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Jamestown , TN

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We have stayed at True West campground several times and have always had a wonderful time. Shawn and Donna have always gone out of their way to make us feel at home. The campground is excellent> The grounds are super clean and the barns are beutiful, especially all lite up at night. Trails range from all types and are well maintained. We always look forward to our next trip to Big South Fork and visiting True West. We highly recommend you try it if you have never been!
Reviewed by: Billyhallum on 10/19/2014 11:10:07 AM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 8/29/2014 Hometown: Beth Page , TN

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A super nice campground- you could not ask for better hosts or nicer barns- the trails in Big South Fork are always nice, even in the rain, and True West is an ideal place to stay while in the area. A definite 5 star camp!
Reviewed by: ranger402m on 10/16/2014 6:13:14 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 10/14/2014 Hometown: Bastian , VA

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Best place to stay in BSF!!! The camper is great for those of us who aren't lucky enough to have a LQ trailer! Wonderful hosts, too!
Reviewed by: STACEYSHELTON on 10/12/2014 1:00:35 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 10/3/2014 Hometown: Knoxville , TN

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Great place to stay with your horses! We stayed in the camper and it was perfect for us. The stalls are well maintained and the owners are more than helpful! Can't wait to return!!!
Reviewed by: STACEYSHELTON on 10/12/2014 9:06:22 AM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 10/3/2014 Hometown: Knoxville , TN

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We spent the better part of a week at True West and simply put, Shawn and Donna make this the best campground I have stayed at. They help you out at the campground the best they can and help you find the best trails according to what you are looking for. You may find an equal but will not find a better campground.
Reviewed by: dave m on 10/11/2014 12:29:48 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 10/4/2014 Hometown: otsego , mi

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The campground and shower facilities were very clean and well kept. We enjoyed the trails and will definitely be coming back.
Reviewed by: catcow on 10/9/2014 5:17:58 AM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 10/2/2014 Hometown: Darden , TN

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My favorite place to ride and stay!! Shawn and Donna. Are awesome
Reviewed by: carolavans on 9/26/2014 5:15:31 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 9/1/2014 Hometown: knoxville , tn

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True West is great
Reviewed by: brenda durham on 9/26/2014 3:01:48 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 9/6/2014 Hometown: lancaster , ky

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True West Campgrounds is living up to their awards they have received over the past few years. Great hospitality from the moment we pulled up. Very organized and prepared for our arrival. Cleaned out our trailer and helped us unload everything into the barn. The campgrounds are beautiful. We love to fish, and the have 2 stocked ponds. Some of the sites are even on the pond. Our camping spot was in between both. The barns are the cleanest and the most well maintained I've seen in a while. I suggest you make a trip to True West real soon:)
Reviewed by: Lora hutchins on 9/22/2014 2:17:59 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 9/19/2014 Hometown: columbia , tn

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The Murder Mystery Dinner was such a good time! Donna and Shawn really went out of their way to make it an incredible dinner! There were really cute decorations that made you feel like you were really in the old west! Such a great idea, hope they decide to have it again next year! We each played a character and we all had a great time trying to figure out who was the "Murderer", and funny enough it ended up being my husband, LOL!! We will definitely be back to True West to camp again! Thanks Donna and Shawn for being great Campground owners and great hosts!
Reviewed by: Lara Grigsby on 9/17/2014 3:29:52 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 9/6/2014 Hometown: Cookeville , TN

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Love this place, Thats why we have returned here many times this year and have sent alot of new people, some from Love Valley,NC to True West!! They love it as well and hope to return again this year!!
Reviewed by: Whitney Bowling on 9/8/2014 10:17:50 AM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 8/15/2014 Hometown: Johnson City, Tennessee , tn

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Absolutely great campground and riding. We had a wonderful cAmp spot next to a small pond. Very private and scenic. The stalls were large and safe and sawdust was available for bedding. Camp store was well stocked and the owners would help any way they could. Trails just across the road from camp and trail maps you could actually follow. This will be a come back to place for us.
Reviewed by: brncntry on 8/30/2014 9:32:09 AM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 8/7/2014 Hometown: Havana , FL

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Absolutely great campground and riding. We had a wonderful cAmp spot next to a small pond. Very private and scenic. The stalls were large and safe and sawdust was available for bedding. Camp store was well stocked and the owners would help any way they could. Trails just across the road from camp and trail maps you could actually follow. This will be a come back to place for us.
Reviewed by: brncntry on 8/30/2014 9:31:12 AM
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Experience: Not Specified Ride Date: 8/7/2014 Hometown: Havana , FL

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Another wonderful time at True West :) True West is definitely one of our favorite campgrounds!! We had three wonderful rides from the trail heads that are right across the street!! It's such a calm and peaceful atmosphere at the campground that is so relaxing!! My husband and I love it there so much and are going back in September so we can have another fantastic camping weekend!!
Reviewed by: Lara Grigsby on 8/23/2014 4:25:37 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 8/9/2014 Hometown: Cookeville , TN

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This is my third stay at True West, and it just gets better and better. Shawn and Donna treat their customers the best. It's the only place I have ever been that cleans out your trailer for you when you arrive, and takes all your tack and feed to the barn for you. Yeah! Their facility has everything a camper could want or need. I had vehicle trouble this trip, and their help and support was invaluable through it all. I love staying here, I recommend it to everyone, and I look forward to returning soon.
Reviewed by: Barbara Hopper on 8/19/2014 7:41:59 AM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 8/16/2014 Hometown: Nicholasville , KY

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One of the nicest trails I've been on, probably the best. Lots of views! Good sites! Trails would be a combined traverse. Some for beginners to some for the expert. Camp is very nice, with a "all exclusive" atmosphere, other than your own feeding and watering. Nice people who bend over backwards to help you. We will be back!!! Glad to have had the experience.
Reviewed by: Joe Harvey on 7/24/2014 7:17:52 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 6/27/2014 Hometown: Nicholasville , KY

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We had a great ride . We did the moonlight ride and it was so much fun. I will say if your going to ride at night you need a well trained horse. The campground was great as always. We love this place and stay there as often as we can.
Reviewed by: Darryl on 7/24/2014 7:02:40 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 7/11/2014 Hometown: knoxville , tn

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Had a wonderful time riding the trails with ACTHA, Staff was very friendly and helpful. The mercantile onsite was great! The campsites are adequate size with the firepits a safe distance. Sites are easily accessed with larger trailers. Would return in the future.
Reviewed by: wishduncometru on 7/23/2014 2:09:45 AM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 6/21/2014 Hometown: Knoxville , tn

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The Staff were outstanding, the stalls and barn were great. I enoyed the trails, a little muddy in spots but that could not be helped due to the amount of rain everyone has been getting. The campsites were a little too close together and the firepits were right beside the campers but overall I enjoyed staying there and would go back.
Reviewed by: Tammy Smith on 7/20/2014 7:22:53 AM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 6/28/2014 Hometown: Pella , IA

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May was our first time at True West. We loved the full hookup we had access to and how easy it was to get to the Big South Fork trail head. Donna Shawn and the staff were so friendly and helpful. They made us feel at home even though we came alone. Never felt alone. I loved the fact that we could see our horses from our trailer. And Donna and Shawn checked on everyone's horses before they turned in for the night. Even though we were in bed and asleep. All I can say is we are going back in Oct. because they had made us feel like they really wanted us to return and they really cared about the welfare of our horses. It is nice to have great people to camp with.. See you in 3 mo. Donna and Shawn.
Reviewed by: Hilma Beuchert on 7/14/2014 6:36:25 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 5/3/2014 Hometown: Giraard , PA

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This was our first camping trip with the horses. I can not say enough on how great True West was. The owners Donna and Shawn made our weekend trip feel like a relaxed vacation. Shawn greeted us at the trailer and cleaned it out as well as unloading our hay and gear. The shop has a nice selection of merchandise at reasonable prices. The bathhouses were immaculate. On our first ride we ended up coming in after dark, Donna was watching for us and gave us a good old fashion whoop that we were back. There was a potluck on our second night and we met some friendly fellow riders and all had good stories and food to exchange. We have already planned our next two trips and I sure more to come. I would highly recommend visiting True West
Reviewed by: Laura waters on 7/13/2014 9:24:52 PM
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Experience: Beginner Ride Date: 7/11/2014 Hometown: Sunbright , TN

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Had another wonderful time at True West!! We just love the atmosphere there!! Donna and Shawn make you feel SO at home and will try and do whatever they can to make your stay an amazing experience!! I had a problem with my horse when we went out on the trails, he got stung by something and I had to take his saddle off, so I called Donna to ask if she could meet us and pick up the saddle so that I could just walk my horse back to the campground, and she was there within minutes!! I feel like Donna and Shawn would be there any time I needed them and that means everything to me!! I know when I stay there that my horses and I are going to be taken care of in any situation!! My husband and I have made two more reservations with True West because we love it there so much!! Go to True West and have an experience you will never forget!!
Reviewed by: Lara Grigsby on 7/8/2014 5:50:02 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 6/28/2014 Hometown: Cookeville , TN

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A clean facility and amenities, but the best thing about True West is the staff. I have never been to a campground where the staff did so much to make your stay a great experience for you and your horse. The trails were wonderful, too! I definitely will return!
Reviewed by: Claire Cantrell on 6/25/2014 1:13:42 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 6/21/2014 Hometown: Crossville , TN

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We had the best time staying at True West. Our hosts, Shawn and Donna, were extremely friendly. The bath houses were clean with lots of hot water. We rented their camper and loved it!! i would stay there again.
Reviewed by: lappoy on 6/24/2014 11:30:30 AM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 6/20/2014 Hometown: Lebanon , TN

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We were there with my niece during this time. As always we had very nice time. Shawn and Donna are great hosts. the trails are awesome.
Reviewed by: Elizabeth DeBorde on 6/23/2014 5:18:41 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 6/12/2014 Hometown: Arcanum , OH

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I hope that anyone considering camping in BSF will give True West a look. Let me begin by saying that we have stayed in the area several times in the past 4 years, but not at TW. However, we have stopped in and took a tour; we were impressed by the owners and the attitude that they have in person and on social media sites that I frequent. Always professional, welcoming and helpful to anyone, including non campers. This will always work in their favor! Other camp owners could take a lesson from Donna.
Reviewed by: Anne Glaser Breen on 6/23/2014 7:52:53 AM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 6/7/2014 Hometown: Macon , NC

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I loved everything about this ride. The hosts Shawn and Donna are top notch and they go above and beyond to make your stay pleasant. The trails are incredible. Beautiful sandy trails with just the right amount of ups and downs. I can hardly wait to go back. If you don't at least visit True West Campground at least once, you are missing out big time.
Reviewed by: lazydayhorsefarm on 6/23/2014 5:24:24 AM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 6/21/2014 Hometown: Lebanon , TN

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I have visited True West Campground in BSF twice this spring and I can't say enough about what an awesome place it is!! They go out of their way to make your arrival smooth and take such a load off the amount of work it is to help you set up camp!! They are right there helping you unload your feed, hay & tack and even clean out the trailer for you! Shawn and Donna are very knowledgable of the trails and they gladly helped steer us in the right direction so we were comfortable taking off on our own. I'm in the process of making plans to go back in July and feel just like I'm going to visit friends!! As far as the trails from True West... They are easy to get to and their campground is pretty centrally located so you can ride out in either direction and take a full day ride and see many beautiful sights! The river along the O&W trail is absolutely beautiful and the O&W bridge is a "must see" part of your trip to Big South Fork!! I can't wait to go back :)
Reviewed by: TerriKyTn on 6/19/2014 10:56:33 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 5/31/2014 Hometown: Murray , Ky

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My wife and I are frequent campers at True West. I do not normally take the time to write reviews, but I am compelled to do so because my wife and I are so happy with the great service and friendliness that is demonstrated by Shawn and Donna each time we visit. From the moment that you arrive at their campsite they make you feel like you are a member of their family and will attend to your every need with a smile on their face. The riding is great, bathrooms are spotless, the manure is cleaned from inside your horse trailer when you arrive, your tack and hay is unloaded and your stalls are cleaned for a nominal fee - a true vacation. I am a Vietnam veteran and appreciate the veterans discounts and the emotional Veterans day ceremony that they host on Veterans day. I highly recommend this equestrian campground, and promise that you will not be disappointed.
Reviewed by: George Young on 6/18/2014 6:14:48 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 5/23/2014 Hometown: Jamestown , TN

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We had the best and most relaxing time at True West Campground. After driving 8 hours for the second day of driving, the owners welcomed us with smiles and helped us with unloading our horses and tack. I also liked the amenities they offered such as stall cleaning, a very nice store, plenty of ice, and their wonderful hospitality. The campsites looked like your own private park with pond views, well-maintained sites, and daily garbage pick up. Everything is kept very clean. The trails are very scenic and pretty well marked. We will definitely be coming back; I hope to visit in the fall when all the leaves are changing colors.
Reviewed by: Steve and Debbie Bourgeois on 6/12/2014 2:37:59 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 6/1/2014 Hometown: Lucas , TX

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Wonderful campground! Owners made you feel welcomed! They went well beyond on hospitality
Reviewed by: Rita Mangrum on 6/10/2014 2:00:09 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 5/1/2014 Hometown: Fairview , Tn

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Our group, Women on the Edge, chose True West as our 2014 Spring Ride destination and what a wonderful weekend it was. The facilities, campsites and horse stalls at True West are top notch and their staff is always very accommodating and friendly. This is the second year in a row that we have held our spring ride at True West and we have enjoyed it both times - the weather even cooperated this year with lots of sunshine. Thank you for a great weekend.
Reviewed by: Loretta Jones on 6/10/2014 10:48:50 AM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 4/25/2014 Hometown: Rock Island , TN

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Great campground with fun, helpful owners, nice site, good stalls, and LOTS of trails to ride! I went with a green horse but Shawn and Donna helped us pick good trails for her inexperience. We got it late after our GPS took us down some tiny backroads. They were up waiting for us though and Shawn helped us unload and park the trailer.
Reviewed by: Katy on 6/10/2014 8:14:43 AM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 5/2/2014 Hometown: Galena , Oh

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Donna, Shawn and the staff are awesome. The showers and barns are very clean and in good repair. The only thing is I wished that the front campsites were bigger and had shade.
Reviewed by: Foxyfilly on 6/7/2014 2:36:42 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 5/16/2014 Hometown: frankfort , ky

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A great experience. Shawn and Donna were awesome hosts and were always available when you needed them, day or night. The horses were checked regularly and the stalls were airy and clean. The entire camp was neat as can as can be. We went for a "girls" trip and had a wonderful time ... the trails were awesome! We will go back!
Reviewed by: DonnaJ on 6/6/2014 5:48:34 AM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 5/2/2014 Hometown: Cream Ridge , NJ

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Again a great experience . Shawn and Donna were right there any and every time you needed them. The horses were constantly checked on and happy. Stalls were airy and the horses were able to see out, and know their buddy was right there. Everything was neat and clean. Couldn't ask for a better campground or owners! We will go back!
Reviewed by: Gloria S Hager on 6/6/2014 5:41:47 AM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 6/2/2014 Hometown: Natural Bridge , Va

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Stayed here for a week and rode in the BSF. Loved the trails and this campground! Donna, Shawn, Candy and John are so hospitable! They will help you any way they can! Even take your tack and hay to the barn for you and park your trailer, if you are parking challenged! So much fun with them! Best camping and riding week ever!
Reviewed by: BJ Wilder on 6/5/2014 4:01:58 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 5/16/2014 Hometown: Kitts Hill , OH

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Finally, it will let me sign in so I can leave a review!!! Went to True West over Memorial Day weekend and had a very relaxing time. Wonderful stalls, wonderful campsite, wonderful trails and wonderful hosts!!!
Reviewed by: Tammy K. Fitzner on 6/4/2014 8:26:24 AM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 5/26/2014 Hometown: LIVINGSTON , tn

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Both Donna and Shawn were gracious hosts, from answering questions to guiding rides. I am not sure if they even slept the whole weekend. Seems they were always available. I like the diversity of trails. Band was super and I definitely would recommend for anyone to come visit. I know I will come back with my friends.
Reviewed by: RoyLeGaspi on 6/4/2014 8:21:57 AM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 5/31/2014 Hometown: Taylorsville , KY

