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Old 06-06-2014, 07:21 PM   #11
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Would like to make a trip from Va to the finger lakes area next month. Looking to stay several weeks. Would like to have some recommendations on route and a good campground with full hookup. I don't really know anything about the area , but it all looks really nice. Looking for a good getaway to recharge our batteries and take in some sights. Chuck in Va
You know there is a FROG rally 11 to 15 July at the Watkins Glenn State Park. We have also stayed at the KOA and loved it.
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Old 06-06-2014, 08:02 PM   #12
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I am so jealous, would love to visit that part of the country.
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Thanks, Watkins Glenn web site looks awesome, looks like they are not set awning to awning. Looking at the map can't really tell , are they right on the finger lakes themselves ? or are they a distance away. It would be a hike from Newport News Va about 9 hours, not bad if you are not towing anything. Still pretty new to this, not that far but about 6-7 hrs towing is a plenty for me. Although it seems like a waste to make it a 2 day trip just to get there, google map did have another route beside I81 with the driving time about the same, I don't recall the route number but it looked like it might be less traffic, but going through small towns. Another concern is RV friendly gas stations. I am sure 81 has more of them..Anyway I am still looking at locations in that area, but right now Watkins Glenn is at the top of my list.

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What about stopping for a night or two in Gettysburg? From G-burg to Watkins Glenn is only about 4-5 hours taking Rt15.

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Old 06-06-2014, 10:36 PM   #14
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Us at the Watkins Glenn KOA last year...

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Old 06-06-2014, 11:50 PM   #15
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Charles,
I lived in that area of NY state most of my life. My family also had a place on Keuka Lake when I was in my teens and, in my opinion, the Finger Lakes region of NY state is a beautiful, picturesque region. Here's a link to what I posted last year relating to campgrounds in the Watkins Glen area (#11 post):

Campground near Watkins Glen, NY

If, by chance, you're going to be in the Watkins Glen area for the July 4th weekend and if you like auto racing I suggest you check out the SCCA Nationals at Watkins Glen International. They're the best and most entertaining races of the year (I've been attending races there since 1962 and yes, the Nationals are better than NASCAR) and very reasonable money wise. It's also an event with not many campers and makes for a nice, low keyed, relaxing weekend.

Most all camping there consist of boondocking...no electricity or water, although there there are many water spigots available throughout the campgrounds along with clean bathrooms and showers at no cost and three dump stations.

Weekend advance admission is $25.00 per person and $30.00 at the gate. Camping: advance pricing available $50.00 until June 15, 2014. After June 15, tickets can be purchased upon arrival at Gate 2 for $60.00. The price for camping is good for three nights, from Friday 7:00 am, July 4th, till around 10:00 am Monday, July 7. Not a bad deal not to mention good racing all weekend long. Also, the paddock and garage is open to all. The only places you can't go is in the pits and across the spectator fences to the track itself. And the grandstands are free.

Before you ask, no, I don't work for Watkins Glen International, but the SCCA Nationals weekend is a nice, reasonably priced weekend to camp and it's a real good time. Been there, done that for the past 40 some years and it's still fun.
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Watkins Glen area is now on the list for the coming year. Looks just wonderful! Thanks to all for the good info.
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