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.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A campground which offers boarding stables for horses. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bandy Creek Campgrounds Hotel Oneida