Ojo Caliente Mineral Hot Springs Resort

On our way to South Carolina for our daughter’s college graduation (yeah!!) we stopped at Ojo Caliente Mineral Hot Springs Resort.  It was Mark’s 50th birthday so we thought we would have a nice little mini vacation before heading off to the heat and humidity of the south.

Ojo Caliente Mineral Hot Springs Resort
Ojo Caliente Mineral Hot Springs Resort

Ojo Caliente is famous for its waters.  Discovered by Native Americans centuries ago and then conquered by the Spanish in the 1500’s when they discovered it (and displaced the natives as well).  It holds a lot of history as well as the healing powers of the water.

There are many types of waters that are located here:  Arsenic, Iron and Soda water just to name a few.  There are multiple pools located throughout the resort with varying degrees of heat (89 to 104 degrees).

The resort has many different accommodations available including an RV park!  Now, as RV parks go, it is pretty basic and it is quite expensive for what you get IMO ($40/night) but it is still cheaper than staying in the hotel. 🙂

The RV Park consists of power and water hookups only (no sewer).  There is a dump station but they charge $20 to dump.  Kind of a rip off, I think.  The spaces are a bit primitive, unlevel and can’t really accept large rigs (30′ would be pushing it).  BUT there are many wonderful aspects to the springs that overrides the downsides to the park.

Our site at Ojo Caliente - fairly large compared to some
Our site at Ojo Caliente – fairly large compared to some

We spent 3 days at Ojo.  The first day we were so overwhelmed with all the springs we couldn’t decide which one we liked best!  On the second day though we knew we loved the Soda Pool the most.

Mark in the Soda Pool – 103 degrees, indoors and a quiet zone – no talking!

We also really loved the mud zone!  Yes, MUD!!! It sounds odd but wow did our skin feel great afterwards.  You get wet, then mud up and lay out to dry.  Then you wash it off.  Your skin is silky smooth and so soft!  Mark didn’t think he would like it but he had to admit it was pretty awesome.

All mudded up and baking dry! 🙂

One thing we especially enjoyed was the FOOD!  The Artesian Restaurant was amazing in every way.  We had lunch and dinner there every day and even breakfast for Mark’s birthday as well.  We really spoiled ourselves with the food!

That was just a sampling of the food.  We ate our way through the menu to be sure. 🙂  In fact, we probably had these Green Chili Fries 5 times while we were there.  SO GOOD!

Green Chili Fries. YUM!

For Mark’s birthday we did something pretty special – we rented a private hot spring for just the two of us.  It had amazing views of the cliffs, a kiva fireplace and we snuck in a bottle of champagne to celebrate!  Not something we would do every time we would visit but certainly an amazing treat!

Private hot springs, kiva fireplace and champagne! Happy birthday, my love. 🙂

All in all it was an amazing three days!  And the best part?  This is only 1-1/2 hours from our property in northern New Mexico!  How awesome is that?  Knowing we are close enough we can spend the day there or even take the truck camper for one night.  Yes please!  We will definitely be back!

Our beautiful view from the lounge chairs!

Sam’s Family Spa ~ Desert Hot Springs, CA

November 17 – December 21, 2015

Ahhhh…. hot springs and relaxation.  What could be better?  Especially over the holidays while having to deal with all the intricacies of family! 🙂

Mark’s family reside in the Los Angeles area of California.  Knowing how difficult the area is, especially the traffic, I was adamant that we would not take our rig in too close to the city.  So we looked around and again I fell back to Wheeling It for a recommendation.  Just two hours drive from Mark’s family, Sam’s Family Spa seemed too good to pass up!

Desert sunsets were just one of the many perks to staying here!
Desert sunsets were just one of the many perks to staying here!

With no reservations required and a decent rate (for California) at $540/mo it seemed perfect.  Not to mention all the amenities that came with it.  How can you pass up glorious pools filled with hot water?  I sure can’t!

Sam’s Family Spa is a combo RV park and mobile home park.  It has tons of RV spaces and even during Thanksgiving it did not get completely full.  The sites are a bit awkward for larger rigs as they are not angled well and you have to back straight in (no pull through sites), but all are 30/50 amps with great views of the mountains above Palm Springs.

