Date of Stay: July, 2015
We stayed at this park due to its proximity to where our generator was being repaired. We called in advance and left a voicemail regarding availability and requested someone return our call, but no one ever did. So we just showed up around 3:30 to find that the office was closed and a sign on the door listed sites that were available and advised to put cash in the box or if you had a credit card to go next door to the RV sales and pay. After going next door to pay with a credit card the person there had no clue about taking payments for the RV park. So we just had to pay in the morning. The park is nice and accessible to big rigs. Electric is 50 amps or less, water and sewage also. The Wi-Fi was free and was very fast, and it is a good thing that the person at the RV sales department knew the password. Overall not a bad park to stay for a night or two as a necessity but not where I would consider taking a vacation for a season.
Date of Stay: June, 2015
We stayed at this park for 1 night in a 34 foot motorhome. We were just passing through so we decided to stay here, however that turned out to be a mistake. The campground also hosts a hiker hostel as it is near the Appalachian Trail. The entrance and driveways are not very good or level and are filled with ruts and potholes. It is a little harder for big rigs but once you're in it's not bad. The sites are not level and most of the short-term sites are in an open field in the center of the campground. it looks like only the seasonal or long term or sites are nestled in the woodline. They state free Wi-Fi however they should state no Wi-Fi, as the service coverage was abysmal and only at extremely non-peak hours could I squeak in an email or check Facebook. Overall was not a bad campground however would not stay more than one or two nights only as a necessity while passing through on the way to a better campground.
Date of Stay: October, 2013
This is an outstanding park, they only have 30 sites which is very nice the wifi is very strong and the owner is very nice. Please be careful when entering in the address to your GPS navigation unit, you may want to double check with the owner by phone to make sure you're going to the right location as there are several places that it may send you by mistake up to 10 miles away. This was our issue but in talking to the owner on the phone he was very nice and accommodating, he waited up late for us which was really great. Owner said that they had only been in business for 17 months, but I have a feeling that with their great customer service they will be in business for many years to come. I know that we will come back to this part definitely when we visit St Augustine. Water and electric hook-ups and sewer were all in good shape and the sites were very level compared to other parks we have stayed..
Date of Stay: August, 2013
Bird bangers all day long every 5 minutes from 6am till 8pm. Water, electric and sewage hookup in very shabby condition.
Date of Stay: June, 2013
Made a reservation for this Park and paid $31 for the reservation. The site was for electric only. Then when we arrived at the gate they wanted to charge an additional $15 in entry fee. $46.00 a night at a state park with electric only is outrageous. we stayed at the Legion Lake Campground when we ask the host if there was water and a dump available, they advised that it was 7 miles away on the wildlife loop. So I drove 7 miles to the dump and water fill station only to find out that the water fill station did not have a garden hose hookup, so I had no way to fill freshwater. Once I arrive back at the campground I backed in close to the bathroom and use the fresh water fill their with the long garden hose. I stayed in sight number eight and it was paid but not level. The wildlife Loop was nice and the park looked nice but unfortunately for $46 a night I will not be staying in this park again.
Date of Stay: March, 2012
Friendly staff, pay once you get there. Reservations recommended..within short walking distance to Strawberry Festival midway. Great location. Almost didn't want to review, to keep a secret so that it would not get overcrowded or sold out..
Date of Stay: October, 2011
OK, I called this place. It is a "PRIVATE" resort only, so unless you are an owner or guest of an owner, or Passport America member: you are not camping here. Previous reviews leave this small detail out. So, this is not a pull up or make reservations kind of a place. Just FYI.
Date of Stay: March, 2010
This was my second time staying at this park. The first time was horrible because I got a site out by Bear Creek Rd which has traffic all night that drives right in front of your RV. This may be one of the "Bad Road sites" someone was referring to. Now being wiser and possibly a slower season, I insisted on one of the upper sites with a "View". Unfortunately unless you are standing outside your unit the entire time or have a panoramic window on the back of your rig, the only thing you see mostly is the person right beside you. We stayed in site #8 and this was much better than before. $44 is a bit overpriced for this place and when you call for reservations and will be arriving in just an hour or two: boy they are quick to want that credit card over the phone. Or if decide to spend the night here and you arrive after the office is closed they want you to fill out a registration card and leave the camp fee in check or cash in a box at the office. (Most places trust enough to let you come in the morning to settle up). So they seem a bit greedy when it comes to the money part. They do have free cable TV and Wi-Fi, but everyone doesn't need it. My suggestion is to lower the price and offer those services as an additional charge to those who want it. They also had laundry facilities that I took advantage of this time, but only felt like I got taken advantage of. It was a whopping $1.75 to wash and $1.75 to dry. Of course the dryers weren't efficient enough to dry a load with just one cycle, oh no they had to go in for another $1.75 spin, good gimmick. Staff is pretty friendly but only dealt with them over the phone mostly. Park is clean. Best thing it has going for it and probably the only reason why it's still in business is that it is located closest to the Ashville tourist sites. Only reason why I stayed here again is because besides one other RV park, it is the only thing going this time of year. I normally prefer the camping along the Blue Ridge Parkway camps but they apparently are closed this time of year so I really didn't have much choice. All in all Bear Creek is not a bad place to roost for a night or two as long as you know what to expect for your money.