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All I can say is, W O W!! We love, love, love this campground! We have been hanging our hats at another campground in Big South Fork for 6 years. It was time to explore some other places. I am SO thankful that we picked True West!! From the moment we arrived we were treated like we were guests on vacation! We unloaded the horses and got them settled and when we got back to the trailer it was all cleaned out for us! Yay, one less thing for us to do :) and VERY much appreciated. Then Shawn graciously helped my hubby get the trailer backed into its spot while I checked out the campground with our kiddo's. All the campsites are extremely level and clean. I love the fire pits....instead of an old rim, they have big rocks...it's very rustic :). The barn is immaculate and Donna, Shawn, and John check on the horses several times a day and always do a bedtime check (usually around 11 or 12 at night) before turning in. It made me feel soooo at ease. The trails are amazing, and though we didn't make it out to some of the more popular spots (our kids are 6 and 8 and we ride slow-poke quarter horses!), what we did see was gorgeous. The kids loved exploring the caves and the river is absolutely beautiful! Trail maps were great, and the trails are very well marked. We do carry a GPS with us though, just in case. Donna was so sweet to our boys. She let them play with her dogs and cats brought out games for them to play....she really took them under her wing. And she is a GREAT story teller :) We had a great time and made lots of fun memories.....checking our calendars now to see when we can go back :) This is a DO NOT MISS campground in BSF!!
Reviewed by: Heather H on 5/30/2014 5:41:31 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 5/23/2014 Hometown: Asheville , NC

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Friends of mine stayed at True West for Memorial Day weekend. I wanted to come ride just for a night and Donna and Shawn were nice enough to give me a stall for the night so that I could get a couple of great rides in that weekend!! They were so nice to make room for me when there were so many people coming and going because it was such a busy weekend!! Even though they were busy they still made time for me and my horse and that is what counts the most!! No matter what they are up to Donna and Shawn will ALWAYS go out of their way to help in any way that you need it!! I LOVE True West so much that my husband and I already have reservations for two more weekends this year and we cannot wait to go and spend the weekend with them!! I HIGHLY recommend going to True West to experience how horse camping really should be!!
Reviewed by: Lara Grigsby on 5/28/2014 3:50:02 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 5/24/2014 Hometown: Cookeville , TN

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This was my first experience at The True West Campground and I was very impressed. I had some problems with my breaks on the way there. Whenever I turned my signal on, the truck and trailer would jerk. Needless to say the horses and I were pretty shook up by the time we arrived. But unknowing of our travel experience, Shawn and Donna greeted us as soon as we arrived. We were also greeted by John, who immediately unloaded our tack and feed. Then swept out the trailer for us. We had rented the Marshal Suite which accommodates 8 people. Which is excellent for a relaxing vacation with a family or friends . The trail we rode was a shorter one, but the view and experience was excellent. The only reason I would rate the trail as a 4 is because of the mud holes that couldn't be avoided. But my overall experience of this Campground and the owners is definitely a 5 star. For cleanliness, friendliness and hospitality and helpfulness. Shawn worked on my breaks to allow me a safe trip home. The scheduled activities was a lot of fun and met some wonderful campers there as well. I will be definitely be going back.
Reviewed by: imchianti on 5/25/2014 4:45:33 AM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 5/16/2014 Hometown: Manchester , TN

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Living in Jamestown I don't do much camping - stayed at True West for the Hags with Nags ride - NEVER before has anyone (let alone 2 guys) been waiting at my trailer to help me unload horses, saddles, feed and anything else I wanted removed from the trailer. They loaded all into a cart and put it exactly where I wanted, filled my water buckets and asked if there was anything else I needed before they went and did the same thing for someone else. Nice campground, store and facilities - good food and fun evenings on the covered deck - chocolate fountain (YUM!!!), bingo for more chocolate - just the perfect weekend!
Reviewed by: doreencarol on 5/24/2014 3:04:11 PM
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Experience: Not Specified Ride Date: 5/17/2014 Hometown: Jamestown , TN

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Awesome place to stay. Easy ride to reach nearby trail heads. Donna and Shawn offer great service at a great price. We will be back to ride again!
Reviewed by: Darcy Fransens on 5/22/2014 6:13:38 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 5/17/2014 Hometown: Byron Center , MI

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Great campground, very clean. Donna and Shawn are very helpful, very eager to please! Nice barn! One of my favorite place to stay and ride. We will be back. Thanks for making it a great place to camp.
Reviewed by: Nina Clark on 5/15/2014 6:25:50 AM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 5/5/2014 Hometown: Mooresville , IN

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Our group, Extreme Cowgirls stayed there last weekend & had a blast! I can't say enough how awesome Donna & Shawn & staff are. They did so much for us, from hauling 15 horses 2 different times to trailheads, to helping one of our girls w/a truck issue. The campground was very clean, & even the barn was kept clean. They even scooped out our trailer. They truly aim to please. I will recommend them to anyone riding in Big South Fork. and I will definitely be back!
Reviewed by: DWANA KING on 5/7/2014 9:29:19 AM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 5/1/2014 Hometown: Primm Springs , Tn

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True West is a top-notch campground to visit! Donna, Shawn, Candy, and John are all wonderful!!! Campground, barn, and facilities are all very clean and well put together. Only downfall of the entire thing is the big hill you have to walk up to get to the barn if you stay in the lower sites, but this girl can always use that exercise anyways....lol. Shawn was very helpful, even with a sprained ankle/foot....he unloaded our tack, unloaded our feed and hay, helped unload the horses, delivered us firewood, trailered us out two days in a row, and even scooped the manure out of the back of my trailer! Wish True West was closer to home, because I would like to be able to visit more often. Overlooks that we saw were amazing, but some of the riding to get to them wasn't the most scenic at times while some of it was very enjoyable. Trails range from very easy to kind of hairy. True West and Big South Fork are definitely on my list of places to return to!
Reviewed by: Beth Mincey on 5/7/2014 6:56:54 AM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 4/30/2014 Hometown: Wheatland , IN

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True West was an awesome experience! The facilities were beyond what I expected. The barns were clean. The camp sites are huge so your neighbors aren't on top of you. Hot showers and and clean bathrooms what more could you want? But there is so much more going on at True West, Donna & Shawn are so helpful. You need trail info, just ask. You want to shorten your ride or ride a different part of BSF, Shawn will drop you off, Off-site. I can't say enough good things about True West. Be sure to check out Hippy Cave, Fiddlers Arch, and Wildcat den, pictures can't do them justice. If you are a novice, ask for advice, If you are an avid trail rider with experience.... Just go ride! We have already booked for 2015, that's how much I like True West!
Reviewed by: Amanda Sexton on 5/6/2014 7:15:43 AM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 4/27/2014 Hometown: Leicester , NC

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This is the best camp I have been. The owners are great. You can not stay at a better camp. This is a must stay. It is very clean and If you need it the owners will make sure you get it.
Reviewed by: Jeremy on 5/4/2014 9:52:29 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 5/1/2014 Hometown: Brownstown , IN

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This is the best camp I have been. The owners are great. You can not stay at a better camp. This is a must stay. The owners it is very clean and If you need it the owners will make sure you get it.
Reviewed by: Jeremy on 5/4/2014 9:50:10 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 5/1/2014 Hometown: Brownstown , IN

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We enjoyed our stay at True West very much. Donna and Shawn were accommodating and professional. Donna greets you with a smile and gets you set up. To our surprise Shawn meet us at the barn and helped us unload everything! saddles, hay, feed, and water buckets. He even watered our horses as soon as we arrived and cleaned out the back of the trailer. The site was well maintained. The bathhouses were very clean and up to date. The barn and stalls were very nice. The trails breath taking. Donna and Shawn are very family oriented. Donna even took personal calls and delivered them to us. Love it and will be back.
Reviewed by: donnaburris50 on 5/4/2014 12:54:31 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 4/11/2014 Hometown: Hartsville , TN

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They saved my Paint Horse from dying. During their late night check, They found the horse had roll over and caught against the stall wall. She would have been on her back for several hours had the Martins not found checked each stall. In her position the blood may have gone to her head and cause death. Beside this event, We enjoyed are vacation stay in the Marshall suite. The trails were great and close to the campground.
Reviewed by: housemtnforge on 4/25/2014 6:59:02 AM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 4/17/2014 Hometown: Corryton , Tn

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We LOVE LOVE LOVE True West!! We went on Easter weekend and they had an "all chocolate weekend" to celebrate!! The chocolate was Mmm Mmm good!! What a neat idea to celebrate Easter!! Donna and Shawn have so many more neat things planned for this year so be sure to look them up and try camping at the #1 campground of 2013 because 2014 is going to be just as much fun!!
Reviewed by: Lara Grigsby on 4/24/2014 11:07:10 AM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 4/18/2014 Hometown: Cookeville , TN

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Well this Bethany chick said it all. She DRIVES by. That means to me and I would think anyone that could put 2 and 2 together that she has never stopped and talked to Shawn, Donna, or Brittany, or even unloaded a horse there. I actually feel sorry for her cause she don't no what she is missing. This is by far the best campground in Tennessee. Our group returns every year. My hat is of to Shawn, Donna, and Brittany for the Superb job they do for their campers and their horses.
Reviewed by: Jackie gore on 4/15/2014 12:53:53 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 10/1/2013 Hometown: lexington , tn

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We go to True West often . It is our favorite place to camp. Lots of great trails and the campground is kept in great condition . Shawn and Donna are always so nice. Shawn even tried to help me with my camp fire LOL I guess the wood was just to wet. But he worked hard at it. His face was all black from getting down on his hands and knees and blowing on the fire.
Reviewed by: Darryl A on 4/14/2014 7:27:13 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 4/12/2014 Hometown: Knoxville , Tn

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My experience at True West was nothing but professional and very helpful. We stayed there last fall and plan on being there this year to stay a week. The campground is extremely clean facilities are great. Not sure why someone would put a nasty comment out there about this camp ground. Maybe they should go and stay some time.
Reviewed by: Elizabeth DeBorde on 4/14/2014 5:01:13 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 9/23/2013 Hometown: Arcanum , OH

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We had the most fantastic time staying at True West, Donna and Shawn are amazing and make you feel right at home. They really appreciate their customers and it is obvious. We camp lots of places and this is by far out favorite and one of the few places we continue to go back to again. The campground is very clean, safe stalls, great sites and everything you need. The trails are fabulous and Big South Fork trails are close to camp. Shawn will help you figure out a great ride no matter what you are looking for, short, long, easy or challenging. He knows his trails well. The atmosphere at this campground is truly one of being on vacation and having a ball. Great people who love their job, but be sure to call ahead and get your reservation, as they do fill up. We will not stay anywhere else! Cant wait to go back May 1, 2014.
Reviewed by: Kim Young on 4/14/2014 2:20:31 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 9/1/2013 Hometown: Sandwich , IL

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Just did my first visit with True West and what a wonderful experience. The owners are top notch. This is the first place I have gone to where the owners help you unload. What a great help that is. The owners are so very personable and excellent customer service. The grounds, barn, bathrooms, and store are VERY clean. This is a GREAT place to bring the family. If you are driving by you don't necessarily see the campers from the road, that is one of the nice amenities is you don't hear the traffic. Can't wait to go back and I am definitely telling all my friends to go here. Wasn't too happy about the trails as they are definitely not for a beginner. No short cuts either you have to go back the way you came and wouldn't recommend riding the day after a heavy rain. Overall loved the campground and the trails. A MUST SEE AND DO FOR BOTH. And did I mention the mercantile.....WOW.
Reviewed by: Candy Wilde on 4/14/2014 12:35:25 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 4/12/2014 Hometown: Rockwood , TN

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I would like to know how True West gets all of the great reviews when I pass by there every single day as I am going to work and they have absolutely NO campers. It makes no sense. The only answer I can come up with is they must making them up. And eveyone I have talked to about the place doesnt like it and they dont like the owners. Just dont understand how they get all these post when there is never anyone there
Reviewed by: Bethany Ann on 4/14/2014 7:19:58 AM
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Experience: Not Specified Ride Date: 4/1/2014 Hometown: Oneida , Tn

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If you are looking for a good "safe" place to take your family and camp at Big South Fork, True West is your place. We have all been exposed to the "Party" campgrounds, you won't have to put up with that at True West. Donna, Shawn and Brittany make you feel more like you are visiting family and make you feel right at home. True West is located with easy access to the trails so you are not on the road. Shawn is very good and patient giving directions and giving you an idea on how long a ride will last. This was our second stay and I am still amazed at the beaty of Big South Fork. I love the campground there are 2 ponds so you will have good night sounds, my dog loves to frog watch. Thats another thing, pets are welcome so no one gets left behind! Must see for the area is Sawtooth Overlook, Hippy Cave and Eye Of The Needle, and love the O&W rail bed. Thank You Donna and Shawn for a great stay! We are planning on coming back this summer!
Reviewed by: Nora Kincer on 4/12/2014 10:22:44 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 3/13/2014 Hometown: Surgoinsville , TN

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FIRST time I had ever been to a riding camp, LOVED it, had a "GREAT" time. Shawn and Donna were the "BEST". Very much a five star camp. Can't wait to go back.
Reviewed by: Linda Mathis on 4/4/2014 4:49:31 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 3/21/2014 Hometown: Cohutta , GA

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We had 5 star experience. My wife and I were looking for a place to take our 6 year old daughter and 3 year old son for a couple of days and camp as a family, ride horses, do some fishing, and just hang out together. We found that at True West – we stayed there in the camper and had a great experience for a long weekend. Donna and Shaun were great hosts, treated us like family. We had a great time!
Reviewed by: trooperflash on 4/4/2014 2:49:35 PM
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Experience: Beginner Ride Date: 3/20/2014 Hometown: Jamestown , TN

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I have stayed at several places in the Big South Forth and True West is by far my favorite place to stay, Shaun and Donna are the best and very helpful. We stayed in the Marshall Suite it is very clean. The barn and stalls are clean and plenty of room for the horses. There is easy access to the trails. I will definately be going back again.
Reviewed by: Lorine Bramblett Dean on 4/4/2014 4:32:33 AM
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Experience: Not Specified Ride Date: 3/21/2014 Hometown: Chatsworth , Ga

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Stayed at several camps around Big Southfork. True West is my favorite. Donna and Shawn are great. They will help you anyway they can. Stayed in marshall suite.very clean and large. The barn is nice and clean. Easy access to trails. Can't wait till my next trip there
Reviewed by: Debbie Janow on 4/2/2014 7:39:06 PM
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Experience: Not Specified Ride Date: 3/21/2014 Hometown: Dalton, Georgia ,  

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LOVE the campgrounds, great place and Super easy access to the good and challening trails (if you want), with great guidence from the trail maps, exceptional service all the way around. Thats Why we came back again for another stay! Headed back hopefully in a month or so. They are great people and would help out in anyway, lord knows with all of our goofy circumstances they have been great.
Reviewed by: Whitney Bowling on 4/2/2014 7:05:33 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 3/29/2014 Hometown: Johnson City, Tennessee ,  

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I believe truewest is a 5 star place!!(:
Reviewed by: Miranda Ripley on 3/21/2014 3:30:07 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 2/27/2014 Hometown: Charlotte, Michigan ,  

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I love the barn and stalls there clean nice big and give the horse plenty of room along with they have a saddle rack an spot to tie your horse makes it easy to tack up! We stayed in the suit, we have our 8 month old son and made things easy for us, had heat bath and an area for us to wash his bottles. This suit is very nice. The trails are easy to get to and we rode to the hippy cave, what a great trail, great views!!! Definitley recomend the place to familys or anyone looking to have a great time and great ride.
Reviewed by: Miranda Ripley on 3/8/2014 1:14:37 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 2/27/2014 Hometown: Charlotte, Michigan ,  

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FIRST TIME- visiting True West. Camp Ground- very very neat, organized and clean camp ground! The owners made us feel like family! They helped us unload and get settled in, NEVER EVER had that to happen anywhere, they checked on us and always advised us they were there ANY time we needed anything.The horse stalls are right there in the middle with easy access and not to mention the special treats the owners left for our babies :-) to enjoy, carrots, apples and peppermint. The store is so nice, they have a little bit of everything for you or your horses. The trails are marked and are very nice as well. Beautiful scenery and alot of trails to ride. We are soooo very glad we found this place and met these wonderful people!(family) WILL BE RETURNING ALOT!!
Reviewed by:   on 12/27/2013 7:07:32 AM
Experience: Expert Ride Date: 12/23/2013 Hometown:   ,  