The waterfall entrance to the park
The waterfall entrance to the park

So on November 17th we made our way from Quartzsite, AZ to Desert Hot Springs, CA.  A short two hour drive brought us to the land of warm weather, hot springs and expensive everything!  This was a treat for us and of course a chance to see Mark’s mom who is nearly 86 so it was worth it.

Arriving at Sam’s, you don’t go straight to the office.  You go and find a site you like, get set up and then go to the office to register!  All sites are first come, first served which I find really fair and so simple.  I wish all parks were like this.

Our site at Sam's Family Spa. The sites are a bit strange to get into but are so worth it!
Our site at Sam’s Family Spa. The sites are a bit strange to get into but are so worth it!

We chose a site kind of in the middle of the park but close enough to walk to the hot springs!

Hot Springs pools (photo courtesy Sam's Family Spa)
Hot Springs pools (photo courtesy Sam’s Family Spa) How can you resist??

While we didn’t do much exploring as our time was divided between our RV and family in LA for Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, so when we were at the RV we mainly just relaxed in the pools, visited with friends and enjoyed some good food/drink as well as more beautiful sunsets!

Wow!!
Wow!!

We had some great neighbors during our month stay (Wheeling It, Technomadia, RV Geeks to name a few) and had a surprise visit at happy hour from Mali Mish!  If you don’t follow Mali Mish you should – they are on an exciting journey with their kids to Mexico at the moment and it looks fabulous!

Just to give you an idea of the amazing amenities, here are a few more photos of our stay.  We enjoyed our month here immensely and didn’t want to leave but the desert was calling us away and so back to Quartzsite we went.

Rocky Point Resort

After coming back into civilization following our week at the Head of the River Campground, we choose to go to the other side of Klamath Lake to Rocky Point Resort to catch up on some laundry and run some errands.  It was approximately a 45 mile trip from Chiloquin, OR and 30 minutes from Klamath Falls, OR but this little resort was well worth the drive.

I only got one shot from our site as it was a quick stay, but these beautiful trees tell the story of where we were.

Some really big pine trees!
Some really big pine trees! Can you see our dog?? 🙂

Situated on the southwest shores of Klamath Lake, this resort has 15 full hook ups and 10 partial hook ups.  There are only 5 pull throughs though, so if you have a big rig they definitely suggest reservations in advance.  We were lucky and got a pull through (spot #5 on map below).  There are restrooms and showers on the facility as well as laundry and a little general store.

General layout of resort - Courtesy Rocky Point Resort
General layout of resort – Courtesy Rocky Point Resort

Its biggest draw is the fishing and kayaking.  Many award winning trout have been pulled from the waters close to the resort.  They have a great set of little cabins at this resort as well!  They looked really cute although we didn’t get to see inside.

Guest Rooms at Rocky Point Resort
Guest Rooms at Rocky Point Resort
The cabins at Rocky Point Resort (courtesy Rocky Point)
The cabins at Rocky Point Resort (courtesy Rocky Point)

Another wonderful aspect to this resort is the restaurant located on premises.  The Lodge is located right on the water with outdoor seating and with nearly every indoor seat having a view of the lake.  Our second night there we had a wonderful dinner with absolutely perfect views!  This is the only restaurant in the area that is “farm to table”.  They strive for fresh and local and sometimes they run out of things (as we found out when we ordered the calamari… boo!) We did order the Shrimp Martini but we were so hungry I forgot to take a picture of it! 🙂

Fresh crusty bread with herbed olive oil for dipping
Fresh crusty bread with herbed olive oil for dipping
A lovely fresh salad with in house homemade blue cheese!
A lovely fresh salad with in house homemade blue cheese!
Grilled Mahi Mahi tuna tacos!  Delish!
Grilled Mahi Mahi tuna tacos! Delish!
The Rodeo Burger and hand cut fries!
The Rodeo Burger and hand cut fries!

We can honestly say our views for dinner did not suck.  What a wonderful place to relax and enjoy a fabulous dinner and drinks.  Our server Alexandra was fun and very good at her job.  She took great care of us!

Klamath Lake from The Lodge
Klamath Lake from The Lodge
Lone kayak on Klamath Lake
Lone kayak on Klamath Lake
Another view of the lake
Another view of the lake

And as the sun was going down everything turned to Lapis and Denim blue….

