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07/2014
rating [ 9/10 ]
Stayed 2 nights but most just stay one night - might be wise to make a reservation. Very convenient to interstate access but I wasn't bothered by traffic noise at night. Mostly pull thru sites that are level. Some tent sites available as well. Railroad tracks right next to campground but no trains went through - one was parked on the tracks for one night. Corn Palace just a short drive away and a nice way to spend an hour or two. The rate reflects Passport America.
07/2014
rating [ 10/10 ]
In the past I have not had very good experiences with KOA campgrounds but this location is Excellent. Staff very nice, facilities are spotless, plenty of activities at the campground - swimming pool, miniature golf, volleyball and of course the Badlands are nearby to explore. My site was level with a nice grassy area to enjoy the picnic table. There is plenty of space to walk the dog and they have an off leash park for the four paws to play. I usually fix my meals in my RV, but I decided to try the Indian Taco for dinner and it was delicious. They have a nice little cafe offering quick meals for breakfast and dinner at reasonable price and plenty of food. Picked up dinner after finishing the laundry and had a nice relaxing evening. I would stay at this campground again and would make it a destination park, too.
07/2014
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is an excellent campground about 30 minutes from Devils Tower - a must see if in the area. The owner is very helpful to mention places to see while in the area. The location is easy access to town of Sundance and the interstate but no noise. Grounds exceptionally clean and swimming pool looked inviting; although, I did not use while there. Bathroom was spotless. Would definitely stay here again.
07/2014
rating [ 7/10 ]
Convenient campground when traveling between Yellowstone and Devils Tower. Stopped at Buffalo Bill Wild West Museum on the way to campground. Great presentation of Wild West history. Should have planned more than 3 hours - so much to see. This campground was clean, sites level, and easy pull thru. Owner very nice. That's the good. The negative include no bathroom or shower facility this year. They are building a new facility but did not mention this when the reservation was made. There is some type of industry nearby and the noise was constant and loud. Sounded like large trucks loading and I noticed a cement processing plant when I left town. I would look for another location if passing through this part of the country but would stay if I needed a place to try and sleep. The owners can not control outside noises in all fairness to them. Just be aware the noise is there.
06/2014
rating [ 7/10 ]
The rate reflects the discount with Golden Age pass. The campground was full but not chaotic. The showers did not work so that was a big black mark against the park, as they were not making any attempt to fix them. My site 8 was near the restroom and often the walking path for those needing to use the facility. I would suggest the park make a path very apparent for access to the bathroom so the site can be avoided. Kids rode their bicycles through, adults walked through and I thought it showed a lack of campground etiquette as well. I would stay again - in a different site.
07/2014
rating [ 9/10 ]
A gem of a campground. Located very near West entrance of Glacier National Park. I was lucky - the Going to the Sun road had just opened so I was able to enjoy the drive through beautiful scenery. The campground has a Bistro offering breakfast and dinner at reasonable prices. Laundry facility available as well. Sites are situated on a mountain slope but are level and easy to access. The rate reflects Good Sam discount. I would definitely stay here again.
06/2014
rating [ 5/10 ]
This park could use a severe grass cut. The sites are decent size. Mine had the table and fire pit behind the RV rather than the side. There was little to no room along the sides of the RV and the campers next to me decided they needed the space for their tent and hammock. The vegetation is so thick so everything stayed damp. None to little sun could get through the trees, vines, moss, etc. The sewer hookup is elevated at a sharp angle and I did not leave the valves open for constant flow. I did not have a lake side site and had no access to the lake as a result. The park is convenient for day trips to Mt. Saint Helens and Mt. Rainier. Closest shopping is about 35 minutes away. My first Washington State Park experience - I was not impressed and would not stay here again.
06/2014
rating [ 10/10 ]
Excellent state park. My first visit and I am very impressed. Not many state parks offer cable TV and with all the activities in the area it wasn't watched very much but it's nice to have access to weather and news when traveling. Ocean right across the street with a great beach to explore. Dogs are permitted on leash - not always allowed elsewhere- and my dog enjoyed her time there. Nearby Brookings is a nice town to explore as well as all the beautiful scenery in the area. Would definitely stay again. Nightly rate lower if no cable ($1) or hookups. Ranger programs offered, laundry facility and there is an ice cream / ice truck that drives through the park in the evening. Never had that before.
06/2014
rating [ 9/10 ]
Great county park to escape to. The sites are paved with picnic table and fire pit available. No privacy between sites but there is space. Nice boat launch area access to Rogue River and occasional jet boat traffic passes by. Crater Lake National Park is day trip and worth every mile. My neighbors went to Oregon Caves and said they were very interesting. Grants Pass fun town to walk around. No phone, TV or internet at campground but strong Verizon signal in Merlin just a short distance away. Would stay again.
05/2014
rating [ 6/10 ]
I arrived a few days before the holiday weekend and there were only a handful of sites occupied. The neighbor a few sites down said it had been pretty empty for a few days. So why were the bathrooms dirty? Dead bugs, leaves, and dirt on the shower floor. Thank goodness I have a bathroom in my rig. The park filled up for the holiday weekend and apparently they do not have restrictions for the number of people on a site. The site next to me had 3 large tents and a travel trailer. The site next to them - part of the group - had 4 tents and no travel trailer. Security knew because they cited them twice for loud noise. The park does have full time peacock residents that are beautiful. I had to get work done on the RV and Camping World is about half hour away. Great store/service. The park location is good for visiting San Francisco and Point Reyes National Park. Wish I had more time exploring San Francisco - a great place to explore on foot. I would stay here again if nothing else available but would spend extra time looking for something else first.
05/2014
rating [ 8/10 ]
Campsites are close together in Upper Pines area with no amenities. My site required minimal leveling, was near the bathroom, and had sufficient parking for RV and tow. Large rigs my have problems getting into spaces so pay close attention to site description. Reservations are a must. There is a daily waiting list but during summer months that would really be taking a chance. Reservations are taken 6 months prior to arrival date and sites book up very fast. Sites were sold out in 15 minutes for the date I wanted to arrive. The park is amazing. I was there for 7 nights (the maximum allowed in summer) and could have enjoyed another 7 nights. Middle of May and upper elevations received enough snow that 2 of the roads were closed. Plenty of hiking trails, waterfalls, wildlife, and meadows to enjoy. Bears in the campgrounds have been an issue and they emphasize food storage. I didn't see a bear but heard some commotion one night. I did see a gray wolf in the campground. I'm sure a rare sighting. Bicycles are very popular mode of transportation and you can rent one for 31.50 a day. Free shuttle bus throughout the Valley. Convenient to use and saves frustration of looking for a parking spot. Definitely a Park to visit. Lower Pines campground has larger sites but is extremely hard to get reservation there. Will definitely go back. Rate reflects Senior Pass discount. Park entrance fee is additional $20 a car. Worth every dollar.
