Paris Mountain State Park Campground

paris-entrance2May, 2011 – The fee station is right inside the main park entrance. You can pay here using fee envelopes, and sites available for those without reservations are listed here. But when this station is not open, campers should proceed to the campground.

paris-cg-signIt’s a little less than a mile from the park entrance to the campground. The sign here also lists available sites. You’ll pass the Park Office on the right, but there is not enough room for an RV to stop there without blocking the road, so campers should proceed to the campground, get on the site and come back to the Park Center to pay.

See Site Map for campground layout and individual site information, including length/width and grade.

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Entering campground after passing Site #1 (Campground Host) on the right. The GMC is in site #4. This is a nice little campground with only 39 sites laid out in a loop, some suitable only for tent camping.

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According to the Park Manager, Site #7 is usually the most requested back-in site. The site itself is large and level, and there’s lots of room on either side for extra privacy. I met this great family here and when I asked if I could take their picture in the site, they kindly agreed.

Nancy and Edward are from New Hampshire and are here visiting their son and his family. I became fast friends with 3 year old Lydia. She was so excited to show me the lady bug she caught and assured me not to be afraid, that it wouldn’t bite me. Loved her, but she sure made me to miss my own grandkids more!

7 year old Nathan and 10 year old Julia filled me in on what they enjoyed about camping here. Julia said the very best part is “waking up and having nature just right here.” She also loved the sounds of the birds and the wind in the trees – a girl I could relate to for sure! Nathan liked swinging on the gate where you get the free firewood and when he trapped a moth in the RV (he was so excited to tell me this!)

Kristyn, age 11, was a new friend they met who was camping with her parents a few sites down. She said her favorite thing about camping was meeting new friends like this and being able to skate all around the campground. I was very impressed with this young lady and she gave me lots of other tips about not missing the dams that can be seen from the walking trails. She summed it up so perfectly by saying “If you like to be outside, this is the place for you!”

I really had fun visiting with this family and later enjoyed meeting Dana and John, Kristyn’s parents. Great folks here – I agree with Kristyn – the best part is meeting new friends – RVers are the best!

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I was told that the best site for larger rigs is this pull-through #31. I didn’t stop to visit with these folks because they just looked so relaxed hanging out in the hammocks they hung in the trees of this deep site – what a life!

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This is the last site in the loop – #40. It looks deceptively level, but obviously this motorhome’s right front tire was off the ground in order to get level. At first I thought maybe if they had positioned it a little differently it would be better, but the Park Manager said it’s just one of those weird sites that does make it hard to level motorhomes like this.

Reservations:  Can be made online through Reserve America (2 night minimum) or by calling the Park Center at 864-244-5565.  Site Map.

two-centsMalia’s 2 Cents:  This was a most welcome stop for me since I had been in “citified” campgrounds way too long and was really ready for a good dose of nature therapy! Jason, the Park Manager, was so friendly and helpful and obviously dedicated to providing a great camping experience for the park’s guests. I had no trouble with my Verizon air card or phone here, but free wi-fi is available from the Park Center. Another unusual freebie for state parks is the complimentary firewood. Volunteers gather the fallen wood from around the park and it’s available for the taking across from the camp host site. Nice perks, Paris!

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