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Old 12-20-2008, 06:28 AM   #1
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Local Knowledge Needed- Harrisonburg VA- WVA

We are looking for a good winter camping destination within a couple hours of Harrisonburg, VA- most likely into WVA. Would like some good dirt roads to the destination (2 GS riders) ending with a nice camping spot in the mountains.
Open to pretty much anything.
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Old 12-20-2008, 07:49 AM   #2
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I like primitive camping along the Jackson River in Bath County. RT 39 is a fun road.

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Old 12-20-2008, 08:04 AM   #3
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wva camping..

a couple spots come to mind...

Dolly Sods, near Canaan Valley off rt 32, cool stuff in Thomas to the north, food and such nearby
Spuce Knob, near Seneca Rocks, National park service, off 33/55 or other entrance is off s.r.28 just south of Circleville (park rd #28 also)
Princess Pocohontas Campgrounds (nice place, but not "wilderness camping) right at the base of Seneca Rocks( they have Tee-Pee's to sleep in there too!)
all 3 are within an hour to 1-1/2 hours ride from Harrisonburg, take rt 33 over the mountain and you are there...
have fun!!!

oh, dirt roads to get there are minimal... very few places to get across the mountain, but once you are on the other side... there's a ton of them ...there are a bunch below 33 that cross, but this time of year I have no idea on passability...dip south off 33 on 257, and they all run n.w off that road.
Hit up the boys on the Valley tag-o-rama, they know all them backroads...

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Old 12-20-2008, 11:49 AM   #4
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click the link in HBurgNinja's sig...that should get you started!
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Old 12-20-2008, 11:51 AM   #5
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My little Bro lives in the area you are wanting to be. If you want to, you can email me and I will have him get you some particulars.
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Old 12-22-2008, 02:25 AM   #6
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a couple spots come to mind...

Dolly Sods, near Canaan Valley off rt 32, cool stuff in Thomas to the north, food and such nearby
Spuce Knob, near Seneca Rocks, National park service, off 33/55 or other entrance is off s.r.28 just south of Circleville (park rd #28 also)
Princess Pocohontas Campgrounds (nice place, but not "wilderness camping) right at the base of Seneca Rocks( they have Tee-Pee's to sleep in there too!)
all 3 are within an hour to 1-1/2 hours ride from Harrisonburg, take rt 33 over the mountain and you are there...
have fun!!!

oh, dirt roads to get there are minimal... very few places to get across the mountain, but once you are on the other side... there's a ton of them ...there are a bunch below 33 that cross, but this time of year I have no idea on passability...dip south off 33 on 257, and they all run n.w off that road.
Hit up the boys on the Valley tag-o-rama, they know all them backroads...
You did say winter camping, but be warned: Spruce Knob and the Sods are both excellent suggestions, but both can turn arctic in a heartbeat. It would not be unusual for the Sods to be 5-10deg colder (howling winds at times) than the valley (canaan) and it in turn will typically be another couple of degrees colder than places such as Seneca. I've been up on the Sods when there was XC skiable snow, while below was relatively balmy weather and 100% fee of white stuff. Awesome place, but be prepared. Just sayin'...
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Old 12-22-2008, 04:56 PM   #7
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I have been at Seneca, with it spritzing a mist, wearing a sweater, and took off for Blackwater Falls... encountered BLIZZARD on the road up to Cannan, and when we got to Blackwater Falls there was a foot of snow, I had to lock the truck in 4wd... stopped and picked up wine and booze at the gas station/liquer outlet by Canaan on the way back, and when we got back to Seneca, it was just like when we left.... the elevation does make a difference, even in that half hour drive!!!

20 MINUTES FROM NICE WEATHER TO CANAAN VALLEY:

15 MINUTES LATER....BLACKWATER FALLS


OH, AND THIS WAS IN APRIL.... NOT DECEMBER....
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Old 12-23-2008, 01:02 PM   #8
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He ain't lying either. I just got back from Blackwater Falls and the HIGH Monday was 6 (yes 6) with a windchill reported on the radio of -10. I have camped there in late march and woke up to over a foot of snow. The nice part is they have rustic cabins (small kitchen, and bath room, elect heat and fire place). So that can be a life saver. Check out Babcok, and watuga parks, they both also offer cabins and camping areas. All three are central to eastern WV, lots of great riding.

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Old 12-23-2008, 01:06 PM   #9
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Check out Babcok, and watuga parks, they both also offer cabins and camping areas. All three are central to eastern WV, lots of great riding.
+1 on Babcock's CCC Cabins - Great hiking and beauitful waterfalls all around. Excellent riding but all the cabins are closed in October for Winter.
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Old 12-30-2008, 01:45 PM   #10
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Im getting cold just reading the responses. The Tee-pees sound nice!
Thanks for the input!
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Old 12-30-2008, 01:54 PM   #11
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