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08/2003
rating [ 9/10 ]
Extremely well cared for CG and a staff that jumps through hoops to make your stay pleasant. They want your money in the casino. Except for the 95 degree August heat and blazing sunshine, this place is great. I was fortunate to get the most shaded site in the CG. The only amenities I used were the shuttle to the casino and the buffett (compted). I have also stayed at the Hotel, adjacent to the casino, and it is really nice. If you are looking for a woodsman's ruggedness or Mickey & Minnie this place is not for you. If you like to play slots or table games this is the spot. I would classify this CG as for Adults.
01/2003
rating [ 7/10 ]
Very big park. Friendly staff. Nice, quiet, peaceful and relaxing. Real woodsy feel. Not many in CG in January. No problems with trees. In response to others comments: I agree the place is dead unless there are concerts except for horseback riders. Live Oak is a small town and does not have much. But that is what I prefer, when camping: quiet, relaxation, getting away from it all. This is the place for that unless concerts in play. As far as fumbling with flashlights and rubbing trees, I always arrive in the daylight eliminating those problems. I prefer to use the stove in my 5'er for breakfast. Coleman stoves and campfires work too and are more rewarding than restaurants. The pads were level with a mix of grass and sand (a fact of life in FLA), no rocks, no limbs. Plenty of room to manuver. Will use again in in the area.
06/2003
rating [ 7/10 ]
Clean! Nice friendly staff. No shade and quite evident on the 98 degree day I was there. The concrete pad was nice but without shade it radiates the heat for several hours after nightfall. This is a fairly new park. Too bad it is in Knoxville as there is nothing nearby. It's about 20-25 miles south of Tuscaloosa. Good place to stop for the night. Easy access. Wish all parks were run like this one. A work in progress during our stay. Owners were adding sites and amenities.
09/2003
rating [ 5/10 ]
A very friendly staff that will work with you, very clean CG. Easy Access from/to I-55 or I-10. I stayed here 2 nights as a pre-stadging area for a Hurricane evacuation. They allowed me to stay an extra half day with out charging me, probably because they had sparse business and the oncoming hurricane. The interior roads and conrete pads are excellent. The lake is nice. Little shade but several new trees were planted. My site was along the road and quiet until a truck or car went by. Not much traffic but you will know it when one goes by. Across the street was an apartment house.
10/2003
rating [ 4/10 ]
Very clean. Close to I-10 but noise not obtrusive. The staff were curt and seemed as if they really did not want to be bothered checking me in (a teen age girl). The other campers were very friendly and helpful. By my self I had to navigate between a large oak and an F-350 parked where in was not supposed to be with the owner no where in site. The folks at the site across helped to safely direct me into the site. The sites are close together as they are in most private profit generated parks. The cost was ridiculas for what you got. They have a lot of planned social activities I am not interested in. They target full timers and families with small kids. Hopefully I will never again need to camp in Lafayette so I don't have to go back.
07/2003
rating [ 6/10 ]
A nice CG with a woodsy feel. Staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful. Used them 3 times as a 1 night stop only. I was always put in their "1 night spaces" which are very close together. There were other sites that had more elbow room and they would be good for extended stays. I was impressed that there were no trashy RV's here. Like others stated, this park is quiet with the exception of occasional truck noise when they get stopped at the traffic light just outside the CG. No amenities like a pool, just a small CG with a state park feel. Will use again.
01/2003
rating [ 6/10 ]
A nice CG, clean and staff was very friendly. The only reason we stopped was due to a strong storm moving thru the area and we didn't want to be on the road. A ways out out DeFuniak Springs but close enough to go to town daily. When we were there they were adding more sites. The pads were earth and were only about 40 feet long. All were pull thru and level. Spaceing was closer than I prefer but ok for a couple of nights. They needed more room to manuver on the end spaces. No trees nor shade. It was very quiet. The town of DeFuniak Springs is quanit. Holiday season they have a light display in the large park in town. This was a nice place to hole up from the storm but not much else without some fix up. The putt putt was just old rotten plywood.
