My 8yo son and I spent three nights here in August 2013...and we both cried a little to leave. It was a beautiful, magical time that we'll both treasure. The gorgeous weather helped (I think the temperature topped out at 80 degrees, which is a godsend in mid-Atlantic August), but the park itself is just lovely. The lake is clear and cool. The hiking trails are well marked and great for young and/or inexperienced hikers. We enjoyed it all.
Every tent site is lakeside, so I sipped my morning coffee by the peaceful water's edge, then we watched the sunset each evening reflecting off the lake. We took a blanket down to the swimming beach one night, too, to star gaze. We rented a kayak for the first time, which was just awesome, paddling around in the reedy marshy part of the lake with the ducks, then gliding across the center of the lake with the sun on our backs. We hiked along a gentle stream and my son seam in the little pool at the base of a small waterfall; I will never forget the look of sheer joy on his face there.
All the tent sites are walk-in sites, so pack accordingly. Our particular site was quite roomy, but not all were as big. As they get closer to the end of the peninsula (toward the swimming beach), the sites seem to get smaller. I did notice the tent sites are way nicer than the camper/rv sites, more secluded and of course closer to the water. When we visited it was not crowded, but there were families in the adjacent sites yet they were far enough away that we couldn't really hear them. (I kind of like knowing people are nearby, but I don't want to be close enough to hear them breathing at night...this has happened in other campgrounds.)
There is a camp store not far outside the campground where we found the few items we'd left behind...and then some. But the firewood was not well seasoned and we had trouble getting a good fire going.
I have to say, one of the best features of this campground, though, is the bathhouses. They are pristine and modern. When we visited, they were cleaner than my bathroom at home. Hot water, motion sensored lights to save power, and plenty of stalls. There's a wash basin outside the bathhouse for dishes. I don't recall a water spigot in the site, so be sure to bring a container to lug to your site.
Overall, this was a fantastic campground and a beautiful park. I can't wait to go back, although I have a feeling we'll never again have such a perfect combination of weather and wonder. It will be fun to share t with the rest of our family.
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