Bounding Around
Charleston, SC
Joined August 2018
We sold our house and moved onto a 2000 Fleetwood Bounder and are working remotely while we travel the country!
Great location for exploring the park!

We were passing through the area and decided to make a quick stop at Black Canyon of the Gunnison and are so glad we did! We enjoyed exploring the canyon and enjoying the many overlooks. We stayed at South Rim Campground and were really happy with it! It is a great location right in the park. We were able to work from our hot spot with our booster just fine as well. We didn’t have cell service though, fyi. We were in Site 2B (electric only) and it was a pull through (sorta– kinda just pull off on the side of the road) spot and there was a tent spot at the site too. There aren’t any stores near the park, so make sure to stock up before you get there!

Great campground close to Red Rocks with lots to do!

We chose this campground to be close to Red Rocks for a show. We didn’t expect much from it, but we really liked it! Yes– as some reviews say– you can see Home Depot from the campground. However, there are tons of trails and a lake to explore as well!! The sites are electric only, so make sure you dump/fill before you get set up. Also, the showers are coin operated. The hosts were awesome here. We really enjoyed chatting with them! The campground is super popular so if you are thinking about going and there is actually availability, book it!!

Ranger Review: Wenzel Micro Chair at Moraine Park Campground

Campground Review:

I love staying in National Park Campgrounds and this one is no exception. Sure, there are no hookups or showers (solar shower stall only) here, but it is totally worth it to be in the park! We had an incredible view from our site and enjoyed sitting outside listening to the nearby elk. You can also walk to the shuttle from the campground which will be crucial once the crowds really start to arrive. Our site had incredible views and we couldn’t be happier with it! There are many many trails to explore in the park. We did our best(loved the hike to Emerald Lake even though it was busy!), but couldn’t do as much as planned due to all of the snow on the first day of summer!! Luckily Trail Ridge Road was open so we could drive that. I highly recommend it! 

Product Review: 

As a ranger for The Dyrt, I sometimes get the opportunity to try products. I tried the Wenzel Micro Chair (https://wenzelco.com/micro-chair/) on this trip. My hope was that it will serve multiple purposes– easy to store guest seating as well as overnight camping seating options for kayaking and backpacking trips. It works great for most of these options!  It served as guest seating when we had friends in town visiting us at Moraine Park Campground. We even pulled it inside the RV when it started raining and it wasn’t in the way - it's a great size. It is very nice to have the extra seating! While this chair isn’t one we will take on overnight backpacking trips, we are happy to have it for times we need extra seating! It is relatively easy to store and it packs up nicely to be out of the way when you don't need it. It is a little heavy to be a backpacking chair, but it will be great for an overnight kayak trip! Way better than sitting on the ground!! All in all I am happy with this purchase! It has worked great for guests!

Loved Camping on a Farm!

Wonderful stay!!  The hosts couldn't have been nicer and being camped on a farm with all of the animals was wonderful.  We were camping in an RV and the site was pretty far from the outlet, but they had an extension cord we could use and they helped us with everything.  

They had a grill and fire pit we could use weather permitting.  We didn't take them up on it, but it was so nice to know we could have!!

We loved watching the horses all day and there are goats and chickens too.  Even ducks!!  The host was also so nice and thoughtful - she sent us away with fresh eggs from the farm!!  They are incredible!!  If you are in the area, this is a great place!!

Note to tent campers - there are no facilities at this location**

Ranger Review Primus Fieldchef Pocket Knife at Clear Creek RV Park

Campground Review: 

Golden, CO is a super cute town on the outskirts of Denver. The city has a campground in a prime location, and we were lucky to book a site! They have creek front sites that are full hookup and cheaper electric only sites. We opted for one of the electric only sites and are glad we did (UPDATE - we went back a few weeks later and stayed at a creek site.  It was totally worth it!!!  The extra money was worth being able to look at the creek from inside the RV)!! The creek sites are super great, but there is a bike/walk path between the site and the creek that gets A LOT of foot traffic! It’s not cheap to stay here, but the location makes it worth it. We were able to bike or walk everywhere we went, and it was awesome! My husband even rode mountain biking trails right from our site. The campground itself isn’t anything great– it’s the location you are after! We walked by the creek and watched the kayakers enjoying their day. Also, on Saturdays in the summer there is a farmer’s market really close to the campground. We walked down for lunch and were not disappointed! Golden is a great town and Clear Creek is the perfect location to explore it. Warning– they have a pretty intense cancellation policy. If you book a site, be sure you have triple checked your dates!! 

