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Old 05-27-2008, 07:26 AM
 
Location: morrisville
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where is the best and closest place to camp for a night with young children? i am assuming the answer is jordan lake??? thanks.
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Old 05-27-2008, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Ellicott City MD
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Yes, Jordan Lake. Keep in mind that the campsites are gravel; this was a big deal for us the first time we went as our youngest was not walking. Fortunately we went with another family with older children, so we had extra sets of hands to hold her.

Falls Lake is also an option, and if you search old threads you'll also find recommendations for Kerr Lake (I haven't personally camped there since I was a child, but then it was great).
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Old 05-27-2008, 07:46 AM
 
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Hanging Rock State Park is another good option. Nice camp sites and lots of nice walking trails to water falls, lake there also, but climb to top maybe too difficult for anyone under 5. Although we used to strap our son into a pack and hike it up until he was 3. It's about 90 minutes from the Triangle.
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Old 05-27-2008, 07:57 AM
 
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Just an fyi that Jordan lake is completely infested with ticks. I know they are there every year, but we went over just for an hour and found 8 ticks amongst us when we got home!! I've been told they are worse than usual this year. So be sure to take bug spray which works against ticks and spray clothes, tent, sleeping bag, etc.
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Old 05-27-2008, 08:18 AM
 
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Yeah, ticks are terrible right now in the Triangle (see the thread I start this weekend). If you want to camp in the next month, I'd head for higher elevation like the Blue Ridge Parkway. It will take a little longer to drive to, but will be well worth it.
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Old 05-27-2008, 09:15 AM
 
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Umstead Park has a lot of campground areas
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Old 05-27-2008, 09:17 AM
 
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Thats why I love Henderson Point at Kerr Lake.
Large sandy camp sites= few ticks .
I wonder how we camped my entire
childhood and never saw a tick or snake??
I think all the campfire smoke on us may have been
repelled the ticks.
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Old 05-27-2008, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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We go to Umstead when we want a quick overnight trip with the kids!
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Old 05-28-2008, 07:51 AM
 
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It is good to see so many good people who like to expose the little ones to the wonders of the outdoors at a young age! We take (drag?) our little 1 and 3 year olds all over the state and beyond. Of course, the kids are most interested in places with the best playgrounds - number one on their list! However, for the all around package we like Kerr Lake and Falls Lake. We have never camped at Umstead (a little too close to home I guess!) but I have always wondered if the airport noise would be too great over there. Just my two cents!
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