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09/2014
rating [ 9/10 ]
Another nice state park. Nice hilly bike riding. Never went for a bike ride without seeing deer, turkeys, and gopher tortoises. Site was large and shaded. A lot of cigarette butts and trash left by previous occupants in our site. Spent half hour picking it up. Not campground's fault. Spring area is nice. We were here during the week. Imagine the Spring area gets very crowded on weekends. First time camping here, but will return.
08/2014
rating [ 5/10 ]
Rate reflected is with a four night buy-one-get-one offer. Would not stay here if we had to pay full price. The best thing this park has going for it, is its location, close to Disney and many restaurants. Has one pool that is too small for a campground of this size. Never went in the pool due to it being overcrowded. Bathhouse/restroom could use a good scrubbing. Thick dust on top of toilet paper holders, mildew buildup in shower stalls. No bench to place items in shower area, just a couple of hooks. Tour helicopters are constantly flying overhead during the day. Most sites do not offer any type of shade and the sites are close together. Old Town is trinket stores, bars and carnival rides. The resort employees were very friendly.
06/2014
rating [ 9/10 ]
Rate reflects summer rate and includes tax. First time here. We enjoyed our stay. Nice folks and well maintained. Nice pool. Went to the nearby Orlando Wetlands several times and walked and biked the many trails. Great for bird watching. Didn't notice the water being too bad, but we always drink bottled water. It's definitely a snowbird park with many unoccupied trailers "parked" at sites for the summer, but wasn't a problem. It's under new management and I hope they keep the park just as nice. We will return.
05/2014
rating [ 9/10 ]
Very nice, well maintained park. It is small and you are close to your neighbor. Everyone, to include staff and campers, were very friendly and helpful. Not a lot to do but R&R and maybe some fishing. The visitor center has nice interactive displays and videos about the Army COE. Worth a visit. Bathhouse was clean and had hooks and a bench and a place to put your soap and/or shampoo, something frequently overlooked in many campgrounds. We will return, if we can...tough to get reservations as it books up fast. Rate is with Interagency Senior Pass. Still a bargain at full price.
03/2014
rating [ 7/10 ]
Campground is basically a large grassy area with little to no shade. Two sites share power/water poles, so you are close to your one neighbor. But, nice spacing between each shared area. The sites are "waterfront", but you can't see the water or the boats cruising by due to a steep embankment. You can sit or stand on the embankment and view the water and boats. The embankment is not mowed and some of the growth is quite high. There is a picnic table and fire ring at each site, but at the even numbered sites the table and fire ring are on the "wrong side". If you can pull in vs. backing in, then they would be on the "right" side. Bathhouse was fairly clean and well stocked. Dressing area was large with a long bench, but afforded little privacy. No soap holder in shower area. Mostly quiet. You can hear and see the Turnpike from the campground, but it's not bad. The campground is very near the FL Turnpike and I-95, so it is a good park for a stopover.
02/2014
rating [ 7/10 ]
Nice campground. Most of the sites are well spaced apart except #9. It is very close to #10. My only complaint about this park is with the bath house. The dressing area floods while taking a shower and there are no electric plugs, however, it was clean and well stocked during our stay. The amenity we enjoyed most about this park is that one of the trail heads to the Lake Apopka Loop Trail is right across the street. We biked about eight miles of the trail. The trail consists of hard packed gravel/marrow. We saw a variety of birds, several alligators, and one Water Moccasin(beware!). A great bike ride! Several restaurants are nearby in Apopka.
02/2014
rating [ 10/10 ]
Rate reflects senior non-county resident. We love this campground. There are no bad sites, just some better than others. Of course, the lake front sites are the best. The facilities are well maintained. There are nice nature trails; one has a very nice boardwalk as part of it. We saw many, many different types of birds, including eagles. The sunsets over Lake Carlton are just breathtaking. Downtown Mount Dora is very close. We ate at Fiesta Grande Mexican restaurant there and it was very good. There is a Publix's just a few miles from the campground on 441.
07/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
We enjoyed our stay at Blue Spring. Many of the sites are very shallow, and big rigs would have a problem fitting, but we did okay with our trailer. Swimming in the spring is fun and very refreshing during the hot summer. Some sort of flotation device is highly recommended. We had noodles, and they were perfect to use during snorkeling. During the weekend the spring area is very crowded, but not too bad during the weekday. Tip: they let campers stay in later than non-campers. There is a great paved bike trail right outside the entrance of the park. We saw deer and turkey while on our ride. It's about 5 miles one way if you do the loop at the end.
