Friday, July 17, 2015

Orchard Lake Campground

We stumbled upon Orchard Lake Campground through a homeschooling group.  We love to camp here and have gone back many times.  It is a Good Sam Club Campground, so we receive 10% off a nightly stay.  They do not discount the week stay rate, due to the fact that they only charge for six nights instead of seven.  So, you are still getting a discount.

The kids love the lake.  They have a roped off swim only area, but you can swim anywhere in the lake.  There is a floating dock in the middle of the lake with a slide and the kids love it!  Old fashion fun to be had!  Kayaks, canoes, paddle boats, and flat bottom boats are complimentary with your stay.  We have our own inflatable kayaks that we bring with us.  They provide life jackets for anyone wishing to use them. 

You can fish in both lakes.  The small lake is catch and release only.  The larger lake's fish can be kept.  There are tons of brim and bass to be caught in the lakes. 

They have a zipline for the kids, which is always loads of fun.  There is shuffle board, climbing wall, balance ladder, swings, basketball hoop, skateboard ramp, large fields for soccer or other games, etc.  So, no one should be bored!

There are variety of sites to choose from.  Some are reserved pretty fast.  We love to camp in the Palmetto Sites.  They are pull through gravel spots that have full hookups.  It doesn't take much effort to level the trailer in these spots.  Each spot has a fire ring and a picnic table.  The maple trees are getting larger every year and are starting to provide shade for the campers now. 

We camped in the Wood lots once, but the roads in the Woods area are not great.  We drug bottom in our Conquest.  We don't want to chance it in the Zinger. 

I'm sure that Jim and his crew are working hard to keep renovating the park.  They have added more sites for pop-ups and restroom facilities.  This is a little gem in the mountains for us.  We can't wait to go back!