Sun going down
Sun going down

We only stayed two nights at this cute little place but we honestly say we would go back.  It’s pleasant and relaxing and it’s perfect for a couple of night recovery from boondocking.

Where are we now?  Well, we had planned on staying in Oregon for the rest of the summer but we kind of got the itch to move on.  As of this writing we are now at a undisclosed boondocking location by Lake Tahoe!  More on that coming soon.  We will be off grid for a bit so I’ve scheduled a couple of posts until we get back.  Enjoy the upcoming posts and we will check in soon!

Until later ~

Shelly & Mark

 

6 nights, 7 days, 2500 miles

And we are HERE!  We made it to Idaho! Yeah, we know it’s been over a week since we’ve been here but we’ve been busy! 🙂

Idaho or Bust!
Idaho or Bust!  We are finally here!!

We left South Carolina as originally planned on June 29, 2015 and arrived on July 5, 2015!  When we set off we had agreed to going about 300-350 miles a day, depending on traffic, road conditions, etc.  We managed to do about 360 miles per day (on average) and made it here in 7 days.  We stayed fairly close to the interstate every night to make it simple to get back on the road each day.  We stayed at a couple of decent RV parks but for the most part they were pretty crappy.  If it hadn’t been so hot we would have done the Walmart boondocking thing.  But seeing how it was 85+ each day I just couldn’t do it (I can’t deal with the heat when I sleep).

We were very pleased with how our truck pulled our new trailer.  We averaged about 10 MPG on the trip out here so all in all, that worked for us.  We had no troubles at all and it was really a great trip!  The gas did get more expensive the further west we went but other things got cheaper, so it averaged out, IMO.

I put together a list of the parks we stayed at and the price we paid, along with a little review of each.  Granted, these were not destination areas but just a place to lay our heads each night.  Photos of our travels out here are at the end of the post in a gallery!  We didn’t take a lot as we were in a mad dash to get here but there are some fun ones.

The parks we stayed at along the way and the price we paid each night:

1st stop:

  • Chattanooga, TN (382 mile drive)
  • RV Park:  Holiday Trav-L-Park
  • Price paid:  $35
  • Overall a decent park with easy access to the interstate.  The sites were decent with little grassy areas and picnic tables.  Nice trees and shady.

2nd stop:

  • Mt. Vernon, IL (375 mile drive)
  • RV Park:  Archway RV Park
  • Price paid:  $33
  • Pretty crappy park for the price.  Front desk people were clueless and there was a lot of road noise but not surprising considering the interstate is so close.  It was convenient and that’s all.

3rd stop:

  • St. Joseph, MO (387 mile drive)
  • RV Park:  AOK Campground
  • Price paid:  $27
  • Easy access to the interstate.  Very small park up a very steep gravel road.  They have a pond in the park that made the bugs really bad but as it was only an overnight we could live with it.  Would not stay long term.  Also, the sites were not level with all of them going downhill.

4th stop:

  • North Platte, NE (363 mile drive)
  • RV Park:  Holiday RV Park
  • Price paid: $35
  • Easy access to the interstate.  The bugs were HORRENDOUS!  Sites were very very close together.  But what made me mad is we were told one rate and I had to give a credit card over the phone to hold the spot (due to the holiday weekend traffic) and we were charged a lot more ($27 versus $35).  Would never recommend this park as I hate shady dealing.  Also, the water pressure was almost nil.

5th stop:

  • Rawlings, WY (376 mile drive)
  • RV Park:  RV World Campground
  • Price paid:  $27.50 (water & electric only)
  • Again, easy access to the interstate.  This place was nothing more than a gravel parking lot with hookups.  Spaces were so tight that the first spot they put us in we didn’t fit and our trailer is only 30′ with hitch.  But again, as we were only staying one night it worked.

6th and final stop:

  • Snowville, UT (358 mile drive)
  • RV Park:  Lottie-Dell Campground (no website) (435) 872-8273
  • Price paid: $26
  • Not far from I-84 right before the Idaho border.  This rustic campground reminds me of what it used to be like before “glamping” came along.  All grass spaces, very nice, wide and long with full hookups.  This place is done on the honor system if you come in late and the owner is very pleasant.  There is a driving range with golf clubs and balls located in the check in office!  Sweeping views of the mountain ranges and far enough from the interstate that it was a very pleasant evening to stay here.  By far my favorite spot of the cross country trip!  Not sure I would stay here long term but it was very relaxing after 6 days on the road.

