Local Knowledge Needed- Harrisonburg VA- WVA

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by dukethedog, Dec 20, 2008.

  1. dukethedog

    dukethedog Been here awhile

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    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.
    Thanks for the help!
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  2. manganos

    manganos Let me pontificate.

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  3. MAN OF BLUES

    MAN OF BLUES COG #5977 EX-TECH EDITOR

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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...
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  4. Skippii

    Skippii Milkshakes, my lad.

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    click the link in HBurgNinja's sig...that should get you started!
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  5. SGTBOAT

    SGTBOAT Resident Redneck

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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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  6. Gimmeslack

    Gimmeslack furthur

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    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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  7. MAN OF BLUES

    MAN OF BLUES COG #5977 EX-TECH EDITOR

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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:
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    15 MINUTES LATER....BLACKWATER FALLS
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    OH, AND THIS WAS IN APRIL.... NOT DECEMBER....:eek1 :eek1 :rofl :rofl
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  8. Bowtie76

    Bowtie76 Been here awhile

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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.

    Shawn R
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  9. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

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    +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. :bluduh
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  10. dukethedog

    dukethedog Been here awhile

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    Im getting cold just reading the responses. The Tee-pees sound nice!
    Thanks for the input!
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  11. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

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    Cold = 80mph @ 16ยบ w/o heated gear :vardy

    Drop a post in the inmates thread if you happen this way!
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