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05/2014
rating [ 4/10 ]
For the most expensive state park in the Florida state park system, they are really letting this place go downhill, as previous posters have stated. This was our third time here, and though we may still return due to the convenience of the location and the friends we meet each year, we will be thinking of alternatives if things don't change for the better. Unlike other state parks that have a listed time for bath house cleaning daily, this one does not. The reason? They are not cleaned daily, and when they do it is not an actual cleaning at all. They are really filthy. The maintenance in the park is bad also. Those up heaved concrete pads on some sites need replaced as they are dangerous and should closed off for use until they are. Drainage in the park is really bad too. It is really a shame this formerly beautiful park is being let go into ruin.
01/2014
rating [ 6/10 ]
A bit too congested for our tastes, and no concrete pads or patios. For non permanents, the sites are simply all over the large yard on grass and dirt. Huge water oaks with hanging moss are pretty, but during windy conditions can drop branches and limbs on your unit. Had all kinds of problems with our cable hookup, but the maintenance person did manage to correct with a new end piece. Very nice fellow. Bath house always clean. The lake is full of stumps, but still nice for a canoe trip. Lots of duck hunters and bass fisherman use the lake. The best site in the whole park is #77. All others have no view of the lake. This is old Florida style living. 12 miles to get to any supplies, so come stocked. Roads are narrow coming in. Park is mostly seasonals and permanents.
10/2013
rating [ 6/10 ]
Of the four Florida State parks in the Keys, this is our least favorite, though it does have a nice beach. Waterfront sites are very tough to snag, and even though we had one which had to be reserved well in advance, you are looking at and hearing the Overseas highway bridge. Interior sites near the two big dumpsters, bathrooms, and dump station are smaller and the smell from the dumpster is overpowering when it is hot. Can't figure out why they would put the dump station and especially the dumpster in the middle of the campground. Extremely busy on the weekend, with a lot of day use people. We will stick to the other three parks from now on.
08/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
There is only one pull through site that I know of, which is near the bath house, otherwise all are back ins. The low numbered sites on the outer side of the electric hookup loop are bigger than the other side and inside spots. This is our second time here, so we had surveyed the park for favorite sites previously, which I highly recommend. Many sites are not level, and quite a few that are not big rig friendly at all. If possible, check out the sites available before you commit to one. Our stay during the week was wonderful, but unless you really like an over populated, busy, and noisy park, I would avoid weekends. Lots of lovely trails to walk, nice lake to canoe/kayak on (electric motors only) and a huge day use area on the other side of the lake with a pool gives you lots of things to do here.
08/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
Keep in mind the lack of sewer hook ups here. No hook up at all if you opt for the water front sites on the little creek. The open sites without shade in the middle of the park have grey water dump pits using a water hose (not full sewer hose) to hook up. Not having the hookup at our roomy site on the creek, required me to use their laundry facilities which were expensive at 2.50 a load. I refused to feed the quarter machine in the bath house "pay to shower" facility, so our grey water tank filled up quickly. Dump station was convenient however. The owner is very welcoming and friendly, and we also loved the many hummingbirds in the area.
08/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
Mostly a seasonal and permanents park, though they do accept overnighters, and we basically enjoyed our first stay here. We had a site near the entrance with full hook up. When I reserved the site over 6 months ago, I questioned the extra charge for cable added on to the quoted full hook price. She told me all full hook ups included cable, which would be fine with me, but why list it as a separate charge add on?? She said they are working on correcting that on the website. It is still not changed. We loved our roomy site with nice trees and grass, but a walk to the back of the campground confirmed we would not want a site back there since it is very congested and tight. Tent sites are basically all together in one area, but can be intermixed anywhere they want. One usual gripe I have is the "pay to shower" which I will never use as it is the principal of the matter with the "nickel and dime" idea. I would rather pay the higher flat fee for the extra features (including the cable) instead of showers that call for me to bring in rolls of quarters. Bundles of wood are priced high at 6.00 a pack. Interstate and train noise close by, but is not intolerable. No credit cards here, as I had to send in full payment by check before we got here. Good idea to take a copy of the cashed check to have in hand upon check in, since the lady at the office did not have our reservation. That changed quickly once I presented the cashed check copy. Good one night stop over, and we would stay here again for perhaps more than one night, but not really a destination.
08/2013
rating [ 4/10 ]
First the good: Really pretty lake, and nice launch area for boats. Busy campground, but very quiet at night. The sites in the wooded area are nice. WI-FI was fast and reliable. AT&T signal good also. Only 10 miles to stores and supplies. Good for families. Really good blue grass band played on Saturday night. The bad: 125 sites, and only one extremely dated bath house that does not even supply hand soap. This campground is heavily used on the weekend by the permanents, weekend tent campers, and day use visitors. Bath house was cleaned on Thursday, and then not again until Monday. It was the worst pig sty I have ever seen by Sunday night. They spent a ton of money on the new section that is big rig friendly with 50 amp and full sewer hookup, but has no appeal with sites being basically in an open gravel parking lot. There is also no bath house in that section. The local weekenders and permanents here, that make up most of the camp sites, are not welcoming to the out of state campers at all. Rules are printed out and given at check in, but they were obviously not followed or enforced. Huge fires going in camp rings that turned into "smudge" pots at many permanent sites that were left smoldering all night and deposited heavy ash and soot all over our rig and tow vehicle. We won't be back.
07/2013
rating [ 10/10 ]
Our second time here, and once again made the same mistake. Should have booked a longer stay!! I told the owner, that I would not do a review this time but I just could not help it. I am worried that too many more campers will find this absolute gem of a quiet serene "real Maine" life style here and he will fill up too soon. Bath house always clean, and they even have music piped in! Loved our perfect and delicious steamers for lunch, and a couple of beautifully steamed lobsters for dinner brought right to our door. Magical sunsets and relaxation on "the rock" down by the water. Even wild raspberries and blueberries growing in the field! Perfect hosts and really go all out to make you feel at home. We can't wait to return!
07/2013
rating [ 6/10 ]
This campground does not honor Good Sam any longer, nor offer any discounts. Upon check in, I had to stand at the office counter and wait for the only clerk on duty to finish with a phone call from someone just asking about the area, wanting to pitch a tent for two nights. This went on for 15 minutes. I was finally able to half way check in, and the phone rang again with the same caller, with another 5 minutes on the phone with him. Polite thing would have been to put that person on hold, or ask to call them back and then finish up with me. I did not feel important at all when I gave him over 400 hundred dollars to camp in a premium RV site for the week. No quide to site, no brochure with helpful information, no site map. I finally had to request a site map later. The previous camper in our site left late, as we waited for them to leave. The campsite was a mess with food garbage in the fire ring, (that one of the work campers told us he would clean out and never did) some kind of spill on the concrete pad, and an obvious spill near the sewage connection. "Premium sites" are right at the entrance with a lot of traffic. Bath house clean, and well supplied, but very dated. The free island shuttle was a nice benefit to avoid Bar Harbor traffic and parking, but does come right through in front of the "premium" campsites. Obviously no pride in this campground. Most are tent campers and seasonals. For 60.00 a night...we won't be back.
06/2013
rating [ 6/10 ]
This park served our purposes for an overnight on the way to Maine. Although 15 miles off the interstate (I-90), it does run parallel to the highway, so you can continue out the other way. The ads show nice shady sites, but those are the seasonal sites in the back. Over nighters are put into a confusing open field with boulders exposed. Tough to pull back out of the pull through sites without being very careful of where you go. No sewer hookup, but dump station available. Found the bath house dated but clean, though refused to use the "pay your quarters" showers. This always annoys me, and would rather pay extra upfront on the camp fee than this "nickel and dime" thing. Supposedly saving water? One shower was leaking badly and could not be turned off. Laundry room available, with 2.00 washers and 1.50 dryers.
06/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
Big warning: DO NOT use mapquest directions to find this place, simply STAY on 430 north off of I-86 and take towards Dewittville. Big bright KOA sign on the right, just before you reach town. Super friendly host and guides to site, and though the in and out sites had no landscaping and just located in an open field, we had a nice glancing view of the lake and a nice wide site. Bath house was super clean and looked very modern and almost spa like. Individual restroom/shower area with all the amenities. Only bad thing, as it did not go with the quality, was the push button shower (which does not bother me much) but the no way to adjust temperature was not appreciated. Way too hot. The other bad thing was the electric hookup pedestal. The 50 amp hookup kept tripping our surge protector until it got so hot, we could not use power at all. Finally, let it cool and used our adaptor to hookup to the 30 amp and was fine. Called the office to have them check it, but not sure what the outcome was after we left.
06/2013
rating [ 4/10 ]
The good: They have just finished new routing into the park, which is still confusing, but do able. When you see the big KOA sign, notice the small sign on the top of it that directs you to the next drive way just after the Valero gas station. They now have a small mobile office for check in on the gravel driveway. Host was very sweet, welcoming, and directed us to the site. The bad: This park has sold itself out so many times it is now a hap hazard mess. Sold out to the permanent campers in the back, sold out to the Valero gas station which takes up the front entrance, and big time sold out to the Publix grocery store. The pool area (which we did not even see until we left), is across the parking lot and makes it look like it belongs to another property. The campground was cut diagonally and sliced up. The interior roads are horrible and full of pot holes and pits. The bath house was extremely dated and had five shower stalls of which only one worked and was not clean. We were placed in a pull through that was a double ender, narrow with your neighbor almost on top of you, and was really just a gravel parking lot with weeds. State parks we have stayed at are luxurious compared to this place and half the price. Won't stay here again.
04/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
Good park on a two night for our travels south. Very large concrete pad on our pull through is combination patio and pad. Rate is Good Sam discount, though many long term rates are available at less cost. Park was not busy this time of year, so our wish to be granted a site further away from the very busy highway was awarded. Bathroom/shower combos are unisex, but very clean with soap and paper towels available. Interior sites are all pull through and very large with shade trees. Some 30 amp back ins are available along the sides. Very nice RV service and repair is located right next door (same owners). Only bad thing, besides the highway noise, was the crummy cable TV. Scratchy with "snow" on all channels. We ended up disconnecting and received very good reception with all four major networks on our roof top antenna. Interior roads mix of gravel and lime stone dirt can be dusty when the worker bee campers drive through too fast. Most are long term residents, but all seem to keep their sites clean.
04/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
Worked for us, since this is absolutely the only campground in the Wilmington area. We had to be here for a wedding. Upon check in, the ladies at the desk were very welcoming and gracious. However, the rate was suddenly $20.00 more a night for our reserved site. Already overpriced at $60.00 a night, they were now trying to charge a ridiculous $80.00 a night. This was cheerfully corrected as I (fortunately) had a printed copy of my reservation from KOA, and a confirmation email directly from them stating the $60.00 rate ($54.00 with KOA discount). Apparently they upgraded a few pull through sites to "patio" which are very nice, but we had reserved a back in with full hookup 50 amp. Someone must have switched our site, as they now had us in one of the upgraded patio pull throughs. For 80 bucks a night you are still cramped in like a large parking lot, with bad dirt roads, and no privacy between sites. It was raining when we got there, making everything muddy and sticky. Highway noise is non stop also, but better towards the back of the campground. For the price they are getting for these sites, they really need to pave the interior roads. Even most state parks we go to are paved. Come on KOA...spend some of that money and do it right.
