Date of Stay: April, 2010
This was a disappointment for a highly rated campground. Signage/office was all nice, and sites were quiet,paved and pretty enough with trees and picnic tables and fire rings, etc. (though not that level, but can forgive due to slightly hilly lakeside area), but we noticed a weird sewage type smell right away and off and on the whole weekend. The next thing we noticed is that the pretty full campground was really a trailer park for quite permanent residents as evidenced by canopies set up with stuff piled under them next to RV's, and chairs/potted plants and stuff stored under RV's that looked like they had been there awhile. It dampens the whole "vacation atmosphere" (and they kept the nice little laundry room full). We never found the "great bank fishing" area advertised, and the "beautiful, sandy white beach" was very dirty and unkempt with pine straw/cones, weeds and dilapidated dock areas and a very old broken down playground was next to the beach. The pool was covered, but the area around it was covered in tree debris. A plus-a very nice new wooden playground with porch swings for the parents was next to the office. The bathrooms looked clean/roomy with nice tile and plenty of showers with changing areas (didn't actually use), but the showers were missing their shower heads. We already knew about the train noise, so it was no surprise, but can be a real issue at night. We knew this campground was more for boaters (very nice looking marina areas), and this was a little early in the season, but some of the amenities need a great deal of work and upkeep. Also, if a campground is really mostly a trailer park with permanent residents, should it be advertised with high scores in campground directories? We are used to state parks and I am concerned that all private campgrounds that I have reserved for a big trip this summer in our new RV are going to be like this.
Date of Stay: March, 2010
We are blessed with beautiful, well-maintained state parks in GA, and this one doesn't disappoint. It is worth the steep mountain climb up. Has very pretty overlooks, scenery, etc. Only a handful of sites are waterfront on the lake, and you can't reserve specific sites, so it might be hard to get one in peak season. It was chilly in early spring, and we went on a Thursday, so we had our pick. The multiple gray water dump areas are very convenient since there is no sewer hookup. Has a nice playground, and it looked like it would be nice in the summer with a beach area and boat rentals. There were several benches lakeside for fishing. Bathhouses are pretty clean and updated, and have a laundry area. The hike up to the ancient fort wall and old stone tower was very cool, and do not miss the very enjoyable tour of the Chief Vann house nearby. It is bear country, so you have to be careful with trash. We were annoyed that the bear-safe trash bins near us were full, and there was an issue with a broken hot water tank or something. I wrote the state park site about it and received a very prompt, informative letter in response. I really look forward to visiting here again.