Date of Stay: October, 2011
We found this park by accident and love it. The check-in staff is super friendly and live onsite. The campsites are huge and most of them are pull-through. All of them have a fire ring, table and bench and a grill. It has an olympic-size swimming pool. The bathrooms were impeccably clean. However, the showers do not have a hot/cold level, only on and off. So no hot showers are possible. We camped here on a chilly morning and didn't enjoy a cold shower. We hope they will change that in the future. We stayed on lot #6 and paid $28 with Good Sam membership. Overall the place has a friendly vibe. The nearby old Florida style towns of Alachua and High Springs have a lot to offer. First class restaurants, gift chops, garden centers, tons of hardware stores and a gazillion antique shops. Access to I-75 is 20 seconds from the campground away. We would definitely recommend this place.
Date of Stay: September, 2011
We arrived during a rain storm and noticed most of the campground was under water. All campsites are small, narrow and have no privacy (are wide open). Our assigned site was completely flooded and we were afraid to get electrocuted if we plug anything into the outlets. We asked for a new site that is on a little dryer ground. We received a much smaller site on a grassy area. We thought that would be better, because of our two dogs. We were wrong. The entire glass area was infested with fire ants. We had to tip-toe quickly to get in and out of our camper. Overall the park was too overpriced for fire ants, flooding and extremely dirty bathrooms. The front desk (with 3 people that didn't do much) was not helpful and pretended to be clueless about service. We stayed for 7 days and nobody cleaned anything. Everything the park claims to have is, available at an extra charge. Absolutely nothing is offered here for free or is included in the outrageous camping fee. The dog park was always over packed with pets and people that don't belong in the park itself. So we couldn't use that. We would never recommend to stay at this park to anybody, because of its nickel-and-diming-for-everything attitude. It would have been much better to stay in a state park for a reasonable price instead. We won't be back here - ever!
Date of Stay: August, 2011
Our favorite park with a natural spring. The campground is in walking distance to the spring and the river. It's very secure and well maintained. We love that the park developed a balanced existence between people and animals. They have deers running freely in the campground. Native non-poisenous snakes are allowed to stay near the spring in their natural habitat, without being killed or disturbed. The park rangers are friendly and very informative. The boat ramp for the river is close to the parking lot, which makes launching a boat easy. Further down the river are other accessible springs. The bathhouses are very clean and so are the laundry facilities. The lots are super large with an enormous privacy space around each lot. We stayed at lot #61 and looked into the forest and watched the deer. A nearby town of Chiefland offers great restaurants, a classy winery and plenty of grocery stores. We come here a few times a year and the park and campground have never lost any of its magic. It is truly a rare Florida gem.