Date of Stay: April, 2013
I think the other reviews pretty accurately describe the campground - it's an older campground that's fairly tight for big rigs (we're just under 59' long bumper to bumper when hitched up). We're here over spring break (lots of MD and VA schools are off- heck, it's why we're here!). The arriving process was a little weird in that you dialed the registration desk and said that you were checking in. She said she would open the gate but didn't give us any directions (e.g., drive forward until you see a small sign for the registration desk). The woman at the front desk was a little scattered, saying that it was especially busy because of spring break. I asked for recommendations for us since we were a big rig and she said we wouldn't like the sites, that they were wooded and pull-throughs but were pretty close to the entrance and highway. She said since it's first come first served, that we could camp there for a night and explore the campground, or drop the camper off and drive around. We're still getting our RV legs about us and hitching/unhitching is still a fair "to do" for us, but I'm really glad that we decided to drop the camper and drive around in just the truck. Back in the back (away from the road noise) we definitely would have been in trouble making some of the maneuvers hitched up! We ended up in their "A" set of campsites on the 4th road in. We *do* hear the highway all of the time but inside the camper it's not enough to keep us awake or anything. The site is just only a little longer than our fifth wheel is, but fairly wide. We've been parking the truck along side of the camper. The hookups for us are pretty centrally located on the site and convenient for water, sewer, and electric. The water pressure is pretty low - seems to run about 30 PSI based on my gauge. I'm using AT&T for phone and Internet (I work from the camper) and it's been sufficient.
Date of Stay: December, 2012
Each Thousand Trails park is a "first come, first served" place - this one, you picked your site based on looking at a super-sized campground map on a wall in the front office when you arrive. Good if you know the place, less good if you've never been there. I used Google Maps to check out the area and knew that only a small portion of the park was wooded so I asked for that (section "D"). There is fairly limited 50 amp sites through the park and especially so back in the "D" section. The fellow who was checking us in was pretty knowledgeable about the sites and was able to accommodate our big rig size. We narrowed it down to two different sites, depending on if I'd be able to get backed into the first one or not. The sizes back in this area have pretty thick vegetation between different sites. The site that we originally picked was so tight width-wise, that I didn't think we'd be able to get our slides out and still be able to walk around the camper. We walked the area and ultimately settled on a different site - a quick call to the front office gave us the one we picked. Width-wise, it was still fairly tight - our main living room slide ended up pushing into the vegetation a bit (which, later in the trip - we found 2 palmetto bugs and 1 frog inside the camper; I assume because of the plants touching the side and underside of the slide). We were in a 30 amp site and definitely had power issues. I can't believe we were getting a full 30 amps. Starting up the main air conditioner, water heater and a handful of lights blew the breaker at the box. We ended up blowing the breaker 3 or 4 times total in our 9-day stay. The laundry facilities were very plain and fairly small (2 of each - washers and dryers). The bathhouses were downright dingy. There were a ton of amenities - the pools looked nice and clean. The duck pin bowling was a hoot! The weekend breakfast in the clubhouse was cheap and yummy. They had all sorts of other stuff that we didn't participate in (in fact, it was one of the most active club houses that I've ever seen). In other news - we visited Disney, Sea World and Universal while we were there. Traffic, as expected, was painful each day. Definitely get the Sunpass and make use of the toll roads. We finally started using them (where we could without a Sunpass) and they saved much time. The whole park appeared to be big rig friendly (given which site that you pick).