On our last day we drove 268 miles to our final destination in Caldwell, Idaho.  We are currently at Country Corners RV Park and will be here another week before heading off to Oregon (I will do a review of the park when we leave).  We’ve had a lot of fun visiting my mom and checking out all the wineries that have sprung up here in the last 30 years.  It’s amazing how much this place has changed!  But the wind is already calling to us and we are keen to be off.  🙂

Enjoy some of the photos from our travels that week!

Park Review – Tanager Woods RV Park

After leaving North Carolina, we headed south to the Charleston, SC area.  We had to be in Charleston for some doctors and lawyer appointments for Mark for his workers comp case.  As of this writing, we are still waiting for mediation to close the case which isn’t scheduled until March 31st.

When we looked at Charleston for an RV park we were a little surprised at how expensive the parks were for a monthly rate.  I guess we shouldn’t have been considering Charleston is a very active tourist area.  So we decided to browse further afield.

About an hour outside of downtown Charleston is the little town of Dorchester, SC.  A local family has a small (and I do mean SMALL) 12 space RV park (7 spaces are 30 amp only, 5 are 50 amp).  It was a bit out of the loop but the price was right so there we went. Located 1/2 mile down a VERY bumpy dirt road is Tanager Woods RV Park.

Map link to Location:  Tanager Woods RV Park location

We stayed here from the first of January through the middle of February.  And while it definitely had its downsides there are some nice things about it as well, especially if you like solitude.  Here is some info to help you make an informed decision about this park.

Small sign to show you are in the right place
Small sign to show you are in the right place
  • Location
    • Pros: Located about an hour outside of downtown Charleston (could be a “con” for a lot of people).  Surrounded by beautiful farm/forest land with all sorts of local wild life.  Lots of Civil War history in this area.
    • Cons: Getting to the park is relatively easy and they have signs that will guide you in.  Unfortunately, the last 1/2 mile you will travel is a ONE LANE ungraded dirt road.  It is very bumpy and you need to go very slow (5mph or less).  There is also no lighting so if you come in late at night you might think you are lost until you see the signs.  The closest real grocery store is in Summerville, SC about 20 minutes away.  Summerville has all the stores you can think of and has a cute little downtown area with lots of places to eat.  The RV park is really out in “the boonies” (which was ok for us) but if you want close by amenities then this is not the park for you.
Are we there yet? Nope.
Are we there yet? Nope.
What about now?  Still no...
What about now? Still no…
Ok... FINALLY arrived!
Ok… FINALLY arrived!
Like we said... small!
Like we said… small!
The office that's not really an office.  It's not used currently.
The office that’s not really an office. It’s not used currently.
  • Sites/Spaces
    • Pros:  Monthly rates are $450/mo (including electric) for a 30amp space at time of writing and $525/mo for 50amp (could be cheaper IMO considering the lack of amenities, see below).  We were able to get by on a 30amp considering it was winter time and we didn’t run an AC unit.  Daily & weekly rates are listed on their website.  The spaces are large and (fairly) level with all being pull throughs for big rigs.  All sites have water/sewer hookups.  All spaces include a picnic table but no fire rings or bbqs.  We stayed for 6 weeks and the owner only charged us for a half a month the last two weeks which was cheaper than the website stated so that was nice, all in all.
    • Cons:  There are no large trees so there wasn’t much shelter from the wind and it was very windy while we were there.  The sewer drop and the water hookups are pretty far away from each other so you will need either a long sewer hose or water hose or both.
Space #7 - our spot for January/February.  The last spot in this row and the best one out of the bunch.
Space #7 – our spot for January/February. The last spot in this row and the best one out of the bunch.
The view out our front "porch"
The view out our front “porch”
  • Amenities
    • Pros:  Lots of shady tree lined trails to walk. Pet friendly. They built a small (50’x50′) dog run while we were there.  There is a park host on duty.  Why, we have no idea, but he is there.
    • Cons:  There is NO CABLE, NO WIFI and NO LAUNDRY.  This is a bare bones park.  AT&T LTE signal is very good in this area and my Coverage? app shows great Verizon LTE as well.  You will definitely need to have your own internet coverage.
Trail to the large hay field
Trail to the large hay field
The end of the trail.. a very large hay field.  Lots of deer come here!
The end of the trail.. a very large hay field. Lots of deer come here!  Click on it to get the full version.
Hay bale study
Hay bale study
Covered patio(?) area
Covered patio(?) area
  • Pets
    • Pros:  Pets are welcome at this park.  Just remember this is a southern climate and with that you could have alligators in the ponds here – do not let your dog swim in them!  Do not approach alligators for any reason.  Also, when walking in the woods be mindful of snakes.  There are many poisonous varieties here.  See my “con” below that I touch on snake issues here.
    • Cons:   The camp host has two dogs that just LOVE to be outside and bark at the world.  It’s a tad annoying to say the least.  There are quite a few loose dogs in the area that like to wander through the park, including the owners dogs who are not very friendly with other dogs.  So just watch your dog(s) around them.  They like to come by and pee all over your stuff outside and knock over grills, etc.  Grrrr.  Also, both the camp host and owner carry side arms due to snakes and this was in January/February.  I would be worried to be here in warmer months and walking around.  But then again, I hate snakes! 🙂
The new dog run area - 50'x50'.
The new dog run area – 50’x50′.
Bench outside the dog area
Bench outside the dog area
Leading the way back from our walk
Leading the way back from our walk
  • Other thoughts:  The website states it accepts rigs that are only 15 years or newer.  That isn’t the case at all, considering they have two pretty dilapidated travel trailers that are parked here full time.  We had a great spot (space #7) and didn’t have to look at any of the rigs as they were all on our far side but be advised that is what is there.  If you are looking for a “brand new rig only” park, then this is definitely not it.  Most of the people here are nice but of course there is always one bad apple that spoils the bunch.  Our closest neighbor was very unfriendly and rude but we just ignored them so it was all good.
The view behind our rig
The view behind our rig
Spaces are good sized
Spaces are good sized
Don't believe everything you read
Don’t believe everything you read
  • AT&T & Verizon – the AT&T LTE signal is very good here.  According to my Coverage? app it shows a decent Verizon LTE signal as well.

