Charleston RV Camping – an Autumn Adventure

Have you experienced the Southern charm of Charleston by RV? South Carolina’s coastal gem is a wonderful place to visit in autumn. Why not use these travel tips to start planning your own RV camping excursion to Charleston?

What to Do on Your Charleston, SC RV Trip

Once you’ve arrived in Charleston, the hard part will be narrowing down the attractions you’ll have time to visit. Allow us to help you with advance planning by making a few suggestions.

Charleston Harbor offers RV travelers of all ages enough attractions to fill a vacation.

Don’t miss a tour of Fort Sumter, scene of the Civil War’s beginning, fort_sumter_sc_shutterstock_58371931
St. Michael’s Episcopal Church of Revolutionary War fame and the USS Yorktown, a WWII aircraft carrier docked at Patriot’s Point. Those are just three of the highlights of the city’s famed harbor tours.

Boone Hall Plantation, founded in 1681, is a magnificent example of Southern plantation life. Take the guided tour and stroll beneath the archway formed by two-hundred-seventy-year-old oaks. A ‘don’t miss’ for Southern history buffs.

Battery Park, a beautiful spot along Charleston Harbor, is rich with live oaks, war memorials and wide, graceful walkways. It also offers unforgettable views of the Harbor attractions.

Charleston City Market, housed in a fabulous Greek Revival Great Hall and connecting open air ‘sheds’, is considered the city’s cultural center. Hundreds of craftsmen, artisans and vendors offer their wares every day except Christmas, and weekend nights, as well. Eat, shop and otherwise immerse yourself in the best Charleston has to offer.

Sullivan’s Island, in Charleston Harbor, lures visitors to the area with its windswept beaches, a much-photographed lighthouse and a nice casual dining district sure to please anyone’s palate.

The Citadel, Charleston’s military college founded in 1842, is beloved local institution. Tour the school’s picturesque campus and don’t miss the stirring Friday afternoon parade. 

One more plus for motorhome travelers planning to stay in Charleston is the variety of convenient places to set up camp. From John’s Island to a scenic county park, you’re sure to love the location. Use this list to start your search for your perfect Charleston area RV campground.

With temperatures in the seventies well into November, there’s no better time to lose yourself in the Southern charm of Charleston. Enjoy the hospitality of a local RV campground and make time to stroll Battery Park and take a tour of harbor attractions. Indulge in the pleasures of the famed City Market and make a day of discovering Sullivan’s Island. And don’t miss the historical significance of the city’s many forts, the Citadel and beautiful Boone Hall and Gardens.

Let us know how we can help make your RV camping trip to Charleston, SC even better with an RV rental. We’d love to hear what you discover when you visit this coastal gem!

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A Winter RV Adventure to Myrtle Beach South Carolina

Picture of an Oceanfront View, Myrtle Beach Alongside Ocean BoulevardWho would have thought that Myrtle Beach, South Carolina would be a wonderful winter destination for an RV adventure? It is all about the beach, right? And who is going to swim in the ocean in the wintertime? Well, Myrtle Beach is most definitely a great winter vacation spot, with plenty of attractions and fun to keep the entire family entertained for hours and days on end.

Of course, the beach is one of the best parts of Myrtle Beach. There are sixty miles of sand with the crashing waves of the Atlantic an inspiring sight. Beach combing is always fun, finding those gems among the sandy stretches. This time of year the daytime temperatures get up in the 70s and nights sink into the 50s. Ideal weather to get outside and get some sun during the day without getting too hot!

First find your RV camping spot so you can get settled in and prepare for days of fun. You may like to stay directly on the beach at Ocean Lakes Family Campground, winner of National RV Park of the Year awards over and over again. Then you should meander over to the boardwalk to get your first introduction to this marvelous place. At the long Oceanfront Boardwalk and Promenade you will truly get to discover the coastline and true beauty of this South Carolina gem.

A great treat for the kids, the Children’s Museum of SC has an abundance of exhibits that inspire the imagination. There are interactive programs that invite the little ones (and the adults) to touch explore and play. Get a little more serious about the history of our navel heroes as you explore the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. Learn some historic stories of honest and brave men and women.

Once done absorbing the past of this region, you may be ready for a little excitement. At Myrtle Beach Adrenaline Adventures you will never experience zipline fun like you will find here. This will get the blood flowing and the limbs nimble. Start with a 600-foot trip from one tower to another and finish off with a free-fall from the top of a 60-foot tower. A little less heart-pounding but fun nevertheless is the Myrtle Beach Skywheel. Get ready for breathtaking views.

