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Old 04-19-2012, 09:58 AM   #1
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Hello all,
DW and I plus our twins are planning to vacation this summer in TN/NC
We will be leaving Arlington Tx and traveling through Nashville up to Bristol Tn to visit our cousins there. Then we will be heading to North Carolina to enjoy the scenery as well as a couple of Nascar shops. Hendricks shop for sure.
We have the first two weeks of August to do what we can , with out stressing ourselves out to much.
I have been trying to utilize a couple of travel routing sites ( good sam's etc) without much success.
Has anyone done this trip? Or maybe have knowledge of the TN/NC roads or campgrounds that could possibly help us out?
We have never been to this area and I am having difficulty trying do decide our itinerary.
We want to see the mountains/ back roads scenery as well as theNascar shops.
For sure we will spend a couple of days around Nashville, One or two in Bristol. Then head out to NC to see what we can.
What campgrounds are recommended close to Nashville @ Bristol?
Any help with NC will be appreciated.
I / We will appreciate any help plannig our trip.

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Old 04-19-2012, 11:43 AM   #2
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When are you going? We are going to Charlotte in July. My DH has a driving experience at Charlotte Motor Speedway. We are going to spend more time at Michael Waltrip racing, their shop seems to allow you to see more than Hendricks. DH is a Truex fan and a Dale Jr fan. He was a huge Dale SR fan back in the day. There is a Richard Childress shop a little farther north (kinda near Greensboro) that you might want to check out. We have been yet but want to go sometime. It is about an hour and a half from where we live now. As for Charlotte, there are not a lot of good campgrounds. How old are the twins and do you need a lot for them to do? We are staying at the Fort Mill KOA. Here is a thread from another forum where I asked about Charlotte and was given some places to stay and things to do. You can check it out. http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/25670878/srt/pa/pging/1/page/1 We are gonna hit Michael Waltrip racing on one day, DH will go to Nascar Hall of fame one day while I take DD to Lazy 5 ranch (an animal safari that you can do in a horse drawn wagon ride) http://www.lazy5ranch.com/ I will take a half day and visit the President Polk memorial as I am a descendant of his. We will dedicate a day to DH's driving experience. We will also relax a couple of days while we are there. If we need something else to do, we might hita kids museum or something else. Any other areas of NC you might stay in or just Charlotte area? How long are you planning on visiting the area for?
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Old 04-19-2012, 12:27 PM   #3
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If you want to stay in the Nashville city area, check out the campgrounds near the Opryland Hotel and the Grand Ole Opry. There is about three to four of them including a Yogi Bear (depends on your twins age and price point). There is also a Camping world there as pwell. I believe the Opry Mills have reopened and there is a Bass Pro too. This area is about 15 to 20 minutes from downtown.
If you are looking for some scenic campgrounds let me oknow but they will be an hour or two from dowtown.
For example; Fall Creek Falls , Land between lakes, Center Hill Lake
We will be at Floating Mills the weekend of August 2nd am
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Old 04-19-2012, 11:32 PM   #4
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KOA, Bristol, KOA Nashville....both nice.
You may want to check on who is playing at the Opry....there is a ticket agent at the KOA.
The Opry is about a mile away from the KOA.
Cock of the Walk restaurant near by....goood food.
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Old 04-21-2012, 02:15 PM   #5
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New Bern, NC (birthplace of Pepsi) is an interesting area and the KOA there is great. It's not far to Beaufort (a nice quaint old waterfront town) and the beaches at Emerald Isle. Also a very good maritime museum and aquarium in the area.
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Old 04-22-2012, 01:28 AM   #6
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If you have time to get over to the triangle area (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill) lots to see and do. You have Duke University with the beautiful Duke Chapel, UNC in Chapel Hill, lots of museums in Raleigh. marbles museum is great for kids. http://www.marbleskidsmuseum.org/
Durham museum of life and science. http://www.ncmls.org/ Duke homestead http://www.ibiblio.org/dukehome/ Lots more to see and do in this area. http://www.visitraleigh.com/, http://www.durham-nc.com/, http://www.visitchapelhill.org/

As for where to stay, Jordan Lake is beautiful. Poplar Point and Crosswinds campgrounds at Jordan Lakeare both nice with some good waterfront sites. Only problem is that it is a state park so you must be in before the gates close at dusk. http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/jord/main.php


There is also a lot to do in the NC mountains. We haven't gotten to do it yet but I hear the Maggie Valley and Cherokee area is nice. You have Grandfather mountain up there. There is the blue ridge parkway. Asheville is a beautiful area. We stayed at KOA asheville East when we went to asheville. Lots of trains in the area and you will hear them all day and night at that campground. They are nice people but the sites we were at in front were very tight. I know there are other campgrounds in the area that are better just not sure which ones. If you get up to this area, I hear Mount Pisgah inn has gorgeous views while eating. We went to hookers falls and went swimming. It was fun. People were actually jumping off the falls, we weren't that crazy but we did swim below the falls. It is a free activity but parking is very tight.

Here is a picture of hookers falls:



Here are some pictures from poplar point campground:




Here are some pictures from asheville east KOA:



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Old 04-25-2012, 10:41 PM   #7
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If you are going anywhere near Ashville do not miss the Biltmore Mansion. If headed to Durham there is not much in camping besides the Jordan Lake area. They lock the gates at 8PM. If you can live with that it's cheap beautiful camping (no sewer though). Springhill Park near Durham is also reasonable no frills, no pool, showers, restrooms but we will be there for 2 weeks in July prior to the Factory Rally. The Daughter lives nearby. There's a KOA just west of Charleston that is nice and there appears to be CG's in the Mountains but the Coal joint in Beckly can be rough maneuvering.
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