Campground has been recently purchased by new ownership. The new owners have done an excellent job of cleaning up the park and making it family friendly. These new owners are struggling to overcome the bad reputation created by the former owners. If you have not been here in the past year (2008), give it a try, you won't be disappointed. When we moved our Travel Trailer in to this campground, the new owner went out of his way to make sure our camper was level and that the site was clean and ready for us to move in to. He went way above an beyond what you normally see owners do. Great family type atmosphere and some of the most beautiful woods you will ever see.
We just moved from this campground after spending the summer season (2008) there. At first, we really enjoyed this campground, nice clean facilities. As the summer progressed, the owners seemed to become more and more rigid. The owners are very uptight people who are constantly following people around making sure they are "Following the rules". I am a business owner and I understand the the need to make money. But, these people took it to an extreme. You can not have visitors in the park without paying for them, something that is strictly enforced. We have 2 children and one on the way and we had fully intended to stay another year because we were thinking maybe after a while the owners would warm up so to speak, but it never happened. We received our renewal option via the mail and were shocked to find out that our rates had gone up. The only people who's rates were raised were those people with kids. If you don't have kids, the rates stayed the same. When we asked about this, we were told it was not fair to people who did not have kids to have to pay the same rate as those with kids. It is very apparent that these people do not want families and children in this campground. We had notified them that we would be moving out and gave them an exact date. When we arrived to move out, we arrived at our camper to be shortly followed thereafter by one of the owners who asked "What are you doing?". Of course my wife wasn't sure what the problem was and she responded with "Camping?". The owner then stated "well you have an electric bill that you need to take care of before you can pull this camper out of here". Of course we were going to pay the electric bill, I had notified her of this via e-mail when I notified her of when we were moving out. So, if you enjoy camping where you are hawked over by some very uptight owners who watch every move you make, and you enjoy being nickeled and dimed to death for everything, this is your place. If your looking to relax and be stress free, find another campground.
Overall a very nice campground, probably the most beautiful we have been to. It is a little bit off the beaten path and it is quite a drive to the local towns if you need anything. The campground does have a small store for any little things you may need but there is quite a mark up on the prices. The park rangers were very visible throughout the week end it just seemed as though they were a bit selective on which rules they chose to enforce. The campsite next to us had 10 adults and 4 kids and 3 dogs all staying in a popup camper. The rules clearly state a maximum of 6 people per site. This would not ordinarily be a big deal to us but the dogs constantly barking, kids running around and cars lined up in front of their campsite became a bit anoying after a while. Other than this, it was a very pleasant weekend and we have another camping date scheduled. The lake sites are breath taking.
This is a very well maintained and very quiet campground. If you are in to a lively and active campground, you probably will not like this campground. It is great for a quiet getaway with great view of the lake and lake swimming. When we pulled in we found someone had parked a car on our campsite and the staff immediately assigned us a new campsite that was actually an upgrade from the original campsite. Would recommend this camppground to anyone who is looking for a nice quiet place to camp.
You can see where there is some work being done on this campground, but it is a long way from being competitive with other area campgrounds. Before we actually camped here, stopped by to check it out only to be rather rudely greeted with "well we are the new owners"! I asked what types of improvements they would be making to the campground (ie. pavements etc.) only to be very harshly responded to with "well we have made improvements". The person I was talking to was very VERY defensive and the staff that I encountered was not friendly at all. This campground would be fine if you were traveling late at night and just needed somewhere to stop for the night, but this is not a keeper by any means. There are very few trees, most of the campground is out in the blazing sun, gravel roads throughout the campground and rather difficult to navigate in to as the entry road to the campground passes in between a gas station (truck stop) and a truck repair shop, very difficult to see. I would not recommend this campground to anyone. This campground would be almost tolerable, but when you add on top of it the very rude people that either own it or work there, its not worth it.
This is the campground we consider our "home campground" as it is only about 25 miles from home. We could not ask for a better place for our most frequent camping experiences. The good far out wieghs the bad here. There are what look like a few long term campers here, and this is a bit of an eyesore, but overall this campground is clean and very well maintained with abundant trees and shade at most of the sites. The newer sites in the back are out in the wide open with no trees and the road back there is gravel, which we really don't like. It does not appear that there are a lot of locals that camp here as most people think of KOA as a place to stop while traveling, but we love it. When we were there in March it was a bit of a bore as they don't open the pool and most of the activities don't get going until Memorial Day. The climate in the Ky and Tn area is certainly accommodating to opening the pools and starting the weekend activities much earlier than they do. I would recommend this campground to anyone as it will certainly change your stereotypical view of a KOA.
Great place to camp with the kids. Staff is very friendly and there was a lot to do. This is not a camp ground where you can really bring the bicycle as the topography is quite steep in places which makes it difficult to ride bikes. We really like the sites at the top of the hill near the store and pool area, the back section has gravel roads and sites which creates a lot of dust. We will definitely camp here again.
We have just arrived home from our camping weekend at this campground, this was our second camping experience with this campground, and it will be our last. Our biggest problem with this campground is that there are unsupervised kids and teens invading the campground on 4-wheelers, speeding through the campground at a very high rate of speed and putting my, and other, young children who are supervised at risk of being run over. I have never been to a campground where there are 4-wheelers even allowed, let alone 4-wheelers and atv’s under the operation of young inexperienced and apparently unsupervised kids. My son who is 10 was run off the road while riding his bicycle, by a 4-wheeler being driven by a child not much older than he was. My daughter who is 7 was riding her bike and swerved to avoid being hit by an ATV and fell down and busted her 2 front teeth out and had to be rushed to receive emergency care. We went to the front entrance and complained as did the campers that were all around us, we were all told that someone would be right out to deal with the 4-wheelers, yet no one was ever seen. This campground is the loudest and most unruly campground we have ever been to as there were several groups of teens running around the campground in small groups trying to pick fights with each other, yelling and throwing gang signs, yet nothing was ever done about this either, even though several of us complained. We normally go to the Bowling Green KOA, but this time we wanted to come back to Beech Bend to enjoy a long weekend and swim, and enjoy the amusement park, needles to say this did not happen. And we will return to KOA when we choose to camp in Bowling Green from now on.