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Review Count: 100
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 23

Forkland Campground, Demopolis, Alabama

Date of Stay: November, 2017 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

This mixed sun and shade hardwood forested campground is located along the bluffs of McConnico and Taylor Creeks, which are meanders of the Tombigbee River. Although there is no barge traffic, power boats contribute some noise. Campsites are located about 15 to 20 feet above the creeks, making for a fairly nice view of the water. Sites 3 - 32 are all waterfront or waterview. Sites 11 and 12 are pull-throughs, but are also directly across from the dual direction dump station and bath house. Site 21 was the crown jewel of the sites. Nice for sunsets and as a lookout for inbound tornadoes. Sites 5 and 6, as well as 31 and 32, are shared family sites. Spacing between sites is anywhere from 35 to 80 feet. With only a few exceptions, there is no vegetation between sites. Sites themselves are mostly large to downright spacious with large aluminum picnic tables, living areas, fire rings, and lantern posts. There is an older "overflow" loop (sites 33 - 42) which is fully wooded, quiet, a bit nostalgic (all fine gravel with concrete picnic tables), and private, but with no water view. Unlike paved sites 1-32 which have 50/30 amp/water, the overflow is all pull through fine gravel sites with 30 amp and water only. Site 42 in overflow was particularly nice and private. The one shower house is modern and well kept, and includes a coin laundry. Hosts are all business with a smile. Some Corps rules are loosely enforced or not enforced at all (pets off leashes, cars and trailers parked on grass, RV storage, etc.). Strong OTA TV reception from PBS, but CBS and ABC from Montgomery were in and out, and there was no NBC or FOX. Sprint phone was 1 to 3 bar for voice (consistent), but erratic 3G/1x for data. Bring supplies and fuel, nothing in Forkland. Railroad crossing on the road to the CG is active, respect the STOP sign. Overall, a nice, quiet campground, and a good place to relax. We camped at Forkland Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete, Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby, Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade, Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Downtown Demopolis has some redevelopment, but also has many vacant store fronts or offices. A couple of lunch places, coffee shops, and gifts. Has a museum, but was closed when we visited. Sidewalks have no pedestrian signals and narrow ramps, and some treacherous water meter holes. Great area for fishing and river boating.

Review Count: 100
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 23

Davidson River Campground, USFS, Brevard, North Carolina

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

Campground is fairly level and mostly on the floodplain of a mountain river. Heavily forested, typical eastern deciduous mixed, very biodiverse. Sites are back-in, generously spaced. All sites are paved, but you are allowed to pull onto the level graveled site when the asphalt ends. Most sites are for dry camping, although a limited number have 30/50 amp service. No water hookups anywhere. Fill your tank at checkin or fill containers at numerous nearby spigots. The closer you camp to the river, the noisier it will be (jogging trails, tubers, waders, and US 276 traffic). More families with children at back of campground due to swimming area. Good wifi service at the overflow parking kiosk. Away from there, wifi is sporadic to absent. DTV surprisingly good. Most major networks. Sprint service was 3 bar for phone, 1x for data. Great bicycling on park road system and the Loeb trail. Guard gate strictly enforced. No campground cruisers here. People unbelievably friendly. Concession employed hosts and staff were some of the best we've encountered in ten years of camping. Apparently good trout fishing in the Davidson River. Dark, quiet, cool at night. No AC needed. Lots of pets, but a well organized "pick up the poo" effort keeps the park clean. Convenient to Brevard. We would camp here again in a heartbeat. We camped at Davidson River Campground, USFS in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
9
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Carl Sandburg NHS in Flat Rock was historically informative. Brevard has lots of eats. Blue Ridge Parkway was beautiful.

