Date of Stay:
June, 2018 -
If you're looking for a small, quiet park, this would make an excellent choice. There are maybe two dozen spots, give or take, but they're decently sized and well kept. Our particular site was well shaded, level and had a picnic table on a nicely maintained lawn. Other sites would definitely be more satellite-friendly if need be and I was asked whether I had a preference while making my reservation. The gentleman who checked us in was very friendly and was quick with a few restaurant suggestions, some ideas on what to do in the area and some guidance on the best way to back into our site. There isn't much in the way of amenities here - there's a small lake, a horseshoe pit and a shuffleboard court. The bath house was clean and well lit and central to most of the sites. There is no playground or pool, however. I'm a bit old to be hitting the swing set so we weren't too concerned. The park does not offer cable TV service, so either bring your dish or use your OTA antenna. The wifi at the park is decent, about what you'd expect in a small campground - good enough for the basic surfing and email needs but nothing to get overly excited about. Streaming is definitely frowned upon by the owners and rightfully so. Both Verizon and AT&T have really good data access from the park with a slight nod to AT&T. All in all, if you're traveling without young children and need some quiet, this is a great choice. You're far enough away from any major highways that the road noise is minimal and the size of the park limits the number of people who come and go. We camped at Red Gates Cottages and RV Park in a Motorhome.
Definitely follow the instructions on their website to get here. Following the GPS will probably take you down a much narrower, windy road. If wine is your thing, Burntshirt Vineyards is almost directly across the street. Both a Walmart and an Ingles supermarket are within a 10 minute drive.
Date of Stay:
August, 2017 -
The park itself is nestled into a very busy suburban area "West of the Ashley" and is right off Savannah Hwy. You will want to be paying close attention as you approach the park upon arrival or you will miss it ... and doubling back will make you sad as traffic on Savannah Hwy is horrible. That said, for a park in such a congested area, we heard no street noise at all. Granted, we had a site in the far back of the campground, but the surrounding foliage and buildings seem to do a great job of mitigating any of the road noise. The grounds were well maintained with well-mown grass no garbage to be seen. Trash bins (and recycling!) were plentiful and easily accessed from the main street in and out of the campground - no huge, overstuffed, smelly dumpster to deal with. Our site was rather short (we're in a 35' class A) but did give us room to park our Jeep at our site. The site itself was somewhat narrow and was half concrete pad, half grass. The pad was level and large enough for our RV. Other sites were all grass which, given the soggy conditions, made us thankful for the solid footing our pad provided. Charleston in the late summer is a hot, humid and rainy place to be, generally speaking. Our Verizon data/voice service worked like a champ with excellent data rates throughout our stay. Free wireless is provided and, while I only used it to test its throughput, seemed to perform better than many other campgrounds we've visited. Satellite service was not a problem for us, but other sites were rather shady so your mileage may vary. Cable TV is available but we did not partake of that. There are multiple areas for activities here including a pool. As it was in the mid 90's during our stay, we avoided the outdoor areas. The pool is at the front of the park and is relatively close to the highway, which detracted from its appeal for us ... I'm sure the kids wouldn't mind. We camped at Oak Plantation Campground in a Motorhome.
To exit the park and return to I-526, turn right out of the park, take a right at the light (near the Publix shopping center), take a right on Bees Ferry Rd, a right on Glenn McConnell Pkwy then a left onto I-526. Attempting to turn left on to Savannah Hwy in a RV at any time of day is a fools errand at best and will only result in stress and road rage.
Date of Stay:
July, 2017 -
If you're looking for a park where you can become one with nature and rough it for a bit, move along now. If you're looking for a beautiful park close to the beaten path with excellent amenities and attention to detail, this may be the place for you. This is probably the nicest, cleanest and well thought out park we've been to yet. The heated salt water pool, while not huge, never seemed to be overly busy despite the fact that we stayed over the Independence Day weekend. The hot tub adjacent to the pool was very clean and spacious enough for at least eight people to enjoy comfortably. The pool area itself was spotless as were the shower and restroom facilities nearby. If swimming isn't your thing, there is also an activities center complete with a billiards table and a shuffleboard table, various crafts areas and a spa complete with workout equipment, a steam room and massage chairs. There's more stuff, but at the risk of sounding like I'm selling their lots (I'm not) I'll leave it to you to peruse their website.
