Ashleigh M.
Howell, MI
Joined June 2018
Photographer and tent camper with serious wanderlust
Beautiful Beach

The campground is a typical State Park campground, fairly open to other sites. The bathrooms were older style, but clean enough. The thing that sets this campground apart from others is the pristine Lake Michigan beach. You just can’t beat that!

One of a kind experience

Hiking the Pictured Rocks is a once in a lifetime experience. Get away from the crowds and see the beauty of this place! When we were there, we had most of the campgrounds to ourselves! It really is a breathtaking experience and overall, not that hard of a hike!

Rowdy over the 4th

I camped in one of the rustic campgrounds over a holiday weekend and it got a little too rowdy for my tastes. This was just a stop for us on the way home, maybe if we had planned to canoe or kayak down the river, I would’ve left with higher regard for this campground. I know a lot of people like it, but it’s just not for me.

One of my favorites

One of the things I love about Straits is that their waterfront bridge view sites are non electric, meaning they’re not overtaken by the big rigs! It’s a great place to pitch a tent and relax. I do prefer the vibe during the week to the crowdedness of the weekends, though. The bathrooms are updated and clean with some of the nicest showers in the Michigan State Park system!

Reservable and Rustic

We were looking for a place to camp near the Pictured Rocks that wasn’t an RV park and was reservable. We ended up at Bay Furnace. It’s very quiet, right on Lake Superior and not too far from all of the Pictured Rocks sites. If you don’t mind rustic, I recommend Bay Furnace. You Amy get closer with the Pictured Rocks campgrounds, but first come first serve makes me nervous.

Hidden Gem

I don’t know why this campground isn’t more popular! The sites are big and secluded. We were there during a holiday weekend and it was calm and quiet. It is very close to Huron Sunrise bike trail so it is a popular biking spot. It has a beautiful Lake Huron beach which was pretty deserted when we were there. I highly recommend Hoeft to anyone who will listen to me!

Great Campground -Beautiful Hike

Watkins Glen has been on my bucket list since I first saw a picture of it on Flickr back in 2008 and it definitely lived up to expectations! I recommend taking the shuttle to the upper parking lot and hiking down unless you really like stairs. The campground is a standard state park campground, clean, fairly private. I would definitely like to come back. Hopefully it won’t take me 10 years to return.

Great Waterfront Sites

Fishermans is a rustic campground right on Lake Michigan and is very close to Charlevoix and all the town has to offer. Their rustic waterfront sites look gorgeous! If I had gotten one of those, this would be a 5 star review. As it was, the sites off the water are ok. We had a gravel pull through site, which made it hard to find a spot to pitch the tent. If I could get a waterfront site, I’d be back in a heartbeat!

Quiet Side of Acadia

We stayed in one of the walk in sites (D97) and it wasn’t a bad walk at all. We could see the car from our site. The restrooms and the site were clean. The campground was quiet but the sites are small and close together. I really didn’t want to hear the book that my neighbor was reading to her children, but I had no choice.

Acadia is a beautiful park with hiking, biking, kayaking, and swimming. Seawall is located on the quiet side of the island, a little drive from the main(e) attractions, but the calmness of the campground and the surrounding area is worth it. I even said to my husband shortly after we arrived how Id heard Acadia is so busy in the summer, but this isn’t bad. Then we drove to the Hull’s Cove visitor center and found all the people.

There is no cell signal in most of the park so I recommend bringing a guide book with you or downloading information ahead of time. I also recommend making use of the Island Explorer buses. Many of the areas along the Park Loop Road have limited parking. There were no spots at Sand Beach at 9am. Overall, I would stay at this Campground again on my next trip to Acadia.

One of my Favorites

Ludington State Park is one of my favorite parks in Michigan and with one night at Jackpine, it quickly became one of my favorite campgrounds. Rustic and quiet, this campground is really tucked away. The sites are wooded and private. It’s a short walk to the lighthouse. We stayed here to be able to photograph the lighthouse around sunset. The path to the campground is gravel so we carried all of our stuff in a wagon. I can’t wait to return to Jackpine.

