But a State campground isn't National Forest...it's a bubble inside the National Forest. In National Forest you are ok to be armed, unless you ask then the answer is no.
This is one of those things where you are expected to know the law and if you don't and ask then what do you think they will say?
Can't have a gun in the woods? That is absurd. Maybe not in the State campground but further into the woods and it'd be foolhardy to not have one and any police you run into out there will feel the same way unless you are acting stupid.
Your first clue was that no one could give you a straight answer and kept redirecting your call. until one man lied and said no. I bet he couldn't quote the statute to you. One about campgrounds maybe but not open forest land.