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Date of Stay:
May, 2008 -
We made reservations for Halloween weekend last fall, and absolutely LOVED IT!! We will definitely be returning year after year for this event! During the day on Saturday there were activities galore for the kids, with hay rides, face painting, costume contests and more! The entire campgrounds was decorated for Halloween and the "Haunted Houses" made out of tents put many paid places to shame. It was great! The kids went trick or treating around the entire campgrounds after dinner. The site that we had was very large and grassy, with plenty of shade, though not really a necessity in October. It is very quiet and relaxing! Amenities are slim to none, with no pool, electric or internet service available, but there is still plenty to do to make it a family vacation. The restrooms are clean, and well lit, though a bit of a walk first thing in the morning! We look forward to many happy returns. We camped at Muddy Run Recreation Park in a Tent.
Date of Stay:
May, 2008 -
I have stayed at Big Oaks Campground for 3 consecutive summers now, and am planning my 4th summer vacation there this year. My family and I love it there. Though the sites are fairly small, there is plenty of room for 2 tents and a screen tent. Two cars can be parked at the entrance to the site. We have requested a specific camp site the past few years, and our request has been granted. "Our site" is very close to the pool and the restrooms, as we have a toddler, convenience to the facilities is a must! There is running water and electric hook-ups for all the sites, and wireless internet is available at the deck area near the pool. They playground is also nearby, as is the shuffle board court, which the kids seem to enjoy. The pool is adequate, and has a life guard on duty at all times. The snack bar provides decent enough food while at the pool. I have never had a problem with restroom cleanliness, as they clean them several times a day. Only problem I have had is that when they are cleaning them, we have to go across to the other side to use those facilities (not a big deal, really) I guess, for people who like campgrounds for all the amenities (game room, etc) it is a little lacking, but we camp there because we are going to the beach, not to hang around the campsite all day! The store, located in the office has all the supplies that you need, specifically ice and milk and bread! The only thing I would like to see added here would be a coffee bar, so that you could go get a cup of coffee first thing in the am before you are awake enough to brew your own. LOL We camped at Big Oaks Family Campground in a Tent.
Date of Stay:
January, 2008 -
We have camped there only one time while visiting Lurray Caverns. The check in and payment were on the honor system. The site that we chose was right near the restrooms for convenience of the children. The restrooms were well lit and clean, even during the off-season. There was no odor at our site from the facilities. It was very quiet and really beautiful! We were high up on the mountain and the view of the winter sky was fabulous! There were so many stars to be seen, it was absolutely amazing. We were in a "primitive" area, which means that there was no on-site water or electric hook-ups, but isn't that what camping is all about? Some or our "neighbors" were up late with a campfire, and we borrowed their ax to split some wood as we ran out before heading to bed. The site was large and flat and well shaded in parts. We will definitely be returning to Matthew's Arm in the future!! :) We camped at Mathews Arm Campground (NPS Campground) in a Tent.