We came to Murfreesboro to search for diamonds at the Crater of Diamonds state park. Alas, we found no diamonds, but we did find this "jewel" of an RV park. If you are looking for swimming pools, hot tubs, cable TV, a recreation director, concierge service, or a huge sprawling facility with crammed together sites, this is not the place for you. However, if you want a small friendly park with all you need but without the fluff you don't need, then this park will suit you to a "T". The only thing we missed was TV service at our site, but management allowed us to watch some TV in the office/lounge. Friendly, helpful management helps make this a very pleasant park. There are some shortcomings to be sure, but they are mostly in the area of road noise and visual appeal...while the grass was nicely mowed, a little work with a weed eater and some attention to the flower/shrub beds would have helped tremendously. The bathrooms/showers rate a solid 10+...very clean and well maintained while we were there. The laundry was also very clean with newer looking machines. Tent sites have some shade, RV sites do not. Our overall rating of this park took into account the cleanliness, grounds maintenance, completeness of facilities, visual appeal, noise level, and park personnel.
I don't understand how others can rate this park a 10 when they don't inspect the bathrooms/showers, and the facility lacks amenities such as Wi-Fi, sewers, cable TV, and a pool/hot tub. Yes, it is visually attractive with mostly large, level sites and easy access. The bathrooms/showers were not terrible, but they weren't maintained well enough for my wife and I to call them "clean". The two person cleaning crew used a broom, one rag, and a spray bottle to clean 4 shower/toilet/sink combo bathrooms in 13 minutes total. Bathroom garbage cans were not emptied in the three days we were there. A small bar of soap was not cleaned from the one of the men's showers in three days we were there. Mowing and trimming needed attention in many areas. We would probably return, since this seems to be the best choice in the area. If staying here in a self-contained unit, I'd rate this park a 7 or 8. In a tent, using the bathroom/shower facilities, a 6 might be a little generous.
This rating is based on our experience camping here in a tent. If we had stayed in our RV, the rating would have been higher...probably an 8 or 9. The tent site we were assigned did not have a picnic table, fire ring, or cable TV. The bath house is far from the tent sites...not a problem for us since we never leave home without our porta-pot, but would be a real inconvenience for some. We reviewed this park two years ago, and it appeared that the men's showers still had the same mildewed/moldy shower curtains. The park personnel are friendly, helpful, and very pleasant. The park is visually appealing, with easy access and accommodations for big rigs and multiple slides.
There are a few sites that will accommodate big rigs/multiple slides, but access roads are narrow. Paved and gravel sites, more suited to small/medium rigs, pop-ups, truck campers, and tents. Some sites are more suited for small rigs, as front to back leveling could be a challenge for longer trailers and MHs. Level tent pads at each site. Spotless bathrooms and showers are well maintained and well stocked.
This campground is out in the country: about 8 miles to small town grocery, pharmacy, restaurants, and churches. Clean and tidy grounds with lots of shade. Gravel interior roads and RV sites. Level grass tent sites. Big rig friendly: some pull through sites. Very clean, recently remodeled showers and bathrooms. Bathrooms are air-conditioned. Showers are not air-conditioned, but are well ventilated. Free Wi-Fi not available in some areas of park. Mostly quiet, except for the usual misbehaving dog that barks at everything while the owners seem deaf.
A very nice COE campground with pleasant and accommodating hosts. Our stay was quiet and restful, with no unpleasant experiences. The bathrooms/showers were clean and well maintained. Some of the sites and roads are a little tight for big rigs and multiple slideouts...just as you would expect in a COE park. Overall just a nice well maintained park on the shore of Lake Barkley.
Pleasant and helpful park personnel. The park shows promise, but is a long way from reaching it's potential. Sites close together...most are pull throughs. Bathrooms/showers were somewhat clean, with mold/mildew on the bottom of two out of three shower curtains...only a little disrepair...small showers and tiny dressing area. We stayed in a camping cabin...were assured it was non-smoking. Even though it contained two no-smoking signs, it reeked of tobacco smoke. We had one of the most unpleasant and restless nights we've had for a long time, and only endured it because the stormy weather made erecting our tent impossible. Be warned: Unless you can stand the stench of stale tobacco smoke, steer clear of the "non-smoking" cabins. You'll be glad you did. Unless we are traveling in our RV or the weather is nice enough for our tent, we will pass this park next time we travel through this area.