Tennessee ARVC Honoring Lakeview RV Park
When Worley Fain first turned the family farm near Bluff City, Tenn., into an RV park, he was just trying to stay in business.
“Things were pretty tough when we first got started (in 2007),” Fain said. “It was right in the middle of the worst economy since the Great Depression.”
That has all changed. The Tennessee Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds has named Lakeview RV Park as the Campground of the Year. The 151-site facility just off U.S. Highway 11E overlooking Boone Lake received the award in the large-campground category, TriCities.com, Bristol, Va., reported.
“I was quite happy,” Fain said about winning the award. “I was hoping that that would be the case.”
The property has been in Fain’s family since 1839 and was part of a large Northeast Tennessee farm. But by 2006, Fain’s branch of the family only owned a 16-acre tract, which was no longer farmed and covered in weeds.
“It was not an active farm, so I decided to open an RV park,” Fain said.
He spent several hundred thousand dollars and leveled the property, installed an office, pool, gazebo and bathrooms. He also built a dock and purchased several boats.
While many of the campers stay for the weekend, the RV park has 58 residents who pay for an entire month and stay longterm.
“Some residents have been here two or three years,” Fain said. “Their RV is their home.”
The award was based partially on the testimonials of people who have stayed at the park. Fain said most have been positive over the years but admits, “We do get a few stinkers.”
Fain employs eight people and has the award hanging in the main building at the park. He is pleased that his campground received the recognition and is looking forward to a busy few weeks ahead.
“We have no sites available race week,” Fain said.