To be fair to this park, I was only here less than 24 hours and it was during Hurricane Michael so no exploring and few pictures. This does seem like a popular place though for weekenders from Charlotte and surrounding areas. Half of the outside circle is annual sites. There are FHU sites and water/electric sites and they have set aside about 12 sites for “walk-ins” only, meaning no reservations, as part of the inside circle.
The campsites over look a large lake but no access from the campground. Instead, there is a road that leads down to the beach access with boat ramp. This is also where the group camping/primitive camping area is. I spotted two bathhouses and there is a small store at the entrance. The store had very limited hours if you are checking in without reservations so be prepared. They were only open 2:00 pm to 3:00 p.m. on the day I wanted to check in and luckily, we arrived about 1:50 so no waiting involved. The ranger was surprised I wanted a site near the top of the hill instead of by the lake as they were very sparsely populated but I was concerned about the amount of rain we were getting and was more comfortable up on higher ground. He said they are very, very full on the weekends and often send people over to Andrew Jackson State Park, which is about 20 minutes away.
I spotted very few sites that were level and in the circle I was in, it was steeply sloped. I actually had to move once because I knew, even with my blocks, I wouldn’t be level. I was still a little off at the spot I was at but it was ok for one night. I started in #103 and moved to #106. Your best bet for least amount of leveling, if available, would be the paved spots on the left-hand side facing the lake.
The strangest thing was that I could not hook up water the night I was there because the water hookup and the electricity hookup were about 60 feet apart from each other. 2 sites share one water hookup but the shore power is on the opposite side. Luckily, I had plenty of fresh water in my tank. So, if you do camp here, make sure you have two 25′ hoses, not just one. I was not in a sewer site so can’t comment on those.
- Beautiful large lake
- Hiking trails
- Limited FHU sites
- Store for supplies but very limited hours open during the time I was there
- Spacious sites
- Only a handful of FHU sites and campground is very full on weekends (get your reservations in early!)
- Most sites sloped steeply as this campground is on a hill overlooking the lake
- Can’t reach the water unless you have a very long hose
- Store and on-site personnel have limited hours