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.

Fort Sumter, South Carolina

Fort Sumter, South Carolina

Don’t miss a tour of Fort Sumter, scene of the Civil War’s beginning,
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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Fort Sumter – An Autumn RV Camping Destination Charleston, South Carolina RV Camping

Charleston, SC hosts a wealth of historic attractions, and Charleston RV campers will definitely want to visit Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired.

Autumn RV camping fans, in particular, are going to enjoy temperate weather as they explore fascinating Fort Sumter National Monument. Temperatures in the seventies are typical for October and November, allowing comfortable motorhome camping in the heart of Southern history.

Fort Sumter, SC

Fort Sumter, SC

You may not know, if you haven’t visited the Charleston area by RV, that the full historic military experience actually includes several locations. You’ll first want to visit Fort Sumter National Monument itself, accessible by tour boats departing from South Carolina Aquarium on Charleston’s Liberty Square or Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant, SC.

At the Fort, you’ll learn not only how this iconic fortress was built, but also the part it played first as a Union fortification and later as a symbol of Confederate might as the Civil War raged on.

And don’t miss the chance to visit Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island. There’s plenty of history to be found there, since this fort, rebuilt several times, played a role from America’s first Revolution through both World Wars.

Charleston RV campers who want the full Fort Sumter experience should also visit the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center in Charleston’s Liberty Square. It contains a treasure trove of information about why, how and when the Civil War and its battles were fought.

And as you’re soaking up all that Civil War history on your Charleston RV camping trip, take time to enjoy the beauty of South Carolina’s Atlantic Coast. A wonderful place to find both beauty and history in Charleston is Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. If you have the time to tour two plantations, be sure to visit Boone Hall Plantation, established in 1681.

The city of Charleston itself is a beautiful place to tour, on your own or on one of the many guided tours. You won’t know where to turn next, surrounded by eighteenth century homes, magnificent churches and public buildings and the historic City Market, open year-round.

We can’t leave without mentioning the abundance of Charleston RV campgrounds, convenient to Fort Sumter and the wonders of Charleston Harbor. Here are just a few to consider:

RV Campground at the County Park at James Island

Lake Aire RV Park – Hollywood, SC

Oak Plantation Campground – John’s Island

Mount Pleasant/Charleston KOA

Coastal South Carolina RV camping is an experience all our readers should enjoy at least once. Come to Charleston by RV this fall and find out why Fort Sumter National Monument and this Southern city’s historic treasures continue to draw visitors from around the globe.

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Roll Through the Litchfield Hills in an RV

The northeast corner of our country has been populated for so long and by so many people that it can feel a bit crowded.  Many parts of New England can feel claustrophobic for travelers that want wide-open spaces.  Luckily, the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut are the perfect location to roll through while on an RV vacation!  Start out in Linden, New Jersey to pick up your RV rental at El Monte RV.  Once you’ve picked out the perfect motorhome for your family, it’s time to hit the road!  You’ll get the chance to drive through the top of Manhattan Island, so take a good long look before you head out to the rural scenery of Litchfield Hills.  It’s a little piece of smaller-town America, not too far from all the noise and commotion of modern American cities.

Bull's Historic Covered Bridge

Historic Covered Bull’s Bridge

One of the best parts of traveling on the East Coast is reveling in the knowledge that you’re walking in the footsteps of dozens of interesting cultures, past and present.  At the Institute for American Indian Studies, you will learn about the early cultures that have lived in the Litchfield Hills over the past several thousand years.  Stroll through exhibits that show how American Indians lived or choose to participate in a dig with the Litchfield Hills Archaeology Club.  Whatever you decide to do, you’ll enjoy the experience of learning about the historical aspects of this part of the country!

Since you’re traveling by RV, your goal is to take it easy as you tour our great country.  A fantastic way to do so is by driving through some of the historic covered bridges spanning creeks and streams throughout the hills.  Some of the bridges were originally built as far back as the Revolutionary War!  As time has worn them down, the bridges have been rebuilt in the same style keeping the same look of the bridge as it was when it resupplied George Washington’s army.

After your own leisurely drive through the bridges, it’ll be time to catch a glimpse of a few fast-moving vehicles at Lime Rock Park.  This historic venue for races of all types have seen some of the greatest drivers in history pass through, including Mario Andretti and Paul Newman.  You may catch a race at the track, take racing school lessons, or simply walk around and enjoy the beautiful scenery where racing history has been made!