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We've stayed at True West several times since Donna and Shawn have taken over. We love the hosts, the camp and the trails! We recommend TW to all of our trail riding friends. We have held a MFTHBA National Trail Ride out of TW and will do so again. TW is the first choice horse camp for those planning to ride the Big South Fork!
Reviewed by: Sam Gerhardt on 12/25/2013 10:09:17 AM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 10/5/2013 Hometown: Newport , TN

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Got down at True West later then I wanted to, once there we were treated like close friends or relatives. Shawn and Donna went out of there way to see that we were well taken care. They even went extra for us as there was a Kentucky game on that Tuesday night Shawn found it on the satellite dish and allowed us to watch on the deck with two heaters going. Will be back in spring or late summer when we can hit the trails from daylight to dusk.
Reviewed by: Jay Beiting on 12/25/2013 7:39:35 AM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 11/7/2013 Hometown: Brooks , KY

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Donna and Shawn have done an absolutely wonderful job of recreating True West. They are accommodating, clean, and are constantly trying to come up with great ideas for rides and fun. It's always a pleasure to ride and camp at Ture West!
Reviewed by: Lea Valentine on 12/24/2013 5:25:45 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 9/15/2013 Hometown: Knoxville , TN

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I can't say enough about how excellent this entire experience is having been there and met Donna and her family. Excellently well kempt. You can have all the privacy you need..or join in their often held events. Great place to hold a clinic for a clinician like myself and can accommodate all breeds, levels of horses and riders. Highly Recommended!
Reviewed by: Megan Gist Dube on 12/24/2013 3:22:22 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 11/24/2013 Hometown: Spring , TX

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This was my first time camping at a horse campground. For my first experience, it definitely will NOT be my last, especially with Shawn and Donna at True West! They are friendly, warm, VERY inviting, and most importantly they have the best hospitality! I can't wait to go back! They have wonderful, fun trails for beginners like myself to gain experience on the trails. All of God's beauty all around!
Reviewed by: Chrystal Phillips on 12/24/2013 12:08:14 PM
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Experience: Beginner Ride Date: 4/6/2013 Hometown: Cookeville, Tennessee , TN

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As always we had a great time at True West. Stayed in the suite and as the other times we have sated it was very clean . Shaun and Donna are always so nice.
Reviewed by: Darryl Avans on 12/16/2013 4:20:08 PM
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Experience: Not Specified Ride Date: 12/14/2013 Hometown: Knoxville, Tennessee ,  

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My husband and I stayed at True West Campground Columbus Day weekend 2013. This particular weekend, the "Chuck Wagon" was there. I didn't really know what to expect.To be honest, I thought, "Yep, we're gonna end up paying a ridiculous price for some crappy BBQ and call it a night." Boy, was I WRONG! We paid a VERY reasonable price for our BBQ plate which had the biggest "helpins"! Then, we all gathered under the covered porch for some AWESOME LIVE (I Repeat) LIVE MUSIC!! These guys knocked it outta the park!! We even danced a little (and we don't dance te he)! I venture to say that EVERYONE there had a blast that night. Then following day, my husband, a few friends, and I rode to the Needle's Eye. You wanna talk about scenery and a heck of a ride, go there!! Before we left the campground that morning, Shawn and Donna gave us all DETAILED maps of the surrounding trails and advised us the best way to reach our destination.I was so amazed of Shawn's ability to tell me exactly what to expect (terrain wise) while reviewing the map. He knows those trails like the back of his hand! Each time we stay at True West, I fall more and more in love with the place. Shawn and Donna now feel like my very own family members.They are such humble people. One night, we even had the honor of having them over for dinner around our campfire. Donna even took me to meet her horsey companion, Trooper. That was certainly a sentimental moment I will always treasure. Now onto the facilities....That weekend, True West was PACKED to the gills! I expected to see the campground sort of unclean because soooo many people were there. You know what? Not once did I encounter that! The True West staff really kicked it in gear with keeping everything spotless the WHOLE weekend! (The warm showers, the covered porch, the barn, the wash bays, and the grounds.) So, in summary, True West has our hearts. We won't be camping at any other campground if we are in the BSF area. We love them. We appreciate them just like they appreciate all of their campers, and I am confident that anyone that chooses to stay there will feel the same way.
Reviewed by: Kristin Davenport on 12/12/2013 6:24:56 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 10/13/2013 Hometown: Baxter , TN

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to the people I have yet to meet, this last Thanksgiving we traveled 7hrs. in the rain with our horses to stay and ride a few days at True West in the Big South Fork. There is no doubt we will do it again and soon. The barns and grounds were clean, their hospitality was warm from the heart and they truly wanted to help in any way they could. They may be fairly new to the community but you could tell they were making a good fit and in a small area that their located that can be a challenge. They have the right personality. Now to the good stuff, we (as in every one there) were invited to share Thanksgiving dinner; what a home cooked FEAST was laid out! We were spoiled, ride horses all day, come in take a hot shower and eat such as we did! It just don't get no better!! I'd give them three thumbs up but I don't have that many. If you haven't ridden Big South Fork you should put it on your bucket list, and add a welcome stay at their camp.
Reviewed by: theresa braden on 12/12/2013 5:36:20 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 11/25/2013 Hometown: Munford , Al

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We stayed at True West campground for the first time during October of this year. We really enjoyed our stay. Donna,Shawn and Brittany made us feel right at home. They had a very nice dinner served off a chuck wagon and a great band the weekend we stayed. We will be going back in the future.
Reviewed by: Gregg on 12/11/2013 10:29:28 PM
Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 10/7/2013 Hometown: Harrodsburg , Ky

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What a wonderful Thanksgiving we had at True West!! Donna and Shawn were so sweet and invited us into their home to have dinner so that we did not have to sit out in the cold!! They really treat EVERYONE like family!! Shawn smoked a turkey and it was delicious!! Donna made tons of food to go with it, stuffing, green bean casserole, corn, mashed potatoes, and SO much more!! ALL the food was so good, Shawn and Donna really did an incredible job!! If you get a chance to visit True West then you really need to because they are THE BEST!!
Reviewed by: Lara Grigsby on 12/8/2013 9:53:42 AM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 11/28/2013 Hometown: Cookeville , TN

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Had an absolutely wonderful time at True West over Thanksgiving weekend. The Thanksgiving meal was delicious and we were invited into Donna and Shawn's home to eat rather than sit on the cold, enclosed porch. What a joy! Stalls were clean as always and bathrooms were immaculate.
Reviewed by: Tammy Fitzner on 12/6/2013 4:37:44 PM
Experience: Expert Ride Date: 11/28/2013 Hometown: Livingston , TN

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The campground and stalls were great, I enjoyed the riding of the trails.(50 miles in 3 days) The barns were probably my favorite part and free bedding along with a discount for stalls the longer you stay. Thanksgiving dinner was wonderful and everyone we met was very friendly. We will definitely go back.
Reviewed by: Pepsigirl12 on 12/6/2013 6:50:00 AM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 11/28/2013 Hometown: Corinth , KY

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Have now stayed at True West 3 times this year. We stayed in the Marshall Suite each time and loved it. Very comfortable and relaxing. Shawn and Donna are great. They are always pleasant and helpful. Wonderful trails nearby. Highly recommend this place.
Reviewed by: Cynthia W on 11/24/2013 7:01:46 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 10/2/2013 Hometown: Lebanon , TN

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This was my first trip to Big South Fork. The campground is very nice and ran by exceptionally nice people. I had a blast and would recommend this campground to anyone wanting to enjoy a peaceful stay at Big South Fork.
Reviewed by: Jason Turner on 11/20/2013 7:08:55 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 11/7/2013 Hometown: Viper, Kentucky , KY

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Shawn and Donna are the owners of True West. They are very friendly, warm and accommodating. Shawn met us when we came in with our horse trailer, helped us unload the horses and this is hard to believe but Shawn actually cleaned our trailer out! The day after we arrived we wanted to go out for a bite to eat, the truck started to make a loud noise and we lost all of our power. Shawn was gracious enough to drive me about 30 miles to get parts he put them on and we were on our way. They have a nice little gift shop, my friend about bought the shop out. Campground was very clean, bath house was large, well lit and very clean and set up well. Would recommend this campground to any one looking for a great place to stay. They have a trailer to rent, a cabin to rent or the Marshall's suite which is really nice and very large, looks so much better in person, the pictures do not do it any justice. Thanks Donna and Shawn for a pleasurable stay.
Reviewed by: jeanine on 11/17/2013 4:44:27 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 10/1/2013 Hometown: fenton , mi

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We had a great time during our week long stay. Owners were really great, friendly, helpful and accommodating. I would highly recommend their place to stay while you are visiting big south fork.
Reviewed by: Carla Bradford on 11/17/2013 2:22:52 PM
Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 10/12/2013 Hometown:   , AR

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Very accommodating owners...ready to meet your every need! Very clean, horse friendly facilities. Many weekends they have dinners and entertainment open to everyone in the area. The ACTHA rides are very well run.
Reviewed by: weekendstoride on 11/16/2013 7:26:16 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 6/21/2013 Hometown: Warsaw , KY

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We had a tremendous time. the only problem was we had to leave,Dona and everyone were great they checked in every night to see how our stay was going.
Reviewed by: Roger Johnson on 11/16/2013 6:28:59 AM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 5/21/2013 Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma , OK

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Arrived on Monday and left on Friday. Weather was cold for much riding but what we did ride, we enjoyed. Our hosts, Donna and Shaun were just the best. They treated like old friends even though first time there. After we checked in, Shaun helped us unload our horses and then cleaned out the back of the trailer for us!! How special was that!! Then he assisted with getting our horses into our stalls and helping get our trailer parked! I have never experienced such gracious hosts as these two in my 15 years of camping!! Donna was as friendly as they come. True Southern hospitality!! Barns and stalls were in excellent condition and plenty big!! We will return and bring more friends!!!
Reviewed by: joan pottinger on 11/15/2013 6:07:35 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 11/11/2013 Hometown: Louisville , ky

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We had a great time at True West. The owners are fantastic folks. The campground is clean and very well run. The bathhouse is clean and the stalls are well made and a reasonable size. Our horses were very happy in their barn. The trails are very good and you can be dropped off at other trail heads so you will be able to ride a fair majority of the trails in the area. You will not go wrong camping here!
Reviewed by: Randemtam on 11/15/2013 5:46:24 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 10/18/2013 Hometown: Brooksville , Fl

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Had a wonderful Veteran's Day weekend at True West!! When we got there on Saturday Donna checked us in and Shawn helped us get everything unloaded, cleaned our trailer out, and then helped us get comfortable at the camper. This was our first time renting the camper and we thought it was so great that we are planning on going back for Thanksgiving and we are staying in the camper again!! The bed was really comfortable and the heat worked great!! There are pots and pans for cooking and a television and DVD player to watch after you get back from riding!! I felt very "at home" there and that is one reason that we love to go to True West!! The Veteran's Day ceremony was incredible!! Donna really put together a great ceremony and the dedication of the flags was amazing!! The pot luck dinner afterwards was great too, great food and great company!! True West is the best campground in the area and we can't wait to get back there for Thanksgiving!!
Reviewed by: Lara Grigsby on 11/15/2013 12:29:57 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 11/9/2013 Hometown: Cookeville , TN

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We visited multiple campgrounds in Big South prior to our ride date to find one we liked. From the get go True West stands out. Their frontier design and location really caught our eye. We drove around the campground to check the place out but only for a second before we were questioned about being there which made me feel good leaving personal items and my horses there in the future, knowing that the owners were very knowledgable on who should and shouldn't be there! We reserved the cabin, which we love, and stayed for 3 days. Shawn and Donna always make you feel like you're their only guest there. Shawn went over the trails with us for as long as we had a question. It's very family oriented and pet friendly. The stalls are a good size and safe. The location of the campground is very convenient as well. We never had to trailer to a trail and we rode different trails all weekend. The trails are beautiful and maintained. I'm ready to go back! We loved it!
Reviewed by: GGray on 11/14/2013 10:59:00 AM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 11/8/2013 Hometown: London , ky

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my daughter and I spent a week here and had a BLAST. Great hospitality, great campground, great trails. We got lost (twice)on the first day, but Donna got us back! We rode over 125 miles in 7 days and had a new destination each time. EVERY trail was beautiful. LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!!
Reviewed by: Carol Newton on 11/14/2013 5:54:03 AM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 10/5/2013 Hometown: Kalamazoo , MI

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We had our first visit to Tennessee and True West this fall. Our experience at the campground and on the trails was wonderful, and we are hoping to return in the spring.
Reviewed by: tina.rist.grant on 11/11/2013 5:06:40 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 10/24/2013 Hometown: Port Perry , ON

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This was our first trip to BSF & True West & we had an excellent time. Donna was very nice about changing our resaervation date without any charge & Shawn was very helpful with getting us settled in & with the trails. We rented the camper & it was nice, clean, & had everything as described. Donna & Shawn are very nice people & I would stay here again.
Reviewed by: Paula Tully on 11/5/2013 4:07:14 AM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 10/31/2013 Hometown: Mayslick , KY

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Once again we just returned from our annual trip to True West. You think it just can't get any better Well, Wrong! Shawn, Donna, and Brittney just keep making it better every time we come up there. May I refer to it as our slice of Heaven! Truly you have to try this place yourself, you wont be sorry. They even added a cabin this year, so Cute, and Comfy! Can,t wait for next year to see what they come up with. Go join them, you wont find any better campground, barns, riding, and just good friendly folks! If there was a 10 star rating they would have it. Till next year or sooner Hopefully! Happy Trails!
Reviewed by: jackie gore on 11/1/2013 5:15:18 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 10/19/2013 Hometown: lexington , tn

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Very clean, safe, campground and stalls with excellent staff. They were Very knowledgeable of the trail locations, length and terrain. Very personable staff and an absolute joy to stay at this campground. We plan on staying with True West every year.
Reviewed by: Lisa Schmitt on 10/29/2013 12:00:14 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 10/4/2013 Hometown: Kalamazoo , mi

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Horse Camping at it's best. The well deserved 5 Star rating was evident upon arrival for our 10 day adventure. This warm, welcoming, family run campground can accommodate any size rig, has clean showers with lots of hot water, and the horse stalls are large and safe. Many miles of trails with beautiful terrain and ample water crossings to water your horse. What sets True West apart is this family is always striving to make every horse/camper experience the best it can be. No question or request is too big or small. Went home relaxed and have been reminiscing ever since.
Reviewed by: susan krug on 10/28/2013 7:39:47 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 10/5/2013 Hometown: Pecatonica , IL

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The folks at True West took very good care of us during our stay. Barns and stalls were great, campsite was great. The trails we rode from there were great. We will camp there again.
Reviewed by: Ron Barrett on 10/26/2013 3:27:55 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 10/21/2013 Hometown: Thompsons Station , TN

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We have been traveling to Big South Fork for about the past 18 years and when True West first opened with the 1st & 2nd owners they had a horrible reputation! Donna and Shawn have put their ALL into this place and it shows. Campgrounds are immaculate and fire rings for every campsite was a warm welcome! (Pun intended) Barns are as clean as the campsites. Our stay was 9 days and we enjoyed the trails. My only other wish was for there to be more trails leading into BSF, although Shawn is more than willing to trailer you to another trailhead but while I'm on vacation I just don't want to get up that early or maybe it's just that I am getting too old. All in all, we would highly recommend True West! Happy Trails!
Reviewed by: Bonnie Hibberd on 10/24/2013 10:08:37 AM
Experience: Not Specified Ride Date: 10/11/2013 Hometown: Tellico Plains , TN

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We stayed a week at true west and it was great. Donna, shawn, Britney and her husband were very helpful. The campground is clean and the stalls were good for the horses. They are very friendly and go out of their way to make your visit enjoyable. I would recommend their campground to stay at.
Reviewed by: Carla Bradford on 10/23/2013 7:26:18 PM
Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 10/12/2013 Hometown:   , AR

