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How to Pick the Best Campsite Bluefield WV

Having a wonderful camping experience is not completely out of your hands. A good stay at a campground starts with choosing the right campsite for your family. Having a wonderful camping experience is a combination of factors. Some of those are providential, and a few are completely out of your hands. Luckily, there are some you can control. It's impossible to control the weather, but you can keep track of it and update your gear as conditions dictate.

Ashland West Virginia ATV Resort
(304) 862-2322
Ashland, WV
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Escort to Site, Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Pavilion, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Hiking Trails

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Ashland ATV Resort
(800) 421-7116, (304) 862-2322
HC 76 Box 681
Northfork, WV
Campground Availability
77 Total Camp/RV Sites, 4 20 Amp Service, 20 30 Amp Service, 19 50 Amp Service, 50 Higher Amp Service, 77 Electric and Water, 27 Full Hookups, 99 Max RV Length, 7 No Hookups, 22 Pull-Thru Sites, 23 Total Rental Units, 43 Sideouts, 11 Tent Sites,
Services
BBQ Pits, Cable TV, Dump Station, Firewood, Group Area, Handicapped Restroom Facilities, Ice, WiFi Parkwide, Laundry, Pavilion, Pets Welcome, Propane, Showers, Store, Cabin Rentals, internet access at specific locations in park,
Recreation
Basket Ball, Biking Trails, Bird Watching, Fishing, Flyfishing, Hiking Trails, Horse Shoes, Nature Trails, Picnic Area, Planned Activities, Playground,

North Bend SP*
(304) 643-2391
Rt 1
Cairo, WV
Campground Availability
mid Apr-Oct 31
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Ice, Wood
Recreation
Pool, Wading Pool, River Fishing, Pond Fishing, Playground, Mini Golf, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Hiking Trails

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Monongahela NF (Summit Lake Campground)
(304) 846-2695
Richwood, WV
Campground Availability
10-Apr thru 30-Nov
Services
Non Flush
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing

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Seneca SF*
(304) 799-6213
Rt 1
Dunmore, WV
Campground Availability
Apr 01-early Dec
Services
Standard Flush
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Lake Fishing, Stream Fishing, Playground, Hiking Trails

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Camp Creek SP
(304) 425-9481
Camp Creek, WV
Campground Availability
Mid Apr-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Stream Fishing, Play Equipment, Shuffle Board Court, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Holly River SP
(304) 493-6353
Hacker Valley, WV
Campground Availability
Mid Apr-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Hall, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Wading Pool, River Fishing, Stream Fishing, Playground, Shuffle Board Court, Horseshoes, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Hiking Trails

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Greenbrier River Campground
(800) 775-2203
Alderson, WV
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru 15-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, LP Gas by Weight
Recreation
River Swimming, Boating, Float Trips, Canoeing, Kayaking, River Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, REC Open to Public

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Rippling Waters Church of God Campground*
(304) 988-2607
HC 62 (Middle Fork Rd)
Romance, WV
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Patios, Laundry, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Weight
Recreation
Pavilion, Pool, Lake Fishing, Pond Fishing, Playground, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field

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Revelle's River Resort
(304) 636-0023
Bowden, WV
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump
Policies
Escort to Site, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Rec Hall, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, River Swimming, Hot Tub, Boating, Float Trips, Canoeing, Kayaking, River Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Play Equipment, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails, Local Tours

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How to Pick the Best Campsite

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Camping Life Corner: How to Choose the Best Campsite




How to Pick the Best Campsite
Tips and tricks to help you get the best site for your money
By Stuart Bourdon

Having a wonderful camping experience is a combination of factors. Some of those are providential, and a few are completely out of your hands. Luckily, there are some you can control. It's impossible to control the weather, but you can keep track of it and update your gear as conditions dictate. And the campground may not always offer many choices, depending upon its size and reservation level. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow and enjoy. The good news—with proper planning, quick and accurate assessment in the field, and some flexibility, you should be able to find just the right spot in any campground.

Private and public campgrounds both have a place on the outdoor destination roster. Which you choose often has to do with your style of camping. Private campgrounds (KOA, Jellystone, etc.) offer a more controlled and manicured park-like atmosphere where the focus is often on activities (movie nights for kids) and recreational facilities (pools, etc.) inside the campground, and are more likely to have full RV-camping amenities (power, water, sewer hookups). Public campgrounds (state parks, national parks and forests, Army Corps of Engineers) tend to deliver a wilder, less controlled experience, and activity and recreation are typically more outdoor-oriented (trail hiking, fishing, boating), and are less likely to provide power and sewer hookups.

Either way, you can improve your chances of an enjoyable, rewarding stay by paying heed to some simple guidelines.

Plan Ahead When Choosing a Campground

An advanced reservation is suggested for any campground, public or private, and for many, it's a must. If you make your reservation online that's fine, it's convenient and almost all campgrounds—public and private—offer online reservations now. Before you do, though, make a point of contacting someone (forest ranger or park manager) by phone (best) or e-mail (second best) to ask questions about the lay of the land. Have a campground map (most have one online) and orient it so you know which direction is North, East, South and West.

When making considering a campground, think about whether it's down in a valley, on top of a ridge, or half-way in between. Campgrounds down in the bottom of deep canyons and valleys can be colder during the day (especially in the morning) because of the lack of sun, and can be damp and subject to ground fog. Ridge top sites can be more exposed to weather extremes and make for a cold blustery camp. Sometimes finding a spot in the middle is best. One that's also sheltered from the wind, but exposed to morning sun, would make it the perfect find in our book.

Ask questions such as: Which way does the prevailing wind blow? Does it chance direction from morning to evening? Where are the trees and other prominent fea...

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