20 Parks near Rutherfordton, North Carolina
Jun 2012 - $30.00
Many seasonal/permanent campers, but there was plenty of room for all. The river rises and falls according to the dam water release decisions at Lake Lure, which is the upstream source of water. The owners live on site and are very friendly and helpful folks. Nights are quiet and everything works well. We will return. The campground is near a huge Ingle's Supermarket between Lake Lure and Rutherfordton, and the road south connects with new Highway #74 to Shelby and east, or I-26 going west. - onejimmiedog
Jun 2011 - $17.00
This is a delightful small campground on the Broad River. We had no trouble backing our 34 ft. fifth wheel into our site. The owners also are on site and manage the park. The bathrooms, while basic, are obviously well tended. Tent sites are directly on the river. The main draw here is the river which runs quickly when the dam is open which is usually Monday, Wednesday and Friday. For a $10 per person you can rent a large tube and get shuttled up river for a two hour ride back. Five of us did it while we stayed here and then twelve family members returned while we attended a reunion close by. This is not a "resort" type place but more of a retreat. Even though the river is the main draw, this is safe, quiet, and rural. We stayed for six days and would gladly return. - TailsAwagging
Oct 2010 - $30.00
This park is located in a rural part of western NC, between the Broad River and a small creek. The owner-operators were very friendly. Most sites are shaded and level, about average size, with gravel pads for the rigs and concrete for the picnic tables. Most of the waterfront sites are reserved for monthlies. There's a dog walk area, playground, pet walk, and game room with pool tables. The park has propane. No dump station, but it appears that all of the RV sites are full hookup. The river flows at a trickle on weekends, and during the week the dam is opened upstream, which allows tubing and canoeing on the river. If you plan to come here for boating or fishing, be sure to call the park and verify the water flow for that day. - silvertube
Jul 2016 - $56.00
Great time, staff was extremely great. We did have a difficult time due to lots of trees, both traveling to the site, and in the site, which made it difficult for a 44 foot, 5th wheel plus truck. Tree rubs were unavoidable. - svcrews
Mar 2016 - $62.00
Definitely dog centric campground. Dogs had a great time and the deck/fenced in area was nice for them to be off leash.
Very friendly and helpful staff. Very clean and well kept. We're new to RV'ing but from where we've stayed so far, this park seems a bit pricey for the area.
Cell coverage (Verizon) is 2 bars at best if that's important for you to know. - Rickman
Nov 2015 - $51.00
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! - j_dax
Jul 2016 - $33.00
Staff very friendly and helpful. WiFi only available at office and close proximity. No cell service. Sewer only available at select sites. Gravel roads need work. Permanent campers need to clean up around their sites. - Rickman
Apr 2016 - $17.00
The proprietors are super nice and extremely helpful. We were given a pull-thru, which was great, but up by the office there is clutter and things aren't as tidy as they should be - overturned trash cans, boxes, etc. I think camping in the back would be better for scenery, as it is a scenic place, but those are back-ins. For one night, the pull thru was great, but if you want to spend a few days, go towards the back. Also, they have their own unbundled firewood and they are very generous with it. That one fact made up for everything else. There is a nice pool, too. It was easy to get to, with excellent roads. - Autigerinnc70
Mar 2016 - $17.00
We stayed for 4 days, and the staff was very friendly. They gave us a great site. It's a good location, and nice & quiet. Some of the sites didn't look like they were open yet, but it was early in the season. There were a number of seasonal renters. Some of their campsites were neat and clean. Others not so much. We would definitely stay here again! - Bruce R
Aug 2015 - $40.00
Rutherford Mountain Campground in Union Mills, is a new campground. It's built on a graded ground, up a hill above the office. Sites are level, but close together. 8 full hookups are on one side of the entrance road, and 8 other sites with just water and electric are on the other side of the campground road. Several tent sites too. All sites have tables and fire ring, although tables were in bad shape. Sites are gravel with grass. Sewer hookups are in the front of the sites, making reaching the hole a stretch. I parked as far back as I could with the sewer hose extended, but the tongue of the camper was almost in the road. Had to park the tow vehicle behind the camper in the site. No trees/shade on the sites, but tent campers are back in the woods. This campground is off the main roads. 20 miles from I-40, 10 miles to 64/74, around 12 miles to Lake Lure on Bills Creek Road. Residence/office/bath house/pool are together, and looks great. Owner is friendly and answered questions. I called to ask about the campground before going, because I knew it was fairly new. Was told there was 3 more campers coming in for the weekend. Turns out,we were the only people there till late Saturday night when two couples came in with tents. Nothing else to do other than the pool. Good base for travel in the area, but price with nothing else to offer was a little high. Cash only, no credit/debit cards taken. Was told he would give us a discount on our next visit. Probably won't return because of the remote location. - bud121156
