Archive for November, 2011


Back at Mistletoe

November 7, 2011

I intend to do a full review later, but we’re happy to be back at Mistletoe State Park already!  I hate to say it, but we missed heated bath houses and grey water dumps. It’s the little things–we haven’t quite gotten up to speed for boondocking, and aren’t quite ready to hit the road for real yet either, so little perks like that are nice when staying local to an area that is starting to see the first frosts.  While we’re plenty used to tent camping at hike-in sites, that was for a weekend, not every day.

We went hiking yesterday, it was gorgeous.  We hiked the Cliatt Creek trail and part of the Rock Dam trail–we were amazed that Audrey made it the whole way, especially realizing that it was over 3 miles!  She only asked to be carried once, and it was almost time to sit down and take a picnic lunch anyway, so she regained her energy and was good all the way back.  I was surprised at how challenging part of the Rock Dam trail was–we initially thought that this was all day hike stuff, but keeping a 3-year-old from tumbling down a gorge into a lake was kinda tricky!  Fun though, even though my legs were quite sore (and feet blistery, as I was breaking new boots in on what I thought was a quick day hike, lol) once we got back.  Even then, we took a long walk along the beach to the playground on the other loop, and Adam even did some fishing and caught an almost but not quite big enough to eat bass.  Days like this are why I’m so glad we did this.

Here are some pictures:


Review – Petersburg Campground

November 3, 2011

Petersburg Campground is pretty popular, it’s an Army Corps of Engineers campground, the only one that is open year-round, and the closest to Augusta, GA.  Reservations should be made in advance, even during the fall we did not have many choices for our 2 week stay.  We’ve had many neighbors come and go, and while not full, the weekends are quite busy.  The sites are pretty nice, most seem to be level, and they all have a fire ring, charcoal grill, picnic table, trash hanger, electric, and water.  There are two dump stations at the entrance, unfortunately the water hoses do not have fittings, so back flushing our black tank was a bit tricky.  We were at site 53, gorgeous sunsets.  We definitely missed the grey water dump that we had at Mistletoe State Park though.  (Review to come, we are going back there this weekend for another stay and I wanted to combine the experiences.)  The lake is very pretty here, but unfortunately very low due to the drought.  We haven’t taken out the canoe here yet because the shoreline is quicksand–I saw a neighbor sink knee deep in the mud trying to launch his kayak.  Bathhouses are a hike from most campsites, the closest to our site is a 5 minute walk (with a 3-year-old) on a trail through the woods.  They are very basic, but the showers work well and they’re relatively clean for what they are.  Needless to say, we had to break in our portable “stinky wagon” to dump the tanks during our 2 week stay.  The bath houses are also “open air” (screened windows and no heat) so with the weather getting cold, Adam has had to endure his morning shower while it’s 32 degrees and dark.  😦  Audrey and I waited until the afternoon when possible.  There is one bath house across the campground that has laundry, and it seems that the sites around it are the most booked.  The playground, swim beach, and group picnic shelter are on that loop as well.  On laundry days Audrey and I took a picnic lunch and walked the trail from the laundry to the picnic area/playground while waiting on clothes to wash.  Another nice thing about Petersburg is that it’s a shorter commute to Evans and Augusta compared to Mistletoe State Park.  One thing that we wanted to do is hike Bartram Trail, we would have liked to trek that down to the recreation area at the Strom Thurmond dam.  Maybe next time!

Here are some pictures from our stay:

Petersburg Campground