The folks on-site were very friendly and helpful. We were wandering from area to area and were greeted several times and offered assistance if needed. Our site was spacious but not huge with a level, very smooth, concrete pad. The hookups were convenient and worked as they should. I did not test their internet service although wireless is available throughout the park, but Verizon data and voice service worked wonderfully. Satellite TV should have no issues here as the trees around the sites haven't grown to any real height yet. The only negative we could come up with was the lack of a picnic table at our site - none of the sites seemed to have them. There were no fire pits provided either. While the lack of a campfire didn't detract from our stay, it would have been nice to at least have a picnic table to enjoy a meal on. We camped at Crossing Creeks RV Resort (formerly Mountain View RV Resort) in a Motorhome.
Loads of activities planned by the folks here so there's always something to do. Groceries can be had at the Ingles in Blairsville. Try Mike's Seafood for great fresh fish during the week - but get there early.
Date of Stay:
May, 2017 -
This is my second review of this campground as it was our second time staying with them. We love the place so this probably will not be my last review of it either! Surf City Family Campground still isn't a place to visit if you're worried about exclusivity or have issues with folks spending the night in their car/truck in order to get an extra day of fishing in. They do an excellent job of managing the facilities despite the seemingly last-minute nature of a lot of their guests, and anyone I've ever had a conversation with while staying there was more than pleasant. Again, it's not a resort - don't expect it to be. You will be relatively close to your neighbors. You probably won't be having a campfire. But remember, you're not tucked into the woods, you're at the beach, so put on your flip-flops, pack a cooler full of beverages (no glass, please!) and enjoy Topsail Island, its beaches and small-town atmosphere. We camped at Surf City Family Campground in a Motorhome.
Do visit The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center on the mainland if you're in town while they're open and be mindful of the turtle nests!
Date of Stay:
February, 2017 -
What a beautiful park! While it's not a huge park, the grounds are incredibly clean and well maintained. It is, in essence, a single street with RV sites on either side. The sites on the left side of the road are all back-in sites and the sites on the right are all pull-in and face the French Broad river. I believe the riverfront sites are reserved for Class A rigs, but double check with the management. All sites are concrete, quite level, and include an aluminum picnic table (may want to bring something to cover the seats in the summer!). No wood fires allowed, so no fire rings or pits at any of the sites. While the sites are somewhat close together, there's a nice hedge row between each site which gives your spot the sense of a bit more privacy. Unhooking and hooking up the toad in the park was no problem at all, although your mileage may vary at busier times of the year. We were there in February and the park was relatively empty, so I can't speak to the normal bustle, but the park isn't far from the main drag through Sevierville headed to Pigeon Forge, so there is a bit of road noise, but not nearly enough to be a nuisance, even while sitting outside watching the sunset on the river, which I highly recommend. There's not much in the way of trees at the park, so we had no issues with getting satellite service. Verizon data/cell service was pretty decent as well. Free wireless internet was offered, but as we didn't take advantage of it, I won't speak to it. One tip I will offer, should you be looking to get onto I-40 upon departure: Rather than trying to take a left onto TN 66 from Knife Works Lane (which is insanity even in a car!), do yourself a favor and take a right on to Two Rivers Blvd, follow it until it dead ends into Boyd's Creek Hwy (you'll see a Pilot station) then turn left to catch the light. We camped at Two Rivers Landing RV Resort in a Motorhome.
The Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area needs no real introduction, but if Mexican food is your thing, try El Paso's near the Kroger going towards Pigeon Forge on TN 66.
Date of Stay:
February, 2017 -
We've loved this campground since our first stay. It's not a huge place and maneuvering can be somewhat intimidating due to the hills and curves, but the folks there will help you get to your site in one piece and with minimal stress. Once you're set up, you'll be rewarded with a heaping helping of peace and quiet. Road noise here is nearly non-existent. The grounds are well kept and clean and the gate at the entrance helps one feel a bit more secure in the evenings. Only a few of the sites are paved, so if that's your preferred landing pad, call ahead to ask. The sites at the top of the hill provide extraordinary views but are, unfortunately, closed during the winter (can't blame them - would hate to get stuck up there in the snow!). There are a pair of pinball machines at the main building that we normally love to dump quarters into. They too, however, are not available during the winter months. The pinball preservationist in me worries about their long-term health... There's also a horseshoe pitch that we didn't take advantage of and, I believe but cannot confirm, there's also a pool table in the main building. Our site came equipped with a sturdy picnic table and a really neat fire pit. Firewood is available at the office for $5 per generous bundle. If you happen to forget to pick up your wood prior to the office closing, the Ingles supermarket in town usually has some in the produce section. We had no problem with satellite service (the one owned by the phone company) or Verizon cell/data service. They do offer free wi-fi, which seemed passable, as well as digital cable, which we didn't use. As others have said, there is a church with a large parking lot that's normally empty and makes a great spot to disconnect your toad, should you have one. You could disconnect in the reception area of the campground but it would be tight and could slow others down. We camped at Mama Gertie's Hideaway Campground in a Motorhome.
