Kelsey G.
Winter Park, FL
Joined June 2018
Dancer, Choreographer, Writer. Traveling the USA in my Airstream Overlander @bear_theairstream and searching for craft beer and dogs to pet.
Riverfront Campground Adjacent to Cool Watercraft Rental Spot

Wilson's is right on the French Broad River and is neighbors to "French Broad Outfitters,"-a company that rents kayaks, canoes, and tubes to take down the river. We wandered through Wilson's while renting from French Broad Outfitters and wished we had stayed here. If we had, we would've been at FBO every evening. They have a bar and outdoor games like corn hole, making it an awesome spot to chill with a beer and hang by the river. 

Wilson's spots don't offer a ton of shade, but being by the river is a huge plus. The French Broad River Greenway, a shared bike path, runs right through the campground and is great for taking you to nearby places by bike, like Carrier Park or ClimbMax Climbing Gym.

Urban RV Park Close to Everything Asheville Has to Offer

We stayed at Bear Creek RV for a month and enjoyed being close to all things to see, eat, and do in Asheville. 

SITES: Sites are close together. You can hear noise from the interstate, but after a while, you get used to it. Be sure to specify your rig size upon making a reservation as all sites vary in length. Some sites are 30amp only and accommodate only 20-foot trailers or less. Other sites are longer, and some are pull-through.

BATHHOUSE: 3 bathhouses are kept clean. The one beneath the office is the most recently updated (and pictured). 

WIFI: Though the website says wifi throughout the park, the truth is it is not strong enough to reach the outer edges. So if your site is too far from the office, you won't be able to latch onto the wifi. The staff were apologetic about it and had an IT guy come out 3 times during our stay. Still, the wifi didn't improve so we would walk to the office and use their picnic tables outside to get work done.

WIFI The campground is shaped like a capital "Y" with some of the upper sites having a lovely view of the mountains. The pull-through sites are on the downstroke of the "Y."

POOL Though on the website it says the heated pool would be renovated by May 15 (the day after we arrived), it was not worked on during our stay. Hopefully, they get it redone for the Summer season as it would be an excellent respite from the mid-day heat.

LAUNDRY: 2 washers and 2 dryers are below the office for $1.75 per machine, per use.

Overall, a clean campground with friendly staff in a convenient location of Asheville.

Riverside Urban Camping

This campground is minutes from Asheville, offering all urban amenities like nearby grocery, Starbucks, etc for last minute errands.

You share the campground with permanent residents, RV's, and primitive campers. Campsites are relatively flat but a little gravely. Sites are pretty close together but each one has a fire ring and picnic table.

You can't get any close to the water, being right on the French Broad River. Sling up a hammock for serious relaxation. 

We enjoyed this campground as a large group and rented out 4 adjacent sites. Dogs are welcome. Firewood can be purchased, but we never saw anyone in the office so I would suggest bringing your own.

Bathrooms are at the front of the park, a 10-minute walk from the primitive sites. Bathrooms are not spotless, but they do the trick.

Ranger Review: Grubstick at Marshall Tent Cabins, NC

CAMPGROUND REVIEW:

LOCATION: 

These tent cabins nestled on quiet private property in the hills of Western North Carolina are the perfect glamping getaway. With a luxury bathhouse and a wide, open meadow to run around in, all needs are met.

HOSTS: Hosts Kenny and Stuart are excellent and very prompt with communication. Do not hesitate to ask them questions.

ARRIVAL & AMMENITIES: When we arrived we were greeted with a neat and cozy queen bed and fresh linens, lanterns, and a cooler. The tent cabins are enclosed with hearty netting to keep out bugs, but still let in all of the sounds and smells of nature. A deck with adirondack chairs makes for a great spot to sit with conversation or a good book.

The path to get to the cabins is only 1/4 of a mile but require good shoes to traverse the rocky walk. Arrive before dark and bring your headlamp as there is little to no guiding lights after dark.

BATHROOMS: We set our things down and wandered up the path to the bathrooms, which are new and luxurious with a domestic toilet and a roomy hot-water shower. The bathhouse is shared with the other cabin, but each cabin has their own private enclosed section of the bathhouse making it private. The bathhouse is located in a beautiful open meadow along with the fire pit.

