B M.


St. Petersburg, FL

Joined January 2020

Busy place

We were at Devil’s lake state park 3 years ago pretty place, good hikes but so busy. The one loop has no privacy or trees. We enjoyed walking one of the trails to where the big blue Heron’s nest it sounded like Jurassic Park when they feed their babies. I will add photos when I can access them. We hiked the gulch which was beautiful so green and lush.

We stayed at Mirror Lake State Park this year it was so quiet and nice big site. We drove to Devil’s lake couldn’t get near it. You waited in traffic forever to get turned away the parking lots were full. People parked way down the roads walking in. If you were camping and went out for the day and came back good luck getting near the campgrounds.

We like to go into Baraboo to the little village cafe great food and all homemade desserts.

The crane foundation is a cool place to visit too.

We bought wood from a guy down the road from Devil’s lake state park $5 for a wheelbarrow full but it wouldn’t burn.

This park is too busy for us we like it quieter.

Waterfront sites on Lake Superior

We had a nice site #39 in the Buffalo Bay campground with water and electric and a view of the lake. #7 was across from us on the water no one was in it till the end of the week so we had an open view of the lake. We walked the marina and sat at an empty picnic table on the shoreline.  Sites 7 and 8 have a fire pit and table right on the shoreline it’s beautiful. You can walk to the casino/ hotel the showers and bathrooms are in one side of the hotel big showers. 

We were cooking dinner watching sunset and a  super blood moon was rising. It was amazing. I didn’t have my good camera out and set up so I didn’t get any great pictures. We weren’t aware of it. 

Close by is a cute town called Bayfield and has shopping, lots to eat and boat rides to the Apostle islands and Madeline island We went to the Apostle islands. Ice caves, a lighthouse and saw some eagles. The water is so beautiful  there.  

The waterfront sites were all reserved there was an airstream convoy going on they were going around Lake Superior.

Big woodsy sites

We have a big private site #138 it’s in the Cliffwood loop at the end where the circle is. We had electric, picnic table, (you have to fill your camper with water after you enter there’s many hoses) we had a fire pit and a private trail behind the campsite that leads to a view of the lake. It has been so quiet in this loop it’s hard to believe it’s opening week due to COVID.

The lake is nice and cold lots of kayaking and canoeing. You can launch at the boat ramp.

There is a swim beach, nice pet area and trails in the park to hike.

There are 3 loops for camping we like the one we’re in. Cliffwood loop Big sites near us ours 138, 137 big but soggy when it rains hard, 136 is nice it has a view of the lake. 139 is ok the back drops down a hill where you park for day use.

Sandstone ridge loop some nice big sites are 74, 75, 77.

Bluewater bay loop has no electric smaller sites we saw all tents in this loop.

Some sites are not level so come prepared.

We ate at Ishnala supper club it’s very pricy yet excellent food. The building is cool with some original parts from the old log cabin it once was. The service is great beautiful view of the lake from a window seat. Several bars and a little gift shop.

Good food in Baraboo at the little village cafe. The chocolate torte is so good. The owners are so nice.

We would stay here again.

Great view of Lake Huron

We had a great site on the lake, an end site with the shoreline in front of us. We had site #48 with water and electric and a great view. Big bath house and laundry room. We went kayaking in the lake it was crystal clear and cool water. Had a great time here at this campground.

Castle rock is across the highway so kayaking and looking back towards the campsite had a good view of castle rock.

In town st. Ignace we bought some local whitefish smoked fish dip that was excellent.

We took the ferry over to mackinac island it was so busy you could barely get down the streets. We did a horse and carriage tour then hit the pink pony for well needed drinks.

Ok state park sites not on the water

We stay a night here and there to break up the drive before heading south. The campground has tight spots hardly any privacy but has full hook up. Some sites back up to an area when the tide comes in it has a marsh behind the campers which can attract mosquitos and has a marsh smell so we camp on the other side of the street. You can drive to the beach in the park and snorkel out to a canon (a replica) there’s a big anchor and reef fish. Take the snorkel trip out to the reefs they are nice and one has a statue Christ of the deep.
Plenty to do around the park , kayak, swim, glass bottom boat tour and more.

Nice campground

We stayed in site # 16 it has full hook up. The park was busy it was Halloween they have a haunted boat ride and a hayride.  Great place to spend Halloween. It was decorated well and there was a fest going on we won a basket of goodies. We walked to the lake there were so many dragonflies it was cool. The birds were swooping up the dragonflies it was interesting to watch. We would go watch sunset at the lake funny our phones read Al. time not GA time.

