We made a reservation two months ago for a lakeside campsite in section A and were extremely excited to go camping with our friends here for the first time. After we checked in, we found that someone had already set up camp in our site and our reservation ticket was not on the site marker. When my husband got out of the car to find the camper and talk to him, a neighbor immediately walked over and launched into a spiel about how the man in our site had said he had paid in full for the weekend and that he would be out with his mother until 9 o'clock that night (as if anyone tells campsite neighbors they've "paid in full.") His child, who looked to be about 9, starts loudly repeating, "I'm sorry, he was here first, you'll have to find another campsite." Meanwhile, a man pulled up alongside my vehicle and whispered to me that the neighbor my husband was speaking to probably knew the man in our campsite because the neighbor had taken the campsite he had reserved. We drove up to the front desk to inform the employee inside, who said that he had no record of anyone paying to be in that campsite and that our name was definitely in the book to be in that campsite, however, WE should go ahead and find another campsite because he couldn't leave the office. Before the rest of the explanation, I want to point out that at no point did anyone in our group ever raise their voice or say something nasty, we were just frustrated and baffled by the situation and tried to problem solve while being yelled at to just make things easy and find another campsite (there weren't any other available lake sites unless of course we wanted to screw someone else over and continue on with the domino effect). What is the point of a reservation again?
My husband asked if we could take this site down (it was 3:30) and employee said, "Sure!" My husband asked, "LEGALLY, can I take this site down?" and the employee said, "Sure! He's in your site, do whatever you want." So my husband asked him to call a ranger to come over and stand by. Obviously we didn't want to really touch someone else's stuff, we just wanted to talk to someone else. When the ranger showed up, my husband told him he didn't really want to take this persons site down, he just knew the presence of a ranger was going to get something done. The ranger went down there and when he came back, had been told again by that same neighbor who supposedly didn't know the person in our site then called the man who apparently was out on a hike and would be back in an hour to take his site down (that he never paid for or told the park he was in).
When our suspicions had been confirmed that these two people in fact knew each other and had been lying to our faces, my friend asked if there was a chart or anything that could show us what campsites were not reserved. The employee actually started yelling at him, saying "I told you to find another site from the beginning! You need to just drive around and see what's available!" My friend said, "Well, there wasn't a reservation ticket on our site so we don't want to accidentally take a site someone else has reserved because someone forgot to mark it with a ticket." The employed said, "Your site had a ticket, the person in your site tore it off, that's why it's not there. You're not listening to me, you need to drive around and find a site." Then every time my friend tried to say something, he started yelling, "YOU'RE NOT LISTENING TO ME! YOU'RE NOT LISTENING TO ME!" And then said, "I'M NOT GOING TO GET UPSET OVER THIS BECAUSE I'M GETTING PAID NO MATTER WHAT."
My friend, again, had NOT been yelling, had NOT said anything nasty. He was just freaking trying to get this situation sorted out by someone who apparently could not understand at all why we might be confused and upset that it was no big deal for us to have been lied to and have the site that we reserved months in advance so that we could be on the lake taken. I don't know how my friend maintained his cool because my blood was boiling. He just kind of laughed and said, no no, I'm not upset, I'm just trying to get this resolved, I'm not going to waste my time getting angry. The employee was still waving his hands around, saying, "I told you from the beginning to just look for another campsite!" I honestly felt like a dog, I'd never been to a campground where something that so obviously could cause conflict would be so permissible.
We drove around, found a campsite in the b section that was by far more private and off the road. There wasn't a campsite at all to the left, there was a little hill and some trees that separated us from the site on the right and no one camped there the entire time anyway. When my husband went back to tell the employee which site we picked out, he told my husband that the man in our site had JUST been there to pay for time he had been in our site (already paid in full huh?) and was breaking down camp. Our campsite ended up being better than the one we reserved and we had fun on our hikes, we didn't want to let a bunch of liars and rude jerks ruin our short vacation.
I would never go back there because on top of being treated like garbage and getting screamed at, the bathrooms were DISGUSTING. They never cleaned them once the 4 days we were there, there aren't any light switches so after 10:30 lights out you'd better take a lantern, and once the toilet paper runs out, they don't bother to refill it for days. Also, other campers use the bathroom garbage can for their personal trash rather than driving it to the dumpster, further stinking it up. I dealt with the fact that this place didn't have showers and used camping antibacterial cottonelles to keep clean, but for God sakes, when you have so many people using one bathroom, it seems like it might be a priority to keep it clean. They really didn't seem to have any priorities other than not being bothered and getting paid, apparently.
- Also Known As:
- Julian Price Park Campground Hotel Blowing Rock