Date of Stay: August, 2015
Rutherford Mountain Campground in Union Mills, is a new campground. It's built on a graded ground, up a hill above the office. Sites are level, but close together. 8 full hookups are on one side of the entrance road, and 8 other sites with just water and electric are on the other side of the campground road. Several tent sites too. All sites have tables and fire ring, although tables were in bad shape. Sites are gravel with grass. Sewer hookups are in the front of the sites, making reaching the hole a stretch. I parked as far back as I could with the sewer hose extended, but the tongue of the camper was almost in the road. Had to park the tow vehicle behind the camper in the site. No trees/shade on the sites, but tent campers are back in the woods. This campground is off the main roads. 20 miles from I-40, 10 miles to 64/74, around 12 miles to Lake Lure on Bills Creek Road. Residence/office/bath house/pool are together, and looks great. Owner is friendly and answered questions. I called to ask about the campground before going, because I knew it was fairly new. Was told there was 3 more campers coming in for the weekend. Turns out,we were the only people there till late Saturday night when two couples came in with tents. Nothing else to do other than the pool. Good base for travel in the area, but price with nothing else to offer was a little high. Cash only, no credit/debit cards taken. Was told he would give us a discount on our next visit. Probably won't return because of the remote location.
Date of Stay: November, 2014
This campground has been on our to do list for years. This was our first visit,Thanksgiving week. My opinion is, this a campground everyone should visit once to see and experience, but it doesn't make a big impression to want to soon return. Nice folks in the office. Escorted to our site. Although sites were level, getting there is uphill,and leaving is downhill. Sites are laid out well, with some trees and bushes. We usually camp in warmer weather with our grand kids. With no pool, and the the grounds making it difficult to ride bikes, we probably wont return with them later. Short drive into Asheville, and easy access east and west on I-40.
Date of Stay: October, 2014
Have stayed here many times over the years,but only in the spring and fall. Campground is heavily wooded, but hot and muggy in the summer. Some sites need several boards to level. We camped during the annual Halloween activities weekend. Campground was full, as sites were reserved many months ahead, and most were decorated for the occasion. Some new gravel rock dust had been put down, and only added to the dusty conditions. We checked out after 1pm and was no waiting at either of the two dump stations on the road out. Will camp here again.
Date of Stay: October, 2014
Quiet weekend with campground less than half full. Grounds were in great shape. Check in without a reservation was quick. Nice folks in the office. Escorted to site. Many tall pine trees on sites. Only negative is the somewhat confusing access road off I-85 to get to the campground. Would stay again.
Date of Stay: May, 2014
Been staying here for years. The grandkids love this campground because of the pool,and they can ride their bikes. Lots of activities on the weekends. Nice ladies in the office.
Date of Stay: April, 2009
Great park! Host were very friendly...gave us lots of information and invited us to come back. Seems to be in the middle of attractions in all directions. Close to Cherokee, Maggie Valley,Asheville, Blue Ridge Parkway, and not too far to Gatlinburg.
Date of Stay: April, 2008
Camped on the river. Will go back in summer for tubing. Super nice owners!!
Date of Stay: October, 2007
This was our second visit here this month. A short drive for us. Only a few other campers here on this weekend.Loved the privacy on our site. A short drive to Chessnee,SC for shopping/food. Trains pass several miles away every few hours and Saturday nights have noise from nearby Harris Speedway. One of our favorites otherwise.
Date of Stay: August, 2007
Made a drive through here in late summer. Best overall campground of those in the Lake Lure / Chimney Rock area. Will stay here soon.
Date of Stay: July, 2007
One of our favorite campgrounds. Kids and grandkids love this place. Only negative is the location being about 10 miles from town. First come, first serve on sites, but I've NEVER had a problem getting a site.
Date of Stay: June, 2007
If you are lucky enough to get one of the 30 or so spots up front, it is a great place to stay. Other spots on a winding downhill road leading to the back are still better than the spots in the back with the hundreds of permanent campers. Nice pool and friendly staff. Was told not to be in a hurry leaving on Sunday afternoon. Stayed over for the pool.
Date of Stay: April, 2007
Mostly permanent sites here, not too impressed overall. The kids loved the river. Probably won't return because of the remote location. We appeared to be the only visiting campers here other than those at permanent sites.
Date of Stay: March, 2007
Lots of permanent sites. All the pop-ups are put on a peninsula together down on the lake. Would be OK in the summer.