Date of Stay: August, 2015
We stayed in Campground 1, which has some sites on a small creek. Our site was good but we noticed that many sites are too short to accommodate even the smallest campers. It would be a good idea to talk to someone at the park office about this when selecting a site. Some sites have asphalt pads that have crumbled on the edges & some slope quite a bit. This is especially true in Campground 2, which is wooded and hilly. The campground is clean but in need of repairs and updates. The bath house is clean but it is very dated. The park has quite a few amenities and a lot of wildlife. I would not recommend the park's restaurant after eating there. There are other restaurants close by that are much better. I do like camping at David Crockett but it is long overdue for some updates.
Date of Stay: June, 2015
The campground is heavily wooded, hilly and the sites are fairly level & spacious. There is a tent camping area & an RV area with water & electric (no sewer). The camp store is closed Monday through Thursday, so it was not open while we were there. The bath house is very nice, clean & equipped with water-saving 2-way flush toilets, motion-activated lights, 3 large showers, and handicap accessible toilet & shower. The only negative was that there were no air conditioning or fans running, so the bath house was very hot & stuffy during the mid-90s temps while we were there. There is a thermostat, so there appeared to be AC equipment, but a tree fell on the roof recently & that may be why the AC was not running. They were in the process of building a very nice playground in front of the camp store. The Duck River is near the campground, but only the tent camping sites have a view of the river. There is a dump station & garbage dumpster as you exit the campground. We could hear a train from time to time (which I enjoyed) & we saw deer and raccoons. We did not visit the other part of the park, which is just down the highway from the campground entrance.
Date of Stay: March, 2015
What a beautiful park! Unfortunately, we only stayed here one night on our way home. The campground loop we stayed on has a newly renovated bath house. It is very clean, the showers are great (lots of hooks for hanging things too) & it is convenient to all of the sites. Many sites are on the lake and most of the others have a lake view. Our site had a sloping drive but the pad was level. My only criticism is that the park's roads are narrow in some areas & we had a hard time finding the office. We had paid in advance, so we went to our site & set up. About an hour later, a park ranger came by and was very friendly and helpful. We would definitely stay here again if we are in the area.
Date of Stay: March, 2015
We stayed 3 nights. The campground is somewhat rundown. The roads in the campground are in need of repair and they are poorly marked. The sites are very close together but fairly level. There did not appear to be a host on site. The bath house was reasonably clean and well-stocked. The showers are the pushbutton type, but the water cuts off immediately when you release the button. There is only one hook to hang your shower bag, clothes & towel. On the plus side, the campground does have free laundry, walking trails and interesting sounds at night from the adjacent swamp. The town of Moss Bluff is less than a mile away and has places to eat and buy groceries.
Date of Stay: March, 2015
We stayed here one night on our way to Louisiana. We arrived after the office closed, so we went to our site & set up (we prepaid online). We never saw any park employees but the campground was clean & well-maintained. The campground is in a wooded area & the sites are roomy. It is located very close to the Natchez Trace Parkway. We didn't have time to look around the park.
Date of Stay: June, 2014
This is a small campground in a beautiful state park. The sites are very spacious. Even though there are no sewer hookups, there is grey water disposal at each site. The bath house is very clean & supplies are kept well-stocked. The area is very hilly and the road through the campground is narrow and has a lot of turns, so it might be difficult for very large RVs to maneuver, but it is ideal for small to average size RVs. There are several nice hiking trails, a large lake stocked with fish, canoes, kayaks & pedal boats for rent at the camp office and the town of Summerville is less than 10 minutes away. There is a playground within the campground. This is one of our favorite campgrounds now and we plan to return soon.
Date of Stay: October, 2013
This is our first visit to Pin Oak Lake & it was very nice. We stayed in the middle loop & could see a little of the lake from our site. The sites are very roomy & level with a gravel surface. Site 23 gets full sun until about 1:00. We could not use our dish due to the tall trees behind us, but people in the middle & opposite side were able to use theirs. The bath house was very clean & well-maintained. The shower stalls & dressing rooms are roomy. There is a long shelf & 3 double hooks for items in the dressing rooms. There was plenty of hot water. The campground host was very helpful. There is a nice pier on the lake on the middle loop. We were very pleased with this campground & would stay here again.
