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Campfire Safety Chesapeake VA

There’s nothing quite like a campfire to make your adventure complete. Can you imagine anything more relaxing at the end of a day outdoors than the sound of a crackling fire, the woodsy smell of smoke and the gentle glow of the coals? To know how to build a campfire at a campsite, is one of the most important parts of camping. Here are helpful suggestions on how to do it along with some delicious recipes.

Chesapeake Campground*
(757) 485-0149
693 S. George Washington Hwy
Chesapeake, VA
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Control Access Gate, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Pavilion, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Pond Fishing, Playground, Mini Golf, Bike Rentals, Horseshoes, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Fiel

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North Landing Beach Riverfront Campground and Resort
(757) 426-6241
Virginia Beach, VA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Control Access Gate, Escort to Site, No Motorcylists, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Equipped Pavilion, Pool, River Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, River Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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First Landing-Seashore State Park
(757) 412-2300
Virginia Beach, VA
Campground Availability
Memorial Day thru Labor day
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Boating, Saltwater Fishing, Bike Rentals, Hiking Trails, Local Tours, REC Open to Public

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MILITARY PARK (Cape Henry Travel Camp-Ft. Story)
(757) 422-7601
Virginia Beach, VA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Ice, Laundry, Grocery
Recreation
Salt Water Swimming, Saltwater Fishing, Pond Fishing, Playground, Tennis, Volleyball, Sports Field

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Tall Pines Harbor Waterfront Campground
(800) 421-7116, (757) 824-0777
8107 Tall Pines Lane
Sanford, VA
Campground Availability
180 Total Camp/RV Sites, 4 20 Amp Service, 81 30 Amp Service, 26 50 Amp Service, 5 Higher Amp Service, 180 Electric and Water, 60 Full Hookups, 3 Group Sites, 100 Max RV Length, 5 No Hookups, 14 Pull-Thru Sites, 3 Rental Trailers, 25 Seasonal, 116 Sideouts, 7 Tent Sites,
Services
Park Trailers,
Recreation
Arcade/Game room, Boating, Canoe Rentals, Fishing, Kayak Rentals, Non-motorized Boat Rentals, Planned Activities, Playground, Recreation Hall, Swimming - Lake, Swimming Pool, Water activities,

Indian Cove Resort
(757) 426-2601
Virginia Beach, VA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Control Access Gate, Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Grocery, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Pool, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Saltwater Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby

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Holiday Trav-L-Park of Virginia Beach*
(866) 850-9629
1075 General Booth Blvd
Virginia Beach, VA
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Ice, Wood, Patios, Laundry, Full Service Store, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Pavilion, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Wading Pool, Playground, Mini Golf, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Virginia Beach KOA
(800) KOA-4150
Virginia Beach, VA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Escort to Site, Partial Handicap Access, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Full Service Store, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Playground, Mini Golf, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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MILITARY PARK (The Colonies Travel Park)
(757) 788-2384
Hampton, VA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Pavilion, Equipped Pavilion, Pool, Salt Water Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Saltwater Fishing, Play Equipment, Tennis, Volleyball

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North Bay Shore Campground
(800) 421-7116, (757) 426-7911
3257 Colechester Road
Virginia Beach, VA
Campground Availability
90 Total Camp/RV Sites, 70 20 Amp Service, 70 30 Amp Service, 15 50 Amp Service, 90 Electric and Water, 5 Full Hookups, 35 Max RV Length, 9 No Hookups, 12 Pull-Thru Sites, 50 Seasonal, 50 Sideouts,
Services
Cabin Rentals,

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How to Build a Campfire and Cook Delicious Treats on It


By Maxye Henry

There’s nothing quite like a campfire to make your adventure complete. Can you imagine anything more relaxing at the end of a day outdoors than the sound of a crackling fire, the woodsy smell of smoke and the gentle glow of the coals? Have a cookout or a sing-along at the campsite, tell stories and roast marshmallows or other treats. These tips will help keep you safe and cozy.

pot cooking over campfire

1. Know the Rules


Though it may be tempting to build a campfire where one is not permitted, camping rules and regulations were created for one reason: To keep you safe. Call ahead to make sure that campfires will be permitted where you want to stay. If not, and if having a campfire is important to you, you might want to find another park.

Keep in mind that fire rules can change on a daily basis depending on weather conditions. If a park posts "No open fires due to dry or windy conditions," always be sure to comply for the safety of all.

2. Use Designated Fire Pits


If campfires are permitted, use the area that has been designated. These areas were chosen for a good reason (a good windbreak, good brush clearance, etc.). If there is not a formal fire area, make sure that your fire ring is surrounded by a circle of rocks large enough to keep wood and kindling contained so it won’t blow or tumble over the sides.

3. Clear Area of All Debris


Make sure there are no extraneous twigs, leaves, paper products or other flammables within several feet of your campfire. And don't forget to look up. Overhanging branches should be avoided.

4. Use the Right Wood


Different kinds of wood are needed to make a great campfire. Start by gathering a supply of all three:
∗ Tinder — small twigs, wood shavings, dry leaves or grass that will ignite easily will help get your fire going. (Never use flammable liquids to start a fire!)
∗ Kindling, or small sticks one-inch in diameter or less, go on next. Make sure to let your kindling get burning well.
∗ Fuel, or larger pieces of dry wood that will burn for longer periods of time.

Be sure to stack your wood in separate piles, well away from the fire area. Never pull branches off trees or cut living vegetation.

5. Don't Over-Build


Campfires can easily get away from you. Keep your campfire well within the borders of the pit, and keep it small to avoid sparking. You can always snuggle up to the fire (or each other) to keep warm.

6. Be Ready to Put it Out


Be sure to have a bucket of water and a shovel, or a fire extinguisher, nearby.

7. Be Safe


Enjoy your campfire, but be safe. Make sure an adult is present at all times, and discourage running or horseplay near a campfire.

8. Douse, Dredge and Dig


Before leaving the campsite, make sure that your campfire is completely out-and that means doing more than just dousing it with water once or twice. Douse with water, dredge up the fire to unc...

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