May 18-20th, 2015
Around 3pm we pulled into our home for the next three days. There was lovely tree coverage over our tent site offering shade, and a trail that began right at our “backyard.” We spent a lot of time hiking at General Coffee; there are 4 miles of hiking trails and 13.4 miles of horseback riding trails, although you cannot rent a horse from the park.
The campground features a playground, 4-acre lake, a gorgeous boardwalk trail over the cypress wetlands, geocaching, and perhaps the neatest part of the campground, the Heritage Farm.
Heritage farm is an agricultural exhibit featuring a plethora of farm animals, log cabins, cane mill, corn crib, and a tobacco barn. This is best seen in the early morning before it gets too hot. We visited the exhibit around 8 am on May 19th, and it was enjoyable.
We scored a Groupon which offered a two-night stay plus an hour paddleboat rental which we signed for in the main office. We went on the boat right after walking around Heritage farm. We wore our bathing suits which allowed us to tan while we had our morning workout. The hour rental gave us plenty of time to see the turtles, fish, and ducks which live in the large pond. Canoes rentals are also available and are an excellent form of arm workout for those who aren’t interested in leg day. Bike rentals are available for landlubbers.
Honestly, the only negative I have to say about this park was the flies. They were absent during the evenings and early mornings, but they came in swarms in the late morning/early afternoon. I’ve never seen so many flies in one location. We hated to open our car doors to load our gear when we were preparing to leave, and had to drive about a mile down the road with our windows down to get rid of the ones that did get in. This wouldn’t deter me from staying at this campground, though I’m curious to know if it was the location of our site, the time of year, or if they are always bad at General Coffee.