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09/2012
rating [ 7/10 ]
We stayed in the newer area above the horse center. As others have stated, the area can be dusty and the sites could be more level. But it's fine for an overnight or if you need to be in Raleigh for other activities. More sites are being added to this area, about doubling its capacity when completed. A couple of points worth mentioning: 1) The entrance to this particular camping area is actually on Youth Center Road, I believe it was gate H7. The website gives the impression the entrance is H3 on Trinity Road, this is NOT correct. 2) Be aware that the fairgrounds are directly across the street from the NC State football stadium. You should find out if there is a home football game scheduled for the day of your arrival or departure. You don't want to be pulling in or out anywhere near kick off time or when the game is over.
12/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
Bluewater Key is an ownership park where site owners rent them out when they are not using them. Some owners handle this themselves, some sites are rented through bluewaterkey.com (affiliated with the homeowners association), and some sites are rented through bluewaterkey.net (a separate agency run by one of the lot owners). We rented through bluewaterkey.net, and our experience was excellent. However, if you can't find a site through one organization, I'd try the other. The park itself is beautiful with a very tropical feel. It is immaculately maintained with a nice common green space in the center for people and pets, and a clubhouse with a pool that is heated in the winter and chilled in the summer. There are sites on the bay with private floating docks, others on a narrow canal that have fixed docks, and some lots with no direct water access (there is a community dock for these). Each site varies depending on how much the owner has invested in developing it. Some are fairly basic gravel pads with a simple Tiki hut and picnic table. Others have elaborate pads with decorative pavers and large Tikis with wind screens, wet bars, refrigerators, and nice lawn furniture. Most sites have very good privacy due to lush landscaping. The organization you rent through can provide you with site details when you call to make a reservation. This is an expensive place to stay (our site on the bay was $150/night + tax), but if you want to splurge, it doesn't get much better. Campsites in the Keys are generally high priced, and you can pay a lot and feel ripped off. Personally, I would rather pay a little more and feel like I got my money's worth, and Bluewater Key delivers. I gave it a 9 because there is some road noise from Highway 1, but not so much that it is a big issue.
05/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
Great park, very well maintained, large well-spaced modern sites, some with excellent views of the lake. Only thing missing was cable TV; other than that it was outstanding. Lake Powell is spectacular. Would definitely stay here again on our next visit.
05/2010
rating [ 5/10 ]
This wouldn't be a bad park except the roads and sites are mostly dirt with just a smattering of gravel. This gives the place a low-rent feel, and if it's windy or rainy, it's a mess. Convenient to I-25 but not noisy, about a 20 minute drive from downtown Santa Fe. Many of the sites are not level and can also be a bit tight. Nice walking trail up into the hills above the campground, good place to walk the dog. Cable signal is quite good, including some HD local channels. We were fairly near the office and couldn't get wi-fi. Verizon wireless broadband was marginal. Loved Santa Fe, but will stay elsewhere on our next visit.
05/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
Rate shown is based on weekly rate, including all taxes and a $1 extra charge for our dog. Campground is more like a very nice state park than a typical private campground. Most sites are large and well spaced. No cable or Wi-Fi, but off air TV reception is excellent and wireless broadband from AT&T and Verizon both worked well. Park is about a mile long on banks of a swift-flowing river. Lots of green space and shade, song birds, herons, squirrels, rabbits, and the occasional coyote. Direct access to a jogging/biking trail that goes for miles near a nice residential area. Convenient shopping nearby for just about anything you could want. Excellent base for visiting this area. The only downside is road noise due to adjacent freeway. It can be heard throughout the park, but the site you choose makes a big difference. The loudest area is the west end near the youth camping section. The area nearer the river towards Gypsum Canyon Road (which is where we stayed) is much better. We were here two weeks and would definitely come here again when visiting this area.
04/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
Remote, but the nicest full hook up campground in the area by far, so it was worth the drive IMO (about 50 minutes to the caverns). Close to Lake Brantley. Very well maintained, large pull thrus, more space between sites than most private campgrounds. No shade, but hey it's the desert. Can be very windy in the spring. Would definitely stay here again when visiting the area.
04/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
Beautiful park in a great setting, right in the heart of Sedona on the banks of Oak Creek. Has lots of shade, is well maintained and very clean. Has gravel roads and sites, connections at rear of site. Expensive: price shown is for a larger site (tan area on site map) including Good Sam discount and all taxes. I didn't rate it higher because: a) WiFi was poor; b) cable TV signal was very poor; c) rule intensive, because I had a dog, they made me sign a separate statement indicating I had read and agreed to all the pet rules; d) they didn't tell me in advance that you are not allowed to leave your sewer hose connected if it is lying on the ground. The options are to only connect the hose while you are dumping (and no leaving the hose out to dry), or use a sewer hose stand (conveniently for sale at the office, although to be fair the price was similar to what I would have paid elsewhere). Despite the negatives, I would stay here again while visiting this beautiful area.