05/2014
rating [ 8/10 ]
Rate reflects Senior Pass Discount. Electric available at site but water was not available for direct hookup. Some sites could hook into water but spigots were not site specific. Firewood available to purchase which benefits the Boy Scout troop. Lake levels are very low but people still enjoyed water access for boating. Site 37 was long and level but right next to road and deep drop off. One irritation - the grounds crew decided to mow the area around my campsite beginning at 5:45 AM. Not exactly the way I prefer to wake up. Coarsegold and Oakhurst are nearby towns with Oakhurst the larger of the two and easy drives. Yosemite is nearby as well for day trip but there is so much in Yosemite that day trip just isn't enough. I would stay again at campsite but perhaps try for a different site that might have better access to water spigot.
05/2014
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a park for school groups. There were at least 3 large groups during the time I was there. They were staying in a group campsite so the traffic within the RV camping area was minimal. There are plenty of hiking trails from easy/moderate to strenuous. There is nothing around the park . Nearest town would be Hollister. I did drive over to the coast traveling from Monterey to Big Sur. A very nice drive along the coast with visits in Monterey and Carmel-by-the-sea. It was a long dayt rip but well worth it. The park has basic amenities - electric at site, water fill up available and dump station as well. No phone, internet or TV reception. Sites were spaced nicely but no privacy between sites. I was in site 96 which had shade available part of the day from nice tree. I would stay again when in the area. Rate reflects Senior Pass discount. There is a park fee as well that was covered by the pass. I think it's $5 general fee.
05/2014
rating [ 7/10 ]
This park was very busy on the weekend but quiet during the week. A great location to visit Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Full hook up site but mine was very slanted and needed leveling. Town of Three Rivers has some basic amenities and there was a nice festival taking place but not a lot other than that. Strong signal for WiFi so internet access available but no Verizon or TV due to mountains, probably. I would stay again because of convenience to National Parks - not because of the RV park itself.
04/2014
rating [ 9/10 ]
I stopped at this park for a halfway point destination between Death Valley and Sequoia/Kings Canyon. It was such a nice break after the dry barren desert area of Death Valley to see some green trees and grass. Orange groves lined the road and the sites in the campground are set up between trees. Picking season is January to April and I was able to find a few of the navels left - very tasty - but only a very few. The facilities were spotless except for a few leaves in the pool. I didn't go for a swim though as the water was very cold. I would definitely stay here again, Good Sam discount applied.
03/2014
rating [ 9/10 ]
Very nice facility and from what I hear very busy during the snowbird season. Occupants of site near me said this was their 2nd year snowbirding and they plan to come back next year. The sites are right next to each other - basically it is a big gravel lot with the only divider being a concrete pad for chairs. No tables, fire pits, grills available. I arrived to find plenty of sites available and no neighbors beside me. There is a laundry (1.25wash/.75dry), plenty of puzzles and a book exchange. Lots of local literature and the owners were extremely helpful to let me know what attractions were available in the area. The facilities were spotless. I would recommend this park without hesitation. It was great for my few days in the area and popular for long term. Just a side note: there appears to be a lot of illegal activities in the area - border crossings and drugs. There is huge Border Patrol presence throughout this part of Arizona with numerous inspection stations. Signage on popular trails/scenic roads emphasizes the activities and issues cautions. I was never approached but did see illegals being escorted by the patrol agents.
04/2014
rating [ 9/10 ]
Excellent state park facility. Sites are nicely spaced, offering privacy because of location, not because of vegetation. Plenty of bird and animal activity. I put a bird feeder up and the birds went crazy! Convenient location to Las Cruces. White Sands NM is about 1 hour drive away. Hatch NM nearby if you need a supply of chiles. Gila Cliff Dwellings a nice day trip. Plenty to see on the 3 hour drive and the Cliff Dwellings are well worth the drive. Would stay here again.
04/2014
rating [ 9/10 ]
Great staff, great location for visiting area, super clean facilities. The sites are pull-through and back-in and are very close to each other on a gravel parking lot, but there are trees to soften the view. This is not a destination if you want to just sit at your campsite but then why would you want to do that when in the Albuquerque area. So much to see and do. Check out the office, community room, and old campers on display. That alone is worth a visit - 1950 Hudson! I used my Passport America card and that was icing on the cake. Would definitely stay here anytime in the area.
03/2014
rating [ 9/10 ]
Full hookup with cable sites available as well as just electric/water. Full hookups were all pull-through sites with nice picnic tables. Most had some shade available, but a few were without. Park is very convenient to McDonald Observatory and I would strongly recommend a visit to the facility. I attended an afternoon tour of facility and the Star Party offered 3 nights a week. What fantastic presentations for both programs. You do have to drive up a winding road to get there - it's the highest road in Texas - but it's well marked. Quite a few trails to hike at the park but my time was limited and I did not get to enjoy any of them. Two Javalinas walked through the campground one evening, helping themselves to any food left out. They were not intimidated by people nor were they aggressive toward people standing nearby to take photos. Park was clean, bathrooms spotless, ice and firewood available although fire restrictions at time of visit.
03/2014
rating [ 9/10 ]
Great Park. Sites are paved, fairly level and plenty of space between them. Some tree coverage but most provide minimal shade. Lake level low and did not see anyone on it. Not that big - maybe good for kayak. Fishing available but signage indicated it was catch and release, advising to not eat any fish caught due to high DDT levels. Easy trip to Carlsbad Caverns - maybe 1 hour drive. Visit to Caverns well worth the trip. Roswell about 50 miles North. Easy trails for a nice walk - not challenging though. Very nice playground for kids.
03/2014
rating [ 9/10 ]
No hookups but a section of the campground does allow generator use from 8am - 8pm. Sites are large and most have some shade for part of the day. Very windy and dusty. Wind storm came through one night and dust stayed in air for 3 days. Plenty of trails to explore in park but most are located away from this section of park. Campground is right next to Rio Grande River. Some illegal entry apparent - trails around campground have Mexican crafts available with 'donation'. I encountered some crossing river to check on their 'donations' but did not feel threatened by them. Pay showers available at the store - $1.50 for 5 minutes and laundry available at the store as well. Other campgrounds in park do not have showers available. Despite what some might feel are inconveniences, Big Bend is a must see Park.
03/2014
rating [ 9/10 ]
Very relaxing at Canyon Lake. Sites are large and nicely spaced. The sites closer to the lake are in an open area with no trees available for shade. There are sites in the area that has some shade but most do not. Can't imagine camping in the summer heat. Canyon Lake located mid way between Austin and San Antonio. Would be a good base for visiting either area except for the traffic on highway. Visited Fredricksburg one day - a nice place to spend a few hours walking through town. Rate reflects Federal Senior Pass.
03/2014
rating [ 8/10 ]
First experience in a Texas State Park and it's a big thumbs up except for the daily entrance fee of $5. I've stayed in numerous State Parks and they usually wave the daily entrance fee when camping. That being said, the facilities are clean, sites are very large, level, and nicely spaced so you aren't right on top of your neighbor. Lake is popular fishing spot. One camper caught a 45 lb catfish while I was there along with his regular 30-40 other fish. Tried using my Verizon MiFi but no luck getting internet access. Phone access was minimal bars, too. Park Staff very friendly and emphasize they are there to help. Park very busy but never full. Spring break and lots of kids. Quiet at night though. I would stay again when in the area.
