Date of Stay: July, 2016
I would have rated this Forest Service campground a lot higher if it wasn't for the campers who used Spring Gulch as their private ATV course. A large group, with at least four ATVs, decided to use the interior campground road for their ATV usage. The noise level was terrible and you were not able to safely enjoy the campground less you hit one of them with your vehicle or they compromised your safety while walking. The peace and serenity of a beautiful setting was ruined by these inconsiderate campers. Forest Service personnel were aware of this situation, but failed to stop the ATV usage. This went on for at least three days. On the positive side, this is a very nice campground with well placed sites with plenty of trees and privacy along the Bitterroot River. It should have been a great visit but it just goes to show how a few can ruin a good time for the many. Although I made it with my 5TH Wheel (about 55' total), I had a tough time clearing the tree limbs around the cul-de-sac upon exiting. Price reflects Senior/Access Pass.
Date of Stay: July, 2016
Nightly rate reflects weekly rate for 50 amp. A very nice park but the spaces are on the short side for long rigs. There was no room in front for my truck after unhitching and barely enough room on the side for parking. Also, it appears they are in the process of updating the sites to 50 amp and after a rainy stay, the side for hook ups was a muddy quagmire. This was due to the area being freshly dug to install 50 amp. I would have gladly stayed in a 30 amp spot if I had known of this beforehand. The 30 amp sites were completely grass covered and mud was not an issue. The interior roads could use some attention but they were not a deal breaker. The owners are in the process of improving their park so certain areas will be lacking for a while. The owners are extremely friendly and helpful. I would definitely stay here again, but I would eyeball the site first to make sure mud is not going to be an issue.
Date of Stay: April, 2016
I stayed at Big Pines in May of 2013 and it was excellent then and it was excellent in April of 2016. The owners do a fantastic job of keeping this forest like park in A-One condition. If you're looking for peace and serenity in a RV park, look no further. This time around I deviated from my intended travel route to spend time here and I will do so again in the future. Not a lot of unnecessary bells and whistles here, just a great RV Park camping experience.
Date of Stay: March, 2016
I would have rated Wine Ridge a "9 or 10" if their Wi-Fi was acceptable. They advertise "Free and enhanced Wi-Fi" but although it was free, it was anything but "enhanced." Reception issues aside, they have a block on YouTube (Wine Ridge uses YouTube videos on their website, but you can't view them using their Wi-Fi), and Netflix. (This block mysteriously disappeared when the latest season of "House of Cards" was showing and reappeared once one could be expected to finish viewing the episodes. I believe someone with access to the right button wanted to watch this on the park Wi-Fi.) This means if it's a video, whether it's educational or entertainment, you won't be able to view it on their Wi-Fi. This is not revealed ahead of time and I'm trying to figure out what the "enhanced" is? My stay was during the winter months so maybe the Wi-Fi is now up to decent standards. This is a pet peeve of mine as I plan accordingly for Wi-Fi access. Don't advertise Wi-Fi if it isn't in good working order and free of restrictions. On the plus side, Wine Ridge is a very well run RV Park with customer satisfaction a high priority. It is extremely clean with the staff being very attentive to visitor's needs. I have not stayed at any RV Park which offers better value for the dollar than Wine Ridge.
Date of Stay: May, 2013
Very well run park with plenty of space for the largest rigs. We visited in May before the summer season so we had plenty of privacy, peace, and quiet. The canals in the park leading to the lake make this an extra special park. A great place to stay while visiting the Mount St Helens area.
Date of Stay: May, 2013
Big Pines is a very clean, well run RV park. It's easy to see the pride the owners take in their park. It's located in a peaceful, serene setting, similar to a National Park or Forest Service campground, but having all the modern amenities. Sites have plenty of space and are offset nicely from other sites. Big Pines is truly a gem well hidden from passing traffic as the park sits back from the road and is easily passed by without ever knowing its location. This is a plus for me as it never was crowded during my almost three week stay, but a negative from the owners standpoint as a great place like this should never have vacancies. I found this great park by doing an internet search. I will look no further when traveling here in the future ,and I highly recommend this park for a quality stay.