Nice RV park, particularly for a short stay. It couldn't be more convenient -- right along I-10, yet the highway noise was not bad. (With a fan on in our camper we didn't notice any noise at all.) Well-maintained grounds with lovely trees, concrete pads and dog run area. Plus, the owners are super nice and helpful. Price reflects Good Sam discount.
This has to be the cleanest, most well-maintained, well-laid-out campground I've ever visited! Nearly all the spots are pull through and all have concrete pads, picnic tables, and grills. There's grass and plantings between each site that are JUST big enough to provide some privacy. There's a pretty lake toward the back, and the pool area is very nice. There's even a fenced-in grassy area for dogs to play off-leash. There's a bit of highway noise, but not too bad. The only real drawback is that there are no trees for shade at all, which on this 97 degree day we could have used. But, we just stopped for one night while passing through, and for that purpose it's brilliant!
We stayed at Rutledge Lake for 2 weeks and used it as a jumping off point to explore Asheville, Brevard, and surrounding areas. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay! The campground has a lovely setting on a small lake, the hosts were friendly and helpful, the pool area and clubhouse were very nice, and everything was clean and well-maintained. Also, the Wi-Fi worked great, and the nearby Verizon cell tower meant there were no issues with cell service. That said, some of the sites are more spacious than others, and there's not a lot of separation between the sites in the middle rows. Overall, though, I would definitely recommend this campground.
After reading the negative reviews of this park on this site, we almost canceled our reservations. Sure glad we didn't! Overall, we really liked this park, and enjoyed three lovely days here. Yes, the restrooms could use an upgrade, and there's not loads of space between sites. But there was plenty of room for our rig (a 19' travel trailer). There are a few spaces for big RVs, but the park clearly mostly caters to tent campers and small travel trailers. It also seems to draw a lot of foreign visitors; we enjoyed meeting fellow campers from Quebec and Columbia, and also heard German and Japanese spoken. We particularly liked the location of the park. It's a great jumping-off point for exploring the Everglades (with the HQ of Everglades National Park about 15 miles away), Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, and the city of Naples. Of course, we visited in winter, so no mosquitoes. But really, what do people expect when they visit the Everglades in mid-summer?!
I would give this campground an "A" for effort, but nonetheless a few things are lacking. The sites are pretty cramped and not too private, and most are on hilly roads that make getting in and out a challenge. We had a great, fairly private site on the stream (D3), but had to back up a long way down a hill to get into it. The bathrooms are old and worn looking, but they were clean. Weirdly, though, you have to walk across a large field of grass to get to the bathhouse. It was rainy when we were there, making me think that a gravel walkway would be nice instead of walking through wet grass. The Wi-Fi didn't work at all at our site, even though we were relatively near the campground office. All that said, the management were about as nice and friendly and helpful as we've ever encountered. They have provided all sorts of fun stuff for the kids, including swings and a game room and a big screen TV in a playroom near the office. They also lend out books and DVDs, and were very knowledgeable about what to do in the area while we were there. The campground is also very well located near Boone. One final note, there are some beautiful sites just for tents.
We'd never stayed in a KOA before, so I don't know how this compares to others. We typically stay in state parks and smaller campgrounds that don't have a lot of services, so to us this place seemed to have every amenity known to mankind. A nice pool, dog park areas, swing sets for the kids, a well-stocked store and unexpected services like trash pickups at each site every day. The staff were VERY friendly and helpful, we decided to stay an extra day and they figured out a way to let us stay in the same site instead of moving. The only reason I don't give this place a 10 is that there aren't a lot of trees or privacy between sites. It felt a little like a crowded parking lot. Plus their rates seem a bit high to me.
A great place to "get away from it all". Very secluded, private sites amidst tall trees and thick foliage. Very spacious and level sites, all well maintained. Wide roads for easy maneuverability. Nice beach areas with swing sets. Not the most friendly or helpful staff at the entrance. They failed to give us a campground map, then handed us one sullenly (no apology) when we returned to get it. Note that what appear to be "waterfront" sites may not have a view due to thick trees between the site and the water. No Wi-Fi or cable, which is either a detriment or a good opportunity to truly "disconnect" from the modern world!
We loved this state park! The spots were roomy and situated under tall, beautiful pine trees. Many (but not all) had smaller shrubs between the spaces for privacy as well. We got a great spot out near the river -- terrific views of the marshes. The park has miles of trails through all different kinds of habitat. We saw lots of wildlife -- gopher tortoises, armadillos, deer, even wild pigs, in addition to all manner of birds. The park offers wi-fi at the registration area, which is a couple miles from the campsites. Also, we were so far from a town that my cell phone (T-Mobile) didn't work. But, if you're looking for an authentic back-to-nature, get-away-from-it-all experience, this is a great place.
This is one of the nicest campgrounds we've ever stayed in. Definitely the cleanest, newest restrooms we've ever come across: absolutely spotless. Everything about the place is very well maintained and new. There are no real kids activities, thus no (or very few) children, so it's really quiet and peaceful. The roads around the campground area are indeed steep, as others have noted, but workable. And note: the "stream" that some sites back up to is no more than a tiny trickle. Nonetheless, those sites have a little more privacy than some. The campground is well located right off the highway (though far enough that you don't hear highway noise at all), and near the wonderful town of Asheville. Overall, I loved this campground and hope to return again soon.