04/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
Beautiful state park with huge sites, many with either waterfront or view of the large lake. Paved interior roads, but some need to slow way down. We observed many (including camp host) that roared through the park at 35-40 miles an hour. Posted speed limit in the campground is 5 miles an hour. Very busy on the weekend with many leaving on the Sunday we checked in, though quite empty for the rest of our three night stay. Cannot reserve a site here, just a reservation. With 1:00 check in and check out time, it can get really crazy with campers trying to score prime sites. This was our first time here, so we disconnected our toad to drive around first to find a site we liked, then back to pick up the motor home. Worked much easier for us. No sewer hookup, but if you check carefully you will find grey water dump at many sites. Not all have 50 amp, so need to check first on those also. Most big pull through sites and 50 amps sites are in the newer section to the left as you come in.
03/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
I hesitate writing a review of this park, since it really only has nine RV campsites. Three sites are tent sites. There are a few boat hookup sites also. I did want to write about how the wonderful and friendly camp volunteers do such a nice job at keeping the park clean and beautiful. We were lucky to snag a couple of nights on a cancellation, otherwise this time of year it is always booked. If you are over 62, the 24.00 rate is half price at 12.00. Concrete pads, 50 amp, water (but no sewer hook up). Great water view from every site, with sites 1,2,and 3 having direct waterfront. Fun to watch the lock operations also, with a dramatic 14 foot drop in water level. If you are able to book a site, make sure you visit the wonderful visitors center. The volunteers do a great job running the center, and it is very informational. Would be a perfect 10 if sites had sewer hookup, and you will also notice highway noise from both the Turnpike and I-95 but it is not terrible. For the price and the convenience of breaking up the trip going north or south through Florida, it is just about perfect!
01/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
Our second time here, and enjoyed it again. We brought friends with us this time, who had no trouble at all backing their 40 foot pusher into their site. This park is very big rig friendly. Sewer hookup only available at a few sites, but the double stall dump station is very user friendly. Once again we had the pleasure of super nice check in rangers, who really seem to love their job. Not sure what the last reviewer is talking about, but this park is no where near the ocean or intercoastal waterway. It is in the middle of the state. There are two cute little lakes at the campground that are great for canoeing. Otherwise not a lot to do at the park, but great for relaxing and we enjoyed our hike around the lake.
11/2012
rating [ 6/10 ]
The camp rangers and camp hosts here are great, and the beach is popular. However the sand is now messed up with the recent dredge out bringing in coquina sand that covers up the former soft sugar sand. The campground (we were in Coquina loop) is starting to really show it's age. We have stayed here many times before, but things are really in need of renovations at this loop. Can deal with lack of 30 amp (though that really could be updated too), but sites really need some gravel or crushed limestone as used at many other state parks now. The dirt sites are: well dirty, and tracks everywhere. Ants are bad too. When it rains, many sites flood and become a muddy mess. Bath house was closed for 6 weeks for remodel just prior to our arrival, but no idea what they did during that time. Toilets clogged, both mens and womens hand dryers were broken (and no paper towels), plus both clothes dryers were out of service. The poor camp hosts/volunteers do everything they can, but don't have a choice when needed repairs are ignored. Even their camp cart was in dire need of repair or replacement. Street lights out at the single dumpster that serves the whole 139 space park, and also at the dump station. We will try other parks until they can get some much needed maintenance and updating done here.
10/2012
rating [ 4/10 ]
This park is starting to slide backwards. We usually like it here at lot, but will avoid the weekends now at all costs. The tent people that come in during that time are out of control. They are bringing in loads of crap wood, including old greasy pallets, and have "smudge pots" going 24 hours a day. Beer parties till late in the night, with lots of yelling and screaming coming from both adults and children. Children running wild down the roads all day and night. Cars and trucks come roaring down the paved camp roads at 40-50 miles an hour. So much for the 5 mile an hour speed limit. Only a matter of time before there is a serious accident. If you have to be here on a weekend, suggest staying at the far south end away from the tent only area. The sites are soft dirt, and really need to be updated with crushed gravel or limestone as many state parks are doing now. When it rains it becomes a muddy mess. The ants are horrible. Don't forget to spray around your unit or you will be over run with the critters. 30 amp service only and no sewer hookup, but there is a washer and dryer at the single bath house. Good AT&T signal and many channels available on roof top antenna.
10/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
We loved all the wild life we saw on walks, drives, and bike rides. Though the wild hogs have been the bane of the camp rangers, they are still fun to watch. We stayed in the new section, which was perfect. Huge, wide, long sites with full hookups. Very level with crushed limestone and bordered off well. Lots of room between you and your neighbors. Suggest the back loop of the park, as you will see less traffic and get more shade. At the time we were there, the park hosts were in change over, and it showed. I am sure once they come in again, it will relieve the burden on the park rangers to keep the common areas and bathhouses up more, though the bathhouse was clean for the most part. Our site 78, though deemed as "ready" was not tended to before we arrived. There was gravel all over the picnic table, sewer hookup pad, and grill. Apparently last camper had wild children allowed to be as destructive as they liked. Fire pit was full of ashes also. I think this will change once the camp hosts return. Very minimal AT&T signal, so could not use my wireless internet, and could not connect at the camp cafe. But we did pull in 38 channels on our roof top antenna. We look forward to our next visit.
10/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
Not sure what happened with the last reviewer, but we found the camp hosts to be the nicest and most helpful we have ever found. The rangers were not really personable, but they were still professional. There is an outside shower just under the bath house near the beach access that is available for washing your feet, or showering off the sand and salt. Very accessible and in full view along with a dish washing counter and area. Sure, the natural flora and fauna is starting to take hold, since there was none after they cleared the area when they built this new park. It is a state park and is meant to be natural. I did not give them a perfect "10" due to not only no sewer hookup, but no coin laundry at the bath house like most other state parks. Makes it tough to stay more than a week. The only coin laundry is all the way into town. We made a lot of trips with our little grey water portable tank to the dump station. No TV signal on a roof top antenna, but it is the Keys, and this park is very remote. Not the park's fault. My AT&T cell phone and internet worked just fine. One thing I wish they would change is the Hawk Watchers that totally take over the bath house in September and October. They are constantly in the way with their tripods and equipment, making it uncomfortable to get by them to use the showers. Park needs to re-locate them to a different spot, they don't belong at the bathhouse.
10/2012
rating [ 6/10 ]
Great place in the new section (Pine Grove) to pull off on the way through. Not a destination park, unless you are a tent camper. River campground is pretty much tent only, and not big rig accessible at all. Pine Grove section is perfect for large rigs with sewer hookup, easy wide sites with pea gravel and lots of room. Draw backs are no privacy, no landscaping, and way too close to busy US highway 1. Bath houses (four of them for 89 sites) are modern and new, but they are not cleaned on a regular basis. Same big dead spider on the floor for the whole 3 days we were there. They don't even sweep, so what cleaning do they do?? Will go there again, as it is convenient for passing through, and the river looked nice for canoe trips. But will bring my own broom to knock the plastered bugs off the walls in the bathroom, and earplugs to sleep due to the noisy highway right next door.
09/2012
rating [ 7/10 ]
Rate is with "senior discount" pass. It is not half off the rate, as in some parks in the system, but is actually 10.00 a night discount. Sites with the lowest numbers are near the very busy highway 19 and you will hear heavy truck traffic all night long. Also those get the most sun. Our site #25 was very pretty, but we found out it does flood when they get a heavy rain. We had mud all over our patio mat during a bad downpour. The weekend brought in campers that abused the system. One site across from us had 4 pickup trucks, one large travel trailer, and 3 boats on trailers all registered to the one site. Only one truck/boat combo parked in the overflow area. The others parked in sites next to single registered site. Those vehicles should have been asked to move off those sites they did not pay for. Having that many vehicles registered to one site is against their rules, so I don't know why they allowed this. Unsupervised children were running through our site, and barking dogs everywhere did not make this a relaxing stay on the weekend. We will return again, but not on a weekend or during the summer which gets extremely busy.
05/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
Our first time here, and it won't be the last. We will be making reservations well in advance (needed) for choice sites next April. If you are here in the warm season, be aware that the sites on the east end of the new section, along with the sites towards the front, get full afternoon sun. With back in sites your patio awning won't shade you. Sites near the pool and little lakes are older and very condensed. Sites in the back (rear section) are better for bigger rigs, though we also like the ones from 78-84. Sites 74 and 75 are nice on the waterfront of one of the little lakes. I was able to get a wi-fi signal in both sites #81 and #119, but weaker back here in the rear section. Bathhouses are always clean and temperature controlled. Rangers are fantastic!--welcoming, helpful, and always friendly. Special thanks to one in particular for his chats with us! Beach is an easy bike ride to the boardwalk (no cars allowed). We did not use the tram system, as most just rode their bikes with little carts for their stuff or walked. The beach is downright gorgeous. We also enjoyed a bike ride to the lakes (though not sure why you can't canoe in them right now, even with canoe rentals available). We walked the long dune trail to a totally empty beach area down there, too. Very nice! Only thing I found fault with is indeed many sites have broken concrete, many burned out street lights, and too many of the people coming in to the cabins are speeding down the main roadway through the campground to get to that area. They could really use some speed bumps. Also not all campers were picking up after their dogs, and many had 3-4 dogs..not just one or two. Not the park's fault. Otherwise we had 2 weeks of pure heaven here, and can't wait to return.
04/2012
rating [ 7/10 ]
Would have given this campground a better score, as the state park itself is just beautiful and has very much to offer. The beach area and Lagoon access with boat launch is wonderful. The bath houses are great, very clean and modern. Nice to have a washer and dryer available ($2.00 for washer/$1.50 for dryer) but only at bathhouses 3 and 4. Looks like bathouse number one is about to get a set, and is one of the nicest bath houses I have ever seen at a state park. Very new and very modern. The bad thing about this campground is the extremely diverse sites. Most are unlevel, all (except many ADA) are dirt floor, and all are a strange mix of irregular sizes. We had one of the worst sites (#97) that had a fire sweep through at some point in the past, and was horribly unlevel and terribly short for a rated "35". This is a very crowded and popular park. Site capacity is not enforced. We currently have a huge 5th wheel with 3 vehicles stuffed into a site across from us. Also, the speed limits are not enforced and campers blow through here at 30 to 40 miles an hour. I am surprised they have not had a tragedy as of yet. Lots of kids on bikes, and people walking. Could be bad soon. They need speed bumps or enforcement for sure. Sites on the water are nice, but just now showing up on Reserve America for pictures. Lots of dogs here, and not a lot of campers picking up after them, unfortunately. We picked up 5 piles of "doo-doos" when we pulled in. It reaked of doggy waste when we got here. Not happy having to pick up after these thoughtless campers when we don't even have a dog. The check in lady was really nice and very helpful, though we did not see or talk to any rangers. Would like to come back here again, but suggest a site survey very carefully before you commit to a site.
