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Date of Stay:
March, 2017 -
Beware! Although the website says, "Reservations require a non-refundable deposit of $30," do not expect a refund of any payments made beyond that $30. Their actual policy is, "No refunds are given for any reason." Typical procedure for every other campground we've dealt with is that the deposit is non-refundable, but the additional amount is; never have I heard of a policy where the entire amount is non-refundable. The best they would offer is an "indefinite credit" which is beyond their typical 60-day credit rule. I'm not sure who makes this policy, but they would be best served to be more in-line with the rest of the camping industry.
The sites are standard sites, nothing special. This park is named "Blakeley State Park" but it is not actually a state park. We camped at Blakeley State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay:
December, 2016 -
This park has amazing views and is one of our favorites to visit. So relaxing and any time we needed anything, they were very helpful. We camped at Saint Andrews State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay:
September, 2015 -
We made our reservation (in August) based on the website indicating the water park would be open during our stay (before Labor Day). We arrived to find it was not, and the website had been changed to reflect the earlier closing date, but we were not notified. We were refused a refund or discount of any kind. The "campground" was just cement slabs with hookups. Very little shade or green space. And the spacing was very close. 30/50 amp hookups available. Bath house available. No activities at time of our stay. Also, the camp store was NOT open. I have never encountered a campground that was operational, but the camp store was closed. We arrived after office hours, and had to guess which of the "pick any spot except these three" spots were ours. Overall a terrible experience. We paid for 4 nights, but packed up and left after one. We requested a refund at the park, and were refused. We emailed the state park association to explain the situation, and were again refused a refund or discount of any kind. Definitely not impressed, and will be hesitant to try another MS state park. We camped at Buccaneer State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay:
June, 2015 -
I have never encountered a greedier campground owner.
Cons: Tiny lots - One side had a camper slide overhanging, the other had a gazebo 2' from our camper bed. No one-way loop for traffic - If your site is near the entrance you get tons of traffic from both directions. Bathhouse - Hot water costs $0.50 for five minutes. Insanity. No sign at wrong turn - GPS/Google maps/etc. send you the wrong way. The owner knows this. There is one wrong turn, which we took. We got stuck on a hill and had to be towed over it. The people that helped us out said that it happens all the time. People are constantly making that wrong turn. Entrance fee - You pay $3.75 to enter the park, THEN pay to do each individual activity. Our family paid for a pavilion for our reunion, but each attendee also had to pay to enter the park. Activities - The tube slide is advertised for age 4 and up, but the children aren't allowed to drag the tube back up the hill, flip it up the hill like a tire flip, or put it on its side and roll it up the hill. They must pick it up and carry it up the hill. What four year old can do this? Heck, what 10 yr old can do this? Also, the concession workers run the tube slide. At one point, my kids were told they were no longer allowed to slide because the worker had to go back to the concession stand. Wifi - Pretty much non-existent. Because there is no cell service at all, you're reliant on this spotty-at-best "wifi" for any sort of communication. Be prepared to walk to another area of the campground to have a strong enough signal to be able to connect.
Pros: The fire ring at the campsite was very nice. The proximity of the creek to our campsite was fun. Lots of things to do to keep kids busy if you're willing to pay extra. Multiple playgrounds (free) that are mostly newer nice ones with a few older, but still serviceable ones, mixed in.
Basically this owner will do anything and everything he can to get more money. We camped at Austin Lake RV Park and Cabins in a Travel Trailer.