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09/2014
rating [ 1/10 ]
Beware of this park. Stephen King could have written about this place. First, the access road is essentially a one lane road. (3/4 mile) We met 3 cars on the way in and each one kindly pulled off the road to allow us to get by. We would have given up then, but there was no way to turn around. When we pulled up to the office the place looked run-down, (that’s my charitable assessment) but we had been on the road all day and were ready to stop. Not as ready as we first thought. I asked what was available and was told they had only one pull-through, (I don’t think it qualified) with no sewer (only a dump station at the entrance to the “park”), no cable, and no Wi-Fi (there was a Wi-Fi hotspot near the office). I was asked if my RV had a water pressure regulator. Told that their water pressure was 180 PSI! I respectfully declined to stay. And then the “adventure” began. The only way out was by making a loop though the park, and that required crossing a creek by way of two precarious looking, cracking concrete bridges, barely wide enough to accommodate the RV. With the extra length of the tow dolly (and a turn, naturally) we had mere inches on either side (no curb or guard rail). I considered taking the car off, but just wanted to get out of there, so we inched across, and by Grace the bridge held. There was a huge sigh when we finally reached the main road again. This is one we will not soon forget. Do yourself a favor and pass this one by.
09/2014
rating [ 7/10 ]
An unremarkable park, but the price was reasonable and it had what we needed for our purposes - we were just looking for a place to "hang our hat" while we checked out the Crossville area. Unlike some parks with nary a tree, this one has lots of trees - heavily shaded. On the plus side it kept the rig cooler out of the sun, but it also obscured our satellite signal, (they DO have limited cable), and some days it seemed very dark inside the RV. The roads are gravel and a little tight, and the pedestals and utilities are not recent. The circuit breaker at out first site was defective, and it had no power. They moved us to a second site where we got electric, but the cable didn't work. They ran a longer cable to the adjacent site and then we were OK after that. The staff was helpful and friendly and worked to get things up to speed for us. We found the park to be nice and quiet - most of the time - (more below). They are far enough off the interstate (about a mile) and off the road too, so we were impressed by how quiet the place was. That was until Sunday morning. Then, before dawn at 5am we were awakened by the beeping of heavy equipment backing, and the crashing of stone being dumped into trucks. We discovered that the park backs up to a stone quarry or plant, and we were amazed that they would be at work on Sunday here in the Bible Belt. We had NOT heard any activity before Sunday. Since Sunday we found that the plant is working every day, and starts early. We rise early, so for us it hasn't been a big problem, but during the day there is a lot of truck traffic in and out along the edge of the Bean Pot property. There is a berm along the back property line to attenuate the noise, but it's still there. Final analysis - we'll likely stay here again, but if you're a late sleeper be wary of the potential noise.
08/2014
rating [ 8/10 ]
Nice park, very friendly and helpful at the front desk. We were met at our site and again were made to feel welcome. We soon realized that location was a big plus. It's just off I-40 before you get too far into the horrendous traffic through Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg. Tough enough sitting in traffic in your car, but navigating that congestion with an RV would be much worse. Park was clean, and with our Good Sam card the price was good given the heavy tourist interest. Folks were friendly and we went to a church service at the pavilion sponsored by a local congregation. Only problem was with spotty Wi-Fi performance. I wouldn't be in a hurry to go to that area again, but if we did I'd definitely return to Ripplin.
07/2014
rating [ 9/10 ]
We've been RVing for many years, and this is one of the nicest places we've seen. Check-in was easy and the staff was always pleasant and helpful. The grounds were immaculate and everything seemed to be in good repair. Remarkable for such a large place with so many RV sites, tent sites and cabins. We walked around the park and the small "lake" every day and found it to be a very family-friendly place. Everyone seemed to be having a great time, and they even have a fenced in area for your doggie. Over the weekend the place was full, with mostly VA license plates, which suggests that it's a popular local getaway. We stayed a week and it was $245. This website insisted on a nightly rate and I don't have that - so I divided by 7 - it might be a bit higher. I'd rate the park a 10 but the Wi-Fi in our location was consistently poor. Cable was OK but spare, (not a lot of channels) and some channels were not clear, but if you're coming to be outside and camp I suppose those aren't big problems. They do have a number of newspapers available too.
07/2014
rating [ 8/10 ]
We wanted a place to stay for a week and our trip was business-related, so all the extras for families wasn't a plus for us. It was likely worth the extra cost for families, but not in our case, so we just stayed one night. We didn't check out the whole place. The staff was friendly and the park was clean and attractive, with lots of trees and shaded sites. That was not so good for us, because we couldn't get satellite coverage and the campground's Wi-Fi was spotty. It looked like a family-friendly place, and children seemed to be having a good time.
07/2014
rating [ 5/10 ]
Just an update that agrees with earlier reviews: An unremarkable place, but good for when passing through. No amenities, showers, etc. but they do have a dumpster, and the area was clean. Water pressure was always low, and the Wi-Fi signal was consistently noted as "poor" on my laptop. Fortunately we had another option. Price seemed high, but only one other RV park in the area and they are higher yet, and in sight of I-95. As another reviewer mentioned, the park is right on US-1, but it wasn't a noisy place, especially later at night. Remarkably quiet. I didn't find the office people particularly friendly. And never saw anyone during the day. We were there for a week. I was concerned by all the chain link fencing, video cameras, and security in the tiny office (with one-way glass all around)but it seemed to be a peaceful place. It is all part of a larger mobile home park in the rear. The neighbors there were friendly.
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