While here, check out Okie Dokees Smokehouse for great BBQ (try the jalapeno hushpuppies!). Head out of the campground, go straight over I-40 and take a right at the three-way intersection. If you instead turn left, you'll find an Ingles supermarket, a post office and an Ace Hardware in a nearby shopping center. Black Mountain is a few miles east and has more dining choices and some neat local shops.
Date of Stay:
September, 2016 -
This is a fairly small, cozy park somewhat out in the middle of nowhere. As it was halfway between home and our final destination, we gave it a shot.
The road leading to the park is quite narrow, but lightly traveled. We did our best not to hog the road, but if you're in anything bigger than a pop-up you're going to be crossing the double yellow lines. No biggie, though, as the locals seem to be used to it.
While the roads in the park and the sites themselves are all gravel, the park seemed well maintained. Our pull-through site was level and long enough to accommodate our motorhome and toad with some room to spare. We had plenty of room to put out our slides without crowding our neighbors while still comfortably able to enjoy the picnic table. We also had a firepit at our site, but with temps into the 90s, we decided against using it.
The family that runs the park is very friendly and greeted us warmly upon our arrival despite the fact the power company was about to disrupt the day by replacing a faulty transformer. There's a nice dog park for the pooches to run in and a well maintained pool for your swimming enjoyment. Wifi was offered but we did not partake.
While our site was shaded by trees on either side, we were able to get DirecTV service with no problem whatsoever. Verizon cell service was also satisfactory.
One thing to note is that this campground is close to Presbyterian College (Go Hose!) and you'll find families coming to visit their kids or catching a football game staying there over the weekends. Nobody was disruptive, but sites may be hard to find depending on what's going on in Clinton. As there's not much else to do nearby, those not up for the college festivities seemed, like us, to be overnighting. And while there did seem to be a few semi-permanent residents there, there wasn't a proliferation of run down rigs.
All in all, it's a nice park for a night or two and we'd stay again. We camped at Magnolia RV Park and Campground in a Motorhome.
Probably the closest campground to Presbyterian College which is up I26 off exit 54.
Date of Stay:
September, 2016 -
As others have said, if you're looking for a resort-style experience, this is not the campground for you. If you're opposed to seeing other RVs that have some age to them, this is not the campground for you.
However, if you're looking for a quaint, clean park with direct access to the beach, then look no further. What this park lacks in amenities it more than makes up for in charm and relaxation. Fishing poles and flip flops are the order of the day here.
The park itself is relatively small and they do pack folks in tight. Our particular site had a picnic table and room for our awning and that was about it. It's no tighter than your average KOA, but the thing to remember here is that you're here to go to the beach, visit the local tourist traps, eat seafood and generally enjoy everything except your RV. We had ample room to grill and eat, sit outside and chat with neighbors while listening to the waves in the evenings.
The park is primarily flat and sandy but fairly well maintained. Our site was not paved but level and solid enough. There is a game room that contains a few pool tables and an air hockey table. The office contains a small store that has the basic stuff one might expect to see at a campground store. The people here are super friendly, helpful and love nothing more than to sit on the porch and BS for hours. If you need ideas on where to go eat or what to go see, the office is probably the best place to start.
I do realize that $45 per night may not seem like a value to some, especially when one realizes that there's no pool, no dog park, and no playground, but if you've ever spent a week on Topsail Island in an oceanside rental house, you'll immediately realize that $45 per night is a steal. Again, you're here for the beach, not the playground. The real playground is just over the dunes and it's the best playground I could imagine for kids and their parents alike.
Oh, Verizon cell service works just fine here. We camped at Surf City Family Campground in a Motorhome.
If gift shops are your thing, check out Topsail Island Trading Company on N New River Drive almost to the main intersection on the island. The Gift Basket on the south end of the island also has some neat stuff. Gallagher's is a neat locals watering hole a few minutes south of the park. For seafood, check out the Crab Pot just before you cross over the swing bridge back to the mainland. Their reviews seem somewhat mixed, but if you stick to seafood, we've had good luck.
Date of Stay:
June, 2016 -
As others have stated, the road leading in to the campground is narrow with some decently deep ditches on either side. I've yet to run into another rig coming in the opposite direction, but passing your average car coming in the opposite direction is interesting to say the least. It's not a long drive and doesn't detract from the park, but something to bear in mind.
