Date of Stay: July, 2016
Fairly easy to reach from I-75. Entrance driveway and the internal gravel roads are little narrow but manageable. You drive past the pull thru sites en route to the office and have to backtrack to the pull thru sites once you've paid. Luckily, we had a knowledgeable escort. The clerk at check in was friendly and gave me a choice of sites. The office has pizza, wings, etc. for sale, but we didn't partake. Other supplies and brochures available. The gravel pull thrus, as mentioned by someone in a previous review, are long and level but narrow. Not terrible for an overnight. Our spot was shady which was welcome given the heat. Some sites had no trees, and some seemed wider than ours. Picnic tables "conveniently " located next to sewer connections. Fire rings were well placed, not too close to the rv. We didn't notice road noise, but we had air conditioners running. I'm past the tent camping stage, but the tent spots looked great with good spacing and grassy area. Plenty to do at this campground. Very family oriented. Many well-behaved kids having fun outside which is refreshing to see. The pool looked inviting as did the playground and sports offerings. Digital cable had many channels but no guide. Great picture. Wifi was ok. KOAs generally disappoint, but this one didn't. It's the best one we've tried. Owners/ managers seem to take pride in their facility and actually offer something for the money. Plus, they seem to keep it clean and trim.
Date of Stay: June, 2016
About 5 miles from I-40 at exit 407 and away from the Gatlinburg traffic. It's acceptable for an overnight but perhaps too far if Gatlinburg and the national park are on the agenda. The entrance road, Boyd's Creek Highway, is a little narrow but manageable. The office staff checked me in quickly and handed me a map. No escort. It's a large park, so some help would have been a plus. Our gravel pull-through spot was somewhat level. Took a few adjustments with the levelers. Spot was narrow but we didn't have anyone on either side, so it was OK for overnight. Hookups were acceptable. Concrete patios were cracked from tree roots. Cable was analog with a limited line up. WiFi iffy. Gave up on it. Our section wasn't really attractive. There were some back-in sites next to the river that were shorter but scenic. I noticed some sites on the way to ours that were very close and very unappealing. People had to sit in their lawn chairs very near the main road. Pool looked small for a campground as large as this one. They had a church service on Sunday morning. Propane was available, but the tank was on the wrong side for us, so we passed on it. This resort wouldn't be my first choice, but it served the overnight purpose.
Date of Stay: June, 2016
Located about 2 miles from interstate via narrow, but manageable roads. Careful with GPS. My Android gave me the right directions. The Apple had me turning into a home's driveway. Call for directions. Look for the red barn near the park's entrance. Owner met us at entrance and pointed to our site. Sites aren't really marked, but a work camper helped us. Sites are level grass and narrow, but long so unhooking isn't necessary. Beware of the trees. Hook ups were appropriately placed although a longer sewer hose would be needed if you don't want to unhook. No cable, OTA, or wifi. Verizon worked. Only 30 amp. Water had a sulfur smell and pressure was low. Park has a pool, playground equipment, and a very large grassy field for outdoor fun. No laundry. Didn't use restrooms, but the building looked a little shabby from the outside. Word of caution: I Googled the park. There's another park two hours away with the same name except it's for males and it's clothing optional. I finally found the Whispering Oaks in Manchester, and the owner told me the name similarity has been a problem for them. Ask if the resort is family friendly before booking if that's your preference. This rustic park is a little ways off the freeway, but it's less expensive than the corporate rip offs nearby. Good for overnight and probably for a few days as there are many attractions nearby. Many permanents so book in advance for a transient spot.
Date of Stay: May, 2016
Good parts: Beautiful, tree-filled grounds. Impressive clubhouse with soaring wood ceiling and inviting fireplaces. Clean, luxurious bathrooms with saunas. Fairly complete gym with 2 treadmills and circuit training equipment. Small, cold pool and small but heated jacuzzi. Putting course. Tennis court. Card rooms and theatre. Planned activities. Spacious paved pads and roads. Well-placed hook ups. No tables or fire rings. Small laundry room with two efficient washers and dryers, a folding table,plus an iron and ironing board. 1.50 to wash and to dry. Internet was excellent although it did go out for several hours twice in a month. Verizon works well, however. Bad parts: Most sites have road noise. We had the northern exposure because of the spring special, so our site backed up to US 31. Noise was noticeable but not horrible. There's a line of trees separating sites from the road. For those bothered by constant road noise, this could be a problem. All sites in the park have some noise. Cable TV is another story. Only 30 analog channels and poor reception on most of them. Not a good offering of channels either. Front desk girls are lost about fixing the reception problem. I was basically told that there was nothing that could be done since they didn't want to call a tech to the site. She offered to move me, but I declined saying that unhooking and hooking up a motorhome is too much work. I'm guessing that problem will never be addressed and the next person to have my site will have the same problem. Satellites might have a problem with so many trees. Despite the road noise and the marginal cable, I'd come back. I only mention these issues so others can be aware. I'm guessing the resort is feeling its way about increasing rentals. It's not a motorhome only park anymore and they're no longer selling lots. This is the third owner and only 3 lots have sold since 2009. I hope this owner, Sunland, can make it work since the resort is so beautiful.
