I had determined that this campground was the perfect distance and look to host my first ever outing. I was nervous and excited as I rolled up to the park.
The visitor center staff were welcoming and assisted in securing the few last-minute items that I needed (firewood, ice, popcorn). The facility itself was clean and well maintained.
The campsite was exactly as described, a flat piece of raised ground that was packed with gravel. The pad was more than adequate to support our 4 person tent and chairs. The table at the site was sturdy. The campsite was clean and clear of debris despite a pretty decent storm rolling through the previous day. The bathrooms and water supply were clean and an attendant came to clean the site at least 2 times while I was there.
The family campground's proximity to the river is a great bonus. The river can be heard rushing by from any of the pads, but the pads on the backside of the campsite are nestled right up to the river. The trail leading parallel to the river offers many great opportunities to swim or enjoy the water. While we were there we hiked to see the High Shoals Falls, about 3.5 - 4 hours round trip. The hike was great but pretty steep at some points. We found informational signs along the trail to describe the various animals, tracks, sounds, and habitats that we were seeing which my son greatly enjoyed.
Overall the experience I had was fantastic and my son could not wait to go back.