Saturday, September 16, 2017

G&R Campground, September 7 to 11, 2017


Rating:  4.0 on a scale of 5

Location: Our decision to stay at this campground was based on our need to leave Delaware Seashore State Park (no availability) and our desire to stay in the area to have our rear slide motor replace. We asked our repair technician for the names of campgrounds near him, and he suggested this one or Delaware Beaches Jellystone Park Camp-Resort (www.delawarejellystone.com). We opted for G&R Campground for several reasons: we do not need all of the amenities at Jellystone; the price was better; and it was the closest to the RV repair business.

Lot size: We had a back-in site (#70) and parked our car in #72. There are fire rings and picnic tables at each site. There were woods behind us (which Sadie loved!) We had plenty of room for the tow dolly as well. 



Most of the sites are shaded and some are seasonal.



There is also a large field at the front of the campground (near the pool) that is used for rallies and/or large groups.


Cabins are available for rent. Also shown is one of the bathroom buildings.



Below is a map of campground.


Amenities: As you enter the park, there is a small swimming pool (closed for the season), full basketball court, and volley ball court. Storage for RVs and boats is available in a large parking lot near the office.



There is a large activity center that houses a commercial kitchen and large open area for events. One of the two seafood festivals each year was held the weekend we stayed here. Due to my recent bout of food poisoning from seafood, we skipped it (otherwise we would have enjoyed it very much). I am hoping my appetite for seafood returns soon. 


A screened-in pavilion and outdoor grill are available for use by guests.


Cost: $184; $46/night

Management: One of the reasons I gave this park such a high rating is because of the management. They were great and flexible with our reservations and length of stay, easily accommodating the uncertainty of our plans. 


General Comments: Overall, this is a very laid back place. If you're looking for planned activities or things to entertain children, this is not the place for you. But after our stay at Delaware Seashore State Park campground it was great to have someone to go to if there were any problems (which there were not). It was just a nice relaxing place to stay. 

The day before we left, the owner and several of his friends were showcasing their vintage, restored vehicles. Loved the green truck! 



Friday, September 15, 2017

Hiking at Killens Pond State Park, 9/09/2017

We decided to stay at G&R Campground until Monday, 9/11/2017, so we could relax. When I began looking for stuff to do, I discovered that Killens Pond State Park was only about 6 miles away. After a little more research, I learned that it has several hiking trails and is pet-friendly. Just our kind of place.  


So we packed a picnic lunch and set out to hike the Pondside Trail at the park, a 2.6 mile loop with many side connection trails that provide views of Killens Pond. The admission fee is $8/vehicle for non-Delaware residents. We picked up a map at the entry point. 


Our first stop at the park, was The Nature Center where there are exhibits inside and patios outside. Various animals were on display including this Fowler's Toad and two snakes, Eastern Ratsnake and a Copperhead (the only venomous snake in Delaware). 





From the terrace at the Nature Center, we caught a glimpse of the 66-acre mill pond


Like most ponds in Delaware, it is man made and was formed in the late 1700s by damming the Murderkill River. This area was home to several Native American villages and hunting camps. According to local legend, local tribes massacred a Dutch trading party at the mouth of the river in 1648

The Pondside Trail begins near the Nature Center. Be sure to pick up a brochure that provides some interesting information about the sights along the trail.



We explored many of the side trails along Pondside Trail where there are great view of Killens Pond. 



I am always fascinated with the diversity of fungi we see when hiking on the east coast. 


In addition to camping, there are cottages nestled in the woods that can be rented. Can you see them? 


Our sweet doggie, Sadie, had fun sniffing around this unusual tree trunk. And this tree that had fallen over the water was also interesting. 


Flying squirrels in inhabit this part of the forest at the park. They are, however, nocturnal so we did not see any. The squirrels can glide 20' to 60' and spend much of their time preparing for winter. Gathering as many as 15,000 nuts and seeds each season, they tuck them away into tree cavities and build their nests nearby.


The Nature Center could be seen across the pond. And, of course, Sadie had to go for a swim to cool down, when we came to the boat launch. Nearby, paddle boats and kayaks are available for rent.




This dam releases water from the pond as needed.  


We returned to the Nature Center and our car. This is a great loop trail and we enjoyed all of the side trails. Although it is 2.6 miles long, we ended up hiking about 5 miles. 

There is a large waterpark that is very popular during the summer months. There are also athletic fields here and we saw cross-country track students on the trails. 


We really enjoyed hiking here. It is always rejuvenating to spend time in nature, for us and, Sadie, too.

For additional information about Killens Pond State Park, click on this link www.destateparks.com/park/killens-pond.