After a great fail trying to get to Chief Ladiga campground Captain Jim used freecampsites.net and found Cherokee Rock Campgrounds (Alabama.) It wasn’t far from where we were and had promising reviews. Hmmm?
Although we did not encounter anymore Bridge Out signs we did have to endure a quite steep, narrow entrance road to the park. Once we got to the park our initial impression was quite positive. It was very clean with almost new pavilion and office. It was based on the honor system, however the prices did not match with what the website stated. The website and the envelope stated $10 a night, the sign stated $20. There were no maps to the campground and we had to just guess where to go.
As we drove through the park we could see tent camping along huge rock outcroppings. It was obvious this was strictly for tents only. We headed into the wooded area in search of RV camping. There were, I repeat, NO road signs! We ended up on a dead end and a dead end definitely means a dead end, NO TURN AROUND!!! Captain Jim had to back Betty and Bertha up in a narrow, crooked area.
We were, at this time, then met by the “Campground Host,” which then proceeded to help us back up and find a site. And they had to do this because NO SITES were MARKED! They got us into a site not too far from them. Was it a great site? NO. It was so unlevel that we had to pull out every leveling tool we could find and warned the Boy, NO Jumping!
I will give it this, it was quiet. No lights blaring in the window. Some campers came and went, but we have a feeling they were camping on the sly (coming after dark and leaving before sunrise.) I will admit we only paid the price that was marked on the envelope as this campground in no way warranted $20 per night price tag. There was no water, electric, sewer and trash was definitely not in walking distance.
The campground host sounded like he and his wife had been there quite a while. There were promises of future improvements, but it doesn’t seem like it has made it to the back forty of Cherokee Rock, including cutting the grass (which he said he was going to do the next day.) Funny thing was Jim said he’s pretty sure he was “cutting grass” just not the kind we wanted cut. He noticed quite a few “plants” in a tent on their site. Perhaps this was why the “host” seemed so happy to be there.
Now, don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t all bad. The rocks were amazing to walk through and climb on. They were massive and parts overlooked a beautiful valley. We were able to get some amazing photos, although we were disappointed that the sunrise did not cooperate with us. It was quite misleading.
I’m sure there was quite a lot of history there. It was a shame, however, to see so many of these beautiful wonders of nature defaced by senseless graffiti. Really people? Get a grip. This is not a chalkboard and nobody cares that you were there.
Overall, we feel that this campground was good for tent campers and young people as their sites set next to the valley or rocks, not nestled in the bug infested woods. We decided this was not a place to where we would back.
Captain Jim gives this place a 2 mostly because of the rocks if it were a day trip (no camping). If you are a tent camper and young it would get a 4 or 5. I agree with his conclusion.