Saturday, August 27, 2011

From a Recent Guest

One of our recent (and repeat) guests wrote this review of Ash Grove on Yelp:

"Cabins?  Yeah.  RV sites? Yeah, those too...  Tent sites?  NOW you're talkin'!  And while Ash Grove has a few tent sites with Wi-Fi, that's not the reason we go there... it's the walk-to sites below the bath house that we find most appealing.

Mark and Stephen bought this property and added these very campsites back in 2003.  To access them, you need to take a walk in the woods... The trails to the sites are very well maintained and mulched; wheelbarrows are provided to help you lug your gear to the sites, and otherwise nature is left intact.  Each campsite has a nicely leveled area for your tent, a fire pit and a picnic table.  A few of the sites have a clothesline already strung, but I suspect those were just left by previous campers and not taken down.  (I don't know how much good they'll do beneath the tree canopy, at least when trees are in leaf!)

The bathhouse at Ash Grove is meticulously well-taken care of.  Each side has a couple of sinks, three commodes and two shower stalls, as well as electrical outlets.  They even have a hair dryer on each side.  Water pressure is ample, and the water is certainly hot enough.  Just outside the bathhouse is a double sink for doing dishes, and there is a washer and dryer for your convenience.  That said, this is NOT a KOA!  You really get a sense of nature here, and depending on your campsite can actually get a workout walking up and down the trails.

The location of Ash Grove is also spectacular.  It's about 6 miles south of Brevard - a wonderful city in and of itself, and WELL worth exploring - which just happens to also be the gateway to the Pisgah National Forest - with all of the wonders that that entails!  Ash Grove is also about eight miles north of the best waterfalls that the DuPont State Forest has to offer.  Additionally, Ash Grove is topographically more than a thousand feet above Brevard, and so the average temperature is perhaps 8 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than Brevard.

With that in mind, Ash Grove also has a hot tub that is open roughly from October until early May(?), depending on the weather.

Another thing we found thoroughly delightful is that Ash Grove is a campground with *Rules*.  No, we're not talking about a sign that says NO! ...followed by everything you want to do.  The Rules at Ash Grove are Rules that you might make up to remind folks of the Golden Rule.  Keep the place clean.  Don't make excessive noise.  Don't be a  jerk.  Remember you are sharing the forest with other living beings.  You know, those sorts of things!

We're already looking forward to our next trip to Ash Grove.  Oh yeah, you'll want to make your reservations early... they have fewer than 20 of the tent sites, so you know they'll go quickly!"