Nice North Carolina State Park Campground, clearly designed for lake access and use. We enjoyed the clean sites and grounds. The beach was open and well maintained. Each site had a fire pit with grill, picnic table, and light post. The sites were level and easy to navigate. The restrooms needed some attention. The hot showers were lukewarm and needed some cleaning. They were push button and needed constant pressure for water. This caused us to mark down an otherwise nice campground.
With another family, we decided to take a weekend camping trip for the start of winter. Hagan-Stone Park was relatively close and seemed to have many amenities for the family. We were not disappointed. We were the only two camping in the wooded area. While the sites were small, we did not mind as we were alone. The playground in the campground was a nice size with a big field beside it (the playground on the other side of the park was wonderful and completely accessible). There was firewood available at the campground, and was needed with the cold nights. We enjoyed the many hiking trails and numerous geocaches in the park. The rangers were very nice and allowed us to have after hours access to the campground. Our only negative was the bath house. While clean and well stocked, the hot water was limited. Overall, it was a fun weekend and nice campground.
We returned to Zooland Family Campground for our annual Halloween Camping Trip. The Campground was completely full, so we camped in the tenting area (with water and electricity). The campground activities for the weekend were enjoyable: pumpkin carving, costume contest, trailer trick-or-treating, haunted hayride, and a dance. The hayride did leave something to be desires and the DJ needed more diversity in the music. The new owners have really made some improvements over the past year. The bathrooms were redone and very clean (we marked down our rating because the women's shower did not have hot water). The putt-putt was nicely refurbished, as were the playground and jump pillow. The kids truly enjoyed the activities and play time. Again, I highly recommend Zooland for people looking for a weekend get away, a visit to the NC Zoo, or for a Holiday Activity weekend.
We camped here with two other families, one in a tent and two of us in pop-ups. Let me start off with the friendliness of the office staff. They were very helpful by e-mail and on the phone in arranging our visit. We could not have been more pleased. Our sites were right on the lake, allowing us to bring a canoe and keep it on the bank. The lake is 12 acres and beautiful. Our only concern was the hill between our sites and the bank. It was steep and the stairs were in disrepair. We were a little nervous with the kids going up and down. The sites were gravel and elongated. This was fine with the pop-ups, but the gravel was rough for the tenters. Between the three sites, there was only one picnic table. When sharing this with the office, they brought another table to the site. Water and electric were fine. The pool was small, but ample. The kids enjoyed playing in it and it never seemed crowded. The office had food, tables, and games available. The pool table and air hockey were rustic, but free. The kids really enjoyed playing them. The weekend had numerous scheduled activities, but they were not posted, so participation was hit or miss. Overall, we had a wonderful time and would return.
Mortimer Campground has changed a lot in the past year. Eight sites were closed due to flash flood danger, leaving just 11 sites open for the public. While this limits the use, the facility continues to offer wonderful, semi-rustic mountain camping. We stayed in the upper loop this year in a partially shaded site. The site was clean and offered a short trail to the creek. The restrooms and showers were very clean. They were well attended to by the campground hosts. Other campers told us about a swimming hole below a waterfall 500 yards up the creek and a great sandy beach swimming hole within walking distance. Both were enjoyed by our family. Again, we enjoyed the cool mountain nights and our camping adventure. Just a reminder, that Wilson Creek Wild and Scenic River is located nearby and the visitor center there is worth a relaxing visit.
This is the way to truly experience the beach and ocean. Hammocks Beach State Park has a welcome center on the mainland near Swansboro, but most of the park is on Bear Island. You must take a ferry or a personal boat to reach the island. Once on the island, you must hike 1/2 mile across the island and at least 1/8 mile up the beach to reach the first campsite. Eleven individual and two group sites are located in the dunes and three additional sites are only accessible by boat. Site 2 was located right over the primary dune on the beach. It was large enough for two small tents and a tarp to cover the picnic table and very private. There are no fires allowed, so stoves are needed. The restrooms, picnic shelters, and a snack bar are 1/8 mile down the beach. The restrooms and showers were clean for beach use (i.e., some sand on the floor). The showers are turned off during the day while day users are on the island and left something to be desired in terms of heat and pressure. There are also 4 outdoor showers available. The snack bar has cold drinks, ice cream, and snack food. There is also a guarded beach during the summer, but the rest of the beach is open for use. Camping here is not for the casual camper and takes planning, but the nights on the beaches are magical. Watching the moon-rise over the beach was incredible. Swimming on what feels like a private beach was wonderful. Shelling, fishing, and hiking made the trip memorable. If you are looking for a chance to reconnect with nature and to experience the beach in a pristine setting, this is the place for you.