Overall, this little park is just ok but it suited our needs (once we got down the road to it) for the time we were in Charleston.  Probably not something we would come back to as their daily rates are on track with parks closer to Charleston, but the monthly rate was acceptable even with the lack of amenities and it allowed us some privacy and quiet.  It could have been a much better experience if the loose dogs were not allowed to run free and be destructive, tho.

Where are we going next?  Well… we are keeping that under wraps for now.  Until this case is closed we are going incognito.  😉  We will post our plans though when it’s all over!

Will leave you with a few photos from around the park.

Sun
Sun
Another hay field
Another hay field
Swamp! No swimming!
Swamp! No swimming!
Making tracks!  Deer tracks!
Making tracks! Deer tracks!
Beautiful blue skies!
Beautiful blue skies!

Park Review – Carrollwoods RV Park & Grapefull Sisters Vineyard

Well, we finally did it!  We hit the road full time!  Woohoo!  We’ve been waiting and planning for this day for nearly two years.  So where did we go for our first trip?  Well, since the holidays were upon us, we decided to visit our daughter who is attending university in Myrtle Beach, SC.  That is approximately a 4 hour trip from where we were originally.

When we had made the decision on where to go, the next thing was to plan where to stay.  We wanted to be close by our daughter, but all our research of the local RV parks showed they were *really* expensive – even for a month’s stay.  We are on a budget and decided to look further out.  Mark did a little research and found Carrollwood’s RV Park & Grapefull Sisters Vineyard!

Welcome to Grapefull Sisters Vineyard & Carrollwoods RV Park!
Welcome to Grapefull Sisters Vineyard & Carrollwoods RV Park!

Located about 30 minutes from North Myrtle Beach just across the state line in North Carolina, this little (22 space) RV park sounded perfect!

Map link to Location:  Carrollwood’s RV Park

We stayed here for the month of December and while we enjoyed ourselves, I think it would have been nicer to be here in warmer weather! 🙂  Here is some info to help you make an informed decision about this park.