Date of Stay: May, 2016
After you turn left from the exit 61 ramp, make sure you don't accidentally go onto the entrance ramp. The campground sign is right in front of the entrance ramp. The campground road is actually west of it. There's a tight, but doable turn into the campground and some of the turns in the park are also tight. Park roads are gravel but smooth. The sites are also gravel and don't look level at all, but ours actually was. Decent spacing. The polite manager/owner walked us to our site. He was very pleasant,eager to please, and appreciative of our business. I noticed some noise from a distant train. Although the park is close to I-75, the noise wasn't too bad. Quiet overall. I didn't use their restrooms, but they seemed to be in a small building. The analog cable was a little dull. The wifi was good when it worked but it wasn't very consistent. This is a convenient overnight spot, but not a destination. It's certainly much better than the others in the area. It was tidy and seemed safe. No frills but perfect after a long day of driving. It's fairly small, so reservations would be a good idea. Definite pride of ownership at this park.
Date of Stay: May, 2016
I had read a few of the previous Glowood reviews and noted the rough roads into the park. However, I foolishly thought the problems would be fixed by now. Wrong! I called the cg office and was specific that we needed a pull thru for a 38 foot motorhome and car and didn't want to unhook for the night. Spot was available. Come on in. The internal roads were narrow, mud-filled craters. The check-in office was a creepy, dimly-lit opening beneath a porch. The owner took my money and pointed me in the direction of my site. The sharp curve preceding the end spot was muddy everywhere with deep, unavoidable ruts. This was the last site available. No way could we make the curve and pull thru. At this point, the back right tires of the coach began to sink into the mud. I quickly checked to see if we could go straight and leave, but the pull thru site seemed to be the only way out. On foot, I raced back to the office to see if the owner could suggest an exit. He said no one had ever had this problem with my site. Very untruthful. Maybe a class B van could get thru but not anything bigger. He then offered to pull our motorhome and car out with his SUV if we were stuck in the mud. David and Goliath? Clueless? He even offered my money back and a little extra for my trouble. So generous considering our perilous plight and his negligence in putting us into a spot he should have known was unacceptable. Who does that? He explained that they'd had rain, and mud-filled potholes had formed. I realized that these were not from a recent event. These were from years of neglect. Later, I read older reviews, one from June, 2008. Hint: read all the reviews. We finally pulled in, not even bothering to level. Just connected the electric and were glad we could leave in the morning. This owner has no conscience or ethics. Takes money and delivers nothing. Keep driving.
Date of Stay: May, 2016
What a welcome surprise! Duck Creek is everything an RV resort should be. The park is an easy 2.5 mile drive from US 31. Beautiful office for efficient check-in by cordial staff. I was actually given a wifi password, cable channel listings, and an escort to my site over paved roads. Level sites are generously-sized concrete with permanently attached fire pits which aren't located right next to the rv. Picnic tables were clean. Grass in between and behind each site. Curb-side trash pick up throughout the day. The recreation offerings are many. Large pool with rain shower. Game room, rec room, playgrounds, volleyball, the list goes on and on. Laundry room was very clean, well-equipped and reasonably priced. Another amazing concept: the wifi actually worked. When the park is full, the wifi might bog down, but they have 6 repeaters. The cable, while analog, brought in an above average selection of channels. Good signal strength. Gated entry with key card and gated exit. This is no doubt necessary since the resort is almost directly across from Michigan's Amusement park. Store had a decent assortment of treats and s'mores-making ingredients. I'm sure staff will add more when season arrives. Speaking if season, it would probably be a good idea to book this resort early. I sincerely appreciate resort owners who thoughtfully design and diligently maintain the property. I'm sick of being ripped off by marginal park owners that never invest monies received into improvements or at least basic, necessary maintenance. Kudos to the conscientious owners and managers of Duck Creek RV Resort. They should be offering seminars on customer service and park upkeep to the others who take but don't deliver.
