My wife and I have been retired for 11 years and started RVing in 2011. Since our RVing start up we have travelled extensively throughout Southwestern, Western, Northwestern, Midcontinent, Great Lake, Rocky Mountain, and Southeastern regions of the US. Our trips have also included a 4 month trip to Alaska, the Canadian Rockies and Yukon Territory. We love the adventure of the open road; seeing the incredible sights and meeting the wonderful people of this great country.
Date of Stay:
August, 2017 -
What a pleasant campground this is. While near all major attractions in the Asheville, NC area, the camping experience is what you would expect in the Pisgah National Forrest...quiet, relaxed and in an environment of beautiful hardwood and pine forest surrounded by mountain views at the small nearby fishing and swimming lake. The roads into and out of the campground were easy to navigate and the campground roads are very good. Our site was fairly easy to back into and most other sites appeared likewise. The check in process was a breeze at the campground gate. Our site was mostly level with one block to help. The site was long but a little narrower than most other sites and had plenty of nice shade which only allowed us to see one other camper. The pad was asphalt with a nice but small area to the side with a fixed picnic table, fire ring with grill, and a lantern post. As our site was somewhat narrow, the fire ring was placed close to our awning which limited a fire to a small size. We stayed in the Lakeside Loop which has mostly full hookups. The hookups were excellent...worked well and placed properly. I checked out the bath houses which are among the nicest I have seen. The bath houses have two individual private bathrooms with sink and toilet and two individual private showers. They were cleaned twice per day and always seemed to shine. The campground volunteers were very friendly and actually cleaned out the fire pits, blew off leaves around the campsite and raked the small gravel in the outside living area. If you need great communications with the outside world, don't expect it here. But then what can you expect in a national forest in the mountains? You can run down the road for 5 minutes or so and have great cell phone service, just not at your site. Overall Lake Powhatan is a great place to camp with good hiking trails, bike trails, small fishing and swimming lake and yet close to all the attractions that the Asheville area has to offer. We camped at Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.
Near the park is the NC ABORETUM and entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Asheville is definately a destination city with great restaurants, museums, craft shops and breweries and plenty of natural areas to explore in the region.
Date of Stay:
July, 2017 -
We stayed one night primarily to visit nearby Edenton, NC. The campground was fine once we relocated sites. Unfortunately I did not check out the electric before leveling trailer. Voltage was running 105 to 107 with only AC running. The owners immediately came out and after checking the electric we moved to another site where the voltage was fine. We appreciated the owners quick response to our problem as temperature was in the 90s. The campground is located in very scenic, quiet farmland. It has full hookups and WIFI that worked for us. The sites are both back in and pull thrus and are generally quite large. We did not see any permanent residents and in fact most units we saw were large and late model. Being on farmland the one downfall when it's 90 out is a lack of shade. We did not use the bathroom but did check out. It is old but does what it's there for but nothing special. Pay attention to the directions on the campground's website or get them from the very nice owners. The roads were fine getting to the campground and inside it. We would probably stay here again but would probably come in the spring or fall when cooler temps prevail. We camped at Rocky Hock Campground in a Travel Trailer.
The campground has a large pond where catch and release fishing can be done. It also has a small par 3 golf course and a barn at the end of the campground were music events are held on Friday nights and on some Saturdays. There is no noise from the events so that is not a concern and the crowd on Saturday was well reserved. A small boat launch is also available on the property.
Date of Stay:
June, 2017 -
Wonderful Virginia State Park across the James River from Jamestown and Williamsburg. Easy access on good rural roads and the ferry across the James River is free (weekends can get busy). Once inside park the campground is very accessible and has 2 loops, A & B. Loop A is older with many small and unlevel sites but is almost completely in heavy shade. This would work for tent or small trailer campers but bring leveling blocks. Loop B is modern with good water and electric hookups and can accommodate rigs up to 50 feet. Most sites are close to level. Check in first at the Visitor Center. All park personnel were very friendly and helpful at checkin and throughout the park. Most B sites are shaded just not has heavy as in Loop A. B sites are asphalt and most have a large gravel living area with picnic table, cooking style fire pit and lantern pole. The B Loop bath house is very modern and extremely clean. It has seperate shower facilities in the back which are excellent. While we camped on weekdays, the bathrooms were always very clean. The B Loop bath house also has a small laundry and an exchange library. The park has a very nice bike and walking trail along the James River to the historic area in the park which includes two historic plantation homes with out buildings, an interesting farm & forestry museum and many other farm buildings. An Olympic size swimming pool with snack bar is also in the park. Pool admission and park tours are included free with your camp site fee. The park has good activities including kayaking and canoeing, mansion tours, and children oriented activities. Our grandchildren really enjoyed swimming and playing in the James River and the diving board at the pool. Also the old tractors parked in an old barn were a big hit. We will definitely return. We camped at Chippokes Plantation State Park in a Travel Trailer.
