Date of Stay: October, 2010
Beautiful area with wildlife, spacious sites, clean restrooms, good security and plenty walking and biking trails. I just wish I could ask the designer why when spending millions on a brand new state park would you put down dusty limestone instead of paving the roads? This is the only negative in my opinion. The trees on the side of the road are almost completely white with all the dust. It's impossible to ride in the back of a pickup or ride a bike down the main roads due to all the dust kicked up by passing vehicles. We had to stop at a truck stop on the way home and wash our camper and truck. I filled out a comment card and will not return to this park until the roads are paved like Tickfaw and others in the area. Hopefully everyone else takes the front office advice and fills out and mails the cards into the state. The girls we talked to in the front office said this is the main complaint they receive on a daily basis. Overall, a beautiful park and it would have received an 8 or 9 otherwise.
Date of Stay: April, 2010
A very nice park with pros and cons. Most sites are large and not on top of your neighbors. Beautiful scenery and if you are lucky enough (we were not) to get a waterfront site, those were really nice with decks and steps leading down to the picnic table area. All 3 camping areas have their own beach area, which is nice and clean and had kids in the water every time we went by. Our biggest complaints were bathhouses and the fact that most sites along the water seem to have full time people there, even though the maximum stay according to their rules is 14 days. The site across from us had a large wooden swing set and 2 whole cords of firewood and hanging plants. Just like Little Black Creek (also part of the Pat Harrison Water District), the restrooms are extremely outdated and need to be replaced. Park is too large for our taste with 3 separate camping areas and 1 primitive areas. Has nice pavilions and cabins and nice boat launch area. We just like smaller and quieter parks, but we may return even with the cons.
Date of Stay: February, 2010
While I agree with the previous review that the $5 Georgia pass should not be charged to paying campers, that's their policy and would not deter us from visiting again. We had reservations at a park further north but with the snow, we changed to this one and were very happy. We lucked out and got site #27 which I believe is the best in the park. It is secluded with enough of a driveway to park a camper plus 3 cars. A waterfall is behind this site with the creek alongside it. The flowing of water is extremely relaxing and they have numerous walking trails surrounding the waterfall area. The pictures we took were breathless. Bathrooms and showers very clean and short walk away. Miniature golf available along with 2 or 3 pavilions for rent. Large beach area for summertime use. Will probably return.
Date of Stay: November, 2009
One of our new favorites. Lucky enough to get site 107 overlooking lake on Thanksgiving weekend. Most sites have wooden decks with railings. Sites 102-107 are close to front office and far from main campground. The sunsets from the new sites are spectacular. We even had about 2 dozen Canadian Geese pose for us. The main campground is hilly which we love but the best sites in the main area along the lake are not reservable ahead of time but first come, first serve. We drove by the cabins and they were awesome on another private smaller lake. My biggest complaint is the restrooms. They could use an upgrade. Some had prison type toilets with no actual toilet seat, while most (men and womens) had no toilet paper and could use a paint job. None of the restrooms we visited (and we stopped by them all) had more than one shower and 2 toilets in each. For such a nice and large campground, these left much to be desired. Beware of spotty phone service, we have AT&T and had to drive out the park to get service. Office staff very friendly. We will definitely return.
Date of Stay: November, 2009
We fell in love with Tickfaw State Park. Almost all of the sites have wooden decks next to the asphalt pads and for us: that's a huge plus! All the sites had fire rings and BBQ pits. Behind our site was a small walking trail into the woods. There's plenty of shade and lots and lots of trees. Our dogs loved the trail around the pond (it's a catch and release pond). The cabins looked brand new from the outside although they are 8 years old. We met one of the cleaning ladies and she showed us one of the cabins. Told us next time we came to ask for her and she would show us around the park and around the town of Springfield. Everyone we encountered that worked here was so nice and professional. We rented a canoe and packed a lunch and went out on the river for hours. Only saw one alligator but got some nice pictures and videos. Plenty trees along the river have fallen since Katrina in 2005 so some areas need caution. Although it was cool, during the summer they have a water area for kids. We saw 8 turkeys along the side of the road and a few armadillos. The restrooms were very clean and fairly new looking and the showers were large. The only downfall to this park are the roads leading into it, although that is no fault of the park, hence the 10 rating. Highway 1037 definitely needs to be repaved. Be careful of the numerous buckles in the road and I'd advise going 5 to 10 mph less than the posted speed limit. By far our favorite state park to date and I've already booked us again next month.
