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Table Rock State Park fits the bill for the natural beauty attributed to scenic Highway 11. The towering mountain, which gives the park its name, serves as a backdrop for the 3,000 acre park and its facilities. Below this section of the Blue Ridge Mountains, South Carolina natives and visitors can enjoy Table Rock State Park cabins, a campground and an old-fashioned swimming hole on one of the park’s two lakes.
Table Rock State Park hiking trails serve as an access point for the 80-mile Foothills Trail. South Carolina hikers can use to travel between several connected South Carolina State Parks. The Table Rock State Park hiking trails take hikers past mountain streams and waterfalls to the tops of Pinnacle and Table Rock mountains. While the park is well known to outdoor enthusiasts for its natural features, Table Rock also has its place in history. Many of the Table Rock State Park cabins and other structures built by the Civilian Conservation Corps remain standing and are on the National Register of Historic Places.
Doing it again in 2022! Memorial Day weekend camp out and kayaking. We will arrive Thursday afternoon and leave Monday. Looking forward to having a big group and dinner together on Saturday. If you have never been there, it is a beautiful campground on a 160 acre lake. There is a very nice public fire pit with chairs, swinging chairs and a nice fishing pier. This is a small campground so book your site soon so you don't miss out. See you there!
Due to the confusion in booking sites for the June 2021 trip, everyone will be responsible for booking their own site this time round. Book early to avoid disappointment. Post your site number and days attending. Hopefully most of us will be able to be neighbors during this trip!
Twin Rivers Campground is North Carolina's best kept secret! Nestled on the South Fork of the New River, you are only a 20 minute walk from the confluence of the North and South Forks of the second oldest river in the world! In 1997 President Clinton declared the New River a National Heritage River. The title is a created designation for rivers that have historic and scenic value, and it is intended to highlight the way rivers unite the regions through which they flow. All of our campsites in the main campground are on the water. We do have w/e sites with a dump station We do have a playground for the children age 2 - 92. We have a clean bath house with hot showers. STAY CONNECTED (only if you want) Wi-Fi is available at the office Call us:[masked]http://www.twinriversfamilycampground.com/index.html
We will camp at Grayson Highlands and will drive to Damascus, VA and will use a bicycle livery to provide bicycles and transport to Whitetop Station. The bike trip is 20 miles, 16 are a 2% downhill and the last 3 miles are flat.
The extensive 4800-acre Grayson Highlands State Park provides any nature enthusiast premier wildlife watching potential within the mountain range home to Virginia’s highest peak, Mount Rogers. The park offers camping, picnicking, overnight horse stables, a visitor center, hiking trails, and access to the Appalachian Trail. The Rhododendron Trail can be accessed from Massie Gap in the park. Hiking along the summit of Wilburn Ridge can produce spectacular cliffside views. This trail connects to the Rhododendron Trail. The Rhododendron Trail then forks to lead into either the Virginia Highlands Horse Trail or the Appalachian Trail to Mt. Rogers (not accessible by horses).
Habitats within the park range from open meadows, northern hardwoods, rocky outcrops, rhododendron thickets, sphagnum bogs, grazed pastures, Fraser fir groves, and red spruce forests. Nine trails originate within the park, but several of these connect to the extensive trail networks of Mount Rogers National Recreational Area and the Appalachian Trail. Mountain hikers should note that the least strenuous and shortest hiking trail, at 4.2 miles to the summit of Mount Rogers, originates at Massie Gap within this park. Sullivan’s Swamp can be accessed from Massie Gap, as well. This rhododendron bog holds many unique treasures, occasionally including alder and willow flycatchers.
Wildlife watching in this park can be rewarding any time of the year. In addition to eastern hardwood breeders such as wood thrush, ovenbird and black-and-white warbler, in summer, visitors can look for nesting songbirds typical of high-elevation forests, such as black-throated blue, black-throated green, Canada, and chestnut-sided warblers, as well as scarlet tanager and rose-breasted grosbeaks. Spring and fall visits can produce a copious number of migratory warblers, thrushes, and vireos. This park is also home to a large diversity of other wildlife as well. Visitors should keep an eye out for black bear, bobcat, red fox, ruffed grouse, deer, and wild turkey. Salamanders can be plentiful, and this is one of the few regions where Weller’s salamander can be found.From Whitetop Station near the top of the second highest peak in Virginia, the Creeper Trail meanders (mostly!) downhill through and over some of the most spectacular scenery imaginable – open farmlands and fields, dense forests, Christmas tree farms, rushing streams and creeks. On your way, you’ll sail across nearly 50 wooden trestles as you glide above this stunning scenery and travel through small, charming towns and past restored railroad depots. The VCT will intersect with the Appalachian Trail at a few points along your journey and, between Damascus and Whitetop, you’ll find Whitetop Laurel Creek, one of Virginia’s largest and most beautiful wild trout streams, just feet from the trail.
The Virginia Creeper Trail stretches from Abingdon to the North Carolina border 0.3 miles east of Whitetop Station. The trail follows the course of a former railway line used to extract timber from the surrounding mountains. Open to walking, biking and horseback riding the 34.3 mile-course crosses numerous trestles and bridges as well as passes through towns and private residences. The trail from Damascus to Abingdon runs primarily through private lands for which the two towns own the right of way. The trail between Damascus and the North Carolina border runs through the Mt. Rogers national recreation area, which is public land.