20 Parks near Vilas, North Carolina
Jun 2016 - $35.00
Stayed at Vanderpool for a couple days. Owner is nice older lady but overwhelmed by the place.
Grass is nice, spaces are large with nice concrete pad, fire ring, picnic table, water, sewer, electric, both 30 and 50 amp.
The cable TV was not active and we could only get 4 channels on OTA all being PBS ones. :(
There as free Wi-Fi onsite which was decent. The system was being upgraded and had some issues but seemed good overall.
There is a nice recycle facility just a mile up, north on 421 on the right, from the RV park which is nice as we try to recycle everything.
The location is close to downtown Boone. That mean going anywhere you drive through downtown. Cute but slow.
Seemed to be more long stay, 1-3 month, guys than daily or weeklies. there were no arrivals on the weekend we stayed which was strange as the weather was GREAT.
The office was a combo retail store and hoarder decor with a bit of a smell we could not ID.
She has a big older dog that is harmless but big so let kids know this when you walk in office.
Overall a nice place to stay a day or two but most likely not return. - carl2591
Jun 2016 - $35.00
Daily rate is high. This is the only RV park in the area that stores RVs. Monthly storage rate is $60 for off site and $150 plus electric for full hookup storage + $15 per day when I am in RV. This is a good rate. Park is grass with gravel area to park RV; a concrete pad, fire circle and picnic table is at most sites. The sites are fine, not crowded together, mostly level, good utilities, some shaded. The restroom and, most especially the showers, need serious remodeling. I recommend not using them. The laundry room is adequate but needs remodeling. The owner/manager is nice but seems overwhelmed with managing the park. The office and office patio is very, very cluttered. I would stay here again because of proximity to Boone, quiet environment, good size sites. Bottom line - park is old and tired but the RV sites are good. - Dave RVer
May 2016 - $35.00
This isn't a family friendly campground. No amenities for the little ones. But we stayed here because it is convenient and easy to get into. Some of the other campgrounds in the area are very difficult to get to.
Sites aren't the best, but most are gravel with rotting decks or overgrown concrete patios. Good electric, water, and sewer hookups. Wi-Fi was OK.
Several seasonals that were worrisome.
Office is a mess and smells terrible. But I was only in there for a few minutes.
We didn't go into the restrooms or laundry.
We would go back because of the convenience. - User2989
Aug 2016 - $35.00
As others have said, tricky navigating on or off the highway. An added obstacle is the "speed bump" just at the entrance, which may easily re-arrange your refer and/or your clothes closet. It's a nice old park with many sites along a brook, but only a handful of the bigger rigs can get next to it. Our space (#90) the fire ring was under our camper so it was unusable and we had about 2' behind us and our nose was hanging a bit out in the roadway. It's only a 36' motorhome. We had to squeeze our toad into the space between our motorhome and the camper next to us, which fortunately was not occupied the three days we stayed there. We might stay there again. - g peter
Jun 2016 - $35.00
You're in the mountains. Routes 321 and 105 from Lenoir to the campground are up-down-left-right then more up and down and as of this post, there is significant construction along US-321 going into Blowing Rock, as they are widening the road. I'd guess that construction will last well into 2017. Campground is at the bottom of a steep hill then with an additional, very steep access road. Campground is old and tired. Most sites are gravel, full hookup, with all utilities at the rear of the sites. Just a few concrete pull-through sites. Prevosts need not apply. Narrow, gravel roads with angled and straight back-in sites, and sites are close together. Picnic tables, stone fire rings, no patios. No landscaping. Lots of old-growth trees. Free WiFi and cable. I got lucky and my satellite antenna found an open gap through the forest at site #47. The campground does have cabins for rent. - StephenK
Sep 2015 - $38.00
Flintlock is a older, rustic campground with typical amenities that is nicely wooded. We stayed there for a week in September to visit the Boone area. The management and staff were very helpful and friendly and even remembered my name during our stay. They have typical water and sewer and also 50amp service. All was fine except the water pressure was only around 20lbs, so we needed to use our water pump for showers. The campground has a very nice steam running through it and we did have stream side site. The sound of the stream was very soothing and great to hear out our window. Cable TV worked pretty well as did the wireless. If I have a complaint - and not one the campground can fix - is the road noise from rt 105. It is an incline as it passes by the campground and trucks use their engines to slow down (or go up the hill) and can be heard pretty clearly. We had to run the AC to mask the noise at night. Also, If you come to the campground, be aware that if you are coming from Boone, the entrance does come up in you quickly and then is a curved downward hill. Other than that, I really don't have any complaints. It's a basic campground at a decent price. - rpfix
