Elizabeth G.

Pro

Clarkesville, GA

Joined May 2020

Friendly Staff and Quiet Camping

I stayed here for 2 nights of winter camping in December 2020. All sites have electric and water but we were tent camping and didn’t use either. We stayed in site 5 which is close to bathrooms but not too close. We had a beautiful view of the lake and our site was right next to the river. There’s a few small docks across the pathway that overlook the water so it felt like we had our own private dock to enjoy while camping out. 

Site 5 is a back in slot but it was my favorite camp site out of the entire park. Big enough for 2 tents and 2 cars. No campsite at this campground is very secluded but Site 5 didn’t feel as open as some of the others might have been.

The bathhouse was very clean and there’s a laundry room there for you to do laundry. Bring your kayaks and explore the lake using the docks close by. There’s a huge pavilion and playground for kids to enjoy as well as a nice grassy area for dogs. The camp hosts on site are very nice and there’s a nature trail and short little hike to a beautiful waterfall less than a mile away. I got 1-2 bars of service with Verizon LTE which was nice to be able to still check weather, etc.

Quiet and spacious

Spent the afternoon here to hike and relax. The camp/RV sites are nice and spaced out. The bathrooms were sparkling! There’s a dump station as well as laundry and showers. I had 1-2 bars with Verizon LTE so I received texts but couldn’t really get online if needed.

I hiked a trail loop to the primitive camp sites since that’s my preferred way to camp so I could see if this was somewhere I’d like to come camp in the future. The trail was easy to follow and the campsites are so spaced out you really feel like You have the woods to yourself! Each spot had a fire ring and nice pad to set up your tent. There’s a boat dock so make sure you bring your canoes and kayaks to explore.

Beautiful and Quiet

Fort McAllister has a little bit of everything. You get the history, 4 miles of hiking trails, the river, and camping! The campground is quiet and the campsites are nicely spaced. Water and electric is available as well as restrooms and showers. You can purchase firewood on site for your campfires. There’s pull through sites for trailers/RV’s as well as tent only sites. You can rent kayaks at the boat dock if you’d like. I had plenty of cell reception (Verizon) and the staff in the office were very nice. Site 16 was huge with water and electric. Plenty of trees for hammocks which I love :) The trail to the lookout tower was closed when i visited in Dec 2020 but it was still a nice experience and that just means I have to come back and visit again!

Beautiful!

Bear Tooth Pass was recommended to us by a local when Yellowstone NP was too packed to enjoy, campsites were full, and we wanted to social distance. I’m so glad we did this because it was my favorite thing we did! I can’t recommend it enough! Nice dispersed campsites with amazing views everywhere. I can’t wait to go back and stay longer! Never really got cell service (verizon) but who needs that when there’s so much wildlife and scenery around?

Quiet By The River

Stayed here for a night in August 2020. I can’t remember what site we stayed in but each campsite is reserved on a “first come, first served” basis. You can get there and pick an available site at 11Am and must reserve it in the campground office. The camp hosts are very nice! Bathrooms are cleaned and nicely spaced but no showers. Our campsite had plenty of room for both of our tents and 2 hammocks for daytime naps:) Cell reception with Verizon wasn’t an issue. We did have a difficult time finding fire wood as no store nearby sold any. Camp hosts didn’t have any either so come prepared. There are picnic tables, a grill, and fire rings at each site. Even though we had picked a campsite closer to a bathroom, we still ended up having to walk a bit to another since they periodically closed  rest areas for the day to clean. A little annoying when you don’t want to walk but I appreciate them taking all precautions during a pandemic. There’s trails nearby that take you to downtown Hot Springs so we didn’t have to drive. I’d definitely come back here. It was very relaxing!

