Date of Stay: November, 2007
Large, shaded sites. Some have a view through the trees of Tim's Ford Lake or a foot bridge. Nice paved walking trails. Paved sites are short so you have to remove your truck from the camper and park it crossways in front of your camper. The attendant was very nice. Bathroom #2 was clean, but had no hot water or countertop at the sinks.
Date of Stay: September, 2007
This is a very nice, quiet campground along the Obey River. The sites are large with trees, a paved pad and a fire ring. There is a nice paved trail along a creek that is stocked with trout from the fish hatchery that is next door. There are several pull-through "buddy sites" for 2 families to camp next to each other and a fish cleaning station. The attendant carefully explained to us that this is a no alcohol, a family campground. The attendant can give you directions to the "swing bridge" that goes to an island on Dale Hollow lake. There is not much to do near the campground except fishing and boating.
Date of Stay: June, 2007
We stayed at a cabin here the weekend of June 15, 2007 for the Margaritaville weekend. The owners Birgit and Meik were very helpful and friendly and gracious enough to let me practice my German on them. The cabin did not have a shower, but the bath house down the road was clean and wonderful with a private shower, toilet and sink all in one room. The cabin had a nice front porch with a gate to contain our dogs. The Island Fest was a lot of fun with games, prizes, a conga line and delicious food. Birgit made tasty alcoholic drinks in a blender (additional charge for drinks) and Meik was a great MC and comedian for the evening. The other campers were very friendly and we met several that return year after year. You need to have a fire ring at your campsite and get a fire permit from the office before you start a fire in the evening. The fenced-in pond was muddy looking but our lab loved swimming in it. We used the hose there to rinse her off when she was finished. There were a lot of nice, small trees planted throughout the campground to create living fences between the camp sites. We found it best to follow the I-26 from Asheville directions listed on their website. Route 74 through Lake Lure has many hilly, windy curves along a river. Brigit is a talented artist and chef and makes dog biscuits, bars of soap, and painted dog plaques. These and other dog and camping items are sold at the checkin/gift shop. Brigit also has painted all the cute signs around the campground. Rutherfordton has a nice, old downtown area with two dog stores that sell treats, leashes, clothing, books, etc. It also has a nice antique store, book store and gift shops. Doc's has delicious homemade ice cream.