This review is mostly intended for a tent campers.
The traffic noise is very loud. The temporary toilets are one up from pit toilets. The smell is the same as a pit toilet. The temporary showers are very small and you must hold the chain down to get the water to flow. The state is rebuilding a bathhouse and I don't know when it will be completed. My tent was squished between two rv's. No fire pit just a grill. Bring food or expect to drive. I would wait until the campground is rebuilt before tent camping there. Campground is more geared towards RVs
We kayaked to Shipyard Island and stayed 3 nights. Fishing was superb. I caught lots of trout ranging 10" to 29" on topwater lures. We kayaked using the map and GPS around the other islands and explored new territory. There is also a canoe trail through the islands which it nice to use when winds got bad. We also brought our dogs. I only saw one raccoon but our dog managed to keep it away. Clean campsites at a descent price.
We saw several species of bird. Must have been over 100 Ospreys out there each day. Lots of fish jumping and creating swells. We saw several dolphins stirring up bait just yards from our campsite.
We tent camped at Ft Pickens for the first time. For $26 a night, you can't beat beach access, good tent sites, walking to historical areas and endless activities. The armadillos and ospreys were an exciting addition to our camping area, and the restroom facilities were decent.
The only downside is lack of supplies,ice,food nearby and it's a drive to get to any convenience store or restaurant. But when you watch the sun go down, and it's just your family, a few ghost crabs and the historic lighthouse behind you- all that is forgotten.
Edged up against the heavily commercialized coast is the Big Lagoon State Park. Located only a few minutes away from some popular attractions, this park provides contrast to the retail area. There are a lot of outdoor activities to do here. We especially enjoyed the boardwalk trails. If you are not from the area and want to see a different landscape, the boardwalk trails provide you with that option. The cost to enter the state park for the purpose of day-use is $4.00 per vehicle/1 person, or $6.00 per vehicle/2-8 people.
We had a quaint campsite with a Lakeview.
Each campsite appeared to be level and clean. The sites were spaced out so that you’re not camping on top of one another.￼￼ Each space had a picnic table and grill. There was a fishing pier, boat ramp, and beach to swim at. Many of the camping spots can be reserved online, but the park maintains some camping spots for first-come.
Indian Mounds Campground is located in East Texas near the Texas-Louisiana border in the Sabine National Forest. It is a quiet and peaceful location to camp.
RV and tent campsites come with a fire ring, a picnic table, and potable water￼. Good views of the lake and situated in forest area. Nearby hiking, biking, swimming, and fishing. Not many campers in campground and that made for a great stay!
Robbers Roost can accommodate 2 vehicles and about 8 people. Nice views from this primitive site, especially the night sky, and there is very little traffic. Robbers Roast has a bear proof storage box. Unfortunately, there is no shade at the campsite.
Great views of the desert and rugged mountains. The South Rim is visible to the west. Elephant Tusk and Backbone Ridge are visible to the south.
The tent sites are grassy, which was very nice and the bathrooms were nice compared to what you'd find at a typical beach side facility that is also open to the public paying for its use. Note on the weekends, the bathrooms can get messy due to all the extra traffic. The rest of the time the bathrooms were clean. We paid for a $10 seven day pass into Padre National Seashore and went to that beach most of the time. It was much cleaner than IB Magee Beach.
A couple suggestions for tent camping: 1) Pack light to stay cool. It is fairly warm throughout the summer. 2) Keep the rain flap on tent. It was pretty windy the first couple nights. 3) Bring earplugs to sleep in case it is windy.
Nearby attractions include Port Aransas Beach (1.2 miles), Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center (1.3 miles), and Mustang Island State Park (1.6 miles).
This is one of three Acadia National Park campgrounds that allow dogs. I prefer Seawall to the others because the sites are more private and spaced a bit further apart. The campground is well maintained and quiet with clean facilities. There is a day-use accessible beachfront across the road for hiking, swimming, picnics and lobster bakes. Great place to spend a weekend in the Acadia woods and at the beach with your pups!
Ranger tips: Seawall campground does not have showers so plan accordingly. Check their website for the most updated trail closures.
Our site was A129(in the back of the A loop). I booked a few months in advance and only had a few sites to choose from- so book early if you can. We were two sites over from the restrooms and water supply, but it was still pretty quiet. Many sites are close together, but there are trees in between so you don't feel on top of your neighbor. The restrooms were cleaned daily. Bring your own soap/towel. There is an electrical outlet in the restroom to use a hair dryer or charge a phone. We had a lot of gravel on our site, which made for walking barefoot in the tent a bit uncomfortable- definitely bring something to sleep on! We left our"camp kitchen" set up at the site and we had no issues of anything missing. Each site has a table and fire ring- including a grate for cooking.
We were able to walk to an ocean view by crossing the loop road. There is also a trail near the check-in booth that connects to other area trails. We had no phone service at all anywhere in Acadia. Showers are $2.00 for four minutes- bring quarters. They were not super clean, but they were hot and got the job done. There are changing rooms and ample places to hang your towel/clothes, etc. Overall, Blackwoods made for an enjoyable trip. I would camp there again.
The beach area is very user-friendly with several parking lots as well as pavilions to break from the sun. Large bathrooms with showers and dressing rooms complete the amenities and several vending machines for snacks are available. Lots of shells and rocks so bring shoes.