03/2014
rating [ 8/10 ]
A convenient State Park about 45 minute drive from New Orleans. Grounds were clean although sometimes rutted by units too big for space trying to turn into position. Sites on outside of section set up backwards. Electric/water hookups on wrong side so I needed extension for electric cord. My picnic table and fire ring were moved away from parking site and grill was on opposite side of RV. Very strange setup. Site is paved and level. Area is wet - not sure if from recent rains or just a high water table. Park staff emphasized when I checked in there was a lot of water and I would not be able to move to a different site. Busy over the weekend but always spaces open. Last weekend of Mardi Gras and weather was great. I would stay here again when visiting New Orleans. Final note: there are only 5 sites with sewer access, remainder of sites are split between electric/water and no hookups.
02/2014
rating [ 8/10 ]
Small convenient park off I-10. Perfect for a short stay but would not be a destination park for me. Bathrooms were spotless every time I went in. Sites vary in size and privacy. Some looked very level, others required some extra help. Nice trail system to stretch the legs but not a challenge. Water fall was flowing and worth the walk. Chipley is a small town but has basic amenities and just a short drive down the road. I would stay here again when in the area.
02/2014
rating [ 8/10 ]
Nice, Clean park. Sites are staggered and often do not have any privacy barrier between them. Sites are large so even though they are right next to each other there is space between. Only a few campers this time of year - Camp Host said the park is VERY busy during the summer months and reservations are a good idea. Popular day use area - lots of picnic areas, swimming, cottages, and access to water from the artesian spring.
02/2014
rating [ 6/10 ]
The road into the campground is very rutted and the ruts were filled with water. Couple loads of sand would help a great deal. The sites are nicely spaced with little to no privacy between them. Packed sand was level. My site 10 showed an electrical problem when I hooked into shore power. Inverter indicated the AC polarity was reversed. I left a note for the Park staff. Self service for registration - fill out the envelope and put your money in the iron ranger. Seems like it would be easier for campers coming in to make the price an even amount - 18.10 was the charge and I didn't have exact change so I left 20. No Ranger came by to provide change. Park location is convenient to I20 so easy to make a quick stop. Half of the sites are reserved for equestrian and they were in use when I was there. I did notice two dogs running loose when I left the park. My neighbor said his grandson had been approached by an unfriendly dog. Park staff need to address this. I would stay again when in the area and needing a place to stay but I would not seek out this park.
12/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
This park fit my need for an overnight stay near the Garner Camping World. The park is conveniently located for visiting the Raleigh area and I enjoyed a side trip to the NC Farmers Market. Access is a bit tricky depending on the approach direction, but there are 2 entrances so it's do-able. I did not see signage for the office so manager drove out to meet me. The park grounds were very clean and all the permanent set ups were tidy. I was in a long pull-through and did not have to unhook the tow. I did not use the water or sewer hookups - no need for the short amount of time there. The water hookup was not appealing with the fiberglas wrap and bucket used to winterize but I guess this could be overlooked if needed. There had been a lot of rain and the site drainage was adequate except around the water hookup - it was flooded. The park is close to the highway but I did not notice any traffic noise. Train tracks border the back side, but train activity was minimal as well. I had good over air TV reception picking up all the major TV channels. I felt the price a little high, but considering the location to Raleigh and the limited number of RV parks available in the area, I guess it's to be expected. I would stay here again.
12/2012
rating [ 7/10 ]
Very clean facilities. Sites are not level and some have trees that make it interesting to park the RV. Nice lake to walk around. Convenient to interstates.
12/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
Sites are very large, and there's plenty of space between them. My site was along side of the lake with a steep drop down to the water. Steps were available but it would have been a straight up climb. Lake level is very low - most swim beaches are all beach and no water. Hopefully this will change by next season. Site was level so no adjustments needed. I wasn't prepared for the train noise - frequent trains with whistles blowing through out the day and night. It didn't take long though to get used to and enjoy the sound. TV air reception is minimal if that's a must have. Good location to enjoy downtown Atlanta - the aquarium is fantastic - as well as the mountain areas. Lots of apple orchards near Ellijay - a fun town to explore - plenty of state parks in the area to enjoy.
11/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
Campground is about 25 minutes outside of Tuscaloosa but it's an easy drive to get to it. Sites are very large and spaced for privacy from neighbor. Bathroom facilities were spotless and laundry facility was inexpensive. One negative to consider - a number of the campsites are positioned on the cliffs overlooking the lake with severe drop offs. Something to consider if this is an issue for you. My site 2 did not have a water view but the slope around the site was gradual which was preferred. Nice trails to hike - the trail to the swim beach is extremely steep. Same looked to be true for some of the trails to fishing locations.
11/2012
rating [ 7/10 ]
Park was very busy for Thanksgiving weekend. I found a spot that was fairly level - site 8 in upper level. Roads in the campground are in bad shape and most sites require leveling - some a lot more than others. Some sites are right next to the road so when the vehicles are parked it results in creative driving. W-Fi did not work at all, there was no phone service for Verizon, and the TV channels were limited and usually poor reception. If these aren't high on your amenity list then you'll enjoy the outdoor trails to hike and beautiful scenery. Glad I stopped for a visit but probably will not return. It's just not a destination park for me.
11/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
Another excellent Georgia State Park. I stayed in the West Rim campground section. Level site with plenty of space between (not many sites were occupied), nice campfire area, plenty of sites are convenient to bathroom facilities, laundry facilities a real bargain ($1.00 wash/dry). Walked along part of the West rim which offered amazing views of the canyon. Trails are nicely marked but a word of caution - there are no safety rails so be mindful of kids and dogs getting to close to the edge. Great park location for exploring Chattanooga TN and the surrounding area. Lookout Mountain a must. Hope to return again.
11/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
Spent a week at this park and enjoyed it very much. Off season rate plus discount for 7 night stay made it very reasonable. I don't think I would pay the season rate but then I don't think I would enjoy a visit to Smoky Mountain Nat. Park during season either. It was very busy in November - can't imagine what it would be like during summer holidays. Townsend is a convenient location to Cades Cove, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville attractions but a nice quiet community to escape the commercial traps. Campground was spotless, staff very friendly, sites had space between them and services provided as advertised. Would stay at this location again when in the area.
11/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
Campground is very clean, sits on top of a mountain and has great views. Premium sites available but public access area is also available for those not willing to spend an extra $15/night. My site was surrounded by gravel and very close to neighbor. It was level though so that's a big plus. Good location to visit Asheville and surrounding area. Staff very nice and helpful. Laundry facility available: $1.50 wash/dry.
