This was a very good campground. Clean and well maintained with a lot to do in the area. Staff was friendly. The only two small gripes are the staff asks to see your camping pass each and every time you enter AND leave which is unnecessary since sometimes you are behind a line of people and they do allow you to just pass through. Also, the lake (more like a large pond, which is a good thing), is PACKED with people. A confusing tidbit on this CG is the layout of the site amenities. There are only a few full hookups and they seem random. There are many (some of the best sites) in my opinion, with only water and sewer and no electric. Why water only? This seemed odd to us at best. Otherwise, it is a great place to stay.
We stayed here for 3 nights since our original reservations a few miles away were cancelled due to a tornado destroying some sites there. We had seen this CG listed in the reviews as being good and once again went totally by the reviews alone. Okay the Pros: Near to a stream. Cool in the mountains. Nice staff. Clean sites. Beautiful area with many hiking trails. Cons: Staff driving through every day multiple times to get firewood which is right next to the CG. Dump station too small to fit your vehicle, since people park right in front of you. It is strange: wait till you see it. It's ridiculous NOISY and right NEXT to the road. NO privacy. On top of each other. Casual "nice" staff does nothing about people parking illegally in front of dump station. I asked them about it and he said to go down the road (a mile or two) to Burson. WHAT?! Then they did nothing. This park is another that I am confused by the good reviews. There are SO many better choices which we found while we were in the area, in case of the unexpected "tornado" again. Fact is that Hungry Mother was a waste of our time. By the way: we thought maybe this was the worst of the 3 CGs at this park. We were in CG "A". But when we checked B and C, we found they were even more lame. C was for tents up on platforms which you could not get a trailer in anyway. But B not only had NO PRIVACY, with sites on top of each other, you also had to go through the entire park to get to it. At least with CG A you could be just outside the main park entrance and not have to deal with the lines going in to the park which were substantial because of the VA 75 park anniversary and the swimming beach. My advice is GO ELSEWHERE.
We did not like this campground very much at all. It is specialized only and I will be specific who will like this and who will not. If you are a boater and do not care about loud boats right next to your site (we heard some at 5 AM!) you will love it. If you do not care, nor do not like swimming in the big lake next to your site, you will love it since all the boats make tremendous wakes and drive very fast EXTREMELY close to shore. If you don't mind climbing to the water down a fairly steep hill, you will love it. Of course that's good because swimming is out of the question. If you like NO privacy and want other campsites being able to see right into yours and people walking through your site to get to the awful steep hill to climb down to the noisy lake, you will LOVE this place. If you love the sound of other people's screaming kids being the only thing louder than the boat traffic, you will adore this place. We had a 4 day reservation and left after the first night. It was pathetic and a waste of time. I am sick of these jammed-in, lakefront, racket infested lodgings calling themselves CAMPgrounds. The only reason for the 3 stars was the nighttime had a wonderful view of the lake from our site (#21) and the dump station was well equipped. Otherwise, leave this one to the locals who think this is camping. That's what we get for taking a chance and booking 4 days at an untested CG from the reviews only.
I live about 40 minutes from this park but have never camped here until this weekend. A great walk to the beach and the sound of the Ocean was terrific. Mostly snowbirds and full-timers, but the amount of kids (even for a Monday) was huge and very noisy. I will also add, though the kids rode around on their bikes making the peace in the park at times barely tolerable, the Park Ranger deemed it necessary to stop by my campsite and say something about my dogs whom were lying there on my mat right near me. The dog gestapo is out with unreasonable regulations once again. I will say as well, the amount of good campsites is very little. The layout of this park could be much better: we had site 036 and got everyone's headlights as they drove in. I only saw about 7 or 8 campsites in the place that would be called great. Edisto has very little entertainment and one can only walk the beach so many times. I love camping and hiking mainly, but gee wiz. Overall there are much better choices.
Okay the reason I gave this a 9 is because it was the middle of the week and NO ONE was here. We had it to ourselves. Although there was a SEA of parked seasonal motorhomes, 5'vers and TT's everywhere with porches and permanent fixtures etc., no one was here. I also gave it a 9 since nothing is around this place, the State Park was closed for the season already and the towns nearby had basically nothing to see. There was a river right behind us with more seasonal campers lining the other side. Oh, when I say no one was around, that includes the owner. We called ahead and they told us to just grab a site and pay in the morning. We did so but when I went to dump on the way out no one was here. We waited for over an hour and still no one came in to their office. We knocked on every door and still nothing. Well, we'll sent you a check in the mail sir. Thank you for the stay.
The staff here is indeed friendly as others have already pointed out. We backed right up to the river and grounds are kept clean. But there are some other issues. The dog rules are way too gestapo. I am all for cleaning up after my dogs and no barking. But to not allow dogs for a little while in the river off leash is just dumb. When we asked she said she felt bad but "we can't let one person do it or everyone will ask, stock form-letter answer. As well, they have a policy that if you do not pick up after your dog there is a $25 fine, and whomever reports you gets the $25. This is just stupid. Like I said, I always pick up after my dogs but once again a case of too much government. Also, sites are much too close together and there is absolutely NO privacy here at all. Diesel pushers and huge seasonal fifth wheels abound. Internet was very good, but overall this felt like a decent hotel room and a one night stop over rather than any type of camping. Our Motorhome neighbors slide out was exactly 4 3/4' from our side. They have fire pits but what would be the use? This place is a nice kick off to the area attractions. But too many Maple syrup stores and cheese places in VT can get you very, very weary.
At first this campground seemed promising. But spots are VERY tight and it is hard to find sites in the upper loops. We came in at night and it was a disaster. No privacy at all and mostly big rigs and full timers. The ones across from us came in later than we did and kept their diesel running for almost an hour. A beautiful area though on our way to Vermont.
I am so amazed at what people consider good parks around here. When I see the other reviews I have to shake my head. Typical of Illinois State Parks is no water at sites but electric is available. No privacy here, no shade trees, people driving through till late hours who are NOT campers. Ant problem with sort of lax hosts at our site. They charge an extra $5 to use dump station. Camp road next to some sites where kids drive through and make lots of noise.
I am amazed at what some people consider camping and parks that deserve a 9 or 10. Right on a major roadway, noisy, crammed in, awful location. I am thinking people who are in this area see nothing much better. So they think this is actually good. Good for a quick one nighter and that's all.
The Good 1) Staff is friendly 2) Close to lots of entertainment 3) Bathrooms are pristine 4) River is nice The not so good 1) No privacy whatsoever 2) sites too close together 3) Internet keeps dropping out and slow (I am on it now) 4) Older folks in big rigs the norm.
Well this used to be our favorite campground. BUT, the lack of staff and order has taken its toll here. When we arrived our reserved site was being occupied by folks that clearly wanted to get two more free nights. They already spent one and from what we directly observed many other campers there were leaving way past the 2pm checkout time. The problem was there were way too few rangers to handle it...there were only two as far as we could tell. Yes the place is fairly clean as it has always been but the truth is that the wild west prevails here now. The boats and jet skis were noisy and came WAAAY close to our site and while I was rafting a power boat came within a few feet of me doing a hefty speed for this area! Fireworks were lit off even though it is illegal for them in any SC state park. This place is ruined by locals now whom are pretty low class folks that do not care about others, play music past hours, operate boats and jet skis too close to sites, stay too late, do not pay and drive way too fast through the park. It is a shame this previously wonderful park has gone this way. The problem is not the staff, it is the lack of it. The SC government should be ashamed of itself!