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How to Pick the Best Campsite Weirton 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.

Austin Lake Park and Campground*
(888) 249-5685
1002 Twp Highway 285A
Toronto, OH
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Control Access Gate, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Storage, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Pond Fishing, Stream Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball
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Jefferson Lake State Park
(330) 222-1712
Richmond, OH
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Non Flush, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Beaver Creek State Park
(330) 385-3091
East Liverpool, OH
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Non Flush, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Pavilion, Canoeing, River Fishing, Stream Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Austin Lake Park
(800) 421-7116, (740) 544-5253
1002 Twp Highway 285A
Toronto, OH
Campground Availability
200 Total Camp/RV Sites, 200 50 Amp Service, 200 Electric and Water, 80 Max RV Length, 50 No Hookups, 4 Pull-Thru Sites, 150 Sideouts,
Services
Dump Station, Group Area, Laundry, Pets Welcome,
Recreation
Boat Launch, Fishing, Golf Facilities, Nature Trails, Planned Activities, Playground, Swimming Pool, Water activities,

Summer Wind RV Overnight Park
(540) 520-9935
Dawson, WV
Campground Availability
1-May thru 15-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Storage, Laundry

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Tomlinson Run SP
(304) 564-3651
New Manchester, WV
Campground Availability
Apr-Oct 31
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, Pool, Lake Swimming, Wading Pool, Boating, Pond Fishing, Stream Fishing, Playground, Mini Golf, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Hiking Trails

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Raccoon Creek State Park
(724) 899-2200
Frankfort Springs, PA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Stream Fishing, Playground, Hiking Trails

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Orchard Grove Campsites
(724) 495-7828
Beaver, PA
Campground Availability
1-May thru 15-Oct
Policies
No Motorcylists, Accomodates Big Rigs, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Wood, Laundry, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Golf Nearby

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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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Stonewall Jackson Lake SP (Briar Point Campground)*
(888) 278-8150
940 Resort Dr
Roanoke, WV
Campground Availability
Apr 01-Dec 15
Services
Control Access Gate, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Limited Groceries
Recreation
Pavilion, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Golf Nearby, 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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