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Camping Locations State Parks – North Carolina Gorges State Park PO Box 100, Sapphire, N.C. 28774-0100 (828) 966-9099 gorg@citcom.net Camping Gorges State Park offers primitive camping in vastly different natural environments. At the Grassy Ridge Access area, hikers can backpack into the Ray Fisher Place campground. This hike to the campsites is approximately 2.7 miles from the parking lot, and the trail is blazed with green circles. Six primitive campsites are available. Each contains a picnic table, fire ring and lantern hook. The campsites also have an accessible pit toilet. Campers must sign in at the registration area located at the Grassy Ridge parking lot trailhead. Primitive camping is also available near the southern boundary of the park along the Foothills Trail. There are designated backpack sites along the trail within the park boundary. Access to the Foothills Trail is at the Frozen Creek parking lot. Follow the yellow square markers to the trail. For additional information on the Foothills Trail, contact the Foothills Trail Conference. Hiking Offering rugged terrain that will challenge any outdoors enthusiast, visitors who traverse the steep, backwoods trails will be rewarded with views of dazzling waterfalls or perhaps an encounter with one of the numerous rare species of the park. However, some of the more secluded areas of the park are not recommended for casual hiking. One of the park's most popular pathways is the Foothills Trail. Established by Duke Energy, the trail winds along the southern portion of the state park and wraps around Lake Jocassee, where primitive campsites are available. The trailhead is located at the Frozen Creek Access area in Rosman on Frozen Creek Road. This area provides parking, picnic areas and trailheads. To minimize human impact on the park, Gorges does not contain any trash receptacles. Visitors must carry out what they take into the park. Please exercise caution while hiking near waterfalls. Not only are the rocks slick and the risk for injury high; many rare species thrive in the misty atmosphere created by the falls, and human contact can be detrimental to the plants survival.

Mount Mitchell 2388 State Highway 128, Burnsville, NC 28714 (828) 675-4611 mount.mitchell@ncmail.net Camping Family camping: The nine-site family campground is open throughout the year. Only tent camping is allowed. Each site is equipped with a grill and picnic table. Modern restrooms for use during warm seasons are located nearby. Showers and hot water are not provided. In the winter, campers have access to pit toilets, and no running water is available. Campsites are available on a first-come basis for a modest fee. Pack-in camping: Campers may leave vehicles in the park overnight to backpack into the Pisgah National Forest. Visitors who leave their vehicles in the park must register on the forms provided at the trailheads near the parking area or at the park office. Mount Mitchell offers a choice of trails from which to enjoy the nearby alpine woodlands. Hiking Choose between a short stroll or a more extensive hike into the woods. Either choice will be rewarding as the beauty of the park is best seen from one of its many trails. Hikers should wear appropriate clothing and carry proper gear as the high altitude makes the climate of Mount Mitchell chilly, even in summer. A short trail beginning at the summit parking lot leads to the stone observation tower. On a clear day, visitors can see as far as 85 miles and enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and the Pisgah National Forest. The body of Dr. Elisha Mitchell is buried next to the tower where a stone marker recounts his work in the Black Mountains. Mount Jefferson State Natural Area PO Box 48, Jefferson, NC 28640 (336) 246-9653 mount.jefferson@ncmail.net Hiking An investment of little more than an hour's time offers a high return as the beauty and diversity of the park are best seen while hiking along its trails. Spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and a closer look at the park's vegetation are just a small part of the rewards reaped from a walk in this mountain forest. Summit Trail: Beginning at the parking lot, Summit Trail passes through the picnic ground and ascends 0.3 miles to the highest point on Mount Jefferson. Nearby overlooks provide panoramic views that make this gentle hike a pleasant excursion. Rhododendron Trail: The trailhead for this strenuous 1.1-mile hike is near the terminus of the summit trail. Self-guiding trail booklets can be found at the trailhead. They provide information about points of interest at each of the numbered stations. The trail is most beautiful in early June when the magnificent purple-flowered Catawba rhododendron is in bloom. The self-guided Rhododendron Trail follows a ridge southeast along the crest of the mountain from the summit to Luther Rock, an outcrop of metamorphosed amphibolite. This black volcanic rock is what gives Mount Jefferson its dark appearance. Here, hikers may look back along the horseshoe-shaped ridge to the summit and tower. Beyond is a spectacular view of neighboring valleys and peaks. On clear days, the New River is visible to the east. Bluffs extend along the ridge below the trail where outcrops of amphibolite are visible in winter. The return segment of Rhododendron Trail descends the south side of the mountain. As this area is less exposed to the frigid winds of winter, the trees are somewhat larger than those on the ridge. The trail returns to the picnic area parking lot through a rare virgin forest of large northern red oaks and skeletons of American chestnuts.

