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Old 07-16-2013, 12:21 PM   #16
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I camped in the Cranberry Wilderness last weekend. It was beautiful and cool.
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Old 07-16-2013, 12:30 PM   #17
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Big Bend is great but at low altitude - 1100ft if I remember correctly.

Spruce Knob Lake is also at 4000ft which might be a good option as well - never been there.

One interesting option would be to take FR79 off of Smoke Hole Canyon Rd up to the ridge. You would be at 3700ft and smack dab in the middle of some great riding. You could scoot down to Big Bend Campground to shower if needed.
Big Bend can be hot and humid. It also can get crowded and is $20 a night. Spruce Knob Lake is $20 a night too. LF is $8 a night.

There are a couple of primitive campsites part the way up FR-79 and plenty of primitive camping on top. And it's free. You don't need to go all the way to Big Bend to shower in the South Branch.(no showers at Big Bend anyway, and if there were it would cost you $20 to enter the campground)
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Old 07-16-2013, 12:47 PM   #18
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We like Blue Bend campground. It's at 2000ft but is always cooler there. 10 dollars gets you a nice campsite, showers, and a great swimming hole, plus it's in the middle of some great riding.
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Old 07-16-2013, 01:06 PM   #19
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Lots of options,

Big bend is nice, but stays pretty warm.

laurel Fork is always good. Lots of primitive camping south of LF as well. Couple of really nice spots on the bank of the west fork of the greenbrier right off PR44. Lots and lots of back country spots along the WV/VA border east of Sugar Grove.

Red Creek at Dolly is awesome but almost always full due to hikers.

Little Beaver in Calvin Price state forest is nice and very quiet out on the far end.

Several spots along the Williams River(dispersed camping). Plus Day Run campground. There is Dispersed camping along Gandy creek as well.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/mnf/...camping-cabins
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Old 07-16-2013, 01:12 PM   #20
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There is Dispersed camping along Gandy creek as well.
I forgot about that one. Everytime we ride through there I want to come back and camp along the Gandy. What a pretty area.
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Old 07-16-2013, 02:09 PM   #21
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What HBN and WVDIRTBIKER suggested are excellent places. I like the small (primitive) Red Creek Campground up in the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area. Definitely cool, but again, primitive; nice tent pads with tables. A couple of one-holers and a pump that usually only spits out rusty water due to lack of continued use. Watching the sun rise in the east can be a treat tho'. Wasn't too much sun this day (in April), but you get the idea:



Seneca Forest is also nice and it's usually stays pretty cool over the summer months; lots of shade. Downside is that the showers are up the road a bit.



Camping along the Williams River can be hit and miss. It's spots usually fill up pretty quickly during the summer, and especially over the weekends. The upside is that you have a nice cool crick to get into to cool off.



Note: There are wider areas of shore line to pitch a tent than this picture shows.

Having said all of that, my most favorite place is camping in the Meadow in Helvetia. Quaint little village and there is food within walking distance at the Hutte, or the Kulter Haus... also the general store and post office.

http://kulturhaus.helvetiawv.com/



Anyway, good luck in your journey, and be safe. I don't think you'll have any problem finding a place where you'll feel comfortable.

And FWIW, I always carry my Gerbings...... even in the summer. You never know what you'll run into.

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Old 07-16-2013, 03:09 PM   #22
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You don't need to go all the way to Big Bend to shower in the South Branch.(no showers at Big Bend anyway, and if there were it would cost you $20 to enter the campground)
I have not seen them myself - but I have been told they installed showers over the winter. I looked into this because it is a requirement to get my fiancé out there this summer

Can anyone confirm?
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Old 07-16-2013, 03:21 PM   #23
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I have not seen them myself - but I have been told they installed showers over the winter. I looked into this because it is a requirement to get my fiancé out there this summer

Can anyone confirm?
Give me a week or so and I'll see what I can do about the confirmation. The little lady has been itching to get out to BB again.
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:47 AM   #24
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Planning on heading in this general direction myself this weekend. Ill probably stay at LF or maybe in Dolly Sods. Haven't been to either one.
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:14 PM   #25
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Planning on heading in this general direction myself this weekend. Ill probably stay at LF or maybe in Dolly Sods. Haven't been to either one.
Well if you see a Ducati Monster and a FZ6 loaded up with camping gear in the area give us a wave or stop and say hi.
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Old 07-25-2013, 01:59 PM   #26
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UPDATE

I just wanted to thank everyone for the feedback. I ended up at Caledonia Hosack run in PA on the way down which was very nice. Once in WV it was a mix of places but big bend was the highlight. Very nice place with nice people and yes they do have showers.

I also stayed a peaceful river campgrounds in VA. I was kind of nervous at first since it is an old ladies farm field with some trailers down by the river but the spot was nice.

The last spot which worked out nice because it was a Sunday night and empty was the broken wheel in the stonewall jackson wildlife area.

Overall I got about 1700 miles in over 6 days and most of it was on the smallest twistiest roads I could find. My favorite road of the trip being US 250.

Thanks again and I'll post a couple photos below.











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Old 07-25-2013, 03:33 PM   #27
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Looks like a great time
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Old 07-25-2013, 05:45 PM   #28
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That sounds like a helluva trip, good pics.
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Old 07-27-2013, 07:46 PM   #29
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but big bend was the highlight. Very nice place with nice people and yes they do have showers.
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