Another way to get out and exercise your legs is by heading over to a local road race!  June is approaching, so you’ll want to get out now and start jogging for a little pre-conditioning warm-up.  The Litchfield Hills Road Race will take you through the historic town of Litchfield and up and down several elevation changes.  Get ready, because it’s guaranteed to get your blood pumping!

After a race, you might want to sit back and listen to some great music (and have some great food while you’re at it.)  The Infinity Music Hall and Bistro is a 300-seat theater built in 1883.  It’s a fantastic venue that showcases a variety of music genres.  Catch a country music show or even an open-mic night.  Whether it’s a big ticket show or locals showing the world what they’ve got, you’re guaranteed to have a lot of fun and end your trip on a high note.

Pick up an El Monte RV motor home and roll through the Litchfield Hills!  The Northeast is calling!

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Photo Credit:  Bull’s Bridge by David Smith under Flickr creative common license.
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Travel the Ohio River Scenic Byway on an RV Vacation

Ohio River in the Fall

Ohio River in the Fall

Take off through the beautiful state of Ohio on the Ohio River Scenic Byway for an RV vacation to remember. You can travel the entire 943 miles through Ohio, Indiana and Illinois, or you can start out just exploring Ohio. Rich in history and full of marvelous views, this drive will allow you to enjoy the rural landscapes and small towns in a unique trip across our lovely American land.

Begin your trip in North Bend, Indiana as you won’t want to miss seeing the Harrison Tomb with its beautiful design of marble and limestone. Views are spectacular here of the Ohio Valley. Move on to Cincinnati where you simply must stop at the Harriet Beecher Stowe House. This is a taste of history regarding the abolitionists, the Underground Railroad and much more. You will discover plenty to do in downtown throughout the summer with various cultural events occurring.

While in Cincinnati there are more extras as far as attractions go, like the Carew Tower and the Museum Center at Union Terminal. But you are going to want to move on to enjoy the remaining sights along the Ohio River Scenic Byway. Next stop will be Georgetown, Ohio, the spot where you can see Ulysses S. Grant’s boyhood home.

In Ripley, the Rankin House is a must-see for history buffs. Around 2,000 slaves were hidden as the Underground Railroad moved them to freedom. This National Historic Landmark is definitely worth a stop. Other places you may want to visit are Carolyn’s House of Mini Rooms Museum with tiny rooms based on various themes and the famous Ripley Museum.

Next stop – Portsmouth. Pick up some antiques while here because this town undoubtedly has some of the best. Browsing the shops is just as much fun as buying, but once you get started you won’t want to stop. Drive out and have a picnic at Alexandria Point where two rivers meet. Forest land is all around for outdoor recreation.

When you reach Gallipolis, visit Our House State Memorial for an education on the rich history of this region, and experience this French Art Colony by walking the streets and absorbing the ambience. After a relaxing time here, move on to Marietta. This city offers many interesting sights but top among them are the Mounds of Marietta, ancient Indian earthworks.

You are reaching the end of this phase of your Ohio River adventure, but take time to enjoy Steubenville and tour Historic Fort Steuben. There are many murals on the walls of this town’s buildings which may provide some memorable photos. Then in Wellsville, stop at the Wellsville River Museum and a short distance from town, see the Museum of Ceramics in East Liverpool. You have had quite a trip, but a fulfilling one. You can return again to enjoy the beauty of Ohio or you can continue your journey into and through other states. The choice is yours!

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Visiting Colonial Williamsburg on an RV Trip to Virginia

History comes alive on a trip to Colonial Williamsburg. Getting an amazing education about our country’s fascinating past has never been easier than at the first permanent English settlement of the New World. If you are ready for a memorable time in Virginia, pack up your gear into an RV and head to Williamsburg and a view of the United States’ beginnings as you will see nowhere else.

Begin your adventure at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center. This is the official welcoming center for visitors so shouldn’t be neglected. You will see the entire array of historic sites you can visit on your trip as well as beaches, museums and more nearby.

