Clean, friendly folks with some long term "residents" with easy access from exit 158 of I 24, with a boat ramp, playground and a beautiful setting. The access is via a TVA road with the entrance on the left of Shellmound Road. Once in a while there is a bit of noise from a railroad across the lake and a boat. Very peaceful.
Be a bit careful driving to the site. Google maps and my mapping softwre (DeLorme) had the campground a number of blocks south of the river. It is located between the railroad and the river and the BNSF train engineers blow the whistle at the crossing about a block from the grounds. You may want to invest in ear plugs. Interior roads are rough, to say the least, but there is fishing in the river (I said fishing as I saw no catching) and the the touristy downtown of Hardy is within walking distance. As this is written, no one has collected any fee but the sign says the price is twenty bucks.
The Corps of Engineers do their campgrounds right. It was clean, well-maintained, and, best of all, the teens drinking beer at the adjacent site left about bed time. There are two sections and it would help if they provided a map and a bit larger indicator of which sites are reserved. It also appeared that there were volunteers on site but they were not identified. The rate cited was after a fifty percent discount for a Golden Age card.
The rate reflects a Pass Port America discount. We arrived early in the afternoon to be told the campground was full. We were offered an overflow site across the pond which we accepted. It was not a pull through and had not been completely graded and finished but worked just fine for a couple of nights. We were afraid of being bothered by train noise as the track is not very far away but that was no problem. The owner seems to be doing a good job to make things comfortable and "right". We'd stay there again--in part because there is blue-grass picking in the area.
Access from highways is a bit complicated but otherwise, it was quiet, the grounds are lovely and very spacious. Sites and roads are gravel that badly need attention from a maintainer. There was an event at the barn on the grounds which did not interfere at all with the peace and quiet. We were charged $28 with the Passport America card in the fellow's hand. After departure and thinking about it, I called back and a representative was very quick to recognize the overcharge and promise a refund. Twenty-eight dollars would a pretty stiff price, all things considered.
As other reviews say, management is friendly, helpful, even loquacious not to mention industrious. The gravel has settled in and rain, for the most part, should not be a problem. Trees have been planted so shade and wind breaks will be available soon. This is high plains country so high winds will bring dust. A good place to stay.
Access from the Interstate is good as are the streets leading to the park at 602 Black St. Interior "roads" are paved and clean, sites, though relatively small, are gravel and clean. There is a very new bathhouse. The surroundings are not gracious suburban living but it seems quiet. Staff is friendly and very helpful and the facilities are well-maintained.
Access is good, sites are reasonably level concrete with adequate size, on-site "roads" are very bumpy, management friendly and operates a Mediterranean food deli just off-site (yum, yum!), a railroad across the street was silent except for one train in daytime, laundromat looked clean and very usable, but this is anything but gracious suburban living. We'd use it again.