After leaving our two-week spot at Charlton Campground, we headed east just a bit to Hot Springs National Park. We figured the Gulpha Gorge Campground would have cleared out after Memorial Day, and sure enough, it had. This campground doesn't take reservations, and it's not huge, so we were crossing our fingers we'd get one of the sites with full hookups (electricity, water, and sewer). If not, there were sites without hookups we figured we could handle for a night or two and move into a hookup site when one came available.
That wasn't necessary. Turns out there were plenty of full hookup sites available when we arrived, on a Thursday; and, in fact, the sites without hookups were actually more popular as lots of tenters camp at this park.
Our site cost $15 (half price!) with Barry's Senior National Parks pass. It even backed up to a pretty creek. We were happy campers!
Paisley loved wading in the creek during her daily walks. Ever since we lived in Belize, we can hardly keep her out of the water, though she doesn't like going in over her head.
.Since the roads are busy in the Hot Springs area, we didn't ride our bikes during our three-day stay. But we did plenty of hiking! The Gulpha Gorge Trail begins across the creek in the campground and is an absolutely beautiful hike up the mountain. It definitely gets the heart pumping as you have to climb up, up, up out of the gorge. This trail also hooks into the extensive park trail system.
Stay tuned for more about our excellent time in Hot Springs!
Emily & Barry
We're a long-married, early-retired couple who are currently traveling as nomads with no fixed home base. After years of living in North Carolina (Emily's home state), we spent 18 months living oceanfront on Ambergris Caye, Belize, a year road-tripping the US in a Honda CR-V, a year in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and are now roaming North America in our 32' motorhome, Pearl, following warm weather whenever possible.
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