Don't even think about staying anywhere else if you are in this area. This place was spotless! This campground is only three years old and everything is kept immaculate. The owners are friendly and are always driving around the park tending to the grounds. They help if you need it and otherwise they let you be. This is right on the Hiawassee River, so my daughter spent all day tubing down the stretch of river behind the campground. Make sure you bring a float if you are coming during the warm weather. She spent the late afternoon fishing at the upper point of the campground, which was also beautiful. The store here is not as stocked as others I have been to, but the do have hand-dipped Mayfield ice cream cones, so that makes up for anything they lack! There are grocery stores very close by, so it really isn't an issue. The sites are gravel - extremely clean and level, with soft grass in between them. They have planted trees, which will eventually shade the sites, but they are still new. The only thing they do not have here is a laundry room area. I would have given this place a higher score if I could have. It was great. We made reservations for Thanksgiving while we were there, since they have a big dinner here with Turkey, Ham and Pulled Pork. You bring the sides.
This is a fabulous park for families. Everything that your kids would want to do is right there. Especially on the weekends when they plan hayrides, crafts, face-painting, etc. When we arrived, the owners were out on the property, so we picked up the courtesy phone and they came to the office within seconds. They escorted us to our site, which was on a beautiful rushing stream. Our site (#28) was sloped towards the back so make sure you bring level blocks or wood to put under your jacks. Other than that, I have absolutely no complaints about this terrific park. They had a very clean laundry room and the dryers worked great. It dried a big load of towels in 45 minutes. The store here is well stocked, the game room is full of fun games, putt putt, ping pong, pool tables, etc. I would stay here again, easy!
We stayed here two nights in the middle of the week. The only thing lacking in this park is a sewer hook up. This is a beautiful campground with exceptionally friendly employees. The store is well stocked with lots of fun items as well as necessities. Lovely pool and playground. Extremely pet friendly park. There was an AKC dog show being set up on the grounds while we were there. One of our neighbors had no less than eight dogs in his fifth wheel. Well behaved, I might add. Plenty of room for dogs to walk around behind our site #156. Nice park next to the Horse Park, perfect for animal lovers of all kinds!
This was a beautiful campground with so much to do and explore. I usually reserve my 10's for a place with sewer hook ups, but this placed excelled in so many ways, I had to bend the rules. When we first got to our site, it was cleaned and raked smooth. We were close to the bath house and it was your typical Florida State Park bath house that is open at the top so it can be very chilly in the winter to shower. There is a camp store and a walk up grill right in front of the beach area with VERY friendly people working there and very good food. The grill is only open on the weekends in the winter. There is a windsurfing area, canoe and kayak area, many pavilions for picnics, playgrounds throughout, a fishing area, a long boardwalk to the beach, an overlook to the beach, a fishing area with a fish cleaning table, a nature trail through ancient sand dunes, a coquina quarry, I could go on and on. On Saturday there is a farmers market in the amphitheater behind the CG. If you go, you must buy a cinnamon roll with powdered sugar on top. It was the best! There was a fishmonger there with fresh local seafood and plenty of beautiful produce at a few stands. The only thing I wish is that we had stayed longer. Even the Volunteer work campers are extremely friendly. This is a very large state park that is spread out, so I would definitely recommend bringing a bike to get around. Go to O'Steen's Restaurant up the Anastasia Blvd. (out of the CG and to the right) for really good fried shrimp and southern vittles.
This was a nice, clean, "no frills" campground. Typical of a State Park. The price is great for what you get. We stayed in site #13 which was a little sloped, but easy enough to work around. The sites are 100% sand so if you are a neat freak: be prepared for the sand. The restroom/showers are a short walk away. They are not air conditioned or heated and they have a screened opening at the top. So in the winter they can be very chilly. Too chilly to actually use! They benefits are great though. There is a beautiful spring that was loaded with manatees when we came. This is their winter home, so the spring is closed to all swimming activities from the end of October to March. There is a nice concession stand to get an ice cream and a souvenir at the park, as well as canoe rentals which were very affordable at $10 for the first hour and $5 for every 1/2 hour there after for a maximum charge of $25.00. I found this to be very reasonable, especially since you get to see tons of manatee, gators, turtles and fish. There is a huge playground, a beautiful grassy area, the Thursby House: a historical site and a few covered picnic areas here. Plenty for the kids to do. The only reason I gave this place an 8 is because the bath house was too cold to use and there is a train track running right outside of the park where trains do come by all through the night. It isn't super loud, but I did wake up every time they came by. I would camp here again though.
