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I planned a trip to camp here but never actually got to. I visited the park several times. This park is really beautiful. There are some gorgeous vistas. As previously stated the campground is in a riverbottom and is prone to flooding. There is even a sign that states do not enter if water is across the road. I didn't camp here because the roads leading into the park are rough and narrow, not a problem in itself. To get to the campground you have to go down a narrow, very steep and very winding road. It is fairly short. I would dread going up or down and meeting another RV coming in the opposite direction. Just a word of caution if you have a big rig. Check it out before attempting it. As far as the comments on the unfavorable characters hanging out in the area: some of the roads are county roads and the rangers have no controll of them. Come to think of it, in 4 visits I never saw a ranger. The area is sparse and the teenagers in this area don't have much to keep them busy. There is also a growing problem with methamphetamine (crack) in this area. The seclusion of this park is ideal for there criminal activities. Don't want to scare anybody off, it really is a nice place. But we must face the facts.

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I grew up about 8 miles from here. Back in the 60's this was just a boat launch. In the 70's it was a small Ma&Pa CG and small marina. When Ma&Pa passed on the big corporations sucked it up. Changed hands 2 or 3 times in the 80's. At present, it is a "park model" mobile home park for snow birds and retirees. They also were the retailer for the park models they allowed in the park. They have a few spaces they rent to RV's and they are along the fence next to the entrance. A couple of trees but no shade. Dirt pads. Besides being a mobile hame park, the big draw is the restuarnt (which is good) and the marina. They rent some boats but they are old. A pontoon boat cruise on the river is rewarding just avoid the weekends. For some reason this area of Florida dosen't seem to have much to offer in the way of RV parks.

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Very clean. Close to I-10 but noise not obtrusive. The staff were curt and seemed as if they really did not want to be bothered checking me in (a teen age girl). The other campers were very friendly and helpful. By my self I had to navigate between a large oak and an F-350 parked where in was not supposed to be with the owner no where in site. The folks at the site across helped to safely direct me into the site. The sites are close together as they are in most private profit generated parks. The cost was ridiculas for what you got. They have a lot of planned social activities I am not interested in. They target full timers and families with small kids. Hopefully I will never again need to camp in Lafayette so I don't have to go back.

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A very friendly staff that will work with you, very clean CG. Easy Access from/to I-55 or I-10. I stayed here 2 nights as a pre-stadging area for a Hurricane evacuation. They allowed me to stay an extra half day with out charging me, probably because they had sparse business and the oncoming hurricane. The interior roads and conrete pads are excellent. The lake is nice. Little shade but several new trees were planted. My site was along the road and quiet until a truck or car went by. Not much traffic but you will know it when one goes by. Across the street was an apartment house.

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This is one of my favorite CG's. Located in the Birmingham Metro area but you'd never know it. The CG is level with earth sites. It is very beautiful, lots of trees, a creek runs through it. Lots of squirrels. There is fishing in the creek. The staff is very friendly. There are the ruins of the old iron furnace which are actually in excellent condition. They are doing a great job of preserving them. There is a really good restaurant, a store that sells crafts, a small train, and down the road is a deer park. I always go midweek as the weekends can bring in large crowds. They also have certain weekends when they have flea markets set up and the crowds are huge. When the park is full your neighbors will be close but ok. Big rigs may have difficulty manuvering. When there are only a few campers you will be very spaced out. You can access the park from I-59 just south of the I-59/I-459 split, at exit 100 or from the I-459 by pass. Either will do fine for exiting the interstate but I prefer to get on the interstate at the I-459 ramp, exit 1, there is less traffic and you have a better run at it. There is a lot of traffic between Birmingham and Tuscaloosa. In April 2005 they are finished with the road work between Bessemer and the Mercedes plant (near Vance, AL). They are just starting construction from the Mercedes plant to Tuscaloosa. Highly recommended.

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I learned about this CG through a co-worker. The first time I used this CG I was running away from Hurricane Lilli as it prepared to slam into Louisiana back in 2002. The CG is owned and operated by the city of Mobile. It is set up like a state park. The staff was exceptionally courteous and pleasant. When I arrived, there were only 4 other campers. By midnight it had filled up with others fleeing Hurricane Lilli. The sites were earth and easy to access. The roads appeared somewhat narrow but I had no problems with the 28 foot 5'er. There is a lot to do here but the park is renowned as a mountain bike haven. The state championships are held here. I'm not into this sport so I can't say any more on the subject. My friend told me that during events this place is packed. At night it was very quiet but if listened very carefully you could hear the trucks on I-65. The roads leading to the park seem to go on forever because from I-65 northbound you have to go past the park then double back to get there. It is near the University of Mobile.

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Extremely well cared for CG and a staff that jumps through hoops to make your stay pleasant. They want your money in the casino. Except for the 95 degree August heat and blazing sunshine, this place is great. I was fortunate to get the most shaded site in the CG. The only amenities I used were the shuttle to the casino and the buffett (compted). I have also stayed at the Hotel, adjacent to the casino, and it is really nice. If you are looking for a woodsman's ruggedness or Mickey & Minnie this place is not for you. If you like to play slots or table games this is the spot. I would classify this CG as for Adults.

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A shaded CG sitting up on a hill overlooking a small canyon with stream running through. This CG and the ajacent park has been closed for renovations. I think it is now open or will be soon (Spring/Summer 2005). The spaces were spaced far enough aprt for comfort but many used a common entrance (Y shaped). The CG is peaceful in the summer and the park is a great place for kids but it is hot. The renovations included upgrading the CG, playground equipment, the train was getting new track etc. The park has a small zoo including deer, llamas, goats, and I believe a tiger. They also have rabbits, and such. There are also several buildings depicting pioneer life in Northern Alabama. They have a great light display during the holiday season. The best CG in Gadsden but the entrance to the park can be a little confusing. This is owned by the City of Gadsden.

