Date of Stay: June, 2015
This is our fifth time staying at JICP. Often times, we travel with a group of other campers. We really like the park and all it has to offer. If you have children, they will enjoy the splash pad and the water park. Purchasing tickets through the park office will save you if you are camping. The park is arranged very well and sites are all pretty much level. The roads are paved and the sites are packed gravel. There are some sites that may require a extra sewer hose as some of the connections are far back at the rear of the site. Most sites are well shaded, bathrooms are clean. Bicycles are the best mode of transportation within the park. There are several paved riding/walking trails as well. Now for the bad. The wifi sucks! It was not even sufficient for checking email. Reception with AT&T 4G/LTE is good. Several of the sites hold water and depending on the amount or rain, may be totally under water. While it did not rain during our stay, our site (#75) was a mud hole. Much of the site, with the exception of where the camper is parked, is low and did not dry. Unless you have mats, your door opens into mud. It appears that there has been little to no maintenance on any sites to improve this since our last visit. There are some sites that are shared. These sites are so close that if you do not know the person beside you, you will be well acquainted with one another by the end of your stay. The non-shared are well spaced with plenty of privacy. When inquiring about a stay for next year, we were told that as of January 1, 2016, they will no longer accept Good Sam. They do offer a Seniors discount if you are a well seasoned individual. Even with the negatives, this is a great park and we will stay again. We will just do better at selecting a site. If not for this, I would have rated the park higher.
Date of Stay: November, 2014
We arrived after hours and the park office was closed, so we setup on our assigned site. The site had limbs and leaves and required raking before occuping. Having not been here before and not knowing, getting into the site we booked was slightly difficult because of several trees. For someone with little or poor backing skills it would have been very difficult. Many other sites would be much easier. The road into the campground was narrow. If you were to meet another camper, passing would be impossible. We had some heavy rain our second day which left the road and our campsite muddy. It did dry quickly after the rain ended. Our site was clay/sand, electric and water in good order. The bathhouse was dated but clean. There was no hand soap or hand towels in the mens. There are many CCC era buildings and shelters within the park. There are some ruins from the CCC workers camp that are located near the park ranger's home. The park has many scenic walking trails varying in length and difficulty. There was a campground host but we never saw him. Park staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. The nearest store is about 13 miles away. AT&T cell/4G service is very good. Despite the negatives, we really like the campground and park. Our fall visit was both scenic and enjoyable.
Date of Stay: August, 2014
Price reflects Good Sam discount. The campground is in a location that allows you to easily explore the area around. Large trucks can be heard from the highway but is usually quiet by early evening. There is some type timber mill across the street that starts early morning. There is also a shooting range nearby as gun shots can be heard during the day. Check-in was easy and the staff was friendly enough. The grounds are clean and well kept. The roads through the CG are hard packed gravel. The sites are gravel as well. Most are level. The sites are a little tight. Our site (#58) held water after a rain that left several inches of water at our doorway. The campground Wi-Fi worked well but slow at times. AT&T cell voice service and 4G were good. The laundry had 4 washers and dryers, all in good working order. There are 6 bathroom/showers that are private, clean, and well stocked. There is a nice fenced area for pets to run. If you want a fire, there is a per day fee to rent a fire ring. When compared to other campgrounds in the Maggie Valley area, except the one next door, this one is somewhat over priced. If you have children, there is no play area, no pool or other entertainment.
Date of Stay: July, 2014
This is one of the best state parks SC has to offer! They have really spent a great deal of money in the development of the campground. For check-in, follow the signs to campground store/ranger station. The check-in process was very easy and the staff are all very friendly. The interior roads are all paved as is each site. Each site's parking spot is level. Each site has a large level patio area that includes a fire pit, picnic table, lantern stand, and a fish cleaning table which better serves as a place for a table top grill. The patio area is packed gravel which can be dusty. Accessing each site is easy even for the largest of rigs. The campground store is stocked with a few items including hats, t-shirts, ice and firewood, but little food items. The town of Calhoun Falls is only a mile from the campground. The town is small and does not have a lot to offer. AT&T service is very spotty within the campground. There is no 3G/4G anywhere in park or town. The park does not offer Wi-Fi. Rangers patrol the campground frequently and are quick to deal with noisy or rowdy people. The bathhouse, while older, was clean and well stocked. Campground 2 does have a washer/dryer at first bathhouse. The lake was quite with few boaters even on the weekend. Small black ants can be a problem if you are not prepared to deal with them. If you are new to the area, I do suggest you visit the Abbeville town square. Not only will you find great small town shopping on the square, you can also learn area history.
