Date of Stay: March, 2011
This park is great! It has wonderful hiking trails, swimming beaches, and boardwalks. There were also numerous picnic areas. The campground had a very nice playground. Pets are not allowed on the beaches, but they are allowed on all of the hiking trails and boardwalks. In March the mosquitoes & bugs were not bad at all. Each site has a fire ring, picnic table, and posts for a laundry line. Numerous beach areas for swimming along the intercoastal waterway. The swimming areas were long narrow white sand areas, and there were plenty of shallow areas for wading and splashing around. Bathrooms were always clean. Firewood, ice, and soda machines available at the bathhouse areas and/ or the campground host areas. I would have given this park a 10 except for the fact that the campground lacks laundry facilities. No washers/ dryers anywhere in the park which was surprising since they offered every other amenity. Staff was nice and knowledgeable. Binoculars for birding (free for check-out), canoes, and kayaks for rent at the office. Great place.
Date of Stay: June, 2010
We stayed at this park for a week, and it is one of the best parks I have been to. This campground is clean and well maintained. There are numerous outdoor activities. Swimming is great at the jetty/pavilion area which has created a man made sheltered cove that offers calm waters even when the gulf is rough. Fishing from the jetty at both St. Andrews and the one at Shell Island is fun, and we caught several different species of saltwater fish. Shell Island also offers a protected area for swimming that is free of rough waves. Both the park and Shell Island also have gulf side beaches for those that love the rougher waves. The park has several nature trails and viewing areas that offer glimpses of wildlife. While here, we saw deer, numerous birds and two alligators in the large freshwater pond. We also saw several dolphins in the bay. Bicycling is also fun in the evenings. The bathrooms are clean and well kept. The park has coin operated washers and dryers at located at the bathhouses. The large stores near the swimming areas have very reasonably priced daily rentals for floats, umbrellas, and other beach accessories. The shuttle ride to Shell island costs about $15.00 per person, and the shuttle runs until 5:00 pm weather permitting. The park is right outside all of the activities that PCB has to offer. You can stay at the park and feel as if you are in the middle of nature, or you can step outside the front gate and be in the middle of beach shops, mini-golf, and any other tourist type activity you can imagine. I have no negatives to list about the park, and I cannot wait to return.
Date of Stay: May, 2010
The good: We stayed here for four nights, and it was wonderful. The area is very undeveloped. The beach was excellent and is only a short walk or drive from the campground. Restaurants on the island and Appalachicola area offer excellent seafood. The park is small, clean, and well maintained. One of the bath houses was being renovated, so the remaining bath house was busy during certain times. It was still kept clean. We could not find a laundry area at the campground. The beach is clean, has nice white sand, and always seems uncrowded. Before you head to the island, make sure to stock up on books or games for the family and it will make for a great time. There are a limited number of businesses on the island, so don't expect to find Panama City style activities or shopping. There are several business that offer great outdoor activities such as kayaking and snorkeling. The regional people are warm hearted, friendly, and laid back. The Bad: Do not discount the earlier reviews about mosquitos. They are awful and will attack any living being that is outside for more than thirty seconds with a vengeance! Our poor dogs would have swarms of mosquitos around them until we sprayed them with a repellent that was safe for dogs. Even then, it would only keep them mosquito free for about twenty minutes. For us humans, we used a repellent with the highest concentration of DEET, and it worked fairly well, but it left you feeling oily and smelling like a chemical plant. The mosquitos kept most campers inside at night except for the few who were wise enough to bring the large enclosed picnic nets. If you go, spend the money and invest in a good one! Go armed with citronella candles, bug spray, animal bug spray, and netting! The mosquitos are only bad at the campground and on the bay side. The beach area seemed to be bug free. (There is nowhere on the island that sells the picnic table netting.) Dogs are welcome in the small city and beach areas of St. George, but they are strictly forbidden in most of the state park areas other than the campground itself. I was told that there is a hefty fine if you break the rules. This is a great park as long as you go prepared. We will return and hopefully stay longer!
Date of Stay: May, 2010
We stayed overnight at this campground while enroute to the beach. The campground was clean, well maintained, and quiet. The only noise that could be heard was from a race track or drag strip that is on the other side of the interstate, but we were far enough away that it was not an irritant. There was a nice pool behind the office, but we did not try it since there were so many kids playing in it. The campground was easy to locate and it is a fairly quick on/off the interstate. The staff was friendly and made check in easy.
Date of Stay: May, 2010
We stayed here overnight while en route to the beach. At first, we were very concerned about the location of the campground because when you exit the interstate, there are several adult business on the opposite side of the road. However, we went ahead and continued on to the campground which is probably less than 1/2 mile away, and we were happy to find it clean and well maintained. The staff were very helpful and friendly. They pick up trash directly from your site and even escort you to your site when you arrive. There is a small pool at the office which was not crowded at all. The worst thing about this campground is that it feels a little desolate - for lack of a better description. I would give the campground a better review except for its location. There are no restaurants, gas stations, or other businesses (other than adult oriented) on the same exit. Still, it was fine for an overnight stay.
