Date of Stay: September, 2010
Just looking at this place I would give it a 10. I think it's a really great park but we had a few issues. My husband's a pro at driving/backing trailers but even he had to swing into the site across the road (which is nicely paved) to back our 23 footer in. Maybe it's possible to back in without doing that but thankfully that other site was empty. At night, when I suppose everyone was pulling the juice, our lights dimmed constantly. During the day we had no problems, using the same lights/appliances as at night, and we only have 20 amp service on out little camper. The Wi-Fi signal never improved above "low" the whole weekend though we were actually able to stream some video, check email, etc. It was definitely manageable for us but if you're online a lot you might want to consider that. My biggest complaint is the CG says they have cable and even include a listing of the channels with the check-in packet. We had basic channels, no cable at all. Normally I wouldn't care about cable or Internet but the reason we chose this CG was the cable hookup, which we didn't get, so we could watch a game. The lady at the office was nice about it and said we could watch the game in the clubhouse if we wanted but we opted to visit around town, catching scores when we could. We were told they were doing renovations and are aware of the problem. Other than those glitches River Vista is a very nice park. It's clean, the people we met were nice and it's in an awesome location. It's close to Dillard, Mountain City, Clayton, GA and even Franklin and Highlands, NC but in a surprisingly quiet locale. I didn't see many children but it's not a senior-citizens-only place either. We stayed in a standard site along the road so our dog would have more walking space near our site. It's a great dog friendly park which is very important to us. It was nice to be somewhere our dog didn't seem out of place or treated like a nuisance. Set up was a breeze; the gravel site was perfectly level. We had a picnic table, little shade tree, lots of grass and plentiful natural screening from the road. Having direct sewer hookup, especially in the mountains, is a wonderful change from dealing with dump stations. I sort of missed having a fire pit for that true camping experience but this is more of a resort than outdoorsy place. They have community fire pits anyway. We were only here for a weekend so we didn't get to enjoy the amenities other than strolling by but the pool looked clean, the fireplace pavilion was nice, the landscaping was pretty and I really, really regret not getting to use that heated indoor pool! We would most certainly stay here again (though maybe not on game day!) and we would stay longer to enjoy everything it has to offer. My in-laws have rented a cabin here before and we would like to try those out too.
Date of Stay: August, 2010
We really like this park. It offers a sandy beach area, 2 covered picnic shelters, playgrounds, a meeting building, public boat ramp and store. There are two campgrounds on opposite sides within the park. We have camped here 3 times in 3 different sites. This is a big fishing area and almost everyone brings a boat. We don't boat so I prefer CG#1. We stayed close to the marina in CG#2 last time and heard the boats and the train whistling through town all night. But there's a site for practically everyone; interior handicap accessible sites, sunny waterfront sites on a lake point, large shady sites close to a playground, long pull-through sites right off the CG road, and side-by-side sites for groups with 2 campers. All sites have paved drives and gravel pads with a picnic table, fire pit (some have separate grills) and pole hook. The bath houses have always been clean when I've been in them but realize this is a state - not private - park. They're equipped with toilets and paper, sinks and counters, hot showers - no frills (or heat or A/C)! We like the fact we can reserve specific sites and the office staff is very helpful and friendly. The cons I've encountered were strangers walking from non-waterfront sites through ours to get to the boat they'd docked in front of our site. Parking/maneuvering can be an issue as lots of non-campers visit camping guests and park in the CG road. And there are LOTS of children here, especially in summer, so you really have to watch out for unattended ones riding bikes and golf carts constantly, even going the wrong direction on the one-way roads.
Date of Stay: March, 2010
We still love this park! We stayed in site #40 this time since it was too cold to use the water. We had total privacy: couldn't see another camper from any angle. This is a nice site for those who don't want to completely rough it. It's directly across from the bath house (which provides light onto site), and playground and it's one site down from the walking trail. CG host was nice as usual. Our circuit panel went out before we got to CG and he recommended someone who came and fixed it on the spot on Saturday morning! Bath house is clean and does have heat, contrary to what I previously thought. Book early, as I've learned top 10 sites will be booked six months in advance. The only drawback we had was the train coming through Calhoun Falls: the sound really travels over the lake.