Date of Stay: June, 2015
Overnight stop for us. Road from I-75 is under construction, so the sea of cones and barrels make for a tough, but manageable entrance. Luckily, it's a short distance. Once we entered the RV park, roads were paved and easy to navigate. Although the office was closed, materials and clearly-marked maps were available. We chose a spot and left money in the mail slot. We received an email the next day confirming payment. They even sent a survey to learn about our experience. All pads were paved, long, but slightly narrow. You have to get into the grass to hook up. No shade at all. Hook ups were well placed and worked. WiFi was excellent. Cable TV reception was good but had a limited line up. The resort has every recreation amenity imaginable: shuffleboard, pickle ball, rec room, etc. Pool, deck, and furniture looked good. Laundry room had many clean washers and dryers. Even some large capacity washers. Rest rooms were individual, air-conditioned, and luxurious. Very clean, tidy resort. In season, this resort would probably be a happening place. Most of the I-75 parks are less than desirable. Believe me: We've stayed at most of them, and they are cringe-worthy. So glad to find this one. I'm sure reservations would be a must in season. We were in a hurry to return home, or we would have stayed longer to enjoy all the resort has to offer.
Date of Stay: June, 2015
Strike 1: The clerk I spoke to told me 1 to 1-1/2 miles from the I-95 exit. My GPS was telling me otherwise, but I don't always believe it. We went over 6 miles from the interstate through two-lane residential streets before reaching the park. Had I known the distance, I never would have chosen this park. It's not suitable for an overnight. Strike 2: No one was in the office when I arrived. On the door was a list of available sites,the price, and a faint,hard-to-read map that was a challenge. No info on cable channels or Wi-Fi codes. Because we had pulled up to the registration office, per the sign, we overshot the entrance to the pull-through sites and had to navigate the park's perimeter to pull into our site. The roads were narrow, bumpy, and pothole-filled. We finally arrived at our site. It was dirt with a few intrepid blades of grass. Even messier, I'm sure, with rain. It was bad enough dry. We tracked so much dirt into the motorhome just in the short time there. Not completely level but manageable. Site was long enough but narrow. No one was next to us; otherwise, it would be tight. Hook ups were placed correctly, at least. Cable worked well, but I couldn't get onto the Wi-Fi without the closely guarded password. I didn't use the restrooms or laundry. Strike 3: Many older, permanent campers were mixed in with mobile homes. Some had years of clutter surrounding them. Not very appealing. This park was not worth 40 dollars per night, especially when I factor in the cost of diesel fuel for the 12 round trip miles to reach this out-of-the way location.
Date of Stay: June, 2015
Park entrance is not far from interstate, but the eastbound exit intersection is confusion corner. Lots of roads going different directions, so you have to make some snap judgements quickly. I followed the GPS, and it was accurate, for once. The clerk at the RV park had also given me directions on the phone, so the two combined helped. Call to get directions. Speed bumps that dot the main entrance road into the park were the "shake everything in the coach type." I can never understand why park owners do this to their guests. No escort to site after check-in so when we arrived at our site, another RV was already there. This required a walk in the rain to get another site assignment. Young man at desk didn't seem overly concerned or apologetic that I was inconvenienced and soaking wet. Our gravel site was wide enough and level. Some grass in between and some shade. There were also concrete sites without shade. Hookups were well placed and worked well. Cable had all the best channels. Wi-Fi worked until campground filled up on the weekend and then connection was screeching halt. I didn't check out the pool, restrooms, or laundry, but they were available. This isn't the most attractive campground, but it's good for several days, especially if you are out seeing the sights in area. Lots of graveyard junk in the storage row behind us. Campground seemed to be at capacity on the weekend, so book in advance. We'd stay again.
Date of Stay: May, 2015
Unhook your toad at church parking lot just south of exit 59 off I-40. We didn't know to do this. Big mistake! Patton Cove Road leads up to campground from the church lot. It's a narrow road with steep drops. Watch out for the blind, sharp turn just before the Mama Gerties' sign. Traffic to the right doesn't have a stop sign. Enter campground. To register, you can either take steep stairs or go around to the left of the brown building and take the ramp. I took the stairs, not realizing there was a ramp. Quite a workout. Office staff was very efficient. We had an escort who helped us disconnect the toad and lead us to our site, thankfully. Very hilly, but he knew how to get us into our spot. Everyone gets an escort. Gravel sites were actually level. Space between sites was good. This is one of the best maintained parks ever. The staff is always working. I saw one worker actually turn over picnic tables to clean underneath. Laundry with new washers and restrooms were immaculate. Staff is helpful, too. One rig across from us left the awning out overnight during a hard rain. The awning collapsed, and five of the staff members helped the owner remove the awning which was a total loss. Probably a two hour assist. We had a site on the lower tier, but the upper sites have amazing views. Very hilly to get to these, but doable for the courageous driver. Not us. Cable was outstanding with many channels. Wi-Fi was good most days. Verizon coverage on Android was spotty, but OK on iPhone. Fenced dog park. Mama Gerties is close to all the Asheville and Black Mountain attractions. Blue Ridge Parkway is near and easy to reach. So much to do in the area. Beautiful views as you drive to them. Great place with wonderful, hard-working staff who take pride in the park. Taking pride seems to be a vanishing attribute in many RV parks we've visited. We appreciate it when we find people who care about the customer. Reasonable prices. Very quiet, peaceful mountain setting.
