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Old 02-13-2016, 09:47 PM   #1
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Skyline Drive in April

Looking to usher spring in a little early, Krawler and I are thinking of a Skyline Drive VA camp/bike trip in April. Anyone have recommendations on a nice CG/RV park? The idea is to ride north from camp on SD one day, back to camp, then south the next day. Krawler mentioned Heavenly Acres and Jellystone--anyone familiar? All ideas are appreciated, thanks!
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Outlanders River camp, all site are full hook ups.
Outlanders River Camp
4253 US HWY 211 W
Luray, Va. 22835
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Old 02-14-2016, 08:19 AM   #3
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We took the bikes from the main entrance of the National park south to the end. Then we came back on the main highway to save time. It was a great ride. We plan on doing it again in late July.
I see your from Bear Creek , I grew up in Lake Harmony.


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Old 02-14-2016, 08:49 AM   #4
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We love Loft Mountain CG but it's got no hook ups.
If you get a West side site the views at sunset can be spectacular.
There is a camp store with pay showers that are decent.
I know some folks demand hookups but we bought our trailer to
be "self contained" every once in a while and this CG has great views, sites not on top of each other and central location in Shenandoah NP.
Water is available to tank up on the way in and there are spigots every
so often in the CG but not at your site.
Also a wayside shop/cafe just down the hill from the CG but you'd need to
check their hours of operation this time of year.

Don't know about weather and biking in April tho.....
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We stayed at Misty mountain camp resort in Greenwood, VA back in September. It's right off I64 near Rockfish Gap, which is the south end of Skyline drive and the north end of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Great location to explore one, the other or a little bit of both as we did. Ask for a site on the lower level, the ones up in the woods look a little tricky to get into. The sites aren't very big, the nighbors sewer hookup was a bit close for my liking. People were friendly and bathouses were clean. There is so much to do in the area we only used it as a place to park the trailer anyway, a great home base location not so much to hang out at the trailer though.

If you're in shape, go down the Blue Ridge Parkway to milepost 6 and do the hike to Humpback Rocks. Its a grueling hike, almost 900 feet vertical gain in under a mile, but the view is worth it. Trekking poles recommended.
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We stayed at Misty mountain camp resort in Greenwood, VA back in September. It's right off I64 near Rockfish Gap, which is the south end of Skyline drive and the north end of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Great location to explore one, the other or a little bit of both as we did. Ask for a site on the lower level, the ones up in the woods look a little tricky to get into. The sites aren't very big, the nighbors sewer hookup was a bit close for my liking. People were friendly and bathouses were clean. There is so much to do in the area we only used it as a place to park the trailer anyway, a great home base location not so much to hang out at the trailer though.

If you're in shape, go down the Blue Ridge Parkway to milepost 6 and do the hike to Humpback Rocks. Its a grueling hike, almost 900 feet vertical gain in under a mile, but the view is worth it. Trekking poles recommended.
This is a great suggestion. Misty Mountain is a nice, but fairly rustic campground. We really enjoyed our stay there -- we even bought the t-shirt! Most of the sites at the bottom of the hill aren't full hookups, but all of the sites at the top are. If you don't need full hookups, you can get a site right beside the small creek. It really is a nice place with endless options for hiking at and near the campground.

Also, if you're worried about getting into a site, don't. An employee will escort you to your site and guide you in. They know exactly how to stage your rig for a simple backup into your site. They even offered to do it for me, but I declined. I'm not sure if that's a normal thing, though.

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Also, if you're worried about getting into a site, don't. An employee will escort you to your site and guide you in. They know exactly how to stage your rig for a simple backup into your site. They even offered to do it for me, but I declined. I'm not sure if that's a normal thing, though.

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I made it very clear to them that I wanted an easy in/ out site when I made the reservation after reading some reviews. We were in one of the "V" sites with nothing on the other side of the road other than a big field. Piece of cake. Depending on overall length, the upper sites are nice. But I'm 58' and don't think it would be much fun.
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Looking to usher spring in a little early, Krawler and I are thinking of a Skyline Drive VA camp/bike trip in April. Anyone have recommendations on a nice CG/RV park? The idea is to ride north from camp on SD one day, back to camp, then south the next day. Krawler mentioned Heavenly Acres and Jellystone--anyone familiar? All ideas are appreciated, thanks!
Just me, but I would recommend mid May early June. April can be a little rainy and chilly. We like Big Meadows Campground a Federal Park with no hook ups. They have utility area where you can fill up with fresh water and a dump station. Big Meadows Lodge with a restaurant, tap room and cabins. They also have a Wayside with a camp store,gift shop snack bar plus a nice visitors center.

The campground has some big pull through campsites loops E F G H etc. Hot showers and clean restrooms as well.

http://www.recreation.gov/camping/ma...64066&contract.
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LOcated at the 51 mi marker on the drive
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I like the way you think TW! We have a membership @ Gettysburg Battlefield Resort & are hoping to do a run of the beginning of the Skyline Drive.
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If you know any one interested in a membership at GBR I have one for sale.

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