*NOTE – I wasn’t going to start this off with a warning, but well, here I am anyway doing so. If you can’t handle hearing the word bathroom and the knowledge that other people have bodily functions then go the fuck on please. I promise I’ve left out all icky TMI details, but if you’re a camper or potential camper this might be something you want to think about. Because everyone does it.*
Since our trip up the Brew Ridge Trail involved visiting several breweries we wanted to find somewhere to camp that was as centrally located as possible to help us be as safe and responsible as we could while visiting breweries.
We looked at some KOAs (we have one previous camping experience there in an RV and it was pleasant) but we decided to go with a place called Misty Mountain Camp Resort. It is open year-round which was a plus, and was literally about as close as you could get to where we wanted to be, which was awesome.
Map of the Camp Resort.
We arrived at a nice time and checked in easily enough. Finding our site was a tad trickier as the camp resort is located at the base of, and then up on, a hill. We went up the hill and then had to go back down to find our site. The “roads” weren’t well marked. They weren’t well paved. They were kinda washed out messes, but Stella made it fine. It was just a scenario that had me saying “are you sure this is the road???” In fact we did a loop around the upper area once before realizing “no, that really is the road.” ~ Well, okey dokey then.
Justin had picked out site #48 for us but we ended up switching to #49 as the table and fire pit were on the same side as Stella’s sliding door without us having to mess around with backing in and out and so on. The site was great, except for one issue …
Follow the arrows..
This might seem like a “So what’s the problem” kinda thing. Well, for starters, the bathrooms up at the top corner were padlocked. No-one ever mentioned that to us, and when we asked all we got was a “Yup, they’ll stay locked.” … It was another guest who’d been staying there for a couple months who informed us that the upper bathrooms were locked in Winter.
Justin had picked out our site though, but what he hadn’t realized is that our site was at the edge of a nice steep hill. One made extra slick and slippery by deep leaves and Winter’s weather. It wasn’t just a flat walk to the “lower” bathrooms. It was a drive. About a 1/2 mile one.
The bathroom issue varied between being a non-issue and a really big hassle. The bathrooms located next to the pool, on the backside of the store, were ridiculously small. Smaller than my half bath at home, and there were only two, with a single toilet & tiny-tiny sink in each. I’d hate to be stuck in a line waiting for one in the summer.
The other bathrooms were next to the laundry area. The building was nice and had a nice wooden deck facing the hill where we had been camping. Inside there were, again, two bathrooms. I was expecting that much. I figured it would be like other places where there would be a line of shower stalls and a row of bathroom stalls. NOPE! Two bathrooms, each with one sink, one toilet and one stall shower. There was even a drain grate in the floor that went straight to the ground below.
This didn’t prove to really be an issue or hassle for us since we were camping in mid-March, but it isn’t where I’d want to be peak season.
Because of the bathroom issue we tended to wake-up and move Stella down to the parking area at the laundry/bath-house building and then shut the curtains and hang out there for an hour or two. It was empty enough and pretty enough that it didn’t feel much different than being at a site, so it worked out fairly well.
Overall Lesson Learned: Always know your options.
Bathrooms are a thing that are a non-issue until they become an issue and while everyone does it, we aren’t exactly in a society that condones doing it out in the open, so you kinda do need to give this issue some forethought. It is something we’re still thinking on, especially since we do plan to camp with the kiddos.
Also, we learned that Stella can be quickly moved without much inconvenience. That part was really nice.
Overall Review of Misty Mountain Camp Resort: I’d stay there again.
It was actually a pretty place and it was nicely laid out. I liked the fishing pond and the little “mining company” they had set up for kids. From the hand-out we got it looked like they had some neat things going on.
I might not stay there during peak seasons simply because of their bath house limitations, but on off-season, we can handle it.
PS — If you’ve made it this far and if you’ve got any politely brilliant ideas, I’d love to hear them. Leave me a comment and me know how you’ve solved the issue!