Check out Myrtle Beach Speedway to see what events are happening during your stay. You wouldn’t want to miss any super NASCAR races or other thrilling shows. Then head over to the Wheels of Yesteryear where you can see some impressive collections of classic cars. And to get the flavor of even earlier times, explore all there is to see at the Hopsewee Plantation, built forty years before the Revolutionary War.

More outdoor fun awaits at the Brookgreen Gardens with an incredible zoo and gardens and at the Huntington Beach State Park where you can fit in some bird watching. And before you leave to go home, drive over to Myrtle Beach State Park and say so long to the ocean and to the long days of relaxation. It has been an incredibly satisfying RV vacation!

Picture credits: The oceanfront picture of Myrtle Beach is by Phil Guest and is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

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How to Enjoy RV Camping at Edisto Beach State Park

Picture of Edisto Beach in the Morning

Edisto Beach

We love finding those special places where our RV rental clients can relax in the beauty of nature. One such place is South Carolina’s Edisto Beach State Park. Whether you camp on the ocean or along a scenic salt marsh, an RV journey to Edisto Beach can be delightfully healing.

Traveling from the Intercoastal Waterway to South Carolina’s coast can be an awesome beginning to your trip. Edisto Beach Scenic Byway, otherwise known as SC-174, leads the way from the much-photographed Dawhoo (McKinley Washington, Jr) Bridge to Edisto Beach and the mysteries of the Lowcountry. This byway leads RV travelers past farms, marshes and plantations, with the scent of salt air becoming stronger by the minute. Treat yourself to the incomparable splendor of Edisto Beach Scenic Byway as the first stage of your South Carolina RV camping vacation.

Crossing the island, you’ll find Edisto Beach State Park on the island’s eastern shore, wrapped around the village of Edisto Beach. No crowded beachfront here; the entire island is dedicated to maintaining a peaceful, laid back atmosphere.

This oceanside state park greets visitors with an excellent interpretive center that educates about the island’s Native American history, the development of agriculture in the area and the efforts to preserve the unique environment of Edisto Island.

Camping at one of Edisto Beach State Park’s two campgrounds will make your visit even more enjoyable. The state park’s campsites are both affordable and convenient to plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities, year-round.

The warm summer months mean swimming in the waves and enjoying the crabbing for which the island is famous. Edisto’s mild winters allow RV campers to hike, bike and watch for a wonderful variety of wildlife along the interpretive trails. Venture beyond the boundaries of the state park and you’ll find Edisto Island Serpentarium in the village of Edisto Beach. Home to snakes and reptiles native to the island, it’s a fascinating way to spend an afternoon.

If you like surf fishing, Edisto Beach State Park is also an excellent playground. Edisto Island also offers excellent river fishing, especially along the north and south branches of the Edisto River. Charter a fishing guide while on the island; all you’ll need to bring is your sense of adventure!

Speaking of outdoor adventures, we need to share one more tip; kayaking the waterways surrounding Edisto Beach State Park will challenge your talents and allow you to bring back some pretty exciting vacation memories.

In winter or summer, Edisto Beach State Park opens the door to a coastal RV adventure you’ll long remember. We encourage our RV camping friends to consider a trip soon to Edisto Island. Talk to our staff;  we’ve got the RV rental you’ll need to thoroughly enjoy your camping trip to the South Carolina coast.

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RV Camping on the Savannah River Scenic Byway

Three rivers, lush national parks and exciting RV camping is waiting for South Carolina RV campers on the Savannah River National Scenic Byway. Come along on a Southern RV journey as we explore the joys of the Savannah River Valley.

Savannah River Scenic Byway Highlights
This National Scenic Byway starts on SC-28 at Clarks Hill, SC. Journey north up the Savannah River Valley into the rolling pine forests of Hamilton Branch State Park. Make plans to camp there, on the shores of J. Strom Thurmond Reservoir, where fishing for crappie and striper and biking the Steven’s Creek Bike Trail are just two of the ways RV travelers enjoy this immense water playground.

When you’re ready to move on, travel north on SC-28 to the Town of McCormick, with easy access to three state parks. Play on the water, camp in the forests and hit the trails for a delightful time in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Save time to visit the historic downtown district of McCormick. You can also tour the gold mining tunnels that run beneath McCormick, as well as pan for gold, at the Heritage Gold Mine Park.