We stayed here 1/2 of the week of Thanksgiving, but checked out on Wednesday to drive further north. I wish we would have stayed here longer because it was so fabulous. There were a lot of children here for my daughter to play with, and the place was impeccably cleaned. The owners make this place what it is. They are friendly and hospitable. He came around with his golf cart and delivered firewood, checked on us frequently and even took the various kids for rides to see the upper portion of the property. We will most definitely stay here again and again!
We stayed here for Thanksgiving and really enjoyed the campground and the socializing with others guests. This place was so incredibly clean it was amazing! The bathroom and showers are cleaned a couple of times a day and they are heated. They had a potluck Thanksgiving dinner where the owners supplied the turkey and the guests brought all of the side dishes. It was a wonderful time of fellowship, food and fun. The only reason I didn't give it a 10 was because there were some seedy looking campgrounds leading up to their entrance with lots of permanent (dumpy looking) residents. I wish those people would take care of their grounds like these people do!
This is the top of the heap as far as places to go with your kids. There is so much for them to do, you almost wish they had an adults only area that you could run away to while they were busy. The outdoor movies at night and campfires made it such a special treat for them. The only drawback is that this place is almost always booked way far in advance. Especially on the weekends. Since we are locals, we can call on a Friday morning and see if they have cancellations, but even then it is difficult to get a spot.
This was a clean and open campground. Beautiful sites, but the best ones cannot be reserved. They are on a first come first served basis and they are very strict about holding sites for other people. It is not allowed. Each site is very level with a lantern post and very nice hookups. There is a lot of green grassy areas and nice trails. Cell phones will not work in this area AT ALL. It is truly in the middle of the Ocala National Forest, so don't even think about communicating with the outside world. The springs are beautiful and blue. There is a nice concession stand at the springs area. You cannot take your pet over to the springs or the day use area.
We had an excellent time at this campground. Full of amenities and fun. My daughter fished at our beautiful site #194 right on the lake. There were lots of families here and the staff was super friendly and helpful. The only drawback was the pavilion across from our site at the Marriott Evergreen Resort had been reserved for an outdoor party that went on until late the night of our arrival. Loud music and a very loud DJ until after 11:30 when the police finally asked them to quiet down. This was beyond the power of the campground though. Be advised that the water taxi that takes you over to the laser light show at the main park is a very unreliable service. If you have the ability to drive yourself to the main park, I would do so. The water taxi shows up whenever and stops for the night, even if there are people still waiting to get back to the campground. Also it is a long walk from where they drop you off to the actual park. There are NO signs directing you back to the taxi from the park. And good luck getting a worker to give you directions. Beyond those two complaints, this was a wonderful family oriented campground with very friendly employees in a beautiful setting. I would, without a doubt, stay at his wonderful family campground again.
We camped here in a brand new Fleetwood Popup. When I made the reservation, I was asked if we had our own bathroom and shower with a sewer hook up. Apparently this is an issue among the homeowners association, but I was never told why. Upon arriving, we were asked by no less then four different homeowners if we had this and each time we said yes. I am still unclear as to why this was an issue, but I can say it did get a little annoying. We certainly felt the vibe that we were not overly welcome there. We soon noticed that we were the only popup in this park. Another instance that was more than a put off was the fact that my daughter and her friend were told they were not allowed to ride their scooters in the park without helmets and no one under 10 can ride a scooter at all. Unfortunately my daughter is nine and we did not bring helmets. If we had been directed to these rules before we came, we certainly would have brought helmets. However, the rule about being over 10 was somewhat arbitrary and unfair. This campground had beautiful amenities... pool area, fishing area, putt-putt golf, etc. As well as the bath houses being immaculately clean and well maintained. But in light of the somewhat rigid and heavily enforced regulations from the parks "homeowners" we will not be returning here. There are quite a few retirees living in this park full time and some of their site were beautifully landscaped. Keep this in mind when visiting this place. Outsiders are not overly welcome.