Date of Stay: October, 2014
This is a very small basic park. There no one there to check you in. You take whichever campsite you want. There is no pool or playground for kids. There is only 30am electric available. There is water available but not at each site. There is a dump station although you have to block the road out of the park to dump. Their website says that all campsites are on the river but there is a campground road between the campsite and the river. All sites have a cement patio and most have picnic tables. There is a fire ring on the riverbank, across the road from the campsite. The pull thru site we had was long enough for our 37 ft. MH and two other vehicles. It was grass over a base of gravel and was almost level. It is next to a road that we found out is very busy and very noisy. At the entrance of the park you had to descend a short but very steep hill. If your brakes failed you would end up in the river. It served it's purpose as a place to park our MH while we visited the area attractions but we felt it was over priced. We probably would not return.
Date of Stay: September, 2014
The nightly rate at that time was $41. What they didn't tell you, or at least I didn't see it even after returning to the website to check, is that there is a $3.50 online reservation fee. They offer WI-FI but you have to pay $3/day for it. The ladies in the office at the time of check-in were very nice and made us feel welcome. We spent two nights here while exploring area attractions. The campsite is gravel and fairly level. There was a grass area between sites for a picnic table. There was a fire ring but it was at the extreme back end of the site near the road, not near the picnic table. The pull-thru site was long enough for our motorhome and toad, but the campsites are very close together, which is fine if you like to rub elbows with your neighbors, but we prefer a little breathing room. The interior roads were a little narrow. We had no problems but luckily there were no vehicles parked near the road. Despite the high number of golf carts, the campground was not very noisy, possibly because we were camping at the end of Sept when most children would be in school. If we return to this area again we will probably check other campgrounds first, and stay here if we cannot find a different one.
Date of Stay: July, 2014
We stayed at this campground for a week. The sites are all paved and have a paved patio area. There is very little shade so the AC had to work hard. There are tennis courts and swimming pool. The campground is accessible to the public for $1/car so there did seem to be a lot of traffic. The State Park has a section of beach about 3 miles long. There is an access area near the entrance to the campground but unfortunately there is parking for only about 10 vehicles. Since it can be used by the public you have to get there early to get a parking spot. You have to be careful how you park because those arriving later will park behind the vehicles already there blocking them in. This limited parking does ensure that the beach is not very crowded. There is beach access at the State fishing pier and also at a large pavilion. Pavilion parking is $5/car. There is at least one other beach access area that is in Orange Beach between 2 condos. It is a lot more crowded there. The staff in the registration building are all very friendly and helpful. There are well maintained trails around the campground. The have many signs warning of alligators but we did not encounter any.
Date of Stay: July, 2014
We stayed at this park on the way to Gulf Shores, AL and also on the way home. It is a very convenient place to stop for the night and easily accessable from the highway. The gentleman who took our reservation on the phone and checked us in when we arrived is extremely friendly and helpful. The sites are level gravel with full hookup. We did not see any public showers or restrooms available so this is not a good place to stop if you are not traveling in something with it's own facilities. It is a great place to stop for the night while traveling.
Date of Stay: June, 2014
We were a little concerned about this campground, since the latest review on this site was from 2011, but we decided to give it a try based on their description of campsite size. We had no trouble finding the campground. Part of the road was gravel but it was in good shape. Might not be after heavy rain. When we got to the gate there was a sign that said the maximum height was a little over 11 feet. We have a 12 1/2 ft motorhome. The girls in the gatehouse said that the roof used to extend over the entrance road causing the low limit. There was also a tree there with low hanging branches that would probably hit the top of our motorhome. We went around to the left of the building which was more open. The girls checking us in were very friendly. After checking us in they just left us to find our way to our site. We had to ask for a map with directions showing the best way to get to the site. The interior roads were part paved and part gravel, relatively narrow with low hanging tree limbs. Our site was unlike any we have had before. It was on the river. From the road to a tree line before the river was at least 70 - 80 feet. From the tree line it was another 40-50 feet to the river. Between campsite hook-ups was about 100 ft. They are side by side hook-ups. We were able to back in to the hook-up parallel to the road so our patio was facing the river. Down a small hill from there was an area for a campfire. The area where we chose to park was fairly level grass. All the sites are grass, which could be a problem after heavy rains. We didn't use any of the facilities there. The restrooms were latrines. We did not check out the showers. If you choose to take a canoe trip they have their own canoe livery which will take you up river to start your trip which will end at the campground. Their park rules say that quiet time starts at 11 PM and was strictly enforced but there was a large group of campers near us that had a very loud party well after that. Perhaps the campground should have someone patrol the grounds after 11 to enforce the rule. Overall we would stay here again for just the size of the campsites.
