Date of Stay: May, 2014
We heard a lot through the grapevine about this park, so we braved memorial day traffic for a long haul here - totally worth it. The first thing we noticed were the sites were spaced out so we were not on top of each other. Couple that with the very old and mature trees covered in Spanish moss and you have a awesome atmosphere and lots of shade. Hookups are older, but clean and functional. Sites are very level. The campground worked on having as many pull thru sites as possible so parking is a breeze. Campground three had a awesome playground close too or visible from almost all sites on the inner loop near it - we pointed to it and told the kids to go run amok. There are some very cool hikes at the state park, if you go to the observation tower and walk around it to the marsh you can watch 100's of Fiddler crabs scurrying around. They have good activities, I recommend the night hike. NOTES: Of all Ga State Parks this is the busiest for camping (per head ranger) so plan in advance. Gates close at 10pm and you need a passcode, so if you run late because of traffic call ahead for code. Regardless of what old maps you see of the grounds there is no swimming pool. If you are coming from Atlanta on I-16, note there is 32 miles of construction where they collapse down to one lane. Con: The only reason I didn't give this a 10 is the restrooms on Campground three could use some TLC - they are definitely clean but things like shower heads could be fixed or replaced.
Date of Stay: August, 2013
This is a awesome location - at beginning of Pigeon Forge at Light 10. Perfect access to get on bypass to Smokey's, through tunnel to Gatlinburg, or straight on to Pigeon Forge. Pro's: Site actually have room for awning and place to sprawl out or let kids play, Sites are very well kept, Pool is small, but not crowded, great shade, awesome location, well stocked store, perfectly level site (first time I didn't have to lift a tire), great arcade for young adults, the bathrooms are insane. Cons: Big Rigs fit, but you will have a heck of a time parking (clearance on road and tight parking mean asking neighbors to move or being blocked in when trying to leave) - Once you are in place the site is worth it, water pressure is low (but campground was 100% when I was there in labor day weekend), TV signal is analog so picture isn't that great. The bathrooms only have 3 showers in each - but the bathrooms are immaculate and done like they were in a mansion (coordinated tile, chandeliers, spa style shower heads and massagers, piped music). You have to see these. Was very happy here. The clearance to back in and maneuver became really annoying, but I'll overlook that for the quality of the experience. The lack of maneuverability is what took score from 10 to 8.
Date of Stay: June, 2013
This was a COE campground bought by the county. It is a solid park, and we would return. But it is an overall average visit for someone with a trailer. This was obviously all tents at one point that was converted so some site layouts are tight or not optimal. Pro's: Most spots are very shady, excellent lake views and access, site entrances may be close to one another, but sites themselves have lots of distance between sites, bathrooms clean, good rates. Con's: Watch your slides, you have a 50/50 chance of them not having enough space, many gathering area's are many steps down from where camper is parked, sites need maintenance - railroad ties are disintegrating, bath houses are often a long walk and have only 2 shower stalls (but clean). Like I said, no frills here, but solid park. We would return again.
Date of Stay: July, 2012
This was a solid place to camp - decent sites, good rates, beautiful views, etc. Would camp here again. But there wasn't anything to make it stand out so I gave it a above average rating. BENIFITS: Easy access to a lake that is never really busy (even on July 4 when we went). Rangers are very helpful. Bath house was very clean and well kept. Great playgrounds. Gathering area overlooking water near ranger station was great place to hang out with family. Many lake access sites. Sites well shaded. CONS: Sites too narrow - your fire pit will be .5-1feet away from an extended awning if not under it. The sites need to be regraveled - very fine "break dust" like soil gets everywhere and turns to a lot of mud when rains. RECOMMENDATIONS: Loop 3, Site 57, 56, 55 are all fantastic sites on a peninsula overlooking water. All well shaded and close to bath house.
Date of Stay: October, 2011
I've stayed here twice now, both times on a sold out Halloween Celebration weekend in October. The park is packed and at capacity with all sites booked months in advance. So review reflects the campground busting at seams. PRO's: Quick check-In, friendly staff, well leveled sites, grass well maintained around sites, good green space, some well shaded sites (about 25-35% of park), beautiful pools and entertainment area (shuffleboard and arcade), entertainment for kids, right on Peace River, bathhouse well maintained although they could use more shower stalls. CON's: Quiet time loosely enforced, not enough security when park is packed (vandalism occurred), planned activities didn't go well with not enough supplies or staff to run it, fire rings are constantly moved and not at each site. TIP: Sewer can be quite a distance back from your site, make sure you have a long enough hose and support it. If you plan on doing the Halloween celebration, register in May. Pay attention to your hookups - some site are 50/30 and some are only 30. Site 102-111 and 140-151 should have decent shade under treeline. SUMMARY: This is a good campground who handled capacity fairly well and I would definitely visit again.
