a playground with 1 tire swing. No pool available. Cell phone was good with Verizon but not ATT. Big rig accessible with pull-through's or back-ins. Tents allowed. Cabins can be rented. Room between sites was OK, most sites have trees on them for shade. Park had a gameroom, store, and a laundry room. Lady checking us in was not well versed on a computer system: needed help 3 times with check-in. Park was very clean and offered coffee, cocoa and cappuccino in the morning. Park was very quiet, did not see any hosts and office closes promptly at 5 pm. National Park is right around corner, so easy access. We only over nighted so we did not use everything available to guests. Plenty of stores, restaurants, and gas stations nearby. National Park Rangers, man a desk in the town visitor center so you can get info before entering park. Town has IMAX movies and Wolf and Bear Discovery Center. I lowered rating for hassle with Wi-Fi and water.
We were in site C16. This is a deluxe plus site. Site has concrete pad with area to park your car. Full hook ups and wi-fi and cable included with a picnic table on site. We were greeted warmly and given info about the area. Guided to site and offers to help us set up. Site was tight with rigs close by on each side. There was not enough room to put out awning because a young tree was growing in the space needed to do so. We were allowed to have rig washed in our site. Sites have no shade right now but each site does have a tree planted so in a few years there will be shade. Entire park is paved with a little grass between each site. Park has cabins, playground, horseshoes, dog walk, basketball court, heated pool, 14 mile nature trail behind park, very nice clubhouse with full kitchen, 2 pool tables, Foosball, clean laundry area ($1.50 wash/$1 dry). Office has business center with 2 computers and printer as well as a small convenience store. Managers were always friendly and helpful with information about Salt Lake City. Water hookup needs pressure regulator because of high pressure. Sites were very level. There is a locked security gate to get in and out. 3 large bathhouses each has 6 complete bathrooms in them. Cell service for Verizon and ATT worked here. Wi-Fi was limited- always had better service in mornings than in evening. Road noise is there but after a few days I did not hear it. We live near an airport so that noise never bothered us. I heard only 1 train come through even though there are trains across the street, and we stayed here for 2 weeks. Lots of shopping nearby; gas, Flying J for propane, restaurants, grocery. Great views of the Wasatch mountains out front window. Rates are based on the length and kind of parking you need. Those who want more space pay higher rates. I can't comment on smells because we never smelled anything bad in the 2 weeks we stayed. Park felt safe even though it is near an industrial area.
We camped in #45. This park is fine for an overnight stop, not a destination park. Site was gravel, FHU with cable TV and Wi-Fi. No picnic table and site didn't have enough room to put out living-room slide or an awning, neither which we needed for an overnight stop. Train horns and road noise heard throughout night, but if you are tired enough you probably won't notice them. Park offers continental breakfast (coffee, fake juice and muffins). Staff attitude was non-existent, neither friendly nor rude. Slot lounge, horseshoes, playground, and internet area in the office, as well as a mini mart were available for guests. We got a Good Sam/AAA discount. Park had both pull-through and back-in sites. ATT and Verizon both worked. Park was clean, Wi-Fi was slow but did work. There are casino shuttles and park has a laundry facility.
We were in site #31.Park has 89 regular sites and 3 double sites. No hookups for anything. Generator use from 9a-7p for only 45 minutes at a time. Sites vary in size, some are double wide enough to park a car and RV in next to each other and some are single width and cars must be parked in front of RV. If you cannot fit your toad in you must park it about ½ mile away in Curry Village parking lot. Our site came with a picnic table that has bear instructions mounted to it, a bear box big enough for a couple of coolers, and a fire ring/grill combo. Parking pad is asphalt and most of them are cracked and uneven. All of them have curbing to keep you off the forest ground, as well as big rocks placed on the curbs so you don't wander off the road. Campfires in summer season (starts May 1) are allowed only from 5p-10p. Campground does get smoky if everyone is having a campfire, take note if you have breathing problems. Pets are allowed but there is no designated place to walk them. Park was quiet during day but was extremely quiet at night probably because it was still cold out (41 degrees). Bathrooms each have two stalls and two sinks all cold water. There is a potable water faucet that you need a water thief to use because it is not threaded, as well as a utility toilet to dump grey water in (small batches only). There is a complete dump station at the entrance to Upper Pines across the street that has potable water fills and a dump area. Our site was a corner one and worked OK, we were only able to put out one slide because a tree blocked the other slide. Without having been there we believed Reserve America's descriptions when we booked so we thought it was OK. In our opinion Lower Pines was the nicest of the Pines campgrounds because it is the smallest. It has the best view of the canyon walls and waterfalls and part of it is on the river. The other campgrounds have more sites so more traffic into and out of them. Lower Pines sites are more spread out as well. You can get everything you need nearby including camping supplies, except gas which is only available in Wawona and Crane Flat, both over an hour away. Plenty of shopping, post office, restaurants, and things to do like hiking, biking, horseback riding, ranger programs, and such. There is also an amphitheater in Lower Pines that has a ranger led talk each night at 8:30p. Plenty of shade trees. We did not put up our TV antennae but others told us there is no reception anyway and unless you have a clear shot which is hard to get no satellite either. Verizon cell did not work for us but ATT did at certain times. There are phone booths near the check in station at each campground if you need to make calls. There are also park provided shuttle buses to take you anywhere in the village area. Outside of that you will have to drive to get to where you want to go.
Were we in site #A4. Very nice people at check-in. Has a store, laundry, salt water pool, bball, playground, game room, clubhouse, and propane sales. Our site was in front row and a pull-through which was 50 ft long. Just enough room for our MH and toad. Site was rimmed by shade trees and was a grass base. We were guided to the site which was level. Cable TV was included and was clear. ATT and Verizon both worked here. Wi-Fi was good as well. Park was quiet while we were here, most people are out sightseeing or just relaxing during the week. There are some permanent RV's but no problem with how they looked. Park was very clean and there is good separation between sites. Each site comes with a picnic table and grill as well as W/E/S/C. There is a Super Wal-mart 15 miles away in Dinuba. There are restaurants, gas/diesel and grocery stores nearby. Park is in an industrial area which is a little strange but you do not notice this when in park. I did hear RR whistles in night but was not loud enough to really disturb us. They also have a weather station playing constantly outside of office for updates. Store has firewood for sale as well as some grocery and camping items. Sequoia and Kings Canyon about an hour away from park.
We had site #J62 which was nicely centered and right next to the heated bathroom. The site was not quite long enough for our 35 MH and toad straight in so we had to park the toad next to the MH. We did see some triple axle 5th wheels so they must not check real lengths for the sites which were 50 ft max. Our site had a picnic table and a small grill on it. The site was not level it was shaped like a cup with the high sides on the access roads. Site was hard clay and turned to mud after it snowed. We had FHU with cable and the cable had about 40 channels. There is no Wi-Fi and AT&T won't work but Verizon did. We checked in a day late because of the wind closure of I-40 and the clerk said he wouldn't charge us for the day we missed since it was an act of nature. They don't charge until departure so if you want to leave early you are not penalized either. The park was full both days we stayed. GC has a great shuttle system. When we stayed it came by every 10 minutes and they were very clean and quiet. The park is very quiet as well because everyone is out seeing the sights and too tired at the end of the day to make much noise. The weather probably helped while we were there as it dropped to 18 degrees. The water pipe did freeze on us so prepare for that in cold weather. Also don't leave your sewer hose out as the ravens will peck at it. Restaurants, shopping, grocery store, post office were all nearby but gas was only available in Desert View to the east or Tusayan in the south, outside of the park. Overall we were well pleased with the park it just felt a little old and worn out but our site was very spacious as most were and you are not really in the campground too much because of all there is to do here. We would definitely stay here again.
