Date of Stay: May, 2008
We spent one afternoon and night here. It's very convenient to I-20. It's nothing fancy, but it's a very nice park with lots of things that make it a pleasant place to spend a day or a week, especially if you have a boat. The campground is situated beside Lake Oconee and has boat ramps, a boat dock, a swimming beach, two playgrounds and a pavilion. The bathrooms and laundry facilities looked clean during our quick check. The sites are gravel and fairly close together, so not much privacy. Most are level. There are fire rings and BBQ grills. Even on a Friday night, campers were obviously having a good time outside around their campfires but all were well-behaved and considerate of other campers. The host was quite friendly and helpful. No camp store here, but I noticed that they do sell firewood. If it were convenient, we would definitely stay here again.
Date of Stay: May, 2008
This was our first trip to Charleston and we stayed here 6 nights. It exceeded our expectations. We loved it. Our site was very private. Most were adequately private, with the exception of the joined sites, which are close together. The staff was wonderfully friendly and helpful. The camp store had the basic necessities, along with RV gear, for reasonable prices. Our kids enjoyed biking and renting kayaks and paddle boats, which was only $4 per hour. The dog park is huge! The fishing pier on the marsh is very nice and we saw people catching crab there. We took advantage of the free parking for Folly Beach and the Folly Beach Fishing Pier, which is about a 6-mile drive from the park. Otherwise you have to pay $7 per vehicle to visit these sites. The Wi-Fi is fast and strong even on the outer edge of the campground. We hope to return to James Island one day!
Date of Stay: May, 2008
Our family stayed here for a week in early May. We were looking for a place to relax and fish, and Mountain Stream was the perfect place for that. Our site had a deck over the stream, but any of the stream-side sites are just as nice. The campground is well kept and attractive. Azaleas were blooming during our visit. The only negative was the lack of trout. The stream was not yet stocked, so there were only a few very small fish. Our family found nearby places to fish, but it would have been nice to be able to stay and fish. The Wi-Fi was extremely slow, but we were just grateful to have it at all, especially since there is no cell phone reception there.
Date of Stay: March, 2008
We stayed at Hanna Park during the week when mostly long-term seasonal campers were our neighbors. The park and campground are very beautiful and the campsites are fairly private, although close together. Most sites are pull-through. They are dirt/sand sites with a picnic table and fire ring. We loved the natural setting, but the dirt was a bit of a mess when it rained. The beach area is gorgeous with a very gentle slope toward the water. The lake is pretty, and there are a few sites on it, but the side with the playground is on the opposite side from the campground. The beach and lake playground are at least 1/4 mile away, and since my husband took our only vehicle to work every day, it took a little planning to get there and back. Bicycles would have made this easier. The sites closest to the campground entrance are closest to the beach and lake playground. Our children were made to feel welcome, as was our dog. Disposal bag dispensers for pet wastes were located throughout the park. Our dog was allowed on the beach. The camp store prices were reasonable but it is a small store with limited item selection. Their hours were limited and somewhat sporadic during our stay. We were still grateful it was open at all, since it saved us a trip out several times. Bike rentals were $5 an hour. The office personnel were efficient and friendly except for one occasion when I had to call and request the new bathhouse code. They made a point of insisting that they had informed us about the change, when in fact they had not. No big deal, but the lady came across as being defensive when I was not being accusatory. Like I said, no big deal. The host campers were very friendly and helpful, especially to our kids. One host couple gave our daughter a big bag of peanut brittle, just made by some of the ladies in the kitchen of the little activities building on site. The only reason I did not give Hanna a 10 rating is the age of the facilities. The bathhouses are obviously old, but for our family that really wasn't a problem since everything worked. They were kept reasonably clean, and any dirt involved was just that -- dirt and sand tracked in on the floors. During our stay they were cleaned and restocked daily. We had one complaint, though. It was getting down in the 40s at night, but the bathhouses weren't heated. That made for a chilly early-morning shower for my husband, who was working during this trip. We used the laundry facility once and although they could probably use a few more washers and dryers, we had no problem getting our laundry done. All things considered we were very pleased with Hanna Park and would definitely go back, especially during the off-season when it isn't crowded.
Date of Stay: February, 2008
Oak Mountain is a huge state park about 30 miles south of Birmingham. It has a large lake with a swimming area, horse-riding stables, a BMX bike track, a large petting zoo, and miles of serious bike trails. The campground itself is not very exciting or especially beautiful, but it is very adequate. The sites have a picnic table and fire ring. Our site was beside a tiny little stream in a sparsely wooded area with gentle rolling hills, and the lake in the distance. The bathhouses were clean and heated very well on the cold February weekend we were there. The facilities are obviously aging, although everything functioned and was clean. I have heard rumors about the park getting a facelift for years, but I saw no evidence of it in the campground. The park is so huge you will need a car or bike to get around and see it. Children will love the petting zoo, which is quite large and well kept. The horse-riding stables are large and always busy, so it's wise to make a reservation if you intend to ride. Every biker in Birmingham seems to show up at Oak Mountain on nice weekends because of their great bike trails. Deer are abundant, so chances of spotting wildlife are excellent. I believe another reviewer mentioned that the park is several miles away from the main road, so it's important to take in what you need to avoid trips out. Once on the main road, though, there is everything one could want, with many restaurants, a Super Walmart, all kinds of stores and the Galleria (a very large mall) within a 10-mile area.