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10/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
A great state park in a wonderful location. It's close proximity to the historic town of Madison is a great convenience. Many of the campsites have recently received some sprucing up with new gravel and utility connectors, and most are well spaced with plenty of room and privacy. There is a lot to do at the park when you're finished touring the local historic cities (Rutledge is nice in addition to Madison). Highly recommended!
09/2009
rating [ 10/10 ]
We have read glowing reviews of the campground at Fort Mountain SP, and eagerly add ours to the mix! Everything about the two loops in this campground is excellent: spacious campsites, level pads, clean restrooms. Water pressure and electric service were trouble free, and most of the sites are nicely tucked in among the trees. Highly recommended!
11/2007
rating [ 8/10 ]
This campground remains consistently good from year to year and is a great place for anything from a quick overnighter on the way to your destination or several nights while in the area. We stay here at least a couple of times each year while visiting family, and we always know that the place will be well-kept and pleasant. This is the first year that I have noticed the free Wi-Fi access, and it's great; we are in a site about 100 yards from the office, and I have a strong and very fast connection. The sites are of ample size, and some of them are downright roomy and scenic. The utilities work and are well cared for. The office staff is friendly and escorts you to your site, making sure that you are satisfied and settled before they leave you. This is a great place, and a solid "8" - highly recommended!
07/2007
rating [ 9/10 ]
The owners have done some great work here since our visit last year by adding some new sites, sprucing up the utilities and adding some landscaping. Most of the sites are level pull-throughs with ample room. Interior roads are asphalt and individual sites are gravel in great condition. A few seasonal campers are here and also what appear to be local construction workers, but they have very neat campsites and the overall appearance is very pleasant. This campground is very close to the Natchez Trace Parkway and US Hwy 78, so is convenient for a quick overnighter. It's also very close to many restaurants and a shopping mall. Highly recommended!
07/2007
rating [ 10/10 ]
Wonderful campground, and we will be eager to stay there when we pass through again! This great KOA is right alongside I-40 so is very convenient (and has just a little traffic noise). The sites are gravel as are the roadways, and even with all the rain in the area during our visit, still remained dry and serviceable. The hosts are great - very friendly and helpful. The comfort stations are more than just clean - they are immaculate, and are even decorated with pleasant wallpaper and real cloth hand towels at the sinks! And if all that isn't enough, the on-site restaurant serves a terrific supper and breakfast (don't miss the country fried steak!). On-site laundry room was very clean, with a wonderful shaded sitting area outside complete with porch swing. Highly recommended!
07/2007
rating [ 10/10 ]
Absolutely fantastic for its primary purpose - an overnighter while traveling through Amarillo. But on the other hand, if we were visiting the city, this would be our first choice of campgrounds in the area! Brand new and immaculate; every site is wide, level, and the utilities are top-notch. Wi-Fi is excellent. The comfort stations feature individual bathrooms, and they were so clean and new that I was tempted to use them instead of the bathroom in my camper! Host was very friendly and welcomed me to choose any site that I wanted. Easy access to I-40, but far enough away that I could not hear the traffic. I can't say enough about this campground - simply superb and highly recommended!
07/2007
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a good park and is well maintained. The sites are gravel & dirt and things can get a little dusty with traffic moving around the campground or in the wind. Some of the sites are a little tight - our 27ft travel trailer fit our site well, but the fellow next to us had problems positioning his camper so that his slide-outs would fit. Be sure that the office knows your needs. As with most commercial campgrounds, we wish the sites had more room between them; our next door neighbors on each side were friendly, but we didn't want to get to know them THAT well. The utilities on the sites are in good shape, but the wi-fi was a little spotty even though we were pretty close to the office; good enough for e-mail and some light internet use. The owners/managers are friendly and eager to provide information about places to go and things to see in the area. This campground has easy access from I-25 and is about 9 miles east of Santa Fe.
06/2007
rating [ 9/10 ]
This brand new park is a good place to stay in the OKC area. There isn't a whole lot of shade available, but the sites are very large, very level, and spaced very nicely from one another. We were not able to access the Wi-Fi from our camper, but with the torrential rains this are has had in recent weeks, we may not be able to grab the signal although we are pretty close to the clubhouse. The sites are all asphalt and concrete and ours is perfectly level. Utilities are placed well and function perfectly. This is a great place to stay!
