KOA, Charlottesville, Virginia

KOA, Charlottesville, Virginia

We’d rather stay in State Parks on the road, but when a last minute opportunity presented itself to attend my neice’s 3rd Bday party (pirate/fairy themed!) of course we’re going to do it! The only place available close to Charlottesville was the area KOA (9 miles from my sister’s house north of the city). It was one of the better KOA’s we’ve stayed in, but I think your individual experience here would vary greatly depending on which spot you get.

Spot #11.

Spot #11.

This park is located in a beautiful wooded area, but some of the spots have no shade, and last weekend it was in the 90s. We felt very fortunate to have gotten spot #11 — spaced well from the neighbors and very shaded, with a nice view of the woods.

The first row of spots seemed like winners overall, but I don’t know if they could fit larger motorhomes or 5th wheels, except in spot #12 where they crammed in a Prevost next to a little pop-up camper. I still don’t know how that thing fit.

Spots #12 and #13 would be great for two people camping together!

Spots #12 and #13 would be great for two people camping together!

The second row is all huge pull-through sites, but not a lot of privacy.

Center row.

Center row.

Center row.

Center row.

This KOA had all the regular things you’d expect in a KOA — a pool, playground and covered picnic areas, but most of these were on the other side of a little creek that separated the two, so you didn’t get any of the noise (genius!).

 

Moravian Falls Family Campground, Wilkesboro, NC

Moravian Falls Family Campground, Wilkesboro, NC

I worked in an RV park that was a little wonky with its rules, so I understand the quirks of privately owned parks. First of all, Moravian Falls doesn’t take credit cards for reservations. When you call, they’ll give you a total amount owed and you have to mail them a check within a few days (I think it’s 4 days max) to secure the reservation. If you don’t send the money, they don’t hold the reservation. After they receive the check, they mail you receipt that you must bring with you to check in.

The upper tier of very tighly packed spots.

The upper tier of very tighly packed spots.

The park is tiny, old and the spaces are crowded together — this is bare bones, but we were going to Wilkesboro for Merlefest and the state parks were booked. This was our only option within town that had hook ups (we needed hook ups because of the dogs and needing AC — it was in the high 70s!).

We were so close to our neighbors that we didn’t feel comfortable putting the awning down, and the people across from us rented two spots so they could have a picnic table to use (they’ve been here before).

A group of tent sites in the woods. The others are one the grounds of the closed swimming pool.

A group of tent sites in the woods. The others are one the grounds of the closed swimming pool.

This used to be a great park — Deke visited often as a kid to swim in the pool and play in the waterfall. Unfortunately, the pool area is closed now and the waterslide is overgrown and filled with leaves.

Out of commission 1980s waterslide.

Out of commission 1980s waterslide.

If you’re in the area, I’d recommend staying in one of the state parks. If you need to stay here, I’d say 28″ is the max length!

Fayetteville RV Resort, Fayetteville, NC

Fayetteville RV Resort, Fayetteville, NC

On our way back from Florida, we saw that the temperatures in Raleigh were supposed to be extremely cold in the next few weeks, so we decided it would be best to blow out the lines before putting it back in storage. We thought we’d give try the Fayetteville RV Resort a try since it’s about an hour from our storage garage.

This was previously a KOA, so it’s got all the things you’d come to expect from a KOA (pool, little cabins to rent, a store, full hook ups, level spots, propane) but I feel the new owners are really working to make it better. All the restrooms are being updated, they’ve obviously done a lot of work on the landscaping and overall, it’s a really nice park for a day or two.

Fulltime spots.

Fulltime spots.

They have a section for fulltimers in the back that doesn’t have as many trees as the front of the park, but the spots are still nice (definitely nicer and bigger than several spots we lived in while fulltiming).

Since moving here, we’ve definitely noticed a shortage of nice RV parks in the area (and by nice I mean clean and safe), so I’d definitely recommend this park if you’re traveling through the area and need to make a pit stop.

 

 

Huntington Beach State Park, Murrell’s Inlet, South Carolina

Huntington Beach State Park, Murrell’s Inlet, South Carolina

We wanted to check out at least one campground in South Carolina before heading home and Huntington Beach State Park looked perfect.

Spot #11.

Spot #11.

The park has 133 spots and direct beach access via several wooden paths throughout the park.

There are two beach paths leading from each end of the park.

There are two beach paths leading from each end of the park.

There are some pretty private spots like ours, or some not-so-private spots around the inside of the loops. There’s also a loop in the back with heavy tree cover (but further from the beach), and some tent sites.

Second loop of the campground.

Second loop of the campground.

On the grounds of the state park is also Atalaya, a Moorish-style house that was once the winter home of sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington. You can tour the house for $2.

Panoramic!

Panoramic!

The beach here is also really beautiful — white sand, dolphins, pelicans and some great shells.

New Year's morning.

New Year’s morning.

 

North Beach RV Resort, St Augustine, Florida

North Beach RV Resort, St Augustine, Florida

Heading back north, we couldn’t get in to Anastasia State Park, so we made a reservation for North Beach RV Resort in the little oceanside area of St. Augustine called Vilano Beach.

Our row.

Our row.

This park is huge — there are 160 or so spots, a heated pool, many restrooms and washer/dryer areas and it’s right across the street from the ocean (we’re on the ocean side). You can also stay on the river side with some spots right on the water. NOTE #1: You can have a fire, but you need to bring your own fire pit!

The river is right behind me, along with the boat dock.

The river is right behind me, along with the boat dock.

Beach across from the campground.

Beach across from the campground.

Vilano Beach is a bit secluded, but it has a new grocery store and a handful of restaurants. You can bike to Cap’s (great seafood, a bar and views of the water) or walk to The Reef (on the ocean) and Aunt Kate’s (we didn’t eat here– it’s at the back of the campground, on the river).

Note #2: We had full hook-ups, but the water smelled and tasted like saltwater, so I’d recommend bringing some bottled water.

This is the only photo of our spot we got!

This is the only photo of our spot we got!