Overall, our two day stay was fine, even though it began with a scary event. We arrived late on a Friday evening, received our key and map to the creekside cabin. As we passed the campground, we headed up a VERY STEEP, wet gravel/muddy road. My little car did not make it up the hill! Almost at the top, the tires spun into the road, I lost ALL traction and the car, my daughter and I SLID down the road to the edge of a very steep drop off. The driver's side of the car was on the edge of the road; we could not move an inch. After trying everything I could think of, my daughter ran back to the campground, found some guys willing to help us, and they pushed my car to safety and up the steep slick hill. I think they should warn people about this!!! The outcome for us on Friday could have been very bad (physically, emotionally, and financially)!
I was glad to see a nice cozy cabin and hot tub. Unfortunately, we could not get the heater/thermostat to turn on to heat the cabin; thankfully we had down sleeping bags to keep us warm at night in the cabin. We were able to warm the rooms after cooking breakfast on Saturday in the gas oven.
I was a bit disappointed that the kitchen was lacking a few important things, like a sharp knife, and pot holders. We brought a slow-cooker and made soup for the weekend; it was a challenge to chop vegetables, and to get the cornbread out of the oven! The kitchen dishes, glasses, and utensils are minimal; if you plan to host more than a few guests, bring your own.
The bathrooms and bedrooms were cozy and comfortable. The water is scalding HOT so beware when washing dishes, brushing teeth, or taking a shower!
LOVED the two rocking chairs on the front porch and back deck. Unfortunately, Family Cabin 1 does not have a view of the stream; the vegetation is very dense, though you can hear the water fall and stream. The communal fire pit was fun on Saturday evening; we met and chatted with several nice people from Ashboro, NC.
I might go back again, if I can find a travel partner with a vehicle that can make it up those steep roads safely!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bear Den Family Campground, Campin' Cabins and Rental Villas Open for the Season in Early March. 144 campsites for tents, pop-ups and other types of recreational vehicles adjoining the Blue Ridge Parkway. Water, electricity, fire-rings and picnic tables at each campsite. RV sites with full hook-ups - pull thrus. Bear Den Campin’ Cabins offer basic shelter and electricity for 4 to 6 campers. Modern bath houses; each with hot showers and coin-operated washers and dryers. Sanitary disposal stations. Bear Den Family Campground’s Trading Post has ice, drinks, firewood, souvenirs and just about every camping supply you may need as well as some food items for your camping. Due to our location in the mountains we don't have cable, but we do provide free WiFi for your use. We also have two dump stations for your conveniences. Bear Den Family Campground and cabin guests love our lake for swimming, fishing and canoeing. We have a sandy beach and playground, so the whole family can have a fun get-away in the NC Mountains. Bring your fishing poles because North Carolina fishing license is not needed at our lake. And for the hikers, we have plenty of trails for you to explore so don't forget your hiking sticks. Let the kids bring their bicycles, canoes or paddle boards for your stay with us here at Bear Den...we also have basketball, badminton, volleyball, table tennis, shuffleboard and horse shoe courts, playground and a game room with pool tables, air hockey and arcade games. Never a dull day at Bear Den Campground and everything for your enjoyment right here. *Bear Den's campground and rental cabins are open from the first week in March through November 30 - weather permitting. Early spring and late fall in the NC high mountains are tricky to predict. Select Cabins are available for rental year-round. ... more less