  • Location
    • Pros: Located only 30 miles to Myrtle Beach, this little RV park is situated on a local Muscadine Vineyard which is owned by the family.  Surrounded by beautiful farm land with all sorts of local wild life.
    • Cons: The closest real grocery store and gas station is 20 minutes away over the border in South Carolina.  It’s an easy drive through some pretty farm land.  It is out in “the boonies” (which was a PLUS for us) but if you want close by amenities then this is not the park for you.
  • Sites/Spaces
    • Pros:  Monthly rates are reasonable at $350 plus tax & electric (.12kwh) at time of writing.  Daily rates are listed on their website and they accept many of the RV clubs for a discounted rate (Passport America, etc).  The spaces are very large, wide and (fairly) level with all being pull throughs for big rigs.  All sites have 30/50 amps and water/sewer hookups.  They have basic cable (you must get a box at the office) which they charge an additional $24.99/mo for (no thanks).  We got about 10 solid channels on our digital antenna just fine.  All spaces include a fire ring and picnic table and some have bbq’s.
    • Cons:  It rained (a LOT) while we were here and there are a lot of low areas that filled up with water.  Drainage could be better but for the most part the sites are very nice.
Our site #66 at Carrollwoods RV Park.  Very large with picnic table and fire ring!
Our site #66 at Carrollwoods RV Park. Very large with picnic table and fire ring!
Other spaces in the park
Other spaces in the park
Looking down the "main" road (there are only 3 little roads through the park).
Looking down the “main” road (there are only 3 little roads through the park).
  • Amenities
    • Pros:  Lots of shady tree lined areas and trails to walk, bike & hike. Very pet friendly! Laundry room has only two washers/two dryers but it is a small park ($1.50 to wash/$1.75 to dry) so that’s understandable.  There is a bath house and a POOL!  Also, there is a little general store with some basic RV needs and some food (expensive as you might imagine but handy).  **They do have wireless internet but honestly it doesn’t work well at all.  Goes out frequently and the signal strength is lacking and we were parked right across from an antenna.  So don’t rely on their internet for work, etc.** They have propane on site for fill.  There is a park host on duty.
    • Cons:  They sell firewood to the guests here at $4/bundle.  There are probably about 6 pieces of wood in each bundle.  They do not allow you to bring in wood from outside locations.  At the time of this writing they do not offer larger bundles at a discount.
General store!  Mail delivery here as well as a propane filling station.
General store! Mail delivery here as well as a propane filling station.
Bath/shower house and laundry room.  Also a covered deck to the right of the photo.  Pool is behind the bath house.
Bath/shower house and laundry room. Also a covered deck to the right of the photo. Pool is behind the bath house.
Swimming pool - would be great in the summer!
Swimming pool – would be great in the summer!
  • Pets
    • Pros:  Pets are very welcome at this park!  They have a doggy park with a picnic table to sit at while the dogs play.  Pets are to be leashed at all times (except in the dog park) and you must pick up after your pets.  Only common sense of course. 🙂
    • Cons:  Not too much on the downside here.  Just remember, even in North Carolina, this is still a southern climate and with that you could have alligators in the ponds here – do not let your dog swim in them!  Do not approach alligators for any reason.  Also, when walking in the woods be mindful of snakes.  There are many poisonous varieties here.
To the dog park!
To the dog park!
The rules!
The rules!
Tank wanting in!  His favorite part of the day was his walk to the park to "run free"!
Tank wanting in! His favorite part of the day was his walk to the park to “run free”!
  • Other thoughts:  This IS a “kid friendly” park – there is a playground and pool though this time of the year (December) there were only long term people here.  The beach isn’t far and there are tons of things to do within minutes of the park and the owner has three young children that I’m sure would enjoy playmates.  There is a lovely duck pond and one big fat mother goose who looks after them all!  Of course, the winery is a nice treat and they have wine tastings of their wine and have a cute little gift shop.  Also, at this time of year there were mainly long term retired couples here.  We were the youngest in the park by 20+ years! Everyone was very nice and welcoming though as RVer’s usually are. 🙂
Playground for the kids!
Playground for the kids!
Koi pond
Koi pond
Mother Goose with her ducks!
Mother Goose with her ducks!
  • AT&T & Verizon – the AT&T signal is very poor here and non-exisitant in certain areas.  Unsure of Verizon but according to my Coverage? app it shows a decent Verizon LTE signal.

