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

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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 camper's boombox, or waking up to find your tent surrounded by a convoy of RVs. Each campground profile gives unbiased and thorough evaluations, taking the ...

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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. Each campground profile gives unbiased and thorough evaluations, taking the guesswork out of finding the perfect site.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897325639
  • Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Series: Best in Tent Camping Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.42 (d)

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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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.
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Table of Contents


(1) Introduction
(2) First Landing State Park
(3) Northwest River Park
(4) Newport News Park
(5) Kiptopeke State Park
(6) Chippokes Plantation State Park
(7) Westmoreland State Park
(8) Ocahontas State Park
(9) Bear Creek Lake State Park
(10) Fairy Stone State Park
(11) Holliday Lake State Park
(12) Twin Lakes State Park
(13) Smith Mountain Lake State Park
(14) Staunton River State Park
(15) Occoneechee State Park
(16) Prince William Forest Park
(17) Pohick Bay Regional Park
(18) Burke Lake Park
(19) Lake Fairfax Park
(20) Bull Run Regional Park
(21) Mathews Arm Campground
(22) Big Meadows Campground
(23) Lewis Mountain Campground
(24) Loft Mountain Campground
(25) Elizabeth Furnace Recreation Area
(26) Little Fort Recreation Area
(27) Camp Roosevelt Recreation Area
(28) Hone Quarry Recreation Area
(29) North River Campground
(30) Todd Lake Recreation Area
(31) Sherando Lake Recreation Area
(32) North Creek Campground
(33) Otter Creek Campground
(34) Peaks of Otter Campground
(35) Lake Robertson
(36) Morris Hill Campground
(37) Bubbling Springs Campground
(38) Douthat State Park
(39) Hidden Valley Campground
(40) Locust Springs Campground
(41) Cave Mountain Lake
(42) Claytor Lake State Park
(43) Grayson Highlands State Park
(44) Hungry Mother State Park
(45) The Pines Campground
(46) Cave Springs Recreation Area
(47) Hurricane Campground
(48) Comers Rock Campground
(49) Raven Cliff Campground
(50) High Knob Recreation Area
(51) Bark Camp Lake
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  • Posted October 26, 2009

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    Super Helpful for the "State Park" Camper

    This book was exactly what I needed when my boyfriend and I were planning a camping trip last Labor Day. We decided to go camping "last minute" and the campgrounds we were familiar with were all full, so we had to branch out in our options a bit. This book gave us the additional information we needed about the other campgrounds in the state so we didn't have to feel that we were choosing totally blind. The book gives a general description of each of the campgrounds listed, as well as providing a layout of the campground and ratings on things like beauty, privacy, spaciousness, quiet and even security. In some cases, the author even recommends certain campsites so that you can try to grab the best ones. The only shortcoming of the book is that it primariy deals with state and national parks and doesn't provide much info on private campgrounds. However, this may be because few "private" campgrounds provide the natural surroundings and quiet solitude that this book is geared toward recommending. (The whole purpose of the book is to help you avoid ending up in a campground full of big RV's and party animals if you're looking for a peaceful weekend with nature.) I found it to be informative and accurate and I know it is a resource I will use over and over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2005

    Plan your visit to Virginia's great outdoors!

    The Best In Tent Camping is not just for car campers. It contains information on Virginia's parks and forests that all visitors will find useful. Persons camping via canoe or bicycle will find some information here, and even RV'ers will appreciate the overviews and maps. Tent campers, of course, will appreciate the detail of this book. Families who just want to save money by camping will find this guidebook invaluable. Fifty campgrounds are reviewed and mapped with key information handily summarized in sidebars. In this second edition (2004), writer Marie Javins updated Randy Porter's book. Both writers are from Virginia and show a love of this state's natural beauty. Along with campground data and full narrative descriptions to help you plan your trip, you will even find even internet contact information.

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