Monday, August 13, 2012

Tanglewood Park Campground , Clemmons, NC

Date of Stay:  Sunday August 12, 2012 (1 night)

Rate:  $31/night

Website:  Tanglewood Park
   4061 Clemmons Road
   Clemmons, NC 27012

Description:  Very near Winston Salem, NC.  Paved roads and parking pads on large sites with FHU (50A) and cable.  Unfortunately, several sites are very unlevel.  Call ahead to make sure there is a level spot.  No problem with that during the week.  Located near I-40 (exit 182) and easy off/on but no traffic noise.  We were on site 2 with a grassy field behind us and the canopy of old oak trees over us.  This is a full service Forsyth County Park that offers a Championship golf course, aquatic center, horse stables, tennis, soccer, pond fishing, arboretum, rose garden and a Manor House bed and breakfast.   Most of these amenities are an extra fee of course.  There’s a two mile paved multi-use trail that winds about the edge of the forest which has mountain bike trails.  (Using the address in your GPS takes you to the park office.  Be sure to look for the CG signs when you exit from I-40 instead.) 

Activities:  This was just a stop over for us but I fell in love with the place.  I went to the arboretum and rose garden in the evening and took time to walk the paved path in the morning.  I saw about 20 deer on that walk.  Great place to bike also.

Trash and Recycle:  Dumpster in the back corner of the park but several trash cans in amongst the campsites.  A recycle can is at the bathhouse for cans and plastic bottles.

Tanglewood Park-site 2  Tanglewood Park-site 2

Relaxing Arboretum  Arboretum at Tanglewood
Arboretum at Tanglewood  Arboretum at Tanglewood
Arboretum beauty

Deer at Tanglewood  Multi-use Trail at Tanglewood

Sunday, August 12, 2012

River Plantation RV Park, Sevierville, TN

Date of Stay: Wednesday August 8 - Sunday 12, 2012 (4 nights)

Rate:  $37/night

Website:  River Plantation RV Park
   1004 Parkway
   Sevierville, TN 37862

Description:  Gravel roads and parking pads with FHU (50A) and cable.  They do offer Signature sites which have concrete pads on the Little Pigeon River that borders the park.  A rock quarry is on the other side of the river but not noticeable due to the trees on the bank.  We stayed on site 165 which is a pull-thru in the middle of the park.  Laundry is in the bathhouses.  Swimming pool and LP tank fill also near the office.  They have a nice Conference Center for rallies.   The park is between Sevierville and Pigeon Forge which leads to Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park beyond.  It is a very commercial area with lots of restaurants, shops and live entertainment.  The park itself is relatively quiet.

Activities:  This is a busy area and anything and everything is close by for entertainment.  We have camped here several years ago in Gin’s parent’s Winnebago and again in April 2011 for an RV-Dreams Rally.  In 2011 we spent a day at Cades Cove which is part of the Great Smoky Mountains.  This time we enjoyed a ride on the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.  It was like a leisurely hike in the woods without leaving the car.  A young black bear even strolled right in front of us and ignored our presence. 

Trash and Recycle:  A few dumpsters throughout the park.  No recycle bins in the area.

Entry at River Plantation  New Office at River Plantation RV Park
Site 165 River Plantation RV Park  Site 165 River Plantation RV Park-Sevierville TN

Roaring Fork Motor Tour  Roaoring Fork Auto Tour
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Mountain Stream  Mossy Log-Roaring Fork  Mountain StreamRoaring Fork Motor Tour  Road over the Stream
Fuzzy Bear  Cut through the rock

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Fort Boonesborough State Park, Richmond, KY

Date of Stay:  Monday August 6 - Wednesday August 8, 2012 (2 nights)

Rate:  $25/night

Website:  Fort Boonesborough State Park (KY)
   4375 Boonesborough Road
   Richmond, KY 40475

Description:  About 160 sites on paved roads and parking pads.  Water and 50A although we shared a water pedestal with our neighbors Dan and Tricia.  Laundry in the bathhouse and dump station near the exit.  Putt putt is near the camp store and there is a nice swimming pool at the day use area.  We stayed in site 135 which was close to the Kentucky River.  There is an asphalt plant or something across the river but it can’t be seen due to the surrounded wooded areas.  This park is convenient to I-64 and I-75. 

