One of the things that the Riverside Retro RV has opened up for us is regular camping, including opportunities for winter convenience camping. For example, it is convenient enough that we used it for our traditional Christmas family visit. We have family in Alabama, about 70 miles away. In the past we would drive to my wife’s daughter’s place near Guntersville, Alabama for Christmas and then leave there late in the afternoon to have dinner with her sister’s family in Huntsville for a few hours. We would end up driving home too late and exhausted.
The Honeycomb Campground Solution
My wife’s travel camping group, Sisters On The Fly, had camped at Honeycomb Campground on several occasions. The campground is less than two miles from her daughter’s home. Someone asked, “Why not take the camper over before the holiday and spend a couple of nights. We would have more time with family and be less exhausted at the end of the trip.” So our Christmas travels went something like this:
Monday: Made decision to take the camper to Alabama Christmas eve and reserved a site.
Tuesday: Packed clothes and food in the camper for three days and hooked up the trailer.
Christmas Eve: Departed mid-morning for a leisurely drive (and breakfast along the way) to Alabama, checked in at the campground and were set up by 1:00 that afternoon. We drove to Huntsville for an evening dinner with family and were back at the camper by 10:00 that night.
Christmas Day: Celebrated Christmas with the grand (and great grand) kids. We were able to really relax and enjoy our visit knowing we only had to drive the two miles back to camp.
Friday: Up for a walk around the campground, then a short drive to Guntersville for breakfast. Hooked up and exited the campground by noon and home in Tennessee by 2:00.
Not only is Honeycomb Campground ideally located for us, it is a beautiful setting, stretched out along the shore of Guntersville Lake. Our site was less than fifty yards from the shore, and directly across from one of the two boat docks. Both mornings, I was up for an early morning walk with my camera along the shore. Fishing boats were already on the water. One morning I heard a loon across the lake.
There were approximately 30 campers scattered among the 140 sites. Seventy sites provide 50/30/20-amp electric and water. There are no sewer hookups at the sites, but there is a dump station and honey-wagons are available. The remaining sites are a combination of primitive or 30/20 amp and water sites. Each site includes a gravel pad, a fire ring with grill, and a picnic table. All sites have a good view of the lake. There is a variety of mature, tall tress scattered throughout the campground, creating an open, wooded setting.
The newly built general store is stocked with basic needs for camping and fishing, including live and fresh bait. Behind the store is a sandy beach and swimming area. Paddle boats, kayaks, canoes, fishing boats and pontoon boats available for rent. They also have several campers available to rent. There are two boat docks with more than 50 slips for campers’ boats.
Honeycomb Campground is in Alabama between Guntersville and Huntsville just off of US 431 at mile marker 308. When approaching on US 431, look for the blue “Honeycomb Campground” sign on the south side of the highway at the entrance to Campground Road.
Activities and Attractions
Honeycomb has a day-use area near the beach. This area includes convenient parking near picnic tables located right along the shore. This is an excellent setting for a family or group outing.
Guntersville Lake is a popular destination for fishing, hunting, hiking, boating and water sports. There are regular fishing tournaments on Guntersville Lake, all within a convenient drive or boating distance from the campground.
The entrance to Cathedral Caverns State Park is located about two miles from the campground. The cave, originally called Bats Cave, is located in Kennamer Cove. The cave was first developed as a tourist attraction in the 1950s and served as settings for several Hollywood movies. It was declared a National Natural Landmark in 1972 and opened as a state park in 2000.
For a day trip, the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville is about 30 miles away.
For More Information and Reservations
188 Campground Road
Grant, AL 35747
Like Honeycomb Campground in Grant, Alabama, a campground near a frequent—but not close—destination; e.g., family, shopping, fishing, events, etc., provides a comfortable, economic, no-hassle alternate to 50-to-150-mile day trips. Just arrive the evening before, spend the next day concentrating on planned activities, and return home the following day without being rushed or exhausted. It becomes a two or three night mini-vacation, and you get to stay in “your own room.”
It seems every year at Christmas we make a day-trip of some 140 miles round-trip to Grant and Huntsville Alabama to visit family. This year, with our camper, we decided to travel the day before and use The Honeycomb Campground Solution to spend more relaxed time with family, and not have to drive home late in the evening, exhausted.
The Honeycomb Campground Solution describes how we were able to spend relaxed time with family 70 miles from home and not drive home exhausted.