06/2007
rating [ 5/10 ]
Nothing special about this place, but it's OK for an overnight while on the road. Convenient to I-40 and I-430. A little run down, pretty cramped, and the utilities could use a little sprucing up. Sites are a mixture of gravel and concrete. Office staff friendly and helpful. Nearest food store is about 5 miles away. We would probably stay here again if necessary, but would look for a little nicer place if we were going to spend more than one night.
06/2007
rating [ 10/10 ]
Simply fantastic! This campground, located in US Forest Service Recreation Area at Lake Smith has to be one of their crown jewels! Spacious campsites, very well shaded, with fresh gravel, paved camper pads, grills and fire rings. We were in a loop that did not have waterfront access, but since we were just overnighting on our way out west, we didn't mind. Other campground loops had sites that were on the water, and they were very nicely maintained and spacious. This campground is worthy of being a destination, and we are making plans to return! The office staff are very friendly and have lots of useful information. I chose my site online, and having never been there, just guessed about what might be a good site. Well, there isn't a bad site in the campground, but the ranger suggested I might like a different site even better, and she was so right - just perfect. Highly recommended campground!
06/2007
rating [ 4/10 ]
This COE campground is a bit of a disappointment, although much of what makes it less than ideal is no fault of management: about half of the campground had all the pine trees removed a few years ago, probably from a beetle infestation, and the what's left is pretty scrubby and with very little shade. The sites on the west side loop were still wooded though. We were late making our reservations and had never stayed there, so we unknowingly chose what was probably the worst of the sites in the campground. This campground is among several on Lake Allatoona, and is used mainly by folks coming to enjoy the lake with their boats and jet skis. So it's a bit of a party atmosphere; in fact, some local teenagers booked the site next to ours and held a loud drinking party until 3:00am on Friday night, complete with broken beer bottles and loud music. Our campground hosts must have had their air conditioner on and couldn't hear this commotion despite being only a hundred yards away. Surely they would otherwise have come down and put an end to this. On the plus side, the hosts were very friendly and the comfort stations were clean and modern. The sites on the east side of the campground are very close to one another, and the absence of trees makes you feel like you've stumbled upon a worn down trailer park. The west side sites are better, more spacious, and shady. If you are considering the Lake Allatoona area, a better choice nearby would be McKinney Campground. We won't be staying here again - our first impression was a lasting one!
11/2006
rating [ 7/10 ]
After reading all of the glowing reports about Skidaway Island State Park, we expected a nicer campground than what we experienced. The campsites were roomy enough, but were in great need of some sprucing up: most were quite unlevel, and it was difficult to determine where you were supposed to put the camper since it has been quite some time since any gravel was spread to mark the pad. We arrived on a somewhat rainy day, and many of the campsites were pretty muddy. Our electric box had two 30 amp sockets, but only one of them worked because the breaker on the other was not functional. The fire ring/grill, although new, wasn't too usable since the grill portion was about 12 inches above the charcoal. We had to build a roaring fire just to get enough coals to eventually grill our steaks. It's too bad that this park hasn't received some of the renovation that other Georgia State Parks have enjoyed. This is such a great location, and the park has such great potential, that it could really be a crown jewel in the system. We'll give it another try in a few months.
06/2006
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a good stopover while traveling to your final destination or visiting the many historic sites in the area. Most sites are very shady and have some nice landscaping. Sites are a little close together, but many have landscaped bushes and trees to provide some separation between units. The utilities all worked, although many were old and could use some refreshing. The campground is convenient to shopping, fuel, and restaurants. We were assigned one of the least desirable campsites (#28/29), but many others were nicely placed and better maintained. There was a sign in the office that read "Campground Manager Wanted", but the campground didn't seem to suffer from lack of maintenance. As a stopover it worked well, but I think we might try one of the nearby state parks next time.
