Date of Stay: October, 2010
I do not generally post reviews of campgrounds we visit, but I was really impressed with Buck Creek, so I wanted to share my experience. This neat and clean campground is located in a large, picturesque valley. It is very quiet and peaceful but is just ten minutes from downtown Marion where they have several shops, stores (including a Wal-Mart and a Food Lion), and restaurants. Little Switzerland, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Linville Falls, the Linn Cove Viaduct, and Grandfather Mountain (among other attractions), are all within a short drive of Buck Creek. The staff was very friendly and helpful (even going so far as to cut down a small tree so that a big rig parked across from us would have enough room for its slide-out). The driving range is rather unique among RV parks and their electric RC flying field provides for some great entertainment. The feature that really set Buck Creek apart, though, is the speed of their Wi-Fi. We have stayed in well over 40 different RV parks and we can't recall any that had a faster wireless Internet connection than Buck Creek’s. Needless to say, we enjoyed our four-night stay very much and are already making plans for a return visit.
Date of Stay: March, 2010
We weren't overly impressed with our one-night stay at Heartland Resort. The park wasn't visually appealing and looked a bit run-down. The staff seemed all right, but the RV sites left something to be desired. While they do have decent-looking sites in some areas of the park, those in the area where we camped were some combination of grass, dirt, and gravel and would make for some very interesting camping during and after a rain. The thing that really left us with a negative opinion of Heartland, though, is the proximity of the campground to the Interstate. Many of the sites in the park are no more than 1000 feet from I-70, and we got one of them. The traffic noise made sleep almost non-existent. If you are in a pinch and need a place to crash for the night Heartland Resort would work. However, I am not recommending this park to anyone who cannot sleep through the nearly constant pounding of vehicles (though, a handful of sites are further from the freeway, and might possibly be a bit quieter).