Date of Stay: May, 2014
We spent two nights here while visiting area attractions. The site assigned to us (625) was a small pull-thru on a corner. The site was level and had little shade. It had one small tree which could not shade any of the site. The interior roads were all paved and in good shape. There are a lot of seasonal sites but they are all well kept and look nice. The entire campground is well maintained. The check-in went smoothly. The staff were friendly and helpful. The pool looked nice but we did not use it. There is a nice playground for kids. There is also a dog park but it is small. Not nearly enough room for a dog to get any exercise. The campground was relatively quiet despite the number of children. We were far enough away from the playground and pool to help with noise. There was not a lot of golf cart traffic as in some other campgrounds. They have a short walking trail that was in good shape and also a small disc golf course. We only had water and electric at our site but there is a convenient dump station near the exit. Over all we felt this was a very nice campground and would stay here again if we need to stay in this area.
Date of Stay: October, 2013
We stayed here for one night while traveling. The check-in staff were friendly. The site they assigned was right behind the office. We had to drive around the pool, back to the exit, and then around the office to get to the site. A lot of turns for a motor home and toad. The interior roads and sites are gravel and narrow. Our site was fairly level but others did not appear so. There are a lot of trees which make driving a larger rig a little tricky. The cable TV and Wi-Fi worked as they should. We would probably stay here again if we could not find another campground in the area.
Date of Stay: October, 2013
We stayed here for one night while traveling. It is a nice campground. It looked neat and clean and well maintained with lots of mature trees. It has paved interior roads and the site we had was fairly level. Some others did not appear as level. We had called for a reservation at least a month in advance. The gentleman who checked us in was extremely nice. He told us we could go pick any site we wanted. The cable TV worked fine but the Wi-Fi worked as slow as dial-up. The campground was quiet, but that could be because of the time of year. I don't know if it is every day or just on weekends but they offered free pancakes and coffee on Saturday morning. We would probably stay here again if we needed a stop over in the area.
Date of Stay: October, 2013
We stayed here for 4 nights in October. The campground was almost full, but it was very quiet. The sites all appeared to be level and clean. We were a little disappointed that the site we had was made of coarse gravel and shells which made walking on it rather difficult. All the sites had vegetation which gave them some privacy. Some more than others. It is a basic campground with water and electric, but now sewer. There is a dump site, but if you are staying awhile you need to find a way to dump your tanks occasionally. There was two volunteer camp hosts there. They were there to help you find you site if necessary, sell ice and firewood and clean the sites when empty. They were also a good source of information about the island. There were a couple of hiking trails leading to the bay side of the island and to the primitive camping area. They were well maintained and easy to follow. The only problem was the mosquitos. The parks dept. sprayed two times a week but it didn't seem to help. The ocean side beach is about a quarter of a mile walk from the campground, or you can drive to other beach access areas if you wanted. The beach is beautiful white sand. There is 9 miles of beach with the first 4-5 miles having beach access by boardwalks through the dunes. The last few miles of beach to the Eastern end of the island is accessible through a locked gate for a fee or by hiking the beach. We hiked about a mile down the beach and were almost totally alone, with only a couple of people walking by. Overall we really enjoyed our time there and will return when we get the chance. If we stay longer then this trip we will have to get a portable dump tank.