Within Walking Distance To The Dunes

Nice campground with a trail from the campground to the dunes. We visited August 2020. Visitor Center was closed inside due to social distancing but you could order through a window to get what you needed. Road and parking are nice and paved with sites big enough for a tent or two. There’s bear bins at each site along with fire rings and picnic tables. Plenty of trees to offer shade. Bathrooms were clean but no showers. Cell service was limited. Some sites were ADA accessible which was nice. The campsites didn’t offer a lot of privacy but you aren’t out in the open either. It was a blast being so close to the dunes and exploring. Just make sure you fill up your gas tank before driving to the park

Difficult To Find In The Dark

Camped here overnight in August 2020 on our way back to Georgia from Montana. I made the reservation on the drive down and there were plenty of sites available. You must have a reservation between May 1 - September 30. However, our site was very difficult to find in the dark when we arrived. The map was very confusing and so were the road signs. After 20 minutes or so of driving all around the lake with no luck in finding out campsite, we were almost about to give up and just pick a random one. Finally we found the loop we needed. We stayed in loop “Silver Crown” in site S-53 Since we still couldn’t find our reserved site, S-55. S-53 was in the middle of a field at the top of a small hill. There was a picnic table and fire pit at the site and the bathrooms (no showers) were nearby. Plenty of room for both of our tents but offered no privacy. The boat ramp for the lake is close by so expect activity early in the morning if staying in the summer time. The next morning we found our original site closer to the water. We were afraid to drive down that way because at night it does look like you may drive straight into the lake. It was just so dark and I wasn’t impressed with signage which is why I give it 4 stars. There are pull through sites and back ins. Just look online and pay attention to the map when you reserve your site!

Small Campground North Of Yellowstone

This campground is a small campground about 20 minutes away from the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park. It consists of 2 small loops on a “first come, first served” basis. Cost is $7 a night to camp. There are bathrooms (no showers) and bear boxes at each campsite. Camp sites are pretty small but there’s a fire pit and picnic table at each one. This campground is close to the road so you do hear the road noise. But for $7/night to camp when all campgrounds in the national park are full, it really isn’t that bad! I can’t remember what campsite we stayed in but it wasn’t a bad campground at all. Cell service is there with Verizon and payment is taken via envelope. There’s no camp host on site and no place to purchase firewood either.

Nice Place To Spend The Day!

West Shore State Park was a beautiful way to spend an afternoon after kayaking to Wild Horse Horse Island State Park nearby. The water was clear and the dogs throughly enjoyed splashing around. Us humans enjoyed swimming in water where we could actually see if anything was swimming around us ( there never was but I like that peace of mind). We only got to use the day use area since camping was full but they have a nice ramp for you to put your boat in the water. They have picnic tables nicely spaced and bathrooms nearby including a water spigot which was helpful for our thirsty pups! There’s plenty of trees to set up hammocks and take a nap. There is an entrance fee but it was very reasonable. We visited in July of 2020 so they had a little “shop” set up near the water where you could rent kayaks, etc. I’d love to come back and camp here when I come back to visit Montana. Verizon got some cell reception (2 bars) so I didn’t have to worry about missing any important messages while having fun. Definitely recommend this spot for a nice picnic and some fun in the fun. Even if you don’t camp!

Nice Little Campground By The Water

Stillwater campground is a decent size campground with Back in campsites and pull through sites. The entire campground is basically two loops next to the water so pretty much every campsite has gorgeous view of the lake and the mountains. I visited in July of 2020 and it was beautiful.

My only complaint is that I had made my reservations online a month before our actual arrival date. Yet, when we showed up at 7:30pm with the sun almost completely set, 2 hungry dogs, and 3 humans ready to stretch legs after a 13 hour drive, we discovered that someone had already set up camp in our reserved space (#106). The camp host on duty had circled our site as one of the ones available for a one night stay even though it was reserved (for us!). I got a little worried for a moment since all campgrounds nearby were at full capacity and we needed a site for 2 nights. I really didn’t want to make the people who had already set up their camp site move. After talking to the host we managed to find one site in this campground available for both nights and honestly it was better than the site I had originally reserved!

We ended up setting up camp in site 123. It was closer to the bathrooms, a little more private, and big enough for both of our tents. We had our own little pathway to a small beached area next to the lake where we enjoyed watching the sun rise and drinking our coffee. This place is a short drive to the south entrance of RMNP so it made exploring during the day easy. They campground hosts have firewood there you can buy (I think it was $6 but I can’t remember now) and the bathrooms were really clean. No showers though. Each campsite had a picnic table and a fire pit. And cell service was great with verizon!