We had a good time in the park you can kayak or rent a little boat it was cheap.  We rented a boat my husband fished and we drove around the lake. You can have a AL. or GA fishing license here the lake runs through both states. Lots of blooming Lilly's, big oaks with moss, shorebirds and gators. 

Close to this park is Providence canyon which looks like a small Bryce canyon except it was created by poor farming. It's a neat place to see about 6 miles from the park. There's an old church there and some real old graves. There's a nice hike along the rim you can hike down in the canyon too.

Went into Eufaula to Antique and check out the town. The drive there and back is pretty.

Beautiful Park woodsy sites

We stayed in #43 it was awesome we had water and electric, a picnic table and a fire pit. . We had an end spot with woods on one side and behind the site very private. It's a big site I think one of the better in this loop. Nice wooded site very quiet.  The camp host was great he helped us figure out a few things the TV for one. It was chilly out we had a nice fire and had our water resistant blanket on the keep us warm. They are one of the best items we bought. Dark sky just beautiful.

Great hikes in our loop we walked the rim, checked out the walk in sites they are cool. The trail started near our site and went through the primitive camp along a creek to the rim where there are lookouts with great views.

The waterfall across from the other rim is nice we hit it perfect timing there was a rainbow across the falls towards the bottom. Just sat there, relaxed taking it in.  We checked out the entire park I like this side better. There was a visitor center there but it was closed. It was in the 40's to low 50's.

Beautiful park I would stay here again.

Tight spots but woodsy

We stayed in site #4 with water & electric. The spot was tight & the people's picnic table next to us was up high & looked right into our windows in our camper. The best site was #12 we should have moved into it the day after we got there is was open. The campground closes & locks the gate at 10 so be out if your not staying the night.  My cousin was visiting & she left at 10:10 they camp host walked up the gate was locked he had a head lamp on & totally blinded us very intimidating. 

We hiked at the gorge but didn't walk all the way down into the canyon it's a long way back up 300 stairs each way. There is a beautiful hike across the highway the Shortline trail it was beautiful. The old railroad ran through there it's worth the walk, flat trail with a stream running along it. I think it was about a 3 mile hike.

Drove to Black Rock Mountain checked out that state Park & the Campground. Glad we didn't pull our travel trailer up to there is was a tight winding narrow road.  Did some antiquing & ate at the Dillard house. It's a family style meal & way to much food. The place is packed.  Next to the Dillard house is a small distillery RM Rose my husband picked up a bottle of Burbon Whiskey single barrel. 

We went to 12 spies Winery it had a great sunset view we got some wine & sat outside watching sunset.

Great campground with a lot to do in the park

We had a great site a pull thru facing the woods. Site # 75 it had water and electric hook up, cable, picnic table, cement pad and a fire pit. There are some full hook up sites in the park if you want full hook up. Great place to stay!

We could walk to several hikes in the park from our site.  The ferry trail goes along the water and Sandpiper trail it was nice had a picnic table, a bench and beautiful driftwood. 

We hiked the Ferry trail too this was awesome. There are several old stills back there it was a moonshiners paradise. There were old oyster shells along the way where the native Americans lived way back when. There is an observation tower at the river/salt marsh the trail along the water is nice and has some history markers. 

We put the kayak in across the HWY from the park and kayaked back towards the park. Do watch the tides when it goes out you could be hi and dry. 

Tybee Island is close by we spent an afternoon there during the Pirate Fest in October. 

We went to Fort Pulaski it is worth going to see. If you walk the outside wall you can still see mortar in the bricks. There’s cannons, and neat things to see there.

We loved this campground and would return.

Ok park close to things to do

We almost had the campground to ourselves only one other camper came in close to us. It was so quiet and woodsy. We had deer in our site everyday. We were in site #22 the best site was #21. The drive across the little bridge into the campground is neat going over the river. We had water & electric there is a dump station onsite.  We had a paved drive that was about 4" high so when you came down you stairs it was a drop off. It was good to have if it rained a lot but a pain to go in & out the camper. 

The museum was neat there's a lot of History there. The campground has a lot of nice hikes in it. 

Jiffy Burger is around the corner by far the best burger & fires I ever had, It's loaded with cool antiques, has great service and nice people eating in there. The American Pickers was in there before we were there the owner had a lot of good antiques at his home up the road. 

Jack Daniel's Distillery is close buy & so worth doing the tour and tasting. Jack did a lot for the people that worked for him & the town. Near the Jack Daniel's distillery is Lynchburg winery not bad. George Dickel Distillery is close too.

