Rachael H.

Pro

High point, NC

Joined May 2018

Perfect for fall foliage viewing

Nice camp area with the traditional amenities. Lake access. Close to excellent hiking for spectacular views. Come prepared with your cold weather heat if you’re camping in the fall! Brr!!

Way out there

In the middle of nowhere… of courses 🤷🏼‍♀️ primitive camping, giant mosquitoes, vultures, and crocodile… oh my! Canoeing in murky waterways- creepy. Lucky no one tipped over! Did see a crocodile, so totally worth it.

My favorite place

Across the road from the “resort and spa” that houses the rent-by-the-hour hot spring hot tubs. Situated along the beautiful French Broad River. They offer cabins (primitive to full amenities), RV sites, tent sites with electric, tent sites without and primitive tent sites way at the beach with no tables or fire rings. Plenty of shade and trees. Bath houses. The campground is now gated. The AT runs right in front of it as it passes through the adorable little town. There is a little outdoor outfitter, a couple restaurants… beautiful hikes which ever direction you go.

Hot

It’s the beach, I get it, there are no trees. HOT! Surrounded by beautiful sand dunes. Basic facilities, well-kept. We just couldn’t take the no shade in the heat. Maybe in cooler weather…

Very nice

They claim to be a camping resort. Well, their definition of resort and mine are different…The grounds were very well-kept. Their property is Right on the beach and has direct access. Nice sandy beaches. There is a freshwater shower at the entrance to the beach so that you can rinse off when you’re done. The bathhouse was nice and clean. The shower area is co-Ed. They have a cute little play area for the kids, and had scheduled fun activities throughout the week. (some required an extra fee) Office doubled as a little camp store with some basic groceries, cold drinks, and souvenirs type stuff. All of the staff that we came in contact with were extremely friendly and helpful. They have a really nice pool area with zero entry and two small waterslides for the kids. Plenty of chairs on the pool deck, and a small area of shade where you could eat or get out of the sun.They had sites for RVs all the way to tents. We splurged this time (heat, salt, and sand!) and opted for a camping cabin.(I somehow forgot to take pictures of the cabin, but it is identical to the one in my Arkansas review… Except no TV. I really thought there was a TV… But no matter, we didn’t miss it.) The camping cabin was basic one double bed one set of bunkbeds, there was air-conditioning and plenty of room. A nice swing on the covered porch. Picnic table, grill, and fire ring. The cabins were very close together, but it wasn’t an issue. This campground also offers deluxe cabins which look like your typical Beachhouse type rental. We were visiting on the holiday, I had looked into tent camping over the Fourth of July weekend and they wanted $150 a night for a TENT site. Yeah, I don’t think so. The beach at the Outer Banks is lovely, it’s not commercial and trashy (like I would describe Myrtle beach) and as far as I could see everyone on the beach was good about observing social distance, and Nobody crowded each other. We stayed three nights and had a wonderful time. Overall we will definitely stay here again. Oh, dogs are welcome year round on the beach, only restriction being they have to be leashed. They are also welcome at the campground and there is a dog play area and a dog bathing area.

Meh

Not awful, but not overly impressed. Small campground that also runs a river tube/canoe/kayak business. They take you up river and you float until you’re back at camp. The Dan river was crazy muddy. The mosquitoes are rabid, huge, and there are millions. Literally. Swarms. Our nice DEET-free bug spray did not keep us safe. The Small, shadeless, chair less pool was open but the kids play area was off limits ( damn covid). The camp itself is small and the sites are very cozy with the neighbors. The primitive tent sites were a little more spread out. They were small areas. Well shaded. (Read: bug heaven) fairly level area with gravel. (Not big chunks of rock like some in Tennessee) table and fire ring in site. Trees were ok for hammock hanging. None that would work for my tree tent. 🤷🏼‍♀️ small, clean bathhouse with showers and coin laundry. The owners were friendly when we checked in. Overall an ok place, maybe if you were coming for river activity. We weren’t here for a mud bath so we didn’t do anything on the river. I probably won’t camp here again. Just personal preference.