Primus Fieldchef Pocket Knife: 

As a ranger for the Dyrt, I occasionally get to try new products. I was super excited to try the Primus Fieldchef Pocket Knife. It is such a pain trying to 1) remember to pack a knife when we camp and 2) pack it in a way that won’t puncture our bag/cooler. This knife is great!! We tested it out at Clear Creek RV Park and are super excited to be able to take it with us when we have picnics or backcountry/kayak camp. It’s small so it packs easy but is super sharp and the only knife we will need with us when camping. In fact, we have already used it for a picnic since our stay at Clear Creek and it was again awesome!! It folds up really small and comes with a sleeve for it too. See the picture for size reference, it was smaller than anticipated but since we will be using it when we are on the go it’s perfect!!! The performance was still awesome despite the smaller than anticipated size!!! We love this knife!

Ranger Review: Outdoor Element Firebiner at Salida North BLM

Campground Review:

We are loving all of the free camping on BLM land in Colorado.  Salida North was no exception!  We easily found a place to park and had plenty of cell service (and Verizon hotspot signal) to work while we were there.  There are pretty mountain views from the sites as well.  We felt really safe here – a ranger even drove through every day checking on things.  We easily found a spot for our 30’ RV and there were really awesome tent sites there as well.  This was a perfect free spot for us to set up for a few nights while enjoying the super cute town of Salida (be sure to check out Elevation Brewery)!

Product Review:

As a Dyrt Ranger, I get to test products from time to time.  I was fortunate to be able to test the Outdoor Element Firebiner.  I am so happy to have this product!  It is super lightweight (only 1 ounce) so carrying it on every hike is a no brainer.  It has all kinds of useful tools – a bottle opener, a safety blade and a screwdriver to name a few.  However, my favorite feature is the fire starter.  I currently carry a flint and steel in my pack, but I definitely struggle to get a spark with that.  I have no trouble getting the Firebiner to spark!  I feel way more confident having the Firebiner with me than I ever did the flint and steel.  It also has 100 pound capacity as a carbineer too.  This product’s price point is great, and the functionality is even better.  I have my Firebiner clipped to my pack and I couldn’t be happier about it!

Ranger Review: Éclipse UPF Neck Gaiter at Sacred White Shell Mountain

Campground Review:

We chose this BLM campground because it is right outside of Great Sand Dunes National Park.  There are several sites along Lake Como Road.  The type of vehicle you have determines how far up the road/secluded you can get.  We were there over Memorial Day Weekend and it was packed.  However, there are tons of sites and plenty of space for all!  We camp in a RV and there were plenty of accessible sites for us to choose from us well.  The road in is really bumpy so we parked in the first parking area on the left as you come in and were happy with it.  This is a popular area for off-roading so be prepared for some traffic heading up Lake Como Road to hit the trails if you are there on a weekend.  The only downside to this area was the CRAZY winds that blew through.  There were gusts of 67 mph one day!  The views are amazing in this spot.  And, even better – our Verizon hotspot was strong enough for us to both work all week.  When the weather was clear it seemed no matter where we looked, we had mountain views.  Not to mention the spectacular view of Blanca Peak.  It’s also amazing being so close to the National Park.  We were really happy with the location and thoroughly enjoyed our time in the park.  We were really happy with this free spot!

Product Review:

As a Ranger for The Dyrt, I occasionally get to test products.  During this stay, I tested Éclipse Sun Protective Clothing’s neck gaiter.  I knew the sun would be strong when we were hiking the dunes, so we wanted to protect ourselves.  We also expected the wind to blow the sand around so we figured this would be the perfect product to protect us from both.  Boy, were we right!  The gaiters were perfect.  They come with an info sheet showing you the different ways you can wear your neck gaiter.  I assumed I would just wear it around my neck as planned.  However, prior to hiking the dunes we hiked a Zapata Falls and I was a little chilly.  I pulled the neck gaiter out and wore it like a headband and LOVED it.  It was super easy to get comfortable and in a good spot and it was nice knowing my hairline was protected from damaging UPF rays.  Once we started hiking the dunes, I assumed I would pull it back down around my neck.  However, I loved it so much as a headband I didn’t want to move it.  It did a great job of keeping the sand out of my ears which I am so thankful for.  My husband wore his around his neck and he too was really happy with it.  This is versatile product has earned a permanent spot in our day packs.  Way to go Éclipse!

Gorgeous park with lots to do!

We had a blast staying at this campground!! We biked and hiked and enjoyed a sunset picnic from the overlook. It's convenient to visit Fort Davis and the McDonald Observatory. If your plans take you near this State Park - definitely check it out!!

