And We’re Off! (Eclipse Trip Leg 1)

This is the first leg of our eclipse trip. We are headed to Texas for the eclipse and then back to NC. We left early in the morning and stopped for the night in Auburn, Alabama.

First leg of the trip: Raleigh, NC to Auburn, AL

Where We Stayed

If you’re an Auburn University softball fan, this is the park for you! The park borders the fields, and several of the sites have a great view! Our site was right next to Parkerson Mill Creek, which borders another side of the campground. By our site, the banks were high and steep and looked like they had fallen in a few times. There wasn’t really room to safely walk around the far side of the picnic table. My only other complaint is that we heard a surprising amount of road noise. We didn’t spend much time sitting outside and it didn’t keep us up or anything, so it didn’t bother us much, but it was noticeable.

Next to some other sites further up the road, the creek is lovely and the dogs enjoyed walking in it. I would have loved to spend more time there to look for snakes.

Campground NameAuburn at Leisure Time Campground
LocationAuburn, AL
DatesMarch 29 – 30, 2024
Site NumberSite 6
Site SurfaceGravel and sand (mostly level)
Hook-upsFull hookups + 50-amp electric
Cost$67 per night (including tax)
Water Pressure60-70 psi
Cell Service 3/5 bars 4G AT&T; 4/5 bars Verizon; 5/5 bars 5G T-Mobile
Campground WiFi?Yes

What We Did

Chewacla State Park

This park was such a pleasant surprise! We went for a short hike to a waterfall and got so much more than we expected! This state park has a campground, hiking trails, mountain biking trails, a lake with a swimming area, and more.

The trail to the waterfall was short, but after doing it, I don’t recommend it for geriatric dogs. From the closest parking lot, it’s downhill the whole way to the falls, and it’s fairly steep, with roots and rocks to avoid. I wouldn’t try this with a stroller or a toddler who insists on walking without help.

The falls alone are beautiful and worth the walk, but there are also plenty of large rocks for exploring and getting out into the middle of the river for a better view than the banks can provide.


While we didn’t actually see any wildlife, we found lots of tracks! There were deer tracks at the state park and I think we found raccoon prints along the banks of the creek at the campground.

Happy travels!

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