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Wilkesboro, North Carolina

Bandits Roost COE

Wilkesboro, North Carolina



667 Jess Walsh Rd
Wilkesboro, North Carolina 28697
Phone: (336) 921-3190

Sites: 102
Recent Rate: $25 8/2016

Latitude: 36.122075819861
Longitude: -81.25064562226

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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) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Other, ATT, Verizon, T-Mobile Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Other,ATT,Verizon,T-Mobile
  • 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 yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • yes-lake Waterfront Waterfront yes-lake
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) no
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball yes
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre yes
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake yes
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

Ratings overview

45 Reviews

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a favorite for us since we live close by and love to be on the lake, but here are the ups and downs of what you need to know. If you want lake views then you need to stay in Loop A and you will sacrifice having shade. Most shaded sites don't have views of the lake. Loop B has more sites that are shaded. Reservations as far ahead as possible is a must. Most sites are fairly level and all are gravel. All sites have picnic table, fire pit and grill, some sites have these that are below the site itself and you have to walk down steps to get to. I hate those. The bathhouses are small and old and I don't care for the showers at all. However the staff does a good job at keeping them clean. We use the restroom facilities often but never the showers. We camped at Bandits Roost COE in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Loop A site 32
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 38
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $11.00
Overall Rating:      

I have reviewed this before but since their seems to be a big change , I thought I'd review it again. It seems this park has gone down. I am a big fan of COE parks so I do have a standard of comparison. First, the good: large sites, bathrooms and showers are always clean, either the park ranger, attendants, or police patrol frequently, good boat facilities. Not so good: no maintenance of the sites as evidenced by the trash left on the sites and in the fire pits between campers, garbage roadside not picked up (I reported a dirty diaper that was still there a week later), soda cans and plastic bottles litter the grounds, Firewood is no longer sold as it was being stolen, roads not cleared of debris after storms, rotting railroad ties. Maybe it is showing its age, but neatness is ageless. Only two TV channels as stated. Good AT&T signal for phone. We camped at Bandits Roost COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
Loop B
Site Surface
Gravel
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: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

This park is fairly close to our home and we love to visit it. It is easy to get to, easy to maneuver, and most sites are fairly level. Some of the sites have excellent views of the lake. Local families like to visit on the weekends so it does get crowded, but the sites are spacious. The restrooms and showers are older, but they are as clean as any other state park we have been to. Power was a little low on voltage, but the water pressure was good. The dump station is convenient. The park is gated, but they give you a code so you can get in after they close. Overall we really love this place. It is our favorite weekend spot close to home. We camped at Bandits Roost COE in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
28
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Wilkesboro is a charming town with lots of dining options. It is close to the mountains with wonderful views.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

There are 2 loops. Loop A is by the lake. The more popular loop. Good for class A vehicles. You must book far in advance to get those sites. Loop B where I stayed is like a different campground in a woodsy area. Spaces do not seem well designed with tight curves and lots of railroad ties remarking the sites. Campsites seemed littered with little trash items. Hiking trails over grown and not maintained (again much litter). Bathhouse very poorly located down a steep set of stairs. Only 1 dumpster available and very grimey. Check-in person not friendly nor helpful. We camped at Bandits Roost COE in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
86b
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 41
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $13.00
Overall Rating:      

Like all COE parks, this one is well laid out and has many good features. However, the campsite spacing is closer than most COE parks. The best sites are 1) the outside sites in the higher number loop, 2) the lakeside sites in the lower number loop. The other sites are just too close for me.

This is a good campground if you like to meet your neighbors. We camped at Bandits Roost COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
97
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 62
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

Full of Locals and noisy kids every weekend. Reservations Highly recommended. Nice campsites if not a bit close together by the lake - I think the CoE usually does the best job of designing and building sites of Anyone, 2 other sites not yet open. Only 2 tv channels - PBS NBC. Cell phone WiFi worked. I liked this park, even with the kids around, and would return for longer stay if I was in the area. Just 'passing through' and stayed 2 nights (before the fully booked weekend came). We camped at Bandits Roost COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
27
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Shade depends on site.