Go to where it all started – Historic Jamestown! Stand by the James River and experience what it must have felt like as the settlers approached the shore. You will also have the opportunity to see a site where the remains of the original church in the town have now been discovered. This was where an English tobacco farmer married Pocahontas. Right next door you must see the Jamestown Settlement. See a film which tells the whole story. Board replicas of the ships that sailed from England.

When you have kids with you, you won’t be able to resist attending RevQuest: The Lion and the Unicorn. This is a unique opportunity to decide the fate of our nation in a special quest. You will be asked to protect the identity of one of the patriot spies during the Battle of Yorktown. Your child can save the Revolution!

The Revolutionary City experience fascinates young and old alike. This is a two-day adventure where you are part of the story. The city comes alive with the pre-Revolutionary War days and continues to unfold through the war time saga. In this way your family will truly get the flavor of the times, inspiring anew your dedication to freedom from oppression.

Tour some museums to see some distinctive collections of items from the 17th through the 19th centuries. At the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum enjoy the glass, paintings, furniture and prints from early days. Stop at the store to find souvenirs to take home with you for family and friends. In the same building you’ll find the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, with an extensive collection of arts and crafts.

Although you can certainly keep busy for days in Williamsburg, you can also take a short side trip to find some cooling summer fun. At Water Country USA you will find slides that will give you the adrenaline rush of your life. Try the speed slide for some fast-paced excitement. Find a true thrill at the skybox where you drop as the floor opens.

Thrills come a mile-a-minute at Busch Gardens! With the rides, shows and exhibits that this park is known for all over the U.S., you can spend wonderful hours for some jaw-dropping adventures. Be sure to go to Jack Hanna’s Wild Reserve and visit with the exotic animals. You will get up close and personal with some of the world’s most amazing creatures.

Enjoy your RV adventure at Colonial Williamsburg, VA and take in all there is to see for a vacation to remember.

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An RV Trip to Monticello and other Historic Virginia Sites

Monticello

Monticello

Virginia offers amazing vacation adventures for those who love the history of our country and the men who made it great. Taking an RV vacation to Virginia and some of its most wonderful historic spots is a treat for those of any age. Pack your gear and come along for the education and fun.

Begin in Charlottesville, VA, because this is where all the action is. Not only has this city been voted one of the best places to live in the U.S., it has a wide array of attractions and outdoor fun available. Browse the art galleries, take in the history and enjoy some great food. You’ll find great RV camping in the area. You can try Misty Mountain Camp Resort for really nice amenities.

The main attraction for this trip will be beautiful Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson. Much of this home is of the original construction, and you will get the real flavor of living in early times. Take a tour of this mansion and explore the gardens. Don’t miss the museum shop where you may find a treasure to take home with you.

Need to get out and stretch your legs? It is easy to do so right here near Monticello. The Saunders-Monticello Trail is a popular path where you can walk, bicycle or jog a comfortable two-mile stretch. It’s a great place to get some space and enjoy Virginia’s fresh air.

More history awaits you at the home of James Monroe. At Ash Lawn-Highland you can see what a working plantation was like in the 1700s. Fascinating indeed to see the drawing room, the children’s room and the Monroes’ bedchamber! Step back in time here and feel as if a horse and carriage will draw up to take you away. Then on to the Historic Michie Tavern and more historic amazement. This tavern was built along the side of Buck Mountain in the late 1700s to serve travelers who desperately needed a drink before traveling on.

Montpelier was where James Madison was raised and lived for his entire life, with time out for his stay in Washington during his presidency. Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, this is a spot where you will not only get a taste of what President Madison’s life was really like, but you can take part in various activities and enjoy the gardens and outbuildings. Take a trip over to the University of Virginia next to see the school that was founded and designed by Thomas Jefferson. Explore the Rotunda, the gardens and the art museum.

Within Charlottesville, you will find another spot where you can get out and enjoy the sun. At Riverview Park take the Rivanna Trail for some hiking fun. This park is part of the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail so you will certainly get some bird watching in while you are here.

Now that you have seen the sights around Charlottesville, your trip doesn’t have to be over. You can head west to Shenandoah National Park for some outdoor recreation and scenic drives. This will be the icing on the cake of your Virginia excursion in an RV.

