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The Best in Tent Camping: Virginia: A Guide for Car Campers Who Hate RVs, Concrete Slabs, and Loud Portable Stereos
     

The Best in Tent Camping: Virginia: A Guide for Car Campers Who Hate RVs, Concrete Slabs, and Loud Portable Stereos

by Randy Porter, Marie Javins
 

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From the storied coastline to the mountains of Shenandoah, camping in the Old Dominion has never been better. The Best in Tent Camping: Virginia is a guidebook for tent campers who like quiet, scenic, and serene campsites. It's the perfect resource if you blanch at the thought of pitching a tent on a concrete slab, trying to sleep through the blare of another

Overview

From the storied coastline to the mountains of Shenandoah, camping in the Old Dominion has never been better. The Best in Tent Camping: Virginia is a guidebook for tent campers who like quiet, scenic, and serene campsites. It's the perfect resource if you blanch at the thought of pitching a tent on a concrete slab, trying to sleep through the blare of another camper's boombox, or waking up to find your tent surrounded by a convoy of RVs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780897327640
Publisher:
Menasha Ridge Press
Publication date:
12/01/2010
Series:
Best Tent Camping
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
File size:
19 MB
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Bear Creek Lake State Park, unique for its archery range, is a small park located near Richmond in Central Virginia's Cumberland State Forest. It features a variety of outdoor and water activities to keep both vacationers and urban refugees happy. The park's three campgrounds, designated A, B, and C, are nestled in the shade of mature towering sweet gum, oak, and tulip polar trees. 24 sites are restricted to tents only.

Campground A sits on a hillside overlooking 40-acre Bear Creek Lake just behind the camp office. The campground host's site is adjacent to the picnic shelter at site A-25. The sites are adequately sized but fairly close together. If given a choice, try to snag site10, 11, or 17, all of which hug the lake. The small loop encompassing sites A5-A13 has no hookups and is suited to self-sufficient tent campers.

Campground B, with electric and water hookups, is the busiest of the three. It is located across the road from the camp office. It features 20 sites on a single loop under a roof of hardwoods. The sites are close together and the loop lacks a bathhouse.

Tent camping is popular in Campground C as the sites lack hookups. The single campsite loop is flat and has its own bathhouse. Campground C contains ten sites with numbers 8 and 10 being the most private. The quarter-mile Running Cedar Trail is just across the road and provides access to the Lakeside Trail and swimming beach.

Bear Creek Lake State Park's archery range is the only one in the Virginia State Park system. Ten bale targets bearing faces of assorted big game -- such as deer, bear, and turkey -- are set against natural backdrops. Shooting stations are designated by color to alloweasier, more consistent scoring. The range is open year-round, although closing times are dictated by light conditions and safety. Archers must bring their own gear.

Meet the Author

Randy Porter has been traipsing around Virginia's nooks and crannies for over 30 years. Home is 120-some acres on the side of the Blue Ridge Mountains west of Charlottesville, just down the slope from Shenandoah National Park and the Appalachian Trail. Co-founder of Virginia's first commercial bicycle touring company, he enjoys cycling, hiking, camping, and sea kayaking.

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