The lake was beautiful. The campsite was a dump. The RV sites were narrow and difficult to park in due to sites being overgrown. Trash cans were over flowing with trash. Bath houses were gross. Ladies’ side had no electricity. Dump site was a small square concrete covered with sticks. The hose at the dumpsite had been there so long you couldn’t twist to remove. The other dumpsite had a hose but no running water. Now, the septic was obviously full as it took a LOT of time for the waste to slowly bubble down. We had to hook up to vacant full hook up site to finish the dumping process. I was VERY disappointed with this AF property! Rumor has it that fisherman had been homesteading unbothered for years....it shows. Needs help! I would give 0 stars for campsite, 5 for Hod’s beautiful lake.
This by far is the worst campground that we have visited. The smell of dead animal from the dumpster near our camper made it almost impossible to sit outside and enjoy the scenery. The grass was uncut and bath house looked like it hadn’t been updating in probably 20 years. The bath house was in disrepair and filthy. Only one toilet worked. The lots were elevated, narrow and unlevel. The location was awesome, but it is hard to believe that this is a military facility. I would not recommend this campground.
First the positives - The campground sits on Lake Martin just outside of Dadeville, AL. The view to the lake was beautiful. There are several shaded sites which is nice. Unfortunately the CG is not well maintained. The manager (??) told me they have a had difficult time for the past 3 years and are barely making it. He said he was short of help and didn't know if they could survive another year. I realize that all rec facilities must be able to survive on their own. He hinted that this CG downfall started when MWR stopped funding and when the "full timers" were made to move out. I checked out the bathhouse and decided I would not use it. Again poorly maintained and not very clean. The site we were assigned to as well as 3 or 4 next to us were gravel and narrow. It was impossible for us to completely level our TT. The sides of the parking area had a severe slope of 2-3 feet. In order to walk down to the lake edge you had to carefully maneuver down that slope. They did have some broken cinder blocks in the gravel as "steps" but it did not help much. Dangerous. I slipped a couple of time. We were to stay 3 nights but left after 2 nights. Didn't feel comfortable on this narrow gravel parking pad (only big enough for our TT), the fact that we couldn't really get level and were at the lake edge. Didn't want our trailer rolling into the lake. To top it off the fish weren't biting. We stayed here in a 30' TT. Sad, it could be a very nice campground. We probably won't stay here again.
The ratings for this location are definitely for the cabins, trailers and marina. The lake is beautiful. Of the 76 sites advertised I only found 5 that were for the RV traveler and could not get conformation from any of the staff. The rest are permanently occupied by RV’s that stay there year round. They have decks and additions built on. Some even have private docks. They seemed to be used by the owners and their families for weekend getaways and vacations. We were to stay for two weeks but left after 3 nights. My wife went and checked in at the Marina and they gave her directions to our site. That was the last we saw anyone from the staff. We had site 52 which has full hook ups. The site is rock (not gravel) and just wide enough for the width of your axle. The sides then sloop down from there. It took 6 inches of leveling blocks on the right side to get it level. While standing on the ground at 5’9” tall I was on my tip toes to open the door. My wife had to balance on the step to get the door open. The area around the site is dirt with some weeds. The picnic table is on a cement slab. Site 53 had 4” of leveling blocks. Site 54 was not occupied but appeared to be a little more level but you have to back between 2 large trees, you may have a couple of feet on each side. 55 and 56 are permanent. 56 looks like nobody has been their in several years, dirty with pine needles and leaves. 57 is next one of the cabins and is level. It is built up with a retaining wall so with your rig to one side once you come off your steps you may have a step or two before you go over a 3’ foot retaining wall. The only other site I saw was by the beach and it appeared to be ok. We got 3 channels which were all PBS. I could not get any satellite reception from my site because of the trees. The town is 8 miles away. Wall Mart is 23 miles. If you have question that can not be answered by the reservation desk at Maxwell AFB they will tell you to call the campground. You may or may not get a call back. I didn’t. You would think that a campground that has the year round occupancy that this one has, the few sites they have for the rest of us who are Serving or who Have Served would be in the best conditions. This is not a Military campground it is a private trailer park on OUR LAND.
We stopped by for only a one night stay. Although it is the "slow" season, we didn't see many sites open for camping. Actually, it seemed that 90% of the sites are occupied by long-term residents. Although, hardly anyone was around. It appears they keep their RV there and only visit occasionally. While I understand the financial benefit to the campground for long-term residents, many other military campgrounds have found a good compromise. I'm not sure that compromise is here. MANY of the long-term residents have built docks on the lake at their site, but has marked them as "Private Use Only". What? A military campground allowing PRIVATE modifications and restricting use to them!?!? One long-term resident has even built a building connected to their trailer. "Homesteading" has gone overboard here! It no longer seems like a military RECREATION facility, rather a military HOUSING area. But it's not all bad - this is a good, quiet location on the lake. It appears there's plenty of activities for the family during the prime season. Doug, the office staff was friendly and helpful.
We didn't stay here just visited to check things out. I had called the reservations number to inquire about site sizes and whether I could get a 37-foot 5th wheel in. I had heard from others that it was pretty tight getting anything over 30 feet down some of the roads. The person answering the phone couldn't tell me anything because he was at Maxwell AFB. I called the site phone number he gave me for 3 days and didn't get an answer. I didn't want to go there without knowing if I could get in so we got a site at the nearby Wind Creek State Park (also on Lake Martin) and drove over to recreation area. The place was unacceptable. It looked trashy with many units looking as though they had been there forever. There were no one around to talk to including front gate. There was a large motor home trapped on of the roads trying to turn around and having a tough time. I didn't stop to offer help because several people were already trying to advise him how to get out. For all I know, he may be still there. I don't know how he was going to get out of that situation. We don't plan to go back there ever with or without 5th wheel.
To us this park looks like it has zero maintenance since it was built. The two person staff was very friendly but that can not make up for the run down condition of this facility. We agree with all the comments in the "rwthomasfamily" review and wonder how they rated it so high? And the "proxy review" appears to be based on staying in the cabins not in the camp area. There are numerous permenant trailers and motorhomes that have a run down look, if not mold growing; including one Class A gutted by fire! We have a 33 foot Class A towing a Ford Ranger, thankfully we disconnected at the office. The roads are narrow and tree lined, definitely a challenge for large Class A's or fifth wheels. Very few pull throughs, and many back-ins are not level. When we were there women's facilities had no heat, and all restrooms need work. Beautiful location that could one of the best if renovated. NOTE - lake is permanently down due to drought.
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