Review Count: 100
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 23

Skidaway Island State Park, Savannah, Georgia

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Vast campground in a maritime oak and pine forest surrounded by coastal marshes and an upscale neighborhood. More wooded to the back of the campground, more open in the front courtesy of Hurricane Matthew. All sites were pullthrough. All unpaved, and many sites were not truly level. Each site had a rectangular concrete curb filled with fine packed gravel for tents and the picnic table. Tons of space between most sites. Dual faucet water and full service electric worked fine. CATV hookup active in power box. Dump station had many puddles, you had to wade around. Yukky. Internal roadways were two way for traffic but only one lane wide. Roots have made for many uneven natural speed bumps. Great trail system in park. Cockroaches were way too common. DTV had a full complement of all networks. Sprint phone was three bars and LTE data continually. Downtown Savannah is about 15 minutes away via the Truman Expressway. Lots of bridge construction near the mall between the park and I-95; narrow lanes and delays. We would camp here again. We camped at Skidaway Island State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
17
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Purchase tickets for an on/off trolley. Worth every penny. Parking and traffic ridiculous in downtown Savannah. Too many cars. Downtown is one square mile in area. Great tourist area, a bit pricey, to be expected. Grocery store food prices seemed above average in this area.

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Review Count: 100
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 23

Lake Tobesofkey Arrowhead Campground, Lizella, Georgia

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

A field and forest county park located on an impounded lake in a quasi-suburban residential area. One of the most difficult parks I have rated. Others have mentioned the issue with the odd in-ground potable water spigots. Odd is an understatement. The spigots used are made for Florida, not freezing climates. The arrangement is not built to any type of modern plumbing code. The connects are simply unsafe and not sanitary. We had to change sites because the spigot hole was 6" deep in muddy water. Other underground boxes are broken, full of rotting leaves, and mud up to the level of the connect. With no backflow preventers, the park is taking an unnecessary risk of public water system contamination. Yard hydrants would be the appropriate type of fixture. Waterfront sites have wet, grassed clay soils. Non-waterfront are drier, nicer in my opinion. Some sites are level, some are not. Pull-throughs are the best sites. A mix of shade and sun, mostly sun. Quiet on our weekday stay. Sprint phone 3 bar LTE. Excellent DTV OTA with 17 stations and all networks received. Electric strong. Some circuit panel covers missing. Bathrooms, laundry area clean. String trimming needed around hundreds of edges. Lots of hiking trails, playground, boat launches, group picnic shelters. Good bird watching. The "beach" was not very inviting. Some air traffic noise from Atlanta. We would come here again IF they installed safe water connects. You'd never dream of having outdoor plumbing spigots like this at your own house. We camped at Lake Tobesofkey Arrowhead Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
36
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 100
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 23

Davis Bayou Campground, Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground is part of Gulf Islands National Seashore's Davis Bayou Unit. Environment is a coastal oak, pine, hickory, and magnolia forest interspersed with salt marsh bayous. Easy check-in with a friendly NPS ranger. Our site was in the spur off of the loop and overlooked a bayou (albeit through the trees). Clean and well kept. No wooded privacy between sites, very open. The loop sites are nearly all sun or marginally partial shade. More shady on the spur. All sites asphalt paved with picnic table and fire ring. The site sloped to the rear and was off lateral by about 4 inches, so levelers may be necessary. Electric and water worked fine. Dump station modern, oddly right in the middle of the campground near an intersection. DTV provided basic PBS, CBS, ABC and was limited to about 17 channels. Many places to walk and trails to hike. I enjoyed the CCC trail with its great plant diversity and history. Blue crabs on the dock near the visitor center were bountiful. Park is a popular place for local residents as well as tourists. The weekend crowd was a bit noisy, and there had to be one camper who just couldn't bear to put his dog on a leash, which was a bit of a nuisance. Once the weekend crowd left, the place was really quiet. Although other reviewers seem to have observed many open sites without reservations, the CG was packed each night we were there and I cannot imagine not having reservations. We will camp here again. We camped at Davis Bayou Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
14
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Downtown Ocean Springs is the place to be for eateries, pubs, and art. Rouses Grocery just outside the park gate to the west on U.S. 90 is a regional Louisiana specialty grocery store that is a must to visit for local Cajun foods. No-See-Ums (salt marsh midges) can be pesky at times, so repellent should be on hand.

