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Old 01-22-2014, 08:18 PM   #1
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A quest for the best, camping!

Ok fellow streamers here is my quest. I now take the week with the longest days as a vacation. This year I'm going June 18-25th. I am in search of a destination. I, of course, have many places to go to, or go to again. But somehow, I'm looking for advise or a pointer this time. Here's my parameters. I'm in Central NJ, probably looking for someplace(s) within 6-7 hours drive from here. (Maine in Sept, so not there) I like State Parks, prefer elect/h20. If I'm going to be in one place more than 4 days, sewer hookup/honey wagon. I like woods, streams/lakes, ocean front? Hiking/biking. and quiet. Suggestions welcomed, thanks! John!
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Old 01-23-2014, 07:16 AM   #2
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Old 01-23-2014, 08:43 AM   #4
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Sounds wonderful, looks amazing! BUT, no fire ring at each site, no open fire at site, deal breaker! That's such a shame!!!! And the phone is not working as of 01/23/14
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Hey John, Bulls Island on the Delaware and it's only about 30 min away.

OOPS, stow that one. I don't think they have electric. Oh well
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Old 01-23-2014, 09:26 AM   #6
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bulls is great! have not been in a while. looking to get out of state on this trip. thanks John. Edisto is neat! Thanks. john
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Watoga State Park in Marlington, WV. Get a site on the river. Probably no tv or cell. You won't be too hot.

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One of my favorites is the Outflow Camping Area located on Youghiogheny River in Confluence PA. Been going ther for five or six years. It is a COE site. It has electric but no direct water hook up to the trailer. Some sites are shaded. I like it because of the nearby amenities. Trout fishing, hiking, kayacking, canoeing, biking and swimming.
It is on the Pittsburg to DC rails to trail. So you can bike as many miles you want in grat scenery. They normally stock the river just below the dam every two weeks with trout.
Swimming is located just above the dam and it also provides a magnificient view.

About 15 miles away by car is Ohiopyle ( it is 11 miles by bike on the bike trail) which is known for its hiking and white water rafting.
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LOL, Dan!

That's where I was last year!! I was there June 19-22!!! almost by the river. It is a great park. I biked the Greenbrier river trail from Watoga to Cass and back, 75 miles in 1 day. I am, of course looking myself. Anyone been to Camp Creek SP in WVa?
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Ok fellow streamers here is my quest. I now take the week with the longest days as a vacation. This year I'm going June 18-25th. I am in search of a destination. I, of course, have many places to go to, or go to again. But somehow, I'm looking for advise or a pointer this time. Here's my parameters. I'm in Central NJ, probably looking for someplace(s) within 6-7 hours drive from here. (Maine in Sept, so not there) I like State Parks, prefer elect/h20. If I'm going to be in one place more than 4 days, sewer hookup/honey wagon. I like woods, streams/lakes, ocean front? Hiking/biking. and quiet. Suggestions welcomed, thanks! John!
Finding the perfect campsite depends exclusively on your own preferences. In our case this means always being on the water, lots of aesthetic tree cover, good buffer between us and our neighbours, facing the setting sun - and quiet. Your own tastes seem similar to ours - but we have found that our perfect campsite is pretty elusive - most public campgrounds (never a private RV park) will have a few (of many) sites that may fit this criteria - so the game becomes finding out which ones fill the bill - then seeking those sites in the future. Those sites are very likely also to be the same sites that others have also chosen as great sites - meaning they are in high demand for a reservation. Being retired is a distinct advantage - just pick your campsite when it is available.

Guess what I am saying here is that your favourite campsites in any park are determined by yourself - through at least one exploratory trip that can identify - very specifically - what campsites fit your own criteria. in our example - our favourite park for a weeks camping is only 30 miles away - but of all the campsites available - there are only 3 that fit our criteria - and unless we can get one of those 3 we will not be reserving.

Having said all of this - after roughly 45 years of multiple annual camping experiences - can honestly say that the number of truly "bad" places would be less than the number of fingers on one hand.


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While Michigan is amazing and has beautiful state parks, it does not meet your drive time requirement. Funny that I am planning my vacation at the Jersey shore!
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Keep um comin folks! this is great! Short, I hope you like our shore, I was to Mich. about 3 years ago, (btw nice places on the way to camp, route 80 I think) I went to Detroit for the Woodword Ave. Dream Cruise. I drove my 69 Charger there, was a blast start to finish. Ranger, would love to camp side by side with you, I belive you understand my quest, a vision. To that end, one of my favorite places, Ricketts Glen, SP Pa. I just made reservations for my choice site there in May. Last time I was there, walked the park, noted the site I wanted the most, looked up online, booked it when it was available/I could go. That park has no elec/water at site, but for 3 days I'm good. Did I mention that Ricketts has lots of hiking? The falls trail, 7 miles, has 21 waterfalls! John
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John, we spent 1 nite at Camp Creek in WVa back in Sept, on the way home from a short roadtrip. We loved it, hope to make back there this June. Didn't have time to venture outside the camping area to explore but it was sure pretty up in there.

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Camp Creek WV is on the list. MPJ
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