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Notable Campground Dilemma

Each month in our newsletter we identify a “Notable” campground. In some ways, it’s the easiest part of writing the Newsletter. In other ways, it can be the most challenging. What makes one campground “notable” over others? This designation has lead to some heated debates between Fred and I. Here is one debate over Superior   Read More >>

National Forest campgrounds alternatives to most popular National Parks

In 2009, the New York Times TRAVEL Section published an article by Jame Margolies titled The Last-Minute Guide to Summer Camping? We contributed to that article.  Since it seems everyone is looking for the best camping experience, I thought I’d publish a shorten version of Ms. Margolies’s  article. Yosemite National Park is surrounded by Inyo,   Read More >>

Best NF Campgrounds in Arizona

After more than twenty years of crisscrossing this magnificent country, visiting 156 national forests and 20 grasslands, Fred and Suzi Dow have come to appreciate the diversity of recreational opportunities found in national forests and grasslands. When asked, “What is the best campground?,” their answer often is “Depends on what you want to do.” This   Read More >>

My Top Picks for National Forest Campgrounds – Montana

National Parks, such as Glacier and Yellowstone, beckon many tourists to Montana to see and experience their wonders. But there is much more to this state with a big sky and breathtaking beauty. And there is no place better to see and enjoy the wonders of Montana than in one of its nine national forests.   Read More >>

A Campground with Cabins!

Found a very unique feature of the Allegheny National Forest’s Willow Bay campground – Cabins. In Willow Bay campground in the Allegheny National Forest, PA, along the eastern bank of the Allegheny Reservoir, are a dozen little cabins just waiting for the 2011 camping season. Just to give you a heads up, these are not   Read More >>

Crooked River National Grassland – good fun!

May 1 – Woke up to the natural quiet of Crooked River National Grassland’s Haystack Lake campground. What a wonderful sound! Yesterday, we rose to the hustle and bustle of Bend, OR and the sound of traffic on Rt 97 as well as hail falling on the rv’s roof. During the day, some guy on   Read More >>

Noteworthy Bonito Campground, Coconino NF (AZ)

One of the best things about our U.S. National Forest Campground Guide effort is discovering special little places like Bonito campground in the Coconino National Forest (AZ). Located in the shadows of Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument and the San Francisco Mountain range, 12 miles northeast of Flagstaff, Arizona, Bonito is both a great overnight   Read More >>

Holly Springs National Forest

The Holly Springs National Forest, in Mississippi, is only 154,654 acre but has 33 lakes ranging in size from 260 to 2 surface acres. Fourteen of these lakes have “improved” fish habitat.  Chewalla and Puskus lakes are two of the larger lakes and most developed with boat ramps and campgrounds by the same names.

Fletcher View campground, Toiyabe NF (NV)

If I said, “Let’s go camping near Las Vegas, NV” would you in-vision this?  Probably not.  Most of us think Nevada is all dry, dusty, flat desert but this isn’t always the case.  There are some amazing lush riparian areas like the one in this photograph.  The campground is call Fletcher View and it is   Read More >>

Noteworthy Big Therriault Lake campground, Kootenai NF (MT)

During our research, we often hear, “This is the best campground in the system” or “Here is the best campground in the system.” After visiting some 2,000 developed campgrounds from the Forest Service inventory, we have learned what is one person’s treasure could be another’s dump. So, we smile politely and think “we’ll see.” Frankly,   Read More >>

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