Thursday, July 5, 2012

Warrior Creek CG

Warrior Creek CG site 26
Kerr Scott Reservoir COE
Wilkesboro, NC

We like this CG better than Bandit’s Roost.  It’s only half the size so it’s not quite as busy.  Also, all the sites have recently been remodeled.  I know that many COE parks have paved site pads, but I don’t mind having gravel too much if it’s level and not big rocks for the patio.  We have a very nice walk-in site and had the place all to ourselves for a few days before the holiday crowd came in.
Warrior Creek CG site 26 Kerr Scott Reservoir COE  Warrior Creek CG site 26 Kerr Scott Reservoir COE

The town of Wilkesboro is about 8-10 miles away and has a nice Super Walmart along with all the other essential stores needed for a pleasant visit.  One day we went on a drive around the area and found the Mountain View Overlook near the headwaters of the lake.  Some beautiful views.
IMG_1243  Gin looking down at Kerr Scott Resevoir
Kerr Scott Resevoir from the Mountain View Overlook  From the Dam at Kerr Scott Resevoir
From the Mountain View Overlook and from the Kerr Scott Dam.

Even though it has been oppressively hot and humid, we did manage to hike a little bit on the Overmountain Victory Trail which runs throughout Warrior Creek CG.  It is a great trail that is used extensively by mountain bikers.  Walking is more our speed so that we can enjoy the ferns and the sounds of nature.
OVT at Warrior Creek CG   Ferns Rule!!

The campground also has a nice boat launch and a swimming beach.  I’m sure that place got full during the heat of the day.
Boat Launch at Warrior Creek CG COE  Swim Beach at Warrior Creek COE

We drove up to the dam one day to go to the visitor center.  That’s always a nice place to go when it’s too hot to do anything else.  It’s two floors.  The main floor has displays about the history of the area and the dam.  The basement has displays about the environment and wildlife of the area.  I liked the basement area better.  Smile
IMG_1271  Back Yard of the Visitor Center for Kerr Scott Reservoir COE

We spoke with the volunteer in the basement for a bit.  Her husband was covering the desk on the main floor.  They have been fulltime rvers for five years now.  They volunteered here last year also.  She said they work 18 hours each per week to get a free site in the Volunteer Village which is tucked into the woods just a couple hundred yards away.  They work each Friday, Saturday and Sunday and have the next four days off.  They don’t clean toilets or work in the sweltering heat or chill of the bumper seasons.  Now that sounds like something I would consider doing at some point in time.

Bobcat!!  Another Bobcat!

Thanks for dropping by and enjoy each day of your life’s journey by finding beauty in the ordinary.


Nancy and Bill said...

WOW, sounds like we are doing about the same things...just on different COE lakes;o))

Tray to stay cool!!!

Happytrails said...

What a beautiful campground!! We have always loved the COE campgrounds. Hope you all enjoy your stay there!
Sounds like a great workamping job! We always heard they were hard to get though!!

Gail Houle said...

That looks like a really nice COE park. We may have to check it out when we get back to the Carolina's.

Laurie and George said...

Very nice COE. Would be nice to only stay in those, better yet, workcamp in them!

Sherry said...

Looks like a very nice campsite. Gotta love those COE parks. I'm with you on the trail hiking not biking and being down in the basement with the basement with the wildlife.

We always try to talk to the volunteers in visitor centers. It's amazing how many of them are full timers. 18 hours a week is GREAT and so is that schedule with the during the week time off. Sounds perfect.

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

Just curious, is that 18 hours per week as a couple total, or does each one of the couple have to work 18 hours a week?

Some places take serious advantage of volunteers.

On the other hand, some folks don't really volunteer for the benefits, they just want to give something back.

Gin and Syl said...

That's 18 hours each for a total of 36 hours a week for a campsite. Laundry facilities are also provided and there are only six sites in the volunteer village. She said that there's only three rvs there right now.

Travelwithwhippets said...

Sounds like a nice place. We love COE campgrounds. There are not many of them in the west.

Tumbleweed Dee said...

That looks like an awesome COE! We loved the one in Iowa.

Have a great time!

Dan and Tricia said...

Looks like we need to add this COE to our ever-growing list. Anywhere near water is "home" to me. See you soon!

Cruzin2some said...

That does sound like a great camp host job.

Love the pics

heyduke50 said...

thanks for showing us an NC park we haven't been to yet...

Jon Bannerman said...

Park Ranger here from W. Kerr Scott Lake. Would love to use one of your camping photos on the NRRS Warrior Creek home page if you approve....