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11/2007
rating [ 9/10 ]
As others have stated, this is a really nice, new RV resort. One of the more impressive RV check in office/stores I've seen. More like checking in at an upscale resort hotel! All facilities/buildings are first rate. The on site restaurant is really nice, and the food that we got from there was excellent. In fact, I had one of the best hamburgers I've ever had there! The Gargonzola burger. Highly recommend it! Interior roads are nicely paved. Sites are decomposed granite, which can be a bit messy. Sites are good size, with a nice concrete patio and grass area. Free Cable TV, exercise facility, and Wi-Fi are an added bonus. Only negative, and the reason we didn't give it a 10, is the road noise - but that's typical for any campground that is conveniently located near major highways. Hard to get highway convenience and quiet at the same time. This is a really well done RV resort. All the staff were super friendly and made us feel very welcome. We'd definitely stay here again if we are in Bakersfield area.
11/2007
rating [ 6/10 ]
While this is a beautiful "condo" ownership RV resort, our 2 nights there were less than ideal. We had reservations which we had hoped would give us a decent site, but they stuck us in a site right next to the trailer they use as a sales office for the new sites they are currently building out. Yes, it was a concrete pad with full hookups, but it was perched on a slight hill. A bit challenging disconnecting the toad since it was on a slope downhill, the area the coach was positioned on was level though the level part was just long enough for the coach, so the toad hung off the back on a downward slope. They do not have cable TV, which we were led to believe that they did. However, we were able to get several local channels using the antenna. WiFi is available, but at an extra fee, $4 a day. We were led to believe it was free when we booked our reservation. But, the main negative was the construction noise, which started at 7 am, although their rules state quiet hours are 10 pm to 8 am, apparently it doesn't apply to their own workers and contractors. Right across the street from our site they were bulldozing, trenching, etc. putting in new sites. And, right behind us contractors were building a new Casita for someone on another site. They all started at about 7 am, with the air compressors, nail guns, "beep beep" of the bulldozers going back and forth leveling the dirt, etc. It was ridiculous. The other big negative, as others have stated, is the overly restrictive dog rules. In addition to all the other negatives of our site, it was over 2 blocks from the entrance, where you are required to take your dog out and onto the street, it's not a very busy road luckily. There is no dog walking allowed in the park per the rules - only to get your dog from your RV to outside the entrance gate on the road. While we are fanatical about carrying bags and picking up after our dog, I know some pet owners are not as respectful, so they ruin it for everyone else. It's a shame, but I'm sure that's why this park has such restrictive rules on pets. Naturally, our dog didn't know he had to wait until we cleared the entrance gate before he could do his business. Fortunately, we did not encounter any "dog police" and we picked up and disposed of his droppings immediately. We did see many other people walking their dogs out to the road. I guess as long as you're making the effort to get the dog out to the street, and you pick up after him immediately if he doesn't make it, they won't evict you. We will not stay here again due to the early morning construction noise, and the hassles with walking the dog. But, I'm sure once all the sites are built out in this condo resort, the construction noise will diminish.
10/2007
rating [ 9/10 ]
Like prior reviewers have stated, this is a very nice, well maintained campground. Every staff person we encountered was friendly and helpful. Nice laundry and rec room, although they were having some problems with a couple washers eating quarters! We did not use the bathrooms or showers, but we looked at them and they were all very nice, clean, individual private rooms. There is some road noise from I-40, which is not too far away. But that's the price you pay for the convenience of being near the freeway. Also, some train noise, but not enough to wake us up. We camped here in a 40-foot motorhome with toad, and hade no problems driving around the campground or pulling into our chosen site. Roads and sites are all gravel, so there is some dust, but this is the high desert, so that's to be expected. There are trees at most sites, but they aren't large enough to provide any significant shade. Our site was reasonably level. Most other sites appeared fairly level as well. All sites are large and can accommodate large rigs. A very nice place to camp for a night or two, especially given where it is and the limited options for camping in this general region. We'd definitely camp here again. The campground is owned by the same enterprise that owns the Meteor Crater. You get a discount on the Crater entry fee as a guest at the campground. The Meteor Crater is quite interesting and we thought worth the couple of hours and nominal charge to visit it (and take the guided 1 hour hike along the rim).
