Date of Stay: May, 2017
This campground is on a peninsula in the Nickajack Lake/Tennessee River and is a prime location for those who like to fish or kayak with boat ramps, fishing piers and boat trailer parking. I did not see a lot of geese or droppings. It has a lot of seasonal campers but the ones we met were all friendly. It also has a lot of tents especially along the water. It may be difficult to find an available site in the summer because of the seasonal campers. I was able to reserve a site by phone in May. The office for checking in is a little tricky to find due to lack of signage and is in the middle of the park up on a hill. I recommend that you go to their website (www.marioncountypark.com) and print a map of the campground so that you can see which roads to take. It appears that the people who manage the campground live in a yellow mobile home which is where you check in. The dump station is near the office. There are 2 bathhouses. The one by the office is new and has 2 personal rooms with 1 shower, 1 sink and 1 toilet. The other one is very old with only 1 shower, 1 sink and 1 toilet. There is no sewer at the campsites and not all of the sites have 50 amp. The sites looked level, pads are gravel, only a few have a picnic table. There are fire rings all over the park. You can see this campground from I-24 but the road noise did not bother us at all. It is easy to get to from I-24 exit 158 which has a Loves's Travel gas station and restaurants. There are beautiful views of the water and mountains. The list of rules says no alcoholic beverages. The only complaint that I have with this park is that it has low water pressure.
Date of Stay: July, 2016
This is a marina with an RV park. The full hook-up 30/50 amp sites have gravel pads surrounded by grass. They do not have picnic tables. The road into the park is gravel has some small holes so you have to drive slowly. We could not get anything on the satellite so we had to use the antennae for Huntsville stations. At the end of the RV park is a shaded grassy area next to the river. It has a dock, patio chairs and a great view of the Tennessee River. In the marina area is a small park with a gazebo, fire pit, benches, games and grill. It is not your typical RV park because the property also has a boat repair garage and storage for boats, trucks and trailers. The RV park also offers monthly rates. We had a pull-through site which was not on the river and did not have trees, however, some sites are on the river with trees. There are a lot of things to do in Decatur, so this park was a great home base off of Route 72/20. It is only 2 turns from I-65. This is a good place to stay when Point Mallard cannot take reservations, however, it is more expensive than Point Mallard.
Date of Stay: March, 2016
This park has a lot of trees, in fact it is like a village in the woods. The Wilderness Lodge is made from logs and has a restaurant, large television and games area for children all in the same large room and the owners live on the two floors above this area. The owners guide you to your campsite and they are friendly, nice people who will do anything to make your stay a great experience. The resort has a wonderful large, sunken, rectangular hot tub in a special building, a wood-heated salt water swimming pool and a lake with catch & release fishing. They have very nice log cabins. There are many activities during summer weekends like barbeques, fish frys, movies and wagon rides. It is dog friendly. It is close to the interstate but does not have traffic noise and is very peaceful. They have 50 full hookup RV sites. If you do not like a rustic campground with log buildings and many trees, you will not like this campground. If you are trying to have a wilderness escape, you will love it.
Date of Stay: July, 2015
This is a nice park with larges sites separated by trees and shrubs. There is a hiking trail between sites 71 -69 which leads to the Azalea Boardwalk trail. The red trail has interesting large boulders. The park offers activities at the Nature Center and campfire ring. The negatives are: 1) When you check in at the country store, you must walk across a road and parking lot and into the store to check in so it takes longer to check in 2) There is only one set of dumpsters for the whole campground and it is at the entrance 3) It is quite a distance to get to stores and restaurants in Fort Payne. I would say about 10 miles which includes driving down a mountain. 4) The office closes at 5 p.m. so if you arrive after that time you have to call security. 5) The State Park Lodge offers a seafood buffet on Friday nights for $18.95 and does not have enough variety to justify the price. 6) It does not offer Wi-Fi throughout the whole campground. 7) you cannot reserve a specific site.
