It is a municipal campground so we didn't expect much but the access to the Little Traverse Wheelway and views of Lake Michigan were awesome - and full hook ups for the price was great. It has a small bathhouse and the sites are pull-though with back to back setup (so utilities are at the same post as one of your neighbors) but we scored that the 2 sites in front of us cancelled (it was wet, cold, windy and in general miserable weather but we lucked out day 2 and got a bike ride in to Petoskey State Park and a stop at Burnt Marshmallow Brewing before rain rolled back in) so we had a big open space for the kids to bike around on and allowed a view of the lake.
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PROS: was really quiet, our neighbor is a regular and was extremely friendly and helpful. The bike path to Petoskey State Park is right in front of the campground and takes you by the harbor and can branch off into town too. Really close to downtown (which we did not explore but looks really nice). We originally planned on staying at the state park but the campsite was half closed due to construction (so it will probably be really nice next year) but this worked out great. Full hook ups on long pull thru sites for the price was great. Firewood was available at the check-in kiosk and there is a playground on site. Bathhouse with showers. Less than 1 hour from Mackinac Island. I read mentions of the hospital noise and while trucks unloading during the day was noticeable during the day, we didn't hear anything from there at night - the camp ground did have a transformer that was loud the first night but it was fixed by the next night.
CONS: it is no-frills and could be packed in during summer, but that should be acceptable for the price if you are looking for an easy base camp with access to everything in Petoskey. The bathhouse was clean but dated. The campsites look like they did not get a lot of cleanup - I filled a grocery bag full of trash from our site and the 3 open ones next to us.
Ideal site would probably be as close to the lake as possible - the road in front is not travelled much since it dead ends at the campground. There was a city facility at the end but it was not open on the weekend and we were told is pretty quiet when it is open.
NOTE: This was our first MI campground as part of out trip from GA to MN via TN-KY-IN-MI-WI-northern MN before staying in MSP for a week, then return via MN-IA-MO-IL-KY-TN-Home.
This campground was very nice and clean and for a packed park was very quiet and we did not feel too close to the sites next to us. We spent 2 nights here and went mountain biking at Imagination Glen Park in Portage just a few miles down the road which was awesome. We stopped for a beer at Chesterton and Hunter's Breweries. The sunset on Lake Michigan from the dunes was awesome. We walked between the state and national parks. This was originally a convenience stop along our route but I was impressed with the parks and everything there was to do, very glad we crossed this National Park off the list!
PROS: was very clean, well spread out, had a bathhouse, firewood and basics for sale. Nice hike to the dunes and Lake Michigan with several trails to choose from. There is also the Dunes-Kankakee bike trail that leads from the park and ties to the Calumet trail that also connects to several other trails offering miles of bike trail options. Two dump stations made wait minimal.
CONS: not a whole lot, as is with most IN state parks there is no water hookup so you need to fill you tank up but it was set up really nice.
Did not really scout out an "ideal" site since they all seemed nice and pretty spread out for a state park. I liked our end of the park that was close to walking path to dunes and beach.
NOTE: This was our second IN State Park campground(first was Clifty Falls) as part of out trip from GA to MN via TN-KY-IN-MI-WI-northern MN before staying in MSP for a week, then return via MN-IA-MO-IL-KY-TN-Home.
We booked a last minute non-electric site for the night in out TT. We have family in the area so that was the primary purpose of this trip but we have visited Clifty several times and stayed at the hotel once. There is a really nice outdoor pool (extra fee) but the highlight is all the hiking in the park. Lots of waterfalls, caves and even though you are basically in town it feels miles away. This trip we were there at about peak fall colors and it was amazing. We will be back again (probably yearly) and will stay here.
PROS: Awesome state park for hiking, exploring and an outdoor pool. Most sites are pretty spread out for a state park. Facilities and camp sites are clean; indoor restroom with warm showers. On site hotel has gift shop and restaurant. Close to historic Madison and the Ohio River offering many things to do. Couple playgrounds for kids and a nature center with educational programs. They sell firewood at the campground check in kiosk. One vehicle per site but there is an overflow are at the campground entrance. Laundry facility is also at the campground.
CONS: Some spots are on top of each other, mostly in non-electric area and as most IN State Parks, no water hook-up, you have to fill your tank.
Ideal spots would be electric loop - 31-36 (a side loop, no thru trafic) or 14-28/93-104 (back of the loop, more in shade, less traffic).
First thing - this is a RV CAMPGROUND and it will not be for everyone. There is no bath house so only vehicles with a toilet are allowed (yes, you will have to poop in your trailer). The roads are also very tight so anything bigger than a 30' may be tough (you actually cannot follow Google/Waze maps or you will get stuck, follow the host directions).