01/2003
rating [ 7/10 ]
This CG is very clean, staff is very friendly. The sites are earth and spacing is ok. There are several tall pines but no shade. The pool and mini golf cost extra. It's easy access off I-10 but when you leave it's right turn only away from the interstate. The only place to turn around was a restaurant parking lot or drive into town. It appeared DOT was putting in a U-turn lane. It's too bad the CG is located where it is. There really isn't a whole lot here for such a well run facility. It's a good place to stop for a night or two. Prices went up when they became a KOA. The first time I stayed here was in 2001 during the re surfacing of I-10. It was right where they went down to one lane so there was the sound of jake brakes all night long. I have stayed here 3 times total while going between the East coast of FLA and Louisiana. The last two times the I-10 construction was complete and the road noise was less, but still audible.
09/2003
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is one of my favorite CG's. Located in the Birmingham Metro area but you'd never know it. The CG is level with earth sites. It is very beautiful, lots of trees, a creek runs through it. Lots of squirrels. There is fishing in the creek. The staff is very friendly. There are the ruins of the old iron furnace which are actually in excellent condition. They are doing a great job of preserving them. There is a really good restaurant, a store that sells crafts, a small train, and down the road is a deer park. I always go midweek as the weekends can bring in large crowds. They also have certain weekends when they have flea markets set up and the crowds are huge. When the park is full your neighbors will be close but ok. Big rigs may have difficulty manuvering. When there are only a few campers you will be very spaced out. You can access the park from I-59 just south of the I-59/I-459 split, at exit 100 or from the I-459 by pass. Either will do fine for exiting the interstate but I prefer to get on the interstate at the I-459 ramp, exit 1, there is less traffic and you have a better run at it. There is a lot of traffic between Birmingham and Tuscaloosa. In April 2005 they are finished with the road work between Bessemer and the Mercedes plant (near Vance, AL). They are just starting construction from the Mercedes plant to Tuscaloosa. Highly recommended.
08/2003
rating [ 8/10 ]
A shaded CG sitting up on a hill overlooking a small canyon with stream running through. This CG and the ajacent park has been closed for renovations. I think it is now open or will be soon (Spring/Summer 2005). The spaces were spaced far enough aprt for comfort but many used a common entrance (Y shaped). The CG is peaceful in the summer and the park is a great place for kids but it is hot. The renovations included upgrading the CG, playground equipment, the train was getting new track etc. The park has a small zoo including deer, llamas, goats, and I believe a tiger. They also have rabbits, and such. There are also several buildings depicting pioneer life in Northern Alabama. They have a great light display during the holiday season. The best CG in Gadsden but the entrance to the park can be a little confusing. This is owned by the City of Gadsden.
05/2004
rating [ 7/10 ]
I planned a trip to camp here but never actually got to. I visited the park several times. This park is really beautiful. There are some gorgeous vistas. As previously stated the campground is in a riverbottom and is prone to flooding. There is even a sign that states do not enter if water is across the road. I didn't camp here because the roads leading into the park are rough and narrow, not a problem in itself. To get to the campground you have to go down a narrow, very steep and very winding road. It is fairly short. I would dread going up or down and meeting another RV coming in the opposite direction. Just a word of caution if you have a big rig. Check it out before attempting it. As far as the comments on the unfavorable characters hanging out in the area: some of the roads are county roads and the rangers have no controll of them. Come to think of it, in 4 visits I never saw a ranger. The area is sparse and the teenagers in this area don't have much to keep them busy. There is also a growing problem with methamphetamine (crack) in this area. The seclusion of this park is ideal for there criminal activities. Don't want to scare anybody off, it really is a nice place. But we must face the facts.
07/2003
rating [ 6/10 ]
Probably the nicest CG managers I've ever encountered and extremely easy to get to from the Interstate. The interior roads are narrow in some places but not a problem. Pad was concrete but a lot of earth over the top of it (rained heavily the night before). Peacefull with adequate shade but you could hear the trucks on I-59. Free fishing pond, playground for the kids. Lot of hills not good for bicycling. I used this CG several times as it's near the halfway point between my work in Louisiana and my home in Alabama. It's a good place to stay for a night while traveling. I don't think I'd stay any longer unless I had business in Laurel or was holed up due weather. Drawbacks - Highway noise which has increased since it's where the speed limit changes from 70 to 55 and the trucks love to hear the jake brake roar, fortunatly there is not a lot of traffic on I-59. The only other consideration is they allow full time residents and a couple of them had less than desirable rigs.
