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
Here 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:
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
This year for Halloween Kate and I met up with our friend Mark who lives in DC. We didn’t have much of a plan and didn’t don a costume but we had a great time anyway. I took my camera with flash and took 375 photos. Here are the 22 I felt good about showing you.
At the end of the family weekend at Peaks of Otter Kate, Dazey, and I ran down to Roanoke for a day trip.
Blue Ridge Parkway
To get from Peaks of Otter to Roanoke the quickest route is on the Blue Ridge Parkway which you can learn all about here at the wikipedia’s. There are lots of great views on the road and they built a crap ton of pull off spots for you to get out take photos and have lunch. Please don’t stop in the middle of the road to look that views.
Rolling in Roanoke
We stopped in Roanoke for a beer and walked around downtown. Its a pretty cool town and a place I would be interested in exploring more.
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.
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.
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!
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
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
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
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.
Homey at Apex
If you need any hardware supplies there is a Home Depot about 9 miles down the road:
Jordan Lake Campground Info
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 email@example.com 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…
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.