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First things first, don’t follow the GPS! It will take you to the recreation area and you will have to turn around. The campground can’t be seen from the main road. Take side road on left when you see the welcome to Alabama sign on the right. If you are coming from the other direction, you’ll pass the recreation area before you get to the road to turn on. Camping was great! We had a pull through. It was quiet. Bring the mosquito spray, you’ll need it!! Spaces are nice. Be sure to check out the mirror lake within the campground. There are wooded walking docks to walk on. Really pretty! Caught a chicken hawk eating. No issues. Staff is nice. Campground does get a little flooded when it rains, but it didn’t impact our space. Stayed twice within the month. Frogs were loud the first time, second time it was peaceful.
We were blown away by how peaceful Burchfield was. Lot 17 felt like we were all alone. There was adequate place between us and the neighbors, a peaceful creek separating us. The bath house was super clean. The camp host were active and extremely friendly.
Lake Lowndes is simply a place that every camper (primitive or RV) has to visit. The staff from the ranger to the park host to the manager and everyone else is friendly and ready to help in any way. The sites are paved, large and very easy to back into. We have stayed at #43, #41, #1, #31 and #35 and we love them all. 31, 41, and 43 are the best. There used to be an ant problem but the staff has fixed that tremendously - good job. The park has a beautiful small lake for Boating, fishing, and other water sports as well. Other things to do include an amazing frisbee golf course, tennis courts, softball fields, children’s playground, hiking, biking, and a huge admin building with many indoor games like pool and ping pong. The scenery is magnificent and we fell in love with the ducks, geese, and deer families that run around every night. Picnic tables, grills, and fire pits at every site. Do yourself a favor and visit this camp ground.
Courteous staff, helpful hosts, very clean bathrooms. This campground is well looked after and smoothly run! We stayed one night here and though there’s road noise and sporadic trains it’s a great spot for a stopover and close to Birmingham and interstate.
Site 129 is directly on the water with a front row seat for watching the boats and barges. Another pleasant COE campground with friendly and helpful staff. Our stay from 3/14-17/21 is overcast with the threat of tornadoes the evening after we depart. The weather discourages us from paddling, but we enjoy walking through this 176 site campground. Bathhouses and grounds are clean.
Quiet Big shady trees Creek goes through it Lots of neat buildings Camp store has some items and snacks
The not so good:
Not much information on what you are looking at or should look for
Picnic tables in sad shape
Camping spots had a bit of a parking lot feel
Bathhouse in disrepair and outdated. Also quite a walk from many campsites.
There appears to be a skeet range adjacent to the camp. We were lucky enough to see a forestry helicopter (tree trimming) working and it used the field to land to refuel.
There was also a swimming pool - closed during our visit for winter of course, but looked like it was an attraction.
Fairly well maintained park. Our site backed up to a swampy portion. Wonderful wooden bridges allowed it to be explored easily.
Bath houses were dated but serviceable.
Verizon service was flaky and bounced between no service to slow.
The owls were loud - which was great. Pretty sure we heard barge traffic foghorns, but they didn’t bother our sleep.
The water ran brown for a while. I’m guessing it just hadn’t been used at our site over winter. It cleared up after a minute and I flushed it for another 5.
I loved it - but maybe because it was my first swamp experience and the weather was nice and cool. I’d imagine the bugs are thick in summer. But that’s nature!