Picture credits: The picture of Monticello is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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Take Off Through Texas Hill Country in an RV

The Guadalupe River in Guadalupe River State Park

The Guadalupe River in Guadalupe River State Park

Texas Hill Country is in Central Texas and features rugged landscapes of colorful hills and fascinating Texas towns. Outdoor recreation is available for those who want to experience some of the best in this marvelous region. You can take an RV trip through the hill country to get away from big-city living and the stresses and strains of day-to-day life. It’s a great idea!

On this adventure, you will start in San Antonio. Stay a while in this Texas city to enjoy the many attractions. See the hippos, lions, giraffes and much more at the San Antonio Zoo. It’s a top pick, particularly if you have kids with you. Festivals abound in spring, summer and fall. In June there is the Texas Folklife Festival that shouldn’t be missed.

Next stop will be Bandera, Texas. Get some down-home country food and listen to that toe-tappin’ country music. You may not want to do any hell-raising, but Bandera is still a nice place to relax and get the feel of the Old West. Stop at the Frontier Culture Museum to see an amazing collection of artifacts, including a shrunken head! Get another home cooked meal before taking off for your next destination.

Loop around to Kerrville where you can find some live music and get some more of that down-home cooking. Like to bowl and haven’t had the opportunity for a while? Check out the family sports center in town. Move on to Fredericksburg, a spot that has a fascinating German heritage. Immigrants came here early on to purchase millions of acres, staying on with the German language being the prominent one until recently. You will discover delicious German cuisine and some wonderful beer. Don’t neglect a tour of the Admiral Nimitz Museum and the National Museum of the Pacific War. Here you’ll see a real Japanese midget sub from the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Isn’t it about time to get some real exercise? When you reach your next stop, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, you need to get out there and do some hiking. Trek to the top of the pink granite mountain. Have a picnic and watch the wildlife that wanders near. No matter how tempting, however, please don’t feed them.

Johnson City, Texas has a lot of history, but it also has some fun attractions for all ages. If you have ever thought about going on a guided hunt, now is the time to try it. A great place to go is the Exotic Resort Zoo. This is just north of town, and contains a number of lakes and creeks and over 500 animals.

Not far away is the Hamilton Pool Preserve, with hiking, swimming and nature study the favorite activities. Drive on to Guadalupe River State Park and enjoy paddling on the river. Finally, it is New Braunfels and the end of your adventure. In this charming German community you can have an old-fashioned good time, with lots more outdoor recreation nearby. Certainly this was a wonderful time in the Texas Hill Country and we invite you to come again.

Picture credits: The picture of the The Guadalupe River in Guadalupe River State Park is by Larry D. Moore and is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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Travel Maine’s Rugged Coast for the Perfect RV Adventure

Maine's Rocky Coast

Maine’s Rocky Coast

Spring to fall is the perfect time to pack your traveling gear into an RV and adventure out along Maine’s beautiful coast. This state is most popular for its rugged coastal landscapes and the charming fishing villages along the way. Begin your RV trip in Ellsworth, Maine. The town, founded in 1800, is the ideal gateway for many amazing sights. Although not a part of this particular vacation route, Acadia National Park may warrant a visit while you are in the area.

Leave Ellsworth heading north on Highway 1 until you come to Maine Highway 186, a loop that takes you on Schoodic Scenic Byway to Schoodic Point. You must not forget your camera because you will have many regrets if you don’t catch some shots of the pounding surf and rocky shores. You’ll see islands offshore, all different sizes and shapes, such as Pond and Rolling Islands.

Winter Harbor is a great place to stop and rest from driving. You can see the active fleet of lobster boats and strike up conversations with local fishermen. This classic village on Maine’s lovely coast offers amazing views from its western shore. You will see harbors where boats take refuge and trawlers wait for the right conditions to take to sea. Prospect Harbor is one of these great waterways.

Stop and wander the streets of Corea, Maine to really experience this charming fishing village. This community is well worth the time to explore. It’s on the Gouldsboro Peninsula, with quiet spots to sit and reflect on all the scenery you’ve seen so far. There is more to come. The town of Gouldsboro is a place to stop and perhaps enjoy a dinner in one of the fine restaurants. Maybe you will even be up for a kayaking tour or a nightly concert.

Columbia Falls will welcome you with open arms. Visit the Ruggles House to get a flavor of life in Columbia Falls in the mid-1800s. Amazing and intricate woodwork is one of the sights to see in this historic home. When you reach Maine Highway 187 as you continue up Highway 1, you will turn and head out on this loop along the water’s edge.

