Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Monday, May 4, 2015

RV Park Review–White Acres Campground (Bardstown, Kentucky)

Website:   White Acres Campground

Location:  3022 Boston Road, HWY 62 West, Bardstown, Kentucky 40004

Date:  April 2015

Price:  $30 (this includes a 10% Good Sam or Senior discount)

Site #:  3

Overall:     Our first impression of this park was that we were not going to like it and we just didn’t get a good vibe.  The park is set in a large field (which we did like) but the gravel roads are very narrow with narrow sites that are crested in the center and not all are level.  There had been a lot of rain in the days prior to our visit so roads and sites were very muddy.  Site layout was unusual in that our site was a pull-in and right next to us was a back-in.  This meant that we were very close to a neighbor on one side and the patio side (which was quite wide) faced our other neighbor (see the picture under the Not So Good section). 

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When we pulled in the office was closed so we went down to the campground to pick out a site. Pretty soon the owner (Mr. White) came down in a golf cart and told us to get settled and come pay later.  After a day or so the place started growing on us and we extended and then extended again and found ourselves staying nearly a week but primarily because there was so much to do around Bardstown.

During most of our stay, the park was not even a quarter full and we only had neighbors a couple of nights.  Most of the RV’ers were long-term and working on a fiber optics project in the area so the park was very quiet.     

Our site was fairly level but very narrow.  The previous rains had left some puddled areas along the roads and individual sites and roads very muddy and discourteous campers drove through the mud and caused major ruts. 

Site Description:      There are some 80 sites all with 100/50/30/20 amp, water, and sewer.  The pad length varies but the majority are large enough to fit a 45’ rig towing a car or trailer.  Sites are a mix of pull-in, pull-thrus and back-in’s.  There is no patio or fire pit but there is a picnic table and fires are permitted on gravel.  There is plenty of grass and a large shade trees in the middle section of the park.

There are two cabins (with a/c) on the property.

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Amenities:      Amenities are not much to speak of.  The restrooms and showers are older and “rustic” with plywood doors.  There is free wifi at individual sites that worked well.  A 5,800 square-foot pavilion is onsite and hosts an annual bluegrass festival that is supposed to be really good.  There is a playground with swings and a jungle gym. 

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While there is no cable the over-the-air antenna stations worked well.  Satellite reception is a mixed bag.  We were not able to get it with our fixed in-motion satellite at our site because of tree cover but others were able to get it with their dishes.

Surrounding Area:       The park is in a good location and just a few miles from downtown historic Bardstown.  (Click here for our post on Bardstown.)  Here you will find restaurants, grocery store, gas station, pharmacy, boutiques, antique shops, and everything else you could want.  There are also plenty of museums, Civil War sites, and fun and interesting activities.   

And then there is the bourbon.  Two distilleries (Barton 1792 and Willett) are located in Bardstown and others (Jim Beam, Four Roses, Maker’s Mark, Heaven Hill) within twenty miles.  (Click here for our post on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.)

What We Liked:      We became really comfortable in this park.  Loved the grassy field and were able to let Spirit chase a ball.  The convenient location to downtown and distilleries kept us busy everyday.   The park had full hook-ups which was a big plus for us since we were staying a week.  My Old Kentucky Home State Park is conveniently located in downtown Bardstown but just a few sites have 50 amp with sewer and many sites were short and not level. 

We loved the fact that our site looked into the field and not at someone else's rig. 

The Not So Good:     This park really needs to re-grade their roads and widen and level sites.  Narrow sites meant that we were walking through mud or grass to get to our car. 

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Spirit’s Two Cents:      This RV park itself is not very big for walking dogs but if your dog likes to chase balls the open field is great.  Downtown Bardstown has a great off-leash dog park (appropriately named the “Bourbon City Bark Park”) with three good size runs and fresh water.  About 30 minutes away (near the Jim Beam Distillery) is the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest that has many miles of paved and rustic trails.  The forest is worth a visit even if you don’t have a dog.  There is a large visitor center, café, large lake for fishing, education programs and much more. 









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