When it rains it pours

It was forecasted to rain during our visit to Port Crescent and we decided to brave it and hope the forecast would be wrong. It wasn’t. It rained most of the day Saturday and Sunday. I know it’s not the park’s fault, but there was literally nothing nearby to do in the rain. I was looking forward to kayaking Turnip Rock, but I’m not doing that in a thunder storm. It was a pretty miserable weekend. The sites are large but lack privacy. The bathhouse got pretty gross with all the mud and could use an update. Overall, the weather really affected my opinion of this whole area. I will probably be back though, because I still want to kayak to Turnip Rock.

Surprised Me

This campground has phenomenal views of Lake Superior. Somehow you can watch sunrise and sunset from the campground. The sites are close together and lack privacy but the views really make up for it. When I was there, the bathhouse was kind of gross, but they are in the process of renovating it. This is a campground that really stuck with me. I can’t wait to go back and see how they’ve improved it.

Great Location

This location can’t be beat: close to town and great freighter watching. The bathhouse is one of the nicest I’ve ever seen at a campground. The sites are very small and close together. There is no privacy whatsoever and I really felt like the other campers looked down at us for having a tent. They made snide comments and I got really sick of it by the time we left. It really reminded me why I usually stay at public campgrounds.

Beautiful Wooded Spot

We used this as our home base for exploring Harpers Ferry and Antietam. After camping a week on the beach, our stop here was a godsend. The sites are very cool and wooded with a lot of privacy. The bathhouse could use a renovation. It seemed kind of dirty and outdated to me. Other than that, I look back at this stop and really want to go back and spend more time here.

Wish I Had More Time Here

We stopped here on a road trip for a quick night’s sleep before continuing on. It is a beautiful wooded park offering lots of trees for privacy. I wish I had more time to explore the park before moving on. The bathhouse could use a renovation. It felt old and kind of dirty. Other than that, I hope to come back and spend more time here.

Close to Historical Sites

The campground is in a great location to Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestowne, and Yorktown and is a great home base for exploring those sites. They have a modern bathhouse and a pool. The tent sites are kind of close together and lack privacy but we were the only ones there Sunday night so it wasn’t that big of a deal. There are lots of trees to protect you from the harsh Virginia sun and great views of the Chickahominy river.

Beautiful but hot

Beautiful campground on the beach. Close to the Kitty Hawk area and the Bodie Island Lighthouse. No shade and manmade dune makes for very hot camping. Bath house was clean and close by. We arrived right before a holiday weekend and it was gearing up to be kind of rowdy. Watch out for prickly pear cacti. I went walking through the dune in flip flops and came back with several stuck to my leg. It did not feel good for sure.

Beautiful but HOT

This is a beautiful campground and we had a site with it’s own path to the beach which was very convenient. The bathhouse was clean but got VERY hot during the day. The campground Is very close to the pony pens and Is a quick drive to Ocracoke village. The biggest con of this campground is the lack of shade and the fact that the manmade dune blocks most of the wind. In the summer heat, it was stifling for tent camping. It was too hot for my northern blood. If I come back here, It would have to be earlier in the season or I would bring an air conditioner.

Favorite OBX Campground

We stayed here on a recent OBX road trip and this was by far our favorite stop. Our site perched at the top of a dune brought nice views and a great breeze It was a short walk to the beach and not a bad drive to the nearby Hatteras Lighthouse. This is a great spot for stargazing as the park Is trying to get certified as a Dark Sky Park. The campground was pretty empty when we visited otherwise there wouldn’t have been a lot of privacy.

Great Hike-In Sites

I stayed in site H31 which is one of the closest sites to the parking lot you can reserve ahead of time. It wasn’t a bad walk back to the car and it was close to the outhouses. The hike-in sites also have access to the showers and pool at the main campground which is a short drive from the hike in sites. After visiting the main campground, I was very glad we stayed at the hike in sites. The sites at the main campground are very close together and lack privacy for tent campers. The campground is very close to many beautiful hiking trails. It is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited.