This was our 5th year, and we will be coming back with our Texas friends every year until we can no longer ride! There aren't many places we'd haul our old bones and horses close to 800 miles for, but this is one.
It's not a party ride (go to Eminence if you want that). After about 10pm, about the only sound you might hear is snoring!
The campground is not one of those "nestled among the trees" type places, but they made do with the best they could given the hilly terrain. The riding is really great with lots of variety (creeks, woods, fields, gravel roads, hills and valleys), the food is varied and excellent with lots of choices on sides and salad fix-in's. Restrooms and showers are very nice. Stalls are solid walled up to about 6 ft, and very strong doors and latches (no casting or escapees here).
It's a family oriented place, run by the Howell family (Brett, Lisa, Robert) plus other family members and long time friends. Their latest added Thursday night entertainment is the Big Creek Opry with country singing impostors of every kind in every type of getup - hilarious and fun! If you've never been sat on and kissed by a 200+ lb man in drag, you are in for a treat. Other entertainment may include a local Bluegrass group, a husband and wife singing duo, bingo, etc. and there is always your own cards games or whatever in the dining hall. There is free firewood, and you can have a campfire anywhere you want that is safe.
There is no cell phone service by any carrier in the campground, no internet, no TV service via your RV antenna, but there is one satellite TV in the lounge, and a free use phone for 800# or credit card calls. You'll be amazed how you really won't miss all that stuff once you settle in. You can get most cell phone services with about a 20 mile ride if you are desperate.
I would guess that at least 70-80% of the ride attendees are repeat customers - and that says a bunch right there.