This is an older park with lots of seasonal campers. Location is very quiet, no noisy traffic or trains etc. There is ample distance between sites. Most, if not all sites are gravel but ours was level! All sites have picnic table and fire ring. The owners are a delight and very friendly. The showers are coin operated and give you a good, hot, shower for a quarter. Showers and bathrooms and basic and not heated but are clean. There is a pond for swimming and fishing and a great trail to hike in the woods. The seasonal campers are friendly and welcoming but not overbearing. We stayed here for one night to attend a function at Defiance College. It is a short easy drive to the college. The Garmin GPS got us to the location with out problems. This is a gated park and they charge a guest fee and run a tight ship. I would camp here again to attend event at the college or passing through.
This is great park if you love to paddle and hike. It also has some great walk in camp sites right along the river. Staff is very friendly. The sites are not very level and I would think a big rig would have to be selective about a site. Not only is it not level but its difficult to back in. I am in a 24 foot class C and I wasn't able to get level. The electric and water sites also have tent pads, fire rings.
The best part of this park is the website. They have never heard of under promise and over deliver. Its all over promise and under deliver. I was so shocked at the primitiveness of this campground when I arrived. Its not that I wouldn't stay at a place like this but I would be prepared for a low rate. The shock at the difference between website and reality was substantial, hard to win me back once you have me drive 20 miles out of the way. The entrance road is potholed and thin, I'm in a 24' class C, I don't know if I would attempt this in a big rig. I pulled in and found that I couldn't get any of 3 electric outlets to work in row C or the water, I even checked the breaker box and there were no breakers for row C? I then remembered that the man on the phone says that I should pull into row B. The only site I saw in row B had a large wood platform for lack of a better word to combat what appeared to be a giant pond on the site when it rained. Big rains were coming that is why I was finding a place to pull in for the night, so that didn't seem like a good idea. I left a message at the number I had originally called, about the lack of electric and never got a call back. Its 3 hours later, still no call. Fortunately, I am at a state park that let me slip in for 1 night because they felt bad I had been directed to Indian Springs. Seems this is a common response. I went to look at the ladies room, didn't have the courage for the men room, and it hadn't been cleaned in a very, very, long time and if I had to bet on it I would say the hot water didn't work but I didn't check to find out. By the way. As I looked around and tried to get settled the one unit out of maybe 8, that had anyone home, didn't make any attempt to help or console. So friendliness isn't why you go here. The good points. The property is secluded and quiet. There are some donkeys and a cow on property that at least made me feel like I wasn't invisible. The barn, looks nice from what I can see but all the blinds were drawn and big locks on every door. Big Thicket is very close.
I will be back. My rate is a monthly rate. Friendly staff that treats you like family. I'm a nature lover so take that into account. Huge gravel pull through sites, with good local TV reception and great water. Large, clean showers. Nice laundry area. Long term pays electricity and I love that! People are conservative with lights and air conditioners so all you can hear and see is nature. No road noise! Love the surrounding fields of cows. I came in January for a few days to enjoy the warm water of the indoor pool and hot-tub. I write this 3 months later loving the frog songs from the lake and the stars shining brightly. The snowbird community here is great fun and very open to newcomers. Lots of activities during the winter including music twice a week. There are also some great full-timers here at the park. Kids love the trains. I have enjoyed the room to walk the dog, the view and quiet and Fairhope. I have fallen in love with this area. For the summer months the lake beach with waterfall and playground would be great for swimming, fishing and boating. Great enclosed safe area for kids to explore and ride bikes. Much to see and do in the area.
This review is from the winter. During the summer I'm sure this park has an entirely different feel. If your considering this campground for the winter be sure to call and speak to them about price as they were very generous with me and want you to experience the park so you can tell others. You should also know that the GPS street address is not accurate, keep an eye out for their signs and follow them or ask for the coordinates. Found the park secluded, quiet and with so much space to explore, 6000 plus acres. The Poarch Creek Indians are reclaiming the gravel mining area that preceded this campground and construction is still in progress. I felt great knowing that my money was being used for conservation and the construction is not a problem and located away from the current camp sites. The vision for this property is still in process and its a grand one. They already have an educational program in the summer and a box turtle habitat. I am a nature nut so this is all important to me. I loved hearing the coyotes howl at night and the owls sign me to bed and being bathed in unobstructed moonlight and stars. To what most of you are interested in.The sites are large, gravel and level with trees on most. They vary from private to appropriate for camping together and have a horse camp section. The bathrooms are not extravagant but serve the purpose and the showers were hot. Laundry was fine. The river that this campground is on is beautiful and there is a beach with swimming, jump platform, volleyball, and cabanas. Tubing, canoe and kayak rentals are available. There is a stable and trails are in great abundance. This is a big place and I spoke with riders who had gotten lost but the GM of the park is awesome and saw they hadn't come back and went and rescued them. There are also ponds everywhere and fishing is allowed. If you are looking for a family park in the summer this is an awesome place. They also have pavilions for rent near the beach. If you are looking for peace and quiet in the off season you can find it here. Its only 10 minutes to the Casino, which I was surprised I liked. Staff is very friendly and the design is something to see. They allow smoking but he air system is so good you don't notice it. The buffet was good and you drink free if your playing. Atmore itself doesn't have a lot to offer so come for the nature and then when your natured out go drop some change at the casino and get a free Tshirt for signing up for the players club.
The lake is a bit low but still beautiful and some fish still biting. The early show of the morning fog lifting was a site to see. The stars were the late show around the fire ring. The hiking is good and mostly flat, winding through lakes and pines. The blue hole would be much fun to swim in, in the summer. The creek would be an amazing paddle. Level, gravel, generous, spaces. Some lakeside, some private, some woodside. Fire rings, picnic table and two lantern poles per site. Electric service is new. Few lights used wisely is appreciated by me; I want the ability to see the stars and darkness. Verizon cell and internet service was spotty at best. Shower and bathrooms. I used the older bath house but a new one is available. Both seemed clean, and shower was warm enough. Not much around for shopping or restaurants so prepare to stay, cook, and enjoy nature.
The price of the state parks are the biggest downfall. I enjoyed the nature trail. The new bathhouse is nice but the showers are poorly designed and the entire floor space gets wet, so its a hassle to get dressed. Sad since its a new facility. Campground is nice. Lake is pretty and area is quiet with lots of trees on sites not by the lake.
The owners of this park are so friendly it makes up for the newness. This park doesn't have a shower house yet. They do have a bathroom. The ponds are directly in front of 8 of the pull through sites. The pads are a bit narrow but dry. New picnic tables. There is an antennae hookup for TV, I didn't use it so can't say how it works. The Wi-Fi only works on certain sites right now so ask if that is of interest to you. The Wi-Fi works well when its working but goes off in the evening. Just pull the plug and it reboots. I enjoyed the walks and getting to spend time with neighbors horse and the mini donkeys. The railroad track isn't terrible. Just occasional trains. Great new washer and dryer for $1.00 each. Site on the front porch of the office and rock in the rocking chairs and watch the horses across the street. I really enjoyed my stay and it surprises me. Will come back if I have time.