Shelly S.
Pro
Bowling Green, KY
Joined June 2016
Been camping since I was a kid, got the “bug” from my mom;) Military taught me a different kind of camping.Now I’m back on my own with my three amigos
In the middle of nowhere near downtown

Very nice, well kept little campground. The sites are good sized but not a lot of privacy. Sorta like a nice parking lot with grass and trees. We stayed in January so the weather was on the chill side. I did not notice a lot of trees though for shade when the temperature does rise. When you enter there are two nice little ponds that are said to house some fish. At the top of the right side hill there is a pavilion, laundry area and private shower rooms. Very clean, very well maintained. Not a lot of light but if you have your fire pit going and your flashlight you’ll be good. There are some nice short trails and a small dog park with agility equipment. Milledgeville is close by and your campground hosts have compiled at list of nearby places to visit AND a list for emergencies, to include a Veterinarian which I thought was pretty awesome. Nice place.

Good base camp

Center Hill Campground is a good basic Corp of Engineer created area. You have your sites, your facilities and a playground. There’s also a boatramp. If you like fishing this would work well and if your just wanting to chill at your camper, otherwise some driving will be involved in your adventures.

Sorta like a treehouse

Edgar Evins SP is unique in that the campground sites are decks, which is actually pretty cool. Now the one down side is that certain sites can be a challenge to back into. If you are a talented backer upper shouldn’t be an issue. However if your backing up could use some practice, and/or causes fights with your spouse you may want to call and ask the easier sites to set up in…just saying, less stress. The bottom sites are along the lake and you are across from the marina. Another thing is your cooking area is off the side of your deck with your picnic table. The primitive sites are walk in and have some pretty sweet views of the lake. Downside your walking up and down a slope with your gear. Speaking of slopes, the whole campground is on a slope so your pretty much either going up or down. Cool stairways to use and strategically placed facilities. The store and trash are located wheee you park for the primitive sites at the entrance. There’s a trail in the campground that gives you a quick route to the beach area.

Moonbow!

I went to see the Moonbow at Cumberland Falls SP, unfortunately it was overcast but still very cool. The campground was on a little bit of a hill. The sites were good size. I set up my trailer tent and had lots of room. The facilities were well maintained and the campground was shaded and quiet. There were trails to hike and smaller falls to enjoy. The main falls are near the trailhead for several trails. There is a visitors center and education center by the falls and a picnic area across the road.

Loved the hike

So much to do and see at Natural Bridge SP. Hoedown Island , the Skylift , the natural bridge , Fat Mans Misery and several other awesome trails , sites to see.

The campgrounds Whittleton and Middle Fork are newer but short on shade. Middle Fork is the larger area. Tent areas in both campgrounds. The thing I don’t care for at the park is all the areas are spread out.

Much to discover

Every time I come back to Grundy Forest I discover somewhere new. Quiet smaller campground right next to Foster Falls Trailhead. After you enjoy that hike make sure you check out Denny Cove further down Rt41. Denny Falls is a moderate hike along a rock face popular with climbers. Monteagle, Tn is nearby and has several awesome restaurants and store to check out.

Fish!

The Barren River Tailwater is a hidden treasure. On the far side of the dam from the main park. Right across the road is Port Oliver and the Twisted Oliver Trail. And fishing ALL around! The campground is partially shaded the sites level and several are right on the water. Several of the sites are close together and would work well for a group. There is a playground and picnic area nearby. In the winter months it is almost empty. In the summer fisher folk and kayakers abound.

Nashville, IN

Brown County State Park is near Nashville….Indiana. Much smaller then the famous one, however a lot to see and to do. Excellent area to explore. The campground is well set up. The sites are nice size and level-ish. The facilities are newer and older depending on where your at in the park. They are well maintained though. There are a bunch of trails that are shared by horse back riders , bikers and hikers so be aware as you drive and move around the park.

Perfect Pup Playground

LOVE !!! 4 Paws Kingdom. The owners are a hoot and have some awesome originality and PR skills! Went here for a Sisters son The Fly event, though I had heard of it before. You can rent a camper, cabin or yurt or bring your camper. BEST of all, all have a fenced in yard for your pup! Then there’s the multiple fenced dog areas. Our favorite was the double pond area. The Boys Loved it! Lake Lure is nearby and Chimney Rock, the whole area if excellent for hiking, shopping and whatever else you want to do.

Kid spot

Buccaneer State Park was an awesome little place. This would be a vacation spot for the family! Nice campground, good size sites, some shaded. The facilities are newer and it’s well maintained. Nice little water park, nature trail and beach across the road.

I didn’t spend any time at the water park but we did go to the beach. Unfortunately I found out afterwards that there was a red algae warning in effect. No adverse effects, just check out the local information when traveling. The nature trail was worth a hike.

Small and crowded

It’s hard to believe this little campground is on the farside of the touristy Hot Springs. A nice little stream runs along the backside of the campground and it’s actually quiet. You can hike up and over the hill to see the springs. Not a lot of space to put a bunch of toys but a well maintained area.

