Leah C.
Cottondale, AL
Joined March 2018
Relief from Southern heat

We camped at Balsam in late July. The night temps were in the 50s and 60s, perfect for a Fall preview for a southerner like me. The sites were smallish but private and the bathrooms were clean. We made friends with the salamanders that wandered through our site and were serenaded at 2 am by owls. Beautiful and quiet and too far from everything to hear much road noise. I would camp there over and over.

Neighbors so close but beautiful woods

Nice big sites but the neighbors were right on top of you so it was kind of crowded. Lots of kids and folks partying until late, but I think it was peak camping season there. The fireflies were amazing and there were few mosquitoes even in mid-July. If you have kids and like to camp it's a great place to let them roam.

Muddy and not terribly tent-friendly

It's more like a permanent RV park than a campground. The rain made the dirt in the tent campground turn to pure mud and the picnic table was unusable because it was in the middle of it. The fire rings were way too far from the picnic table and there was poison ivy on the few trees around. Nice proximity to Quakertown but will likely never stay there again. Way too expensive for the value.

Quiet and Well-kept

Great campground with large sites and a nice bathroom with warm showers. Stayed 2 nights but would have liked to stay longer. Really good access to the AT, we saw no one for 6 miles except a bear.

First to Review
Nice sites, clean bathrooms, great stars.

Pretty campground with 2 great tent sites right on the river. Amazing sunsets. It was pretty cold so the mosquitoes were quiet but I imagine they get bad in warmer weather due to the adjacent swamp. I'm pretty sure we heard gators in the swamp at night. Awesome. Only complaint was a lack of enforcement of quiet hours. There was a hootenanny at one of the nearby campers that cussed and drank until midnight.