We went antiquing & found the most amazing place called Shelton Lane Antiques. This place is like a little village with a gas station, general store, and all kinds of little buildings. I have never seen such nice antiques. We thought where the heck is this place maybe we passed it or something it's out in the middle of nowhere. 

We went kayaking on Fire lake small winding roads really a cool drive. Pretty lake with some islands & inlets.  Nice day on the water.

Nice but very busy campground

We were on the lake loop not the beach campground. We were so thankful we didn't book the beach sites it's a paved parking lot, hot and no trees or privacy. The line to get into the beach day area also the campground was a mile long & they don't have a separate line for people camping in there. 

We stayed in the Pine loop campground and it was shaded & big sites with a fire pit and picnic table. 

NO ALCOHOL allowed in the campground. You sign a form and post it on your camper. There were so many family reunions going on there were a lot of people camping. Our site was big yet a camper was behind us (back to back & they had a tent with family staying in it) that was behind their camper & in our site. They only stayed a few days but was still right out our window. When we backed in & very close to the tent we felt bad but they shouldn't have put it there they had plenty of other room. 

We went to the beach in the state park it was nice getting out on the Jetty there was a guy with some big kites flying them getting them up in the air it was cool to watch him.  When we left the line coming in was a mile long again glad we didn't stay on the beach loop.

Beautiful area great campground

We stayed here for a week & loved it. We were close to the water, we had a big site nice green grass with a big area with a fire pit behind the camper. There was a little creek behind up with a bridge you could walk over. The staff was so helpful when they escorted us to the site & helped us back in they had levels they brought & put under one side of the travel trailer to level us. There is a boat ramp, a beach with a swim area & you can walk along the shore under tress nice & shaded.  There are some good sites on the water. They have a laundry room which was well needed for us. 

We launched the kayak & could keep it there on the grass at the lake. We kayaked the lake Leelanau then went up into Victoria Creek it was so cool. There was a duck blind in there and shore birds. Nice lake big houses along it.

We went to several wineries Boathouse Vineyards was nice you could do the wine tasting then sit out back facing the river & have a glass of wine. They had a entertainment playing, and brought Pizza in. People came by boat & docked there to enjoy the place too. We went across the street & ate at Dicks.

Sutton is a cute town with some great shopping.We went to a few wineries Loved Chateau De Leelanau good wine & hard cider.Next door to there was another winery Fires it was good more expensive though. 

We drove to Sleeping Bear Dunes it was a beautiful drive. I can't believe people walk to the bottom it takes at least 2 hours to climb back up. Nice view from the top of the dunes. There are several viewpoints.

Beautiful Park

We stayed in site # 29 at the River mouth Campground. It is a beautiful campground and was quiet most of the time. Our site had water & electric, a picnic table & a nice fire pit. The bathrooms were behind our camper they were nice not that we use them.  We drove to the other part of the park I like this campground much better. The other part of the campground is close to the falls & they are beautiful. Root beer falls they call it due to the color of the water. There are many view points you can get very close to the falls.

There isn't much else around but there is whitefish point with the Shipwreck Museum.  It's amazing all the shipwrecks, lives lost & stories behind it all. This was well worth the drive to it. The Edmond Fitzgerald display is there with the bell from the ship, they replaced it with a bell that has all the names of the crew on it.  There is a lighthouse there & several buildings you can go in, really enjoyed it. 

We kayaked the river , went under a small bridge into Lake Superior then turned around it was getting windy. Nice day on the water.

Great campground especially the waterfront sites

We booked late yet could get only 2 nights at this park. We were in site # 86 with full hook up. The waterfront sites (lake Superior) were amazing with fire pits behind the campers on the beach. All the big driftwood along the shoreline. It's a nice park, we walked the beach with a cocktail & met some nice people. We made dinner & were sitting there at our picnic table when a ice cream guy came buy in a tricycle playing music came by we bout ice cream for dessert. Loved it he was a volunteer working for the park. 

We had a family next to us in a tent with 4 kids & the youngest cried all night. OMG I'm glad we only had 2 nights of it.  This campground is beautiful, it was cool out and raining a bit so we were limited on what to do.

We went to Picture Rock, Miners Castle, Munising falls, and other little falls along the road.  I would go here again

Nice clean campground near the Dells

We stayed in site #4 it was nice sized and quiet. We had full hook up, a picnic table & fire pit, our friends camped next to us in #5. The store had supplies, and firewood they deliver it to your site. There are outside showers & regular showers but always love a good outside shower. It was pretty quiet in the campground. 

