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Old 06-06-2011, 03:50 AM   #106
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Goosenecks State Park, UT

Top of a Plateau overlooking San Juan River.
Views of Monument Valley in the distance

Near Mexican Hat, UT

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Old 06-07-2011, 12:17 PM   #107
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Originally Posted by geode View Post
As a companion thread to The Tent Space List I thought it might be nice if there was a thread listing good campsites that folks here have enjoyed.

If you have a place you'd recommend to other ADV folk, please post the info.

It would be nice if all listings included the following:

1) State / Town / Region
2) GPS co-ords
3) Fee / no fee
4) Features ... table / firering / shower / wi-fi / noisy crowds
5) Whatever else impressed you, or annoyed you


*Suches ... tmgs ... post 4

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Update on N. GA. Two Wheels Only, Suches closed this past March.
There is a "motorcycle friendly" campground 15 miles north
called Skeehah Creek
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Old 07-24-2011, 05:25 AM   #108
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TWO is now closed. Property was inherited by brothers who have it for sale - did not renew lease agreement with TWO. A real loss.

Originally Posted by tmgs View Post
1) State / Town / Region
Georgia. Suches,

2) GPS co-ords
hmmmmmmm hwy 60 and 180 NE Georgia Mountains

3) Fee / no fee
12 bucks a night per rider (I think)

4) Features - tables, fire ring, showers, food on fri -night /sat/sunday and rooms sometimes mostlty by reservation

Physical address: 3580 State Hwy 60, Suches GA 30572
located on Georgia Hwy 60, 100 yds south of the intersection of Georgia Hwy 180
in the Blue Ridge Mountains of NE Georgia
2 hours north of Atlanta, Ga ,2.5 hours southeast of Chattanooga, Tn
3 hours south of Knoxville ,Tn , 3.5 hours southwest of Asheville, Nc
GPS co-ordinates 34.68742
There is a pleasure in the pathed woods, There is a rapture in the smoking pipe, There is chaos, where none intrudes, in the deep dell, with its thrills roar; I love not nature less, but bikes the more. Byron riding.

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Old 08-25-2011, 09:24 AM   #109
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I stealth camped here on the weekend:,,2,5.78

Just a bit south of Lillooet, British Columbia, Canada on Highway 99 (Duffy Lake Road).
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Old 08-27-2011, 06:09 PM   #110
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Great place in Tok, AK

Originally Posted by ggandy View Post
May this will help you wayward travelers

Thompson's Eagle's Claw Motorcycle Park.
95 miles north of Yukon border.
Primitive tent sites
have wall tents with cots & Teepee.
Steam Bath.
Great people Brian & Vanessa Thompson
phone 907-460-7897

take Tok cut-off toward Anchorage 3/4 mile up Borealis to W. C St. Ext.
they are on the corner in the wooded lot.

If you get lost like we did ask directions at the Visitors Center on the Al-Can in TOK
Best place to stay in Tok, AK.
phone is now: 907-940-5558

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Old 01-03-2012, 08:10 PM   #111
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The KOA in Ouray, Colorado

I stayed twice at the KOA a few miles North of Ouray on Hwy 550. The last time we had spots in the back around #47 to #50. There's not much traffic there at night. Pretty quiet unless your neighbor snores. Good showers/restrooms. Tent sites are grassy and not covered in gravel. Store and restaurant on site but the restaurant closes some time mid August I think. Intermittent wi-fi. Power available at some sites. They have those little "Kabins" too closer to the front of the campground. There were plenty of dual sport and touring bikes there both times I visited. I recommend it if you're going to ride the mountain passes in the area or just stopping near Ouray for the night. Very comfortable in the day and not too cold at night in August. There are lots of deer roaming around at dawn and dusk.
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Old 03-28-2012, 11:57 PM   #112
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Michigan by county


Houghton County

-Red Ridge Dam 47.148205,-88.765619 ; small clearing and fire ring located behind the old steel damn. Good spot to crash over night. Known party spot for college kids. May not be quiet on a weekend. No fee.

-Lake Perault 47.029379,-88.731097 ; Set on a lake stocked with brookies by the MDNR. His/Hers brick shit houses. Several sites. Easy access off M-26. Fairly quiet. No fee.

Keewenaw County

Copper Harbor
- High Rock Bay 47.427453, -87.713896 ; eastern most point of the Keweenaw. Not to bad of a ride, I had my V45 Sabre and a buddies FJ1200 out here before they improved the roads. No fee-state land

Eagle River/Harbor
-Great Sand Bay 47.43817,-88.22583 ; nice bay, NW exposure = bad during storms. This is guerilla camping. M-Dot just put in a privy/parking lot. You can get away with pitching a tent in the woods or along the lake shore to catch some zzzz's Don't plan on spending the whole weekend in one spot. Easy access of M-26 No fee.

-Gratiot River County Park 47.341 -88.4514 ; Nice lake shore camping. NW Exposure. Several sites. No fee. Easy access on well packed stamp sand roads.

