After 28 years of a great work life in the corporate world which led them to 5 different homes and cities, Kevin and Gena decided to go back to their roots.
Kevin grew up in Boulder, Colorado. He spent many years camping and hiking in the Rocky Mountains and became and Eagle Scout. Gena moved to Boulder in High School and they met in 1982. They both graduated from the University of Colorado. They were married in 1987 and moved to Florida. They have 3 incredible sons. As a family, they never lost the passion for being outdoors, camping and hiking. So, 10 years ago they bought their first Airstream. Now on their fourth, they have camped and hiked across many states.
RV Park Search
With their sons now grown, Gena and Kevin decided to look into combining their passion for being outdoors and camping in their Airstream with an occupation. So, they began exploring purchasing an RV Park of their own. The search led them through multiple states and dozens of parks.
Then, on a cold, snowy day in March 2017, Kevin drove to Mountain Stream RV Park just outside of Ashville, NC. From the moment he arrived, he knew this was a special place. Ron and Becky Johnston had spent 13 years passionately creating the “Prettiest Little Park This Side of Heaven”. The passion showed in so many ways: the perfectly manicured grounds and sites, the cleanliness of the entire park, picnic tables that are second to no other campground, using the natural surroundings to create unique sites, decks that go out over the water, full hook-ups on every site, creating their own “cable company” to provide TV for the campers, perfect gravel throughout the park so there is never a muddy day. The list goes on and on.
From a business perspective Mountain Stream also looked good. 2016 was the park’s biggest and best year and 2017 was already starting out faster than the year before. The Johnston’s had established many traditions such as the annual Chili Cook-off and annual Duck race. This, also led to a loyal following of campers, many of whom have been camping for years and years.
Finally, the location is ideal. Just minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway in the middle of the Pisgah National Forest: close to Asheville, hiking trails, waterfalls and multiple excellent attractions.
Look for Kevin and Gena Middleton and the unofficial camp mascot, Ralphie, to continue the traditions and add some of their own.