11/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
Very nice park. Spent 2 nights enjoying the many walking trails through the park facilities. Also have mountain bike and horse trails. Big equestrian area including stables, steeplechase and wide open spaces. Golf, tennis, 2 lakes to enjoy and the list goes on. They are getting ready for the Festival of Lights and it looks like it will be a fabulous show. Sites are paved but leveling can be a problem. Staff is very helpful and the whole park is spotless. Enjoyed by the community daily. Good choice when in the area and will stay here again if that is the case.
10/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
Nice campsites available on the lake. Easy access off of Rte 58. Convenient to Clarksville and South Hill, VA. Not busy the last week of the season but I can see how this would be a popular area. Sites are nicely spaced and usually some privacy between them. Will stay here again when in the area.
04/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
Park is located on Philpott lake with good boating access but limited number of sites at near lake level for those that like to access boat from site. Lake is popular for fishing - I saw school of fish swimming near shore line right below my campsite. Roads are winding and can be steep but they are passable. Big rigs just need to take it slow and I did see some large rigs while there. This is a popular location for locals - most of the neighbors lived within 25 miles of the lake and they visit often. They said it's almost impossible to get a reservation on the weekend and the site markers showed most sites reserved for the upcoming weekend. The bathrooms were passable but the campground was quiet during the week so hopefully they will clean more frequently when the campground is full.
03/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a good campground to stay in for visit at Crystal Coast. Access to beaches and Ft Macon State Park is about a 30 minute drive away and is a definite must see. We didn't have time to visit the aquarium but it's an easy drive as well. Bathrooms/showers were clean but be prepared to keep hitting the shower button. I don't mind having the automatic cutoff - but seems like they could have the water on for more than 30 seconds at a time. The sites are large, nicely spaced and paved. The water faucets are plentiful so not having direct access isn't really a problem. The power was strong, TV over air reception very good and Verizonmountainborn@gmail.com mifi worked really well. Water access is close by. We will return.
03/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
The only item that would make this park a 10 is sewer connection. There is only one dump site so the line was long in the morning. The park has great trails to walk/ride and access to the river - although it's a bit limited. The folk center had a good showing of artisans for the azalea weekend celebration in town and they were all very interesting. The town is very small with no grocery store but there is access about 10 miles down the road. Nice little town to walk around. The ticks were pretty bad - but that's to be expected. Great Park.
03/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
Nice park and good value for the price. The mosquitoes were thick and hungry so needed lots of spray. Lots of kids enjoying spring break. I didn't use bathrooms - a bit messy - but there are full hookups so I didn't need their facilities. Didn't find much to do in the area. Cave tours not available Tuesday and Wednesday.
03/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a good state park but is showing it's age. The facilities are clean but feel worn out. There are nice boardwalks giving access to water. Kids were having a great time fishing. Good location for Naval Aviation Museum - a definite must see - and downtown Pensacola is an easy commute. Rules were not always enforced with dogs off leash at times. The sites vary in size and those located on the 'water' side are near marsh pools. Surprisingly the insects were not present but site always felt damp. Park is a great value for price paid and would stay again if in area.
03/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
Excellent park but no sewer hook up so no 10. The bathrooms were always spotless. The showers are private with plenty of hot water. Paved walkway between camping areas provided a nice walk. Pets are not permitted on the beaches and this was a good place to walk them. Site was level and large with privacy between neighbors. Campground is in central Destin location and there is plenty of shopping in either direction. Not something of interest to me but others might enjoy.
02/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a nice state park - very quiet and clean. The park itself is rather isolated but is centrally located which adds to the advantage of staying here. The park is located along the river with boating access available. St Marks National Wildlife Reserve is a short drive away (25mi) and is a great place to see birds and gators. There's a lighthouse(closed access) to enjoy as well. Plenty of trails to walk or just enjoy a drive through the park. Easy drive south to St George Island. My only minor complaint is the 'no-seum' population. Those little insects are annoying and bite is as bad as 'skeeters. The sites are nicely spaced and level but some have really low hanging branches. I think the park website identifies the sites accurately. I would stay here again - even with the insects.
02/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a very nice destination park when visiting this area. The park has many long term residents and some have really developed their lots into show places. Everyone was friendly and welcoming. The laundry is reasonable - 1.50 for both wash and dry and only one dry cycle needed. Nice pool and clubhouse area. Lots of activities offered. Horseshoes and shuffle board were put to good use. Very dog friendly and people are courteous to clean up after their pets. Great area for kayaking and the manatee were visiting the area. Will stay here again if in the area.
02/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
This park draws you to outdoor activities - bike riding, fishing,walking, and etc. The sites are separated by natural vegetation and fairly private. Good variety of sizes to fit the need from tent to 5th wheel. There is a lot of tree coverage but did not seem to interfere with the taller rigs and they were trimming while I was there. Great farmers market at the amphitheater on Saturday morning - nice selection of vendors and typical prices. St Augustine is a short ride by car but can be reached by bicycle and is a very easy area to walk around. It is very commercialized-lots of little shops with tourist 'junk' but there are a lot of art stores with great treasures to offer. Nice variety of eateries - inexpensive to break the bank. The beach at the park was closed to swimming due to rip currents - weather didn't cooperate anyway. Facilities were always clean, staff very friendly and I hope to return again to enjoy everything to offer.
02/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
South Carolina State Parks provide good basics for a very reasonable price. This is a small campground a short drive from I-95. There is river access with a nice canoe/kayak dock to launch. It was a bit chilly so I didn't venture out on to the river. There is a short trail system to explore. The sites are in need of leveling. I found one reasonably level, but others had some grade and rutting to navigate. The park staff and camp host are wonderful. I did not explore the area but St George is a short drive north. Great park.
02/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is an easy access park right on I-95 and that is a big plus. The traffic noise was limited and not noticeable with windows closed. Campground was very clean, bathrooms spotless and our pull through site was long and paved. Security patrolled periodically and the gates were locked. There were hookups on both sides so it didn't matter which way you pulled in. I arrived early evening and left mid morning. Did not take the time to walk around the shops but there is plenty to explore. Price is acceptable for a full hookup. There are other facilities in the area that are cheaper but this was the most convenient stop this trip. I would stay here again for overnight stay.
11/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
Very nice campground. No hookups but generators are permitted during specific times. Lots of pull through sites nicely spaced. My site was level but I selected a poor location near the dumpster area. I'll know for next time. Pay showers $1 for 5 minutes available. Wood was $5 plus tax. Concession managed by vendor - not park staff. Plenty of hiking opportunities, wildlife viewing and good location on the Skyline drive.
11/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
If you want an escape from phone, TV, etc then this is the place. Only one radio station available. It was difficult to find a site that I could level out. Had it been during the busy season I would not have been able to change my spot. This was definitely off season with less than 5 campers there. Only one campground open. Hunting season open and Forest Service employee recommended to not go into woods without bright reflective clothing. Lake level is down almost 20 feet but there were some boats out there. I felt too isolated after 4 nights and left one day early. Nice facility but because of isolation I will probably not return.
