Beautiful scenery on twisty country road and though campground is right next to the road, a scenic location great for stargazing. Stopped for a night with pop-up camper on the way farther south with husband and two grandsons, ages 7 and 10. Campsites are on flat grassy area with loop gravel road and nice playground in center, very convenient to let kids play in sight. Also nice view of lake and cabins downhill on two sides with big grassy area between. Grass was kind of high and some mowing was being done at dusk. Nice store/office across the road, one bathhouse/restroom near road, convenient/close for some campers, less so if site is on the back part of the loop. When we pulled in around 7 pm, fairly loud/annoying headbanger music from site a few sites away which they turned down after a bit, then up later. Had a good evening overall but noise level escalated as the evening progressed. Rules on hand-out given on registering clearly stated no parties, alcohol and that quiet time began at 10 p.m. By 11:30, an obvious party a couple sites away was getting into full, loud swing along with pretty general loudness/rowdiness from several other sites. Around midnight, an entire family pulled into the site next to us - more loud talking with totally no consideration for anyone who might be attempting to sleep (miraculously, the grandsons were worn out enough with play to sleep through everything), kids riding bikes and calling back and forth and most amazing, for some reason they ran a drill several times and also did some hammering. Husband requested both this group and the party to quiet down some; when only very temporary and limited success, he tried calling office and also driving over and knocking on doors - no response. This place is way out there and if something like this happens, I guess you're on your own. If anyone made rounds to monitor the situation, we didn't know about it and nothing was accomplished. Other noise included guys from the other end of the campground yelling to make echoes in the valley. Fairly quiet began by 2 a.m. with more scattered noice afterward such as running an apparently diesel truck for 15 minutes nearby. The husband is partly deaf in one ear and got a fairly reasonable amount of sleep by sleeping on his good ear. I drifted off for maybe a half hour or so right before dawn; crack of dawn was greeted by someone hammering and I gave up. Restrooms/toilet stalls not too bad though shower stall I used had a total of 14 spiders - I've camped all over the U.S. and more and realize it's normal to see some critters in a campground bathroom but apparently they don't regularly do something about them to keep the population in check. As for the noise/blatantly inconsiderate behavior of many of the other campers, I have only one experience years back to begin to compare this to and that was from one campsite of rowdies who were ordered to straighten up immediately or get out by management after complaints. Maybe it was an off night for this campground but we will definitely never be back or recommend it to family or friends.
Location: United States > West Virginia > Ripley
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Ripley
Number of rooms: 5