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True West Campground is one class act facility. Donna, Shawn, Brittany and Blake are all wonderful in making sure that your stay is a well remembered vacation. The campground, horse stalls and trail riding were great!
Reviewed by: Shiloh0526 on 10/19/2013 5:01:19 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 10/17/2013 Hometown: North Liberty , IN

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Was my first visit the BSF Shawn and Donna were very helpful in planning our daily rides. Donna even took a day off and led a ride to Charit Lodge for lunch. They were always available if we needed anything. Stalls were big and very safe and bathrooms always clean. Great Access to the trails and if you need a drop off at a trailhead Shawn is happy to do that for you. A great camp, great trails what more cloud you ask for.
Reviewed by: Kurtis on 10/17/2013 6:17:38 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 10/7/2013 Hometown: Pecatonica , il

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I was at True West the first week in October. It was the best trip I have had. I go once a month all over the eastern US. I have read the review from Horsegal747 and nothing that she has said is true. Shawn and Donna went out of their way to help us enjoy our stay. I have not stopped talking about the wonderful week I spent at True West. I Will be back next year for ten days. Well worth the trip
Reviewed by: Jeff Spitz on 10/16/2013 7:05:00 PM
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Experience: Not Specified Ride Date: 10/7/2013 Hometown: University Heights, Ohio , OH

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Best Vacation Ever!! Friendly courteous folks that go above and beyond to make your stay wonderful in every way. The campsites, barn,campground and facilities were all clean and well maintained. The staff checked on you during your stay to make sure everything was working and that you didn't need anything. They even cleaned out the back of our horse trailer and helped unload our tack! That was definitely a first. True West has direct access to trails that lead to major trailheads in Big South Fork. No trailering required. Plenty of beautiful trails to ride with destination sites along the way. We stayed 4 days and never rode a fraction of the trails. This was our first trip to True West but will not be our last.
Reviewed by: Vanessa Dicus on 10/16/2013 11:39:37 AM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 10/9/2013 Hometown: Hohenwald , TN

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Shawn,Donna,Brittany,This family works very hard to go out of their way to be of assistance and all with a smile and friendly conversation. The FIVE STAR rating is well deserved on this campground. Barn-Clean, Bathroom-Showers(hot)-Clean,Campground-Clean. The extras of helping us unload our gear, Wonderful. Shawn even cleaned out the manure in the trailer!! The stall cleaning service is great-too cheap (Shawn needs a raise), but well worth it. The trails were wonderful too. I am glad we got to experience this pleasant and relaxing horse camping trip @TWC My husband and I will definately be back to ride the other trails we did not get to go on this trip. Try this campground, you will not regret it.
Reviewed by: Kay Workley on 10/14/2013 3:15:50 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 10/9/2013 Hometown: Culleoka , TN

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Meh. Barn on steep hill. No shade in campground. Not a great experience. Owners somewhat picky and charge extra for everything. Not sure why all the great reviews. We like Timber Ridge and East Fork much better.
Reviewed by: trail boss on 10/13/2013 10:37:56 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 7/12/2013 Hometown: chattanooga , tn

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My recent 4-day stay at True West Campground was just wonderful. We found the campground very well kept & well managed by Shawn and Donna. We liked the large clean open stalls - close water hydrants - the availability of stall cleaning equipment. We loved the clean bathhouses with lots of hot water! We took advantage of the stall cleaning service available - that was great. I loved the local craft items that were sold in the office/store. Shawn & Donna made are visit to Big South Fork a very good experience. Will we return? BIG YES!
Reviewed by: Linda Zehe on 10/13/2013 2:33:23 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 10/7/2013 Hometown: Chagrin Falls , OH

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Traveled to True West from Ohio for 5 days in early October. We were very pleased with the campground, facilities, and people here. Shawn greeted us when we arrived, helped us unload and get the horses settled. The barn was very tidy and well organized. They do not allow the horses to the camping area, all tacking up occurs in the barn. I found this to be a great idea - kept the camp area clean of horse "stuff" and "hoof holes"!!! The bathrooms were clean and the showers hot! Shawn never stopped working. He was always checking on things, running wood to campsites, cleaning, mowing, and generally running things around the camp. Even so, he always would stop and chat to get to know us and always made sure we had what we needed. Donna took us into the park and to the Hostel at Charit Creek on an all day excursion and it was a pleasure to get to know her. There is a store with essentials, ice was readily available, and even WiFi on the deck for connecting with the internet. They have put their heart and souls into this camp, and have made it a MUST DO location for trail riders. You won't regret a minute spent at this camp. The trails were great, even though the government shut down was going on we had plenty of places to ride and explore. Most of the park was still accessible. The trails are well cleared, well marked, and easy to follow with maps. We had the Trails Illustrated map and found it very helpful in addition to the maps from the campground. The camp will also trailer you out to different locations in the park, so you can ride back. With miles and miles of trails there, next time we will take advantage of this service and increase the places we can see in this park.
Reviewed by: RachelV on 10/13/2013 1:38:26 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 10/7/2013 Hometown:   , OH

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We have been here previously with the old owner and must say was not impressed with the new owners. We feel the guy was only nickel and diming everyone every chance that they could. Had friends that showed up early and they wanted to charge them $2 an hour until their check in time. The campground was not packed and their site was open. Was not happy with how the owner showed little respect flying through the barn with 4wheelers and lawnmowers either. Anyone with real common horse sense knows better. During one of the nights that we stayed we witnessed a horse trying to climb out of the stall and bust two boards. Ran up to inform the owner and he was not the least thankful for helping. Acted like we were bothering him. The owner was nice helping us unload when we got there and helping clean out the trailer but, it didn't feel genuine or like a "true southern hospitality thing". The campground itself was a field mine of ant hills!! They were literally everywhere. The only good thing I can say about the place is the showers were nice and hot and the barn was kept up on. The trails were beautiful as always! Will be back at the park but, not camping here.
Reviewed by: Horsegal747 on 10/9/2013 11:43:59 AM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 10/7/2013 Hometown: Williamstown , KY

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We had a very enjoyable time at True West Campground. Trails were great. They are very accommodating getting your horses put in their stalls and getting your trailer cleaned out when you get there. My only comment would be if they are busy then you cannot pull into the drive. Maybe need to make accommodations for that. We do plan on returning to trail ride there.
Reviewed by: Elizabeth DeBorde on 10/8/2013 4:25:35 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 9/19/2013 Hometown: Arcanum , OH

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Another great weekend at True West Campground. The trails are great, stalls are roomy and,bathrooms spotless. Shawn and Donna do everything possible to make your camping and riding experience enjoyable and relaxing. They are so friendly and accommodating that they make feel like you are a member of their family. When you arrive at the campground, Shawn is there to greet you, unload your saddles, tack, and even CLEAN your trailer!!!! If you want great riding, friendly hosts, and a relaxing vacation, then True West is the place to go. I HIGHLY RECCOMMEND True West, you will not be disappointed.
Reviewed by: George Young on 9/30/2013 7:37:46 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 9/26/2013 Hometown: Jamestown , TN

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True West campground and the trails were awesome the camp ground was clean the stalls were safe and the camp host were the best. Shawn and Donna were great super friendly and very knowledgeable of the trails and the area. The trails were great some easy and some very tough. the great thing about about True West is Shawn can direct you too what ever type of ride you are looking for. I will recommend to all my friends that they need to experience the great trails of the big south fork But more importantly they need to experience the great hospitality of the True West experience it is truly great.
Reviewed by: Lindsay Young on 9/23/2013 9:59:56 AM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 9/9/2013 Hometown: Sandwich , Il

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had another awesome weekend at True West Campground over labor day weekend explored a couple more trails rode down to the river and enjoyed some live music and fellowship with fellow riders and campers always have a great experience at True West getting ready for another weekend there in october cant hardly wait and i have seen how much the owners appreciate their campers adding amenities and events and activities to make their campers stay more exciting and fun i tell everyone about True West Campground and they will always be my camping destination in Jamestown area
Reviewed by: James Davenport on 9/21/2013 10:42:49 AM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 9/1/2013 Hometown: Auburntown, Tennessee ,  

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There needs to be more stars because 5 is not enough for True West Campgrounds. From the minute we arrived-- when they unloaded our horses, tack and hay and helped us settle them in wonderful clean stalls--then they cleaned out the trailer from the 10 hour haul--then they helped us set up camp--and this was at about 9:30pm!! We arrived late due to truck problems. They found a repair shop and provided transportation to and from to fix my truck. My horse had some heat exhaustion issues on the trail and they brought their trailer and hauled me back to camp--- The Service and Hospitality at True West are off the charts. The campground is clean and has all the comforts of home. The trails are spectacular. A real Gem in the Big South Fork!! Don't miss this one!!
Reviewed by: Molly on 9/20/2013 7:08:08 AM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 8/31/2013 Hometown: Cable , OH

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Had a wonderful stay here. Onsite staff are amazing and work hard to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. The only things I could say that would have improved our stay would be a common area with kitchenette and sink. Also would love at least one King sized shower (I'm a big gal) :) Water pressure was great and plenty of hot water. Our stay here was wonderful and LOVE the owners. Trails are also amazing. Definitely want to go back here and stay longer! There is a lot to see and this campground is a great place from which to ride out. A+++++
Reviewed by: Robyn Lay on 9/19/2013 12:46:10 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 9/11/2013 Hometown: Asheville, North Carolina , TN

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This was my first time I ever did any camping with my horse, and the experience was awesome due to the great owners of TRUE WEST CAMPGROUND,they made me feel as tho Iv'e known them forever, and great stalls for our horses with sawdust at our disposal to do our stalls, with moderation (common sense / all stalls had matts in our barn) each stall had a place for our horses name along with identifying camp position..they have all kinds of trails for all levels of riders and such beautiful scenery to be seen! Our stay wasn't in anyway long enough, and at the Quite Reasonable Affordable fees, can't wait to return and stay longer!!!! STRONGLY ADVISE Y"ALL TO NOT PASS THIS PLACE UP !!!
Reviewed by: Kristin Culhane on 9/18/2013 5:39:37 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 9/11/2013 Hometown: Tazewell , TN

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Good trail access with knowledgeable hosts who can help you select the best trails for your riding goals. Clean campground with nice barns. Very helpful staff...they even clean your trailer out for you! Highly recommend!
Reviewed by: Mamie Hopton on 9/18/2013 9:46:18 AM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 9/11/2013 Hometown: DeLand, Florida , TN

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True West and the trails are terrific. Shawn and Donna made us instantly feel welcomed. They greet you when you pull in, show you around, get you to your stalls, and even scoop out your trailer and help get your saddles put in the barn! The stalls are terrific, big, clean and safe (a must for me). There are saddle racks to put your tack (sure makes it easier to saddle and unsaddle) They have water accessible everywhere, and bucket hooks in ea stall. Bedding is easily available as well as wheel barrels and forks. The sites are clean, and big, they have electric, water and sewer(if wanted). At the gathering spot there is even Wifi, TV, and a grill to use. They have firewood available for a reasonable price and ice. Shawn knows all the trails very well and will give you terrific directions to suit any type of ride, long, short, easy or difficult. The trails are in good shape and offer terrific views and destination rides. He even offers to haul you to the trail head to be able to ride the far away rides(just remember to tip him for gas :)We even had to call him once for a ride home after a long day. They also walk thru the barn every night and check the horses to make sure they do not look hurt, and will notify you if there is a problem (this is amazing I have never seen anyone do this). I highly recommend True West to anyone wanting a great carefree riding getaway! We will be returning, I feel we made forever friends there and great memories!
Reviewed by: Kim Young on 9/15/2013 10:06:56 AM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 9/15/2013 Hometown: Sandwich , IL

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I have had several visits to True West- each return I am welcomed as an old friend. The campground is well maintained and the owners attentive to needs and requests whether it is helping to unload and settle tack, deliver firewood or more importantly plan the perfect trail ride for the day. Their are beautiful trails accessed directly from the campground as well as the ability to start at other trailheads and explore further. Donna works hard to provide a variety of events from live music, games, dinners and social events to make not only the riding experience but the whole stay a memorable event.
Reviewed by: breevwh on 9/13/2013 5:24:12 AM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 8/24/2013 Hometown: Nolensville , TN

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Went to True West Campground for our first ACTHA weekend. Host Donna and Shawn where absoluty great. I was by my self and felt welcome from the first minute i arrived with my horse. We both where very taken care of and the place looks great. Being an owner of a B&B and offer trail rides yourself in KY it is very nice to see our colleges are just as dedicated and enthusiastic making horse people happy during their vacation! Great job, highly recommend it.
Reviewed by: Marion Huurman-de Roos on 9/9/2013 11:05:04 AM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 8/24/2013 Hometown: Burkesville , KY

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I have ridden many places and have stayed in several campgrounds in different States. The accomadations at TRUE WEST in Big South Fork, Tennessee are just the best. I rented Shawn's camper which was great, located right by the pond so it was pleasant to sit out in the evening. Everything is so clean and manicured, barn, grounds, and camper. All in all it was one of my best trips ever.
Reviewed by: Mary Louise Culbertson on 9/9/2013 6:13:45 AM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 9/1/2013 Hometown: Cynthiana , ky

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We always love staying at truewest! We feel like family! Always love their company!
Reviewed by: Carolyn Avans on 9/8/2013 2:10:34 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 9/7/2013 Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee , TN

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very clean campground facilities, was wonderful having Sean assist with unloading my hay and cleaning the trailer, was not use to that, anxious to visit again
Reviewed by: Kayhorses1426 Conner on 9/7/2013 7:35:25 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 9/4/2013 Hometown: Cynthiana , Ky

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Had a great time at True West, once again. Shawn and Donna are so accommodating both with us campers and our horses. Thank you for being so kind and understanding :) Had a wonderful ride on the TeePee loop, trails were in really good condition.
Reviewed by: Tammy Fitzner on 9/4/2013 6:22:09 PM
Experience: Expert Ride Date: 8/30/2013 Hometown: Livingston , TN

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Had a WONDERFUL stay at True West as usual!! We took the Spruce Creek Loop from the campground on Saturday and it was really nice to see that it had been kept up very well through all this rain that we have had this summer!! SO many trails that we have been to over the last few months have been horrible, so we were REALLY happy to be able to ride safely right from the campground!! That means a lot to have some trails right around the corner so that you don't have to trailer out if you don't want to!! Thanks Donna, Shawn, and Brittany for another WONDERFUL weekend!!
Reviewed by: Lara Grigsby on 9/4/2013 3:36:41 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 8/30/2013 Hometown: Cookeville , TN

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The folks at True West were very hospitable. The barn is clean and in excellent repair and I love the fact that either Shawn or Donna came through both nights to check the horses and make sure the stalls are properly latched with two provided latches. The campsites are nice and grassy and the bath houses are extremely clean and well stocked. I went on a 26 mile organized ride to Charit Creek Lodge with Shawn and Donna who were lots of fun while making the safety of the horses and riders a priority. The campground is close enough to a lot of trails so there is plenty of riding to be done, and Shawn is happy to provide a map and recommendations. I am looking forward to going back soon.
Reviewed by: Leesa Hensley Fisher on 8/21/2013 7:22:40 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 8/3/2013 Hometown: Knoxville, Tennessee ,  

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This was are First trip to True West to meet the new owners Shawn, Donna and Brittney are great people that make you feel right at home. Their common area has every thing you would need even for a rainy weekend. the Barn is always in great shape, clean Bathrooms, Great location to lots of great trails. Thank you for a wonderful weekend. David and Shirlene
Reviewed by: Shirlene Oakes on 8/20/2013 8:50:18 PM
Experience: Expert Ride Date: 8/8/2013 Hometown: Crossville , TN

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Had a great time at True West! This was my second time there and it was wonderful just like it had been before! Donna and Shawn are really nice and take care of you, if you need anything all you have to do is ask! My horse really likes the stalls and I enjoy seeing her stick her head out and look at me when I am sitting at my campsite! I brought some friends with me this time that had never been to True West and they had a great time too and will be going back to camp there again soon! I took them on a trail that I had been on before and it was perfect for my friends young colt that had never camped before, they both did great and it was a perfect trail because it had some easy parts and some hard parts! I always enjoy going to True West and I look forward to going back again!
Reviewed by: Jamie Mercer on 8/14/2013 3:41:10 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 8/3/2013 Hometown: Rickman , TN