04/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a hidden gem. The beach is just beautiful, uncrowded and 9 miles of "just you." Sugar white powder and feels like you have the place to yourself. Campground is an easy walk to the beach. One of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen, was watching the sunrise at the beach one morning and noticed a bald eagle munching on his breakfast at the water's edge. Just as his mate flew in to give him grief for not taking breakfast home to the nest, she flew across the huge orange ball of sun just rising over the horizon. Wow. Sites are varied, and we ended up with one that had bad placements of utility hookups that scrunched us into a too narrow site (site 44). And even worse: the bushes smelled like urine. The camp restroom/bathouse was only a few hundred feet away. Apparently some felt the need to be "macho" and spray the landscape. Shame on them. Though it had plenty of room available, some thoughtless planning put the hookups too close to the opposite side of the brush on the other side. Careful survey of the park should be required. There are some very nice wide sites if you can get them. Limited TV on the roof top, and weak cell phone service (AT&T) but usable. No washer and dryer, and no sewer hookups would mean having to travel 12 miles into town on the mainland for laundry service. No Wi-Fi at park or anywhere in town (I did ask). The camp hosts and rangers here are fantastic. Can't wait to return.
04/2012
rating [ 6/10 ]
Would have given this park a lower rating if not for the wonderful wildlife and great park rangers. We saw bald eagles, otters, great horned owls, and the deer indeed roam all over the campground. The spring is beautiful, and the walkway to the river on the boardwalk is really nice. Otherwise, not sure we would ever return. Though the restroom (though horribly dated) was clean in our Hickory loop, the other bath houses were not. One in the non reservable loop (shows up as tents only on Reserve America, but has many walk in sites for RV's), is really awful with tiles missing off the wall and bugs everywhere. If you like spiders and ticks: this is your place. All roads through the camp loops are basically dirt two tracks and rough. Sites are dirt and mostly unlevel. We had not only no TV signals on our roof top, but no cell phone service either. Had to travel into town 6 miles away just to get a signal. This park cannot attract camp hosts, as the other loops camp host sites were empty, and our's left the day we did. So much for that bath house being clean anymore. No washer dryers either. With no sewer connection: don't plan on an extended stay if you like clean laundry.
01/2012
rating [ 6/10 ]
Very welcoming staff on check in as was before on our first visit. Park was very full during the week due to the RV Supershow going on in Tampa, so need to make reservations very early to stay at this time. The weekends are always full to the max. Wi-Fi now available at the cafe that has been re-done. Though I do miss the old camp store/cafe with the eclectic gift store and grill tables. It is now more like a big empty room with tables and chairs and no character. All you can eat fish and chips on Friday at $8.50 a person includes fruit cocktail, and sodas. Though the fish was just "square fishsticks" and nothing special, was still nice to just walk to lunch that day. Pool was once again closed (as usual) but we don't use anyway. Wish this park would follow the example of many others, and put crushed lime stone in the sites. They are all dirt surfaces and can get very muddy and messy when it rains. Beware of some sites that flood. Lots of shade trees here, which is nice in summer time, and the river is great for canoeing. One really bad thing about this larger state park is the one single dump station, which is needed by all due to no sewer hookups. On Friday morning there were a bunch of angry campers lined up all down the road to use it. On Saturday when we left, there was no line: since the dump station was overflowing with sewage and could not be used.
01/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
There are really no shade spots here, but quite a few young trees are planted that should provide more in the coming years. Nice wide crushed lime stone surfaces that are raked out as soon as a camper leaves by the great park hosts on site at each loop. Really appreciated to keep extra dirt out of the RV. Bathrooms were very clean, with a single washer and dryer outside of both bathhouses at $1.00 a load. Though they were always in use, so they could really use a second set to handle the demand. Towels and liquid hand soap available at all times and appreciated as many do not supply. Only complaint I had with the bathhouse on the women's side in the first loop was that 2 of the 3 shower stalls did not lock, or even shut all the way. If you book an inside pull through, be aware that the hookups are on the wrong side, as is the "patio area". Simple fix is to do what many did, and drive in the one way road the opposite direction. Park loops are small, so this is easy to accomplish with care. Pretty little lakes on both sides, that restrict to no motors, made for a lovely time out in our canoe. Also enjoyed the many walking trails. Though we are only a mile from Highway 27, we found this park to be quiet and peaceful. Wish they had a spot to use Wi-Fi, but our cell phones had good signal and received 37 channels on our TV antenna. Looking forward to a return trip here.
10/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
Stayed here almost 2 weeks for the first time and loved this park. We are looking forward to our return next year. Camp hosts and rangers were the best. Bathrooms and showers were very clean, though sometimes the smell in the vault style toilets was unpleasant. We had site #14 which gave us a sweeping view of the waterfront with our Class A motorhome on the back in. On survey of the park we found sites 9, 13, and 19 to be on our favorites list. Our site was perfect for toting our light canoe down to the beach to enjoy the no motor zone for easy and enjoyable paddling. Only thing I did not like was the mosquitoes. They were really awful, even though they area was sprayed by helicopter and twice by truck..the little biters were vicious. Did miss not having anywhere to go for Wi-Fi and this park does not supply a washer and dryer as many state parks do. It was a gaffing 4.00 a wash load at the only laundromat in town.
10/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
Nice surprise was the free internet service at the marina. And we heard was also available at the convenience store area. Laundry available at the main rest room area for $1.50 a washer load. We had to pay 4 bucks a load at the only laundromat in Marathon while at Curry Hammock. Wish they had washer and dryers and Wi-Fi here. Yes, sites are tight and some you will have trouble with a choice of use of awning or slides. Weekends are full of loud tent campers, but during the week it is quiet. Rained the whole time we were here for the 3 nights, but had a nice time on the snorkel boat the first day. Make sure you let the desk clerk know you are campers, and will get a $3.00 a person discount.
08/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
16.00 on weekly Passport America rate, but after adding in an extra 3 bucks for 50 amp, taxes, etc. it is really 20.00. Great for an overnight, with large pull-throughs available. Guide to site, with very friendly and easy check-in. Wi-Fi internet very weak, and is really just good for basic e-mail checking. Tough to pull up even the weather sites, as we wanted to check on Hurricane Irene's progress. Very dated bath house was clean for the most part with paper towels, soap, and temperature control. Only one toilet and one shower available in each side. Great large concrete pads at most sites were very nice, and the rest was a level gravel. Easy to set up. Only real bad thing, as was the same on our stop here two years ago, terrible barking dogs at nearby house. Must be 20 plus of them in a kennel, as they start up about 5:30 am and continue for hours. Even the rooster next door was quieter than they were. If the wind is coming from the east, you will also smell..."cow fragrance".
08/2011
rating [ 10/10 ]
Our second time here, and once again did not disappoint. I am stingy with giving out a perfect 10 rating, but will once again have to give one up for this wonderful park. Super clean and well equipped bathhouse and laundry. Nice wide, level, roomy site on the marsh. Nice for having a fire at night looking out over the natural setting. Fast and reliable internet, and cheap at one dollar a day. Very welcoming, friendly, and helpful staff. Thanks to Chris and family for making this a relaxing park to enjoy. Only thing that made it difficult, and was not park's fault, were the obnoxious campers trying to check in early that clogged the small driveway and road coming in. Clearly stated in rules that check in is after 1:00, but these people were trying to get in as we were leaving at 10:00 (an hour before check out). Made it very difficult to pull out and connect the toad.
08/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
Fourth time here for an overnight as we pass through the area. Bathhouse much cleaner than last time, but unfortunately reeked of cigarette smoke which I think is coming from the office attached next door, as there was no one else in there the whole time I showered. Was coughing by the time I left. Real shame. Hopefully they will build one someday that is separate from the cigarette smoke filled office. Once again really nice big pull through with the convenience of not having to disconnect "the toad". Good Wi-Fi, water pressure, 50 amp, but weak cable stations. Price reflects half price week day Passport America, but be aware that is cash only. Will return again when through the area.
08/2011
rating [ 5/10 ]
Good park for an overnight. Nice to just pull in, guide to park, and be set up on level concrete pad in minutes with no worries. High iron content in water, though it is good water pressure. Charge for internet for daily use, but can choose the free one hour "sample" which was enough to check emails. Great to have Walmart within a mile away for supplies. Laundry room well stocked and convenient. Only bad thing would be the awful bathouse. Not clean, and in fact quite gross. Old style "60's era high school type" showers which were cramped, dirty, no privacy, and smelled bad. Highway noise bad if you get a site near it, but can deal with it towards back of park. 50 amp "Pull-throughs" in center of park are really not a pull-through as the road does not go through there, but into a shed at the end. We had to disconnect and do a 3 point turn to back out with just our small 32 foot motorhome. Be aware there is construction going on in the park, with jack hammers going from 7:30 am till 6 pm. Not a peaceful place. Would still stay here again for an overnight, but not use the bathrooms.
08/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
Really pretty and very large state park. Not really big rig friendly, but do-able for our 32 foot motorhome. Picked a site (#26) online, and upon arrival we found it was not level, had ruts, and surprisingly a pile of garbage left behind from previous campers that could fill a pickup truck bed. Very nice park ranger apologized and let us pick another site. We chose #14, and were very happy with the site. Mostly level, private, and very large. Bath house was clean, but could really use a good scrubbing down rather than a quick mop out. Three second push button showers were annoying also. Lake is beautiful, but very muddy and am concerned it may be too polluted for any wild life, which was obviously very absent. We did enjoy our peaceful and quiet stay here and would return.
08/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
Second time at this park, same beloved site #,called the "honeymoon suite"...as it is all by itself with its own driveway, though can be very annoying as other campers would walk their dogs down the drive and not clean up after them. Big roomy site, with great water pressure. 50 amp not available at the park, but with the cool temps, it was not an issue. Only bad thing about the site is the very busy road noise from Route 1 very close by through the woods. Had good and fast free WI-FI connect. Bathrooms always clean, and the push button showers did not bother me, as I loved the individual unisex bathrooms with locking doors. What is left of the pavement is crumbling through the middle of the park, but the gravel roads are in good condition. Great to walk across the street to the picnic park and watch the sunrise on the rocky coast.
