Date of Stay:
August, 2017 -
I arrived in Spearfish on Tuesday afternoon, two days after the end of the Sturgis motorcycle rally, and spent four nights. The campground had lots of openings and I had reserved only the day before. I selected Spearfish because I could rent a car close by (but rather expensive), and after checking in and parking in my site I walked the mile or so to the Enterprise Car Rental office.
The sites are very close together, probably because this is right in the mouth of Spearfish Canyon and space is quite limited. Sites are generally back to back, with power, water and sewer being bunched together and paired up between the sites.
There are lots of trees, probably too many as I had to be extremely careful backing into my site because of the large trees on either side right at the road. I found the campground well maintained and the showers and restrooms were very clean, but there were some quirks. The doors on the toilet stalls were so close to the bowls that it was very difficult to get into a stall and shut the door. The doors needed to swing out rather than in. Also, the digital locks on the restroom doors were not operative.... until my last night, when I discovered that the CG staff had activated them that day and I did not have the combination. of course the office was closed till morning.
There is a laundry mat about 5 blocks from the campground entrance, just past the Police Dept and the Parks and Recreation shops, and I think this is the neatest, cleanest, best maintained 24/7 laundry mat I have ever encountered. Spearfish creek flows through the campground and on through town. There is a developed greenspace with walks and benches along the creek, making it very pleasant to walk in the evenings.
The Fish Hatchery and the adjacent city park lend a very nice atmosphere to the campground and made it a great place to base out of for my touring of the Black Hills. We camped at Spearfish City Campground in a Motorhome.
The laundry mat on the corner of S Canyon and W Illinois, 5 blocks from the CG is extremely neat and clean, and even has a good WiFi you can use while you wait for your clothes to dry. Dough Trader Pizza, about a mile from the CG is very good pizza but rather expensive, Same for Steerfish Steak and Smoke, very good food but rather pricey.
Date of Stay:
August, 2017 -
I was traveling East on Nebraska State Rt 2 after having viewed the eclipse at Alliance, NE. Decided to get off the road for the night and pulled in, rode one loop with no luck, and debating what to do next I spied this site right next to me. Site 2, available, the post said. its not on a loop at all, across from the general parking for the day use area and the showers, best I have encountered yet in any campground. I quickly backed in and discovered how much slope it had. Used all of my blocks under the front and still not level, but it did OK for one night. Most other sites looked decent to me when I walked the campground. This particular site is not even available on Recreation.gov. The Nebraska National Forest is unique in that it is HAND PLANTED from seedlings grown at a USDA greenhouse facility right next to the campgound. You cross a double train track and the wide, fast flowing Middle Loup River to get to the recreation area and campgound. Be prepared for train noise during the night. The map on the wall of the kiosk is very confusing, as it is turned ninety degrees from reality and after walking the loops I encountered several people attempting to figure out the campground layout. I actually pointed out the last two open sites to people who had just driven in. The host was not attempting to help anyone locate sites, hopefully next year they will have someone different. This campground is convenient as it is only about a quarter mile off the highway, but is quite scenic and even has a footbridge crossing the river on a walking trail. We camped at Bessey Recreation Complex Campground USFS in a Motorhome.
Nearest fuel is at Thedford about 15 miles west.
Date of Stay:
August, 2017 -
I was on my way to the Black Hills and planned to stop for the night at the Badlands. I saw I was not going to make it there, so I detoured up to Left Tailrace Campground. I traveled from Chamberlain on State Rt 50 to Rt 34 and then over to Ft Thompson and the Dam. County road 4 is not recommended for large vehicles and has a "no trucks" sign at the east end of it. I didn't give the campground a "10" simply due to the lack of full hookups. The scenery getting to the campground is spectacular, descending into the Missouri River valley, and the campground is as nice as any Federal campground I have seen. The grass at the sites is lush, no weeds, no bare spots, nice concrete picnic tables and a "sunscreen". This is a very secure location, being surrounded by water. I wished I could have stayed and enjoyed it longer but I had to leave the next morning. Although my MH is rather short at 23 ft, longer rigs will have no issues getting in and out of this campground. We camped at Left Tailrace Campground COE in a Motorhome.
If you have any issues with going up/down steep grades, I highly recommend you come and go from this campground via State highway 47 from the south end of the dam and travel to/from Reliance and I-90. While State 50 on the east side of the river is more scenic the steep grades are more than many will like.
Date of Stay:
July, 2017 -
I had spent Sunday night in a Forest Service campground near Franklin, NC, but they were full (and lots of noisy people and kids too) so my friend could not get in on Monday, so we agreed to meet (he has a Dodge 3500 and 30 ft TT) at Black Rock Mountain the next day. I have a Sprinter chassis motorhome and I had to use 1st gear and about 20 mph to get up the mountain. Same for going down, be careful to not overheat your brakes. You are going up about 1500 ft in elevation in about two miles, so the grades are 8 or 9% the whole way. There is no place to pull off or turn around so be prepared and know your RV is capable of the climb. Well worth it however, the views are spectacular with lots of nice hiking trails and a very nice Visitor Center. I bought a GA annual parks pass for $35 (senior price, regular price is $50) and got one night of free camping with it (worth $32) so it was a no brainier to buy it. For the night I had to pay, I received a 20% senior discount, so if over 62, be sure and ask. Only complaint is that there are signs at each of the longer sites asking tent campers to use other sites if possible, and leave the long ones for RVs, but we saw a couple of tents in 50 or 60 ft deep spaces, when there were quite a few short spaces open. The sites are very fine gravel with big heavy picnic tables and double lantern hooks, and fire pits. with grills in the pits. While the restrooms were neat and clean and everything was in good working order, the showers, while quite acceptable, could have stood to have a good scrubbing and hose down. We camped at Black Rock Mountain State Park in a Motorhome.
A little over 2 miles north on US 23 from the road to the park is Osage Produce and they have very good local and Georgia and North Carolina grown products. Just a couple of blocks north of the park road is a Dollar General and about three miles south in Clayton is an Ingles grocery, Chic-Fil-A, Dairy Queen, McDonalds, and gas stations and other businesses. We didn't eat at the Dillard House in Dillard but I have been told it is well worth the visit.
Date of Stay:
June, 2017 -
Campground has different types of sites and different prices, so visit the web site for fees for different types of sites, all discounts honored, etc. I spent just one night here but I did find the park clean and well kept. The employees were busy in the morning emptying trash, picking up any trash on the ground, etc. Very nice people. They have way too many tall pines and too many spaces close together, but I was told that they were doing "surveying" in preparation for changes. The park is very nice and a fun place to spend an afternoon, with lots of water flowing over the 90 ft waterfall due to the recent rains. I picked a 30 amp/water only site as I was there only one night, so I stayed right up front. Wi-Fi worked well. The park is gated and patrolled, so you have a feeling of being safe. Convenient as it is about 7 miles off of Interstate 59 and only two miles from US431. I was in my 24 ft Winnebago View without any toad, so it was easy in and out for me. We camped at Noccalula Falls Campground in a Motorhome.
There is a Thai restaurant across the street from the park that gets good Google ratings, and a Jacks hamburgers/chicken/breakfast (very nice too!) right in front of the park. There is also a Dollar General store less than a block up the street should you need something, along with a bank, ATM, gas station, and Subway, also another gas station right across from the campground entrance.