Date of Stay: July, 2012
My hubby was working in the Melbourne area so we decided to take the RV there rather than stay in hotels. Since I lean toward state/national parks over RV parks, I was pleased to see the multitude of trees, lakes and open areas, a very natural setting. It was a very hot July in Florida and the a/c was constantly cranking, yet we experienced no power issues whatsoever. The bathrooms were clean but the showers, while hot and had good pressure, definitely need some upgrading! The rubber floors were coming up around the edges, allowing a view of the unsightly flooring underneath. There are only thin curtains on the shower stalls and only one open changing area for 3 showers, does not allow for very much privacy. When we stayed here was no sewer hook-up yet; on our last week here they were beginning to install sewer lines. Great news except that it required them to clear the park, a week before we'd intended to leave. They graciously offered to refund our money and offered us a free week's stay. I will definitely take advantage of that offer should we find ourselves in the Melbourne area in the future. Other than the bathrooms, my only complaint is the fact that there is no separate area for tent campers which when the park is full can become an issue. Otherwise, it's a lovely park and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
Date of Stay: May, 2012
We stayed at Kelley's using our Good Sam discount, price couldn't be beat! We came here for the Suwanee River Jam, about 25 minutes away in Live Oak. The manager was extremely friendly & helpful, restrooms & showers very clean. Several sites had paved "patios" with a picnic table, very nice touch as were the shrubs/trees at each site. We enjoyed the walking paths and could see that there were events held at the community center, just not when we were there, perhaps it's seasonal? Downside: the sites were very sandy and infested with ants. Though not mandatory, cable tv would've been a nice feature. There are quite a few full time or seasonal residents who had first pic of the premier sites (located near the wooded areas), seems the park caters to those residents which was a disappointment. Overall a good experience but will probably look elsewhere next time we're in the area. For a few dollars more we could stay at a State Park which while lacking in some amenities, it does have bigger sites and a more natural environment and no full time residents who are a bit territorial about their "home."
Date of Stay: March, 2012
When we arrived at 4 pm on a weekday, the office was closing and while they gave us our info, we couldn't check in until the next morning. The attendant was apparently ready to go home, wouldn't open the gate large enough to accommodate our 30' RV and tow dolly, forcing us to unhook dolly in parking lot. This is just one example of poor customer service. When we checked out on Sunday morning, once again the office was unattended. We stopped in at some point to speak to the management about a huge spotlight overlooking the lake which totally ruined the view in the evening, we were told there was nothing they could do about it. The sites are close together and not all are pull-through. Trees are sporadically located and there's little "woodsy" area but there is a small fenced in dog area which was most appreciated since other doggy-friendly areas were few & far between. The bathrooms/showers were clean and the resort area fairly well maintained. There were quite a few permanent residents and the average age was definitely in the senior citizen range, only saw a few children while we were there, not sure if there was anything set up for them to do. There's quite a bit of road noise from the nearby highway on one side, making us glad that we chose a lakefront site. Overall, this wasn't a bad experience but as campgrounds/parks are in abundance in Central Florida, we'll look elsewhere next time we visit the area.