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This was our second trip to True West and plan to have many more. Once again we had an excellent time. We stayed in the Marshall Suite which was exceptional. The horse trails great. We discovered more trails and hope to ride them again. The owners are the best. They are always available and knowledgeable of the area. Love this place...by far our favorite...
Reviewed by: tonsum16 on 8/14/2013 2:20:50 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 7/25/2013 Hometown: Huntsville , AL

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I had a fantastic stay at True West, this month. The campground is meticulously clean, as are the bath houses and the stalls. Shawn was most helpful helping me unload as I arrived at dark. The bullfrogs were wonderful, at the pond, while sitting by the fire. I went, to participate in an organized ride, from True West over to the Charit Creek Lodge and back. It was a great ride. Tons of fun. And..though no one took them up on it, Shawn even had a truck and trailer parked at the hostel (13 miles later) in case any one was too pooped to make the trip back via horse back. They thought of everything. Good job, Donna and Shawn!
Reviewed by: Karen Howell Webb on 8/13/2013 12:43:43 PM
Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 8/2/2013 Hometown: Sweetwater, TN ,  

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Me and my wife stayed at true west campground and i had a blast not being a expert rider i really found the trails we rode to be very rider friendly my favorite part was the stair steps on the access trail i found the barns very well setup and i thought the shower house was well kept very clean and plenty of hot water love the welcome home atmosphere and i just cant wait to go back we'll be there labor day weekend and i cant say enough to people i know how much i enjoyed my stay and experience at True West Campground as my wife put it they will surely be our first choice when staying in that area
Reviewed by: James Davenport on 8/12/2013 9:58:28 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 8/3/2013 Hometown: Auburntown, Tennessee ,  

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We always have a good time at true west. Shawn and Donna are great . The barn is great and all the amenities are great. The reals that you can ride form true west are very nice.
Reviewed by: Darryl2dogs on 8/12/2013 8:52:12 PM
Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 7/26/2013 Hometown: Knoxville , TN

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My husband and I stayed at True West for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I found the trails to be very scenic and delightful for both myself & my green 2yr old colt. He was able to enjoy a 4+ hour ride without getting tender. The folks at True West seem to strive to accommodate their guests (2 & 4legged). When I arrived, I was greeted with friendly smiles and helpful hands that unloaded my tack,hay,grain, etc. I noticed that someone would come around periodically to make sure we were taken care of. True West was able to provide me with a stall with higher walls for my colt(a huge relief), and the campground offered wash bays with sturdy hitching post on a no-slip area. They also provided a round pen for their guests to use! What a wonderful commodity to offer ( especially for young, cold-backed,or hyper horses)! I found my campsite to be very roomy & CLEAN.It had its own firepit & picnic table! When I found time to make my way to the shower houses, I was greeted with a clean bathroom with heat/ac and my shower had amazing water pressure! (Did I mention this bathroom was clean? Probably the cleanest bathhouse I have ever been in at a campsite.) We LOOOOOOVED our stay at true west! Our only complaint was not getting to stay longer! This is our new favorite camping destination!
Reviewed by: Kristin Davenport on 8/12/2013 8:11:03 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 8/3/2013 Hometown: Baxter , TN

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Donna and Shawn are the most accommodating, helpful and friendly people that I have ever met. From the moment that you arrive at the campground they make you feel welcome, unload your horses, tack and clean your horse trailer!!! The bathrooms are clean, the riding is wonderful, Shawn and Donna attend to your every needs. For three additional dollars Shawn will clean your stalls while you are riding, (my stalls were immaculate when I returned from my ride)making your stay a true relaxing vacation, I highly recommend this campground and plan to return on a regular basis, Thank you Shawn and Donna for a job well done!!!
Reviewed by: George Young on 8/11/2013 6:23:46 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 7/24/2013 Hometown: Jamestown , TN

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I absolutely LOVE True West campground! Shawn and Donna are so friendly and helpful, the bathrooms are immaculate, the stalls are roomy, clean and airy, the campsites are level, the bullfrogs are musical, the store has so many things I want to buy and the trails are very enjoyable. This is the family friendly place to stay! Quiet and peaceful, no dogs roaming or partying going on. Just a place for a relaxing weekend.
Reviewed by: Tammy Fitzner on 8/9/2013 4:04:16 AM
Experience: Expert Ride Date: 8/2/2013 Hometown: Livingston , TN

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We LOVE True West!! There are many reasons we LOVE True West!! First, they have the cleanest facility of any campground that I have EVER been to, the bathrooms are spotless and are ALWAYS stocked with everything you need, and there is always plenty of hot water no matter how many people have taken showers, and no matter how many people are taking showers the water pressure is always great!! Second, they have the best barn of any campground I have EVER been to, with large open stalls that make your horse feel safe and secure, and you can easily see your horses from your campsite which also makes YOU feel safe and secure!! Third, the True West store is so nice, with LOTS of basic things in case you need something that you may have left behind, and LOTS of horsie gift type items that all of us horse lovers enjoy!! Fourth, True West is centrally located and they are close to SO many trails and trailheads!! No matter what you need at True West Donna, Shawn, and Brittany meet all your concerns with a smile!! They go out of their way make you and your horse feel at home, which to most horse owners is REALLY important!! Not only do I want to be treated like a special guest, but I want my horse to be treated that way too!! I think that if you want a FIVE STAR EXPERIENCE then you should definitely choose True West!!
Reviewed by: Lara Grigsby on 8/8/2013 5:12:29 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 8/2/2013 Hometown: Cookeville , TN

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We had a great time visiting True West, we arrived late and they waited up on us plus they cleaned out our trailer after a four hour haul! The trail ride was great and both Donna and Shawn were very friendly. We will be going back, hopefully soon.
Reviewed by: Tammy Selvidge on 8/6/2013 6:07:30 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 8/3/2013 Hometown: Cleveland, Tennessee , TN

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Wonderful People running this campground !! They practically roll out the red carpet and treat you like family during your stay. Beautiful campground and clean air conditioned and heated restroom/shower houses. Stalls were spacious and airy and close to the hookups. Shawn helped us unload and stall the horses, put our tack and gear right at our stalls for us and he even cleaned out our trailer after we unloaded and helped us hook up at our site ! I felt like royalty ! It was hard to remember this is a camp ground. Donna was as sweet and helpful as she could be. We got to play trail bingo and eat at an old fashioned chuck-wagon cookout and relax to some good music. Have to go back to make sure we didn't dream it !!! And we will !!
Reviewed by: Gloria Hager on 7/29/2013 6:27:02 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 7/27/2013 Hometown: Natural Bridge, Virginia , VA

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Me and a couple of friends made our first trip to True West Campground in May 2013. I had heard a lot of great things about TW from Valarie Bryant who has camped several times. Donna and Shawn are awesome hosts, they take time to visit with campers, check on everyone's horse and they will even rescue misplaced (lost) riders. They had a great meal and entertainment on the weekend. I am looking forward to going back. thanks TW family for making me feel at home and a part of your family.
Reviewed by: rbuchanan on 7/24/2013 7:32:14 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 5/25/2013 Hometown: Manitou , KY

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We arrived at True West Campground 6/9/13 stayed till 6/15/13. When we arrived we felt very welcome and they had everything in order with our reservations. Campground and stables were very clean, hook ups were well located for hooking your trailer up. Trails were easily accessed and well kept up. The campground also had everything needed, or was able to help you obtain it if you needed. I would defiantly return to this campground for my next visit to Tennessee.
Reviewed by: BoyerT on 7/20/2013 3:32:18 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 6/9/2013 Hometown: Rockton , IL

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My friends from Illinois and I went to True West on June 8 for a week long ride. Unfortunately while out on the trail a couple we was riding with lost their horses. The owners Donna and Shawn went right into action, Shawn hooked up his trailer and drove to the other side of the park to pick us up! They stayed up all night that night looking for the horses with an atv and called all the area campgrounds and stayed focused on finding the horses till they were found. Campground is excellent with lots of level sites that are easily accessible even for the larger rigs. If you go here you won't be disappointed.
Reviewed by: Jeff Vann on 7/18/2013 6:05:50 AM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 6/8/2013 Hometown: Pine Knot, Kentucky , KY

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Spent another wonderful weekend at True West and after being there three days we did NOT want to go home!! Every time we camp with Donna and Shawn we have an incredible time!! We were having such a good time that a couple friends of ours decided to come up and join us for the weekend!! Shawn was kind enough to put shavings in two more stalls for my friends horses within minutes of me telling him that they were coming out to stay with us for the night!! It is SO nice to have the True West store right there when you need something...we ran out of fire starters so we went and got one from the store, then we went and bought a citronella candle to keep the bugs away!! Whatever we needed they had just waiting for us!! I LOVE that True West is right around the corner from SO many trailheads in Big South Fork and that Shawn can tell you exactly how to get there and what kind of trail each one is!! Because there are SO many trailheads, there is a trail for every type of rider from beginner to expert!! And also because there are so many types of trails we were able to go on a trail that was a little more challenging but we were also able to tell some friends of ours about another trail that they could try because they wanted something easier to ride that day!! If you go and stay at True West you will definitely not be disappointed!! We are going back in a few weeks and we cannot wait!!
Reviewed by: Lara Grigsby on 7/16/2013 4:10:07 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 7/12/2013 Hometown: Cookeville , TN

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Oops, Forgot to rate the campsite. The campsites were very CLEAN, big spaces for nice size rigs, all hooks were perfect. My favorite was the hard plastic picnic tables for all our outdoor cooking. So much better than wood never have to worry about rotting. By having such a nice clean site is due to having the horses tacked up at the main barns which is good. They have saddle racks at each stall so you only have to unload 1 time for arriving and leaving. I thought that was great!!! They thought of everything. Hats off to both Donna and Shawn!!!
Reviewed by: Lesley Wheeler on 7/15/2013 7:44:23 AM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 6/8/2013 Hometown: Poplar Grove, , IL

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There are several horse camps in this area but this one would be hard to beat. Unlike some in the area, it has a clean, family friendly atmosphere.. quiet, relaxing and lots of perks. The little store is not full of gimmicky stuff but real quality horse-lover items... tack for the trail, clothing, leather items, everything. It's a blast to browse. The owners are incredibly friendly and helpful. The stable clean, organized, and well equipped. A commons area provides a HUGE covered deck area with microwave, gas grill, charcoal grill, tv and a huge outdoor screen and projector that makes outdoor movies bring back the old drive-in movie days. There is a pond full of frogs, clean, well-equipped showers/restrooms and plenty of space for any type trailer or tent. Access to Big South trailhead is very handy and the owner loves to go with you, when she gets the chance.. and makes a wonderful guide. Definitely worth a spot at the top of your list.
Reviewed by: alogan22 on 7/14/2013 8:14:28 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 7/13/2013 Hometown: Clinton , tn

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Spent a wonderful night at True West. The owners are so nice and helpful. Stalls are clean and spacious with good airflow. Clean bathrooms and nice campsites. Love the bullfrogs, lol
Reviewed by: Tammy Fitzner on 7/14/2013 2:25:37 PM
Experience: Expert Ride Date: 7/13/2013 Hometown: Livingston , TN

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I have to say as soon as we pulled in to True West we were impressed. Totally shocked for them to clean out the back of my horsetrailer. That's never happened at any other place we have stayed. A big plus!!! The stalls were great they had clean shaving wagon that was filled everyday for our use. Made it so easy for us to take care of the horses. Trailhead was close so that made the riding real nice. My other favorite part was we were real close to Picket State Park 2 miles down the road. So we were able to enjoy the VERY CLEAN Beach on the warm days and hiked down to see the Twin Arches. I can't say enough about Shawn and Donna they are both definitely horse lovers and provided all our need. We loved them so much that we invited them to join us for dinner a few nights. Loved there company!! They are more than just camp hosts they are friends for life. Need more people like them.
Reviewed by: Lesley Wheeler on 7/14/2013 9:47:32 AM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 6/8/2013 Hometown: Poplar Grove, , IL

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I forgot to rate the campground on my first review needless to say it rates and exceeds the 5 star rating!!
Reviewed by: Susan Swaw on 7/11/2013 7:37:15 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 7/8/2013 Hometown: Clarksville , Tn

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Donna and Sean were wonderful we were with the group that lost the horses and the owners could not have been more accomodating sean went out with Al and Donna did everything in her power to get the news out there. Sisco and Stormy have not been found yet but Donna has not given up hope and keeps us updated. The campground was clean and a very friendly atmosphere and the trails were spectacular of course we did not ride as much as we wanted to but we plan on going back soon. I loved the covered stalls, very clean and easy to keep clean. Look forward to going back with my granddaughter.
Reviewed by: Chris Phelps on 7/11/2013 5:34:19 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 6/8/2013 Hometown: Capron , IL

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My husband Ricky and I have visited several campgrounds in the Big South Fork and True West Campground is by far the best campground around. You could not ask for any better hospitality or cleanliness of the grounds. The trails were a little rough and muddy in places because of all the rain in the past 8 days but not so rough that you were in any danger. We plan on returning in the fall to see more of the area and will deffinately stay here again.
Reviewed by: Susan Swaw on 7/11/2013 5:19:39 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 7/8/2013 Hometown: Clarksville , Tn

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Whenever I read the reviews of others I feel they all sum-up the general consensus that True West is truly a five star establishment. Stalls are great, camp sites are great. These things go without saying. I think what gets overlooked sometimes is the fact that Donna, Shawn and Brittany have absolutely placed their collective hearts and souls into the success of True West Campground. I feel they have achieved that goal by insuring that the every need of their guest is met without hesitation. They display that feeling of Southern Hospitality from the time you pull in and Shawn is helping with tack storage, or mucking out trailers, or helping with blown trailer fuses. Donna keeps everything else in the line of guest needs are being met. While Brittany keeps registrations rolling along. Can't say enough about the wonderful feeling of FRIEND/FAMILY atmosphere at True West. Y'all will not be disappointed.
Reviewed by: bob massey on 7/9/2013 6:05:34 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 6/22/2013 Hometown: Cherokee County , NC

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True West is an awesome campground!!! The trails are right out of camp, many beautiful sites to see. The horse accommodations are outstanding and i can't say enough about the wonderful hospitality of Donna,Shawn and Brittany. Regardless of the weather they ensure your stay with them is great!!! I can't wait to go back again!!
Reviewed by: Susan Raupp on 7/9/2013 10:40:35 AM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 6/7/2013 Hometown: Poplar Grove , IL

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We had bad weather and LOTS of unfortunate rain so it is hard for us evaluate the trails fairly. The campground and owners were great. I do think they can improve on their trail maps giving more detail. Other than that, we loved it there...CLEAN and nicely mowed sites!! I like a nice clean site. We will be back and recommend to others....I hope the riding when we come back is as nice as the owners.
Reviewed by: Julie Anthony on 7/8/2013 5:14:23 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 7/4/2013 Hometown: Morriston , FL

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Reviewed by: bob massey on 7/8/2013 3:32:39 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 6/22/2013 Hometown: Cherokee County , NC

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Reviewed by: bob massey on 7/8/2013 3:17:25 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 6/22/2013 Hometown: Cherokee County , NC

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Had a great time at True west and on the trails. We go to True West often and have enjoyed it every time . Shawn and Donna are great. Everything is kept clean and in good working order. Being in property management I know how hard it is to keep up with a property that has a lot of use and they do a good job. Thanks for your hard work. It makes my time off from work a fun time. Would also like to say its nice having them stop by and hang out at the camp site.
Reviewed by: Darryl Avans on 7/5/2013 10:13:57 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 6/21/2013 Hometown: Knoxville, Tennessee , TN

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Had a great time at True west and on the trails. We go to True West often and have enjoyed it every time . Shawn and Donna are great. Everything is kept clean and in good working order. Being in property management I know how hard it is to keep up with a property that has a lot of use and they do a good job. Thanks for your hard work. It makes my time off from work a fun time. Would also like to say its nice having them stop by and hang out at the camp site.
Reviewed by: Darryl Avans on 7/5/2013 10:13:45 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 6/21/2013 Hometown: Knoxville, Tennessee , TN