We had called ahead to the KOA and Desert View and chose Desert View because they would not charge us extra for Wi-Fi or for having a 12 year old with us. Park is beautiful with blooming flowers and palm trees. Each site feels very private as there are plants on both sides screening you from neighbors. We had one of the PT sites as we were only staying 1 night. Hosts were super friendly and helpful with things to do and places to go. They even warned us not to buy gas in Needles because it is so overpriced. Park has a small swimming pool, horseshoes, a clubhouse and a very clean laundry area ($1.50 wash/$1 dry).There are no playgrounds or things for kids to do besides swim but no one seemed to mind ours being there. Our site had 50 amp, was gravel and had a concrete patio. No grill or fire rings. No cable but the TV stations we did get came in very clear, mostly from Phoenix and Las Vegas. Park was very easy to get to from I-40 and was perfect for an overnight stop. We would stay here again if passing through. Be warned however they only take cash or checks.
We were in site #43. KOA is very clean and has full hook ups with cable and wi-fi. The park has a pool, horseshoes, volleyball, basketball court and a large playground. The entire park is gravel except for tent sites. If tenting you have to move your tent everyday so you don't burn the grass. KOA has a store and the gentleman checking us in was friendly. We did not use the restrooms or laundry but I suspect they were in working order. The sites have young trees on them, give it a few years and they should throw more shade. Eacn site comes with a picnic table. The site width was generous but we found it not long enough to park our toad behind and we have a 35 ft Motorhome. We didn't watch any TV but there were 55 channels available on the cable list. Verizon worked here-ATT did not. Shopping, gas and restaurants are all nearby. KOA offers pancake breakfast and Cowboy cookouts, neither were going on when we stayed. The Petrified Forest about 20 miles back to the east of the KOA. I would recommend as a good clean, safe overnight spot.
We were in site #43. The majority of sites are pull-throughs with the outside edge back-ins and the more permanent RV's. This was a good stop to rest, which is all we did. Sites are all gravel and the road is dirt with some potholes in it, make sure you go slow. Site has nothing in it since they mostly get overnighters. Size was ok, but we only deployed our bedroom slide to sleep. There were bushes and trees between many sites. But the sites are quite close together. There is a laundry and the bathrooms were clean. They have cable TV, but we didn't use it. It is 1 exit east of the Cadillac Ranch, and a Love's Gas station. Easy in and out on the frontage roads. Shopping is nearby in Amarillo. The road noise was loud, so hopefully you are so tired it doesn't bother you.
We were in site #40 at the back of the park. All sites are pull-throughs about 40 feet long. Toad had to be parked across site since it would not fit. All sites are single width concrete, with a picnic table and grass all around. Park has a small swimming pool, but no playground anymore. Has a nice dog walking area. Office took Good Sam discount and gave us free breakfast vouchers. We did have to pay for drinks and for our child ($6.99 person). Water pressure was good as well as cell service (ATT and Verizon). Wi-Fi was intermittent during our stay, but luckily we have our own as well. Trees are small right now so there is not much shade. Office staff was very friendly and helpful with things to do. Shopping and gas as well as the casino are all nearby. I-20 is just down the road so there is easy access back on. There is a RR right behind the park, so if you are a light sleeper bring earplugs. I could hear it, but dh was dead to the world and he never knew it went by at least 5 times in the night. At least it didn't blow its whistle. We visited the Vicksburg National Military Park, which was the main reason for stopping in Vicksburg. Park is wonderful with 2 movies and the gunboat Cairo, they recovered from the river, on display.
We had site #51 a PT with W/E/S. Site was plenty big enough for our rig and was mostly level. The pad is gravel and a picnic table is provided as well as cable and Wi-Fi which was very good from our site. They give discounts for Good Sam, military, and law enforcement. The owners are very nice and friendly. We did not feel unsafe like earlier reviewers said. Park is dark at night but we had an end site and there ARE lights at the end of each row. The longer term residents did not look unkempt at all. The park staff will also set you up with firewood at one of the park fire rings they have for the use of guests. We were also invited to use the common room and kitchen when we told them we were in town for a family reunion. Our site did not have shade but many of the outside rows did from mature oak trees. Park is built on part of a family owned nursery which is still being operated by the family. I wish I could have bought some trees but we still have a long trip ahead of us. Park is located near I-10 but we heard no road noise and there are several restaurants and shopping nearby. There are no recreation activities for children here so if you bring them you will need to keep them entertained. Both our cells AT&T and Verizon worked well here.
We were on site #22 in Big Flats. Our site was very tight and unlevel. Others were better and wider. We did have vegetation on one side but most sites did not offer any privacy. Campground is working on adding FHU sites near the Old Prairie area. They will be removing all interior sites in both campgrounds to give some more room to the sites. Laundry is in Old Prairie area. TV reception was good. ATT was not. Verizon was better. Wi-Fi is available at concessionaire. All sites have fire/ring grill, picnic table, and w/e, most sites were shady. Bathhouse was clean when we got here and we saw host cleaning each day. Park offers many activities. Some we tried were: airboat ride, tram tour, ranger tour, campfire program as well as a visitor center. We also hiked and climbed the canopy walkway and tower. Park rents canoes, kayaks, bikes, and has 2 shops with a quick service counter including ice cream available. Saw a lot of wildlife with many types of birds. Park has a Jr Ranger program for kids. 3 Playgrounds available but they are showing their age. So much to do that we never left park. Will definitely return.
We camped in site #46. Our site had standing water on it when we arrived in a rainstorm. Most sites around us did also but by the next morning the water had dried up. Most RV's could fit on any site in campground. All were deep and most were wide enough as well. Each had a fire ring/grill combo, picnic table, w/e, and poles to put laundry up to dry on. Park has hiking paths, boat ramp, a lakefront that swimming is allowed in, 20 hp limit for boats, and a playground in the day use area. Restrooms were clean when we checked at the beginning our our stay. Park host has a coffee get together on Saturday mornings for the campers. TV stations were numerous w/o a sat dish. Park has a small store in ranger station as well as sells firewood there. Most of the campers this time of year are snowbirds. We only saw one other camper from FL in the campground. So if you want to camp in winter book early since sites go fast. Everyday conveniences not too far away. We visited Gamble Plantation and De Soto National Monument which were withing 20 miles of Lake Manatee.
We were in site #19. Site was shady and wide as not many of them are. Site had picnic table, fire ring/grill, water and 20 amp service. Road in is very narrow with lots of overhanging trees which is why we tent camped and did not bring our RV. We did see at least 5 larger RV's (over 30 ft) but ReserveAmerica says 30 ft limit. I would not go above a popup sized RV here though. Some sites flood with the rising tide during storms so check with rangers before camping. Campground had a playground in it and a group fire circle. There is a hiking trail in campground we did not walk that one. Campground is on one side of road and park is on the other. We hiked the 3.4 mile nature trail on the beachside. Start from ranger station as it is hard to spot on the beach side. Rangers were friendly and they sell firewood at station for $6 bundle. Nice beach but too cold to use when we were here. Most sites had a lot of foliage between campers. Bathhouses were very clean though not heated or air conditioner in them. Just screens above walls for ventilation. Lots to do in the area: we visited two national parks and several state parks nearby.
We were in site #49. I had booked this site because on Goggle Earth it looked like we would have a view of Dixie lake. We did not- we got to look at dead hibernating trees. There are only a handful of sites that you can see the lakes. Only about 15 sites have FHU the rest have W/E with gravel pads, picnic tables and a grill/fire ring combo. The hosts sell firewood. There are 2 bathhouses both are a good size and seem relatively new and both were clean while we were there though the floors stayed perpetually wet for some reason. The park has a few trails to hike/bike or horseback ride on (must have your own horse). They also rent canoes and kayaks to go our on Dixie Lake for $8 for 2 hours. If you are into totally relaxing and having nothing to do this is your park. For my family we need a little more to do that is why it only got an average rating. The city of Clermont is close by with everything you need if you forgot it. The park has no swimming for the last year because of the low water levels and poor water quality. There is nothing for children (no playground or open fields) even in the day use area. Since this one is so close to our home we won't be back. This was a been there done that park for us.