In addition to the beach, there is a beautiful area adjacent known as Meig's Point. It is here you can follow a short trail through a partially wooded area straddling the beach. The beach is littered with boulders deposited by the glaciers. The views are beautiful and the rocks and stony beach give a connection to the time of the glaciers. Two information kiosks help to explain the evolution of the area. Across from here is a bucolic salt march. Beyond that is the nature center, another area to investigate.
You can fish in the lake right from your campsite. We caught a couple of huge catfish! Though the park facilities are starting to show some wear(bathrooms and showers), the spacious camping sites are in great condition and offer excellent lake or forest views. This we stayed on Site 114 on the Sugar Ridge Camping loop. Our site 114 was nice, but sites on Campground 2 and 3 offer better lake views, especially site 51. The marina offers boat rentals and a small store for supplies. Very inexpensive to rent a canoe and explore the lake.
The only drawback of this park is that campers are allowed to run generators from 6AM to 10PM and camper's dogs are left unattended to bark all day. Quite noisy at times!
We stayed at Grayson Highlands State Park so that we could climb Mount Roger. Our campsite was clean and there was plenty of tree cover and there were empty sites on both sides of me. The bathhouse was quite a distance away and I didn't make it over there that night.
I woke up shortly after sunrise, took down my tent, headed over to the bathhouse and washed up- including a hot shower and left. The ride in and out was gorgeous. I wish I had the time to explore this park more thoroughly. I will definitely stay there again!
Big Meadows is in a great location in the middle of Shenandoah NP. It has numerous trails you can access from the campground. The bathrooms are basic and well maintained. There is potable water available close. The shower facilities were some of the cleanest public showers I've ever used.
We enjoyed the park and the hikes and would definitely return again to this campsite. Tip- the visitor center has air conditioning, a cute little museum, and wifi!
The sites were large enough and many were tucked under the canopies, allowing for some sun and rain protection. This helped give a little privacy. The sites were close to the beach, which was great. The bathhouse was above average in space, cleanliness, privacy, and light/noise minimization. There was a camp store with necessities as well as trinkets. What I didn't like was proximity to the military base which had traffic and some very bright security lights. Our site was just a few feet away which surprised me. There were loud low helicopter flights over us one night that didn't end until late at night.
The park is great for a walk, bike ride, or swim. I would definitely go here because there are more than just trails but maybe only for a day trip.
Pocahontas State Park has really nice campsites that are well kept and decently spaced apart. We visited on a weekday and had all the trails to ourselves, which was wonderful. Trails were clearly marked and easy to navigate. If you like canoeing or kayaking you can do so in Swift Creek.
If you venture outside the park, you are in the Richmond, VA area with many places to eat and shop.
The most popular campsites fill up by 9:30 pm during the busy season here, so be prepared. The campground is first come first serve only, and they recommend nothing over 25ft. If you’re visiting during the busy season, drive to your desired campsite the night before to see which people are leaving the next day (you can just look on their tags). Write down the # and get there early on the next day. There is a restaurant/motel and camp store just outside the camping area.
I stayed on the far southwestern part of the campground and saw bears every night we were there. The bears weren’t too concerned with humans and mainly looking for trash. The campground is very strict about putting food away and they have bear lockers, so do everyone a favor and store your food/trash correctly. There are 2 shower stalls behind the camp store and it is $3.25 for 7-minute shower. The campground also has potable water and flush toilets.
Excellent hiking and great views!
We tent camped here and loved it. We were able to do a lot of trail exploring and had a great time on the “scenic” cave tour. The trails were well maintained but difficult to understand in some places as signage was lacking.
There is a primitive loop with pit toilets, a tent loop with no electricity but access to showers and flush toilets, and a trailer loop with all accommodations.
There are great cold water trout streams that are shallow enough to wade in and play in if the weather is warmer. Hiking trails of varying skill levels but all in mostly wooded areas. Forestville townsite is closed during the week but you can wander around the outside of the buildings and site. No gates or posted restrictions.
There are fewer tourists in this part of the park, so you can really enjoy your time in the wilderness. We spent the first part of the day visiting waterfalls and hiking a couple of trails, we didn't run into too many people. Numerous day hiking options and a great way to start enjoying GNP!
Campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The campground is mostly shaded by trees which offer a bit of privacy. Flush toilets and access to running water is available. There is a Chalet that was built by the railway that now serves as a camp store and gift shop. Very “rustic” camping but it’s totally worth it.
This campground was very quiet and the sites had plenty of room. Bathrooms, water, trash, and recycling are spaced evenly. Sites 88-104 are located on the river & are free of generators. If you stay at a site near or with a generator, you will have a problem with noise. Lots of shade is available, which is nice. Showers and laundry are behind the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn and token are available for sale in the store for shower and laundry. Showers were cleaned multiples times a day. Laundry has limited hours. One shower token gets you 8 minutes in the shower.
Close to a lot of great hiking! There is a trail for everyone of every hiking level here, from backcountry to walking trails. The waterfalls are spectacular, and wildlife is everywhere you look. Because of the size of the park, it does not feel over-crowded.
Ranger tip: Secure a campsite early, reserve before 9 am!