FIREPIT: Firewood is provided but it is not split, nor guaranteed to be bone dry. We enjoyed splitting logs, got the fire going, and started making dinner at dusk when the real magic started to happen. FIREFLIES! It was an early June night and we had our own private show, hundreds of fireflies lighting up the meadow! An incredible sight to see and the privacy of having the meadow to ourselves to witness the spectacle was priceless.

SUGGESTIONS FOR FUTURE CAMPERS: Definitely arrive before dark as finding the site can be tricky. Bring a headlamp. I would also recommend bringing a solar powered fan with you if camping in the warm summer months. Potable water is provided at the bathhouse but you have to fill the provided water vessel and hike it back to your cabin, so make sure someone is able-bodied and/or request Kenny/Stuart to fill it for you.

PRODUCT REVIEW:

As a Ranger for The Dyrt, I get products to test from time to time - today I am testing The Grubstick (https://grubstick.com/products/deluxe-kit)

I tested out the GrubFork , Grubcage, and Grubpocket.

TELESCOPING ROD: The telescoping rod is super convenient and well-made. Very easy to maneuver the rod in and out and change add-ons.

GRUBFORK: 5 out of 5. Cooking our Trader Joe’s sausage on the Grub fork was a breeze. I love cooking 2 at once, and removing them from the fork was as easy as wrapping the bun around the link and pulling them off. Super clean and easy.

GRUBCAGE: 3 out of 5. We used the grub cage to test out making s’mores. By premaking the s’more sandwich and clamping it in the cage, you avoid mess. But unfortunately what happens is that the graham cracker gets crisped/burned while the marshmallow remains partially roasted inside the sandwich. Still tasty and warm, but not the same gooey mouthfeel you get when roasting a marshmallow straight over the fire.

GRUBPOCKET: 4 out of 5. We wrapped some Trader Joe’s peppered turkey bacon around the grub pocket and loved the results. The clamp to keep the bacon in place worked for the most part, but fell off a couple of times, mostly because the turkey bacon wasn’t very thick. Makes nice and crispy bacon, but you can only cook one piece at a time.

I really enjoyed using the Grubstick and look forward to using the BurgCage for burger patties. I will get a LOT of use out of the GrubFork, and look forward to roasting Brussel sprouts inside the grub cage as an alternative to the s’more task. Overall, a well made product of quality material and craftsmanship.

PHOTOS BY DAVID PAVLINA @davepavlina

All amenities RV campground in Uniquoi Hotspot

The RV campground in Uniquoi is a well kept campground in the beautiful Uniquoi state park. Be aware there is a steep grade to get up to this campground.

Each site is level gravel, and some even offer wooden decks. Firewood and laundry available. The campground shares property with the visitors center so you may see more traffic in peak season months.

Prices here vary depending on day of week, time of year, and what site you choose. You’re close to a lot of hikes around the park, including Anna Ruby falls (which is a national park tucked within state park, so $3 to get in).

Uniquoi is right outside of the bustling town of Helen which fills up in the spring and summer with vacationers and tubers.

There are also cabins for rent within this park (see picture).

Convenient car camping with quiet creek

Just off of 75, this camping area is easy to get to, no hiking in. Campsites are flat and level. Some sites have creekside access. Bathrooms and water are at the site. Campsites are pay by envelope.

Andrews Cove 2 mile out-and-back hike leaves from this campground. It’s moderate for about half, then becomes a strenuous climb at the end. Good workout.

Camping here you’re close to a lot of great hikes , and short drive from the town of Helen.

I’ve come to hike here a few times and seen campers leave a ton of trash so please clean up after yourself.

Serene Creekside sites, All Welcome

Contrary to its name, this once Airstream-only campground now accepts non-Airstream rigs. Call ahead to be sure/check availability (host phone number of FB page).

RV Sites have small concrete pads 30/50 amp hookup, water, and sewer Toilets available for use in separate building, but no shower.

We enjoyed a month long stay at this quiet campground right outside of the Alpine town of Helen, GA. A peaceful creek runs through the entire campground. Some spots butt right up against the creek.

The campground features a killer library and DVD collection. We also enjoyed the covered pavilions with swings. A creekside communal fire pit brings together campers. Every month or so the campground host throws a fire pit night.

Close to so many hikes you won’t be able to do them all. There’s even a hike that leaves directly from the campground.

You’re a 9 minute drive to Helen. It’s a tourist town, but has a small grocery and offers great beer and wine at the German beer halls and patios. Fills up on the weekend with visitors and (in spring and summer) tubers “Shootin’ the Hootch.” You MUST tube the Chattahootchee if you are here during the late Spring or Summer.

