Nashville and Asheville – Campground Reviews!

Safe Harbor RV Resort

Safe Harbor RV Resort is just east of Nashville, Tennessee, on the north west area of Priest Lake. We were there from April 6th through 20th and the weather ranged from warm and sunny to chilly and pouring rain with lightning. It was definitely spring weather! Our space between neighbors was decent – certainly not on top of each other – and our back yard was the beautiful Priest Lake. We were literally about 50 feet from the water.

The staff was nice, though we only saw them at check in. Our neighbors weren’t very social, mainly because those near by were coming and going quite a bit – staying only a couple of days each. Those we did see were very friendly, though.

Cell service and Internet were both great with AT&T and Verizon, and the utilities worked just fine. We had full hookups with 50 amp. There was a minor power surge during a lightning storm, but it was only a few seconds. Safety was never a concern there. It’s in a nice area, with basic security gates.

The Resort has your typical amenities – restrooms, laundry, pool, etc. The best part of the park is absolutely the lake and the scenery. You can walk along the beach or around the resort, go swimming, and even rent a kayak. Nashville, with all the restaurants and shopping you could want, is about a 20-30 minute drive depending on which part of town you’re heading to. It was really quiet at the resort, so watching the wildlife on and around the lake was a wonderfully soothing experience.

We paid the weekly rate for the two weeks we were there for a total of $850.00. As a resort, it’s nice. It doesn’t have some of the major resort amenities, but the quiet, serenity of the lake and kayak rentals on site really make it a good value.

Asheville West KOA

We stayed at the Asheville West KOA April 20 – May 4, 2019. It’s just west of Asheville, North Carolina. (Go figure.) I did a video for this park, showing the gorgeous greens of the area and some of the park’s amenities.

The weather was typical for spring – mostly sunny and warm with some rain and thunder storms now and then. Temperatures ranged from the high 60s to high 80s. The biggest impact at the time was the pollen. Green dust covered everything outside most of the time we were there, except after a good rain. If you have pollen allergies, I would definitely check into the specifics of what’s flying around when you plan to visit.

Our space was pretty decent – wider than your typical ‘parking lot’ style parks. We also didn’t have neighbors on our patio side most of the time, so that really helped us feel like we had more space. The staff was always very nice. They answered questions with a smile and offered a great amount of information on local places and events. The neighbors were also very friendly, and everyone seemed to be in a good mood.

Cell service with AT&T there was amazing. We didn’t even have problems streaming during the evening, which is a typical slow-down time. We had full hook-ups with 50 amp and no problems with those. We were on a hill, but easily leveled our motorhome.

There weren’t a lot of amenities at this KOA, but they did have your basic bathrooms, laundry, and pool as well as a one-mile trail around the park. Though they say they rarely have tornadoes or other such severe weather there, the bathrooms can be used in case of an emergency. The pool was due to open over Mother’s Day weekend, which is probably good timing for that area. I will say that the park is right next to the highway and receives quite a bit of traffic noise even at night. They offer free ear plugs at the office. Honestly, it was like white noise to me except now and then when a semi would use its exhaust brake. There wasn’t a ton of wildlife there, some squirrels and typical song birds; but between that and the trees, it was a good place to be.

Asheville West KOA was anywhere between 20 and 40 minutes from Asheville’s offerings, including many organic grocers, a farmers’ market, theaters, restaurants, and more. We found a wonderful restaurant called Isis Music Hall and Restaurant 743 that has live music a few days each week. We highly recommend checking it out when you’re in the area! We also visited the arboretum and did a hike up to Graveyard Fields Lower Falls. We took the long way to the Blue Ridge Parkway and it was still only 45 minutes to the falls – and it was a beautiful drive.

We paid about $624.00 for the two weeks we were at the KOA. That’s actually really good pricing for KOA and even with the highway noise and the pool not yet being open, we feel it was a great rate for being away from the city yet in an ideal location to explore the city and enjoy the local nature.

Let us know if you have other great places to stay in these areas!

Be groovy, friends, and remember to live your journey…


5 thoughts on “Nashville and Asheville – Campground Reviews!

  1. Great reviews! Do you guys belong to Thousand Trails or any program or do you just pay the park rate? Just wondering … always curious about what other FTers do!!! Hope you are good!!!


    On Thu, May 9, 2019 at 10:49 AM The Wandering Gants wrote:

    > Julie Gant posted: ” Safe Harbor RV Resort Safe Harbor RV Resort is just > east of Nashville, Tennessee, on the north west area of Priest Lake. We > were there from April 6th through 20th and the weather ranged from warm and > sunny to chilly and pouring rain with lightning. ” >

    1. Thanks, Melissa! We do currently have a Thousand Trails/Encore membership, though we’ve found over the past year that it’s not really worth it for us and just today put it up for sale with a broker. (Want it?) We bought the one that would allow us maximum stay time without having the leave the system, and that works well; but we seem to be traveling in more areas that don’t have TT/Encore parks than do. We figure we can buy a zone pass if we’re going to be in an area with a bunch of their parks for a while. 🙂

  2. Dear J & B:

    Almost three weeks since I’ve received a post from the ganderers!

    I worry about how the cats are doing. Maybe you should broadcast a photo of them, with one holding today’s newspaper, so we’ll all know they are alive and well, even if they’re still trapped with two crazy pink humans in an RV and haven’t caught a bird or mouse in months!

    We hope you’re having a grand time, and looking forward to seeing you here in Mormonland (there are some new rides and exhibits since the last time, and we’ll get tickets for you) – in June or when was it???

    Uncle Allen

    1. Gosh! You’re right. I skipped a week somewhere! LOL. If we had a newspaper, we’d try to get that photo for you. Alas…we are a modern, techie family. Our news comes straight from the Cyberworld. 😉 We are having a great time and will have more ‘entertaining’ posts coming soon! We’ll be in your area in mid-July. I’ll contact you directly when we get closer. 🙂 Love you!

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