This was our first time camping at Morrow Mountain and we enjoyed a fun Easter Weekend with two other families. The sites were spacious with nice pads, fire grates, lamp posts, and picnic tables. We were close enough together to share meals, but far enough apart not to hear conversations. One of the sites was difficult to navigate due to trees, so I needed to move my pop-up to allow our friends with a 32' TT to back in to the site. Power was adequate for our needs and provided multiple plug-ins. The bath house was clean and stocked, but a walk from our sites. Water spigots were located throughout the campground. The state park has a beautiful pool (built by the CCC) available in the summer, a lake front with boat rentals and concessions, and great hiking. The deer made daily visits and were enjoyed by all.
We came for the Halloween weekend with two other families and had a wet, but enjoyable weekend. We camped in the upper loop by the fishing pond and enjoyed a beautiful view from our site. The activities were family-oriented and we all had a great time. We do try other campgrounds, but keep coming back to Zooland because it is so nice.
Looking at the previous reviews of Holly Bluff, we planned our Labor Day Weekend trip here. We were not disappointed. The owners had numerous family friendly activities scheduled for the weekend: potluck breakfast, sundae bar, baked potato and salad supper, horse shoe and shuffleboard tournament, and Bingo. Truly enough choices to please all of us. The owners were very friendly and worked hard to make our stay enjoyable. We arrived late and they guided us to our site and helped us pull in our pop-up to reach the electric and water. Each site has a wooded deck and picnic table for personal use. The site we had was pull through and private. It was not level, but our Bal-Leveler handled it. The campground is modest in size (62 sites) and the facilities a little older, but all were well maintained. Holly Ridge was truly a family campground as there were many children, pets, and seniors enjoying the activities. We hope to return in the future.
The positive reviews of Buttonwood Campground were well deserved, and we were not disappointed. The campground is very family oriented, and the activities for kids kept three children (6, 7, & 9) entertained all weekend. Although we had to buy wristbands for some activities, they easily paid for themselves. The mini-golf was very nice, as was the jump pillow. The kids especially enjoyed the pedal cars and laser tag. The party for New Year's Eve in July was great fun and included a wagon ride, DJ, games, and hotdogs. I also have to compliment the staff. They were wonderful. The restrooms were cleaned every two hours, starting at 6 a.m. This was great considering the mud resulting from rain the day we arrived. They did a wonderful job! Our only negative was the heavily used train tracks across the Juniata River. The trains came throughout the day and night at the rate of two or three an hour. This limited our sleeping when the air conditioner was not running. Aside from the train, it was a very nice campground, and we had a great weekend.
Every time we come to Shellbay Campground, we expect to spend a lot of time at the beach and some time at the campground. However, we enjoyed the amenities at Shellbay so much, we spent most of our days there. The large pool is great with a kiddie pool, hot tub, slide, and plenty of space to lay out. The kids enjoy swimming and playing. They also enjoy the playground and just riding their bikes around the campground. A new addition this year is a community bike path 1/4 mile from the campground entrance. This paved path allowed us to ride our bikes 2.8 miles to the Camp May County Zoo. The staff at Shellbay are always friendly and seek to make your stay memorable and pleasant. We have been coming here for years and find the campground better each time we come.
My daughter (6) and I spent the night here while picking up my son from summer camp. We stayed in a tent and enjoyed the campground. The campground is divided into two sections, the lower section is along a creek with walk-in and drive-in sites. The upper section is more open. Each section has access to water and bathhouses with flushing toilets and hot showers. The campground host was very friendly and was dutiful in maintaining the campground. There were more tents than camps while we were there. It should be noted, the roads to the campground are gravel and not in the best shape. The road in follows Wilson Creek and is a beautiful wooded canyon.
After coming home from work on a beautiful Friday, the kids asked to go camping. We packed our tents and headed for Zooland. The lower loop was closed for winter, but we were permitted to tent there since we did not need water or electric. The campground was quiet and all facilities were open except the pool. We enjoyed the jump pillow and walking around the creek area and hiking trails. A wonderful one night get away!
Located in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Paulina Lake is the first campground within the caldera. The campground is located on Paulina Lake with a boat ramp available. The sites are located in the woods with ample space for setting up tents or campers. The facilities include flushing toilets and water throughout the campground. The facility does require a $10 fee for entering the National Monument. The site was level and wood was available. The park was beautiful with nice hikes around the Paulina and East Lake, on an Obsidian Lava Flow, and to the top of Paulina Peak. The night we stayed was cold (35 degrees), but the sky was clear and the stars beautiful. There are two small resorts with stores and restaurants in the monument and a small visitor center.