02/2013
rating [ 10/10 ]
Loved this park! It only has 15 sites, but about ten of them are waterfront on a large beautiful lake. There is a nice paved patio, a large picnic bench, a BBQ grill, and a campfire ring with two small permanent benches around the campfire ring at each site. The entire park is surrounded by large beautiful lakes with several docks located within the park. There is is a nice nature trail and a very nice boardwalk. Downtown Mount Dora is less then three miles away and provides many shopping and eating opportunities. There is also a Publix Supermarket about two miles from the park. We will return to this park.
11/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a nice campground. It has great biking opportunities both paved and off-road. The River Campground is much more treed than the Pine Grove Campground, but big rigs would have problems navigating in the River Campground. Rangers were nice and helpful. Check out the observation tower at the Park, especially at sunset. The Blowing Rocks Preserve is also a must see and is just a few miles from the Park. We will stay here again.
11/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a nice State Park. If you like to fish, this is a great place. They were catching a lot of flounder while we were there. The sites are small, but okay. The no-see-ums were bad, but bug spray kept them under control. The Rangers were very nice. One of the bath houses was having drainage problems while were there and it was closed. Luckily, there was another bathhouse not too far down the road that was usable. We would return to this campground.
11/2012
rating [ 10/10 ]
Great state park! First time we have stayed here, but we will be back. Nice large sites with a picnic table and a fire ring. One of the most well maintained parks we have ever stayed in and we have stayed in a lot.
10/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
Very nice park. Nice large sites with a fire ring and a picnic table. The hiking trails are also nice. It's just a shame how people throw their trash on the trails...not the campground's fault. The falls were low due to drought conditions, but still pretty. We ate a nice dinner at the Hot Dog House...good food, reasonable prices, good service, and free Wi-Fi, located on the main road through the Park. Park Rangers were very helpful and friendly. The only complaint is how the showers are built. The shower floor and the bathhouse floor are almost level, so it floods the dressing area and then some.
10/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
Second time we have camped here. We were here in April last time and the campground was nearly empty. It was full this time. However, it is a very nice campground. The hiking trails are very nice. The waterfalls and the fall foliage were beautiful. There are no stores nearby, so come prepared.
10/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is the third time we have camped here and enjoyed it very much. It was buggy on this trip and we were glad we had our screen room with us. They were building a new bathhouse, which was needed, and making more sites full hookup. So, this already nice campground will be even better once the improvements are completed. Ate dinner at the Catfish House again, and again. It was very good. This campground will be a 10 in my book once all the improvements are completed.
10/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
Love this campground! We took a month long trip to view the Fall foliage and stayed in eight campgrounds on this trip and McKinney was our favorite. Many large sites right on the lake. Could not take a walk without seeing several deer. The Allatoona Dam Overlook area, about 15 minutes from the CG, was very pretty. Wi-Fi is available at the McDonald's in town. The only reason it was not given a 10, is the bathhouse facilities could be updated.
01/2012
rating [ 7/10 ]
We had no trouble checking in as previous reviewers stated. We knew about the $20.00 key deposit because it states it on their website - it was no problem. The campsites are very small and very close together. There is about 20 feet between you and your neighbors on either side. There are no shady sites. Most sites do back up to some sort of water feature (canal, wetlands). The roads are packed dirt and it is very dusty when there hasn't been rain in a while. The campground is in a nice setting with many water features, and, as the name infers, wetland savannahs to look at. The restrooms were dated, but clean. We did have issues with a group of campers next to us for a couple of nights. They had many motorcycles and were riding them around the campground into the early morning hours, along with playing loud music. The campground finally evicted them late the second night. There are several restaurants and shopping nearby. We went to the St. Lucie County Aquarium nearby. It is a small aquarium, but has some interesting marine life. It was only $7.00 for the two of us. The Savanna's is only open from October to May. It was filled mostly by snowbirds staying long-term. We may return to this campground because it is close enough for a weekend trip, but only if we can't get into one of other campgrounds near us.
