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Old 01-16-2013, 06:15 PM   #1
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Spring camping in VA

Since Hurricane Sandy forced us to postpone or first trip w/our new grey wolf, my family and I are chomping at the bit to get camping. We would appreciate any Virginia destination suggestions. Also since we've not used our new tt (old camper was a popup) when would be a good time to start the season?
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Old 01-16-2013, 06:31 PM   #2
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We always open up with Douthat State Park for Easter weekend.
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Old 01-16-2013, 06:34 PM   #3
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bfindley, I moved this thread to Eastern USA.

We usually do our 1st instate camping trip sometime in April.....and even that can be cold with freezing weather.

You will be limited to what campgrounds are open. Many close up for winter. Some of the campgrounds in the Shenandoah National park don't open until May....others in April.

As far as suggestions, we like the Park campgrounds, 1st Landing State Park, Kiptopeke State Park, and dry camping in the Jefferson and George Washington National Parks are great also.

As you might be able to tell, I am not much on commercial campgrounds.
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We went to First Landing State Park this past summer and really enjoyed it. We will be going back again this year.
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:03 PM   #5
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Like mtnguy we avoid commercial campgrounds. Westmoreland state park is very nice, several winerys in the area, if you are into that. There are two nice corp of engineer campgrounds on Kerr reservoir. Prince William campground by Quantico is great for dry camping. Philpott lake near Martinsville has a C.O.E campground that is very good. We have been to 14 campgrounds, and almost all Virginia state parks are great, C.O.E. campgrounds are always VERY clean. You have lots of choices, have fun where ever you go.
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:16 PM   #6
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Where in VA do you want to stay? I've had a decent experience at the Staunton KOA (exit 221 offa I-81 I believe) off I-81. If interested, check their website.
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:57 PM   #7
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These are great suggestions! Thank you.
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There are two commercial CG (CCG) at Front Royal VA. Both easy access and right on the Shenandoah River. One is North Fork http://poesouthforkcampground.com/ the other is South Fork http://poesouthforkcampground.com/

Both are very good, Poe's is much smaller and quieter.
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Shenandoah River State Park Raymond R. "Andy" Guest Jr. Shenandoah River State Park
is open year 'round. They put an on-site waste treatment plant there and must keep it up and running, so it's the only state park open in the winter. We spent New Year's there last year with some friends. Great hiking and biking along a scenic river.

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Ok the North Fork link above is WRONG. Sorry. It should be:
http://www.passport-america.com/Camp...pgroundId=2226

Only a PA website is listed not a separate one.
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