06/2006
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a good place to camp while fishing the great Arkansas tailwaters. The campground is on the banks of the White River and provides good services for trailers and motorhomes. There isn't any shade in the campground since it was developed in what was once an open field. The owners live in a home on the campground and are very friendly and helpful. Like most commercial campgrounds, the sites are fairly close to one another. All sites have water, sewer and 30/50 amp electrical connections. There is no access gate, but the quiet rural surroundings don't seem to present a need. The campground is near the little town of Cotter, which doesn't have much in the way of shopping or restaurants. However, Mountain Home is about 15 miles down the road and has everything you would want including a Wal-Mart and many restaurants.
06/2006
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a very convenient campground to the Passion Play and historic downtown Eureka Springs. There is a trolley that runs every 20 minutes or so that covers all of the attractions. The sites are gravel and fairly level. Not much room between sites - our picnic table almost straddled our neighbor's sewer connection. Utilities were well placed and functioned perfectly. Hosts were cordial and helpful about what to see and do in the area.
06/2006
rating [ 7/10 ]
Not a bad place for a stopover, but I wouldn't call it a "destination". Our site was slightly unlevel side-to-side, but nothing we couldn't take care of with one lynx leveler block. The sites are gravel with some broken concrete. Hosts were cordial. This campground is adjacent to the expressway, so the front sites get a little highway noise. The sites are not particularly roomy. We used this as a stopover on the way to our vacation destination.
06/2006
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a great Georgia State Park and the campground has been renovated this year with new gravel sites, wood decks, and paved access roads. Although many sites overlook the beautiful lake, they are not truly "waterfront" due to the steep and long trail down to the water. However, it is possible to stage a boat at the shore and walk to your campsite. Our Verizon phones and internet just barely worked in the campground, but a decent signal is present in other areas of the park. The nearest town, Jackson, has groceries and services with a few restaurants. This is a great "get away from it all" state park.
05/2006
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a great little campground convenient to Helen and the north Georgia mountains. There are fantastic hosts who really go out of their way to make you feel comfortable. Some of the sites are a little small, so be sure to tell them the length of your rig when you make reservations. The campground is immediately adjacent to the highway, so there is a little traffic noise during the day; things quiet down nicely after dark. Each site has a level concrete pad for your rig and a gravel area with picnic table. My site did not have an outdoor grill, so check with the hosts to see if your site has one. This is a great alternative to the nearby state park, and has the additional amenity of sewer connections and cable TV.
04/2006
rating [ 10/10 ]
This campground continues to delight me. This weekend we had site #134, that, although not on the water, has a good view of the lake. This particular loop of the campground has sites that are well spaced with lots of vegetation between them to give good privacy. Most of the sites in this campground have paved pads and many have paved aprons for the picnic table and fire ring. My site had a gravel apron which was just as nice. This is by far our favorite Atlanta-area campground, significantly better than the adjacent Red Top Mountain State Park. Because the campground is on Lake Allatoona, there is some boat noise during the day, but it is refreshingly quiet at night. Campground hosts are very friendly, and I saw the maintenance/host vehicle pass through the campground several times during the weekend. It's a very well maintained campground - highly recommended!
04/2006
rating [ 7/10 ]
One of the better commercial campgrounds in Townsend, but you have to choose your site carefully. I recommend the "A" section until the owners finish renovating the other sections of the campground. Some of the sites are a little close together, but overall this is a pleasant place. Although the riverfront sites are more expensive than the interior sites, we found them the least desirable since they were VERY close to one another and slightly eroded due to high volume use. The new managers seem to be devoted to renovating this campground, and it should continue to get better every month. Two little incidents bothered us though: We reserved a riverfront site two months in advance, and a couple of days before we were due to arrive, I got a phone call from the manager telling us that there had been a "mix up" in the reservation and we would not be able to have a riverfront site afterall. Since we were only staying three nights during spring break, I'm sort of suspicious that we actually got "bumped" in favor of someone who was willing to rent the higher priced site for the full week. I dunno...maybe it's my imagination. The second incident will bite you: although the sites have a firepit, there is no grate to use to grill your meat. Coincidentally, the office just happens to have grates for sale for $12. So bring your own grill or be prepared to purchase one at the office.
