The Campsite List ...

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by geode, Feb 26, 2007.

  1. LunchBucket

    LunchBucket Adventurer

    Mar 24, 2009
    Nice Folks, Nice Campground, clean showers, motorcycle friendly.
    Only $5 to tent camp, $15 for a bunk in their hostel (got the impression bicycle crowd takes advantage of the hostel on weekends).
    There is a train track across the creek/river, but trains passing by were not disturbing for me.
    Good salad bar and buffet available at Lee-Hi truck-stop/travel-plaza about 8 miles over the mountain.
    I had rear tire trouble, and Greenville Chopper Works 22 miles north-east on I-81 treated me square and got me back on the road toot-sweet.

    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Address:[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]2741 South River Rd.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Vesuvius, VA 24483[/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Phone:[/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif] (540) 261-5128[/FONT]
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    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Every day from 8:30AM to 8:00PM from March 1 through October 31[/FONT]
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  2. alekkas

    alekkas Long timer

    Dec 26, 2010
    Far West Chicago Burbs

    Kansas / North West Corner

    US RT. 36


    It is an absolute "can't miss it" place. The town is to the north of 36, the park is just to the south.

    If you scroll down to the bottom of this page, it is second from last. Roadside Park.

    Site confirms the following facilities:
    Free Campgrounds. Nestled amid tress, this park is located just south of Highway 36 in St. Francis, and is a welcome retreat for the weary traveler. The campground feature hot showers, indoor restrooms, picnic tables, grills, covered shelters and disposal facilities.

    One of my favorite free camp places out there.
  3. Marius356

    Marius356 now aircooled... ❄

    Dec 22, 2010
    HAMBURG (Germany)
    Is the Campspot this one here ?

    I might be there on saturday afternoon on my way to SF ? Monterey.:clap
  4. tomatocity

    tomatocity Retired and lovin' it

    May 24, 2006
    Sacramento CA
    Nice view. That might be Limekiln State Park. If it is you might have trouble getting to it becasue of the land slides in the Big Sur area. The alternate route is beautiful though much further.

    Limekiln State Park is on the list of 70 parks to be closed because of the reduced budget. Hopefully it is contracted to private.
  5. opaque_machete

    opaque_machete girls wanna have fun

    May 3, 2011
    Far East, TN
    In the US National Parks, anyone can primitive camp for free. Just thought I'd throw that out there.
  6. Minneso-Cold

    Minneso-Cold Adventurer

    Aug 19, 2004

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  7. lodom

    lodom Adventurer

    Sep 26, 2005
    Atlanta, Ga
    Update on N. GA. Two Wheels Only, Suches closed this past March.
    There is a "motorcycle friendly" campground 15 miles north
    called Skeehah Creek
  8. Sutherngintelmen

    Sutherngintelmen around the bend

    Mar 12, 2009
    ATL or AVL
    TWO is now closed. Property was inherited by brothers who have it for sale - did not renew lease agreement with TWO. A real loss. :cry

  9. mdmaroon

    mdmaroon Mike

    Sep 13, 2004
    British Columbia
  10. CariocaGirl

    CariocaGirl Adventurer

    Apr 30, 2008
    Too far from Rio
    Best place to stay in Tok, AK. :kumbaya
    phone is now: 907-940-5558

  11. markdvk

    markdvk Been here awhile

    Jul 25, 2010
    Harrodsburg, KY
    :clapI 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.
  12. redneckdan

    redneckdan Hold my beer & watch this

    Oct 11, 2008
    Somewhere on da Iron Range.

    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.
  13. Thanantos

    Thanantos Ride hard.

    Jul 17, 2008
    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.
  14. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

    Jun 21, 2008
    The Palace of the People, 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.



  15. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

    Jun 21, 2008
    The Palace of the People, 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.
  16. LWRider

    LWRider Been here awhile

    Aug 4, 2011
    Lake Wales, Central Florida
    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.


  17. TeneRay

    TeneRay Bitch, I'm fabulous

    Aug 16, 2009
    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.


    Check your six!:

    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?
  18. QED

    QED Been here awhile

    Apr 30, 2007
    North Idaho
    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.
  19. hugemoth

    hugemoth Big Brother is watching you!

    Sep 6, 2007
    I'd like to see a thread listing only FREE campsites. Is there one already that for some reason I can't find?
  20. sloweddy

    sloweddy Tree Hugger

    Aug 4, 2009
    Corvallis, Oregon
    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&#8217;s spring. There is a well-kept restroom (notice the beautiful art work on it&#8217;s walls created by June Nissinen together with the Mitchell high school students."

    "Downtown Mitchell"


    "Mitchell City Park"