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Boondocking near Charleston South Carolina

It’s time for us to start heading south ’cause its getting COLD! Having lived in Phoenix for 14 years I do not do well when the temps dip below 60 degrees. That’s a fact jack! We will be doing Thanksgiving in Raleigh with family and then heading towards southern Florida shortly after that.

Potential Boondocking Sites near Charleston, NC

Boondocking sites near charleston south carolina mapHere is what we have found for Boondocking sites along the way. Have a look and if you have any knowledge of the areas please speak up. If you know anyone who lives in those areas please put is in touch.
We have heard good things about Charleston, SC and these are the Boondocking sites we have found so far:

Santee Coastal Reserve Wildlife Management Area

This is a FREE campsite.
220 Santee Gun Club Road
McClellanville, South Carolina
GPS: 33.154879, -79.368238
Directions
Public – Fish and Wildlife Service (Official)
Website
843-546-8665
Email
Santee Coastal Reserve Wildlife Management Area is open Non-hunting days. You may stay4 days at Santee Coastal Reserve Wildlife Management Area.
http://freecampsites.net/#!9238&query=sitedetails

Elmwood Recreation Area

This is a FREE campsite.
McClellanville, South Carolina
GPS: 33.198958, -79.470065
Directions
Public – Forest Service (USDA) (Official)
Website
(843) 336-3248
The road in is Paved. Elmwood Recreation Area is open Year Round. You may stay 14 Days at Elmwood Recreation Area.
http://freecampsites.net/#!2463&query=sitedetails

Honey Hill Campground

This is a FREE campsite.
McClellanville, South Carolina
GPS: 33.174488, -79.561241
Directions
Public – Forest Service (USDA) (Official)
Website
The road in is Gravel and 1/4 miles from a paved road. Honey Hill Campground is open Year Round. There are 6-15 campsites at this location and the maximum RV length is . You may stay 14 Days at Honey Hill Campground.
http://freecampsites.net/#!2462&query=sitedetails

Halfway Creek Trail Camp

This is a FREE campsite.
Halfway Creek Road
Huger, South Carolina
GPS: 33.056686, -79.696588
Directions
Public – Forest Service (Official)
Website
(843) 336-3248
The road in is Dirt. There are 1-5 campsites at this location and the maximum RV length is . You may stay 14 nights at Halfway Creek Trail Camp.
http://freecampsites.net/#!9243&query=sitedetails

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Peaks of Otter Fall Weekend

I have always heard that fall in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a sight to behold, but being from Colorado I always took the attitude that altitude was better. It turns out I was wrong and the Blue Ridge Mountains really are a sight to behold in the fall. Kate’s family has been coming to this area for decades to hike up Peaks of Otter and remember family and friends. This year Kate and I were able to join them and got a few photos.

Peaks of Otter

What a strange name right? Apparently there have never actually been Otters in this area. The names likely come from Scottish settlers in the 1700’s who named the places after their homeland. Here is the wikipedia page talking about the Peaks of Otter. We hiked up the second highest one called Sharp top cause guess why? The rocks on top are sharp and stuff.

View of Sharp Top Mountain at Peaks of Otter Rolling with Grass VA 10 2014
Canon 60d 50mm – ISO 200, f/8.0, 1/60th sec
Grass family at visitor center of Peaks of Otter Rolling with Grass VA 10-2014
Canon 60d 50mm f1.8 – ISO 200, f/8.0, 1/60th sec
Grass family on top of Sharp Top Mountain at Peaks of Otter Rolling with Grass VA 10-2014
Canon 60d Tokina 11-16 – ISO 160, 16mm, f/14, 1/60th sec

Abbott Lake at Peaks of Otter Lodge

At the foot of Sharp Top is the visitor center and next to that is Abbott Lake and the Lodge. At the Lodge on Thursday through Sunday night you might catch some live local bluegrass musicians, highly recommended.

There is a huge field of grass next to the lake and visitor’s center so we had Photos with Grass on the grass! Its an agronomists delight!

Bill Kate and Dazey getting crazy at Peaks of Otter Rolling with Grass VA 10-2014
Canon 60d 50mm f1.8 – ISO 500, f/8.0, 1/125th sec

Dazey Kate and Fall at Peaks of Otter Rolling with Grass VA 10-2014
Canon 60d 50mm f1.8 – ISO 400, f/2.8, 1/800th sec
Dazey and Kate playing at Peaks of Otter Rolling with Grass VA 10-2014
Canon 60d 50mm f1.8 – ISO 320, f/8.0, 1/125th sec
Roger Kate and Dazey at Peaks of Otter Rolling with Grass VA 10-2014
Canon 60d 50mm f1.8 – ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/400th sec
The whole famn damily on Abbott Lake footbridge at Peaks of Otter Rolling with Grass VA 10-2014
Canon 60d 50mm f1.8 – ISO 160, f/5.0, 1/100th sec

Campground Info and Map

There are 52 RV spots in this campground. They are not the most level and there is no hookups. They do have dump stations and potable water available but not at any of the individual sites. It was pretty chilly when we were there so make sure your propane is filled up too.
The drive into the camp is narrow and winding. If you take the 43 from west of Bedford it gets pretty hairy in places with less than no shoulder on some turns. I would advise not taking that route if possible.
Contact Information:
PEAKS OF OTTER CAMPGROUND
10454 Peaks Road
Bedford, VA 24523
Phone Number: (540)586-7321
Website for Peaks of Otter Campground

