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Old 08-30-2015, 04:33 PM   #1
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Appalachian Trail trail head

Sorry if this has been covered...

I often hike sections of the AT in Virginia and am wondering if I can park my RV at the trail head overnight. Also Virginia State Parks.

Info / links / etc. much appreciated.
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Old 08-30-2015, 06:37 PM   #2
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Parking at any trail head can be risky because local thieves know you'll be away from the vehicle for a period of time. Leaving an RV there would make me very nervous.

Not sure about your, "Also Virginia State Parks." What about them? Ask a ranger about where to park if you are going on a trail. They might not allow parking an RV overnight in a trail parking lot, it would look like you're trying to avoid a camping fee.
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I know of at least a dozen AT trail head parking lots that would accommodate a small RV but I have never done it. I'm thinking about boondocking at the US7 Snickers Gap, VA parking lot or the VA55 Linden, VA parking lot and see what happens. I'll let you know.
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Parking at any trail head can be risky because local thieves know you'll be away from the vehicle for a period of time. Leaving an RV there would make me very nervous.

Not sure about your, "Also Virginia State Parks." What about them? Ask a ranger about where to park if you are going on a trail. They might not allow parking an RV overnight in a trail parking lot, it would look like you're trying to avoid a camping fee.
Good point on local thieves - thanks.

w/r/t State Parks, I would not try to avoid camping fees. There are a couple parks I hike / mountain bike that do not have any campgrounds. But your point on being a target still applies.
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Sadly, I speak from experience. Many years ago there was talk of damming up the Red River Gorge in eastern Kentucky. We had parked and hiked in from the trailhead many times over a few years and never had an issue. Suddenly, bunches of cars, including ours, were broken into and everything worth anything was stolen. Local authorities didn't do much, they were in favor of the dam and figured all us users of the wilderness area were against the dam, so they didn't discourage the thieves.
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MikeBreeze: Definitely interested in your results. Looking forward to your review.
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