Jul 2016 - $40.00
As expected, the road was tight getting here. I have a 23' trailer so it was no problem though. The staff was extremely friendly. The site was very level with a gravel patio area. It is shaded, which is very nice. The WiFi is the only issue here, it is very weak...if connected at all. But overall we will return. - fvfd1147
Oct 2015 - $45.00
We have stayed at the Boone KOA several times and always enjoy it. We are the campers that just us our RV to sleep in and are out enjoying the sights the rest of the time, so the fact that a park doesn't have an Olympic size pool doesn't concern us. The staff is always super friendly. You can request a particular site ahead of time if you call ahead and they will do their best to accommodate you. The grounds are well maintained and kept up. The sites are fairly level considering you are in the mountains, usually one or two 2x8's under one side will do the trick. The public road going up to the campground is tight and twisty as all mountain roads tend to be, but they are passable. There is a very large, well stocked grocery store at the base of the mountain when you turn to go to the campground. You can be in downtown Boone in about 10 minutes which is great. The views from the campground are scenic. Fully intend to spend several weekends this summer back there. - RVorBust
Oct 2015 - $36.00
Several miles from town in a beautiful, quiet setting. Road to the park is narrow and winding but doable. Sites shaded, thickly treed, but very difficult to level. Our pull through site had big trees so close at the front that we chose to back out and had to ask a camper if he would move his truck so that we had room to do that. - Nortguy
Jul 2016 - $35.00
This was our second time staying at Honeybear. We really enjoy this park and have not had a bad experience here. Our site was very spacious and private. The roads into and around the campground could use some work, but it's a minor issue for us. Honeybear has exceeded our expectations on both visits. The staff if very accommodating and the sites are well spaced. We will return to Honeybear Campground! - JandJ TN Travelers
May 2016 - $35.00
This little park is in the city limits of Boone but you wouldn't know it because we did not hear any of the traffic below as we were up on top of a tall hill. The road was not bad and we didn't have any trouble pulling our 32 foot trailer up it. There was a bubbling stream behind our campsite and it was quiet peaceful. The Staff was very helpful and we stayed a couple of nights. - Bill from Texas
Oct 2015 - $30.00
Staff was very accommodating, we expected to arrive late, and called ahead to make sure that wasn't an issue. They said our reservation info would be taped on the door, and if we needed anything, to call or text the number on the form. The roads in the campground were fine for my Jeep and pop-up, but I can see where the mansions on wheels would have issues.
We had a site in C loop, toward the end and had plenty of room. It was level side to side, and I had no issue leveling front to rear. The water pressure was good, and the electric pedestal was new, as were others I saw in the campground. The spots were well shaded, and nice, though the big rig areas had no privacy...another reason not to have a big rig!
Didn't try the WiFi, we went to escape. The coffee house was nice, and kids activities were nice as well. The bathhouses were in need of updates. The water was hot, and the fixtures were clean, but there were cobwebs on the ceiling, and the outlets were not working. Not the worst I have ever seen, but not the best, either. - iflyos
Jun 2016 - $40.00
What a gem! One of those places you kinda' don't WANT to review, because you'd rather keep it quiet!
It's a treacherous drive up the last mile or so to get to the campground. It's basically a one lane steep, windy, gravel and dirt road with very few opportunities to move out of the way of another vehicle. But.... if you're willing to do that, the payoff is so worth it! Just DON'T miss the left turn into the campground and go too far.... it'll be tough to get back there!
The one ONLY other downside is that there are no water hookups at the sites.... but the staff will help you fill up on the way in and then if you run out, they will assist with helping to run hoses to you for refilling. Obviously there's also no sewer hookups.... but they will arrange pump out service.... it's $40.... so choose wisely!
The campground is VERY tenter heavy and GREAT for hiking. The weekends are FULL.... but it's so spacious etc that the only real downside was that the shower house had pretty long lines with all those tenters on the weekend days. The bath house is immaculate as is the rest of the property!
