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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Laconic, Jun 26, 2012.
So the above pic was taken on North Mountain? I must make a point to get up there; awesome view.
Yup, there's a walking trail that runs along the top of the ridge for several miles and the views are amazing. Here's the view from my bedroom window up at the mountain last fall. It's about 2000 feet higher and the top is less than two miles away, pretty dramatic:
When I moved here from Wyoming I thought I'd be tripping over people everywhere, but there is a lot of fairly wild (and very beautiful) country out here.
Take care, hope to see you out this way sometime!
Every time I go through that area I promise that I'm gonna come back and just fart around for a day or two.
Isnt' July kind of a slow month for rallys? Maybe we should do a Moran Nation Campout in the area
Must consult Gazetteer when I get home tonight. If we're lucky, it might not even snow that month.
Check out Lake Robertson, a Lexington City-owned park just over the hill from my house with a nice non-motorized boating/fishing lake (can't swim in it ), really nice campground with showers, and even a huge outdoor swimming pool! It's a great place to camp, and right at the foot of the mountain.
Funny thing - I've got a copy of the Virginia Gazeteer that has a map of Lexington on the cover and our farm is damn near at the center of that page, near Collierstown (Hwy 251 west out of Lex) and Lake Robertson is just over the hill. Is that strange?
How do they feel about motorcycles, beer and debauchery?
As long as you aren't disrupting or debauching your fellow campers I'm sure it's OK. There's a large picnic pavillion near the pool and you aren't allowed to have alcohol there, but discreet consumption in your camp probably wouldn't raise any eyebrows. We had a big family get-together a couple years ago and my folks brought their 5th-wheel camper rig out and set it up there and we sat around a fire several evenings swilling beer and no one said anything. I think there's a sign that says no alcohol, but I think it's aimed more at the day-use folks and fishermen than the campers. The place gets pretty popular in summer over the weekend, but there's almost no one there during the week. The sites have water and power and there's an RV dump station on site. There's a bath house in the CG and at the pool. This is a photo of it from several years ago, you can see the lake (my house is ~behind my helmet).
If you guys are serious about this I can gather more info. So long as you aren't whooping it up to the point I can hear you from my house I'll welcome you as temporary neighbors and show you around the area!
I Googled it and this is all I found, not much but it has contact numbers:
Another great spot for camping and general debauchery is Lake Moomaw, northwest of Covington, near Warm Springs. It's a huge lake (>2,500 acres) that you can swim in, has several large campgrounds with showers and potable water (no electricity, IIRC), and STUNNING roads all around, right on the West Virginia border. It's very rural, so not much traffic and very few people there during the week. It's big enough that even on crowded weekends it's not bad. We go there several times a summer to kayak and swim, the water is fantastic, lots of water skiers.
Thanks, Stix. Are you coming up to Laurel Fork this weekend? I gotta work tomorrow, but am heading over sat and camping for one night...
He sounds way too nice for you Morans.
What is this Laurel Fork thing? Another inmate who lives near here mentioned it but I'm not sure what's going on . We've got a storm and cold front moving through right now, windy and overcast, rain with possible heavy thunderstorms forecast for today. The good news is that it's supposed to all be gone by early Saturday morning, but it will be 15 to 20 degrees colder. No wind and dry for the next several days after that, wooot!
I'll search for this Laurel Fork thing... May be a fun day ride or something, might even talk my lovely wife into a ride! She loves to ride with me, she's just buried by work right now, could use a stress relief day.
EDIT: Oh, DUH, it's a thread with about 1000 pages of hootin' and hollerin' about how much fun it is! Must investigate, thanks!
It wouldn't be LF if they all didn't get a monsoon....
We will NOT make it .. Just got back from being gone 9 days in TX...
Bolar Mountain is the only one I see that has showers. It looks really nice around the lake.
I think I need to do some scouting and get a feel for those campgrounds...
The bathrooms with showers are pretty new, year-before-last IIRC. We always go in from the Warm Springs side, usually down Highway 39 to Bacova, turn on Road 603, follow the lake around to the Bolar Mountain campground which has an area for parking and launching kayaks. There's a swimming beach just a bit further to the west that also has potties and showers but they won't let you launch a boat from the swimming beach. I understand about power boats and swimmers, but kayaks? Really? I actually saved a kid's life there one afternoon - we had illegally launched our boats from the swimming beach parking area and paddled out to some islands. On the way back we came across a young man who had swum too far out and needed help getting back. He was about to go under and his buddies were screaming for help. I gave him my life vest and towed him in (that was hard work!). He was SPENT but OK.
Anyway, it's a very nice area with lots of trees, water you can swim in for those HOT days, close to the little town of Warm Springs (food, beer, and gas) but pretty remote from any larger towns or cities, and absolutely surrounded by amazing roads, paved and dirt. We like it . If you want to go scouting give me a shout!
I'll certainly try, work is going to be a bit of a frig for the next couple of weeks.
Found a photo of the area! Sometimes we use the GS as a shuttle vehicle if we're doing a river, always fun to get the best of both sports!
The Bolar Mountain area is dead ahead and the swimming beach is off to the left a bit, just out of the frame of the photo. We had paddled over to the islands for some peaceful bobbing in the waves and were headed back. I think this was the day I rescued that kid.
It's very nice.
WOW they sure have changed it from 20 yrs ago...:huh
No more skinny dipping,eh?