08/2011
rating [ 10/10 ]
Hesitate to give this place such a glowing review, as previous poster suggested. "Would love to keep it ourselves!" But I really owe it to the owner to post a good review when deserved. Rate is Good Sam discount less $5.00 coupon over four nights. Passport America is not accepted during their busy July and August. I almost never give a "10" rating, and the park has to be pretty special to do so. This one is. Owner is fabulous and very proud of his campground. Boy did we feel spoiled! $9.00 a pound to have a full steamed to perfection lobster delivered to your site on a platter with convenient (as luckily as we forgot ours) claw cracker to share. Our site #4 is back in with full hookup and all sites seem very level. I am currently watching the owner pump out (for free) a pull through, non sewer site. Just one of the free perks along with great fast Wi-Fi, instant connect. They did have a storm one day that blew up their modem, so internet was down, but replaced and running again in 2 days. Our site does not have waterfront view, as most don't. Only a few select do. Tent sites in the woods have the best view, but they can't get Wi-Fi signal through the trees. Bathrooms dated, but very clean. The women's restroom had brand new sinks, cabinets and faucets but the men's side did not. Paper towels and soap available and very appreciated, as many do not supply that basic need. Laundry clean, but only one washer and one dryer at $1.50 each. Nice covered picnic tables at most sites with fire pit. Great shoreline walk was always nice to observe the tidal flats and view down the bay with great seating spots. Pure heaven. We will be back!
07/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is an old KOA campground, but changed hands in 2003. This has more of a state park atmosphere, but with KOA attitude. Though the roads through the park can be steep and twisty turny, there are some really nice sites. There are also some really bad sites. If able, suggest taking a tour through the park before you settle into a site. Bathrooms, though dated, were very clean with paper towels, soap, and temperature controlled which is a real rarity. Laundry clean and well equipped. Super nice staff with guide to site, though beware that if you have a "toad" you will need to find a level site to unhook. Quiet and peaceful woodsey area allows your ears to bring in the sounds of the nearby very busy train tracks and the highway from beyond the woods at night.
07/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
Beware that all "full 50 amp hookups with internet" are actually in a field next to busy highway 27. All other sites are further down the slope in the woods and are really very nice if you don't mind a mix of 30 amp, some sewer, some cable..but a very limited few on actual waterfront. We chose an E/W site on direct waterfront near the canoe launch, which was very convenient, but the site was very small and that whole wing is really more for tents, small trailers, and pop ups. Had to be very creative to wiggle/riggle our 32 foot motorhome in site #65, but once we did we felt we were in heaven! Bathhouse very dated with those annoying "pay showers" but at a quarter for 5 minutes, it did the job. Laundry clean, but the dryers are on their last leg. Best lobster rolls with a great view was at the Fishermans Wharf Inn in Boothbay Harbor.
07/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is indeed a family campground, as there were many happy families enjoying the area. Once again this is one of those campgrounds that like to advertise those nice shaded sites in a peaceful setting, and once again we were put in a field/side lot as we were here for only several days. Though who do they make more money on perceptive wise? Restrooms and showers are some of the best I have ever seen, and almost spa in quality. One thing I did not like were the campers that let their dogs run wild, though this was against the rules, I guess they don't enforce them. Very convenient to the smaller wine area along Keuka Lake. We had a great time and fantastic lunch at Bully Vineyards outdoor cafe and visiting the other local vineyards.
07/2011
rating [ 6/10 ]
Nice place for visiting relatives in the area. Very clean, though dated, rest rooms but nice updated laundry machines, though need basics like a folding table. Once again nice pictures of shaded sites, but all sites in non seasonal are in full sun in "the field" as usual with these private parks. Our site, #163 as with sites 162 and closer were a problem when it rains. The gravel pull though is nice for the rig, but the "patio area" is in a swamp when it rains as it drops into the drainage area from all other sites. We had to wade through a couple of inches of water just to get to our door one day when we returned from visiting the area.
07/2011
rating [ 2/10 ]
Sure, there are water and sewer hookups, but they are very limited. We had what we thought was a "full hookup" but ended up with electric only. At least it was 50 amp in this extreme record heat for the area. Was surprised to find out that we did not have any water hookup. Good thing we still had some fresh water in our tank. The good: Paved roads and paved sites. The Bad: Very tightly spaced, no privacy. If you like a quiet and peaceful natural park...this place is not for you. Do you like a circus atmosphere? This is your park! All sites seem to circle the huge swimming pool in the middle of the field. This pool has masses of screaming loud children, teenagers, and wild adults. The "river" is simply a shallow stream that has more of the above floating down with blow up inner tubes in only inches of water, which we could not use our canoe in this. Our site, #85 was suggested as a "great site". When we arrived, the paved site was covered in 2-3 inches of gooey mud. They apparently tried to soak up some of the mud with straw...which made it worse. Was never told this on check in. It is also right next to 2 smelly dumpsters. The shower house (and they are limited) was never cleaned the 4 days we were there. That huge spider in a web over one of the only 2 toilet stalls in that bathhouse got really fat on all the masses of bugs that were all over the place. Litter everywhere inside added to the atmosphere in the bath house. This place is also very dog friendly. They are everywhere. Though campers walk them on leashes, many did not pick up the "doo-doos", though bags were furnished free at the bathhouse. The only good thing I could say about this park is the full facility cabins in the rear of the park. They are in a beautiful quiet area with lots of room on the peaceful end of the river and very nicely laid out in shady huge yards. Would never stay here again...in an RV anyway. Cabin...yes...but no to "the zoo'.
07/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
Nice park convenient to I-70 traveling with an easy overnight stop. Pool was appreciated during these mid 90 degree days, as was a partially shaded pull through site with full hookups. No cable, but could get 22 clear stations on just the antenna. Wi-Fi quick connect and fast. Many permanents in the park. Only complaint was the noise of state road 227 only feet from the rear of our site. There are quieter sites towards the back near the tiny little shallow stream, but they are 30 amp and back ins. Extra 5 bucks for 50 amp sites, but was needed in the summer heat. Nice owners on site that guide you in.
07/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a great park for an overnight. Very convenient to the highway, but far enough not to hear the truck traffic on the interstate. Though this is one of those parks that love to show those nice wooded shade sites in their advertising, you will not be put in one of those. They are for seasonal, permanents only. Side lots next to the farm fields with full sun is what you will get. But those are level pull thoughs with full hookups and nice if you are just passing through and don't want to have to disconnect "the toad." Very surprising perk is the very clean pool just next door to those sites. And though a bit dated, the bath house is one of the cleanest I have ever seen. Very friendly owners will guide to your site.
07/2011
rating [ 2/10 ]
This park is not a destination by any means. Had to be in the area for an event, otherwise would have skipped it. Upon check in, though I had reserved a 50 amp site months in advance, they tried to put us in a "gravel parking lot" near the entrance with only 30 amp, no sewer, no patio pad, no picnic table and in the full sun with 104 degree record heat. Asked for a shade site and were given "begrudging so" a site in the back with one shade tree, concrete patio, and full hookups with 50 amp. Would not honor our Passport America discount on check in. Sites are very tight with no privacy. Advertised Wi-Fi was a quick connect, but no internet available the whole 4 days we were here. Garbage cans nice through park, but not picked up on regular basis which brought out masses of black flies. Could not sit outside. Dogs were running wild. We were awakened at 3 am by dogs going through garbage cans and barking right outside our patio area. Water pressure was awful. Only nice thing was the bath house and laundry was very clean (though dated) and had A/C with paper towels and soap. Which is rare for most parks. Would never stay here again.
07/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
Beautiful state park. Paved roads with paved sites that are wide and plenty of room between other sites, though very little privacy. Have nice concrete pads and good fire rings and BBQ grills, though a fire ban was on and we could not use it. Was not a problem for us. Full hookups available which is rare at state parks. Has boat launch available. Marina and RV repair operated by private companies, but nice if needed. Very quiet at night, except for train off over the lake. Dated bath houses were not clean, and ignored by park hosts/staff, which is a shame. Wonderful visitor center was informational with huge fish tanks and interpretive areas. Nice sunset view over the lake, but eerie with the "nuke" in the background.
07/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
This a beautiful state park that has a nice lake and spacious paved sites. Full hookups. Our site #86, however, had sewer hookup on one side and water and electric on the other side. Very odd set up. We elected to not connect to sewer to use the dump station on the way out and was then able to pull in forward with the motorhome for a sweeping 180 degree view off the point of the pretty lake. On this site we were able to easily launch our canoe right from the site, as we were 20 feet from the shoreline. Very limited shade at this side, however and hot in full July sun. The bad: Campers here do not respect the park at all. The previous camper obviously did not want to bother with pulling out their sewer hose or connecting. There was a huge ring of dried up half disolved toilet paper and a stench, as they had just opened it up and let it fly. Really awful as the spot is only feet from the lake. We took out liquid digester and disinfectant to clean and hose down the area. Really gross. Reported to camp office, who did not seem to care. Real shame. Trash and litter was everywhere, as people just tossed stuff from cars and pickups. We picked up a whole bag of trash just from our site alone, and picked up trash on our walks every morning. Bathrooms were "hosed down" but not clean. Soap dispenser was never refilled the whole time we were there. Lake is pretty much overfished, as they have tournaments there, but if you head down to the little bridge on the "slow speed" side, you will find some very hungry Pickeral and Bass.
07/2011
rating [ 2/10 ]
Convenient place if you are looking for quick overnight off very busy highway 65. Has WIFI, which was on again/off again, cable, 50 amp, good water pressure and sewer hookups. Long pull throughs making it easy in and out. The bad: Horribly busy highway 65 with all night truck traffic. Long gone pecan trees are mostly dead and offer very little shade, as it was 104 degrees the 2 days we were here. Dogs are allowed to run wild everywhere and no one picks up after the "doo-doos" which are everywhere. Bathrooms were absolutely filthy. Had not been cleaned in months, and had piles of dead bugs all over the sinks and trash everywhere in them. Laundry room also dirty, but cheap (2 washers and 2 dryers) at a buck a load. Park is across the busy highway from the lake, so no real "waterfront" here. Only grocery store in town is overpriced and really gross. Sites are weedy grass with some gravel, but full of ants and "doo doos". Our sewer hookup had no cover and was just an open pipe. Would never stay here again, but did check out Chicot State Park 8 miles down the road and was very impressed. Will go there next time.
07/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
What a sweet little park this is!! Had site 21 which is actually a pull through, but at an odd angle. If you position on an angle, you can enjoy the larger site with no other site in view. Some sites are very small and tight for a bigger rig, and most have very little privacy. Noticed 4 nice ADA sites with concrete pads, but all were used by obviously not disabled campers. A shame that they were abused for that. Park ranger on check in was very helpful and welcoming. Had a wonderful time canoeing the beautiful, clear and cool Suwannee River of which the park has a nice boat launch on. Nice walking trails all over the park. Beautiful cabins available also, with A/C and big porches. We did find small red ticks (call chiggers?) but just need to brush legs off before going into unit. No Wi-Fi at park anywhere, but able to pull up 7-8 TV channels on just our roof top antennae. Very modern and clean new bathhouse with plenty of hot water and good pressure. Will come here again.
