Columbia, SC

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We visited Columbia during our road trip in 2013.  This time we parked at The Barnyard RV Park in Lexington, SC.  Our primary objective this time was to visit the only National Park in South Carolina.

Pop quiz:  What is the most visited US national park?  Many people might think it’s Yellowstone or Grand Canyon.  Actually, by a wide margin, it’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Makes sense since it is easily accessible to a large number of people in the surrounding states of Tennessee, North Carolina, South Caroline, Kentucky, Virginia, Georgia and West Virginia.  So after having been to the most visited national park we went to one of the least visited, Congaree National Park.

Congaree National Park

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Asheville, NC

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Continuing our visit to the Blue Ridge Mountains we stopped in Asheville, NC, for 5 nights at the Bear Creek RV Park.  This time we did not travel on the Blue Ridge Parkway since there is a very steep ascent and descent just before reaching Asheville so we didn’t want to put this stress on our vehicle.

Biltmore Estate

I suppose a visit to Asheville wouldn’t be complete without going to see the Biltmore Estate.  This very large estate with a massive house, extensive gardens, parklands and a winery, was built by George Vanderbilt.  The Biltmore House was opened in 1895 after six years of construction.  It was during this same time that Cornelius Vanderbilt completed the family’s beach house in Newport, RI, which is know as “The Breakers”.  We toured that house back in August.  We particularly enjoyed the Biltmore gardens and the Conservatory with its extensive selection of orchids.  After we visited the winery and tasted some of the Biltmore wines we encountered a special event where they were presenting a variety of artisan foods to sample. Continue reading

Newland, NC

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Secluded Valley Campground

Continuing our drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, we stopped off in Newland, NC, at the lovely Secluded Valley RV Park.  It is indeed located in a little valley with a stream along one side and small lake in the middle.  It is an appealing campground that was very quiet during our stay.  We would like to take the weather we experienced here with us everywhere we go:  low to mid-70s during the day and mid-50’s at night. Continue reading

Galax, VA

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The kids are back in school, we have left the crowds and congestion of the northeastern states and have reached the Blue Ridge Mountains of western Virginia and North Carolina.  Cooler temperatures, clean mountain air and a slower pace as summer slowly winds down.  We entered the Blue Ridge Parkway near an area known as Meadows of Dan and drove south to Galax, VA.  Here we parked at the Cool Breeze Campground.

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