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Suzi’s Blog

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.

When camping in bear country

Always keep a clean camp; bears have an excellent sense of smell that can span miles. For bears, garbage = food! Don’t leave food out. Store it in bear resistant storage units or a hard-shelled vehicle, or hang 10 ft. from the ground and 4 ft. from top and side supports. Always store food away   Read More >>

Not such a secret – Blue Springs

Well-known to locals, this peaceful but very cold little spring is a short walk from North Fork campground in Mark Twain National Forest.

What makes a “good” concessionaire?

Allie and Rob are the new concessionaire for Red Bluff campground in Mark Twain National Forest.  They are, in our opinion, better than your average concessionaire.  See June 30’s (last week’s) blog.  So what do you think makes a “better-than-average” concessionaire?

Campground artwork

  A young camper’s artwork at Red Bluff campground.  I agree with the thought.

New concessionaire at Red Bluff campground

  Red Bluff campground in Mark Twain NF (MO) has new managers.  Rob and Allie bring some new ideas to job.  Our favorites: the lending library and nightly ice cream bicycle. In their office, campers will find the lending library along with a rock museum, a couple of kayaks for rent, and a computer to   Read More >>

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