Date of Stay: June, 2012
We camped at Moonshine Creek for eight nights in June 2012. We had a great time. The campground is situated in a very private area with tons of trees and a creek running through the middle of it. We were guided to our spot by the owner of the campground. He helped me during backing into the spot, and I must say he is really good at it. We camped right on the creek and the sound of the water running by was wonderful. Most of the campground is very shady, so the temperature was always extremely comfortable. It was June and we never ran our air conditioner. The campground owners are wonderful and they really take care of this campground. The bathroom facilities are older, but you won’t find a cleaner bathhouse facility around. I bet the staff is in there four to six times a day wiping things down. The owners are updating the tenters' restrooms currently and they plan to remodel the main bath house as soon as time permits. The grounds are immaculate and we couldn’t find a scrap of trash anywhere! It did rain quite a bit one day, but our site drained very well and we had no problems with mud, etc. Some of the RV sites are very close together. There is a little camp store on the property. It doesn’t have much, but it stocks the essentials that you may need. There is wireless Internet, but only at the office. There is no signal in the camping areas which was somewhat of a detractor for me. The sites have cable TV connections. There is no pool, but the kids can frolic in the cool, clean creek. The Blue Ridge Parkway is close by and offers some of the best views in the country. I would rate the campground a 10 if they had larger (wider) RV sites and wireless Internet in the RV area.
Date of Stay: November, 2010
We spent six days camping here over Thanksgiving week. We loved it! Lots to do and see. Everything was spotless: the restrooms, rec room, pool area, etc. The camp store was very well stocked and the prices weren't highway robbery. Only 30 miles south to Key West and about two miles north to Bahia Honda State Park. The Key Deer were all over the place and very friendly. They often came walking through our campsite. No pets are allowed because of the deer. The RV sites were nice, but some areas are a little tight. The campsite offers a service where you pay them $15.00 and they place your camper in your spot using their tractor. If you have a long trailer like I do (30 ft), PAY THE MONEY! It was well worth it. Some of the sites are close to the Overseas Highway Bridge, so it's a little noisy for those sites; however, that wouldn't keep me from those sites as they are really nice. If you aren't into camping or have friends that want to vacation with you but who do not camp, Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge has very nice motel units and rental mobile homes. We'll definitely be going back. By the way, Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge does not have a website. It's all by word of mouth. It's a best kept secret! I give this place a 9 instead of a 10 because of the no-see-ums, the bridge noise and the sites being a little tight.
Date of Stay: December, 2009
We camped here for four nights and stayed on site 7, which was a great site. If you are considering camping here and have not been there before, the sites along the outside ring are the best and most private (sites 6 thru 25). The sites on the "interior" are not private and pretty close to one another. Only a couple of sites have shade trees, so summer camping here might be a little problematic. The Rainbow River runs along the park and is a beautifully clear spring fed river. You can rent canoes and kayaks at a very reasonable price about 6 miles away (via car) at the other part of the Rainbow Springs Park complex called the Headspring. This area is also beautiful and admission is free to campers. Over Christmas, the Headsprings park was open at night and it was decorated with thousands of Christmas lights. Santa was also there for the kids. A third part of the park complex rents tubes for floating down the river during the summer. We will definitely try this park again next winter as well as giving it a shot this summer to enjoy tubing down the river.
Date of Stay: November, 2009
We camped here over Thanksgiving and thoroughly enjoyed this location. We stayed on site 27 and would happily take the site again as it was spacious and level. We had power problems that turned out to be a shorted 50 amp outlet on the site's power pole, but campground personnel responded moments after our call and repaired the problem. Most of the sites offer plenty of space between you and your neighbor, but some do not. The Spring itself was closed when we were there, but they were getting ready to re-open after remodeling the area. We were allowed to explore the springs area as long as we stayed off the newly planted grass. It was absolutely beautiful. There is also a marina there where you can rent kayaks, canoes, fishing boats with motors and pontoon boats. You can swim in the designated swimming area. There is a local grocery store close by which has everything you should need. A Wal-Mart is about 23 miles away in Palatka. Cell phone reception is generally pretty bad at this campground. We are set to camp here again in January 2010.
Date of Stay: August, 2009
We stayed here for four nights after extending our stay for an additional night. This is a very nice and exceptionally clean campground. The staff keeps the restrooms sparkling and the grounds are well manicured. The campground is located on the Peace River and there are four docks from which to fish from or just look at the river. They also have their own boat ramp. There are two pools and spa on the property, an activity center, huge pavilion where they had Karaoke on Saturday night, a nicely stocked camp store (with very reasonable prices, I might add), a game room with pool table, air hockey, video games and ping pong table, a large activity room with big screen TV, and a snack bar open on Friday and Saturday nights. They also have pancake breakfasts on Sunday mornings. You can rent canoes from the campground for "local" canoeing, or go to a local outfitter who will drop you off up river with canoes and pick you up later in the day downstream. The campground was very quiet during the week although there were a lot of campers parked there due to a very good "store and stay" program they have. On Friday afternoon, all the weekend campers rolled in, either with their campers or to reoccupy the camper already on-site. If this campground weren't three hours away, we would participate in the program. It's a great idea and relatively low cost. I would recommend this campground to families with kids of all ages. It really is a very nice campground.
Date of Stay: June, 2009
We only overnighted at this campground enroute to our final destination. It was fine for this purpose. I would not use this place a destination location. They actually gave me the site they promised over the telephone when I made my reservation about a month earlier, so that was good. The interior roads are a little narrow and hilly, so you have to be careful if you are in a big or long rig. I didn't see any concrete pads that weren't totally broken up. Our site was reasonably level and the hookup to the sewer was a little downhill which made things easy. Propane was available at a reasonable cost. The KOA store offered a lot, including pizza made to order and delivered to your site. We did not use the restroom facilities.
Date of Stay: June, 2009
This is a fantastic place to camp. We spent one week there. The property is huge and beautiful. Streams run throughout with most of the campsites along one of the streams. There are a ton of activities for young kids. My 14 and 18 year old sons even had a good time hiking and exploring. The weather was great, and sleeping at night with the windows open and the sound of the stream was perfect. There is a lodge where you can relax and play a game of chess. A small selection of camping and food items you might need are also available there for purchase. There is wireless internet available at no charge, and they even had a phone where you can make free long distance calls to anywhere in the US as long as you kept your call to 10 minutes. There is no TV reception unless you have satellite, so bring DVDs for the kids if that's what you want to do. They charge you $5 per night if you have a pet which I thought wasn't great, but this is a non-profit camping facility so they have to raise money somehow. If I were camping in a tent or pop-up where I would have to use the bath house, toilet and shower availability would be somewhat limited if the place really filled up...but they were clean. There is a lot to do in the local area. This site is only three miles from the highest point in Georgia, and the Appalachian Trail runs right by the camp. The Alpine tourist town of Helen, GA, is just 14 miles south. The German food is great there and the miniature golf place on the hill was fun and inexpensive. We will be making reservations to return there next year at the same time. I highly recommend this place.