12/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
Very nice state park. Some sites are very shallow and would not fit big rigs, but would be fine for tents. The campground hosts cleaned the restrooms on a daily basis, even Christmas day. The bike riding is fine on the hard packed sand roads. We took our bikes on a couple of the hiking trails too. It was fun. There are beautiful, big oak trees throughout the park. We enjoyed our stay and will return again.
05/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
We just stayed one night. Very nice host and hostess. Nice park. Bathhouse is old, but clean. Close to I-95.
05/2011
rating [ 6/10 ]
Okay park for an overnight stay. Close to I-95. A lot of "permanent" trailers. Some were pretty trashy looking. Our site had a lot of cigarette butts and small trash on it. Park has a nice dock for fishing. Bath house was nice: freshly painted. The pool was nice. Would stay here again, but only for an overnight stay.
05/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
Nice park. The sites are very close together. Nice nature trails. Good location for visiting Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown. The bathhouse was very nice, but no place to put soap or shampoo in shower. There are frequent train horns during the night. We would stay here again, however.
04/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a very nice park. It has nice paved and unpaved roads for bike riding and hiking. Majority of the sites are large with privacy foliage between each. The bathhouse was clean with large shower and enclosed changing areas. The changing area had a bench, a shelf, and several hooks (love that!). The rangers were very friendly and helpful. There is a nice visitor center and observation tower. If you are lucky you can see wild horses and bison from the tower. We saw one horse and one bison in four days time. There is a small boardwalk overlooking the lake where we saw alligators (adults and babies), Water Moccasins, small and large turtles, and several species of water birds. We also saw many deer throughout the park, some of them were still spotted fawns. The only downside was the numerous biting yellow deer flies and ticks. We will return to the park, but at a different time of year to avoid the fly and tick season. The nearby Florida Museum of Natural History and the Butterfly Rainforest, located on the UF campus, are well worth drive, especially the Butterfly Rainforest.
04/2010
rating [ 10/10 ]
We loved this park! Wonderful large sites! Great hiking opportunities with great views. Park Rangers were very helpful and nice. We can't wait to return.
04/2010
rating [ 5/10 ]
This is a fine campground as long as you don’t have any visitors while you are staying here. We had family from out of state come up to spend the day and it was made quite apparent that the owner was not happy about having extra cars parking in the campground, even at a $4.00 parking fee per vehicle. The owner yelled across the campground to me, “How long are they staying!” just as they were getting out of their cars. We felt so uncomfortable that we left within the hour and went to a nearby German restaurant called the Bavarian (very good food and service). However, it was not quite the way we had planned on spending the day. The view is nice, but the sites are so close you can hear the people walking inside their camper in the adjacent site. One of the reasons we go RVing is to visit with friends and family and we won’t go somewhere where this is so highly discouraged. We will not stay here again.
04/2010
rating [ 10/10 ]
This is the second time we camped here and once again we were very pleased. The first time we were here the hiking trails were closed due to flooding, but they were open this time. Nice trails. The bike riding is also nice. Several Canadian Geese were around the lake with their baby goslings. And, of course, we saw several Gopher Tortoises as this is a Gopher Tortoise preserve. The campground host and the rangers were all very friendly. Had dinner at the nearby Catfish House - good food and service. We will camp here again.
04/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is probably a nice campground, but we could not enjoy it due to the many deer flies. They were very annoying. We attempted to go on a bike ride, but had to turn around due to the flies. The sites are nice and large with many pull-through sites. We would probably return to the this campground, but at a different time of year when the flies aren't so bad.
01/2010
rating [ 10/10 ]
This is a very nice campground. The sites are very big with a picnic table, a grill, and a fire ring. The fire rings are well placed away from your RV, so the fire and smoke remain away from the RV. You must bring your own firewood. The restrooms and showers are very nice. The shower area offers a large changing area, a bench, hooks, and towel bars. The campground is near the Orlando National Airport and there is a lot of air traffic that flies over the campground. There are a couple of hiking trials, but nothing too exciting. Bike riding is fun. The roads are packed gravel with some paved. There are several nice fishing docks available with boat launches. Pets and alcohol are not allowed. We will return to this campground.
