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Old 05-04-2012, 11:21 PM   #1
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Trip planning information request.

Greetings. My Mother is a senior, senior citizen. (At this point she would say, "Oh can it. I'm an old broad. But I'm cute.") Oh. yeah. She's a hand full. Mom has ridden boats, ships, airplanes, tractor-trailer, horse, cow. You name it she's tried it. And at 86 she worries me.

Anyway. Mom has not ridden in a motor home nor stayed in an RV for a couple days trip. My Grandson, her great-grandson graduates from high school in June and I'd like to take Mom from Indianapolis, IN to Norfolk, VA and back for a graduation/camping trip.

Looking at the map and the National Parks site I think a camp site in the George Washington National Forest both going and returning would just tickle her to no end.

I am having some difficulty finding a campground in the National Forest reasonably close to I-64 in Virginia. We'll be in a 32 foot RV towing a car. The campgrounds I've found so far have like 18 foot or so length restrictions.

Anyone have information to help me find a reasonably easy access campground along I-64 in the George Washington National Forest. It will be greatly appreciated.

(Geeze. I ended up writing a book.)
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Your close to Big Meadows campground in Shenandoah NP. I-64 passes by the southern entrance of Shenandoah's Skyline drive. You can enter there and drive along Skyline drive for about 50 mile to Big Meadows campground right on top of Shenandoah's Skyline Drive. There are pull-offs about every mile or so. Skyline drive averages about 3000' to 3500' feet along a ridge. The valley below is about 1000'. So you get great views from the pull offs.

Big Meadows Campground is one of 3 campgrounds in Shenandoah NP. By far it is the largest. There are about 200 sites. Most will handle 40' RV's. Big Meadows is by the Byrd Visitor center, Black Rock Lodge and overlook at 3500'. There is no electric in any of the NP. campgrounds at Shenandoah, but at 3500' the valley might be at 100 degrees and up top it is in the low 80's. There are shower houses, water to fill your tank and dump station, grocery store....Black Rock Lodge is next door. After your visit you can take route 33 back to I-65 and continue to Norfolk. Here are some pictures from our 04' & our 10' trip which we spent 4-5 nights in Shenandoah on our way to Myrtle Beach.
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Thank you, thank you. I didn't even look in that area. And your photos show the breath taking views. Nice campground. I'm setting my sites on this campground.

Mom indicated she'd like to go over Hawks Nest, WV on Hwy. 60 and stop at Babcock St. Pk. near Clifftop. Its been a long time since I went over Hawks Nest and never in a MH towing.

Think I really like your recommendation. I really appreciate the information.

You ever get to NW Florida (Panhandle) and need information or a place to overnight you give us a shout.
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Thank you, thank you. I didn't even look in that area. And your photos show the breath taking views. Nice campground. I'm setting my sites on this campground.

Mom indicated she'd like to go over Hawks Nest, WV on Hwy. 60 and stop at Babcock St. Pk. near Clifftop. Its been a long time since I went over Hawks Nest and never in a MH towing.

Think I really like your recommendation. I really appreciate the information.

You ever get to NW Florida (Panhandle) and need information or a place to overnight you give us a shout.
I have never been over Hawks Nest in an RV either, it was always in an 18 wheeler before I-64 was finished from I-77 ti I-81. It is definatly a trip. I haven't been across the Blue Ridge parkway in years, but it is beautiful. Have fun , old trucker
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Mom indicated she'd like to go over Hawks Nest, WV on Hwy. 60 and stop at Babcock St. Pk. near Clifftop. Its been a long time since I went over Hawks Nest and never in a MH towing.
We stayed at Babcock SP back in '07 and used US-60 as a 'short cut' instead of dropping way south and then back up. US-60 was a good road then, it does have some grades and some truck traffic. But we had no problems driving it with the MH and toad. Take the time to check out the New River Gorge Bridge while your there. They close it one day a year so people can jump off of it.

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[QUOTE=Bob and Inga;1167616]Take the time to check out the New River Gorge Bridge while your there. They close it one day a year so people can jump off of it.

There is a COE park about 10 miles from the bridge. It was beautiful. Highly recommended.
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Based on my limited experience with National Parks, it may be a good idea to call them for a chat before you reserve online.

I was recently in the park at Ft. Pickens for a couple of nights, and fortunately changed my reservation at check in. I had a look at the site I had originally reserved, which the website claimed was a 40' site, and there was no way I would have been able to stuff my rig in that hole.

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If your thinking about Big Meadows campground in Shenandoah for any weekend in the summer, you might want to do a reservation. PM me if you want some site #'s with pictures that would fit a MH....Many campgrounds I go to I'll make a database of good sites with pictures for future visits...

During the week you will find sites open. But the weekends the place when we were there in Early Aug 2010 was 75 to 80% full....

Most sites there can be reserved
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I have never been over Hawks Nest in an RV either, it was always in an 18 wheeler before I-64 was finished from I-77 ti I-81. It is definatly a trip. I haven't been across the Blue Ridge parkway in years, but it is beautiful. Have fun , old trucker
Oh yeah. Pulled it several times prior to the Interstate completion. Not much time for sight seeing then. And when I got to the end of the trip people would ask why I was so tired. Duh.

Our saying was, 'Ashes to ashes. Dust to dust. If it weren't for stepdecks the left lane would rust.'
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If your thinking about Big Meadows campground in Shenandoah for any weekend in the summer, you might want to do a reservation. PM me if you want some site #'s with pictures that would fit a MH....Many campgrounds I go to I'll make a database of good sites with pictures for future visits...

During the week you will find sites open. But the weekends the place when we were there in Early Aug 2010 was 75 to 80% full....

Most sites there can be reserved
I am giving Big Meadows consideration and looking for/at others. I may send a PM. Thank you very much for sharing the information.
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I am giving Big Meadows consideration and looking for/at others. I may send a PM. Thank you very much for sharing the information.
Mom says she now thinks Babcock State Park might be the better choice. You know? I think I'm gonna tell Mom to pick out a park and we'll go for it. I'm tired of being confused with trip planning. Geeze.

I'll let you know where we stayed when we get back. I told if she changed her mind much more she was gonna sleep in the trunk. She told me that if I didn't straighten up 'she'd' drive the motorhome. Scared me right into agreeing with her.
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