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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.

Help with Eating Out

If you are a tent, car, rv, or whatever camper, you probably share two traits with other campers. One, you are basically a healthy person and, two, you enjoy eating out while camping. Is there anything better than discovering is little unknown café that serves the best peach cobbler ever? Unfortunately none of your great   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 >>

Americans spending less time in the woods – Really?

Early in February, a Nature Conservancy sponsored study was published in the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences”. This study suggests fewer people are engaging in outdoor recreation than in previous years. The study’s authors, Oliver Pergams and Patricia Zaradic, claimed there has been a 18 to 25 percent decline in all outdoor recreation,   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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