Close by is the Wisconsin Dells, we did the 2 hour boat tour it was fun. Went to The Village Cafe in Baraboo it's owned by friends of ours who have a place in Florida where we live. Good food & great desserts. We went to the crane foundation that was nice, beautiful birds they are. We went to Devils lake for a day & hiked around the grotto it was beautiful. There is a spot Big Blue herons nest in the tall pines they make a lot of noise. They had babies in their nests. 

Nice campground it was a good find.

Nice Clean campground

We stayed for 1 night on our way north. Pretty gardens, a shaded site, camp store and a clean refreshing pool. We love sitting out front watching Fireflies there were many.  we had a pull thru with full hook up. Were staying here again this year.

We stayed again in June this year and had a tight site #100 facing another’s front door shared picnic table and fire pit. The pit was to close to the camper glad no one had a fire. The pool wasn’t open they resurfaced it so very bummed about that it was hot. I didn’t like our spot at all.

Nice spot off the interstate on a lake

Our second time staying here we had site #2 waterfront pull through with full hook up and shaded till late afternoon. The sun sets behind the camper. Very nice clean restrooms, laundry room and a area you can grill in using their grills. We had pizza in their bar it was locally made chicken, bacon, ranch and Butch’s sweet hot sauce. Good music on the jukebox.

Sites 1A and 19 are nice 19 has a deck. There are nice paved sites too.

We stayed 3 nights and enjoyed the place.

We stayed 1 night years ago in a spot that was close to the lake. They have a store with a bit of supplies and a bar that has slot machines. We went in for drinks and pizza it was nice to not cook or worry about food. We took a walk along the lake and sat on a bench watching people fish.

I would stay here again actually were staying here again this year on the way to and from our summer trip. We reserved a spot on the waterfront this time #2.

Nice private big sites

We reserved a spot yet you pick it when you get there. Georgia is changing that where you can book site specific. We drove through the loops & picked Site #81. It was big, private, on the end with water, electric & cable. There is spring water people come there & collect drinking water. I loved this campground when we were there it was so quiet maybe 2 other campers in the entire loop. We were there in mid June. We had so many lightening bugs after sunset it was amazing. 

We kayaked the lake you can fish on the lake too. We were the only ones out there, how relaxing!

High Falls state park is up the road we drove to it & walked around, checked out the camping. I like Indian springs state park better. The pool at High Springs was a zoo, tons of kids & loud. If you're younger with Kids High Springs might be better for you. We hiked along the river to the real falls it was beautiful. We picked up peaches and boiled peanuts near High Falls state park in the Dollar General parking lot. they were the best. 

We took a back road coming back from Ingles grocery store & came up on the Dauset trail visitor center it was amazing. There were lots of rescued animals there. Bear, mountain lion, beaver, Bison, Deer, Owls, Eagle, Hawks & more. Beautiful gardens & trails. 

We went to the Jarrell Plantation that was really cool. 

There is a old grave yard in the park that has so many headstones with just a first name or initials. Some families and doctors and others , dating back to 1830

Smaller KOA but a nice stop for a nightu

We have stayed at this KOA many times it has full hook up, 2 lakes (you can fish). We rented a golf cart for $5.00 for 3 hours and drove to the lakes and fished. The pool is always refreshing and clean. We take our noodles and float in the pool. The new owner has done a great job. We had wings and pizza delivered from the office it was a good dinner. They had a free breakfast in the morning we had the sausage gravy over biscuits. The price is good for a KOA, and close to the interstate yet enough off it to not hear traffic. There is a flying J or Pilot at the exit makes it easy for gassing up. 

We don't use the bathrooms so I can't speak to how they are but we like this campground. Others said they were very clean.

We will stop here again this was our 3rd time here.

Relaxing campground

We stayed in site #38 it's a shaded site with water & electric. There is a picnic table & a fir pit the fire pit was a little to close to the camper to have a fire. It is a very quiet and woodsy campground. There isn't much real close by so grocery before you get there.  There are some hikes in the park that are good you can see wild horses near the lookout tower sometimes and along the paths.  There is a dump station onsite.

There are several places to go observe the wetlands, shorebirds and gators can be seen. If you drive to North Paynes Prairie you will see lots of Gators, Bison and wild horses and certain times of the year White Pelicans. The trail along the lake & creeks are loaded with gator once you head to the back lookout tower you will see Bison & Wild Horses. We counted 150 gators in a mile & a half. If you google horse stomping gator in Paynes Prairie you will see a great video. 

On the way to the North Prairie you pass Sweetwater preserve it's loaded with all kinds of birds from Woodstorks, Herons, Egrets, Hawks, Ibis and Sora's. You can spend hours there watching the birds. There are some gators but nothing like North Prairie.

Watched the sunset for the picnic area on the lake.