Just a couple of Tarheels hitting the open road.
Asked by Carolina Travelers | July 24, 2017
Linda 2 | July 24, 2017
Date of Stay:
June, 2017 -
Small but very pretty park about 15 mi from Interstate and conveniences. Paved sites that back up to trees, although some are close to roadway. You may hear some traffic noises early in the morning but didn't bother us. About half of the sites seem to be water/electric and rest are rustic. Bath houses but no showers, modest but clean. Cell reception is nonexistent. No cable TV but we saw some satellite dishes. No WiFi either, although description says there is. We contacted Forest Service who said the RV sites are reserved by going to Reserve America and some of the rustic sites are on there too, I think. Rest are first-come basis. If you don't have a reservation you can check with the camp host. No guarantees, but when we were there it was not completely full. Says big rigs not suitable, but I would add that any rig over the 35 ft range would have issues. All sites are back-in. They do have a separate driveway for your vehicle, however. It is a very quiet, peaceful place with a pretty creek running alongside and some trails running through it. No fancy stuff, just a back to nature kind of place. We camped at Raccoon Branch Campground in a Travel Trailer.
The little town of Sugar Grove is closest, about 5-6 mi. Only a couple of gas station/convenience stores there. No grocery store or restaurants. Nearest grocery is in Marion, about 15 mi away. They have fast food and Walmart if you get desperate.
Date of Stay:
November, 2016 -
We were here for 5 nights. We did not use the bath house, but did check out the facilities and they were clean, although small. We did try to use the laundry room which is essentially a closet with a washer and dryer, coin-operated. It was out of order the day we tried.
The campground is situated around a quarter circle on the sound (not ocean) with beautiful views, but also with pretty strong winds at times. You can see crab and fish but no toe-dipping since the seawall is about 5' high. There is a pier at the far end of the campground, as well as a picnic shelter and pool.
The grounds were clean. The sites were dirt and grass with a picnic table. The hookups worked well although the cable hookup is a little tricky...you get a cable box and some instructions that may or may not work without calling the company help line. We got only a few public channels with our air antenna.
There is a camp host on site if you need help with anything. About half or more of the sites are permanent, but the nice waterfront spots are saved for short-term visitors. We camped at The Refuge on Roanoke Island in a Fifth Wheel.
The only drawback is proximity to Outer Banks water activities. We love the island history and took in Fort Raleigh, Manteo waterfront, Festival Park (and we had seen The Lost Colony during an earlier visit) -- all of these are only a few miles down the road. If you want the wild horse tours, parasailing, beaching, shelling, etc. you will need to go across the bridge to Nags Head, and the other towns along the Outer Banks stretch. it is not far to Nags Head, but if most of what you want to do is on that side of the water, you may want to stay closer. We liked the fact that we were away from the hustle and bustle, but to each his own.
There are quite a few restaurants on Roanoke Island, drug stores, grocery (small but adequate), hair salons, and about anything you would need while visiting.
Date of Stay:
October, 2016 -
Small campground very convenient to highway and services. Price is right for PA discount. Location off I95 likely justifies the $36 no discounted rate. Sites were pretty level, although some were grass, some sand, and large trees created some pretty large roots across several sites. Grounds were clean, however, and hookups all worked.
We were able to get quite a few tv channels with our regular antenna. Wifi, however, is sketchy. Even within a few yards of the office, it was on and out. We heard that a long term camper has set up his own network which interferes with the campground setup. I had to resort to posting this review via my phone and never was successful in posting a photo to share.
The lady running the office was very nice. The store is sparse. No groceries, but everything is very close.
Although right next to interstate, we did not notice much road noise. Fishing lake seems to be biggest asset. No picnic table or fire rings on site.
Good overnight stop particularly if u can get the discounted rate. We camped at Bass Lake RV Campground in a Fifth Wheel.