Date of Stay: April, 2016
We have friends in the Tallahassee area and wanted to meet up while passing through the area. We chose Big Oak based on the closeness to the city. Upon arrival check in was easy and quick and finding our site was easy. We were in a pull thru that was just big enough for our slides and awnings, but it was big enough. There are several pull thrus side by side that are for transient people like us, it appears most of the park is populated with full time or long term residents. Our spot was fine for our few nights stay. The park is pretty and clean, with lots of oaks trees, including the very large one in the center of park with its branches that reach to the ground creating a beautiful shaded place to sit. The trees caused our satellite to be "stymied," but the cable was ok, and some sites looked like they could get a signal. My AT&T phone had 2-3 bars and LTE, I didn't try Verizon. Overall, I would recommend this park if you are visiting the Tallahassee area.
Date of Stay: October, 2015
We chose Lake Tawakoni as the second TT park we stayed at and to take a break from sightseeing and just relax. To say the park is out of the way is an understatement, but that was what we were looking for. Upon arrival, we checked in, got our information and were told to select our own site. We started in one loop, but then decided to head toward one of the lakefront loops. We were told the other lakefront loop was mostly full and that is where the annual units are. Driving through the loop, we found many of the sites were unavailable, signaled by a plastic bag on the utility pole. We found a site, but going into the loop to the right wasn't the correct direction, so my husband had to exit the loop, turn around and come back in going to the left. We loved our site, it was longer than we needed and very wide. We were right on the lake, so we had room and clear skies to put the satellite out, while still having trees above us. The site looked like it was asphalt at one time, but it hadn't been maintained. The hookups are 30 amp with water and sewer. During our stay we had to reset the breaker and all seemed well, but we had to take our RV for some work and return to the park. When we disconnected the electric our connector had plastic from the outlet melted on it. The power had been working, but we reported it on our way out and it was replaced when we returned. To be safe we purchased a new 50-30 amp plug. We mentioned it to the staff a couple of times, but ours hints for reimbursement were ignored. Most of the sites, not along the lakes edge, have heavy enough tree cover to prevent satellite use, but there are ones that satellite will work. There are two pools and a hot tub, along with two community buildings, one for adults only. The pools closed the day after we arrived,but they both looked clean and in relatively good condition. We ended up staying 8 nights, extended from our original plan of 5. Overall, we enjoyed our stay.
Date of Stay: September, 2015
We chose this park to test out our solar system and really liked it. The lake was completely dry, but the campground is quite pretty. There are very few trees, so not much shade or privacy, but we selected a spot that had a nice view and didn't directly face a neighbor. There are no hookups here, so come prepared. Access to the park is easy, even for bigger rigs. The first loop seems a little newer and more suitable for larger rigs. The bathrooms and showers are clean and private. You are far from a major highway, so it's pretty quiet at night. Our only complaint was that the winds blew so hard the entire time we were there that we couldn't sit outside for long. The winds died down the day we left. I guess the area is known for their wind, so just be aware. We had a very strong AT&T LTE signal, I didn't try Verizon. We really enjoyed this park and hope to return when we can enjoy being outside.
Date of Stay: August, 2015
The park is a bit of a mish mash of sites, some with 50 amp, some only 30 amp, some have sewer and some don't. You can find the hookups you want, you just need to be clear what you want. Some of the sites are wide with sun exposure and fairly good satellite reception, others not so much. The check-in process was easy and we proceeded to our spot. Many of the sites, including ours, have large trees that can make it difficult for larger rigs to get into. The trees define the sites, so they aren't just side by side, perfectly straight. This adds some character to the park, but also means you might be looking at someone else's sitting area, although that extreme is rare. There was a group next to us that had several RV's and tents, which was really nice for them. But, because the sites aren't clearly defined, one of their tents encroached on part of what we thought was our area. We had a lot of room, so it wasn't an issue, but others might not feel that way. We decided to extend our stay an extra two weeks, and part way through moved to a premium site. Our site was still 30 amp, but we had woods behind us and our site had much more open space to set up our canopy. The bathrooms in our loop were older, but clean. I used the laundry twice, the first time went well. The second time neither of the two driers I used dried my clothes. When we complained, the kid working said that they don't always work and refunded the cost of one dryer. They didn't even ask which machines we had problems with, that was disappointing. The wifi was unusable and AT&T reception was spotty, but we had a strong Verizon signal. The location is great and road noise is low, but there is a hospital very close and they seem to use their helicopter a lot! That was a little annoying, but it usually doesn't run late into the night. We enjoyed our stay here and hope to return.
