North Carolina

We lived in NC from 2001-through Mar of 2007 but only had our Bus for the last 1.5 years. Sure wish we had more time to explore this beautiful state, it is gorgeous.

North Carolina Trip Journals

Lake Toxaway - Outdoor Motorcoach Resort - This motorcoach-only “ownership” resort is high in the NC mountains201966-392826-thumbnail.jpg
Site 63
where the average summer temperature is between 74-77. The resort currently has 141 sites and just a few of those are still available for purchase from 89-99K. Their next phase - which will have 100+ more sites is under construction with completion expected in early 2007.Getting to this place is quite a chore. We came up from South Carolina - taking SC 130 and then NC 281 as recommended. This was not too bad - though lots of twists and turns. We will return home via I-64 towards Asheville. Rt 64 is much worse - many more tight/blind turns and lots of traffic. Locals on this road go too fast. Closest grocery store is 15 miles away and you must take Rt. 64. They have a short Par 3 golf course ( 8 holes - eventually will be 9) and a small pool. $49/night, water, 50 amp, sewer, cable and free WiFi.

Conclusion - While we like the mountains and the views, getting here is just too much work. Walking around the resort is like hiking —- paved roads and pathways exist, but they are quite steep.  No leisurely stroll or easy bike riding in this place.  The free WiFi connectivity was excellent as they have installed 4 WiFi towers.

07/06 - Rating 9.

Note - Due to the challenging drive and long distance from basic services, I just cannot give this resort a 10 - and believe me I wanted to because we came here thinking we’d buy a lot.

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Marion - Mountain Stream RV Park - This is a small park at the base of the Appalachian Mountains - 5 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway. There is a beautiful stream that runs around 2/3rds of the park. Several sites along the stream are tight. 201966-236253-thumbnail.jpgWe camped in site #19 and had adequate (not great) space patio side - but our neighbors on the opposite side - way too close. 207967-283242-thumbnail.jpgThey could not put out their awning. Sites not on the stream are wider, but you back up to the road which is higher than your RV. The last 5 miles to this park is a little scary. Very narrow - several tight twists & blind turns. Watch for motorcycles - they drive too fast on this road. The driveway into this park - is steep - but don’t miss it! The road past this park is worse than the 1st 5 miles - too dangerous for an RV. $31/night for a double stream spot (Good Sam) - water, 50 amp, sewer, no cable but free WiFi. Satellite works depending on your location.

Conclusion - WOW that stream is unbelievable. 207967-282389-thumbnail.jpg
Back of Sites 18, 17, etc. (site 18 now part of 19)
You can hear it everywhere in the park so when you are right on it - so amazing. Close to the Parkway. Checkout this link for a few more pics. 

10/05 - Rating 9.

Note: In March of 2007, I received an email from the owner of this CG — they have combined some sites to make them larger including the site we had (19) and she says they are quite popular.

Note:  I noticed that Mountain Stream now has pics of every site posted on their website.  Locate their site map and click on site # to see the pic.  Pic displays on the left side of the screen beneath their current weather info.  You can click on the pic to enlarge it.

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New Bern NewBern KOA I will do this write up when i get my pics developed as they are still in the disposable camera. Well I hope they are anyway.

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Pinehurst Pinehurst RV Park - This park is tucked away under big pine trees and behind a lovely lake - about 1.5 hours south of Raleigh.201966-236258-thumbnail.jpg55 sites in total with full hookups at each one. $14/night (Passport America ), water, 50 amp, sewer - no cable but our satellite worked - must have been in a good spot - as there are many trees.

Conclusion - A lovely - peaceful place - close to the quaint shopping village of Pinehurst. Since it is so close to our home and CHEAP. Only 20 of the 55 sites are suitable for big rigs. Only problem - the host is an angry woman. You march to her beat or hear about it.

09/05 - Rating 8. Personality Rating - 0. Note — I read recently this CG is now closed.

