This is a great campground all around. The sites have ample room and they’re spaced far enough apart that you actually have privacy (unless you camp on the waterfront where they’re smaller and close together). The lake is gorgeous and offers fishing, swimming, boating, canoeing, kayaking, and SUPing. There’s a large playground and easy walking trails. The central bathhouses have showers, flush toilets, and utility sinks; the smaller bathrooms in the loops are open pit toilets with no sinks. Cell service is fairly reliable.
This campground is very very popular and the sites are very close together so it’s a bit overwhelming. Definitely avoid major holidays if you camp to get away from it all. But it’s perfect if you like glamping. You’ll never be at a loss for things to do: hiking, birding, Ranger-led programs, blueberry picking in July, and a Junior Ranger patch program for kids. The wayside has a sit down full service restaurant plus the most heavenly homemade blackberry ice cream. Hot showers are available ($1.50 for 5 minutes so bring quarters) and bathrooms are always close by.
I have to give Big Meadows 4 stars simply because it’s so crowded and busy.
I have mixed feelings about this campground. It’s fantastic for families with lots to do but if you’re looking for solitude, this isn’t the place for you. I was camping alone and I found the campground too noisy and busy. My campsite was huge, it would be great for a large family or a gathering site/kitchen area for groups using neighboring sites. Each site has its own food locker which is really important because bears actually frequent the area. A young bear was repeatedly visiting site A9 up the road from me and I had to chase him off when he came near my site!
I have to give this campground 4 stars because 1) it’s noisy and busy; and 2) the staff was very nonchalant about the bears.
I was pleased with my campsite and the campground as a whole. Most of the area is in full shade which is great for the hot summer months. The host was very friendly and helpful, and he made regular rounds, probably every 2 hours, to make sure everything was fine. It was quiet and uncrowded.
As much as I enjoyed my stay, I have to give POO (yes, they really do use that abbreviation 😂) 4 stars because 1) there are no showers and that’s a big deal if you’re staying more than a night or two; 2) the sites and tent pads were pretty small, a 4p tent is about all you can fit; 3) food lockers are shared between several sites; and 4) it’s not a good campground for hammocks.