Date of Stay: September, 2013
This is a beautiful campground with many sites overlooking the water. Some have sewer hookups, but many do not. Sites are spacious and well-maintained. I would have given a score of 10 except for 2 things. We stayed on the first loop, which has a bath house that is closed except on 3-day weekends. The loop was very full the weekend I was there, but since it was not a 3-day holiday weekend, the bath house was closed and we had to walk 5 minutes to the nearest open bath house. With the campground full, we sometimes had to wait for an available shower and sometimes there was no hot water. The other criticism is that there is only one dump station for this large campground & there was a long line at check-out time. There needs to be at least one additional dump station. Except for those 2 issues, this is an exceptionally beautiful campground with great facilities and views. We saw numerous deer grazing just outside the campsites and roaming around at night. Many people were fishing from the bank and catching good-sized fish. The location is great for kayaking and canoeing. I would stay there again, but hope to get a site more convenient to a bath house that is open.
Date of Stay: August, 2013
This campground is located within a very nice state park with waterfalls, hiking trails, restaurant, inn & other amenities within a short drive. We ate at the restaurant once. Food was served buffet-style & it was just OK. I would not eat there again. We stayed in loop B, which is shaded and hilly. Most sites required leveling blocks. The bath house is very dated (broken tiles, etc.) but well-equipped. The shower stalls are huge (about 3'x6') with plenty of hot water & a roomy dressing area. The bath house was cleaned daily. It was easy to get lost walking around the loop, as there are small loops within loop B. We saw numerous deer walking through the campground. They did not approach us but were clearly not afraid. There were also skunk & raccoon sightings. I would have rated the campground higher if the sites were more level & the bath house was updated. All things considered, this is a fun place to visit & I would go there again.
Date of Stay: May, 2013
Desoto State Park campground is a beautiful, well-maintained campground in a hilly, wooded setting. Sites are spacious & have at least partial shade. The bath houses were rebuilt about 5 years ago & are centrally located within the 2 loops. They are very clean & well-designed. There is also a laundry in each bath house. There are several walking trails leading from the campground, as well as numerous other trails within the park. Each site has sewer & cable. WiFi is very weak unless you are near the campground store. The campground is about 15 minutes from Desoto Falls in one direction and Little River Canyon in the opposite direction. We enjoyed our stay very much.
Date of Stay: October, 2012
We stayed on Loop C, where there are several sites with a view of the lake. Most of the sites on this loop are roomier than the ones on Loops A & B. The bath house is dated but clean. Our site had plenty of trees and a beautiful view of the water. Wi-Fi was not always reliable but worked most of the time. The park has a lodge with a restaurant & marina about a mile from the campground. There is also a golf course & day use beach area very close by. If you are up early in the morning, you may see deer making their way down to the water.
Date of Stay: September, 2012
This was our first visit to Monte Sano campground and we really enjoyed it. We stayed on the outer part of the Record Drive loop & had a nice view of city lights below through the trees. The sites are shady and roomy. The bath house was clean & well supplied. We enjoyed the peace and quiet at night and a beautiful view of the stars, since there are no street lights along the loop. The city of Huntsville is only about 5 minutes from the park.
Date of Stay: September, 2012
This was our first stay at Cloudland Canyon. We stayed at the West Rim Campground, which is newer and has roomier sites than the East Rim. The campground is hilly but the sites are level and shaded. The bath house was well-stocked but was only cleaned once during our 3 day stay. There are numerous hiking trails around this large park but they are all moderate to difficult. There is an interpretative center near the East Rim campground and beautiful views of the canyon from that area.
Date of Stay: April, 2012
We stayed in one of the standard cabins, 12'x25'. The cabin was clean & the kitchen was well-equipped. There is a sofa & cable TV in the living area, 2 bunk beds & a separate bedroom with queen-size bed. WiFi was pretty good but our cell phones did not work at the cabin. The staff were very friendly & helpful. When we reported a slow shower drain, someone was there to take care of it in less than 5 minutes. When I reported a hornet on our deck, someone came with hornet spray in a couple of minutes. Our only complaint about the cabin would be that the only lights in the living area & bedroom are the bright overhead lights. The cabins are situated on the side of a mountain immediately above the campground, which is very attractive & well-maintained. The Little River flows in front of the campground & the river can be accessed at the end of a short trail. Tremont is adjacent to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and only minutes from Cades Cove. We plan to stay here again.
Date of Stay: September, 2011
This is a beautifully maintained campground on a lake perfect for fishing or kayaking. Our site was right on the water and we enjoyed the breezes off the water. We saw a lot of deer after dark. I would have given this campground a 10 out of 10 except for one complaint. The bath house shown closest to our site on the map was closed. It was quite a long walk uphill to the nearest bath house. Except for that, it was ideal and we look forward to camping here again.