Jessie M. Honeyman State Park
This park was fantastic! It’s huge, with over 300 camping sites, 10 yurts, hiker/biker area, group camping and an ampitheater. All sites can be reserved, so making a reservation is probably your best bet. We didn’t have a reservation, but we got lucky with one night in a no hookups site and then we were able to move over to a site with electric and water.
There are plenty of bathroom facilities throughout the park with showers, as well. The bathrooms/showers near the Welcome Center had unisex showers on the outside of the building, so the hubby and I got to sneak in a shower together, which was awesome. The Welcome Center is a lot like a hotel lobby where they sell firewood, magazines, soda, and more.
There are lovely trees and shrubbery for site privacy, but oodles of chipmunks everywhere, so our dogs made sure to remind us that we were never really alone.
The campground and day use area have lots of trails and roads for walking or hiking. The campground has a huge playground for kids, and nearby are dunes for the adult playground.
The park rangers that we met were super helpful. They were friendly with the dogs, and even had a sense of humor! They learned while we were deciding on which site to move to that I may have a small phobia of slugs; and then there were slug jokes. There is nothing better than free comedy and great customer service! (As for the slug, it was sitting at the entrance to the new campsite like the welcoming committee to hell…I really don’t like slugs.)
Park Ranger Art/Slug Jokes
We walked a lot of the roads and some of the trails. There are a lot of things to explore while staying there. The day use area has canoe, kayak, and paddle boat rentals to explore the lake, and the Welcome Center rents bicycles as well. There are large dunes to climb and play on, and a sandy beach for swimming, plus there are floating docks out on the lake to swim out to. The day use area also has endless picnic tables! The tables are all separate, with trails and shrubbery isolating each picnic area. There are multiple beautiful gazebos for rent. Most of the picnic areas and the gazebos have a full view of the gorgeous blue Cleawox Lake.
The only downside that we found during our stay is that some of the non-hookup sites and a few of the hookups have the picnic tables and fire pits reversed; when you back your trailer into the site the door is facing away from your outdoor fun.
Overall, our stay at Honeyman was great, and we will be going back to enjoy it again soon!