Date of Stay: June, 2015
This is a small private park close to I-40 exit 137 and the Tennessee River. The pull-through sites have full hookups. All sites have 30/50 amp power. Several of the full hookup sites are occupied by seasonal campers. There are cabins and a house for rent. A pavilion is at the top of the hill and a pond with fountain at the bottom of the hill. We did not use the restrooms. The manager is very talkative and helpful. We arrived at dusk and there were a lot of mosquitoes. We stayed here because the nearby park had dog breed restrictions. The manager here was very dog friendly. This campground is in a rural area and not near restaurants or gas stations. It is an OK place for one night since it is near the interstate. The manager prefers if you arrive by 7 p.m. unless you call and make special arrangements.
Date of Stay: July, 2014
Quiet, large campground with nice landscaping and nice grass. Large concrete pads with a spot to park your car next to the RV. Next to a golf course and a field of grass. Fenced dog area with a concrete floor. You must check in at the hotel registration desk before you go to the campground and the people at the desk know nothing about the campground so they are no help with choosing a site. Ask for a key card if you want to use the hotel pool and hot tub. Limited number of cable TV stations. No fire rings. There are a few covered picnic tables in the park, so each site does not have a table. Very bright security lights at night so you might want to cover your windows. Use insect repellent because I got lots of insect bites after walking our dogs in the grass. Sprinklers water the lawns, so don't leave things outside that you don't want to get wet. Trash pickup at each site. There is a purple martin bird house between sites 30 and 193 which attracted a lot of birds so I would avoid camping in that area because of the bird droppings. Sites 1 - 20 are handicap sites and are at the front of the campground near the restrooms and showers. The casino has a movie theme and nice displays from movies like a Batmobile. The casino is floating on water so they have a Titanic sinking in the water display. There are photographs of old time movie stars all over the lobby. The Epic Buffet at the casino has good food. We enjoyed our stay here even though we do not gamble.
Date of Stay: June, 2014
Pretty nice campground. Some sites are close together; the water faucet for the site next to us was almost under our awning. All sites are shaded. The creek behind some of the sites is nice. Good planned activities by the rangers. We went to a hoedown at the picnic shelter. Lots of children riding bikes and scooters so you have to be careful when walking dogs. The park has a sand beach at the bottom of a steep hill, but you have to drive there. The state park is very large so go in the main entrance at the north side of the park. The entrance sign is small and is on the opposite side of the road from the entrance. The inn has a restaurant with a buffet and Friday is seafood night. I would recommend the Clement Hotel Railroad Museum in Dickson. They gave us a personal guided tour for $4 each. We learned about the history of the area including Montgomery Bell, iron production, and the railroad.
Date of Stay: May, 2014
Decent, quiet park. We got nice sites (79 & 80) with large trees & a creek at the back. The creek has a beautiful rock wall at the back side of it. Concrete pads are level. Lady in the office is very nice & friendly. Had fire rings & a picnic table. Two wandering cats kept our dog on alert. The nearby Pilot House is a pub with drinks & great food. The owner is working on installing a large group fire pit. The other side of the campground seemed to have seasonal campers and we did not see much activity there. Cape Girardeau is a very nice city to visit. The murals on the flood wall are amazing. There is a traffic circle on the way to the campground so plan your route ahead of time. Keep on the inner circle and turn onto route W.
Date of Stay: April, 2014
Nice concrete pads with full hookups and boardwalk along the lake. The clubhouse has a pool & a room with a kitchen that is nice for group meals. A large fire pit with a rock wall around it is near the lake and nice for groups. Only five sites have lake views. No cable TV at the sites and our antenna did not pick up any channels. No trees or shade. No picnic table at the sites. Quite a distance from town. The grass must be Bermuda or Zoysia because it was brown in April. When you enter the park, turn right to get to the office to check in (the sign here is too small to read). I would not rate this a 10/10/10 RV park.
