Date of Stay: September, 2016
We stayed here over Labor Day weekend and the park at most was 3/4 full. Nice wooded state park with level gravel pads. Good distance between the sites with foliage providing privacy. Nicely equipped fire pit and picnic table. There are three pit toilet bathrooms in the park so no matter where you park you don't have far to walk. As with most state parks there is no water, electric, or dump station. I highly recommend this park for a quiet getaway.
Date of Stay: August, 2016
The campground is located at the end of McCarthy road next to the Kennicott River and the pedestrian footbridge in Wrangell-St Elias National Park. McCarthy Road is a 60 mile dirt road that is completely full of potholes and rutted. It took us about 3.5 hours to make the 60-mile drive in our 31' class C. Drive it with extreme caution and have at least one spare tire. Base Camp is roughly 80 acres in size and is simply a wide open space. Anywhere on the property where you can drive your RV or pitch a tent is fair game for camping. The Kennicott River and glaciers provide an incredible backdrop to this amazing place. It's $20 a night and the only toilets available are outhouses. All fire rings are just rocks placed in circles by previous campers. The location absolutely can't be beat since it's right at the footbridge where you can grab a van ride to McCarthy or Kennecott Mine for $5 each way. You won't need a dingy vehicle here since you can only walk or take the shuttle vans into McCarthy and Kennecott Mine. In mid-August there were no crowds and we could easily take advantage of everything in Wrangell-St Elias National Park. This place is all about location and if you love adventure this place won't disappoint. Google Root Glacier Base Camp to see overhead and street views of this awesome place.
Date of Stay: August, 2016
We stayed here for one night in our 31' Class C RV. At $35 per night it is a bit more expensive, but it does have electric (50 & 30) and water available at each site. There is a dump station, but no sewer at the sites. Very nice campground with a lot of trees and nice shady sites. We stayed in site 4, which, due to two trees, was barely wide enough for our RV. If you are assigned that site just be aware that it's very narrow (we had 3" total to spare). It does abut the stream which provides a nice backdrop for camping. Although our site was gravel it was level. Fire pit and picnic table were good. Bathrooms and shower houses were nicely equipped and mostly clean. As far as RV parks in Alaska are concerned this is one of the nicer ones you'll find.
Date of Stay: October, 2015
RVs are packed into this park like sardines. My kids complained that there wasn't enough room to run around because the sites are so close together. Lots of long term residents inhabit the park. On the other side of the RV park fence, there is an 'interesting' looking cut-rate motel and gas station. It's close to the interstate, so it worked for our one night stay, but that is about all I could recommend it for.
Date of Stay: September, 2015
The campgrounds hosts were very helpful and friendly. They worked on keeping the bathrooms clean Labor Day weekend. The park itself has some tight hairpin turns, which made it somewhat difficult to navigate with my 32' motorhome while pulling the car. The gravel pads were level. The sites are pretty good size for the most part. There are a good number of mature trees providing decent shade. The beach was in rough shape at the end of the summer season.
Date of Stay: June, 2015
Our site (#55) is one of the few sites that you can specifically reserve and that has full water, electric, and sewer. The blacktop pad was pretty level and long enough to easily fit our 31' RV. The Powhatan Recreation area is in the Pisgah National Forest at roughly 2,100 feet and has tons of shade trees. Due to the elevation, even in June the mornings are cool (in the 60s), but it warmed up into the 80s by the afternoon. There are several bathhouses, and the one behind our site had private bathrooms (toilet, sink, and lockable door) and separate showers (private with lockable doors). Other than some spiders hanging round the ceiling rafters the bathhouse was clean (but in the forest you expect some critters). Campground hosts were friendly and eager to answer any questions. Although it's called "Lake Powhatan" it's really more of a large pond or swimming hole. The beach is sand and is a decent size. Plenty of hiking and biking trails within the Recreation Area. Although Lake Powhatan allows pets the rules state that pets cannot be left unattended in the RV. Overall, Lake Powhatan is fantastic and is exactly the type of campground I love to stay at. The value is outstanding.
Date of Stay: June, 2015
This is an expensive place to stay. We specifically camped here to use the water park. Entry to the water park is an additional cost above the camping fee. Outside of the water park there a few amenities and there is not a campground pool. There is a small playground, laundry, dog park, but not much else. While Nashville Shores is roughly a 13 mile drive to downtown Nashville, if you aren't coming here for the water park but as a home base to explore Nashville you may prefer to stay elsewhere for a cheaper cost. Out site (#13) was across the street from the lake providing us fairly nice views when lakeside RVs weren't blocking our view. You cannot access the lake from the campground due to a fence. Behind our site were nice mature trees that provided wonderful afternoon shade. The pad was level concrete. Bathhouse was mostly clean. In the bathhouse there were three bathrooms in the men's and three in the women's each with its own toilet, sink, shower, and lockable door providing privacy. Due to the cost, I would only stay here again if our main purpose was to use the water park. Water park is medium size, but our three kids, all under 11, had a fantastic time.