Date of Stay: December, 2012
We stayed here as an overnight stop coming up I-95. I had seen a recommendation for them on a forum that I frequent but really didn't do any research. Our GPS directions seemed to take what felt like a long way to get to the campground (differing from a sign that Whispering Pines had put up at an intersection). Coming back out, it did feel like it was quicker than going in. That said, we also had a screaming 7 month old on the way in. I only talked to the staff via phone ahead of time - I tried to make a reservation, but it was more of a "Yeah, we should have sites." without a definite reservation. I asked about after-hours check-ins and the woman said that they leave a list of sites on the office door. Not very confidence inspiring that we would have a site - but in reality, it turned out to be a non-issue. The sign on the door indicated the free sites for pull-thru sites (all up front, closest to the road) and the back-ins (back towards their lake). Payment was leaving cash in an envelope dropped in the mail slot. The office was closed for the New Year's holiday. The pull-through sites were quite close together, but for an overnight stop, I didn't mind. We had 50amp service, sewer hookup, and water - all convenient. The site was perfectly level side to side with no leveling boards needed. and close enough front to back that we didn't disconnect from the truck. We did have to raise the pin up to where most of the weight was off of the truck. I didn't explore the campground except for a quick last-minute bathroom stop before we got on the road. They were large, clean, and warm. The showers appeared to be clean enough. We are a 58 1/2 big rig but they had plenty of maneuvering room for the pull throughs and parking overnight. I'd stay here again.
Date of Stay: September, 2012
Overall I felt the campground, while nice, was fairly expensive. They do a pretty good job of describing this all on their rates page: - for a water, sewer and electric site, their base rate is $52.50. Extra persons over 2 people were $5.00 per day. Cable (which we did not purchase and I noticed on their sheet was only about 12 channels) was $3.00 per day. Mini golf was $3.50 per person (not sure if this was per game, or what) - bounce pillow was $3.00 per person (for the weekend). I don't mind paying for the amenities used and this kind of ala cart menu lets you do that. But, I felt like the base rate was pretty spendy to add things on top of it. Our site was in their "Front Row" sites - FR10, specifically. These sites were long enough for my 42' fifth wheel and crew cab, long bed dually 3500 If I pushed a little further back into the site and possibly left the tail gate down with the fifth wheel hitch hang over the bed. Ultimately, I parked in the grassy area across from the site. The bad...the sites are really narrow. With the way the escorts situated me on the site, my driver's side wheels were right on the edge of the gravel - my slides then extended 3' into the neighbor's site. Fortunately, it was just used at night by the neighbor's hired driver and they weren't actively using that site (they used the next one over where their beautiful/million-dollar motorhome was parked). These sites are in full sun - there was only a tree line behind me. The water hookup is the strangest thing I've experienced in my limited RV'ing - it's literally in a 18" round tube sunk down into the ground that you have to move a concrete cover to get access to it; the water nozzle itself was under ground level by 3"- 4". Because I parked where the escorts guided me, my site was fairly unlevel side to side - 4 lynx leveler blocks and I was still off a bit because they sunk into the ground somewhat. This was partly my fault as I should have moved more onto the gravel and I think it would have helped. I'm not entirely sure, but I think the camper lost power while we were at the pool - my alarm clock was blinking like the time wasn't set. My view was of the 2 RV storage parking lots (pretty storage, but not my idea of a campground view). My daughter tried to use the shower in the bathhouse, but could only get cold water out. Wi-Fi was NOT available everywhere - not at our sites and it was spotty as we walked around. That all said, the rest of the campground was fully shaded and tree covered. The roads through it would accommodate a big rig (I didn't drive it at all, but we walked all around one morning). Neither good nor bad, the site seems to be comprised of 75% or more seasonals. They had some of the best sites in the park, obviously. Electric, water and sewer were fully at the rear of the sites - I was at my max for hose length for water and sewer. In fact, my hose for my black water tank flush wasn't long enough. With my Watts water regulator, I had decent water for showers in the camper. We had no rudeness issues with the staff (though, funny that someone mentioned the older gentleman in overalls at a golf cart- he was there and not overly friendly). If I were to camp here again, given my size (42' + long bed/crew cab/dually), I would ask for one of the pull-thru A1-A7 or D30/31 might fit a big rig. D13 was OK, but it's fire pit faced the road - seems like you'd have little to no privacy. Finally, if you drive I-70 and take Rt. 97 north - trust the 20mph road signs through the curves. Going north, the dip near the train tracks needs to be taken SLOW. I didn't come from/to Rt. 94, so I can't comment on that approach. I'm on the fence if I'd stay here again. For me, it was an OK campground that's close to home (30 minutes).
