Nice park. Great beaches nearby. Quiet walks and great biking is available. We've camped here several times. Since we experienced near-misses by two tornadoes in 24 hours, a weather issue that the park cannot control or predict, we were concerned about the lack of facilities which would provide safe haven under such circumstances.
It was unusual, to say the least, to see SCUBA divers plunking their way through the woods in full gear as they headed for diving in the turquoise spring water. The forested walking trails were delightful and offered a lovely view of basking turtles in the river. Our pull-through site was level and comfortable, making it easy to stay connected for an early morning departure. Restroom/showers were adequate. The park had more to offer than we could enjoy on our one-night stay. We'll return here to check it out more carefully.
Even for a quick overnight, we found their site was poor. It was not level, offered no privacy and was next to a "portable" that served as the washroom/shower. The path to the washroom was muddy so it's not surprising that the it was difficult to keep the washroom floor clean. Part of the park has better sites (our friends stayed there) but it's not the best campground experience for sure despite a lovely scenic forest setting nearby.
This was a real find! The price shown includes a 50% discount for our interagency pass but does not include the $10 booking fee. The hosts could not have been nicer, keeping us apprised of the closing (for wildlife control) of parts of the park and accommodating a requested change in dates with no difficulty. Our site (42) was right by the lake with a spectacular view of sunsets and waterfowl. We were there shortly after New Year's and the hosts had kept the festive decorations in the immaculate washrooms. It was so homey! One thing to keep in mind is that onsite servicing is discouraged but can be negotiated in an emergency (as we found). There are many longterm campers here and stays can be extended if you provide enough warning time. We found that the park entrance 'gatekeepers' varied in temperament tremendously, one couple clearly being very accommodating and another person quite rigid. Negotiating success might depend on who is on duty.
Short-term campers like us are assigned sites that are by the lake and not level. Long term campers dominate this park as it appears to be a snowbird site for Quebec and Ontario residents with ample accommodation for the two major Canadian languages. Washrooms and showers are the smallest we've ever seen and lack the attention and renovation seen at so many wonderful Florida parks. The park is run by attendants with a detached demeanor and contrasts with the hospitable welcome we received at other Florida park.
What great hospitality! The park staff could not be nicer. This park was renovated after hurricane damage and is fully equipped. We even had propane "delivery" by a local service provider. The park 'clubs' can keep you busy if you're so inclined. Tours of the local sugar cane and orange industries are good value. The area is economically not too prosperous but the region is hospitable and pleasant. Occasional smoke from cane field burns should not alarm but are likely. Both coasts are only a short drive away. Boating access to the lake is readily available.
There are no bad sites in this small park. Certainly, the ocean-front sites are lovely but we have no problem booking anywhere here (already booked for next year - this is a high-demand park). The nearby beach is small and subscribes to conservation principles which keep detritis on the sand. The water is calm because of an offshore reef which absorbs the Atlantic wave action. Keep an eye out for Man-O-Wars, however. Sunsets/sunrises can be spectacular!
Quiet campsite (winter kept everyone indoors) with a weekend park tour that's really great! The Guadalupe River is nearby and worth the river walk. It's convenient to San Antonio if you're looking for city life. Laundry facilities, however are scarce. Small communities nearby are quaint and worth the visit. One problem which cost us dearly (the $500 deductible on our insurance) was an electrical malfunction at our site. Our in-line tester nicely shut down the power before too much damage was done but we lost an $800 TV and required $225 repairs on our water heater. We reported the problem to the rangers, were advised to move (we did) but were disappointed to see that another camper was on the site a day later during a holiday week when repairs were likely not available. Unfortunately, the site number is not in my reservation record (it's assigned when you enter and I think it was 54) so I cannot provide accurate specifics about the problem location. I just hope they've fixed it-it was an expensive stay!
We really enjoyed the setting, the size of the site (we were on 403 with our 31 foot rig, towing a full size car). The showers and bathrooms were convenient but lots of insects took refuge there, attracted by the light and the open doors. Water supply was centralized and of great quality. Sites were tidy and well-tended. Their greatest drawback is the poor advisory signage for those driving a vehicle over 11 feet tall. Signs are placed on Route 40, causing all kinds of confusion even to those who are not using the camp. Simply put, if you drive something taller than 11 feet and are UNABLE TO BACK UP, DO NOT enter the park by way of WESTBOUND Route 40. Make your entrance by way of the EASTBOUND route 40. Even using that entrance, DO NOT (under any circumstances) drive beyond the check-in hut. If you plan to arrive late, PHONE ahead to make sure someone can open the gate for you. I've filed my concerns with the State Park service but they're going to have to work with the MD DOT to get this fixed and I'm betting this is not going to happen soon.
Wonderful setting in the woods by the very large lake. Closing comfort stations four days a week seems odd. Showers are on timers (30 seconds each "push" and single stream; stalls have no place to hold clothing so showers could stand some work. Main concern is being locked in from 8 PM to 8 AM and only allowed to have gate opened if there's an emergency. This applies to visitors. It also applies to you if you don't make it back in time...park your car outside the park and walk in is your only option.