(GPS: 32.80218, -80.10542) In summary: The nicest campground restrooms we've seen since ???, but also the noisiest campground we've ever been in. Their brochure says "Landscaped for privacy and shade", but there is NO privacy (there ARE some tall shade trees). The place is one huge parking lot, where you can see from one end to the other. Likewise, noise travels from one end to the other. It's located alongside a major four lane highway, near the intersection with a fairly busy two laner. Trains pass nearby every hour or so at night with their horns blaring. AND, it's in the flight path of some heavy military cargo jets that pass overhead in the wee hours. As if this wasn't enough, on our second morning, a tree trimming crew arrived at 7:45 AM, fired up the chain saw, and proceeded to lop off branches. If you want peace and quiet, this is not the place to find it. Oh, and watch out for the mounds of fire ants (they didn't warn us).
(GPS: 34.97448, -78.88786) In summary: Shabby but clean. Good signage on I-95 and approach roads. Dirt entrance and in-park roads. Very close sites with no screening between sites. Tight turns required to get into some sites. Clean cinder block restrooms with concrete floor and painted plywood dividers. A bit noisy due to I-95 being only 1/2 mile away, auto racing at some nearby track, and traffic at a nearby airport.
We never stayed here, and we never will! We made reservations a month in advance for four nights, to coincide with a space shuttle launch. A week later, NASA postponed the launch for about six weeks so we promptly called the park and canceled our reservation. (This was done at least two weeks before the scheduled date.) The park charged a $25 deposit when we made the reservation but, three weeks after canceling, we still had not received a credit. We called, and asked for a refund. First, they couldn't find any record of our reservation. Next, they found the record, but stated that they don't give refunds in February. They then changed the story and said that, since the reservation was made to coincide with a shuttle launch, they don't give refunds for canceled reservations. Their web site makes no mention of non-refundable deposits because of February OR canceled space shuttle launches, and they didn't mention any of this when the reservation was made. Given my experience with them, I wouldn't even THINK of doing business with them again. I'm contesting the charge with my credit card company.
Just so we're clear, I'm rating the Fox Den campground at 311 South Hwy 32. Cosby, TN 37722 (GPS coordinates 35.783527, -83.220107). It's NOT on a four lane highway, and couldn't have been new back in 2004, so I don't know which campground the 2004 reviewer was reviewing. I agree with the May 2006 reviewer - this place is a dump. The bathrooms were filthy. The sites were mostly level, but were constrained by trees - both to pull in, and to set up. Overflowing trash cans, stray dogs wandering about. They claim to have a pool, but the spot next to the office where there MIGHT have been a pool at one time has been filled in. It was late, and we were tired - that's our only excuse for staying here.
Stayed in a popup. Beautiful campground on Falls Lake. We were amazed at how far apart the sites were! Our next site neighbors were about 75' away, and barely visible through the trees. Great privacy. We intentionally chose a site away from the lake, so there weren't many neighbors, and it was very quiet. Easy access, level sites.
Stayed in a popup. Beautiful campground on Tellico reservoir. Easy access, and our site was PERFECTLY level - no adjustments necessary. All the other sites looked level as well. All sites appear to be nicely shaded. WARNING: If you google this campground, most web sites spell the name "Notchey" (with an "e"), however the "official" site spells it WITHOUT the "e".
Stayed in a popup. A nice, quite little "no frills" campground. Easy access via a level road off of NC 28. All sites were level; those next to the stream had nice shade. Clean bathrooms, and they provided individual bath mat. Only downside was the sulphur smell of the water in the bathrooms (the water at the site had no smell, and no taste).
Stayed in a popup. A steep, narrow, twisting gravel entrance road. Sites average spacing. Expensive ($38) for what you get (no pool, gameroom, etc.) Five sites across from the office have spectacular views of the mountains, but the others are not worth the price. They claim to have WiFi, but it doesn't reach the outer sites. Since the sites are strung out along a road, the outer sites are a LONG way from the bathrooms. The bathrooms are actually individual bathrooms, just like at home. Each has a sink, toilet, and shower. Unfortunately, there are only FOUR of these rooms for the whole campground! Thus, FOUR individuals showering, or fixing their hair tie up all the toilets. Overall: nice, but not worth the price.
Next to a truck route, at the bottom of a hill, so you get to hear the trucks engine braking down the hill at all hours. Can't understand how previous reviewers managed to get the quite spots where they DIDN'T hear the trucks! Dirty bathrooms, close sites, trash cans full. A TERRIBLE exit back onto the highway. We agree with a previous reviewer that this is an older campground that is not well maintained. At least they had good WiFi service.