Tennessee ARVC Names Top Campgrounds for 2011
Nashville Country RV Park in Goodlettsville, Tenn., was named large Tennessee Campground of the Year by members of the Tennessee Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (TNARVC). The campground was so recognized for its accomplishments in campground operations, marketing, management and industry unity, Chattanooga's The Chattanoogan reported.
Nashville Country offers 100 full hook-up camping sites on 8 1/2 acres and is located 11 miles north of the downtown Nashville loop. The campground is owned by Jim and Mary Zabrowski and managed with the help of their children, Jean, Michelle, and Craig. The Zabrowskis developed the campground and opened April 2002.
Zabrowski states the goal of the Nashville Country staff is to provide an atmosphere where campers are treated like family.
“You’ll get a taste of Tennessee for a Lil’ Touch of Heaven,” he said.
Nashville Country has overcome major obstacles in the past few years. They had to rebuild not once, but twice due to flooding and have come back stronger each time. Most recently, the pan was upgraded to a “green” park that includes, rain barrels, rain gardens, energy and water conservation plus free charging for electric cars and becoming a class I Tennessee Arboretum.
Bluewater RV Resort and Marina in Dayton was named small Tennessee Campground of the Year. The campground also was recognized for its accomplishments in campground operations, marketing, and management and industry unity.
Bluewater offers tent sites and 36 full hook-up RV camping sites on the water, as well as one- and three-bedroom cabins. The campground is owned by Doug and Angela Whitaker and managed by Todd Josselyn. The Whitakers closed the campground in 2010, completely refurbished the park and reopened in January 2011.
Whitaker said, “My uncle Ed Whitaker acquired the campground in 1980. When he retired in 2001, we purchased the property to preserve all the great memories our family made camping there. The refurbishing will allow Angela and me to share this great place with other families for years to come.”
Bluewater offers wide concrete roads for easy site access, spacious concrete campsites with new 50 amp connections, Wi-Fi, campground and bait store, laundry room, cable TV, a playground, a newly remodeled bath house, a 50-seat pavilion, boat docks and a private boat launch. Guest reviews have been overwhelmingly positive.
TNARVC is composed of nearly 60 private campgrounds across the state.