Date of Stay: April, 2009
Thank you, Tiffin, for making these sites available to us for only $10 a night while we are here for repairs. This "parking lot" campground has all you need--good electric, water, sewer and free Wi-Fi. The camp hosts are personable and friendly and keep you apprised of your appointment time and place. There are clean bathrooms/showers and a laundromat. There is also a very nice customer lounge. The only thing that really really really bothers us is the terrible dust that blows throughout the campground. Even after a heavy rain, by the next day the dust started up again. Oh, well, we are happy to have the campground available and will just deal with the dust. We know how lucky we are to have bought a Tiffin product.
Date of Stay: April, 2009
We have stayed here a few times for overnight only on our way to Red Bay, AL to visit the Tiffin factory. It is fine for an overnight stay, but, boy, it is getting "long in the tooth." The office looks tired and the campground roads are full of potholes and ruts. There are piles of gravel but apparently no one is available to put it to use. There is a nice little fishing pond, but it is overrun with bottom growth making it very difficult to fish. The sewer cap was missing from our site and some others and there was standing water in the sewer pipe on our site. We did not dump so we don't know if it was clogged or not. The bathhouses are clean but in a run down state of disrepair. There are missing tiles and missing ceiling panels. The folks who checked us in were pleasant enough, but appeared to be elderly and somewhat frail. I don't know if they are the owners, but this place definitely needs help. A few years ago there were more campers here when we would stop this time of year, but this time we were one of only 4 rigs that pulled in for the night. Unfortunately this park has seen better days. I don't know if it is lack of funds or inertia that has brought it to this state. Unless we hear that some attention has been paid to these deficiencies, I do believe that we will look for another park to use as our stopping-off point next year on our trip to Red Bay.
Date of Stay: April, 2009
We've stayed here 4 times over the past 8 years to go to the Masters. We love the sites and have no trouble finding ones that will fit our 40' motorhome. Although the gates are locked at night, you are given the code to open the lock if you need to. Park rangers patrol frequently. Each time we have been here the park has been nice and quiet. The only area that really needs improvement is the bathroom/shower facility. The shower floors are improperly sloped so the water doesn't drain. There are holes in some of the walls and some tiles are missing. The bathhouses definitely are in need of a facelift. On this visit it seemed that the bathhouses had not been cleaned very well on any of the 3 days we were there. And this was not necessarily attributable to the fact that we had heavy rain one of the nights. However, the park is quite pretty and the views from the sites are wonderful. We also appreciated the fact that there are many gray water disposal drains located throughout the camping areas. We were able to stretch a garden hose from our site to the nearby drain which was very convenient. We will be back next year when we come to the Masters again.
Date of Stay: April, 2008
We are Thousand Trails members so we camped here at no charge. The campground is huge and there are some steep hills to climb to get to various "phases" of the park. The main roads are in terrible condition. This was our first visit and we were disappointed that they have been let go without upkeep for apparently a long time. The "town hall" is where activities are held and wireless internet is available. A word of caution: one evening I walked out the exit door to go across a covered walkway to the next building. The door to the next building was locked. I turned around to return to the main building and found myself completely locked out and unable to get off the "bridge" which is many feet in the air above the ground below. Luckily I had my cell phone with me and called my spouse to come "rescue" me. Had I been unable to get a phone signal or had I not carried my phone with me, I would have been trapped out there in the cold rainy night for hours or worse as there was hardly anybody in the park. As the building is supposed to be locked up at 10 pm, I guess I would have been discovered by then. I reported this to the ranger at that time and he apologized and said he may have forgotten to unlock the door. But I saw the same thing happen twice more to two others--including the activities director who said the door lock was defective. That bad experience notwithstanding, we had an absolutely amazingly friendly reception the first time we walked into the "town hall" on Saturday evening of our arrival. A group of people immediately said hello, introduced themselves and asked our names, took us on a tour of the facility (door didn't lock us out that first time!) and invited us to play "baseball" that evening. The ranger who checked us in was also very friendly and helpful. Although it rained and rained most of the time we were there, there was enough of a break in the bad weather to allow putting the kayak in the lake and fishing. Warning--check yourself carefully after walking in the woods. Hubby found 4 ticks on himself a little later. Every site we saw had a concrete patio and was fairly level. We enjoyed our stay here and appreciated the closeness to the Natchez Trace.