Site #44. Site was large and shady with a sand and leaf base. 2 loops both with about 30 sites. Each has a bathhouse in center with a washer and dryer. Each site has picnic table and a combo fire ring/grill. Firewood needs to be brought in or purchased outside of park. Easy access dump station. Entire park has live oaks with a good canopy, great for climbing too. Day area has playground, observation tower has closed for renovation. There is a marina with boat ramp and boat slips. No air boats in park. No swimming because of giant gators. Pets allowed on leashes. Park has a cowboy camp during cooler months on weekends. Several hiking trails from .5 mi to 6.7 mi. Bikes allowed on trails. We did not have cell service in park (ATT) but did get good TV reception. Wildlife seen by us was turkeys, Sandhill cranes, birds, large gator, and deer. This was the first visit here for us that we saw the least amount of wildlife in park. Park ranger on duty when we checked in seemed a little flighty. She could not hold a conversation and do a task at the same time, therefore check in took longer than needed, especially when site was already paid for and paperwork was printed up.
We had site #58 a PT. This was our 3rd time camping here. All sites are very large so anything can fit. There are a few 50 amp sites so if you need one book early. Site has a gravel base so no sand in unit but sometimes the gravel follows you. Bathrooms were clean and well tended to. Lots of trails to hike or bike with rest areas (tables and shade) on them. Nice museum with a gift store. Park has picnic pavilions and a playground available. Canoes can be rented or you can bring your own. Beware you have to carry it about 1/2 mi if you bring your own. Rentals are next to the river. Cracker Village is open one weekend a month. Stargazing is offered another weekend. Shopping is close by in Ocala. The only problem we had this time was ants. There seemed to be lots of them in our site not sure if they were everywhere else though. We sprayed our stuff and that seemed to work OK. There are also 10 cabins that can be rented if you do not want to tent camp or don't have an RV. All roads are paved and they have a double dump station to expedite the process.
We were in site #1302. Paid for a FHU but were upgraded to the new premium sites. We have stayed on 1300 before and asked for it in case this happened. We like being in the middle of the campground and felt the FHU sites were in "no man's land." When I looped around most of those sites were not decorated either. We were in a great loop, lots of decorations for Halloween. We had a great view of the golf cart parade, close to the pool with the new slide and hot tub. Lots of activities to go to and be a part of. Lots of trick or treaters came by our RV on Halloween night. Good movies; everything was family friendly and so were the campers. Only saw one underage kid driving golf cart and he was under the careful guidance of his mom (she was not letting him go crazy). This is what Halloween was meant to be. We will go back for the holiday again.
60 sites 3 bathhouses, canoe and kayak rentals, 2 trails observation tower and beachfront camping. Sites were long enough for most RV's. All are cordoned off with pickets and a good amount of vegetation between them. Water and electric boxes are shared between campsites so be sure to bring extra lines and cords. Some campsites are shadier than others, mostly those in the 22-35 range. Friendly rangers, very clean bathhouses but no AC in them, firewood for $3.00 donation. Some sites stayed wet with puddles at entrance after rain showers. No TV available from park, bring your SAT dish. Bugs were bad-lots of no-see-ums and sand fleas. Beach was the most littered we have ever come across, we picked up 2 kitchen sized bags a night on our walks. Most litter comes from the ocean and boats because of the Gulf stream. It really put me off from beach walking in this park. Park road at entrance is smooth and repaved but when entering the locked campground area the road turns bad which made bike riding on it uncomfortable. No waves on beach pretty much just good for floating or bring your boat or jet ski. Boogie boards or surfboards would be useless here. Beach is not big enough to set anything up on it basically is wide enough to walk between campsites and water. All paraphernalia must be kept on your own site. No playground in park or any large areas to play. Park borders US 1 where people can run, bike, and walk to the next bridge south. Lots of road noise as it is only 50 yards away from campsites. The 2 newer bathhouses were large and showers had a separate dressing area. Older one was very small and outdated. No laundry even though there is space for it at the newer bathhouses. We walked the Golden Orb trail which was partly underwater in several places. Come prepared to wade through it if it has rained recently. Lots of birds in park, we also saw crabs and many interesting insects. Park has a nice boardwalk that leads up to an observation tower, hard to see anything from it though as it is too low. If you like quiet book only during week as lots of people come to party all weekend and sometimes ignore the quiet hours posted. Pets are allowed in park but not on beaches, but most people ignored that rule as well. I think that we would stay at Curry Hammock SP next time which is about 12 miles south. It has a nicer beach and quieter neighbors.
Sites have a gravel base instead of sand with a nice buffer of vegetation between sites. There is no shade in park as it was built only 4 years ago. Those on the beach side do not have direct access to beach but can see it from their sites. Short boardwalk between sites #13 & 15 to beach. Beach was clean and wide with some seaweed on it. Campground looks pristine. It has all the latest Eco friendly systems in place. There are plenty of color info signs to tell you what the native plants are in the campground loop. Each site has w/e and a stand up grill but no campfire pit. 1 bathhouse that was very clean though it did smell a little from the composting gases. Day use area has a playground, kayak rental, fishing, and picnic pavilions with a large grassy area. Day use area is adjacent to camping area separated by a wooden fence. Info states that there is a walking trail but we did not see it.
The second time camping here, previously reviewed July 2007. Had site #123 in Coquina loop which is across the road from other 6 loops, so it's much quieter. Loop has a small playground in it with swings only. Bath house is older but it was clean. 30 amp sites only, very shady. We were there on holiday weekend and it was quiet. Rangers did patrol about every hour. Beach was not crowded and had lifeguards. Store was adequate (had ice cream). Can rent surfboards, catamarans, kayaks, etc. on Salt Run. Hiking trail was very short but shady. Biking is good. Lots to do in St. Augustine. Went to Farmer's Market on Saturday which is outside back gate of park. Wi-Fi is available at Island Joe's. Only problem encountered was people who would leave their dogs tied out day and night. It caused a ruckus at 4am with their barking. Ranger came by next day to let them know they need to respect quiet hours: no more problems. Last time we camped here the water was nasty but no problem with it this time.
We were on site # 61 at the end of one of the fingers in the Magnolia loop which is the largest loop. Each site has a picnic table, fire ring/grill combo, 30amp and water as well as 2 clothesline poles. Most sites are shady and sandy. 3 Sites have 50A; they are:4, 5, & 38. Sites 93 and 94 overlook a cave diving lake, and some sites in Magnolia loop overlook another lake. Park roads are paved, but camp roads are not; they are sand. Roads are tight and winding with trees close. We have a 35ft motorhome and were able to make it but without toad hitched. Larger units can make it but need to go slow. Our site had lots of ants but they weren't the biting kind. Mosquitoes were not too bad. We did not need spray. Our site was also level but at least 10 inches lower than neighbors as it sloped toward Suwannee River. Had our own path to bath house which was clean upon our arrival. Did not use but they were old and smaller, and had no laundry area. Rangers were friendly and patrolled often. There was firewood for sale, canoe/kayaks for rent, and a small store that had swim stuff and ice cream/food to purchase. Nice playground in picnic area. Springs are 72 degrees year round and in winter manatees come into park, so no swimming then. Lots of divers come here for certifications. 2 miles of underwater caves to explore. Nice long boardwalk to view river and to fish off of. Camp area is short walk to springs. Camp is quiet and peaceful. No cell service for ATT and only 1 TV station (PBS channel). Dump station was easy to use. Lots of trails for bikes or hiking. Deer come into campsite areas because they have been fed by the campers. Lots of birds to watch, and spiders, too. Walmart close by about 6 mi away in Chiefland. We visited Fanning Springs SP nearby which has another nice set of springs to enjoy. Dakota Winery is on the way there on HWY 19.
We were on site #24 a handicapped site which had a fire ring/grill, w/e, picnic table and a concrete pad for the table. The ranger who checked us in wanted us to hear his spiel so it took 25 minutes to check in. He mentioned everything there was to know about the park. Our site was very narrow because it was a handicap site, but most sites are nice and wide so you can park your car next to your RV or tent. Camp hosts were friendly they raked every site after checkout, also warned campers when storms were approaching. Lots of sand- but hey it's the Beach! Bathrooms were VERY clean. Still no laundry facilities. 2 direct walkways to beach, and 2 overlooks located in campground. TV reception was good, except during storms (but that's to be expected). Agree campground gate was inconvenient, a rolling gate would be nicer. In back of our site was A1A, but less noise after 10PM. Nice ocean views from our site. Inter coastal side of park still remains unexplored by us, all we saw of it was the check in. But it has hiking/fishing/picnic area, but NO playground =(. Turn around at end of campground couldn't be done with our 35ft MH w/toad, as many people park their cars in the way. Flagler Beach has a nice farmers market, Fri & Sat 8-12. We would definitely return here.
