Date of Stay: March, 2010
Water hookups are available, but the water is brackish and not drinkable. Host told us potable water was available in town for free, but that is not correct, drinking water must be bought. Free drinking water is only available for Surfside residents. We called ahead and asked the lady who owns the campground if the campground was quiet. The host told us it was, but she "forgot" to tell us that there were two huge St Patrick's Day parties within feet of the campground and a party booked in the campground the night we were there. We got very little sleep after looking for a quiet restful place for a weekend away from work. We felt this was a misrepresentation. Her husband later told my husband that we "probably never had fun in any campground". Our definition of fun is not his business and he was very rude and very insulting. We were very specific in what we were looking for. If that wasn't what they could offer, they shouldn't have promised it. There is one restroom with one toilet, one sink and one shower for both sexes - it was bare bones to say the least. No AC. A space heater I would be afraid to turn on. A shower that was very dirty and unpleasant - a pull cord light switch I could barely reach. On the plus side, there were soap and paper towels in the restroom and it didn't smell bad. The office is clean, bright and welcoming. There is a kitchen, but I didn't use it. There is sort of a party room near the office/kitchen that has been turned into a storage room. Sites are very, very small - all back-in. We had to move the picnic table onto the next site in order to freely move in/out of our camper. The location is good - near the beach and the pass. The lady who is the owner is very nice. I have done a lot of camping, and most places have their good points. However, I would never stay here again and would not recommend it to anyone.
Date of Stay: January, 2010
We love Garner. Nice sites, quiet in the winter. They now have Wi-Fi. Campfires depend on the current rainfall. We love spending New Year's there. Downside: the check-in process is slow and clunky. But it's worth it for a quiet, safe getaway in a beautiful spot. Hiking is good, but can be steep, so go prepared. We take our bikes and there are plenty of roads to pedal around the park.