Date of Stay: April, 2008
Stopped here for just an overnight stay on our way to NC. The fee was $45.00 less a 10% Good Sam discount. We had a pull through site with 50 amps, water, sewer, cable and wifi. The cable was excellent, until the next morning when it was apparently down. The wifi required a password supplied at check in and worked well. The resort is neat and tidy, but many sites--especially upon first entering the park--are extremely cramped, in our opinion. Had our neighbors decided to have a campfire in the provided ring we would have been concerned for the safety of our RV and tow vehicle. Just a "heads-up"--the entrance sign is beautiful, but is medium dark stone (maybe it was just wet from recent heavy rain) with black letters. It was hard to see and we arrived at 2:30 pm. It is set back quite a bit from the main road. We almost missed it and would have missed the turn. We are glad we didn't because this seems to be a lovely resort. We would definitely return, but if we were staying longer than one night would try to find a site that is spacious enough to not be on top of the neighboring RVs.
Date of Stay: December, 2007
Park and facilities are spotless. Sites were large and level. Many of them have an "extension" giving you a large bonus area for your picnic table or whatever. The camp hosts rake the pea gravel as guests leave in preparation for the new arrivals. Fishing was good and kayaking was fun. Access to the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail for bicycling or walking is just across the highway. It was a little dicey walking our bikes across, but we waited for an absolute clearing in both directions and crossed safely. Grocery stores (Winn-Dixie and Publix) and shopping (K-Mart) are about 5 miles south. The "no-see-ums" will bother you and bug spray is recommended. Although there was no shade, the 50 amp electric allowed us to use our air conditioners when necessary. The camp hosts were friendly. We loved this park and will look forward to staying here again.
Date of Stay: September, 2007
This has to be one of the most disappointing parks in the Thousand Trails/NACO system we have visited. We've been here frequently over the past 7 years because we needed to be in the area for business and it still ranks near the bottom of the barrel of TT parks we have visited. The majority of sites are taken up by seasonals. Although the transient sites are not equipped with fire rings, all the seasonals seem to be allowed to have campfires as they have firewood stacked and individual fire pits/rings, chimineas. There are very few 50 amp sites, and over the years, most of those have been taken over by permanent seasonal park models and/or rental cabins. The units that the managers live in are among the most decrepit in the entire park. Just recently one of them near the back of the park was replaced with a fairly decent-looking unit and apparently the other one near the entrance way is also being moved aside. The sites are terribly close together and rather unlevel both side to side and front to back especially for a longer rig. There were 8 sites near the pond at the far end of the first two rows that were very level and quite nice for transients. Guess what! Those have now been set aside for seasonal use only, and even if they are empty the transients may not use them. The exercise room/modem room used to be in the main building and was a rather large airy room. Now they turned that room into the "store" and have relegated the guests who wish to use the exercise equipment or the WIFI to the little building near the main building which used to hold the store. That building is small, dank, dark and smelly. I'd be afraid to breathe the air in that horrible little smelly building for any period of time. Apparently the managers or workers smoke as the main building frequently smells of cigarette smoke. Although the old building behind the lake near the storage area has finally been torn down and removed, that area still is not attractive. The entire campground is infested with mosquitos making being outside miserable. Although it is not the campground's fault that mosquitos abound, arrangements should be made with the proper authorities to spray frequently. The possibility of West Nile Virus and other mosquito-borne diseases are nothing to be made light of. The self-standing bathhouse is very dated and badly in need of updating or totally refurbished. Although I am sure the seasonals probably really like the place, for a traveling Thousand Trails member, it is considered a real DUMP! Believe me, if this was the park that prospective members were to tour, no one would ever buy a Thousand Trails membership. Every time we pull in we are reminded why we said we would never return. But since we have paid for our membership, we keep hoping things will improve and we won't be embarrassed to have our friends come and visit us there. Sadly, I don't see this happening. Spray for mosquitos, enlarge and level the sites, clean up the decrepit rigs, update the buildings, and then TT members will be proud to rate this place higher.
Date of Stay: March, 2007
Excellent campground for the overnight traveler. Staff is friendly and helpful. Access to the park and to the sites is easy. Departure is also easy. The bathrooms are always spotless. And the free WiFi is appreciated. The electric was good-we used 50 amp. The cable was a little fuzzy but not bad. I was at the farthest site from the office and still had a good signal. We actually went a little out of our way to stay here overnight on our return north. Just what you need after a long day's travel.
