Date of Stay: April, 2015
This is a nice campground with level concrete pads and sites on both the ocean and sound sides. But for $70/night during the off-season, I expect reasonably reliable wifi service, and they were unable to deliver. And there are add-on charges, as well. I don't mind paying an extra $3 per day for cable. But an extra $3 per day for a pet is nothing but a money-grab. It costs the campground nothing for me to have my dog there.
Date of Stay: August, 2014
We really enjoyed this park. It is very new, and the owners are extremely nice and accommodating. They came by twice during our first few days to make sure everything was okay for us. Almost all the sites are long and wide, with lots of room between them. All roads and sites are covered with a thick layer of gravel. Utilities are nice and new, and the water faucets are enclosed in tall PVC pipes - which I assume are insulated - and the pipe is designed so campers can hang their unused hose on it so it doesn't lie on the ground. The final touches on the bath house are still being completed, but it was open and usable when we were there. Very, very nice inside. The campground is just three easy miles from I-40 and only about four miles from downtown Mebane, which has some interesting shops and restaurants. Right at the interstate exit are outlet stores, restaurants and a Wal-Mart and Lowe's Foods grocery store. The campground is also in a convenient area for visiting Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh. We will definitely camp there again.
Date of Stay: May, 2013
We had a great time with friends at this park. It is a very big park but not very crowded at all during the four nights we stayed. From the folks at the office to the guys who helped us park, everyone was extremely friendly and helpful. For $3 more per night, we had wonderful premium sites with concrete pads on the lake. These sites allow you to back in almost parallel to the lake, so the water was no more than 10 feet outside our door. We loved these sites. The only drawback came the final day when fishermen (I don't know if they were campers or not) walked between our camper and the water, right past our door on their way around the lake. I don't think there are many campers dumb and ill-mannered enough to do such a thing, so I'm assuming these people had day passes. Nonetheless, we loved the sites and would definitely go back. The campground is very close to the Casino and other Indian attractions.
Date of Stay: August, 2010
The sites were very small, very narrow and needed some gravel on them. They have a first-class game room, a separate great lounge behind the office. But they really need to spend some money on the sites. One really unusual thing we encountered here was that every power box we saw had a sticker on it saying that it was unsafe for us to use our water heater on shore power. It suggested we use gas to be safe. Curious.
Date of Stay: November, 2008
We made reservations online, then tried to call the campground with a question the next day. No answer and no callback. We tried to call again enroute, same result. We wondered if they were open. All of these were daytime calls. We arrived behind some folks who were parked at the office scratching their heads. The office was locked tight at 1 p.m. on a Saturday. A camper on the way out, who had worked there during the summer, said we should all just pick a site and that we probably wouldn't have to move later. She said all the staff was in Myrtle Beach, 30 miles away, for a KOA convention. They weren't expected back for a few days. Just after dark, we walked our small dog and encountered an incoherent individual walking a large dog who urged his dog to be aggressive toward ours. We picked ours up and went back to our camper. We could then hear this guy wandering around in the empty sites near ours, muttering, talking incoherently and generally creating a frightening situtaion. I stood outside wondering what to do. Then I went inside momentarily to report to my wife what was going on outside. When I opened the door to go back outside, the large dog jumped into the camper, and I fully expected the man to come in right behind him. But no one was there. Just the dog running loose. After ejecting the dog, which was just a very big overly friendly puppy, I walked down to an empty site and found the guy with his head down on a picnic table. I roused him and told him he needed to get his dog under control. He was still incoherent and unable to tell me if he was a guest at the campground or what campsite he was in. At that point, thinking he was not a campground guest, we called 911, and in the meantime he came and got his dog. A while later, a deputy called us and said he encountered the guy, who actually WAS staying at the campground. He told the guy he must stay on his campsite when he was in such a state. The deputy told us that the dog had been turned loose again by the time he got there. A while later, a guy in a golf cart came to our site. I don't know if he was "security" or not, but he obviously worked for the campground and said he saw the police and went out to see what was going on. He said the guy in question had been at the campground for several months and had never been known to drink. A couple of days later, I found the dog's leash on the same picnic table where I had found the supposedly drunk guy. That same day, a campground official opened the office for a few minutes and was then headed back to the convention. I think she was probably one of the owners. She was apologetic about the situation and reiterated the idea that the guy was not a drinker. We wondered if maybe the guy was having a medical problem, and she said they would keep an eye on him. When we reported that we had observed four incidents of big dogs off-leash, she said they were probably taking advantage of the fact that the campground staff was out of town. She also apologized for the inconvenience of no one being at the office for a few days. Maybe there is another side to this story, and I have tried to tell all of the other side that I know. But this was a nightmare camping situation for us. Big dogs were running loose. All were friendly, including one that jumped into my lap in my own campsite while I was holding my Yorkie. No harm done, but this campground makes a big deal on their website about controlling your dog. But they don't make a big deal out of it when you report transgressions. As you might have guessed, we won't be back. And at $44 a night in the off-season at the beach, it is the most expensive place we have ever camped.
Date of Stay: March, 2008
The owners are very friendly and helpful. Although the campground is still very much a work in progress, it is being worked on full-time, and it is going to be a first-class campground. We got the feeling that the owners are very committed to that. They were very concerned about all our needs being met. Also, cable and WiFi are now up and running. This is a convenient location for anyone visiting Mount Airy and its many attractions. Very easy in and out. We will definitely be back.