06/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a wonderful campground and should be considered a destination park in the Boone area. The road to the campground is winding but this is normal for Boone area. I have a 25 ft rig and towed a vehicle so total length was close to 40 feet. Take it slow. The campground is worth the drive. The campground was spotless and the entrance area was filled with lovely flowers. Plenty of activities for children, quiet at night and the stream singing behind my site lulled me to sleep. Most sites have vegetation (rhododendron is typical) and there was privacy but not isolation. Wi-Fi is available but it did not reach to my site. I did not go to office area to use it so I can't rate signal strength. I did not use the bathroom areas but did check them and they were clean and user friendly. Showers had curtains for privacy with large dressing areas for each shower. There is a laundry facility available but I did not use and don't know the fees. Cable TV service was very good: numerous channels available. Sites require some leveling: some more than others and there are various lengths and widths available. Campground map on their website provides pictures for many sites. I will stay at this campground if in area.
06/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
Passport America rate. Many long term residents at this campground. The campground is a huge gravel parking lot with hook up pedestals. No vegetation between sites. This is not a destination park but is perfect for an overnight stay or if you want easy access to lake. Owner is very nice. Lives on site and emphasized he is available if anything needed. I spent one night for convenience of travel. I used shower (area very clean) but was disappointed there was no hot water. Toilet doors need to be lowered to provide privacy. Everything was very clean: maybe lack of use due to problems identified. Despite this, I would stay at the park again if in need of a location near Raleigh/Cary/Apex area.
04/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
I was a little disappointed in this park. I usually stay at North Bend which is located near Boydton but decided to try another COE park on Kerr Lake for a few days. This is a much smaller park with numerous sites located right on the water. A good portion of the water sites have no hook ups but there are a few available. Sites on the water generally have easy direct access and this offers a place to tie up a boat. Kerr Lake is a very popular fishing destination so be prepared for the roar of boats throughout the day. My campsite (57) was located in a nice cove area which limited the boating activity. This would be a great location for kayaking as well and for that reason alone I might try the campground again. The sites are large with plenty of room for second vehicle, RV/tent combo, etc. They are gravel and most are fairly level although I did see some that had a severe slope. It would be helpful if this was noted on the reservation website. Some sites have little privacy between them. I would often have people walking through my site to either access the lake or visit with a neighboring camper. Bad camping manners aren't the fault of the park but it gives an idea of the camper clientele that stay at this park. There are no multiuse paths to walk on and there was only one bathroom available which was some distance from my camping area. There was a bathroom facility much closer but it was closed with no indication why or when it would be opened. I didn't use the facility while here due to the distance. There was a vault toilet located in the area but I opted for the bathroom in my RV. The vault toilet was clean the one time I went in, and it was serviced while I was here. Just a personal preference for me. I missed the multiuse paths. I like to take long walks for exercise but do not like to walk on the roads for safety reasons. The campground wasn't crowded so road traffic wasn't too bad but I think it would be during the season. Overall, this park is okay for a few days and I would try for another section if I return.
10/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
Take the northern access route (Mullinex Rd) off of Rte 109 if at all possible. This will give you a lot more driving on asphalt road rather than the gravel Forest Service Road 576. My tow vehicle was filthy with dust kicked up by RV. Campground is paved and easy access to most sites. Leveling out not a problem. Water spigots around the campground for easy fill up. Note the recreation.gov website has 15 amp, but all sites have 30 amp. They are in the process of adding 50 amp so power will not be a problem. Bathrooms were mostly clean although it was a very busy weekend. There is a great multi-use path around the campground - perfect for walking and riding bicycles. Easy walk down to the lake. About 40 minute drive to Asheboro - go to Zoo if you can - it's wonderful. Campground stays open year round and campmhost said the winters are not severe.
10/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
Very nice park with great location to the Crystal Coast area of NC. Did not have any time to explore the area but plan to go back again for more than just a drive through. The campground is easy to access and the sites are nicely spaced. There appeared to be a bit of a problem with leveling: most rigs had to use some blocks (me too) to get a level access on the paved site. Big rig friendly. The bugs were still around but only in the evening did they really seem to be a problem. Nice area to walk and ride bicycles. Great access to the river for kayaking, boating. Water spigots plentiful and power was strong. Good camping.
03/2010
rating [ 10/10 ]
I posted a corrected website link and telephone number. This is a very nice campground at reasonable 'in season' price for the Keys. Great location to Key West as well as northern Key locations. Grounds were clean at all times. There was a great get together on Sunday with the owner providing the main entire and the residents providing side dishes. Entertainment was provided as well. The sites are nice size so even though they are close together it does not feel crowded. There are shade trees covering many of the sites which would be a welcome relief from the heat. Excellent facility, wonderful staff.
03/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
Excellent facility and would rate higher if all sites had sewer and if Wi-Fi available. Sites were large, nicely spaced and fairly level. Nice proximity to Myrtle Beach area, wonderful garden across the street and you can enjoy viewing the gators! I've stayed here before and will stay again.
03/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
Nice park in great location. Easy day trip to Savannah. Bathrooms were okay but could use a good cleaning. Wi-Fi available at the office about a mile away. Roads were a bit narrow in the campground but passable. Site was a pull through and level. Boat ramp access available. No sewer hookups but stay was short enough to survive on self contained storage. Would stay here again.
03/2010
rating [ 6/10 ]
Thank goodness this was only an overnight stay. The sites were extremely close together and the layout emphasized the closeness. The bathrooms were old and always looked like they needed a good cleaning. There was a nice boat launch facility, but I didn't kayak the area. The location was convenient to my trip route into the Everglades. It's about one hour away from Shark Valley and a great tram ride into the Everglades. I would never make this a destination campground but it was tolerable for a one night stay.
03/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
Excellent park. The facilities are clean, sites are large with privacy in between. No full hookups available. Bathrooms were always clean and stocked. Wi-Fi is available at the office. There is a toll to cross bridge to campground and park. Prices at the campstore were too high. A day trip to Tarpon Springs was well worth it. Great Greek food, sponge fishing industry, and lots of shops to visit. I would stay here again when in area.
02/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a decent campground but it could use more attention by staff. The bathrooms were rarely cleaned and often without toilet paper. Not all sites at the campground have full hook ups, and the tent sites relied on the bathroom facilities. I had requested full hookups but was told there were none available when I made my reservation, however there were full hookup sites empty during my entire stay. Fortunately I had brought a portable septic storage tank which I relied on during my one week stay so I did not have to use the bathroom facilities. Laundry facility is available and wash/dry charges reasonable. The no se-ums were horrible and I learned from other campers that this had been an ongoing problem. Not much the campground staff can do about that I guess. My site was large and fairly level. There were no privacy barriers between the sites but there was space. The campground is adjacent to a boat ramp providing access to the Chassahowitzka River. Excellent area to kayak as well as great location to Crystal River area. This is a big plus for staying at the campground. I would stay again if in the area.
03/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
Nice county park with good value. Bathrooms were clean, staff was great. My site backed up to busy US 1 so traffic noise was constant but did slow down at night. Lots of trees made it interesting getting into site and it was not close to being level. Seemed to be quite a few long term residents who had developed nice sites. Excellent location for Kennedy Space Center activity. Would stay again if in the area.
