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Old 10-13-2011, 08:26 AM   #15
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We have spent many thanksgivings at Skidaway State park in Savannah, Ga. The bugs are gone. The weather is nice. Savannah is a historic city, with much to see. Don't miss the riverfront walk.
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Old 10-13-2011, 08:58 AM   #16
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I'm curious here ... we stayed at Blythe Island a few years ago in a 42' Phaeton ... it was extremely difficult to maneuver in the tight spaces and dense trees / bushes ... you're going on a long weekend as well? Maybe they have addressed these issues, I'm not sure ... we passed that campground just last week and stopped elsewhere instead for the reasons mentionned. I'd just be concerned that an "incident" due to rig size could really ruin your weekend or, at worst, cause undue stress entering and leaving? Maybe someone has been there recently and can clarify? It really was a nice park though, a little congested, but nice.
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Old 10-15-2011, 06:39 PM   #17
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I'm curious here ... we stayed at Blythe Island a few years ago in a 42' Phaeton ... it was extremely difficult to maneuver in the tight spaces and dense trees / bushes ... you're going on a long weekend as well? Maybe they have addressed these issues, I'm not sure ... we passed that campground just last week and stopped elsewhere instead for the reasons mentionned. I'd just be concerned that an "incident" due to rig size could really ruin your weekend or, at worst, cause undue stress entering and leaving? Maybe someone has been there recently and can clarify? It really was a nice park though, a little congested, but nice.
I was there last winter but I had a crew cab p/u pulling a 30ft TT so I can't speak from big rig experience. Take this with a grain of salt. Beyond a little road maintenance, I don't think there have been any recent changes.

If you take the road by the lake and make the first right turn, I can see how a big rig would be a tight fit. However, if you follow the road around the outside edge of the campground, its dirt and heavily wooded but I think(?) you'd be ok. There are some huge pull thrus along that road.
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Old 10-28-2011, 01:50 PM   #18
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We stayed at Topsail about six weeks ago. Here's a review I did on it for another site:

Topsail State Park is actually named “Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and Gregory E. Moore RV Resort.” It is near Sandestin Florida and takes about an hour to get there from Interstate 10. The campground used to be an upscale private RV park but somehow the state took it over and incorporated it into the State Park system. The campground is very plush for a state park - pool, shuffleboard, cable TV, sewer hook-ups, and well-manicured open lawns with pampas grass and azaleas as the main vegetation - not much of a natural feel, particularly in the front section (sites 1 to 91), where we stayed. The sites are large and well spaced out but there isn't much natural growth and there isn't much privacy due to the open lawns. There is partial shade from large pine trees. There aren't any fire pits or grills provided, but some people brought metal above-ground fire pits and they were allowed to have fires in them. You aren't allowed to park on the grass or put any stakes down because of the underground utilities and sprinkler system. The sites are all paved as are all the roads. We were surrounded mainly by top of the line, bus-based motor homes. There were very few small trailers and I only saw two pop-ups; perhaps there would be more of those if school weren't in session or if it were the week-end. The back section, (sites 101 to 168 and second picture), is the same except it has more bushes and natural growth between the sites so you would have more privacy and natural feel in those sites. If we ever return we're going to pick a site back there. There were only two bathhouses for the RV areas, but they had heating and air conditioning, and were very clean and nice. The showers were a bit cramped and only had a tiny shelf for all your things. There was no bench and no soap dishes or hooks so it was awkward to shower and keep things off the floor. Prices were high for a Florida State park: $42/night, (as always, half-off if you're a Florida resident 65 or older).

There is a separate area for tent campers and I was very impressed with it, it's about the best laid out tent camping area I've ever seen in a developed park. Tenters don't have to camp among the half-million dollar motor homes. Tent camping spots are accessible by short paths from central parking areas and each one is isolated and would have somewhat a feeling of actually being in the woods. Each site has water and electricity and is reasonably close to all the facilities. The central tent area shower house is very nice and has roomy showers with plenty of space for your things. Prices here were $24/night.