Date of Stay: October, 2009
Lake Fausse Pointe is simply awesome. The wildlife and setting with the cypress and oak trees are beautiful. It had rained the day before we arrived and although most of the site was dry, there was standing water in plenty areas. The mosquitoes on the other hand could probably carry a grown man off. Bring plenty spray. We rented a canoe and came upon numerous alligators and were able to get close enough for pictures and videos. The restrooms are big and clean and have great water pressure. The sites along the water have the hookups on the wrong side so be sure to have enough water hose. The only reason I gave this park a 9 instead of a 10 is the roads. They are very narrow throughout the park and I had a really hard time backing a 30' travel trailer into our site, number 39. Some sites look easier than others. Overall, we will definitely return in the fall or winter. The summer months would be unbearable with the mosquitoes.
Date of Stay: September, 2009
We live within a short drive and will probably be back. Be prepared for mosquito's, this is Louisiana. We also saw TONS of rabbits, we lost count after 75. I believe they must have feeders out. Raccoons, opossums, snakes and alligators also call this area home so we all must share. We stayed in site 26 and although most sites have no shade over the picnic table, there was a large area further back on the site under a tree which was very nice to sit back and enjoy. The bathhouses were fairly large and clean but WEAR SHOWER SHOES. There were small worms on the floor of the shower stalls and since I personally saw park personnel clean them in the morning, I'm sure being this close to a swamp is the problem. Park personnel are very, very friendly and the park does have a gate that locks at night. You need the combination to come and go after 10 p.m. The wave pool is very nice but since it's open to the public, there is a fee to enter. There is a free pool closer to the campers that is not open to the public. Numerous walking and biking trails throughout to see wildlife and those rabbits. Security is good and patrols on a regular basis.
Date of Stay: August, 2009
We stayed at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park from August 27 - August 31. Overall, the park is awesome and beaches are very beautiful. The tram to the beach is a nice touch although I wish it ran every half hour instead of every hour. You can leave your beach umbrellas and chairs under the boardwalk. We left ours every day and nothing disappeared. Bathhouses are clean and had 3 stalls, 3 regular showers and 1 for the handicapped. We had a problem with a couple staying two campsites from us. They complained about everything, and I've since then sent a letter to the director of State Parks and to the Manager of Topsail. Even though I gave the Park a 9 rating, we will never go back. If you have pets, children, or like to have a good time and enjoy being outdoors after dark: stay away from this park. These people hibernate at dark and since it's more like a resort, most of the campers we encountered were sticks in the mud. Not our kind of park, maybe yours.
Date of Stay: March, 2009
We love this park. We have cousins that go about once a month and it's their favorite as well. We last stayed in site 15 and were pretty close to the water. The dogs loved all the shade and made plenty of friends. The bathhouses are conveniently placed and were very clean everytime we went. We drove around one night and saw a deer. Security patrols often. We're looking to book another site soon.
Date of Stay: February, 2009
My wife and her family grew up at this campground and once had a permanent site but the monthly fee is too high. Since we got our travel trailer, we've camped here a few times because it's fairly close to home. We will however, probably not return. First of all, the roads are HORRIBLE. I understand the river rises and floods the campground every so often but it doesn't look like any effort is put into patching or fixing the roads. We normally stay in the back by the river (they do have a nice walking trail to the river that can be enjoyed in the morning with a cup of coffee. Our dogs love it also.) Like other people have said, they have no concrete pads or any indication of exactly where they want you to park your RV. I guess if you have a group of RV's, this would be a good place for you because you could park them in a circle. Most sites do not have sewer that we ever saw. Watch for the golf carts: they are everywhere and I do not agree with the ages of the kids driving the carts. Some are way too young and they hang out at the beach with the carts until quiet time and then it looks like a parade with all of them blaring music as they come back to their sites. The back bathhouse is never clean and showers seem to be a breeding ground for mosquitos. I got bit more in the shower than I did at the campsite. The owners are nice. They have bingo's on Saturday and Sunday and either a band or the owner's husband, DJ's on Saturday nights. They do have a pool that we've never used and a huge open area for kids to play in. Overall, it's nice with the trees and shade and things to do but we feel since no money is pumped back into the park and the fees (especially on holidays) seem to keep going up, we'll stay at the more affordable and cleaner state parks instead.