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Old 09-10-2019, 01:32 PM   #1
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Hello All,

One of our favorite things we like to do while camping is paved or crushed stone trail biking (we have road bikes so no mountain bike trails), hiking/walking and kayaking. Some of our favorite places to do these activities include Table Rock State Park in Missouri, Gulf State Park in Alabama and Tiger Run Resort in Colorado.

We like those best because we don't have to drive from the campground to get to trails or to the water.

What are your favorite campgrounds that have trails to bike and lakes to kayak?

Thanks for your response in advance.

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DW and I go to Trailways Campground in Whitehall, MI at least once a year. Bicycle trails border two sides of the cg. Michigan has designated many of their trails as state parks so they are in very good condition. Trailways is a no frills cg geared toward adults. Nothing really to attract kids. White Lake and Lake Michigan are across the road. White River is a block away and empties into White Lake. This cg is run by the city of Whitehall.


We also stayed in South Haven, Michigan at a campground I can't recommend but there are a lot of bicycle trails in that area as well


Michigan is full of bicycle trails. You can get on in southern MI and go clear to the Bridge on bike trails if you are so inclined
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Old 09-10-2019, 07:12 PM   #3
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You can find areas of interest around the Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois.
Rend Lake
Fern Clyffe
Crab Orchard Lake
Giant City
To name a few. There are others.

Take a good look at Fern Clyffe State Park.
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Wow... just about every place you go across the country has what you're after. Pick a state and Google for trails, biking, kayaking & you'll find places. Places to stay will be nearby.

These trails are awesome throughout the country: https://secure.railstotrails.org/sit...uidebooks.html

The books are also available on Amazon.
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The KOA in Connelsville PA has the GAP (Great Allegheny Passage) that runs through the campground. Can take it all the way to Cumberland MD one way or to near Pittsburgh the other. It joins up with the C&O Towpath in Cumberland & you can take that all the way to Washington DC.

Markin Glen in Kalamazoo MI has access to the Kal-Haven Trail just outside the park (no driving required), just a short stint on residential street to get to it. The only part about that trail I didn't like was a very brief section of it goes by a homeless camp located in a picnic shelter in a downtown Kalamazoo park. It's sad to see people in those conditions.

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Our Kayak has collected a little dust lately but we sure enjoy bicycling. A couple nice RV parks not too far from you that have great bicycling right from the park are Home and https://sundermeierrvpark.com/.
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We spend most of the summer by Acadia National Park. In the park are 45 Miles of carriage roads built by John rockefeller,JR that are used only by hikers,bikes and horses. Hard packed gravel with great scenery. There are also over 120 miles of marked hiking trails in the park and numerous ponds and lakes to kayak on in addition to the ocean and bays. We alternate-- one day hike, next day kayak, next day bike and repeat If too windy or ? we might swap out a kayak day for biking... bottom line is if you enjoy that stuff, plenty of opportunities to do it there.
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If you make it out west and happen to be in Idaho, check out the Sawtooth National Recreation Area run by the US Forest Service. Miles and miles of hiking and biking trails. Several lakes to boat and kayak on. Red Fish Lake is a popular one. Also the Salmon River runs right thru the area. Many campgrounds and tons of boondocking sites.
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This is an awesome South Dakota trail in gorgeous surroundings:

https://gfp.sd.gov/parks/detail/geor...ckelson-trail/
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This is an awesome South Dakota trail in gorgeous surroundings:

https://gfp.sd.gov/parks/detail/geor...ckelson-trail/
We're in custer now and I'm wanting to kick myself for not being our bikes. There's also several lakes in the area for kayaking. The entrance to custer gulch cg crosses the mickelson trail.
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Thanks to all for the recommendations. These look great.
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checking out bike trails is one of our top priorities. sometimes the campgrounds are right on the trail, but we will drive a short distance if necessary. The George s. mickelson trail is awesome. check out the route of the Hiawatha trail in Idaho. not sure about rv access, but they had a boondock area near the trailhead in 2003. In Louisiana check out tammany trace. The trail goes right through fontainebleue state park. To access the Cape Cod trail try Atlantic oaks park. KOA west new orleans you can bike to the Mississippi river trail. from Jekyll island state park, you can cycle around the island. Hilton head motorcoach resort has access to the bike trails on Hilton head. There is a koa close to the sparta elroy trail in Wisconsin One of the original rails to trails. Always looking for new areas, so if you have something else please join in.
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