Date of Stay: April, 2010
This was our second time staying at this park, and it was as wonderful as the first. The sites are easy to get into and very well maintained. The bathrooms were clean and well stocked, and the private tiled showers were always clean and had ample hot water even though the park was crowded while we were there. Campers can use the indoor pool at the hotel directly across the street, and it is also well maintained and supplied pool towels at the front desk. The park itself has a great outdoor pool but it had not yet opened for the season. We used the wifi while there and found it to be reasonably fast with good reception from our site which was a good distance from the office. The laundry room is equipped with new coin operated washers and dryers that worked great and fast. There were no negatives about the park. Things to be aware of: the creek sites are a little more costly, and the creek is not all that impressive. The back in sites seem to have slightly larger parking pads/areas - not really in length but in width. However, all sites have room for anything from small trailers to big rigs and ample room for awnings. Each site has sewer hookup. The park is still relatively new, and there are no trees, but it is well landscaped in order to avoid the parking lot feel. It was warm while we were there, and there were tons of kids on bicycles all over the park so be careful driving.
Date of Stay: March, 2010
The campground is about two miles off the interstate, but very easy to locate. It is in the middle of several houses and apartments, so the location is a little odd. The campground was clean. One section looked as if it was where the full time residents stayed, but there was no clutter. There is one side area where it appears they store some older RV's that was a little unsightly, but it was just a storage area. While we we here, early March, the campground was not crowded at all. The bathrooms and showers were clean, and there was plenty of warm water and water pressure. They have a cute little dog park. They also have a nice nature trail that winds its way down to a pond and river. The trail was clean, well marked, and mostly flat. The campground was a good place for an overnight stay even though it seemed a bit pricey for the location. It would have gotten a higher rating except for the location in the middle of a neighborhood, and the lack of recreation in the immediate area. They did have a small playground for kids, a giant jumping pillow, and a pool. It is also reasonably close to the Louisville Expo center: about 15 or 20 miles.
Date of Stay: December, 2009
We stayed here two nights the weekend before Christmas. The park was not crowded, and the Stone Mountain Village was nicely decorated for the holiday. The campground is large with several loops. Some of the sites were very level, but there were some that were not. We noticed one near the bathhouse near the 400 loop, that was at an severe downhill angle. The staff was very helpful on the phone before our arrival by telling us which lots were "Grade A" level lots and which were not. The roads into the camp group were okay, but there were a few potholes on a couple of the loops: nothing too bad. The bathrooms were kept very clean and warm with ample hot water and water pressure. The only complaint I had about our reserved site is that it was so close to the road that we could not open our awning. When you stepped out of the door, you were standing on the road through the 400 loop. It would have been a consideration if we would have had small children. There were several sites that we noticed would not allow room for the opening of an awning, so I also suggest you ask about it when registering. Stone mountain has a decent amount of short trails for hiking, and you can hike to the top of the mountain. There is a very nice buffet style restaurant at the park inn. It was a nice place for a short stay. Most of the campground was also nicely shaded with enough space between the sites to keep it from looking like parking spaces. The campground still has a "woodsy" feel to it.
Date of Stay: November, 2009
We stayed here over the Thanksgiving holiday, and we had a wonderful and relaxing time. As always, the park trails and waterfalls were the highlight of the stay. The campground itself was less than half full, and a couple of the loops were closed for the season. The bathrooms were clean, ample hot water, and good pressure. The bathrooms near the playground loop were more modern than the one we used by the walk in tent sites but it was also more crowded. We dined at the park inn buffet, and it was very good. Be prepared the weekend dinner buffet prices are a little higher than some state parks but the food was good. The only negative was the park inn staff. They seemed very uninterested in helping the campers locate the alternate station to buy firewood (the main camper registration desk was closed for the season) and just seemed uninformed or uninterested in other park amenities. However, all of the other park staff, including the restaurant employees at the inn, were very nice, helpful, and informative. We will stay here again. It is a great campground.
Date of Stay: October, 2009
I will list the negatives first. The parking pads are very small. Most seemed to be for tents or pop-ups rather than large trailers or RV's. There are two small loops off of the main circle, and I am very doubtful that large rigs would have been able to get turned around. Also, most of the sites are not level, some have steep grades. Be prepared to do a lot of leveling unless you stay on the main circle that is near the bathhouse. It also seemed that the electrical and water hookups were farther away from the parking pad than most campgrounds, but we were lucky to have ample power cord and hose. It seems to be a small park with only two hiking trails, so if you are big hikers, choose somewhere else. Now for the positives. The park was very clean and quiet. Most of the sites were spaced a good distance from each other. The bathrooms were older but clean. The main lodge (which is not within walking distance and is in fact in a completely different section of the park) had a decent restaurant with great staff. The views from the the waterfront portions of the campground are wonderful. Land Between The Lakes is a short distance away with lots of outdoor activities available, so the park is in a good location. The park also has a golf course and marina that offers rental boats.