Date of Stay: April, 2008
This was a great park, staff was friendly and just let us pick an empty site and that one would be yours: great! We were able to drive around and actually shop for the best site instead of looking at a crude map and trying to pick a good spot. The sites were very wooded and deer were in our site waiting to great us. There was plenty of room between the sites and it was not crowded at all. It was a great place to walk in the morning, deer everywhere. The sites were so,so level but not bad. They had a raised level pad on the sites for tent camping. The sites were nice and had a fire pit/grill on site, but no table that I noticed. They had campground hosts and they sold firewood. This was a great place. I wished that we would have stayed here more.
Date of Stay: January, 2008
This Pseudo-RV campground is located at the Mt. Dora Renninger's Antique Market. They have 3 antique extravaganzas during the year as well as other special events. I am not sure if they offer RV sites during other events, but they do during the extravaganzas. The have electric hook-up and "Shared" water, which means you need to bring a splitter, but they do have some if you need or your neighbor might already have one in use. They have a campground manager who is not too bad at making sure that everyone finds their way to their site and fixes problems should they arise. Some of the sites are close, but they seem to have plenty of room in some of the other areas in the back. Most of the sites are shaded with large oak trees. There are no regular bathrooms in the RV area, but they did have trash cans and porta-potties. There is no sewage hook-ups but they do have a free dump station. The sites are close walking distance to the event grounds and was very nice to stay and go all three days to the antique extravaganza. When I made reservations they said that it was a three night minimum and since it was about $60 for Thursday, Friday & Saturday night and could stay in place until Sunday evening, I didn't mind the 3 day min..it is a good deal even if you only needed 2 nights. Again I don't know what other times of the year that they allow camping, but you can call the main office to find out.
Date of Stay: January, 2008
Website notes that this park is closed after November 2007. Dont know if it is going to re-open with new owners or what site doesn't say.
Date of Stay: December, 2007
Way too crowded, jammed in awning to slide-out. They should up the rates and cut out about 50 sites and make the remaining ones bigger and plant some trees.
Date of Stay: December, 2007
We stayed at this park for 2 nights. It was very nice, and the sites were shaded with large oak trees. I will tell you that there are 2 camping loops at this park...The one up near the gate is the Old Prairie loop, and this one looked crowded and sites looked close together and not as much shade as the loop in the back that we stayed. The camp was pretty crowded with tent campers, and it was a little loud at night until the kids went to bed, but we just watched a movie and with the A/C going it was pretty quiet. If you want to have a campfire you are not supposed to gather wood from the forest, they want you to bring in your own firewood. So, if you don't know that you can't have a campfire. The park staff was very friendly and helpful. We took our segways, and toured the park, but didn't go down any of the trails. We saw some deer and lots of birds and alligators, of course. This park was great I would stay here again. The ranger said that January through April is real busy especially on weekends and she said that it is booked up 11 months in advance during those months and that sometimes the park is flooded out with 5 ft of water during the wet season, so call ahead to confirm even if you do get a reservation. The park is very close to the Sarasota area, and we went to the John Ringling Museum...a must see!
Date of Stay: December, 2007
We stayed just one night at this park. It was nothing special, but it was very quiet and peaceful, and the requirement for us was that it was very close to the Tarpon Springs Sponge Dock area. We traveled with our Golden Retriever and Chinese crested, and had no problems. We checked in about 6pm and left around 8am in the morning so we really didn't get to look around much, but they charged for Wi-fi internet. The site we had was a back-in, and was gravel with water, electric and sewage. I wouldn't recommend staying here for more than a couple of nights at the most, there are some nicer places for extended stays, but I would stay here again to visit Tarpon Springs.
Date of Stay: November, 2007
This was a nice park, wasn't too crowded. Looked like it some seasonal residents with some mobile homes, but everything appeared clean. Staff was friendly and check in was a breeze. Very informative web-site with video. Not flashy place but nice to stay for the night. Were not bothered at night by noise or drunks. Hook-ups were good. Very close to Renninger's Antique market in Mount Dora. Would stay here again, but I am going to check out Wekiva Springs State Park. Called there first but were booked up. No complaints about Orange Blossom. When I pulled up they were having an early Thanksgiving dinner and lots of people attended.