We recently spent 28 days at the Forest Lake Preserve in Advance, North Carolina, which is one of the Thousand Trails properties within our membership.
The campground was spacious and included several amenities for relaxation and entertainment. The pool wasn’t open during the colder month of March, but walks around the lake and wooded area throughout the campground were pleasant and peaceful. We did enjoy an evening of socializing with fellow RVillage friends in the spacious adult lounge area, scattered with soft couches and chairs and a cozy ‘living room’ feeling. The family lounge was complete with an arcade, library with a take-one-leave-one book nook, and many tables for card games and crafts. There was a playground and putt-putt golf course. The lake was scenic with a nice wooden bridge crossing. The laundry room and restrooms were clean and up to date. The Preserve is nestled in a wooded and hilly area and well maintained. Below is Mike’s video tour of the campground and amenities.
Since we use a golf cart to navigate longer distances because of mobility issues, we were pleasantly surprised to find quiet trails along the river and forest areas with peaceful views. It was a treat for the trails to allow carts so non-hikers like us were able to enjoy the scenic areas of the park.
While Advance is in a remote area of North Carolina, we did enjoy the small town of Lexington and ventured into the larger Winston Salem area for provisioning. We got to meet up with friends, Budhi and Cindy at one of the restaurants in Lexington for some Carolina-style BBQ.
Our dear friend Judy came to visit us over a weekend and family joined us the next. During our family visit, we all contributed to meals and Mike got to use his beloved Blackstone. The temperatures were a bit chilly, but we still enjoyed some time in the evening under The Clam and the fire bowl kept us nice and toasty while we enjoyed our company. My brother whipped us up some homemade mac-n-cheese and sloppy joe using my Granny’s recipe–a cherished family memory.
We took a drive to Mount Airy, the home of Andy Griffith. There was much more to see, but we were concentrated on the visit with family and didn’t spend too much sightseeing.
Mike and I took a drive to Mocksville, North Carolina, and found the Joppa Cemetery. We discover something (or someone) interesting and unique in each burial place we visit, and this one included the parents of Daniel Boone. We visited on a drizzly day and the cemetery had a bit of spookiness to it, but we enjoyed our stroll.
We enjoyed our stay at Forest Lake Preserve and the Advance, North Carolina, area and look forward to returning in warmer temperatures.
Have you visited this area of North Carolina? What can we put on our list to explore the next time we are there?
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