Jodi S.

Port Charlotte, FL

Joined June 2018

Lakeside Paradise

We spent seven nights at site 41 and it was spectacular. The lakeside sites have electrical hookups but no water but there are potable water sites throughout the park. We simply filled up our water tanks before setting up and everything was great. The staff was so friendly and helpful and knowledgeable about Land Between the Lakes which is HUGE. The showers need to be updated - clean but old with chipped tile and corroded metal fixtures. The toilets and showers are on separate sides of the building so it is a little inconvenient but such a minor one compared to all the positives. We laundry facilities are in perfect working condition. We were glad to see the many safe areas for children - swimming, bike riding, baseball, playgrounds, etc. Every site was clean and beautiful. There is truly something for everyone. I was able to kayak every morning practically right from our doorstep.

Don't even get me started on Land Between the Lakes. Seven days was not enough time to do and see everything - the Homeplace, planetarium, wildlife refuge, visitors center, Fort Donelson & much more. This is a magical place and I can't wait to return.

I could live in this cottage!

Red Top Mountain State Park has it all - Allatoona Lake, a marina, fishing, boating, kayaking, camping, lakeside cottages, yurt, camp store, beach, miniature golf, food vendor, etc. i’ve Done it all now including a 2-bedroom Cottage for my birthday celebration. Travel 40 minutes north of Atlanta & 10 minutes from historic Cartersville and you’re in another world. I’ve visited at least 5 times and can’t wait for my next visit.

Looked like a ghost town

This small, well-kept Campground is a Fort Wayne city park surrounded by industrial & commercial businesses. The Park is clean with the most modern, clean shower/bath house I’ve seen. Unfortunately, the restroom is located across the street from the campground. The sites were occupied by large RVs but we only saw 2 people sitting outside - no campfires, no cooking, no campers. This was just an over night stopover for us so we didn’t care. I suppose this Campground is used by seasonal workers who just sleep & eat dinner there at the end of their workday. The Campground is never dark with streetlights and and the ambient light from surrounding businesses. I’m sure this campground serves a purpose, just not my purpose.This is definitely NOT a destination.

A good night’s rest

I frequently drive from southwest Florida to Atlanta. When I’m towing my Casita I stop for the night at Reed Bingham State Park, about the halfway point. I never need a reservation & I get to choose my own campsite which is ALWAYS a pull through. This is a small campground with a small store and a small lake. It’s lovely and clean but the sites are open with some shade trees. Restrooms & showers are clean and that’s all I require other than electricity and water for a quick overnight stay. I wouldn’t stay here as a destination although it’s very peaceful and near Axel, GA, but it’s terrific and handy and affordable as an overnight stop.

Pretty Little Campground

We love the Corps of Engineers campgrounds around Lake Allatoona near Cartersville, GA. We didn't have reservations but it was just an overnight stay so we didn't care. Remember that these campgrounds are staffed by volunteers so getting registered can take a while. This is a pretty little park but doesn't have the majestic views of the lake like some of the other state parks around the lake. The beach area is nice & there were hordes of kids having a ball. also a playground. Lots of boats & fishing. Bathrooms are older but clean. This would not be a destination campground for me but a nice stopover for the night.

I Woke Up in Paradise

This was a last minute, fly-by-the seat-of-my-pants stop. I always search for Corps of Engineers parks because they are usually in beautiful settings, well maintained & peaceful.

I arrived late afternoon in a raging rainstorm so was lucky to find my campsite, hook up my electric & water, dried off & took a nap. I awoke to birdsong and that slanted sun, pre-dusk light that is so soothing to the soul. I was surrounded by green. So I set up camp & went exploring.

My site was one of the few not on the water. West Point Lake has over 500 miles of shoreline and 4 COE campgrounds. Whitetail Ridge is the most beautiful campground I have ever visited. There are many pull-through waterfront sites (my preference since I still have trouble backing in) and many more back in sites with steps down to the lake if not located at water level. The shower houses are older but clean and as with all COE parks the infrastructure is well maintained and spotless. It was too cold and windy for kayaking but there were plenty of boats & fishermen out on the water.

I am a 69 year old woman who camps solo so safety and cleanliness are most important - as well as beauty & serenity. Whitetail Ridge was a wonderful experience and exploring the surrounding towns was fun - plenty to see and do. I loved every minute of my stay & can’t wait to return.