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Old 01-26-2010, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Holly Springs
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Here's my favorite place for a camping, hiking, and biking weekend. It's near Damascus, Virginia and is about a 3 hour drive from the Triangle.

I like to camp at Beartree Campground in Mt. Rogers Recreation Area. It's wooded and each campsite is surrounded by rhododendrum. It's beautiful when they are blooming. I'm not sure about the alcohol thing. We did drink a bottle of wine or two, but I didn't think to check if it was legal or not.

Facility Details - Recreation.gov, Beartree (VA) - Recreation.gov)

We then take a morning to bike the Virginia Creeper Trail. I took my own bike, but there are plenty of places for rentals.
Virginia Creeper Trail Guide - Virginia's Premiere Mountain Biking Experience

Then there is hiking at Grayson Highlands in Mt. Rogers Recreation Area. The views are phenomenal and you may even be lucky enough to spot a wild pony. Actually, they can be a bit annoying at times. I had one that looked like Tina Turner trying to get into my daypack!
Grayson Highlands State Park
this actually sounds like a nice place as long as the facilities at the campground are good- clean showers and rest rooms..

I went to grandfather mountain campground in 2008 and i had flashbacks to the bathroom in the SAW movie after using their restrooms....

seriously...
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Old 01-26-2010, 12:36 PM
 
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nantahala?? is that that 4x4 center? How are turkey creeks showers/restrooms and sites? Do they have firewood free/cheap onsite?

thanks!!
No, Nantahala Outdoor Center, on the Nantahala river. Whitewater, mountain bike rental, outfitter store, sea kayak rental for fontana lake. The Appalachian trail crosses the river there, so great altitude gain hiking.

Turkey creek sells firewood, redid their bathrooms last year.

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Turkey Creek Campground

Whitewater Rafting on the Ocoee, Chattooga, Nantahala, Pigeon, French Broad, Nolichucky, Cheoah, New and Gauley Rivers - Whitewater rafting on the Nantahala, Ocoee, Chattooga, Pigeon, French Broad, Nolichucky, Cheoah, New and Gauley Rivers with NOC
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Old 01-26-2010, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Holly Springs
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this place sounds really good. we may go there. i like to drink but nothing crazy just feel good and laugh alittle.

I like the low noise rules etc...They say no cars. What does that mean though? Wherever I camp I need my truck right there so I can get to it etc....does the campground allow parking at your tent???



thanks..
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Old 01-26-2010, 02:28 PM
 
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There's parking for cars at each campsite...most campsites have room for at least 2. Not sure where you saw "no cars". Scroll through the pictures and you'll get a sense of it.
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Old 01-26-2010, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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One of our favorite spots is Morrow Mountain State Park in Albemarle NC. Beautiful campsites, tons of trees, deer that will come right up to your campsite, clean bath houses with hot showers. You can hike, rent boats, fish, etc. They sell firewood but we've always found plenty to burn just from old trees and limbs that have fallen on their own. The park service usually cuts those trees and limbs and leaves them for campers to collect. But keep in mind that alcohol is not permitted in any state park, and park service does drive through the camping area from time to time. I think most people just keep it out of sight and act responsibly.
Wow, no offense, but Morrow Mt isn't even in the mountains. I mean it's okay for that part of the state, but nothing THAT special. There are some truly glorious spots to camp in the mountains of NC - you should check a few others out
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Old 01-26-2010, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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Here's my favorite place for a camping, hiking, and biking weekend. It's near Damascus, Virginia and is about a 3 hour drive from the Triangle.

I like to camp at Beartree Campground in Mt. Rogers Recreation Area. It's wooded and each campsite is surrounded by rhododendrum. It's beautiful when they are blooming. I'm not sure about the alcohol thing. We did drink a bottle of wine or two, but I didn't think to check if it was legal or not.

Facility Details - Recreation.gov, Beartree (VA) - Recreation.gov)

We then take a morning to bike the Virginia Creeper Trail. I took my own bike, but there are plenty of places for rentals.
Virginia Creeper Trail Guide - Virginia's Premiere Mountain Biking Experience

Then there is hiking at Grayson Highlands in Mt. Rogers Recreation Area. The views are phenomenal and you may even be lucky enough to spot a wild pony. Actually, they can be a bit annoying at times. I had one that looked like Tina Turner trying to get into my daypack!
Grayson Highlands State Park
Great suggestion - beautiful views!
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Old 01-26-2010, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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We like Turkey Creek, which is just outside Bryson City. Been going there for about 10 years. Surrounded by Fontana Lake, about 2 miles from Tsali (mountain biking). Nantahala Outdoor center right down the road. Tons of hiking in the area (ie within 5 miles), but you do have to drive to it. A little over 4 hours from Chapel Hill.
Absolutely gorgeous area, well worth the trip
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Old 01-26-2010, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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We go to Davidson River Campground..Kids love it!
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Davidson River (NC)
1 DAVIDSON RIVER CIRCLE
Pisgah Forest NC 28768

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
35.28306, -82.73306


From the intersection of Highway 280/64/276, go north on Highway 276 for 1 mile. Follow signs to campground.
This is a beautiful campground - but it is too popular for me to enjoy anymore. It is just packed all the time during the spring and summer. But if you don't mind camping among hundreds of other people it can be fun for kids
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Old 01-26-2010, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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My wife and I have camped at Stone Mountain state park a number of times. Plenty of trees and firewood is available for purchase from the ranger. Collecting your own is forbidden and I was surprised to read it is allowed in Morrow Mountain park. There are showers available and last time we were there (years ago) they were acceptable. No open alcohol, but they aren't going to inspect your unlabeled beverages. There are hiking trails in the park as well as wild and stocked trout streams.
Stone Mt is a great choice when you want something mountainous with great trails closer to Charlotte or Raleigh. I personally like it even better in the winter when there are not many other campers around.
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Old 01-26-2010, 03:12 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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Wow, no offense, but Morrow Mt isn't even in the mountains. I mean it's okay for that part of the state, but nothing THAT special. There are some truly glorious spots to camp in the mountains of NC - you should check a few others out
Im sorry I got to diagree with you there. It may not be a part of the Appalachian Mountains but it is a part of one of the oldest mountain chains in North America == Uwharrie . Plus its a lot shorter of a drive from the Triangle
History Of Uwharrie (http://www.uwharriepoint.com/geninfo/whotalking.asp - broken link)
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