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Far from being the desolate wastelands many imagine as they speed through them on the Interstate going to somewhere else, America’s deserts are thriving ecological communities.

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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Jim's Camping
(304) 743-4560
Milton, WV
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Pavilion, River Fishing, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Summersville Lake Retreat
(888) 872-5580
Summersville, WV
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Pavilion, Playground, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails, Local Tours

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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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Huntington Fox Fire KOA*
(304) 743-5622
290 Fox Fire Rd
MIlton, 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, Ice, Wood, Patios, Laundry, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Lake Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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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,

Watoga SP*
(304) 799-4087
HC 82
Marlinton, WV
Campground Availability
Apr 01-End of deer season in Dec
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries
Recreation
Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Wading Pool, Boating, Float Trips, Lake Fishing, River Fishing, Stream Fishing, Playground, Shuffle Board Court, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Tennis, Basketball, V

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Coopers Rock SF (McCollum Camping Area)*
(304) 594-1561
Rt 1
Bruceton Mills, WV
Campground Availability
Apr 01-Nov 30
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, Boating, Pond Fishing, Playground, Hiking Trails

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Kumbrabow SF
(304) 335-2219
Huttonsville, WV
Campground Availability
Mid Mar-Mid Dec
Services
Standard Flush
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
River Fishing, Playground, Hiking Trails

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Greenbrier SF*
(304) 536-1944
HC 30
Caldwell, WV
Campground Availability
Mid Apr-Nov 30
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood
Recreation
Pool, Play Equipment, Volleyball, Hiking Trails

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Traveling the American Deserts

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February 9, 2010 by Camping Life Magazine ·  

Far from being the desolate wastelands many imagine as they speed through them on the Interstate going to somewhere else, America’s deserts are thriving ecological communities.

Article Courtesy Camping Life Magazine , Written by Stuart Bourdon.

Tumble weeds and blowing sand. That’s the image most often used to portray the American deserts, but the truth is these arid ecosystems offer a diverse plant and animal life, intriguing geological formations, starkly dramatic scenery, and fascinating history lessons. Best of all, the winter and spring are perfect seasons to visit.

Four distinct desert biomes, each with its own unique ecosystem, exist either entirely or partially in the United States: the Great Basin, Mojave, Sonoran and Chihuahuan. Because of its elevation (largely above 4000 feet) and northerly latitudes, much of the Great Basin region can be darn cold in the winter months, so for this story, we’ll stick primarily to the generally lower, more southerly and warmer climes of the Mojave, Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts.

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Three of the prominent desert ecosystems—Great Basin, Mojave and Sonoran—converge near Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Covering 2000 square miles, Lake Mead NRA offers year-round camping, but watersports is what the place is all about. Bring your boat. If you don’t have one, rent one, you’ll want one here. Eight campgrounds exist in Lake Mead NRA. Most convenient: Boulder Beach, it’s close to town (Boulder City, Nevada) for groceries, near Hoover Dam, yet on the water and far enough away to be quiet. Really want to get out there? Go to Temple Bar, it’s where Mead begins to meet the Grand Canyon. Our favorites: Valley of Fire State Park an hour north of Vegas with quiet red rock scenery and the lake 25 miles away, or Echo Bay right on the lake with full amenities and a marina.

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Mojave Desert

Mojave Desert

One of our all-time favorite Mojave Desert hangouts is Death Valley National Park, because aside from taking in the remarkable scenery, you can say you have been to the lowest point—282 feet below sea level at Badwater—in the Western Hemisphere. Before the National Park Service, Death Valley was, well, deadly, with almost no water and temperatures that exceed 130 degrees F during the summer. This Mojave biome locale is less forbidding today, and can be quite nice in the cooler months.

Stay at Stove Pipe Wells, it has everything, when you want to be pampered. Check out the colorful and bizarre geology of the valley at Artists Palette and Devil’s Golf Course, see Ubehebe Crater, and visit the numerous mines and borax works. If your rig is under 25-feet long, explore Emigrant Canyon Road; then camp at Wildrose if you want to get away and weather permits. If you have a good four-wheel-drive vehicle, a full tank of gas and gallons of extra water, visit the Racetrack, a normally dry lakebed where when the conditions are just right, rocks ...

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