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How to Pick the Best Campsite Charleston 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.

Kanawha SF Campground*
(304) 558-3500
Rt 2
Charleston, WV
Campground Availability
Mid Apr-Nov
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Pool, Wading Pool, Pond Fishing, Playground, Hiking Trails

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Twin Falls Resort SP*
(304) 294-4000
Rt 97
Mullens, WV
Campground Availability
Mid Apr-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries
Recreation
Pool, Putting Green, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Hiking Trails

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Panther SF*
(304) 938-2252
Rt 312
Panther, WV
Campground Availability
Mid Apr-Oct
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Pool, Stream Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Berwind Lake WMA*
(304) 875-2577
Rt 16
Warriormine, WV
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Pavilion, Pool, Boating, Lake Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Harpers Ferry/Civil War Battlefields KOA*
(800) KOA-9497
343 Campground Rd
Harpers Ferry, WV
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Control Access Gate, Escort to Site, 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, RV Storage, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Groceries, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Wading Pool, Float Trips, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Mini Golf, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Spor

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Long Fork Campgrounds
(800) 421-7116, (304) 577-9547
793 Lynch Ridge Road
Walton, WV
Campground Availability
25 Total Camp/RV Sites, 25 Electric and Water,

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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Falling Waters Campsite
(304) 274-2791
Falling Waters, WV
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Control Access Gate, Escort to Site, Accomodates Big Rigs, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Laundry, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter

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Plum Orchard Lake State Wildlife Mgmt. Area*
(304) 469-9905
Rt 1
Scarbo, WV
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Wood
Recreation
Boating, Lake Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Canaan Valley Resort Park (SP)
(304) 866-4121
Davis, WV
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries
Recreation
Rec Room, Coin Games, Pool, Hot Tub, Stream Fishing, Putting Green, Playground, Mini Golf, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Hiking Trails

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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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