Date of Stay: September, 2009
This is a small primitive campground in the Chattahoochie National Forest. It is open from mid June to some time in the autumn. Flat level pads for tents and camp fire rings. There is room for parking at your site. There are restrooms but didn't use them. There is no electrical or water hookups and there is no drinking water. The campground's biggest selling points is that is right off route 75 which is the main drag. (Then again with the motorbikes and trucks down shifting it can be potentially noisy.) It's also in deep shade which is priceless in the summer. There's a creek passing through the campground. Downsides are that there may not be anyone else there and bears are reportedly active in the area. Unless of course, you like bears. All in all a basic campground convenient to many of the sites in the area. It's first come, first served. There's no reservations and payment is through honor boxes.
Date of Stay: August, 2009
I've enjoyed this campground for the past few years. It's a great campground but I get the sense that it is either going downhill, or the people running it are not doing a very good job. A few things. First of all, the site we reserved was filthy: trash piled up in the fire-ring and it looked like someone swept out loads of trash onto the site and spilled miscellaneous liquids. Having paid $10 to reserve the site days in advance (an increase over last year), they had plenty of notice. We checked in after dark. The next day I went to the office and told them about the trash and they said their VIPS were supposed to clean it and would. But nobody ever came to clean the site. And furthermore for the $10 reservation fee, is it too much trouble to put a "reserved" sign at the site like every other campground does? This campground doesn't do that. My other complaint is that the internet wasn't working. I asked if there was something wrong with it and they said it "was on the fritz all summer". It was more than on the fritz, it didn't work at all the entire stay. The person in the office referred me to some company that is selling cellular broadband cards! That is unacceptable. I have to give a new rating based on the quality of our stay. Hopefully they will get their act in gear for next year.
Date of Stay: July, 2009
Very friendly and accommodating "concession er" running the place. Sites are wooded/shaded. Some sites are very spread out while others are not. Some sites are large while others are small. And some sites are level and some, not so much. Didn't need a reservation so driving through and picking a site worked well. There are a lot of sites that can't be reserved so there were a lot to choose from. Was fairly busy when I was there but not booked solid. Not terribly far from Indianapolis and in fact we commuted to the city from this campground. It took about 45 minutes. 15-20 minutes to get to Bloomington then another 30 minutes to get to the outskirts of Indy. There are a lot of red lights though and going north from the campground, the road is very curvy with lots of sharp turns. There isn't much in the immediate vicinity of the campground in terms of shopping or restaurants. This campground doesn't have an excessive amount of silly rules and there are plenty of dumpsters conveniently located that you are allowed to use. Imagine that. Well maintained & Good value. I'd return.
Date of Stay: June, 2009
I had trouble picking a rating for this one. I don't have any complaints. It's not my favorite campground but was fine for a base camp for seeing the Washington area attractions. We got in late and left early and didn't have any problems with the workers. Quite busy. A lot of coming and going. A surprising number of tent campers which was nice to see. Not very much privacy or shade though. The only sites that offer this are 50 amp and they cost more. I knew this going in thanks to mapping websites. Very cool looking water park which we regrettably didn't have time to use. I'd stay here again but would try some other campgrounds first.
Date of Stay: June, 2009
Very pleased with this campground. Not really a destination but a good base camp for area attractions or visiting friends or family in the area or even Washington DC for that matter. The sites were beautifully maintained, compacted gravel, totally level and well draining. No mud and no litter. There are no water hookups but the communal faucets fill up a 5 gallon container in about 10 seconds! It was like a fire hydrant. The campsites are huge and they will let you pick and reserve in advance. Our site was about as big as our lot that our house sits on and was wooded. Lots of shade and very good privacy. The maintenance crews are out and about early and their efforts really show. The security gate is a nice plus. Surprisingly uncrowded for summer. Friendly reception and laundry room was fine. Necessities are not far from this park as it is in a suburban area. They have the mosquitoes under control but just beware of the flying roach things that will come inside at night if you leave the door open even for a brief while. Would definitely stay here again.
Date of Stay: June, 2009
I'm struggling to pick a rating here. That's because if you are looking for very rustic secluded drive-in camping, then you will find what you are looking for. This is an ideal campground for those with 4x4 truck campers because you can access the more remote sites. The roads in the campground are not the best. Forget big rigs. If you want an electric site, they are mostly located in a very muddy open field with little to no privacy or shade. I didn't want to even go near the restrooms, let alone use them. They could have been fine for all I know but very out-house looking. I think the main attractions at this campground are winter snow tubing and 4-wheeling. The camp has the appearance of a huge public campground and I thought stuff was pretty well marked, only without the rangers and without... well... without any campers. And it was because of that reason we left early and didn't stay. There is just something a little bit terrifying about being the only camper in a campground like that. I will just forewarn you that my biggest complaint was that we were there for hours and didn't see a single person. Maybe the winter is their busy season but summer evidently is not. I would give it the benefit of the doubt had it not been for the mud, lack of mosquito control near the lake, and the camp office had a lot of rubbish odds and ends strewn about outside. The most disturbing of which was a bowl of what looked like dog food just sitting out there long after the office was closed. This is a good way to summons bears and bears are the last thing on Earth I want to see when I'm camping all alone in a very remote mountain area with no cell phone service (Verizon). This could be exactly what you're looking for, but definitely not for us.