Overall, this is a beautiful little park with a great location close to Myrtle Beach that won’t break the budget.  The owners are very friendly, it’s a well laid out park and the rates are reasonable if you plan to stay for an extended period.  We really enjoyed our stay and would be happy to return! Below you will find some more photos in and around the park and winery – enjoy!

Park Review – Thomas RV Park, Hardeeville, SC

In the process of getting prepared to hit the road full time we spent 5 months at an RV park that was close to our work but yet still had some privacy away from the main town.  We chose Thomas-Hardeeville RV Park in Hardeeville, South Carolina.

Thomas' RV Park, Hardeeville, SC
Thomas’ RV Park, Hardeeville, SC

Map link to Location: Thomas RV Park

Here is some info to help you make an informed decision about this park.

  • Location
    • Pros: We feel Thomas RV Park has a GREAT location!  You are only 15 minutes from Savannah, GA and about 30 minutes to Hilton Head Island, SC.  Lots of things to do in either location! Great food where ever you go.
    • Cons: The downside is that there is not much in the way of grocery shopping in Hardeeville and you are better off going to either Savannah or Bluffton, SC to do your shopping.  There are many great restaurants in Savannah or Bluffton so you can really make a day of it if you wanted.  There are two little gas station/convenience stores about 1/4 mile away from the park though.
  • Sites/Spaces
    • Pros:  Monthly rates are reasonable at $375 plus electric (.10kwh) at time of writing.  Daily rates are listed on their website and they accept many of the RV clubs for a discounted rate (Passport America, etc).  The spaces are fairly large, wide and level with many pull throughs for big rigs.  All sites have 30/50 amps and water/sewer hookups.  They have basic cable (you must get a box at the office) free of charge.
    • Cons:  If you are staying for any length of time, request a site towards the back of the park.  There is a very busy road that goes right past the front of the park and road noise is an issue, IMO.  Also, the sites closer to the front do not have many trees and in the summer the shade is very nice to have.
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Large level sites
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Near the front of the park
  • Amenities
    • Pros:  Lots of shady tree lined areas to walk and bike. Very pet friendly! Has a decent laundry room that was recently renovated and has new machines ($1.50 to wash/$2.00 to dry).  They maintain the park very well and they are always willing to help you out.  This fall they provided free wood for the fire pits!  They are in the process of clearing out some wooded areas and making it look nicer.  There is a central gathering area with a small kitchen area and tables/chairs.  They held a crab boil this fall that was awesome and there is usually a gathering every month – just bring a side dish!  **They do have wireless internet and it works “OK”.  Don’t expect to stream HD videos or anything but it will definitely be fine for checking your Facebook page or working on your blog! 😉
    • Cons:  There is no bath house or toilet.  That is on their list of projects they will be completing soon but as of this writing it wasn’t available.  There is no camp host – you will need to call the owner if you need something taken care of.
The gathering area!
The gathering area!
Beautiful decorations for fall!
Beautiful decorations for fall!
Beautiful decorations for fall!
Beautiful decorations for fall!
A little local "flavor" added to the decorations!
A little local “flavor” added to the decorations!
  • Pets
    • Pros:  Pets are very welcome at this park!  They have even built a doggy play yard and a bathing area!  There are also stations throughout the park with doggy poo bag dispensers.  Pets are to be leashed at all times (except in the dog park) and you must pick up after your pets.  Only common sense of course. 🙂
    • Cons:  Not too much on the downside here.  Just remember, this is a southern climate and with that you could have alligators in the ponds here – do not let your dog swim in them!  Do not approach alligators for any reason.  Also, when walking in the woods be mindful of snakes.  There are many poisonous varieties here.
The dog park!
The dog park!
The doggy bathing area
The doggy bathing area
  • Other thoughts:  This is not really a “kid friendly” park in the sense that there is no playground or pool at the park.  The beach isn’t far and there are tons of things to do within minutes of the park but I have seen kids come here and they seem bored.
  • AT&T & Verizon – signals are decent with LTE coverage and great speeds.
Some walking areas
Some walking areas
Some walking areas
Some walking areas

Overall, this is a very nice park with a great location between the beach and historic Savannah.  The people are friendly, it’s a pretty park (especially at the back where we were) and the rates are reasonable if you plan to stay for an extended period.