09/2003
rating [ 8/10 ]
I learned about this CG through a co-worker. The first time I used this CG I was running away from Hurricane Lilli as it prepared to slam into Louisiana back in 2002. The CG is owned and operated by the city of Mobile. It is set up like a state park. The staff was exceptionally courteous and pleasant. When I arrived, there were only 4 other campers. By midnight it had filled up with others fleeing Hurricane Lilli. The sites were earth and easy to access. The roads appeared somewhat narrow but I had no problems with the 28 foot 5'er. There is a lot to do here but the park is renowned as a mountain bike haven. The state championships are held here. I'm not into this sport so I can't say any more on the subject. My friend told me that during events this place is packed. At night it was very quiet but if listened very carefully you could hear the trucks on I-65. The roads leading to the park seem to go on forever because from I-65 northbound you have to go past the park then double back to get there. It is near the University of Mobile.
08/2003
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a big park but only a small portion is accessible by car. Located atop Lookout Mountain high above the city of Fort Payne, AL. There is a motel, restaurant, cabins, pool and lots of hiking trails. Pads are earth and not all are level, if we get a lot of rain they tend to wash out somewhat. I've found that 2 or 3 1x12's solve that problem. Near Little River Canyon National Recreation Area and is a must see. In summer there are a lot of campers here. Unlike a lot of parks, you really don't know all the spaces are occupied. For some reason you feel sort of isolated despite 77 other campers are there with you. The pool and other stuff is a ways away and due to the steep hills you may want to reconsider riding the bike or walking. Also the roads going to the camping area are county roads not State park roads so you may encounter some local traffic. Avoid trying to access the CG the first week of August. Thats when they have the world's longest yard sale. The road to the State Park will be lined with yard sales, people stopping every 50 feet. You will be going 50 feet every 10 minutes in some places. Get there early or wait till its over. Fort Payne has just about everything you could need, I recommend the Foodland for groceries (great meats), the Wal Mart has limited RV supplies (Camping World in Chattanooga), there is a movie theater, an excellent hospital, a Ruby Tuesday, Cracker Barrel, Lowes and much more. Chattanooga is about 45-55 minutes away via US 11 or I-59. You can also drive to Chattanooga on the top of Lookout Mountain. If you go to Chattanooga be sure to take in the Aquarium, it's great. Ft Payne is 70 miles from Huntsville, AL; 100 miles to Birmingham and Atlanta (via Rome, GA).
01/2003
rating [ 5/10 ]
I lived here in my 28 ft 5'er for 14 months while my house was built. It is a mobile home community but rents lot space to RV's for 1 month or longer. They also have a spot for nightly visits. The nightly area can handle about 20 RV's, back in only. It's one big concrete pad (no shade) and if they are full, you will be very close together. I've seen 40 foot 5'ers in here and Class A's as well. The management is very friendly. Their hours are something like 9 am - 4 pm M-F. I think the handy man lives here because he is always here, even on weekends. They will work with you. Make sure you give them a call before you arrive, as they don't want you taking a space they have reserved for others. The park is well managed and they don't put up with any crap. In the time I was here 3 Mobile home owners were ejected. (Home and people.) The common lawns are maintained by the staff and usually well kept. Each resident is responsible for their own yards. The park is quiet from around 11 pm till about 6 am. This is the best park (of 2) in the city of Houma. The only drawbacks: there is a shipyard behind the park and sometimes they do work through the night so there can be a lot of noise. It can be tolerated, but if the wind is blowing in over the shipyard while they are sandblasting, be ready to wash everything you own. In 14 months, this happened about 4 times. Despite the probation and parole board officers visiting several of the mobile homes on a weekly basis, I never felt in any danger. 99% of the residents are friendly, and like I said, the management does not put up with any crap. If you need to camp in Houma you might want to consider it.
07/2003
rating [ 1/10 ]
When you enter this park there is a real nice mobile home, and the office looks inviting. Then comes reality. As you proceed to the campsites you pass through 1/3 mile of the worst looking mobiles homes you ever saw. But don't look at them, because if you take your eyes off the road, one of the thousand gigantic potholes may suck you up or break an axle. When you finally do make it to your site at the very back of this park, you will find big shady oaks. Before you park your rig in it's space, be sure to inspect it first. Many will be underwater or just big mud holes. The pull through sites are high enough you won't have to swim. Most of the people using the camp sites are contractors staying for weeks or months. At the back of the campground is a boat ramp. The ramp is open to anyone willing to pay to use it. So you could have a whole slew of people launching boats. There isn't any boat launch parking, so they might park in your site. This CG is not easy for a big rig. My 28 footer was a chore getting into the site. You will have to back up several times to get in straight. The playground area is between the CG and the mobile home park,so the unsupervised kids from the mobiles play on the equipment. I don't think any of them have a pair of shoes. Almost forgot to mention the car on cinder blocks in front of one of the mobiles. Avoid this place!