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I spent the weekend at True West w/ 3 friends. We stayed in the Master Suite which I would highly recommend to anyone not wanting to camp. The rates are more than reasonable. The rooms were spotless and very comfortable. The stalls were a good size. You have the option of cleaning your own stalls or paying a small fee to have them cleaned for you. The owners are the force behind the quality of the stay. Before we headed out for the trails, the owners reviewed the trails with us and helped us plan for the entire weekend. There are some private trails in addition to the trails in the park. We did a little of both. I would recommend heading straight to the park's trails. The riding is fantastic - rock outcroppings, water crossings, vistas, great footing w/ some rocky parts. This campground is run very professionally such that you feel right at home! I would highly recommend giving True West a try if you haven't already! I will definitely be returning!
Reviewed by: Laura Barker on 7/3/2013 3:08:16 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 6/22/2013 Hometown: Knoxville , TN

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Barn at top of hill.Long steep walk to barn. Not susposed to take horse to trailer to tack up. Bathrooms in sheds. No shade. Very clean, very neat. Have to keep tack and supplies in barn which I will not do. Not a lot of access points to trails. Narrow and washed out.
Reviewed by: trailridn on 7/1/2013 6:41:59 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 6/1/2013 Hometown: west , tn

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Have been camping at True West since it's opening many years ago. Love the new owners! They visit your campsites with smiles, helped me unload, park and clean out my trailer after our 6 hr. ride to get there. Rescued us from the trail in the rain and went out of their way to be sure we were happy. Clean showers! Trails are awesome! Water rides and great vistas, fantastic caves and rock formations. Just one great time! Can't wait to go back!
Reviewed by: Sandy Stephenson on 6/13/2013 5:11:52 AM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 5/20/2013 Hometown: Dawsonville , Ga

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Donna and Shawn do a great job at running the campground. They go out of their way to make sure you and horses are comfortable. The trails are beautiful. For a beginner rider there are enough easy and intermediate trails to ride without getting extreme. Would recommend this place to anyone!
Reviewed by: Don H on 6/8/2013 10:50:53 AM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 5/20/2013 Hometown: Summerfield , FL

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Great place! When we arrived Donna greeted us, checked us in and had us pull up to the barn were Shawn helped unload horses, stuff and even cleaned out our trailer! Best hosts, very clean barn and grounds. The horses were comfortable and the staff always kept an eye out on them. It was more like visiting friends than going to an unknown place. The trails were beautiful with everything from easy to more difficult. Shawn trailered us to a nearby trailhead one day and came to "rescue" us another day after we got a little off track (never lost LOL) and the ride turned out much longer than we had anticipated. The mercantile store had everything you could imagine. We will be back!
Reviewed by: Patti on 6/8/2013 6:37:36 AM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 5/24/2013 Hometown: Summerfield , FL

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True West is a great place. Enjoyed our stay and would love to go back again. The campsites were well cared for, the barns were convenient and clean, the owners were friendly and helpful. Would recommend True West.
Reviewed by: James David Miller on 6/6/2013 7:48:05 AM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 5/1/2013 Hometown: Foxworth , MS

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TrueWest is our new favorite place to trail ride. The owners (Donna and Shawn) were absolutely wonderful. They go out of there way to insure you have everything you need and more. The trails are awesome and the sites to see are great. We put in close to 60 miles the week were there and had challenging trails and easy trails. For a small fee they will clean the stalls while you are out riding so when you get back all you got to do is rinse down your horse and put them up. This makes for a most relaxing after ride experience. The barn is well laid out in an easy access location with good size stalls. No doubt if you go to True West you will have a great experience to remember with your horses. The owners Donna and Shawn, are the best. Can't wait to go back!!!
Reviewed by: tonsum16 on 6/5/2013 3:08:05 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 5/28/2013 Hometown: Huntsville , AL

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third year coming under new owners shawn and donna. had another great experience. 110 miles in 5 days and still havent rode all the trails in the big south fork. almost all but not quite.
Reviewed by: Olivia Killian on 6/3/2013 7:14:31 AM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 5/19/2013 Hometown: Hickory, North Carolina , NC

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We brought 3 horses and stayed at True West for 6 days. Donna and Shawn were great hosts.Our trailer was cleaned out and we were helped to unload our "stuff" at the barn. Then we were taken to our campsite. The setup and location is perfect for getting to the trails quickly. If you get lost True West will help you get back too!! Thanks Donna and Shawn for a great stay.Clean and well maintained. Airy, safe barn.Nice common areas too. True West also has a fantastic gift shop that is hard to stay out of!
Reviewed by: caren on 5/31/2013 7:18:50 AM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 5/20/2013 Hometown: Ocklawaha , FL

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This was my first trip to Tennessee to ride. The whole experience was fantastic, from the campground to the trails was well worth the trip. The hospitality from True West is exceptional, they make you fell like family from the time you get there till after you are gone. I have traveled and camped at a lot of places and they are definitely at the top of what I have seen. The trails are really nice also, nothing to worry about for new or beginner riders. The whole trip was fun and I look forward to going back.
Reviewed by: Andy Ruddick on 5/29/2013 4:55:45 AM
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Experience: Beginner Ride Date: 5/4/2013 Hometown: Seymour , IN

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On my last visit it was a rainy day when my student and I arrived to work on the ACTHA training course set up for folks new to ACTHA. The staff were quick to help us park and unload. All staffers were friendly and helpful. The stables were spotless. We were instructed on stabling practices. The barns were fresh smelling and clean. One stabled horse had an issue and kicked out boards. The staff were quick to tend to the horse and make a fast repair. True West staffers went the extra mile to make myself and my student feel welcome. A little rain and mud was no hindrance working the obstacles. Donna walked the entire course with us, giving us advise and tips as we went along and explained the difference between CTC and AOC events. I personally have ridden the trails in and around True West prior to this visit. I do not find then either too difficult nor too easy, however, I am a seasoned trail rider so nothing much phases me on the trail. The campgrounds and staff are five star and so are the trails. Happy, friendly, helpful and welcoming! What more could a trail rider ask for? Thanks to all who helped make our time 'in training' worthwhile. My student and I will return and will join ACTHA so we may participate at True West sponsored events.
Reviewed by: reddiamond on 5/28/2013 8:45:14 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 5/18/2013 Hometown: Jamestown , TN

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Just got back from True West. We rode about 100 miles in 5 days, and still plenty we did not see, oh well have to leave fun for next time. The hosts Shawn and Donna were the best you could ask for. Shawn is my hero and will bail you out if your ride turns out to be more then you can handle in a day. He will also take you to trail heads that are a little farther then you care to ride. They make sure you have everything you need and that your horses are well cared for. My favorite Trail was Hippy Cave, Wildcat Den, and fiddlers Arch. I love the Horse Steps. We were all smiling ear to ear after that trail. Can't wait to do it again.
Reviewed by: Kelly McFadden on 5/28/2013 7:53:05 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 5/18/2013 Hometown: Lutz, Florida , FL

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AWESOME CAMPGROUND! Donna, Shawn and Brittany were wonderful hosts and have created a little slice of Heaven snuggled in the TN mountains. The facility is top notch and you won't find anyplace that works so hard to make sure you and your horses are happy. The trails were a bit challenging but wonderful and the views breathtaking! Thank you TW for the wonderful memories!
Reviewed by: Candy McC on 5/28/2013 7:14:01 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 5/24/2013 Hometown: Umatilla , FL

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True West Campground is awesome. When I pulled up and checked in they were at the barn waiting for me and my horses. They took my saddles, my tack, water buckets, feed bags and everything needed for me stay while there. I thought I had hit the lottery. They cleaned out the trailer while everything else was being placed in the appropriate place. Easy access for my horses and saddles and everything were right there with them. They even wrote my horses names on the stalls. I was treated with the most gracious hospitality I have ever had. Donna and Shawn the owners were so welcoming to their guests, not one guests but all guests. They visited the campsites in the evening and took time to sit and talk and be the best hosts I have ever seen. They have maps at your request and if you have difficulty they will talk you through it, and even come out as they did with me. The trails are different for each trail. Some levels are harder than others and it just depends on the trail. There are trails for longer rides or shorter rides and the owners are more than welcome to help you chose a trail for the length of time you want to ride. I will be returning to True West Campground as I have never been treated so welcomed as I was there. Their store has a variety of items to chose from, they even allowed us to borrow a tool to make extra notches in a girth free of charge. The barn was outstanding and a round pen for stretching or working your horse. The accommodations was the best I have ever encountered. I rate this campground a 5 Star as it is well worth trying one time to fully understand the care and hospitality the owners Donna and Shawn have shown me and my group. Must go to appreciate it.
Reviewed by: Kathy E. Williams on 5/28/2013 7:02:43 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 5/25/2013 Hometown: Madisonville , ky

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we love to camp at truewest campgrounds, we've had friends go up with us and have rented out the upstairs and had a great time! We have been on every trail there and have enjoyed all of them, shaun and donna are great host and will take good care of you!
Reviewed by: Carolyn Avans on 5/28/2013 6:32:42 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 5/12/2013 Hometown: Nashville , TN

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What a great overall experience. I rented the camper - when I arrived and checked in at "The Marshal's Office" Donna greeted me with a warm welcome and explained where my stalls were located and that Shawn would be there to meet me. Shawn helped me unload my trailer and cleaned it out and helped me with my tack, feed, and hay - got my horses all situated and comfy. Then we proceeded to the camper where Shawn showed me the way everything worked inside and how to set the heat/air and where to place any trash for pick up in the mornings. The grounds are so well kept and the pond has frogs that serenade you in the evenings. Red wing blackbirds show off their beautiful colors in flight as well as several other indigenous species. The trails were so much fun - the first time we forded rivers and it was awesome! The Laurel Fork trail was my favorite because of the many creek crossings and the foliage. Beautiful area. A thunderstorm delayed our return one day and Shawn and Donna cancelled their plans out of the area for the evening to make sure that we made it back safely. I'd recommend this campground and the hosts to anyone who wants to have a great outing. The fire ring in the evening and toasted marshmallows and food and friends - it's the place to be in Tennessee!!
Reviewed by: Denise Graybeal March on 5/28/2013 6:31:49 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 5/20/2013 Hometown: Bluff City, Tennessee , TN

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We had such a great time at true west,Donna,Shawn ,went out of there way to make our stay enjoyable,they we so helpful marking out the map for the trails so we could see alot of the scenery and not get lost, I recommend staying at true west we loved it and will be going back
Reviewed by: paula woodland on 5/28/2013 3:31:10 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 4/24/2013 Hometown: Muskegon , mi

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True West went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable. Sean (Shawn?) led us on a ride so we could see most of the sights the area is known for, with caves and overlooks. He got back after a 6 hour ride and immediately got on his mower to take care of the grass around the barn area while the rain was stopped! The grounds were pristine and you felt guilty if your horse dropped some fertilizer on their grass! He helped me with my trailer at the dump station (never had someone help me with that before!) and I was able to purchase hay so I didn't have to haul so much hay in my truck. Loved the trails and the maps were easy to follow.
Reviewed by: Sherry Robinson on 5/13/2013 12:31:13 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 5/4/2013 Hometown: Coweta , OK

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True West Campground is the place to stay, Shawn and Donna met our every need. The campground is very clean the stalls are very well kept. Can't wait to go back again. Thank you Shawn and Donna for a great week inspite of all the rain.
Reviewed by: Kathy Henson on 5/13/2013 8:39:42 AM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 5/4/2013 Hometown: Rogers , AR

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Sean and Donna are doing a great job. They are super nice and very,very helpful with all your needs. The stalls are great, lots of free sawdust, and very nice campsites. We've ridden in the Big South Fork for 30+ years and the trails are some of the best.
Reviewed by: Ed Hadley on 5/7/2013 7:13:31 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 5/1/2013 Hometown: Columbia , Ky

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True west camp is a must stay. Shawn and Donna are great. Camp is very nice and they will make sure your stay is the best. When you leave You will say TRUE WEST IS THE PLACE FOR ME WHERE THEY TREAT YOU LIKE FAMILY. This is the best camp I have ever been. Thank you.
Reviewed by: Jeremy Sons on 5/7/2013 4:01:54 PM
Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 5/3/2013 Hometown: Brownstown , IN

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The campground was very nice. The campsites are level and easy to get in and out of. The barns have large safe stalls, and free sawdust. There is a nice covered area for eating and socializing. The bathrooms are very clean and have HOT showers. The one day I was here it unfortunately rained and we only rode a few hours, so I really can't say what the trails are like. Definately want to go back and explore!
Reviewed by: Anita Rees on 5/4/2013 6:12:21 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 4/26/2013 Hometown: Columbia , KY

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My experience at True West was a very positive one and I will most likely visit again. The owners go out of their way to make horse and rider enjoy being there even if they have no control over the weather! Donna made sure that the cold and wet slow riders made it back to the campground!
Reviewed by: Sami Cantrell on 5/4/2013 4:06:00 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 4/27/2013 Hometown: Crossville , TN

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All I can say is WOW. The hospitality at True West is the greatest. The owners go out of their way to accommodate for anything. As soon as we pulled the trailer to the barn, the staff was there helping us unload the horses, cleaned the trailer and helped carry all our supplies into the barn.The barn was clean and organized with large stalls.We rented the camper for the weekend. It was clean and comfortable. I would recommend the camper for anyone that does not have a horse trailer with camping quarters. Overall, great experience and hope to stay there again.
Reviewed by: EricCogdell on 4/30/2013 1:50:39 AM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 4/27/2013 Hometown: Rineyville , KY

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True West was an amazing place to visit! This was our first trip there but will not be our last! We had an amazing time! The trails were very well maintained, the trail map that was provided by the campground was very well marked with the trails, and the campground and service at same were beyond great as well as the owners!!!
Reviewed by: Denise Lewis on 4/29/2013 5:10:58 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 4/25/2013 Hometown: Granite Falls, North Carolina ,  

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Shawn, Donna and Britny was very good hosr. We enjoyed the trip very much. Trails were very maintained. he barns and campground was very clean. They were always there to help you with anything you needed. The sites were good. I deffently want to go there again real soon. thanks Guys
Reviewed by: Penny Cogdell on 4/29/2013 12:34:57 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 4/20/2013 Hometown: Granite Falls , NC

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WOW , what a great time we had !!! Shawn, Donna and Brittany have done a great job in bringing this campground back from what was at one time a horrible reputation. They have proven to be fantastic hosts and really strive to make your stay an enjoyable one. The campground is extremely well cared for and clean. If you have not visited in a while you owe it to yourself to try true west again. The store carries a number of great gift items as well as tack and leather goods , even ice cream. While we were there they were having a cabin redone and we can't wait for the open house. Try true west you won't be sorry.
Reviewed by: Marc LaFleur on 4/29/2013 8:02:02 AM
Experience: Expert Ride Date: 4/22/2013 Hometown: kent city , mi

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These are super folks who go above and beyond to make you welcome and fulfill your needs. Great accomodations, and great trails. We plan to return soon with friends. Highly recommend True West as a riding vacation destination. Donna, Sean, and Brittany are wonderful host and hostesses.
Reviewed by: Pasodeb on 4/28/2013 4:43:41 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 4/26/2013 Hometown: Portland , TN

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True West was a pleasure to visit. Shawn and Donna were so professional and accomodating. The facilities were awesome, and Shawn even takes your tack to your stalls and cleans out your trailer! For a small fee, he cleans your stalls while you are riding. Customer Service is definately a priority at this place. We loved Donna's funny stories! The trails were some of the most beautiful we have seen, abd Shawn knows every inch of them and was so good to tell us special things about each trail.He even offered to trailer us to another trail head. We will definately be back!
Reviewed by: Donna Cleveland on 4/22/2013 8:44:52 AM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 4/19/2013 Hometown: Dawson , Ga

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You will not find a better host. He even cleans the poop out of your trailer when you unload. Keeps good watch on horses left in stalls. They called me when mine got herself cast and helped get her up. Nice barn. Good facilities. It rained a lot while we were there and the trails were still ok to ride. I will be back.
Reviewed by: Karla Nichols Massey on 4/14/2013 6:38:07 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 4/1/2013 Hometown: Oxford, Mississippi , MS

