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Old 03-08-2011, 05:42 PM   #1
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If y'all had to pitch a tent in WV...

I'm planning my annual week long M/C camping sport touring trip with my Father in May. I'm looking at pitching a tent in Southern WV. Somewhere around the New River gorge is preferable. We're off to Preston County on the next stop. Showers would be nice. Beer and other provisions close by is a plus. Tell me about your favorite spot.
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Old 03-08-2011, 06:12 PM   #2
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It's a little more south, but-

Google "Burning Rock Park". They have camping, showers, a gift shop for light provisions. You have to get brews elsewhere, town is close by.
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Old 03-09-2011, 04:19 AM   #3
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WV Camping

The WV Dept of Commerce has made a pretty good effort of late to spread the word about various travel opportunities in the state. They have a web site ( with a link to a camping brochure you may want to check out.

There's also a page listing their state parks, quite a few of which even have lodges with full-service restaurants. It's at

I think there are three you may want to consider: Bluestone, Pipestem, and Hawk's Nest. I've never camped and have only visited Pipestem so far, but was quite impressed by the amenities at the park and area as a whole.

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Old 03-09-2011, 04:56 AM   #4
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Boyer Station

Depending how close you wanna be, but Boyer Station is around an hour away but well worth it, close to Cass roadroad, National Observatory. rates are cheap, restaurant on the grounds and just all around great people that run the place. This is a 5 Star place, rates are 12 a person a nite.
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Old 03-09-2011, 05:22 AM   #5
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Babcock State Park is close to New River.

Boyer is good further up the road.

If you want to rough camp try this.

Bathe in the river.........

Beer is where you find it!!!!!
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Old 03-09-2011, 10:19 AM   #6
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Just a heads up on the matter of beer:

(From the WV State Parks website)

Except as authorized in writing by the Director for group functions, no person shall have in his or her possession beer, wine, liquor, or other alcoholic beverages within the boundaries of the following historical, day use and natural area state parks which include:

Berkeley Springs,
Brush Creek Falls day-use area managed by Pipestem State Park,
Carnifex Ferry Battlefield,
Cass Scenic Railroad,
Chief Logan; Provided, That beer, wine, and alcoholic beverages may be served in the restaurant, lodge, and conference center, without prior written authorization from the Director,
Droop Mountain Battlefield,
Fairfax Stone Historic Monument,
Little Beaver,
Pinnacle Rock,
Prickett's Fort,
Valley Falls, and
Watters Smith Memorial, the
Greenbrier River Trail and the
North Bend Rail Trail;

in the following vacation parks:
Audra, except in reserved picnic shelters;
Camp Creek,
Moncove Lake,
Tomlinson Run, except in reserved picnic shelters,
Bluestone State Park, in all boat launch ramp parking areas and all camping areas within its boundaries,
Beech Fork State Park, in all camping areas within its boundaries, and
Hawks Nest State Park, except the lodge and Hawks Nest golf course which is operated as part of Hawks Nest State Park;

in all state forests, which include:
Calvin Price,
Camp Creek,
Coopers Rock,
Panther, and

in the following state wildlife management areas:
Berwind Lake,
Laurel Lake,
Plum Orchard Lake;

and in those state park and state forest areas where they are prohibited by posted signs; Provided, That any person, group, or association sponsoring a private party at the multi-purpose log barn at Prickett's Fort State Park may provide beer, wine, liquor, and all other alcoholic beverages for guests at a private party as long as the party is not open to the general public.


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Old 03-09-2011, 12:00 PM   #7
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Battle Run is a pretty nice campground at Summersville Lake. They have nice showers and campsites. I think it's 24 dollars per night.
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Old 03-09-2011, 12:04 PM   #8
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Where ya going in Preston Co? I live in Rowlesburg
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Old 03-10-2011, 05:46 AM   #9
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Where ya going in Preston Co? I live in Rowlesburg

I'm also curious. That's were my mom was from. Grandparents and other ancestors buried there. Beautiful area.

Also....road to Hawk's Nest state park is a blast! Ride it.
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Old 03-10-2011, 05:47 AM   #10
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+1 for Pipestem. I've camped there and it was very nice.
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