-No Name Pond 47.346854,-88.276709 ; Nice little pond in a glacial bowl. Located about 5 mi north of Mohawk of Theiler Road. Primitive camping located on a pond sometimes stocked with brook trout by the DNR. Access is easy on well maintained logging roads. No fee.

Marquette County

-Tourist Park 46.568263,-87.410077 Definitely city camping. Close to town, bath room facilities have always been clean. Staff is friendly. Decent fly fishing in the Dead River right at camp for salmon and steelhead smolts, makes for an entertaining afternoon. Fee varies. UPPCO has a gas turbine peaker station located about a half mile away. Not quiet but not too obnoxious.
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Old 04-25-2012, 05:00 AM   #113
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Additional one in Michigan:

Cycle Moore Campground in Interlochen, MI (about 15 miles south of Traverse City).

$7 a night for a place to setup a tent. Includes full facilities including a large (covered) pavilion area with free ice cream and popcorn! They LOVE motorcycles of all kinds there.
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Old 04-25-2012, 05:14 AM   #114
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Elmore State Park, VT

Elmore State Park
856 VT Route 12
Lake Elmore, Vermont 05657

Park Phone: 802-888-2982

Mailing Address:
PO Box 93
Lake Elmore, VT 05657

Day Use Hours:
10:00 AM - Official Sunset

Season: Memorial Day Weekend - Columbus Day Weekend

N44 32.616' W72 31.765'

Fee: $18 tent, $25 lean-to (Up to 4 people, $5 for each additional over 4.)

Firewood, Showers, Swimming, Beach, Canoe and Kayak Rental, Pavillion, Beach House. Near Route 100 a few minutes from Morrisville/Stowe area. Good base for riding Smuggler's Notch, Route 100 and northern Vermont. Open until Colombus Day, great stop for foliage rides. Major shopping centers in Morrisville have most necessities.

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Old 04-25-2012, 05:28 AM   #115
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Sill Sladyk WMA, Norton, VT

Oops, Bill Sladyk WMA

Location: Norton, VT, Essex County. Far northeastern Vermont.

GPS coords: (approx)

44 56.15
71 63.30

A tenting area in an old log yard to the west of Norton Pond, Vermont. Bring water or filter/treatment.

Amenities: Pit toilet

Fee: None

A wild and remote place to camp enroute to or returning from Quebec. Entrance road is rough, and can be washed out in places depending on season. Moose and loons in pond. Quiet and remote. Gas/General store in Norton, 7.5 mi N, Gas, groceries, restaurants in Island Pond, VT 8 miles south.
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Old 02-02-2013, 08:46 AM   #116
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Lake Wales Ridge State Forest

My brother and I were out looking for inexpensive alternate campsites to bring the kids and came across this one close to town. It is a nice quiet spot, but on a Wildlife Management Area so during hunting seasons expect people in the small campground. We were there between season and on a Sunday afternoon and it was completely empty.

1) FL / Lake Wales, Frostproof / Southeast
2) Take Walk-in-Water Road south from State Road 60, a few miles east of Lake Wales
3) $0 for camping, but $2 per person entry fee (drop box on site)
4) table / firering / porta-potti
5) Just off the road with sites scattered under live oaks. Not much to do except for hiking, but a quiet and cheap place to light overnight while riding in/through the area.


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Old 04-01-2013, 02:28 PM   #117
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Exit Glacier Campground located in Kenai Fjords NP near Seward, AK.

Location: Vic 60.194449,-149.599171. There's only one way in and out of Seward. You'll eventually pass by Exit Glacier Rd which dead ends at the visitor center.

Fee: FREE 99! You can stay up to two weeks at no cost.

Feat.: Only a few spots (I want to say 20?) but they're very secluded and very spaced apart. Amenities are all located next to each other at the front. Vault toilers only but are well maintained. Hand pump water. Gazebo/hut style area with food storage closet and tables.

Other: One of the nicest CG's I stayed at on my AK trip and was FREE. You can wake up early the next day and hike up to the Harding Ice Fields which is about an 8 mile out-and-back trail; all incline one way and may have snow patches. On a clear day when you get to the top, you peer into miles and miles of glacier/snow/ice. Everything you need is in Seward: food and supplies. There is a well equipped ACE Hardware store in town in which I had to utilize to fix a leaky hydraulic clutch MC.

Halfway up to the Harding Ice Fields:

University of AK - Fairbanks

Location: Moore-Bartlett-Skarland Complex within main campus.

Fee: $55/night (Only during summer break!)

Feat.: It's a dormitory. Laundry/Mud room, showers, individual rooms, Wi-Fi, and common areas. If you went to college and stayed in the dorms, this place is no different.

Other: Alright place that's quiet and safe. There's a canopy out front to park your bike under. Some riders leave things like food and empty gas cans. I used this place so I could secure my unwanted gear/weight as I rode up and down the Dalton. Nothing too exciting about Fairbanks, itself. Just like any other town. There is a pretty decent shop on the southside of town. My brake pads were toast when I came back from Prudhoe and luckily this shop stocked some extras.