Date of Stay: April, 2015
There's a toll road you will take to get to the resort, so have your money ready. Roads leading to the resort were good, but very busy and have some construction. We weren't even there during peak season. Call first for specific directions to the resort. The drive from I-95 to the resort probably took us 40 minutes. Get a map of the island and surrounding areas when you check in. You'll need it to get around. You can choose your site before you book the reservation. Choose carefully. The website had pictures of each space. I was lucky enough to choose well. Our spacious site had pavers, a wrought iron table and chairs, and beautiful landscaping. Some sites were narrow and overgrown. There was an escort to the site. He gave us pads to put under our jacks. Hook ups were well placed and worked. Cable and wifi were good. Pool, tennis courts, recreation hall all looked inviting, but we didn't partake. I liked that we got a key card for the entrance gate. Better than trying to remember random numbers. We were there to visit Savannah which was about 40 minutes from the resort. Beautiful country roads to get there. We prefer driving a little to get to Savannah. Navigating the roads and traffic and the marginal campgrounds near Savannah isn't our idea of fun. Beaufort is also a pleasant drive. Enjoyed the resort and the area.
Date of Stay: January, 2015
This campground previously had made our "never again" list because of the horrible county road leading into the park. I read that the road had been resurfaced, so we decided to try again. It has now made the "Never ever again; I'll stay at Walmart before I will stay here again" list. Check in was quick. However, that was the end of quick. We had to wait for our escort to help another camper hook up the electricity. I told the escort we could hook up by ourselves, but he wouldn't allow that because he had to shave down the plugs on our electric cord. I was not too thrilled about someone taking a file to our plug. I guess they have their rules, but it took him 20 minutes to get to us. All I wanted to do was hook up, get into the RV for a shower and some food, watch some television, and check our email. No cable. They were in a dispute with their cable provider. Worthless WiFi. But here's the worst part: the overnight visitors were parked in parallel rows which we knew from previous visits. However, this time a camper was parked in front of us, preventing us from driving forward. Instead, we had to drive down a mound of dirt to exit. As I was guiding my husband out of the site, I saw the generator's exhaust pipe dragging but could do nothing to stop this. Fast forward to next repair: we had to pay to have the exhaust pipe straightened and reattached because of this. Several hundred dollars. Although this campground is a convenient stop on I-75, we will never go there again. Not worth the price, the hassle, or the expense of having repairs made. If you opt to stay here, make sure you get the first site in the row so you can pull straight out of the lane. Otherwise, you'll be spending money for repairs.
Date of Stay: September, 2014
Entrance to the campground is through a residential area, so that is always unsettling. Office clerk was friendly, but the escort didn't know much. He took us to a narrow site, and we only had inches...yes inches...to spare on either side of the motorhome. I told him that was unacceptable. By some miracle, and some excellent driving by my husband, we pulled out of the site, barely avoiding the posts in the way. The next spot was as bad. The neighbors' awning was hanging over our site. Strike three: he took us to the most unlevel site we've ever had in decades of RVing. It was so unlevel, the fridge temperature dropped. In the morning, we had to throw away many items that were suspect. Terrible cable and hit/miss wifi. Very poor water pressure to motorhome. Previous reviews complained about highway noise, but that was the least of our problems. I am not renewing my KOA discount card. Not worth it. They are almost all unacceptable and overpriced.
Date of Stay: September, 2014
This "resort" might be "first in Florida" as they state in their ad, but it's definitely the last place we'd ever stay again. The signage at the entrance was really confusing. As a result, we took a wrong turn and ended up at the Jennings version of the Bates Motel. Since we saw no way to turn around in the motel parking lot, we had to disconnect the tow from the motorhome. The loose, snarling dog on the porch of the motel added some unwelcome drama to an already bad situation. Who wants to disconnect the tow car for one night, especially in the hot, humid, buggy summer heat? We finally checked into the cluttered office and were sent on our way by a rather unfriendly clerk. The narrow site had the connections far from our sewer and water. Many extensions needed. Puddles and mud everywhere from the afternoon rain. We couldn't get TV or wifi. Seems you have to go sit outside by the pool to get wifi. Not too appealing with the Florida heat, humidity, and bugs. Lots of permanent rigs around but just old ones, not too trashy. Leaving was confusing thanks to the questionable map. The narrow exit road was around a lake, and we were hoping we hadn't taken another wrong turn. We managed to exit, so I guess the road was correct although unacceptable. I think this is an old park that hasn't bothered to update for bigger rigs. The word "resort" is a stretch. What a sorry introduction to the Sunshine State! Keep driving!