Killens Pond State Park in Felton, Delaware has a nicely wooded campground located on Killens Pond. The campground offers electricity and water hookups and a dump station. The pads are packed dirt. We stayed one evening, cooked outside and enjoyed the cooler temperatures of late August in Delaware.
Melanie and I have been camped in Assateague Island National Seashore campgrounds for going on three days now.
Assateague Island, famed for its wild horses, lies off the Delmarva Peninsula on the Atlantic Coast. This barrier island is a constantly shifting ribbon of sand, altered daily by powerful wind and waves. The Assateague Island National Seashore, Assateague State Park, and the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge each manage and protect this unique, diverse strip of land. (U.S. National Park Service)
The first night we spent in the "A" Loop of the Bayside Campground, the past two nights have been in #2 Loop of the Oceanside Campground. It's relatively quiet here in late August. I suspect the next few days, however, will be busy with the Labor Day holiday approaching.
Campgrounds here are dry camping. No electric, no water at the campsites and each loop has two outside cold water showers and two pit toilets. It's not exactly primitive, but closer to it than some places we've camped. Beachside Campground loops are steps from the Atlantic Ocean.
There's a place to get potable water and there's a dump station available too.
We've lucked out on weather while we've been here. Skies have been mostly to partly cloudy, high temps in the mid 70's, low's in the low 70's upper 60's.
We'll definitely be back.
We're finishing up a really nice and restful few days with our friends, Aida and John Havel in Salvo, North Carolina on Cape Hatteras, the Outer Banks.
Their home, also an Airbnb, is located in a nice neighborhood near the National Seashore. It's quiet here and pretty remote though everything you need for a nice vacation is close at hand.
Sunrise Over Salvo has three suites that are rentals. They are: The Roberts Suite, The Egyptian Room, and Cape Hatteras Light House Room, the room in which we stayed. They have a nice pool in the back of their home too, enjoyable during warm days, or if ocean swimming isn't your thing.
There are no high-rise condominiums in the Outer Banks. All homes, no more than four stories tall, are set back a considerable distance from The Atlantic Ocean and can't be seen once you cross out of the pristine dunes of the National Seashore.
Thinking about an Outer Banks experience? Sunrise Over Salvo is a truly wonderful place to stay.
Pettigrew State Park in Creswell, North Carolina has a small primitive (no water, electric, dump and the RV sites are dirt) campground located on Lake Phelps.
It was a warm summer day when we camped here requiring us to run our generator for a bit until the sun got down after dinner. Because there's no electricity offered, I'd recommend camping in the park in cooler months, but there's hiking and swimming in beautiful Lake Phelps. The campground does offer restrooms with showers.
The park is in a relatively remote farming area in eastern North Carolina. We used it as a way point on our way to the Salina on Cape Hatteras.
South Marcum Campground is another great Army Corp of Engineers campground. This one is located on Rend Lake in Southern Illinois near Benton, Illinois.
We traveled here from St. Louis on our way to Louisville.
South Marcum is only one of a few campgrounds around located around Rend Lake. The great thing for me was they are connected via a great cement biking/walking trail that runs about 12 miles around the lake. More of the trail is planned and will eventually take you all the way around the lake. I was able to ride the entire trail twice while we were at the campground.
Site 58 is an electric only site. There's a dump station and fresh water is available. The showers are clean, the park is very well maintained.
Poncho's Pond is a large well-kept RV Park near downtown Ludington,Michigan. Good amenities and close to Ludington and Lake Michigan.
Grand Haven, Michigan is a nice lake-side town. Eastpointe is located on the Grand River very near downtown Grand Haven. It's a newish very well-kept RV park and resort is not an understatement.
If I were to compose a "review" of this campground, it might look like this:
We've been living in our van for just over 8 months. We've been full-time travelers for just over 6 months.
Our travel "style" have evolved over this time and includes a variety ways to stay the night. We use a place like Harbortown RV Resort for overnight stops that include laundry and emptying our tanks.
Harbortown is a large family-style park, well-kept and clean. There's a pool and nearby miniature golf and go-cart riding. They have a play ground for the kids.
Doing laundry is expensive compared to comparable places but again, the facility is clean and I had no trouble procuring machines to do the laundry at the beginning of a week. They have two large commercial washing machines too.
Campground has some background highway noise, train tracks run in back of the park (no horns at the campsite). We slept well.
We had good Verizon service and didn't use the campground Wi-Fi.
One could reasonably ride a bike around or walk for exercise, but the road accessing the park is busy. There's a Kroger Market a few miles from the park in Monroe.
I used the fire pit/grill at the campsite, but I had to get the bottles and cigarette butts and other trash out of it before I could use it.
After lunch yesterday, we decided to check out Tanglewood Park just outside Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It seemed like a good idea on a rainy day with no let up in the precip in the forecast.
To say the 1000+ acre park is beautiful is understatement. We paid an entrance fee of $2.00 and drove around for about 45 minutes just getting a feel for what was available to us. Great waking/biking trails are available. Golf, if that's your thing, including a driving range. Tennis. Swimming. Picnic shelters. Lakes. Music venue. Horseback riding. And an RV park. And Tanglewood offers one of the most beautiful old growth deciduous forests we've come across.
We were scheduled to boondock in Wilkesboro, but after seeing the great venue Tanglewood provides, we decided to check out the RV park there too. I asked Melanie if she'd consider staying there if there happened to be a vacancy. I'd tried to book us a week back with no luck, but figured since it was rainy, maybe someone had cancelled.
I was right and so we decided, given the inclement weather, we'd like to be hooked up for the evening to try and keep the humidity at bay.
There's nothing too special about the RV park. The park is, however, among a great stand of beautiful old growth oaks. It's clean and well kept. The hosts are friendly. The shower house clean given the wet conditions. The pads are asphalt. And it's quiet.
But be aware that many of the sites are not level. And not just slightly. Some of the sites will take real work if you want to be level.
While I did not check out all the sites, I can say the row we were on (40's) were all pretty reasonably level and had the benefit of being at the back of the park. Stay away from the lower 30's sites.
My only regret is we weren't able to take advantage of the great park amenities because of the weather.