Our Campsite Review: Green Mountain Park RV (Thousand Trails)
August 9, 2018
This post contains a review of Green Mountain Park RV in Lenoir, North Carolina.
The idea for the Full Belly Whole Heart blog was born when my boyfriend and I had the idea to buy an RV and travel full-time for 6+ months to promote his new business, Rugged Bison. I thought that with my love of food, travel, and eco-conscious living would make for a great blog, and hoped that having a (successful) blog may contribute to our trip financially.
Being first-time RVers diving head first into full-time RV life has had a giant learning curve. Included in the curve is finding campsites that are affordable AND enjoyable. For us, affordable is more important than enjoyable, but obviously an enjoyable campground is preferred. To save money, we took advantage of a Thousand Trails membership that was given to us from the RV dealership. This membership allows you to camp at Thousand Trails campsites for free (there’s a lot of fine print, check out their website to learn more). When we are unable to stay at Thousand Trails locations, we stay at state or national parks, as they are much cheaper than most other campgrounds.
Going into this Thousand Trials membership blind to the quality of the parks was nerve racking, as I found very mixed reviews online. So, I hope to be able to help you learn about different Thousand Trails across the country through these campground reviews.
You should know:
- We are a couple of 20 somethings traveling with two large dogs; we do not have kids. I will do my best to note how family-friendly each park is, but since I do not have children, it will not be the focus of my review.
- I do not review with numbers or stars. Instead my reviews will fall under one of three categories: we loved it, it was decent, we wouldn’t go back. Each campground will fall into a category for different reasons, so be sure to read through the review.
The Review: We loved Green Mountain Park RV.
Duration of stay: 14 nights.
The location: Green Mountain Park RV is located in Lenoir, North Carolina. The town itself is small and lack-luster, but is within an hour or so to several great spots including Asheville, Boone, Blowing Rock, and so, so many gorgeous places to hike along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Mountains are everywhere you go, and it’s breath taking.
The campsites are nestled into a beautiful setting with rolling hills, mature trees, and babbling creeks everywhere you turn. There are hiking trails in the back of the campgrounds that include a small waterfall, mountain views, and a lake. This is an ideal setting for us, as we are spending a lot of our days at home in the RV, and don’t have to go a far to feel like we are somewhere special. The dogs love it too.
Our site in particular backed up to a small creek, had two fire pits, full hook-up, and a large deck with seating and a picnic table.
The staff: We did not interact with staff all too often at this location, but when we did, they were nothing but pleasant and helpful. We happened to stay during a slew of rain storms, and the area around our steps became quite muddy. When we informed the staff they were happy to help and quickly sent a maintenance worker over to our site with some gravel. They also offered to let us switch our site, but we decided to stay put. Staff passing by on golf carts always had a smile on their face and waved.
The amenities: Green Mountain Park RV has just about everything you need. Full hook-ups, WiFi (purchased separately), a small swimming pool, a newly renovated activity center for both adults and children, a separate area for kids crafting, laundry machines, tennis courts, mini-golf, and even what looked to be like archery stations.
We did not spend much time using the amenities aside from the hiking, laundry machines and WiFi, but everything looked wonderful. Staff provided a schedule of daily events when we checked in, which had a list of children’s craft sessions, weekend get togethers, etc. If we had kids, I think they would have had a lot of fun!
Overall: We really enjoyed this campsite and would totally come back! Check out their website for more detailed information.
*I am not an affiliate of Thousand Trails. The contents of this post are strictly of my own opinion and experience.