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Three years ago, we spent a night here, shortly after new owners bought it. They continue to make improvements. When we checked in, one of the owners told us that there was a water leak that they were trying to fix, but they could not guarantee it would be fixed the next morning, when we were to leave and effectively put our motor home into storage for three months. (A black tank that has been emptied, but not back washed, sitting for three months in the summer…I don’t think so.) We told them of our dilemma and they said they would do their best. (I really appreciate it when somebody is completely honest with me.) They worked until they got it fixed in the early evening, then stopped by to tell us the water was back on. As for honesty, they do not advertise cable because their “cable” has only the four major networks. (Several other CGs advertise cable, but have very few stations.) We will be back

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Fee is based on monthly rate. Campground had improved since the last time we stayed there almost a year ago…especially the helpful attitude of the staff. The campground has sites that are private/not so private; shady/sunny; dry/wet, fairly quiet/noisy/very noisy. Noise comes from I-76, a side road and an adjacent gun club, with rifles firing 9-9 seven days a week.

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We paid Passport America rate. At that rate it might be OK for an overnight because it is about six miles from I-95. I would not stay there at the full-price rate. Entrance to the park is very narrow. Layout of the park is bizarre; one site right next to the office (diesel fumes when campers check in?) Another has the dump station right behind it. Little shade. No cable and only 4 antenna stations with not-so-good reception. Weak cell phone signal with Verizon. Weak Wi-Fi. Oh yeah, the trains blaring their horns several times a night. I do not understand the positive reviews of this location. After five years of full timing, I would rate this in the bottom 20% of the parks we visited.

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Rate is based on monthly stay and includes added cost for electricity. WOW. Owner a delight…laid back and cool…great conversationalist. Yeah there are rules, but very sensible. Pull through with great view of lake out front window. Great cable (71 ch) and very powerful Wi-Fi. Sites dirt/grass, very level. Full hookups. Owners and hosts VERY helpful with suggestions for grocery, restaurants, sights to see. Great Easter dinner: they provided turkey, ham, stuffing, potatoes, gravy; campers provided pot luck. Had an RV problem, and they recommended Eric, mobile repair—great job. Had a problem with toad. They recommended Steve’s Auto Repair nearby. On Friday needed A/C compressor. It was there at 8:30 Monday and we were on our way by 11:30. Fabulous service. We will visit this RV park again, and if we need service, we know where to go. We WILL be back.

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Rate is the daily average, based on the monthly rate, plus electricity. This park was bought out by Sun resorts in 2011…and they have made a great difference! Staff is more eager to please; the park has been really spruced up; more events. The park manager, has done a great job; recreation areas have been greatly improved. Some of the old timers were upset because they have changed policies for down payments for future visits. But with the more professional approach, it makes sense. We planned to stay for 2 months, but stayed for 4. Tengo Internet is free, but very unreliable; also, the monthly rate is for four weeks. We have stayed there for the past 4-5 years, and will go back.

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Certainly not an attractive campground, but it had shaded sites, was close to the interstate but quiet, long pull-throughs. Accepts Passport America. However, roads are very narrow and signage was terrible: both to get to the campground and to navigate their walking trails. Good for an overnight.

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This is a chameleon campground. Our previous ratings: 2008: 4. 2009: 7. 2010: 1. After a terrible experience with the horse rally in 2010, we decided not to return, but we did. BEFORE the horses. This year some major improvements: excellent Wi-Fi, appearance really spruced up; very responsive staff; security that doesn’t act like it is doing you a favor, sites and public areas much cleaner. On the negative side, they apparently over-softened the water and soap would not wash off. Hopefully they have resolved the horse problems. We were not here for the horse rally, but asked friends to let us know if the clean-up was any better.

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Price is after senior discount. Very nice state park: shaded, wide sites, good privacy. Very quiet. 8-8 “curfew” keeps this place family-friendly. When I Iearned that UNC would have a home football game while we were there, I was glad about the 8-8 policy. Only complaints were extremely low water pressure and only tepid water in the shower.

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This could be a great campground, but it falls short. Yes, it’s on a small river, but the only people who can fall asleep listening to the small waterfall are the owners (their site is right by the waterfall. There is NO cable TV and no on-air stations. Wi-Fi works well, but only in the gathering room, not at individual sites. Verizon wireless was non-existent to spotty due to the surrounding mountains. Water pressure fluctuates from low to adequate. The place is quiet, in spite of Highway 19E a few yards away. Some campers could not use their sewer hookups because of a blockage and the owners not knowing where the sewer lines ran. Mostly seasonal campers on well-kept sites. Rumor was that it will be all seasonal in 2012.

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Stayed in Camp Burson section where there are pull-throughs and full hookups. Site was nicely shaded but very unlevel, front to back. Water pressure was the lowest we have seen in 5 years of fulltiming. Free Wi-Fi was one of the best we have seen. Park was very quiet. No TV without a satellite dish. We paid an average of $32/night, including a $5/night dog fee that stopped after three nights. Strange, but that way they can be sure to sock it to the weekenders.

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Very level. Need to drive around in circles to get to and leave pull through site. No shade. Good cable TV and Wi-Fi.

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Stayed here a couple of years ago and were satisfied, but things have changed. Reserved 50 amp, got 30 amp, “Sorry, we are full.” Sites 339-346 are supposed to be pull through, but with sewer at extreme rear of site, must disconnect towed. Cable TV was terrible. Got about ½ of the channels they claimed, and most were snowy. These sites are literally 20 feet from a road that has traffic all night: had to use earplugs. Owners have a take it or leave it attitude.

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We paid Passport America rate: a great bargain. Nice, large pull throughs: level and heavily shaded. No antenna TV. Good water pressure, nice area to walk dog. Near I-80, but highway noise minor. Well shaded, but also some sites that would allow satellite TV. Excellent free Wi-Fi. Exceptionally friendly, helpful and professional staff. In 4.5 years of fulltiming, I have rated 120+ campgrounds. This is only the 6th one to receive a 10.

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We paid Passport America rate. CG would be a rip-off at full rate. Very few channels with antenna. Good laundry: $1 dry and $1 wash. Well-stocked RV parts store. Some roads crumbling and very narrow; narrow sites w/side-by-side hookups. Lots of road noise from I-80. Not level. The shady sites were reserved for members. The CG looks good on paper/internet, but it disappoints.

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Cable was real cable TV, not satellite/cable TV combo where it is impossible to find out what’s on. Good pull-through, shaded. Paid Good Sam rate of $31. They said water pressure was 65, but with regulator, we got only a trickle. Lots of I-80 noise, so we kept our AC blower on. Temps at night in the upper 70s. We will be back.