Would You Leave an RV Park If This Happened To You?

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While some RV parks are renowned for luxury experiences, some can be creepy. A post on Reddit recently spotlighted some bizarre encounters one camp host encountered.

These mysteries are enough to send a chill down the spines of even the bravest campers. Would you pack up and leave if you were them?

Today, we’re sharing some downright terrifying situations this host experienced.

Let’s dive in and get started!

RVing Redditor Shares Scary Concerns

One Redditor jumped on the “backwoods creepy” sub-Reddit to share some scary concerns. She serves as a camp host for a few days each week and has encountered some unexplainable events.

While she and her husband enjoy the free rent and utilities, they’re beginning to question whether they’re worth it.

To make the RV park even creepier, a wood carver originally started it. You can find large wood carvings all around the park. As you can imagine, these can be scary after sunset when darkness overtakes the campground. 

Throw in a little fog, and you have a setting that resembles a blockbuster horror movie. It’ll have your mind playing games on you.

Camp Host Has Creepy Encounters

The creepy encounters this host experienced are pretty terrifying. It makes you wonder what takes place at night in campgrounds nationwide. Let’s look at what this particular camp host has experienced.

Random Flute Playing

The first creepy encounter that the camp host mentions is the sound of a random flute playing. While this may not seem all that strange, she states that the campground is in the middle of nowhere.

She’ll hear a flute playing for approximately an hour or so multiple times throughout the week. However, she’s unaware of anyone in the campground learning or playing the flute.

To make it even worse, she states that the musical tones tend to move throughout the campground. She’ll sometimes hear it deep in the woods and other times from the river. When she inquired about it from a long-term resident, they cautioned her to ignore it and not mention it again.

Pro Tip: Do you love all things spooky? Then you need to read The Best Scary Stories For Around The Campfire!

Scraping Sound

The subsequent creepy encounter is downright terrifying. The camp host and her husband have both heard loud scraping noises throughout the campground.

Unfortunately, no one else has heard these horrific sounds. Similar to the flute playing, a particular element makes this a little creepier.

The host mentions that the campground’s Ring camera sends a notification when she and her husband hear the noise. It indicates that someone is standing at the entrance to the campground office. 

She mentions that the camera only sends notifications when someone is standing at the door. However, when reviewing the footage, no one can be seen.

Small high end camera system of a building. Parking, gate, garbage and recycling room, staircase and hallway.

Late Night Calls

One of the first rules the camp host learned was that the owners do not want anyone taking late-night calls for reservations. They appear to be overly cautious about who they let into the campground. 

Did something crazy happen at night in the past that led to these creepy encounters? We may never know!

When You Should Leave a Campground

No matter where you’re camping, there may come a time when you’re unsure about staying the night. However, there are a handful of situations where you should always pack your things and leave. 

Safety Concerns

One of the most prominent examples of when you should leave a camping spot is when you have safety concerns. For us, it doesn’t matter if it’s the best boondocking spot in the world or if we paid a premium reservation amount; our safety is more important.

Leave as quickly as possible if you no longer feel safe during your stay. Don’t let losing a few bucks or an epic boondocking spot keep you from leaving. It’s better to live to camp another day than to put yourself or those camping with you in danger.

A car driving at night with the headlights lighting up the road and tall trees. It's a spooky sight.

Unacceptable Conditions

We’ve stayed at some sketchy campgrounds during our travels. Unfortunately, there has been a time or two where the conditions were downright unacceptable. This can be incredibly frustrating when the online pictures and descriptions of the facilities differ from what you find when you arrive.

One particular South Carolina campground was pretty much a mud pit the entire time we were there. This made it challenging to enjoy walking around the campground and made us nervous when it was time to leave. 

Most of our campsite was under several inches of water and management needed to address the drainage problems throughout the campground.

Luckily, we’ve always had our bathroom during our travels. We’ve encountered some campgrounds with bath and shower houses that could be the setting of a Stephen King novel. They were really that terrifying. Had we not had our own facilities, we would have quickly packed our things and found a new place to stay.

Neighbor Disputes

While you can often pick your campsite, you don’t get to pick your neighbors. Some people don’t get along with others, leading to intense disputes. We’ve seen angry campers arguing over parked cars, loud music, and aggressive dogs.

These disputes can cause some uncomfortable tension and ruin the whole camping experience. When you’re camping, you want to enjoy the sounds and sights of nature, not feel like you’re in the next episode of Cops.

Since you never know how people will respond to intense disputes, it may be best to pack up and leave. You don’t want to struggle to enjoy yourself because those around you can’t get along. 

All the tension can ruin the vibe and make it challenging to relax. Your best option may be to find a new place to stay. The easiest thing to do is to request to move to a new section of the campground.

Pro Tip: Make sure you don’t do any of these: here are the 9 Rudest Things You Can Do in a Campground!

A campfire at night in the foreground and two RVs in the background.

Vehicle or Equipment Malfunction

You don’t have to RV for long before discovering that your vehicle and equipment can malfunction. Depending on the situation and what’s broken, it may be best to throw in the towel on the trip and call it quits.

This doesn’t mean you should give up if an awning or minor malfunction occurs on your rig. However, if your air conditioner, heater, or refrigerator isn’t working, it’ll likely be a miserable experience for everyone.

You may be better off getting the issue fixed and trying again another time.

Personal or Family Emergencies

The final instance where it’s perfectly acceptable to call it quits is when there is a personal or family emergency. Unfortunately, there’s never a suitable time for an emergency. These unexpected hiccups in your schedule can cause you to change your plans quickly.

If you experience a personal or family emergency, communicate with the campground management. We’ve had friends who experienced an illness in their family during a trip to a local state park. Despite having a strict “no refund” policy, officials refunded the unused portions of their campsite due to the unexpected illness.

However, whether you get a refund or not shouldn’t change your mind. Personal and family emergencies typically require your immediate attention.

If you’re unable to enjoy yourself, you should get home or to a more comfortable spot to devise a plan for handling the emergency.

Should She Stay, or Should She Go?

The camp host loves her position but isn’t crazy about the creepiness of the campground. We think she and her husband are brave to stick it out this long. 

We would have thrown in the towel after the first frightening experience! We’ll give her props; they’re more courageous than we are. If you were her, would you stay or would you go?

1 comment
  1. I have had people come to my campsite during the night and look around. They son leave when they are encountered by me with my handgun. Yes, I am licensed in all 50 states to carry with concealment. Mine is a Federal Firearms License which is given to anyone who is or is retired from law enforecment.

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