2019 North Carolina Mountains Again travel blog

Kinards, SC to Waynesville, NC - our route - 131 miles

Trails End RV Park, site 23

Trails End RV Park, site 23, another view

BRP 1 - at the highest eleveations, still no foliage on the...

BRP 2 - a little lower elevation, some foliage just beginning

BRP 3 - lots of buds on the Rhododendrons

BRP 4 - they will be beautiful!


Our trip from Kinards, SC to Waynesville, NC was a pleasant and uneventful 131 miles, all interstate except for the last seven miles. We were able to give the Mothership a big drink just before getting off I-40. Since it was full when we left home, the fuel used for the trip was $233 - at 3.269/gal, a little more than at home.We arrived about noon and was set up shortly thereafter.

We have the same site we had in 2017 with a 50 amp full hookup back-in, good Verizon and AT&T, great WiFi and cable both of which we rarely use since we have our own. This campground is one of the nicest we have stayed in and we will remain here for six months with the exception of one road trip to the Ark Encounter at Williamstown, KY and two one-week trips to the Tryon International Equestrion Center near Mill Springs, NC, about 74 miles away between Ashville and Charlotte.

We will also make a quick, car only, trip back home at the end of June and again in late August to see if we can beat back some of the weeds in our jungle before they go to seed and do what we can to break their cycle.

While here we haven't done much but enjoy the cool weather and friendships we established in 2017. We did manage to plant about 30 pots with flowers Wednesday to help the hosts and owner get the park ready for the summer. We have also made a couple of runs up on the Blue Ridge Parkway between Cherokee and Waynesville. It's still a little too cool at the higher elevations for the Rhododendrons to bloom but they do have a lot of buds just waiting to burst open.

Tomorrow, we head for a small campground, near Cumberland Falls, just north of Corbin, KY which is a little over halfway to the Ark Encounter. We will stay there two nights.

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