I stayed at this campground on Tuesday, August 5, 2013 with three families. We had changed our plans and did not have any reservations anywhere else, so we stayed here. Although I could tell that there were major roads running very closely to the campground, because there were some trees and a creek, we decided to stay. This stay came at the tail end of long days of driving so we were all a little desperate to find a place.
As was the case with another reviewer, there was no one to check in, but a member of the cleaning staff was able to show us around and thought there might be some openings. After some time, we were able to confirm that there were openings, but found that the sites were very dirty. There was lots of garbage around the site that needed to be picked up before we could set up and picnic tables that were broken and filthy. Still, out of desperation, we cleaned up the sites and set up our tents. Once the tents were set up, we heard some large banging sounds and realized that on the side of the campground opposite the major roads, there is a railroad, on top of a bit of a hill that is next to the campground! We were told by management that this was an inactive railroad and they had not heard any trains on it in the past two weeks, but we certainly got lots of train noise on the afternoon and the following morning we were there.
There is a heavy wasp infestation at this campground. I do agree that there are generally wasps out at this time of the year, but I think that the management does not try to lessen the problem at all. As mentioned by another reviewer, this is one of the few campsites that I have seen where there are open garbage receptacles that help attract the wasps. Also, there are wasps hives hanging dangerously low from the trees directly above the campsites that do not help the issue.
Also, as mentioned in many of the other reviews, there is a fast moving creek with steep banks that are dangerous for kids. The facilities are also very run down, with plugged toilets and sinks and in a state of disrepair and filth.
I suppose that the concept of buyer beware could be applied to the noise, wasps, disrepair and the creek, but what finally drove us to leave this campground was that later in the evening as we were making dinner, a very large dead tree branch (about half a foot in diameter) came crashing down from above us on which hung a live wasp hive. The branch and hive landed several feet away from one of our group, barely missing her and she got attacked by the wasps. It was absolutely terrifying as she was a mere few feet away from very serious injury or death. We also discovered another live wasp hive very close to one of our tents that was precariously hanging and swaying in the wind. Looking up at the trees, we discovered that there were many large dead branches above us.
The management did come and investigate and some neighbors of the owner sprayed the hive that had crashed to the ground. However, when we spoke with the manager about this issue, she told us very condescendingly, "these things happen all the time in nature, darling." Because it was already getting to be too late to move campgrounds, we asked that we be moved to another site without the dead branches or a wasp hive, but there was really not much left. I agreed to move one tent away from the branches and hive for the evening and share the site with the other family in our group, but asked for a refund for the following evening as we would like to leave in the morning (rather than staying the two nights that we had intended). Even after one of our group nearly getting hit by the falling branch, I was told, "We have a no refund policy." Please note that I was not asking for a refund for both evenings, but only for the following evening as we would like to leave in the morning! I do not believe that a campground operator should get to profit for driving away its customers with dangerous conditions. I got very upset and we had an argument that led to us being told to "pack up and leave" after I got a refund. At this point, this was fine with me, but the owner came out and apologized and agreed that we would be welcome to stay the evening or as long as we liked for free. He also explained that the reason for all the dead branches was that certain biologists would not allow the branches to be cut. While I appreciated his offer to stay, we left the next morning because it was simply too dangerous and unpleasant to stay.
I do appreciate the owner not being able to cut and remove dead branches from the trees, but as a campground operator running a business, the owner has a duty to ensure that campers are reasonably safe. If the area has a lot of dead branches that could fall at any time, the owners should not sell those campsites.
What is even more unbelievable about this experience is that later in the evening, we saw another couple pull into the exact site where the dead branch and hive had fallen. In fact, because the management had not cleaned up the branch or the hive, they were both still visible! The other couple had been told that the particular campsite was open and available for camping. When we pointed out the hive and branch to them, the couple chose to change sites and sleep in their truck.
I have been camping all of my life both with adults only, kids and with large groups in many locations across Asia, North and South America and even Afria, but this site, was, by far, the most poorly managed, dirtiest and most dangerous camp ground that I have ever stayed at.
I do not generally write reviews, but this experience was so terrible that I hope others will be able to avoid this place.