Date of Stay: October, 2013
We stayed here 6 nights while in the Nashville area and enjoyed our stay very much. Coming in, you go through a residential area (some of it pretty high end) that ends at the park with a pretty tight left turn to get in. The roads in the park are all paved, but pretty narrow, made even narrower in a few spots by big trees on both sides. The sites are all on circles, so even with the narrow roads, backing in is not much of a problem (there are no pull thrus). The sites are crushed limestone (ours was freshly raked) with a wood picnic table, fire pit, and lantern hook. Water pressure was good as was the electric. The bathhouses were clean, but pretty old. The dump station was fine, but a little tight maneuvering. The park is 35-40 minutes from downtown Nashville and 25-30 minutes from the Grand Ole Opry. We would stay again.
Date of Stay: October, 2013
Wow! What a beautiful state park! We stayed here for two nights while visiting Mammoth Caves. The sites are huge and spaced well apart. The outside sites on the loop all border Nolin Lake, but the inside sites have great lake views as well. All the sites on the main drive back up to woods. The roads are plenty wide and most sites are accessible even to big rigs (no pull-throughs though). The bathhouse/bathrooms/laundry was very clean and modern. There is a nice playground and volleyball court in the campground and a beach just a short distance away. If you look at Nolin Lake SP on Google Earth you’ll see many sites underwater. They had severe flooding in 2010 (when the picture was taken) that required a lot of rebuilding, so most everything is fairly new. The sites include a nice metal picnic table, fire ring, lantern hook, and our site even had a cable bolted to the table to tie a pet. The roads are all paved and the sites are crushed limestone. We talked with the camp hostess a good bit and she’s a real sweetheart that has been there a number of years. Note when driving in that you will see a sign that says “roadway ends 2500 ft”. The road ends at the state park, so don’t let it worry you. Also, the shortest route to Mammoth Caves from here requires you to take a (free) ferry across the Green River. The ferry will not accommodate an RV. We stayed here in a 37’ fifth wheel and would love to stay again.
Date of Stay: July, 2013
We stayed here for 9 nights during pony penning week. We made our reservation back in April and requested a waterfront (Assateague Channel) site. We arrived around 9:00 in the morning (check-in is anytime after 8:00 AM with no extra fee for early check-in) on a Friday and were assigned a waterfront site perfectly sized for our rig. The campground staff (both check-in and camp store) were very helpful and friendly. We backed in with no problem and were greeted with an awesome view of the lighthouse and a band of ponies the area is famous for grazing out on the marsh. The waterfront sites have 50 amp electric service and good water pressure, but they do not have sewer. We were a little bummed about that since we were staying 9 nights, but we made it work, and honestly the view was worth the inconvenience (purchased one of the famous blue totes at the camp store, reasonably priced I might add). Reading some of the other reviews, it seems many did not care for the seasonal campers, but honestly we didn’t see anything terribly run down and the seasonal sites are pretty well segregated from the nightly sites. I also saw some negative comments about Tom’s Cove not accepting credit cards or on-line reservations, but I count that as part of the charm of the place and in keeping with the quirkiness (in a good way) of the rest of Chincoteague Island. My only complaint is with the excessive number of golf carts in the park. Being in a waterfront site, I suppose there were maybe a few more carts “cruising” the waterfront than there were in the rest of the park, but it seemed excessive to us. The rules also state that you must have a drivers license to operate a golf cart, but I know there were underage kids driving them. We saw one group pulling wheelies with their golf cart! Maybe a bit more enforcement is in order. Pros: friendly helpful staff, very nice fishing piers, nice clubhouse, nice pool (we did not use), great view of the pony swim, clean restrooms and showers, Mr. Whippy ice cream truck comes thru the park in the evening. Nice sized sites, clean dump station area, nice mix of open and shaded sites, well stocked camp store Cons: too many golf carts and lack of operator rules enforcement, no fire rings. We would definitely stay here again (next year). The $57 rate includes tax.
Date of Stay: June, 2013
We stayed here while visiting Harpers Ferry National Park (very convenient to this campground). While we did not participate in any of them, the campground had many planned family activities. The grounds were clean and well maintained, and the staff were all very friendly. The gift shop/camp store was actually some of the best shopping in the area. My only knock is that the sites are rather close and the campground was packed. We had one of the deluxe "large" pull-throughs, and even it was a bit cramped. We had no problem getting in, as we came on Thursday night, but the place definitely filled up Friday and we would have had a problem pulling out on Sunday had we not requested a late check out. Incidentally, we explained that there was a program at the park that we wanted to attend and they were very gracious in granting the late check out and didn't charge a fee for it. The rate reflected a buy 2 nights get a 3rd night free rate. We would stay here again.
Date of Stay: March, 2013
We really enjoyed our stay at this Arizona State Park. It is only a mile off of I-40 and at $15 a night makes a very nice overnight stop, but better yet spend several days! The roads and the sites are all paved and very accessible, with some pull throughs available. The restrooms and the showers were very clean, and the showers were huge. The ruins (especially ruins II) are very interesting and worth hiking around a bit. The visitor's center is great, and the rangers there were very informative. Also drive just a bit further north for a spectacular sunset at Little Painted Desert Park, which I believe is a county park. My only criticism would be that the campground might have been situated so that you could not see I-40 from it, but that is very minor and it is far enough away that you don't hear any noise from it. Would definitely stay here again!