Date of Stay: October, 2016
This review is about the campground, not the park overall. The campground is okay. It's a horseshoe design with the campers setup along the outside. The full hook up sites have a large holding tank to dump into, not a true sewer connection. Fortunately, the honey wagon did not come by while we were there. It didn't feel like a state park, more like a poorly designed KOA without any KOA niceties. We've been to several GA State Parks and have been very impressed. This one was not impressive. Full hookup sites were not available, so we got a standard site, water and electric only for 2 nights. Our site was a buddy site, which is a neat idea if we were camping with friends or family. Some sites are spacious, but lots of them are not if the buddy sites are used. We were right on top of the site to our left. It seemed like there were a lot of long termers. Our site was almost level. We needed about an inch lift up front. Side to side was fine. It looked like most sites were level. The road was compacted dirt and the sites were grass. We did not have a picnic table, but the host brought us one quickly; fire ring had trash in it. The camp host was great, very visible and helpful when needed. The bathhouse was old, but clean. It would be nice if they removed the peeling paint from the ceiling. Lots of bugs in the bathhouse. The park overall was nice with a fishing lake, small zoo, BMX bike track, Remote Control car race track, great playground for young kids, frisbee course, biking and horse riding trails and plenty of pavilions for parties. We enjoyed the park. If we lived nearby, we probably would use the park a lot, but I doubt we'd return for the campground. The over the air TV channels were limited. NBC came in pretty well, but it did cut out from time to time. Their brochure mentions free WiFi, but I didn't find it. I didn't look hard for it, but it wasn't available at our site. Verizon's 4G was strong.
Date of Stay: March, 2016
We have stayed at Paris Mountain State Park half a dozen times in the past few years. We love it. We camp in a 32' Motorhome. There are a good # of sites that will accommodate a 32' Motorhome. There are a lot of sites that are not level, but that's what levelers are for. It is an older park, but it has been well maintained. The bath houses are always clean. This is the first time we've been there when the Campground Host actually did something. He was visible our entire trip. He was friendly. I do not agree with previous reviewers that this park is not for Motorhomes. Anything over 40 feet long will be a problem. There are several sites that will accommodate a 40 foot long Motorhome. The drive through the park to the campground is a typical mountain park with switchbacks and relatively narrow roads. Two RVs would probably have a problem passing each other at certain points, so just use caution. The campground's posted rate is $19/night. There is a reservation fee if you reserve through Reserve America. We always donate a few dollars when we make our reservation and always drop a few dollars into the iron ranger outside the free firewood. Did I mention they offer free firewood? It is usually wet, but it is seasoned. This is the only campground I've ever been to that offers free firewood. Most charge a hefty sum for a few small pieces of wood. We stay here at least once a year. Wish we lived closer to enjoy it more often.
Date of Stay: April, 2015
This was our first stay at the park. We've camped in other SC state parks and had high hopes for this one based on those parks. We weren't disappointed. We have a 32' Class C with 2 slides. We had no trouble navigating to our site. Unless they've widen the roads recently, I'm not sure what previous reviewers are talking about when they mention narrow roads, at least in Loop #1. We stayed at site #22. It is semi private. The back half was completely private and surrounded by trees. The site was not level, but not too bad. The web site describe it as having a gravel parking surface. It was not, it was sand. The sand caused our levelers to sink and eventually we were out of level after a couple days. The bath house was ok. We stayed Wed - Sat and I don't think the men's room was cleaned during that time period. The shower area is big with a lockable door. The shower itself was decent size with a normal shower head and a shower curtain. The water was hot. The water drained slow. The area outside the shower was dirty. Debris from people's shoes was all over the floor. It got worse as our stay went on. The staff that we interacted with was friendly, however we never saw more than 1 Ranger in the park at one time. At other SC state parks we've stayed there are normally several Rangers and they patrol the campground throughout the day. I didn't notice that here. The rest of the park is nice. It rained most of our stay, so we didn't explore too much, but we did walk the trail around the lake. The trail was well maintained. The lake area is nice with Pavilions and lots of picnic tables. It would make for a nice day at the lake. Overall we enjoyed our stay for the price we paid. We will most likely return in the future and hopefully will be able to explore more of the trails.
Date of Stay: March, 2013
We stayed in Paris Mountain State Park in the past and were really surprised at how nice a park it is. This time we stayed in a large pullthrough - site 31. It was across from a bath house and backed up to a wooded area. This particular site was not very level, but it was better than a lot of sites. It's nice that each site has a paved pad to park, but a lot of the sites have paving that is buckled. Almost every site is not level. Some sites are okay and some are really bad. The bathhouse by our campsite was clean and well maintained. Although WiFi is not available throughout the campground, there is free WiFi at the office building by Lake Placid. There was a pretty decent selection of TV stations available through the antenna; cable is not available. Although there are lots of trees, there should be ample enough opening in the tree cover for Dish/DirectTV. The rangers keep a nice supply of free firewood available. This time around it was a little damp, but it is free. It did dry quickly once a fire was going. We really enjoy everything the park has to offer. We look forward to going back sooner than later.
