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Camping with Kids Rutherfordton NC

When’s the last time you took little ones camping? I mean little-little ones. My sons, Callum and Quinn are one and two years old respectively. Do you know how demanding the young toddler set can be? Well, we bought a hybrid travel trailer and we found out!

Four Paws Kingdom Campground
(800) 421-7116, (828) 287-7324
335 Lazy Creek Drive
Rutherfordton, NC
Number of Sites
40 Total Camp/RV Sites,40 20 Amp Service,10 30 Amp Service,30 50 Amp Service,40 Electric and Water,40 Full Hookups,60 Max RV Length,25 Pull-Thru Sites,3 Rental Trailers,40 Sideouts,
Amenities
Firewood,Fenced Pet Area,Handicapped Restroom Facilities,Ice,WiFi Parkwide,Laundry,Pavilion,Pets Welcome,Store,Cabin Rentals,Park Trailers,
Recreation
Biking Trails,Bird Watching,Fishing,Geocaching,Hiking Trails,Nature Trails,Picnic Area,Planned Activities,Sports Field,Swimming - Pond,

Foothills Family Campgrounds
(828) 245-4064
1661 Hogan Rd
Forest City, NC
 
Hitching Post Campground
(828) 625-0340
2801 Girl Scout Camp Rd
Mill Spring, NC
 
Lake Lure Rv Park & Campground
(828) 625-9160
176 Boys Camp Rd
Lake Lure, NC
 
Sky Island Retreat & Campground, Inc.
(800) 421-7116, (828) 668-4928
88 Flatlander Road
Old Fort, NC
Number of Sites
20 Total Camp/RV Sites,20 20 Amp Service,6 30 Amp Service,6 50 Amp Service,20 Electric and Water,12 Electric Only,6 Full Hookups,3 Group Sites,35 Max RV Length,6 No Hookups,6 Pull-Thru Sites,4 Seasonal,6 Sideouts,4 Tent Sites,
Amenities
Cabin Rentals,
Recreation
Mini Golf,

River Creek Campground
(800) 421-7116, (828) 287-3915
217 River Creek Drive
Rutherfordton, NC
Number of Sites
57 Total Camp/RV Sites,57 Electric and Water,25 Full Hookups,15 Tent Sites,
Amenities
Cabin Rentals,

Thermal City Gold Mine-campground
(828) 286-3016
5240 Us Highway 221 N
Union Mills, NC
 
Silver Creek Campground
(828) 894-2331
410 Silver Creek Rd
Mill Spring, NC
 
Hickory Nut Falls Campground
(828) 625-4014
Main St
Chimney Rock, NC
 
Four Paws Kingdom
(828) 287-7324
Rutherfordton, NC
Campground Availability
Easter thru Thanksgiving
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Escort to Site, Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Age Restriction, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Rec Room, Pavilion, Pond Fishing, Play Equipment, Horseshoes, Hiking Trails

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January 31, 2010 by Brea · 4 Comments  

little campers

My little campers about to say goodnight.

When’s the last time you took little ones camping? I mean little-little ones. My sons, Callum and Quinn are one and two years old respectively. Do you know how demanding the young toddler set can be? Well, we bought a hybrid travel trailer and we found out!

Our first question when packing up for our very first foray in the RVing world was “what on earth will we take to keep them happy”? If you have (or have ever had) little kids, you’re well aware of the Toys-R-Us-Tornado-Effect they have on your home. And the smaller the kids, the bigger their primary colored plastic toys can be. So which of all these “absolutely essential” things make the cut? Our answer was…whatever we can fit into one plastic storage bin. Books, cars, some shape sorters for the baby, stuffed animals, a couple music CDs and movies. Of course this doesn’t take into account the big old double stroller and pack-n-play…but hey, it was a start.

So we packed as best we could, knowing that it would take dozens of trips to actually have our own “system” down. Our stuff was easy. The kitchen supplies, no problem. Bathroom and bedding essentials? Got ‘em. But, which lovey from their cribs will they NEED? How many outfits per kid? 

Were we over thinking things? Totally. We packed what we thought would be needed and set out…we’d done our best.

What a wake-up call. My boys were more interested in the rocks at our campsite than the cars and trucks we packed. They were mesmerized by the bouncing flames in the fire pit and had no need for the stuffed animals. Most of the movies went unwatched, replaced by lots of walks around the campground and time at the playground. I quickly realized I’d packed all those things for me…to ease my worries. Lesson learned…kids don’t need “stuff” to have fun camping. They need parents with a little sense of adventure. 

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