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We were not very impressed with the park when we first drove in to our campsite. The roads were not in the best condition, the sites were very close together, and the bathrooms were not very clean. But after two nights here, we really fell in love with the park and all it has to offer!
Though the sites are close together, it is all very scenic alongside the creek. We were in site 100 and would stay there again in a heartbeat.
The bathrooms are just a bit older (though, one of the bathrooms within the campground was pretty new, we discovered), they had hot water for showers with great water pressure.
Our neighbor next to us recommended we do the Ore trail as a short morning hike. You gain some slight elevation and you are above the campgrounds for a little bit, resulting in a pretty view. And then it goes by The Old Log House, a replica log house from the 1800s, and a replica church that is still in use today and is open all day.
We also walked to the Lodge and WOW, I highly recommend a visit there. It was a beautiful, big building with a view of the lake. It had a large bar area with outdoor seating and a restaurant. We went on a Sunday so we did not participate in the bar fun but I would love to go back for a sunset beverage!
Last thing I will mention is our phone service was excellent here. We use Google Fi.
We love the platform sites that are so spacious and private. Easy access to dump station and bath houses. Almost all sites have view of water. It was very peaceful and quiet. It is very affordable especially for state employees. We will return.
This is such a great spot. Affordable, walking distance to town and yet the grounds make you feel like you’re in a park far away from everything. Beautiful pines on property and lots of local hiking nearby. It’s January, so quiet season. I am able to walk my dog over the few acres and really enjoy the property, the creek (Barren Fork) & wildlife. Mickey is the guy, if you need anything. He and his electrician really went above and beyond to get me set up. These are good people. And this place rocks. Can’t wait for kayak season.
This place is OK when it's not a busy weekend. We stayed on Memorial Day Weekend and it's was completely full. When it's full, it's just TOO full. Too many people, dogs and kids that are too close together. It's a shame because it's in a beautiful park, they just need more room between the sites.
If it's not a long weekend and they're not full, I would highly recommend the location for the hiking and the remoteness. When it's full, it's just too crowded.
November 16, 2020 We arrived after dark, and left fairly early the next morning so didn’t spend a lot of time there. Went for a short walk before we left in the morning. Parking sites are on wooden platforms which was fine for our Winnebago Revel, but a bit weird for my daughter who was sleeping in a tent, but it all worked out fine. The only amenities we used were the dump station and restrooms. Restrooms were clean and heated.
Beautiful lake and limestone formations but that’s about all we saw of the park.
This park is very run down. If it weren't for how nice the lady was and the super sweet dogs, I'd give it two stars.
Pros: -Easy to get to if you come in/out from 99, and not terribly difficult if you come the other way (through the state park entrance) -Sites are big and even -Only a few minutes away from town where you can get groceries, find restaurants, and a couple big-rig friendly gas stations. -Full hookups -Not crowded, so it's very quiet. There's a train track nearby, but it didn't wake me at night -Free firewood! -Online reservation system works well -Had to adjust my reservation because of engine trouble, and was able to call and make the change with no difficulty
Cons: -Multiple RVs that look like they've been broke down there for years -Weird random toilet and a bunch of junk in the check-in station -No one AT the check-in station, and with no cell service I just had to sit there for 20 minutes for someone to come around, so I definitely don't suggest staying without a reservation (I had one) -No service for TMobile and almost none for Verizon (was told at&t works, but I can't verify)
Things that could've just been me: -Couldn't get the water to work (I've never used an underground water connection before) -Couldn't get my furnace to work (again, could have been me, but it worked at the site before and the one after 🤷♀️) so I had to use a space heater and pay an extra $2.5/day. It was still freezing at night
Things that might bother other people: -There's a few large dogs allowed to roam off leash. Didn't bother me in the slightest, I love dogs and they were so, so sweet and knew all the basic commands. Very well mannered and playful but they'll bark when you drive by. If you have dogs that aren't friendly to other dogs or if you're afraid of even friendly ones, this probably isn't the place for you. -No laundry, public showers, or restrooms. Not an issue for me as I have all that in my rig, but if you don't it could be a problem if you plan to stay long term.
All in all, I'd definitely stay there again. It's not the Ritz or anything but it's fine if you're just passing through for a night or two.