Date of Stay: June, 2014
Not one of our favorite places to stay. The drive into campground gives a misleading impression of the overall campground. Perhaps my expectations were too high. On two phone calls prior to our arrival, I requested a shade site and was assured I would have one. On check-in was told none available. The roads in the CG are gravel and easy to navigate even for big rigs. The back section of CG has long term sites, which are shaded, but many were not well kept and were junky looking. Our assigned site was a combination of grass and mud and did not dry out despite 90 degree daytime temps. Several of the sites around us had holes and in need of fill. WiFi worked most of the time but was extremely slow. I only visited the bathhouse once,it was well stocked but the floor had mud all over. There are geese and other animals that wonder about campground. While pretty to look at, they leave large droppings that are worse than what small dogs leave. Laundry was clean and all of the machines were in working order. AT&T cell service and 4G were good. Pool was clean. There are grocery stores within a couple miles and a Walmart within 5 miles should you need them. When next in the area, I will probably not stay here again.
Date of Stay: June, 2014
Overall, this is a GREAT campground! One of our favorites, as we have been here several other times. Check-in would have been a little easier however the guy behind the counter could not comprehend that my brother and I booked our sites together and I wanted to pay for my site separately and my brother pay for his. The guy seemed to go into shutdown mode when he became frustrated. Finally, I paid for both sites and worked it out later with my brother. The sites were reserved a year in advance. During that time the park increased their rates, which they charged us the new rate, not the rate the sites were booked at. The campground does have a store and is well stocked when compared to most. They do offer propane, firewood for $6/bundle, and bike rental. There is a grocery store not far from campground should you forget something. The park does have entertainment on select weekends and a pancake breakfast on Sunday mornings. The interior roads of the campground are all paved and easy to navigate even for big rigs. Each site is packed gravel. Our site, 25, did have standing water during rain and remained wet after. Most all of the sites are level and easy to back into. The bath houses was very clean and well stocked each time I visited. Wi-Fi is available but at times I was unable to get on. AT&T and 4G are usable with 1 - 2 bars. There is a water park and splash pad, both open to the public and can get a little crowded on the weekends. If you camp, discount tickets are available at the office.
Date of Stay: April, 2014
We really enjoyed the campground. With the large number of old trees, the campground is fully shaded. Site material is dirt with a large amount of leaves on top. Our site was spacious and level. Cable worked well. Water pressure was good and we had no problem with the 30 amp service. The store has propane, ice and a small amount of supplies. The rent bikes if you do not bring your own. You will want them to explore the miles of paved bike paths that traverse the island. AT&T cell service was good and campground WiFi worked without a problem. The only problem we had during our stay was it was at the time when the oak trees were dropping seeds. This was extremely messy and meant a constant cleaning of the awning and sweeping inside. Overall, a great place that we will probably return to.
Date of Stay: March, 2014
The park is small with only 25 sites. The park has undergone some major renovations and some are still in progress. The park has all new water lines and each site has 50amp service. The road in the campground and each site has been newly paved. They are in the process of creating a patio area for each site with a lantern pole and fire ring. It appears they are about 50% complete. The site we had was nice; although, a little difficult to back into because of several trees. The campground was quite during our stay with few open sites. AT&T cell service is good as was out MiFi service. There is no camp store and nothing close by. There is a museum, a replica one room school building, an old meeting hall and church, as well as some structures from the CCC era. I did not use the bathhouse so cannot comment. This is a great park for a true get a way!
Date of Stay: March, 2014
This could be one of the most beautiful campgrounds. What really kills it's beauty is the large amount of trees that have been cut and just left laying. Everywhere you look within the park and campground you see trees cut and left. There is one dump station for each section of campground. We stayed on the upper loop. The problem is there is only 1 dump station for 85 campsites. Once a line forms, it shuts traffic down so no one can pass. Come prepared as the nearest grocery store is 15 miles from campground. The campground does have a store stocked with Ice, soft drinks, firewood and a few other items. The check-in process was easy and the staff are friendly. Our site was located on the upper loop (Islanders Camp Circle) The campground roads and all of the sites are paved. Our site had a moderate grade but was easy to level. On some of the site's, the asphalt is broken from tree roots that make leveling a little more difficult. Each site has water, electric, picnic table and a fire ring. Sites are well spaced for privacy. There are several sites that are grouped that would be great for those traveling with a group. AT&T cell service was good with good 4G MIFI. Over the air TV reception provided 8-10 channels. The bath house was clean and well stocked each time I visited. Park rangers made rounds through the park at regular intervals. Our site was a lakefront site and the view was absolutely amazing.
