After Raleigh, it felt like Charlotte would be a good next stop. We both had family/friends in the area, and gave them a quick text before we made any reservations. When all of them said they could get together during the five (?) or so days we were there, we searched online to figure out where we could stay. There didn’t appear to be all that many great options in the Charlotte area. If memory serves me right, most of the campgrounds are around Lake Norman, which was still over an hour from our families and friends. Since it was such a quick stay, we chose Ebenezer Park due to the location. It is in Rock Hill, SC – but only about 35 minutes from the city of Charlotte.
Ebenezer is a county park, – the first of (hopefully) many county parks we will encounter in our travels. The main attraction in the park is Lake Wylie – a very large lake popular with boaters. There is a public boat launch at the park, as well as a little park with swings, picnic tables, a beach area (closed during our stay), a playground, and restrooms. It looked like they were doing a lot of work along the shoreline with excavating equipment. I would guess that they are increasing the beach area, since the existing one is very small and rocky. While Lake Wylie was beautiful, we noticed a foul odor coming from the water about 50% of the time. That smell, along with the signs warning people against dumping their sewage into the lake, made me wonder what we were smelling. Yuck!
There are lots of stores nearby, although the area we were in was far from a bustling metropolis. It was a typical small town, but had everything you could need. A lot of the stores looked new, which made me think that the area is growing. Inside Ebenezer Park, there is a road that connects up with the campground called Lake Wylie Road. I enjoyed running + walking along this road, because the views of the lake are spectacular – along with the views of the million dollar homes that sit right on the lake! The vibe I got at Ebenezer is that it is a place where the locals go to hang out.
The site had full hookups, 50 amp power, and was $31 a night. We were not able to get any channels using our over-the-air (OTA) TV antenna, probably due to the tree cover. Our service via Verizon and AT&T were adequate. After staying at a RV park in Raleigh, we were really excited to have some trees of our own! We loved our spot in the woods and found it to be very peaceful. We did have neighbors on both sides, but there were no sites behind us. The camp hosts were very nice, and recently began their journey full-time RVing, so it was fun to talk to them. They were also sympathetic when the neighbors left trash in their site and I was upset about it! Not upset because it had any impact on me, but I just thought it was extremely disrespectful. I’m sure it won’t be the last time we encounter that, but it was disheartening.
The Real Reason for our Visit
The most compelling reason for us to visit Charlotte was our friends and family being in the area. We were so thrilled that, out of our 5 nights at Ebenezer, we saw friends or family for 3 of those! And we had our first official guests in Trudy – my cousin, his wife, and their son came over for dinner and we went down to the playground. We also enjoyed a visit with Tim’s cousin and her 3 kids who came to see Trudy and eat dinner with us as well. Calla got lots of tricycle rides with the kids pushing her around! Lastly, I had a night of retail therapy with one of my best friends from high school. I only wish I could have seen her for longer, because a few hours together barely begins to scratch the surface!
Overall, Ebenezer was the perfect play to stay for a busy few days while we saw friends and family. We are loving that this lifestyle allows us to see people that we might only see once a year in Pittsburgh. It was nice to see our friends and family on their ‘home turf’ in Charlotte, NC!