Review Count: 100
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 23

Open Pond Recreation Area, Andalusia, Alabama

Date of Stay: January, 2017 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

One of our favorite get-aways in this region. Since I have provided reviews in the past, I'll let those reviews stand since little has changed. But one item of note: For the first time, we were hit with ticks. Both dog and deer ticks. I am suspecting we picked them up in a grassy area along Open Pond on the trail that circles the pond at the east end of the "D-Loop". It has been a warm winter, so I suppose I should not be so surprised. Nevertheless, campers (and their dogs) need to be mindful that ticks were very present. The deer ticks, especially, are of great concern because of Lyme Disease. We know one person who was working on trail clearing in the adjacent Blackwater River State Forest on the Florida side of the state line who did contract Lyme Disease. Open Pond is a great, relaxing campground (perhaps one of the best public campgrounds for a hundred miles around). Just make sure you are checking yourself and pets for ticks. We camped at Open Pond Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
D-10
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Come well stocked and well fueled up. It is a long way to the nearest convenience store, and Andalusia is 18 miles away.

Review Count: 100
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 23

Fort Pickens Campground, Pensacola, Florida

Date of Stay: December, 2016 - $13.00
Overall Rating:      

This is the closest campground to our house in Pensacola, so we visit perhaps once or twice a year. First thing for visitors to understand is that this campground is operated by Gulf Islands National Seashore, and it is located west of Pensacola Beach. It is NOT in Pensacola. There is a $1.00 toll to go to the beach (SunPass accepted), and a $15 per vehicle entrance fee to enter the Fort Pickens part of the National Seashore (good for seven days). Interagency passes will get you through for free if you have one. Of course, campground fees are 50% discount with these cards. The CG is on the bay side, so the beaches are Gulf side, a relatively short boardwalk away. Hurricanes from years gone by decimated the trees and native vegetation that once visually separated campsites. For the most part, there is little privacy, but there is space between sites.. The asphalt pads often have a good 6 inch drop to the shell/sand area where your awning will stretch, a good ankle twister and tripping point. Bath houses are brand new as of 2016. A-Loop is isolated. B-E Loops are intertwined. OTA DTV has 27 strong channels, all networks available. Beach is second to none, white, sugar texture sand. Bicycle and hiking trails take you to the fort, or you can drive. There are water moccasins in the marshes, so stay alert. Dumbest thing about this campground is the 12 Noon check-out and 1 PM check-in times. You cannot have lunch on your last day because you are busy packing up. Campers should be prepared for cold, hot, wind, thunderstorms, lightning, salt spray, dead still conditions, mosquitoes, etc. Nearest major grocery store is in Gulf Breeze about ten miles away, so come prepared. The campground is not that special, but the location is simply heaven for the person who loves to beach, surf fish, bicycle, and explore military forts. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
A-23
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Beachgoers should fully understand rip currents. Serious sunburn possible in white sand. Most people who drown are from inland states. If you cannot swim, just wade. Many good restaurants, bars, recreation areas at nearby Pensacola Beach. Sales taxes are higher on the Beach than in Gulf Breeze or Pensacola. Downtown Pensacola (Palafox Place) is tops with regards to fine dining, sidewalk cafes, nightlife, festivals, year round sports.

Review Count: 100
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 23

R Shaefer Heard COE, West Point, Georgia

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

This vast COE campground/park system lies along the southeast side of West Point Lake in a mixed deciduous forest. The lake's dam is in the park. Located about 5 to 6 miles off of I-85 from the Lanett, Alabama or West Point, Georgia exits. Follow US 29 north out of West Point towards LaGrange. The campground is simply first class. Although there are road signs on US 29 marking the turn into the park, the large entrance sign is on granite and is difficult to read, especially at night. Inside the campground, directions to numbered campsites are well marked. About 80% of the campsites are waterfront with panoramic views of the lake or its coves, mix of shade and sun. Most have a downhill asphalt driveway that slopes onto a level concrete pad. If a site had a level driveway, it was entirely fine gravel. We saw some evidence of bumper and hitch gouging on the concrete pad at some sites. Especially acute was Site #34. There are some pull-through sites, and many double sites. Some sites had wooden decks. There are additional parking slips for extra vehicles or boat trailers, and on-road marked parking. Picnic tables with fine gravel sitting/campfire living areas are spacious. The distances between campsites vary from fairly close to downright isolation. Some sites have 50 amp service, majority seemed to have 30 amp only. Electric and water worked fine. Quiet and dark at night. Train horns can be heard in the far distance night and day. Dual direction dump station near gatehouse, no sewer at sites. Restrooms were quite clean, small, and had no showers in our loop. Fantastic roadways for walking, jogging, and bicycling. Dog poo was an issue on roadsides. In addition to the paved roads, there are 7 miles of off-road bicycling trails. There was a playground with a swing set and slide, and one tennis court. OTA DTV was limited to PBS and Cozi. Sprint phone was 3 bar and LTE. A few raccoons at night. We'd stay here again. We camped at R Shaefer Heard COE in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
A38
Site Surface
Concrete, Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Downtown West Point has been restored. Drove to Callaway Gardens for Christmas lights. We're not impressed. Crowded. Pricey. To each their own, I suppose.