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Had such a wonderful time at True West with my husband and a some friends that I decided to grab a couple more friends and go back the next weekend!!! Wonderful atmosphere - was able to get one of the campsites back by the pond - beautiful view as we sat around and talked the night away! The owners are such great hosts - helped us get the horses settled in the barn and cleaned out our trailer for us when other campgrounds had said that they wouldn't!! They unloaded our hay and tack and helped put it in the barn and then helped us get parked in our campsite! They brought the firewood right to our campsite for us!! I could go on and on about how wonderful this campground is but I think that everyone just needs to go there and experience it for themselves! No one will be disappointed when they go to True West Campground!!!
Reviewed by: Lara Grigsby on 4/13/2013 3:51:30 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 4/6/2013 Hometown: Cookeville , TN

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Had a wonderful weekend at True West, what wonderful hospitality. The barn and stalls are very clean as well as the restrooms. Love shopping in the store, too.
Reviewed by: Tammy Fitzner on 4/10/2013 4:53:54 PM
Experience: Expert Ride Date: 3/25/2013 Hometown:   , TN

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We had a WONDERFUL time on our trip to Truewest Campground. Donna and Shawn were wonderful! Can't say enough great things about them and the campground.The Sable and stalls were Very CLEAN! We stayed in the marshall's suite and it was very roomy. Nine people could stay and have enough room.I had the best time and Donna and Shawn really care about how your stay is at their campground! A+ in my eyes!! Any trip back to South Fork True West is the place for my family!
Reviewed by: Jennifer Linville on 3/25/2013 7:07:44 AM
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Experience: Beginner Ride Date: 3/22/2013 Hometown: Lebanon, Tennessee , TN

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Our family of four stayed there for four days last summer. We loved the accomadations, we stayed in the two bedroom suite. We haven't riden horses in years so Donna got us all back in the saddle again. We enjoyed every day of our stay, we saw the world's biggest tree house, thanks to Donna. We also had a lazy day of just hanging out at the river, which we all loved. We hated to leave because every day Donna had something new for us to do. We had a fire every night and just hung out and enjoyed the country.We were nice and cool in our airconditioned rooms. We can't wait to go back some day. There's always something new to enjoy thanks to Donna and Shawn, it felt good to ride again and she took us to a magnificent mountain top at the end of the trails, we didn't own any horses yet we experienced the joy of riding and interacting with them at her stables. It was a whole different world down there in Tennessee and we loved every minute of it.
Reviewed by: Donna Martineau on 3/5/2013 9:57:41 AM
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Experience: Beginner Ride Date: 8/20/2012 Hometown: Everett, Massachusetts , MA

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I had a great visit with Donna and Shawn. Wonderful hospitality and a fun little store. The trails are challenging in spots and the scenery is wonderful. Can't wait to return in the spring when everything starts greening up.
Reviewed by: Marie Terkelsen on 1/27/2013 9:37:58 AM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 1/19/2013 Hometown: Concord , NH

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This was our first time at True West and we traveled over 600 miles to get there. It was nice to come to a campground where they greeted you and were there to help unload and the stalls were freshly clean. The trails were well marked and Shawn and Donna were very helpful with making sure our needs were met and that we didn't have to blindly go about things. They told us where to go for anything we needed. Just to have someone there to direct you wen you have never been there before. The facilities were great, and we would like to return some day.
Reviewed by: Dan Mohr and Family on 1/24/2013 10:06:51 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 10/9/2012 Hometown: Clare , MI

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We found this campground through an internet search. The friendliness and professionalism of everyone was great. The campground was very clean and the showers were hot! Everyone went out of their way to help us out including helping me hide a special Christmas gift from our daughter who was with us. She was tickled when she go it! Also, when we got ready to leave, the truck wouldn't start, the owners were there to lend a helping hand. We would definitely return and we would recommend this campground to others!
Reviewed by: Curtis Ballenger on 1/8/2013 8:48:59 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 10/6/2012 Hometown: Russell Springs , KY

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Our stay at True West was AWESOME!!!! We just fell in love with Shawn and Donna...They are by far one of the BEST camp host we have ever had!!!!! We had the pleasure of staying here on Thanksgiving weekend....Donna prepared a yummy turkey dinner on Thanksgiving, and then feed us again the day after, then the third day tried to feed us again, lol....my husband was missing his pumpkin pie, so Donna made us all a pie, plus a pumpkin roll!!!! DELISH!!!!! We had the pleasure of riding with Shawn for 2 days, that was also wonderful, had the BEST time with him out on the trails, I only wish Donna could have came along!!!!!! Made some new friends while we were there...lots of campfire fun, Shawn and Donna joined us one night for the campfire MOONSHINE festival!!!!LOL!!! The Campground was SUPER clean, stalls were wonderful....Bathrooms VERY CLEAN and nice!!! My favorite part was there store...my only complaint was they had to many "had to haves" and I spent to much money...LOL!!!! In there store they seem to have everything you could possible imagine!!! We had gotten there and realized we forgot a few water buckets and Shawn had let us borrow 2 of his, no pressure to buy any in the store whatsoever!!!! The trails were beautiful, you can't beat the scenery, absoultly takes your breath away!!!! Theres trails here for every rider...Can't seem to say enough good things about TRUE WEST!!!! Come on everybody, try them out...You won't be disappoited!!!!
Reviewed by: Shelley&Jeremy Washburn on 12/9/2012 10:09:09 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 11/22/2012 Hometown: Holden , MO

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I have stayed at True west twice now and have been very pleased. Barns and bath houses are very clean. the owners are very eager to help to ensure you are happy.
Reviewed by: Maureen McCracken on 11/29/2012 6:41:16 AM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 6/23/2012 Hometown: VallyHead , AL

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Camped at True West for the first time. Shawn and Donna are VERY accommodating. Very clean campground, barns and common areas. We will definitely be back
Reviewed by: jill robinson on 11/28/2012 9:44:48 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 4/9/2012 Hometown: murfreesboro , TN

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We had a WONDERFUL time on our trip to Truewest Campground. Donna and Shawn were wonderful! Can't say enough great things about them and the campground. My husband and I loved the trails they recommended. We can't wait to go back with a group of people, and this time have enough day-light to go inside Hippie Cave and the overlook! Hope to see you all again real soon!
Reviewed by: Mark & Tammy on 11/28/2012 7:14:16 AM
Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 11/18/2012 Hometown: Dalton , GA

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Had a great time at truewest the camping was great and the camp was very clean. Shawn and Donna made the stay great and very helpful. The group that we were in all had a great time and the weather was nice. We enjoyed the trails and the streams the overlooks were fantastic. Thanks for the help
Reviewed by: cob edwards on 11/27/2012 4:11:08 PM
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Experience: Not Specified Ride Date: 4/6/2012 Hometown:   , IN

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We enjoyed our stay at True West Campground. Shaun and Donna are the best! The Campground is awesome, the horses were comfy in the barn. The trails were very well marked and maintained. They provided a Thanksgiving meal and more. We had a great time and a must to go back, cant wait!!
Reviewed by: Lucky & Jeanie on 11/25/2012 8:35:13 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 11/22/2012 Hometown: Dixon , KY

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Shaun and Donna are really good people who go out of their way to see that you are having the best riding and camping experience possible. Five of us spent 3 nights and enjoyed every minute. Shaun even treated us to some of his Chili. GOOD STUFF AND THANKS AGAIN.
Reviewed by: David E on 11/25/2012 2:41:46 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 10/28/2012 Hometown: Independence , KY

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We spent 7 nights at True West and enjoyed everything. The owners are very friendly and helpful. The barns are very clean and comfortable for the horses as are the shower houses for the people. Liked having WIFI too. Good location in order to get to many of the interesting sights in the Big South Fork. Highly recommend this campground.
Reviewed by: Connie on 11/10/2012 7:00:58 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 10/6/2012 Hometown:   , MI

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We always take one day to ride around and see the other camps in the areas so we decided to come to this one because it is advertised as "under new owners" much to our surprise the owners were the same as the ones almost two years ago, we were not impressed then and we sure aint impressed now, it is the same owners as it was two years ago so we dont know whyh they advertise they are new owners
Reviewed by: Mike_Dailey on 11/6/2012 8:45:28 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 10/27/2012 Hometown:   , KY

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We spent four great days at True West and could not have been more pleased. We were greeted by the owners and they helped us unload our horses and gear and cleaned out our trailer even though it was 7 at night. They helped us get our trailers parked properly and delivered firewood to our campsite while we hooked up. The campgrounds are very clean and all the campers we met had a smile on their face. I can't say enough good things about the owners-honest, hardworking people chasing the American dream of owning there own business. Definitely a place I would like to go back to.
Reviewed by: John David Frith on 11/4/2012 2:12:50 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 10/19/2012 Hometown: Lake Providence , LA

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Had a great time at True West, Hospitality was great, campgrond and barns were very nice. The new owners went out of their way to make sure our stay was enjoyable. Trails were great, especially down along the river. Can't wite to plan another trip to True West.
Reviewed by: Mike Rogers on 11/2/2012 7:09:05 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 10/24/2012 Hometown: London , OH

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Beautiful, clean facility with friendly, helpful owners. We will be back in the spring with our children for another stay. Trails were well groomed with soft, sandy footing.
Reviewed by: Debbie D. on 10/30/2012 6:22:34 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 10/29/2012 Hometown: Georgetown , TN

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This is a great campground for cleanliness, friendliness and all around taking are of the customer.
Reviewed by: Katie Howard on 10/30/2012 10:34:00 AM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 10/8/2012 Hometown: Mount Eden , KY

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True West campground was clean, the owners went above and beyond to help and make your stay enjoyable, and the place was very cool and had a good feel to it. The sites are very easy to get into and maneuver big rigs. The barns were big and clean. Evrything was great.
Reviewed by: Amber Hathaway on 10/29/2012 7:52:14 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 10/11/2012 Hometown: Bowling Green , KY

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We have traveled from Louisiana to Colorado to Florida withn our horses. True West is by for the most accomodating for horses and campers. Shawn and Donna were excellent host.
Reviewed by: paige on 10/29/2012 6:23:03 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 10/20/2012 Hometown: tallulah , LA

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Do NOT confuse Shaun and Donna with the previous owners!!!! This place is NOW a 5 Star Campground for humans AND horses. They are just the best! They are beyond helpful..they help unload, help you set up, they even have a big screen TV to watch your football games (or anything else you might want to watch). As good as the place is now, they have plans to make it even better. My girlfriend does not like to clean stalls and she enjoyed having them do it for her for a very nominal fee. I just can't think of any other way to put it....SHAUN AND DONNA, YOU ARE THE BEST AT RUNNING A CLEAN, QUALITY CAMPGROUND FOR MY HORSE AND ME!!!
Reviewed by: Linda Bettner on 10/29/2012 11:37:43 AM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 10/12/2012 Hometown: New Market , TN

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This was our first time to stay at True West and ride Big South Fork. The hospitality at True West was outstanding. Once we checked in, Shawn followed us to the barn to help unload the horses and tack and clean out the trailer. He also made sure we were all settled in our campsite with no problems. We couldn't ask for a better place to stay and ride. It was only a short trip down the trail to the Big South Fork trailheads. The trails at Big South Fork were great and can accomodate any rider's level; from easy to challenging. We plan to return soon.
Reviewed by: Nan on 10/29/2012 9:43:07 AM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 10/15/2012 Hometown: Londonderry , OH

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my and i had a great time at truewestcampground on our visit the new onwer ship so good that is the first time we had the onwers to on what we needed and theay kepth my wife and i had a great time at truewestcampground the new onwers are so nise they even kept close look on our horse and to see if we needed any thing and that meat a lot to us the camp was nise and clean and trails are so great looking foward to next october those people are so nise thanks shonw and dana for makeing our trip nise i will be back
Reviewed by: rogerdavidson/bobbie on 10/28/2012 5:44:37 AM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 9/21/2012 Hometown: alexandercity , AL

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Customer service is great! Barn clean and well maintained. Trailer parking easy.
Reviewed by: Karla Massey on 10/27/2012 11:21:45 AM
Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 10/23/2012 Hometown: Oxford , MS

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Many of the places we go, after we get there and pay, we never see anyone from the campground again. Not the case here, these people went out of their way to make sure that we were comfortable and having a good time. The entire facility was top-notch and it was obvious how much work they do to keep it this way.
Reviewed by: Rick Miller on 10/26/2012 10:35:04 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 10/7/2012 Hometown: Grimes , IA

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We had an awesome time!!! Service was great! Shower house was great(we only have cowboy shower in our trailer)so a hot shower in a warm room was very nice! Every thing was well kept and clean. Loved having the horses in clean stall! didn't have to worry about them at all! Oh yeah and they cleaned out our trailer as soon as we took the horses off(nice touch) one more thing we didn't have to fool with. Thanks guys we had a great time!
Reviewed by: Mercer/Raynard on 10/24/2012 6:09:54 AM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 10/20/2012 Hometown: South Webster , OH

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We were very pleased with our accomodations and will stay there again. Well kept campground, clean stables. We were met and helped with the horses upon arrival and even had our trailer cleaned out. What a nice touch. Thanks for a nice getaway.
Reviewed by: Kathy on 10/22/2012 11:39:30 AM
Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 10/17/2012 Hometown: Crossville , TN

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This was our 5th time at True West and the first under the new management. It was WONDERFUL!! Shawn and his family were concerned but very nice. Shawn was not nosey as some people have said and was concerned for our well-being. the campground was very well kept and so was the barn. I really like having the horses stabled just a few feet away. It was a great experience and we will be back!!!!
Reviewed by: Fran on 10/20/2012 8:52:33 AM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 10/14/2012 Hometown: Snellville , GA

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This was my first visit to True West. As we pulled to the barn to unload the horses Shawn was waiting for us with a wheelbarrow to take our tack and equipment to the barn. He then returned to clean out the trailer! I have camped all over the southeast and have never experienced the hospitality and attentiveness we received at True West. The campground, barns, and bathhouse are spotless. Thank you Shawn and Donna for a memorable week of vacation with our horses. Thanks for all your hardwork.
Reviewed by: Faith on 10/15/2012 4:19:28 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 10/9/2012 Hometown: Tryon , NC

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we had an exelent time owners were very hospitable we were c[ose to our horses so it was very easy to take care of them
Reviewed by: Kerry on 10/14/2012 4:05:59 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 10/13/2012 Hometown: SEYMOUR , TN

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We enjoyed staying here so much. Could not ask for better attention to customer needs. Friendly & helpful giving directions where to ride. They also will pick & strip stalls for a small fee & it is so worth it! Will stay there again! Thanks Donna & Shawn!
Reviewed by: Sherry & Steve Landers on 10/13/2012 7:43:37 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 10/10/2012 Hometown: Riceville , TN

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First time at True West. Enjoyed the trails and the acomdations was the BEST. Shawn and Donna know how to run a 5 star camp. I have never been to another camp where they help unload and get you settled in. We will be back next season.
Reviewed by: Dan on 10/13/2012 6:56:40 AM
Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 10/10/2011 Hometown: Clare , MI

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We really enjoyed our visit to True West. Shane, Donna and Brittany are GREAT hosts. Campground was clean and barn was fantastic. Clean bathrooms are very important since we do not have one in our trailer. True West did not dissapoint.
Reviewed by: Debby Gerhardt on 10/10/2012 3:59:43 PM
Experience: Expert Ride Date: 10/3/2012 Hometown: Newport , TN

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This was our second time to True West, but first with new owners. We were very impressed with the service and hospitality!! We have yet to see anyone else give you such great treatment.. If you were there under previous owner and not impressed, you MUST go back, HUGE difference. NOW for the people in KY who don't read the rules! REALLY! I would never expect to get half to a full day of hook up for free because I chose to either not read the rules or ignore them. Nothing is free these days!! For the service you get at True West you should be thankful! We traveled 12 HOURS and had NO problem abidding by the rules. Check in is at 2pm, how difficult is that?? Anyway.. beyond that, Sean and Donna are a BLESSING and keep up the good work! I pray for a continued thriving business and many happy years!! See you all next year :-) GOD BLESS!
Reviewed by: Cal and Amy Voogt on 10/10/2012 2:38:36 PM
Experience: Expert Ride Date: 9/29/2012 Hometown: Grand Rapids , MI