The campgrounds are nearly a mile from the beautiful beach. You can't drive to the beach but there is a free tram that leaves every hour during the day - or you can walk or ride a bike to it on the paved road that meanders through the woods. Bikes are available for rent in the park. The beach is isolated and barely in sight of all the condos and crowds located on either side of the large state preserve. Showers and a bath house are available. Although we saw no sign of nature trails or hiking paths during our stay, I later found out that some do exist. A complete listing of the 83 cable TV channels was provided, however – which might indicate the type of older, more sedate patron they cater to at Topsail.
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If you are considering the Destin area you may wish to look over Henderson Beach State Park. It is in the middle of Destin, but you can't tell it from inside the park. Loops C & D (sites 31 and up) all have 50 amp service now. There are 3 sites in loop B that also have 50 amp service. All sites have water hook-ups but none sites have sewer connections yet. There is a common dump station. There is a very nice beach that is some distance from the camp sites, however, you can drive your toad to the beach where there is paved parking. All the sites at Henderson Beach provide the privacy found in loop 103 (sites 101 to 168) as mentioned above by Yarcola in the review of Topsail. Henderson Beach is cheaper than Topsail (no site sewer, no pool, and no cable) but if you can live with the lack of those items the park itself is every bit as nice as Topsail and you have easier access to the beach and shopping, restaurants, etc. in Destin start right outside the front gate. It, like Topsail, will book out, especially for holidays and special events, way ahead of time. Personally I prefer site 42 at Henderson Beach and 122 at Topsail. The pictures are of site 42 at Henderson Beach. It's a pull thru loop with a huge patio area, as you can see by the large gathering we had there, that has lots of privacy. It does have a fire ring and they sell firewood at the ranger station at the gate.
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Here's a couple of shots of the patio area at night with a fire going. It's a great camping spot.
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Old 10-28-2011, 04:29 PM   #21
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Hard Labor Creek State Park about 40 miles east of Atlanta and Red Top Mountain State Park north of Atlanta near Cartersville, GA.

Both parks are really beautiful.
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Old 10-29-2011, 09:44 AM   #22
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Another state park in the Destin general area is Grayton Beach SP. Here's my recent review of it:

Located about ten miles to the East of Topsail, Grayton Beach State Park is not nearly as upscale and the prices reflect it: $30 for a site with full hook-ups including sewage, or $24 for a site with only water and electricity, (but a dump station is near). Here you can drive to the beautiful beach, which again is somewhat isolated from condos and crowds and has a nice bathhouse with showers. The park isn't as attractive as Topsail, with scrub brush being the main vegetation. There are two sections to the campground, the full hook-up sites (37 – 59), are in the “new” section, which we found quite unattractive, consisting of open sites with little privacy and no shade. The old section (sites 1 – 36), has some shade and good isolation between sites because of all the vegetation. Some of the sites in the old section back up to a small lake. The sites are all gravel, not always perfectly level and, particularly in the older section, on the small side. Fire rings and tables are provided. We didn't check out the bathhouses but from the outside they looked good - as is typical in Florida State Parks. While both parks have hiking trails, Grayton Beach seemed proud of theirs and advertised them, while at Topsail you had to ask about them.
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A second vote for Suwannee River State Park. We stayed there when Stephen Foster SP was completely booked, and were very pleased with it. Sites were well spaced with shade and full hook-ups. There were some very beautiful and historically rich trails along the Suwannee River. We only stayed one night but have plans to return for a longer stay.
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Blythe Island

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The park is about an hour and something from Savannah. It's all 4 lane and an easy trip.
I stayed at Blythe Island last year for a month and it's a nice park.




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I agree that Blythe Island is a good choice. Another good choice, not far from there, is Crooked River State Park near St. Mary's. I camped there a couple of years ago, and it was really a sweet campground. St. Mary's is a cute little seaside village that you'll enjoy, and of course nearby Brunswick has much to offer.
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I agree that Blythe Island is a good choice. Another good choice, not far from there, is Crooked River State Park near St. Mary's. I camped there a couple of years ago, and it was really a sweet campground. St. Mary's is a cute little seaside village that you'll enjoy, and of course nearby Brunswick has much to offer.
Looks like a pretty nice park. Right next to the sub base, too.

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Man, I'm having a tough time trying to find a place with space available from December 26th through January 2nd. The weekend of New Years is booked everywhere I'm checking in North Central Florida. I was hoping to get in Suwannee River SP since I found they have full hook ups, but booked solid.

I found a Yogi Bear in Madison, Fl. Just not too "warm and fuzzy" with spending a week there. The wife has seen bad reviews.
Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park

I've got some family in the Lake City area I was hoping to spend some time with before heading west to Black Water River SP the following week.
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I called Blythe Island to see if they had anything. The lady told me they were all booked up. A couple minutes later she calls me back and says there's one large site left!

Looks like "Happy New Year" in Georgia
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