Amazing experience!! If you can swing it, definitely do it!

We travel with a kayak so we were fortunate we didn't have to rent one. However, there are lots of rules and extra things you have to carry with you to do this trip. Like - extra life jacket, paddle, waste system and a fire pan. You can rent from the outfitters in town if necessary. We initially wanted to do the point to point trip, but the water level wasn't cooperating so we did a boomerang trip. We kayaked upstream into the canyon, spent the night and came out the next day. It was incredible! We had the canyon to ourselves and loved every minute. If you can manage to do this, definitely do!!

Amazing views in a remote location!

We spent a night here. You will need something other than a normal car to get here. We were in a Jeep and had no issues. It is about an hour to get to this campsite from Dagger Flat and 2 hours from Rio Grande Village on Old Ore Road. We had a great time looking at the stars and being completely alone. There is a bear box, but no water and no fires are allowed. You have to get a permit to backcountry camp in Big Bend and you can do that the day before at the earliest. You can get permits in Chisos and Panther Junction. I highly recommend this spot. It was awesome!

Small cute campground

October weekends in Ohio State Park campgrounds are super popular so we weren’t able to make a reservation here. They do have a few walk up sites and we got there on a Thursday to make sure we got one. We luckily did and enjoyed our time at this campground. They do have flush toilets now, so that was nice. There is a trail that goes around the lake here that you can walk and there is also a mountain biking trail. We took advantage of both and really enjoyed them! The campground is relatively small, but it was nice! We were there as the leaves were changing and it was great! Our Sprint and Verizon hotspots both got great service here too. We were happy with this campground!

Quiet campground across the river from the caves

Like most, we were here to visit Mammoth Cave National Park. We stayed on the Maple Springs side of the Green River to be closer to the mountain bike trails and are glad we did. The trails were great for both of us and we could ride straight from the campground. If you are in a RV note that you can't go across the ferry with your rig!!! You have to go around the park to access this campground. We are so glad we realized that ahead of time and didn't have to back track. The campground was quiet and we had it completely to ourselves one night. The campground had pit toilets but no shower. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we almost stayed an additional night! If you plan to visit the cave, be sure to book your tour ahead of time. The tours were all sold out when we got there!

Place to stay close to downtown Louisville

If you are looking to be close to downtown Louisville, this is the campground for you. The staff was super nice and the location is very convenient for getting downtown. It's basically just a parking lot. Also, there is a train that runs behind the campground all night long. Keep that in mind if you are a light sleeper! There is a gas station on site which made filling up propane and gas super easy. The laundry was amazing - cheap and 6 washers and dryers. I was able to get completely caught up on laundry! We rode bikes to downtown Louisville from here and had a great afternoon. There are also neat places to go on the Indiana side of the river. All in all, we had a great stay and if we are ever in the Louisville area again we would gladly stay here for the convenience.

No expense spared!

This is a new campground and it seems as if they spared no expense! Everything is super nice and there are a lot of little touches that were put into it to make it special - like a telescope so you can look at the eagles. The landscaping looks great, but again - it's a new campground so it isn't mature just yet. They have a few cabins too. We filled up on propane while we were here and the campground is right behind a gas station which made it easy to fill up on the way out of town. We chose this campground because it is the closest one to family we were visiting and are glad we did. The owners are super nice and helpful and are working hard to make this a super destination. One quick note - there isn't a bathroom for the RV sites - only one for the cabins.

Campground on the river, walking distance to town

This campground is in the woods and right on the French Broad River. It isn't the quietest campground as there is a train that goes by and it seemed that the weekend we were there, a lot of groups were there too. However, the Sunday that we were there was a lot quieter as the campground cleared out. The site we were in was pretty level and while we couldn't see the river from our site, we could hear it! There was also a path out of the back of our site that was a quick walk down to the river. The bath houses were fine - clean, but nothing spectacular. The town itself is a cute tiny town right on the Appalachian Trail. A lot of motorcycles visit this area too. We did some fun drives and hikes off the AT and walked to town for both lunch and dinner. We had a great time! There was no cell phone service at all. Just a heads up!

Convenient location and clean campground

We only stayed here one night because we wanted to be close to downtown Asheville for a date night out. The Uber ride was around $12 so it was perfect. The staff was friendly and the campground was clean. The sites were a little close together, but that didn't bother us. We had great cell and wifi service and the laundry/bath house was nice. I did a load of laundry and have no complaints! The pool was closed for the season, but it looked like it was a nice size. They had a vending machine and drinks were only 50 cents - I haven't seen that anywhere in years! All in all - not tons to do in the campground, but a great location for exploring downtown Asheville.

