6.2 Average
     
Saluda, North Carolina

Orchard Lake Campground

Saluda, North Carolina


460 Orchard Lake Dr
Saluda, North Carolina 28773
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Sites: 125
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 35.198114679163
Longitude: -82.35321521759

Elevation: 2135' (approximate)
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) ?
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi ?
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • yes-lake Waterfront Waterfront yes-lake
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

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17 Reviews

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Review Count: 23
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground is on the top of a mountain, up from Saluda NC., which I would not advise anyone with a unit bigger that 35' to attempt. The roads up are very winding and narrow, we were in the other lane trying to make the turns. Also need to use the Mountain Road entrance as there is a low bridge if you try the other way listed in the book. Also, interior roads are very narrow, only wide enough for one vehicle. We were is a 41 fifth wheel which was a little difficult to maneuver but they assured us we could do it. You need to pass the rr tracks on entrance in Saluda as you will drag your unit. We camped at Orchard Lake Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
108
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Obstacles
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $90.00
Overall Rating:      

First of all we had no trouble finding the park. The driveway to the park was paved but very narrow and not much room to move over if meeting other cars. I would hate to think about two big campers meeting on that driveway. Our check in time to the cabins was 3pm. The staff let us in to use the bath house so we could change clothes so we could tube the Green River. The bath house had a strong smell of urine. Now here's a real kicker, we rented 2 cabins C1 & C2, Cabin C1 had a HORNET PROBLEM. They knew this and still rented it. The

Campground itself was OK! I don't do reviews but this really took the cake. I think we were put in danger. I'll never go back. We camped at Orchard Lake Campground in a Cabin.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2016
Overall Rating:      

My husband I and saw this campground on a Google search of the area and went to their website. We did not stay here, but we drove through it while we were visiting the area. The GPS shows an 11.11 foot underpass so I checked the website. It said to follow their directions and DO NOT GPS this campground. After following their directions we got there. My husband and I know we would not stay at this campground because the roads were so winding, curvy, and narrow. We have a 42' motor coach and it would have but too much for it. But for 5th wheels and pull behinds would be just fine. Now, as we drove through the campground, it looks like a local family campground, with many permanent residents. The road going to the campground was said to be dirt and with pot holes. They have paved the entire road up to the entrance of the park. But it is only a 1 lane road. Very, very tight if someone is going out. I gave it a 6 only because of the access to and from would not be suitable for large coaches. We camped at Orchard Lake Campground in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

There are many things to do in this area. We did the Gorge Zipline.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

1st off, this place is not easy to find. We passed the entrance and ended up down a mountain and a train overpass in which we thought we would never be able to clear. Owner needs to a larger sign and well in advance to the turn in. Basically a one lane gravel road with lots of holes. Would not recommend anyone with a camper over 30'. Lots of permanent trailers there. The lake, if that's what you want to call it, is small, though our boys did have fun on the kayaks after they waited almost 30 minutes for one, because none of the children would give them up. Plenty to do for kids. Our site was a pull-through and REAL tight to get in. Not level at all. Most sites were not level. Small fire ring. We camped at Orchard Lake Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Tips for other Campers:

I can't remember which site it was, but it was in the 60's, pull-through. I do not recommend that one at all.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

Clean campground and very family oriented. Lots of activities for children. Camped July 4th holiday with friends and family and had a blast. Huge July 4th fireworks display. We camped at Orchard Lake Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
109
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $41.00
Overall Rating:      

This park has a good number of seasonal rigs but one section seems to be set aside for short-term folks. We were put on a pull-through site that had a significant slope. Without our hydraulic levelers we wouldn't have been able to use the site. Some interior roads were paved at one time but were in a state of disrepair at the time of our visit. Staff were making an effort to patch the worst areas with gravel but repaving would be a better option. Their lake area is pretty and well kept. Staff is friendly. Be sure to follow the campground's directions and not your GPS. Saluda and the campground is in a mountainous area and roads can be difficult for larger rigs. We camped at Orchard Lake Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     
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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

First this campground is very difficult to get in and out of with a large travel trailer. The owner is nice but needs to eliminate some campsites and work on the roads. There are also many permanent campers that have not been moved in years. There is only one road filled with holes and gravel in or out and if you meet someone one will have to back up. Campsites need some leveling and our electrical panel was in very bad shape. Electrical wires and breakers are exposed. Campsites are too small for what you pay for. People will park right at your front door on site 63. Avoid that site at all cost. We put out our carpet out only to find cars parked all over it. The sites are just too small and there are too many options in camping in the Smokies to deal with that. We had tent campers walking all through our campsite and they didn't like it either. The sites were just too small. They have placed two tent sites in about 50ft circle and did not account for cars/parking. This has everyone on top of each other. Most of the other sites are not as cramped but very close. We will not camp here again until the owner eliminates some campsites. It's sad because this campground has potential. The lakes are nice and with only some small changes this could be my favorite campground. We camped at Orchard Lake Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 54
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground offer 1/2 off one night for Passport. Space was ok. Grassy, & fairly level. Our space was narrow for our slides. Nice park with much to do in season. Quiet after Labor Day. Must drive all the way through the park on a winding clay road to the transient sites. There was a short cut for the exit. If visiting in this area, we would return to this park. We camped at Orchard Lake Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2011 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice amenities. Staff friendly. Lot of permanent residents. Very nice campground in the area. We camped at Orchard Lake Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a hard park to get too. A lot of winding roads and we missed the turn into the park the first time. Too far off the road for one night. We camped at Orchard Lake Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2010 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

