Date of Stay: July, 2013
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.
Date of Stay: June, 2013
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!!
Date of Stay: June, 2012
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.
Date of Stay: June, 2012
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!
Date of Stay: June, 2012
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!
Date of Stay: June, 2012
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".
Date of Stay: June, 2011
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!!
Date of Stay: April, 2011
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!
Date of Stay: May, 2010
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.
Date of Stay: April, 2010
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!
Date of Stay: October, 2009
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!!
Date of Stay: August, 2009
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.
Date of Stay: June, 2009
Excellent Campground!! The recent renovations made this be one of the nicest campgrounds we have ever visited. Beautiful campsites, excellent bathhouses and friendly staff make this an A++ Campground!!! Everyone needs to visit and support the Alabama State Parks!
Date of Stay: May, 2009
I'm not exactly sure how to rate this campground. On one hand, it had a special ambiance to it that took us back in time to the 1960's. It it a quiet, family-oriented campground with all of the basic necessities. The staff was very helpful and friendly, and the Caverns and Homestead exhibit were an added bonus. On the other hand, we felt like the campground was in disrepair. I'm sure being a small family run campground, that funds are tight to do improvements. However, they could increase their business by 200 percent if they would invest some money into it's appearance. My negative comments would include unlevel sites which are too close to each other, and the need to upgrade the bathhouse. My positive comments would include the beautiful scenery, nice pool and location with area attractions.
Date of Stay: November, 2008
This is one of our favorite campgrounds! Everything was just perfect. The campground was beautiful and offered many activities. The scenery was excellent. The sites are rather large and private. We were in site 60 which was a pull-through at the top of the hill. The only negative comment I could make would be the lack of opportunity to reserve a specific campsite. We usually book months in advance to secure a suitable campsite for our camper. If you are a late arrival, you sometimes get left with bad sites. We will definitely be back!