The park itself is relatively nice. The folks working were very friendly, both during check in, while escorting us to our site and while generally going about their business. Always had a smile and a wave.
As one might expect for a KOA, the sites are pretty close together. The sites were clean and well maintained. Our site had a picnic table and a fire pit but the fire pit was located right next to a tree (which had the battle scars to prove it) and too close to the coach for comfort. We only stayed one night - and it was HOT - so not having a fire wasn't a big deal.
Most sites that I took note of were pretty well shaded. We had no luck getting our DirecTV dish to pick up the satellites. Cable TV was available, but we didn't take advantage of it.
Wireless service was relatively slow. Granted, it was a summer weekend and the park was relatively full, but I wouldn't count on their service if you needed quality internet for business purposes. Verizon cell and data services were very good, however, with download speeds in the 60Mb/s range. We camped at Sweetwater / I-75 / Exit 62 KOA in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay:
May, 2016 -
Very nicely laid out park with huge, extremely level sites, one row of which backs up to the Nottely River (which you're not supposed to swim in, sadly - I think). All the sites have a nice patio-ish type area for a picnic table. They pay careful attention to the landscaping, but they do seem to have a issue with moles so beware if you're walking along the river sites in stilettos. The camp host was super laid back - check in and check out times weren't strictly enforced (within reason, I'd assume - we didn't push it) and we were told to feel free to wash our rig and toad if we so desired. Verizon data service was good enough for us to do our day job and the Verizon voice service was sufficient for decent voice quality. WiFi is provided by the park but, as one might expect, could be sketchy if the park is full. My speed tests on their WiFi showed a 3Mb up/3Mb down connection. No issues at all getting DirecTV satellite reception. I'd love to give them a "10" but can't as they have fire pits at each site and, while large and level, there's not much shade to be had. In fact, if you desire afternoon/evening shade, avoid the back-in spots along the river and take a pull-through site. There was some road noise as you're right off a four-lane highway, but if you're on the far side of the park it's hardly noticeable even when outside. We camped at Rivers Edge Mountain RV Resort in a Motorhome.
The new casino is 15-20 minutes away on the other side of Murphy - take a left out of the park and just keep going. Valley River Brewery is a good spot for craft beer and pizza - they're located in downtown Murphy.
Date of Stay:
April, 2016 -
Spacious, well maintained sites with level pads and conveniently located hookups. Well off the main road so things are nice and quiet. No issues with getting a DirecTV signal from our site. Wireless wasn't offered by the park but our Verizon signal was strong and steady for both voice and data.
The rules state one vehicle per site and, boy, they aren't kidding about it. I witnessed the security patrols ask two different families to move their extra vehicles, which was appreciated.
One thing to note if you happen to be coming in later in the evening: Be mindful of the signs directing you to the campground area as the site map is just that - a site map only. We came in at dusk, not knowing that and drove right past the campground area as the signs are tastefully small. Once you get past the turn for the campground the road gets narrower and uncomfortably winding so pay attention!
If you're coming in from Louisville, it might be better to head up past the I-265 exit and get off at Exit 9 on I-65. There are newly installed roundabouts at the Port of Indiana exit on I-265 headed towards the campground that were somewhat interesting in a 35' rig with toad. We camped at Charlestown State Park in a Motorhome.
Check out Jeff's bakery next to the McDonald's headed towards Jeffersonville. If pizza or beer are your thing, check out New Albanian in, well, New Albany. Great selection of both their house beers as well as a great selection of craft and pizzas you'll want to take home.
Date of Stay:
March, 2016 -
Beautiful park. Everything is well maintained and clean. Everyone who works there is incredibly friendly and eager to ensure that your stay is perfect. There are fire pits at each site and some are quite elaborate. Firewood is delivered directly to your site once purchased from the office and is relatively inexpensive.
Getting into the sites is a breeze as the roads in the park are nice and wide and the corners are well thought out. There's very little in the way of shade so satellite reception shouldn't be a concern. WiFi is offered but, as is common, can be iffy if the park fills up. Verizon cell and data service was strong and reliable, however, should you want to use your own connectivity.
The sites are a bit close together and if quiet is your thing I'd suggest avoiding the sites looking over the playground or pool areas as kids will be kids. But as you're well off the main roads, traffic noise is nearly non-existent.
If you're headed to the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area, this is where I'd stay. It's a bit out of the way, but well worth the extra drive. We camped at Anchor Down RV Resort in a Motorhome.