This park is not up to the standard that we have so far experienced in the Florida State Park system. Many of the sites were flooded (OK, there was a recent rain, but not a major one). Our site was so narrow, we could not put out our patio mat. To stay out of the standing water in the rear, I had to stay front too far to fit our car, so had to back that into the weeds. I also had to use blocks under the wheels and jacks to get level. It's not a "bad" park, just not as nice as the previous State Parks we have been to. It's also a lot smaller, so that may have something to do with it. There are nicer (and also worse) sites here. With a more knowledgeable pick of sites, this would be a nice, quiet, and out of the way park to stay. Good bike riding around the park roads.
If it had sewer and a paved patio, I would have given it a "10". The location of the park and beauty of the site was perfect. Our site was on the waterway between the barrier island and the mainland. A beautiful view. The Panama City Beach, "America's Best Beach" on the gulf is close to the campground, within the same park, and isolated from the crowded high-rise motels on the beach to the north. The sites are tree-covered, level, hard-pack sand, and covered with pine needles. We stayed 4 nights and were able to manage our gray water to only have to dump when we left. Quiet. Family Friendly. Fire rings with hinged cooking grate. Adjacent to the town of Panama City Beach, with all the restaurants, shopping, and tourist things you could want. Access roads and site entry was adequate.
Extremely friendly staff, well organized. A lot of planned activities that are well attended with extremely friendly fellow guests. Sites are fairly narrow, but very well maintained. Nice fully concrete pull-throughs. Very nice heated pool and the best Wi-Fi we've experienced so far with multiple routers to select from throughout the park. For whatever reason, we felt more at home and welcome here than any other park in our trip so far.
We very much liked our tree-shaded site on grass with a concrete patio. This is a mature, friendly park, with a lot of diversity, permanent and long time residents; as well as transients such as ourselves. It was quiet. The price was excellent for the location and amenities. Wi-Fi was sketchy during waking hours.
Park was new in March 2013, so landscape features (hedges between sites) are still growing in. The entire park is graded white crushed limestone. Very clean. Amenities and hookups all new and nice. Sites are relatively wide and spacious. Very nice beach and waterfront areas. Only negative is price. It is priced significantly higher than others in the area.
Sites are small, close together. Most are permanent or semi-permanent. The location is convenient to the highways, in an industrial area. It is also directly under the landing path for Ft. Lauderdale airport, so there is a continuous stream of jets overhead. At our site, the WIFI was mostly OK. Water was good. Staff was friendly. It is a very popular place for Quebecois, so many of the guests here are French speaking. Kind of a culture shock, but interesting! This is not necessarily a negative, just an observation.
This is a large park, with many permanent sites. Very small sites, all paved. It is located in a highly industrialized area of Ft. Lauderdale, surrounded by scrap metal yards, lift rentals, etc. Most of the traffic on the road to the park is dump trucks and it is surrounded by highways. It is also located directly under the runway approach for landing aircraft to Ft. Lauderdale airport. On the good side, it was fairly friendly, the Wi-Fi was mostly OK, although it was intermittent at times. It is centrally located, so you can get to wherever you want to go fairly well. What I found most interesting is that English is the minority language. It is overwhelmingly French Canadian.
We especially appreciated North Florida in January. Temps were cool, perfect for campfires and bike riding. Similar to October in PA. Sites are relatively large, surrounded by oaks and palmettos. Raccoons were common. What was really nice was the park was virtually empty! We had the place to ourselves to ride bike all over the park roads with almost no traffic. My wife liked that. The biggest attraction for me was the world-famous mountain bike trails that go around the park. I had never done that before and I want to go back and do it again!
We LOVE this place! While many use it as a convenient one night stop-over at Georgia exit 1 (just North of the FL state line), we stayed 4 nights. Lovely moss-draped oak trees all around the sites. The owner and staff extremely helpful and friendly. Seemed genuinely happy to help us. Easy pull-through sites for big rigs. There is so much to see and do in the area - Amelia island bike trail, Fort Clinch state park, many others too much to mention. My personal Kryptonite, was right next door.... Jack's Famous BBQ. I had the Best wood-smoked BBQ ribs 3 nights in a row by just walking through the hedgerow behind my coach.