First come first serve; confusing check in service; if you don't set your 'camping unit' up, quite quickly, you suffer the wrath, and almost ridicule, of the campground host and even the park ranger. Family member had not set her tent up in weeks, had a pet to keep quiet, but evidently didn't move as fast as park attendants needed, so I heard about it over the next 2 days. The campground host was almost scary when scolding my family member. We hadn't camped at Roan Mountain previously, and evidently understand the local rules. Of course, the check-in area closed for lunch at a peak check in time (3-4pm), so no one was there to EXPLAIN the rules. Unnecessary grouchiness by the men there...lady at check-in was very nice.
If you want to be near Lake Michigan, basically lake front, close to city park, green way, bike trail, easy access to the town of Petoskey, this park will suffice. There are not a lot of extras, but for an easy place to camp, be left alone, it is certainly acceptable. The folks complaining about odor from water treatment plant-it was not a problem to us. Issue with hospital air conditioning noise, was not a problem to us.
Definitely a park for Michigan residents;non-Michigan residents in Motorhomes beware. We were charged $4 extra for 50 amp power, $8 extra for fee for entering state park, THIS FOR Each night we were there,for motorhome and $8 for car. So total $16 for just being in park. If they would just say the the base rate was $45 instead of $25, might be easier to accept. Ladies in the office on Oct.1 not familiar with rules/regs. We felt like outsiders, lots of popups/trailers/tents--nothing wrong with that, just be aware that drive-in camping units are charged $8 each night, pull-behinds not charged anything. Showers lukewarm, no heat. No water hookups, no sewer, dirt surface, could get quite messy with rain.
This Florida State Park has good full hookups. If this is all you're interested in, then you will be pleased. For the park to be so big, there should be more room between campsites. The pool is tiny. It is .8 mile to bike to the beach. There is one 2 mile round trip bike trail. There are lots of hiking trails, but why not pave some of these for biking? Insects are an issue. We were here in May and we still have big welts on our legs from biting flies. Wear good insect repellent. If you make a reservation, try to get into Palm Circle. The sites are bigger and the restroom/bath-house is air-conditioned. The first bathhouse in the park is old and not air-conditioned. Beach is nice, just takes a while to get there or you can wait every hour to ride to the beach and back on a free tram that is operated by the park.
We are ending our first and probably last visit to Gulf State Park. I had very much looked forward to this visit after reading information online about the park. We feel very mislead as to what this park has to offer. I did wonder what the issues might be when I first tried to make reservations a few weeks ago. No one could make the reservation on two different days that I called. I had to leave my number and have them call me back the next day!! Why in the world would there not be an online system or at least someone who can do this when you call. They did call back the next day, both times that I called. One person told me they had to leave messages for the one person that makes reservations to call back. When we arrived we were SHOCKED to see the shape of the park and what the registration area looked like. There are 4 folding tables, full of paperwork to hand the registering camper; no computers, just very tired appearing state workers using a huge wall mounted reservation board full of index cards. Each worker has to get up, go to the board, look and see what sites are empty then they assign a spot. One worker was making reservations while she was eating lunch at her folding table. I understand there are improvements being made, updating the registration office, etc., but people were out in their cutoff shirts directing traffic, waiving us in our motorhome to loop around a fire hydrant and into a parking lot full of stored campers to park while we registered. My husband thought he was going to run over the fire hydrant while making a large loop. We were told that if we wanted to change our site once we drove to it, just come back and they would change it. We tried that; the line was out the door when we went back. We took what we were assigned. Also, some publications and reviews have the park listed as having volleyball and a pool. Nothing like that exists. All this is under construction I guess, even though on Friday, Saturday, Sunday I have not seen anyone working there. Bike trails, the oceanfront beach, well no, that is not at all convenient. You have to drive to the beach, and cross a four lane highway to get to the beach. And the bike trails, the only way to access without going to the end of the campground on the main road is to bike a mile up the road to access the trails. THERE ARE NO BIKE LANES TO RIDE BIKES TO ACCESS THE BIKE TRAILS. Very misleading. We went to the park headquarters to ask someone there, and they had very little information except an old trail brochure that was printed sometime in 2007. It is a very small pamphlet with very little detail of the trails. The trail that comes off the campground road is old and very full of ruts. The park headquarters told us all the trails were paved and very nice. The speed limit on the main two way road though the campground is 25 mph. No bike lanes exist. Cars are driving 25 miles per hour, with kids on bikes, pets being walked and pedestrians taking strolls. This is absolutely the most potentially dangerous park I've ever seen. We've visited many, many state parks, from Florida to Montana to Maine to Arizona. I am appalled at how backward and behind the times this Alabama State Park appears to be. Somebody in state government needs to take a trip here and see what is going on, if there is any concern at the state government level.