I’d definitely stay here again even with our minor inconvenience when we first arrived. I usually stay in Estes Park but I’m really glad we didn’t this time. It was nice and quiet. Perfect for our quiet, social distancing adventure.

Beautiful!

Came here for an evening bike ride and backpackers dinner to watch the sunset and see some stars. It was peaceful and beautiful! The 3 mile paved bike path is brand new and I enjoyed riding through the park.

Bathrooms were clean and the campground was full but seemed quiet and nice. I made some dinner at the picnic tables and only had to share the space with a squirrel. This is a good day use area but I’d definitely come back and camp here. It’s a well thought out park with well marked trails and information a long the way to make your hikes more interesting.

Cell service was okay (1-2 bars with Verizon). There’s drinkable water pipes too which was nice to fill my water bottles.

First to Review
Convenient location to Bryce and Zion

I have stayed here twice in 2020. Once in January and again in July. I haven’t stayed in an rv but they do have glamping tents and tiny houses to rent on Airbnb for reasonable prices.

This place is about 45 minutes from Zion National park and 2 hours from Bryce Canyon.

There’s a laundry room for you to do laundry (bring your own quarters) and the bathrooms are nice and clean. You don’t get as much privacy for the showers as I’d prefer but it’s not that terrible since I think only Airbnb guests uses the restrooms and not the rv guests. WiFi was available for us which helped plan our hikes.

There are tables around the laundry room building to sit at and relax. It’s a very quiet campground too which made sitting out in the evening very peaceful. The owners are so nice and accommodating. Cell service was okay but goes in and out (1-2 bars for Verizon)

Beautiful and convenient

Stayed here for a night in July 2020 on my way to the Grand Canyon from El Paso, TX. It was very quiet and well kept. The road was freshly paved and even though there’s no trees around, each campsite seemed pretty private.

We stayed in site 40. We had 2 tents but the pad was only big enough for one so we put the bigger one on the paved road over a tarp and it was still comfortable. A hammer was provided to stake down tents.

There was only only building for all the bathrooms and showers but they were nice and clean. Bathrooms had stalls but the 4 showers each had their own rooms for maximum privacy.

Some sites had power and some didn’t. Our site (40) didn’t. I enjoyed walking a few hundred yards down the nature trail by the campsite and watching the sunset. It was beautiful! Cell service was fine (Verizon). I’ll definitely stay here again when I’m passing through.

Quiet and secluded for the beach

My family and I stayed here for one night in July 2020 as our midway point from GA to Texas. We stayed in site 44 and it was private and near the bathrooms. All the sites had gravel, a picnic table, and and a fire pit as well as a clothesline. There’s a path to the beach from the bathhouse. The bathhouse was very clean and there were men and women restrooms as well as private bathroom/showers.

We fit 2 tents at our site. It was so humid and muggy I cowboy camped on the gravel with my picnic blanket and sleeping pad. Everyone else slept in the tents without the rain fly’s for some ventilation. It was a nice, clean, and quiet park and we felt very secluded in our site. There was WiFi and cell service (2 bars for Verizon).

Each site has electric and water. There’s a dump station near the entrance/exit of the park. Overall, lovely experience and I would definitely stay here again.

Loved this place!

Stayed here July 2020 for a couple of days. We were in site C-16 which was towards the back of the campground and only 2 sites away from the bathrooms and a bear proof dumpster. The bathrooms do not have showers but the restrooms were kept very clean. And the dumpsters don’t smell so that’s always nice :)

There’s a camp store by the check in office that sells firewood, etc. they close at 5pm.

We stayed a Thursday-Saturday and friday was much louder compared to Thursday night. People kept locking cars and shining bright lights/playing music until midnight. I definitely preferred the weekday over the weekend.

Our campsite was nice and big enough for our 2 tents and a hammock. We built a fire every night and it was nice! Not as secluded as other campsites in the campground but still lovely!

Townsend was only 20 minutes away so we went there for coffee and WiFi at the coffee shop and the IGA to grab firewood since we missed the camp store the first night. We didn’t have cell service at Cades Cove Campground (Verizon and spring) so it was nice to check messages in Townsend as well.

Small and quiet

We decided to try this campground since it was halfway from home and we never stay near Asheville since it is so close. Since it was the day of, all sites were first come, first serve.