Date of Stay: August, 2015
This RV park is located just off 101 and has convenient access to the Larkspurs ferry into San Francisco, which is the best reason to stay here. The sites are quite tight, it is basically a parking lot with gravel pads and no trees. We were fortunate enough to get two sites, one for our 5th wheel and one for our truck and we were grateful for the extra space. The sites are marked off with railroad ties and can be difficult to get into, but don't let that discourage you. Upon checking in we received a lot of information about the area and getting into SF. The front desk was very helpful with our questions. The walk to the ferry is about 15 minutes, they give you a ferry schedule upon arrival, use it! The park has full hookups, so I didn't use the restrooms or showers, but my husband used then men's showers. You have to leave a $10 deposit for the card to use the shower, which you get back when you return the card. My husband said that two of the four showers were not operational. There are also showers and restrooms available at the pool area, I didn't visit those so I don't know what shape they were in. The park has a large laundry facility that is clean and fairly convenient. There are many washers and dryers and sizes range from large to extra large to really extra large. Prices vary, depending on hot or cold water and the size of the washer/dryer. There is a large table in the center for folding laundry. The pool was open while we were there and our granddaughter used it once. It's small and can get quite crowded. I wouldn't call this a campground, it's really a parking area for visiting the area. There is little to no space to entertain outside, we didn't spend anytime outside at our site, even with the extra space. I'm not in love with the park, but the location made it a good choice.
Date of Stay: July, 2015
The majority of the sites that we saw in this park are quite tight, with ones in the center being back to back sites. We had very little room to park our truck and just barely fit into the site assigned to us. The single tree next to us was so close that our slide pushed into to get it open. I used the laundry and it was clean and convenient. The location is an easy drive into downtown Pendleton and close to the highway. When we booked, we selected a back-in, full hookup 50/30 amp site. Our spot was is in the middle of the park, with another site directly behind us. We unhooked, leveled, and I went to plug in and the site only had 30 amp, with the heat we really wanted 50 amps to run both AC's (highs were 100+), and we had reserved a site with 50 amps. We went up to the office and they only had one 50 amp site for our stay (just a couple of days, but over the 4th). It wasn't a great location and looked awkward to get into, and we'd have to take our bikes and bike rack off to fit in. We decided to see if we could live with 30 amp for a couple of days. This was a learning experience for us, we thought if you reserved 50 amp that you will get it. It's especially frustrating because, before our arrival, I tried to get the days leading up to our stay but they only showed 30 amp available, which led us to believe that we really had 50 amp. It's the ultimate in bait and switch. We don't often stay at KOA's, if we can help it, but we hadn't experienced this problem before, so we really were upset about it. At least the staff attempted to be accommodating, and they weren't upset when we told them we backed in to the picnic table and bent it. Overall, we survived and we're glad that we cut our time there short. If you need to be in the Pendleton area, by all means stay here, just don't expect a bunch of room and be prepared to not get what you reserved if it's a busy weekend.
Date of Stay: June, 2015
This is a beautiful campground located in a nice county park that includes an arboretum that has a paved walking trail through it. The access to the campground was not direct but fairly easy from the highway. The roads to the campground and in the campground were fine and access to most of the spots is easy. The check in process is self serve, take an envelope, select your spot, fill out the envelope and put it and your fee in the slot. The spots are gravel and mostly level with nice grassy areas with a picnic table and a firepit. Hookups are electric and water, no sewer, with a dump station on the way out that was an easy pull through. There are lots of trees, although they don't provide much privacy, except towards the back where some of the smaller spots are. We had no difficulty finding a spot big enough for us, although there were some that we wouldn't fit in. We had no problem with our satellite, but it might be difficult towards the back. I tend to like state parks with lots of privacy and tree cover, but this campground (the campground, not just the park) is so beautiful I wanted to stay much longer than the one night we had planned. I would recommend this campground for anyone wanting a quiet place to spend a few days.