10/2007
rating [ 8/10 ]
As the previous reviewer stated, this park was purchased by a new owner about a month ago (September 2007). We travel with a dog and were a bit concerned based on some of the earlier reviews, but decided to take a chance. Turned out to be perfectly find. In fact, the new owner and his son, who were working the front desk, were excellent as far as customer service and friendliness. They do ask that you not walk your dog around the campground itself, but to walk them directly to the nice, fenced in dog area, or out along the dirt road that adjoins the campground property. We respected the campground rules, and had absolutely no hassles about our dog. There were several other campers with dogs there, and as far as we could tell, no one encountered any problems. The campground itself is very well maintained. Nice, reasonably sized, very level gravel sites. They did say our site was an 80 foot pull through, but our 40 foot motorhome with toad (total length of 60 feet), just fit in the site with bumpers on the edge of the road front and back. Site width was good. No issues with slides or awnings being too close to the neighbor. Very convenient location and easy to get to from I-40. Only reason I'm not rating this higher is due to the abundant noise from the huge freight trains that travel all night long nearby, and the low flying aircraft that sound like they are landing on your roof. While the planes didn't fly by on a regular basis, a few did wake us out of a sound sleep pretty early in the morning. Otherwise, a very nice campground. We'd stay here again if passing through for the night, but we would bring our ear plugs just in case!
10/2007
rating [ 10/10 ]
As others have stated, this is an awesome campground that just opened in June 07. The owners (two brothers) are RVers themselves, and designed it specifically for big rigs. Granted, there are no trees or tall bushes, etc. but it is very nicely landscaped with decorative gravel, small plants, etc. There is very little grass, and what there is is near the office and also around the pool/clubhouse. The sites are HUGE, level,with concrete pads with full hookups with very nice utility pedestals. Most sites are pull throughs, and the facilities are about the nicest of any campground we've seen around the country. There are several very nice bathhouse/laundry buildings strategically located throughout the campground. Each building has several really nice, very clean individual private bathrooms with showers as well as a laundry room, and the laundry is free! The swimming pool, spa and adjoining club house and exercise room are beautiful! All of the buildings are done in a southwest adobe fashion, and are first rate. The owners really put a lot of thought and money into building this campground, and while we were here, at least one of them (Chris) was on site 24/7. He was super nice and very helpful with suggestions on things to see and do as well as places to eat, etc.. The interior roads are all paved and super wide, so no problems getting in/out and turning corners, no matter what size rig you have. We drove all around the campground in our 40 ft motorhome with Jeep in tow as we picked out our site. It's about a half mile or so off of I-40, so while you can hear the traffic in the distance, it's not that bad and didn't bother us at all, unlike some campgrounds that we've stayed at near the interstate. This is a definite 10. If we are ever in this area again, we'd absolutely stay here!
10/2007
rating [ 1/10 ]
The only redeeming feature to this campground is it's close to the Great Smoky National Park, Dollywood and Gatlinburg and all the related commercial tourist stuff. Otherwise, it's a pretty dismal place to camp, at least when we were there. While it is on a small river, very small. The river, and the campground, is right on route 441, which is really a highway and the main "strip", so there is constant traffic noise. Most sites are very small and tightly packed in. Our site was right on the main road going through the campground. We were so close to neighbors we could not extend our awning, and our sewer connection was literally under the neighbors picnic table. Behind us, we were no more than 3 feet from two campers. By far the most crowded, overly "stuffed in" campground we have ever stayed at. Barely enough room to park our car in front of our coach to get it off the road. Many others, especially fifth wheelers, had to park their truck partially in the road. It seemed this campground was going way over the top as far as trying to squeeze every possible nickel out of space rental. They left no space unused, even parking rigs on the front lawn of a house on the property. Really bizarre. No place to walk the dog, but there was a small grassy area just outside the campground that we could at least walk him around so he could do his business. We will never camp here again, that's for sure! But, I guess there are a lot of people who like this kind of camping as the place was totally full, as were all the campgrounds nearby this time of year. October is one of the busiest months in this area. People coming out for fall foliage. We actually found the Blue Ridge Parkway to be way nicer and much better fall colors than the Great Smoky Park. And MUCH less crowded!
