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“Great place to camp and ride your horse”

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Bandy Creek Campgrounds
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“Great place to camp and ride your horse”
Reviewed 18 May 2010

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.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Murfreesboro, TN
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Reviewed 27 May 2009

Have tent camped at Bandy Creek several times. We are hikers and enjoy the proximity to some wonderful hikes in the Big South Fork area. We were impressed by how large and shady the sites are. While tent campers can pitch a tent on any site in the campground, there is a special loop dedicated for tent camping which is great. Bathrooms are kept clean. We are headed back to Bandy creek this week. Looking forward to a great trip.

Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
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St. Martinville, Louisiana
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Reviewed 11 June 2008

Bobby Gene and Gretta York provide first class service at Bandy Creek Stables in the Big South Fork Wilderness Area. The trails are the best maintained trails we've encountered. Sand is added to eliminate slippery conditions after a rain. Some creeks have smooth concrete areas for crossing. The western approach is much easier when hauling a horse trailer. The eastern approach has a very steep and curvy road with huge boulders hanging over the road requiring the use of the other lane in some places.

The views are not as spectacular as riding from the Lonesome D in Arkansas. The stalls are very well built and spacious but few horses can see out because the floor is so low compared to the door and front boards. Also, there is no night security, so if a horse has health issues, you're not likely to know about it unless you check on them in the night (another drawback to the stalls, you can't see in unless you peer over the front wall).

The 5 stables are built in a semi-circle around the office. Each stable has a wash rack at the end. Wood is beautiful and solid. I can't foresee how any horse could be injured in these stalls. Hay and bedding is available at a reasonable price.

Campground is a fair distance away, so most people drive to check on their horses. Campground is beautifully maintained with a paved pad for the trailer and adjacent limestone pad outfitted with fire ring, lantern and picnic table. No gray water is allowed so you must have a gray water tank or capture it. Bathrooms are beautiful and spotless, with nice hot showers and several toilet stalls.

One warning is the sensitive breakers at the trailer hook-up. If any part of your wiring is not grounded, the breaker trips. We never had a problem at the many places we've stayed before, but apparently, our ac unit lacked a ground of some sort and we had no power for the trailer. We got by with a set of utility extension cords, as each camping area also has two normal electrical outlets. Turning off the ac breaker in the trailer did not help.

The only thing I missed was having my horse close by and visible, but the place is very first class.

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  • Stayed May 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 September 2007

We travel to Bandy Creek twice a year with our horses for a week each trip. We love the campground, the stables and the entire experience at Big South Fork. The campground is clean with excellent facilities. Bobby Gene & Gretta do a great job managing the stables, and their facilites are also first rate.

We have camped many places with our horses, (ie Land Between the Lakes, Shawnee National Forest, Midwest Trail Ride, Mammoth Cave, and Cross Country Trail Ride) but Big Southfork is our favorite.

Stayed October 2006
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Reviewed 4 March 2003

The Bandy Creek Campground in the Big South Fork NRA has nice, large campsites that are well shaded for the most part. The drawback for some folks will be that it does not have full hook-ups (does have water and electric). Also, people should be aware that the campground is up on top of a mountain, and you have to be able to get out of a gorge - the road that exits it has a 13% grade - too steep for some rigs.

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Property: Bandy Creek Campgrounds
Address: Oneida, TN
Region: United States > Tennessee > Oneida
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Speciality Lodging in Oneida
Number of rooms: 150
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A campground which offers boarding stables for horses. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Bandy Creek Campgrounds Hotel Oneida

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