Date of Stay: February, 2007
Note: We emailed this review on 2/10/07 but it hasn't shown up yet. In case it never made it to you, here it is again: This campground is quite pleasant. About half the sites have 50 amp service and sewer service. The remaining sites have 30 amp service but no sewer service. There is a "honey wagon" service available for a fee. When you come into the park, you may not be able to get a sewer site right away. The rangers will have you pick a non-sewered site and they will place your name on a waiting list for a sewer site to become vacated. The system has some glitches but eventually works out. There are some fun events/activities scheduled if you wish to participate. One of the best assets of this park is the manager, Debbie. She is fun, friendly, and helpful. She truly seems to enjoy her job and believes her job is to make the campers happy. Her weekly Saturday "meet the manager" meetings are a hoot! Another tremendous asset to the park is that the Peace River is accessible from the park. If you wish to fish, gather fossils, canoe or kayak, you can. Just watch out for alligators. On two kayak trips we saw a 6 foot alligator and a much-larger three-legged gator they call "Stumpy" on the banks. Both gators splashed into the water as they noticed us. The bathrooms are spotless. Employees seem to be happy and pleasant to the guests. There are some huge potholes within the park that need to be addressed. We have been full timing for almost 7 years and enjoy using our Thousand Trails membership and visiting the TT parks. This park and its manager are gems!
Date of Stay: July, 2006
We made a long drive on a special trip just to visit this campground as it had such good reviews. Our reception was sadly lacking. We went into the building and directly to the registration desk to ask if we could take a tour of the property. The woman receptionist never gave us a smile. She indicated on a campground map where the only spots our large motorhome would fit were and marked a car pass with a time 20 minutes from that moment saying that would give us enough time. She never offered one word of information about the place or what they offered, nor did she ask if we had any questions. She then told us to pull up to the security gate. It took almost five minutes for the gate to be opened. As a result we spent more time trying to read the map and find our way around than we did seeing the campground. What we did have time to see what that the place was very neat and tidy. The majority of the sites were "cozy." The few large rig sites available seemed adequate. But, here was a disturbing fact. We passed many people on our short visit and not one of them waved to us or acknowleged us. This is not how most campgrounds are in our experience. We have no idea if the bathrooms were clean or how the pool area looked as we were not allowed time to really look around. We are in our 6th year of fulltiming and find it hard to understand why people who do not enjoy interacting with other people get into the customer service business. If the woman in the office who "greeted" us was the owner, shame on her. If the owner doesn't instill friendliness and a welcoming manner in his/her employees by example and by insistence, shame on him/her. Wish we could have felt welcomed to take our time to check out the facility and amenities and to come back into the office with any questions. Sure didn't happen!
Date of Stay: April, 2006
A very nice, older, but well-kept campground. We arrived after a thunderstorm and the potholes in the roads were full of water as were the sunken fire rings. It was not terrible, but you definitely had to travel slowly. Some vehicles flew past so fast they hit the water-filled potholes sending mud flying through the air. The one way roads are a little convoluted but are not difficult to understand as long as you go slowly enough to see the signs. We were there on Good Friday for just an overnight stay, but many families apparently were here for the Easter weekend. They seemed to be having a fun time fishing on the lake. We had luck and caught (and released) many large bass. The bathrooms are updated and spotless. The shower stall itself is very small. The wood "shelf" that a previous reviewer was speaking of is actually a bench to sit on while toweling off and dressing. However, because it does not fold out of the way, it definitely gets in the way when you are trying to get dressed. It was very quiet in the section we were in. There were activities scheduled for the families for the weekend. The only complaint we have is one that would easily be remedied--the office reeked of cigarette smoke. Although the young man who checked us in was pleasant and had a great sense of humor, we couldn't wait to get out of there and away from the awful smell of smoke. In this day and age, it is inexcusable to subject your guests to second-hand smoke. This, and the lack of WIFI, is why we didn't rate this a 10. We loved the campground. It's beautiful--but please, make all buildings non-smoking. Despite this and the lack of WIFI, we definitely would return when traveling this way again.
Date of Stay: April, 2006
Excellent, clean, neat and tidy campground. We stopped here for the night and found easy access from interstate 81. The sites are pull throughs and level. The woman who checked us in was very pleasant and helpful. There were 3 small stocked ponds for fishing. The one hidden up on the hill was particularly pretty with the purple flowers on the trees in bloom. There is also a driving range with a small natural turf teeing area. The 50 amp electric was good. Free WIFI was much appreciated. Also good cable with many stations was also free. Bathroom facility was modern and absolutely spotless. The park was very quiet. Overall a very pleasant facility and one at which we would have stayed longer if travel plans permitted. We will definitely tell our traveling friends about this nice park.