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This Tims Ford Campground seems to be an upgraded older campground from the 1950's. The campsites are paved, but mostly suitable for pop-up size campers and tents except for several sites near the entrance. Our RV is 31' long with a slide and we barely fit into our site lengthwise. However, with a slide, we filled up the space and had to park our vehicle in the overflow area across the campground, which most campers had to do. The outside campsites are short, and the inside campsites were longer, but had all of the hookups on the opposite site of your camper which is very inconvenient. Water pressure was good, and the dump station was clean and conveniently located as you exited the campground. The campground is surrounded by the beautiful Tims Ford Lake, but due to dense tree coverage. You cannot see the lake from any of the campsites. It may be a great place to camp in the Fall when the leaves are off of the trees. The bathrooms were clean as they could be to have been so old and dilapidated. Every staff member that we spoke too were super friendly and helpful to assist with any of our needs, and it was nice seeing them patrolling through the campground so often! The paved bike trail was one of the best features of the campground! The shady bike trail was mostly level with several uphill and downhill runs. The park could also benefit from having a beach to be able to enjoy the lake. There is a pool on the premises, but you have to pay to enjoy it even if you are staying in the park. However, they do give you a 50% discount if you show them your camping/cabin rental receipt. Overall, we enjoyed our stay at this campground. However, Tims Ford State Park is really missing an opportunity to market and utilize the Lake more since it is its biggest asset for visiting!

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Pine Mountain RV is a great campground if visiting Callaway Gardens! The newer campsites were totally exposed with no mature shade trees, and the older section was very shady...but close and unlevel with several permanent looking sites. Our campsite was a concrete pull through with full sewer hookup, great water pressure, wifi, and cable, but you had to get a cable box from them which didn't work half the time and was a real hassle. We finally just used our antenna and was able to find at least some news channels. We were also "very close" to our neighbor, which I don't understand with all of the property that they could not have spaced them a bit further apart. There was a nice pool and restroom there, which we didn't use. The staff was really friendly and helpful to our needs and even escorted us to our site upon arrival. Overall, the campground is very nice, but seemed very commercial and more of just an overnight place to stay. It was also a bit pricey if you did not use the half off Passport America rate.

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Wow...Florence Marina was such a unique Georgia State Park that we had never even heard of before! While visiting our daughter in college in Columbus, we decided to check out this campground and was so glad we did! The campground sits on beautiful Lake Eufaula and the scenery is so nice! The Staff and Campground hosts were very friendly, and their Interpretive Center was a great way to find out about the local habitats of birds, snakes and fish. The campground is very well laid out, with the exception of several sites like ours that had some tree placement that made it difficult to back onto our site after dark...but I do enjoy a challenge! The campsites were gravel and very level. They also had great water pressure, sewer hookups at the sites, and cable hookups as well. Their bathroom was newer and was large and clean...that's always a plus! The beautiful canopy of trees with their spanish moss really added a neat camping environment...but watch out for the alligators! I tried my luck at fishing off of their dock and caught quite a few fish. You cannot fish from the banks due to the alligators. We also enjoyed the walking trail/bike trail out to the deck just past the marina for an great view of the sunset each night. There is also a mini golf at the campground as well. You are not really near any "entertainment" but there are plenty of things to do in this State Park to keep everyone happy!

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I was very pleased with our return visit to the Georgia Mountain Fair Campgrounds. We had previously stayed in Area 1 on the south side of highway 76, however this time we stayed in area 2 which was more accommodating to travel trailers. We stayed on a nice campsite on the hillside overlooking the lake. Most campsites have a great view or limited view of the lake. We were in the A section of area 2, which is hilly, but more space between campsites. Sections B,C,D,E and F are more level, but are closer together. The WiFi and cable both were great! Even with the Georgia Mountain Fair going on the campground still seemed calm and safe.

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Beautiful campground in a natural setting with just a short bike ride or shuttle to the beach. The beach is amazing there, with lots of wildlife in the area. Full hookups are great with cable as well, but Wi-Fi only available in sites near the office. Will definitely be back to this campground!!

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Nice campground if just passing through. Quick access to the interstate,and numerous easy access sites, but a bit hilly. Nice staff and clean grounds.

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St Andrews is a great campground, but so different than the commercial campgrounds up the coast to the west. You really feel like you are roughing it, even in your RV. We were in the Marshland Campground, which had very close sites and wilderness all around it. The Pine Campground was a bit more open with larger sites. We were not sure we were actually going to get our 30 foot travel trailer into the site upon arrival, but managed to work our way into it after several attempts...and some nerve pills for my wife! We were a bit frustrated upon our arrival that our site had not been vacated yet by the previous camper after check out time, and we had to wait. The campground staff didn't seemed concerned that this had happened. However, we were able to park in the overflow lot until our site was ready. The grounds are amazing, and you can ride your bike to the beach and alligator pond in a very short period of time. I'm not sure if I would waste my time on the trip to Shell Island. It was pricey, the drivers highly suggested tipping, and we found nothing but broken shells upon our arrival. You will have just as much fun shelling, snorkeling, and dolphin watching at the Jetty in the park! I would have rated this campground higher if the sites were more accessible and if full hookup was available. However, we are already planning our trip back for next summer. The park stays packed daily, so they must be doing something right!

