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Bear Den Family Campground & Cabins
Certificate of Excellence
Clarksville, Tennessee, United States
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16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“40th Anniversary/Family Trip”
Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for three nights over the 4th of July weekend while meeting up with my parents to celebrate their 40th anniversary. Let me first say that attitude determines how all of us judge things. That being said, there were some mishaps in booking the stay as management had triple booked the RV rental and two days before arrival they called us to let us know of the problem. They were in a panic, but offered multiple solutions to fix their mistake. In the end, they ended up buying another brand new RV to add to their rentals and we were the first to stay in it. It was quite nice. The entire Bear Den staff team goes out of their way to deliver excellent customer service. The campground is immaculate, quiet, peaceful, and close enough to city accommodations (walmart, restaurants, etc) for convenience. The draw backs were that the fishing pond was not stocked as is indicated in their website and I would not swim in the "lake". As much as I loved the rest of the campground, the fishing and swimming were huge disappointments to us as those were 2 of our top 3 reasons for choosing this campground. However, once we just gave up on the idea of fishing and swimming we enjoyed ourselves very much.

Stayed July 2014
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed June 23, 2014

I booked our stay at this campground starting May 18, 2014 based on it's location and web page. After some difficulty finding the entrance we found the roads in the campground to be poor at best for touring motorcycles and access to the tent sites worse. After deciding the roads were not worth the risk of a fall ( loose large gravel, broken pavement, some washouts ) we approached the office for some relief on the reservation fee. Unfortunately there policy resembles the Obama Care legislation, you have to see the place in order to decide if you like it but then it's to late, they just keep your money.Make your reservation with caution.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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Davidson, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed June 14, 2014

Our family rented Big Bear Cabin for a weekend stay and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Though driving a compact car up the steep gravel road to the cabin made for a bit of an adventure, we were extremely pleased with our stay. The cabin is secluded with a beautiful view, but still convenient to many of the attractions on the Blue Ridge Parkway. it's just a short drive to Linville Falls and also the Orchard at Altapass, which is one of our favorite places to spend an afternoon. The camp store is well stocked, and there are grocery stores nearby as well where you can find anything the camp store doesn't offer. We will definitely be back.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed June 13, 2014

Don't even attempt to stay at this place unless you ride a duel sport or enduro bike. Reservations were made at a steep [for a tent site] $35.00 per night area due mostly because of the pictures on the web site and location near our expected riding area. Upon finding the entrance at dusk we were treated to a rather nasty half mile twisty rutted dirt and gravel goat path. At the entrance to the camp ground, as no one was still there, we found on the bulletin board the location where we were to set up our tent. Directions to the site were less than helpful and the signage to the site was even worse particularly in the fading light. The very curvy, hilly path of mixed dirt, marble to golf ball size round rocks, and broken up asphalt was even more treacherous than the road into the campground. We never found our site and stopped at an empty site that was somewhat level though all gravel and set up our tent. The showers were vintage navy surplus heads and less than hot however, the shower house was relatively clean probably due to very few campers. The next morning we walked to find our intended site and found it to be on a small gravel hump that would not allow room to park our motorcycles off the road way. We had made the decision the night before we would not stay the reserved 5 nights we had planned because being a thousand miles from home and dumping a bike and possibly injuring one of us on these crappy roads was out of the question. We waited until 9:00 am to speak to the office about a refund of some of our fee, knowing of the policy of no refund with out 30 day notice. The office lady was very nice when we explained our concern with the conditions and damage to our bikes and possible injury however said she had to speak with the owners about any reimbursement. We asked if they would respond by e-mail or phone of which we have received neither. So we are out $175.00, or had a very expensive 1 night stay and at a very lousy campground. Think twice about staying at this place if you ride a motorcycle or drive something less than a 4 wheel drive vehicle!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Linwood, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed May 27, 2014

This was our family get away. We stayed in a tent located on D29. This site was perfect for what we needed. We were right across from the play ground, and near the bath house. The sites are large and the place is family friendly.
Down side, it really could use some updating. The bathrooms needed to be cleaned more then once a day and the showers needed a good scrub. The female bathroom really could of used another shower stall too. Make sure to wear shower shoes! The sites were well cleaned and my kids had a blast. Be sure to check out the lake.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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Asheville, North Carolina, United States
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27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed May 18, 2014

We passed through and stayed Friday night. I called ahead and explained we were arriving by bicycle and asked for a site that was sorta level and not too far from the bathhouse. When we got there, our site was up a huge hill and in the middle of it all...not in a good way. I called the office to ask about another site and they were quite eager to help (which I appreciate).