12/2009
rating [ 6/10 ]
This is a nice State Park; however there are some downsides. Some of the sites are very shallow and/or the water and electric are on opposite sides of the site. The road is narrow and one would think it was one-way, but it is not. We were lucky to have picked one of the better configured sites (#25) and had very little problem backing in our 19ft trailer. But big rigs would have a difficult time maneuvering into many of the sites here if they were lucky enough to find one they could fit into at all. Also, the no alcohol and quiet hours are not enforced. We were kept awake two nights in a row by a group of young men tent camping until 4:00am the first night and 2:00am the next night. When they were setting up they were visibly drinking beer and had their cartons of beer visible on the picnic table. A ranger came by and stopped at their site for an unknown reason, but apparently not to tell them about the no alcohol policy as there were no changes after the ranger left. On the upside, the beach is right across the street with nice facilities (outside showers for rinsing sand off, changing rooms, restrooms and picnic pavilions). There is also a nice paved bicycle path and a couple of nice hiking trails. The restrooms at the campground were well maintained. The rangers were nice and helpful; just wished they enforced the rules. We will not return here. There are nicer and quieter state parks we can patronize.
10/2009
rating [ 10/10 ]
This is a very nice state park. We were in the Fort King loop: had a large pull-through site. We could hear traffic from our site, but could not see the road. The traffic noise was not too bad, though. The bathhouse was very nice and clean. The changing areas in the showers are large and have a bench and several hooks: wish all campgrounds would add these small, but convenient features. We saw several does with fawns, one young buck, and a gray fox on the trails. We rode bikes on all the trails except Sandhill Trail. It was a lot of fun. The rental cabins look very nice. Check-in was fast and Rangers were all very friendly. We will return.
04/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
Nice state park with gravel sites. Full hook-up is available along with cable TV, unusual for a State Park. Park Rangers and the Campground Host were very helpful and pleasant. The restrooms were okay, but need some work and/or updating. Several of the showers did not work and where they located the hooks in the changing area makes them useless for hanging anything. There was a shelve and a bench for placing items on, though. This is a great park for bike riding with several paved roads with uphill and downhill riding. Also, the nearby roads are not busy and are good for bike riding. The park is on a huge lake with a lot of birds and wildlife around. Witnessed several Great Blue Herons feeding their chicks high up in the trees by the lake. Canadian Geese were also plentiful. There is a nice Interpretive Center located in the Park. There are also cabin and efficiencies available for rent. There is a limited supply of dry goods and RV supplies at the registration office. This park is far from civilization and the closest town is 16 miles away with very limited store and gas options. Providence Canyon State Park is 10 miles down the road and worth the drive to see. We would return to this campground.
04/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a nice campground. The owners are very helpful and pleasant. The sites are very close together, but we had a river site with a private deck overlooking the river that made up for the site closeness. Being right on the river is definitely the highlight of the campground. We spent a lot time sitting on the deck and walking along the river. We could watch people tubing down the river from out site. It was fun. The restrooms are very nice. A bench, towel bar and three hooks in the shower changing area - it's the little things that count, ya know. Restrooms are air conditioned and heated too! The location can't be beat for getting into the National Park and Cade Coves (a must see - go early in the morning to see more wildlife). There was only one small IGA grocery close to the campground. The town of Townsend does not have much to offer, but we were there for the National Park and not for tacky tourist stuff. We would return to this campground.
04/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a nice small park. The sites are nice, but close together. This is not a park to go to if you want privacy. The restroom facilities were one of the nicest I've seen in my 20 years of camping. Also, had nice laundry facilities. The Park is on the edge of Lake Burton, which is very pretty, especially at dusk. Little bike riding opportunity within park - just one paved loop around the park. The GPS stated that the campground was on Hwy 97 coming from Clarkesville several miles before where the CG is actually located. Just something to be aware of if you use a GPS.
04/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
We really enjoyed this Park. The campsites are large and nicely graveled with 2X4's bordering the site to keep the gravel in. The sites are spaced far apart. We had a great site (#27) that afforded a great view into the woods with lots of privacy. We watched many gopher tortoises coming in and out of the woods to feed on grass. Nice bike riding opportunities on paved roads. Unfortunately, the hiking trails were closed due to recent flooding. The lake is very nice and apparently good for fishing. We did not fish, but many locals were fishing. The rangers and the campground host were very helpful and pleasant. The restrooms are dated and no electricity for plugging hair dryers, etc., but they are adequate (the only reason for not giving this CG a 10 rating). There are train tracks nearby and they do sound the horn late at night. We enjoy that sound, though, and it did not bother us. The town of Moultrie is about 16 miles west with a Wal-Mart, etc. It is a nice drive, though. If we get the opportunity, we will definitely return to this campground.