Diamond Lake Campground is located 8 miles north of Crater Lake on the eastern shore of Diamond Lake. It is a beautiful location for a campground, but an odd layout. The campground is on two roads next to the lake and is very long. The sites have ample space, but could use some cleaning up. Ours was on a hillside and had numerous brush piles in the middle of the site. This was nice for our fire, but also housed rodents and bugs. The site across the road did not have enough cleared space for a tent at all. The campground does have multiple boat ramps for use by campers. The restrooms were clean and located close to the sites. The shower house was amazing. This was the nicest shower house I have been to in a National or State Park: clean, heated, multiple showers with privacy areas, hot water, and solar panels on the roof. This should be a model for other facilities. I must mention that the pizza parlor is within walking distance from the south end of the campground and makes wonderful pizza.
As we pulled into Tillicum Campground, we were struck by the beauty of our campsite right on the Pacific Ocean. This alone would have given the campground high ratings, but there is more. The campground is well maintained with clean sites and fire pits, clean restrooms, and nice roads and facilities. The access to the ocean was worn at the base, but the beach remained accessible. The evening brought a beautiful sunset and wonderful sleep with the pounding surf in the background. I recommend making reservations early to assure an ocean view site. My only negative was the lack of a water spigot, we needed to use the sink to fill our water bottles and jug.
Located in Crater Lake National Park, this campground is located about 8 miles south of the lake. The campground was laid out with spacious sites which were designated for tents or trailers. The rest rooms were clean and had flushing toilets and supplied sinks. The campground is a short walk to the Mazama gift shop, supply store, restaurant, and pay showers. The store and restaurant were adequately stocked and modestly overpriced. The showers were $.75 for 4 minutes with 2 of the 4 stalls broken. They showers could have been cleaner. We had a beautiful night and enjoyed a buffet meal at Annie’s Creek Restaurant.
What a wonderful campground! We visited for our daughter’s 6th birthday and were greeted with a sign by the entrance wishing her a great birthday. The staff could not have been nicer or more accommodating. The restrooms, showers, pool, and campsites were clean and well maintained. The activities for children are what attracted us and did not disappoint. The mini-golf was rustic, but fun. The kids enjoyed the playground and jump pillow. The pools were small, but there were two of them. There were hiking trails by the river that were also well maintained. While these facts alone warranted a 10 rating, it was the little details that made this a wonderful campground. A camper breakfast on Saturday, the reasonable prices in the camp store, hand dipped ice cream, friendly staff and campers, and the attention to detail. We will be going back, if up to our children, it would be this coming weekend.
We joined a group of other pop-up campers from a weekend at Poplar Point Campground. We reserved our site in advance (for a fee) and were right on a cove off the main lake. The site was large with a camping and tent pad, fire ring, light post, and picnic table. The hook-ups were convenient for the trailer. Right off our site, we were able to swim, fish, and boat in the quiet cove. We had a wonderful time. The restrooms were cleaned daily, but could have used more attention (that is why we marked this a 8). The rangers made regular rounds. As to the complaints about the gate locking, it is announced in their literature and you are told about this when you arrive. It may be an inconvenience for some, but adds to the family friendly nature of the state park, keeps the noise down in the evenings, and limits vehicular traffic after hours.
While we toured the RV campground (very nice), we stayed in the tenting area along the New River. The facilities were cleaned twice each day and were very well maintained. The staff, rangers, and volunteers were very friendly and visible throughout our visit. The site was large with privacy from neighboring sites. There was a 200 yard walk to the tent sites, but wheelbarrows were provided to haul gear. The visitor center had a nice informational display and movie. The sites had direct access to the New River. This was one of the cleanest rivers I have ever visited! We stayed with another family and the children had a great time, as did the adults. While we were there, the blackberries were available for picking and we had a wonderful cobbler. Overall, we highly recommend New River State Park at the 221 Access.
We stayed with two children over Easter Weekend and had a wonderful stay. The campground and facilities were very clean. The owner met us at our campsite and had it raked clean for our arrival. The restrooms were rustic, but clean and in good repair. The other campers were friendly and included a mix of weekend visitors and permanent trailers. The lake was very nice and clean. The kids enjoyed the lake and riding their bikes around the campground. There were no plans for Easter activities, but the owner and some campers put together an egg hunt for the children. We truly enjoyed our stay and will come back. Our only negative was the fee structure: $25 for a pop-up and an additional $5 per child.
For a mid-winter camping trip with the family, this was perfect. The campground had only three campsites filled and the host. The sites were recently cleaned, as were the restrooms. The restrooms were heated. The sinks did not have hot water, but the showers did. The trails were well maintained.
This was a nice campground with clean restrooms/showers. The playground and pool were wonderful for our children. The campground was packed full when we arrived for a pig-picking weekend. Surrounded by large rigs on tiny sties, we felt claustrophobic in our little pop-up. The sites were just too close together for our liking.
