Places

PRINCE WILLIAM FOREST NATIONAL PARK, Triangle, Virginia – June 2010
An unbelieveable find, just off of I-95 about 30 miles south of Washington, D.C.  I had no idea there was a National Park so close and though it does not have electric or water hook ups for RVs it does have hot showers, a ton of hiking trails and is only a 15 mile drive to the Metro Parking and the blue line into the capitol.  The sites are fairly secluded and very woody.  No resrvations but there was plenty of room the entire time I was there.  $7.50 with Seniors Pass and $15 without it.

ARROWHEAD and BADIN LAKE, UWHARRIE NATIONAL FOREST – May 2010
One of my favorites so far.  Arrowhead is more for RV’s and has electric and water on site while Lake Badin is more for tents but is right on the lake.  Both offer hot showers and flush toilets.  The Uwharrie is a great place to visit.  You can fish, hike, swim and even pan for gold.  You will need reservations as this place flls up almost every week end.

LAKE RUSSELL CAMPGROUND, CHATTAHOOCHIE NAT’L. FOREST- April 2010
In the hills of Northern Georgia this was a really secluded campground.  The showers were hot, the beach was very nice and the hiking trails kept me busy.  One of the nice things was the town of Cornelia, Georgia just a few miles away.  It was just opened for the season and I actually had the entire campground to myself for a week.

OCEAN POND, OSCEOLA NATIONAL FOREST – April 2010
An absolute gem!  Lakefront and wooded campsites, 19 with electric hook ups for RV’s and 17 others with water hook ups at the sites.  A lot of great hiking and biking trails and an old Civil War battlefield nearby.  Hot showers, flush toilets and Landry facilities all at National Forest prices.  Super place!

FORE LAKE, OCALA NATIONAL FOREST – March 2010
A great little campground on a small lake near Ocala.  No hook ups for RV’s but a nicely kept and quiet place on a small lake.  Not a lot of activity but a great place to just chill out for a bit with flush toilets and hot showers.

JUNIPER SPRINGS, OCALA NATIONAL FOREST – March 2010
I stayed at Juniper Springs for 5 nights and it was mostly a pleasant experience.  Unfortunately there was a record rainfall one day which totally flooded most of the campsites including mine.  When you get 9 inches of rain in one day it will be hard to keep anything dry in a tent camp.  The facilities were clean and the showers, while not hot were at least warm.  A couple of nice walking trails and a great pool which is fed by the stream.  The pool temperture stays at 70 degrees year round so it is quite an attraction on a chilly day.
The “tents only”  loop features tables, grills and packed sand for the tent pads.  Most of them are quite open and close together.  The other loops are for tents and RV’s and feature mostly the sound of generators.

Campsite at Juniper Springs

EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK – January 2010
I have been in Everglades National Park for most of the year so far.  Even with record cold tempertures it has been the warmest place in the counry for most of the winter.
The “River of Grass” as Marjorie Stoneman Douglass called it ids immense and mesmerizing.  Perhaps the most diverse eco-system of any national park and offering a great learning and camping experience.  With “free” Ranger led activities such as Bike Hikes, Canoe Treks and Slough Slogging down through interpretive trails through the hammocks and pinelands, well, there is enough to fill many days. 
The camping was great from the shores of Florida Bay at Flamingo

Florida Bay

to the pinelands at Long Pine Key

Long Pine Key

Both areas have space for RV’s and tents but currently without any hook ups.  They do however have dump stations and next year Flamingo will have a section with electric hook ups for RV’s.  The Kayaking and canoeing at Flamingo was super and the hiking and trails at Long Pine will keep you well occupied.  And don’t forget the Gators and Birds of which there are plenty.  In any case you will enjoy it!

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