This is one of my favorite state parks. Many of the sites on the south loop are large, wooded and have a wooded buffer or creek behind them. The Lake Michigan beach stretches for miles and is not busy. There are several trails to hike although it would be nice if it was clearer where they are and if they were named on the park map. There is a golf course right next to the park and the Whippy Dip Ice cream place down the road. It is very quiet at night. There are groceries and shopping very close by if needed.
Sites are smaller than some of the other state parks we have stayed at, but the variety of activities available makes up for it. There is swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, biking, horseshoes, a playground and scheduled activities through the park. There are lake view sites and benches along the waterfront to sit and watch the lake if you are not on the water. We had site 38 and still were very close to the lake and had a nice view. Our site was shady but many sites in the front of the park were sunny. There are several golf courses nearby and we liked it that we could bike or walk to several fast food restaurants just outside the gate. If you have a boat there is plenty of room to tie up on the lake or get a canal spot and tie up in the canal. There is a small beach on the south end of the campground or you can walk across the road to a larger beach on Lake Mitchell. The only negative experience was our neighbors were loud until 1 am one evening and the park rangers did not seem to patrol the park and enforce quiet time. We will definitely return.
Love this little campground. We were on site 33 and it was very large and shaded. The only reason I don't give it ia ten is because of the electrical/water hookup. The water/electric was on our site for 33 and 34 and on the opposite side of our trailer's lines and so we also had to buy an extension cord for our 30 amp service. Daniel Boone Trading Post had one, so obviously this happens to many others. Also the water hose of our neighbor leaked and it formed a small stream that ended at our firepit. Pick an even numbered site such as 32 or 34 and you will not encounter these problems. The bathrooms were older but clean and we never had to wait for a shower. They also have laundry facilities that worked fine. The dump station at this campground was closed and the one at Middlefork had to be used. We did the park history tour, created walking sticks at our campground and a cave tour as scheduled park activities. We took the skylift up to Natural bridge and walked the trail down. It was about 1.75 miles so make sure you have water. We also took the original trail to the bridge and the trails in the campground. We did not see any bear and my husband saw only 1 tiny, non-poisonous snake while hiking. We also went to the Red River Forge for a day and did some hiking. This was very close to the park and very nice. We saw no wildlife here either. The pool at the lodge charged $2/day for campers. I could not get a Verizon signal at all until we were out of the area, but I could connect to the Wi-Fi at the lodge with no password needed, so I used that. My husband likes a cold beer on hot days and this is a dry county. We found out there is a party store about 5 miles down the road past Torrent Falls, or you can to go to Campton.
Sites are tight for big rigs because most are not deep. We had site RV15 and it was fine for our Jayco popup that is 24 feet when open, although one bed did hang over the edge. We could not put up our screen house because the fire pit was really close to our trailer awning. We parked on the cement slab. We saw many larger trailers park and they usually had to park the length of the site rather than on the cement slab to get on. Many people parked their cars in other empty sites if one was available. The office was open from 8-8 and a ranger rode through the campground several times when the office was not open. There was a small store that had the essentials as well as firewood and ice. The tent sites here were really cool with little decks on the sites for tables, etc. Campers could use the pool for $2 a day. It was about a 1/2 mile hike each way and they had a large parking lot if you wanted to take your car. The falls were beautiful. Take the trail to Eagle Falls if you want a beautiful hike. Corbin about 20 miles, had many grocery stores and a Super Wal-Mart is right off exit 29.