Sunday, May 20, 2012

Clear Creek

 Clear Creek Recreation Area
8079 Falls City Road
Jasper, AL 35503

We really enjoyed our time at Clear Creek this past week, pros would be location-less than 2 hours from home. The price, $20 a night for electric and water is about average, $40 for a double site. The sites are a mix of spread out and close-together along 4 loops of about 20 sites each, nearly 30 of the sites were doubles, so 2 families could set up in one spot. We camped in Fox Loop in sites 18, 20, 21 and 22. 

I should have checked out the other loops to see if there were any nuggets in those, but 20 or 22 are the best 2 sites in the whole campground. I stayed in 20, it had a great view of the lake, it was right across from the bath house and the camp host is behind the bath house. There were no other sites right near it and from there, I could see most of the field and play area that backed up to the lake where the kids spent most of their time running around. During the week (before school was out) the traffic was so light the kids rode all over on bikes and scooters. 

There is a playground on the lake, large field, basketball goal, volleyball net all spread out in a communal area. There are hiking trails winding all through the woods to some pretty lovely spots and there is one bike trail from the Fawn Loop to the swim beach, which was closed during our visit because the lake had been high and the grounds crew had been unable to get the beach area cleaned and groomed. There is a $2 a person public beach at Duncan Bridge, about 15 minutes from the campground. 

Sites 20 and 22 have a great view of the lake and the play area.

The 0.8 mile bike trail meanders around the edge of the lake and is a very pleasant and shady ride.

There are several hiking trails leading between the swim beach and various campgrounds as well as along the edge of the lake and around several very pretty bluffs, some that show evidence that in wetter times, there are falls and streams.

The playground has several play options including a playscape that I did not get a picture of.

The view from site 22, it's more shady, but closer to neighboring sites than 20.

In all, I would camp here again, the campground host is a revolving position and the 2 that were here while we were staying left plenty to be desired.  The bathhouse ran out of toilet paper twice and needed to be cleaned every day and was not.  The no-smoking in the bathroom went so un-enforced that there was a lighter and several used cigarettes in the single shower stall.  The hosts dog got loose and beat up on Dixie and when it was tied, it barked and barked.  We were not happy about that.

I would suggest going mid-week or not in the summer season, it filled up by Friday night and was packed to the gills.  Also, even though the website says they sell firewood and ice, they don't.

You can reserve a site in Bear Loop via or drive up and get a site on the lake (Fox Loop) or the other 2 woody sites, Hoot Owl and Fawn.  There is a group camping area, 2 boat ramps, a dump station (no full hookup sites), swim beach with bath house and rest rooms, 2 group picnic pavilions, and a picnic area.