Date of Stay: March, 2013
We stayed here during spring break with our two grand daughters. Overall, we were very pleased with the campground and the park. On the plus side, the restrooms were very clean, there was a lot to keep us and the kids busy. The park itself is really great! As mentioned before, there isn't much privacy (we stayed in one of the older loops) and it is quite dusty around the campsite. It appears that they are trying to get more plant growth for more privacy, but they still have a ways to go. The dump station was convenient and easy to access. As mentioned before, there is little to no cell phone coverage in the campground, and most of the park for that matter. There is Wi-Fi at the concession building and accessible inside and outside of the building. The park has much to do. There are many hiking and biking trails, a boat ride, tram tour, and canoe rentals. The winter is the dry season and the only place to canoe was in the upper lake. I hear it is easier in a kayak. We really enjoyed our stay. We rate this park at a 7+but would be higher if there was more privacy and sewer hookups in all loops. We will return.
Date of Stay: February, 2013
We stayed here during the Everglades City Seafood Festival, so the park was full. The prior management had messed up our reservation and had us arriving and leaving a day earlier. The new management went above and beyond to make sure that we were not inconvenienced and found a resolution. The lots are small and very close, most are pretty dusty. That said, we really enjoyed our time here. Our neighbors were friendly and fun. The views are amazing and the sunsets simply gorgeous. The restrooms were very clean and well maintained. Although there aren't many trees, the management has recently added some plantings to help the overall appearance of the park. Although we enjoyed our stay and plan to return, this park isn't for everyone. It is pretty basic. But, the location is great and we really enjoyed our stay.
Date of Stay: October, 2012
We saw this place on Living Social and got a 3 night stay with two canoe rentals and a $10 credit at the Tiki bar for $75. Having just purchased our travel trailer we thought that this would be a good outing. The campground is pretty much wide open with very little privacy or shade. Parking is on grass and most site have a cement pad. The smell from the Sulphur Springs can be intense, but it didn't really bother us. We came here shortly after hurricane Sandy passed Florida. It was windy the entire time that we were here. We arrived on a Sunday and should have gone canoeing then, but decided to wait. A front passed thru that night and it got really cold, so we never used the canoes. We also didn't realize that the Tiki bar was only open on weekends, but they allowed us to use our $10 credit in the store. The location is nice, out of the way. There just isn't much character. I would think canoeing the river would be nice and there was quite a bit to do within a relatively short drive. This park seems fairly popular with locals who visit the spring on weekends, but it was really quiet come Monday ( the cold temperatures didn't help). Because of bears in the area trash pickup is at 9am and you can't put it out before 7am. Not being a morning person this was a bit of an inconvenience, but not a huge issue. The staff, in general, was very nice. I wasn't impressed enough to return, but was not unhappy with the experience.
Date of Stay: September, 2012
We stayed here for 5 nights over my husband's birthday. The couple that manages the property were very friendly and helped us back into our spot. This is a roadside hotel with 4 campsites next to the hotel. The spots are fairly close and there is no privacy, but we didn't mind. Each has a waterfront feature, ours had a deck with two chairs. You are just off of the main road, but traffic noise is not a problem since there is very little traffic here. The Tiki bar was great fun and we were there each evening to watch the sunset. We even had a nightly visit from a hummingbird moth with a preference for Captain Morgan. We brought our bikes and rode into town and to the State Park. It was an easy ride and traffic was never an issue. You cannot launch kayaks from here, the tide gets too low. We launched in town and also drove to Manatee Springs State Park. Both were good options. The noseeums can get bad, but that's Florida. We enjoyed it so much we are hoping to make it an annual trip.