Date of Stay: June, 2015
The location is great, only 10-15 minutes from Tweetsie Railroad. I gave this park a 6 because it is so very tight. To be fair, I booked my site the night before. The person on the phone asked me three times about the size of my fifth wheel and was told repeatedly, it was 40 feet long and had four slides. We were given a very narrow site with a tight back-in. Cars and trailers were parked up against the road and in some cases hanging into the road. We were unable to get into the site and had to be given another site. At first we were told there was no where else to put us. This was after 9 pm and we were three hours from home. They did eventually give us one of their seasonal sites by the creek. It was tight but we got in after someone moved a car. The site was so small we had to park the truck by the office instead of at the site. Leaving we had to squeeze between trucks hanging in the road with about six inches to spare on either side of the rig. Lots of seasonal campers here who were very nice. They had a nice little playground and a pleasant walking trail in the woods. This campground is better for smaller rigs. If you have a big rig, I wouldn't stay here as you will have trouble getting into your spot.
Date of Stay: January, 2015
Very nice and clean campground. I gave it a 9 instead of a 10 because it is still new and being developed in some areas. Talking to management revealed plans to eventually build a dog park and maybe a pool. They have a small playground good for younger kids. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Great value within 30-40 minutes driving distance of Durham, Chapel Hill, and Greensboro. It is about an hour to Raleigh. We will camp here again.
Date of Stay: July, 2012
It is a good place for an overnight stop or a base to do a lot of things in Charlotte but not necessarily a destination campground. Sites were large, as they allowed everyone to use two back to back sites as one large pull-through site with a nice level concrete pad. There are no fire rings so you have to create your own safe place for a fire. We were given a discounted rate because the campground is experiencing construction next door. The construction required their playground to be dismantled. We were not warned of this ahead of time. The jumping pillow was nice and the pool was nice. The game room had only a couple of games in it and none of them functioned properly. The permanent sites were hidden behind a fence and that is because some of them are an eyesore. We walked past them to get to the laundry and game rooms. The RV repair shop on site actually looks more like a large junk yard and is operated out of a mobile home type structure. There is a bar on site that you can hear the DJ from your site and traffic will fill up the entire parking lot at the gas station entry to the campground. The road at the entrance had large elevated manhole covers and was very uneven due to the construction making it an obstacle course to enter the campground. Also the site just two away from ours was allowed to have a large class A, a large enclosed trailer, a flatbed trailer, a Gator or Polaris type golf cart on steroids and 3 pick up trucks all on one site. They would work on their competitive dirt bikes during the day. We pretty much stayed away during the day and were only there at night making the campground functional for our needs but I actually elected to stay away more than originally planned because of the above stated things.
Date of Stay: May, 2012
This is a small county park. It is peaceful and pretty quiet. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The wooded sites (section B) are tight for a bigger rig. If you have a large rig, I recommend camping in the field (section C), and you will need your own fire ring for a fire there. We came in on Tuesday before Memorial Day and got 1 of 2 shaded sites left that could handle a 30 ft travel trailer. The wooded loop is too tight to get a large rig around (we are almost 53 ft and barely got through without hitting any trees). Sites in the woods are not very level either. The field is much more level. The wooded sites have very aggressive bugs, i.e. wood roaches that will jump on you and your trailer. I spent the whole time worrying about that. It has a wonderful playground and lots of trails. The pool is pay by the day, they had a pH problem so they opened half of the pool? Another nice thing they do is let you come in and store your trailer/motorhome not hooked to electric or water for $5/day for a few days before your stay. This is something they do instead of reservations. We would stay here again but would stay in a different spot.
Date of Stay: April, 2012
Very nice campground with beautiful views. This campground is used by many people with boats. They tend to beach them below their sites. Be prepared to hear boats coming and going all day. We had some noisy neighbors. The campground was very peaceful once they left. There were some people camped on Loop E across the cove/inlet from us (we were on Loop F). They ran spot lights on the beach well after midnight that shined into our site. Very annoying. The staff was very nice and worked hard to keep the place clean. They came around to empty the trash cans at the end of the sites at least 2x during the day. Some sites are tighter than others. Some are longer than others and some are on a hill. The website will tell you if the site is level or on a hill. Be aware that as a NC state park, the campground gates will close and lock at dusk and will not reopen until morning (typically open about 8am to 8 pm). You must be inside before they close or you will be locked out for the night. You can only get out in case of emergency. We will stay here again.
Date of Stay: October, 2011
We stayed here with a group of people and had obtained a special rate. They were very accommodating to our group allowing us use of their facilities without charge. The sites were level and were gravel. There was a picnic table and fire ring at every site. The sites were on a hillside so each trailer was staggered like a stadium up the hill. The playground was a back yard play set with 2 swings and a slide but gave my daughter something to do. There is a trail you can hike up to a beautiful view of the valley. The caverns are worth the money for the tour and they knew my daughter was 4 but let me sneak her in free as a 3 year old. The Nascar race was viewed on a movie style screen inside a pavilion. They got a 9 instead of a 10 because one of the sites in our group had no power and he had to run off of the electric on the site next to him. Also the campground lost water pressure on Sunday morning. We are planning to camp here again next year.
Date of Stay: July, 2011
The staff really try to make it a nice camping experience, but it is really difficult considering the very active train tracks right across Highway 70 from the campground. We heard train whistles at all hours of the day and night. This was entertaining for my daughter during the day but made sleeping at night difficult. We were parked near the pool. The pool is a very basic 3-4 foot deep pool with no frills but it does get the job done. They have a little kids playground that has a rock/gravel type base and a bigger kids playground that is on grass. They had a wagon ride around the pond and an ice cream social during the 4th of July weekend. The prices were very reasonable for breakfast and the ice cream social. The campsites were a little close together but the staff does help navigate you to your site and direct you as you back in. This campground is good for an overnight stay but I would not make this a destination campground. I gave this campground a 5 as it is a middle of the road type campground to stay at, that is it is not bad and it is not great.
Date of Stay: June, 2011
This is a nice clean, well run park. We reserved an inland site and requested shade which they accommodated for us. Our site was in a great location, a very short walk to the beach, pool, store and activities areas. Only complaint about our site was it was a little small for our 30 foot trailer. The bumper was at the very back of our site and the ball was about 2 feet from the road. We enjoyed the paddleboating and the lazy river while we were here. Be aware extra activities like paddleboating, kids crafts etc., are not included and will carry a fee. We would be willing to camp here again.
Date of Stay: March, 2011
This was our second stay here. Both stays were wonderful. We bought into the park after the presentation because we were so impressed with the place. It is a nice family friendly campground with two playgrounds, paddleboats, fishing, shuffleboard, minigolf, and horseshoes. My daughter loves the playground by the lake and she loves the waterfall and goldfish pond. The sites near the waterfall are rock and have cement pads. The wooded sites are sand and do not have a cement pad. Both sites were nice. We had full hookups both stays. Staff was super friendly and helped with getting us parked and setting up. One even drove around offering fresh homemade bread to campers. We already have reservations for Easter weekend. As members, we don't pay for our stay, we pay a yearly fee instead. Only downside (if this really is one) is there is not much near this place, ie: nearest anything is about 9 miles away according to GPS.