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Rodanthe Camp Hatteras - This CG is right on the ocean in the Outer Banks.201966-236294-thumbnail.jpg Rodanthe is about 30 miles North of Hatteras and 25 miles south of Nag’s Head. A very large CG with back-in sites $47.95/night (FMCA) water, 30 amp and cable. It was very windy here. 207967-288743-thumbnail.jpg

Conclusion - Good central location to see the sights. Campfires allowed, but only in above ground firepit w/screen.. Many premium sites (near the Ocean) are cramped for bigger rigs - we had reserved one - but opted to change it for more space. Site 134 - and others along this side are very long and wide. Although our site was nice and green and a good size the rest of the CG seemed a bit tired looking.  You can see a few more pics we took during our stay  here.  Awfully expensive rate for this time of year (Thanksgiving).  The place was nearly empty.  Take care choosing to stay this time of year as many of the tourist spots are closed.  E.g, we could see the lighthouse but not go up in it and many restaurants and shops were closed.

11/05 - Rating 8

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Salisbury Dan Nicholas County Park  - This CG is about 7 miles from downtown Salisbury and 35 miles North of Concord, NC home of the Lowes Motor Speedway. 201966-469042-thumbnail.jpg
Site 18
County signs lead you to the park with no problems.

201966-469065-thumbnail.jpg The entire CG is heavily wooded with paved roads. Unpaved sites - with good space between them. You can access this nature pathway from the CG and it takes you around the lake.

Our assigned site was a 30 amp vs 50 amp site - a reservation mess up - but we chose to stay put since we stayed here to attend the 201966-469083-thumbnail.jpg
Site 23
FMCA convention @ the speedway and would be gone during the day. $20/night water, 30 amp, no cable, dump station.

Conclusion - A nice park - usually quiet, but a reunion across the lake pestered us one night with their very loud boom box music. Trees over the roads - throughout the CG need to be trimmed. If we were to return we would request site #23.

08/06 - Rating 8.5

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Selma RVaction Campground  - This is an overnight CG right off I-95 (literally).201966-236261-thumbnail.jpg It use to be a KOA. New owners are putting their heart and soul into many improvements. All pull thru sites - and very level. It is quite impressive to see this CG for the 1st time. Very large trees, spacious sites set along a beautiful large fishing lake. $25.20/night (Good Sam) water, 50 amp, no cable but our satellite worked, free WiFi, dump station.

Conclusion - A nice place for overnight -if you can tolerate the I/95 noise…it is LOUD.

10/05 - Rating 7.5

Note: Sites with sewer hookups were available, but they were closer to the roadnoise. Ifthis park had full hookups with cable & was just 2 more miles off I/95 I’d give it a 9.

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Smithfield KOA Smithfield - This KOA is off US 701 - just off I/95 at exit 90.201966-194117-thumbnail.jpg Nice trees throughout the CG. Narrow (but driveable) paved roads throughout the park - sites are gravel with adequate space. Nice campstore and staff very friendly and accommodating. Exercise room and nice laundry facilities. $40/night (KOA Value Kard) water, 50 amp, sewer, cable, free WiFi.

Conclusion - A very nice CG, but too expensive for a non-destination location.

10/05 - Rating 7.5

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Wilmington Wilmington KOA - This KOA is off U.S. 17 - Market Street, a very congested route no matter what time you arrive.201966-361693-thumbnail.jpg
Site 58
  Nice size sites - wider than most KOAs we’ve been to. Gravel one-way interior roads and site pads are level provided you are centered.Nice trees throughout most of the CG - just a few 50 amp sites lack good shade (specifically - the row behind us). The place was packed and it was a hot weekend. We used our 2A/C’s the whole time with no problem. WiFi worked fine — even though signal was “low”. $48/night (KOA Value Kard) water, 50 amp, sewer, cable, free WiFi.

Conclusion - A nice CG reasonably close to all the things to do in this city. Many antique stores downtown and the North Carolina Battleship just minutes away.

06/06 - Rating 8