Date of Stay: March, 2014
This is our second stay at this park. It is about 70 miles from home so it makes a weekend get-a-way easy. There are many other state parks that are much better than this one. The check in process is easy and staff is very nice. We stayed on the Cypress loop (small campground). The road in the campground is dirt and filled with potholes. It is very rough and dusty. Navigation is not difficult even for large rigs as the roads are wide enough. The sites are all dirt. Some are more level than others. The sites have a lot of tree roots making leveling of a coach difficult. When we arrived at our site, it was not very clean. I had to rake the site of limbs, pine cones, and leaves. AT&T cell service and 4G is good. Mi-Fi had great reception. Over the air TV has about 8-10 channels. Bath house was clean and well stocked each time I visited. The rangers made rounds through the campground every couple of hours. The nearest stores are about 5 miles from the campground. There is a lakefront store in the park. However, it is stocked more with T-shirts, etc. and only a few camping or food related items. Firewood and ice is available at lake front store.
Date of Stay: January, 2014
Great little park. The campground office is only manned for a couple hours each day so you may need to call ahead. Check-in was easy and staff we had contact with were all very nice. The park office does have firewood for $6 a bundle. No propane nearby. All of the roads through the park are sand/dirt as is the sites. Sweeping was a constant as sand was being tracked inside. Most of the sites appear to be level with a few exceptions and most are very spacious with plenty of privacy. Some of the upper numbered sites only have water connection and are tent only. The lake is nice and they have boat and canoe rental. Had the weather been a little warmer I would have tried to catch a fish or two. AT&T reception is poor as is 4G. Bathhouse was clean and well stocked, and heated. I would rate higher except for all the sand. The park has a nice walking trail and there is plenty of wildlife to entertain. When leaving, had to stop at dump station. The water hose was short and had no connections to rinse tanks with. There was no way to access other end to use our hose. Overall, we like the park and would visit again.
Date of Stay: November, 2013
Great park! We really liked our stay here. The road into the campground is not paved, but was in good shape. The park office is in another section of the park and requires driving back out to the main highway and to the main park entrance. The road in the campground is gravel, as are the sites. Most, but not all, of the sites are fairly level. Several of the sites require creative backing and parking to fully utilize the site. It seemed as if everyone staying had a dog and no one cleaned up after them. There were doggie land mines all over the place. During our stay we rarely saw a park ranger and there was no camp host. AT&T service is good with 4G, park office has firewood at $6.00/bundle, TV reception is a limited number of channels, Bath house was older, but clean.
Date of Stay: October, 2013
A great place to stay! One of the nicest campgrounds in the area. Sites are a little tight with no buffer between. Creek side sites are the better sites. Inner sites are mostly open with few trees. Sites are gravel and almost all are level. We had no issue with the roads while towing a 30 foot TT. Park is clean and well kept. Staff friendly and helpful. WiFi is good, a little slow at times, AT&T/4G cell service is good, Cable has about 70 channels, 50 amp service and good water pressure. They honor Good Sam and Passport America. Location is great to explore the area. If you have never seen elk before, worth the ride to see them. Office has directions.
Date of Stay: September, 2013
Arrived at 5:00pm for check-in, which was easy. Check-in is at lakefront store. On arrival at site, it needed to be cleaned from leaves, pinestraw and debris. Fire ring was full of ashes from previous campers. From the appearance, it had been a while since it was cleaned. It was ok as we were still able to build our fire. Later in the evening they did bring a tractor around blowing road and empty sites. Problem, it was at a time we were cooking/eating outside. Site is good with good spacing to other sites. Park has no Wi-Fi. MiFi (AT&T) would not work from site. Cell service spotty with one bar and often searching for signal from site but near store/lake service gets better. Store is nice with basic items. Firewood $4.95/bundle. TV gets 4 channels with antenna. New looking play area for kids near store. Most lakefront sites are view only as you are up on a hill with a steep drop off at waters edge. There is a area set aside for swimming next to the store. This park was built in 1984 so it is one of the newest. Why they did not put in sewer at the time, who knows. Overall, this is a great place to stay and we will return.
Date of Stay: September, 2013
Very pleasantly surprised! This is one of those state parks that is away from everything. Our stay was the most quiet stay we have had anywhere. The campground has gravel roads and the sites are packed gravel as well. All of the sites are mostly flat and level. Those that are not, would require minimal effort to level your camper. The sites are very spacious and all sites have trees/shrubs between them. Bathhouse was clean and well stocked. Staff and CG host all very friendly. AT&T 4G spotty at best, as was cell service. The only complaint I would have is there is no trash bin in the campground. All trash has to be taken to a recycle center near the front gate, which means taking a vehicle, bike, or a really long walk. We will stay here again when in the area