Best In Tent Camping: West Virginia A Guide for Car Campers Who Hate RV's, Concrete Slabs, and Loud Portable Stereos

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Gorgeous enough to be its own national park, the ruggedness of West Virginia, with its large tracts of unspoiled land, is a boon to all outdoor enthusiasts. Within this land of moonshine and coal mining lie so many places to camp, outdoor enthusiasts will want to read The Best in Tent Camping: West Virginia to ensure that they will have the most beautiful campsite around. From the Allegheny Highlands to the Ohio River Valley, from the Greenbrier Valley to the Central Heartland, the campgrounds profiled are each ...

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Overview

Gorgeous enough to be its own national park, the ruggedness of West Virginia, with its large tracts of unspoiled land, is a boon to all outdoor enthusiasts. Within this land of moonshine and coal mining lie so many places to camp, outdoor enthusiasts will want to read The Best in Tent Camping: West Virginia to ensure that they will have the most beautiful campsite around. From the Allegheny Highlands to the Ohio River Valley, from the Greenbrier Valley to the Central Heartland, the campgrounds profiled are each unique. Whether readers plan to fish, boat, climb, raft, hike, or just enjoy kicking back in the great outdoors, author Johnny Molloy's suggestions will help them plan a perfect trip.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897325523
  • Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Series: Best in Tent Camping Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,386,310
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Tennessee, Johnny Molloy moved to Knoxville in 1980 to attend the University of Tennessee. The lure of nearby Smoky Mountain National Park was too hard to resist. In spite of a disastrous first camping trip, Molloy developed a life-long passion for the outdoors, which he continues today, 15 years and 1,300 nights later. He is the author of several hiking and tent camping guides to the Virginia, West Virginia, and Tennessee areas, and lives in Nashiville.
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Bear Heaven lies on a spur ridge high on Shavers Mountain outside Elkins. It can be pretty cool on summer nights. I can only imagine what the year-round campground is like around dark in mid-January. Most tent campers will head up this way during the warmer months to enjoy a small, quiet campground tucked away on the back side of the Otter Creek Wilderness.
The Otter Creek drainage forms the centerpiece of this preserved national forest land. Mountain ridges are the borders, where spruce stands and bogs hold strong. Lower in the wilderness are tangles of rhododendron over which grow northern hardwood species such as cherry and yellow birch. This area was once logged-any trails follow old railroad grades. In other areas, apple trees mark homesites long since abandoned. On the edge of the wilderness, Bear Heaven campground awaits your arrival.
What does this mean for you? It means a great place to get into the heart of natural West Virginia, where the woods are king once again. Then, you can return to your ridgetop camp and reflect on the day's observations. One of those observations will be what a fitting campground to be adjacent to the Otter Creek Wilderness. Another observation might literally be an obser-vation-from atop the jumbled rock outcrop near the campground picnic area where you can look south over a sea of wooded ridges.
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Table of Contents

Map Legend vii
Overview Map/Map Key viii
Acknowledgments x
Preface xi
Introduction 2
Allegheny Highlands
Bear Heaven 6
Bishop Knob 9
Blue Bend 12
Cranberry 15
Day Run 18
Horseshoe Run 21
Island 24
Kumbrabow State Forest 27
Lake Sherwood 30
Laurel Fork 33
Pocahontas 36
Seneca State Forest 39
Spruce Knob Lake 42
Summit Lake 45
Tea Creek 48
Watoga State Park 51
Eastern Panhandle
Big Bend 56
Blackwater Falls State Park 59
Brandywine Lake 62
Camp Run 65
Hawk 68
Red Creek 71
Seneca Shadows 74
Sleepy Creek 77
Trout Pond 80
Wolf Gap 83
Feudin' Country
Beech Fork State Park 88
Cabwaylingo State Forest 91
Chief Logan State Park 94
Kanawha State Forest 97
Panther State Forest 100
R. D. Bailey Lake 103
Heart of West Virginia
Audra State Park 108
Bakers Run/Mill Creek 111
Bulltown 114
Cedar Creek State Park 117
Coopers Rock State Forest 120
Holly River State Park 123
Pleasant Creek Wildlfe Management Area 126
New River Valley
Army Camp 130
Babcock State Park 133
Bluestone State Park 136
Camp Creek State Park and Forest 139
Glade Creek 142
Greenbrier River State Forest 145
Moncove Lake State Park 148
Ohio River Valley
Lewis Wetzel 152
McClintic Wildlfe Management Area 155
North Bend State Park 158
Tomlinson Run State Park 161
Appendices
Appendix A Camping Equipment Checklist 166
Appendix B Sources of Information 167
About the Author 168
Index 169
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012

    This book is my go-to when planning WV camping trips for my fami

    This book is my go-to when planning WV camping trips for my family. I've been to several of the campgrounds recommended by the author and have never been disappointed. I appreciate the 5-star rating system included in each detailed review. I now have this book in print AND on my Nook!

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