Parking lot

If you want an overnight place to park your rig this is convenient place in town. Otherwise….. Clean , well maintained, convenient.

Girls weekend

We visited for Easter and even with the chill it was a good trip. We were on the hill top, the view was limited but the night sky awesome. It was busy with many families but we had more then enough space to set up and plenty of privacy. The facilities were older but in good shape and well maintained. Plenty of activities to do around the park and on the water. Excellent family get away. Hot Springs is within easy driving distance.

What a climb!

I visited Amicalola Falls State Park to complete the Georgia State Canyon Challenge. A definite place you want to visit! The climb up will literally take your breath away. Once at the top the view will take your breath away again. The Appalachian Trail marker is beside the Visitors Center and there are more then one trail up and around the falls. The campground is nice and busy, nice facilities. Reserve ahead for the good spots.

Enroute

We stopped here enroute to an event and for a smaller State Park Reed Bingham was nice. There is a huge lake to play in and plenty of Fisher folk . The staff said there were alligators but we didn’t run across any. There were several intertwining trails which had some interesting fauna and wildlife. Cool kayak/canoe trail to check out too. The campground was about half full, with pull throughs and level sites available. Not much shade but with fall weather it was very comfortable. Lots of sand.

Loved it

The views, the views, the views!! After the hiking the campground pales in your thoughts. Primitive sites, in the trees and clean facilities covers it. The hiking though, bring your comfy boots, pack your day bag and bring your snacks and water.

Wandering

Lake Wappapello SP is a refreshing little get away. We took a girls weekend in the fall and enjoyed the trails and fall foliage…which was mostly already on the ground. The lake, though to cold to enjoy , was beautiful. We followed a wandering trail around the edge which was interesting to attempt to follow due to the leaves on the ground. There are two campgrounds, one is closed for the season. The other had nice size sites with facilities. I like the separate “patio” with cooking and dining area. Needless to say it was quiet, off season leaves the area empty. There are a lot of things to see in the area and Lake Wappapello is a nice base to travel from or you can stay at the lake exclusively and enjoy water sports and hiking.

Gilligans Island on steroids

Jekyll Island was a last minute decision and I’m so happy I did decide to go. I short journey from I95 near Brunswick, GA. There is an awesome suspension bridge right outside the entry and then another bridge to the island. The office/gift shop/Highway Patrol office is just outside the main gate. The employees were very informative and friendly . So now the best part , in my opinion, of Jekyll Island…my dogs were allowed on all the beaches. They just couldn’t go around the nesting sanctuary for the birds. LOVE IT! And so did they :) The campground was well taken care of. Cool thing was that the campground supplied state plaques for the sites. It was mostly occupied by “snowbirds” and the tent area was empty. When this place is busy it will be crowded. There was a cute little bird sanctuary in the tent camping area and a laundry pole. Nice laundry room and showerhouse which are not used much by the snowbirds. There is a walking/bike trail all along the road and it was an easy walk to the beach. Now for the rest of the island. The historical area was MARVELOUS, you have to say Marvelous cause the mansions call for it ;) such a cool area ! There is the modern part to which is a mini mall with restaurants and shops and a convention/conference hall area. This is an excellent spot to vacation at where you can spend as little or as much as you want.

Remote, in a good way

Lincoln Trails State Park is located near Marshall, Il just across the Indiana border. It is a quiet little area (at least when we visited) and made for a relaxing visit.

Two campground areas, Lakeside was closed (possibly due to season/standing water) showerhouses are closed November 1st through May 1. Otherwise there is full hookup available at Plainview and the sites are nice and flat. There is a nice fire ring to gather at in the campground and some room around your site for stuff. I like the outer sites, more privacy. Not that that was an issue in November. The on site restaurant was closed when we visited but sits right on the water. Would make for some nice views. We hiked, the trails were sometimes challenging to follow with the leaves on the ground . With no foliage there was a lot more to see of the topography and natural features. Nearby is the town of Marshall which offers some interesting history, artwork and painted lions, definitely worth a walkabout!

Resident Beaver

Just a quick FYI, there is no camping in the winter. We stopped by for an overnight while enroute to Ohio. I don’t always check ahead while road tripping , I see a recreation sign and decide to stop for the night. This CCC State Park is very picturesque and has several hiking trails and the man-made lake is small but offers plenty of recreation possibilities.

I found the layout a little strange. The visitors center/ office sits right on the entry road but there is no parking in front of it. If you need to stop there use the parking area immediately to your right and then walk up.

The staff was limited , one grumpy older gentleman who never said a word to mej, just gave me sour looks like I was somehow putting him out by walking into the office. The younger gentleman was very informative and helpful. He answered questions about the parks history and suggested the best trails due to the slippery weather that was going on. We enjoyed a hike around the lake and then went on our way. I will be back for their camping season and to check out more of the trails. You could easily spend some time here and enjoy the surrounding area attractions. Check out Chocolate Moose in Beckley if you enjoy unique tasty coffee and excellent, friendly service and Tamarack for some West Virginia local art.