Day 5 and 6 – Snowbird RV Trip Florida to Canada

Day 5 and 6 – Snowbird RV Trip Florida to Canada
Brunswick, GA to St. George, SC 166 miles
5/5-5/6/2014 Monday-Tuesday

Heading North on I-95 the ride gets pretty rough after you hit the SC line. Much of the Interstate is concrete highway with chunks missing or repaired unevenly. It’s not impassable by any means, just be prepared for some jostling.

Jolly Acres RV Park St. George, South Carolina
Jolly Acres RV Park St. George, South Carolina

Jolly Acres RV Park is a favorite of ours whiere we have stayed several times. It’s a small well-kept campground out in the country, a little more than 5 miles from Exit 77 off I-95. It is owned and run by a very sweet older lady.

That said there is not much to do in St. George, SC. It’s 45 miles from Charleston and we have taken day trips into that city. All of the popular chain restaurants are nearby but for us it’s our “R&R” stop to just take a break before we spend a few busy days in our next stop – Myrtle Beach.

It’s quiet here in the country. Our “Kids,” B.B. and K.C., love it because there is plenty of wildlife for them to watch. The campground offers all of the amenities except cable TV. There are plenty of commercial TV stations you can pick up from Charleston. They also have a nice fishing/duck pond on site.

Georgios Pizza & Restaurant St. George, SC
Georgios Pizza & Restaurant St. George, SC

We did try Georgio’s Pizza and Restaurant in town which was recommended to us for dinner. They had a nice, fresh salad bar, but the Chicken Parm and Alfredo entrees we ordered were nothing special for a dinner tab of $39 with tip. We would have done just as well by choosing the Pizza Hut next door.
Shugs Southern Soul Cafe
Shugs Southern Soul Cafe St. George, SC

Day 6, and our second day in St. George, proved to be much better. Another restaurant recommended to us was “Shugs Southern Soul Cafe”. It’s about a mile West from I-95 Exit 77 and on the way towards Jolly Acres RV Park. Owned and operated by Chef Noah Coleman, who knows how to properly prepare the really good down-home Southern staples. They are open for lunch from 10-3 and for dinner from 5pm to 10pm. There are daily specials and a buffet served on Sundays. We both ordered the BBQ chicken special which came with rice and collard greens. All cooked just right and oh so good. Niki says the sweet iced tea is just as good as she makes it. Desserts are made on the premises and we each tried a piece of cake – lemon for Niki and the chocolate cake for Jack. Delicious! A great meal for $30.59 with drinks and tip. We will definitely make it a point to stop when we are on this route again.
Santee StatePark Santee, South Carolina
Santee StatePark Santee, South Carolina

After lunch we wanted to look at 2 campgrounds a little further North on I-95. The first was Santee State Park. It is located on Lake Marion near I-95 Exit 98. It has everything you would expect in a State Park and more.
Santee State Park store and boat launch
Santee State Park store and boat launch

They have a Visitor Center, Park Store and WiFi Lounge, fishing pier, boat launch, cabins to rent, and 2 camping areas with both pull-thru and back-in sites.
Santee State Park cabins to rent
Santee State Park cabins to rent

The cabins are circular in design with a deck and waterfront view and are not built right beside each other. Several are built out on piers extending out on the lake.
Santee State Park campground
Santee State Park campground

The fees are very reasonable. The one and only drawback we found – the roads, and they were a deal-breaker. There is not 10’ without a bump and we mean a real jolt! We stopped and chatted with the host and his wife for a few minutes. We asked if the roads were ever graded and they told us it couldn’t be done because it was all rock. Gravel would certainly help! They did tell us that the State was planning to pave the roads in the next year or two. As was pointed out to us, there were many nice trailers in many of the sites. Indeed, there were many nice 5th wheels and travel trailers on sites. It’s just something we don’t want to put our suspension through. We wondered how many campers hadn’t known about the poor roads before they arrived?

We had planned to travel up to Exit 102 and visit Santee Lakes Campground but an accident had Northbound I-95 traffic backed up for miles. We will try to visit that campground on another trip.

Two beautiful sunny days in St. George for us. Both days in the 80’s.

The best gasoline price in St. George: $3.499.
Our next stop will be Murrells Inlet, SC.

More info about:
Jolly Acres RV Park PA/$16/Sun-Thurs 5.5Mi from I-95
289 Horne Taylor Road, Saint George, SC 29477 (843) 563-8303
PT, 20/30/50Amp (Add $3 f/50A ), FHU, Free WiFi (Reception spotty).

Jolly Acres RV Park website:
http://www.syrrrun.com/

Passport America Info on this campground:
http://www.passportamerica.com/campgrounds/sc/jollyacresrvparkandstorage1982

Santee State Park website:
http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/santee/introduction.aspx

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