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We are two sisters and our families. We have been camping our entire lives and have already hooked our kids on it too. We have a goal to get our kidlets to every state park (and some others) in Indiana before they turn 18. Read more of our adventures here: https://gocampingtheysaid.wordpress.com
Date of Stay:
July, 2016 -
The park is not unlike all of the other state parks we've visited. They are all beautiful in their own right and Pokagon was definitely no exception. It is hilly, (mostly) green, and located on the shores of Lake James (a public lake). The campsites were large and campsite 429 was huge. We think that site 429 use to be two sites that they made into one because it had a large whole in the center of it were another burn pit use to be. Most of the site was dirt with a few occasional grass patches. The actual camping pad was also just dirt, unlike the gravel found at most state parks. The sites were also fairly shaded with lots of trees covering most of the grounds. The playground was nice for the littler kids, but our six year olds were pretty bored with it after a few minutes. The park did offer a wide variety of activities. The have a cool refrigerated toboggan run but it is only operated throughout November-February. They have a pretty nice little nature center with a lot of live turtles, snakes, fish, and frogs. The beach is very nice, but small. The water is pretty clean, shallow, and has a sandy bottom. We don't want to be harsh, but he bathhouses are gross. The showers were dingy and dirty, paint was peeling off the walls, the floor tiles were cracked and dirty, and there were lots of cob webs. There are two dump stations located in the various loops of the campground. This is a bit odd as they are located in the campground loops, like on the main drag to exit the loop, which means that on Sunday morning there is a huge traffic jam of campers blocking the road right in the middle of the campground. On top of that, the dump station in the loop we camped in was pretty small. Our 30 ft camper barely fit in the station. We camped at Pokagon State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay:
June, 2016 -
The entire park is BEAUTIFUL. The entire park and all bikes trails are paved, which is great too! The campground is pretty small, which means the kids can play and ride their bikes without us freaking out about them getting lost. There are a total of 110 sites - half of them are full hookup nestled into a lovely wooded area. The other half are electric hookup sitting in the prairie. Though they have planted trees throughout and it is just as gorgeous. All of the sites are spacious, mostly-private, and have gravel in them (no messy mud when it rains! Bonus!). They are also lined with rail-ties to keep the gravel in place. The sites are numbered with boulders at the entrance to each one.
The playgrounds are really nice! They have 3 separate very nice playgrounds in the park that are designed for various age groups. We're pretty sure the age recommendations are not always followed by the visitors but it is still a neat concept and shows the details that were put into the planning of this park. The equipment is great and varies between wood, metal, and plastic playing structures. There are also seating areas for the parents to enjoy if they aren't feeling the need to chase after their kidlets.
The bathhouse is AMAZING. Nice large stalls. I mean LARGE. Big enough to practice pretty ballet moves in them. They also have nice warm water and are clean. I, personally, still wouldn't walk around barefoot but I'd say these showers are clean enough to do so.
The Aquatic Center is great! Not too big and not too small. Just the right size for the kiddos to have fun. They have a lazy river (though I'm not sure I'd classify it as lazy. Lots of water being dumped and sprayed on you), a shallow area with water features, some fun slides, water-basketball hoops. They also have a concession stand. We camped at Prophetstown State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay:
June, 2016 -
Pine Mountain is located right off the main drag in Pigeon Forge so we had access to all the local attractions. The campground is small, only hosting 62 sites and two rental cabins. The sites are also located very close to one another, especially in the central pull-through sites, but we were lucky enough to get a back-in site close to the pool. The pads on the campsites are all paved with concrete that is clean and level and all sites had a fire ring and nice heavy picnic table. The owners took time to landscape each site with stone, shrubbery, and trees to help give each site a little privacy for being so close to the neighbors and additional shade from the sweltering Tennessee sun. The campground didn't host any other activities and also didn't have a playground for the kids, but thankfully the pool had an awesome little splash area. Along with your reservation, you also get access to the Mainstay Hotel's pools that is located right across the street. They have indoor and outdoor pools, hot tubs, and a little lazy river. They were awesome! The showers were individual rooms with locking doors, shelves, and hanging racks. We camped at Pine Mountain RV Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay:
May, 2016 -
The road into the park is lined with thick forestry on both sides. It is absolutely gorgeous. The campground we stayed in is nestled pretty deep into the park and is divided into two separate loops. These two loops are the electric hookups. The campsites that we were in seemed a tad bit snug as far as length, though our 30 ft camper just barely fit and left the front end of the truck out in the road. The bath houses are clean and to our surprise had piping hot water with turn knobs. The shower stalls are not located in the same room as the toilets, but instead are in a separate side of the building. The cave was pretty cool and you can climb/walk/crawl through the cave to an opening on the other side of the cave. We camped at McCormick's Creek State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay:
April, 2016 -
Our first camping trip of the season is always to Potato Creek State Park. The bath house was open and operational with piping hot water and an actual turning handle. They removed the actual bench in the stall and put up a tiny shelf and two towel hooks. We had great sites right next to the large playground and had a wide open area for us and the kids to stretch out, play baseball, ladderball, and football. The park is meticulously maintained and they have great paved bike trails. They also have a nice small beach. We camped at Potato Creek State Park in a Travel Trailer.