Bathhouses were clean all weekend. No alcohol is allowed in park, nor pets. On duty sheriff deputy on site entire time park is open. Very family, group oriented park. No loud music, cursing or fighting going on. Really appreciate that this park is so nice. Springs are very clean and easy to navigate, there are lots of lifeguards available to watch swimmers. Rules are enforced. Park closes in summer at 10 am and re opens at 3 pm for crowd control. Our site was shady as are most. It looks like they might have cut back some vegetation in some of the sites. Beware of the road in and around campground as it does have some low hanging branches but nothing too scary. We saw lots of wildlife: turkeys, raccoons, deer, gigantic grasshoppers, fish, turtles, and a coral snake near our site so don't go off the paths! Campground road is limestone dirt so it did get a little muddy when it rained but we did not notice too much dust. We were able to get many stations on our new digital converter box so TV viewing was ok and clear. we will definitely will be back. Maybe in the winter so we can do some hiking as we haven't had a chance to get to that yet.
We were on site #75. We had a very shady site and it was quite private with lots of vegetation between sites. This is a wonderful park. Be warned most people book a year in advance and those that don't seem to piece together their stay by moving sites every couple of days. There was a lot of that going on while we were here. Some sites are close together and there are many shared family type sites, so check the map closely. This park has everything: bike trails, fishing, dog park/beach, kayak rentals, paddle boat rentals, rock wall, water park, spray play area, and THE best playground our dd has ever played in. Restrooms were very clean because there are only 6 partial sites as well as a group area so most people are self contained. The staff was very friendly, store was well stocked and reasonable. There is free Wi-Fi, free Folly Beach access, a WalMart (not super though) close by, as well as restaurants very close. And my favorite...boiled peanut seller within 1 mile of park! Park is quiet at night but very family friendly, there were kids galore here. We saw plenty of wildlife as well: deer on the bike path, lots of birds, turtles and a water snake swimming in canal. We will be back we're hoping to book for their Holiday light show next year. The only reason I didn't give it a 10 was because their online booking system is very hard to navigate. I ended up calling the park directly to book and had to hold a long time to get help, but now I know why they are very busy so I will expect that the next time.
We were in site #1. Very nice quiet park. We stayed in Sandhill loop which was much quieter than the Lakeview loop. More pop-ups and tents there. The Sandhill sites were quite spacious, with sand and grass cover, and I think much larger than the Lakeview ones and the campground road was paved there as well. Each site has a picnic table, and a combo grill and a few sites have 50 amp as well. There are about 4 pull-throughs in the Lakeview section but not all for big rigs. The lakes have been very low for a few years, cannot boat in park except for canoeing near swimming area. Nice trails to hike and get your feet wet in the spring water. TV reception was very good. Bathhouse in Sandhill was older but clean. Lakeview has newer bathhouse. Bike riding in park was fun, lots of little hills to climb. Not something Floridians are used to. There is a playground in the picnic area and several pavilions that the CCC built. No museum here though like at other CCC parks. Overall a great weekend for fall, winter or early spring camping but I wouldn't come back here when it is hot as the lake is not that refreshing to me.
Had site #49. Site was partly shady and enclosed by palmetto bushes so it felt private. Site was narrow as most of them are but deep enough for our 35 ft MH. Site was all sand with fire ring/grill, water, 30AMP electric and a clothes line. Many, many ants in area and you are warned when checking in about them. There is 1 bathhouse in center that everyone uses, checked it out when we arrived but did not go back in for rest of trip so I cannot comment on cleanliness, but it was a dated bathhouse. There is a laundry facility at the bathhouse as well. There is a volleyball net in camping loop and a ball is available at ranger station. Picnic area is right next to camping area so it was an easy bike ride to playground. Park is mostly full Jan-Mar when there are many ranger programs and the settlement is very busy with demonstrations. Nothing happens the rest of the year except on Sat-Sun there is a ranger led tour of settlement area at 10 am for $2pp. We rented a canoe ($5/hr) to go up the Estero River. Not much in the way of animal life in the park while we were there. Mainly birds and squirrels. There is no swimming in park so we headed to nearby Lover's Key SP for the beach. Shopping is very close by with grocery stores as well as outlet stores. The Ranger who gave the settlement tour said the SP system was looking at closing the campground after the season near Easter, to upgrade the elec and water and maybe do a prescribed burn in the park since it has been many years and the undergrowth has become so thick. Very family friendly park as there was a church group and lots of kids on the weekend.
We were in cabin #2. There are 12 tent sites and 6 cabins available to rent. Cabins are primitive with 2 electrical outlets. Tent sites have no electricity and shared water. Most seem very small for today's larger tent sizes. There is no vehicular traffic on the island. A pontoon boat will take you from parking lot to island and then a ranger van will take you and your stuff to your cabin/site. This park is very busy on the weekends, usually completely full. There are several trails to hike/bike. Canoe/kayak rentals are available as well as excellent fishing on the St. Johns River. We found the bathroom to be very dirty and something (maybe a rat) was living in the woman's bathroom. Park was very quiet during the week, and rangers were helpful as well. Since my last visit almost 20 years ago they have added a playground and a visitor's center/museum. But the 80 ft tall observation tower was taken down 6 years ago. We also visited Blue Springs SP, about 12 miles away. It has 72 degree water for swimming and DeLeon Springs SP, with a wonderful pancake breakfast made from homemade flours ground on the premises with their mill as well as natural spring swimming.
Stayed on site #15 a PT. There are only 4 sites with 50A(2,4,6,11) book early if needed. This was our second stay that I have reviewed so I won't go into basics again. Sites are mostly larger than average with plenty of shade. Bathrooms clean. No TV even with digital converter. Better have a satellite if you can't miss a show. We usually just watch news at night but couldn't even get that. We keep missing out on all the craftspeople. We tend to come between festivals and they are not always there in their cottages. The store is awesome though. Lots of great things to buy and most are handmade. We tried the trails this time and they are very easy to hike or bike. Basically grass road beds so no wondering where the path is. We also went to FL Nature and Tourism Center which is right outside the park. This is a great place to get info on any state park in FL. Workers were very helpful, and even called another park to answer a question we had. Toured Big Shoals and Olustee parks which are very close by(w/i 15 mi). Found out that there are no rangers programs at SF even though the website says there are. Ranger told us it's because they have so many festivals during the year. Definitely want to stay again.
After a reservation/check-in nightmare, DH finally solves dilemma by showing office guy the res book that no one is checking in until Sunday after we leave, so we got to stay on site #2. A stressful start to the weekend. Guy in site #3 says he camps here a lot and it is always screwed up like that. Park is nice, lots of recreation: golf course next door, Pow Wow circle, lots of grass around all the sites, big rig friendly, pets allowed, kid friendly, has b-ball court, volleyball nets, canoes/kayaks for rent, 1 trail to observation tower, most sites are on the canal, very nice playground. 33 FHU sites, 20 w/e, the rest are tents. They have opened 13 new sites in north center area. Park will be open for camping from Oct-April since it has no pool or water to swim in and very few camp in summer here. There is a train 1 block away that blows a whistle every 90 minutes or so at night. After the first few times we heard it we blocked it out. Saw a small gator in the canal and there were fish and birds: don't know what kind. Saw no other wildlife in park though. Weekend would have been perfect except for that office worker.
