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“Well maintained trails and first class service”

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Bandy Creek Campgrounds
St. Martinville, Louisiana
Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
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“Well maintained trails and first class service”
Reviewed June 11, 2008

Bobby Gene and Gretta York provide first class service at Bandy Creek Stables in the Big South Fork Wilderness Area. The trails are the best maintained trails we've encountered. Sand is added to eliminate slippery conditions after a rain. Some creeks have smooth concrete areas for crossing. The western approach is much easier when hauling a horse trailer. The eastern approach has a very steep and curvy road with huge boulders hanging over the road requiring the use of the other lane in some places.

The views are not as spectacular as riding from the Lonesome D in Arkansas. The stalls are very well built and spacious but few horses can see out because the floor is so low compared to the door and front boards. Also, there is no night security, so if a horse has health issues, you're not likely to know about it unless you check on them in the night (another drawback to the stalls, you can't see in unless you peer over the front wall).

The 5 stables are built in a semi-circle around the office. Each stable has a wash rack at the end. Wood is beautiful and solid. I can't foresee how any horse could be injured in these stalls. Hay and bedding is available at a reasonable price.

Campground is a fair distance away, so most people drive to check on their horses. Campground is beautifully maintained with a paved pad for the trailer and adjacent limestone pad outfitted with fire ring, lantern and picnic table. No gray water is allowed so you must have a gray water tank or capture it. Bathrooms are beautiful and spotless, with nice hot showers and several toilet stalls.

One warning is the sensitive breakers at the trailer hook-up. If any part of your wiring is not grounded, the breaker trips. We never had a problem at the many places we've stayed before, but apparently, our ac unit lacked a ground of some sort and we had no power for the trailer. We got by with a set of utility extension cords, as each camping area also has two normal electrical outlets. Turning off the ac breaker in the trailer did not help.

The only thing I missed was having my horse close by and visible, but the place is very first class.

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Reviewed September 3, 2007

We travel to Bandy Creek twice a year with our horses for a week each trip. We love the campground, the stables and the entire experience at Big South Fork. The campground is clean with excellent facilities. Bobby Gene & Gretta do a great job managing the stables, and their facilites are also first rate.

We have camped many places with our horses, (ie Land Between the Lakes, Shawnee National Forest, Midwest Trail Ride, Mammoth Cave, and Cross Country Trail Ride) but Big Southfork is our favorite.

Stayed October 2006
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Reviewed March 3, 2003

The Bandy Creek Campground in the Big South Fork NRA has nice, large campsites that are well shaded for the most part. The drawback for some folks will be that it does not have full hook-ups (does have water and electric). Also, people should be aware that the campground is up on top of a mountain, and you have to be able to get out of a gorge - the road that exits it has a 13% grade - too steep for some rigs.

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Property: Bandy Creek Campgrounds
Address: Oneida, TN
Location: United States > Tennessee > Oneida
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Oneida
Number of rooms: 150
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A campground which offers boarding stables for horses. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Bandy Creek Campgrounds Hotel Oneida

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