Friday, August 11, 2017

Cross Creek RV Park, Maggie Valley, NC

Date of Stay:  Monday August 7 – Friday August 11, 2017 (4 nights)

Rate:  $50/night

Website:  Cross Creek RV Park
   69 Georgia Lane (gps 1354 Moody Farm Road)
   Maggie Valley, NC 28751

Description:  Yes we were here just a few days ago and did a big review then.  This time we stayed on site 65 and T&D stayed right behind us on site 58.  All the sites are level gravel FHU (50A) with cable.  We had talked about how much we enjoyed this area so T&D wanted to join us in the mountains.  They actually treated us since Hominy Valley was not very accommodating to them, and we wanted to join them here.

Trash and Recycle:  Dumpster in the back corner of the park but no recycle bins.  Haywood County does have some community recycle centers that I will use next time.  Mauney Cove Road is close to Lake Junaluska.

Activities:  We enjoyed catching up with T&D and riding around the area some with them (Waterrock Knob on the BRP, Cherokee and the Oconaluftee Island Park, Great Smoky Mountain visitor center where we saw a herd of 33 elk, and Soco Falls just to name a few).  We all car-hiked the Heintooga Ridge Road (about 14 mile one-way narrow, winding, dirt road) off the BRP between Maggie Valley and Cherokee.  We set aside a whole day to enjoy the Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley.  It’s mostly restored old motorcycles but definitely worth the entry fee in my opinion.  (No photos taken here this time because I just wanted to enjoy the moments as they happened.)

Monday, August 7, 2017

Hominy Valley RV Park, Candler, NC

Date of Stay:  Tuesday August 1 – Monday August 7, 2017 (6 nights)

Rate:  $35/night

Website:  Hominy Valley RV Park
   1550 Pisgah Hwy or 19 Emmas Cove Road (lower park)
   Candler, NC 28715

Description:  Located just a few miles west of Asheville and on a road that leads to the BRP, this is a small family run cg with FHU(50A) but no bath facilities.  There are really two small parks.  The main one of six sites is up on the main road while the other one (two sites and two tiny houses) is beside the owner’s nice house located on Hominy Creek.  We stayed on site 3 of the lower park facing Hominy Creek.  The upper park is easier to get into but has traffic noise.  The lower park is very quiet but there is a tight turn into the driveway which is a bit steep.  There is no bathhouse or other major amenities at either park but the lower level does have nice, new, large concrete patios with pergolas on them.  The sites and roadways are packed gravel.  This is the sister park of Carolina Crossroads RV Resort that we stay at to visit family.  It is owned by the same family.

Trash and Recycle:  There are a few large trash cans at the sites but no recycle.

Activities:  We took another ride on the BRP and took Hwy 276 to Brevard for lunch at a great Chinese restaurant, Twin Dragons.  We enjoyed relaxing at our site and I took a long hike combining three shorter ones near Mt Pisgah Lodge on the BRP.

Hominy Valley RV Park roadside entry  Roadside rv park
Upper level park by the road
Fred's house with a couple of rv sites by Hominy Creek  Between a couple of tiny houses
Lower level on Hominy Creek
Patio of site 3  Lounge chairs facing Hominy Creek
Patio of site 3 and chairs facing the creek
Doe across the creek
Neighbor across the creek

Morning light  Buck Springs Gap Overlook BRP MP 407.7
Buck Springs Gap Overlook (MP 407.7) has a trail back towards Pisgah Lodge
Trailhead to Mt Pisgah Lodge(MP407.7)  Shade  Up hill
Trail is only about one mile long but has some nice ups and downs
Rhododendron canopy  Rosebay Rhododendron  Rhododendron trail
The hug from nature this time was from the rhododendron canopy
Pedestrian overlook at G.Vanderbilt's hunting lodge(Buck Spring Lodge)  Nice spot near the summit of Little Bald Mountain
Overlook at old hunting lodge                       Near summit of Little Bald Mountain
Butterfly  Butterflies on thistle
Lots of butterflies along the trail!

Mount Pisgah Trail    Destination Mt Pisgah
Mount Pisgah is next… one and a half miles up to a nice view then back down
Through the Rhododendron  Not bad  Begins very nicely
Starts with nice gravel and gentle uphill climb…
Wild flowers  Butterfly at a Turk's Cap Lily  Wild flowers
… and nice wild flowers along the trail
Rock scrambling  More rock scrambling  And more rock scrambling
Then it gets more challenging and steeper…
Up hill  Rocky ups  Lunch spot near summit
… with rock scrambles to a nice lunch spot near the top
Just about there!  WLOS 13 Asheville tv tower
The tower at top is for WLOS13 TV out of Asheville NC
Truck in the lot is very far away  Beautiful view from the summit platform
Nice observation deck lets me see the truck below and a beautiful view…
Unfortunately a family of 8 arrived.  They sounded like 38 people though.
Fryingpan firetower is very far away
Looking across at Fryingpan Firetower

Old roadbed  Old roadbed  Old roadbed
Hike to Fryingpan Lookout Tower (MP 409.6) is only 1.5 miles round trip on FS Road 450
Wild flowers  Wild flowers  Wild flower
Lots of wild flowers
Gets steep near the top      Five stories high      Going back down  
Gets steeper near the summit  The tower has 5 flights of step   Nice views without going up the tower
I only made it to the second story  Beautiful!!
Two flights up was enough for me, it was so windy but beautiful
Mt Pisgah is way over there  Beautiful!!
Looking back at Mt Pisgah                     I LOVE THE MOUNTAINS!!