This was a very nice campground. The campground was nearly empty and we had our chose of sites. The lake was pretty and had numerous activities available nearby, including the municipal pool. When making a reservation, we requested water and electric. We were given both, but the water was a long distance from the electric box (50'), so we settled on electric only. While the bathrooms were clean, they were in need of remodeling. The floors were chipped concrete and the showers had a pull chain, thus difficult for my young son to use.
This was a nice campground for traveling. We pulled off after a long day on the road and found the campground clean and the staff very nice. We enjoyed the swimming pool and used the laundry. All were clean. Our only complaint was the proximity to I-80 gave us some highway noise. Overall, it was good for a quick stop.
This was a wonderful campground for our family. We stayed five nights with two small children and we all enjoyed our stay. The restrooms were very clean. The showers were hot, except one day (we slept in and my wife tried showering about 10 am). The campsites were clean. The host and staff were friendly and knowledgeable. The playground was well maintained and there were evening naturalist talks in the campground. We were very convenient to all the parks, sites, and the Town of Custer. The only thing keeping it from being a 10 is the lake of water at each site.
This was the first open campground between Ten Sleep and Buffalo. It is a typical National Forest campground. A big loop with 20 sites. Most back-in but some pull-through. The restrooms were pit toilets, but surprisingly clean and well maintained. There was water available through a hand pump. We did notice a dump station 10 miles up the road. The campground was great for the night we stayed, but we noticed a number of people with two week reservations set up with big rigs and travel trailers. There were also plentiful wildlife and splendid views.
We truly enjoyed our three night stay at Flagg Ranch. The proximity to Grand Tetons and Yellowstone was perfect. The 1 mile hike to the natural hot springs for a soak was great. The bathrooms were clean and showers hot, in spite of very heavy use. Our site was spacious and we never felt crowded by neighbors. The staff assured we had a site with water and electric next to our cousins with just a tent site. It was a wonderful stay, but the $50 per night and the high cost of everything in the lodge makes me mark down my rating.
We made a last minute decision to stay here while traveling out west and wish we had a day to spare to stay another night. The campground is located in a town park and had a large lake with walking trails on one side and the fairgrounds on the the other. Being the 4th of July weekend, we saw beautiful fireworks and the Pony Express Rodeo was going on at the fairgrounds. Even with the commotion, the hosts were very nice. The campground was tightly packed and there was some modest noise and firworks from other campers, but this eneded by 10:00. The restrooms were clean and the showers hot. We hope to return to stay longer next trip.
We stayed here on a trip out west. The gates were left open for late arriving travelers off I-70. The campsite was clean and the table in good repair. The restrooms were also clean with hot showers. The host was personable and shared information about the park and area. The cave was a nice short hike before getting on the road again. The late arrival was a definite plus, but the summer mosquitoes were horrible!
We had another nice stay at West Morris Mountain over the Memorial Day weekend. A work crew had been in to clean up the sites and trails. The clean-up resulted in cut wood being available for fires. The campground was over half filled, but remained quiet. The restrooms were clean and well stocked.
We camped at Parkers Creek in the group tent area. We enjoyed the camp site. It was well organized, clean, and the trash was picked up daily. The fire ring was well positioned with benches for 40. Access to the lake was convenient from the campsite. The bathroom facilities could have used a thorough cleaning. The beach area and playground were enjoyed by the children.
If you are self-contained, small (under 24'), and looking for a rustic campground, West Morris Mountain is perfect. Part of the Uwharrie National Forest, West Morris Mountain provides easy access for hiking in the Uwharrie Mountains. The campground has vault toilets, but no water or other amenities. The campsites are on a paved loop and offer privacy for campers. It was great for a one night campout with our children.
Arrowhead Campground was wonderful. The campground was mostly open during our visit and we had our choice of sites. The sites were clean with a fire pit and picnic table available. The campground is encircled by a paved walking/bike riding trail that our children enjoyed. Access to the lake is nearby by foot path and road. A boat ramp is also close to the campground. The electricity was a nice addition over the Badin Lake campground. Our only concern were the road conditions to get to the campground. The dirt/gravel roads need grating and repair.
Carolina Beach State Part is definitely organized for tents, pop-ups, and smaller RVs. Most sites are back-in with a few pull through. The bath houses were clean and accessible from most sites. The sites on the second loop provide more space and have more foliage between them for privacy. There were some noisy groups while we stayed there, but the rangers were prompt in confronting the offenders. Hiking trails around the park are clearly marked and well maintained. For 2009, the marina is closed for repair. My only complaint is that much of the forest areas underwent a controlled burn in the fall and this was not announced on the website. Otherwise, it was a wonderful campground to stay in.