Date of Stay: August, 2009
This park is wonderful. It is one of the best RV parks that I have stayed at. The park is very clean and well maintained. The bathrooms were always clean, and the tiled showers had private entries and were spotless. I constantly saw staff cleaning the restroom areas. The pool at the park is great. It only goes to about four feet deep, but it has all kinds of sprinkler systems set up and it is just deep enough for both kids and adults to enjoy. Campers can also use the pools (indoor and outdoor) at the hotel across the street which is also very nice, new, and owned by the same people. The park has both back in and pull through sites, but they were all about the same size. Each site has a concrete pad, very level, full hookups, picnic table, and a fire ring. Sites are pretty close together but about average for the area. It is a new park, so there are no trees of any real size to speak of, but the landscaping (trees, shrub, decorative gravel) breaks it up and keeps it from looking like a parking lot. The Wi-Fi worked great, and we had no trouble connecting. This place may be a little more pricey than some in the area, but well worth the price. If you look online, you can probably find a coupon at some of the tourist sites. The creek that runs at the back of the property is nice, but not overly impressive since it is kind of small and shallow. Lots of nice big rigs at the park, and none of them seemed to have trouble getting in and set up. No junkie campers at all and very well lit at night.Overall, this place was great. No real negatives, just suggestions: add a dogie park. There is no playground for children, but we only have furry ones, so it did not bother us. Have a great stay!
Date of Stay: June, 2009
This was our second time staying at the park, and it was as great as the first time! We stayed here in June for a family reunion, and we could not have picked a better place. The small lake located at the park is very clear for it's size, and all of the kids (and adults) in the family had fun swimming. The campground is well kept and very clean. However, I did notice that the bathrooms near the nature center and full hookup areas were much more modern looking than the bathhouse located in the first loop. Still, they were both cleaned daily. The park offers lots of events at the nature center and they had bluegrass music at the lodge one night. The only thing I noticed about the park was that some of the bigger rigs had to "work at it" to get backed in to some of the spots. The sites are all fairly large, but it seemed like some of the angles that people had to back in at may have been a little tricky. It may have just been a skill level thing since we had no trouble getting our travel trailer backed in. Other than that, I can only say book early because the park was full the entire time we were there.
Date of Stay: June, 2009
This is a great park. It is small, very clean, and quiet. The sites are all level and easy to back in, and there is lots of shade. The owners were very friendly. There is a small creek trail that our dogs loved, and a tiny "mom & pop" style cafe right across the street that offered a great breakfast. In addition, this place is very close to Helen Georgia and Unicoi State Park. The rates vary depending on the site you reserve. The owners were really helpful since we were only staying for a very short time, they recommended one of their cheaper sites when they could have easily charged us for one of the larger more expensive sites.
Date of Stay: June, 2009
This is a wonderful campground. We camped during the week, so there were no crowds and we had not made an advance reservation. The campground sites have plenty of space between them and almost all sites are very well shaded. The bathrooms were clean and had great water pressure. If you stay at a site on the water, the campsites are much closer together than the non-waterfront sites. If you stay here during warm months, it is a great place to swim and enjoy the lake. Negatives about this campground: Overall this campground was great, so there are no real complaints - just issues to be aware of. The shower houses are located on the center road, but there are a very limited number of trails to get to them. We camped in site #6, and it was a really long walk to reach the shower house. We quickly found that it was easier just to drive. Be aware that some of the sites have fairly steep grades that might make it hard to get some trailers into. Most of the sites are very level, but there are a few I would not have chosen because of the grade. Finally, I did not notice a playground area, but I did not search for one since we do not have kids.
Date of Stay: May, 2009
We camped here overnight after finding the nearby state park campground full. Whispering Oaks looked okay from the road, it had a swimming pool and lots of shade. However, as we were escorted to our site, we found many "run-down" campers. Behind our site, there were two stationary campers that looked like they have not been road worthy in years. The bathhouse was a very small unpainted cinder block shack that looked so bad from the outside I chose not to even look inside. Late in the evening, my husband took our dogs for their nightly walk, and he passed by a large group of tent campers all sitting by the fire smoking pot.Needless to say, we checked out very early the next morning. The campground was quiet and the grounds appeared clean. We were there on a holiday weekend, so maybe we just had a bad experience, but I would not stay there again. In addition, there is really nothing to do at the campground unless you go to the small pool and there are no restaurants or stores at the campground exit.