An RV trip wouldn’t be complete without some exciting new adventure. If you’ve never taken a kayak trip before, now is the time to try it out. Paddling around Head Harbor Island and Steele’s Harbor Island will have you hooked on a new hobby. You can recover from the excitement in Jonesport, the heart of Maine’s rugged coastline. This small fishing village is the ideal place to breathe the fresh Maine ocean air and enjoy the quiet and solitude.

After leaving Jonesport, you will pass Englishman Bay where photo opportunities abound. Miss getting in a swim while you’ve been enjoying the scenery? The best place to don your swim gear and take advantage of saltwater or freshwater swimming is at Roque Bluffs State Park. Now your outdoor recreation can start in earnest. Take a hike along the cliffs, beach comb along the beaches. There are plenty of coves you can explore on a canoe or kayak. Find RV camping at the Sunset Point Campground in Harrington Maine. They accommodate RVs of any size and for a reasonable price. They provide free WiFi and there’s a laundry room so you can wash your traveling clothes.

The first naval battle of the American Revolution caused Fort O’Brien to be built on these shores. It is worth your time to stop by the Fort O’Brien State Historic Site to see where we protected our country during three separate wars. Then move on to the Moosehorn National Wildlife Reserve where you will see waterfowl, game birds, wading birds and more, all protected in this Atlantic flyway.

You are getting close to the end of your trip in Calais, Maine, but it isn’t over yet. Many adventures await you in Shackford Head State Park. If you are a birder, you will love hiking the trails to see a wide variety of bird life, including bald eagles. Even if you don’t do a lot of bird watching, you’ll certainly love the views all the way to Canada.

When you reach Calais, Maine, you can stop for some shopping, and perhaps travel over the border into Canada for additional fun and to make more memories. The choice is yours. You have experienced some of the best of Maine and now can call your RV adventure at an end. There are other vacations when you can return and do it all over again.

Picture credits: The picture of the coast of Maine is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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Five Tips for Seeing Sterling, Virginia by RV

Close enough to Washington, DC to allow easy day trips and right in the center of historic and natural attractions, Sterling, Virginia is a great place to visit by RV. As you plan your Virginia RV vacation, follow these five tips for seeing Sterling, VA by RV.

  1. Enjoy the flavors of the region surrounding Sterling along the Loudon County Wine Trail. More than a dozen wineries populate the countryside within an hour’s drive of Sterling, and many are open for touring and wine tasting. Northeast Loudon County is home to Tarara Winery on Shadow Lake, Corcoran Vineyard near the village of Hillsboro and a nice collection of neighboring vineyards waiting to offer RVers their luscious products. Call ahead for wine tasting and special event schedules.
  2. Civil War history fans RV camping near Sterling, Virginia will soon discover an area steeped in battlefields and historic sites related to the War Between the States. The Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Regional Park and National Cemetery offer trails and informative markers throughout the site of the area’s largest Civil War battlefield.
  3. For an even greater understanding of the role this region played during the Civil War, walk the heritage trail and explore the exhibits at Manassas National Battlefield. Only thirty minutes from Sterling, the story Manassas tells is one you won’t soon forget. Excellent day trip for families with school-aged RVers.
  4. Paddle the Potomac, play a challenging round of golf or hike a wonderfully scenic riverfront trail right in Sterling at Algonkian Regional Park. The popular 18-hole, par-72 public golf course is a great place to spend a morning while RV camping in Sterling, Virginia. The park is also the perfect launch point for a paddling tour of the Islands of the Potomac. In addition, active RVers will find the park’s section of the Potomac Heritage Trail filled with natural wonders waiting to be discovered.
  5. And we’d steer you wrong if we steered Sterling, VA RV campers away from Washington, DC attractions. Whether you’re visiting the nation’s capitol for the first time or it’s one of your favorite destinations, RV camping near Sterling gives you easy access to all DC has to offer. The Smithsonian, the monuments and the seat of US government will fill you with wonder, so don’t miss them while in Sterling.

Base your next RV camping trip in Sterling, Virginia to find a whole new world of adventure. With so much history, culture and nature to experience here, isn’t it time you turned your RV toward Sterling?

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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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