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Old 08-13-2014, 09:00 PM   #1
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Land Between The Lakes area camping question

October is going to be a busy month for us. We are attending the Amana Iowa October-fest, then on the 7th we are headed to The Land Between The Lakes area meeting the DW's sister and her husband, and on the 13th we are headed to the Smokey Mountain Jamboree.
The LBL Hillman Ferry and Piney CG's are pretty full, even in October and it is difficult getting 2 sites next to each other.
Does any one have input on the quality of the Corps Of Engineers camp sites around the Berkeley Lake area?
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Old 08-31-2014, 11:08 PM   #2
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We were at Piney a couple of years ago. Its a nice park. I'd recommend it. I've never been disappointed with a Corps of Engineers Park. If you hike in the woods in that area before a cold snap, wear insect repellent. The chiggers will damn well eat you alive.
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Old 08-31-2014, 11:15 PM   #3
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Try the Canal CG. There are many sites still open next to each other, lots are walkup sites, but can be reserved. It's a Corps CG, and is VERY nice! We have a site reserved in Oct as well. Recreation.gov will get you there. The skunks will carry you away at Hillman Ferry...
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Old 08-31-2014, 11:44 PM   #4
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If you are talking about Lake Barkley in Kentucky, we happened to be in the area, not to camp, but rode thru the campgrounds to check them out. The actual campgrounds grounds are well maintained but hardly anyone was there. It was during prime camping time too. The two cg we rode thru seemed nice, we did stop and go in one restroom/bathhouse. It didn't appear to have been used in a long time. It was disappointing and greatly needed cleaned not from being dirty, just not used, bugs in sink and in corners. The lake and area is very pretty, I would camp there, just use my own facilities!
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The facilities at the Canal are brand new, tiled and clean. Shoot, my mother stays with us and uses the bath houses. She's 91.
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Old 09-07-2014, 04:57 PM   #6
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We really really liked Hillman ferry. Very clean park and great camp store. You could give to office a call they might be able to point out a few adjoining sites. My parents and my family had 100 and 88. Although not buddy sites it worked very well Click image for larger version

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Old 09-07-2014, 06:09 PM   #7
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We just got back from our first weekend in our new camper. We stayed at the Canal site 61. Awesome place. We love being close to a CG like this. Hillman is 5 or so miles down the Trace past the welcome center. Both places are nice, we just prefer the quiet of the Canal.

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Some event must be happening in the LBL area the week we picked, most campgrounds are filled. Canal has several sites, but they are first come first served and 400 miles is too far to drive with no site reserved. I called Canal directly but they could do nothing for me; they just referred me to the reservation.gov site. We have made reservations at a private campground, Holiday Hills, so we are hoping it turns out ok. Thanks everyone for your input.
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I think that is fall break for the kids. Yep, the CG's fill up fast at those times.
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This is a sample of the water at this campground. It was almost red at first and this is what it looks like after attempting to clear the water lines for at least 10 minutes. I'm not about to hook the water up to my RV, we don't want this nasty stuff in our plumbing. Tomorrow we will be scouting the area for a better place.
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