05/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
Our 3rd time here. For the location alone, I have rated it more than it should deserve for the money. The site was very large, as are all, and the view is fantastic if you opt for a waterfront site. Unfortunately the prices keep going up, and the service keeps going down. Very lacking in maintenance everywhere. Same limited tiny shower hooks in the bath houses, with many missing as was last year. I had a broken shower head in the one I used. Roads were full of pot holes, and one tree in the entrance to the motorhome area had a large low hanging branch that scraped the top of our motorhome. It was obvious that many others have hit it. We pointed it out to one of the camp hosts early in the week, and he just ignored it. Playground area is over run with weeds and has not been mowed in a long time. Bathrooms are not cleaned daily, and when finally done after several days, it was just taking out the trash, replacing towels and tissues and light sweeping. Rangers still don't get out to visit the park, as they are kept too busy with phone reservations to do so. Suggest Pinellas county parks system offer discounts for online bookings to free up their time. Real shame, as this used to be a top notch park.
05/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
Our second time here. Felt like two different parks, depending on when you are there. Upon checking in, I had the displeasure of one of the most sour park rangers I have ever met. Very slow, no welcome, no smile..not even a hello. Never offered any helpful suggestions or directions and seemed to hate her job. Not a people person at all. The map she gave us was a bad copy and had a large portion of the sites blacked out without numbers due to the original having highlights of the "no pet" area. Was extremely confusing trying to find our site. Unfortunately we arrived during the weekend, and the place was over run with loud tent campers and hoards of unruly wild children and teenagers. Many parties on Friday night until the wee hours, with unattended "smudge pot" fire pits the rest of the night and most of the next day. By Sunday they had all cleared out, and the park was once again quiet, natural and beautiful for the rest of the week. Feels like a totally different park during the week. Good WI-FI at nature center was appreciated.
05/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
This was our first time here, and we loved the park. My only real complaint was that we should have booked a longer stay! Thank you to the previous reviewer, as we went on that suggestion and booked into site #14, which made us feel like we were in our own little world. We were here during the week, and the park was only a quarter full. Not sure how it would be on a weekend. Checking in, the very pleasant and smiling park ranger was extremely helpful and welcoming: a rare experience sometimes. Did not have time to canoe the little river, but it looked great and will do that next visit. We toured the historic site on a self guided tour, which is free for campers. Kudos to the people taking care of this site, as it was clean and well kept. Enjoyed the history very much. Only thing I would change, would be to have somewhere in the park to obtain Wi-Fi service, but AT&T cell phone and our digital TV antenna had great service reception. Looking forward to our next stay!
04/2011
rating [ 2/10 ]
We were put in a very tight and short site. Whole park is packed in like sardines. Could not even put awning out. Water pressure bad, and could not connect to internet though I was showing full signal. Paid for full price site and was put in 30 amp site. Had to back our smaller 32 foot motorhome out of our "pull through" due to too short turning clearance. Did not have "toad" and could not have fit anyway. Unfinished dirt site with badly placed tall scrub oak trees. Checked in by two clueless kids who had no business doing so. Kept awake by train going by every half hour. No paper towels in bathrooms. Only redeeming quality of this park was clean rest rooms.
04/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
Once again had the pleasure of staying at this convenient park enroute back and forth from our home in Florida. Big roomy gravel sites with full hookup, cable and great WIFI connect is only 30 bucks. 15.00 during the week with PA. We were there on a weekend, but still received a Good Sam discount. Brand new laundry room to open the Monday after we left. We had brand new picnic table at our site, but many have not been added to sites yet. Bathroom is end of a modular office and basically clean, though the trash had obviously not been dumped in weeks and the single shower had not been cleaned in a long time. Nice that they allow you to cruise in and pick your own site. Hoping this park will continue to add new features and landscaping would be a nice addition. Our cable connection was very fuzzy, but may have just been that one site.
04/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
Pretty park and great value for the stay. Try to get site away from road noise. We were able to use back in site, which kept us away from the pull throughs that are right next to busy interstate. Cable TV hookup is an extra 2 bucks, but well worth it as total site cost is still just 31.00 with it included with the full hookups and the free WIFI. Bathroom is very dated but clean. No laundry facilities, but manager mentioned they were going in soon. Great WIFI connect. Pool was closed, and looked pretty nasty. Don't know if it will open. Many seasonals and full timers here toward rear of park.
04/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
Not a fancy KOA park, but suited the purpose of an overnight in an area with few parks. Great WIFI connect, and easy in and out of pull through. Easy check in and then as we were leaving, the owner/staff went out of their way to let me use cell phone to call lock smith when we were locked out of motor home. Only bad thing was choking cigarette smoke smell in bathroom, but that is not park's fault. Would stay here again when through the area.
08/2010
rating [ 1/10 ]
This is by far one of the worst and overpriced campgrounds we have ever stayed at. We were at the Lake Macatawa "Pines" loops. Having prepaid online for our site, we were one of the many who arrived with the surprise of having to pay an extra $16.00 a day for vehicle passes (one for motorhome and one for toad). For a 2 night stay, that equaled $45.00 for 30 amp as the only hookup, with an impossibly unlevel dirt site crammed in with too many tent campers and no privacy. Place is not "waterfront" but is across the busy street from a small park. Bathrooms and showers were always filthy and overcrowded. Lake Michigan beach is 2 miles away, with a smaller "beach" loop that is simply a parking lot on the beach. Much cleaner private park with full amenities and hookups was down the road a mile, and for $3.00 more a day would have been well worth it. Will never stay at this park again. Michigan State Parks have a lot to learn from the clean and efficient Florida State Parks at half the price.
08/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
As stated previously, this campground is well run and very clean. Showers, and bathrooms are always clean. The individual shower stalls in the new section, that is also connected to the overly busy inside pool and spa, are push button showers that are difficult to use and only last about 3 seconds. Chose to use the shower facilities in the older section after that, though dated they were very clean and were full bathroom/shower combos that were also individual usage. Outdoor pool showers and baths were also clean, but more typical park style. We had a pull through, which were some of the biggest I have ever seen, with beautiful lush grass surrounding the site and lots of width. Only thing we did not like was the sound of the busy highway 24/7, and the very noisy train switching station only 40 feet behind us, though they did not operate (thankfully) at night.
08/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
Very high winds the time we were here, but nice to be near the waterfront anyway. What few sites that had direct waterfront view, were taken up by seasonals, though if you are fine with a w/e only site, you may have a better choice. We asked for a full hookup site and were placed way in the back with 2 rows of RV's to look at, wishing we had toured the park before being placed, as we had minimal views of the water. Bathrooms, though dated, were clean. The showers always seemed to have a mess in them though I do liked the individual shower booths for convenience and privacy. Town of Petoskey is a perfectly laid out to enjoy a walking tour and a nice place to visit, as is the pretty community of Bay Harbor a couple of miles away. Great paved bike/walking path along the waterfront that goes through the CG, and all the way into town. Sites are gravel with some grass, though our's was all dirt and gravel and not level. As previously stated the "poo poo plant" at the end is quite pungent, though at the other end, the loud A/C units off the large hospital on the ledge above us is very loud. Pick noise or smell, your choice, but the waterfront and location for the money is a value.
08/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
For the 24.00 a night fee, this place is great for what you get. Full hookups, including cable and Wi-Fi at no charge, with level gravel pull throughs available and partial view of the small bay, you can't beat the value. Bathrooms and showers were clean and modern. Only bad thing, is that rules are not followed much here, as there were too many vehicles parked in individual sites. Monster fire pits made out of large culverts and concrete made for too many huge fires and were in odd places that were out by the road. Children biking and running wild everywhere, made for some close calls by some of the people driving through the park. One night had children running and laughing through our site very late at night. I blame the parents on those, not the park.
08/2010
rating [ 6/10 ]
After multiple attempts to get a response trying to obtain reservations from the Munising Tourist park, (which was more preferred due to the location on the lakeshore), we finally received a rude reponse from the owners of the Munising Motel who run that park. Came here as an alternative choice, and found people at this park were welcoming and helpful. Park was an odd mix of scattered full hookups, but mostly w/e sites only, with some electric only and rustic sites. Park was very full and packed in when we were here on the weekend, though sites were large with nicely wooded. Bathrooms were very dated and always dirty, with only two rough showers that had people waiting in line to use. Park is 4 miles away from town, on busy M-28 and not close to anything. A bit overpriced compared to the other parks in the area. Though the WiFi and cable TV was appreciated, I could get no signal on my cell phone.
08/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
It is tough not to give this place a solid 10, but I almost never give a 10 rating. I came close to doing it here, especially for what you get for the $27.00 price. Great location on the river with large sites, though no privacy, it is wonderful to see the locks and the river from most sites. We enjoyed watching the sunrise over the river, with the freighters moving past in front of us towards the locks. Bathrooms and showers were very modern and extremely clean. Check in was a breeze, and location to the cute little town and the Wal-Mart/grocery stores/gas stations and I-75 access was perfect for an overnight. Two dump stations were very nicely placed, and paved roads through the park were also appreciated. Golf course, and 2 boat launches were right next door. The only reason I would not give it a 10, is there is not enough grass on the sites, and no landscaping in the park. Also, though the individual showers were wonderful and set up well, there were not enough for the whole park which is easily full and busy. Waiting lines for the showers in the morning looked quite common, and we were here during a weekday.
08/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
Campground is right on busy Highway 17 with full view and noise of the trucks and cross Canada transports, but at the same time convenient for many overnighters. Higher rating than I would give is due to the extremely nice and helpful owner. She goes out of her way to accommodate. Bathrooms and showers are dated and limited, especially when they knock down one of the only 2 shower stalls on both sides for "maintenance", but they are clean and well stocked. Laundry facilities are average, but usable. Elliot Lake area is nothing special and 20 miles away, but has some really nice canoeing lakes and is the closest place to grocery stores, so come prepared with supplies. Very large grassy pull throughs were appreciated. Seasonal people are set up on the sides and in the back, though would not want to be on the back side due to the train track that intersect the whole park and is closest to the back. Whole "bus is a shaking" when that thing rolls through! Only heard the train go through once in the 2 nights we were there, however. River is nothing special, but does have a boat launch and is nice for the small boat fishing set up. Free WI-FI very appreciated.
07/2010
rating [ 3/10 ]
The good: Close to highway for easy access, and good pull throughs. Back section far enough away to ward off highway noise. Very efficient check in, with the system running well for the constant in and out of over nighties on a large scale. The bad: Packed in like sardines with "shared hookups" which required half of the sites to drag to opposite side, at over priced KOA prices. Though the sites are long and wide enough for slides, you are in a massive parking lot with 160 other sites. Neighbors next to us tanked up pretty good on massive quantities of beer and wine. 6 adults, 2 large dogs, 3 vehicles, and one screaming toddler all in one small trailer right next to us to party all night. Neighbors in front of us started a stinky "smudge fire" at 4 pm that ran all night, this we had to close our windows to the previously nice fresh air. Felt trapped. Noticed how unfriendly the people from Quebec were, as they snubbed us every time we tried to say "hi" or smile at them. The few people from Ontario we met were very friendly, and out going. We will not return here, or this Province.
