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Old 11-17-2017, 09:51 PM   #15
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We aren't much for biking but we do like to hike. Last weekend we went to Lake Anna State Park, which was a nice place. Not quite "middle of nowhere" but not "downtown" either. Shenandoah SP looks nice, and there is the Airstream only park a little farther south (though they are closed for the season). Our next trip is to the Outer Banks over Christmas. Trailer is winterized; I hope properly (also my first time!).
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Old 11-18-2017, 07:13 AM   #16
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Amen to that Uncle,it is a good day.
Prep. for T-Day trip is done. Heat tested and a couple gallons of anti-freeze laid in for flushing the head. Weather forecast continues to improve

Outer Banks for Xmas! That's a neat idea. Hatteras was our first trip and absolutely loved it. We want to give Okracoke a shot since it will be that much further from the crowd.

Lake Anna, yep we have looked at that for a "quick" get away. Look at this link which I found at random looking for info. on GunPowder SP >>
https://www.campendium.com/maryland/gunpowder

There are a raft of sites I've never heard of.
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Old 11-18-2017, 07:34 AM   #17
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I believe this is site 2 at Todd Lake National Forest Campground near Mount Solon, VA.Click image for larger version

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Old 11-19-2017, 06:35 AM   #18
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Dan, that is a neat spot (Todd Lake). I used to run (bicycle) training camps not too far from there. It should be good road and mtn. biking/hiking?
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Old 11-21-2017, 06:13 PM   #19
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Check out Twin Lakes SP in Va

Itís a small campground with 31sites. Well worth the trip and the folks there are very nice!
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Itís a small campground with 31sites. Well worth the trip and the folks there are very nice!
Perfect. I'm putting it on my list for Spring Time.

We are locked and loaded for T-Day. Can't wait for five days of peaceful camping.
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Old 11-22-2017, 08:17 AM   #21
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One of our favorite ďmountainĒ campgrounds is Rocky Gap in western Maryland. Itís about 8 miles east of Cumberland. Very nice facilities with a large lake. The day trippers and campers each have their own beach on opposite sides of the lake. There is is one loop that is that is electric only. Although a number of park personnel have told me, that plans are in the works to convert another loop to 3 point full service. There is a casino across the lake in the hotel. It doesnít really have any impact on the campground other than perhaps a few extra campers. I have noticed that itís (thankfully) not made much difference in that regard since it opened. We donít waste our money on that activity. YMMV.

That said most of our trips are to the beach. Which of course is tough on our stripped and polished trailer. Such is life LOL. Generally we go to Assateague National Seashore when the bugs arenít out. Itís beautiful and one of our favorites, but horrible when itís bug season as far we are concerned. No hookups, cold showers and pit toilets. But we have the AS so those are not an issue. Big beautiful uncrowded beaches and some nice natures trails. Itís also a great place to ride bikes. Itís worth noting that the adjacent state park is also very nice and it does have a couple of electric loops and nice bath houses with hot showers. But we prefer the less crowded, less camper intense, Federal Park.

During bug season we head up to Delaware Seashore State Park. Itís at the Indian River Inlet between Bethany Beach and Rehobeth. It is also relatively bug free during the peak season for insects. The campground itself is not particularly beautiful if compared to Assateague, but it is well maintained and the surrounding area (Indian River, the marshes, the bridge (yep) and ocean all have there own beauty. What it offers is full hookups walking distance from the beach. This makes it one of our favorites too. We spend the equivalent of about 3 weeks there each year. One of the pluses is that it is close to some good food in Bethany and especially Rehobeth, where you can get something other than the usual beach fare. As a matter of fact this year they opened The Big Chill Beach Club. Itís an open air bar/restaurant built over top of the beach bath house. Itís got decent, generally Mexican style food, and super views of the ocean and bay. They also have a carry out downstairs where you can get the same menu if you want to eat on the beach.

It is also worth noting that all of these campgrounds are opened year round.

So those are three of our favorites/regulars in the area. All highly recommended.
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Thanks for starting a great thread. Sadly, we have winterized the Airstream for the season. Looking forward to trying a few of these places next spring.

Our favorite local spot is Pine Grove Furnace State Park near Gettysburg, PA. Sites are wooded and nicely spaced. Most have electric but no water.

The bike riding there is excellent. There are miles and miles of single track for mountain biking. Unfortunately you need a local to show you around, it's not marked or documented well. Also a great place for gravel riding. It is hilly, but you can easily do a 100 miles mostly on forest service roads.


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If you winterize using only air in the supply lines, and carry a good 12-volt compressor like the Viair 450, winterizing on the road is fairly simple, once you have done it a few times. For us on the East Coast, the ability to winterize on demand really opens up the possibilities.

Great thread, thanks.

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FWIW following up on my earlier post, here are pics of us camping at Assateague National SS, Delaware Seashore SP and Rocky Gap SP
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FWIW following up on my earlier post, here are pics of us camping at Assateague National SS, Delaware Seashore SP and Rocky Gap SP
Just pointing out that we are just up (down?) the road from you, and we store our AS in Frederick. We just bought it and have only been to Greenbrier (trial run) and Lake Anna so far. I'll keep an eye out for that shiny thing!
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If you have been to Greenbrier, then I highly recommend Rocky Gap. It's only about an hour or so further west from there (about 1.5 hrs from our home in DT Frederick). I think it is more enjoyable IMHO. It's a bigger park, with a bigger, more beautiful lake. It's especially nice in the summer when Greenbrier being so close to the metro areas gets very busy (as does the nearby Cunningham Falls for that matter). As I mentioned above, when camping at Rocky Gap you are totally separate from the day use people so the beach etc. is much more relaxing. Plus it is just flat out more beautiful IMHO. Greenbrier is not bad and it is handy, but RG is just better. Plus it's a lovely drive out there through the mountains. Bear in mind again that the Ash loop is the one with electric. I also feel that loop has the most "private' sites of the entire campground as it still retains a lot of ground growth under the trees. If you like to kayak etc. there are a number of sites on the Ironwood loop that are directly on the lake.
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........ Generally we go to Assateague National Seashore when the bugs arenít out. Itís beautiful and one of our favorites, but horrible when itís bug season as far we are concerned......
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So, other than the last three weeks of January and the first three weeks of February .... when is it sure *not* to be bug season?

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Lol Bob. Seems like that sometimes. In reality, we used to find the bugs (mainly misquitoes) bad from mid to late June until late Sept. With the more recent weather we have had it seems like now itís earlier in May through early to mid Oct. itís funny that place gets booked up during bug season. I donít know how folks can stand it! I guess it keeps the riff raff (like me) out ;-)
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