Date of Stay: April, 2009
Nice large, level site close to the beach, bathhouse, and playground. Easy access to the boat ramp, and you can bring your boat without an additional fee. Nice park personnel; they let me drive through the day before and choose a site. You can't take your pet to the beach or playground due to state laws, but the ranger who told us was nice about it. Will stay again in a few weeks. Love it and the beautiful setting!
Date of Stay: June, 2008
This park is so close to everything yet feels tucked away from the world. We had a sight that was quiet, private, and quite large. Okay, it was huge. I have never seen sites so big! Hartwell Lake is down and muddy, but that's not the fault of the campground. The staff was friendly, and the facilities are relatively new. I felt comfortable enough to walk by myself at dusk, and sighting two large beautiful deer only feet from us was breath-taking. We had a massive ant problem on our site, but we're in the South in the summer in the woods. That's nothing unusual. We would definitely stay again.
Date of Stay: May, 2008
Wow. What a waste of time and money. We went here for our son's birthday because he loves pirates. The check-in facility was nice as was the desk clerk. The only pirate thing we saw were two statues in the mini-golf course. We paid for a premium lake lot and were put across the little road from the "lake" wedged in between five trees. Yes, we wanted A tree on the site but not a forest. They won't tell you what site you are reserved for. If we had known which one it was (1203) we would've moved four spots down and saved $5 a night. The roads were narrow and hard to navigate, the camp seemed dirty and run-down, and the sites were so close we could hear our neighbor sneeze. And we were in our respective campers! The trees give off these strange spurs that got stuck all over us and hurt our dog's paws. Don't expect an awesome arcade or laundry area. Both were dirty, and the small arcade only had half of the games working. The ladies running the convenience store were mad at the world and didn't have the normal camper-friendly personality. The beach area was big enough for a petite family of two leaving everyone else piling in on top of each other. We traveled six hours to get here, took time off work, and were waiting for this grand experience, but after staying at another, huge clean campground two doors to the south, there is no comparison. We left a day early when my son had to keep dodging duck droppings in the road and then said the showers stink like skunks. We are very tolerant, laid-back campers, but we will never go back and would advise the same of others.
Date of Stay: May, 2008
We stayed on a waterfront site between the beach and one of the playgrounds. The playgrounds are well maintained and surrounded by lush grass. The area is quiet and patrolled by the park ranger and county deputies. It was quiet and private. It was quite a trot to the bath house, which was clean but not exactly squeaky clean. We will definitely go back, and we would highly recommend!
Date of Stay: April, 2008
My family took-off on a spontaneous weekend trip. Before we left I called to make the reservation, and the lady seemed like I was bothering her. She never asked if I wanted a paved spot so I assumed we were getting one because I wanted a full hook-up site. When we got there I had to go back out to get both tags numbers...it would've been nice to know they needed that information beforehand. The sites are narrow, and we had to hold our breath going into it. The campground was clean with a nice playground and basketball court for kids as well as a quiet location right on the river to watch the mallards. When we left we were fortunate that our neighbors two sites down were nice enough to move their truck so we could pull out. (That's right--two sites down!) We again held our breath trying to get out of there because the turns were tight. Very nice if you want a quick off-season trip, but I wouldn't go during peak season as the road getting in and out is extremely busy.
Date of Stay: July, 2007
We went during the Farm Days Weekend. We enjoyed all of the activities such as the crafts and coloring for kids, the "hey" ride, the antique tractor show, and the Locomotion muddin. We fished for hours, played at the Splash Zone, and enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere and friendly staff. Everyone there had so much energy and seemed genuinely happy to be there. We will definitely go back when we want to relax a bit and may even stay in one of the Yurts or Cabins!
Date of Stay: June, 2007
The site we stayed on was a bit hard to level out the camper, but it was quiet and one site over from being lakefront. Our son had a ball fishing and roasting marshmallows in the provided firepit, but the playground is located on the other side of the park so we didn't get over there. (It rained.) The park rangers were friendly, and the sites were plenty shady. We had trouble weaving through trees to get to the site, having to back up and go forward several times, but the other campers had seen it all week and were eager to lend a hand. We will definitely return because it's as close to roughing it as it gets in a camper.
Date of Stay: June, 2007
The employees there are referred to as team members, and they really act like it! They are always willing to help with a smile, and they seem to enjoy the atmosphere just as much as we did. My four year old loved the golf carts, and the security polices for reckless driving and speeding. At 11:00 they start quiet time, and it really works! There is a lot to do to keep the entire family entertained, and we liked it so much that we stored our camper there and are headed back next week!