Blue Bear Mountain Campground just north of Boone, NC. Near all kinds of yummy hikes. In the past, this area was a long 3 hour slog each way from home. Now, we have our home away from home! I like how there is plenty of space between sites here. And, the bath house is very clean! They have a dish washing station and laundry as well. Love this place. Also, short drive to Boone and all its food venues if you just don’t feel like cooking. Thanks, Mike!we loved our time there and plan to return soon!
Rented 2 teepees it was clean, comfortable and lots of fun. The campsite was clean & well laid out. The owners and especially Mike are the nicest people. Mike was always riding around helping campers & delivering firewood among other things. The ride to the campground is really bumpy so having an SUV or truck would be the preferred transportation. The campground sits on top of a mountain and the scenery is breathtaking. We took the 20 mile bike ride on the old “FLAT” railroad trail along the New River, that was amazing and only a few short miles from the campground.
We rented their cabin. It was splendid! The cabin was clean and modern. The firepit was wonderful and the campsite gives a free bundle of wood. The restroom/shower facility was clean. The owners were very nice and very pleasant. There are about 3 miles of hiking trails on site, and the hiking is challenging. The site is only about a 15 minute drive from Boone. We want to go again and try out their teepees!
Our experience began with a call to ask about water. This was prompted by a FB post I just happened to see the day before we were leaving. THERE IS NO WATER!!! If you need water, the owner will bring a water hose to your rig from a well to fill your tank, though this seemed to irritate the owner when we didn't get our water exactly at 1200 noon when we said we would - discovered a leaking water heater plug that I needed to replace first. The owner actually asked us as we were about to leave for town to retrieve a new plug, "can you hurry up, I've got some things to do". Before we left GA, I asked about the roads leading into the campground due to the snow and rain in the area. I was told that the dirt road was "soft in spots" but we shouldn't have an issue. I explained that we are a 16k 40' 5th wheel being pulled by a RAM 3500 4x4 with street tires. We were told to come on up, no problem. Well...there was a huge problem, the GPS refused to take us the way the owner told us to go so we had to call back the owner once in Boone, NC and get turn by turn directions. The dirt road is a single vehicle wide, washed out in several places, at least (2) 90 degree turns, runs parallel to a creek most of the way so there is no room for error. Muddy water literally runs down the middle of the road. I am not sure who is responsible for maintaining the road but I can certainly say NO ONE takes care of this road. Once we arrived to the campground entrance, we were already in 4x4 just to travel up this horrible dirt road. We got stuck trying to navigate the entrance which was just like the road just much, much steeper and with approximately 8"-10" of mud. I had to back up out into the road, to the ditch on the opposite side and use 4x4 LOW and hold the pedal to the floor. Even then, the rig was sliding around and we just barely made the top. The owner met us as we pulled in and offered us water, we had brought our own as we were not told that they would provide water until we arrived. Our site, that I asked about and was told was graveled, had just enough gravel to barely qualify as graveled. Most of the site was mud. The mud on the road and up the driveway was so bad, I couldn't lower my landing gear initially because they were full of mud. I had to clean them first. When we unhooked, I had to auto level twice due to the severe slope to one side. When finished, both tires on the door side of the rig were completely off the ground. We stayed for (2) nights and left before the 3rd night due to a severe winter storm coming that night that the owner warned us about. Due to the extremely poor road and drive, we decided that it was safer for us to cut our trip short. It should be noted that our CC was charged the full stay (5) nights with no offer of a refund, partial or full. It should also be noted that in the entire campground, we were (1) of two total campers, just (2). Before I could raise my landing gear, I had to literally use a screwdriver and chisel the mud away from the support to raise the legs. The owner seemed nice until we needed water and the no offer of a refund tells a different story unfortunately. This campground does offer beautiful views once there. They should be much more forthcoming with the lack of water - no where on the website does it mention NO WATER. They also need to post a video driving Long Hope Rd on their website to show people exactly what they are in for, I have a feeling that they don't because they know it would not be favorable for bookings. Overall, we were so disappointed with the lack of transparency from the road conditions, to the campground entrance to the lack of water. Knowing these things, we never would have made the trip. A family winter vacation ruined and a $240.00 bill for our troubles.…
This RV camp is beautiful. Mike who runs the place is amazing. It was our first trip and he was patent and kind. When backing in a few of the neighbors came to help also. The drive in is very, narrow and steep. There is no WiFi and no water hook up, although they have a filling and dump station. Amazing trails and even teepee on the grounds. We are definitely going to go back!