Jun 2016 - $70.00
This small RV resort is quiet, private, and just our style. Because it is part of the Rumbling Bald Resort at Lake Lure (a short 3/4 mile away) you have access to all their amenities--golfing, swimming, boating, dining. Apple Valley itself does not have amenities other than a lovely small lake. All lots are privately owned, with level concrete pads, open above (good if you use satellite) but thickly landscaped on the sides to provide shade and nice privacy screening. WiFi can be slow. No cable. Small laundry room and one bathroom with shower available. People were very friendly and helpful. Be sure to follow driving directions given on website and not your GPS. Last part of the drive (about 20 miles) is on windy roads and some are not friendly to motor homes! Would definitely return. - Rv quilter
Apr 2016 - $70.00
This park is gorgeous. Each site is privately owned. I don't think we got our money's worth, however. There was no porch furniture on site. There was a fire pit, but it had a cover that was disintegrating and had shrunken so it couldn't easily be pulled off. There is no dog run. The wifi was very slow. A hefty accommodation tax is added on to the daily rate. - Dreaming
Jun 2013 - $60.00
We spent a few days at this gem of a resort. Check in is a little disorganized as a previous poster mentioned. Great site overlooking the lake and great amenities included with the site rental at the resort just right down the road. Verizon cell service was sketchy and Wi-Fi seemed very weak in the area of the park we were in. We have three children and they loved the kids pool at Rumbling Bald Resort. - mummaiv
Apr 2008 - $30.00
Camped on the river. Will go back in summer for tubing. Super nice owners!! - bud121156
Aug 2005 - $1.00
We camped at this campground over Memorial Day Weekend in 2000, 2001, and 2002 and never saw the owner being disrespectful to anyone. That being said, he ran a tight ship and seemed to be everywhere. We drove through Lake Lure on August 13, 2005 and everything in the campground is gone. The office, buildings, cabins, nothing remains. Grass is growing where the buildings used to be. We really liked this campground and it made us a little sad to see it closed. - Lee W
May 2005 - $0.00
This campground property was sold last October. The property is no longer a campground. Try Hickory Nut Falls Family Campground or River Creek Campground. - weekendlady50
Sep 2010 - $30.00
We made a reservation to stay here and had a late arrival. Upon arrival we were given a site number and sent along our way. The first site we saw had a broken down truck on it with flat tires and cans running over in the bed. The bath house didn't look like anything I would let my children go in. Lot's of campers looked like they had been there for ages. The roads were rough and in need of repair. We decided to leave, and as we pulled up to the office there were two people outside, and the first thing I heard was, "What's wrong" and not in a friendly way. I informed them it wasn't what was advertised, and the male told the female to give us our money back. She complained and gripped the entire time trying to make me feel like I had done something wrong. Never did get a refund since I made an online reservation. I hope these people get this place cleaned up; it looked as if it could be a really nice campground with some work. Most of all I hope the lady there gets a better attitude towards customers. - User1595
Jun 2007 - $28.00
Owner decided to put us in a site next to her house outside of the main camping area. We thought that we were in the overflow area, but discovered the next morning that less then a third of the campground were in use and of those sites in use most were permanent setups. Why she put us in the site she did is beyond me, but as we were only going to be there one additional night it would have been more trouble to move to a different site. The site we were in provided no appreciable camping experience. As we said, the site was located in the owner's side yard. We couldn't use the picnic table because it was within 3 feet of the sewer access and was a child size setup. Our view on that side of the travel trailer was of a metal garden shed butted up to the pad the picnic table was on, an old mobile home being used as storage or a workshop, a rusting pickup truck and a gaggle of rusting lawn equipment. We were so close to the road that ran up into the main camping area that we could not deploy our awing or light a fire due to concerns that it might interfere with traffic. Though the campground was fairly quiet the weekend we were there, there was evidence of 4 wheelers and dirt bikes having been run through various campsites in the main area. As for the amenities, the swimming pool was one that you would have in the back yard of your home, the putt putt golf setup was less than 5 holes, we didn't see the game room which was housed in a metal building. The camp store where we checked in was dirty and clearly in need of being spruced up. This is a family run campground and we got the impression that the family might have taken on more than they could easily take care of. The campground roads and some of the sites were in need of scraping and regraveling and our site plus the site next to us should not exist. The owners also have a u-haul franchise set up at the entrance and their whitewater equipment as well. There was little if any evidence of security and people roamed the area all day and night. We will not be going back to this campground as we do not feel that we were treated to a good camping experience. The owners do not seem to care much about their campground or their customers. With a lot of TLC this campground could be spectacular, but I am doubtful it will happen. - cottagecrafters
