If you're looking for a KOA experience, this isn't the place to go. There is no swimming pool or volleyball/badminton court, nothing is painted in bright colors, and there are no "activities" planned. Also, if you're looking for a "nice" place to go tent camping, you could probably do better. That said, my experience was almost completely positive.
We camped right by the river with our 25' trailer. Pretty much all the RV sites are back-in, but that's okay. (Note that they only have 30-amp electric, so keep that in mind.) The sites have concrete pads for the RV and "patio" area, and (barely!) adequate parking space for your tow/towed vehicle. The in/out road is kind of narrow, so you might have to back & fill a little to get in.
The owners were friendly without being overly effusive. They were very helpful with any questions we asked. Check-in was quickly and easily dealt with, and on the one occasion we needed to ask about something, they were very helpful.
There are apparently a number of "permanent" residents, but they pretty much mind their own business.
Since we have the trailer, we didn't use the bath house. I did take a look at it, though, and it seemed to be reasonably clean. Certainly it's not fancy; basic shower and toilet facilities, if you know what I mean. Still, it wasn't disgustingly filthy. I did see a caretaker go into it daily, I assume to clean up after sloppy campers.
There are a couple of strategically located dumpsters at each end of the campground. They were emptied twice the week we stayed, but they seemed to fill up again pretty quickly. I didn't see any overflow, though, and didn't notice any particular stench from them.
The wifi was - well, let's be kind and say it's okay. You will have to re-log in quite often, though. For some reason, it will ask you for this several times a day, interrupting whatever you were doing at the time. When you are connected, it's reasonably fast, but you won't be steaming any movies over it. We actually found it faster to use my wife's smart phone "hot spot" feature!
Yes, there is a train track on the other side of the river. Yes, several times a day, there will be trains using it. It is a relatively steep grade, and the engines are working hard to pull the train up it. It doesn't last long, though, and I actually thought it was kind of fun to watch them go by. that's just me, though. I never noticed any noise from the highway adjacent to the campground.
All in all, I found our experience at French Broad River Campground to be enjoyable and relaxing. We sat under our trailer's awning in the evenings, reading and listening to the river rushing by. Local ducks (and ducklings!) would be swimming around, adding to the quietly picturesque view. There were no loud parties (or squealing kids - this is not a children-oriented campground), and the neighboring campers all seemed to like it, as well. If you're looking for a place to spend a relaxing and quiet time camping in your RV (I can't speak for the tent campers), I can recommend the French Broad River Campground.
- Also Known As:
- French Broad River Campground Hotel Asheville