This is a great park to just relax at or use for the nearby activities in Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg, Bush Gardens, or even Yorktown.
There are no major stores to shop for groceries etc so bring with you. A Dollar General and 7 Eleven is about 4 miles away. A nice relaxing restaurant, the Surry Seafood Co., is not too far on a beautiful wide creek that runs to the James River. It has both indoor and outdoor seating with great water and marsh views.
Date of Stay:
April, 2017 -
Camping at Cheraw SP was a very pleasant experience. The park is easy to get to (even on back country roads), to enter and to exit. The entrance is on the opposite side of the lake from the campground. We proceeded to our reserved site and after unhooking, and setting up we registered at the camp office. The check in is simple and quick and the lady checking us in was most pleasant. The CG is small (17 sites) and spaciousness varies but no site is on top of your neighbor. Six sites are right on the lake but the others should have at least a partial view of the water. All sites have 50 amp electric or lower, and water. Sites also have picnic tables, fire pit which can be used for grilling, and a pole for hanging a lantern. Most sites are level or need only minor leveling. Sites are shady and overall are pleasant being right on the water and in a quiet location. Restroom was older but well kept and clean with hand soap and paper towels at the sinks. Showers were fine. The real highlights of the park are the 300 acre lake which permits boating (no gas powered), canoeing, kayaking, standup paddle boarding and fishing. There are good hiking and biking and horseback riding areas. The other big ticket is a championship golf course which is certainly the Augusta National of public courses in SC and at great greens fees. We were pleasantly surprised by how nice the surrounding area is and the beauty of it all. The town of Cheraw is worth a visit to see some fantastic historical homes in perfect condition and still lived in. We camped at Cheraw State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Make a trip into Cheraw (about 3 miles) and tour the historical area for sights of beautifully maintained historical homes. A real surprise. Head downtown and stop in at the Rivers Edge Restaurant and Bakery for good home cooking meals and an outstanding bakery.
Date of Stay:
February, 2017 -
We have stayed here twice and enjoyed the park both times, once in summer and most recently this winter. The park has boating, hiking, fishing and lake swimming, and is an easy 30+ minute drive to many activities in the Chapel Hill and Raleigh areas. Closer in, Fearrington Village offers several great restaurants and upscale shopping. The sites are large and most offer nice privacy. There are also buddie sites for those travelling with other campers. The water (in spring thru fall) and electric hookups worked well and the site was nicely paved and included a large outdoor living area with picnic table, fire pit, and lantern hook. Our site backed very near to the shore and had beautiful views of the lake and sunset. In the summer most sites appear to be well shaded. Only electric is available in the winter months but water can be obtained at the dump or at the rest room locations. This is a great location to either kick back on a beautiful site and just relax or to see all the attractions that the nearby area has to offer. We will stay here again. We camped at Jordan Lake SRA / Crosswinds Campground in a Travel Trailer.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University in Raleigh have major college sports activities plus cultural events and many good restaurants. Raleigh also has major shopping and excellent museums. In Fearrington Village (about 15 minutes from the park) is the Granary restaurant which has wonder well prepared meals using fresh local food items and at reasonable prices.
Date of Stay:
October, 2016 -
We have stayed here many times and have always found this park to be a gem. The sites are paved pads, all with full hookups and good cable and wifi. While I would not say that the sites are spacious, they are not cramped and should handle most any size rig. Most sites have at least partial shade as a canopy of very large trees is throughout the campground. All sites have good picnic tables. The one word of caution is to pick your site carefully as leveling your unit can be a problem on sites 25-35. These sites range from poor to very poor on my leveling scale and sites 31-35 would be very challenging to level your rig. This is no secret as lots of other reviews point this out too. Just beware that you will need lots of leveling skills and materials on these sites. Otherwise this is a great park that has lots of amenities in the nearby Tanglewood County Park. The campground and the county park were at one time the estate of William Neal Reynolds who was the brother of tobacco king R J Reynolds. The park fee is part of your camping fee so no additional park charge is placed on campers. Within the park and just outside of the campground are biking, jogging, and walking trails. The park also has a separate mountain biking area for vaious skill levels plus a BMX track (truly a bikers dream park). The park also includes 2 18 hole championship golf courses as well as a 18 hole par 3 course. There is a pool and waterpark area, tennis area, and stable area for horseback riding. If that's not enough to do, there is a small lake for light fishing and paddleboating. The old estate home is now a B&B and you can stroll the gardens and through the arboretom. You can easily spend a week in the area which includes the old Salem historic settlement, Winston Salem, Wake Forrest University, and the estate of RJ Renolds. This is really a great area to camp and visit. We camped at Tanglewood Park Campground in a Travel Trailer.
There are so many things to do in the surronding area so take a short trip to the Winston Salem Visitor Center for all the information you'll need to help pick and choose your activities.