Date of Stay:
November, 2012 -
We stay at this park regularly and it is really nice. Checked the web site and at this time of the year (Thanksgiving week) we couldn't make a reservation. Assuming there would be plenty of spots open out of 60, we drove there with no concerns. Upon arrival, we saw that only loop one was open. Luckily, there was a spot open big enough for us. The moral is: make sure you call ahead and speak to someone if off-peak season. We camped at Whitten Park COE in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay:
July, 2011 -
I've been using this site for 5 years and this is my first post. Since the last review, some things have obviously changed, so I wanted people to know. First: we reserved a specific site but someone was in it. The 'office/store' was not open so we had no choice but to pull in to another site. We found out later that the office is now at the lodge (I suppose, since we never actually saw it.) But, even if we had known that, we would never have been able to drive up that steep road in our 40' motorhome. When I finally got through to the office phone number, a man did drive down and offer to make our site stealer move. But, by that time, we had already pulled into another site. We never saw anyone who worked at the park again. So, the first thing you need to know is that the RV park office and store is now just restrooms and laundry. We didn't go inside. The next thing is that the restaurant is no longer in operation. One of the reasons we chose this park was based on the good reviews here. We ended up in a pull through, which was not bad, kind of hard to get in and out of, and in July heat, there was never any shade. Some of the back in sites (14 and under) were shady in the afternoon, but they were all taken and I don't think they were 50 amp (which we require to keep both a/c units going.) It's hard to find many parks that are truly big rig friendly, but when we were leaving, the windy road to get back to hwy 30 made this park just barely 'friendly' to us. Good thing my husband is a really good driver or we'd still be here. We did try the pool. There were about 5 or 6 people in it and that pretty much left no room for us, so we left really quick. I hate to be totally negative, but the first night, there was a water line break and the entire park had no water until mid-day the next day. The good thing was that we were able to go rafting. We only did the Hiwassee, but we've done the Ocoee lots of times and wanted to try rafting on our own for a change. It was a lot of fun. The scenery at the campground was nice, but a long walk to the river just to see it once or twice. It would have been nice to have a grill, Wi-Fi, a place to buy some water on site, some shade, a place to check in, garbage picked up more often, but other than that, well, we've seen worse places. We camped at Black Bear Cove in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay:
May, 2011 -
In the past, we have always stayed at the State Park, but being in a big rig always made that a challenge. The nice things about this park were that it is closer to the ocean, the large sites, concrete pads, sewer and Wi-Fi. The bad things were the loud Karaoke till 2am at Newbys, the sand spurs, and little things like $3 for a bag of ice, the washer and dryers were really expensive, never any newspapers in the machine outside of the office and having to walk to the dumpster on the far end of the park. Why not have a big ice machine and for $90+ a night, free laundry, free papers, a grassy area to walk the dogs. It's the little things that I remember most. We camped at Panama City Beach RV Resort in a Motorhome.