Date of Stay: July, 2009
**WOW, WOW, & WOW** Family friendly to say the least. We have 3 boys and a golden retriever (who does not retrieve). The campground blew our expectations out of the water. The staff could not have been more helpful or nicer to deal with. The facility was very homey, welcoming, and an absolute blast for us and especially the boys (and the dog). Two lakes - one to swim in, the other to fish (catch n release) - the sites were clean and the location of the campground was remote. We felt very at-home during the entire time. We spent 5 nights at the campground and didn't feel like we wanted to leave. The weather was gorgeous in the mountains, and the town of Saluda was quaint and cozy. We were a bit surprised at the camp office and all that they offered right out of the office (from ice cream to Schwanns meats, breakfast, wood, books, videos, etc.) and all the little extras (horseshoes, ping-pong, carpet pool, and even a 3-hole course). They had all the gear and equipment already hanging out waiting for you to start playing at your leisure. You did NOT have to go to the office and request to play horseshoes or golf - only to find out the office was closed. You just walked up and did it. The campground was silent at night and only once (July 4th) did the chatter and noise go later than 11pm--a minor detail in comparison to other campgrounds during the holidays. The staff and the campground owner went overboard in making the visit to Orchard Lake a memory that my family will remember forever. We plan on coming back with the entire extended family. We had little phone coverage at our site (a positive), but TREMENDOUS Wi-Fi connection. Loved this part (as a business owner) and was blown away that we could be this remote in the woods of North Carolina, and still be online this strong. Pet-friendliness was a great part in knowing that other people were OK with our dog swimming the lake and chasing a ball and hanging with other friendly big-dogs. Lastly - a vast majority of people we talked to were locals who stay at the park when they want to "get away". Think about that - you live in the mountains of Carolina, but come HERE to relax... it says volumes at how beautiful and easy-going and welcoming this campground is. Bottom line - I could go on and on for more pages - just get to this campground. You won't be disappointed.
Date of Stay: June, 2009
Not that impressed. We did see 4-5 deer, and the lookout tower (not within walking distance) was pretty cool. But the worst part was the staff/rangers that I felt were a deal killer for us to return to this park in the future. It was clearly a bother to them for us to be apart of this State Park, they were very unhelpful and no common sense anywhere to be found. Several issues were experienced in our 4 days camping, and I didn't feel safe if the rangers were viewing us as a bother. At least this is what we felt. I would choose another park if this is important to you.
Date of Stay: March, 2009
A great family park. The staff was awesome and the facilities were immaculate. The waking up to the monkeys sounded like they were right next door to the pop-up. The lions woke us up in the middle of the night - which was an experience my boys will never forget. And the KOA had a special rate for additional nights that included the ride through the Lion Country Safari. It was a deal-saver and was somewhere we will go back to many times again. The pool was very clean. The Wi-Fi was accessible even to the back of the campground. We will be back soon after the heat and humidity goes away. It was a great place to bring the kids - they will love it and the memories will be remembered.