Big Bear Lake Camplands is 3 miles down a windy, pot hole ridden road off I-68. Towards the entrance to the park you must go through a narrow road. At the guard gate, pray you don't meet "Broomhilda" the security guard (no joking West Virginia at her finest. The woman is a borderline simpleton. Once you check-in, your drive is fairly short to the campground. The campground has a few leveled, pull through, gravel sites for large motor coaches, a dozen or so (pull through) sites for larger fifth wheels and travel trailers and a dozen more back-in sites for smaller pop-ups, travel trailers, and tents as well as a few cabins. The entire site is gravel and there is a bath house (more closely resembling an outhouse). The bath house is not all too clean. The sites have NO wireless, NO cable, No laundry facilities, and barely any cell phone coverage. You'd need to stand on one foot with your left arm extended to get even a little signal. The entire area is also infested with poison oak and spiders so be extra careful where you walk. All day long you have the locals that live in trailers all over the park full time driving through the campground either investigating everyone's site or using the campground as a shortcut or using the bath house. On the weekend, the entire place is infested with drunk teenagers and adults driving golf carts and motor vehicles with beer in hand. Remember this is the wilds of West Virginia. Security is really scare and they only seem to bother checking to make sure no one overstays their visit. There is a lovely lake nearby and numerous trails for riding bikes or hiking. There is also a country store nearby. But, for what you pay, this place is a huge rip-off! It is out in the middle of nowhere. Bruceton Mills is actually 10 miles away and doesn't have a whole to offer either. Seriously, this place should be a lot less expensive for what it offers and what you have to deal with. Still, the location is pretty and the campground is fairly quiet during the weekday. Would not return to this site though. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The tent sites have pads that are tiny and odd sized. The roads and sites are rutted and rocky. The sites are hard to pull into. Most of the sites are not very private. The "lake" they show on the website is not the one that they allow swimming in. Feather Lake is filthy, green and scummy and is only deep enough for small children to play in. The restrooms are filthy as are the showers. On the plus side, the sites are nicely wooded which blocks the rain (LOL). The shower stalls are large and the hot water is plentiful. Wildlife is abundant: raccoons, chipmunks and deer. I advise skipping this park. Try Sand Springs (on the same road) or Cooper's Rock (if you don't mind a park curfew). We camped here in a Tent.
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The guy who checked us in was very friendly and he even drove firewood to our site. We camped off season, very empty, peaceful and enjoyable. There was one or two seasonals but we were far enough away from them that it seemed we were alone. Yes we would come here often, though maybe not in season as it looks like it could be very full. In the snow season they offer sledding. It may be fun to camp here then too. We camped here in a Truck Camper.
Nice manager. Low rating was for the amount of unlevel sites. I had my front left tire hanging in the air in a handicap paved spot. Went to move but my other options were just as bad. Barely any signal on Verizon but just enough to make my tethering seem like dial up with a Wilson AMP and trucker antenna. No DirecTV in my spot. Not likely in any other spots. Had to stay here as it is about the only place close to the interstate in this area. Would stay somewhere else if I could. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a very peaceful, well maintained campground. There are a number of outdoor activities in the area such as hiking, biking, boating and rock climbing. We have a 40' fifth wheel and had no trouble backing into site 2. Site 3 is also big rig friendly and has a clear view of the southern sky for satellite reception. The antenna only received a couple local channels. Also, sites 2 & 3 are paved with a paved patio, fire ring and picnic table. Ice and firewood are available at the park office right across from site 2. Our Verizon struggled to get a decent signal so our MiFi was spotty at best. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a very small and old campground. It was not designed for RVs of any size. The roads are very narrow, turns are very tight and negotiating anywhere through the campground for anything bigger than a car carrying a tent is a challenge. We drove quite a distance past the entrance and had to turn around after getting instructions and learning that a truck had knocked down the campground sign in the very tight entrance area! We had to go in and out three times to get in the right direction to back into the only available sight that our trailer would fit in. Our site (#14) was level and had electric. Water is only available at the office near the one bathhouse/restroom. Each site had a trash can and picnic table, though ours was very dirty. This campground is in a beautiful location but it's age makes it appropriate mostly for tent or small pop up campers. We didn't unhook from the truck and left early the next morning. If it hadn't been so late in the day and we so tired, we would have looked for somewhere else to stay. The rate we paid reflects a senior discount. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a nice state park with lots to do in the area. About half of the sites can be reserved. There is no sewer or water hook up but plenty of spaces between camp sites and the sites are relatively level for being a mountain area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This has to be the quietest place ever. We will stay here again and they offer sledding in the winter so we just may be here soon. The staff very friendly, place clean and did i mention quiet? Lots of wildlife too. We camped here in a Truck Camper.