Date of Stay: July, 2010
This is one of the nicer campgrounds in the Pine Grove area (I've stayed at and reviewed several). It's about 5 miles from I81 and is very quiet (except for the barking dogs). All the staff I encountered were very nice. Sites were well marked and roomy. There was no shade anywhere that I could see, except for the Kabins and the Yurts. We baked in the sun all day long. I did not use any of the parks amenities, including bathrooms, pool, rides, etc. The pool did look nice. The camp store was well stocked. The site was gravel, but hard packed and level. The hookups easily accessible and well maintained. We were charged two different rates (weekday vs. weekend), so the rate I listed is an average. Weekend rates include Thursday. I stayed Wednesday - Sunday. I doubt I'd stay at this campground again except for an overnight stop. The RV sites are just too exposed, the AC ran all day long.
Date of Stay: June, 2010
We've stayed at Hershey Highmeadow Campground several times, in a tent, pop-up, travel trailer, motorhome and cabin. This stay we were in our motorhome. The pull thru sites are big rig accessible and nice and shady. However, the sites are close together. This campground is best experienced in a tent or pop-up in the Shady Rest section of the campground along the river. The campground staff is very friendly, on the caliber of Disney Cast Members. (On a previous trip the tow vehicle of our trailer broke down en-route to Hershey. We came in on a tow truck that parked our trailer and then drove to the nearest dealership. A staff member, at 11 pm on a Saturday, drove over to the dealership with us to drive me back to the campground!) The restrooms are always clean. The pool is large with several lifeguards, but usually crowded. They have activities for kids and a shuttle to several of Hershey's attractions (not just Hershey Park). In the motorhome, I didn't hear the active freight train once (thank goodness since it does run all night long). We will definitely stay here again.
Date of Stay: August, 2009
This was the first time my family camped at Avalon Campground. As far as Jersey Shore campgrounds go I was impressed. I've stayed at several and this was the nicest I've stayed at. We were camped right behind the 2 pools. These are relatively new sites and could be a little wider, but had ample room for our two slideouts and awning. There were a lot of cable TV channels available and Wi-Fi was just receivable at our site. They do not offer Wi-Fi throughout the campground, we were just close enough to the source. They do require a username and password that is good for 6 hours. We camped for a week and enjoyed the campground. There are tons of amenities, 2 pools, a decent playground for little ones, a full basketball court, baseball diamond, horseshoes, miniature golf and a game room. The camp store was decent, not too expensive. If you stay in the original portion of the campground in the back, it is similar to most of the Jersey Shore campgrounds, real cramped with lots of seasonal sites. The main negative is the abundance of French Canadians. Most of our stay we were the minority. I have not experienced that at the other Jersey Shore campgrounds I've stayed at. We will definitely stay here again as long as we get one of the newer sites behind the pool.
Date of Stay: July, 2009
I have camped at Lickdale Campground once a year for the past 3 years. Every year I put together an event with about 60-80 or so people in attendance. Most of the group camp in tents while a few others are in the cabins or in an RV. (Now they only have one cabin, they turned the other into an office after last year.) I have stayed here in a tent, an RV and a travel trailer. The first year I stayed here I had a decent pull through site next to the small, but ample playground. I stayed in the RV this year on the stream for 3 nights and in a pull through for 2 nights. I was not comfortable sliding out my port side slideout when camped along the stream because I was worried someone would smack into it. The pull through site was wide, but not level. There is nothing to do at this campground aside from stream activities: tubing, canoeing, fishing or swimming. The Camp/General store is well stocked. As far as camp stores go, it is reasonable. They do offer hot and cold food prepared on site, but I have never tried anything. They also have an ice cream bar. I've only used the bathrooms one time camping here and that was last year while I spent 5 days in a tent. They weren't the cleanest bathrooms in the world, but I was comfortable with them. Their laundry facility was adequate with 2 washers and two dryers. There is no cable TV available and Wi-Fi is not available throughout the campground. You have to go to the camp store to use the Wi-Fi. The staff is composed of mostly teenagers and young adults. They are very nice and try to be helpful, but sometimes struggle with the computer. A few of them have been with the campground as long as I have been staying here and seem to know what they are doing. They do escort you to your site and deliver firewood to your site. We normally have 40 or so tents that are spending $25/night to share 8 tent sites, only two of which have electric and water. Unfortunately, the owners do not treat us like we are spending $1000/night with them, not including the tons of ice and firewood that we purchase from them. As others have said, the seasonal campers are in bad shape. There are only a small handful of them in one corner of the campground, but they are not pretty.