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Travel on vacations - still working for a living. Travel with two dogs. Mainly stay within a four-hour drive of ATL (except for trips to south Florida for family gatherings).

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States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

4 Paws Kingdom Campground and Dog Retreat, Rutherfordton, North Carolina

Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $51.00
Overall Rating:      

We are staying here for the week of Thanksgiving, 2015. It is our second stay here this year. The owners, along with their team of work campers, are absolutely the best! Everyone works so hard to make you and your dogs feel welcome and safe. The other campers here are so nice; it is a wonderful community feeling. It has easily made it into our list of top favorite parks.

This campground caters specifically to dogs and their owners. The multiple dog parks, agility course, rally obedience park, fenced-in lake area, everything is designed for you and your four-legged family to enjoy. For those who travel with their dogs and want them to have a great experience, this is the place! No children or amenities for children. However, doggy amenities abound.

The sites are terrific. I personally recommend one of their deluxe sites with a deck and private fenced in dog area but they are all quite nice. Level sites with easy connections to all utilities. Our water heater in the coach went out just before we left on this trip. This has allowed us to utilize the bath house. It is most certainly one of the cleanest bath houses I have ever used. Plenty of hot water for my shower!

Of course, the main attraction here are the many dog amenities. Our dogs are enjoying all of the dog parks and getting to play with others. It has been a great part of our socialization training with them both. We really like the hiking trails and the lake.

With the holiday week, there are plenty of special activities. The group Thanksgiving meal was wonderful. It was so nice to meet people and share the meal. Today, we participated in a just-for-fun agility contest. Lots of barking, cheering, laughing, and fun for humans and dogs alike.

We will definitely return again! We camped at 4 Paws Kingdom Campground and Dog Retreat in a Motorhome.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Number
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Chimney Rock State Park is a favorite of ours for hiking. Lake Lure is a wonderful area. Day trips to Asheville are easy.

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Bald Mountain Camping Resort, Hiawassee, Georgia

Date of Stay: October, 2013 - $31.00
Overall Rating:      

We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay here so far. Ours has been a three-night stay in early October, over a weekend. Everyone has been so friendly. The staff at check-in were great and everyone here in the park waves and says “hello”. We reserved a lakeside pull through site. Very nice view of the lake and mountains. The fire rings by the lake are beautiful when everyone has them lit. It is in a good location to experience some of north Georgia’s best activities. We used the WiFi a lot during the stay. The signal was strong and we experienced no problems. There seemed to be a good mixture of sunny and shady spots throughout the park. Ours was not shaded but had the lakeside location. If anything, I would say that the sites are a bit crowded in a few areas. However, we had neighbors to both the left and right and the proximity did not bother us at all. The restrooms were clean but we did not use the shower facilities. In fact, there were many amenities which we did not use. From what we observed; however, all of the facilities were well maintained and clean. They do offer a number of family friendly amenities which means there are a good number of children about. One should expect the normal sounds and activities which come with a family park. While we do not have children ourselves, we did not find the noise inappropriate. Nothing out of the norm, just “happy” noises. Children riding bikes around the park, fishing in the lake, playing on the grounds, etc. The park prominently displays the rules and they seem to be followed for the most part. This park suited our style of camping well. It has been great to come back after a day of hiking and exploring to cookout beside the rig. We eat at the picnic table then take our chairs to the lakeside and enjoy a fire (and the fires of our neighbors). Because of its location near many areas of interest for us, I would safely say we will visit here again. We camped at Bald Mountain Camping Resort in a Motorhome.

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Allatoona Landing Campground, Cartersville, Georgia

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

We selected this park for a two-night shake down of our new to us RV. The site we reserved was lakeside and we were clearly informed at time of reservation that there was no cable, sewer, and the WiFi would probably not reach. We were pleased with the site. It backed right up to the lake and was pretty. We went swimming right from our campsite. The office staff was friendly and helpful. We declined help with finding our site as it was very simple. The site was not level but considering the banks of the lake, not unexpected. We did have to use our full complement of leveling devices to get our back end up enough to reach an acceptable level. Overall, one can tell that the park was once a much more vibrant place and has since seen significant decline. Many of sites have broken paving and few are level. The restroom and bathhouse were clean and in good working order. The train tracks are nearby and very active. Expect significant train noise. It is clearly no longer as nice as the website portrays but it is perfectly acceptable. If I were to return, I would select the same slot and be content. We camped at Allatoona Landing Campground in a Motorhome.