Date of Stay: October, 2006
Jekyll Island Campground is beautiful campground on one of Georgia's most beautiful Islands. The campground is covered with old, moss covered live oaks and is real shady. The roads are dirt, but they water the entrance and dust really isn't a big problem. The bath houses are old, but clean and even though we didn't use them, would have felt comfortable using them. There is a well stocked store with reasonable prices. They offer bike rentals by the hour or day and Jekyll Island has bike trails all the way around the island. They have added WiFi since our last visit, but coverage was "iffy" near the back of the park. They have "seasonals" on a number of the sites, but they have managed it so that it still looks like a campground. Everything from tent trailers to big class A's are spread around the park. Tents are mostly in a couple of beautiful, secluded places on either side of the park. We liked the place so much we made reservations for next year. We did notice a couple of things that had changed this year that we didn't like as well as past visits. Someone has gone sign crazy. There are signs everywhere and they really distract from the beauty of the park. Also they have installed speed bumps. I had never seen speed bumps on a dirt road before, but they have them. We had never noticed a problem with speeding in the park, but someone there must have. They're not as big a deal as the signs, but we felt an unnecessary aggravation. All in all, it's a great place to spend a weekend or the winter.
Date of Stay: October, 2006
Very clean and well kept small park. Sites 1-25 have electric and water hookups. Sites 26-31 are primitive. There are two well maintained bath houses with two clean showers each. The sites are very large and separated nicely. We didn't hear the people on either side of us the whole weekend. The lake (Strom Thurmond Lake) was down some for our visit, but the site we were on still had a pretty view of the lake as do most of their sites. There were steps going down to a short path to the shoreline. The dump station was spotless and there was no line. We were very pleased with the campground, the staff and our site. I rated it an 8 only because of the lack of amenities.
Date of Stay: September, 2006
Vogel State Park is one of the oldest state parks in Georgia and was built by the CCC. In my opinion, it is easily the most beautiful. At 2500 feet above sea level, a light jacket might feel good, even in the middle of summer. Vogel is wooded and the campsites are no exception. The roads are paved, but the campsites are gravel. Sites are level and easy to access. A few are close together, but most are well separated. Bath houses are kept clean throughout the day. Each site is equipped with a concrete picnic table, fire ring and lantern pole. Many have tent pads off of the main site. A stream (Wolf Creek) runs through part of the campground. Several hiking trails start at Vogel. Additionally, there is a beautiful lake which offers fishing and paddle boating. There are two children's play grounds, horse shoes, volley ball and miniature golf. Vogel State Park is very popular and fills up. Advanced reservations are usually needed. It is one of our favorite places and we usually have at least one reservation booked for Vogel at any given time.
Date of Stay: July, 2006
Trackrock is located in a beautiful, pastoral setting. It has a fishing/swimming lake, horse back riding and a large play ground. They offer RV storage. There is a camp store and rec room in the office. The people who run Trackrock are some of the friendliest I've ever met and will really make you feel at home. The sites at Trackrock are somewhat close together for a campground environment, but are certainly not the awning to awning situation found in some RV parks. Sites are level and easy to get into. Roads and sites are gravel and in good shape. They have added WiFi to the campground instead of just around the office. Bath houses are clean and one is new. The campground is quiet and nature is all around. Trackrock is definitely near the top of our list of places to visit more than once.
Date of Stay: October, 2005
Raysville is a Corp of Engineers park on Lake Strom Thurmond. It is a real nice park in a wooded area. Sites are well separated and generally quiet. The roads are paved and the sites are gravel and level. The bathhouses are clean, but show their age. There are pit toilets scattered around to supplement the two bathhouses. Most sites have direct access to the lake and most have really pretty views. Were it not for the people running Raysville, I would have easily given it a 8 rating. The people running this campground are unlike any I've encountered in nearly 60 years of camping. As an example, we camped with relatives in our trailer. We sat up a small (PETT) tent outside as a changing tent. One of the camp "hosts" stopped at our site and asked what was in the tent. We explained our situation. He then asked if there was a porti-potty in there. We again explained the purpose of the tent. He told us we couldn't have a porti-potty in there, but could have a shower. I shook my head and said "OK". This is just one example. We will not return until their reign expires and some reasonable people take over.