Andrew S.

Cross Lanes, WV

Joined August 2016

Great family campground and State Park

This is the second time I am reviewing this State Park campground. You can see my review from last year on my ranger page. Pipestem is chock full of plenty of activities to keep your family busy. You can trout fish at the bottom of the mountain from the main lodge accessible by a four person tram ride. There is a couple nice restaurants on site and off site. Horseback riding, hiking, boating, a fire tower you can climb, and an outdoor movie theater on the wknds a few miles from pipstem. You can find out what is showing for each wknd on the (Pipestem drive-in) FB page on every Tuesday. there is a very big swimming pool with a wonderful golf course situated right beside of the pool. The campground itself has over a hundred camping spots. half with full hook ups for campers, and the other half for tent camping. Each site is spacious enough to not be right up against another campsite. There is fire pits and picnic tables at each site. You can get a camping site with electric which is very convenient when camping for several days. They have shower facilities and a laundry room. There is also a place to empty your camper refuse. all in all this campsite isn't one that is rugged and can be very busy at times, but it is a good one for a families with kids. I try to go once a year with my wife and kids because there is just so much to do.

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July 4th 2017 FMC Sportsmans Club camping trip

Campground Review FMC Sportsman's club is a private membership club. It's a very family friendly campground that boasts a decent size pool and playground. You have opportunities to hike and four wheeler ride in the woods. We Stayed on a temporary tent site right beside the bigger lake on the property. There are three lakes total. You can fish 2 out of the 3, the other is a brood pond set up to allow the fish to grow bigger. This is a place that my family goes to often because it is close to home, convenient and helps us get outdoors when we don't have time for a big trip somewhere. There is a shower house on site, and during the daytime hours when the pool is open you can use the pool house showers for bathing. The tent sites offer electric hookups, while all the other sites offer full hookups for popups or 5th wheel campers. There is plenty of wildlife around the property. You will hear and see many bullfrogs as you camp beside the lake. You will see deer roaming the hillsides and find turtles roaming the area. All in all this place is a nice setup for families with kids that want have somewhere to go every weekend in between bigger camp trips.

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Grayson lake state park KY

The camping is very peaceful and there is a nice lake to explore by Kayak. Not too far from the WV border. There is plenty of hiking to do. The campsite themselves have plenty of room to spread out your tent and belongings.

Kanawha State Forest Wv

Kanawha state forest is nestled in the mountainous Hills of West by God Virginia right on the outskirts of Charleston. There is plenty of hiking in Kanawha state forest. They have a nice olympic size outdoor swimming pool… It is cold even in the hot summer because it is located in a mountain valley with a lot of shade. The camping is nice and quiet and there is a small stream nearby.

Carter Caves State Park

I grew up going here while in Boy Scouts. The caves are free to explore on your own. There are a few that you aren't permitted to enter. There is a water cave where you have to wade trough chest deep water to get through it. There are the crawl caves where you are mainly on your knees and belly the entire time. The bat caves where there are hundreds of bats. Hot dog cave where you have to climb up a tree trunk to get into it. The camping is good. There is a State park general store that sales camping essentials if needed. On wknds they play movies on the side of one of the cave walls. This place is an awesome place to take young teenagers. they will have the time of their lives exploring caves.

Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio

This place is a hidden gem that is breathtaking with all of the hiking trails and rock enclaves. There are several campgrounds in the vicinity of Hocking hills. Old Man's cave campground is one that has very nice campsites.

Forked run State Park

When I was younger I use to go here a lot on day trips to swim at the man made sandy beach on the lake. From where I used to live in WV it was only a 40 minute drive across the state line into Ohio. The camping there is nice. The fishing is good as well. What makes the lake unique at Forked Run is that it contains dime sized fresh water jelly fish. These type aren't able to sting you. There are shower houses and a camp general store with the camping essentials. There is plenty to do with fishing and hiking. A lot of people in the area mainly go for swimming or to play frisbee golf.

Pirate Land campground Myrtle Beach SC

I camped here several times when I was younger as a boy scout. It is situated right next to the beach. There is an indoor pool and a big splash park on the grounds. There is a big shower house, laundry facility, and an arcade club house. We were given special permission to tent camp as a boy scout troop. It is mainly for big campers, but they allow tents on site with campers. They have man made water canal that snakes through the campsite where you can rent canoes and paddle boats. The entrance to Pirate land is situated right on the myrtle strip where there are the beach stores and restaurants. Your only ten minutes from the skyward and family kingdom. Overall Pirate land is a family oriented grounds that also has an onsite grocery store for your basic foods and essentials.

