Tuesday, September 29, 2015

RV Resort at Carolina Crossroads, Roanoke Rapids, NC

Date of Stay:  Thursday September 3 – Tuesday September 29, 2015

Rate:  $575/month

Website:  RV Resort at Carolina Crossroads
   415 Wallace Fork Road
   Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870

Description:  Reviewed several times in the past.  We stayed on our usual site (P8).  All sites are level with 50A FHU.  Most are pull thru so this is a popular over nighter about a mile from I-95 (exit 171).

Activities:  We basically did family visiting and unwinding at the MH.  Gin got on the roof and put some Eternabond around the shower skylight.  The pool here is always inviting on a hot late summer day.

Trash and Recycle:  They pick up your trash by 10:00 if you leave it curbside or take it to the dumpster in the rear of the park yourself.  We found a comingled recycle bin at the Aquatic Center in town near Mom’s so we used the convenience when visiting with her.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

James River State Park, Gladstone, VA

Date:  Sunday August 30 - Thursday September 3, 2015 (4 nights)
Rate:  $38/night
Website:  James River State Park (VA)
   104 Green Hill Drive
   Gladstone, VA 24553
Description:  Paved roads with level dirt/gravel wooded sites having W/E (50A).  Located in the middle of nowhere off of narrow Virginia secondary roads, we were surprised to get good Verizon reception.  We stayed on site 15 which is a long pull-thru.  As with other VA State Parks, we picked our site once we arrived.  Very wooded so the rooftop dish didn't work.  Good thing Gin was able to set up our portable one.  Also several nice cabins (houses really) in the park and separate camping for horse lovers.
Trash and Recycle: Dumpster near the dump station at the exit.  Didn't notice any recycle.

Activities:  On our way here, the MH cut off in the middle of Hwy 211 on the way to I-85 near New Market.  We will have our cooling system checked thoroughly at Freightliner in September.  Like other VA state parks, there are very nice hiking trails here so I took advantage of them.  There is a canoe livery on site where you can rent a kayak/canoe and they also have a shuttle service from one end of the park to the other where there is a nice boat landing.  Maybe next time because the James River looked so inviting.  We enjoyed a visit to the Visitor Center which has nice displays about the history of the area.

Site 15 in Red Oak loop  Site 15 Red Oak loop
Red Oak Loop site 15

Nice cabins with beautiful views!  Picnic area near the Canoe Livery
Cabins have beautiful views                       Day use picnic area on the river
Beautiful!  James River from the trail
Beautiful James River
Canoe Livery in the State Park  Nice day for a float
Canoe livery on the river
James River SP Visitor Center  Batteaux outside the Visitor Center
Visitor Center with a batteaux outside (narrow cargo river boat)
Inside the Visitor Center  Inside the Visitor Center
Inside the Visitor Center  Inside the Visitor Center
Inside the Visitor Center
Nice trail markings River Trail Some hills on Cabell Trail
Love the trail system here River Trail River Trail
Trail in James River SP Good trail markers in Va State Parks Dixon Landing (kayak marker)
Love the trails here!
Along River Trail Purple flowers too Golden Rod along River Trail
Wildflowers along River Trail Spider web with morning dew Orange flowers too
Lots of wild flowers along the trails