Campground Notes – Camp Lake Jasper – Hardeeville, SC

When we were looking for a place to stay for a month near Savannah, we researched several options. One was where we stayed last time, Skidaway Island which we really enjoyed. Unfortunately, we knew we would both be traveling for our jobs during this time period so leaving an RV unattended in a state park didn’t sound like such a great plan. I also took a look at Tybee Island – because who doesn’t love more beach time? – but found out that it wasn’t very dog friendly. After being able to walk Samantha daily on the beach at Myrtle Beach, I didn’t want to leave her behind. I also looked at a few places that were closer into Savannah but nothing really struck me.

Finally, I came across Camp Lake Jasper in Hardeeville, SC. It’s a newer park that is still in its growing phase, but I can tell you we really enjoyed our time there. The camp hosts were super friendly, from when I made the reservation & wanted to be very specific about where we stayed in the park (along the lake), as well as during our stay for packages & ‘watching’ the RV while we both were out of town.

The view from our site
The view from our site

The location is convenient to the freeway, but far enough away we didn’t hear it. There is a train that travels at all hours, but only once did it wake me – considering how noise sensitive I am from all my other campground notes I’ve written – that’s not bad at all. We were traveling during the off season so we never had anyone on either side of us which was nice – the park hosts seemed to do a good job of spreading people out around the park. Our particular site was also pretty spacious so even if we did have neighbors we had some breathing room. The laundry facility was really nice and services were nearby.

Our spacious spot
Our spacious spot

We also liked the fact that we could get to Jasper Park from the campground. Our stay was punctuated by a lot of rain & really cold weather so we didn’t get to utilize the trails as much as we planned – but we did enjoy the access.

Two small downsides: the internet was barely usable for even email and while we travel with a mifi that we pay dearly for to have good service, it’s always nice to be able to use park wifi during the day so we can stream on our device at night.

The other downside is getting into our spot, we actually had to remove the hitch due to the steep bank getting in. We have a drop hitch and have run into this a time or two before. Having to remove it for a month stay isn’t so bad and the park does have plenty of pull through sites for shorter stays where it didn’t look like there would be a problem.

Overall, this was a nice

 

Low Country Scenery

Touring the Low Country

We stayed in Hardeeville, which gave us pretty good access to Savannah, Bluffton and Beaufort. Over the month we were here, we visited them all!

Low Country Scenery
Low Country Scenery

We spent an hour or so walking around Old Town Bluffton, SC. You can tell the town is really trying to create a place where people will come, walk around & spent some of those tourist dollars. Not that it was overly touristy, but with a few restaurants, some chotskies places & a coffee shop – there wasn’t much else to do besides walk around & spend some money.

View from Beaufort docks
View from Beaufort docks

We visited Beaufort a few times. One so that Keith could take a drive down memory lane & see just how much has changed since he lived here. One restaurant that definitely wasn’t here when he grew up was Fat Patties that served up some pretty delicious burgers. Another we took an abbreviated walk along the historic riverfront (the freezing temperatures didn’t make it too inviting!) There we made a pit stop at Plums Restaurant where Keith happily had a low country boil – a steaming bowl of shrimp, corn, potatoes & sausage.

The last weekend before we left we made a drive out to Hunting Island. A dog friendly place where your pup can walk with you on the beach (leashed), we spent a few hours just walking around & enjoying our last glimpse of the Atlantic Ocean for awhile. While we were walking we really noticed how the ocean was slowly taking over the island – chunks of asphalt showing what used to be a parking lot is now part of the beach. All part of being a barrier island I guess.

Seafoam on Hunting Island
Seafoam on Hunting Island

All in all, it was a great month in the low country – time to head to the panhandle of Florida!

Lighthouse on Hunting Island
Lighthouse on Hunting Island
Moody, Mossy Savannah

Seeing Savannah Again

We love Savannah and as we were heading south following the weather, it didn’t take much to convince us to visit again. We stayed a little further out this time in Hardeeville, SC but that still didn’t stop us from making several trips into the city.

Our first trip was to celebrate our 16th wedding anniversary. We walked around Forsyth Park and then enjoyed two stops. The first was the Mansion on Forsyth Park where we enjoyed a fabulous cocktail and one of the better calamari appetizers we’ve ever had. Then, a quick walk to Local 11 Ten for a delicious meal.

Fountain at Forsyth Park
Fountain at Forsyth Park

Another trip we brought Samantha and walked around the Bonadventure cemetery.  Only after did we hear about Gracie so we missed that gravesite (it gives us an excuse to revisit!), but we did enjoy the walk around a historic place. It’s described as hauntingly beautiful in articles and I would have to agree. While not as manicured as some older ones we’ve seen over the years, it had a moody charm to it with the hanging moss and grave markers in varying states.

Moody, Mossy Savannah
Moody, Mossy Savannah

On another day we headed in to just walk the city and the Riverfront, enjoying a low traffic day and even though it was cold, it was nice to just wander without a destination. That day we stopped at Parker’s & enjoyed a fried gas station meal – always fun!

Savannah's Riverfront
Savannah’s Riverfront

Our last trip in we decided to walk all 24 squares of Savannah. I highly recommend going to each & every one – you can read about all of them here and while some are more famous than others, I actually enjoyed the less heavily trafficked ones more. Each has a different charm – some with statues, some with gazebos but all with beautiful surroundings. It also allowed us a stop to Moon River Brewing Company without any guilt due to all the walking. The patio is super dog friendly, the beer cold & the food pretty decent.

Beautiful Savannah Home
Beautiful Savannah Home

It was another great stay in the area & I wouldn’t be surprised if we returned – that’s how much we’ve enjoyed Savannah on our visits!

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