Date of Stay: May, 2015
We stayed at Reed Bingham for a few nights, heading North from Florida. The park is easy to get to from the highway and most of the sites looked to be easily accessed. We chose a pull thru, facing the woods, which was a premium site with water, 50 amps and sewer. As with all Georgia state parks, you reserve a site type and pick one that is open when you arrive. We have a 38' fifth wheel and there were quite a few site that would accommodate us. With the sewer hookups, we didn't use the showers, but I looked at them and they were very clean. There is a dump station for those without sewer hookups. There is tree cover, but the sites aren't very private. The park is fairly large, with a lake in the middle. There is a lot to do, hiking, biking, canoeing, picnicking. It is a fairly popular park on the weekends and they were supposed to be full the weekend we were there, but the weather kept a group of Girl Scouts away. Even still, the campground was very busy despite the weather. This isn't a place to stay if you want nightlife or lots of dining options. We explored the area and can recommend Horse Creek Winery for the food and wine tasting. The convenience of the park and ease of access are a plus for travelers. We would stay again, for that reason.
Date of Stay: May, 2015
This is a beautiful park, with lots of hiking trails. We have a 38' fifth wheel and a large dually truck, so I was little concerned about the two switchbacks, but we didn't have a problem. At the check in the ranger convinced us to go to the east rim and we found a pretty decent site that was easy to back into. The sites on the east rim don't have as many trees, but our site faced the woods, so we liked that. Many of the sites are built up, due to the hilly landscape, and framed in with wood, with the fire pit below the pad. Ours had a washout at the first step going to the firepit, being short this presented a problem for us. We have a step we use for our RV and moved it there, which helped. The sites are gravel and most appear level, but ours wasn't as level as it appeared. The hookup are 30 amp and water, so we used the showers and they were clean. We also used the washer and dryer, $1 each when we were there, and they worked fine. The east rim has the benefit of being within walking distance to the canyon overlooks and long walk down to the waterfalls (we didn't do that walk). We drove down to the west rim campground, to see what we were missing. The drive down has a switch back, but it didn't seem too bad. The sites had more trees and many were fairly private. The road thru the campground is a single lane and there are several areas where both sides of the road has been washed out. This eliminated a few sites that we thought we could get into, but we still found a few that would have worked, so if we return we'll try the west rim. There are some beautiful hiking trails from here, and you can get to the waterfalls from here as well. Up hill from the east rim campground are a couple of trails, including the backwoods trail that has primitive campsites. Further up is the disc golf course and a wildlife viewing area and fishing lake. Overall, a great park.
Date of Stay: April, 2015
This was our second Georgia State Park, so we were familiar with the process. Check-in was easy and the clerk gave us an overview of which sites would be appropriate for our rig. We have a 38' RV and we're hoping for a 40'+ site with 50 amps. We started by driving through the lakefront sites, but the site we wanted was taken, so we decided to head towards the other loop that she said had more sites that would suit us. The roads throughout the campground are narrow, single lane, with washouts on both sides in many places and trees sometimes in places that make it difficult for a larger rig to get through. That said, we made it out of this loop and headed to the next one. Georgia had seen about a solid week of rain before we arrived at FDR and many of the sites had flooded areas, so that limited our choices as well. We eventually found a site that we could back into and we started hooking up. The site we chose was a 30 amp site, with two 30 amp hookups. The first we tried didn't work, so we hooked up to the second one, which worked until out AC kicked in, when it popped it's breaker. We reset it, but it was very hot, so we contacted the park and they sent someone over, who ultimately replaced both. So, all was well. When we don't have sewer hookups, we use the bath house and, although they are fairly old, they were clean. There was no washer/dryer, but we were OK with that. The park is huge and there are lots of hiking trails and the drive through the center of the park was beautiful. We drove to Warm Springs and visited the Little White House one day and Callaway Gardens another. After driving around, minus the RV, we found many other sites that we would be happy in. There are a wide variety of spots, some more private or scenic than others. We had no problem finding a spot for our satellite, but I suspect you wouldn't be as fortunate in some other spots. We enjoyed our stay and would consider returning in the future.
