My brother and I stay in our 40' motor home every summer and a few times during the year, so we've had the opportunity to see and/or visit many, many campgrounds and RV resorts. Of ALL the areas in and around Asheville, Hendersonville, Lake Lure, Little Switzerland, etc., etc., Sky Island Retreat and Campground is far and away THE Garden of Eden. Not only is the park-like property central to all amenities one could possibly think of to be entertained, it is secluded enough to feel as if you're in your own hideaway away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Asheville and Hendersonville are both only 20-30 minutes away...giving you a perfect day trip for shopping from designer boutiques to flea/farmer's markets, antiquing, fine arts galleries, and wonderful professionally directed plays, operas, and music venues. Dining gives you a choice from the very elegant to the boxed lunch picnic. There's a plethora of goings-on year round. Natural wonders abound. The retreat itself is nestled ideally between valleys to give you picturesque sunrises and sunsets the likes of which are rarely seen.
If lazing is what you seek, Sky Island's got you covered...you can spend the day doing absolutely nothing but enjoying the shade and sipping your favorite beverage, or play a round of golf putting through the challenging 9-hole putt putt course, fishing for carp in the gorgeous stocked pond, stretch out and cool down in the perfect depth (1/2 to 1') pool with fountains placed to give you a fresh misting, hike the many on-site trails, pick wild blackberries growing profusely in places you'll have fun finding...the list of things to do without having to go anywhere at all is almost endless.
Then there's the owners...they're like family to all who stay here. If there's ANYTHING you want to know about or ANYWHERE you want to go, they share their vast knowledge in such an interesting way, you'll find yourself wanting to hear more. Jerry and Deb go out of their way to make sure you feel part of the family (you'll wish you never had to leave). Lil Deb (their daughter) is the professional you most likely talked to over the telephone when booking your vacation. (I've even come to think of her as my own daughter, which she reminds me of daily lol). She knows a lot about just about everything you could want...and if she doesn't know the answer, she'll certainly find out as quickly as possible. Many times the way in which a campground is run makes or breaks it. I can't say enough about how wonderful, giving, and knowledgeable this family is. This retreat is like no other...my brother and I are certainly blessed to have found it.
Oh, yes, there's also a turkey shoot (no live turkeys involved) every Thursday evening, a snack bar and billiards, Foosball, karaoke (Friday & Saturday nights), big screen TV for sporting events, especially NASCAR on the weekends, horseshoes, corn hole games, board games in the music hall, the list, as I said, is endless!
On weekends there's usually a group going somewhere on the mini-bus (complete with seats facing around tables) .
To sum it up, there just isn't a more delightful, unique, or special place to really enjoy yourself as Sky Island. Consider yourself lucky, blessed, or special if only because you know what few others do - where Sky Island Retreat and Campground is. I actually feel a twinge of selfishness by telling everyone who reads this about my 'find'...I don't ever want it to change and become like all the other camp areas.