On The Road
Borrowing the name from Jack Kerouac’s classic beat generation tale of travels across the country, intermittently we’ll post tales about our life on the road. Whether you’re traveling by motorhome, fifthwheel, trailer, camper, or van, there is so much out there to explore, and we want to bring the very best to you to consider for your next adventure. Read on for our most recent excursion to Buncombe County in western North Carolina where we visit historic Woodfin and its environs.
Woodfin, North Carolina
Named after lawyer Nicholas Washington Woodfin, Woodfin is a quiet community on the banks of the French Broad River in western North Carolina that dates back to the mid 1800s. Located on the northern outskirts of neighboring Asheville, Woodfin is home to the Log Cabin Motor Court, a destination in its own right. On the list of National Register of Historic Places, the land dates back to 1917. The original site housed a tent community that slowly grew into what you’ll find today – a series of 21 unique, pet-friendly one- and two-bedroom log cabins built in the 1930s out of massive pine logs. Ask for the Top-of-the-Hill cabin 20 that sleeps up to 5 guests and was used in the 1958 film “Thunder Road” starring Robert Mitchum. RV camping is located nearby at Campfire Lodgings. While you’re en route, stop by specialty store Honey & The Hive for some yummy local honey, beekeeping classes, and more!
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
For a fun side trip excursion, check out the North Carolina side of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Known to be America’s most visited national park, the area features renowned mountain tops, lush greenery, and a plethora of wildlife for the whole family to enjoy. Several driving tours exist so be sure to check routes at one of the park’s visitors center. If time permits, take a journey to Cherokee, home to the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation. Be sure to enjoy a leisure picnic in the Oconaluftee Island Park, or stroll through scenic downtown for light bites and shopping. On your way out, take a detour along the Blue Ridge Parkway for additional vista sightings.
Where to stay
There are a lot of great sites for RV camping around the Woodfin and Asheville area, including Campfire Lodgings and the French Broad River Campground. Frontcountry camping is available in Great Smoky Mountains National Park at RV sites only. Check local listings for more information of where to stay with your RV.
Before you go
Before you go, make sure you’re prepared with all the RV care and maintenance accessories you’ll need. RVbyLIFE’s Life-Calk® polysulfide sealant and Life Seal® silicone/polyurethane sealant are two staples to have on hand for any quick on the road repair. The Stick scrapping tool also comes in handy, and works well with our Release Adhesive & Sealant Remover. Of course, no trip would be complete without a bottle of all-purpose sanitizer. Our Sanitizer for Hands and Surfaces is made with only Benzalkonium Chloride and iodized water, so it won’t leave an odor or irritate the skin on application. It also continues working on surfaces once dry unlike alcohol-based sanitizer. For all other RV repair and maintenance needs, visit our website for our full product catalog. Happy RV travels!