07/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
Price is Good Same discount. Wonderful lush rolling lawns with border evergreen pine trees between sites. Huge pull throughs, and nice to have the cool green grass to run your toes through, thus no need for a mat. Flip flopped, shared hookup sites on pull throughs, so hopefully you like your neighbors as your "patio" section will be facing each other. Very close to busy US 1 thus highway noise is always here, even though a real effort was made on layout with pine trees between the park and the road. Was not a real issue to sleep, as it toned down later. Bathhouse is a bit dated, and only 2 washers and 2 dryers for the whole park, though dated they were some of the most inexpensive we have noted. Showers were my usual pet peeve, as I refuse to feed quarters into a machine. Like a motel that would charge for towels. This fact needs to be advertised in their brochure, or stated at check in, as many do not travel with rolls of quarters. Even if free, the shower area was not very nice at all. Nothing really to entice in this area for tourism, but still very relaxing for a stop over. We would visit again when in the area.
07/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
If you want a nice view site in the waterfront section, you will need to reserve far in advance, as there are only 4 pull throughs that can accommodate a bigger rig. Those are 30 amp only, with no sewer hookups. If you can get one, these are great for a class A pulled in forward toward the water, as you will have a sweeping view of the inlet. The waterfront is actually the end of a small inlet, Flander's Bay, that comes in off another larger inlet, Frenchman's Bay that is the one off of Bar Harbor. Flander's is actually quite a ways from the open ocean. Our site was one of 7 near the road that are "big rig" friendly with full hookup 50 amp, and sewer and is one of the only of the sites you can pull the Wi-Fi signal. We were in "G" site which is the furthest from busy Highway one. Wi-Fi is free (nice to find), strong and quick. The other hookup sites near the water are a mix of no electric, 110 outlet, and 30 amp with most having no sewer hookup. AT&T signal worked well here. Bathroom/shower facility is more like a fish camp style or late model outhouse with running water. Needs replaced badly, but was always clean. No laundry facilities here, and could have used them as this camp is very far from everything. Otherwise had a good stay, the owner is super helpful, and the drive down to the "secret" Acadia National Park on the opposite side of the inlet from the Bar Harbor tourist nightmare, is not to be missed. We would stay here again when in the area, but will hope for one of the waterfront pull throughs.
07/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
Most of this park is dry camping, but about a third is electric (30 amp) with water hookup, which was all we needed. Only a few sites are accesible for 40 plus RV's and most of those are in the field up front near the entrance. We had the "honeymoon suite" which is the very unique spot down a two track all by itself near the entrance, site number 60. Staff is all very friendly and helpful. Bathrooms are newer, always clean, but very spartan with plain unpainted concrete block and floors. No soap or paper towels in bathrooms. Showers are great, as they are all individual stalls from the outside with full metal locking doors, and lots of room inside. No intrusive shower curtains. Interesting shower, as it has no on/off handle or temperature control. Is a push button that lasts about 3 minutes, but comes back again again as soon as you re-push it with lots of water pressure. All very effecient, and cost savings. Trip up to the top of Mount Battie on the inside park road is magnificent and a view not to be missed. Walk up the World War II Memorial turrent for a 360 view. Very busy, but cute, seaside town of Camden is about 2 miles away and fun. Only thing we did not like was the constant road noise of busy Highway one, but was tolerable.
07/2010
rating [ 10/10 ]
This park felt like home, after so many that felt like just stops along the road. Nice roomy site, with full hookups under big pine trees with a great view over the salt marsh. Laundry at reasonable prices $1.50 a load, and convenient garbage receptacles located every few sites. Bathrooms and showers were very clean, and included towels and soap, unlike many that do not even supply that basic need. Being an "adult" campground" during the craziness at the beach to our east at this high tourist time, this was an extremely welcome oasis during the height of tourist season. How nice not to have wild parties and unruly children running amuck through the park! If you want a real relaxing vacation, this is the place to come. Owners go out of their way to make this place a beautiful park to visit. We are looking forward to coming back again.
07/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
Little far off the road, and not really bigrig friendly coming off of I-84, but great access off I-395. Bring supplies, as this park is not close to shopping areas, but blissfully out in the pretty country side. Site 41, of which we loved as it is like a park all by itself is next to the "ribbet pond" and is full of love lorn bullfrogs who like to perform their symphony at night. "River" is really a little babbling brook, which is pretty to look at, but don't expect to use your kayak or canoe. Nice for kids to play in, and a nice back drop to the park, but not a river. Odd placement of our site as to backwards connections on the same side as the "patio" area, but if you have extentions, it will work. Noise from highway 198 was not noticeable at night, though used by various trucks during the day. Laundry room, though a bit expensive at 2.50 a load, had dryer time that allowed you to actually dry your clothes, rather than dryer begging to be fed more quarters while your clothes are still soggy. Bathrooms and showers, though dated, are very clean, though quarter fed showers are something that are more annoying than anything and something I dont' use. Over all, really nice place to stay and not expensive at New England prices. Will be back when return to the area.
07/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
Cleanest and most modern bathrooms I have ever seen at a state park, with being nicer than many private campgrounds we have stayed in. Paved sites in our Beechwood section, with matching paved roads. Beware big rigs, as the phone reservation agent will tell you they have 40 foot accesible sites. Our 32 footer took some creative parking to fit into our site. Had to call for reservations, as their reservation website was not user friendly at all. Reserve America is not perfect, but has more information. Not sure why this park is not in that system. Lower lake is not good for canoe/kyaking as the water has been lowered for the replacement of the one lane bridge there. 50 amp service, but no water or sewer hookup, though was not a problem with various fresh water spigots and 2 dump stations available. We very much enjoyed our time here, and would stay there again should we be in the area.
07/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
Yes, we noticed the "cow fragrance" too, but only at rare times as the wind usually (and thankfully) comes from the opposite direction...cute quote from last reviewer. ;-) A bit pricey here, even with Good Sam discount for what they offer. Very large facility with big lawns, but they cram everyone into "islands" near the few trees. Very close fit, hope you like your neighbors. Nice concrete pad to roll our motorhome onto, but our side "yard" was a good distance drop down to crushed rock. Should have brought an an extra step for that. No cable, and very limited channels on antenna. Wi-Fi is strong and fast, but is also extra charge. 4 bucks for one day, and 6 for 2 days. Nice laundry facilities, and pool. Four toilet stalls, of which 3 of the stalls had toilets backed up. Hopefully a temporary situation. Showers a little odd, as they are a line of 4 stalls, with no hooks or shelves to put wash cloths/shampoo inside. They are situated down a narrow hallway along the wall, with a long bench with hooks above, so you need to put everything outside of the shower stall and step out to get them, which is a tight "community" dressing room area. Host to sight, and though close to highway, our site noise location in the "F" section was not as noticeable as many of the others which are very close to the roadway. Need to opt for the back sites if you can. Very convenient to North or South Bound off Highway 37 bypass loop off of I-81. Even more convenient was the super Wal-Mart across the street for supplies. We would stay here again should we pass through the area.
07/2010
rating [ 3/10 ]
Do not go here if you are in a motorhome over 20 feet in length. This park is not motorhome friendly by any means. Really rough 7 miles of twisty turny road off I-81 interstate. Last two miles is essentially a one lane road. Park is basically an old travel trailer permanent park. We were the only transients in the park. I am guessing this is the first time they have seen a motorhome over 30 feet in length. Long day on the road with minimal parks in the area made us stay after the harrowing drive into the park. 30 amp service is weak, and we blew the breaker after being hooked up for only 5 minutes on a really hot day. Took a very long time to cool the bus down once running again. Bathrooms are very dated but clean for the most part, but looks like they are only cleaned about once a week maybe from the trash build up. Way too expensive at $37 for water and weak 30 amp electric with no sewer, and they don't offer discounts. Site was more of an after thought pull through on their incoming driveway that the locals came through at 50 miles an hour just a few feet from our front window. Not level and just rough gravel with dirt and weeds. No cable, no TV antenna signal, no signal at all from AT&T for our cell phone, and the intermittent Wi-Fi was not reliable. Only good thing was the really nice young lady at check in. We also took a walk to the rear of the park that we did not know was there. Found really pretty wooded sites in the rear loops that would be perfect for a small class C or tents, though long walk to bathroom facilities.
07/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
The "lake" here is a retention pond, but cute anyway. Our second time back here as we passed through here last year to visit with relatives in the North. Wonderful to have this high speed free WiFi, with fast internet included in rate. Full hookups with 50 amp and convenient placement of connections at a fantastic price of $16.00 a night with easy access to the highway. Free cable TV included, and you satellite people will be in heaven with the open spaces. Only bad thing is they have done nothing in the last year to plant any trees for shade, as this place sorely needs. We are having a record heat wave here and the A/C on all units in the park are going full whack. This would not only help us, but also their cost of supplying electric to us, not to mention give it some character. It is an old farm field and could use some charm, but I am hoping this is coming in the future as the owners seem to be trying to make a go of the place and really care about it. Looks like they are starting to supply picnic tables at a select few sites (ours had none) and added a few picnic pavillions. Roads and sites are crushed rocks with no concrete patios or pads.
07/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
Women at check in were some of the nicest, most friendly and welcoming people I have ever met during check in. Host cart to site and even an invite to have some of their homemade BBQ. The rate was great at 15.00 a night, though we paid the extra 3.00 to hook up to 50 amp, as the area was having a record heat wave and we have 2 A/C units. Don't even bother with their free WI-FI. Though it has a good signal, their internet service is the worst I have ever seen and I could never even finish a download of email messages no matter what time of day I tried it, even at 5 am. Single stall bathroom facility with single shower was never cleaned the whole 3 days we were there. I am assuming since they have full hookup, they don't expect people to use their bathrooms. Other dismay was as to no shade in the park during this heat wave. Other than that, was a great place to stay for the price with the discount for full hookups to visit with relatives in Summerville with convenient access to getting back on the highway.
07/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
Great park for the money, though the "out the door rate" of $30.00, which has been the norm for a year or more, was raised just 3 days ago to $32.50. This after I had already booked 5 months in advance for the $30.00 rate, even so, is still a good bargain for what you get. Very fast and free WiFi, huge pull through sites with full hookups. We were only here for an overnight, so did not hook up to sewer or the free cable. We were at site 96, the very last big pull through before the park exit. Was very quiet for a holiday night. Had fun walking down to the boat launch area to watch the "boat follies". What a show! Then followed up by the fireworks display in the distance to the East. Only complaint was the usual no hand soap in the bathrooms, plus they were not clean. Items of clothing, water and sand everywhere, but this could have been because the bathroom is used also by the pavillion picknick set which was very busy this weekend. Also a long walk to get to them, as there is no cut throughs in the various loops to reach them. Did not want to walk through campsites to get to them. Convenient place to stay on our way in and out of Florida. We will return each time we come through.
