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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.

Pictures from POW, Alaska

Comfortable ride on the Inter-Island Ferry heading for Prince of Wales (POW) island. Great way to travel. Pictures below are of a POW interior mountain range (name unknown) and view of Clarence Strait from Sandy Beach. Remaining photos are from Kasaan Totem Park. They were some of the best examples of this art we saw   Read More >>

Sunshine and Totem Poles – Wonders of Prince of Wales, Alaska

May 17 – If Ketchikan is the urban center for this part of southeast Alaska, Prince of Wales (a.k.a. POW) is its total opposite. But I’m getting a head of myself. Woke up in Signal Creek campground in a heavy mist which went from a comfortable drizzle to a steady downpour while walking the dogs   Read More >>

Butte Valley National Grassland

April 27 – Well, we are back into our research mode and it feels good! Our first research is the Butte Valley National Grassland (NG) managed by the Klamath National Forest in California. To be painfully honest it doesn’t look like much of a grassland. Even the gas station attendant in MacDoel didn’t realize there   Read More >>

No Charge (as in FREE!) Developed Campgrounds

A few days camping in a national forest is a wonderful way to unwind from the stress and pressure of our everyday work life; it’s a good “change of wallpaper.” It can be affordable and you don’t to give up all modern conveniences if you head for a developed campground. Fred did a quick report   Read More >>

Increasing gas prices will impact summer camping

As I sat down at my pc this morning, CNN announced a record $105.97 a barrel for gas! OUCH! Not only does this hit you in the wallet but it also hurts the recreation budget of each national forest. How? Just like you, national forests need gasoline to power the vehicles they use for their   Read More >>

Breakfast bars for on the road

Soon we’ll be back on the road researching Alaska’s national forests and I’ll be faced with the challenge of coming up with a breakfast that Fred, a lifelong non-breakfast eater, will find acceptable. His favorite is my Cinnamon and Raisin Bagels with peanut butter but after a few weeks Fred will begin to resist them.   Read More >>

The beginnings of US National Forest Campground Guide

After our 1994 trip to Canada, I was back in the woods and my husband enjoyed being there, too. Could it get better than this? Well, it did. After several camping sojourns, Fred and I discovered a wonderful new camping experience in our Washington, D.C. backyard – Beartree campground in Virginia’s Jefferson National Forest campground!   Read More >>

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