Ocean Springs, MS

Joined June 2019

Single mom taking adventures with my two boys.

Great for access to the lake

We camped at site 3 in Harbor Bay. HB3 is in a small loop off the main access road with a vault toilet nearby. The FREE campsite had two other sites close by but no one else was in either of the sites the night we camped. Each site has a covered picnic area, grill, and fire pit. We had a beautiful view of the lake and easily walked down to enjoy the sunset. Other visitors were swimming, but keep in mind that the lake here has muddy access and not a sandy beach.

Beautiful views but rough winds

We visited Lake Meredith recently with plans to camp at Sanford-Yake. There were many FREE sites available during the week. Each site has a shaded picnic area, grill, and fire pit. We were able to find a spot away from other campers and fairly close to the bathhouse. We tried to find a trail to the water, but the most distinct path had washed away once we got closer to the lake. After a couple of hours of sweating and nearly being blown away at the same time, we decided that this was not a good fit for us and tent camping. Not even the gorgeous views and bathhouse could keep us there. All but one of the other campers had RVs.

The bathhouse was nice. I liked that the toilet and shower were together which would make shower time easy for families.

Great walk-in campsite

We stayed at the walk-in campground at site 2 during the week. It had good privacy with lots of trees and bushes between it and other sites. We arrived late in the day and there were still several spots available. This site is close to the parking lot, which could be noisy if it was a busy weekend. There was a picnic table and fire pit at each site. It’s an uphill walk to the bathhouse and water from site 2 but not too strenuous.

Beautiful park in WV

We stayed in the non-electric loop in site 53 which shares a pull-through drive with another site (no one was in that site during our visit). The site was fairly close to the bathhouse but not so close that we heard the door shutting all the time. During the phased reopening, some sites were closed so we had lots of privacy even though some neighbors would normally be closer than you might like.

The bathhouse doors are very short. I’m almost 6’ tall and could easily see over them, but so could my 5’6” son. There weren’t usually other people in there at the same time but it’s something to keep in mind when it comes to privacy.

The falls and the hike to Lindy Point were gorgeous.

Large campground with close sites

This is a large campground with many spots. We were able to find a camping site on July 4, 2019 with no reservation in advance. Our neighbors were close with little privacy. Thankfully they were quiet and we were too tired to care. The spots had a table and fire pit and weren’t far from the restrooms. No showers available.

Be aware that this differs from many park sites where instead of clipping your envelope to the post at your site, you placed your receipt in a display at a central hub for that loop.

All in all a good campground since there were so many spots still available on a holiday. Close to some easy waterfall hikes and the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center.

Enjoyable tent camping I

We were assigned site 6. We were surrounded on 3 sides by woods but had neighbors directly across from us and diagonally. We were there for Mother’s Day weekend, which was cooler than normal with lows in the 50s. Friday night it rained and was quiet. Saturday the park was very busy, partly because things were finally opening up after quarantine. Mostly easy hiking with a variety of distances throughout the park from the campground. Boat tours not running when we were there. There is a boat launch if you want to bring your own. Bathhouse has restrooms on one side and showers on the other. The bathhouse serves as the public restroom for day use as well which made it very crowded at times. Food truck on Saturday for lunch was a nice surprise. Would go back again!

Stumbled upon a yurt

We didn’t have a reservation for the campground the afternoon we decided to stop in July. To reserve a yurt typically requires a minimum of two nights. We were fortunate to get a yurt (number 7) for one night in July as a walk in. The ranger was shocked as they are usually sold out months in advance. There is a fire pit and picnic table outside each yurt. The flaps on the windows can be rolled up and down to adjust the airflow. The bathhouse is within walking distance but showed full quickly in the morning. This was a nice park with several things to see and do. Would stay here again if in the area.