We love the camping, hiking, the lake, the waterfalls, and most importantly the mountain biking! Advanced options to fun dirt jumps and family trails. Super camp host. Geocaching too.
The park was beautiful. We enjoyed all the little things - the lake beach, kayaking, the chapel, hiking, and beautiful scenery. Camping was really good…just wish we could have gotten a site with sewer. Our site #89 was near the back and was spacious and quiet, close to a wading creek and hiking trails. The sites nearest the front and the camp store were smaller and less shaded and had busy traffic. If staying near a holiday, plan on booking at least 2-3 months out.
Our biggest disappointment was the mountain biking. The hiking trails were in such good shape, we were disappointed to find the biking trails required a truck drive outside the actual park and were not as well maintained, especially with summer foliage. Trails were not enjoyable for our teenagers who race on school teams. Probably more advanced riders would enjoy the technical aspects - lots of uphill, roots, and rocks. No true family trail or flow anywhere on the trails, even those marked easy/beginner.
Pros: beautiful scenery, waterfall, small beach/lake area, wonderfully shaded lots, amazing camp hosts and friendly neighbors, many returning/local campers with great advice, hiking, biking. Hiwassee rafting/tubing about 30-40 min away. Great Verizon service.
Cons: it is not gated and one of our mountain bikes was stolen. if we go back we will definitely secure our things better. it is also 7.5 miles up a mountain, not fun to pull up or down with a travel trailer. 30 min drive to anything. more camping options closer to rafting. No water or sewer hookups, but had several community water faucets.