It's like sleeping in the clouds.....literally on SOME days! It was just spectacular though! Mountains all around.... warm summer breezes and cool nights! AMAZING escape from the heat and humidity of Florida! And we saw lightning bugs, chipmunks and even a hummingbird! Very cool! - doggpurr
May 2016 - $35.00
When we arrived I found out that due to my negligence I did not notice when booking that the campsites did not have water a each site. Only electricity. Our camper has never had the fresh water tanks filled so we were not going to take a chance on contamination or it having leaks. The owners were very nice and understood my decision to cancel the reservation. They still charged me the cancellation fee but that was to be expected and I did not argue as it was my fault. On another note!! Please be advised that this campground name has mountain in it. That being said we were pulling a 32 ft trailer with our F250 and it was a struggle to get it up to the campground. Once you get off the highway from Boone the road is gravel up to Blue Bear CG. One other word of caution. Do not miss the turn as there is no sign that tells you the turn off goes to your campground. You have to know the road name and be watching for it diligently. The second we realized we missed the turn it was too late and drove 3 miles looking for a place to turn around on this narrow two lane road. I finally gave up and stopped in the middle of the road and backed up on to a side road to turn around. They could use a sign just before the turn if it was permissible. I'm sure it would have been a pleasant stay if you did not need the convenience of water on your site. - Bill from Texas
Jul 2013 - $35.00
This is a fairly new park in the Boone area. The sites are very roomy. Lots of space between them. The bathhouse was very clean and well-maintained. There was a laundry facility and outside sink for cleaning dishes. The tent sites were very isolated. The owner will assist with hauling your gear to the remote sites. Lots of trails to explore. Stocked trout pond. No water at RV sites but, this was not a big issue for us. The owner delivered our firewood to our site. Very nice guy! We are planning to stay here again when we come to this area. The road into the campground from the main road was tight in places but still manageable. Stargazers will be in heaven here. - Henwilli
Aug 2016 - $40.00
We found the bathroom and shower facilities to be old and dated, very dirty and not cleaned very well.
The location of the park was very nice. We had a nice view of Grandfather Mountain and Banner Elk was a short distance away. The interior roads are supposed to be gravel but require re-graveling. They are now mostly dirt and dust is a constant problem. Every time a car passed a layer of dust was spread over the RV and Toad. Upon registration we were told that we would have to move on our last night to another site. We did move one space over which was an inconvenience, only to notice that nobody arrived to use our previous site. - Daydream30
Jun 2016 - $49.00
Upon check-in, 2 staff members smoking just outside the entrance door, dusty roads, staff drive like maniacs, short-stays are cramped, staff are personable, river site was small and noisy with road/hwy traffic all day/night, no fish to speak of in the creek, saw three rather large water snakes, bathroom was disgusting; clean them or close them. Sites are not cleaned prior to arrival, neighbors sewer line is just outside ones door. Child play area is in need of professional repair. Didn't feel safe, love the general area, quaint country store, no desire to return. - Phill
May 2015 - $40.00
I read the reviews about the ruts in the road and they are there, but not as challenging as previous reviewers. Maybe they repaired them. I drove my 38 foot MH in a mountain downpour towing a toad and had little difficulty making it up to site A95. The bathrooms and showers were close, clean and well maintained during our stay. Very large campground with great views and accommodated all types of campers. The site we were on had full hookups, was fairly level and included picnic tables and fire pit. We would return. - Russ60
Oct 2015 - $8.00
We stayed here mid-week and had our choice of several spots on the lake. We did not make a reservation. Very quiet. Lots of trees and huge shrubs. Pretty view. - June from Savann ahb
Jun 2011 - $19.00
We only live 30 minutes away, and have camped in this park at various times for many years. Our trips have been in Tents, Pop-ups, Trailers, and now a Class A Motorhome. As with many Federal Parks, there are no hookups although water and sewer dump facilities are available nearby. Our best memories, however, have been camping here watching Deer, Star-gazing, Canoeing, Hiking, and generally unwinding. The Boone Fork Trail meanders through the campground, and includes a five mile loop that includes some of the most beautiful creeks and waterfalls around. If you are into amenities, go somewhere else. If your objective is to commune with nature and regenerate, this is the place to be. - bpsprinkle
Jun 2010 - $18.00
This park is just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. There are no hookups. The park has a nice lake, with limited sites that have a view of it. There are lots of trees, underbrush and bugs. The camp sites are small, many too small for large RV's. Otherwise, bath-house is okay, roads and sites are paved. We stayed here for 3 days. Due to small sites, them being overgrown and no services, I would look elsewhere next time. - NCRambler