04/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
We stayed here for no charge in exchange for listening to a sales presentation to buy a membership. It is a nice campground. The staff was very friendly. We stayed in the wooded area. Our site, #D23, turned into a small river during a downpour one morning. I think our site was the only one with this problem, however. The bathhouses are clean, but need updating. For the price of the full membership (13K), I would expect more updated accommodations. Bike riding is very nice. This is snowbird city, though. I would say at least 80% of the park were snowbirds staying long-term. We were disappointed that there were no recycling containers - so much for going green. We won't camp here again because we did not purchase a membership; however, if this was not a member-only campground, we would return.
03/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
Very nice park. First time here, but will return. Park staff were all friendly. The restroom is rustic, but clean. Have to time taking showers if being heavily used. There is limited hot water supply. Took cold shower the first day, but timed it earlier in the morning the subsequent days and had no problem. Very nice paved bike/walking trail around entire park. Nice lake views. We were in site #7 and had no problem with leveling. There is traffic noise from the Turnpike, but soon just became white noise for us. No Wi-Fi or cable - we like it that way. The reason we go camping is to get away from these things. If I have a complaint, it would be that when we made our reservations we were not informed of a large Crew Regatta going on in the park for the weekend. It drew thousands of people. Really did not pose too many issues, but would have liked to have been forewarned.
04/2008
rating [ 9/10 ]
Another great camping trip at Disney's Fort Wilderness! It was, however, the most crowded in the 19 years we have been going camping at Fort Wilderness. Many, many, many campers from the whole East Coast of the US. Our only disappointment is that it looks like they are not going to rebuild the swamp trail boardwalk that got damaged during the 2004 hurricanes. We always enjoyed walking that trail. They have done a lot of clearing of brush and trees throughout the park. We were told for fire and potato vine control. It does not afford the seclusion between the sites and the loops as before. But, overall, still a great place to camp.
02/2008
rating [ 8/10 ]
This the fifth time we have camped here, but the first time for a shuttle launch. The campground is a wonderful place for watching launches. The campground was very packed, mostly with snowbirds staying long-term. However, even though it was packed, it was fairly quiet. Probably because the average age of the majority of the campers was 60+. The majority of the noise came from the nearby small airplane airport. First time this bothered us at this campground. The reason for the 8 rating is because it was difficult to get a hold of a live person to make a reservation. Had to call many, many times before getting a person and not the answering machine.
11/2007
rating [ 10/10 ]
Very nice, large park. The facilities were very well kept. Majority of the sites are large with a lot of beautiful, big oak trees in between each site. All the sites are wide; however, some of them are shallow. The sunsets are beautiful over the river. We will return to this campground several times a year.
05/2007
rating [ 8/10 ]
Nice park. Third time we have camped here. The sites are close together, however. The dock is very nice. The restrooms could use a good bleaching as the curtains are moldy, but it's Florida and mold and mildew are difficult to control. It gets crowded on the weekend, but had no problems with other campers. There was even a large boy scout troop camping, but they were very well behaved and posed no problems to us.
04/2007
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is nice park. The Ranger who checked us in was not friendly. Other Rangers we encountered, though, were friendly. We had site 31 in the Magnolia loop. Nice site. Deer came around our site morning and evening. The only complaint would be how often the park rangers drive around the loop and raise up dust with each circuit. Sometimes it was several times within an hour's time. I like security, but this seemed excessive.
01/2007
rating [ 7/10 ]
Nice park. Restrooms were old, but clean. It looked like they were building new restrooms to be opened soon. The hilly bike riding is fun for flatland Floridians. Many of the sites do not have much shade available and they are close together. Good park for rest and relaxation. We enjoyed hiking around the ravine.
04/2007
rating [ 10/10 ]
We really enjoyed this park. The Park Rangers and the staff at the Visitor Center were very helpful and friendly. The cavern tour is a must do at the park. We hiked the Floodplain Trail near the Visitor Center and enjoyed it very much. There is a neat little cave you can hike through on this trail. The hilly bike riding is fun for Floridians, who are used to only flat land pedaling. We were in Site 18. It was a very nice site. I would go to this park again in a heartbeat.
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