Christy E.

Harrogate, TN

Joined June 2018

Beautiful area, great beach, nice tent sites

We stayed in the Royal Oak loop (tent only). The tent pads are specially built wooden platforms, which worked out great since we got rained on! This loop was quiet, had nice clean bathrooms with showers, and a separate sink to wash dishes in.

The beach area is great, with lifeguards on duty and a diving board platform. There were concessions and a small store at the swimming area.

There is also a quaint restaurant in the campground.

This was a great park to camp in with plenty of amenities, my kids’ only wish was that we could have stayed longer than two nights!

Small sites, crowded area

This seems to be a popular area to visit. The sites are small and close together. Not all of them have a suitable tent spot, and there were a lot of RVs. I wish there was a separate area for tents.

That being said, it was fairly peaceful and quiet at night. There is a nearby swimming area, but it was occupied by geese families and there was quite a lot of goose poop. The bathrooms were not well-kept, although there were showers available. The history of the area is interesting, and the lake is quite peaceful.

Modern, but wild

I arrived to camp on a Monday and was surprised at how deserted the area was. This is a large campground but there were only two other sites occupied in the tent loop.

This is bear and rattlesnake habitat, so be prepared to keep food items locked up and watch your step. A bear-proof storage locker is available at each site.

The sites are well-spaced, trash receptacles are convenient, and the bathrooms and showers were very clean and nice. There is a swimming pool that apparently is open on the weekends. Plenty of hiking available as well.

Beautiful area with many activities

I stayed in the tent-only loop - a small group of 10 sites. It was quiet and had many trees for hammocks. Thus site offers level tent pads, a grill, fire ring, and picnic table. Clean bathrooms and hot showers available. The nearby swimming beach was great for the kids. Many short hiking options available. Make sure to visit the ranger station for a map and safety rules during water releases.

Beautiful, primitive area

I rolled in to this campground on a Thursday and there was not a soul in sight. It was fairly quiet, except for some dogs and a rooster at a nearby house. The area is beautiful and lush, the waterfall is amazing (although quite a scramble to the base). There is also a short, easy walkway to an overlook. The Fiery Gizzard trail offers backcountry sites. There are flush toilets and showers, although the facilities are small and dated.

Popular, large area with plenty of amenities

This is bear habitat, so be prepared to keep all food and scented items locked up. The generator-free loop was pretty quiet, although sites are tightly spaced. There are flushable toilets and a grey water sink. Campground was clean. The camp store is well-stocked and serves simple food and ice cream. There are a couple of hikes nearby, and of course the 11 mile road loop.