Date of Stay: April, 2015
We recently spent four nights at Wekiwa and we loved it. We have a large fifth wheel (38 feet), but we managed to get in our spot without much trouble. Some of the sites are a little tight, but they are manageable with a big rig. Most of the sites have quite a bit of tree cover, which can make satellite reception difficult, but we managed to get ours working, as well as our antenna. There is not much foliage between most sites, so I wouldn't say that there is a lot of privacy. There were some sewer hookups in the other loop, but we didn't have a hookup, so we used the showers at the bath house. The showers were acceptable, mostly just older and dirty from recent showers. We used them later in the day, so I suspect they received a lot of use after their cleaning. The park is beautiful, with hiking, horseback riding and the spring. We brought our own kayaks and went to Kings Landing, about 20 minutes from the park to launch. They say it's 8.5 miles down river, but Mapmyride said we went 11.8 miles. It was beautiful and completely worth it! Kings Landing picks you up at Wekiva Island and takes you back to your vehicle (they also rent canoes). We plan on returning when we are back in the area, it is a very beautiful park and we enjoyed our time in the campground.
Date of Stay: April, 2015
In a panic of needing a place to stay after our plans changed, we ended up booking two nights at Lake Louisa State Park. Unfortunately, I booked the wrong two nights and needed an additional night on the front end. I ended up with one night in one site and the other two in another (I didn't need the third night, but kept it anyway). We knew nothing about this park, but the reviews I read were good. We arrived and explained our situation to the Ranger at the gate and she found us a site for both nights. We backed into our site, which is quite narrow, but we loved the trees behind us and that we were not on top of another site. As mentioned, most sites are gravel and don't have sewer. There are a few with sewer hookups, but I couldn't find a pattern to them. The restrooms and showers in our loop where very clean. They have good firewood for sale and the camp host even suggested we wait for a new delivery, which arrived just as we were going back to our site. The park is huge, with a lot of hiking and equestrian trails and lots of paved roads for biking. It is quite hilly for florida, which makes it challenging for this flatlander to bike! There are multiple lakes and canoes available for rent, or you can bring your own. UPDATE: We have returned to Lake Louisa for a longer stay and still are happy with the park and the campground. We stayed in a different loop, but the restrooms and showers were as clean as before. We would highly recommend it.
Date of Stay: June, 2013
We selected Suwannee River State Park because we planned on kayaking the rivers in the area and we prefer to stay at state parks when we can. The facilities at the park were nice, although we did not use the showers. The sites are nice, with tree cover and some level of distance between most sites. We had a corner site that was exceptionally large and was a pull-through, an added bonus. The entire loop is .3 miles, so overall it's not very large. Each site has full hookups, but some people complained that the distance to the sewer hookup was too far. We did notice that most people needed longer sewer hoses. The sewer was also high, making it difficult for liquids to flow easily into it. This was a minor annoyance, considering all the other nice things about the park. They have a washer and dryer outside of the restrooms that worked fairly well. This is a pretty park, but there isn't a lot to do in the general area. There are several short trails, which I recommend. The Lime Sink Run Trail is especially nice. There is no real place for bicycling, but the younger kids enjoyed biking the campground loop. There are no restaurants nearby. A few restaurants in Madison (10 miles). Live Oak is about 25 miles in the other direction, but you have more choices there. We stayed here for 11 nights and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. I hope that we can return sometimes.
Date of Stay: April, 2013
We camped here with friends over a long weekend and absolutely loved it. The campground is beautiful, with lots of tree cover and some level of privacy between campsites. There was enough to do in the park and in the area. It was windy when we were there, so we didn't get to go kayaking, but we still enjoyed ourselves. The restrooms near us were older, but clean and convenient. There were a couple sites with concrete pads, but mostly it was sandy and shelly. The nice thing about being closer to the beach is that you don't get a lot of the fine black dust around the campsite. There was no sewer hookup, but there is a dump station. Only complaint is the water wash-down hose at the dump station had a strange end on it and wouldn't hook up easily to our RV to flush the tanks. We enjoyed our stay and will definitely visit again.
Date of Stay: March, 2013
We really enjoyed our stay at Myakka River State Park. The campground area we stayed in did not have sewer, only the newer loop has that. But, our loop was very nice, shady and the bathrooms were quite clean. The campground host was friendly and sold firewood from their site, so that was convenient. The only downside was that there isn't much privacy between sites, but it really didn't bother us much. The park has much to do and one benefit of camping is you can watch the sunrise and sunset from the canopy walk. We camped here with our two grand daughters and they really enjoyed the park and the campgrounds. We would recommend this park to anyone looking to see real Florida.