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Review Count: 100
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 23

Service Park Campground COE, Coffeeville, Alabama

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

Amazingly spacious waterfront pull through campsites make this a special campground. Back in sites were also spacious, but built up and had steep sides. All sites paved or concrete. A single two lane road goes through the campground, with a cul-de-sac for turnaround. Yes, the barges and boats are fun to watch. A wooden dual rail fence separates the sites from an 80% grade drop into the river... not the place for young children. If you have young kids, I'd camp in the back in sites, not on the waterfront. Besides, there is a playground between next to bathhouse away from the river. Water snakes were observed in the river several times. Hookups worked great. Bathrooms/showers are dated, and could have been cleaned better. Toilet rims dirty. Yuk. Well maintained dump station. Nice laundry room and small book exchange. Sprint voice service was 1 or 2 bar. Sporadic data service. DTV was limited to six channels of PBS and ABC. Hosts were friendly and engaged. Unlike some COE parks which seem dominated by campers on a mission to fish, this park also had vacationers who were there to get away from it all, and even x-country bicyclists. People were quite social. This park will flood, so your vacation plans could get disrupted. There is a grocery store in Coffeeville 4 miles east, but otherwise this part of Alabama is quite rural and isolated. If you get hurt, it's a long way to a hospital. Little to do in area. Coffeeville dam not open to public via land. Gates to the campground are locked after 10 pm. Log truck traffic on US 84 is heavy, and can be heard in the distance from the campground. We would camp here again as a get away for a few days. We camped at Service Park Campground COE in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
11
Site Surface
Concrete, Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Silas was nearly abandoned. Coffeeville has a grocery store, convenience store, and restaurant. Otherwise, little to do in area.

Review Count: 100
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 23

Bladon Springs County Park, Coffeeville, Alabama

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

We visited the park, but did not stay overnight. We found no sign of any caretaker, host, etc., and no sign indicating there was a camping fee. Phone numbers of two people in the county were provided on signs. It may be free. Campsites were mowed, and water spigots were operating. Could not test for electric service, but when I raised the unique panel lids, large, aggressive, and active paper wasp colonies were present. There were a number of odd bath houses with pitcher pump wells, and a several large group picnic facilities, all well maintained. As for camping, however, because of the remoteness, lack of a host or park manager, and the possibility of being totally alone in a very dark place, I would say to those who may consider camping here that you may be placing yourself in an unsafe environment for your property and possibly your life by staying overnight. Again, my opinion is that this unmanned, remote, and dark county park places an RVer at significant risk of being robbed, at minimum. I cannot recommend this Park to my fellow RVers. We camped at Bladon Springs County Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Surface
Sand, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade

Review Count: 100
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 23

Roan Mountain State Park, Roan Mountain, Tennessee

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

This well developed, popular campground is situated in a deciduous forest in two major sections: lower and upper. The lower portion is mostly level along the Doe River, and more open among trees and lawn. The upper is steeply sloped and more deeply forested. All site pads are asphalt paved surrounded by gravel, with fire rings and concrete picnic tables. Sites are spacious, but many of the pads are made for small campers and tents. Carefully choose the lengths of sites online. Most upper sites will need levelers. You should know your site number before arriving, particularly if you arrive after 5 PM. No after hours site list is posted at the campground office. Bath houses were clean, often on steep slopes. Electric and water worked fine. No over-the-air digital TV. Sprint phones had no service in the upper loops, but the campground office had Sprint and extended service at 3 bars. WiFi worked fine within 100 feet of the office, and a second and third transmitter was in the lower loop (but not in the upper loops). Quiet, dark at night. Occasional patrol by law enforcement. Quite cool temperatures for June. Lots of hiking trails,

playgrounds, fields, a farmstead, nice visitor center, weekend ranger activities. Songbirds abundant. Ecosystem rich in biodiversity. There are some ticky tacky issues. A single dump station for nearly 80 campers is easily overrun at check out hours. Most written or posted rules go unenforced. Non-campers cruise the grounds, creating added conflicts with walkers and bicyclists and noise. Signs say "Registered Campers Only", but without active checks, people drive right past the office. Few campers clean up after their pets, even next to the river. Nasty. Multiple cars parked at many campsites instead of using overflow. Golf cart cruising. Speeding was an issue at times. Regardless of the bad points, it is truly the crown jewel of Tennessee's State Parks, and we will return. We camped at Roan Mountain State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
73
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The Farmstead is a must to visit. Pool is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Visitor Center (about 3 miles from campground) is excellent.

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Review Count: 100
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 23

Doll Mountain Campground COE, Oakman, Georgia

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

This well-maintained, gated Corps of Engineers campground is situated atop a deciduously forested, steep-sided ridge protruding into Carters Lake. The roadway into the park passes through an upscale neighborhood, and does have a steep and curved grade (as mentioned by others), but nothing unmanageable for a seasoned RV driver. Campsites are spaced nicely apart. Because of the topography, the sites are beautifully tiered above/below one another. Some sites have large decks, others do not; and some are concrete padded, others are fine gravel. Sites are level, but some driveways are sloped and curved into the pad. Campsites at the front of the park are, for the most part, more sunny than those farther out. Premium sites are 50 amp, all others are 30 amp. Electric service was at 121.4 volts. Water pressure very high. Dump station near park gate. Only four non-reservable sites have sewer hookup. Bath houses clean, although hot and stuffy. Could use an exhaust fan. Over-the-air digital TV limited to three channels of PBS (Ch 18). Sprint voice and data service possible, but weak at 1 bar/1x switching to extended 3G. Better along the crest of the road. Views of the lake are limited due to forest cover. There is no beach, and only one easy way to reach the shoreline at two floating docks. Bicycling is a hilly challenge on the roadways. The speed bumps are cruel. No hiking trails. Bird life is common. There are apparently copperheads and scorpions present, according to the friendly park hosts, but we saw none. Distant train horns at times. Quiet and dark at night, active boats and jet skis on the lake by day. Fishing, boating, and wave runner oriented campers are the primary clientele. Remote. Not really near anything, although we day tripped to Ellijay's fruit stands and Dahlonega's gold museum. Bring your supplies. We would camp here again. We camped at Doll Mountain Campground COE in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
43
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

We drove to fruit stands east of Ellijay to purchase peaches and blackberries. Also took a day trip to Dahlonega.

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Review Count: 100
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 23

Grindstone Campground, Sugar Grove, Virginia

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

Grindstone is a contractor-operated facility in Mt Rogers National Recreation Area. It could be described as remote and rustic with electric and water. There are 100 well separated and spacious campsites on a paved loop road system. The Opossum Loop (sites 1-21) is for dry camping, with occasional water spigots. Cottontail and Groundhog Loops (sites 22-100) have electric and water. Most sites are gravel, with a few ADA paved sites available. Virtually every site will need levelers, and most driveways are sloped up or downhill. Electric service and water pressure excellent. One dump station. Dumpsters bear-proofed.