09/2002
rating [ 9/10 ]
This place is huge. Many trails, bicycling road. All kinds of activities like frisbee golf, boating, fishing etc. Nice store selling snaks and fire wood. Shade is sparse, you can only get it for one side of your rig and its minimal at best. Pull thrus have no shade whatsoever. In September 02 the gate was not manned. You drive thru pick a spot and set up. The ranger comes around about 5 pm and collects your fee. I was told the park is full in the summer and on weekends. Highly recommended during off peak times.
07/2002
rating [ 7/10 ]
Stopped here for one night. Staff very friendly. Facilities excellant/new condition. We stayed in a new pull thru area, gravel pad and no shade. Shaded spots were up on the hill but were occupied. 2 miles from I-20. Fairly easy to get to, just look for signs for turns. Owners seem dedicated to the park. Drawbacks were the road that runs past the pull thru area seemed to be used by local kids for drag racing late at night. The facillities (swimming pool) is open to anyone willing to pay $2.00 to use it. So during the day many local kids come in and fill the pool. I hope it is a temporay trend.
10/2002
rating [ 9/10 ]
A big park full of beautiful Oaks. Sugar mill ruins were interesting. We were there Halloween weekend. Everybody was trick or treating. Friday we were the only ones there. Saturday and Sunday the place was packed. My site was a pull through and getting the 28 foot 5'er into it was actually quite difficult due to the trees. I hate to say it but they need to cut some trees. The space was about 80 feet long but required a sharp turn right around a tree then a sharp turn left around the fire pit and BBQ, and some backing up to get on the concrete pad. The water was on the passenger side but the electric and sewer were on the drivers side. If I had known this I would have asked for a backin site. I really liked this park. The only black mark was not with the park but with the campers on the other side of the road from us. They were obnoxiously noisy from 7 am till 11 pm. Several people complained and the rangers had to visit them 3 times. I don't know why they were not ejected from the park. I highly recommend this park, hope your neighbors have some courtesy.
01/2002
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is one of the newist State Parks in Louisiana. It is in a swamp and has a small museum specific to the swamp ecosystem in which it lays. There are short boardwalk trails into the swamp and are very nice. It offers an opportunity to venture into a swamp that most of us never get the opportunity to do. There is a lot of road to bicycle or walk. The spaces lack shade for the most part but they are huge and concrete. The space I had was at least 100 feet long. There is also a lot of elbow room between sites. The only drawbacks are access. The nearist store is about 15 miles away in Springfield. The Access road into the part is very narrow ( I would say 1 way) and it is in very poor condition. Louisiana roads are some of the worst I have ever traveled and this acess road is 100 times worse.
09/2002
rating [ 7/10 ]
Staff was friendly but not outgoing. Busy on weekends but sparse on weekdays. There are two CG, an upper and a lower. The lower is on the river with little shade and no electric nor sewer, this area is used by tents and small RV's. The upper Cg has wooded sites with shade but the best sites have RV's permantly affixed. Pull through sites are between the upper and lower CG's and offer no shade. Well off the beaten path the park is quiet day and night. They have a fishing pond, pool, good store, laundry and game room. Open Mar 15-Dec 3. The description of the Yogi Bear park in this area is quite similar, but I believe is a separate facility. I could be mistaken and Yogi Bear may have bought this CG. I stumbled over this CG by word of mouth, as I never saw it advertised.
12/2002
rating [ 2/10 ]
A small Ma & Pa campground just off I-75 at Lake City. Staff was very friendly. Most occupants have been here for years and their RV's show it. It seems as if they turned the back yard into RV spaces for people just stopping for the night. Despite being old, the park seemed clean, grass cut etc. Can't beat the price. No amenities, just a place to stop for the night. On our visit most of the people in our section were staying here for the Florida - Florida State game in Gainesville.
