Date of Stay: July, 2008
The Rutledge Lake Travel Park is a small, quiet, very clean, extremely well-run facility. Having said that, it can be a little too well run if you have energetic kids, for example. Added to this is that staff in their golf carts seem to be everywhere, hovering over you or reminding you of the rules (even if you are already aware of them). One of the most annoying rules is that campfires have to be “out by 10, cold by 10:30.” This regulation has been imposed upon them because they are inside the city limits of Fletcher, NC. Also, they have problems with the wi-fi in that the two transmitters interfere with each other; one was set to channel 8 and the other channel 10. Our kids had a blast with the playground and the pool. Can be a little sunnier than you might like but they do have many young trees that are starting to provide decent shade. If you are just staying here overnight, have angelic kids and don’t have an interest in “late night” campfires or spending much time outside of your camper in the campground itself, you’ll enjoy your stay.
Date of Stay: July, 2008
Stone Bridge is a large park set next to a small stream/river in Maggie Valley. Many/most of the sites are occupied by elderly seasonal campers (who were wonderfully helpful to us) from Florida or other far-removed places. As a consequence, it’s very quiet and you’ll often have the campground bathroom to yourself if you don’t have full sewer on your rig. The bathrooms themselves are OK but could use some updating. Lots of shade. We had a creekside site and our kids played in the stream quite contentedly (we never made it over to the pool) when we weren’t off hiking in the Smokies or going to Ghost Town in the Sky (just up the highway). They do have a large grassy area where the kids can play and a game room if the weather doesn’t cooperate. They DON’T have wi-fi, contrary to what I read in the prior reviews.
Date of Stay: June, 2008
Indian Lakes is a quieter-than-expected State-run campground containing a mixture of old and newer loops. The commissary is very nice with cheap ice cream and pretty much everything a camper might need from a grocery store. This is mostly a boater’s camp and many of our neighbors did the up-at-dawn, out to the lake, back for lunch, out to the lake, back in the evening tango. I thought there would be more boat noise (our site was about 40 yards from the lake, a very nice view) but it really wasn’t a problem at all. There are channels from the lake into the campground and some used these to get out to the lake. They have channel-side campsites on asphalt (B-C sites?) for those who want that kind of access to their boat. It had rained heavily the night before and some of the B&D sites were basically islands of asphalt surrounded by large mud puddles. I'd call ahead; we got lucky and the site we'd reserved was fine. As far as maintenance, the camping loops themselves were well-maintained and clean. The beach, however, wasn't quite as immaculate and the same trash that surrounded the basketball court on the first day was still there when we left. I suspect that the camp hosts watch over their own areas (and do a great job) and the common areas aren't as closely monitored. We intend to return; it was a decent place if boating and fishing is what you are after.