10/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
It is a very nice campground in a beautiful state park. We stayed in the West loop. There are many large sites, although some can be a bit challenging to get into. Surprisingly good cell and off-air TV reception. It's pretty far to the dump station, but if you have a tote there are grey water drains scattered throughout the loop. You can't reserve specific sites, so even if you have reservations you should come early for best selection.
10/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
It is a very modern campground in a nice state park. There are a large number of spacious back-in and pull-through sites. Most of the back-in sites have more space between them than any other park we have ever been. The roads are broad, paved, and very well lit at night. There is wi-fi at the office/store, but not at the campsites which is about all this park is missing. It is a beautiful area, highly recommended.
10/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
First class state park on a beautiful lake. We camped in the A loop, sites were large and well-spaced. No TV or Wi-Fi, but there is plenty to do in the park and in the surrounding area. Wished we had booked more time here. We'll definitely be back.
10/2009
rating [ 3/10 ]
Sites are typical KOA, fairly narrow and close together. Our site was not close enough to the office to use the Wi-Fi. Would be acceptable as an overnight except for the road noise, which was probably the loudest we have ever experienced. We were able to drown it out for the most part using the A/C in the bedroom, but there is no way I would stay here in a pop-up or tent, or try to sleep with the windows open.
10/2009
rating [ 1/10 ]
We knew coming in that this place wasn't a "resort" by any stretch, but our fairly low expectations were not even met. We were just looking for a decent place to park for a few nights while visiting family in the area. Most of the park is occupied by transient workers living out of their trailers or rental units on the property, with only a couple of spaces for over nighters. Sites are gravel and close together with a narrow strip of grass between. No tables, fire pits, or shade. Our site had low water pressure (about 20 psi) and several active ant mounds on the gravel pad. The manager leveled the mound right outside our door and sprayed it with something, but they just resurfaced elsewhere. A pretty miserable place, fortunately we didn't spend much time there except to sleep. We won't be staying here again.
10/2009
rating [ 3/10 ]
We have stayed here for overnights about four times over the past several years, mostly because it is relatively convenient to I-20 but far enough off not to be noisy. Sites are narrow and close together, but that is par for the course at most KOAs. The big problem is that the condition of the property is steadily deteriorating. There are a few paved pull thrus, but the pads are in ridiculously poor condition. The interior roads and most sites are thinly graveled, and just a little rain turns the place into a mess. On this last visit, someone had recently gotten stuck on an interior road, and instead of repairing the ruts they cleared some small pine trees so larger rigs could go off the road to negotiate around it. No cable or Wi-Fi, which for a park in the $30+ range should be provided. We are going to look elsewhere on our next trip through.
08/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
We have stayed here 5 or 6 times. It is a family-owned and operated campground, with sites for any type of camping you wish (including large full hook-up sites with built-in satellite connections for both DirecTV and Dish) at an altitude of about 3000 feet. It is an excellent base for visiting the DuPont State Forest (with miles of hiking/biking/horse trails and beautiful waterfalls) and Caesars Head area, which is why we come. It is remote (about 12 miles south of Brevard right on the NC/SC border), wooded and hilly with gravel roads and sites that can get a bit dusty. It is a relatively narrow one lane road from US 276 to the campground entrance, so don't arrive in the morning when others may be checking out. There is a pool and playground near the owner's home (which is not convenient to camp sites). Restroom facilities are very clean, but there is only one bath house in the camping area (the other is near the pool). There is a wi-fi hot spot outside the owner's home, and they have a nice front porch with chairs, tables, and electric outlets (but signal does not reach the campsites). Note that cell service is essentially non-existent in this area.
07/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
It is a beautifully maintained, very upscale condo park with lots of seasonal residents in big expensive motor homes. There are a large number of cable TV channels, which was good because you can't put out a stand-alone satellite dish (only roof mounts allowed). The Wifi did not work well in our area. There are many artificial small ponds with fountains, but full of chemicals so not suitable for letting your dog take a swim. But, a very, very nice park in a great area for beating the heat in summer.
08/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
It is well maintained and very convenient to I75. More space between sites would be better, but it's OK for overnight. There is good wi-fi reception (we were near the repeater). There re two fenced in dog areas and a nice playground with large grassy field. We would stay here again if speding a night in the area.
08/2009
rating [ 3/10 ]
We just visited during our trip to the park. In my opinion the campground is really only suitable for tents, pop ups, and smaller travel trailers. There are a couple of sites you might be able to get a larger unit into, but it would be dicey. There are steep drop-offs behind many of the sites. If you have a larger RV, you are better off staying somewhere else and just day tripping into the park. We would definitely not attempt to stay there in our 35-foot unit.
08/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a well maintained campground very convenient to I-75, fuel, and shopping. It is a good base for visiting the area. There are many pull-through sites including some with nice patios, but most are face-to-face with the neighboring site (fine if you are traveling with someone else, not so great otherwise). We stayed here twice on our trip, once just an overnight and the second time for two nights. We would stay here again if we going to stop over night in the area.
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