Date of Stay: April, 2015
Stayed here for just one night in a newly constructed pull-through site designed specifically for overnight stays. These overnight sites need much improvement. The gravel sites aren't too level, and there is zero tree coverage (many other sites have nice tree coverage, however). For some reason the flies were absolutely horrible, chasing us inside. When we stayed the pool was open, but the water park had not opened yet.
Date of Stay: April, 2015
Most sites are packed sand, but fairly level. However, a few sites are being paved. Vegetation surrounds each campsite, providing for some nice privacy. While sites do have electric and water there is no sewer service at the sites. There is, however, one dump station in the park. A footpath connects the RV park to Blue Spring where the water is always a refreshing 73 degrees. Overall, this is a fantastic park and we'll certainly be back.
Date of Stay: September, 2014
The location of this park on Lake Martin is great, but park amenities are in extreme disrepair. Our site was water/electric only right on the lake with its own dock and good tree coverage. But the site was so unlevel that even with leveling jacks it took over an hour to level it. The entire campground is ant infested so bring at least 2-3 cans of ant killer because they will get in and on your RV. The bathrooms are full of spiderwebs, ants, and black mold. Only one of the two showers in the men's and women's bathrooms worked and the sink in the women's bathroom actually fell out of the wall. When I tried to use the dumping station, it was full of ants and over flowing with sewage. For the kids there is a small beach and a new playground. Boats are also available for rent.
Date of Stay: June, 2014
This park has gravel pads, but they are nice and level. There are trees here, but they aren't big enough yet to provide much for shade. The pool area was very nice and made to look like a tropical oasis. There is a covered seating area around the pool as well. The bathrooms/showers were very clean and private; however, there are only 4 of them. A park of this size really needs more. You will get traffic noise from the adjacent highway, but it is easy on/off if you're just traveling through. We would stay again.
Date of Stay: June, 2014
This park has rapidly deteriorated over the last few years. Long-term campers have full sized refrigerators and even living room furniture outside making the entire place look trashy. The pit toilets weren't clean, were practically overflowing, and the stench was terrible. The beach has eroded and is becoming overgrown with weeds. The RV sites have become more and more unlevel. The only dump station is in an awkward place in the park where bigger rigs can't fit. Shore power from the pedestal is weak and erratic. A surge blew out one of my outlets and the power was so weak I couldn't run my AC. When I brought these issues to the owner's attention he immediately became very defensive and told me not to come back. Management is terrible! We won't be back to this park!
Date of Stay: May, 2014
We stayed at the main RV park near the marina on base. The marina offers boat rentals. The small beach at the marina is not suited for swimming and a camper next to us cut his foot on a shell requiring stitches. However, the emerald water of Panama City Beach is just a few minute drive from the RV park. The sites are way too close together leaving you practically on top of your neighbor. The RV sites do not have fire rings, but there are some community fire rings in the pavilion area. The bathrooms are nice and clean. Each bathroom has its own toilet, sink, and shower and offers privacy. The staff was very nice and they towed our dolly to the storage lot and assisted us in getting into our site.
Date of Stay: October, 2013
A beautiful campground that is meticulously maintained--best I have visited so far! The crushed gravel pads are pretty level and most sites are adjacent to a stream. The stream adds an element of beauty and a sense of serenity as you listen to the water rushing over the rocks. Our stone fire pit was placed nicely so we could sit around the fire while also watching the stream. Mature trees provided nice shade and the sites don't feel too close together. Owners work very hard to ensure your stay is fantastic. The high cost of our stay was due in part to "leaf peeping season" and the holiday weekend. The kids had a blast seeing the Halloween decorations and trick or treating in the campground. So if you visit on an October weekend be sure to bring candy to hand out. It's also close enough to visit the attractions in Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge, but far enough away to avoid the traffic and crowds associated with those cities.
Date of Stay: September, 2013
Rate I paid includes 15% military discount. Overall, a very good park. It's close enough to Chattanooga, TN to enjoy the sights, but yet far enough from the hustle and bustle for a quite stay. There is a jumping pillow that the kids really enjoyed and medium sized wooden playground set. There are hiking trails adjacent to and around the campground, but they are in need of some maintenance. Bathrooms and showers are nicely maintained. The staff was very friendly and helpful.