Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Sadlers Creek State Recreation Area, Part IV. RV Campsite # 58 and Around the Park

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site 58 01

During my visit with Park Manager James Christie at the Park Office, I asked if I might cancel my reservation for site # 44 and move to site # 58. He checked the computer and concluded I could make the change if I were to leave on Friday morning. Done!

You can understand why when you take a look at the photo at the top of this post. Sadlers Creek State Recreation Area’s RV campsite # 58 in camping loop two has to be one of the best sites in the whole South Carolina Park System. If I ever make a list of favorite sites statewide, this one will be included!

site 58 02The surface isn’t paved. But the gravel surface is solid and level. And it’s wide enough to easily turn the Aliner around to face that beautiful view of the lake. Of course, like the rest of the Park, the site was spotless when I arrived.

site 58 03Now, look at that view! Especially impressive at sunset. But beautiful at any time. This is the view I had while working on the computer in the Mobile Studio parked on site # 58. I’ll certainly be back.

Remember, though, this loop of the Sadlers Creek State Recreation Area campground is closed during the winter months. According to to ReserveAmerica website, Loop 2 closes in November and opens again in mid-March. Best to check with the Park Office, though.

other campsites in loop 2And 58 isn’t the only beautiful site in this area. Any of the campsites on this peninsula, throughout the fifties and early 60s, would be ideal. The rest are back-in sites. But they’re all unusually wide. Even I could back into them. Which is saying something!

bath house 01The bath house nearest to site # 58 proved to be as clean as the one near site # 44, where I showered Monday morning. They must be washed and mopped at least twice daily. Maybe more.

bath house 02But not only clean, these facilities appear to have been upgraded wherever possible. In ways that didn’t cost a huge amount of money.

For example, take a look at the new water-saving toilet flush handle above. Installed on the original equipment. The same was true in the shower area. All of the hardware up to date, and tightly seated in the walls. And the walls themselves carefully tiled. Keep I mind that this in one of the older-model bath houses. It’s been here for a while.

To me, this suggests that the Park’s budget hasn’t allowed for construction of new bath houses. Or even for major renovations of the existing facilities. But that the limited funds available have been applied skillfully. Where they would have the greatest effect. That, and the constant attention of what must be one of the best maintenance crews in the Park System! It really does make a difference to RV campers who rely on these facilities.

Well, we’re out of time already. Stay tuned, though, for more from this remarkable Park.

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