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.
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.
We wanted to check out at least one campground in South Carolina before heading home and Huntington Beach State Park looked perfect.
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 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.
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.
The beach here is also really beautiful — white sand, dolphins, pelicans and some great shells.
New Year’s morning.
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.
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.
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!
We haven’t had a lot of time to get away the last few weeks, but we were itching to camp — so we dusted off the tent and sleeping bags and headed 2 hours south of Raleigh to Lumber River State Park.
Trail to sites #6 and #7.
The park is tent camping only, and you have to park in a lot and walk to your spot. There are 9 spots in the Princess Ann section (on Princess Ann Road) and 15 spots on the Chalk Banks (another bank of the river several miles away). We chose the Princess Ann section based on photos alone — it was more wooded and right by the river. We were looking for some peace and quiet, so it seemed like a good bet.
Lucy not looking at Deke putting up the tent.
We popped our tent up pretty fast, got it all set up on the inside and started making some hot dogs. What we didn’t anticipate were the mosquitos. They were everywhere! In all our years of camping, we’ve never encountered anything like it. But some insect rellepent and a smokey fire and we were doing ok.
We took some walks around the park — nothing too major, but very pretty.
Two hours south of Raleigh is almost in South Carolina, so we saw some old, beautiful cypress trees along the river.
One of many.
The town of Orrum (pop. 91) is small — it’s mostly barns, tobacco and soybean farms — and more cemeteries in the 4 miles of town than we’ve ever seen in one place. There’s a general store, but it’s really a gas station so make sure you get everything you need if you visit the park!
To escape the mosquitos, Lu and I took a siesta in the tent….
We went to bed when it got dark and woke up around 8, so it’s possible we slept 12 hours, which we both needed.
In the morning, we took a few more walks, made some bacon and headed home. (Note unusual shot of Lucy looking at me.)
Lucy is starting to lose her night vision — she’s fine during the day, but at night she goes for her water and misses the bowl, or if we’re walking, she trips on the curb. We’re afraid she’s going to hurt herself when she jumps off the Airstream couch (which she sneaks onto at night) so Deke found these awesome LED sensor night lights that are just perfect for her: the Maxxima MLN-10 LED Night Light.
They automatically turn on when light in the area gets low, so we’ve put one under the table for Lucy and, selfishly, we put one in the bathroom so I don’t kill myself if I need to get up in the middle of the night. I guess I might be a little night-vision-challenged as well…..
It’s really hard to take a photo of a night light!
The bulb part of the light moves 360 degrees so you can aim it where you want — huge bonus as well. For $12.99 for a pack of 4, this has been a great investment so far!