Date of Stay: August, 2016
We liked the campground so much last year that we made another trip again this year (Labor Day weekend). Stayed there with my wife, girls (now 8 and 13), dog, and two cats. So if you read my last review of this campground it provides the highlights. Beautiful location, gravel roads, sites on the 'other' side of the lake are spacious, a number of activities available, friendly staff, very clean restrooms - which are individual showers (one person in the room) which I like... The list goes on. They made some improvements since last year that were noticeable. New ball field, volleyball court, cemented the floor of the covered pavilion, got rid of the items 'hidden' in the woods. I had mentioned power fluctuations - but I was reading between 112 and 116 volts this year at all times. Had a great time there - no complaints at all. It would be nice to have some different activity types (maybe some arts/crafts for the kids), would love some walking trails (they may do that in the future on neighboring property), wifi, better shuffleboard course. Again - minor items. They are continuing to enhance the property yearly. I will say that some of the seasonal campers are pretty close together and older - but that is not the part we stay in. Not sure how much is in the immediate area to do, but I suspect there are some things within a reasonable drive. We stay on site for the weekend. Bingo, washerboard, kickball, volleyball, yard sale...lots of things to keep you busy....or not. A great place to kick back and just enjoy the time there. Would recommend - going there again next year. Site 323 is great (as last year), as well as site 220 (which was already reserved...).
Date of Stay: July, 2016
Stayed here while visiting the amusement park on the way back from Myrtle Beach. Wife, 2 girls (8 and 13), and the dog. Good check in experience: very welcoming and helpful. They did send us down the entry road the wrong way, however so we had to work our way around so we could approach our site correctly to back in. Had to go back to ask for a branch to be cut to accommodate my rig. They sent someone over right away and we took care of it. Very responsive. Nice grounds. Lots of trees, but also sites without. Good roads. Odd set-up at some sites where rigs are facing each other: so you are kind of camping with your neighbors. Had not seen that before. Some hookups on the opposite side of the camper. Not sure if we would have reached. Had not heard anything negative about it however. Rained hard while we were here at night. Some sites have poor drainage and water was there for quite a while. Others drained better. Ours was OKish, the one next to ours at the end was really bad. Not many people here during the week, weekends busier. Wifi was excellent. Bathrooms/showers very nice. There is really only one location, so if the park was full (and had a lot of tenters), I would think this would be a challenge with capacity. We did not have that issue. Transportation supplied to the park if desired. We did not use since I had to go back/forth numerous times for our dog. Overall a nice campground. Good facilities. Helpful staff. Perfect for a few days to head to the park. Did not explore surrounding area much. Did not use the pool but one is here.
Date of Stay: July, 2016
Decided to stay here after researching the other RV parks in the area. Happy we did. Stayed with wife and 2 girls (8 and 13). Check in was fast, easy, informative, and pleasant. Helpful people in the front area. Had an issue later that week with a lock out, and they were again very nice and helpful. Sent someone from maintenance to try and help us. Also used their Reservation service - again making things easier during our stay. Site was a bit small - but all are at the beach. Bigger actually than I had presumed. We were 1 row off the lake at the end of the streets going to the beach. It was a great location. Not too far from the beach but with a view of the lake. Quite nice for having coffee in the morning. Roads generally packed dirt/sand but kept in good shape. Nice beach area. Lots of activities at the campground, including at the pool. The girls (well all of us) really enjoyed it. Workers enthusiastic and outgoing. Nice pool area and lazy river. Really a great time/experience. Great family fun. Power was perfect: constant voltage without fluctuation. Pet friendly for our dog. Pets allowed on the beach during certain hours. Close to Walmart and attractions. Easy to get around with the highway system. Bathrooms were modern and clean. Although the campground was crowded, the bathrooms never were. Plenty of facilities. Had a great time. Would absolutely stay here again.
Date of Stay: July, 2016
First time at a NC State Park. Went in a 36 ft MH with wife and 2 girls (8 and 13). Highlights below. Check in was fast/easy. Were not made to feel welcome. Not a bad experience, just there - minimal attempt to be helpful/interactive. Could have been better from them. Sites do not have sewer - need to use dump station. Easy and not busy. Roads were paved and in very good shape. Paths to bathrooms were paved as well. Very nice area - lots of trees, large lake, a couple of paths. Surrounding area is nice as well. Close to Wake Forest and Raleigh. Some very nice things to do in both places - including a free museum in Raleigh that was awesome for the kids (NC Museum of Natural Sciences). Fair use at the campground over the weekend, but during the week very few people were there. Sites are large and private. Note that our site (73) had a slope to it. We chose it since it had a view of the lake. For our equipment (36 ft) it was a hassle getting level. Had to reposition a few times and extend jacks to the limit (with blocks). The sites across from ours were nice and large and level. Would have been a better choice for larger vehicles. If the reservation site says it is not level - it is not. Bathrooms were a bit rustic - but it is a state park. Met my expectations. Have been in others that were more modern, but it is what I expected. Usable and clean. Overall a very nice park, nice facilities, just be careful if you have a large vehicle and need a large site. We would go there again if in the area.