Sunrise RV Campsite in the trees at Peaks of Otter Rolling with Grass VA 10-2014
Canon 60d Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8

View down rv campground parkway at Peaks of Otter Rolling with Grass VA 10-2014
Canon 60d 50mm f1.8
Nighttime RV campsite at Peaks of Otter Rolling with Grass VA 10-2014
Canon 60d Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8

And here they are your moments of Zen…

Sunrise through the trees at Peaks of Otter Rolling with Grass VA10-2014
Canon 60d 50mm f1.8

Sun through trees at Peaks of Otter Rolling with Grass VA 10-2014
Canon 60d 50mm f1.8

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Jordan Lake North Carolina State Park

Rolling With Grass at Jordan Lake Sunrise Mist Water Trees

One word for this campground: beautiful
Seriously this place is nothing but beauty everywhere you go. The first day we arrived we were greeted with a pretty solid downpour that flooded our campground. Another advantage of being in an RV is that even if there is standing water you are still dry and with a 20 foot wide awning you can sit under a strong storm comfortably.

First Campground with Dazey

Davey Rolling with Grass Campground Jordan Lake NC Fall 2014
iPhone 4s ISO 64, 4.28mm, f/2.4, 1/120th sec

After picking up our newest family member, Dazey, in Asheboro we went straight to this campground. Nothing like trial by fire right? The good news is that she felt at home in the trailer right away and enjoyed running around camp on her leash. She is a camping dog at heart and is ready to rock and roll.

Short drive to Raleigh

Kate and Dazey Grass of Rolling with Grass at Trophy Brewing Co in Raleigh NC Fall 2014
Canon 60d 50mm f1.8 – ISO 100, f/8, 1/60th sec

The lake is just 20 miles from Raleigh, NC where we drove in for a cheeseless pizza at Trophy Brewing Co.

Hanging out with family

While there was some cell phone connection at the lake it wasn’t strong which meant we couldn’t watch any video. Perfect for hanging out with family and catching up on stories or taking photos by the lake.

Rolling with Grass family at Jordan Lake NC Fall 2014
Canon 60d 50mm – ISO 100, f/3.5, 1/60th sec

Homey at Apex

If you need any hardware supplies there is a Home Depot about 9 miles down the road:

Jordan Lake Campground Info

Rolling with Grass Campsight 2014 at Jordan Lake NC
Canon 60d 50mm f1.8 – ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/60th sec

We stayed Monday till Thursday and the park was pretty much empty. By Thursday it started filling up though and the weekends are pretty packed when the temperatures are warm here. If you can avoid the weekends.
$25 per night
Register at the main ranger station.
Tons of sites, many with electric and water hookups.
Dump station at the entrance of the campground. Multiple drains with rinse water.
(919) 362-0586
jordan.lake@ncparks.gov
280 State Park Road, Apex, NC 27523
GPS: 35.7369, -79.0169
Website – http://ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/jord/main.php

Sunrise and sunset

And here they are, your moments of zen…

Rolling With Grass at Jordan Lake Sunrise Mist Water Trees Small Shot
Canon 60d 50mm f1.8 – ISO 125, f/8.0, 1/30th sec

Our campsite was all of 30 feet from the lake’s edge. So I was able to stroll easily down and get some nice photos of the sunrise and sunset on the water.

Rolling with Grass Sunrise Mist Shore Jordan Lake NC Fall 2014
Canon 60d 50mm f1.8 – ISO 320, f/7.1, 1/60th sec
Rolling with Grass Birds Water sunset Jordan Lake NC Fall 2014
Canon 60d 50mm – ISO 6400, f/4.0, 1/50th sec
Sunset Water Trees Jordan Lake NC Fall 2014
Canon 60d 50mm f1.8 – ISO 100, f/10, 25 sec
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Harvest host at Sander’s Ridge Vineyard in NC

Sanders Ridge Vineyards Rolling With Grass Truck and Trailer

On our way to see family in Raleigh, NC we spent a night at a Harvest Host member farm in northern North Carolina. After a quick stop at a nearby RV park for fresh water we made our way to the Sanders Ridge Vineyards where they had us park a few hundred feet from the restaurant building in a field adjacent to their vinyards as you can see in the main photo for this post above.
Roger and Kate of Rolling with Grass sampling wines at Sanders Ridge Vineyards
Sanders Ridge is a family owned and operated vineyard with a variety of wines to choose from. We naturally sampled all ten that were currently available. They were all tasty and unique wines and following the Harvest Host recommendation we purchased a few bottles for future consumption.

However since we didn’t have far to walk to get home we went ahead and enjoyed a bottle on their deck while a light rain fell around us.
Kate of Rolling with Grass Enjoys wine in the rain at Sanders Ridge Vineyards
They also have a 15 line zip-line setup which we will definitely be back to experience but this trip we didn’t have a lot of time and headed out the next morning.

Even if you aren’t RVing Sander’s is worth stopping for. The wines are delicious and they have a gourmet restaurant on site. When we went they were having a painting course for about 15 participants.