Our next stopover North from St. George, SC is Harmony, North Carolina and The VanHoy Farm Family Campground.
Shortly after leaving Jolly Acres in St George, SCand I-95 we picked up I-26 heading West to I-77 heading Northwest toward I-81.
The trek to VanHoy Campground was 224 miles. I-26 and I-77 are like all of the Interstates these days – mostly 4 lanes, separated and with some rough patches and construction. Our biggest problem on this run was going past Charlotte in mid-afternoon. It was bumper-to-bumper for miles and the truck thermometer was reading 101 outside degrees. This was a Friday and everyone was leaving work early and heading for their weekend. We are told we were lucky – don’t even try going around Charlotte afternoons at 5:30.
VanHoy Farm Campground is located just a few hundred yards from Exit 65 of I-77 and has decent sized sites with many being shaded. Their website mentions the availability of pull-thru sites with water and electric and a dump station for $33/night. When you arrive they will tell you that FHU sites are available for $45/night. Be sure to ask for your Good Sam discount if a member. They do have a nice swimming pool and a huge barn where they stage different events through the year from fiddlers to country and Gospel shows.
The main reason we chose the Harmony, NC location this time was to meet up with Niki’s RVing nephew Edd and his family – wife Shawna and daughter Libby; also coming for the picnic was Edd’s sister Becky (Niki’s niece) and Becky’s daughter Devan, and her little daughter Crystie. Niki had not seen Edd and Becky in many years and we had a great time around the picnic table and campfire catching up on family history. Edd’s family spent the night in their RV parked in the next campsite.
Another great discovery we made at this stopover was our visit to The Shiloh General Store in nearby Hamptonville, NC!
Shiloh General Store is owned and operated by the Graber Family – members of the Union Grove Amish Community. Father, Mother and 6 children all have a part in running the store. Each day starts with Father, Phil Graber up at 4 a.m. to start the dough, followed by son Mark at 5 a.m. to get the fried pies going. They have a full deli with delicious sandwiches made on their own homemade bread, pies, donuts, breads, a full line of deli meats and cheeses plus a store packed with bulk foods and shelves filled with every type of canned fruit, vegetable and meat. We can attest to the deliciousness of the sandwiches, French coconut pie and blackberry cheese rolls – yum!
Next stop North will be Mt. Jackson Virginia.
VanHoy Farm Family Campground
742 Jericho Rd, Harmony, NC 28634 (223.7 Miles)
(704) 539-5493 ($33/Day PT/w/Dump Station)
VanHoy Farms Family Campground is located in Harmony, Iredell County, North Carolina.
They are just 12 miles north of Statesville on I-77 at Exit 65 and NC 901.
Just about 300 yards off of I-77 on Jericho Road.
Campground Website: http://www.vanhoyfarms.com/
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