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Oak Mountain State Park, Pelham, Alabama

Date of Stay: February, 2012 - $26.00
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We camped 1 night at Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, AL on February 22, 2012. We were using this as a place to stop for the night on our way to Houston, TX from Seneca, SC. Pelham is near Birmingham, AL. The campsite itself was awkward in respect to the hook-ups locations. The utilities (water, electricity, and sewer) worked properly and they were at different placements depending on your campsite. You park on gravel and the campsites had enough space. Most (if not all) were pull-through. There are trees and bushes. However, very little to no privacy between the campsites. There is a fire ring and picnic table at each site. We did not have reservations, but on a Wednesday in February this would not be necessary here. We arrived about 4:00 p.m. and there was a ranger to check us in at the camping office. The office sold a few camping supplies, snacks, and souvenirs. The campground was not 20% full. So, we did have more privacy and peace than if we had neighbors right next to us. The bathhouse had showers. However, the showers were in dire need of maintenance. The showers in both the men’s and women’s were backed up to where the bathhouse floors were a lake. Yuck! If the showers were not backed up, then we would have rated the campsite a 5 or 6 overall. Note: There was a laundry room at the bathhouse, but I did not need these. The view was average for a campground. The campground is next to a lake but I believe the host and one other campsite could see the lake from their campsite. The view was the other campsites, trees, bushes, and gravel. The park is located near restaurants and shopping. It is a very popular day-use park and has over 50 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails. There are a couple of fishing lakes and there is also a recreational lake with pedal boat and canoe rentals, a sandy beach swimming area, a large open playing field, ample shoreline for bank fisherman and a boat launch for your personal boat (no gas operated motors, but electric trolling motors are allowed). The park also has a 18 hole golf course with pro shop & driving range, mountain bike trails, a demonstration farm, and rental horseback riding facilities. So, there are a lot of recreational activities available here! Our stay was here for the night was fine (except for the bathroom/shower). We set-up camp, grilled up supper, and then built a campfire. We camped at Oak Mountain State Park in a Tent Trailer.

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Paul B. Johnson State Park, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Date of Stay: February, 2012 - $24.00
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We were using this as a place to stop for the night on our way from SC to Houston, TX We had site #50 on 2nd loop. The campsite that we had was right near the dock with a great view of the lake and a large grassy area beside us. The kids loved playing on the grass and on the dock. There are also geese here who obviously have been fed by campers because they come up to the camper. However, they did not scare or bother us. Probably because they found food from another camper! We had reservations and we are glad that we did. The campground was nearly full because the schools in the New Orleans area were out for the week for Mardi Gras. So, many families from New Orleans got away for the week to camp! The campers here were very nice and friendly. Besides families with children, there were many seniors here camping as well. We were able to burn a campfire at our campsite on a cleared area but there is no fire ring. The lake water was very high. It looks like they have gotten a lot of rain. In the morning, a storm did pass through us with hard rain and hail. Our campsite flooded during the storm (or I would have rated an A and not a B). Thank goodness we were in our pop-up trailer and not our tent! The bathrooms had warm showers and were acceptable. They could use a little updating. I think they get a lot of use since this seems to be a well used park. The bathhouse is set back from the camping loop a little. So, a little bit of a walk up a hill, but not too far. I rate the view an “A” because our site was right on the lake (and many here are). Also, we had a lot of space next to our campsite that was grassy. There are many several things to do at the park including swimming at the lake, boating and canoeing. Also, there is a playground. We camped at Paul B. Johnson State Park in a Tent Trailer.

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