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This is a big park but only a small portion is accessible by car. Located atop Lookout Mountain high above the city of Fort Payne, AL. There is a motel, restaurant, cabins, pool and lots of hiking trails. Pads are earth and not all are level, if we get a lot of rain they tend to wash out somewhat. I've found that 2 or 3 1x12's solve that problem. Near Little River Canyon National Recreation Area and is a must see. In summer there are a lot of campers here. Unlike a lot of parks, you really don't know all the spaces are occupied. For some reason you feel sort of isolated despite 77 other campers are there with you. The pool and other stuff is a ways away and due to the steep hills you may want to reconsider riding the bike or walking. Also the roads going to the camping area are county roads not State park roads so you may encounter some local traffic. Avoid trying to access the CG the first week of August. Thats when they have the world's longest yard sale. The road to the State Park will be lined with yard sales, people stopping every 50 feet. You will be going 50 feet every 10 minutes in some places. Get there early or wait till its over. Fort Payne has just about everything you could need, I recommend the Foodland for groceries (great meats), the Wal Mart has limited RV supplies (Camping World in Chattanooga), there is a movie theater, an excellent hospital, a Ruby Tuesday, Cracker Barrel, Lowes and much more. Chattanooga is about 45-55 minutes away via US 11 or I-59. You can also drive to Chattanooga on the top of Lookout Mountain. If you go to Chattanooga be sure to take in the Aquarium, it's great. Ft Payne is 70 miles from Huntsville, AL; 100 miles to Birmingham and Atlanta (via Rome, GA).

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A nice CG with a woodsy feel. Staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful. Used them 3 times as a 1 night stop only. I was always put in their "1 night spaces" which are very close together. There were other sites that had more elbow room and they would be good for extended stays. I was impressed that there were no trashy RV's here. Like others stated, this park is quiet with the exception of occasional truck noise when they get stopped at the traffic light just outside the CG. No amenities like a pool, just a small CG with a state park feel. Will use again.

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Probably the nicest CG managers I've ever encountered and extremely easy to get to from the Interstate. The interior roads are narrow in some places but not a problem. Pad was concrete but a lot of earth over the top of it (rained heavily the night before). Peacefull with adequate shade but you could hear the trucks on I-59. Free fishing pond, playground for the kids. Lot of hills not good for bicycling. I used this CG several times as it's near the halfway point between my work in Louisiana and my home in Alabama. It's a good place to stay for a night while traveling. I don't think I'd stay any longer unless I had business in Laurel or was holed up due weather. Drawbacks - Highway noise which has increased since it's where the speed limit changes from 70 to 55 and the trucks love to hear the jake brake roar, fortunatly there is not a lot of traffic on I-59. The only other consideration is they allow full time residents and a couple of them had less than desirable rigs.

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When you enter this park there is a real nice mobile home, and the office looks inviting. Then comes reality. As you proceed to the campsites you pass through 1/3 mile of the worst looking mobiles homes you ever saw. But don't look at them, because if you take your eyes off the road, one of the thousand gigantic potholes may suck you up or break an axle. When you finally do make it to your site at the very back of this park, you will find big shady oaks. Before you park your rig in it's space, be sure to inspect it first. Many will be underwater or just big mud holes. The pull through sites are high enough you won't have to swim. Most of the people using the camp sites are contractors staying for weeks or months. At the back of the campground is a boat ramp. The ramp is open to anyone willing to pay to use it. So you could have a whole slew of people launching boats. There isn't any boat launch parking, so they might park in your site. This CG is not easy for a big rig. My 28 footer was a chore getting into the site. You will have to back up several times to get in straight. The playground area is between the CG and the mobile home park,so the unsupervised kids from the mobiles play on the equipment. I don't think any of them have a pair of shoes. Almost forgot to mention the car on cinder blocks in front of one of the mobiles. Avoid this place!

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Clean! Nice friendly staff. No shade and quite evident on the 98 degree day I was there. The concrete pad was nice but without shade it radiates the heat for several hours after nightfall. This is a fairly new park. Too bad it is in Knoxville as there is nothing nearby. It's about 20-25 miles south of Tuscaloosa. Good place to stop for the night. Easy access. Wish all parks were run like this one. A work in progress during our stay. Owners were adding sites and amenities.

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Very big park. Friendly staff. Nice, quiet, peaceful and relaxing. Real woodsy feel. Not many in CG in January. No problems with trees. In response to others comments: I agree the place is dead unless there are concerts except for horseback riders. Live Oak is a small town and does not have much. But that is what I prefer, when camping: quiet, relaxation, getting away from it all. This is the place for that unless concerts in play. As far as fumbling with flashlights and rubbing trees, I always arrive in the daylight eliminating those problems. I prefer to use the stove in my 5'er for breakfast. Coleman stoves and campfires work too and are more rewarding than restaurants. The pads were level with a mix of grass and sand (a fact of life in FLA), no rocks, no limbs. Plenty of room to manuver. Will use again in in the area.

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A nice CG, clean and staff was very friendly. The only reason we stopped was due to a strong storm moving thru the area and we didn't want to be on the road. A ways out out DeFuniak Springs but close enough to go to town daily. When we were there they were adding more sites. The pads were earth and were only about 40 feet long. All were pull thru and level. Spaceing was closer than I prefer but ok for a couple of nights. They needed more room to manuver on the end spaces. No trees nor shade. It was very quiet. The town of DeFuniak Springs is quanit. Holiday season they have a light display in the large park in town. This was a nice place to hole up from the storm but not much else without some fix up. The putt putt was just old rotten plywood.