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Review Count: 28
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

A nice COE campground with friendly staff, located in the NC foothills, very convenient to Wilkesboro. A few sites are on the water and many of the others have water views. Campground roads are paved, sites are gravel, unfortunately some sites are very muddy when it rains. There are two RV sections at the campground and a separate tent camping areas. A number of the sites have picnic tables down stairs, below the campsite, not convenient and a fall hazard. Section “A” bathroom should be condemned - It is a disgrace (hence the rating). Consequently section “B” bathhouse is not big enough to handle the volume. Verizon cellphone reception was great, internet reception was okay and TV with antenna was okay. We stayed for 7 days and will stay again. Rate shown is with senior pass. We camped at Bandits Roost COE in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 85
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

We had site 57. It had rained here and the site is nothing but a driveway with 17 steps down a steep bank to the BBQ, table and fire pit that was filled with mud from the bank that made the area unusable. They NEVER should have rented the site in this condition. Since this was a weekend there were no other sites available. We will NEVER return to this COE again! It is the worst COE we have camped at in 7 years of traveling all over the states. We camped at Bandits Roost COE in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 329
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 28

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $11.00
Overall Rating:      

Rate is with senior pass. Staying here is the best of the two worlds of camping and RV living. Most sites are good-sized and separated by trees, and all have tables, cooking tables, and fire rings. Power and water were both good, and a dump station is located on the exit route. Rooftop satellites will be a problem with all of the trees, but we were able to find a site that worked with our tripod and portable dish. Verizon cell was strong, but data was weak and intermittent. Even on a crowded Labor Day weekend, the park was quiet at night. Easy access from the main road, interior roads are paved and sites, all back-in, are hard packed dirt and gravel. A great place to stay, and an unbeatable value. We camped at Bandits Roost COE in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 38
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

Repeat visit to this park. In spite of the rain, we had a good dry site. Good drainage. Being here for a few weeks, we have the park almost empty during the week and full on the weekends. It is always quiet, regardless. Not having sewer, we use their facilities part time. They are older, but very well maintained. We kayaked on the lake. My husband and grandchildren fished and were successful. Our phone had a good connection. We got one national network and several smaller ones with our antenna. Security seemed good with frequent patrols by either the park rangers or the Sheriff. We camped at Bandits Roost COE in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 84
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 21

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a very nice park adjacent to Kerr Scott Reservoir, with excellent hiking trails for active folks. Access into the park and sites are paved and the sites are gravel. Not all sites are level, and when the rains hit - your jacks may sink into the ground. Water and electric are strong, and there are easily accessible dumps stations for each of the loops - A and B. We noticed that sites in loop B seem to be spaced closer together, and the cellular signals in that section of the park are weaker. All sites have a picnic table and fire pit. Bathrooms and shower stalls are old, but clean. The staff is very friendly and helpful. We discovered that there are several sites that are "walk-in only", so they are given out on a first-come-first served basis. This is very helpful when the campground gets busy, as it was most of the week we were there. However, this park somehow seemed fairly quiet even when it was full. There are many large stores and chain restaurants approximately seven miles east of the campground. We would definitely stay here again when in the area. We camped at Bandits Roost COE in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a fantastic park in a great location. Our site for our 30 ft RV was level with lots of space between our site and the next. We enjoyed waking up in the morning to the sound of birds and beautiful view of the lake. Power worked well on 50amp. Lots of opportunities for walking and wildlife viewing. We camped at Bandits Roost COE in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 51
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

This is an older campground with not too many level sites for a 40' rig. We moved twice & eventually got level, but only with a whole bunch of blocks. It rained a lot during our stay, so the lake was way up and our campsite was a pond in itself. Very serene campground with very nice bike/hiking trails if the weather would have been nicer. Dump station and bath house were convenient to the camping area. Close to town for shopping. We camped at Bandits Roost COE in a Motorhome.

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

Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

This was a great campground. We had been looking for a home base and I think this might be it! Easy to get to, easy to get to town/shopping. Tent sites are spaced out nicely, with trees in between. Sites are large with plenty of room. Bathhouse in A section was nice -- could have used more showers, I think, but still adequate. Playground was great. Would have liked more things offered in store, but again, town is close by for anything needed. Will definitely be back next year! We camped at Bandits Roost COE in a Tent.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

We used our Sr. Access Card to pay for our stay at the very nice Bandit's Roost COE campground convenient to Wilkesboro, NC and Wilkes Community College where the annual music festival Merlefest is held in late April. The site is on W. Kerr Scott reservoir, and has large, well-shaded sites as well as closely stacked lakeside sites on a peninsula. The showers are kept reasonably clean, except on weekends when heavy use makes this more difficult. Internet access via cell towers is strong. There are a number of sites offering satellite shots. We stayed there about a week this year and plan to return. We camped at Bandits Roost COE in a Travel Trailer.

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