Date of Stay: June, 2008
This is a nice park just outside of Richmond. It is a reasonable 18 mile or so commute but very quiet. There are no trains or planes or highway noise. They DO have wireless internet, and it is free, but you have to get the login username and password from them. They say it's only at the camp store which is where I used it from, but I'd be very surprised if you couldn't get a usable signal from much of the CG. It was very slow, though. The camp store was the nicest campground store I've ever been in. The staff and campers were also friendly. There is a gate at the entrance, and that gate is closed at night. You will need to get a key-card if you need to get in after the store closes. They charge a $10 deposit on the key card but gladly give it back when you give back the card. I did have to deduct a point for the flies and mosquitoes. Part of the property is a farm with cows; perhaps a little too close? There are also a couple of ponds so be prepared for that.
Date of Stay: June, 2008
This park is a great deal. The rates are low, the staff and campers were friendly. Let me just say that I don't normally have a problem reading maps or following directions but for some reason I had a hard time finding this place. I kept calling and getting lost but they walked me through it turn by turn over the phone. Very helpful. The sites are shady which was great with temps in the high 80's but it was open, high tree canopies so it wasn't real private but felt safe. There was also a ranger parked there 24 hours which is great security. There are no trains or airplane noises here thank God! and it's convenient access to the cities although it's a bit off the beaten path, it's a campground so that's to be expected. Note to self, I was in site 45 which was close to the bathrooms. Bugs were not a problem and would have liked to rent a boat but was not able to stay long enough. Would definitely return if going to the area again. I bring my own restroom so can't comment on the facilities.
Date of Stay: September, 2007
This is a nice park in a nice area. It's main attraction is waterfront sites, views and watersports, access to the lake and lake beach etc. It's a public campground. It also has pretty easy access to the interstate. It is important to note that while I didn't stay here, I do live in the area. This camp has some great sites and some sites I wouldn't stay at. I hope I'm not letting the cat out of the bag but here goes. Sites 1-19 are great. Can't go wrong with sites numbered in the low to mid 40's. And Sites in the low 60's are right on this quiet little cove on the west side of the campground. Looks well maintained and it's not difficult to find maintenance personnel out and about. There is a train track somewhat close by but the train only comes by once or twice a night and would only potentially be a disturbance for tent campers or those in fabric structures. There is a hiking trail great for dogs. Lots of nice beaches with a sand-like soil. Be careful what trees you park under if right on the water as some of them look like they're hanging by a thread and have half or more of their root systems eroded away. Its too bad this campground is not open year round. The access on the sites I mentioned have easy access to the water and the lake is calm and suitable for small watercraft such as kayak, conoe and so on. If you get tired of that, you're close to everything in this camprground. Every restaurant chain you can think of and a very nice mall are not that far away. Don't stay out too late so you don't get locked out. Like the previous reviewer said it looks like big rigs would be a challenge. Possible, particularly the lower numbered sites but challenging due to narrow winding roads.
Date of Stay: August, 2007
This is a large nice looking campground. The sites are wooded and secluded and you have a lot of space between you and your neighbor. Dog owners are off to one side of the campground however it wouldn't appear as though this side has any drawbacks or anything like that. If quiet and secluded isn't your thing, there is a campground right down the street with a lot of activities and closer spaced camping. Note there are multiple train tracks in the vicinity of Alum Creek, the trains toot their horns nonstop as they are passing without regard to anyone who may live nearby. These trains go through more frequently on the week nights than Saturday and Friday nights. You may not hear them too bad inside a motorhome or trailer however those in tents or fabric structures, bring some cotton balls to stuff in your ears.
Date of Stay: August, 2007
This was one of my first camping experiences. I felt the park was just like it was advertised on their site. It was a nice place and welcoming. There is a big campground down the street if you like secluded wilderness but this one puts you closer to other campers and I think it's more fun and more comfortable to be near other campers but you may be looking for something different. We stayed in a tent and everything was adequate. It was mostly a business trip so very little time to enjoy the amenities but it was a nice crowd for the weekdays and weekend after school had started. The wireless internet worked good. It is near the Columbus suburbs and close to shopping and nice area called Polaris yet a semi-rural setting that felt safe. The primitive camping sites back up to about a 40' swath of woods then there is a row of houses. So it's not too creepy. I really only have one complaint. And that's that there are not one but 3-4 railroad tracks very nearby. Trains come through all night long and toot their horns even in the middle of the night. If you are in a camper or RV this may not be a big deal but if you are in a tent be prepared to wake up every 20 minutes or so when a train passes by. It's not unbearable, just makes it hard to sleep soundly. It's sort of like that scene from the movie "My Cousin Vinny" with the motel next to the train tracks. It wasn't quite as bad on the weekend nights, not as many trains. Two thumbs up and would stay here again for sure. One suggested improvement to the park is to offer some free ice to campers. Not a big bag or anything but enough to fill a small ice bucket with one of those automatic ice makers like in hotels.