Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 02-13-2010, 09:55 AM   #1
2 Rivet Member
 
big_john's Avatar
 
1986 25' Sovereign
Gainesville , Georgia
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 89
Shenandoah Naitonal Park - Need Recommendation

Been camping like crazy in our new AS since we got her in late NOV. The weather has been COLD here in GA and it will be nice to camp in some decent weather!

So we're planning our summer vacation and meeting some friends of ours who live in Baltimore. They will be tent camping.

It looks like a great place to camp is BIG MEADOWS in the Shenandoah National Park Shenandoah National Park - Campgrounds (U.S. National Park Service) which come recommended by some folks here on the Forums.

Note also that you can now reserve ONLINE which is very cool at Federal recreation, camping and tour reservation information - Recreation.gov which is a very nice upgrade. We are going over 4th of July week, probably the 6th thru 10th to avoid the Holiday revelers and the following campsites are available Find Campsites - Recreation.gov - Recreation.gov

Looking for a recommendation on which TRAILER site and a nearby TENT site would be fun for a couple of families? If anyone has stayed here and knows the loops and which ends/parts are desirable that would be great.

Also need some help understanding the water/dump issue...best I can tell there is one dump station at the park entrance/exit and potable water is there as well but NOT at each campsite? No electrics either I understand but they DO let you run a generator a couple hours per day to charge batteries I presume.

Any and All advice regarding a 4-5 night stay here would be GREATLY APPRECIATED!!

Thanks!
__________________

__________________
1986 Sovereign 25' CB - "Melody"

2001 Ford F-250 Super Duty 4x4 Crew Cab, 7.3L PSD

Air #41001
big_john is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2010, 10:03 AM   #2
Naysayer
 
Boondocker's Avatar

 
1968 24' Tradewind
Louisville , earth
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 4,635
Images: 7
Send a message via Yahoo to Boondocker
Quote:
Originally Posted by big_john View Post
Also need some help understanding the water/dump issue...best I can tell there is one dump station at the park entrance/exit and potable water is there as well but NOT at each campsite? No electrics either I understand but they DO let you run a generator a couple hours per day to charge batteries I presume.

Any and All advice regarding a 4-5 night stay here would be GREATLY APPRECIATED!!

Thanks!
From the NPS for Big Meadows campground
Quiet Hours and Generators
Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Generators may be used from
8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. From October 15 through
April 14 generator hours may be extended from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the
purpose of generating heat. Generator use is prohibited in sites
designated as “generator-free” and in group sites.


Sanitation
Wash dishes at your campsite, not in restrooms or water fountains.
Strained dishwater must be disposed of in the utility sinks in the
restrooms. Dispose of food particles in trash bins, not in the sink
drains. Sewage and wastewater from trailers and RVs must be emptied
at the dump station, approximately ¼ mile from the campground. Water
is a precious and limited resource, especially on top of the mountain;
use it wisely. Please sort and place all trash and recyclables in the
appropriate bins.
__________________

__________________
Rodney

Visit my photography page
and the
Favorite camp grounds project map
My Blog

(The artist formerly known as General Disarray)

Boondocker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2010, 10:30 AM   #3
Ready-to-Travel
 
pmclemore's Avatar

 
2012 30' International
Walkerton , Virginia
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 2,494
We consider Shenandoah as our "home" park and enjoy camping there whenever we can. Since you are planning a trip over a holiday weekend, then by all means reserve a site.

Pay attention to site length limitations; Big Meadows dates from CCC days (but has been updated and still retains its charm). I don't think there are any bad sites but if you can't fit, then you won't fit. Still, be prepared for dry camping. It takes more effort, but is worth it.

I really don't like loud generators, so we choose to camp in the non-gen zone. The fact that I have a quiet one doesn't protect me from the construction-style genny next door. So I'd rather do without.

There are pay showers, so you can save fresh and gray water that way. You shouldn't need heat in July, so your power needs will be low. This would be a great way to test your boondocking skills.

See you on the road. Pat
__________________
pmclemore is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2010, 11:36 AM   #4
Ready-to-Travel
 
pmclemore's Avatar

 
2012 30' International
Walkerton , Virginia
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 2,494
John,

As for genny sites, I favor E173 - E187. These are at the end of the cg, looking down the mountain. In fact, the Appalachian Trail passes just below. E173 and E180 are large pull throughs.

My new favorite in the non-genny area is B120. Here is a pic from our Sept 09 visit.

Pat
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	DSCN0640.jpg
Views:	104
Size:	511.7 KB
ID:	96072  
__________________
pmclemore is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2010, 11:51 AM   #5
2 Rivet Member
 
big_john's Avatar
 
1986 25' Sovereign
Gainesville , Georgia
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 89
Awesome stuff guys!

I agree that we will likely go "non genny" as our friends will be in tent sites so we will try to get close to each other.

It will also be a great boondocking "trial run" so to speak.

Thanks for all your help!!
__________________
1986 Sovereign 25' CB - "Melody"

2001 Ford F-250 Super Duty 4x4 Crew Cab, 7.3L PSD

Air #41001
big_john is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Lake Superior Provincial Park or Bruce Peninsula Park Felix'64 On The Road... 21 09-13-2014 06:03 PM
Compressor recommendation? rfield54 Fresh Water Systems 17 10-27-2013 07:19 PM
Estes Park/Rocky Mountain National Park PWRSTRK On The Road... 13 06-08-2010 03:18 PM
WBCCI-Shenandoah Valley of Virginia aluminauts WBCCI Forum 1 01-24-2005 03:55 PM
Las Vegas RV Park Recommendation JimBrownUT On The Road... 4 04-19-2004 10:09 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:52 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.