I try to tent camp at Devils Den 2-3 times a years. Any season. The hike-in sites are heaven. Yes, you do have to hike in, through the water, up and up for a quarter mile but it is SOOOO WORTH IT!! Seclusion. You can't reach out and touch your neighbor. You don't have to worry about anyone seeing you get dressed. You can pick up radio stations without disturbing anyone(at a reasonable volume). During the summer you can't even see another tent through the trees. My partner and I have hiked Butterfield Trail backwards and forwards(both directions) and are so happy to come back"home" to our site where we can relax with a fire and the raccoons. We have met so many others who hike in for privacy and make friends around a fire. Even in the summer the nights get chilly so you have to snuggle. And if you need some city life, Fayetteville is less than an hour away.
It is a pretty park and well maintained but it's not my favorite. I stayed here when I was looking at multiple properties around the area over a beautiful week. Personally I found the tent sites much too close together, undefined, and with no privacy at all. I can see how families with children would enjoy this park. There are things to do and see, but not a weekends worth. Other campers kids seemed to love running around and making new friends with neighboring tents. So much so that they would come to my tent asking where my kids are (I don't have any). Thankfully I brought my own camp table because the neighbor to the right insisted that the stationary table at my site was his. I'm not trying to be a grump. This may be the most fun place for some people. If you are looking for a quiet place to set camp and look at the stars in peace, this is not the place.
King Snake on Arcadia Lake is my go-to site for a quick getaway. If I have a free weekend and the weather is nice I pack my tent and head out. The park is large and spread out. A LOT of Rv's and boats in the main parts of the park but I prefer King Snake for the tent camping. No rv's, limited traffic, and a short walk to a lightly-used bathroom. The sites are large enough for 2 large tents. Tables, hooks, and fire pits in each. Close enough to the city to get anything you may have forgotten to pack. Also, the eastend of the lake is quiet and calm, away from the boats.
This was my first visit to Mulberry River Outdoor Adventures, and it won't be my last. The property is more set-up for RV and ATV use but the tent site/s are surprisingly secluded. I need to talk about the property owner. He is incredibly friendly and accommodating. He greeted us with his precious dogs and hung out with us until we were settled in, telling us all about the property, trails, and nearby waterfalls. If you want a full and fast weekend, he can point you in the right directions, even take you there on his buggy. Or if you are in need of a quiet, relaxing escape by the water he will let you be. The RV'ers were friendly when we crossed paths. This seems like the Cheer's of campsite. Everyone know everyone and strangers are welcome. Very laid back. My partner and I were the only tent campers that weekend (for a slow, quiet escape) so we chose the"island" tent site, which is maybe 100' from the water. Wish I had brought hammocks to utilize the swing contraption on the shore (see pictures).
1. If the Labradoodle likes you she will swim with you.
2. I am walking mosquito bait and was only bitten twice!
3. The nicest "outhouse" I've ever encountered. Cedar paneling, full shower, and hot water!!