I feel compelled to give Bigfoot Beach State Park a neutral review after seeing all negative posts. I camped there with my wife and kids (8 and 7 year olds) the weekend of June 6, 2008.
The first thing you notice when entering the park are the numerous "alcoholic beverages prohibited" signs. I assume based upon some of the other reviews, that this had been a party campground in the past. Not the case during this stay. Things were quiet, moreso than I've seen at numerous other campgrounds. It was quite peaceful with minimal noise coming from the other campers. Besides some motorcycle noise from roads outside the campground in the evening, I didn't notice that the campground sits ajacent to a residential neighborhood and the high school. Someone mentioned a racetrack nearby in a prior review. I can't say that I would have known any different as there were no races on Friday/Saturday nights.
As for the campground setup, I don't think it's any different than most state parks. Depending upon where you are in the campground, some areas are more open than others. There is quite a bit of shade, but not every spot will have it. They have dropped gravel in a lot of the campsites for your vehicle parking. The campsites are larger than I've seen elsewhere and you are a typical distance away from thy neighbors. Not a great deal of privacy, but there are few parks that seem to offer a high level of privacy nowadays.
The staff was very friendly. We were always greeted with a smile when entering the park. The facilities were OK. I only used two of the bathrooms in the park and both were perfectly fine. There was no running water in either bathroom, but we were camping. What do you expect. The shower facilities were fine also. No counters or mirrors in the shower facilities, but the water was hot and pretty good pressure. Facilities were clean.
While this is not the crown jewel of state parks, we had a perfectly fine experience. The facilities are older, but not ready to be destroyed and rebuilt. The beach itself was disappointing as you have to walk across a relatively busy road (crosswalks are well marked and traffic did stop for us) and we had maybe 5 feet of "beach". You're no more than 5 feet off the road at the same time. Oh well.
All in all a perfectly fine camping weekend. Let me put it this way, don't be scared away by the other reviews. It appears as many others have been as the campground was at about 50% capacity over the weekend which, for my family, made for a peaceful weekend.
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