Date of Stay: September, 2015
We stayed here over Labor Day weekend (with my wife and two girls, 7 and 12). It was our fist time here. Beautiful grounds, large lake, activities for the whole family (played kickball, washer board, they had a yard sale, candy bingo, bingo...). Relatively level sites, our site was very large and had a stone patio. The staff was very nice and helpful. Bathrooms were surprisingly nice (nothing to look at from the outside, but nice inside - and VERY clean any time we went in). Very clean pool and nice splash zone area - plus it was actually heated (not solar - actual heat...). Residence were super friendly. Reasonable nightly rates. Slight misses - roads were stone/dirt (very dusty when we were there), Power seemed to surge quite a bit in the evening (lights in the RV getting brighter/dimmer), poor internet (fee for internet, but poor connection where we were), Some old equipment 'hidden' in the woods - beautiful property but just some finishing items they need to take care of. Not real noticeable, but there. Shuffleboard far from the office and appeared to be in need of some attention. No TV. Bottom line: We had a great time, we enjoyed the campground and people, and we made plans to return next year. Really liked out site - 323. View of the lake (the only one in the hills with that view I believe), near the bath house. No shade tree, but this time of year that was ok. When you consider the reasonable rates - this was an excellent place to stay.
Date of Stay: July, 2015
We stayed here for 12 days on vacation. Me, wife, girls ages 7 and 12. It was our home base while we explored the area. We stayed in the sites by the stream - which are nice due to the shade. There is one site in the back of the property closest to the stream which has a lot of space and privacy - nab that one if you can. Trees are not huge but are growing. Well maintained property. Beautiful restrooms (did I mention beautiful!)! Nice pool. We actually enjoyed that one better than the one across the street that you can use. That one was dirtier and really busy most of the time. No activities - but that is what Pigeon Forge is for. Due to the nice bathrooms everyone uses them so by the end of the day the showers may be in need of cleaning. They clean them in the mornings and do a nice job of it. Internet was terrible. Office people were friendly and helpful. Very good location. Close to everything but not on top of the main drag like some of the other parks. Did not feel like you were in a busy area at all (and Pigeon Forge is VERY busy). Would DEFINITELY consider staying again if in the area.
Date of Stay: June, 2015
Stayed here over Father's Day weekend. Wanted something close by and not one of the more expensive/extensive campgrounds we have recently stayed at. Well cared for sites, crushed stone, ours was not too level (back wheels off ground), stone roadways. Had food for everyone there at an event on Saturday - very nice. Quiet campground - not many activities for the kids - and not a lot of kids there. Very nice pool area, horseshoes, basketball hoop, bean bag toss. No lake. Great place to relax. Staff was very nice, and friendly seasonals. No rule list - no need for one. Very easy going - on check in times, pool hours, check out... Enjoyed our stay, and plan to stay again. We did not venture into the surrounding area, but Jim Thorpe tends to be a nice area to explore.
Date of Stay: May, 2015
We stayed here on Memorial Day weekend. Two adults and three kids. Both the holiday and kids impacted the rate ($80 per night). Very nice park. Beautiful lake. Lots of activities. Very nice staff - really welcoming. Mostly paved roads (not all). You MUST take a boat out and check out the lake - great paddle boats. Nice restrooms - some seem to be recent builds. Note that there are a LOT of kids and dogs. We had both, so met our needs. The challenges: Our site was small - barely fit the slides due to a couple of evergreens. Needed more crushed stone - a lot of dirt at the sites. You had to pay for showers (not sure of the price). Campground was a bit pricey. Bottom line - we enjoyed our stay and are booking again for next year. Partially due to proximity to our home - and the great activities. Room Tip: Site 7 had a good view of the lake and very close to the beach/activities. Noisy as a result. Small. Next time we are staying up by the ball fields.
Date of Stay: October, 2014
Went to Lake-in-Wood on Columbus Day weekend with my wife and two kids. Positives: paved roads, beautiful landscaping, numerous activities, great site (121...nice one!), modern and clean bathrooms, fun playground, indoor pool and spa, great places to walk within and just outside of the campground, good staff. Best of all it was Christmas Weekend. They REALLY went all out. Caroling, outdoor decorations, the hall was super decked out for Christmas, many campers went all out and decorated sites, hay and/or trolly rides around the campground, character visits including the big guy, gifts for the kids, home made cookies/punch. Just a really great job – can't say enough about it. Negatives: Not many...really. To nitpick – they charged us $1 to use the shuffleboard equipment. Cannot figure out for the life of me why that would be – I had to go back to the camper to get a buck. Firewood they sold was too new/wet to burn well. Internet was very weak during peak times – could not get signed on. Strengthened after many people left on Sunday. Do watch the kids as some drivers go too fast on the roads. Anyway we had a terrific weekend and are making plans to go back again next year on the same weekend. Great way to end the season! Definitely recommended.
