Date of Stay: June, 2014
We had reservations at Hillman Ferry Campground for five nights the week before the 4th of July week. We canceled and left after one night. It was way too crowded for us. We were in loop-D. One complaint that I have about this campground is the lack of a policy (or lack of policy enforcement) limiting the number and size of cars, boats, and golf carts at one site. The roads in loop D are narrow and it can be a tight squeeze because some visitors parked boats and cars partially on the road. The sites in loop D were gravel, reasonably level, and close together. A large number of the most spacious and most scenic lake front sites are designated as “walk up” sites, which means that you cannot reserve them. Once claimed, a walk-up site can be held for up to 21 days, so you can expect these to be taken up to three weeks before a summer holiday. The campground and beach area looked clean and well kept. There is a well stocked camp store. I had a site with sewage hook up (D-10), but the drain was located at the front of the site, and I was unable to connect to it with the fifteen foot hose that I carry. The staff was very friendly and helpful, and it was no trouble canceling my reservation and getting a refund.
Date of Stay: June, 2014
We spent four nights on a very nice paved site with a nice view of the woods. The campground was not crowded at all, while other area campgrounds were jammed packed. I can only figure that Energy Lake Campground is much less utilized because it is a much smaller campground that is located way off the beaten path, there is no campground store, there are only electric sites, and there is no dump station at the campground. The dump stations are located at (or near) the park visitor centers that are 10 to 15 miles away. Energy Lake Campground is very scenic and quiet. It is three or four miles from the Nature Center, which my kids enjoyed very much. The only negative that I have is that the lake swimming area is in need of maintenance. It looked dirty, the beach needs sand on it, and there was trash floating in the water and around the water line. I would not let my kids swim there. If I find myself in the area, I would stay there again because I believe that it is the best of the choices.
Date of Stay: May, 2014
Honeycomb campground is within an hour of our home and one of our favorite places for a long weekend getaway. It has a very nice and clean swimming beach area. It is true that most sites are not level, but that does not bother me too much. About twenty yards of the road leading up to the entrance gate is in disrepair, but the roads within the park are good paved roads. Cell phone and TV reception in the area is poor, which is a plus for me. I have heard others complain about the strict rules concerning parking multiple vehicles and boats at the campsites. In my opinion these are great rules. They keep the roads clear and there is an area for overflow and boat parking.
Date of Stay: December, 2010
This is hands down the best State Park that we have ever camped at. The park is well cared for, the camp sites are spacious, and the bath houses are outstanding. This is the only park that I have visited that I would rate the camping facilities as "10". The park is on the beach side of Highway 98 with a beautiful boardwalk across the sand dunes to the beach. Also, the beach is much less crowded that other area beaches.
Date of Stay: October, 2010
This is a nice park with very nice hiking trails. There is a nice restaurant at the park. The park has several old stone buildings that were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corp (nice to see). However, the camping facilities are lacking. The bathhouses are adequate, but a bit old and run down for such a popular park; there was no paper towels, hand dryers or soap. The sites are paved, but in some cases unlevel; in section "c", the water spigot is on the opposite side and end of the site from where it needs to be (have two hoses with you). Most sites are under pine trees (I'm not crazy about camping in a pine thicket, but that's just me). Lastly, the closest close washing facility is 25 minutes away.