We camped here May 2020 and it was our first trip in the new trailer. Arrived in the fog at night and realized we didn’t have cell service around our site but I was proud that we conquered the backing up and hooking up with no issues. We were impressed by all their new updates to the campground, and it was just a beautiful campsite where we were I believe it was S5 in the #1 campground loop. We were also impressed by the mountain bike trails. We heard they were updating the WiFi soon after we stayed, so looking forward to going back.
This is a great campground which puts you near all the magic of the Sipsey Wilderness Area in the Bankhead National Forest. We last camped here in May 2020 on Yellowhammer 21 and there was a bit of a sewer smell in that area when it’s hot, so beware of that, but otherwise the campground is great. The trails in the nearby Sipsey are just amazing. If you go hiking, make sure you have AllTrails with a downloadable trail map before you leave the campsite, because there is not great cell service on most trails, and it’s easy to get turned around in some places. They also sell a waterproof Cart-o-Craft map in the stores nearby that can be super helpful.
This is a beautiful park. Unfortunately the tram wasn’t operating when we visited in September 2020 (apparently it’s difficult to not spread viruses on an open air tram, which I find difficult to believe, but whatever) so the walk is really really long. Make sure you bring a wheeled cart for your things and preferably one attached to a bike. There are also nightly thunderstorms and biting flies in September who basically laugh at the Deet. So each time you get out of the water you have to reapply. The park is beautiful though. We were disappointed there is not a fire ring at the campsites either. Probably would not recommend visiting in September. It’s humid and so hot.
We chose this resort for the full hookups and access to a cabin for our non-camping friends who traveled with us. They liked the cabin as well. This campground stays open a bit longer into November than other campgrounds which tend to close Nov 1st. Our site was smaller and not as level but it was fine for our small trailer.
We camp here often. The staff is super friendly and helpful. We tried a full hookup site 5 this time which needed more gravel as it was pretty sloshy/muddy. The water/electric sites without sewer are more private for sure… our favorite area is around 19-ish. The trails here are amazing, but do get quite muddy after a rain, so definitely do not try mountain biking on wet trails. The Stone Cuts trail is great for hiking, and the McKay Hollow trail is very nice for hiking and has a waterfall, but a pretty difficult hike, especially when wet. The planetarium is a little cheesy but very fun when it’s open if you have kids.
Open Pond is a little known spot in the Conecuh National Forest, one of the largest communities of Southern Longleaf Pines. They do not accept reservations, however the camp host is very helpful if you call ahead to let you know how full they are. There is no camp store, just a kiosk with envelopes for you to pay around $15 per night. They have fairly large sites with power/electric and better than average bathrooms and showers. We love to camp right by the beautiful pond and the pines and cypress. Plenty of wildlife to explore. Birds are everywhere, as are some alligators in some of the cypress swamps. If you ask the ranger, and it's warm enough, they can give you directions to the nearest bog where pitcher plants can be found, but bring waders or good rubber boots. They only grow in wet bogs that have been recently burned, and this is one of the few places to find them in the wild. Great trails, good for mountain bikes. The large Conecuh trail is a great bike trail but it is a large 12-13 mile loop, and there's not a safe/easy way to cut it in half on the highway, so beware.