Date of Stay: March, 2007
First the good things. The location is great. There are at least 10 restaurants within 5 minutes walk. Walmart and a huge indoor mall are 5 minutes walk away. There are lots of trees and most sites offer shade. The park is very dog friendly with lots of walking areas. The pool heater is fixed. There are organized activities everyday. The price, by the month, is a bargain compared to other parks in the ares. Now the bad. The no-seeums are awful and the new owners don't spray. The wi-fi is improving but slow. While the large pull-through sites are fine many of the rest are very small and those shade trees make it hard to use them. The roads are narrow. This combination of narrow roads and trees makes for many dents. The new owner is keeping deposits until you checkout and then issuing a check. This means he has your deposit for the whole time you are here instead of deducting it from your monthly rental. This has caused many complaints. A Canadian couple who left in Feb. complained because they don't deal with a U.S. bank and had trouble cashing the check. The owner told them "That's the cost you have to pay for being Canadian and coming here." Don't camp near the back. When it rains, the whole area is always flooded. The washrooms are satisfactory but not spotless like they have been in previous years. Don't arrive here after 4 o'clock or on a Sunday, the office is closed and there is no one around to help you out. We have camped here for several years now and have always enjoyed it but because of the new owner and his policies we won't be back.
Date of Stay: November, 2006
This campground is one of the best we have stayed in. All of the facilities are excellent. The sites are large and well spaced. We usually stay here for a few nights on our way south in November and then again in April on our way north. We have discussed a longer stay many times because everything about the campsite is so great but that bring us to the problem: this campground is in Starke. The town of Starke is in northern Florida and we don't think its quite warm enough in the winter. Also Starke is a fairly small town with not a lot to do except fish and play golf. If this is okay with you and you don't need it too warm this campground is your place. If not it makes a wonderful stop off on the way south and home.
Date of Stay: January, 2006
This is a small campground that is really only suitable as an overnight stop. It is next to a Love's gas station so there is truck noise all night. While the washrooms are clean (family style), they were locked from 8:00pm until 9:00am which we found very frustating. When I asked the lady why she said it was "for my safety". I couldn't figure that one out. The campground advertises cable, but the owner said the cable hasn't worked in many of the sites since the hurricane. There were a lot of FEMA trailers nearby. I believe in giving owners some slack while they recover but open washrooms seems like a simple thing.