Nice

Quiet, small, shady spots. Level tent pads. Obligatory fire ring and table. Small clean facilities. Hot showers. Beautiful but crowded trails. There are equestrian trails and camping facilities. Dogs welcome. Ice cold creeps and lovely waterfalls.

Lovely

Stayed in the developed camp area. (There is a primitive tent area along a creek branch and there are some primitive hike-in areas) Tennessee seems to have a thing for larger rock pieces in their gravel on tent platforms… otherwise no complaints. Fire ring, grill and table. Plenty of shade and trees to hang the hammock. Bathhouse was clean. 2 nice showers. Lovely hot water. One trail head at the camp area. Beautiful trails. Would definitely come back.

Very disappointed

Was excited as we drove into camp. It looked beautiful. Our site has a beautiful view of the lake. Tent pad was mostly level. They say gravel- it was really rocky. Fire ring, standing grill and table were at the site. Ours was nicely shaded. Water spigot not to far away. Tent area restroom was clean. No showers. Walked across the bridge to go to the swimming area. Trash EVERYWHERE. that only got worse as we got to the beach area. The majority of the people we saw there were… the kind of people you’re not surprised to see dropping their trash instead of walking 3 feet to put it in the trash can. I saw several people hawk and spit on the ground. One last view her nose in the ground in plain sight. Gross enough before COVID-19. The water was BROWN. very dirty. My daughter came out brown. Her suit was brown. The restrooms at the beach were FILTHY and full of trash. There is one cold water outdoor shower. Very disappointed in this park.

Love it

Small, quiet, well shaded camp ground. Level gravel tent pad. Good hammock tees. Fire ring and table. Dogs welcome. Lots of nice trails and views.

Pleasant

Simple, small campground. Clean and quiet. Plenty of shade. Nice trails. Hike up from campground or drive to summit and hike from there. Dogs welcome.

Basic

Right on the lake. Some sites have no shade. Restrooms clean but no showers. Pleasant and peaceful.

Quiet

Small quiet camp. Grassy and shaded along a creek. First come system. No reservations. Old but clean facilities. Access to hiking trails from the camp area. Good location to explore the town from. Dogs welcome.

Pleasant

Stayed 2 nights in a basic one room cabin. Had a double bed and bunk bed. Heat /air and cable tv. They advertise WiFi but we didn’t get good reception even though our cabin was very near the office/pool/bathroom. Clean and well kept. Porch swing, fire ring and water at the site. Friendly staff. Clean facilities. Pool is small. Dog play area and kids playground. Good location for exploring hot springs area.

Loved it

Primitive tent camp site. Water but no electric. Nice grassy area around the gravel tent pad. We had one tree for shade. Fire ring and table. Clean showers and bathrooms. We stayed here specifically for the sliding rock at widow creek falls. But we did hike Stone Mountain falls trail. There are 432 steps going up to the parking area from the bottom of the falls. Beautiful shaded trail. Mountain to sea trail runs through for a little bit. Dogs welcome leashes. Fairly busy trail.

Wonderful

Tent camped for a weekend to hike Devil’s bathtub. Campgrounds were well kept. We had water and electric at our site. Fire ring and table. Level gravel tent pad. Bathhouse very clean. We hiked down to the tunnel. Beautiful. The chair lift was running and the kids loved that. (We rode just for fun) park rangers were friendly. Dogs were welcome leashed.

Beautiful

We stayed one as the primitive camp area. It was clean with scattered trees. Our site was pretty sloped, so when the site description says that, know there is no level ground! The park was full! The trails were nice. The scenery beautiful. The gorge swimming hole was a hit with my daughter and dog. Dogs are allowed. Bath house was clean. There is a swimming pool but we didn’t get over there.

camping on white sands

beautiful little out of the way beach park. sites are first come, first serve, but you do need a reservation. known to the locals as pinetree surfing beach, there is some surfing. not a great swimming beach, but plenty of shoreline and tidepools at one end to explore. nice bathrooms with showers available.