To start off, Backbone State Park is one of the most gorgeous parks I’ve ever visited. It’s so beautiful, with plenty of challenging and scenic trails and lots of wildlife. The only reason I didn’t give it five stars is the campgrounds (we stayed at Six Pines). I’ll go into more detail below.
Pros -Great trails, hikers will find much to love here -Beautiful scenery -Six Pines is all primitive campsites, which is nice for us tent campers who prefer quiet, natural environments -Six Pines sites are fairly spacious -Decent fishing -Lots of in-park attractions (the cave, old fish hatchery, etc.)
Cons -Six Pines is a big, flat loop, which means not much privacy and the sounds bounce all around. -With the playground in the middle Six Pines can get quite noisy -The sound reverberations at Six Pines means you can hear everything going on in your neighbors’ tents at night -Not much for modern bathrooms around the park -The trails are not well marked, the maps are largely inaccurate. Expect to find random, well-worn forks in trails without seeing them on the map -The trails could use some maintenance. There were plenty of downed trees blocking paths, a few that seem to have been there for quite some time. -Sites at the South Lake campground seem small, the place looked packed in like sardines with not much space between tents or campers