04/2006
rating [ 7/10 ]
This campground is undergoing some renovation: 50 amp boxes have been installed and cable TV is apparently on the way. In addition, ten new sites are being added, some of which will be waterfront. The existing campsites aren't particularly large and most aren't very level. The sites are well spaced though, and it's overall a nice place to stay. The employees of the registration booth were friendly and helpful, and were very happy to extend our checkout time to 5:30pm so we could avoid the need to pay for an additional night. Of the two campgrounds on Lake Tobesofkee, this is the better; we found the sites at Arrowhead to be in poor repair and too close to one another.
02/2006
rating [ 5/10 ]
Not too impressive. Campground was in need of some maintenance, and had a lot of exposed red clay and ditches from runoff from recent rains. The sites were pretty small, and most of the pull-throughs were little more than wide spots in the roadway with utility boxes on the side. Not a lot of privacy, and in general a little run down. One of two things seems to be happening: either this campground gets very heavy use in the summer with lake visitors, or just doesn't get maintained very much in the winter. In any event, it's not a showcase for otherwise excellent Georgia State Parks. I kind of get the sense that this didn't start out as a state park, but was purhased from someone else. I'll pass it by next time and look at one of the Corps of Engineers campgrounds on the east side of Hartwell instead.
02/2006
rating [ 8/10 ]
Although it's a fairly small campground, it is well maintained and has good access from I-85. It would make a good stopover enroute to another destination. The state park has a golf course, and seems to be used mostly by local residents of this rural area. The campground has been recenly renovated, and each campsite had new retaining walls, utility boxes, and fresh gravel. Most of the sites were very level and spaced for a good degree of privacy. The staff was cordial, and the state park was a pleasant place to be. Plenty of restaurants and shopping available in Hartwell, a few miles down the road.
02/2006
rating [ 7/10 ]
Not a bad campground for a few days, but some of the sites are a bit sub-par. I stayed in site #332, on the backside of the water/electric section. The sites with sewer were too close together for my taste, and was filled mostly with long-term campers (Katrina evacuees?). This section had a bit of a "trailer park" atmosphere. The water/electric section was more in line with our expectations for a state park. The park itself is very nice, with lots to do and look at. There is a new restaurant in the park that has good food. It's the better alternative compared to Oak Mountain State Park when visiting the Birmingham area. I would stay there again, but I bet it's a zoo on the weekends. I was there mid-week for a conference in Birmingham, and the water/electric section had only a half-dozen campers. The sewer section was just about full.
12/2005
rating [ 8/10 ]
This campground is rustic, but is a beautiful state park with lots of water (Ochlocknee River) and wildlife. We saw Red-cockaded Woodpecker (endangered), deer, coyote, and many other animals. The campground is small, but the sites are well positioned and private. Campsites are packed sand and are fairly level. Of the 30 sites, about 10 are accessible to large rigs, the others are hampered by low branches of trees. The comfort stations are new and well maintained. This is a great park for nature lovers due to the river, abundant wildlife, and great scenic values. A bit off the beaten path, but easy access to some good restaurants. A great base camp for birdwatchers that will be exploring the St. Marks, St. George Island and Apalachicola areas.
12/2005
rating [ 9/10 ]
Well, I'll agree with everyone that the campground is beautiful, landscaped, and just perfect. But also very, *ummm* "sanitary". All the sites are concrete, no fire rings or built-in grills available. We stayed in the Pampas Circle loop in a travel trailer and felt like the Beverly Hillbillies with all of the fancy motorhomes surrounding us. Make no mistake about it - this is definitely a "RV Resort" in every sense of the word. Just don't confuse this with camping. On the other hand, if you use your RV as a hotel room, then this is a great place to stay while visiting the Outlet Mall (huge!) in Miramar Beach or bringing the family to the beach in the summer. We're just more into the "camping" end of things rather than the "RVing" side of the tracks. We came down for the seafood, and had some great meals: be sure to try "Pandora's" in Grayton Beach; but we were disappointed in "Goatfeathers" in Santa Rosa Beach. Plenty of great places in Destin for fresh seafood. As for the campground, we were impressed, but probably won't be back. Just not our style.