Tough Chunck of AT with mountain top views

This section of the AT isn’t easy breezy, but it levels out and the trees thin out on the mountain ridges to relatively open, flat land for camping Ran into som AT’ers packing up for the morning. The out and back trail ends at the AT shelter. Halfway through the hike you’re greeted by a flat rock face and these views.

Amazing creekside campfire spots

This is a scenic easy-moderate level trail. It follows a creek that has open flat land next to it of pine needles. Perfect for camping, having a midhike fire, or just stopping to dip your toes the water and rest. At waterfall at the end requires scrambling over boulders, but is worth the climb. Beautiful fall nestled in the crevices of the mountain. Don’t forget the $5 donation to maintain the trail, due at parking lot.

Peaceful Campground with walkable springs access

This campground is super quiet and nestled in Florida cow country. The bathrooms are new and very well kept. The center sites seem more level than the outer ring of sites. We started at site 26 and moved to site 68 because we couldn’t level out on the sandy ground.

WiFi connection is quite good and you are able to stream Netflix and Prime tv.

The best part of this park is the short trail to Hart Springs directly from the campground. It takes you through shaded Florida swamp and marsh and opens up on the Hart springs recreation area. Unfortunately Hart springs was closed while we were there due to flooding and construction but should be open for spring 2019, but it looks like an incredible swimming spot with ample space, tables and pavilions. A short boardwalk walk at the springs takes you out to the shores of Suwannee river.

Walmart supercenter is your closest grocery in chiefland, a 20-25 minute drive.

DON’T MISS stopping at Dakotah Winery for a free tasting and a bottle of their sweet wine for sangria. 19 98 country restaurant has amazing wings and even better southern hospitality.

Shady campground with tons of amenities

I didn’t actually stay overnight here, but biked over from the nearby Hart Springs campground. Nice facility with fully shaded spots among Florida forest. There were a number of unmarked buildings, but upon researching it looks like a covered pool and clubhouse. The spring swimming area was lovely and clear and no crowds. Seems like a nice place to stay for a fun, activity filled getaway.

Clean & Convenient pit stop off of I75

This campground isn’t super remarkable (lots of RV’s in close proximity, noise from the interstate). But it’s bathrooms/showers are brand new and kept very clean. Great pit stop for a few days before we head into the mountains. You’ll find permanent residents here as well as stopping-through campers. Fairgrounds are close so it probably fills up when events come through.

WiFi here is so-so and you often get booted off. On there website they say WiFi is free with stay. But once we got there we learned we were capped at 1 GB per day. You can buy more for $15.

Pull through sights are convenient and easy. Horse stables and a goat pasture are also on property. The town of Perry and Warner Robins have all amenities you could need. Really great coffee shop in downtown Perry called Bodega Brew. Fast WiFi and awesome hazelnut latte.

In the heart of Orlando and you don’t even know it

You can’t get more centrally located that bill Frederick. Located In metro west, this park is close to both the theme parks, and a commutable distance to north Orlando. The campground is at the back of the park up against the lake shore making it quieter than you would think for being so close to the expressway. The bathrooms and shower leave something to be desired. They could be cleaner and the shower drains tend to back up but everything works and is serviced daily. Only campground downside is there are no fire pits by each site. Open fire is only allowed at the grills, in another area of the park.

A nice bike trail circles the whole park. RV’ers must use dump site to get rid of black and grey water. No sewer hookup.

This park fills up when events like renaissance fair or dragon boat racing come through.

This park offers every recreation in the book: boating, fishing, biking, hiking, frisbee golf, wildlife watching (petting farm), jungle gyms, horse boarding, grilling spots, swimming pool. There’s something here for everyone.

Secluded hilly park with immaculate facilities

Secluded campground in natural Florida. Hookup sites were well kept and at the end of the park so there was no thru traffic. To get to the hookup sites it Is an 8-10 minute drive from park entrance. Keep that In mind when running errands (making that drive multIple times a day can be annoying). But the benefit Is a quiet campground. Amenities are very clean. Most sites have 10-30 feet between them. Sunsets are not to be missed here. Lake Louisa area and Clermont is the only hilly area of Central Florida. The pine forests here make you think you might not be in Florida. Great park for people who want Natural Florida without the tourist traps and beach towns.