Sunday, November 6, 2016

Walkabout Camp and RV Park, Woodbine, GA

Date of Stay:  Saturday November 5, 2016 (1 night)

Rate:  $19/night (PPA discount)

Website:  Walkabout Camp and RV Park
   742 Old Still Road
   Woodbine, GA 31569

Description:  Reviewed several times in the past.  Near exit 7 off I-95 in Georgia just north of the Florida state line.  We stayed in site B11.  All sites are narrow, FHU pull thrus.

Activities:  After a long drive, we enjoyed resting in the rig.  This is a nice one night stop over for us as long as they still accept PPA.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Freightliner Custom Chassis Factory Service Center, Gaffney, SC

Date of Stay:  Thursday November 3 – Saturday November 5, 2016 (2 nights)

Rate:  yearly service

Website:  Freightliner Custom Chassis Factory Service Center
   103 Campus Drive
   Gaffney, SC 29341

Description:  Gaffney SC is where our Freightliner Chassis was made so we bring Tawanda here for regular service.  There are 6 work bays and 20 rv sites with 50A electric hookup.  We were on site 5 and in work bay 5.  Dump station and water take on as you enter the fenced area.  Near I-85 at exit 92.

Trash and Recycle:  Dumpster on site.

Activities:  Time for regular service plus our check engine light had recently come on indicating the DEF temperature sensor needed replacing.  Arrived on Thursday for a Friday morning appointment.  Left on Saturday after they topped off our cooling fluid.  We spent a beautiful day at Cowpens National Park Battlefield while Tawanda was being serviced.  There is a nice Visitor Center with an educational film about the battle that happened here on January 17, 1781 between the Patriot Continentals and the British.  There is a nice 1 mile trail on Green River Road (dirt path) where the actual battle occurred.  There is also an original log home (1828) on the property.  It is surrounded by a 3 mile one way auto loop road.

Site 5  Work bay 5
On site 5                                                 Work bays 4, 5 and 6

Gin at monument Battle of Cowpens Memorial monument
Battle of Cowpens Visitor Center
Patriot Continental Army  British Army
Patriot Continental Army                               British Army
Grasshopper cannon  British equipment
Grasshopper cannon                                 British equipment
Continental Army  Battlefield
Continental Army                                   Battlefield Trail
Patriot Army  British Army
Patriot Army                                             British Army
Green River Road  Green River Road
Green River Road
Skirmishers retreat, British advance  Double Envelopment
Skirmishers retreat                                  Double envelopment
Robert Scruggs house 1828  Interior
Robert Scruggs House (1828) with the meager belongings of the yeoman farmer

Thursday, November 3, 2016

John H Moss Lake City Campground, Shelby, NC

Date of Stay:  Thursday October 27 – Thursday November 3, 2016 (1 week)

Rate:  $20/night or $100/week

Website:  John H Moss Lake City Campground
   2621 Oak Grove Road
   Shelby, NC 28150

Description:  Although this city lake and cg is Kings Mountain property, it is closer to Shelby, NC.  Even with FHU(50A), the cg is a bit rustic with gravel roads and sites and very wooded.  Surprisingly, we got rooftop sat tv reception.  We stayed on site 21 which was unlevel, as are most of the sites.  We had to park a little crooked towards the rear of our site to be level enough to use all of our pads to level up the rest of the way.  This made us further away from the ill placed utility hook ups so we had to use our 30A extension cord.  The water pressure is very strong so use a pressure regulator so you don’t blow a hole in your hose like we did.  Considerable traffic on Oak Grove Road during the day but quiets down at night.

Trash and Recycle:  Trash cans at every site but no recycle in the cg.  About 2 miles east is a convenient county recycling center.

Activities:  We had wonderful weather here so we simply enjoyed sitting outside and watching the squirrels chase each other amongst the Autumn leaves.  The cg was crowded for Halloween weekend with lots of folks decorating their campers.  I spoke with one gentleman who said that about six families there did this each year.  They had fun in a respectful way.  We stayed here because we would be close to Gaffney, SC (our next stop for service) and the weekly rate was cheap.

On site 21  On site 21
On site 21
On site 21  Filling up site 21
Visible slope around our site
Entry  Dam spillway
Entry to the cg                                          Moss Lake spillway
John Moss Lake  Boat ramp
John Moss Lake and boat ramp
Halloween decorations  Halloween decorations
Halloween decorations

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Tanglewood Park Campground, Clemmons, NC

Date of Stay:  Monday October 24 – Thursday October 27, 2016 (3 nights)

Rate:  $33/night

Website:  Tanglewood Park CG
   4061 Clemmons Road (follow signs to campground)
   Clemmons, NC 27012

Description:  Reviewed a couple other times here.  Located near Winston Salem, NC at exit 182 off of I-40, it is near many conveniences.  We were on site 3 which is level.  About half of the sites are extremely unlevel.  The cg has paved roads and large paved sites with FHU (50A) and digital cable under a beautiful canopy of large oak trees.  Acorns did fall on our roof some.  This is in 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.  There’s a two mile paved multi-use trail that winds about in the edge of the forest which has mountain bike trails.  There is a wonderful off-leash dog park near the cg.  (Look for CG signs when you exit from I-40.  Using the address in your gps takes you to the park office instead.)