Date of Stay: August, 2012
I love this campground - we visited over July 4 last year and were back again this year for Labor Day. It, by FAR, has the most friendly folks we've ever interacted with! We had no issues maneuvering our 42' FW around the campground. We called ahead as we were delayed by a hospital appointment and they helped "hold" a big rig accessible pull through site for us. (TT/OW doesn't really "hold" sites, but since they help everyone pick their site, they seemingly helped keep this one open for us.) The bad was that it was immediately adjacent to the pavilion and on Saturday they had a Crab Feast which then turned into a corn hole tournament which then turned into a louder version with much drinking and music. Fortunately, it was quiet and everyone returned to their campers by 9:45pm or so. A little later than we would have liked, but being a holiday weekend - we knew what we were getting into. The pool is big and nice. The baby pool is small and warm. The mini golf is "quaint" (aka, super small/9 holes). We'll gladly return again.
Date of Stay: July, 2012
This is a Thousand Trails/Outdoor World campground, so it was free for us to stay. We've been here a few times in the past. Most of the sites are generally in full sun with only a tree or two for decoration. The site we ended up on was very out of level with the passenger side being the low side which made for an uncomfortable height getting off the bottom step and made our outdoor kitchen essentially unusable. (Guess who bought 2 new fold-up steps?) The roads are a little tight, with my inexperience, I definitely wouldn't want to back into my site during a busy part of the day. The indoor pool was nice for the cool weather and still being able to swim. The activities for the kids are very nice with my weekend events going on. I'll be back when time allows.
Date of Stay: July, 2012
This was a nice overnight stop on our way to Alabama. The gentleman at the office had no record of our reservation (made 2 months prior by phone), but there was plenty of space. Their printed site map indicated our site was 30amps, but he said that all of the sites had been upgraded to 50amp sites. The pool was clean-ish but heated; with the heat of the day, this was generally NOT welcome, but it was nice to take a dip before dinner. The site was a convenient pull-through with plenty of room for our 42' FW and almost level. I'd gladly stay here on a drive south again, it was very convenient to the highway with no road noise whatsoever.
Date of Stay: July, 2012
On this trip, all of our check-ins seemed to be after the office closed, and this was no exception. The camp host came out to us to let us in, because we sat in the parking lot making a quick bathroom stop before figuring out how to check-in after hours. He was a quiet guy, not welcoming, but not unfriendly. He and his wife helped me pick a site that would be good for our size and he even took me for a ride through the campground on his golf cart to preview the sites. The park itself is stunning. Paved roads through-out and nicely sized sites. We didn't use them, but they even had some "A & B" sites where 2 campers could be parked together. The sewer sites were limited and unavailable by the time we checked-in on a Friday. I didn't have any problems with the 30amp electricity, but we were at family events each day and didn't spend much time at the camper at all. I'd gladly stay here again. A quick comment about the roads leading to it. For big rigs, avoid Bankhead Parkway and Fearn St. instead opting for Monte Sano Blvd. There is a 10mph switchback/hairpin curve to contend with. I made it with my 42' FW and 22' dually/crew cab truck, but made the choice to go down the mountain differently.
Date of Stay: July, 2012
This campground is essentially a road off of a business park that isn't developed. We had reservations and called ahead that we would be arriving much later than expected (about 9:30pm), well after their check-in time. They had no issue with it and said that they would leave a site assignment and map on the front office door for us. Just as advertised it was there. The road through the park is black top and each site is concrete. There is essentially no room on each site, outside of the concrete pad. A picnic table was provided, but fires were not allowed. The Wi-Fi signal was strong, but it wasn't the speediest and they're doing some kind of throttling. I tried downloading a rented movie on our iPad in the morning, and it just didn't download. We only glanced at the playground and pool, but they seemed nice. The bathhouses were large and the showers private with their own doors. Though, my daughter said her water went cold mid-shower. I'd gladly stay here for an overnight stop again, though it's not really my cup of tea for a stay of any length of time.