Just got back from a long weekend camping and tubing. Family loves camping and has been to over a dozen different places in the last 5+ years. Most places are universally whatever rating they are accross the board of criteria, but this place had a wider standard deviation - lots of pros and a couple of bad cons but overall, we enjoyed things...afterall, campers always make all things right and good!
- Expeditious organized check-in; we reserved extremely early for our specific site
- Sites next to the actual creek were awesome – locations range from about 20 ft from the edge of the bank right up to the edge of the bank hanging over the water, depending on how much water you want to hear rushing through the creek esp as you sleep.
- I liked how the campers were separate from the cottage folks and from the RV folks (didn’t see any RV folks…maybe they don’t take RVs)
- Very respectful, friendly clientele; all families – no singles, students, couples – no loud music, radios, guitars, drinking, woo-hoo-ers with flat screens watching “the game”, etc.
- It’s close to town, where there's a Dollar General and other shops/restaurants
- Convenient tube rental; cheap ($5 noncamper, $4 camper, $3.50 for two days; all due back by 7pm)
- Very clean grounds - ie no trash, cig butts, bottle tops, and other "small" pollution
- Very good oberservance of quiet hours
- Lots of kids amenities, all well maintained and laid out for easy access; nice grassy field for playing in
- Considering they have a nickel & dime mental for pricing things, I consider it a plus that they don't charge a nickel to ride the swings, a dime to pet the goats etc. (You do have to pay to feed the goats, which I thought was hillarious. I wonder if they charge for people to wash them too.)
- Bathrooms are clean, perfect proximity (not too far from camp sites but far enough away so that you don't smell or sense them); we esp liked how each bathroom unit is a private, mini-room with shower, toilet, and sink.
- Though this is a primitive site (no water, electrical hookups at each site), there is water very closeby in a sink and in the bathrooms; bring your own electricity though (car-lighter converter, batteries)
- Though there is a public road on the other side of the creek, the traffic is not noticeable whatsoever.
- The campgrounds "police" is this old dude who rides around in a golf cart and walks through the place, but I felt he was over-doing it. He kept swinging by, asking us about a car he was looking for that hadn't paid the five bucks or something. This being a family-campground doesn't need the same kind of roving/walking around the campgrounds like one with groups of teens, older singles, couples etc.
- The pricing feels like they try to nickel and dime you charging you here and there for parking, an extra person, etc. - it's a whopping fifty cent difference in tube rentals between one and two days...(if they need 50 cents that badly, just leave a jar out, and I'll drop it in). I just consider it all one price for what I get so it's reasonable. You are required to do a 3 night stay though, but we could do only 2 - overall, it still came out fine for us. They also charge higher than the tube rental place just 100 yards down the road that is $3 per tube flat.
- Hot water ran out in the bathrooms during the busy times.
- Folliage between campsites is sparse, old, and/or dying so there wasn't as much separation like you have at other privately owned sites. It was not KOA-ish though so not too bad.
- Dumpster was overflowing and it’s next to the end of the gated entrance of the campgrounds, which was nasty.
Bottomline is that our family will return!
- Also Known As:
- Deep Creek Tube Center And Campground
- Deep Creek Tube Center & Campground Hotel Bryson City