The Savannah River National Scenic Byway now swings northwest on SR-81 to Richard B Russell State Park and Lake Russell. A favorite with fishermen, this scenic lake surrounded by pristine wilderness straddles the Georgia/South Carolina line. Enjoy camping in the woods, golf at Arrowhead Pointe Golf Course or take to the water for some of the best bass fishing in the area. Here’s a tip: Calhoun Falls State Park on Lake Russell is the place for hiking, horseback riding and exploring old homesites. Another interesting side trip is on Hwy 72 west of Calhoun Falls to Abbeville, birthplace of the Confederacy.

As you continue north on SR-81 toward Lake Hartwell, enjoy the scenic river valley as well as the Southern charm of towns like Lowndesville, Iva and Starr. Another historic gem on the shores of Lake Hartwell is the City of Anderson, SC. Explore its historic districts and gorgeous plantations, and if you’re there on the weekend, be sure to take in the South’s largest flea market in Belton! Take the kids to Issaqueena Falls and Stumphouse Tunnel Park to learn some local history while viewing the ten-story waterfall.

Lake Hartwell is located at the north end of the Savannah River National Scenic Byway. Lake Hartwell Camping and Cabins is a wonderful place to set up camp. In addition to marinas, trails, swimming beaches and excellent fishing, RV travelers will also enjoy a trip to the town of Clemson on the lakeshore. This is your chance to visit Clemson University, as well as the antebellum home of John C. Calhoun and the South Carolina Botanical Gardens. A visit to Clemson is a fitting end to your RV camping trek on this Byway.

As you plan your own RV camping trip along the Savannah River National Scenic Byway, the El Monte RV Rentals office in Atlanta is ready to serve. The beauty of the Savannah River Valley and the comfort of RV camping are a potent combination for insuring an unforgettable vacation!

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Nice Road Trips Blog

Every now and then we run into a website that we really like. The one that we found recently that seems an excellent resource for anyone looking to travel in the Carolinas is Ron’s Road Trips. We fell in love with the pictures… So check out Ron and see what he is up to traveling the Carolinas, and sometimes further…

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Time to RV Camp Along the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Byway

Fine fishing, first-rate RV camping and unforgettable scenery, those are the reasons RVers love to make the trip along South Carolina’s Cherokee Foothills Scenic Byway. It’s time your RV camping crew made the trek to these scenic Blue Ridge Mountains foothills, too. Here’s the inside scoop on what to see and do along the way.

  • The first task on your agenda, if you’re not an RV owner, is reserving a quality RV rental.  No matter where you’re coming from, we’re always here to help. And then it’s time to plan your journey. If you choose to travel from the western end of the Scenic Byway, you’ll be making your way along I-85 to Barrett Pond Reservoir near Westminster, SC.
  • Before you head north on the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Byway (otherwise known as S.C. 11), stop and play at both Barrett Pond and Lake Hartwell, right next door. Both bodies of water boast excellent bass, bullhead and pickerel fishing. Lake Hartwell State Park, which straddles the Georgia/South Carolina border, also offers more than one hundred water and electric RV sites.
  • Once you’ve calmed your fishing fetish sufficiently, follow the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Byway north to Keowee-Toxaway State Natural Area. Hike the Natural Bridge or Raven Rock trails and get in some more fishing time on either Lake Keowee or Lake Jocassee. The campground here is small but wonderfully scenic, tucked into pristine forestland, so be sure to make your reservations early. Don’t forget your camera—the views of the Blue Ridge Mountains from this park are first-class!
  • As our scenic byway winds north and east through the lush forests of the foothills, you’ll encounter yet another state park – Table Rock. A regional icon to Blue Ridge Mountain fans, Table Rock Mountain (PDF) is an outstanding example of upcountry beauty on the North Carolina border. A visitor center, Foothills Trail trailhead, two small fishing lakes and historic 1930s park buildings make this lovely park a favorite with RV campers.

Believe it or not, there’s still a lot to see on this one hundred twenty mile journey! Abundance is evident everywhere along your route in the form of colorful roadside markets, scenic waterfalls and winding roads that climb to glorious views.

