We stayed here for a weekend on the way back home on a work trip. Reception is in a separate site from the park that has a store, etc. Nice and efficient, even though we had called ahead for a reservation. After receiving our tag we went to find our site (72) which turned out to be very unlevel. The ground was soft and our leveling blocks sank so after several attempts we were still in a sideways nose dive and we gave up to park in site 9 across the street. That is when we found out that the park is a cell phone dead zone. Only from the higher located bath house could we leave a message that we were not in our assigned site. Fortunately there were no reservation that prevented us from staying in the level site. The next day we hiked the Carrick's Trail along some very nice waterfalls and lucked out as there was the monthly Mountain Music event at the Lodge. We will probably be back for swimming in the lake, it looked very inviting!
We used this park for a couple of overnights on a work trip. We made reservations over the phone and received directions for finding the office as this is not by the park. The actual park is located directly on the Smith River. The surrounding roads slope up so even though on a fairly busy road, it was nice and quiet on the park. There is a sign at the top of the road. Restrooms are located in a building that could have been someone's house, very cute. It also contains a laundry room with appliances (metered) a couple of book shelves and a small sitting lounge. We originally parked in site 52 but that was too far for WiFi reception, so we moved to site 10 for the next 2 nights. Overall a very nice stay, we would stay again.
This was our first time visiting this campground. We stayed in site 98 directly on the lake. The site was leaf blown before we got there, the lady asked us if things were satisfactory, and it was. The site itself was very spacious (pull through) and because of the manner of parking, the actual site is behind your vehicle and therefore very private. Sites were spaced with wooded areas in between, which was by far the best I have seen in campgrounds everywhere. On top of everything, the sites were grouped together and served by a separate pull off, so thru traffic on the main road did not immediately pass by our site. Awesome! The staff was very friendly and helpful, greeting us coming and going. We decided to spend an extra night. We'll be back!
First time here, on a whim so without reservations. They do not accept credit cards, just cash or checks. Sites are assigned. They have pull thru's for bigger rigs. We were in a regular site, bit too close to my neighbor for my taste. But I guess for shorter stays it is fine. Restrooms were clean and heated. Staff was very helpful. Of course the biggest advantage is the proximity to the gorge and falls. They are awesome!
Wonderful park! Glad our rig is only 24 foot, do not think we would have been able to drive the loops with a bigger one. Sites are nice, plenty of privacy and nicely shaded, too. That was good because we stayed there on one of the hottest days this year. The walk to the living farm is deeply shaded and perfectly doable, a family with small kids did it easily. The self guided tour on the farm is a bit simple, but still fun. Too far to walk to the battle site. You really need auxiliary transportation for that. We did it on our way out. GREAT museum/visitor center and film. Must see! The lake at the campground is small and has rental paddle boats and canoes, but unfortunately no swimming allowed. We didn't go to the other lake, again it was darn hot and too far. Overall, wonderful place. We'll be back when it has cooled down!
Park is really one big field (except for the lane with the shaded sites) with an enormous width to the sites between the power poles. We could have parked our Itasca Navion three times over! Grass, so no tracking mud inside. All good, except for a lot of privacy. The beach is a comfortable walk away, and Wi-Fi is free at the camp store, about half way there. I really liked the park and will be back. One exception however; our neighbor gave us a bag of crabs (great, thanks neighbor!!) and we wanted to dispose of the shells etc. after dinner.... no trash receptacles.... anywhere! Finally asked the camp host and to my amazement they referred me to the camp entrance over a mile away! At one point they had recycling bins and trash bins, but they did away with them because "people made a mess". Sorry, but taking the trash bins away is not acceptable to me. We always dispose of our trash on the way out, but we were hooked up and didn't have a toad, and a 2 mile walk for crab shells was just too much to ask!
Upon arrival, the desk clerks told us they just had selected our site, and had the paperwork handy. Checking in didn't take more than 3 minutes. We asked for the stickers for the Georgia RV Program (not all parks have them, so we make it a point in asking for them) and the clerk handed us 3. We only stayed 2 nights, so that great! The site was very nice, the rig backed into the top site, one step down we had a similar size site for recreation, with a fire ring and a picnic table. The visitor center is a short walk down the hill. Staff at the center was very friendly and helpful. The beach is a comfortable walk along a trail. Mind you, the water is cold! There is also a very nice foot trail to the lodge. Personnel at the lodge were setting up for a banquet and had closed the gift shop early, but when we notified someone we were unhappy about that, they opened up the shop for us, with the entrance through the tavern. They were also showing a (free) movie on Friday night, but we didn't want to walk back along the trail in the dark, so we didn't stay for that. The trail turned out to be well lighted, we were pleased with that. They seemed to have a lot of activities at the lodge. We were very happy with our stay and will certainly stay again.