I can't say enough good about this park. It is close enough to Great Smokey Mountain National Park, Cherokee, Dilsboro, etc and yet is away from all the hubub of the tourist traps. Owners/operators Bob and Marilyn obviously take great pride in their place as the park is lovingly maintained. Some shady some open, level, gravel sites on a mountainside make for a nice relaxing, quiet, friendly stay. Seasonals (lots of weekenders it seems) are all nice park models and congregated mostly at "top" of park. Screened in rec hall has a pool table and a nice selection of walking sticks to borrow for forays on hiking trails at GSMNP. Roads are a bit steep, but are manageable. We have 26' tt but I believe much larger rigs would have little trouble. Only reason I didn't give the park an 11 was the scale doesn't go that high. Will definitely return when in the area.
Gorgeous state park close to Blue Ridge Parkway. Lots of hiking opportunities right in the park as well as stream fishing. The sites with hookups in area B were mostly open, but since reservations are not taken, sites are on first come first serve basis so if you are lucky you can select one of the few shaded, stream-side sites, but really no site is bad. If you boondock, choose a site in area A. Deer roam freely throughout the park. I don't know about other NC state parks, but this one was immaculately maintained inside bath house and grounds. I gave this park a 9 only because dump station driveway leaves you on a downward incline so big rigs will need to compensate before dumping. Firewood available at ranger station. Very informative visitor center. Be sure to have breakfast at Doughton Park along BRD just 20 miles from campground.
Used as an overnight stop, we found level, grassy, mostly open sites. Park is conveniently located right off I-95 exit, so road noise is pronounced. Some seasonals mostly congregated on west side of park. The park is not a destination and there are parks (including Jetty Park and Manatee Hammock, both Brevard county parks) closer to the action in the Cocoa/Titusville area, but is a fine overnighter. No cable but reception of local stations was fine and open sites mean no satellite obstructions.
The park has 2 campgrounds. PINE GROVE is near entrance and thus near US1 (noisy) and within 1/4 mile of CSX railroad tracks. This campground was the most popular and was very shaded at one time, the hurricanes of 2004 and 2005 have levelled all the shade trees. As of June 2006, the remaining debris has been removed, leaving a very open campground. Sites are mostly level, grassy or sand. No 50 amp here, but big rigs would fit. Bathouses are clean but utilitarian. I saw no evidence of long term campers when I was there. Give this campground 20 years for the shade to grow back. This would be a nice place to camp in winter when shade is not such a necessity. RIVER is about 4 miles from entrance to park, near the Loxahatchee River. Strangely, there are some 50 amp sites here but those sites are too small for a rig big enough to need 50 amp service. For some reason, the utilities have been updated on each site, but when the upgrade was made vegetation between sites was removed, so many sites look out on the next site's hookups. Some shaded, mostly level ,sandy sites. I would not try to get a rig larger than 30' in this campground, and many sites won't accommodate anything bigger than a small TT or pop-up. Some sites are shaded and gorgeous, but many are either too open or too small. Overall I give the campgrounds a 3, but the recreational opportunities at this state park are excellent. Several beautiful trails through various Florida habitats are available, including sand scrub pines, slash pines, cypress stands, and hardwood hammocks. The river is a great paddle (try paddling up to Trapper Nelson's and beyond or up Kitching Creek for a real treat). The local area includes many nice beaches on the ocean and the intercoastal. Bring your pets as pets are now welcome at both campgrounds. If you camp here, don't come looking for a great campground, you won't find one, but you will find a gorgeous state park with lots of nature to explore.
A great value for your money as an overnight stop right off I95, but for long term campers road noise would be an issue. Cracker Barrell close by (made my wife and kids happy). Campground has a fenced, off-leash dog area, clean pool, clean bathouse, grassy, shaded, large sites. Seasonals, in the form of mobile homes, are well segregated from the short term trailer sites. Would use this as an overnight stop again.
Used as an overnight stop on Monday, Memorial Day. Campground is clean but sites are very close together. Most sites are gravel and shaded. There is a clean pool, clean bathouses, playground, and a giant bouncing "pillow" for the kids. There is a camp store with a Blimpies, a bar and grill, and a gas station on the property. I am sure the campground is a great place to stay for race fans. I give it a 6 because I think it was overpriced (I don't have the KOA discount card) for just an overnight stop.
Amazing state park near New River Gorge area. This park is not for those who want the "RV park" experience. Many sites have no hookups, the rest have only electric. The bathouses are spartan but clean, adequate hot water in decent showers, laundry facilities and dump station are available. Wonderful hiking trails with mountain views throughout the park, horseback riding available from onsite vendor, great mountain biking opportunities. The park is 15 minutes from many New River rafting outfitters. A nature lovers dream!
Wonderful state park with mostly large, shaded sites. The park is on the Suwanee and Withlocotchee Rivers, stradling both banks within the park's borders. There are many hiking trails, all but one (the Big Oak Trail 12 miles)under a mile long. Fishing, boating, canoeing, and hiking are some of the activities avaliable. The nearest Wal Mart is 15 miles away, not far enough in my book but given how Florida's open spaces are disappearing, it's pretty impressive. The only reason I did not give a 10 is because a CSX railway is close by and trains break the tranquility of the park from time to time. If you are looking for cement pads, you won't like it here, but for a week in nature this place is wonderful. We stayed the week between Christmas and New Years 2005 in a 25 foot Trail Lite, reservations were a must.