06/2010
rating [ 5/10 ]
First the good things: Yes, full hookups including sewer and all are in a convenient location on the site. Big sized sites with pea gravel surface and paved roads making easy access. Most sites level, though our's had a tilt. Rainbow River is beautiful, and a great place to canoe, kayak, or tube. Saw many fish, hawks, and a trio of charming otters. Most tubers were using rental services on the river from park's services and across the river at KP Hole county park. Bathrooms are brand new with, roomy showers, modern facilites and even ceiling fans which are nice in the Summer. Looked to be heaters for those winter months too, though did not use as it was 98 degrees when we were here. Best sites are on the back loop, numbers 9-23. The very best, (and are the only ones that have trees around for shade), are sites 12 and 13 in the very back. Now the bad. This is not a pretty campground. They did massive work that was recently finished to upgrade the park, but in doing so bulldozed almost all the trees. Our site #2 was really ugly. The whole campground looks like an after thought, big overgrown dry field. Campground is 1/4 mile from the river, but an easy walk down to the swimming/tube/canoe/kayak launch. This walk is through the original old growth trees and is the only pretty wooded area here. The one and only cart you can use to walk your kayak/canoe down, is free of charge and very easy to use. Unfortunately many inconsiderate people would not return the cart back up to the office for the next user, and would leave it down at the river. As we always returned the cart back up to the office, we found that on all of our returns from our day on the river, the cart was once again left unattended back down at the river (nice for us not to have to go up to get it, but bad for anyone else that is looking for it to bring their rig down). Our stay was during mid week, and was very busy with noisy tubers by afternoon. Would not want to be around this place on the weekends. Disappointed that this state park had no recyle bins, as this is not ecological minded. Bathrooms were clean for the most part, but not cleaned every day of our visit. There were also bugs and spiders with old webs that could have been easily swept down, as the ceilings are closed in drywall. Entrance to the park is wide open. Anyone can come in during the day and cruise around. Gate only closes at night. The check in office is also the camp store, and clueless as to who is coming and going during the day. There is also no sign indicating where the office is when you come in. We had to help direct a woman that came in and was circling the park in total confusion. There are great ADA sites, but noticed many able bodied people on these sites and 2 different wheel chair bound campers that were in non ADA sites. Pool was closed during our stay for repairs, but we would not have used anyway as the spring is so refreshing and nice to swim in. You will need water shoes, however, as there are many rocks. Many dogs running loose around the park, and not all people picked up after them, though barking was not an issue that we noticed. There were also many people not observing the 1:00 check out time, though as in all state parks, there is a 2 hour lapse until the 3:00 check in. People leaving late seemed to be causing irritation for many arriving early.
06/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
This campground is most definitely NOT closed. This is the best place to stay if you have a motorhome or 5th wheel and if you want to tour the Big Trees State Park, Ebbets Pass, and the surrounding areas. Big Trees State Park does not allow anything over 30 feet. This park does, but you need to pick and choose your spot, as most sites are not level, but if you tour the park you may find a spot that will suit you.
05/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
Our site in the Coquina loop, #122 was raked clean by the camp hosts like a zen garden, as were all sites after each camper left. It did rain heavy after we got here, and the back of our site was like a small lake. There were other sites that were completely filled with water. Need to choose sites carefully, though they drained well by the next morning. The bathrooms were always spotless, with regular cleaning and many "spot checks" to tidy up and add tissue when needed. Thanks camp hosts! Was very quiet at night. Rangers patrol on regular basis, and we saw one police car come through also. Our site was not as private as some others, as we easily could see 7 different units in their sites near us. There are other sites that are much more private, as all of the sites in this park are very different from each other. The loops to the north were all much smaller, and I would not recommend a large rig in those. They are also quite a ways from the beach and the camp cafe/store. The coquina loop was an easy walk every morning to watch the sunrise. The beach was always clean and beautiful. Easy access to St. Augustine's touristy area, just 3 miles away. Only one thing we disliked was one camper had 5 noisy, yappy dogs. They did not bark all the time, but were quite vicious and barking during their multiple walks around the park, and any time someone would walk by their site. Did not think sites were allowed that many dogs? Otherwise, a perfect camp to enjoy life.
05/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a great value for what you pay for. The park rangers are top notch, friendly, helpful, and willing to stop by to talk. Met some wonderful fellow campers on our walks. Even though it was a weekend, it was very quiet at night. Rangers patrol constantly, and even saw officers coming through on regular basis. Felt very safe. The newer bath house was large, clean, with plenty of room for your articles. Real doors, lots of shower hooks, plenty of hot water. Gets very busy on the weekends with only the one newer bath house in the middle, and a much smaller and dated one on the opposite side of Rivers Edge. Hammock circle had only one bath house, which had to have been even busier. Sites are not very private, and could use some landscaping in between them. Would recommend sites in the Rivers Edge campground, as the Hammock circle sites are much smaller. When we walked through that campground loop, every site in that section was filled. They were packed in like sardines, by early Friday afternoon. Our loop in Rivers Edge had only 8 sites empty that night. Sites are dirt and "natural", but wonderful paved roads kept the dust down. Choose your site carefully, as some looked liked they flooded when it rains. Had a great time canoeing on the Hillsborough river. It is truly beautiful. Pool was closed and is open only from Memorial Day through Labor Day, but one ranger mentioned they were trying to get it open all year round with hoping to add new solar panels. It was very hot when we were here, and I am sure there were people that would have loved to use it, as we would have like to. Cute cafe, and gift shop. Lots of great hiking trails, but our "Florida state bird", the mosquito will eat you alive as soon as you step into the woods. Huge playgrounds and picnic areas were very popular with the day use crowds on the weekend. With 114 sites filled and only one dump station available, we were up early on Sunday for our exit to use that facility, and were the only ones there with no waiting. Would not want to see that place by check out time. We will happily return again, but not on a weekend.
05/2010
rating [ 5/10 ]
We arrived on Sunday for a 4 night stay, hoping to avoid the weekend crowds. I booked online months in advance to reserve our waterfront site. The location and the bay front site is the reason we returned. We were able to pull in forward in our 32 foot motorhome to have a sweeping view of the inland bay. Many sites are almost impossible to pull in forward into these back in sites, but there are a few that can be carefully negotiated. We had a wonderful stay last December, but things have changed. Now for the bad: Even though I picked a supposedly off season school night, the place was over run with rowdy teenagers till 1:30 on Monday morning. The sites are thickly divided with heavy foliage, but we still had one group of noisy, laughing teenagers run right through our site at 1:00 am. So much for the "10 pm curfew time". There was a large group of campers next to us that had several tents and 3 boats tied up to their site. So much for "no group camping". Across the roadway was a large pull through with a 15 passenger van, a car, a large trailer, and 5 tents set up. This group had 9 teenagers, and 4 adults. So much for "only 6 people to a site". The bathrooms were showing their heavy usage, as there were personal items, dirt, sand, water, etc., all over the place all day and night. The small showers had single tiny little "purse type" hooks, of which half were broken off. One tiny hook does not hold your toiletries, towel, clothes or wash cloth. The bench was always dirty and wet, so no help there. No rain for a couple of days, so the powdered dirt from the roadway always blew up in a massive cloud everytime someone went by doing about 25 miles an hour. So much for the "5 mile an hour limit". Be prepared for layers of dirt inside and outside your unit, with the powdered dirt site being of no help. WiFi was available only during business hours at the ranger station. I noted while I sat inside with my laptop, the rangers were very busy taking phone reservations which was taking up all of their time, thus no rangers were out in the park to observe what things were going on, and also unable to take the time to stop and chat to their quests in the actual park itself. May I suggest the Pinellas County Park people start offering a discount to people that do their own booking online? This will enable the nice rangers to stop spending time as hotel desk agents, and be actual rangers. The website for reservations is the best I have ever seen, with full details and pictures of each site. Very user friendly.
04/2010
rating [ 10/10 ]
Fantastic park for the money. Was $24.00 night, but if you have a "Golden pass" for the over 65 generation, you have a deal at half that. We have 3 years to go yet to get that deal. No WiFi or cable TV, but we had great reception on our digital antennae with all major networks. Dump station was convenient, and with the small size of the park, was never backed up to use. Concrete paved parking spot with stone/gravel "patio" which was a nice convenience. Great little covered picnic table at each site. Every site is waterfront, with the exception of the 4 "pull through" sites in the middle, though they could still see the water. The best sites are on the South side, and the very best (most coveted) site is #10. We have already re-booked in this site for September. We had site #14, which was still really great, with a huge "patio" area. Took a tour of the area and crossed over to view the locks on the other side. Really nice Lock Masters, who all had a lot to offer with information. Took a great canoe trip down Telegraph creek, which is a true south Florida back swamp treat, complete with lots of alligators, birds, and a Llama farm! Saw many eagles at the camp site also. One thing that bothered me, was a camper that was too lazy to walk the 200 feet to the dumpster, and over stuffed the small inside bathroom tissue receptacle with 2 large bags of household garbage. I am glad that all of my fellow RVreview members would not be so inconsiderate to do such a thing. Garage dumpsters are there for our convenience. One of my favorite traditions is called the morning "dumpster tour", of which was to complete a morning walking tour, while feeding the dumpster and the recycle bins at each park we stay at, with morning coffee in hand after breakfast. Try it, you will like it!
04/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a really nice state park. It is close to great beaches, and located along a nice little kayak/canoe stream. Tour the park before your stay is a good idea if you have the time, as Reserve America lists the sites as far different than actual size and location. We had site #6, which is nice, but had no view or waterfront. After surveying the park, we thought that site #86 was the best in the park. There is a great canoe launch from right near the park ranger check in, which is more convenient than the stated canoe launch/picnic area. Camp rangers and camp hosts were fabulous, and very helpful. Nice lady at the nature center, who was a real sweetheart and one of many volunteers at the park. Good signal for WiFi at the nature center, but slow at times. Please donate to their little tip jar in the nature center for your free internet and tour of the nature center. Bathrooms and showers were very clean, with plenty of hot water and great water pressure. Thank you camp hosts! We saw Eagles, Scrub Jays, and a beautiful Bobcat on our walking tours. Lots of Cardinals and squirrels that like to hang out in your site. Don't bother with the walking tour to "big lake" as it is rather boring in the open sandy scrub areas, but take the South Creek walking tour along the stream instead.
03/2010
rating [ 5/10 ]
We stayed here on a special deal offered at the Motorhome Super Show in Tampa. It was a first time visitor rate, though I think there are many special rates at this park. We needed to visit aged relatives moving into an assisted care facility nearby, and this was convenient. Otherwise we would have never have stayed here. Park offers Wi-Fi and cable TV, but does not tell you until you after you check in, that it has a fee. Don't bother with the cable TV, as we had far better signal on our digital antennae than the cable TV. Wi-Fi for one day was 5.00, and 15.00 for the week. I hooked up online for this and the park offered no help at all. This is the worst hodge podge park I have ever been to. It is a mix of older mobile homes, park models, all varieties of RV's, and they even allow tent camping. Sites are extremely tight, as it took 5 back up times to fit into our site. Don't even think about coming into this place at night in the dark, as it will be impossible to park. We ended up being lucky to have a site near the rear of the park, and were very happy (once we finally got into our site), as to the wonderfully quiet night. Parked under huge live oak trees draped with Spanish moss was pretty, but in March it is a bad time as last year's leaves and this spring's pollen and sticky blossoms were all over our bus and toad for the 6 days we were here. Took some major scrubbing when we got home to remove the stuff. The seasonal people, which were the bulk of the park, were very friendly and seemed to really enjoy themselves. Most were getting ready to "fly" back North at this time of year being snowbirds. We will check into the park's sister park to the West of us, Indian Creek, which seemed to be more organized and have bigger sites the next time we return to visit with the relatives.
