This was our first trip to Bandy Creek Campground. We took our horses and stabled them at Bandy Creek Stables. The campground was very nice and clean, and all of the park staff were very friendly. The bathhouses were clean and very unique. The stables were also nice and we loved the trails, even saw a mama bear and cub on one outing. The campground was obviously built before the park saw many big horse trailers with living quarters because some of the spots were difficult to back a big trailer into (our trailer is 36 ft. long). The dump station was also difficult to get our trailer into. I also didn't like the fact that the barn is located across the road at a fair distance from the campground.
Two things you need to know: 1) don't try to come into the park with a big trailer from Oneida. The road is full of hairpin turns and switchbacks. 2) When you read on one of the park websites that they recommend you come in from Jamestown, but don't take the first entrance, they mean the West entrance that is only marked by a sign that says "West Entrance Trailhead." The East entrance has a sign that says "Bandy Creek Campground, Bandy Creek Stables." Be sure you turn there. If you don't turn there, you end up going on down into the gorge with all of the switchbacks that you were trying to avoid by not coming in from Oneida.
Would I go back again? Definitely, YES.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A campground which offers boarding stables for horses. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bandy Creek Campgrounds Hotel Oneida