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Old 01-16-2011, 01:09 PM   #99
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Have not yet made it to the Virginia coast do can't help there. But I do have a few other favorites to add to the list in the West.

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Old 01-16-2011, 01:12 PM   #100
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Have not yet made it to the Virginia coast do can't help there. But I do have a few other favorites to add to the list in the West.
Add them to the map in my signature line... it is an editable map
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Old 01-17-2011, 09:05 PM   #101
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VA Coast Camping

We live in Virginia and it is said to say but I don't know of any campgrounds on the Virginia coast (ocean) that I can recommend. When we go camping to the Ocean we go to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. This is three barrier islands off the coast that are 1-4 miles wide and 90 miles long. There are 4 campgrounds that I recommend.

If you want to be right on the ocean, the best is Ocean Waves in Waves, NC- www.oceanwavescampground.com. This is a small private campground with complete hookups and only about $40 per night. You must make reservations.

The most economical campground with hookups and our favorite is Sands of Time CG in Avon, NC- www.sandsoftimecampground.com. It is quiet with some large sites. The standard rate is $40/day but if you join Passport America Club for $40, the rate is only $20/day. The island is only about one mile wide at this location and the campground is right in the middle- about .5 miles from the ocean and about .5 miles from the sound. You can walk or drive to the ocean and park right next to the sand dunes by the fishing pier. The picture below is of our TW at the campground.

The most economical campground with out any hookups are in the National Seashore. I recommend Frisco close to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse or Ocracoke on the island of Ocracoke. Both of these are right on the ocean sort of but you still have to walk at least 1/4 mile to cross the sand dunes to get to the ocean. No electricity can be tough in this location in July or August if you are there in a hot spell. No reservations taken at Frisco, but you can reserve sites at Ocracoke. The fee is only $20/day with half off if you have the National Parks Senior Pass.

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Old 01-17-2011, 09:09 PM   #102
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Old 01-18-2011, 01:12 PM   #103
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First Landing State Park at Cape Henry, VA (VA Beach-side) is a great beach cg. Nothing fancy, but amazingly private in the middle of Norfolk-VA Beach. You can bike from the cg to the Va Beach boardwalk, kayak on broad bay, or just watch the ships go by.

Camping is in the dunes, shaded by ancient live oaks.

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Old 01-18-2011, 01:14 PM   #104
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If you cross to the Eastern Shore of VA (as everyone should, at least once), you can camp at Kiptopeake State Park, near Cape Charles, VA. Great boating and fishing from the pier or in the Chesapeake Bay. The harbor is guarded by a fleet of concrete ships. Can't find those just anywhere, you know...

