Shenandoah camping-what to know?

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  1. jhuth

    jhuth Been here awhile

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    I'm new to Northern VA and was planning on going camping in Shenandoah National Park this weekend, well didn't really want to get soaked the first day so leaving tomorrow for a couple of nights.

    Just wanted to tap into any helpful info from those of you that have been there...what to do...what not to do...where to go....good campsites....you get the idea:D

    Oh yeah and I'm going try taking this:ricky
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    And this will be my first time taking a bike camping....I've been waiting for this a while:ostrich
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  2. vatrader01

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    Check here: http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/gwj/lee/recreation/camping/little_fort.shtml

    Look in the box to the right in this link for other camp sites.

    This will give a few camp site options. I have used then all and found them more than adequate. That link also has the phone numbers for Lee Ranger District. They can tell you what is currently acceptable for non camp site camping. You may not be able to go many places off the road with your Iron Horse. There are regulations regarding distances from roads and waterways as far as setting up a camp site. If you are new to camping, the camp sites are a safe bet. Make sure you bring enough drinking water. The gubmint has a lot of camp sites out in the sticks, ranging from free to about $12.00 a night. If you can find trail maps, and find where the trails cross secondary roads, you will probably find primative camp sites the hikers use. Clearing with a fire ring is about all you will have. And solitude. Maybe solitude + racoons. Or bear. Be carefull with that flame breather yer ridin' there. They got speed limits out there in them hills. Oh. If you hear banjo music, just relax. I understand it's easier on yerself in the long run.
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  3. mtnflow

    mtnflow LFC, more pie please

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    Please take pictures of that ride loaded for the trip.
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  4. jhuth

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    Oh I'll definitely take pics...I think I may have to take a test ride with all the crap loaded and make sure I can still ride this little bugger.

    Thanks for the info vatrader01!
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  5. HBN

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    Hang up any food you have high in a tree. DON'T EAT COOKIES IN BED.
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  7. jhuth

    jhuth Been here awhile

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    :wings Well I made it out to Shenandoah a couple of ago weeks for a couple nights camping. From Alexandra it took my about 3 1/2-4 hour (back roads) on my scooter. It was my first time camping on two wheels, so I took more than I needed, and nothing I have is compact-I'm used to car camping. There were definitely a lot of bikes out on one of the days that was nice. I camped in The Big Meadows grounds, it was nice, sites are a little crowded, but there was hardly anyone there so that didn't matter. I think Big Meadows was the only grounds in Shenandoah left open this late, but all camp grounds are closed now-I think.



    Here I am getting ready to go :wave

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    My Site
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    Some other nice sights
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    Cooking some dinner
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    Crap ton of deer

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    Some other camping goodness:nod
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    Even a little snow
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    And I leave you with some more of this :dutch
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    All in all I would definitely go do it again:cromag
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  8. jhuth

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  9. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

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    I missed out on this weekend. I was really busy doing this
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=402714

    My folks live in Springfield and I ride between the burg and there pretty regularly. Would you want to do a Winter Camp/Ride sometime in early December? This would be a slow (30mph) jaunt for mostly scooters and 250cc and under bikes? Any thoughts? GWNF has free sites open year round, just got to find em :)

    Oh just saw yours is a 150 not a 50. That helps a bunch with speed. I know from my 50cc days...
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  10. jhuth

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    Looked like you had a good time this weekend:thumb

    I'd definitely up for something this winter. Do you ever get up to the nova area?

    I plan on riding my scoot through winter here...I'm used to Wisconsin winters so I don't think it will be to bad here:deal
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  11. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

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    Check out a set of Hippo Hands if you are getting cold. They should just slip over your stock bars real easily. If I am coming up that way I will most likely take my Ninja 250 up there, anything small and light will manage on those roads. I will drop you a PM next time I am in the area.

    If you are looking for any fun local NOVA rides, the area around Hampton/Henderson Rds near Clifton is nice. So is the GW Parkway down through Mt Vernon to Rt 1, South towards Mason Neck near Gunston Hall. Not sure which area you are coming from but all doable on Scoot avoiding major slab.

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    Nice report, glad you posted some shots and that you found a spot up there, Big Meadows can be crowded.
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  13. jhuth

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    I can image it getting pretty crowded on those grounds, those were the cleanest national park bathrooms I have ever seen! This late in the season and the cold weather must have kept people away because you had your pick of sites.
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    Nice pics.
    Indicative of my latest obsession, upon seeing the pic of of your tent, my focus went to the two trees and my brain said "Hammock". My days of sleeping on the ground are well past.
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    Jurgen Trolljegeren Super Moderator

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    nice pics, cool ride. Thanks for the link from Scooters.

    :thumb

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  16. Gimmeslack

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    Make sure you test drive your setup at home before you head out in cool/cold weather. I'm a dyed-in-the-wool Hennesy Hammock fan. But the one limitation I've found (well, other than requireing trees :lol3) is that I can't keep warm in cold weather. There are all kinds of setups to keep your back warm, but once you start piling all that complexity into the system, it loses a lot of it's appeal for me.

    Oh, actually there's a third limitation. They suck for couples.:eek1
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  17. HiTechRedneck

    HiTechRedneck Big Ruckin'

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    NICE!

    I commiserate, often :D

    But I do try to do most of my camping in the warmer months. Yet fall and winter have their own special beauty that can only be appreciated when miles from home.
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  19. Fat Monkey

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    Super Cool Muffler you have there :lol3:thumbup

    Oh yeah and I'm going try taking this:ricky
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  20. windburn

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    Camping on you scoot is great and your gear works fine. looks like the bigger tent added comfort and your meal was manly fare. way to go!:clap
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