Camped in site #11. Site was huge! This park has recently reopened after a major rehab. The showers were not available all weekend because the tile was curing so did not use them. BH was very clean. All sites have stand up grill, fire ring, and 20/30/50 amp and sewer on them. Our site we could hear a small stream behind the site, very relaxing. Playground in Magnolia loop right across from our site. Rangers put trash at the front of the sites. Swimming is available in the Blackwater River and is very cold and clean. We tried to hike the trails but there had been a recent rain and all of them had portions underwater so no full access to them. Relatively close to Pensacola(30 miles) but BWR is out in the country so bring whatever you need. There is a canoe outfitter down the road that arranges trips. We saw deer at night as well as heard other animals but did not see them. Rangers are not stationed in check in location until late afternoon. Drive in and park in your site and come back later to check in.
Camped in a tent in site #10. Most sites are shady and all but 2 handicapped sites are packed sand. All sites on the left as you enter slope toward the Halifax River so leveling would be needed. All sites have fire ring/grill, water, and 20/30/50 amp power. Campground has two newer bathhouses and an older one in the back of the loop. All were very clean but we did go during the week and not on a weekend and not during bike/race weeks. Don't know what they would look like after approximately 800 people went through them. There are no washers or dyers though there are hookups for them at the bathhouse. There is a small parking area in campground for extra cars/trailers and a nice playground for kids. They have an inside meeting area for ranger talks or can be rented for events. Campsites were all private with nice growth between sites. Most are very narrow so there are only a few a big rig would fit in. This was a reconnaissance mission to see if our 35 ft would fit here and it would but on less than 10 sites offered. The park offers a short hiking trail but it is also about 1.5 mi if you walk to the end of the park from the camping loop. Fishing is the main thing here as we saw several local fishermen there. The park's museum has closed and there is a store with essential items (ice cream) and there are canoe and kayak rentals, though they are expensive $20 hr. You can bring your own boat to launch. We traveled nearby to Bulow Plantation and North Peninsula Beach where swimming is available since there is none in Tomoka.
This is our 3rd stay at this park. We were in site #52, and were camping with a group. This park got a low ranking from us for this visit due to the smoky conditions in the park. Since it is in a low lying area the smoke doesn't seem to dissipate quickly. We noticed this on our last visit also. There is a high volume of tent campers and they are usually cook over a campfire, so there is a lot of smoke and with colder weather more people like to have campfires. We do also but the thickness of it drove us back inside for breathing conditions. If you have breathing problems take notice and go here in summer when there should be less of a problem. Otherwise we had a good time here for the Thanksgiving weekend. We took part in the annual Turkey Trot 5K, biked around Lake Jackson, played shuffleboard, hiked a few trails and had ice cream at the restaurant. We attended a CCC campfire talk by former ranger that was very interesting. The park gets high marks for lots to do. The only thing they don't have is access to water for canoeing or swimming. The armadillos are friendly as well, but we didn't see any other wildlife this time.
We were in site #6. It was shady and we had plenty of room for our 35 ft MH to fit with 2 opposing slides. Most sites have some shade and lots of vegetation around them. All sites are grass/dirt. Ants are everywhere, bring repellent for them. There is a small area on each side of restroom to play for kids but not much else. Playground is in day use area which is about 8/10 mi away. Canoe launch about 1.5 miles from camp area, but park does not rent canoes. You must get an outside vendor to bring them to you or bring your own. So we did not canoe the river. Park has one 6.5 mi hiking trail (we did not hike)and 2 horse trails, no biking trails. Stores(Walmart and Publix) are about 5 mi outside park. TV reception was good. There is a washer and dryer next to restrooms. We saw absolutely no wildlife in this park. Normally we love FL state parks but this one was really boring. If we hadn't been with our camping club I would have ranked it lower. The park staff doesn't even start work until 3 pm M-F. One of our members had a problem with his site and there was no one to help until 3 pm. If you want quiet this is your park, but if you like to explore this isn't the one for you.
We had site #13 on the beach side for our second visit. Park was great. They have added a very nice pullout to view the lighthouse, and a new bathhouse in river side. We did not tour the fort this trip but did go to a ranger program on building kites. Program was well run and ranger was personable. Our site was nice and spacious though they do not mow the grass between sites so in summer expect knee high grass with ants. Shelling was fabulous due to tropical storm Fay. They were the largest we had ever seen before. Waves were also great on the beach for boogie boarding. There is no swimming near the beach side campground, but it is a short walk to the public beach area. The bathhouse at the beach side is very old, maybe the CCC built it? Hopefully they will get enough in the budget to replace it soon. There are numerous things to do from bicycling, running, trails, fort tours to chilling on the beach. Definitely will be back.
There are 26 sites but seven are without power. 1 pull-through site but it has no power. Two Family sites, one with power. We had site #23 which was very shady but still received good TV reception. No pets or alcohol allowed in the park and they DO check. Only 15/30A at elec sites. Most sites were big enough for a 40 ft RV. The water hookups were to the back and left of the site (leftover from when it was only tenting) and the electric was at the front of the sites. Be sure to bring long enough hoses/cords. Bathhouse was old but seemed clean. They have tried to update counter tops and stalls but showers have not been updated. You have to exit shower to get dressed- there is no dressing area, and nowhere to hang your towel or put your soap, etc. No A/C either. There is a small swing set in camping area next to bathhouse but park has two larger playgrounds in day use area that are updated and very nice. Campground road is dirt and sites are limestone with concrete pads for the picnic tables. Site has a combo fire pit/grill. Dump station is very rustic but workable. Busy weekends you might get blocked on the road by an RV using it. Campground also has a pavilion for campers use with several tables and grills. There is a separate entrance/exit for campers once they check in because there is usually a long line at ranger station for day use persons and they let a car in as one exits especially in summer. There was enough privacy in campsites and a concrete sidewalk that led from the bathhouse to the springs swimming area. Tubing was awesome. Get tubes outside of park on your way in- park does not rent them- or bring your own. River shallow enough to walk so it's good for little ones. There is also a beach sand area near the swimming area. Water was between 68-72 degrees, felt great in August. Nice boardwalks to get you back to beginning or you could use hiking trails. Tubing takes about 25 minutes if its not too crowded. Plenty of lifeguards in run and swimming area. Concession stand had all kinds of food and was reasonable. We saw birds, alligators, turtles, raccoons, and plenty of fish and the largest grasshoppers ever. No online reservations but park does take credit dard over phone.
We stayed in site #20 FHU, with picnic table and grill/fire ring. On Reserve America it says it is a pull thru, but site #21 and #28 are instead. They have not updated the site map correctly. Call the ranger station for better info than what RA has because it will tell you no 5ths or MH when they will fit into sites. Park is heavily treed and a lot of sites are very narrow and not deep. Park has recently (1/08) finished putting FHU's into campground with a new bathhouse/laundry as well. Sewer hookups are located more forward than the e/w hookups so bring long hoses, the sewer is not sunk into the ground as normal, it is raised almost a foot off the ground. Campground road is twisty which may make it harder to travel with larger RV's. Normally they have a tram tour on Saturdays but have suspended it right now. Canoeing and kayaking can be done on Suwannee River and you can sit in swings in the day area and watch the river go by. Park has a decent playground easily accessible to the campground but no real designated place to swim. There is a train track right outside of the park and several trains go by in the night. Our family wasn't bothered by them but the ones who stayed in tents and pop ups did notice the noise of the horns. TV reception was not very good in park probably due to so many trees. We traveled to Falmouth Springs one day, which is just a swimming hole with tree swings (about 2.5 mi away) and went to Madison Blue Springs the next (about 10 mi away). Madison was by far the nicer of the two and had a diving platform into the springs as well as a nice shallow area in the river to wade with young kids. There are also tree swings along a path behind the picnic area.
We had site #3. It was a pull thru with FHU. It had a cloth ground cover to park on which I had never seen before. Sites would be tight if park were full. Only self contained units can stay here as there are no baths or showers to use. Owners run business from their kitchen table in the house. It is about 4 miles off I 95 and makes a good place to stop enroute. Walmart at next exit south of park. Park was quiet even though we were close to road in the front. Owners nice and friendly as well as seasonal residents. Both gave us vegetables from the garden. No cable and TV reception was bad, probably because there were many old tall trees in park. Park is across street from Colleton SP. There is nothing to do in park. They had a very old and broken swing set and not much else. If you have kids make sure you have something to entertain them with if staying here. Owner does sell propane on premises.