Date of Stay: August, 2014
Heavily wooded park near Stroudsburg. Nice owners, decent sized lots, relatively level, and large pool. Nice games and free equipment (kids really liked playing ping-pong, tennis, also had a number of other games including giant connect 4...). Small pond for fishing, although we had no luck :-( . Scavenger hunt, bingo. Stayed there on Labor Day weekend - which even though it was very busy it was relatively quiet. Lots were crushed stone (no grass due to wooded area). Be aware that it is hilly - small children may have difficulty riding bikes. Why not higher rating? I base a point down for some of the following, which get higher marks on my other reviews. Unpaved roads (crushed stone), bathrooms not modern, bathrooms not particularly clean (checked a few times - including after their cleaning time), water pressure was very low at times - barely a trickle during morning of last day, seasonals not particularly well kept/landscaped, firewood purchased there was wet. Bottom line is we had a nice time, and would go back again. However even a 7 is a little high (since we liked the owners...) when compared with other places we have stayed.
Date of Stay: July, 2014
Stayed here for 4 nights while touring the area. Lots of things to do in the area (and with a few longer drives). Very clean well kept grounds, paved roads, level lots, premium sites were very large. We were not bothered by highway noise others mentioned - although you could hear it. Not many scheduled activities for the kids, but that was ok since we were spending much of our time off site. We did enjoy having the DJ there Saturday night. Main bathroom we used was modern and clean. There was another bathroom near our site that was rustic and full of dead bugs the one morning I went there. Showers were $.50 for 7 minutes. Did not use Wi-Fi. Rate included Good Sam discount. Front desk personnel not friendly. Generally one person working at a time - so they got flustered easily (with calls and people waiting). Hookups were in back of site - not an issue for us except for the water. Shared water lines and our hose (25 ft) would not reach. Make sure you have 50 ft. There was a hose already at the site that helped extend to ours - so we were OK. Overall very well kept/pleasing campground. Would definitely stay here again.
Date of Stay: June, 2014
Stayed here for a long weekend prior to the 4th of July. Site 29A, which was great since it was close to everything and plenty large. It is right near where a lot of the activities take place, which was a plus for us (wife and 2 girls). Interestingly, there were lots of kids and kid activities, but it was never that loud, particularly in the mornings (quieter than our last two stays at other campgrounds). Really friendly staff, the best by far we have encountered. LOTS of fun activities on Saturday (wife won the 2014 Lemon Sucking contest). Water gun wars, sand volleyball, free shuffleboard (which the kids ages 6 and 11 enjoyed!). Rides for the kids (definitely go on the Hey ride!). Just lots of fun. Pool a bit small but nice. SUPER clean rest rooms, all modern. Seasonals were well kept and friendly. Had the place virtually to ourselves after Sunday morning. Great time at a great place!
Date of Stay: June, 2014
I camped here over a weekend early in June. Took my 36 ft motorhome with my wife, 2 kids, and one additional adult. Note that the rate includes 2 adults - there are fees for all other campers. You should call ahead for directions. I was glad I did since I found out that my initial route had a number of detours due to bridge closures. They were very helpful in finding me a route - albeit a narrow/twisty one. Wide enough for my motorhome, however. Campground was very clean, paved grounds, and nice sites. Mostly tree covered, which was nice. Good size lake and plenty of activities for the kids and adults (ceramics, games, bingo, boat rental, tennis, racket ball, catch and release fishing...). Two pools - one indoors - as well as a small sandy beach. Bathrooms were clean - but could use updating. A lot of seasonals - but the way the campground is set up you mostly see your immediate neighbors. Most of the staff was very helpful. We did have one worker at the pool - a long time seasonal - that seemed a bit too happy to convey the pool rules. She was the exception however. Bottom line we had a great weekend and would go back again. A bit pricey with the additional fees for the extra campers, but a great setting.
Date of Stay: May, 2014
Great family park. Went over Memorial Day weekend and they had some great events for the family. If you get the chance, definitely participate in the Survivor Challenge. Owners and workers were very nice and put up with all my 'newbie' questions. We had a large space overlooking the lake. Quieter up there - definitely recommend that location. The lower lot with pull thru was busier with a larger play area and more kids. Bathrooms were nice. Not the most updated we have seen but clean. Showers could have been slightly cleaner but nothing bad. Overall great time and great park. Note that this park is well off the beaten path which is part of it's charm. Very enjoyable weekend!