I've been camping at Mnt Cheaha for 30 years. There is a campground on top of the mountain and one at the base. The top campground is where I've always gone, is usually quiet, and the pull throughs have very large sites with a fire ring. Some of the back-ins have large sites and some are on top of the next. But all-in-all is a very nice campground. The one at the base of the mountain is another story. There is a new group running the camps and appear to be trying but has been been completely confused every time I've gone up this past year. One time they told me they could reserve a specific site then the next they couldn't. The last time I was told I had site 34 which is a very nice pull-through. I get there and I'm told that I've been placed in the lower campground. I go to the site and it isn't big enough for my fifth wheel and the door is actually in the road. I ended up moving to a larger site and going back to tell them. When I get there it is obvious they have no idea where anyone is and what is available. The lower campground requires a very sharp left hand turn to go through a concrete entrance. I had to back up twice to make it through and not run over the curb. The sites are run down and when it rains (and it did several times) some of the sites are under water and the road has low places. If you are planning on coming to Cheaha, and I encourage you to, make sure you are at the top campground and not the bottom!
This is one of our most favorite campgrounds in Alabama. It has always been a quiet park, even when full. The park rangers patrol it regularly. They don't reserve specific sites, but can reserve a back-in or a pull-through. The swimming pool, tennis courts, lodge, etc is in a different section of the park. There are numerous trails that run through the park and in the fall are beautiful. The sites are spaced so that no one is on top of each. It is well worth the visit and easy to get into and out of.
This is the 2nd time we've stayed here and have reservations for this October. Very friendly and helpful. I'm pretty bad at backing our camper so the manager has backed our fifth wheel in each time we come. The resort has a fire pit with firewood stacked nearby, a dog kennel that allows you to unleash your pet for awhile, a pond nearby that had a 4 ft alligator, a nice pool next to a new conference building that has meeting rooms and a TV room. All this and within 15 minutes of Cedar Key!
I had read the reviews and decided to stay at Tom Sawyer RV Park. It was a pleasure from the time I first called till the day we left. Easy check-in, was led to our site which was a pull through right on the banks of the Mississippi. The staff were friendly and went at lengths to make everyone's stay a wonderful. The camper next to us mentioned he wished he had brought some coffee, within minutes one of the staff pulled up with enough coffee for several days. Most of the sites throughout the park are pull-through. It is well maintained and clean. They have free laundry and drying available. It is easy to get into and out and within minutes of Hwy 55. We will be back and are encouraging every camper we know to go also.
If you want a peaceful place to camp this is it. It's a mile and a half down a dirt road so you are away from any road noise yet only 15 minutes from the beach. Only negative comment is the Ranger is less than helpful and hard to find.