11/2005
rating [ 9/10 ]
The park managers are a delight and very friendly. Although I was assigned a particular site when I made my reservation, when I asked if I could look around and choose my own, they were very happy to ride me around in the golf cart showing me the campground. Some of the sites are a little close together, but that turned out to be very desireable for the groups of families that were camping together when we were there. All of the sites have power and water, and about half of them had sewer as well. Sites had concrete pads and were very level. Many were landscaped and the park had a great mix of natural and manicured attributes. Only a few sites had fire rings or grills; many did not have picnic tables. Since we were there to visit family in Greenville, we didn't miss those. My site recommendations are #12, 13, 4 & 5 if you do not need sewer, and #21 & 38 if you do need sewer. The campground is convenient to I-65 and Greenville restaurants and shopping. We stayed here during Thanksgiving and it's a fantastic alternative to a motel. Highly recommended.
11/2005
rating [ 7/10 ]
This campground is apparently part of the Ridgcrest/Lifeway Christian Conference Center. Directy across I-40 from the Conference Center, it is convenient for attendees of conferences across the expressway. Although a little "rustic", the campground did provide water, electricity, and sewer and is about the closest campground to the conference center. The comfort stations, although old, were clean and functional. Many of the individual sites had concrete pads and were adequately level. The campground is immediately adjacent to the expressway, to there is a little traffic noise. A very good alternative to campgrounds in Swanonna and Old Fort for those attending the conference center.
11/2005
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a great campground convenient to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Ridgecrest Conference Center, and The Cove. As others have said, the approach to the campground is steep and the individual sites are terraced into the mountainside. Although the sites are fairly narrow and short, my 26ft TT and pickup truck fit well and there were many motorhomes in the campground. Most of the sites were very level and most folks did not need leveling blocks. The bathrooms were spotlessly clean and very new looking. The hosts were very friendly and helpful. This is the best of the campgrounds in the area, and we will be happy to stay there again.
10/2005
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a beautiful state park and campground in a small rural setting. The campground has recently been renovated, and they did a great job. We stayed in campsite #2, which I consider to be the best in the campground, although several others were nice as well. The lake in the state park is managed for quality bass fishing, and the pictures on the bulletin board in the office attest to some very nice fish. The campground has a new playground for kids in the center section, and the comfort stations have received recent refreshing. This is a great place to stay when visiting Rome or touring the north Georgia mountains.
04/2005
rating [ 9/10 ]
This state park and campground is typical of the Georgia State Park system and is one of our favorites. The sites are spacious and many have great privacy. The campground host invited us to choose our own site after we checked in at the office. A wonderful bottomland lake with many cypress trees is the feature of the park, and it is a great place for canoeing and birdwatching. It's one of those special places to "get away from it all", because there is not a lot to do in the area. The campsites were level and clean, many suitable for large rigs. It's a great stopover on the way to the Georgia coast, but is also well suited for a longer stay if you are a nature lover.
10/2005
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is the closest Georgia State Park to our home, so we use this one when we just need a quick weekend out. There are two campgrounds in the park: Lake and River. The River campground had undergone renewal recently and has fresh pads and new utilities. The Lake campground is scheduled for some work, but at the time of the review was a little "rough around the edges". This is a popular park for families as there is a lot to do (swimming pool, fishing, picnicing, etc.), so the campground stays noisy most of the time. By 10:00pm, most of the kids are in for the night and things quiet down. Fills up during the weekends and clears out by noon on Sunday. There is not a lot to do in the area, but the park is within 5 minutes of I-75, so it's a great stopover. Bigger rigs will appreciate the large sites in the River campground. There is a large RV dealership two interstate exits north of the park.
10/2005
rating [ 10/10 ]
We've stayed at this Corps of Engineers campground a number of times, and continue to be impressed. The campsites #64-74 on the peninsula have level concrete pads and are the best in the park. The gates lock at 10:30pm and don't reopen until 7:00am, so be aware if you are going out for dinner. If you do get locked out, there is good parking just outside the gate and the walk in to your campsite isn't bad. No alcohol allowed inside the park. Nice selection of sites - some with shade, some open. Campground hosts are friendly and eager that you have a good stay. The city of Gainesville is about 5 miles north of the campground and has ample shopping and restaurants. A major RV dealer is about 5 miles from the campground as well. Highly recommended!
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