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Old 05-21-2004, 12:43 AM   #15
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We like rustic campgrounds in the blue ridge mountains because of the beauty, quiet (rustic keeps others away), easy to get into, etc.

I carry a collaspsible water jug with a short section of garden hose to fill the trailer. All campgrounds have water just not in the campsite. Requires a little work and a little conserving.

I will look for my parkway - skyline drive maps. There is a campground on the skyline drive about halfway between Staunton & Winchester, VA.
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Try Big Meadows on Skyline Drive. Stayed there years ago and planning on another trip there in July.
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Old 05-21-2004, 10:55 AM   #17
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I drove the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Shenandoah NP last year. The drive was very pretty, and it would have been a lot nicer if we weren't in the fog. After about an hour of slow, up, down, and around pulling a 30 footer. We got off, got dinner, and found the interstate. When towing, only the passenger can really enjoy the drive. My son, the passenger, took a nap. We were on our way to Ashville to fly fishing. I may try it again some time when I have loads of time.
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Old 05-26-2004, 07:35 PM   #18
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I was reading about Big Meadows on a personal web page and the man said that it had hot showers and laundry. Is this true?

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Old 05-26-2004, 10:26 PM   #19
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speaking of fog in Virginia....

some of the high mountaim passes are notorius for multi car wrecks
caused by the dense fog
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I've done the BRP half a dozen times in years past (---last time in the 80's) - but never with anything more than a pop-up. How is it for a wide-body 30' Airstream? Hills & long grades don't worry me, but what about width?
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Blue Ridge Parkway....

Cracker, You should not have any problems if you exercise reasonable care with your Wide Body A/S on the BRP. We have travelled that area several times, in fact it a very pleasant drive as long as you don't do it under foggy conditions. Even so, there are plenty of exit roads if you have to redirect your route. There is also an excellent Airstream Only Park only a few miles off the Parkway and about 25 miles from Roanoke, VA. Check out www.vahighlandhaven.org for further info. It's really a great stopover.

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That's good to know. We'll probably be headed that way in the Fall, enroute to Florida. Plenty of time to stop and enjoy! We once stayed at a campground off the BRP that was owned by a Reverend Moody. He was known for several books - the most profound of which was "Life After Death!" It was a beautiful campground and on Saturday nights the locals all arrived for an evening of "clogging."
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The trip went great and I learned alot about camping with the family. The kids could care less about a great view and lots of distance between campsites. They were happy at our second stop Bear Den which our spot was right next to the playground. The wife chose the BRP for our vacation but once we were there she had a very hard time driving in the mountains. She felt like we were going to go over every cliff (boy was she fun). Being without hookups was much easier than I expected, but I am glad the second stop had laundry and full hookups. Here are the pics from the different campsites.
Smokemont in the Great Smokies has the stream behind it.
Bear Den near Grandfather Mountain is the smaller site.
Big Meadows on Skyline Drive has the deer in the left side of the pic.
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Beautiful pics. That airstream looks great in that scenery. The kids will remember more than you think they did. May be a few years but, they will.
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Highland Haven is an Airstream Park located in Floyd County just off the parkway near Roanoke, Va. Medows of Dan is not far away and a neat place too continuing on down the parkway yo come to Natural Bridge with a beautiful full hook-up campground on the James River and a wonderful show at the bridge in the evening that you won't want to miss. Luray has a nice campground with the caverns that must be seen, there are also caverns at Natural Bridge. Just a stone's throw off the parkway is Roanoke with the train museum as well as Mill Mountain in Salem. You will also find Lexington with Sonewall Jackson's home as well as Washington and Lee and VMI. You owe it to yourself and your family to pick up some info either on line or from the state. There is much to be seen. I would encourage you to come off the mountain for a short ride through the valley of Virginia and visit Winchester and who could miss Charlottesville with its beautiful historic district as well as the University of Virgina, Mount Vernon and Monticello. Just a very few of the many places to see
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I agree with TARHEEL. We spend a couple of weeks at Cave Mountain Lake (between Glasgow and Natural Bridge) every summer. We'll be there in 2 weeks. We never get to do everything we want to do, because there is so much. Check out Lexington for small town shopping and VMI (my Alma Mater) for the museums. Don't forget to attend the Lime Kiln Theater when in Lexington. Also zip west on Rt. 39 to Goshen Pass and Rockbridge Baths for a picnic. Beautiful scenery! Great fishing and whitewater kayaking there too. The Great Valley of Virginia is just a short drive off the BRP and there is so much to do.
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Well I've just spent the last few days searching for some good places to camp on or near the BRP. I've found quiet a few but none that have what I'm looking for. I was just wondering if anyone here knew of a good place to stop at? I will be going from the Great Smoky Mtns park up to Washington DC and I'm planing on staying about three places. We will be staying between four to seven days at each and I do have two children 7 & 9. My wife doesn't ask for much but on these longer stayovers she does want a water hookup. She also wants to be in the trees. I have found that the campgrounds in the parks have the atmosphere she is looking for but not the water hookup. If you have any suggestions please I'm all ears.

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i live just off the parkway in waynesboro, VA, several of the places mentioned are ok, also would suggest north 340 campground just off the parkway, here in waynesboro, also 25 miles north on the Skyline drive is Loft Mountain and another 30 miles or so is Big Meadows, they dont have full hookups, but do have water and elec and a dump station, also have camp store with hot showers and laundry, North 340 is private with full hookups approx 7 miles from the intersection of the BlueRidge Parkway and Skyline Drive at Waynesboro
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I was in the hospital today while my son had some surgery to his arm. While there I saw a magazine just for the Blue Ridge Parkway. It also liste the above site as a way of finding out what's going on in the state. Try it I think you will like it.

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