Date of Stay: October, 2015
We were looking for a camp site for the night near the Unclaimed Baggage store in Scottsboro, and this was close and on the way. We arrived at the state park at night without reservations but the gate to the park and visitors center was closed. We were about to leave when a Ranger pulled up behind us and pointed out that we had passed the campground road a few hundred feet back and we could just pick a spot and pay in the morning (just watch for the small campground sign on the right just after you make the last turn to the park road). He then helped us back into one of the electric back-in sites, which were actually pretty wide and long enough to allow us to keep our 16' Camper and pickup attached. The sites are all grass, entered from a gravel loop road. The electric and water sites appear to be back-in, and there are a few primitive pull-through sites inside the loop, mostly used by tenters and class B vans. The restroom was well lit and clean. They hope to get a dump station next year, but there was none available at this time. This would be an excellent spot for a visit to the nice caverns at this state park, they are just up the hill at the visitors center.
Date of Stay: April, 2014
Pretty park with a trail leading directly to the water from our campsite in B loop. The road leading to the state park from Hwy 61 was in need of repairs and looks like part could flood in heavy rains. We never met the staff since we arrived late and left the next day. You can take Hwy 61 direct to downtown Natchez, or take the prettier Natchez Trace highway just a mile down the road for a more scenic drive. We would stay here again.
Date of Stay: April, 2014
Well maintained park. We just needed a place to spend the night while traveling and with the Access pass, the $20 fee was reduced to $10. The sites in the Sweetgum loop are large with plenty of room for our 16' Scamp. Each site has full hookups. We hiked the paved trail that also leads to the other camping loop and boat ramp. The host greeted us and they kept the restrooms spotless. We would gladly stay here again. We thought about reserving in advance but then you have to pay a reservation fee, so we just took a chance on a site being open when we got here and there were several to choose from.
Date of Stay: August, 2013
Nice quiet, well shaded park with several walking trails and mountain bike trails. The sites were not very level, so make sure you have equipment that will help you get level (blocks, etc). Most sites are small, so this would not be a very good park for the largest campers. Check the reservation website closely for length before you reserve! We had good TV coverage and cell phone coverage. WI-FI access is available near the visitor center with the code posted on the door. Hosts were pleasant. Restrooms were clean and showers worked well. This is a good place to camp if you want to visit downtown Greenville, and if you have bikes you can park next to the "Swamp Rabbit Trail" and pedal downtown and avoid the traffic.
Date of Stay: June, 2011
The basic rate was $33 per night (there was a waterfront site available for an extra $9 per night so we upgraded). This is a very well equipped state park, with clean, air conditioned shower and rest rooms. All sites had full hookups and connections were in good shape. The pool was the nicest we have ever seen at a state park. Had partial shade in the middle of the pool to shield from the sun, and the kids pool area was actually made of the soft playground material for safety and had water jets for the them to run through. The nature center was small but had good exhibits available. Extensive trail system allows riding your bike to the downtown Orange Beach area if you like, and had a screened picnic shelter plus rest rooms where the trails joined each other. They had a notice that they were still working on the wireless internet, but stated it was available at the activity center. We will return!
Date of Stay: January, 2011
We came here for the central location for kayaking. The RV campsites are large and level and contained water/electric/sewer hookups, with 30/50 amp. Each RV site had a picnic table, fire ring with flip grill, and a campground style barbecue that had an adjustable height grill surface. Sites were clean and well maintained and had pretty Florida fauna surrounding them, but no large shade trees. You will need hard pegs if planning on staking anything out, and they have those available in the shop if you don't have any. Restrooms and showers were clean and heated in the winter. The ranger we saw at the camp store was very friendly and full of local information. You can swim and also launch canoes and kayaks at the park if you are camping there. The distance to the river encourages bringing your kayak or canoe wheels, or you can borrow the heavy duty sets of canoe wheels they provide next to the camp store that will hold at least 2 kayaks or the widest/heaviest canoe you're likely to bring. The trail to the river is paved the entire way and easy to maneuver. We used the campsite as our base camp to paddle several springs/rivers, and you can paddle up 1 1/4 miles to the headwaters, and float back down, or organize a shuttle and float down to Dunnellon. Our GPS would have taken us to the headwaters side of the river, but the campground is actually on the East side of the river, so you need to be sure to head to the correct entry or drive an extra 7 miles. From I-75 take Exit 352 to get on Hwy 40. Follow Hwy 40 West for approximately 14 miles. Turn South on to SW 180th Ave Road. The campground entrance is approximately 3 miles on the right, right after a curve in the road. You vehicle pass is also good for free entry to the headwaters part of the campground.
Date of Stay: August, 2010
We camped one night on the "beach side" sites. Hurricane Ike appears to have eaten part of the road that looped closer to the water, so you have to back your rig in to your site all the way from the central access road to each loop. If you're not good at backing, check the map and try to get a site closest to the central road. There is a sand dune blocking view of the surf, but the walk is not very far at all to the beach. You have a lot of privacy when you visit the beach so we enjoyed our stay here, and the location was ideal for touring Galveston or if you plan to catch the ferry to the Bolivar peninsula. Not much to do on the ocean side except visit the beach. Restrooms were clean and adequate, but nothing to rave about. Each beach site has a concrete shade shelter over a picnic table.