  • And near the end of the scenic byway, Cowpens National Battlefield is worth spending an afternoon exploring. Site of a pivotal Revolutionary War victory for American forces, this national historic site features a visitor center, living history reenactments, a battlefield hiking trail and an auto tour that focuses on Green River Road at the heart of the battle.

The foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in South Carolina are a treasure for RVers hoping to get away from it all. Relax at a lakeside campground, fish until you cast another line and soak up scenery that’s thrilled explorers for centuries. There’s all that and more waiting for you along the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Byway.

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Top Ten List of Places to See in Myrtle Beach

Experiencing South Carolina should definitely include a trip to Myrtle Beach on the state’s Atlantic Coast. Bright blue water, low country food and dozens of exciting attractions make this “Jewel of the Grand Strand” the ultimate sun ‘n fun vacation spot.

To help our readers plan their RV camping calendars, we’d like to share our Top Ten List of Places to See in Myrtle Beach.

  1. A Beach to Remember – Be prepared to play on a beautiful white sand beach when you come to Myrtle Beach. Rated one of the Best Beaches on the East Coast by the Travel Channel, Myrtle Beach is the perfect family playground. It’s ideal for parasailing, banana boat riding, scuba diving or just kicking around in the waves.
  2. Broadway at the Beach – This exciting ocean-side venue has something for everyone. Shops, restaurants, water and amusement parks and year-round festivals keep thousands of visitors flocking to Broadway at the Beach. A tip: treat yourself to Low Country cuisine, with regional favorites like “chicken bog” and fresh local seafood cooked to perfection.
  3. Family KingdomFamily Kingdom seaside amusement park is a delightful blend of old-fashioned amusements (try the Swamp Fox wooden roller coaster) and the latest in thrills (an 11-story “sling shot”!)
  4. Hunting Island State Park & Lighthouse – Climb to the top of this legendary light and get a bird’s eye view of the park‘s beautiful beach, a saltwater lagoon teeming with wildlife, a seaside campground and maybe even a loggerhead sea turtle!
  5. Myrtle Beach Casino Cruise – Myrtle Beach Casino Cruises are another star attraction, offering exciting gaming action while enjoying the view along the Little River Inlet.
  6. Myrtle Beach Golf Courses – Did you know more than one hundred golf courses are within easy reach of Myrtle Beach? Challenging public courses and private golf resorts with visitor privileges make this town a magnet for golf-playing vacationers. Check in at the Myrtle Beach Golf Association website if you’re hoping to hit the links on vacation.
  7. Myrtle Beach Pelicans Baseball – BB&T Coastal Field is home to great minor league baseball, thanks to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. The team has made a name for themselves in the Carolina League, and baseball fans will want to take in a game while in town.
  8. Myrtle Beach RV Camping – When South Carolina rolls out the welcome mat to RV travelers, it does it with style. The RV resorts in this sun-drenched town are some of the best in the country. Consider these RV campground gems:
    • Lakewood Camping Resort – right on the Atlantic, with more than one thousand campsites and an amazing array of amenities.
    • Myrtle Beach KOA – friendly campground within walking distance of attractions your kids are going to love.
    • Ocean Lakes Family Campground – adjacent to a mile of soft sand beach and twice rated ARVC’s National RV Park of the Year.
  9. Myrtle Beach State ParkMyrtle Beach State Park is a wonderful spot to take the kids. Fish from the pier, hike the Sculptured Oak Nature Trail or visit the nature center. This beautiful beach front sanctuary includes an RV campground to make a visit even more attractive.
  10. NASCAR SpeedPark – Run off some vacation energy on the tracks at the family-fun NASCAR SpeedPark with plenty of thrills and spills!

There you have it, ten great reasons to go RV camping at Myrtle Beach, SC. Visit soon!

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RV Camping Trip to Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area

Whether you hope to hike through hardwood forests in their Autumn splendor or splash in a summer swimming hole, Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area in South Carolina is worthy of an extended RV camping trip. All it takes is a little planning and a yen to see the glory of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Twin Treasures at Mountain Bridge
One reason this pristine wilderness area near the North Carolina border is enduringly popular is that it offers visitors two state parks to explore. Caesars Head and Jones Gap State Parks were combined to form Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area, displaying more than ten thousand acres of Blue Ridge Mountain beauty.

But what to do once you get there? Within the state parks, hikers will find some of the best trails in the Southeast. Controlled entry to the trailheads at Caesars Head adds the bonus of enjoying sparsely populated trails. From ten-mile Pinnacle Pass trail to short jaunts like the Coldspring Connector, the trails of Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area range from challenging hike to a casual stroll. By the way, be sure to register with the park office before you hike; the dense forests and sudden changes in altitude can confuse even the most experienced hiker.