02/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a great stop when traveling on I-95. Convenient access but road traffic noise was not noticeable. In an open field with level pull through sites. Owners work hard to make your stay pleasant. Nice walk by the lake. Will stay here again when traveling the I-95 corridor. Used Pass America rate.
10/2009
rating [ 7/10 ]
I was here for a few nights enjoying the Fall colors and this is a great location to do that. The lake is beautiful. The campground however is okay. The sites are large and nicely spaced but are in need of some maintenance. The laundry facility was okay - the equipment in working order. There is a nice nature hike to enjoy, it's located near the visitor center which also has a hotspot for Wi-Fi access. My biggest complaint is the condition of the bathrooms. They were not cleaned once (that I could tell) in the 4 days that I was there. Not sure who was responsible for cleaning - the camp-host would check the building maybe once a day, but did not do anything to change the condition. The host left during my stay so maybe they just didn't care anymore. My rating is based on these observations but I think the campground deserves consideration. I would stay again but would not make this a destination site for an extended stay.
12/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
Nice park with friendly staff. This was off season so there were plenty of spaces available, but from my walks around the campground I think it would feel crowded during summer season with sites filled. Most are good size but often there is no privacy between sites. Not so much a problem if your neighbor is respectful, but I can see how this might be an issue for some. Wi-Fi access is good if near the Ranger station: not sure about outside loops. Airport air traffic is not constant so it was tolerable. I did notice that planes would interfere with the TV air reception. Didn't try satellite. Beach is very nice except for horse manure. If dog owners are required to pick up waste, why aren't horse owners? Good location: easy access to Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach and Murrells Inlet. Great park during off season but it might be too "crowded" during summer season for me. I'd camp here again.
10/2009
rating [ 10/10 ]
Was here for a Chinook RV rally. Excellent facility and staff. This campground is very pet friendly, has a nice pet off-leash area. Was too cold to try a canoe or kayak in the river but it looks like it would be great fun. White-water rafting opportunities are very close by. Lots of little water falls: great scenery. The RV sites are nicely spaced but there's no privacy in between them. This isn't a negative against the campground though: the facilities and Wi-Fi are excellent. A very good choice when staying in the Murphy/Marble area of NC.
10/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
Only here for one night. Facilities were very clean. Grounds were nicely maintained. Seemed to be quite a few seasonal sites but all were well tended. Will return for a longer stay to enjoy the NC Zoo. Asheboro seems to be a centrally located city. Pottery in Seagrove nearby. Tried to use the Wi-Fi and connection was terminated: maybe needed a password although it didn't ask for one.
04/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
I agree with previous reviews. I've stayed at North Bend a few times and will continue to do so. The park is exceptional. Clean, facilities are maintained, great path system for walking and riding bikes. The sites are large and nicely spaced to offer some privacy without feeling closed in by vegetation. Lots of swimming access and the lake is clean. My rating would be a 10 if sewer hookup was available. Phone service (trac phone) was available as was over air tv reception. I didn't try satellite due to number of trees at my site (site 86) but I did see other sites set up with dish. This is a wonderful place to stay for extended as well as overnight. I will be back.
03/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a typical state park. JC Cooper Facilities were clean but shower tile needs to be upgraded. The water faucet locations can pose a problem - I had to use two hoses to get connection which would have been a problem if I didn't have two hoses available. The sites are large and positioned to allow privacy between them. Staff preparing for summer season - grading sites, tree work, etc. A great park to enjoy Kerr Lake, boat ramp for camper use only, peaceful escape this time of year.
01/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
Very nice campground. Only one of two campgrounds open during Christmas/New Year's holidays. Plan early because most sites occupied. Sites are extra large with separate picnic areas. Paved sites which helped to level unit. Bathrooms cleaned daily. Deer in area. Nice playground for kids. Washer/dryer available at restroom. No internet or sewer hookups. Water and power connections were good. Great access to Lake Russell. Lake levels remain low due to drought. It's still a beautiful lake to enjoy. Good choice.
12/2008
rating [ 9/10 ]
The smaller of two campgrounds was open during holiday season. Most sites were filled. Easy walk to other islands - no walk path on one bridge but traffic was limited during this time of year. It might be different during summer months. The larger campground on last island looked real nice (closed for season) with large sites. Bathrooms cleaned but could use updates. Curtains for privacy rather than doors. It is in close proximity to Columbia. A good choice.
12/2008
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a very nice park for beach camping. The sites are comfortable in size although some appeared to need creative driving to get units backed into. The park facilities were clean but the bathrooms need to be updated. They get a lot of use since there are no sewer hookups and the wear shows. Christmas week was busy but not crowded. There were limited sites near the ocean available. Plan early though if you must have an ocean spot - they go fast. Sites right off the ocean are an excellent choice. There is easy access but not direct impact from the wind which never stops blowing at the beach! Good central location with easy day trip access to Savannah, Tybee Island, GA and up to Charleston area. Car rental company in Beaufort will pick up which is great if you don't tow. Great park to enjoy.
10/2008
rating [ 9/10 ]
This park is a gem. The campground is in a nicely wooded section with plenty of space between the sites. The staff did a great job keeping it clean on a busy weekend. There is a great trail around the lake - a very nice walk to enjoy the surroundings. The other areas of the park are close by and can be reached via the lake trail. This is a great place to spend a few days enjoying the campground and the rest of the park.
10/2008
rating [ 7/10 ]
The campground is adequate for a short stay but not extended. The bathroom could use a fresh coat of paint to brighten it up. I didn't use the shower - didn't look clean. The sites vary in size and leveling was required. I stayed in the upper sites, lower sites were full so maybe they are in better condition. Park in general is popular for biking but I didn't see many hiking trails. Picnic areas were popular as well.
10/2008
rating [ 9/10 ]
Great campground to enjoy. The sites are large. There are no barriers between the sites so there is little privacy but there is plenty of space separating sites so that helps. There is a separate area for tents I didn't walk into that area so can't comment on the set up there. The lake is nearby and the water level is down quite a bit. The positive effect is there is a beach area that forms a natural trail around large portions of the lake. Lots of deer in the area and lake is a popular fishing spot. Visit the Mountain Home exhibit - lots of animals for kids to see. More hiking trails near this area as well.
10/2008
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a top notch park. The facilities and grounds were always clean and there were a number of groups using them so staff was busy to maintain. I used the laundry facility - looked like fairly new machines and cheap prices ($1). The only complaint I would have is the push button set up in the showers. You can't regulate the temperature of the water and it was scalding hot. I'm not sure if the push button actually saves water - but it is a pain to have to have to use. There is only one hiking trail but it's a nice walk. Not enough rain to have any water at the falls. The trail needed some better marking and the staff was receptive to this comment. Speaking of staff - they were great!! The park is convenient to Mammoth Cave NP which is a must see. Hope to visit there again to see more of the park above ground - I spent 4.5 hours on a 4 mile tour of the cave and it was awesome. This is a great park to stay at if you're in the area.
