We started our trip in June 2015 to New Jersey from Buford, GA on I-85 north heading to Spartanburg SC and stayed a few days at Croft State Park. There were hiking and equestrian trails and a large lake for fishing. The park was nice and quiet but we couldn’t stay on the sites by the water because they were not level and small. The other side was wooded and we enjoyed the quiet. Read more at our Croft State Park page.
From Spartanburg we traveled to Greensboro NC and stayed a few days in a private campground called Greensboro Campground. Most all of the sites were not level and we had to move and still found it hard to level. We were right by the expressway and the noise made it hard to sleep at night. We cannot recommend this campground except for a quick overnight stay. It was pricey with very few amenities and many were full time in the park.
Moving on through North Carolina our next stop was Kerr Lake SRA-Henderson Point for three days. This is a North Carolina state park and the sites were well spaced and level. Our spot was on the water with a small beach area.
In Virginia we stopped for one nite at Aquia Pines Camp Resort in Stafford near Fredericksurg. The site was level but the roads were steep and narrow. We found $58 a little pricey. They did have a bar and made 10 different beers onsite. This was ok for an overnite stop.
We left Fredricksburg early on June 19th to tackle the DC and Baltimore traffic. We drove I-95 to 495 West around DC and back on I-95 to 695 west around Baltimore. We would not recommend this route to anyone as the traffic was horrendous.
We made it to Maryland and decided to give the Walmart Parking lot a try. We were in North East Maryland. Overnite was fine but the trucks were noisy although you can’t beat free.
From North East Maryland we had a short drive to our destination at Pine Cone Resort in Freehold, New Jersey.
During our trip to New Jersey and our stay at Pine Cone RV Resort, we figured out the private parks use the word Resort loosely. Although this park had a pool, soccer field, tennis and basketball courts the campground still did not meet our qualifications for a resort. There are many permanent residents on one side of the campground and not as well-kept as we would prefer. All the sites and roads are sandy dirt. We were promised sewer but it was a honey truck that came once a week so we still had to monitor our usage. The price of $775 a month plus metered electric ($125) was overpriced. The campground served our purpose to be close to our sons for visiting.
While in New Jersey we visited Asbury Park numerous times and enjoyed the beach and good food. We enjoyed seeing the farms and buying fresh New Jersey grown produce. New Jersey is very green and we understand where it gets its name “The Garden State”.
We had loads of fun taking cooking classes at Heirloom Kitchen in Old Bridge, New Jersey. If ever visiting, these classes are wonderful and very hands on. Check out www.ourheirloomkitchen.com
Our daughter-in-laws parents live on Lake Lefferts and treated us to a dock float and dinner. This was a very special evening with such wonderful folks.
We also visited NYC and while there went out to a Bluegrass festival in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.
We left New Jersey July 17th and to avoid DC and Baltimore we decided to head west and check out the Amish Country in Pennsylvania. Our first stop was Ephrata, PA to eat at Shady Maple Smorgasbord. The food was delicious and the farm country was beautiful. We were anxious to get south so hurried through Virginia spending one night in Ashland, VA at Walmart and heading to Newport NC early the following morning to Goose Creek RV Resort.
We love to travel in our 2021 Coachmen Beyond van about half of the year. Join us, if you will, to see where our adventures take us.