Apr 2013 - $30.00
This park is in a large open field with a gravel road leading to a few sites. The gravel parking pads are narrow and not very level. There are no fire rings at the sites and only a few scattered wooden picnic tables. There is a covered pavilion and small playground set in the center of the field. We got our 40ft Class A leveled with some difficulty using our jack pads. Getting a satellite view was no problem as the only trees are the ones that surround the field. This is one of the few RV parks in the area where you can get Sprint phone and 3G service. Bathroom and showers are OK but not cleaned daily. There is also a coin washer/dryer. The owner is friendly, helpful and has lots of local knowledge about the area. He does have a rule of no drugs, alcohol, or firearms allowed in the park and he doesn’t take credit cards for payment. There is no road noise and the park is very quiet except when the train comes by. The tracks run along one side of the park and when the train passes the engineer blows the horn, sometimes often and long. - Road Train
Oct 2014 - $38.00
This is an old campground which has been here for years, but it is very picturesque. It's very close to town and Chimney Rock Park. Most of this campground is set up for seasonals. They save a few sites on the river for transients. The interior roads are narrow and bumpy. I think a big rig would have trouble. The sites are pretty short, but we were fine in our 33' motorhome. There's a constant roar from the river, but it would be great for kids in the summer...huge boulders to climb on! The bathrooms have not been updated in years. We used the ones in the far section, and they were functional but very rustic.....but lots of hot water. Their reviews don't say they have WiFi, but they do, and it worked fine. - mom2wildlife
Jun 2012 - $28.00
Access is by winding mountain roads and campground itself is very hilly. Some sites are right on the river which is delightful and perfect for a cool dip on a hot day. There is a playground for children, and the campground is close to Chimney Rock State Park and Lake Lure. The owners are so very helpful. We needed a nut for one of our bikes, and the owner drove to town to get one for us. The washers and dryers were great since we had laundry to do. The sites are shady and well-maintained. There are many permanent renters so plan in advance. The park filled while we were there, and many were turned away. - BarbaraJohnson
Jul 2010 - $36.00
Owners were extremely nice but I agree with the 5 reviews below. Not really big rig friendly: you can get in, but it's very, very tight. Only 2 sites with 50 amp. Oddly the site for motorhome only was 30 amp. It worked well all week though. Everything is old and could use some cleaning. More permanent sites than daily. It's a great area: very peaceful. Would stay here again but those 9-star ratings here are misleading. - BAR and Me
Jul 2016 - $64.00
Overall we would return here. That being said, this place could use some updating/upkeep. I guess I would sum it up as dated. The roads are gravel and quite a dust storm is created anytime a vehicle is on it. As in, they need gravel. They did pour gravel and repair some ruts while we were here, which is a good thing. This place is very family friendly, especially for the kids. The staff was great to deal with. There are plenty of activities to participate in. They let the general public in during the day which overwhelms the pool and waterslide. They shut it down at 4 and then it's just campers from 5-8. We rented a golf cart and they are quite old. It did run, so there is that. Awfully expensive for what you get. I'm a fan of camo duct tape but not so much when it's holding the seat on my golf cart! If you pay extra for the VIP pass then you can use the boats, canoes and putt putt. Again, all dated. My wife was not impressed with the bath house, I never set foot in there, but could tell it was no where big enough for the volume of campers. Overall for the price does not match the quality of the facility. - skiles
Sep 2015 - $52.00
This is one of my favorite campgrounds. Even though my husband and I do not have kids its great to take my parents and enjoy the scenery, ride the golf cart and attend planned activities (bingo, dancing and fireside stories). We will continue to camp in this location as it is family oriented and peaceful :) - Jaretaz
Apr 2015 - $69.00
We stayed over Easter weekend. Park was clean and well maintained. We had a creek view pull through (33ft w/2sides) full hookup site. Pool was closed but other amenities were open. Activities were plenty even in early season. Lake nice plenty of boats and fishing spots. Lots of activities for young ones as well. Would definitely stay again. Only down side was park office closed very early each night (3 pm). No wifi or Cable. Cell service was bad as well. - Campmom72