We had site #65 and it was full sun. Site was concrete, FHU with cable and very level with manicured grass all around, no sand. When I checked the bathhouse the floor was wet and had sand in it. The showers had been redone but were very mildewy. There was no air in them and the doors were always open which probably helped the problem. I only checked them once since we have our own bath in our unit, and prefer to use it to a public bathhouse. Most people we talked to come here every year with their families having summer reunions. It had a fun outdoor games atmosphere. To get a reservation you must mail in your application after Jan 1st of the year, until Mar when they accept phone calls. There is a store, game room, pool that was strange shaped(you could slide down the sides)and a playset. We did not like the beach as we come from FL and are spoiled by the Gulf Coast. We felt the sand was very dirty/black and sticked to you. We even took pictures of our dd's feet to show how black they got after walking along beach. You can have fires on the beach there. The NPS is cracking down on driving 4WD on beach right now because of nesting birds. Many people were unhappy about this. Park owners are very strict and rules are followed or you are out. This was not a problem for us or our neighbors. We did not have problems with noise from the houses nearby, probably because they are so expensive to rent and the gas prices have made people re-evaluate their spending, that most were not completely full when we were there. The campground was full the entire week we were there though. Good location to go north or south for visiting nearby attractions. We did not have any problems with traffic during our stay. The day we left they were doing roadwork which could slow people down though as it is only a 2 lane road.
We had site #37 which was a W/E pull-through site. We did not need sewer as we were only stopping one night, but it was available. Most sites are shady though the ones next to the office are not. Most sites not level as it is a dirt driveway you park on. There is a dump station available. The pool was nice it was 9 ft deep a fact my spouse appreciated being so tall. There is a small laundry next to the pool area. We were not given a campground map and the rules were posted on the side of the office. There is a small playground/picnic/baseball area nest to office. We enjoyed the park like atmosphere. There is a lake with bridges to cross to a small island. Plenty of ducks to feed as well as cows and an ostrich on property. There is no wi-fi but for one night it wasn't important to us. There was no cable but we did get about eleven TV stations in the area. We talked to a local woman who had a pool access pass who used to live there while building her house, and she told us the owner runs a tight ship and believes in enforcing the rules. The grounds were clean and everyone we met seemed friendly. Owner led us to our pull-through to show us where everything was. Great for a quick stop if you are going up I-95 as it is only about 2 miles from from main road and very quiet.
I put this under Cape Canaveral because that's what the campground uses- not Port. We stayed in site #38 and had w/e/s and a concrete pad for the RV only. All sites have a grill and picnic table. Each site is different. No campfires allowed. Water hookups are not consistent and you must bring extra hoses in case you are not near the HU. A lot of units pulled in forward instead of backing so they could make it work. Most sites are close together. From our site #39's sewer was right next to our picnic table. If the site had been occupied the sides of the RV would have been 2 ft away form our awning. Bathhouses were clean but old. They were used a lot as there are only 2 BH for all campers and there were a lot of tenter's there, as well as those who did not have full HU. Playground was new and nice but had no shade. Very nice picnic area with pavilions. Short walk to jetty, pier and beach. There were 2 lifeguard towers for the park. We could see all the ships go by as well as manatees, sea turtles, jelly fish and dolphins. Sand is very hard (like concrete) so no problem setting up our sunshade on the beach. There are 2 stores one for campground, one for day area where you can rent beach equipment and have food. We were able to hear Discovery landing but could not see it from the jetty. About the only thing we did not like was the trash around the park. They have taken out all the large dumpsters and put in small trash cans about every 8 sites. Trash seems to blow out more often in the wind and people are just too lazy to walk to trash cans. There were a lot of cigarette butts and can tabs and paper everywhere.There was a lot of security-they drive by about every 15 minutes. The most I've ever seen camping.
Our 2nd time camping here. We had site #58 a side PT. Sites are huge compared to other FL state parks. Lots of room to spread out. There are 4 loops. The 1st and 4th have the most PT's. We camped with a group and had plenty of room for everyone to gather. Museum is $2pp (under6 free) and open everyday from 9-5. Plenty of bike/walking trails. Picnic area with pavilions and playground. Each campsite is limestone/gravel with table, bbq grill and fire ring. PT's are 50A, all others are 30A/15A. Double dump station so no line when leaving. Park has a Cracker Village to view, but buildings are not open to go inside. If you want to launch your own canoe or kayak on the river you must carry it about.6 mile to boat launch.I believe there is a public launch about 3 miles away you can drive to. For us this is a winter park as there is no swimming due to gators in the river and no swimming area with lifeguards. Park hosted an astronomy night when we were there but the sky was very cloudy. We would go back again.
We had site # 17. Near to bathhouse and sidewalk to playground/picnic area. Sites are hard limestone that takes awhile to drain after it rains. It rained all night after we arrived and some sites seemed like small ponds the next morning. Most had drained off by the afternoon but not sites #1 and #40. They still had water under the rvs that were parked there. Most sites were a little muddy after the rain. The mosquitos were thick because of the rain. Winter is normally our dry season in FL but I won't complain about them because we need the rain so badly. We were going to sit outside in our screen shelter to avoid them but couldn't because the rain had broken it. Bathrooms were mostly clean. I did walk in once and found tp on the floor and toilets that weren't flushed (how gross!)I don't blame the hosts for that, just dumb campers. The showers were clean though we didn't use them, so I don't know about water pressure or temperature. Each site gets a large picnic table, fire ring and stand up grill. We attended a ranger talk on FL snakes. Was informative and had very good slides to go with it. When booking a site be careful to avoid sites 41, 44, 45 as these sites had a tent pad directly behind campsite so unless your rv is short like 25 feet you won't be able to get all the way in. Most others have the pad on the side on the site so they are ok. We saw bison on the dike trail, though we had to bike ride about 1.5 miles to see them. Normally you won't see them from the observation tower near the visitors center but you can see cattle and horses. Time your exit carefully because if more than 1 rig is waiting to dump the exit road from the campground is blocked until they move forward. We would camp here again.
In Flamingo you have to boondock, so be sure to bring your own water, and source of electricity. There is a water fill and dump station near the first bathhouse in the T loop. Sites are huge but there is no privacy between them. Trees are scarce and not usually near enough to RV to provide shade. A and B loops are for tents, small vans, popups, etc. T loop is for RV's bigger than about 14 ft. T loop sites are all pull thrus. In A and B there is just a parking space for your vehicle and you may not park on the grass. C loop remained closed during our stay-we were told it is only for overfill. So the real number of sites goes down from 234 to 190 or so. The hurricanes damaged most of the campground and it is s-l-o-w-l-y being renovated but there are now 3 plans for it to be upgraded that they are asking for public input on. The lodge has been closed since 2005 and is in very bad shape. 3 of the trails are still closed as well. The Flamingo visitor center is not pretty as it was damaged and the gift shop and restaurant remain closed. We took the boat trip down the canal and walked the Snake Bight trail as well as the Eco Pond trail. We biked the other trails which were overgrown. Generators have to go off from 8p-8a and there is no light so the stars were very clear during our stay, we took our telescope to view them. Attended 2 ranger programs, a storyteller and the night ranger program about the pythons in the park. Our child received her JR ranger badge as well. Everyone we met was personable and helpful. Bathrooms were very clean, and the Flamingo marina has a few items if you forgot them. They also sell gas/diesel if you need it but at $3.56(Jan 08) we did not. Make sure you have everything you need because it is a 38 mile trip out of the park if you forget it. It takes almost an hour to exit as the speeds are slow in places. I told my spouse it was the best sleep I ever had camping because there was NO noise after 8p since it was too far for people to leave, no one was driving in or out and since there were some mosquitos out, people weren't sitting out talking until late in the night either. We will definitely do the trip again but not for a few years to see what changes have occurred when they start rebuilding.