We travel in a 40' Class A motorhome towing a 16' enclosed trailer. Crossing the railroad tracks on the way into this park could end in disaster if you are traveling with a big class A and towing a trailer. The tracks are raised several feet above the pavement, making a very short, steep hill out of the crossing. The groves in the asphalt told the story where hitches had dug deeply in. The remainder of the highway into the park did not improve the nightmare. There are many hairpin corners and lots of raised pavement and the highway is very narrow. Once in the park the roads are narrow and mostly gravel. I did not see any large Class A motorhomes anywhere in the park, especially rigs towing large trailers. This park may be fine for smaller rigs, but not for big Class A's. We camped at Orchard Lake Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2010 - $69.00
Overall Rating:      

We had a great time! What a great value to have use of all of the canoes, paddle boats and kayaks included in your nightly rate. My only complaint... My son couldn't catch the huge fish in the fishing pond :) Will visit again! We camped at Orchard Lake Campground in a Campground Cabin.

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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: July, 2009 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

The road leading to the campground is winding and two-lane. However, there are plenty of signs telling you when and where to turn. We particularly appreciated being routed on a bridge over the railroad tracks in the town of Saluda. We were traveling with a 13-year old and he was greatly entertained here with the facilities available. He used the zip line, the lake for swimming and for paddle boats, and the skateboard ramps. Our site was long enough for our 36-foot unit and our full-sized SUV. The office staff was courteous and helpful. We enjoyed our stay and would stay again. We camped at Orchard Lake Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2009 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

**WOW, WOW, & WOW** Family friendly to say the least. We have 3 boys and a golden retriever (who does not retrieve). The campground blew our expectations out of the water. The staff could not have been more helpful or nicer to deal with. The facility was very homey, welcoming, and an absolute blast for us and especially the boys (and the dog). Two lakes - one to swim in, the other to fish (catch n release) - the sites were clean and the location of the campground was remote. We felt very at-home during the entire time. We spent 5 nights at the campground and didn't feel like we wanted to leave. The weather was gorgeous in the mountains, and the town of Saluda was quaint and cozy. We were a bit surprised at the camp office and all that they offered right out of the office (from ice cream to Schwanns meats, breakfast, wood, books, videos, etc.) and all the little extras (horseshoes, ping-pong, carpet pool, and even a 3-hole course). They had all the gear and equipment already hanging out waiting for you to start playing at your leisure. You did NOT have to go to the office and request to play horseshoes or golf - only to find out the office was closed. You just walked up and did it. The campground was silent at night and only once (July 4th) did the chatter and noise go later than 11pm--a minor detail in comparison to other campgrounds during the holidays. The staff and the campground owner went overboard in making the visit to Orchard Lake a memory that my family will remember forever. We plan on coming back with the entire extended family. We had little phone coverage at our site (a positive), but TREMENDOUS Wi-Fi connection. Loved this part (as a business owner) and was blown away that we could be this remote in the woods of North Carolina, and still be online this strong. Pet-friendliness was a great part in knowing that other people were OK with our dog swimming the lake and chasing a ball and hanging with other friendly big-dogs. Lastly - a vast majority of people we talked to were locals who stay at the park when they want to "get away". Think about that - you live in the mountains of Carolina, but come HERE to relax... it says volumes at how beautiful and easy-going and welcoming this campground is. Bottom line - I could go on and on for more pages - just get to this campground. You won't be disappointed. We camped at Orchard Lake Campground in a Tent Trailer.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2009 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

We went down on Friday April 24 to April 26. Office was closed most of the time, dirt roads with 10 mph speed limit everyone driving a lot faster so if you tried to sit outside you were dusted continuously. Dogs ran all over the campground bothered our 2 dogs, that are always leashed when outside, which is the law in Henderson County, NC. But the straw that broke the camel's back was the group of men that showed up Saturday in tents behind us. They were drunk, loud, and used the wide open space behind our travel trailer to urinate in front of my wife, brother, his son and me. They didn't care who was there. We left in the afternoon of the 25th. Could not find anyone in the office to talk to about the problem. Would not stay there again. We camped at Orchard Lake Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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