01/2010
rating [ 6/10 ]
We stayed here for 2 nights to be convenient to the RV Super show in Tampa, only 8 miles away down highway 301 that the park bordered. Cable TV is listed, but hookups were taken out and were not available as listed. Office personel, who were both very friendly and helpful, told us you could use cable TV and WIFI in the office, but I got a strong signal at our site for the WIFI and our digital antenna picked up 50 channels, so no problem there. Water, electric, and sewer hookups all conveniently located together. The pool was down due to heater burned up by the record cold, but at 50 degrees for a high during the day, we would not use anyway! Beautiful large water oaks drooping with Spanish moss made the park look very old style Florida and had a charm all to itself for the area. Our site was dirt with some grass and had a small and beat up concrete pad but usable. The best thing was the very large pull through with plenty of room for slides and "toad". The park is 90% full-timers and "snowbirds". Mostly older park models and mobile homes of which were pretty crammed in and showing their age. The only thing we had a real problem with were the streets. They are 2 way, but really too narrow for even a one way, and we had problems pulling through following our site guide, as many of the residents had vehicles that stuck out into the already too small roadway. The large pull through sites are obviously available for overnight. Though we were close to 3 highways, and the park is very large, we enjoyed 2 quiet nights. For the convenience, the quiet, and the cheap price, we will return for next year's show, but I would not call this a "resort".
12/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
Loved this park and will return for longer stay and better weather, even though it rained the whole 3 nights we were there, but no flooding in our site. Booked online, which was very convenient and loads of information including pics of each individual site. We had site right on water, which is inside a lagoon/bay off the Gulf. Beach is 2 miles away and beautiful. No A/C or heat in bathrooms, which were dated but clean, though sticky and wet due to high humidly. Wi-Fi only available inside front office, which many took advantage of each morning we were there. Check in was efficient, though confusing as to the "no pets" area. We booked in the "no pets" area as we do not own dogs, and wanted a particular site for the view. Told them I had 2 strictly inside cats, and they almost refused our entry. OK...I love dogs, but not the unfortunate few owners that let their dogs bark all hours, or the ones that do not pick up their "doggy doo-doos". I can see the "no pets" for that reason. But inside cats that do not bark or use the grounds?? How does that affect anyone? Also ironic as to the couple of beautiful and well fed mascot cats that roamed our "no pets" area. Hmmm...guess they did not read the sign. Fortunately, they let us in with a stern warning for next time. Area is isolated from the rest of the congested Tampa/St. Pete area, though still close it felt like you are in a world away. Very peaceful and quiet. Looking forward to the next stay there.
11/2009
rating [ 5/10 ]
Good place for the fisherman, and the price. Very popular boat launch area. Mosquitoes and gnats were very thick...bring spray. No sewer, but free convenient dump station. View was great from every site, as the park is directly on the inter-coastal waterway. No Wi-Fi, or cable, but did not expect so with this park being a national forest recreation area. Very long sites that are concrete and roads were paved. Would have liked to have seen concrete patio pads to match the parking spot, and the picnic tables are permanent concrete types that were rather far from the concrete parking pad. Makes it impossible to keep dirt and mud out of our motorhome, as it rained when we were there and it soggy up our outside mat. Strange to have paved roads and concrete parking pads, then just dirt for a patio area. The really bad thing was the restrooms. No hand soap at the sinks, and the shower was a single stall that had peeling paint and was not cleaned the whole 3 nights we were there that I could see. Old band aid on the shower floor was there when we arrived and still there when we left. Definitely a "fish camp" style. Very hard well water, but usable.
11/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
What a great place this was! :) High speed reliable Wi-Fi, great cable, full hookups with 50 amp. Very large pull through sites with lots of beautiful trees. Friendly staff (thank you Marion!). It is a County park, but was like a State Park with facilities to spoil you in complete creature comfort. Large park, but with the trees all around, that you had the feeling of privacy. Convenient to the interstate but far enough away to not hear the noise. Very reasonable price at the flat 30 a night. Only thing I could find that I would have changed, would be to have hand soap at the sink, though the shower and restrooms were very clean and heated on a cold morning. Also would like to see gravel or shale on the pull through sites, as the dirt parking site made it tough to not keep tracking it in. We will most definitely stay here again, but more than just an overnight next time. Will bring my own hand soap to the bathroom, and will use our large mat to keep the dirt down. Situation solved.
11/2009
rating [ 10/10 ]
I could not think of one negative thing about this KOA park, and thus had to give it a solid 10. Located a convenient half mile from the interstate, though buffered by thick trees as to not have the noise. Restrooms and showers were extremely clean, and heated (which was great on our cold morning). Nice thoughtful perks, like little cat treats for our girls with a cute note, complementary garbage bag for site pickup, quarters available for the clean laundry facilities that had inexpensive and efficient equipment. Very friendly and helpful staff. Shade trees, good water pressure and quality, great cable and Wi-Fi, long pull throughs, and convenient hookups. A real treat for an overnight stay. Only thing I found unpleasant was the wind had changed in the morning, and there must be a pig farm in the area...phewwy...but was not there the night we got there. Not the park's fault. Must be happy pigs, though...they were ripe.
11/2009
rating [ 6/10 ]
It is a nice place for the Summer crowd. There is not much to do except a breezy cold walk on the beach in November. The hostess at check in was very friendly and helpful. We picked the Oceanside location, but will stay on the sound side the next time. The sound side has really nice view and access to the water, great sunsets, and much nicer facilities. The bathroom was modern, and heated on this side. On the Oceanside, the only restroom available was very dated. Though clean, it was more like a public beach restroom, and not heated which was missed due to mornings in the 40's. Laundry facilities were not easy to get to, as it was a long walk and no parking area to use for baskets that had to be dragged in, plus expensive at 1.75 a load including the dryers. Water quality was the worst.It is apparently hard water, and very salty. We had to go out to buy gallon jugs for coffee, drinking water, and would not even give that water to our 2 cats. We will return again, but will visit in September or early Spring instead, as the rates are very high during their crowded Summer season.
11/2009
rating [ 10/10 ]
What a joy this place is! :) Not on our list for a destination, but a wonderful place to stop on our way to the outer banks. It is true it is on a busy highway, but the sites are off enough to muffle the sound enough to sleep. Large pull throughs with convenient hookups, and wide sites with plenty of room for slides. Bathrooms are immaculate, with conveniences like hooks and seats for "stuff", with even a cute little TV running to watch while you dry your hair. Staff at check in were top rate, and very friendly. This is one of the cleanest KOA's I have ever stayed at. Modern and updated. Great little pet area, with nice playground for those that would need that, though we don't have children or dogs. Our inside spoiled cats, however, loved to watch the multitude of squirrels from their perch on the couch.
11/2009
rating [ 6/10 ]
First the good things. It is convenient to an overnight off I-95 and close to Savannah. The best sites are in the "fish camp" area, which are sites 1-50. Request a pull through with 50 amp service. The staff at check in are very nice and quick, host to site. Now the bad things. We were put in site 67, which is right next to extremely busy highway 204, though I purposely picked this campground due to being over 2 miles from noisy I-95. The site at this campground may has well been in the median on I-95. Even worse, the construction going on across the street. Our hookup was the most inconvenient thing we have ever experienced. The sewer hook up was 30 feet from the electric and water, making us pull out (luckily we had one) an extra length of water hose. It was a strange site with cut off tree stumps we had to be careful to avoid. We will come back here again but will be sure to ask for a quiet site in the back near the pretty little creek. It is real Southern Georgia swamp style, with old oaks and the hanging Spanish moss. The sites back there are quiet and peaceful. Odd "bath houses" with unisex shower, toilet, and sinks. Individual units which is actually nice, but be sure to bring your own soap. Even the sinks have no soap.
07/2009
rating [ 7/10 ]
Comfortable and nice new park with full amenities and large sites, convenient for our one night stopover off the highway. Wi-Fi signal was strong. Clean restrooms, though they were very small in a mobile type building. Perhaps the permanent style is coming later? Cute little fishing pond with lots of geese that my cats enjoyed watching from their perch on the front dash. Watch out for "goose droppings" as they are everywhere. Sites are gravel with field type grass. Park would be perfect if they added landscaping, patios, and picnic tables, which might be in their future plans? Can see the interstate from the park as it is so open, but the noise was very limited.
07/2009
rating [ 3/10 ]
We stayed here to visit relatives, as it's the only rare place to camp in this area. A 90% seasonal campground: only those sites are really nice, large and shaded. The overnight section was just a big field with gravel/grass pull-through sites. I was disappointed with no Wi-Fi available or cable TV and digital signal for TV is non-exist. There is a good laundry facility, but showers and bathrooms were dated and more like state park issues. Almost everyone here has dogs that run free: mostly by the tent campers, which were many. We were chased around the park by a dog on our morning walk. Doggie doo-doos everywhere on the gravel roads that their owners did not pick up. Would like to not stay here again, but there are not many places in the area to stay, if we visit the relatives again: perhaps we will stay in their front yard next time.
07/2009
rating [ 5/10 ]
We had sewer hookup and full 50 amp service, so not sure what happened with previous poster's site hookups. We had very good Wi-Fi signal. The bathroom was clean, though there is only one each available as the others were locked the entire night and next morning: perhaps to save on cleaning them?? Definitely jack-brake noise on the hill, and more awakening was the train plus whistle that ran right behind the park: only a hundred feet from our site. Very limited overnight sites: as most of this park is a mobile home park. Good place to stay as an overnight, but not a destination by any means. Owner/manager was very friendly and welcoming, plus appears to work hard to keep the place up.
05/2009
rating [ 10/10 ]
This was the first park we stayed at after purchasing our brand new motorhome in April. What a joy this place is! A wonderful park experience to encourage us "newbies" to continue to explore other parks. We have just booked another week for October during their value season. The beach is only a mile away over a lovely bridge, and we had a site that looked over their little stream. Roads are paved, and sites are level with elegant pavers and landscaping. Laundry, restrooms, and entire park is spotless. The Wi-Fi is strong, and appreciated. The staff was welcoming, as was the host that ushered us to our delightful site. We are looking forward to our next visit.
07/2009
rating [ 2/10 ]
I had called to make a reservation by phone, and was told "We will make room for you". He would not do a formal reservation, nor did the man I talked to want my name. Upon arrival, very rude women in the office were belligerent about "not having a reservation". Also made a point to let me know there was "no pool, no Wi-Fi, no cable, no fishing pond". This is a campground off the highway, and works well for an overnight. However, at 34.00 a night, was too expensive for what they had to offer. Laundry machines were limited and twice the price of other parks, then to top it off they charge for showers. We will not stay here again.
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