WOW! This sums it up. A wonderful surprise discovery. Everything we wanted: privacy, biking, cleanliness, friendly hosts, great beach, and close to everything when you want to leave the park. We loved it!
This was a great place to stay for one night, right off I-95, easy to find, easy spot to get into and pullthru, We got in late, put money in envelope. This would seem to be a good place to spend some time too. Neat, clean. Recommend this place to anyone who needs basic place to park motorhome with all the amenities you need for an overnight or two stop. Great!
Pretty, tight spots, but close to Key West. Easy access to Key West from here. We did not want to bike outside the campground though; it is in a depressed area outside Key West. But, we had no problem there. Lots of staff available and working keeping things looking nice. There are not a lot of RV choices this close to Key West, so you may have to pay the money. Our rate was actually $120/night, with extra person.
Just a fabulous campground! We loved the gravel, clean RV sites. People are very friendly at office and gate. Restrooms clean, showers tiny though, only drawback that we found. We loved the small dock where you could just go sit and look out at water, or watch a sunset. Good biking for everyone around campground. This place is a gem.
Very nice, private terraced spots. Staff very nice, friendly. The campground is watched closely, which can be a good thing. When I went to the game room with 3 young girls, who could have been loud if I was not with them, one of the owners checked to make sure an adult was with them. This watchful eye keeps order here. Easy to get to off the interstate. We would definitely stay here again.
Very tightly run campground, but is 98% long-term residents here. We were the only transient camper here during 3 night stay. If you want very strict regulations, this is your place. It worked out ok for us, but I didn't stay at the CG very much either. The campground is not well marked off any road; we had to call to get exact directions.
Campground was very nice, lots of activities for children. My only comment is the sometimes less than appropriate watchful eyes of parents letting small children ride bikes on the roads throughout the campground. We were very careful driving our car, never went over the speed limit. On one occasion 2 small children wrecked into each other, fell off their bikes when they realized our car was approaching very slowly; we even stopped when we saw the children coming. So, to parents; be careful-these are roads that carry cars, not a bike trail.
We stayed here in this wonderful area for 6 nights in July of 2007. There had been recent renovations and sites were just being completed. There was some initial confusion about what site to be placed on, but it all worked out. The pool should be completed for 2008. The hot tubs were not acceptable, and I am hoping they are only temporary. The scenery here is spectacular! The camp store is very, very nice. The WiFi was very spotty. This area of Glacier NP in my opinion is the best place to camp. It is central to getting to many places. We used the Red Tour Buses on two different occasions; they come right to the campground for pick-up. There are not suitable grocery stores in this area, so come stocked with supplies. Restaurants in the area are ok...the Glacier Lodges have superior restaurants.
The poor little soul who owns and runs this campground tries hard, but she needs help. The sites are hard to get into, and there needs to be maintenance needs throughout. The owner was nice, but sort of clueless. Great area to visit, we didn't spend a lot of time at the campground, which was good.
This campground was clean, but the owners were very strict with children using the playground. Our daughter is 10 and her friend was 10, both playing on a very uncrowded playground. The owner/manager stopped them and told them the campground was for 10 year-old children and below. Feeling like they had been told to leave, they came back to the campsite. We had to have discussion with the owner/manager. Also, only one vehicle per site/beyond tow vehicle. My sister visited in a small car, no wheels touched the grass; the manager came to our site and had us move her car to a side gravel area, where children were throwing baseballs. We had to have the children stop throwing the ball, due to possible broken car windows. We will not use this campground again. They are not family friendly and do not believe in providing good customer service.