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Old 03-23-2006, 05:25 PM   #1
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George Washington National Forest in Virginia

I'll be the first to represent the South Region for Boonedocking. We love the remote beauty of the Appalachian Mountains near the Virginia / West Virginia border. North River Campground in the George Washington NF is not your typical campground. It doesn't have separate pads for RVs. It is a open park setting with a loop road. You camp where you want. It's easy to get an Airstream in and out. Most of the time, especially during the week, we are to only ones there. It has a hand pump well for water and pit privys. A dump station is about 2 miles away at a more traditional campground, Todd Lake. There is a daily fee of $5.00. While not true "Boondocking", it pretty darn close. As a matter of fact, there are some pull offs before you get to the campground that are free, but it might be tough getting a longer Airstream in and out.
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Old 03-25-2006, 01:48 PM   #2
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Great review, Bob. I think we'll work harder at going to the nf campgroounds in the future.

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Old 03-26-2006, 06:13 AM   #3
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George Washington NF in Virginia

Pat,

Here is a helpful link:

http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/gwj/recreation/camping/
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I saw my first black bear in the wild on the North River Gorge Trail which starts at the back of the North River Campground. Another similar campground in the GW & TJ is at Laurel Fork on the Warm Springs Ranger District. Warm Springs Ranger District
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Old 12-18-2008, 08:41 AM   #5
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Here's a USDA FS campsite guide for GW/TJ NF.

George Washington & Jefferson National Forests
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Just add a note to those thinking of going to National forest campgrouds.
This time of year you will have them all to yourself, but in peak seasons they fill up quick on fridays. The bigger chocie sites for RVers get taken first by tent campers.
I do not know of any that have hook-ups other than Sherando Lake, and I have heard that it starts to fill up on Thursdays...very busy campground.
The smaller out of the way campgrounds get less traffic.
Elizabeth Furnce is a great campground in Fort Valley up near Front Royal.
They tend to stock Passage Creek with trout, twice a month from October thru April.
The creek runs the length of the valley and right through the campround...
Merry Christmas to all
Be safe this Christmas season if you are out pull'n around
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Does anyone know of Horse Shoe Flats campground...can not get much info on this campround....suposed to be on the James River
looking for good small mouth fishing camping area/ campground in Va for the spring
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***UPDATE***

North River Campground has had it's hand pump shut off. The FS was having problems complying with VA State Health water safety requirements the last time we were there.

At this time you must bring in your own water, refill at nearby Todd Lake Campground (2 miles away) or use a water filter at the nearby North River.

This may be discouraging to some, but to experienced Boondockers this should be no problem. Planning is the key!

NR CG is now open all year round, however access during winter months may be difficult due to snowfall.
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