11/2008
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a nice park, but sites can be difficult. No one over 30 ft should consider staying here. Some sites were very short. This is a nice location. Clarksville is a nice community and is just a few minutes away. There is no laundry facility at the campground so I used the laundromat there. There was boat traffic on the lake which was sometimes loud but only during the day and not unexpected. This is a popular lake for fishing and recreation. My biggest complaint is with the VA Park system in general. The pet fee is excessive ($5 per pet per night) and should be lowered. The nightly rate reflects the additional $10 per night fee I paid for my 2 dogs. This was an additional $70 fee for the 7 nights I was there. I know my dogs did not use $70 worth of electricity and water! I'll rethink staying at VA State parks in the future.
11/2008
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is an average park. The sites are adequate although some of the larger rigs may find it difficult to impossible to set up. The size of the sites are not consistent so it's somewhat of a chance to get the right size. There are no laundry facilities available which is becoming common at state parks. The bathroom facilities are worn out, and I wasn't comfortable with the cleanliness of them- - I opted not to use them. I enjoyed hiking the trails, and the lake (too bad the campsites at the lake do not have electricity) is very nice. My biggest complaint is not with this specific park but with the State of Virginia. They have increased the pet fee to $5 per pet per night. For me this is an additional $10 per night. I do not have the maximum number of people allowed in my party (6) and figure my regular nightly fee is already inflated because I'm not using the resources (electricity and water) the State has estimated to base their fee. My dogs don't use extra electricity, and the water they do drink is less than the maximum number of people allowance. So why the excessive charge for pets? I can only assume the state is trying to use the pet fee to deter people from bringing their pets. These comments have also been sent to the State from me. Sadly, I'll have to rethink my visits to the VA State park system. Their fees are close to a private campground fee which would include cable and Wi-Fi.
06/2008
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a great stay in the Chapel Hill/Durham area. Sites are large, grounds are maintained nicely, peaceful and I woke up to the sound of cows from the nearby farm. What a treat! Most of the sites are occupied by long term or permanent residents but there are some overnight sites available. Owner is extra nice and helpful. Self contained units only as there's no bath house facility.
03/2008
rating [ 8/10 ]
Great location and nice sites. One section has a lot of vegetation between the sites the other section is more open. Sites are large and fairly level. Roads are recently paved. Access to the beach and dogs are allowed. Convenient location to nearby attractions. Myrtle Beach is a short drive away. Will stay here again.
03/2008
rating [ 6/10 ]
About the only good thing was the cleanliness of the rest rooms. The sites are very close, typical of KOA, and the facilities looked run down. The owners were okay - not friendly by any means. This is not a destination park. It's right off of I-75, which is convenient, and right next to the truck stop. Trucks running their motors most of the night. It is a good park for just an overnight with the windows closed. Doubt if I will stay here again - it's worth the extra few miles of driving to find a nicer location.
03/2008
rating [ 8/10 ]
Very nice park in the middle of citrus area. The orange blossom aroma was wonderful. Sites are nicely spaced but there is little vegetation and it would be very hot in summer. Nice location between two lakes and namesake lake is a short drive away. All facilities were well maintained. Took a day trip over to the east coast and Cocoa Beach area. Timing to watch the landing of the space shuttle was off by a few days. Homossasas Springs and Crystal River a short drive away - beautiful area to visit as well. Would stay here again.
03/2008
rating [ 8/10 ]
Real nice state park west of Gainesville. Easy access to the park but road in the campground was narrow. Might be difficult for a big rig to access although there were big 5th wheels and trailers. Highlight of the park is Manatee Springs. Usually open for swimming but because the manatees were visiting - saw six one day - they closed it to swimmers. Crystal clear water gives access to viewing the manatee, turtles and all kinds of fish. Amardillo in the area and the deer will walk right into the campsite. They weren't bothered by the dogs. Only saw one red bellied water snake. Nice walk out to the river on boardwalk. Popular spot for scuba diving in the sink hole located in the park. Took a short trip down to Cedar Key, about 30 miles away. Nice town on the Gulf to visit. Would stay here again.
03/2008
rating [ 9/10 ]
Great park. Just had ALL the roads repaved. Convenient to Savannah. Big celebration weekend- St. Patrick's Day parade. Sites are large, with plenty of space between them. Lots of places to explore in the area and within the park. Bathrooms cleaned once a day - campground was full everyday so sometimes they would get messy. People sometimes complain about the bathrooms not being clean but it's important to remember it's the fellow camper that has left it a mess - not the park. My moto - leave it like you would want to find it. Great park. Will stay again if in the area.
03/2008
rating [ 9/10 ]
Another great Georgia State Park. The sites were clean, large and well spaced. One section was very private with site built into a vegeation area. The other section was more open but there was tree coverage to provide shade. Nice walking areas and lots of bicycle paths. Wild life included armadillo, deer and maybe a gator in a small pond. Lots to explore in the area- Cumberland Island, Okeefeenokee wildlife management area (lots of gators there), St Simons, Jekell Islands, etc. Will stay again if in the area.
03/2008
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a wonderful county park. The campground is adequate. The sites are close together and fairly level. There was some shade available. The park offers many opportunities - a shuttle to the downtown area, climbing wall, lots of paths to walk and ride a bike, a great off leash dog park with access to the lake, kayaks and canoes. The swimming pool complex wasn't open yet but looked inviting. The park is clean, roads are well maintained. Excellent destination location. Will return.
03/2008
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a nice State park fairly convenient to I95 - just a few miles away. There is a small lake to enjoy and nice path to take a walk. The roads are packed sand and are narrow. Some of the campsites have low hanging branches. Big rigs might find it difficult to get through but it did appear to be do-able. Park staff and camp host friendly. Would stay again.
12/2007
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a nice small park on Lake Hartwell. The bathrooms were clean but the sites are sometimes messy. I experienced a security problem - first time at a state park - and I think it could have been avoided if the Camphost was doing his job. I had left for a day trip, leaving my water hose hooked up and a foot mat to dry out from the rain. The camphost noticed a vehicle at my site (camphost site directly across from mine)and did not question (nor call a ranger) when he saw them walking around the area. The camphost then went over to my site AND REMOVED MY SITE TAG which clearly stated I had a reservation until 12/31/07 - two more days of camping left. When I asked him why he did this he said he thought I had left and then noted that I would have to travel in my motorhome since I don't have a toad and he should not have removed the tag. I noticed one of the other Georgia State Park campsite reviews noted an incident of stealing so I guess this is something common at their parks. It's a shame that this happens. Another camper decided to help himself to the wood I had at my site - although not technically stealing I guess but it is VERY rude. I think the camphost at this particular park is not performing his duties and is taking advantage of a free place to live - something that should be evaluated by the Park system. The lower rating is also reflective of the road conditions in the section - VERY buckled in areas that were difficult to get past without knocking the fillings out of your teeth, and the fact that that there are no sewers-only dump station. On the plus side, the park does have cable hookup, which is uncommon at state parks, and having access to local weather alerts (there were tornado warnings nearby) is a BIG plus. I would stay at the park again but with less sense of security.