There was a $9 fee to reserve online, but dozens of sites could have been claimed by walk ins during weekdays, eliminating that cost. We felt, along with the $24/night fee that it was overpriced. Thick forest, mostly deciduous, but some sites are in fir/hemlock groves. Cool mountain climate, 4,000' altitude. Over-the-air digital TV caught 5 channels, including NBC and FOX, and the only means of severe weather alerts. Zero Sprint voice or data service, nearest hit is 6 miles toward Chilhowie at the overlook or in Troutdale. No pay phone in campground, and no Wi-Fi. No way to communicate. Damascus has citywide free Wi-Fi. Roadways good for bicycling. Mt Rogers summit hiking trail begins in the campground. Appalachian Trail access three miles east. Pitch black dark at night. There is a swimming area, kids playground, and volleyball area.

Amphitheater appears abandoned. No ranger programs; dead with regard to interpretation. Backpack hiking, visiting the ponies at Grayson Highlands, and a downhill run on the nearby Virginia Creeper bicycle trail are the highlights. Come well prepared with groceries, supplies, and fuel. Communicate with loved ones before arriving. We would choose another campground next time. We camped at Grindstone Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
53
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Virginia Creeper Bicycle Trail was our reason for being in the area. Excellent rail-trail. Rent bikes in Damascus, or bring your own. NO phone or cell phone/data in area.

Review Count: 100
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 23

Suwannee River State Park, Live Oak, Florida

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

The park itself is simply beautiful. The views of the river, the miles of multi-use trails, staff, camp hosts, ability to find solitude... all wonderful. But the campsites and campground design left us wondering if the designer of the sites was a bit off their rocker. Some sites are perfect back-in design. But the depths varied greatly. Given the one way loop road, if you follow the rules, you might have to make a 110 degree turn to back in, and then jog again. Our site was okay, but I felt sorry for some drivers. All sites have sewer service (because of the karst geology and potential for spring contamination). But most sewer stub-outs were at the front of the campsite, and many require water to flow from an RV sewer outlet uphill (because of the height above ground level of the stub-out). Water and electric worked great. All sites, save two (ADA), are packed gravel and sand. We had to use levelers on one side of the RV. Most of the campers were oriented to kayaking and canoeing, others were passing through on I-10. Sprint phone worked well, data was slow in campground, but LTE by the river. About 4 to 6 CSX trains pass near the park during, including one or two at night. Didn't bother us (we live near crossings at home, used to it). OTA DTV included solid reception of CBS, NBC, ABC, and a number of minor channels. Satellite users struggled because of the trees. In the campground, buffering vegetation on the inside island of the loop had been cleared, causing all sites to be in view of one another. I've never seen a Florida state park clear out native vegetation like this before. As for recreation, there are more gorgeous trails than advertised (mostly fire management roads). Also, the old US 90 bridge can be hiked/biked to connect to the Florida Trail. Follow the blue blazes. It was a great one time, mini-vacation for us, but we would choose another park when in the area again. We camped at Suwannee River State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
19 Inner
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Sand
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Bring your supplies! It's a long way to anywhere from here. There is a small produce stand and convenience store/fuel just outside of the park, but that's it. If you cross the old US 90 bridge on foot or bicycle, there is an old abandoned restaurant called "Alligator Jacks." It has a odd and VERY dark Florida history, according to a local, including a connection to an infamous serial murderer. I'd be leery about going to the west side of the bridge on old US 90 alone.

Review Count: 100
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 23

Open Pond Recreation Area, Andalusia, Alabama

Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

We visit Open Pond in Conecuh National Forest every few years. There have been no changes with regard to the quality or quality of amenities, both of which are good to excellent. Unlike our last visit, which was on a big college football weekend (TVs and radios blaring from noon to 11 PM), we camped on Thanksgiving week. It was peaceful and relaxing. About half to two thirds of capacity. Still first come/serve. Pond level was much higher and drought is gone. USFS personnel drove through a few times. Camp hosts friendly. Never saw Covington County SO patrolling for unoccupied sites as someone mentioned several years ago. Nearest small country store is now six miles away, nearer store has closed. OTA antenna picked up 8 stations. Sprint phone was two or one bars, slow data. Still one of our favorite places to get away to. We camped at Open Pond Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
C Loop 13
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Be sure to bring your supplies. Nearest larger stores are 18 miles north in Andalusia. Great place for both bicycling and hiking.