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Old 03-26-2012, 04:57 PM
 
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Hello!
Just went camping this weekend at an NC state park. It was soooooooo nice!

But one thing we didn't like was the gravel 'pad' that we had to put our tent on. On one hand, I can see how it controls mud and erosion. On the other hand, we couldn't really stake the tent down adequately and thank heaven I had thrown in an air mattress...I usually sleep on just a yoga mat which would have been miserable.

I noticed that some other campgrounds mentioned the gravel pad also. Is this how all the tent sites at NC state parks are?

I may have to invest in a better air mattress...or break down and buy a camper.
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Old 03-27-2012, 09:11 AM
 
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I'm not sure they're required in all state parks though all of the ones I've been to that allow "car camping" have them and generally they're looked upon as a good thing for campers. This is mainly because having a gravel pad means you don't have to worry as much about having a ground cloth (or positioning one correctly, which is key) to protect your tent from rain. For me, even though the gravel pads can be a pain (literally!) getting soaked in the middle of the night while camping is even worse so I'm glad they're there.
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Old 03-27-2012, 06:52 PM
 
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Hello!
Just went camping this weekend at an NC state park. It was soooooooo nice!

But one thing we didn't like was the gravel 'pad' that we had to put our tent on. On one hand, I can see how it controls mud and erosion. On the other hand, we couldn't really stake the tent down adequately and thank heaven I had thrown in an air mattress...I usually sleep on just a yoga mat which would have been miserable.

I noticed that some other campgrounds mentioned the gravel pad also. Is this how all the tent sites at NC state parks are?

I may have to invest in a better air mattress...or break down and buy a camper.
Got to say, gravel pads are pretty standard in NC state parks, and with good reason. I personally find them much easier to stake a tent in

Go ahead and invest in a nicer air mattress.

And be sure to visit my favorite park campground- Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain Loop - Stone Mtn. State Park - N.C | EveryTrail
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Old 03-28-2012, 07:42 AM
 
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That's why we have plenty of pine straw in these parts--to make our tent beds more comfortable!
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Old 03-28-2012, 11:29 AM
 
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That's why we have plenty of pine straw in these parts--to make our tent beds more comfortable!
LOL!

I'd really like to buy a pop up...but I live in the city and have no driveway to park it in!

Guess I'll be looking at those air mattresses again.

In retrospect, it did rain a LOT while we were camping and I'm glad I didn't have a mud soaked tent!
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Old 03-28-2012, 03:17 PM
 
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LOL!

I'd really like to buy a pop up...but I live in the city and have no driveway to park it in!

Guess I'll be looking at those air mattresses again.

In retrospect, it did rain a LOT while we were camping and I'm glad I didn't have a mud soaked tent!
At this point, I would love a pop up myself! But dang those things hold their value! It is very hard to find a decent used one under $5000, and I'd prefer $2000
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:16 PM
 
Location: Carolina Mountains
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I've camped alot in WNC and even in the private camp grounds its gravel. I don't ever recall not seeing it there. Pretty standard I believe.
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