Clean, quiet campground in the woods

We chose this campground to be close to Asheville and the mountain biking trails and weren't disappointed! It is a very well maintained campground and is right in the woods. The only downside is that we weren't able to get any cell reception or wifi. That makes it tough to get work done! We went mountain biking a few times right from our site and the bathrooms were really nice and clean. None of the sites were right on the lake, but the lake is walkable from some areas (all if you are up for a longer walk!). The lake is small and you can't use your own watercraft on it. We stayed in both the Lakeside Loop and the Bent Creek Loop and were happy with both. Our Lakeside Loop sites had full hookups and the Bent Creek site had electricity only. We were in sites 48 and 56 on Lakeside and liked them both. They weren't huge sites, but plenty of room for our RV and Jeep. We had slightly better wifi on our Verizon hotspot at Site 56, but that could have been because it was during the week and there weren't as many people around. We were in Site 35 in the Bent Creek Loop and really liked this site. It had tons of room which worked out perfectly since we had friends coming to tent camp with us. We all fit without a problem at all! I'm only giving it 4 stars because of the lack of cell/wifi.

Peaceful and beautiful

We loved our stay at this campground. It was one that once we got settled we wished we were staying longer! The road through the park back to the campground is pretty narrow at some points - we don't know how we would have managed if we had met another RV! We have a 31' Class A and we managed fine, but I did hear some people with larger trailers having a harder time. We were in Site 31 and were able to get level with no issues. The park has a lot of trails and scenery and is a great place for riding a bike. All in all, pretty campground that is super peaceful! The staff were all very helpful and the bathrooms were clean too. I would definitely return to this great spot!

Great location with various things to do in the campground

We were on our way from Charleston to Greenville and this was a great place to stop. We used it as a home base for visiting Congaree National Park and couldn't be happier with our choice! We were in Site 32 and it was a great one. We had a view off the back of our site and it felt private. There was a splash pad, a lake and many trails to explore. I also enjoyed reading the different signs around the park about the history. I was shocked to find that as many as 10,000 people would visit this park on weekends in the 50's and 60's. The staff was really helpful and the facilities were all clean. We would definitely go back to this campground!

The campground is off a really busy road, but you sure wouldn't know it! It was very quiet. However - super convenient having any place you might need to go right by. Our Verizon hotspot worked great, but the Sprint hotspot was spotty through the park. If you are ever passing through or want a good home base for exploring Congaree - this is it!

Amazing beach side camping!

There are two different campgrounds that are part of Edisto State Park - Live Oak and Beach. We like them both! The Live Oak Campground is a short drive away from the beach. However, it is on the marsh with incredible views and live oaks. There are also biking/hiking trails to explore.

The Beach Campground will forever spoil your beach camping. There is a marsh on the back side of the campground and the beach on the front side. It's amazing to be sitting outside of the RV listening tot he waves. The bath houses are always clean, but they are a little dated.

There is a grocery store directly across from the Beach Campground and a few good restaurants and bars to explore nearby. Botany Bay is a super cool spot to check out as well!

One tip - the water is very very salty. Come prepared with water in your tank or bottled water. Also, don't let any of the Edisto water get into your holding tank if you can help it - we did and it took a little bit to flush it out!

Also, in June and July they check the turtle nest that have already hatched to see how the nest did. We didn't get to see any turtles that were in there still, but some people do! It's worth checking to see what programming they have going on.

We have stayed in several sites:

Live Oak:

111 - shady spot not too far from the bath house which was nice. The spots across from this site have a better view of the marsh, but you can still see it through their camp sites. This site is kinda on a corner so it is a little busier.

119 - a nice shady spot that is more private than 111. A little further walk to the bath house, but still not bad. The sites across from these (116-122) have a little better view

Beach:

47 - this spot doesn't have much shade, but you can catch a glimpse of the ocean from inside your RV! How awesome is that?? Really close the bath house as well as the beach access. Great spot!

46 - this site is right across from the other site we were in. We were excited to be able to book this one! Still close to the beach access and the bath house, but it backs up to the marsh for awesome sunset views!

23 - not much shade in this part of the campground, but it seems to often have a better breeze! You can see the sand dunes from here as well. A little further walk to the beach access and bath house, but still awesome. You can't go wrong here!

33 - kinda the same as above. A little further to the bath house and beach access than 46/47 but still closer than 23. Not as much privacy in this part of the campground (the inner circle), but you are able to sit outside the RV and listen to waves. Seriously can't go wrong here!