Date of Stay: October, 2010
Do you like feeling like you're in prison? We stayed here one night because it claimed it was the TN ARVC Small Campground of 2010 and that it had level sites, was pet friendly, and had good wi-fi service. I don't know what the criteria is for that award, but I would not award this park anything. The pool was closed for the season. The wi-fi was very unreliable; it kept dropping off and then at one point it was off for the rest of the night. We picked the best site available to us, but it was quite unlevel. The "dog walk" is a small patch of grass. The cable television is analog and of very poor quality. The laundry and game rooms were quite nice, but were attached to the office/store. The staff kept staring at me through the indoor window the entire time I was in there; what did they think I was going to do? They have trash cans at every site, but we took our trash out with us. I felt like they might decide to go through my trash; they were that nosy! When we inquired about an extended stay (a single month) the owner became very unpleasant and acted more like a slumlord than a hospitality manager. Her maintenance man was also unpleasant. We did not feel like guests, but more like inmates during our stay. She said she had to approve our rig first and made a point of trying to scare me off by mentioning background checks. Good grief! Perhaps they are more pleasant when they are kept busy in the summer time. I do not recommend staying at Fox Inn if there is an option to stay elsewhere.
Date of Stay: June, 2010
The most comfortable RV park in the Des Moines metro area. The office where you check-in is actually around the corner and down the block, but if you call ahead you can go right to your site and then drive over to pay and check in. It's fairly close to I-80/I-35 and it's all paved on the way to the park. All roadways inside the park are paved as well. The whole place feels very clean. Most of the back-in and pull through sites are concrete pads with large grassy yards (overall size about 40ft x 80ft for the back-ins). (There are some smaller, gravel sites too.) The park is really nicely landscaped with a very large pond, small waterfall, walkways, benches, etc. There's lots of grass. The trees are all quite new and do not provide any shade to speak of. The laundry and bathroom facilities are excellent! There are two buildings at either end. The one closer to the entrance has laundry, a free phone for local or toll-free calls, a private shower for each gender, a gathering room you can reserve or drop-in, plus a very sturdy storm shelter. The building farther in is a beautiful lodge with a laundry room, multiple showers, a game room, and a large meeting facility with a full kitchen that you can reserve. There's even a loft and a "lounge" with a sofa and television. The downside? It's very windy, so don't take off and leave your awning out, and be sure that anything you have outside is well anchored or you'll be paying your neighbor for the big dent that your lawn chair (or full-size BBQ grill) made in his rig. The wind even flipped a trailer on its side one year, we were told. They have quite a lot of seasonal and long-term campers, but nobody looked too "built-in" or junky. Many were horse trainers and jockeys from the nearby racetrack. Wi-fi was available from an outside vendor for a fee. You can get a telephone line through the local phone company if you want, but cell reception was very good. If you want more than broadcast television, bring your satellite dish. One funky thing was the water hook-ups in the newer sites... the older, gravel sites had the familiar red "hydrants," but the newer sites had water hook-ups in the ground under a little door. It was a tight place to get your knuckles in to attach your hose and you had to have a "key" to turn the water on and off. Very pet friendly. If your dog is well behaved, he can even be off leash and there is a field were you can let him run. I would stay there again.