Activities:  This was our last travel stop with Tricia and Dan so we enjoyed one of the nice features of this park which is the working Fort Boonesborough.  It’s a reconstruction of the 1775 fort established by Daniel Boone.  There were several artisans showing us how things were done in pioneer days.  We also enjoyed a nice ride in the countryside amongst the rolling hills.

Trash and Recycle:  Dumpsters near the bathhouses.  No recycling noticed.

Fort Boonesborough State Park (KY) site 135  Fort Boonesborough State Park (KY) site 135

Spinning Yarns  Making Soap
Enjoying the air conditioned displays at Fort Boonesborough

Loom at Fort Boonesborough  Candle Making
Kentucky Tavern of 1780's  White Smith or Metalworking Shop

Monday, August 6, 2012

North Bend State Park (Cokeley CG), Harrisville, WV

Date of Stay:  Thursday August 2 - Monday August 6, 2012 (4 nights)

Rate:  $26/night

Website:  North Bend State Park (WV)
   202 North Bend Park Road
   Route 1, Box 221
   Cairo, WV 26337

Description:  There are two campgrounds in this park.  River Run CG is better suited for smaller rigs and Cokelely CG , where we stayed (site 25), is newer and big-rig friendly.  It is much closer to Harrisville, and in order to avoid hair-pin turns, enter the park from that town instead of Cairo.  Cokeley has paved roads and parking pads with water and 50A hook-up.  Laundry in the bathhouse.  There is a very nice dump station near the exit.  No trees but beautiful rolling hills.  Nice Rails to Trails bike path adjoins River Run although it is gravel instead of paved.  Lots of hiking paths around the older River Run CG and a boat ramp near Cokeley CG onto a small mountain lake.

Activities:  We came here with our friends Tricia and Dan to relax and enjoy the Rails to Trails bike path.  There are several tunnels on the path since this is in the mountains.  One is even said to be haunted by a ghost.  We peddled about 14 miles on gravel so we deserved an ice cream break in the little town of Cairo.  On one of my morning walks I counted 21 deer in different herds.

Trash and Recycle:  Dumpster at the bathhouse but no recycle.

Cokeley CG-North Bend State Park (WV)  Cokeley CG-North Bend State Park (WV)
Cokeley CG site 25-North Bend State Park (WV)

Gin, Tricia and Syl at Silver Run Tunnel (1376 feet long)  Bonds Creek Tunnel (353 feet long)
North Bend Rail Trail

Cairo WV old Hardware Store  Town Square-Cairo WV
Quaint little town of Cairo, WV

Great Architecture  Unusual Architecture
Interesting architecture of the old Bank of Cairo

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Geneva State Park, Geneva, OH

Date of Stay:  Tuesday July 31 - Thursday August 2, 2012 (2 nights)

Rate:  $28/night

Website:  Geneva State Park (OH)
   4499 Padanarum Road
   Geneva, OH 44041

Description:  Paved roads and parking pads.  About 100 sites of which 20 are walk-ins.  We were on site 53 and had 50A.  No water or sewer at site.  Water filling faucets spaced throughout cg.  Dump station was convenient to the exit.  There are only 3 FHU sites but I’m sure they stay full.  Nicely wooded with a few sites that didn’t have very many trees.  Cabins are on Lake Erie and there is a very nice, paved bike path that goes in to the quaint resort town of Geneva-on-the-Lake.  Nice swim beach and full service Marina and Resort Lodge is all part of this State Park property.  We stayed here with Tricia and Dan since we were going in the same general direction after visiting Niagara Falls.

Activities:  We enjoyed the bike path a lot.  It was about 4 miles to the resort town of Geneva-on-the-Lake which is also bike friendly.  Being right on Lake Erie was pretty nice too.  We only stayed two nights but wish it could have been longer.

Trash and Recycle:  There are small dumpsters located throughout the park and a recycle bin that takes everything close to the main shower house (laundry area inside) .

Geneva State Park (OH) site 56  Geneva State Park (OH)

Bike path by Lake Erie-Geneva State Park (OH)  Bike path by Lake Erie-Geneva State Park (OH)
Enjoying the bike path

Dan at Lake Erie-Geneva State Park (OH)  Tricia, Gin and Dan at Lake Erie-Geneva State Park (OH)
Nice swim beach on Lake Erie              Tricia, Gin and Dan kick some rocks