     

Camp Gulf

Destin, Florida

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Camping on the Gulf is one of the best campgrounds that we have ever stayed at; however, a bit pricey for such small sites. We would have loved to have stayed on the beach, but we take our Chihuahua with us and no pets are allowed to stay on the first two rows towards the beach. We stayed in site 712 which was perfect since it was an end site and sometimes had a view of the beach when beach sites were empty. This site is also elevated which helps with your views as well. The grounds were beautiful and very well kept. Lots of activities if you stay during a weekend, but no activities occur during the week. Both pools were excellent with huge umbrellas to cover lots of guests. The staff was very nice, and escorted campers to their sites upon arrival. However, I think the 4.5 mph speed limit with flashing signs all around the campground was a bit obnoxious. No major complaints, and we will definitely return!

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Very nice campground! We knew that it was located on the sound, so was not disappointed about not being on the beach. However, the quiet waters of the sound allowed us to enjoy our kayaks that we brought with us. The grounds and facilities were very well kept. We were in site 13 which was a bit more expensive since you could see water from the site. Even though the sites were close together, they seemed roomy and somewhat private. The beach was small but never seemed crowded. I didn't like that you have to sign a pet waiver if bringing a pet with you. There are a lot of rules...one being that you will not leave your pet unsupervised in your camper, which is hard to do if you want to "eat out" at a restaurant one night. The staff was very friendly and welcomed us upon our arrival, and the pool was nice even though it was small. Emerald Park was a great place to visit, but will probably not return since we have found other campgrounds in the area with a bit more "atmosphere".

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Excellent campground! Not really a bad site in the campground, but the lakeside sites are amazing! However, no reservations are accepted, so you need to arrive during the week to get a lake site. There are several lakes for fishing, and a really nice beach right next to the campground. Ideal for biking and hiking as well. The only grills available in the campground are built into the fire-rings. There are at least four really nice handicap sites available that remained unused during our stay with a full campground. No sewer hookups at sites, but a nice dump station is at the campground exit. Very strict rules exist, so make sure to follow them! And when they say the lake is open from "Sunrise to Sunset," they mean 6:30 until 8:30 with no exceptions. We enjoyed our visit and will definitely return!!

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Excellent campground. The only negative I can report is just the lack of full sewer hookups. Tons of reservable lakefront sites that are private. Bathhouses and restrooms are clean and spacious. I have camped at McKinney on three occasions and have noticed a deficiency at check-in. The hosts/check-in staff are extreme rule followers, and there are no exceptions. The family of five in front of us wanted to visit with their grandparents who were camping here: since you are only allowed 4 visitors per campsite, one of them had to stay at the entrance and not visit. It took me almost an hour to checkin with only 4 people in front of me. Since there are always two staff in the check-in station: my suggestion is to have two lines. One to check in campers with existing reservations, and one line to assist campers without reservations and visitors to the campground. The hosts/staff were very friendly and helpful once I finally got to speak to them, but they seemed to struggle with technology and anything out of their normal routine. Thus said: this is a beautiful campground with lots to offer!

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Pros...scenery, beach, fishing, secluded sights available, waterfront sites available, security gate, mostly level sites, 2 available dump stations, numerous restrooms, TV reception with antenna, sites are reservable! Cons...no sewer at sites, check-in was a bit slow.

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Another beautiful Georgia State Park Campground! However, if your camper is more that 20 feet, you will want to reserve a pull-through campsite. There are 12 pull-throughs that can accommodate up to big rig size campers. But, the pull-through section is not near any views of the lake. There are Cable TV hookups at all of the sites, but no sewer hookups. The bathhouses/restrooms were clean, but were a bit small, having only one shower in each. The Campground was very neat, clean and quiet while we were here. A campground host is always on the premises of this gated campground. All sites near the lake are small and could only accommodate a tent or pop-up camper, with very little room to even drive a larger camper through the narrow roads. Overall, a great campground, but make sure you have reserved a campsite if visiting! Also, try out the Iron Hill Bike trail around the lake if you like to bike. The trail is accessible from the campground. Happy Camping!

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Great campground! It's a bit more than we normally pay for camping ($47), but felt that all of the available amenities would be worth it. This price also included having an upgraded site with a deck (site #46)and really nice shade trees. My only complaint would be that we were unable to hook up to the sewer because the sewer access on our site was about 40 feet from our camper. (Bring long hoses!) However, the nice deck and privacy of having a end site made up for any inconvenience of having to dump at the end of our stay. Every employee we met was really nice and accommodated our every request. I really liked the escort to our site to ensure we got settled. Another note...be careful entering the campground! It's in a very dangerous curve with no sight. There should really be a 3-way stop sign at this entrance due to it's dangerous layout. My kids also loved the "Jumping Pillow"! Also, tons of stuff to do in the Sweetwater/Athens/Vonore area! We will definitely be back!!

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Pros: Beautiful pastoral setting, nearby to Fall Creek Falls State Park, very clean restrooms/baths. Wi-Fi very good at campsites. Very friendly Owners/Employees. Full hookups. Cons: Sites are very close together, pastures with smelly cows surround property, about 4 trees in entire campground/needs more shade, sites slightly unlevel. Mountain Glen is a new RV Park which has lots of potential! My positives greatly outweigh my negatives...and we certainly enjoyed ourselves! Mountain Glen is close enough to FCF so can still participate in all of the FCF activities without having to be crammed into the FCF campground with all of those people and small amounts of bathhouses/restrooms.