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09/2007
rating [ 10/10 ]
We moved here from Slickrock campground because it was too dirty and noisy. We were very satisfied with Canyonlands. Everything was spotless, campers were polite/quiet, staff was good and it is right in town (I didn't notice road noise). The cabins were typical KOA style and very clean with air conditioning and a screened front porch under a shade tree. It had 'big rigs' in it but the spaces were very tight. I noticed the tent area was set up like the RV area so not much privacy but the tent area wasn't full and it was away from the RV traffic which helped. There was a 'private' tent area but it had road noise and noise from a loudspeaker and very far from the bathrooms, all tenters were up in the upper tent area. We will stay here again, it was very pleasant and relaxing after a long day of hiking/biking. I highly recommend this campground.
09/2007
rating [ 4/10 ]
We stayed in a camping cabin but left after 1 night because it was too noisy and dirty/dusty (our next door neighbors partied most of the night and got very obnoxious and everywhere you were it was busy and noisy). The cabins are not the typical KOA kind, they were made out of plywood with sad interior and look like they had never been cleaned, my allergies kicked in as soon as I went in. Also the bathrooms were in need of cleaning and repair and didn't seem to be gender specific (young adult men and women went in whatever side they pleased). The staff was very friendly and the hot tub/pool was nice but it was just wasn't pleasant. This campground is 1 mile from Moab, off the main road but not much road noise and had shade. We moved to Canyonlands campground (in town) and was very satisfied .
05/2007
rating [ 10/10 ]
This is my favorite campground in Alabama. It's 10 miles from nearest grocery story but the roads are pretty easy driving to be that far out. The sites are beautiful, large, peaceful and wooded. Some sites are near the water and have decks overlooking the water. It's easy to really feel like your camping here. There is a short trail along the lake's edge. The paved bike trail through the woods is .6 miles (not 6 miles per a previous review). The loops make for good bike riding for kids. I rode on the roads just outside of camp for 16 miles and only saw 2 cars. The beach is 1/2 mile away, small and has a steep hike back but you can drive to it and park close. It has nice hardwoods, birds and mountain laurel and lots of armadillos to watch (they eat the fire ants!).
03/2007
rating [ 9/10 ]
The sites are typical Forest Service with ample space and shade. There a 4 loops, 2 are directly on Smith Lake. They are very popular, crowded and busy. The 3rd loop is quieter, has limited view of lake but good access to bike trail. The 4th loop is up on a hill, quiet with no view lake. There is a very nice paved flat 1.5 mile bike trail along the shore from the sites to the beach with lots of places for wading/fishing. There are 2-3 miles of hiking trails that pass a couple of interesting rock shelters. There is a large playground on the water by the 2nd loop. The beach is very nice big lagoon with idealic picnic tables along the shore. The beach is about 2 miles via road from the site or 1 mile on the bike trail. Bring your food, there are no stores or restaurants for 11+ miles. Wal Mart and strip malls are in Jaspter about 13 miles away. Staff very friendly.
01/2007
rating [ 9/10 ]
I camped at Lake Lurleen Jan 13, it was delightfully serene and one of those gorgeous days that makes one glad that they live in Alabama. The park is beautiful, a moderate size lake surrounded by mature hardwoods with mountain laurel on the trails - not very common in this area. The sites are spread along the lake; half of them are lakeside with easy access to the water. Sites are spread out enough to be comfortable although not all sites have shade. The park is in the country although right outside Tuscaloosa (about 7 miles to nearest store which is WalMart plus miles of strip malls). The bike trail is awesome, 14 miles, part of it is along the lake and very ‘buff’ with lots of twists, turns and rolling hills. The campground was half full, I paid via an honor box but I saw a couple of staff vehicles drive through during my stay. The gate to the entrance is locked at night. The bathrooms were clean, warm and had hot water. Loop C and D were closed for winter, loop B had nice lake sites but it is a quarter mile walk to the bathhouse (on Loop A because loop B has no bathhouse). Loop A is set up on a hillside further from the water. The lake is stocked, most campers were fishing. The beach area is large and there are a couple of playgrounds. There appears to be an easier way to get there from I-20/59 via a toll road but I used directions from the web site which went through parts of Tuscaloosa with red lights and traffic. This is a peaceful place.
11/2006
rating [ 8/10 ]
I like this park because it is scenic, peaceful and off the beaten path, about 16 miles from Interstate 65. It sits on the confluence of the Coosa and Tallapoosa rivers at the site of a historic fort. One-third of the sites have a view of the river from the bluff with great sunsets. The campground is a small loop encompassed by mature trees dripping with Spanish moss. There is a field in the middle for kids to run around. The historical area needs some care but the area is interesting with plenty of room to walk (approx 2 hours of strolling). We stayed Thanksgiving weekend, the campground had very few campers but had an abundance of birds of striking varieties. I heard that the park is very popular when re-enactors occupy the fort. The staff (1 person) was very accommodating but the bathrooms are dirty, lack hot water, and need repairs. There is a Walmart, grocery stores, strip malls and fast food 3 miles away. We saw a nice Italian restaurant about 3 miles south on 231. The park seems very safe, someone was patrolling at night. The park is very suitable for kids to ride their bikes, low traffic and flat trails cut through the meadows. A great bike trail for the big kids is only 9 miles north at the ‘Swayback’ trail. It has 12 miles of twisting turning singletrack. The Shakespeare Festival park/theatre is 25 minutes away in Montgomery. It is a gorgeous complex with theatre, gardens, art museum, lakes and walking trail. The productions are professional and reasonably priced. I would imagine that the park would be hot, muggy and buggy in the summer and unfortunately I didn’t see any access to the rivers where you could cool off.
10/2006
rating [ 7/10 ]
This the the only campground that I could find off the interstate between Augusta and Atlanta (aside from state park which is always full). I was very tired but drove 100 miles before I found this camping area. I got there late and just slept then left. It was very quiet, most sites were occupied but I never saw person, just heard a door slam. I never saw any staff, I ran the bell etc but no one appeared, I slipped $20 under the office door before I left. It is not fancy, tire rims and car parts are laying around, but it was sufficient for a place to sleep when traveling.
10/2006
rating [ 8/10 ]
This campground is just off a main highway so there is some noise but you can't see the road once in the camping area. It was a typical setup for RV's, I didn't see much shade. They charged me the full hookup rate even though I stayed in a site with no hookups, I was only there 1 night so didn't argue. There is an area behind the campground with miniature golf, driving range and batting cages. It was very quiet and is sufficient if you need to spend time in Jacksonville.
10/2006
rating [ 10/10 ]
This is a very nice KOA. It is surrounded by the suburbs of Wilmington but it feels secluded. The sites were well spaced, woodsy and there was a separate area for tents. It is an easy 7 mile drive to historical area. Staff is friendly, area is safe all areas were clean. They had free internet/PC available in the adult tv room/library. They also had a store for supplies and free doughnuts in the morning. There was a very nice playground and the camping cabins looked very pleasant.
10/2006
rating [ 8/10 ]
This campground is located in a low country marsh type area with no trees. It was great place to watch the sunset. I camped near the water/swimming pool away from other motorhomes, it was very pleasant and peaceful (the pool was closed). The fog was so bad in the morning that I got lost walking to the shower. The area was safe (had an entrance gate), exceptionally clean and the staff very friendly.
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