North Myrtle Beach, SC
This is a "must visit" if you are in the Myrtle Beach area. Self-proclaimed “Reptile Capitol of the World,” this is a fantastic place to see a wide variety of reptiles. There are many different types of alligators, crocodiles and caiman’s. Don’t forget to see Utan – the 2,000 pound “King of the Crocs!” The Serpentarium holds many displays of lizards, incredibly large snakes and frogs. Exotic birds such as Kookaburra and mammals also call this place home. Come early to have the best selection of live shows and feedings to choose from. They are available throughout the day.
Amicalola Falls is the tallest waterfall in the Southeast. Water cascades down 729 feet to the bottom of the falls where visitors get a magnificent view. There are other ways to see the falls including an accessible pathway (great for strollers), Falls Overlook or do a complete circuitous hike from the Visitors Center to see the many facets of the falls. There is a Visitor Center that offers maps, live animals, Appalachian Trail display and a gift shop. There is a mountain-top lodge which is home to Maple Restaurant, offering fantastic views and meals including a Sunday brunch buffet.
There are 24 wooded campsites accommodating RV’s. At the top of a 25% incline, you will find each site is an easy pull-in or back-in site with water, power, grill and fire ring. There is a comfort station laundry facilities, restrooms and clean showers.
Choose from 14 cabins available in two locations: Wooded Mountain Top or Creek Side Below the Falls. Cabins are equipped with a full kitchen, heating and air conditioning, decks, fireplaces and satellite TV, and are available in 1, 2, or 3 bedroom arrangements. There are two pet-friendly cabins available.
NOTE: Check in services for campsites, cabins and picnic shelters are located at the Lodge AND the road to the campground is on a 25% incline.
Hiking - 12 miles of trails & access to Appalachian Trail
Bodensee Restaurant is perfect for a quick delicious lunch or a relaxing dinner with the family. Located in the center of Helen, they offer a wide variety of German foods for any taste. They offer dining specials and kids menu. Don't forget to ask about their Bavarian pretzel that is a special item not on the menu!
Located on the West end of Greenville, this cafe is the perfect place for lunch! The menu has a selection of soups, salads and delicious sandwiches and have a kids offering. What they are really known for are their homemade cakes. Their specialty is Sweet Potato Cake, however, their coconut cake has been ranked in the Top 10 in the South.
Carolina Beach, NC
Award-winning donuts await! This simple donut shop has been around for 75 years cranking on the same delicious glazed donuts. No choice here; they offer just one kind. Coffee and beverages are also available. They are closed for the season (September through March) and the rest of the year they have varied days and hours of operations.
Carolina Beach, NC
Carolina Beach State Park is known for its carnivorous plants. The Flytrap Trail is the most popular and very close to the campground. There is a marina located within the park where there is a boat launch and kayak/paddleboard/bicycle rentals.
This NC State Park does not have an admission fee!
Carolina Beach State Park offers 70 tent/trailer campsites and 9 RV/trailer campsites. This is pretty much dry camping as there is no water hook-ups and although there are a few sites that offer electrical, they are hard to come by. Summers (as we can attest) can be downright hot so if you can't secure an electrical site, you may want to look elsewhere.
Remember, possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.
The park also has four (4) camper cabins located in the family campground (one is ADA). These camping cabins sleep six (6) in two rooms with a double bed and two sets of bunk beds. Each cabin has electrical receptacles and a heating and air-conditioning unit. Outside cabin amenities include a picnic table, charcoal grill and a fire ring. Drinking water and restrooms with hot showers are located nearby.
Boat Launch Ramp
Boaters Lounge Area (with free wifi)
World of Energy offers interactive displays that explain how energy is created from coal, water and nuclear power. Very interesting, educational and best of all; FREE!
There doesn't seem to be a website dedicated to World of Energy so search on social media sites such as TripAdvsor or Yelp for more information.
The World of Energy is located next to the Oconee Nuclear Station on Lake Keowee, just off Hwy. 130 about 5 miles north of Seneca.
Hours: Mon – Fri: 9 – 5
Sat : noon-5
Closed: New Years, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Carolina Beach, NC
Flaming Amy's Burrito Barn is a great place for a casual lunch for dinner. Check out the international flavors in their specialty burritos. They offer flavor profiles such as Greek, Thai, Vegetarian and BBQ. Other offerings are tacos, salads and quesadillas and include a kids menu. There is also a bar!
Second location located in Wilmington, NC
Fort Mountain State Park is a mountain getaway for hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders. There are more than 25-miles of beautiful trails that wind through hardwood forest thick with blueberry thickets, scenic mountain overlooks and stream-crossings. Visitors can also take a short hike to visit the CCC-built stone fire tower (open Saturdays 1-4 pm)and an ancient rock wall built around 500 AD which is still shrouded in mystery today. During summer months, there is a lakeside beach to cool off from all that hiking.
The campground offers 70 sites with water and electric. Reservations are make through ReserveAmerica and are not site-specific.
Fifteen 2-bedroom, fully-equipped cottages are available for rent with a couple that are dog-friendly. You can also reserve cottages on ReserveAmerica.
Mountain Biking (trail fee)
Miniature Golf (seasonal)
Boat Rental (seasonal)
Kayak, Canoe, Stand-Up Paddleboard & Pedal Boat Rental (seasonal)
Hiking Trails (25 miles of trails)
If you love waffles like we do, you will love Johnny D’s. Choose from specialty waffles such as Red Velvet or Cinnaroll or go traditional, you will not be disappointed. Not in the mood for waffles? The menu also includes several Benedict options and a host of mouth-watering omelets to choose from. Simple breakfast choices available as well. They offer a $5 Early Bird menu served from 6:30 am until 8:30 am seven days a week!