The road up to the mountain was gravel but our Jeep did just fine and we saw smaller cars at the campground so even though the road might seem sketchy I think most cars can make it.

The campsites aren’t very private but you also have plenty of space at each one where you aren’t on top of one another. They have primitive sites by the river that are very nice and a wheelbarrow is provided to walk your belongings to your campsite with ease. Dispersed camp sites are available as well on the way up to the campground.

There’s a bathroom (one women and one men) but no showers. There is a water faucet near the bathrooms for water. Both bathrooms were very clean and smelled nice.

The campground host is very nice and welcoming. He walked up to me as I was filling out the envelope with site details since it was first come first serve and we didn’t make a reservation online.

We stayed in site 11 which was wooded on one side. There was only one other group in a site across the way and campers in 2 primitive camping spots so we still felt secluded even though the campsites are pretty open.

There’s no electricity or sewer at any of the sites and I didn’t see a sanitation dump either. Sites are too small for campers anyway but are nice and flat if you have a pop up or teardrop trailer. Each site has its own designated picnic table and fire pit.

We had our 4 person tent and 2 person tent on the tent pad and it fit fine. It was very quiet and ended the day with a nice fire in the fire pit while listening to the creek nearby.

Alcohol is prohibited and there’s no firewood sold at this campground so make sure you get some at the grocery store (Frisby’s) 2 miles down the road before heading up the mountain to the campground.

I didn’t have any cell reception going up the mountain or at the campground but In town it was fine (Verizon)

So lovely I stayed twice

Decided to stay here on 7/3 for 1 night so we were close to Damascus for our early morning shuttle ride to the AT. We stayed in Chipmunk Circle at site 31. The site was big enough for our Jeep, 4 person tent, hammock with hammock shelter, and there was still plenty of room. The only bathroom that was open was near site 11 by the campground host but it wasn’t a far walk since this campground is a loop. The campground hosts are very nice and helpful. The bathrooms were cleaned constantly. Each restroom had 2 bathroom stalls and one shower stall. There is a total of 3 bathhouses in Chipmunk Circle.

There’s no power at any of the sites but there’s potable water near the road every few sites and a grey water dump by each bathhouse. There were group sites and single sites with each sight very private and secluded. This a nice quiet campground that was so relaxing we decided to come back 3 days later to stay again after getting off the AT.

The second time we stayed in Chipmunk Circle again at site 21 and bathhouses 1 and 2 were open but 3 was still closed. This time we set up our 4 person tent, 2 person tent, and hammock/hammock shelter and slept soundly through the night. Site 21 is right next to the trail that leads to the playground but you can’t even see it since each camp site is bordered with rhododendrons and trees. I saw pop up campers too and you could fit a tear drop camper no problem.

There is no firewood or ice sold at this campground but you can buy both at Food City down there mountain in Damascus. About 15 minute drive.

I plan on staying here again when I come back to Damascus. There’s no cell service here (I have Verizon) so it’s nice to completely unplug and enjoy an evening or more at the peaceful, relaxing campground.

Side Note: There’s also a delicious place called The Wicked Chicken in Damascus has delicious food with outdoor seating but is closed on Mondays. Also, Mamma Mia’s pizza in Abington has AMAZING pizza. About 20 minutes from Damascus.

Not a campground

I drove by to check it out on my way home the other day and the gps to this place puts it in someone’s front yard. So unless they let people camp there (which it didn’t look like it) then I don’t think it’s a campground

Beautiful lake!

Beautiful lake for fishing with hiking trails around. There’s plenty of dispersed picnic area for day use. I saw some signs that said horses could use one of the hiking trails so that’s cool. Looks a little bit overgrown in the back portion but my guess is since things were shut down for awhile for covid. Very peaceful!

Secluded campground by the lake

A nice small campground by the lake where you can fish and swim. There are some Hiking trails around too. The campground is small and secluded and camp sites aren’t stacked on top of each other. Loop A seems more for tent camping and loop B can fit pop up campers or teardrops. I didn’t see any that had power or septic/sewer but there is sewer dump at the campground entrance and well as drinkable water.

Very shaded and each campsite has a fire ring and picnic table.