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

Halloween with Grass in DC

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.

Sexy sailor and our man Chad the Nerf Predator at scary 90's bar on U Street Halloween with Grass DC 2014
Sexy sailor and our man Chad the Nerf Predator at scary 90’s bar on U Street

Lean and Evan by the Saloon on Halloween Grass DC 2014
Leah (Sharknado) and Evan(Zombie?) in front of the Saloon on U Street.
Young people at Halloween Grass DC 2014
Tony Blair, Ulysses Grant, and Skuly-girl at the scary 90’s bar.
Young Ladies at Halloween Grass DC 2014
Cat Woman, Waldo, and lady with a nice bow at the Fainting Goat on U Street
Guys at Fainting Goat Halloween Grass DC 2014
Superman and Wolfman at the Fainting Goat on U Street
Lovely Ladies at Fainting Goat Halloween Grass DC 2014
Well dressed ladies at the Fainting Goat on U Street.
Mark and Kate at Fainting Goat Halloween Grass DC 2014
Mark and Kate chumming it up at the Fainting Goat on U Street
Pretty Ladies at Fainting Goat Halloween Grass DC 2014
More lovely ladies at the Fainting Goat on U Street
Ladies from above at the Fainting Goat on Halloween Grass DC 2014
Wood nympf and burlesque gal at the Fainting Goat on U Street
More ladies at the Fainting Goat on u Street Halloween Grass DC 2014
Pretty ladies at the Fainting Goat on U Street
Pink Bunnies at the Fainting Goat Halloween Grass DC 2014
Cute Pink Bunny couple at the Fainting Goat on U Street
PInata ladies at Fainting Goat Halloween Grass DC 2014
The pinata gals at the Fainting Goat on U Street
WWF Couple on U Street Halloween Grass DC 2014
WWF Couple on U Street
Blu Man, Tinnis Champ, and Maverick on U Street Halloween Grass DC 2014
Blu Man, Tinnis Champ, and Maverick on U Street
Banana Man Halloween Grass DC 2014
Banana Man on U Street
The Pinata Woman on U Street Halloween Grass DC 2014
The Pinata Woman on U Street
Mark and Kate Hi Steppin on U Street Halloween Grass DC 2014
Mark and Kate Hi Steppin on U Street
Poindexter and Death on U Street Halloween Grass DC 2014
Poindexter and Death on U Street
Hot Mess on U Street Halloween Grass DC 2014
Hot Mess on U Street
Too Sexy on U Street Halloween Grass DC 2014
Too Sexy on U Street
Cat Boyz at Cobalt on Halloween Grass DC 2014
Cat Boyz at Cobalt
DR Dre and Sugar Skulls at Cobalt on Halloween Grass DC 2014
Dr Dre and Sugar Skulls at Cobalt

Quickie in Roanoke

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.

Kate and Dazey on the Blue Ridge Parkway to Roanoke Rolling with Grass
Canon 60d 50mm f1.8

Dazey looks at Kate and Roger being crazy on Blue Ridge Parkway to Roanoke Rolling with Grass
Canon 60d 50mm f1.8

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.

Kate and Dazey in Roanoke Rolling with Grass
Canon 60d 50mm f1.8

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

Jordan Lake North Carolina State Park

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