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Once again we just returned from our yearly visit to The Big South Fork and True West. All I can say is HAD A GREAT TIME!!!!!!! I just cant say enough about Shawn,Donna,and Brittany.It is great to not to have to worry about anything when u r on vacation.Stalls ready when u arrive and that down home hospitality that u crave when u r on vacation.If u havent been to True West yet u are Really missing out. Thanks Shawn,Donna, and Brittany for another GREAT time.We are already counting the days till next year. You guys have and are doing a GREAT job.Happy Trails till next year.
Reviewed by: Jackie an Wesley Gore on 10/10/2012 1:39:00 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 9/29/2012 Hometown: Lexington , TN

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We arrived at True West and Shawn and Donna greeted us and helped us unload and clean trailer and get set up in stalls and campsite They made sure we had everything we needed for horses and site and this service continued for our entire visit. They even fed and watered our horses for us when we went to Nashville one day and got back late. Campsites are level and all grass which is nice. Barn is clean and open with large center aisle. Bathrooms were nice and kept very clean. I wasn't sure about having to tack in barn but was surprised it was actually better. Plenty of room for tacking and leaving tack in barn to dry over night was nice. And it keeps the campsites in nice shape.Trails were great and easy to get to. Shawn trailered us out to the Hostel so we could ride the Hatfield Ridge loop which was great with an awesome overlook, and Donna rode it with us-Nice day! O&W, White Oak, Spruce Creek, White Cliff and more were great to. Store was nice as well. Shawn, Donna, and Brittany made us feel right at home more than being customers. Would recomend to anyone and will be back
Reviewed by: Terry Stedman on 10/10/2012 12:30:42 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 9/29/2012 Hometown: Belchertown , MA

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Enjoyed our stay at True West Campground this past weekend. I loved arriving and having help unloading the horses, hay, tack etc... Very well maintained campground and barns. Loved the trails. Hard working bunch of people. Thank you.
Reviewed by: Regina Ingram on 10/9/2012 11:53:58 AM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 10/5/2012 Hometown: Cleveland , TN

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What a lovley and well kept place to horsecamp!! I love all the trails at Big South Fork, and staying at such a nice place with such nice people makes for a glorious week in October- Thanks!!
Reviewed by: Lea Valentine on 10/9/2012 10:50:02 AM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 10/2/2012 Hometown: Knoxville , TN

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My husband and best friend and I had a wonderful weekend at True West...it was our first time there and donna and shawn were awesome host...Thanks again guys for the hospitality. Cant wait to come back again. The trails were nice and loved the campground.
Reviewed by: Jane Smart on 10/9/2012 4:08:48 AM
Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 9/29/2012 Hometown: Peebles , OH

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My husband and I along with some friends stayed at True West and had a blast. It was our first time to the Big South Fork. Donna & Shawn are wonderful camp hosts. Shawn was graet helping us with the trail maps and on one of the days Donna & Shawn trailered us to a trail head to the Hostel so we could all ride to the Hostel, Donna even rode with us. What a great day we had. They are very helpful and keep the campground VERY clean. The barns, bathrooms and grounds all are very well cared for. We can't wait to come back and explore more trails.
Reviewed by: Cindy Stedman on 10/8/2012 5:46:35 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 9/29/2012 Hometown: Belchertown , MA

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One word sums it up - hospitality! I have never had such incredible treatment at a horse camp! They have thought of everything! Trails, as always, are fantastic! But I just can't say enough about the new owners! Thanks guys for a great weekend!!
Reviewed by: Samm Riggin on 10/8/2012 5:21:32 PM
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Experience: Not Specified Ride Date: 10/5/2012 Hometown: Greenback , TN

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Great place! Owners are outstanding! Very helpful. Meet you when you arrive and CLEAN OUT YOUR TRAILER! Never had that happen before! Also have saddle racks right by your stall with a place for your bridle and halter. No dogs around to wet your hay & feed, so you can leave those right outside your stall(s). How convenient is that! Wheelbarrows, manure forks & shovels provided along with sawdust! They will also clean your stalls for a fee if desired. Clean showers & bathroom. Plenty of hot water. Wash racks for the horses also. Covered deck for groups. Rode with the FOXTROT group for 4 days and we had a great time! Up & down hills, deep sand and rocks,you name it-they have it. Some gravel roads to follow also. The O & W bridge was pretty interesting! Crossing the river, seeing the bridge piers and riding the old railroad bed made you feel like you were going back in time. Several overlooks and don't forget to drive the "gorge"!
Reviewed by: Lee & Cindy Fonken on 10/8/2012 1:48:23 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 10/4/2012 Hometown: Romance , AR

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We have been to True West a few times and have reservations to return soon.It has always been a great experience both at camp and our trail ride. Shawn, Donna and Brittany are super nice and very accomadating. The campground,barn and bath-house are always kept clean. Access to the trail head is better than any where else at Big South Fork with beautiful scenery and wonderful trails. We cant wait to go back and see all of the Fall colors!
Reviewed by: Billy and Sandy Hallum on 10/6/2012 3:29:22 PM
Experience: Expert Ride Date: 9/21/2012 Hometown: Bethpage , TN

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GREAT PLACE! Nice to see that old fashioned customer service is still alive in America ... Shawn & Donna are very attentive to their guests, and put a lot of thought in how they run the place!
Reviewed by: Boni on 10/6/2012 3:02:52 PM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 9/20/2012 Hometown: Toledo , OH

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Owners and facility are wonderful. The stalls are great and bath houses are extremely clean! You have to love that! Trails are scenic but not very challenging. I think I'll need to go back and ride more of them before I can say for sure :) We did not get a chance to ride them all.
Reviewed by: Tom & Sonya on 10/2/2012 12:47:57 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 9/22/2012 Hometown: Falmouth , KY

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We had a great time. Enjoyed the friendliness of guest and staff. All facilities were well kept. Thank you. We'll think of you when we're at Deerfield Fair in Sept. God Bless!
Reviewed by: Ken & Marie Merrifield on 10/1/2012 1:17:02 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 5/25/2012 Hometown:   , TN

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Trails are very nice, lots to choose from. Signage is not real good though, pay attention! Truewest campground is very nice, good stalls, good location. The owners are very helpful. We have stayed twice so far, will stay again for sure!
Reviewed by: Brenda & Richard on 10/1/2012 10:52:56 AM
Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 9/22/2012 Hometown: Seymour , TN

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Your focus is "right on the money" Everything was organized, well marked, extremely clean, there was always someone near by if we had any questions. Don't change a thing!
Reviewed by: Shultz Family on 9/29/2012 10:11:44 AM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 9/1/2012 Hometown: Orlinda , TN

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We enjoyed our stay so much. The owners were friendly and dinner was so good. The room was clean and it was quiet and relaxing. We will be back!
Reviewed by: Rogers on 9/28/2012 12:43:47 PM
Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 4/23/2012 Hometown:   , Select State

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Had a great time. Love being close to the horses
Reviewed by: Philip Guinn on 9/28/2012 9:45:41 AM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 4/22/2012 Hometown:   , Select State

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Wonderful time will return. Look forward to overnight trail ride if able to make it.
Reviewed by: Debra McDonald on 9/28/2012 9:40:40 AM
Experience: Not Specified Ride Date: 8/31/2012 Hometown:   , Select State

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I have never stayed at a horsecamp that the owners went out of their way to make you feel welcome. They just didn't take your money and then not see them when you need something or info. They came around at night when things settle down for them and saw to any needs.It was nice to have grass instead of dirt at the campsite. If the shade trees were bigger it would be a perfect. Now the trails are great there also, well marked for those who go there for the first time. We had a large group and they took care of us and made our fall trail ride Super Great, Thanks True West. We'll be back
Reviewed by: Simpson on 9/25/2012 4:05:51 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 9/22/2012 Hometown: Falmouth , KY

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Spent four nights at True West, The campgrounds was great and the barn was clean with good size stalls, the Host were outstanding. Loved the trails, seen plenty of wildlife, Meet a bear up close and personal, That made the day, Plan on returning to ride some trails we didn!t get to ride.Shawn and Donna make you feel right at home, Give them a call, You won!t regreat it
Reviewed by: Bob And Ginny Bruttain on 9/18/2012 1:59:59 PM
Experience: Not Specified Ride Date: 9/13/2012 Hometown: Trafalgar , IN

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My friend and I have been to ACTHA rides all over Georgia and TN. True West is our favorite place to go. The trails are great, the accomodations are really nice and everything is so well cared-for. Donna, Shawn and Brittany make us feel like family. They are so helpful and friendly. It makes our visits very nice. We can't wait till the next ride!!! We highly recommend True West to anyone who wants to have an enjoyable time in the mountains with family - be they two-legged or four-legged.
Reviewed by: Celia Purcell on 9/11/2012 7:45:20 AM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 8/25/2012 Hometown: Summerville , GA

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Owners are extremely accommodating and hospitable. Campground is incredibly clean and well organized. Barns are maintained and bug free. We spent three nights at True West over Labor Day weekend and had a grand time. Band was playing GREAT music Saturday night. Only disappointment was many trails were closed due to construction, however the owner was more than willing to shuttle a group of us to Charit Trailhead. The 20 minute trip gave us access to beautiful trails and a river crossing. Was a great experience all the way around and would recommend the campground to anyone looking to visit Big South Fork.
Reviewed by: Leigh Anne Bowman on 9/10/2012 7:45:45 AM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 9/2/2012 Hometown: Kingsport , TN

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We had a wonderful time over labor day weekend at True West. Wonderful hosts and clean campground, facilities, and barns. There was also a band on Saturday night that was wonderful. My son was even able to catch the game out on the porch! So everyone was happy!
Reviewed by: The Depews on 9/6/2012 6:27:02 AM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 8/31/2012 Hometown: Maryville , TN

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This was our 2nd time staying at True West & service just keeps getting better & better. I would refer anyone to stay at True West, wonderful owners, excellent customer service, & excellent trails.
Reviewed by: Tarter Family on 9/5/2012 9:52:33 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 8/31/2012 Hometown: Bonnieville , KY

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Donna & Sean are the most organized, friendly & accommodating hosts of any campground I've been to. They help you unload, keep the place immaculate, provide nice areas to relax & offer help whenever needed. We had another great ACTHA event at True West, they know how to organize & create some fun obstacles & activities around the weekend. I would highly recommend staying here!
Reviewed by: Kathy Ziegler on 9/4/2012 7:34:07 AM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 8/25/2012 Hometown: Mt Juliet , TN

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We just spent the Labor Day weekend at True West and it could not have been better. Loved the trails and the convenience of the trail heads. The barns were as clean as any I have seen with nice stalls, and our camping experience was perfect. Thank you to the wonderful family that made all this possible. Donna, Shaun and Brittany were the best hosts, and so nice to help with everything....We will go back as soon as possible.
Reviewed by: Alison on 9/4/2012 3:54:36 AM
Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 9/1/2012 Hometown: Leesburg, GA , GA

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My 1st time at True West and I had a great time.The camp site was convenient to the stables and bath house and very clean. The owners were very accomodating and always helpful with information about the trails. Will definately go back again.
Reviewed by: Anna England on 9/3/2012 3:13:45 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 8/9/2012 Hometown: Rickman , TN

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first time at big south fork and true west both were great i will be going back.i got to see a bear.
Reviewed by: michael fleaner on 9/3/2012 2:14:27 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 8/9/2012 Hometown: bon aqua , TN

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I am from KY and attended my first TN ACTHA ride at True West Campgrounds. I have to say that in all my riding days (I'm a senior citizen), I have NEVER had such Red Carpet treatment at ANY event. As I took my horse into the barn to a nicely bedded stall, Shawn cleaned my trailer for me! Then, he carried in all my tack, hay, feed and buckets. Needless to say, I was thrilled after a long drive (for me anyway). It was that way all weekend. The ACTHA ride was awesome - great trails, good obstacles, safety first in all things, A+++++. Saturday night we were treated to awesome food and some great music by Allen Pope and his talented side-kick, Lisa. What a show from a two-man band. On Sunday, the same help was given as I loaded up to go - Shawn carried out the tack, etc. I would go back in a heartbeat, knowing I will be safe and comfortable as a single woman. Oh, and for a very small fee, they will pick and strip your stall for you. Other amenities includes a great western store to shop in, very nice campsites with a clean showerhouse, an rv dump station to empty out your tanks as you leave, and access to all kinds of trails in the South Fork Recreation area. And don't worry about crossing "the gorge" to get there. It's a mile down and a mile up and you are through. Yes, there are 6 hairpin curves (3 down, 3 up), but if this old woman can navigate it easily, anyone can!
Reviewed by: Barb Hopper on 9/3/2012 11:14:49 AM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 8/25/2012 Hometown: Nicholasville, KY , Select State

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I have been to two ACTHA rides here and our experience has been WONDERFUL! In fact, we made our reservation for the second ride as we pulled out of the driveway. The new owners are friendly, accomodating and helpful to all attendees! While they may sound a little funny hailing from the Yankee states, their hospitality is all Southern. The campground and bath houses are clean and easily accessable. There was never a wait. The stalls are visible from the campground and if you get a stall on the campground side, you can easily keep an eye on your horse! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Reviewed by: Carol Vancil on 9/1/2012 2:20:11 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 8/25/2012 Hometown: Huntsville , AL

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I forgot to put in the rating... 5 stars all the way!
Reviewed by: Bob Massy on 8/30/2012 6:51:01 PM
Experience: Expert Ride Date: 8/25/2012 Hometown:   , Select State

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What a GReeeeeeeeaaaat weekend! ACTHA event was very well thought out, and challenging. I don't think a hoop has ben made yet that Donna and Shawn can't jump through. I have stayed at many campgrounds, but never one like this. These two truly put the rider and horse first/ This is pretty much a pull in, uinload, kick-back. and leave your worries at the door. Also, the entertainment was terrific. If y'all get a chance to see or hear Adam Pope, he is worth the price of admission. For a two piece band, it was the most fun I've had in awhile. Give them a try, Y'all won't regret it.
Reviewed by: Bob Massey on 8/30/2012 6:35:34 PM
Experience: Expert Ride Date: 8/25/2012 Hometown: Cherokee County , NC

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ACTHA Ride on 08/25/2012. Very accomodating staff. Friendly and available to answer questions. Easy to find by GPS. It did not rain but the parking and camping would accomodate a 2 wheel drive truck and trailer even if it rained. Easy in & Out. Hay was good quality and not expensive. Electric and water sites are easy access, we did not need an extension cord and our hose reached. Airy, roomy stalls with water easily accessable with wash rack and lots of carts to use. Nice people in a great atmosphere. We will be back a lot.
Reviewed by: Natalie on 8/27/2012 8:25:54 AM
Experience: Expert Ride Date: 8/25/2012 Hometown: Portland , TN

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Just got home from the ACTHA ride at True West Campground, it was a great day, nice to see people we've met before and meet new friends. The weather was perfect, the ride was challenging and fun,the demos were great, the day was filled with lots to do, the band was really good and the lasagna dinner was the best!!!!! Had a great time again, looking forward to our next visit. Great job to True West and all the volunteers, safety riders, judges and everyone else that made it fun. We know it's a lot of work for you all but just wanted to let you know that we truly appreciate all your efforts!
Reviewed by: Michele & Bill on 8/26/2012 2:24:34 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 8/25/2012 Hometown: Wartrace , TN

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True West Campgrounds is a GREAT place to stay. We were there for an ACTHA ride but i'm going to go back to try different trails at Big South Fork. The owners at True West got us squared away within a matter of minutes. Even unloaded our tack for us - Super! The trail we used had too much sharp rock and my baefoot horse is pretty sore buts that's the parks job to make sure that the materials used on a horse trail are horse friendly.
Reviewed by: Cynthia Koehler on 8/26/2012 1:39:02 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 8/25/2012 Hometown: Cookeville , TN

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Back to True West again....love it.. took some friends with us this time. Everything clean and neat. Shawn & Donna make us feel right at home. We like riding right out from campground to some great trails. Just never enough time so we have to just keep coming back...darn...lol... (c-ya soon)
Reviewed by: Connie & Ronnie on 8/17/2012 8:48:28 AM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 7/28/2012 Hometown: Lebanon , TN