Date of Stay: October, 2013
This is not a campground. It is small RV park. It is a perfect place to stop for the night while traveling. The park manager has to be the friendliest and most helpful person we have met in any place we have stayed. He walked us to our site and pointed out where everything was. I asked him if he could give us a jump on our toad because the battery was dead. He jumped in his car and drove to a nearby hotel where his wife worked to get jumper cables and got our car running. Later he came by our site and asked if we wanted to borrow his car if we were worried about going out anywhere in ours. The park was very clean with neatly trimmed landscaping. The sites in the front row where we were located were level. The park owner had brought in gravel to build up the sites to make them level. This, however, created a hill from the parking area to the grass area between sites so you had to be extra careful when walking around. Of course there was traffic noise since it was right next to I-75, but that is to be expected. Some of the sites might not be long enough for rigs over 40 ft that are towing something although host said that he would work it out. If you call ahead host will hold a site for you without credit card information. Overall, we were very happy and would stay there again.
Date of Stay: October, 2013
This was only a stopover for us so we didn't check out any of the amenities/activities. Upon arrival, we felt like a bug under a microscope, being watched by several people near the office. Inside, office staff were friendly. Our site was fairly level, paved just barely long enough to accommodate our rig and dinghy. Sites are close together, no privacy, not much in the way of green space between campers. We arrived around 6pm and the campground was very quiet already even though it appeared to be at full capacity. The only noise was the highway although not really noticeable until trying to sleep. For an overnight stop its okay and we would probably stop here again if in the area.
Date of Stay: August, 2013
We stayed here for two nights while visiting some area attractions. It is a campground so most of the sites are seasonal. The pull through site we had was generous in size, level gravel and the only site with a concrete patio. There are numerous mature trees so we did not need to put out our awning. We had a problem with the 50 amp circuit breaker. It was loose so we lost power a couple of times. It also tripped our GFI circuit. We plugged into the 30 amp circuit and notified the office of the problem. The owner of the campground came out a short time later and replaced the circuit breaker. It worked fine after that. All the staff we interacted with were very friendly. Our only complaint is that the interior roads are narrow and not really big rig friendly. There is a lot of twists and turns getting in and out of the campsite and with any vehicles parked close to the road on the turns it made it difficult to drive through with a 37' motorhome towing a car. Overall, it is a fairly nice campground and we would stay there again if we needed a campground in that area.
Date of Stay: July, 2013
We stayed here on a Friday and Saturday night. Most sites appeared to be level although ours was not. We were able to get our RV level. Most sites also were not very wide. Not much room between you and your neighbor. There were some nice trees to provide shade but at our site they were at both ends of the site making is difficult to get in and out without scratching the side of the RV. There was a boat race in Rising Sun this weekend so the campground was full. There were a lot of extra vehicles, boats and jet skis parked where ever they could find room in the grass between and around campsites. The interior roads were narrow, so all the extra vehicles made it more difficult to drive through. We had to ask our neighbor to move his truck so that we could get out of our site when we left. Since the park was full it was also very noisy. There was no quiet time while we were there. We were able to sit around a fire in the evening, but our neighbor had a very large dog that barked at every person or golf cart that went by. It got a little annoying after awhile. The lower campsites near the river were made from a farm field so they were level and seemed to be a little wider. There was no shade except near the back of the sites on the river. The road around that area was full of potholes. The pool was large and looked very nice although we did not get the chance to try it out. There was also a nice rec room with arcade games and pool table. There was a miniature golf course, but we were not sure if it was in use. It was in very bad shape. We felt it was a little high in price for what you got, even with the Good Sam Club discount. We would only stay here again if we could get a site on the river.
Date of Stay: July, 2013
We stayed here for two nights while visiting an area attraction. It as a campground so the majority of the sites were seasonal. The few overnight sites were level gravel and were easy to get in and out of, although the road to the campground was a couple of miles of gravel with lots of low hanging tree limbs that hit the top of our motorhome. There was a tremendous amount of golf cart traffic. Most of the people in the carts were friendly and waved as they went by, but the late night traffic made it difficult to sleep. They advertised a swimming lake but the beach was just a small sandy area on a small pond of very brackish water. We saw no one swimming there even though it was a hot weekend. They also advertised a petting barnyard. Our young grandson was looking forward to petting some animals but we only saw two horses and a rooster, and the rooster chased him and tried to peck him. We could hear other animals inside but the door was locked. There was no sign stating what their hours were and who to contact to open the door. We probably would not stay here again.