10/2007
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a great little campground on top of the mountain in Asheville. The managers are awesome folks who do a fantastic job of maintaining the campground and ensuring your stay is a good as can be. There are 4 or 5 premium sites that have a million dollar view across the mountains and valley below. These sites also have nice, level concrete pads. The other non-premium sites are gravel, semi-level, in the trees with no, or very minimal view, but still very nice sites. All RV sites have full hookups and cable TV. Wi-Fi works if you're close to the office, but it did not work at our site that was towards the end of the campground in the trees. It's a very quiet, peaceful campground. Great trails to walk yourself, and your dog! They are planning to expand the campground and add more sites, including more premium view sites, in the next year or so. The only negative, and the only reason I didn't rate it a 10, is the road leading up to the campground. It's about a half mile and it's a dirt and gravel road that is steep at some points, and it's very narrow with a couple of really tight turns. It would be really dicey if two large rigs had to pass each other. Actually, I don't think they could at most points along the road. They do try to manage this by asking folks to call from the bottom of the hill if they arrive before check in time, so they can coordinate with anyone leaving at the same time. We made it up the road with our 40' motorhome with toad attached (luckily, no one coming down at the same time), but we were within inches of trees and rocks. When we left, we waited to hook up the toad until we were safely at the bottom of the road. But, it was well worth the few minutes of stress going up/down the hill to stay at this campground! HIGHLY recommend it!
10/2007
rating [ 5/10 ]
The pluses of this campground: Very easy and convenient to get to as it's right off I-40. All sites are level. Full hookups, including cable with abundant stations and excellent wi-fi. Relatively neat and clean grounds. Nice owners. Good price for a full hookup site with cable and wi-fi. Right next to a Flying J truck stop, so convenient to fill up if needed. It's a decent place for a stopover, but not a place to stay for more than a day or two. The negatives of this campground: LOTS and LOTS of road noise, both from I-40 and the state road that the campground is located on, and the very busy Flying J truck stop that almost adjoins the property. Also, a major train route runs nearby, so you will get periodic train whistles to wake you up. You may need ear plugs to sleep. The sites are not very big and are pretty close to each other. Lengthwise - just large enough to fit our 40' motorhome. Had to disconnect the toad and park it parallel so it was out of the road. Width - If we extended our awning, we'd have probably touched the neighbors slide.
06/2007
rating [ 9/10 ]
Nice, new RV campground. Well layed out. Flat and open with a few newly planted trees, so shade is minimal. Roads and sites are all paved and fairly level. It is close to a Pilot truck stop so fuel, restaurant and supplies are nearby. Easy on/off Highway 5. There is some highway noise, but compared to most campgrounds near the highway, this was relatively quiet. This was a very neat and clean campground, and access for large rigs is excellent. Many large pull through sites. We were in a 40' motorhome with vehicle in tow and had no difficulty. While they do offer wi-fi, there is a $3 or $4 per day charge for it. While they do have a game room with a pool table and maybe a few other games in it, and a beautiful garden with foot path and gazebo, they don't have a swimming pool, spa, playground, etc. This was not a problem for us, but if you're traveling with kids, they might find this park a bit boring. From what we saw, all the facilities were extremely well kept and reflected pride of ownership. We only stayed one night as a stopover on our way to somewhere else, but we'd definitely stay there again.
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