What can you expect to see as you climb the mountain trails within this wilderness? Here are some of the favorite sights reported by visitors:

  • Waterfalls! Unbelievably beautiful falls can be found in Caesars Head State Park, in particular. Don’t miss Raven Cliff Falls, where clear, cold Matthews Creek rushes more than four hundred feet down granite cliffs. Hike to the suspension bridge over the falls, or the trail to the overlook directly across the gorge. Vacation photo tip: fall foliage makes an especially stunning setting for your South Carolina waterfall photos.
  • Hawks! Each autumn, HawkWatch volunteers gather at Caesars Head State Park to count the hundreds of hawks, eagles and other raptors who gather there. Be sure to hike to one of the granite outposts high above the park to watch these birds in action.
  • Mountain Vistas! The rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains will stir the most world-weary RV traveler. Treat yourself to the sight of hardwood forests marching past granite boulders on a dramatic three-thousand-foot drop to the valleys below.

There aren’t adequate words to describe the peaceful splendor of Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area. No matter the season, there are sights there that should be seen at least once in a lifetime. Combining convenient RV camping with the chance to roam in the forests of the Blue Ridge Mountains makes an RV trip to Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area a “must do.”

RV Camping Near Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area
Although no RV camping is allowed within the Wilderness Area itself, there are several comfortable RV campgrounds nearby. Greenville, SC, just a scenic thirty-minute drive away, is home to Paris Mountain State Park, where well-planned RV sites are tucked into picturesque surroundings.

Even closer to the Wilderness Area, RV travelers will find themselves surrounded by forests and mountain streams at Valley Park RV Resort in Travelers Rest, SC. One more possibility, just across the North Carolina line at Cedar Mountain, is Black Forest Family Camping Resort.

Choose a campground to come home to after a long day of hiking, fishing or simply walking the trails with camera at the ready. South Carolina’s Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area promises RV campers unforgettable scenery, no matter what the season. Get back to nature soon with a trip to this Blue Ridge Mountains treasure.

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A Myrtle Beach RV Camping Adventure

When you park your RV at a Myrtle Beach, South Carolina RV campground, be prepared to be overwhelmed with the variety of area attractions! Well-known as a tourist haven, Myrtle Beach offers activities of all kinds, as well as its famous oceanside beauty. Interested? Use these tips to plan your Myrtle Beach RV camping adventure itinerary.

First, let’s look at some of the great Myrtle Beach RV campgrounds. Myrtle Beach KOA is right in the center of the action, and has been serving motorhome campers for four decades. Their full-service sites and convenient location make them the perfect place to set up camp.

Myrtle Beach Travel Park sits squarely between a beautiful, blue lake and the Atlantic Ocean. Fish for bass in the lake, or cruise the famous Grand Strand, but plan to stay several days in this gorgeous campground. By the way, the amenities at this campground will tempt you to overstay your reservations!

Once you’ve picked a campground, start planning how you’ll spend your days in Myrtle Beach. What kind of activities does your group enjoy? Golf? There are more than one hundred golf courses in the area. Like fishing off a pier? You’ll love historic Cherry Grove Fishing Pier. For an ocean adventure, Captain Dick’s on the South Strand offers parasailing, deep sea fishing and dolphin watching tours.

If shopping, dining and nightlife turn you on, Broadway at the Beach is an absolute wonderland. Hundreds of acres of entertainment offer something for your entire family. While you’re there, be sure to take in the vintage amusement rides at Pavilion Nostalgia Park!

Sports fans will find plenty to keep them busy in Myrtle Beach. The Caroline League baseball team, the Pelicans, plays right there in Myrtle Beach, so be sure to order tickets before you go. One more adventure sure to thrill the whole family: the NASCAR SpeedPark has racetracks for every age group, plus plenty of other amusements.

And then there’s the beach! The white sands and deliciously warm blue water tempt RV campers to roam the beaches and soak up the sun. A trip to Myrtle Beach is a chance to relax, play and spend time together in one of the most beautiful US beach communities.

Ready to hit the beach for an RV camping adventure? Get in touch with an El Monte RV Rentals office to book your RV rental now, and then start getting ready for an amazing oceanside adventure!

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