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The U.S. National Forest Campgrounds Guide website,, is a wealth of information about developed campgrounds in all 176 national forests and grasslands across the country. It is basically an encyclopedia, straight forward and impersonal. Suzi’s Blog adds a little personal touch to the website with postings about our experiences, adventures, and discoveries along with other postings related to camping, national forests and grasslands, and family fund.

I am Suzi Dow and I hope you will find something interesting, something helpful, something informative, but mostly something that will help you get out and discover our national forests and grasslands.

Camper’s Fruit Crisp for dessert

Somehow, after a day of hiking, swimming, and doing assorted camping related activities, we need dessert to finish off our dinner.  This Camper’s Crisp is perfect end.  At home we might add a scoop of ice cream but out in a national forest, a big soup spoon is all we need. Camper’s Fruit Crisp Melt   Read More >>

Fly Fishing Festival in Ennis, MT

On Labor Day weekend each year, Ennis, MT, located on the banks of the Madison River, holds its annual Fly Fishing Festival. Lots of fly-fishing related stuff, such as equipment, demonstrations, along with lectures and art, as well as music and good food (the smoked trout pizza was amazing!). The Madison River, flows between the   Read More >>

Dixie in Yosemite National Park

Dixie is our little pink mascot and goes everywhere with us.  This year that includes a pass through Yosemite National Forest in California.  We drove through Yosemite so we could get to Stanislaus National Forest‘s Rt 108 corridor (they have one new and a renovated campgrounds) and research we needed to do. You might not   Read More >>

Here’s a Dog Menu – A first!

Dogs are always welcomed in national forests but not always in restaurants.  We found one exception to this at the Mount Charleston Lodge’s outdoor patio cafe in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area in Toiyabe National Forest northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada.  They even presented Ralf with  is one menu which included favorites like carrot   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 >>

Our national forests need your help

Some 62 million acres in national forests need long-term restorative action due to wildfire damage, insects, disease, and natural disasters.  What can you do?  It is simple – enjoy a national forest or grassland and then tell a friend about your experiences.  You can also go to National Forest Foundation’s blog to learn more about   Read More >>

Can I ride my OHV (Off Highway Vehicle)?

National forests and grasslands are open to “multi-uses.”  This means you can do more than hike and camp.  You can ride your OHV, ATV, or dirt bike in most national forest or grassland.  However, motorized vehicle use is limited to designated roads and trails.  This isn’t meant to limit the fun but to protect the   Read More >>


It has been a long while but we are back!  A lot has been happening.   Dani passed a way with a sudden illness caused by ticks. We have had a long list of technical problems to resolve.  To say nothing of the challenges of re-designing Camping with Suzi web pages and developing a mobile-friendly   Read More >>

You can prevent wildfires

Wildfire continue to destroy wide swaths of national forests and grasslands. The black stumps and scorch earth left by wildfires are reminders we should always follow basic wildfire safety when in the forest or on a grassland. Here are some of those basics: Scrape dead grass and other flammable materials away from campfire sites. Keep   Read More >>

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