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The rate stated is for Passport America. This is a great park convenient to Historic Colonial Williamsburg. The shuttle service is the area transit bus, which we used for the four days we were here. The sites are not large but were sufficient. The WIFI worked great. Manager was super at check-in and always friendly. We needed to leave a night early due to a family emergency and he issued a refund for that night with no problem. Like others have said, there are train tracks very close to camping but they never woke us at night so it was not an issue. We would definitely stay here again.

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The price noted is the monthly rate. This is not an overnight-stay campground: only 6-month seasonal or year round. It is an adult only campground, although children are allowed for short visits. We first found this park in 2008; advertised as seasonal only, which greatly appealed to us. We started staying here part time from May-October 2009 and would rate the park a 9 for that year. The following year (2010) gets a rating of 8. Our final year here (2011) was not as enjoyable as there was a lot of tension in the air and new unwritten rules. This year’s rating is 2. As soon as we showed up in May, we could see the signs that the park was moving away from being an RV park and moving towards full-time trailer park living. Needless to say, we were not happy about that, and as it turns out, other campers are quite concerned as well. Several decisions made by management this summer reinforce the direction of the “RV Park” moving to a “trailer park” environment. For example, campers are now allowed to have permanent building sheds, remove portions of the fencing along the street, and erect canopies to extend their living space. Some of the sites resembled a tent city with all the add-ons going on in their site. The sites are VERY close to each other; one open awning almost extends to the next unit. Generally, this is not an issue, but there are some owners who insist on leaving their dogs alone in the unit to bark and yap the entire time they are away. As others have said, the noise from the street is very heavy during the day; however, traffic noise really calms down around sunset. The town of Maggie Valley is no longer attractive to families as most venues geared toward them have closed (many before the economy went south). With people living so close together comes a lot of DRAMA. From almost every site you can see and sometimes hear what is going on in the rest of the campground. The park manager adds to a lot of the drama. Enough said. The bathrooms are very clean as are the common areas in the clubhouse. My low rating of 2 for 2011 in no way reflects uncleanliness. This year, the park owner seemed detached from his investment even though he lives on the premises. A couple times this summer, we practically had to beg to have the grass mowed. Outside maintenance around the park has dramatically changed from our first year here. The park is in the heart of the town and within walking distance to several restaurants and shops; this is a big plus. Concrete patios are available at some sites because current or previous owners purchased them. We bought ours the first year here and it was well worth it. The park puts on a July 4 cookout; it is not only a good way to get to know your neighbors, but the food is fantastic. Another feast not to be missed is the annual fish fry. The park buys the fish and one of the campers spends all day cooking the fish and hushpuppies. Everyone else brings a dish. If you're looking for a seasonal spot with lots of activities, this is not the place, as it is a small park. We didn't need scheduled activities but some people may want that. In good conscience, I could not recommend this campground to a friend, but you make up your own mind.

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Arrived after dark and after office hours so we found a site on our own - #11. The site was not level but we managed OK. Had we been able to arrive in daylight, we would have seen that some sites have concrete pads. Very friendly manager with knowledge of surrounding area. The bathhouses seemed very new so they were very modern (tiled floors) and clean. Cable TV service was good as was cell phone service even though this is a remote campground. Definitely plan to come back when we visit Mt. Airy, NC again. Price reflects KOA discount.

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We were registered by two very friendly and welcoming young managers. The campground is very remote so few TV stations and no cell phone service (Verizon). The bathrooms are clean. We would stay here again when visiting the area. Price reflects KOA discount.

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This campground doesn't have much going for it other than it is convenient to the Richmond area. We were checked in by the most unfriendly camp host we have ever met. My suggestion to the red-headed gal is to get out of the hospitality business. We were assigned site 17 - the cable TV connection did not work but since the campground was not busy, we were able to connect to our neighbor's. The road noise from I-95 cannot be overstated! My husband is hard of hearing and it bothered his sleep. We felt like we were sleeping on the highway. The camp fee seemed overpriced for winter camping and reflects the KOA discount.

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The office person was very friendly and helpful. We camped in site A11. Our site was not level due to winter storm damage. The bathrooms were very clean, although a little dated, and the shower stalls were large. There is a nice lounge behind the office. The road to the campground was very winding - not a problem for us in a truck camper, but it must be tricky for the bigger rigs, although there were several camped here, so it is possible to get in. The campground was perfect for a fall getaway as it is mostly wooded, which may be why we did not get the Wi-Fi at our spot. I would have rated this a 9 overall if we had gotten the Wi-Fi.

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We camped in site #36 on the creek. The staff was pleasant and helpful. This is a very nice campground with level sites and easy access from the road. Wi-Fi was strong at our site, which was wonderful since we did not get the Wi-Fi the night before at one of the other nearby campgrounds. The bathrooms were dated but kept clean. There seem to be many seasonal or long-term campers here but they kept their outside sites neat and decorated for the fall. We would definitely return.

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The nicest bathrooms I've ever been in, tile, automatic lights, spacious stalls and very clean.

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Bathrooms are in excellent condition - both clean and modern. Level spot. Quiet hours are 8 PM to 9 AM, which seemed unusual and if they are serious about this, they need to tell people, especially those with children because most people probably don't read the rules and would overlook this. Quiet hours were not observed the night we were here.

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Convenience store with gas station and restaurant. Bathrooms are clean but stuffy and need paint. The shower curtain is old and there was no place to put soap in the shower.

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Nice level site. Wi-Fi was excellent. Very nice bathrooms with locking doors.

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Price is based on special senior rate. Staff was very nice when we asked to switch from our initial assigned site due to low tree branches getting hung up in our camper. Restrooms were clean but dated and not as nice as the ones in Yellowstone. They do have a wash basin but you cannot clean dishes here. Did get cell phone service in this area.

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Sites have no utilities but the restroom was convenient to our site with a wash basin for cleaning dishes. Pay showers are a little distance away. Large campground but well divided into small private sections. Nearby conveniences include, gas station, grocery, gift, visitor center and two restaurants. This is one of three areas in Yellowstone with cell phone service. My Verizon phone worked all the time.

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Very helpful managers/staff that give information on town activities. Sites are very close to each other. Large gift shop on site with reasonable prices. Convenient to downtown shops, museums and restaurants. We did walk all the time but beware, it is about one mile to town. Very clean restrooms.

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We only stayed here one night but wished we could have stayed longer. This is a VERY nice park on top of a ridge with nice breezes. It is a real working ranch with nicely planted trees and flowers. Free ice cream upon arrival was a real treat after a long day of driving and touring.