The NC State Fairgrounds have a 14 day maximum stay so after we visited Katie and Brooks on the weekend we left a bit early to move over to Jordan Lake to camp at Poplar Point State Park. This was only about a 30 minute drive westward from Raleigh NC and we planned to stay 10 days then move back over to the fairgrounds.
Like most state parks, North Carolina also limits campers to a 14 night max stay. We also won’t have sewer hookups so we have to be cautious about our water usage. Poplar Point State Park has 6 loops of campsites and we were able secure a site in loop C. It was a nice large, fairly level, shaded site with just a glimpse of Jordan Lake through the vegetation.
Being a bit further west and south of Raleigh allowed us to visit a few different disc golf courses we have enjoyed playing in the past. First up was the Rock Ridge Disc Golf Course just south of Pittsboro NC. This is an 18 hole course that plays very, very long. There is even one hole over 740 feet long. The terrain is mostly rocky, fairly heavily wooded and is a very challenging course yet a fun, scenic one to play.
The best part of playing this course is that in nearby Pittsboro is the Carolina Brewery which has a nice outside seating area. All bars/restaurants in NC are under Phase 2.5 for opening due to Covid so masks are required to enter and then you are permitted to remove the mask at the table once seated. This afternoon they had just tapped their Octoberfest beer so we enjoyed a pint after a rough day at the disc golf course…
Another weekend arrived so we went to see Katie and Brooks again. They too wanted to play disc golf so we headed off to a new course for us at Southern Community Park near Chapel Hill NC. What a great little course! It was a very challenging wooded course with excellent hole layouts. We all had a fun time on this course where even Benny the corgi enjoyed himself.
Of course we ate extremely well while visiting with Katie and Brooks and after the weekend was over we headed back to Jordan Lake. Though there are lots of great disc golf courses in and around Raleigh, we decided to take a road trip over to Pinehurst NC where the US Open golf is played and is home to the famous Carolina Inn. After strolling around the inn we drove over to play disc golf at Reservoir Park.
This may be one of the most scenic disc golf courses we have played as it is in the sandy hills with beautiful longleaf pine trees. It is a well laid out, fairly open, yet wooded, course which is pretty easy to play. It lies adjacent to the Reservoir where there is also a great 3 mile hike around the lake. We hiked on some of it after we we played to revel in its serenity.Normally we stop in for happy hour at the lively Maxie’s Pub in town but with Covid still rampant we chose instead to head back home.
As planned we will be heading back over to the fairgrounds next. Cheers!
NOTE: We are currently in Raleigh, NC probably until the end of September…