11/2003
rating [ 1/10 ]
I grew up about 8 miles from here. Back in the 60's this was just a boat launch. In the 70's it was a small Ma&Pa CG and small marina. When Ma&Pa passed on the big corporations sucked it up. Changed hands 2 or 3 times in the 80's. At present, it is a "park model" mobile home park for snow birds and retirees. They also were the retailer for the park models they allowed in the park. They have a few spaces they rent to RV's and they are along the fence next to the entrance. A couple of trees but no shade. Dirt pads. Besides being a mobile hame park, the big draw is the restuarnt (which is good) and the marina. They rent some boats but they are old. A pontoon boat cruise on the river is rewarding just avoid the weekends. For some reason this area of Florida dosen't seem to have much to offer in the way of RV parks.
12/2002
rating [ 1/10 ]
This is actually a "Park Model" Moble Home park for retired snowbirds that have moved to FLA. They have a few sites they rent to campers. The sites are dirt (read sand), narrow and devoid of any shade. I saw more New York License Plates in this park than Florida plates. The cost is high. The laundry is always full, the pool is small but underused. Some of the residents appear less than favorable. Nothing like waking up at 4 AM to the sound of some idiot reving his Harley. The only reason I stayed here was becuse it was 5 miles to the relatives house. The only positive note was that they had a small putt putt golf and it was free if you had your own putter and ball.
09/2002
rating [ 1/10 ]
Staff friendly but un-organized. As other entries stated sewer hook ups there but not connected to sewer system, must use dump station at park entrance. Spaces on top of each other. No Elbow room at all. Trashed RV in back for full time renters. Since cost is so low would use only for highway stop only and only if really tired. What was one time a nice little CG has become a real dump.
12/2002
rating [ 5/10 ]
Staff was friendly but like the doctor, they want their money upfront. Sites are closer than I prefer but acceptable. During our week long stay, only had one RV next to us and only for one night. Most sites had adequate shade even in the winter months. I could only pull in one satellite on the dish due to the trees in this CG. The sites with the most shade are all occupied by full time "renters/snow birds" and most were new or in good condition. My biggest pet peeves were the cost and sand. I mean SAND-SAND-SAND. The sites were sand, the roads were sand. I almost got stuck going to my site. There are also tree roots running across some of the roads. They grade the roads with a tractor about every 2 days or so. They have to after it rains as the water washes out troughs in the road beds. If you do get stuck, the tractor will pull you out. For now it is the best park in the area. It is close to Deland, Deltona and Daytona Beach.
09/2002
rating [ 4/10 ]
Friendly staff. Appeared well kept except for a few old "trashy" full time occupancies. Road noise (trucks) from I-75 is audible but not overbearing. Interior roads were earth but in pretty good shape. Watch trees when getting into your space. My 28 foot 5'er had about 12" of clearance on one side entering the pull through site. No problems overhead. The concrete pad was short, my tires were on one end and my front jacks were on the other end. The rear stabilizers were not on the pad and I had to fully extend them. My rear bumper was about 4 1/2 feet above the ground. This is a nice park for a highway stop. Depending on your direction of travel, it's either just before or just after transit through Chattanooga. With easy access and well out of the city, it is a good place to stay to visit the sights in Chattanooga. Local road traffic is light.
06/2002
rating [ 2/10 ]
A clean, well kept park, staff was friendly but not in any hurry. They didn't provide any information until prompted, then they gave more than needed. They escort you to your space, go slow as there's many speed bumps. The holiday season brings a really nice light show throughout the park. Is on the Coosa River offering boating and fishing but don't eat the fish. The river is contaminated from agricultural and industrial run off. Excellent fishery for Flathead Catfish. The reasons I gave them a 2 is because the spaces are right on top of each other. The picnic tables between my site and the others had to be moved because they would not fit between the RV's. I could barely squeeze between the slideouts on the 3 slide class A and my slide. On the weekends the place was full, and from 6 AM till 10 PM the kids were incredibly active and demonstrated their anunciation skills. The (nice) pool was so packed with kids, swimming was not an option. My biggest pet peeve is that there is no shade. They should remove every 2nd and 3rd space and replace with some trees. Just outside the entrance you may meet some not so favorable people. They do lock the gates at night and they did have people (security??) riding around in golf carts. If you like crowded weekend CG's this is your dream. It is a good place to stay for a night off the highway, just make sure you do it M-Th.
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