Date of Stay: April, 2017
Really torn on this park, had read good reviews and always wanted to visit so we did for 2 nights on a trip back from a beautiful park in Arkansas. The interior roads are narrow and even the main road to the campground had huge potholes and repairs. Our site #14 was nowhere near level (have leveling blocks for sure) and crumbling asphalt at practically every site we saw. The wooden decks at most of the sites is the biggest positive I can list. The supposed "lake" was nothing more than green duck weed everywhere (and I grew up duck hunting so not a deal breaker) but even a huge broken wooden deck floated by. The boat launch area is in need of updating along with ALL the roads. Showers and bathhouse was clean and they even have completely free washers and dryers. A big surprise as I don't know if all state parks provide that. Overall a decent weekend but I doubt if we would return. Oh, and I'd love to know WHY are the picnic tables bolted down below the wooden decks instead of on the decks like most parks that have decks. Would make it much more enjoyable. Luckily, we bring a small portable table with us.
Date of Stay: April, 2017
This park is a true gem (pun intended haha). Clean, very wooded, friendly staff, nice trails, etc.. most sites level and paved with gravel tent pads behind them. Bathhouse clean and even had decent Wi-Fi (AT&T). We would def stay again. No luck at the diamond mine but did find some quartz and crystals. Our 6 yr old got bored after about 2 hrs but they also have Crystal mine about hr away that she really enjoyed more. Bring supplies, groceries as no big stores close.
Date of Stay: November, 2016
For the price, you can't beat most State Parks. This one is no exception. Absolutely beautiful scenery and the old oak trees covered in moss make exceptional picture opportunities. There was plenty families taking advantage of it. Weather was cold so we didn't make it down to the small beach area but we've heard it's really nice. Our 6 yr old enjoyed the new looking play area and driving around at night we saw 6 deer, wild hog, rabbits, armadillos and possum's. Couple deer crept up behind us while we were sitting by the campfire. The pull thru sites seem more spacious to us but several back in sites are nice as well. Believe only 4 or 5 sites have sewer hookups and I would rate it higher if they all did. The campround host drove by all the time and we saw security several times each evening and night. A nice park and we'll return in the future.
Date of Stay: October, 2016
This was our 1st time and we really loved it. Best advice I can give is try to arrive before dark. We had a pretty hard time backing into our site because it is extremely dark at night - enough to see every star in the sky. Only lighted area was by the bathhouse. There is a laundry area by the 6 bath areas. Each restroom is individual and can be locked. All 6 include a large handicapped accessible shower, toilet, sink and mirror and plenty enough bench and hooks for clothes. No air cond though so they do get damp and humid. Areas to also get donated books for kids and / or leave any you want to donate by the laundry. The recent floods had the maintenance people very busy so the splash pad area was closed along with the restrooms in that area due to sand. Most roads are paved but some to the beach area are gravel. As of late Sept / early Oct, the cabins are not yet ready due to the flood. Local grocery and restaurants about a 10-15 minute drive away.
Date of Stay: September, 2016
It's been almost 7 years since our last time here and not much has changed. Overall a good park and we'll definitely return but only if the sites we wrote down are available. It was raining when we arrived and since the roads in the loop we were on are pretty tight, it was an adventure backing in (and our TT is only 28'). Hookups are all good but I'd like to know WHY the picnic table and fire ring are on the same side as hookups. They have room on the awning side. The onsite store had ice, charcoal and lighter fluid (all things we forgot) plus a "slush puppie" machine which we hadn't seen forever. Cool trails to walk, awesome lake views with plenty activity that weekend - fishing rodeo, boating, etc.. One of MS's better parks in our opinion.
Date of Stay: July, 2016
Our first time here but not sure we'd go back. No fault of the park but the loop we stayed in (loop 1) only had limestone next to the asphalt RV pads so with all the rain we experienced (rained every day), it was a constant struggle not to bring dirt and rocks into the camper. BEAUTIFUL views over the lake however and our daughter and godchildren had a blast swimming in the lake. They also fed some ducks and fished right behind our site. Roads are definitely tight thru that loop and although our site was level and long enough, many would have been a serious problem for us, especially site 15, wow. Very short and completely sloped downward. Thankfully, they had a small Rpod in that site. Do homework and ask questions so you don't caught in a site you're unprepared for. Overall, a decent state park.
Date of Stay: June, 2016
This is still our favorite state park in our home state of Louisiana. We've been several times with our old camper but this stay was our first in the new camper and first in 6 years. Nothing much has changed and in my opinion, it would be a perfect 10 rating if the sites had sewer. On this visit, the water level was very low - no canoe rentals - but we still walked the numerous trails and saw plenty wildlife. The splash pad is packed on weekends and thus feels too small, would be better during the week I'm sure. If you like typical wooded campgrounds with trails and other things for kids, you'll love Tickfaw. One of La's gems for sure. (note: our site 23, while good did have our door to the camper near the concrete drop-off and we have a 31'. Also, if your water hookup is near the front of your unit like ours, bring long hose. I had to go to Walmart for add'l hose. Hookup is way in the back of the site by the elec)
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.