Glendale, UT KOA (Nice KOA)

Location: Glendale, UT. Can't seem to find it now unless they changed names or dropped the KOA name. It's literally just off of Hwy 89.

Fee: Unsure. If you're military and have your ID, you stay for free.

Feat.: Everything like any other KOA. Wi-Fi, showers, laundry, etc. I don't think there was a pool. CG borders a horse pasture and faces a large canyon face.

Others: Not really any large supply stores nearby. Best get stuff if you came form I-15. IMO, If you're going to Zion NP, enter from the east first.

Wendover, UT KOA (Crummy KOA)

Location: Wendover, UT.

Fee: High $20 something-ish.

Feat.: Everything like any other KOA.

Others: Can't blame the place. It's located within walking distance of the Casinos. You feel really insecure since the CG borders a neighborhood filled with Casino workers working through the night. The place is just meant for RV's, not so much riders.

Fort Welikit Family Campground

Location: <1 mile North of Custer, SD on Hwy 89.

Fee: I think it was $13?

Feat.: Showers and laundry. I don't recall Wi-Fi. Maybe cell with G3 (Sprint).

Others: Peaceful and cheap. Good spot if you want to explore the area. Visit Custer SP and ride amongst the Buffalo.

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Yosemite South Entrance Camping for Latecomers

Location: 37.491085,-119.624423. Turn on Mt. Raymond Rd. If you're heading northbound, this road is immediately followed by a Yosemite Park sign on the right.

Fee: None. Stealth Camping.

Feat.: It's a large parking lot used in the winter for people to download their snowmobiles and ride the local trails.

Others: Don't be surprised if you see others up here. They're usually the latecomers that couldn't find a place to stay inside or outside Yosemite. The guy from Summerdale CG directed me here when his CG was full.

National Park Camping Tips:

I've been to quite a few NP's: from one's in the middle of nowhere like Great Basin to the popular Yosemite and Denali.

Camping in the larger parks often takes away the true outdoor experience. When I was at Sequoia, the CG was full of Yuppies from the cities. They would blast loud music and cause a ruckus. Parks with large bear populations are often deterred by campers banging pots and pans all through the night.

Couple things to help make your stay more pleasant:

1. Go for the smaller, secluded, primitive CG's. These CG's may not have all of the amenities so that will most likely drive away the posers. Lesser the better.

2. Get there EARLY. The problem with big parks is they fill up FAST. Also, at some of the bigger parks, the Ranger will remove the ticket stubs early so those spots will be available at checkout. If you get there late, large parks often keep a running tally of which CG is full and will post it at the entrance.

3. Try to group with other riders. Sometimes other riders came to me offering to share if I arrived late and had trouble finding a spot. So, whenever I get there early and have a spot to myself, I hang a sign on my post that reads: "Willing to share spot with other riders". Returning the favor. Plus it's always fun hanging out with other riders, sharing stories, etc. Isn't this what ADV'ing is all about?
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Old 05-27-2013, 12:48 PM   #118
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Best campsite yet

I just got back from a Nor Cal BMW rally in Mariposa, Ca. We camped at the county fairgrounds there and it was so nice I thought I should post. Excellent riding in the area and very close to Yosemite.

Nice grass, BBQ, Wifi, hot showers, clean restrooms, electricity and close to town which has plenty places to eat and drink. They even supplied us with a stack of wood to burn in the fire pit. Since the rally was an organized event, the local high school had volunteers doing excellent food at very reasonable prices.

They said they no longer allow the Harley clubs in, but they like BMW and I'm sure they would like adventure riders. They are hosting events trying to keep the fairgrounds alive.

I highly recommend this spot for anyone looking for a nice spot to camp. Fee is 10 dollars on a self registration honor system. If your planning a large group, it might be smart to call ahead. Drop in camping is OK.
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Old 05-28-2013, 06:30 AM   #119
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I'd like to see a thread listing only FREE campsites. Is there one already that for some reason I can't find?
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Old 05-30-2013, 05:31 AM   #120
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Here is a link to Free Campsites Dot Net

"Click a point on the map or enter a location in the input box. The application will search our database and show you a set of campsites which are closest to the position you have selected. You may adjust your chosen location by clicking the map again to receive a new set of camp sites."

And here is one of my favorite camp spots:

"The Mitchell City Park is located in "downtown" Mitchell along Bridge Creek and has various tent camping possibilities on a soft grass lawn. There are 3 RV Spots with Hook Ups. The park is well maintained and often used by bicyclists passing through or spending the night. There is a water spigot to fill up your water bottles with good drinking water from the town’s spring. There is a well-kept restroom (notice the beautiful art work on it’s walls created by June Nissinen together with the Mitchell high school students."

"Downtown Mitchell"

"Mitchell City Park"

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