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Old 02-08-2011, 03:13 AM   #105
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With each new adventure we find more great spots to stay. We just returned from our latest adventure to Death Valley. We have 2 new favorite spots to stay with the trailer.
1st we started from the south on CA-127 and took a side shot to Tecopa Hot Springs CG just off the Old Spanish Trail HWY. There was some construction crews working on a pond area in the back of the CG wich were noisy during the day but the nights were so quiet it was unbelievable. There was power, but you can not drink the water it has too many minerals. The CG was covered with a white saltlike/boron mineral powder that stuck to tires, shoes, paws, etc. I took it slow with the safari. The good part was the fee was 18.00 and the HOT spring baths were included. Clothing is not optional. There is a mens only side and a womens only side. They also have a nice private room for 10.00. My wife and I found the facilities to be clean and well kept. We felt very comfortable. If you are into rocks. There are some cool places to check out near by and China Ranch Date farm is worth a visit. We took the 22' safari down to the ranch and had plenty of room to turn around. However, I would not recommend taking any trailer down that narrow and steep in a couple of spots, dirt road. Once you start down you are committed, like I should be. However life is an adventure, right. Nice people run ranch and have date tasting and a gift shop. You can get good water free, next to the local school in Tecopa. The property was donated with a stipulation the well remains a free. Look for the school and on the right side there is a dirt road with a turn around.
2nd we headed north through Shoshone and into Death Valley. We stopped at Furnace Creek for the best water in the Death Valley. They have a new Government funded reverse osmosis water system for the whole town. Gas prices are 4.54 per gal. or something worse by now. North again towards Scotty's Castle. About 5 or 6 miles before you get to Scotty's Castle is the left had turn to Mesquite Spring CG. 6 or 7 other campers in this remote CG. No power or hookups. Generators 7am to 7pm. Wow what a quiet relaxing spot. The camp hosts Jim and Pattie had us over for wine and stories. Very clean this desert is. All the dirt must have blown away. Just rocks and more rocks. Very beautiful scenery. We got some cloud that made the most incredible sunsets and sunrises. The sky here is huge and it was as if the whole sky was on fire. Dare I mention the sky at night time. The Milky Way so bright and clear. Be sure to bring a portable reclining lounge chair to avoid stiff necks. You just can stop looking up. This was the nicest spot on our trip. Oh ya, I better warn you about the road to the race track. 27 miles of rocky washboard narrow road. Jim the CG host wad warned me that the road was seriously rocky and to carry at least 2 spair tires as just the week before 1 guy had 2 flats and cost him 1,500.00. There is no phone or any emergency service for miles and miles and miles. I figured that guy was just unlucky besides I had great tires. Dunlap A/T. Ha Ha. I got my first flat 23 mile in. No problem I have a good spare. Witch I changed quickly and decided not to tempt fait any further. So we turned around and headed back at 8-10 mph. We got back to the CG and guess what Flat #2 and no more spare's. The 15" trailer spare fit the bolt pattern but the disc brake caliper rubbed the wheel. Best camp host ever, to the rescue. Jim took me and 2 dead tires to Beatty, NV. about an hour away. Beatty also has Hot Springs and a CG. There was another AS safari and GMC Yukon with a large dog at the CG. Wish I had time to talk to them. The local tire reair shop was able to patch both tires for 20.00 each. We limped on back to real civilization (Bakersfield) with the trailer in tow and purchased 5 new 10 ply Michelin LTX M/S2 LT265/75R16EI and a new wheel. now I have 2 spare's . We had to get back home (Modesto) for business, however we will return to Mesquite Spring CG in a few days and stay a week or so. Maybe we will see you there. More wine and more stories...
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Old 02-08-2011, 05:18 PM   #106
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1. Beaver Creek Campground, Watoga State Park, near Marlinton, West Virginia.
2. Martinak State Park, Denton, Maryland.

3. any West Virginia state park
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Old 02-08-2011, 06:14 PM   #107
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My wife's favorite park is Mueller. It is located on the back side (west) of 14,110' Pike's Peak. Big RV's can get into the park and there are lots of pull-throughs, but the grade is steep and the park averages about 9,600'. But the sites are two-point hook-up, and it is very nice. Reservations well in advance are recommended.
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Old 02-14-2011, 09:12 AM   #108
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Oh boy what a list!! I've only been to a few of these mentioned. Now I have a question, How about a campground, state parks are wonderful, with water and electric, deep in the woods, not built up/crowded. With hiking and biking trails nearby. someplace with a river or streams, and moutains. I am looking to be able to use the AS hooked up, not boondocking (yet) not overly crowded with noise and lots of screaming childeren (no offense, love kids, but looking for a quiet getaway) and that you can't see your neighbors trailer. Tall order. I'm sure, but have you been there? I'm in Central NJ and am looking for somthing within 10 hours drive. MPJ
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Old 02-14-2011, 09:40 AM   #109
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We return year after year to the Municipal Campground in Grand Marais, MN, on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Granted, friends we've made there also are part of the draw, but most fun for us are all the northwoods activities in the area for day tripping, as well as easy access to Canada (be prepared with passports now). The harbor view is entertaining with all the boat activity and Coast Guard station, and lighthouse in your "front yard." Another site that stays in our minds but we've only enjoyed once is site #4 at Stanley Lake, Stanley, ID. Gorgeous, on the lake, with Sawtooth peaks rising right up before your eyes on the other side of the water. Aspen glow to die for... Cannot wait til we can be on the road again to explore some of the wonderful campsites described in this great thread! ~G
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Old 02-14-2011, 01:09 PM   #110
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Two campgrounds that I love are Bullards Beach SP near Bandon, OR on the southern Oregon coast and the Chiricahua National Monument in southeastern AZ. Because of drainage dips in the road I'm not sure if I'll be able to get my 27' AS into the campground. The last time I was there I was in a tent trailer and we loved it.
If you go to Bullards, ask a local about directions to Blacklock Point. It's by an airport near Pacific HS. It's a long hike out to the point but you are rewarded with great views and an isolated long, long beach. There are also other great beaches around Bandon.
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Old 02-14-2011, 03:53 PM   #111
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Do you know if the tag in Elkmont, TN an actual CG?
Anybody know the name?
Elkmont, is a campground in Great Smokey Mtn Nat Park
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