Jul 2016 - $35.00
Only four spots which were all occupied. Very hospitable hosts. Close to Banner Elk which has lots to do. We have stayed here before and plan on staying again. - JERRY & ANN TARHEEL
May 2015 - $30.00
Wonderful park with wonderful host. Very small campground settled between a small creek and a small road. Campsites are very large with plenty of privacy. Camp owners live a short distance up the road and will come by 2-3 times a day to check on you. They request bonfire wood to be brought in but they will provide you ample of free wood. Must have a full unit to come in due to no boathouse or showers on site but ample water and power. Direct TV on site (limited channels) but works well. Plenty of open air though if you prefer your satellite. Wi-Fi works great and no problems with service. We highly recommend this park if you want to come out to the mountains and get away from it all. - ljsdes
Jun 2016 - $42.00
Good place for relaxing and doing nothing. No cable and weak WiFi. Was peaceful before a large Cub Scout group set up camp in the large common area field across from us. When registering we were not informed that this was going to occur. I was told by another camper they have had a large motorcycle group use the field also. Be sure to ask before registering who will be camping in the open field. - User1310
May 2014 - $42.00
Mostly permanent sites. Wi-Fi weak and antenna TV in and out. No cable. Well maintained and nice campground. Staff helpful and friendly along with the few people that were there. Campground had just opened for the summer so not many people around. I would stay there again. Biggest complaint is way overpriced. - OKeadle
Sep 2013 - $32.00
Wi-Fi is extremely weak. No joy. We tried our Verizon Air-card, with very limited success. The spots are level, as is the entire campground. Easy to maneuver, 95% paved roads (the loop at he end is gravel-ish). Lots of full time residents. We went for the motorcycle riding on the Blue Ridge Parkway. No disappointment there. The bathhouses, including showers, were clean, but old. Curtains for doors on the privy and showers. I prefer a door I can lock when I'm in the shower. One bathhouse was a little newer than the other, but they're both a little run down. I'd stay there again if all I wanted to do is ride my motorcycle, but everything else is so-so. Grass surrounds the concrete site pads, which I like. Disappointed in the Wi-Fi. - Carb Cleaner
May 2015 - $30.00
We had a pull through, full hookups for our RV. We had to level the RV on a grassy area. There was a nice concrete pad that served as a patio for the picnic table and our chairs that was very nice. The laundry room was very clean and a washer/dryer was always available when needed. There is an 'arcade' building that contains exercise equipment, pool table, foosball table, croquet equipment, and pinball machines, which we didn't use but if we had children with us, it would have been great! There are a lot of RV'ers who have reserved the riverside spaces year-round, so we had to settle for a space along the road, but we nevertheless had a great view. The staff is extremely nice and servicing, and we were very pleased with our stay. Unfortunately, the wireless is not the best since the campground is nestled among mountains, but it is acceptable. The owner of the campsite lives on the foothills of the mountain and makes himself available to resolve any issues you may encounter. We would stay here again if we are ever in the area, and we highly recommend this campground. There is no sign that tells you in advance of the campground, so make sure you are not just relying on your GPS but be on the lookout for the campground. - Ferdy
Jun 2014 - $30.00
A diamond in the rough, truly God's country. This sweet gem of a place was our most peaceful and relaxing trip so far. Being nestled along the North Toe River provided us the perfect opportunity to enjoy tubing down the river, sunbathing on the shore and enjoying the pristine views of the Western Carolina mountains. Our site was canopied by several large trees and had a well manicured lot, concrete pad and picnic table with easy access to the river, full hookup and very consistent Wi-Fi . Definitely a place we will return to. With a great community atmosphere there is no wonder why so many visitors end up becoming seasonal campers. - PKNewton
Sep 2011 - $30.00
This could be a great campground, but it falls short. Yes, it’s on a small river, but the only people who can fall asleep listening to the small waterfall are the owners (their site is right by the waterfall. There is NO cable TV and no on-air stations. Wi-Fi works well, but only in the gathering room, not at individual sites. Verizon wireless was non-existent to spotty due to the surrounding mountains. Water pressure fluctuates from low to adequate. The place is quiet, in spite of Highway 19E a few yards away. Some campers could not use their sewer hookups because of a blockage and the owners not knowing where the sewer lines ran. Mostly seasonal campers on well-kept sites. Rumor was that it will be all seasonal in 2012. - bbonnell