So with that out of the way, this is by far our favorite spot in our RV adventures so far. While the campground is up near a mountain development, you wouldn't know it when you are in the campground. The sites are nice and spread out, yet we ended up meeting most of the campers, and they were all great (we even exchanged contact info for future camping adventures with another family). There is a garden on site you can meander around, grab an apple to snack on, and hang out with the butterflies. It is very dog-friendly; we were explicitly told we should keep our well-behaved dog off leash. You are practically between Canton GA, Highlands, NC and Franklin, NC so there is no lack of things to do - NC's biggest zip line is just down the road (we did not partake) but we did lots of hiking (waterfalls everywhere), star gazing (milky way was visible even during a full moon), and sitting around the campfire (cool mountain nights).
Finally, cannot review this site without mentioning the amazing and interesting host Peter who is very friendly and has a ton of insight on what to do in the area. He can give you directions on the best waterfalls, shops, etc. Plus he was kind enough to show our kids the garden while we got setup.
We had a great time at this park - we had adjacent spots with freinds in spot 32 and shared a big grassy area between us. The campground was very clean and the lots in the loop we were on (23-34) we very big and was pretty quiet. The other lots were smaller but a little more wooded. The bath house by us was newer than the others and was very clean. The visitor center had very basic needs and the museum was very eduational about the area, and the staff was very friendly and helpful at both. We got the kayaks out on the lake and paddled a couple miles plus there are playgrounds all over for the kids to enjoy. With this being an hour out of ATL we can see this becoming a regular stop. Next visit we will check out Dauset nature center.
Our friend planned a group family camping trip here. We had an amazing time and are planning to make this an anual trip There are 4 group sites that are all pretty big with plenty of space to spread out. They allow 1 RV per site which is how we camped (17ft TT) but there are no hookups or dump station. Each site has a large pavillion, massive fire ring, water spigot and toilets. There is a bath house with warm showers on site. Near the campsites is a large field that all the kids ran in from sunrise to sunset. The Nantahala river runs through the campground for fishing and Bartram trail for hiking. The AT is also near by and several hikes bring you to fire towers for amazing views. This site is very remote (no cell service) and was very peaceful and relaxing.
Spent Fri-Sun (Aug 28-30) in site #55 on campground #1 loop. We were on the west side of the loop and the last site directly on the water. It is a back-in site and was wooded with a nice view. We loved this spot, so much quieter than the rest of the loop. This lake is all about boating so most of the sites are already packed in, then throw in most sites have a camper plus a boat on them and it can seem crowded. From our site we could get in the water and use our SUP boards and swim around. This spot is right between the bath house and dumpsters - about 2 min walk. We would definately go back here and stay in the same area we were in. There is a little beach and dock closer to the visitor center that was a 3/4 mile hike/walk each way (but we just swam at out site).
Would recommend Site #54, pull-through that will have you facing the lake and quiet.
We just picked up our travel trailer on 8/21 and had to give it a trial run. It was hard to find a place that allowed 1 night that still had reservations but based on positive feedback on the Georgia RV FB group I found this place. They have been open 5 weeks and half of it was under construction but it had no impact on the place. It is right along the Coosawattee River on Hwy 411. Sites are big and spread out OK. There are showers on site and a nice playground, and coming soon a real office and 20 more sites. Several full hook up, pull through, river front, etc. The owners are incredibly nice, helped me back in and gave great pointers. They also stopped by to check on everything just before dark.
This park is pretty remote - we couldn't even get cell service from our campsite. The sites are spaced out but small and right across from each other. We had 30/50 amp and water hookup (but were tent camping this time so jot sure if there was a dump station). The facilities were clean but a little beat up. There is a small non-motorized boat lake with a designated beach area. It was very quiet and we had a great weekend and definitely would go again and bring out kayaks/SUPs.
We stayed here while visit Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. This setup is very nice with a great covered picnic table and grill, with a fire ring right next to it. Had a locker for supplies and a nice big pad for our tent. The bath facilities are extremely clean and the only thing missing is showers. The visitors center was great and staff was super friendly. The park itself is beautiful, and the sunsets and being out of Moab to see the Milkyway at night was amazing.
We only stayed one night before hiking out to the Len Foote Hike Inn the next day but we were impressed and will come back soon. The spots are nicely maintained and spread out pretty good, we had enough privacy and plenty of space. The fire pit was clean and water/electric all worked. The bathroom and shower facilities were extremely clean and there are 2 laundry setups too.