We had site #30 up on a hill overlooking the lake. Each site has basic cable, picnic table, grill with a separate fire ring. 3 camping areas and 3 bathhouses. Coded entry into campground. Small playground in camping area. 2 others in picnic area. Boat ramp and dock in camping area. Laundry facilities at bathhouses. Park has small museum with aircraft from several wars. Small store at check in area. Model airplane flying field. Cottages and Lodge on premises. 2 nature trail(1 mi and 1/2 mi) 2 dump stations. All sites large to extra large. Several family type sites. Golf course on property. SAM train to Americus and Plains at edge of park. Fishing allowed and there is an outfitting company that puts together fishing/hunting/and antiquing trips.
We had site #43 Fort King loop. Our site was huge as our most sites in this park are. Bathhouses were newer and very nice. Camping area a long way from the center of the park, we used our bikes a lot. 5 picnic pavilions, museum of a reconstructed Cracker village, a natural and cultural museum $3 pp. 10 cabins in separate loop, 5 walking trails. We biked the river trail which overlooks the Silver River. Pets are allowed. The weekend we camped there was a Pow Wow which was very educational for our dd. All sites have a stone pad, BBQ grill, picnic table, and fire ring. Sites were very deep. You can canoe/kayak the silver River but you need your own canoe or use an outside vendor.
We had site #19. Each site has picnic table, fire ring/grill and water. 2 Sites have 50A service. 1 bathhouse in center of loop has laundry facilities. Small kindling wood free near bathhouse when available. Park has picnic area with playground, horseshoes and volleyball net, with athletic equipment available at ranger station. There is a dock where you can tie up boats, boat ramp, canoe rentals ($3 hr/$15 day). Amphitheater with movie screen and fire ring. 1/4 mi nature trail leads from camp area to picnic area. It was marshy when we camped(2005). Pets are allowed in picnic and camp areas. Bathhouse was very clean. All exiting traffic from campground must go through dump station to leave. Potential backups could happen if park is busy. Site numbers were on left post so they were hard to see when looking for sites. Nice foliage between sites for privacy. Sites are outlined by a fence. Wal-Mart is about 2 mi away and several restaurants are nearby as well. Road noise is louder than at most parks we have camped at. Park has largest live oak in FL and it can be climbed. Park hosted a Contra dance for New Years(2005) when we camped the band was the Flying Turtles, and they were fantastic. I don't think we've ever danced so much in our lives.
We had sites 49 & 50 in tents. All sites have picnic tables, fire ring/grill and water/elec. Centralized trash bins and 1 dump station in front of bathhouse. 2 old bathhouses in loops. Sites are very sandy and when we were there very dirty. I took my GS troop camping and we collected in our 2 sites 10 grocery bags of trash and my girls were still pulling stuff off the ground. We walked to the spring area and we collected 3 more bags on the trail to get there. I also own a motorhome that is 35 feet and there is NO WAY this is suitable for big rigs. In fact the website says 30 or less. I would say 25 ft or less or you won't have anyplace to park your vehicle. There is lots of underbrush between sites and the picnic area is very nice with a cold spring that the manatees come to in the winter. We were there for the manatee festival which is held in Valentine Park down the road. They have shuttle buses that transport you back and forth. The park has canoe rentals and a boat tour, cabins and a park store. There are trains that run right outside of the park about every 45 minutes all night long and the farms and houses nearby have enough poultry and dogs to keep you awake if the trains won't. I live in the area so luckily I can visit for the day but I would not ever camp here again.
We had site #17. Sites are very sandy and heavily treed with a narrow dirt road that leads into them. 2 campgrounds-only one suitable for larger rigs. Each site has picnic table, fire ring/grill, and water. Our site was hard to back into because of narrow road and undergrowth directly across from site was thick. Playground in center of camping loop was nice and there were newer bathhouses. We mostly went to tube on the Lchnetucknee River. O'Leno has nice amenities in park-suspension bridge, CCC museum, bike trails, hiking trails, swimming area, 17 cabins and rec/dining hall for groups, bike rentals, canoe rentals, fire wood for sale, Jr Ranger program, and several ranger programs. Water in park does smell like sulfa. We would camp here again but chose a different site.
We had site #43 PT. Sites are grass with a picnic table. FHU at site.Very clean showers and restrooms. Manger very friendly and helpful. Small playground, pool, cabins available, no grill or fire ring at site but there are some near pool to use. LP gas is available and there is a camp store. We only stayed overnight on our way west. There is only 1 restaurant in Chattahoochee as we came to find out. It's about 15 miles away from KOA. We would stay here again and have.
Had site #107 a PT. Sites are dirt with a lot of leaves covering the ground. Campground was installing new water spigots during our stay so some sites were torn up. Men's bathhouses in loop A were ripped up as well, women's was OK. Each site has water and fire ring/grill, with a picnic table. Loop A has a slide and 1 swing in center of loop. Last time we were in site #76 across from a brand new bathhouse. The power was intermittent and there were only 20 people camping in the park the week we were there. Hopefully that problem has been corrected by now. Nice trails to bike or walk. Large pool that is finally finished (it took about 8 months to fix) pool water is very cold (think spring water). Park now allows animals in all loops. There are fort tours and a free canoe trip with a ranger. Restaurant with pancake grills and ice cream. LazyDays RV store and camping World close by.
Site #30 nice large site next to bathhouse. More wide spaces in loop #1. Sites have fire ring/grill combo, and a small picnic table. Sites are sand with brush between them for privacy. Trash cans at beginning of loop only. Bathhouses were older but clean. Park has a natural spring of 72 degrees year round. There is a museum, store and nature center.We rented canoes to go down the river. There are cabin rentals and a horse trail camp. We were able to see deer while walking the trails.
Campground is in Alva, not in Tice. All sites have 20/30/50 and water. All sites are paved and all but the 3 PT's are on the water. All have stand up grills and fire rings as well as covered picnic tables. Each campsite has gravel throughout, so no dust or leaves. 2 bathhouses, updated and very nice. 2 picnic shelters 1 at each end for campers use. They both have fire rings, large grills, water and electricity as well as at least 2-4 tables in them. No shade in park, most trees are very young.There is a boat ramp in park and 8 boat sites to camp in. We had site #11 a PT. We could see clearly the South park on the opposite side of the river. Park had picnic area and beach, boat ramps and playground and boat locks. It is 12 miles to get there from North campground.
We did not camp here but we drove in and looked at it. We camped at nearby WP Franklin. 2 loops, 1 dump station, 2 bathhouses were very clean but older ones. There was a picnic shelter to use by campers that had a grill, fire pit, and electric/water. 5 PT sites, and sites 45-46 were buddy sites. You can fish, there is a nature trail, and boat locks to watch the small ships go through. No playground but plenty of room to run around for kids. Pets are welcome. It is a long drive to everything so bring it with you. We would consider camping here with a group so there would be entertainment for adults as well as kids. Nice place to catch some quiet.
We were on site #58. Most sites in park seemed tight if you have a rig longer than 30 ft, or slides on both sides. There are 6 loop areas some allow pets and some don't. About half are on a small creek that runs through the park. There are 5 bathhouses and 1 dump station. 2 extra vehicle parking areas. There is a playground in the camping area and 2 more in the picnic areas. No laundry machines as in other FL state parks. 1 Trash bin for entire campground and it is not located in the campground, it is on road as you leave the campground. Each site has a picnic table (long), and combo fire ring/grill. Water hookups can be a long distance and are shared between campsites. Firewood and ice are available at ranger station. Canoes and kayaks can be rented there as well. Park has nature center, small lakeside swimming area, 6 hiking trails (4 of them can be biked). Check in was very slow. Even though we were prepaid they still needed all kinds of info still, even the names of your pets and kids if you brought them with you. We would go back but chose our site more wisely this time.