The trading post supplies were a bit sparse (I had hoped for a bit more as a possible resupply) but they do stock eggs, butter, bacon and snacks.

Showers were not hot. I got a tepid one because I bathed early. Others were not so lucky.

They have a washer/dryer at $1 in quarters each....had to pedal back up that big hill because I didn't have change but it did the job.

Room Tip: Choose your site down hill if its going to be windy otherwise you get everyone elses campfire smoke...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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28 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed October 26, 2013

Overall, our two day stay was fine, even though it began with a scary event. We arrived late on a Friday evening, received our key and map to the creekside cabin. As we passed the campground, we headed up a VERY STEEP, wet gravel/muddy road. My little car did not make it up the hill! Almost at the top, the tires spun into the road, I lost ALL traction and the car, my daughter and I SLID down the road to the edge of a very steep drop off. The driver's side of the car was on the edge of the road; we could not move an inch. After trying everything I could think of, my daughter ran back to the campground, found some guys willing to help us, and they pushed my car to safety and up the steep slick hill. I think they should warn people about this!!! The outcome for us on Friday could have been very bad (physically, emotionally, and financially)!

I was glad to see a nice cozy cabin and hot tub. Unfortunately, we could not get the heater/thermostat to turn on to heat the cabin; thankfully we had down sleeping bags to keep us warm at night in the cabin. We were able to warm the rooms after cooking breakfast on Saturday in the gas oven.

I was a bit disappointed that the kitchen was lacking a few important things, like a sharp knife, and pot holders. We brought a slow-cooker and made soup for the weekend; it was a challenge to chop vegetables, and to get the cornbread out of the oven! The kitchen dishes, glasses, and utensils are minimal; if you plan to host more than a few guests, bring your own.

The bathrooms and bedrooms were cozy and comfortable. The water is scalding HOT so beware when washing dishes, brushing teeth, or taking a shower!

LOVED the two rocking chairs on the front porch and back deck. Unfortunately, Family Cabin 1 does not have a view of the stream; the vegetation is very dense, though you can hear the water fall and stream. The communal fire pit was fun on Saturday evening; we met and chatted with several nice people from Ashboro, NC.

I might go back again, if I can find a travel partner with a vehicle that can make it up those steep roads safely!

Room Tip: Family Cabin #1 does not provide a view of the stream.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Bear Den Family Campground & Cabins
Address: 600 Bear Den Mountain Rd, Spruce Pine, NC 28777-8365
Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Mountains > Spruce Pine
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Spruce Pine
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 129
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bear Den Family Campground, Campin' Cabins and Rental Villas Open for the Season in Early March. 144 campsites for tents, pop-ups and other types of recreational vehicles adjoining the Blue Ridge Parkway. Water, electricity, fire-rings and picnic tables at each campsite. RV sites with full hook-ups - pull thrus. Bear Den Campin’ Cabins offer basic shelter and electricity for 4 to 6 campers. Modern bath houses; each with hot showers and coin-operated washers and dryers. Sanitary disposal stations. Bear Den Family Campground’s Trading Post has ice, drinks, firewood, souvenirs and just about every camping supply you may need as well as some food items for your camping. Due to our location in the mountains we don't have cable, but we do provide free WiFi for your use. We also have two dump stations for your conveniences. Bear Den Family Campground and cabin guests love our lake for swimming, fishing and canoeing. We have a sandy beach and playground, so the whole family can have a fun get-away in the NC Mountains. Bring your fishing poles because North Carolina fishing license is not needed at our lake. And for the hikers, we have plenty of trails for you to explore so don't forget your hiking sticks. Let the kids bring their bicycles, canoes or paddle boards for your stay with us here at Bear Den...we also have basketball, badminton, volleyball, table tennis, shuffleboard and horse shoe courts, playground and a game room with pool tables, air hockey and arcade games. Never a dull day at Bear Den Campground and everything for your enjoyment right here. *Bear Den's campground and rental cabins are open from the first week in March through November 30 - weather permitting. Early spring and late fall in the NC high mountains are tricky to predict. Select Cabins are available for rental year-round. ... more   less 

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