My partner and I are currently on a cross country road trip with our 43’ 5th Wheel. We chose to spend the night in North Carolina because we have one of those United States maps on our rig and we wanted to get a NC sticker. We chose Orchard Lake because the website had some beautiful scenery. And it was not false advertising, the area surrounding the campground is stunning. The small town of Saluda is a gem. The campground itself is very clean and well maintained. Those three things are the only reasons I am giving this review two stars. Now on to the rest…. I am going to start with the actual process of getting to the campground. As other reviewers have pointed out, the drive is insanely treacherous. Narrow, curvy, one lane roads. We have a large rig, but even a mid size rig would have issues. If you decide to take the leap and visit this campground, be sure to look at the website, they are VERY clear about NOT following the directions that your GPS will give you. The owners have provided detailed, turn by turn directions, that will get you safely to the campground. There is zero cell service, and I do not mean spotty cell service. I mean absolutely none. The WiFi was decent, so we were able to make a couple of FaceTime calls, but other than that forget it. The sites are not level at all, or at least ours wasn’t. Thank goodness we have an auto leveling system on our rig because it didn’t really hinder us much, but we did watch a few people struggle with leveling blocks and such in an attempt to get their rigs level. Another thing that put me off was the ‘rules’ that they give you upon check in. Most of them are not anything that you wont find at any other campground, but reading through the list you get the feeling that you are being scolded by a parent. Throughout the rules you will read that this and that will get you “asked to leave immediately and you will not receive a refund”. Other highlights of the ‘rules”, no foul language (as determined by the management). So if I smash my finger and say d*mn or s*hit, is that going to get me asked to leave? I guess maybe? Also, you can use our WiFi, but do not “use it to watch pornography, or anything else immoral”. Seriously, this is written in their rules. Which leads me to the next topic…. My partner and I are a same sex couple. We are not in your face or militant about it, and in fact if you just saw us sitting in chairs in front of our rig you might not even suspect that we are a couple. We have been RV’ing for years, and we have never once felt uncomfortable in any campground we have been in. Part of the “rules” they want you to know about at this place is that they are a “traditional family campground”. There are bible quotes everywhere. Even the name of their WiFi network is “Jesus loves you”. I will never, ever judge someone for their faith or expressing their faith, but between all the militant rules and the saturation of religious quotes and iconography, we actually felt uncomfortable for the first time ever. We literally would not even walk our dog together because would they ask us to leave if they suspected we might be a couple? Who knows? The last thing I am going to talk about in this review is probably the thing that bothered me the most. Getting in and out of the park is a “one way” type of thing. You enter through the front gate and you leave through the back gate. We got up early this morning because we wanted to get on the road to our next destination. At 8am we were hooked up and ready to leave….and we found that the back exit gate was locked with a chain and a padlock. The office does not open until 10am, and there is NO after hours emergency number. I am a nurse. My husband works in 911 communications. The first thing we started talking about was what if there was an emergency in the night and you needed 911 or to drive to emergency services. Well, no cell coverage at all so forget dialing 911. And the gates are locked, so you aren’t getting out either. Just a messed up situation all around. I walked up to the office and luckily the owner had come in early and was able to open the gate, but even on the way back down he said “I hope i have the right key, i dont normally open the gates.”. Overall, just a negative and uncomfortable experience all around.,…
The drive up is something you should prepare for. A lot of turns and steep hills. Campsite was okay but nothing amazing. Dumpsters need to be emptied as they smell and are right next to the children's activities. Staff patrol very often. We had an interaction with them based off of an unfounded complaint by another guest. Then we received an email after we departed with another complaint....again, unfounded! Bottom line is this campground was oversold and undedelivered. We won't be back.
Orchard Lake Campground is scenic, well cared for and accommodating. The site we had (C) was really large (not close to flat ground however), near the showers and comfortable. However, the roads to the campground are hilly and extremely narrow. Some sections are incredibly steep. There are few lights. The campground signage leaves a lot to be desired. All in all, the place is worth the $$, but we would not stay again because we wanted to go other places and that meant traveling into Saluda 3.5 miles on roads we would rather not travel in an RV.
Had a lot of activities for kids and teens, boats, zip lining, volleyball, basketball,golf, swimming, shuffle board plus many other activities. We had 3 teens and they had a blast as did we. Clean well maintained friendly staff we will be back. All activities were included in camping price. They are very family oriented.
I called ahead of time, made reservation, told them how many people/tents we had, she said okay I think site 41 will be good, it is a 20 by 50 site. We get there, find our site, with the number clearly visible. We unpack, setup, they come by check us in, show us where to park, where best place for tents are... Great for 3 days. Wednesday evening a family pulls up says we are on their site. OK. Park attendant pulls up says we have to move??? Okay, we can move to site next door, which they say is where we supposed to be, even though they have been by everyday and waved. It is clearly not a 20 x 50, more like 20 x 20, and power and water to be shared. No way we fit all of tents, gear, people, grr. We leave, they return our money for the rest of week and are even so nice as to give us back for that night, even though it is after check out, so gracious of them. Grrr. Oh, BTW, on the way out of office, please hurry and get our stuff off site. Really?? Drive to fast food to gather thoughts, 10 at night, everything is wet. Everything is dirty. We end up booking a hotel in Cherokee at 5x the cost, get in at 11, in bed by a lil after midnight.…
I was impressed with all the activities available at no extra charge. Want to paddle on the lake? Just grab a paddle and a life jacket and launch one of the available kayaks or canoes! Lake swimming, horseshoes, volleyball, golf are just a few of the activities. Great for Families, no need to drive all over to keep the kids entertained. Clean, well-lit bathhouses, and very quiet in the area where we camped. I'll be back! I would suggest having some reflective road markers along the roads (especially the road leading down to the Golf Bath House part of the property). I can be very dark after sunset if you arrive late.
This is the worst experience we have ever had camping. We were looking forward to our memorial day weekend, and it turned bad as soon as we arrived. They put us in the worst site they had it was a mud bog and they had other sites that were nice that was open but we were not offered them. They advertise that they have WiFi, that was a joke. You could never connect. We stayed in our camper because of the mud, but we hoped they would give us a better site. "Not". This was the worst experience we have ever had as I have mentioned. Do not waste your money or your families peace.
Really enjoyed our stay here. We were lucky to get a campsite which had the lake view. Beautiful sunsets over the lake. Lots of amenities for children. We took day trips to go hiking at beautiful waterfalls. We went to Graddaddy’s apple orchard and got some fresh fall apples, apple slushees, and donuts. Many good restaurants in Saluada if you don’t want to cook at campground. Staff was very friendly. Restrooms very clean although this time of year they were cold. Will definitely camp here in future!
Could barely send and receive texts, had to download Netflix in town to watch later. Sites were small and tight. Road to park very difficult at night, missed the entrance and had to turn around in a drive miles away! This was my last resort, now I know why.
I made a reservation over Labor Day and paid a 2 day deposit of $96.00. Orchard Lake's Cancellation policy for a holiday stay requires 7 days notice or you lose your deposit. I live in Central Florida and Hurricane Dorian is expected to hit the state on Labor Day weekend. When I called to cancel my reservation, the campground would NOT refund my deposit because I didn't give 7 days notice. REALLY???? Mother Nature didn't give me 7 days notice! Even though it was stated there wouldn't be a problem filling my cancelled spot, still no refund. When I asked if I could transfer my days to another time, I was told NO, the computer couldn't do that! In this instance, I believe Orchard Lake should have waived the 7 day notice rule.