Lake Gypsy - Camping Trips for 2019
March 2, 2019 - Rollingview Falls Lake - Site A10 (154 miles)
PALS Camping near town. The weather delayed our camping. We all decided to wait and arrive Saturday a.m. Monica had bowling so Luis went up to set up and I arrived after I picked Monica up from bowling with the dogs. We really liked this campground. Had a great time walking a trail to the lake and weather was nice and we walked on a dock. We had a good evening for a campfire Saturday. Pierrie's were camping and Roman's in their new camper shell, Deb brought her tent. Sally and David joined us for the communal evening meal and campfire then they departed. Ginny and Kevin decided not to join as the rain put a damper on their plans. We had a communal breakfast hosted inside the Pierrie trailer due to more rain Sunday morning. However, it was a fun weekend of fellowship.
Luis scoped out some future sites:
March 22, 2019 - Point South / Yemassee KOA (339 miles)
Stopped here on our way to Zolfo Springs. With stops and all it was about a 7 hour drive. Good place to spend the night. The site was level enough that I did not even disconnect the trailer from the tow vehicle. We hooked up (dry) to electric and put the slide out. Just spent the night. It was a nice KOA. We have stayed here before. It is the one with the wine bar/coffee shop office and mermaid decorations.
- Bathrooms were nice and clean. They also have heat and air conditioning.
- There is a nice dog run.
- They have a nice coffee shop / Wine Shop.
- Easy off and on from I-95
We stayed at site #10.
March 23, 2019 - Highlands Hammock State Park - Site 71 (733 miles)
We spent 5 nights...this is near Javi and Tania's farm in Sebring FL. The park is nice and it had a store and museum that was interesting. The actual sites were pretty cozy and it was a spring break week so the weekend was crowded. But overall it got less crowded during the week and we got in some good hiking on their trails. We spent a day at the farm and they spent a day with us at the campground.
One day we drove to Pembroke Pines with the dogs to see Nena. Dorene babysat the girls and we visited Nena and ate lunch with Nena at Flannigans. It was a nice treat. Then we ate dinner with Carlos and Dorene at Carrabas and the dogs our two and their two (clones of ours) had so much fun playing together. We drove back to Sebring.
There is a Sonny's BBQ in Sebring. We ate at Red Lobster for Monica's birthday (she enjoyed it, but don't eat there again). Notes:
- 125-138 pull through and the best ones.
We stayed at site 71.
March 28, 2019 - Savannah South KOA (395 miles)
This is a very nice KOA. It has a beautiful lake with swans, and assorted other birds and wildlife. I would definitely stay here again. We were just in for a quick overnight. Very Nice Lake!!!!!
May 5, 2019 - Byrd's Branch Campground, Elkin, NC (372 miles)
It was a rainy weekend but we had fun with the Pierries and Lucy Mulholland and her hubby. We arrived to rain late Friday evening and went into Elkin for dinner at Southern on Main. We at in the back patio and enjoyed a cool breeze and a rainbow. The next day we hiked to the nearby waterfall which was a nice dogwalk from Byrds Branch campground. Later we went to the Jones von Drehle Vineyards. Teresa had booked a wine and food pairing for us. We had an enjoyable day at a table with the six of us and another couple that were entertaining.
Unfortunately something didn't agree with Pattie (possibly oysters) and she was out for the evening. The rest of the crew tried to have a fire but got rained out. We got packed up and headed out Sunday a.m. Another great outing. Nice small campground.Notes:
- Small campground.
- Site 7 is the most private.
- Site 6 is also private.
- Sites 5 to 7 have full hook-up.
- Sites 8 to 11 are in the middle and have no privacy.
- Bathrooms (one for men and one for women) are clean but only have room for one person at a time.
- Short walk to Carter's Falls.
We stayed at site #6.
May 17, 2019 - Jordan Lake SRA - Poplar Point (96 miles)
This was a nice local weekend combining camping at Jordan Lake and Pittsboro, Starrlight Meadery. Luis arrived early afternoon Friday and set up. He unfortunately got called back to work. Pattie and the dogs arrived. Monica did not come. Teresa and Richard and Richard's brother Bobby, Ginny and Kevin Lyons and Mary and Jim Roman came. It was great to hang, but Luis missed most of the weekend. Luckily we had arrived in separate cars. I rode to the lunch and the meadery with Richard and Teresa and Bobby. We all went (except for Luis) and had a very nice lunch in Pittsboro at the Pittsboro Roadhouse. Then off to introduce them to Starrlight Meadery. We did the tour and everyone seemed impressed with the mead. We went back to camp and all took our gnoshing things to Richard and Teresa's site for a campfire and communal meal. It was a great hang out evening.
We broke down early Sunday and headed back because Luis was still working.
- Site B006 was nice and level.
We stayed at site B006.
June 6, 2019 - Virginia Creeper Trail (690 miles)
Rain, rain go away! It rained on the drive up, on a Thursday evening. There was a brief respite for Luis to set up. We spent 3 nights. Virginia Creeper Trail (we were able to walk on it for a brief time between the raindrops). Abingdon Vineyards very good. Need to go back and possibly stay in Abingdon to rent bikes there and ride down from the top. Or stay in Bristol again and go to Abington to rent bikes to ride down the Creeper trail.
We stayed at the Bristol / Kingsport KOA. It was nice.
- Bathrooms were clean.
- There is a dog run but it is at the bottom of a hill and very wet. Could use some work.
- They have a shop and fill propane tanks.
- About 30 minutes from the Virginia Creeper Trail.
August 28, 2019 - Parkers Creek Jordan Lake (166 miles)
Last minute camping trip. Since it was a long weekend and we had not made a reservation, we had to drive up and find a site. That turned out to be easier than expected. Could have easily gone Thursday or Friday. Mary and Jim came but only for one night. We still had a good time.
- Meade tasting.
- Rum tasting.
- Pittsboro lunch.
- Loop 3 is one of the walk up loops. It is nice but not as nice as the regular loops.
- Loop 2 site 66 seems to be the best one.
We stayed at loop 3 site 138.
November 1, 2019 - Country Boys RV Park Madison, GA (905 miles)
Went back to Country Boys with Monica and dogs to use our last riding coupons. We had a great time as the weather was amazing! Did a morning ride both Saturday and Sunday a.m. Went back to Covington to chimney park with the dogs and explored Hard Labor State Park and would definitely like to camp there. Water and electric.
Luis had Boris both days and I had Milky Way a beautiful black and white paint that is sold (will be picked up soon) and Zipper on day two. I like Zipper and had Zipper before and requested him the first day and he was taken. Boris is very cooperative and Luis' favorite horse ever! He said Boris rocks.
- Restrooms were not as nice and clean as the last time we were there.
- Full hookups. (Cheap $30 night with Veterans discount).
- Great WiFi signal even out on the edge of the campground.
- Sites are close together and have no privacy.
- There are not picnic tables.
- The cable TV pedestals are only in every other site. So a longer coax cable (35 feet) might be needed depending on which site you are in.
We stayed in campsite 55.