Trash and Recycle:  Dumpster in the back corner of the cg near the camphosts with recycle for cans and bottles.

Activities:  We had reservations at Huntington Beach SP near Myrtle Beach but they were still closed due to Hurricane Matthew damage so we came here for a few nights on our way to Gaffney, SC for service.  I enjoyed biking and walking the popular multi-use trail and rode around in the park.  They have a Festival of Lights here and have spent the past few weeks putting up a very large display of Holiday sparkles.  This will be their 25th year of the festivities in Tanglewood.

On site 3  On site 3
On site 3
Other sites... some very unlevel  Site 3 patio
Several unlevel sites                                    Our patio

Entry to Tanglewood Park  CG checkin at building to the left
Tanglewood Park entry on US 158               CG check-in at building to the left
Multi use trail  Multi use trail  Multi use trail in Tanglewood
Love the multi-use trail
Festival of Lights  Festival of Lights
Festival of Lights  Festival of Lights
Festival of Lights displays
Deer  Mallard Lake
Deer on the golf course                                 Mallard Pond

Monday, October 24, 2016

RV Resort at Carolina Crossroads, Roanoke Rapids, NC

Date of Stay:  Saturday September 24 – Monday October 24, 2016

Rate:  $525/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 a different site again this time (site P12) which is one row back from the pavement, has a gazebo, and is close to the pool.  The park is very popular as an overnighter at exit 171 on I-95.  Sites are mostly pull-thru with 50A FHU and cable.  The back area was full again with long term workers building a plant in the area.  Hurricane Matthew came through about the first week of October and I-95 was closed in southern NC due to flooding for about three weeks.  This led to more folks staying longer than they normally would have.

Trash and Recycle:  Put your bag out in the morning and they pick it up our take it to the dumpster in the back of the park in the afternoon.  No recycle here but we take ours into town when we visit Mom.

Activities:  This is a nice place to relax while we visit family, mine in Roanoke Rapids and Gin’s in Rocky Mount.  Hurricane Matthew blew through with lots of rain during the middle of our stay.  We had another small world moment here.  When we were driving out to go to RM, we saw Jim and Linda pulling in with their travel trailer and Big Red.  We turned around and greeted them at check in.  They got the site right beside us and we visited for a while before going on to RM.  They were on their way from the Raleigh area to Virginia Beach and knew that it was dry here versus their usual route through Williamston.  Tricia and Dan also came up from Youngsville to visit for the day.  We had a lot of catching up to do and it couldn’t wait until Cedar Key!

On site P12 with gazebo  On site P12
On site P12 with a gazebo and beautiful sunsets here

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Falls Lake State Park (Rolling View CG), Durham, NC

Date of Stay:  Wednesday September 21 – Saturday September 24, 2016 (3 nights)

Rate:  $23/night during week, $27/night during weekend and holidays

Website:  Falls Lake State Park (NC)
   4201 Baptist Road (gps 36.0048,  78.7273)
   Durham, NC 27703

Description:  Initial review here.  Paved roads with gravel sites of W/E (30A) in loops A and B.  Loop C is no hook-ups.  We stayed on site B36 in the woods.  We thought the shade would help to keep us cooler but we were parked under a hickory tree and the nuts were loud when they fell on us.  The bath house still needs cleaning and a fresh coat of paint would help too.  The whole park could use some TLC (like fresh gravel on the sites maybe).

Trash and Recycle:  Several trash cans in each loop for garbage with recycle (aluminum, glass and plastic) cans at the bath house and dump station.

Activities:  We had sped up the last couple weeks of our summer travels to get back to visit with family in NC when we realized that if we traveled a little farther that usual, we could surprise Dan in Youngsville for his birthday.  This cg is about 40 minutes away from Korkie’s Kampground (driveway) where D and T stay to visit their folks in NC.  We enjoyed time with them and Kork.  She is so nice to open up her house like she does.  It was great to all sit outside in her screened porch looking out over her back yard and pond.

On site B36  On site B36
On site B36
Dan and Kork  Korkie's kitchen
Kork gave Dan “mustard and biscuits”         Kork’s kitchen full of friends and family