Date of Stay: October, 2011
For me, this set the standard for a "10" and is what other campgrounds should aspire to. PRO's: Drive Up Check-In (never leave vehicle), Entertainment on Site (Character Dining, Movies on lawn, 24hr heated pool and water slide), bathrooms are nicer and cleaner than mine at home, showers are huge, transportation to Magic Kingdom by Ferry, meticulously kept sites (redressed after each camper leaves), Level sites, good shade areas, very friendly staff, well stocked camp stores. CON's: Park is so spread out, that where you are located be the difference between a long walk or renting a golf cart at $50.00 a day (try to influence what loop you get), Bus's within park could run on slightly quicker schedule but it's adequate, if on a meal plan - there is no decent quick-service on site you will need to bus over to the lodge. TIPs: The only difference between a preferred site and a premium site is that premium sites are slightly larger with newer equipment (tables, grills, etc). However the preferred sites are closer to food, ferry, and entertainment. Personally, I would aim for loops 100-400. Note that there is a cut through to the ferry on site 100. Avoid crowds at the kingdom, you can watch the evening fireworks from the beach at the campground. GPS will take you to lodge, not the campground - trust signs once in Disney, not the GPS. Give yourself at least one day at the campground to enjoy what is there, we were in the magic kingdom so much we didn't get to try things like the pool.
Date of Stay: September, 2011
NOTE: This is for the campground, not Stone Mountain Park itself and was for a Electric and Water site for a large pop up (although we were ultimately upgraded to a W/E site for a large pull behind trailer). Had high expectations for this campground and was disappointed. Unless you had a premium site, the grounds could be in average to poor shape. Ended up moving because original (2) assigned sites were so poor we could not use it. Shuttle service after fireworks show had 1 shuttle running for close to 200 campers getting back - but believe this was a one time problem, still had 60-90 min wait. PRO's: Very friendly staff, quick check-in, shuttle service to park, security patrols often throughout night, bathhouse clean, swimming pool, large shade trees, beautiful lake, great entertainment nearby. CON's: Unless you had a premium site many sites were in rough shape (missing fire rings, wash out, poor roads, no grass, debris on site, may not be level), roads very narrow (even for my pop up!) and some roads in bad shape, sites crammed together, when campground is full parking is tricky (too many cars, not enough room). Grounds are very hit and miss. If you could scout a site out first, you could have a very pleasant experience. Avoid Loop A if possible, avoid sites 51 and 52 all together. Loop C and E was premium and looked very nice. ENTERTAINMENT: You MUST see the park, too much to list here to do from kids to adults, take in laser light show if you can. So impressed that we bought annual passes. Ironically it comes with free camping - but will be very picky about our site next time.
Date of Stay: August, 2011
I was wondering if this would live up to the comments I have heard but it did. This will now be our "local haunt" when camping. It's smaller (35 sites) and more intimate but very well laid out. We normally tour a park to write down good and bad sites for next time. *There is not one bad site here*. Pros: VERY well kept and designed sites, Well shaded, almost all sites are 40 ft capacity sites, different but very useful fire pits, extremely clean and well kept bathrooms, beautiful river, great playgrounds, very friendly staff, excellent pool, Park Rangers were very friendly and patrol area. Cons: Things to do on site (Hiking, Pool, GeoCaching, River, playgrounds) but not much around otherwise (like mountains, waterfalls, etc). Other than that - No negatives. Only reason I gave it a 9 is because there are no extra amenities like sewer or cable. If you want to save money on your site and parking, take a look at their "Friends of the Georgia State Parks" program.
Date of Stay: July, 2011
Great park overall - had wonderful stay. Be careful when booking - park is very popular and can book fast, especially lake front sites. Pro: Sites VERY level and well kept, attentive and friendly office staff, camp host very active and friendly, gray water dump sites located around park, good shade trees, large firewood bundles at good price (even delivered), quiet lake. Con: Front office closes by 5 PM, only garbage site is at front of campground (so those in back have to drive their trash up each night), separate cost for parking pass. We ended up joining "Friends of the GA State Parks" program - a reasonable donation gets you free parking passes and 1-3 nights stay for free in state parks. You may want to check it out.
Date of Stay: June, 2011
Originally a day use only park, was converted by Army Corps of Engineers to a true campground. Recently renovated - new aslphalt roads, sites leveled well, brand new playground, all new electric hookup and water connections. Sites 30-36 (on a peninsula) have great water views. Sites 8/9 and 23-28 have great access to small clean beaches. Site 28 even has a brand new wooden deck attached to the site. Pro's: Nicely wooded, level sites, clean sites, well maintained, new hookups on each site, boat ramp access, beach access. Con's: Going to be tight for bigger RV's (30ft+)or limited site selection. Best for pull behinds or Pop-Up's. Restrooms could have been cleaned a little more often.
Date of Stay: May, 2011
Park is clean and well kept. Staff is very friendly, honest, and goes out of their way to help. Restrooms and showers are very nice and extremely clean. Lots to do for kids: 3-4 playgrounds, pool, scheduled activities all day with minimal cost for materials. Pro's: Staff, clean, lots to do for kids, sewer hookup, some cable TV hook-ups, great pool area, quick checkin, friendly, neat activities. Con's: No shade whatsoever, poor running of kids activity if there is more than 8 kids that show up, not much grass around individual sites, cost gets expensive per night because they charge an additional $5.00 per person. Overall a good park, just some small "cons" that are not deal breakers.