12/2007
rating [ 9/10 ]
If you plan to be in the Asheville area then you need to consider this campground. It's convenient to I-40 and Asheville. The Baltimore Estate is about 20 minutes away. Easy access to the Blue Ridge Parkway and downtown Asheville. The grounds are nicely landscaped and extremely clean. Sites are close together but pull throughs are angled so that you feel you have privacy and space. Sites are level. Nice cabin and tent area away from the RVs. All facilities are very well kept. Great owners - great campground.
10/2007
rating [ 9/10 ]
Stayed in the upper section. Sites are huge and fairly level. A number of them were seasonal rentals. Grounds are maintained. Bathrooms clean. Staff friendly. They advertise wifi for this section (1500) but I was not able to pick up signal at my site. Campground is located convenient to Shady Maple complex. Would stay here again if in area.
09/2007
rating [ 6/10 ]
The sites are small and most require leveling - some needing a great deal. I stayed in one of the patio sites and it was not worth the extra charge. The sites are narrow, there is no privacy and there is a drainage ditch located behind them. These appear to be newly developed and it would have been better to develop less sites and make them worth the charge. The pull through sites are grass and gravel. These required leveling as well. The pools are small and one was in desperate need of a good cleaning. The roads have big puddles after a rain which mixes with the exposed dirt to create muddy conditions. The owners and staff are very nice and the bathroom facilities were clean. I would consider other parks if returning to the area for comparison. I would stay here again if nothing else available.
09/2007
rating [ 9/10 ]
Nice camping area. Convenient to Green Dragon flea market, not in the middle of the Amish tourist attraction areas but not far to travel to enjoy those attractions. Didn't use pool or mini golf but both looked well maintained. Sites are spacious and mine was level. Would stay here again if in area.
09/2007
rating [ 9/10 ]
Great campground. Sites are spacious with easy access. Some leveling needed. Beautiful area - Whiteface Mtn towers over the campground. The grounds are clean. Did not use pool. WiFi works great. Nice trails to hike within the campground area. Would stay here again.
04/2007
rating [ 9/10 ]
What a great find. The sites are along Buck Creek and nicely shaded. There is no swimming pool, but there are two swimming holes in the river and frequently used. The sites are fairly level and about half of them are occupied with permanent weekenders. The grounds are well kept and the permanent sites have their own gardens. The bath houses are outdated but fairly clean. There is new tile in the two shower areas. There is little privacy in the bathrooms though - open access to showers with only plastic shower curtain - but most people relied on their bathrooms in rigs. A very quiet location - except for Buck Creek - yet convenient for travel to nearby areas - Asheville, Cherokee, Smoky Mtn NP about 2 hours south and Boone, Grandfather Mtn, Blowing Rock about 2 hours north. Great park to escape to.
04/2007
rating [ 7/10 ]
The owners are very nice and working toward improvements but they aren't there yet. I was assigned a spot and then asked to move because an improvement was being done. The cable was very fuzzy and was corrected by staff on first site but I gave up when the same fuzziness appeared on the 2nd site. The electricity frequently cut off - especially at night. This occurred on both sites. I will have my unit checked to make sure the problem is not internal to my unit but I would have appreciated a bit more response than "oh really?". It would seem though that if the problem is within my unit it would occur during similar situations i.e. when the microwave and tv are on together or coffeepot and microwave, etc. This was not the case. Frequently there were no appliances on (late at night) and the power would go on and off. The sites are close together with no privacy between. It wasn't crowded though so this was not an issue for me but I think it would be if I was here during regular season. I think the park has potential - it's just not there yet.
04/2007
rating [ 7/10 ]
This campground is undergoing development and I think it will be a great campground when it's completed. I hope they plan on a shower/bathroom facility but I didn't see any place for that. The spaces are set up for privacy but not isolation. The roads need improvement in some areas - big washout areas and I noticed a few fifth wheels that scraped when making a turn. The roads are steep in some areas. The swim beach is closed for improvements now but season is a few weeks away. The hiking trails are not marked which should be done. Overall a good park and it's only getting better.
04/2007
rating [ 9/10 ]
What a great park. Easter weekend snow added to the experience. Stayed in the new B section. Sites are paved and fairly level. Bathroom was very clean. Drove thru the A section - sites are older and well worn. Most looked like it would be hard to find a level spot for MH but the TT seemed to fit fine. Excellent area for hiking and the swimming pool is a plus for a hot summer day. Visit the Historic area in the park and just a short trip (free ferry) to the Williamsburg side of the James River. VA parks are top notch.
03/2007
rating [ 9/10 ]
What a great park. First time at an NC State run park - won't be my last. Sites are laid out well to provide privacy and they are plenty big. Quite a few are double sites - great way to camp with friends. All facilities were clean - there weren't that many campers though and I can imagine how used the bathrooms would be during the season. A great park.
12/2006
rating [ 10/10 ]
Top notch park in all respects. Grounds are spotless and the bathrooms (individual units with all amenities in each one)were always clean. This is one of the nicest resorts I have been to. Nice path around the lake for walking, riding bikes. Convenient location to the Myrtle Beach area but out of the congestion and traffic. Will return again.
11/2006
rating [ 9/10 ]
Very nice park. Convenient to I81 and open all year. Park staff are very cordial - came by to make sure everything was meeting expectations. Bathrooms look like they have new tile. Great place for an overnight stay if traveling I81 or to spend a few days in the area. Would stay here again.
09/2006
rating [ 8/10 ]
Nice campground. Owners are great. There is only one bathroom/shower combo for each available. Might not be a problem with only 12 sites but a potential line at the bathroom door is there. Children are welcome but there are no recreational facilities on site for them. Multi use path nearby (a few blocks) for riding bicycle and enjoying river views.
10/2006
rating [ 9/10 ]
Virginia State Parks are top notch. The campsites at Fairy Stone are good size and the natural vegetation provides some privacy. The camp hosts were great. Bathroom facility old but always clean. Nice gift shop at Park office but no camping supplies offered. The beach area at lake was spotless, as were all the facilities. Will be back again and again.
10/2005
rating [ 10/10 ]
Excellent park. All areas well maintained. Trails offer good opportunity to hike and bike ride (really popular at park). Swimming in the lake available during season - only wildlife (ducks and geese) swimming during visit. Canoe and paddle boat rental available. Did not eat at Restaurant. Had site on the stream (B19) and it was lovely spot. Will return to this Park if in the area.
10/2005
rating [ 10/10 ]
Excellent facility. The entire resort was well maintained and the bathrooms were spotless. The inside road is steep but managable. Mostly big rigs while I was there (both motorhome and 5th wheel) and all were able to navigate on the road. Great location - easy travel to Smoky Mountain National Park, Fontana Lake area, etc. Owners are very nice - there to help but not invade your space. Cute cabins available for those needing extra space. I would stay again if in the area.
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