Date of Stay: June, 2007
This campground is definitely not in the middle of nowhere, as previously indicated. Maybe the quietness of it makes it just seem like it. In fact, it's less than a mile off I-40 and not more than 10 minutes from downtown Asheville. It is even closer to the unique shops and restaurants in the town of Black Mountain. Yes, it is steep, which is why we call this area "the mountains." I can't imagine what else you could expect. This was our first visit here, though we camp around the Asheville area frequently. We were so impressed by this campground that we are certain it will be our base of operations for all future visits. The gated security system is excellent. The laundry facilities were top-notch, with four washers and five dryers, all in like-new shape. The landscaping and maintenance of the campsites was very impressive, and the tiered sites provide good privacy. The only criticism we can think of is the very dangerous left turn that has to be made to enter the campground. The worst we've ever seen. Perhaps a convex mirror there would help.
Date of Stay: March, 2007
Staff was very friendly and helpful, but the sites were extremely close together in the section where we camped, which is the area with sewer hookups. Incidentally, the price is the same whether you get full hookups or just water and power. There is no cable. The full hookup area was pretty dry and dusty with absolutely no grass. The water-electric area was extremely grassy and the sites appeared farther apart. The campground is a private resort that takes non-members. We considered it an average campground that was over-priced by about $5 per night. It is very convenient to the N.C. Zoo. While responsible drinking is allowed at your site, we discovered that the county in which the campground and zoo are located is totally "dry." You have to bring your own or drive to another county to purchase libations, if you're interested in that type of thing.
Date of Stay: January, 2007
We didn't have trouble finding this park, but we probably would have if we hadn't gotten directions beforehand from the owner. It is out in the country but no more than a 10-minute drive to nearby Chapel Hill/Carrboro, home of the University of North Carolina. There are some older mobile homes there, in fact most of the sites are occupied by mobile homes. About 26 are for transients. However, the mobile homes seemed to be well kept. Also, this is one of the quieter campgrounds we have ever stayed at, despite our suspicion that many of the occupants may be commuter students. Roads in the campground are well-maintained gravel, and all of the sites, both permanent and transient, seemed to be spaced very far apart we were very happy with the accommodations, especially because it was a pastoral setting with just a short drive into Chapel Hill. But accommodation is all it is. There are no bathhouses or toilets, but the full hook-ups and cable worked great. There's no camp store. This is not for people who want to enjoy sitting around the campground. But it's ideal for those who want to spend their time in Chapel Hill and have a quiet place to come back to for the evening. We will definitely be back. But it's important to remember that they do not take credit cards. You can pay in cash for with a check.
Date of Stay: October, 2006
The train at 4 a.m. was annoying, but we were most put off by the clerk in the camp store requiring us to purchase a pack of gum before they would cash a traveler's check. This is a service that should be provided for guests. We didn't just walk in off the street and ask them to cash it. We were paying guests.
Date of Stay: August, 2006
We agree with the other positive comments on the park. One thing you don't see on the web site and don't know until you arrive and see the signs, is that they allow no alcohol. While we respect anyone who doesn't want to be exposed to drinking, we enjoy having a quiet, discreet drink in our camper or even outside by our campfire, but we never display it and never disturb anyone. We just want to let you know that it's against the rules at this campground.
Date of Stay: April, 2006
The owners weren't exactly rude, but they weren't exactly cordial, either. Beyond that, the owner blamed us for tripping a circuit breaker because we had the audacity to use the electric heat strips in our little 17-foot Casita travel trailer, which was hooked up to what was supposed to be 30-amp service. Yes, we had the TV and microwave on at the same time, but we don't believe we were getting 30 amps of service, despite having paid over $30 a night for the site. We have never had a problem using our appliances at any other campground. Perhaps they should use some of that money to upgrade their electrical system. Even before that incident, we had decided we wouldn't be returning to this campground, chiefly due to the rather indifferent additudes of the owners. Thankfully, there are plenty of campgrounds to choose from in the Asheville area.
Date of Stay: April, 2006
This was the best camping experience we and our dog have ever had. I agree with all the positive things said by others on this site. To avoid being repetitious, I will just say this: Four Paws is the only place we have ever camped where one of the owners gave us all a hug - including our dog - as we checked out. You truly become part of the family when you camp there, and Meik and Birgit are the reasons. There is no other campground like it. There are no other campground owners like them. If you camp and you have a dog, you need to go.
Date of Stay: March, 2006
This place is a great deal for $18 per night. It is quiet and seems secluded, although it is a city park in the city limits of a 75,000-population municipality. In fact, it is in the larger triad community that includes Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point. Amenities include a fine Pete Dye public golf course, indoor and outdoor tennis courts located away from campground itself. There is a scenic 800-acre lake which surrounds the campground. There's a marina across the lake from the campground where boats can be rented, and there are docks at the campground itself. Most of the sites are paved. All have full hookups, including cable TV. Staff are friendly and they seemed to be constantly in the area doing minor maintenance and cleanup. The only problem we had was that our particular site involved an uphill run to the sewer connecttion. Checkout time on Sundays is 6 pm, which is really great since this campground is less than an hour's drive from our home. We will definitely go back.
Date of Stay: March, 2006
This campground is located less than a mile off I-95, but far enough to avoid any undue noise. It seemed to be very transient-oriented, which was not a problem. It was fairly empty when we set up early in the afternoon, but filled up quickly with large motorhomes in the late afternoon, and most were back on I-95 by the time we woke up the next morning. The staff and surroundings were pleasant, but there were a few things we did not like: 1) The sites were very close together. Our picnic table was literally within one foot of our neighbor's sewer connection. 2) Despite the fact that this is a pretty large campground, they seemed to assign people to sites that were together in one area rather than spreading them out. There may have been a good reason for this that we didn't know about. 3) We asked about a AAA discount, and they said they offered one but only if we would pay cash, which we declined, preferring to use our credit card and save our cash. We have to wonder if AAA would approve of such a restriction. All in all, it was a pleasant stay. Our neighbors were quiet and considerate, and there were no problems other than the few dislikes listed above.