Date of Stay: September, 2013
Nice, quiet campground with large sites, shade and lots of trees. In Chapel Hill there is a grocery store, Dollar General and a country diner. Is is a good base for visits to Columbia (tour the President James K. Polk home) and Lewisburg. The Henry Horton State Park restaurant is across the road and has a good buffet. We could not get any television channels using the antennae. The sites have asphalt driveways and the edges are crumbling so you have to be careful to get fully on the asphalt when you back in. The road through the campground is very bumpy due to deteriorating asphalt - no pot holes, just uneven asphalt. There is a hill near site 30 and the kids like to race down it on their bikes. The camp hosts were very friendly.
Date of Stay: August, 2013
We loved this unique campground. The sites are terraced into the side of a mountain yet the sites are perfectly level. Between sites are rhododendron shrubs and ornamental grasses for privacy. We walked to the rental cabins and some of them are along a beautiful babbling creek. There is a wonderful trail next to the tent area that is surrounded by rhododendron shrubs so that it looks like a tunnel. Words cannot describe how unique and beautiful this campground is. The people who work there are adults and really care about the property and guests. It is a good base for activities in Black Mountain and Asheville.
Date of Stay: September, 2012
This campground is owned by the City of Florence. It has 3 rows of sites. One row has a view of the Tennessee River, one runs down the middle and one is next to the Tennessee River backwaters. The tent sites are right along the river. Half of the campground has tall pines for shade while the other half does not. Some of the sites along the backwater are sloped down to the water between the pads, so the ground may not be flat between you and the next site. Picnic tables are concrete and the pads are asphalt. There are no fire rings so you have to bring your own. Our antenna picked up no television channels at all and they do not have cable. The marina has a restaurant with a bar. Some sites may require 2 sections of sewer hose. It is best to plan your route so that you do not have to drive through downtown Florence, because of a right curve to Rt. 20 that is not well labeled just before the bridge over the Tennessee River. The park is right off of AL SR20 (Coffee Road). The park has a fishing pier and disc golf. Downtown Florence is very nice with restaurants and upscale shops. The home of Helen Keller is in nearby Tuscumbia, Alabama and has "The Miracle Worker" outdoor drama in June & July.
Date of Stay: July, 2012
This campground is a city park with narrow, pull-thru campsites that do not have much grass. The trees have been heavily pruned to accommodate slides. If you are an arborist, you will not like the way they have pruned the trees. They do not allow dogs that are Pit Bull, Rottweiler or Chow and claim that this is because of a county ordinance. The party room with kitchen is nice for club meetings. Dollar General is across the street. Down the street is a great restaurant called Portofino's (Greek and Italian food) and the I-75 indoor flea market. When you look at a map, this campground is actually located in Rossville, Georgia. It is easy to miss the first entrance driveway, so slow down when you see the sign for Holiday Trav-L-Park. The entrance and the sign are on the right side.
Date of Stay: April, 2012
Wonderful campground with large, wide, long sites lined with tiny gravel and lots of grass between sites. Each site has a long table with a roof, a fire ring, a grill, a lantern stand and a small table. The sites on the Caney Fork River have a wooden fence at the back of the site and a hill down to the river. We only got 3 PBS TV stations with our antennae. Very quiet and relaxing. We saw several men who had caught trout in the river or brought their canoes or small fishing boats. The campground is right next to the Center Hill Dam. The closest grocery store is about 5 miles away in Gordonsville.
Date of Stay: September, 2011
Nice park but very isolated. We stayed in area A site 8 with sewer and there was a large grassy area across the street where children played frisbee and kickball which was a little noisy around supper time. The sites have a lot of gravel and not much grass. There was no Verizon phone service. The park has a general store, but there are no grocery stores, restaurants or gas stations nearby, just miles and miles of trees. If you have any type of serious illness, I would not stay here because the closest hospital is miles away. The trails have a lot of rocks and roots. The two waterfalls did not have much water flow when we were here in mid-September.