Beautiful scenery! Sonora Desert at its finest. Large campsites placed far apart. Miles of hiking trails (watch out for cactus!). Very clean. Large archery and gun range near-by. Very quiet but close enough to Mesa for convenience to stores, if REALLY necessary. Second time there while traveling through. Last time we took an extra day or two so we could go hike to Wind Cave. Rangers were available for questions or help on hiking trail.
Decent place to spend night. Gravel/dirt roads, lot of permanent trailers and park models, interstate traffic close by. However, clean enough place and friendly owner. We had a shady pull-through site.
OK, you have heard the reports about how the traffic is loud. Well, if you want convenience to the interstate AND the French Quarter, you ARE going to have a little noise! We found it well worth the price of a little noise. Ask for a campsite close to gate and office which are AWAY from the interstate. Oh, yes, if you have a Passport America m/s, ask for that also. The pool and hot tub are so nice and located in the sweet little courtyard. Not much grass in the campground, but there is a park across the road to walk dogs. Some sites near the gate have screened-in gazebos. Looks nice, but we didn't know about those until we arrived. Oh, yes, the place is very clean, 24 hour security. We did short walk to the French Quarter with a brief look at the old cemetery and then took a taxi back: as suggested.
Really, really nice "new" park! We came here years ago before this new owner bought the park and the improvements are amazing. We stayed in the preserve area--and would stay there again. For a Passport America member, the preserve is only $1.50 more than the other areas. $22.00 vs. $20.50. The sites are much larger in the preserve and the club house is nicer too, I think. The hot tub is working now. What a way to warm up on a chilly day! The park just opened their new large doggie park. Still have a few kinks to work out there--such as plugging the hole going into the adjacent pool area and figure out a way to get rid of some of the mud in the enclosure. Restaurant is a friendly place with good food. People in the park are all friendly too. Yes, we will go back!
I could go back to the 2003 review and just copy it, but because the park hasn't cleaned up problems for six years, the Overall Rating should now be 3 and no longer 4! Problems include: lots not level, one shower house/bathroom closed, interior roads full of ruts, office old and depressing, and dumpsters over-flowing and very smelly. But hey: the view is fantastic and not any other parks had sites available for big rigs. If we come back to area, we will just make reservations earllier: at another park!
We camped in Loop A ($19). Loop B is $17, but sites at A are drier and shadier. C is $14 with no water or electric. We like the large, clean, shady sites and would come back with no hesitation. No sewer, but the dump is just a short drive and there is room for three RVs at once. Only one shower house which is between Loops B & C. Central City with groceries and laundromat is only minutes away. We visited mid-week which gave us a lot of sites to choose from. We were able to grab a site almost water front, but close enough to drag our kayaks to launch. Loved it!
Best Passport America Campground that we have camped in! Lot better than the KOA that we paid $45 for the night before! Clean--not a speck of trash! Large, level fully grassed sites. Plenty of room in the park to explore--plus even a baseball diamond and bleachers! The few "permanent" sites were neat and pleasant appearing. The previously-mentioned sewer system has been completed. The laundromat only has two rather old washers and dryers, though. Before you go, remember that Passport America rates do not apply on week-ends. The owners reserve the right to refuse campers with vicious breed dogs but were very accepting of our springer spaniel and our beagle mix. A little off the beaten path but worth the drive.
OK, I admit we should have read the previous review before we camped here but we were (too) eager to get off the road. Rough, full of ruts, narrow dirt roads were the beginning. Even the friendly, helpful management can't change that--unless they decided to grade and gravel the roads, that is. The parking lot where boat trailers were stored was full of grass, more ruts and probably mosquito heaven! We did manage to get our 35' motorhome past the ruts and low hanging branches and into the narrow parking pad without getting stuck. Most sites were "permanent" and a good share of those were junky and cluttered. Saturday night noise included firecrackers and people yelling about midnight. Definitely not worth the $30 a night rate, and probably not the $15 Passport America (Sun-Thurs.) rate!
For $45, we felt that we over-paid for what we got and what we expected. One to two hours before we arrived, I called and reserved a "basic" lot. The office told me that there were many more lots available if we did not like the site. When we went to our site, the lot was so out of level that we had to raise the front wheels off the ground. Unsuitable! We asked for another site, saw many more available, but were offered only TWO other unsuitable sites even after we offered to pay more for a "deluxe" site. The office said that no other sites were available. The next morning, there were still at least 15 empty suitable sites available! The dog park was pretty nice though! We made do with the first site and would not stay there again.
Very nice park, very nice people running it! We found the park was a great location for touring Cape Breton and area. There were a few holes in camp sites recently filled with gravel. Reasonably sized sites for big rigs. Quite a few camping supplies in office.
We loved our "almost private" waterfront site (#1) next to small city park! Looking out our curbside door and windows, we saw no other campers! Branch of the Powell River runs along side the park and the RV park. A small foot bridge from city park crosses close-by to a walking path. Plenty of shade and grass on city park side. The RV park itself is nothing fancy, has gravel drives, but clean and mostly quiet. If you are coming to "Trail of the Lonesome Pine" outdoor drama or seeing other museums in the Big Stone Gap area, come to this park. Very convenient to town.
We aren't members of Escapees, but we decided that previous good ratings made this place sound good! And it was! Managers were super friendly and helpful. We were even lucky enough to be there for the weekly Saturday morning pancake breakfast. Only $3 for all the pancakes, sausage, coffee, and o.j. you can eat. Yum! We checked out the private hiking trails in the woods behind the park too. Gravel roads and sites weren't a problem. We liked the rural setting and proximity to Oak Ridge (great to visit!) and Norris Dam. The only reason we are giving a "7" instead of an "8" is because of the poor drainage on streets and our site after rainfalls every day.
Relatively quiet campground in a not-so-quiet, bustling town. Campground is only about 10-15 minutes from Dollywood and Dolly's Stampede. We didn't get the Passport America rate--guess they sold all of those? Campsites aren't too large. Fortunately, we paid extra to park on creek so we had a deeper lot than most. Oh, yes, those ducks and ducklings are adorable! People in office are VERY nice and gave us names of several RV mechanics. Plenty of trash cans around, and they are emptied every day. Yes, we would go back again.
We attended near-by John C. Campbell Folk School. Because the school doesn't allow pets in its campground, we came to this park. A great choice! Spotless campground with large clean restrooms and spotless laundromat, Fully paved sites and interior roads insured no mud during rain storms. Close to white water rafting and National Forest for fun activities. Large sites gave us plenty of room for our 35' motor home (and slides) and Jeep.