Pilot Mountain State Park

On highway 52 for 30 miles you can see the top of Pilot Mountain sticking out like a sore thumb. When you enter into Pilot Mountain State Park you will find everything is on the side of the mountain. The campsites are located on the bottom side of the mountain. This campsite has two bath houses. The campsites are rustic and have a nice grated fire pit and a concrete pad for pitching your tent. With all of the big rocks and boulders scattered every few feet it is necessary to have a pad for your tent. You are surrounded by trees and have as much shade as you need. There are several hiking trails to get to the summit of Pilot Mtn. Though you can drive to the summit parking lot where there are bathrooms and a handful of breathtaking views of Pilot mtn and the valleys below. You can also hike a little farther and actually go on top of the butte of pilot mtn where there is a stone step carved trail. The place is wild and breathtaking with a lot of history going back into the 1700's. Most people will know the name Pilot mtn from the T.v show "Andy Griffith", though in the show the it was called mt. Pilot. This place is a great place to go to for a day hike and overnight-er before venturing off to another campground destination. Highly recommended!!!

Myrtle Beach State Park

Want to go to the Beach and camp in Myrtle? This is a beautiful campground with over 300 spots. The camp spots have electric and water hookup. There are a handful of bath houses to choose from. You are situated about a 100 yards from the beach. The beach is beautiful and not as crowded as some of the other beach locations in the heart of Myrtle. There is a Pier with a gift shop where you can buy food and fishing gear and beach paraphernalia. The pier has plenty of spots to fish on with a shelter at the end to stay out of the sun.
The majority of the camp sites have shade from trees. There are a couple hiking trails near by to explore. If you go out of the campground onto highway 17 you can go South or North in any direction a few miles and find restaurants and grocery stores and entertainment. What I like about this campground is it seems like you are in a completely different area than the touristy Myrtle Beach, even though you aren't that far away from all the hustle and bustle. It gives you the sense you are somewhere other than all the light, bells and whistles of Myrtle. It is a beautiful escape. Family friendly.

Cranberry Campground, WV

Cranberry Campground is located in West Virginia close to the town of Richwood on the Cranberry River. All the sites are rustic. You aren't on top of one another in campsites; there is ample space between the 40-50 sites. The campground is quiet at night, and there aren’t any major highways for a good 20 miles. At night you will hear the sounds of the Cranberry River since it is situated right beside the Campground. Also, you will hear hoot owls and an occasional team of hounds on the mountain hunting for raccoons,. There are many black bears in the area that love to get into any cooler left out in the open. The Cranberry is a great place for trout fishing with 20 plus miles of stream that is easily accessible by a wide road that runs along the stream. note-no vehicles aloud. bikes and walking are the only options.
There isn't any shower houses. There is however a bathroom that has a single toilet that is stocked with toilet paper regularly by the park rangers. A lot of trout fisherman camp here during the early part of the year in January and until spring for optimal trout fishing. The temperature is always ten or so degrees cooler at the campground because you are in the mountains and at the basin next to the cool stream. Packing gear for the hot of the day and the cool of the night is essential even in July. There are many things to do besides fishing and hiking. Down the road a few miles is a fire lookout tower that is accessible to the general public. Also about 5-10 miles down the road on the other side of Richwood is the Falls of Hills Creek waterfalls, and the Cranberry botanical Gardens. The campsites all have fire pit rings with a heavy duty grill attachments for cooking. There is plenty of fallen wood in the nearby woods to start a fire with. Note- it is illegal to bring in your own fire wood. Also, there isn't any cell phone reception…period. Keep this in mind in case of an emergency. Cell phone reception is a good 15-20 minute drive on a gravel road for cell phone reception and to the closest town of Richwood. You can also hike anywhere on the cranberry River trail and set up campsites along the River.

Pipestem state park resort

the Pipestem campground has both rustic and electric/water sites for tent camping. There is plenty to do within walking distance or a short drive. There is hiking all around the Pipestem area. There is a lake to fish and boat on. The Bolar lookout tower that is accessible to the general public on a big hill. a short drive away is the Pipsetem drive-in outdoor theater. This campground and surrounding state park is family friendly. there is an olympic size pool, for swimming, as well there is a tram that takes you down to the canyon rim to explore a local river.