We were in site #48, a very long PT site.There are 2 campgrounds: east rim and west rim. The west rim has the longer sites, although by the end of summer all sites are supposed to fit up to a 40 ft RV. Sites had fire rings, separate grills, lantern poles and picnic tables. All sites were gravel except handicapped ones. They also have separate walk in and back country sites for tent camping. Park has 40 person lodge, tennis courts, disc golf, hiking trails, playgrounds (total of 3, 2 in camping areas), store in ranger station, wildlife observatory tower, 2 dump stations (easy to get in and out of), and several grey water drains in the camping areas. No TV or cable-way too many trees for reception. 5 PT's in west loop, 2 in east loop. We had perfect weather for the mountains, about 60 at night and 78 in the daytime. Restrooms were very clean but also very old. Need updated. All playground equipment was new and bathhouses had new paint and shingles. The only bad thing I can say about this park is that there were a LOT of stinging insects in the camping area. Not sure if it is a favorite place to nest or what, but come prepared with bite sticks and repellent. Rangers offered our child a JR Ranger book and she finished it while we camped and earned 3 badges. We were able to see deer, and many different kinds of birds in the park. We also discovered a fabulous restaurant right outside the park called Canyon Grill. It's a little pricey but everything is homemade and wonderful.
We had PT site #132. Site was gravel and basically level. Each site has a small picnic table and a fire ring(no grill). Some had small concrete pads at site. There are 5 cabins at park. Management has planted some trees between sites for future shade. We could not use our awning because tree was growing in the way. There is a nice playground near the pool, but we could not figure out why the swings were across the road and behind the office. When we checked in (on a Sat) we were told the go karts and pool would be open until 8pm that day and 6 pm on Sun and during week. We went down to the go karts at 7:30 pm and they told us they were closed already. We found out later that they don't open during the week after the summer holidays are over. Management was nice though and opened both the pool and the go karts for us to use. There is a cave on premises and gem mining as well. There is a gift shop next to the caves. Bath houses were old but kept clean. Showers in both men's and women's have been re-tiled. There is no place to leave your stuff in the women's stall though. They have racks across the room to place your items on. Chattanooga and attractions about 4 miles away. New Wal-mart about 10 min. away.
We did not camp here because the camping area is closed until Nov 2007 for renovations. There will be a brand new bathhouse and sewer hookups when completed. There are a few PT's sites and the higher the number the longer the sites. There is canoing from the park and several hiking trails available for all levels of hikers. There is also a nice picnic area to sit in a swing and watch the river go by. The town of Live Oak is close by for all your needs (including Wal-Mart). There are 5 cabins that are available to stay in while the renovations are on going.
We were in site #4 which was a large PT (about 80 ft long). We visited between the Folk festival, which had been rescheduled from earlier due to fires and a New Healing Arts festival. Therefore our visit was very quiet. There were no artisans there during the week. The craft store was still open and had many very nice crafts from the area. There are 2 museums on the premises and several buildings used for festivals. There is a nice playground close to the cabin and craft area, though none in the camping area. There is no swimming in the park. Canoing is available from an outside vendor, who will bring the canoes into the park and set you up. The bathhouses were the cleanest I have ever seen and I believe they are also brand new. The campground host was concerned if anything was not right and said he would make sure to fix it if it wasn't. There is a carillon that plays notes every 15 min. and at 10, 12, 2, and 4 plays SF's songs. It was very relaxing to sit outside and hear them. The carillon only plays between 8 am-6 pm. There is 1 dump station at the beginning of the camping area, but it is very large and easy to maneuver through. All sites have a table, fire ring with grill and w/e. The town of White Springs is very close by although we did not go into town.
This was our first time at this campground. We were in site 123 nice deep site and we had plenty of side room to use as well, we have a 36 ft MH with slides on both sides. Sites all have 20/30 amp and water h/u. Fire rings with grills attached and a picnic table on each site. Sites were either sandy or some gravel. Plenty of shade and vegetation. Playgrounds need updated, all of them had only 2 baby swings and 2 regular swings, nothing else. Bathhouses were clean but old. Plenty of hot water when we used them. Bugs were out in full force but that is FL in the summer. Beach was very clean and had lifeguards. You could bike or take a car to beach. Board walk from parking lot took about 5 minutes to water. Beach not very crowded in state park area on weekend. Public access further down at pier. Park had rental concessionaires for canoes, kayaks, windsurfing, surfboards, boogie boards, etc. Small store on premises (ice cream), and snack shop next door. WiFi offered at Island Joe's as well as pay phone modem. No wait at dump station as they have a triple access to dump. There is also a farmer's market on Saturday's at the St. Augustine Amphitheater at 8:30 am on A1A. They also show the play Cross and Sword every night. We will be back again.
Each site has concrete slab 20x40, picnic table, W/E/S. Nice heated bathhouse, laundry facilities, small clubhouse with fireplace. Sites very close together, has the RV park feel. No foliage between sites, no privacy from neighbors. No fires, but you can bring your own grill to cook. Park has horseshoes, beach very close by, just over the dunes, in December was too cold to swim or enjoy. No playground for children, this is a retiree park. We were here to spend Christmas with family but our child was really bored at this park. Blue Angels take this week off but normally they fly practices and I was told several times by people in the park how noisy it was. I would have loved to hear it, how exciting to see parts of their new shows. Lighthouse, Fort Barrancas nearby as well as the Naval Air Museum. Stores close by back gate. Park also has cabins for rental for those not RV or tent camping. We hada 35ft 5ver at the time and it was very hard to get into site #1 because people would park behind their rigs instead of in front, making the road extra narrow. We almost scraped a tree to get into our site. We would go back but would get a back-in site away from the circle and clubhouse.
Park overall is great, a beautiful treasure. The only downside we found was that the Beach sites bathrooms were really old. So old that the showers were added on and they are outside of the bathrooms. They have laundry facilities at bath houses. Beach is beautiful and uncrowded because the public access is 1 mile down the road. Sites are sand, have grills, and picnic tables. Trash is away from the sites. At beach sites there is no vegetation between, but in River there is lots of foliage and shade for privacy. All RV's can fit into Beach but not all can fit in River sites. River also has a brand new bathhouse. There are 2 dump stations one in Beach and one in River. Beach one is easier to access. Park has a historic fort, store, gift shop, playground (near river sites), hiking and biking trails. Lots of shells on beaches. Check web page because almost every weekend there is a program at the fort. Sometimes it is interpretive and sometimes not.
We stayed in one of the full hookup sites(#1-9, 11, 18-21). All others are water electric only (20,30,50 amps) only. All sites have concrete pad only under RV. Sites are not level though. In some cases you will need to bring a step stool because the distance between the ground and the steps can be 18 inches or more. All sites have a picnic table and trash cans are nearby. Park personnel empty the cans at least 6 times a day. There are no grills at sites so you must bring your own - charcoal only though. Bathhouses are old but very clean. There is on site laundry. There are some tight turns to get to the sites but we made it in both a 35 ft 5er and a 35 ft MH. Most sites are in the shade. The park has bike trails, nature trail, children's farm (not petting farm), swimming pool, lake for fishing, ballfield, disc golf, large playground in picnic area. There is no store, but stores are very close by. Park is next to Fl turnpike but road noise was not a problem for us. The picnic area was very busy and noisy, but the campground both times we were there was very quiet. You must call the office to get your reservation nothing on line yet. They do have monthly fees for people who stay in the area for the season.
We had site #226 which was a tight fit. Could not put our awning out but after the wind gusts (from 10-20) we were glad we didn't try. Bathhouses have washer/dryers, sites have only a stand up grill and a picnic table. No ground fires unless you use a container. There is a camp store with very basic items, a museum, pier, beautiful beaches, ferry to Egmont Key, nature trails, rentals for kayaks, canoes windsurfing, a nice bicycle path with jitneys to rent, boat ramp (can keep boat in water at your site if on water)Pet playground(near beach) and kids playgrounds in camping areas. Anything you want to do for recreation can be had here. We were camping with our large group and used a pull thru site for our meal which was plenty big enough. The PT's all dogleg strangely and most have trees that lean into them. Choose site very carefully because last year when we camped here we had to replace our entire 5th wheel roof because of trees that lean into the road (beware area 2 site #151 near bathhouse) The rangers know about these trees but do not trim them at all.NRP This was our first outing with our new motorhome and we enjoyed the park.