Date of Stay: March, 2012
Beautiful well laid out campground. Excellent check-in staff. Nightly rate is discounted. Very, very deep back in sites that are very definitely big rig friendly. Pull thru's have a sharp angle of attack and may pose problems for longer rigs entering and exiting the pull thru site. Only reason I didn't rate the CG a 10 is there are no sewer hookups, cable, or wi-fi. As state parks go, it's beautiful and will be even more so as the area recovers from the construction. A definite diamond in the rough well worth a visit. You won't be disappointed.
Date of Stay: January, 2012
Very helpful office and reservation staff. Campground is very well laid out & big rig friendly. Hookups are conveniently located. Sites are all reasonably level. We were on a pull-through site and all pull-throughs are paved with easy entry & exit. One of the best laid out state park campgrounds we've ever stayed at. It'll take you 20 minutes or so to get to the campground from the Interstate 65 218 exit. Campground sits on top of Lookout Mountain. The grade up the mountain from Ft. Payne is approximately 7% to 8% and about a mile long. Nightly rate does not reflect senior (over age 62) discount.
Date of Stay: December, 2011
Excellent young lady office staff at checkin. Well manicured CG. Very family oriented. Reasonably well laid out interior gravel roads. New section is big rig friendly. Older CG section was undergoing interior road upgrade during our stay and IMHO is not big rig friendly. Older CG section did not have cable TV and is $10 per night cheaper. Rate shown is new section rate including "GS" discount. Plenty of shade in older section. No shade in new section. Escorted to site by helpful staff. New section sites have concrete pads, older section sites are gravel. Very good utility connections. After arriving at site and rig completing set up, I spent 15 minutes picking up numerous cigarette butts scattered around the entire site. There was several pieces of new trash along with burned beer cans left in our site fire pit. Walks around the CG during our stay revealed several other fire pits being used as trash receptacles. The campground was in definite need of a thorough litter and trash pickup effort. CG is open and not gated or secure from outside visitors.
Date of Stay: November, 2011
Excellent gravel sites with 50 amp electrical hookups and good water pressure. Plenty of good gravel on the sites, with asphalt back in lanes and interior roads. Well cared for and excellent rates. A very good Corps campground.
Date of Stay: November, 2011
Rate reflects winter group rate. Some sites individually owned and many sites are for sale. All rental sites desperately require new layers of gravel and refreshing; after rain nearly all sites are muddy. All sites are cramped side to side and difficult to back into with anything over 30'. Owners seem more intent on selling sites than renting short term. Office closed at 3pm. Upon our arrival at 3:15pm, we were directed by late arrival paperwork to our site. After backing into our site we discovered our site had no power. Back to the office we go. We called a listed emergency number on the door, as there is no on-site campground host or security. Gentleman at emergency contact told us he was off property until the next day and to move to another site. We did. As we backed onto the 2nd site, our 5'ers wheels sank to the wheel rims in soft chat. Called again and was told this time to move to another specific site (3rd site) but that site upon arrival, was a mud pit and too short for our 32' 5'er. (How would you like to pay $45K+ for a site, arrive with no power at the site, and get told, "Sorry, I'm off property and there's nothing I can do for you right now?") We returned to the office (again) for a list of "vacant/available sites" listed outside on the office door. Chose one (by now site #4) but when we drove to it, the site was already occupied. We chose site number 5 because it was simply empty and we weren't ready for number 6. Very poor campground maintenance. We stayed 5 days. During that time, the power was not repaired to our initial site, the deep wheel ruts we created on our 2nd site still hadn't been repaired. Our group reserved the community room and the hot water heater was already broken and remained broken the entire 5 days we were here. (Try washing dishes for 24 people in cold water.) The windows were missing off the rental cabins. The hot spa, IMHO, is a germ pool as we never saw any kind of daily maintenance performed. We never saw any kind of security during our 5 days here after the office closed at 3pm. This CG has very nice facilities, but they're not going to last long with the attitude the operators have towards selling what they have as opposed to renting weekend sites. It's a shame; looks like at one time it was a nice CG. Find another CG, this one's not going to be around much longer.
Date of Stay: September, 2011
Very nice level campground, with good gravel on each site and good gravel interior roads. Most nice.