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03/2012
rating [ 7/10 ]
The campground has four loops of which two (c & d loops) are suitable for RVs. Sites near the pond are very open having less vegetation separating the camp sites. Campsites further from the pond have more vegetation separating sites and may offer a little more privacy. My site on the C loop had 50-amp electrical service. I had to pull out an extension to reach the breaker box but I parked a little further back in the site than needed. The bathhouse between the A and C loops is small and old containing a single shower. The newer bathhouse in the D loop had private individual shower rooms. We had weak but usable AT&T phone service. The park is first-come, first-served and takes no reservations, which seems like a gamble if you’re traveling very far. Grab an envelope at the entrance, select a site and then, drop the envelope and payment back in the drop box. Read the rules when you arrive. Alcohol is prohibited. We were asked to not park on the grass even though the grass had encroached on the campsite. Open Pond is a nice, clean park offering hiking/biking trails, fishing, and relaxing.
12/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
Very nice small park. Most sites back up to the lake and some even have small docks for boats. Cable TV was available but we didn’t use it. Sites have good line of sight for Direct TV. Several trails are available for walking or biking. Sites are level with crushed gravel surface. Some handicap sites are available with concrete surface. Five minutes to Opp. The only issue I had was that the showers seemed to have drainage problems that left standing water on the floor of the bathhouse. Other than this minor point, the park is a gem and I would definitely go back.
08/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
Campsites were smaller than I expected and I had difficulty maneuvering my fifth wheel into the site. I did see some larger sites that may have better accommodated us though. The park has two loops – Gulf Breeze and Shady Pines. The two loops are not very close to each other. Gulf Breeze sites appeared to be generally larger and not packed as tightly as the Shady Pines loop but offer less shade. The children’s playground is at the picnic area in-between the two campgrounds and is not so near to either that you could send children off by themselves. Camp sites are level and include poles for a clothesline, picnic table, and fire ring but no BBQ grill. The Gulf Breeze campground has two bath houses – one old and one new. The showers in the old one are more open than the new one and are not cooled in any way. The new bath house is cooled and has more private shower accommodations. The newer bath house also has a clothes washer and dryer available. My only complaint about the showers was that they tended to get a lot of sand deposited in them from folks visiting the beach. The beach on the Gulf side is a short walk over the dunes where you can catch some beautiful sunsets. The park also includes a boat ramp and small marina area for boaters on the bay side of the peninsula. You can either leave your boat in the water or park it in the ample parking area. St Joseph Bay is clear water for swimming, snorkeling, scalloping (in season), or boating. We saw several small sea turtles in the bay. We had excellent AT&T cell phone coverage at the park. Park rangers and camp hosts were friendly and knowledgeable.
06/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
Very nice small, quiet, park. Most sites have gravel surface but a few spaces are concrete for handicap access. The park is well manicured by friendly staff. All spaces have full sewer hookups even though this is not specified on Reserveamerica.com. The staff picks up your trash every day at your camp site. Good AT&T cell service. I had difficulty getting a Direct TV shot through the trees on the south side of the Titi loop. Other sites were more open with better satellite access but offered less shade. It’s a short walk to the Blackwater River from the campground which was great for floating on tubes or just sitting in and relaxing and cooling off. We had a wonderful time and plan to visit again.
02/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
The park has good paved roads and plenty of room to maneuver even big rigs. We stayed in the Shady loop which has sewer connections for all the sites. All sites have 50 amp service. No AT&T cell service in the park but a convenience store near the entry gate has a pay phone. Camp sites have asphalt driveways to level concrete pads. I saw no sites that did not have plenty of room for slides. Sites are very roomy and are well shaded. Each has a picnic table, fire ring, and lantern hanger. Sites in the Bayshore loop back right up to the water so you can tie up a boat right behind your site. Only the Bayshore and Shady loops were open while we were here. I like to go biking and hiking but the only bike trail in the park is the main park road and there are no hiking trails. The bath house had two shower stalls but was set up so only one person at a time could shower in privacy. The campsites and the park as a whole were very well maintained and the staff members were friendly. May need to come back when it warms up in order to take advantage of the swimming areas.
11/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
The park has two areas for RVs. We stayed in the North Landing Camping area which was quite roomy. Interior sites are flatter than the ones on the outside. Reserve America listed our site as flat but it still sloped quite a bit. Adjacent sites were worse though. Good wheel chocks are a must. Reserve America also listed many sites as not having sufficient room for slides however, I did not see any sites with restrictions and most campers had slides extended. HughesNet Wi-Fi is available which was slow but worked. AT&T cell phone coverage was weak but worked most of the time. New showers were private and clean. Power service at most sites is 30 amp. The South Landing Camping area was much more cramped and may not be suitable for big rigs. The park is large with plenty of trails for hiking or mountain biking and an arboretum with special activities. The lake was down during our visit so boating and fishing were not allowed. Beautiful park. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit.
10/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
Very large nicely kept park. Camp sites were clean and well kept but we had to watch out for fire ant mounds. Fires were allowed in small barbecues but no wood fires were allowed due to recent dry weather. Lots of amenities and very friendly staff.
10/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
Stayed in site 4 on the water which was a tight fit for the slides on the fifth wheel but manageable. Beautiful views of the river with the leaves just starting to turn. The park is a bit out of the way which isn't a bad thing. Our guests had to walk about 3/4 of a mile to the camp site since they arrived after 10:00 PM which is when the entry gate is closed. Would be nice if they could install a gate with key code access. Very nice park.
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