New River State Park PO Box 48, Jefferson, NC 28640 (336) 982-2587 new.river@ncmail.net Camping New River State Park offers three access areas that total more than 1,800 acres. Each area provides a canoe-in primitive campground with tables and grills. Wagoner Road Access Area offers nine primitive campsites and bathroom facilities with hot-water showers. At Wagoner Access, campers may park and carry their supplies 250 yards to the campsite, or campers may canoe downstream to a take-out ramp at the campground. At the US 221 Access Area, campers must either walk or canoe to the 15 primitive campsites. Bathroom facilities with hot-water showers are nearby. Alleghany County Access, which has eight canoe campsites, is accessible only by canoe and has pit toilets and a pump for drinking water. Campers must sign in at registration boxes or with a park ranger. A modest fee is charged for camping. Fishing Cast your line from the river banks and reel in tonight's dinner. The south and north forks of the river provide some of the best smallmouth and redeye bass fishing in the region. The south fork downstream from the US 221 bridge is stocked with muskellunge. Trout fishing is excellent in the smaller, faster tributaries, most of which are designated general trout waters and are stocked regularly with rainbow and brown trout. Anglers need a state fishing license and should obey the regulations of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. Hiking Explore the diverse riparian habitat found along the New River at any of the state park access areas. Wagoner Road Access features the Fern Nature Trail, a one-mile, self-guided nature trail. To add another mile to your hike, connect to the Running Cedar Trail. For a spectacular view of the river, hike the one-mile Hickory Trail at US 221 Access Area. The most diverse habitats of the park can be found along the Farm House Loop Trail at Alleghany Access Area. Walk through open fields, rhododendron thickets and oak/hickory woodlands for a beautiful view of the cliffs across the river. Stone Mountain 3042 Frank Parkway, Roaring Gap, NC 28668 (336) 957-8185 stonemtn@infoave.net Camping Family camping: Just past the park office, a turnoff leads to the family campground where campsites for tents and recreational vehicles are located on two loop roads. Each site has a tent pad, table and grill. Drinking water and a washhouse with hot showers and laundry tubs are located nearby. There are no utility hookups, but a dump station for use by registered RV campers is adjacent to the campground. The campground is open year round. Between December 15 and March 15 the washhouse is closed, but a pit toilet and drinking water are available. Select any unoccupied campsite. Park staff will issue a permit at the site. There is a fee for camping and a six-person limit per campsite. All sites are available on a first-come basis. Park gates are locked daily at posted closing hours. Campers are not permitted to leave the park after closing or before 8 a.m., except in an emergency. In an emergency situation, go to the pay phone outside the park office where emergency procedures are posted. Group camping: Four group sites are available for a fee by reservation only. Each site will accommodate 25 people. Each site has a fireplace, grill, tables, water and pit toilets.

Backcountry camping: Six backpack camping sites are located along Widow's Creek. The trailhead leading to the sites is located in the backcountry parking lot. Distance to the sites ranges from 1.5 to 3 miles from the trailhead. All supplies must be packed to the camping area, and minimum impact camping procedures should be followed. Backcountry camping is on a first-come basis by permit only with a maximum of four people per site. Register at the backcountry camping parking lot. Fishing Designated Trout Streams: More than 17 miles of park streams are designated trout waters. Rainbow and brown trout dominate the lower parts of the streams while brook trout inhabit the higher, cooler stretches of water. Garden, Widow's and Big Sandy creeks are Wild Trout Waters where only single hook artificial lures may be used. The East Prong of Roaring River is a stocked stream and is classified as delayed harvest. For approximately eight months of the year, no trout may be harvested from the river and only single hook artificial flies may be used. For season dates and regulations for each type of trout water, contact the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC). A valid state fishing license and trout stamp are required for all streams, and regulations of the WRC are enforced throughout the park. Fish for Fun: Fish just for fun on Bullhead and Rich Mountain creeks. This section is strictly catch and release and is open for fishing year round from 8:30 a.m. until one hour before park closing. Barbless flies and nets are required. A special fishing permit is required for this area and may be purchased at the Bullhead Creek parking area. Permits are issued on a daily basis only. Accessible Fishing Piers: Two accessible fishing piers are located along the East Prong of Roaring River. Accessible parking spaces are provided at each pier. Intended for use by individuals with mobility impairments, other individuals may use the piers when space is available. Rock climbing Climbing is permitted in designated areas on the cliffs of Stone Mountain. Because of the dangers of rock climbing and rappelling, climbing is not recommended for beginners unless they are accompanied by an experienced climber. Participants are responsible for their own personal safety, including securing proper training and equipment, and adhering to safe practices. All climbers must register and possess a valid permit. Self-registration boxes are located at the climbing areas. Contact the park office for additional climbing rules. Trails Stone Mountain Loop Trail: This strenuous loop first leads hikers .75 miles to the summit of Stone Mountain then continues 1.25 miles to the top of Stone Mountain Falls. From the falls, the trail leads two miles to the meadow at the base of Stone Mountain and back to the trailhead. Cedar Rock Trail: Available from both Stone Mountain Loop and Wolf Rock trails, this one-mile trail leads to Cedar Rock, a large granite outcrop allowing views to the south/southeast and an excellent view of Stone Mountain. Wolf Rock Trail: This 1.5-mile trail is entered from Stone Mountain Loop Trail and provides views of the Blue Ridge Mountain escarpment. The ridges dividing three watersheds—Garden Creek, Widow's Creek and Bullhead Creek—can also be seen from atop Wolf Rock. Signs of old field succession are evident along the trail as it leads through areas which are predominantly pine, then mixed pine-hardwood and finally mature hardwood. Black Jack Ridge Trail: Available from Cedar Rock and Wolf Rock trails, this 1.5-mile trail follows an old road bed through heavily wooded areas. In the winter, this strenuous hike offers wonderful views of Stone Mountain. Self-Guided Nature Trail: Beginning at the base of Stone Mountain where the meadow and wooded area meet, this moderate half-mile trail is informative and enjoyable. It travels around the boulder area, across a creek and through a shady section thick with rhododendron and mountain laurel. Information about the park's geology and vegetation is provided along the trail. Middle Falls/Lower Falls Trail: Available from Stone Mountain Loop Trail, this trail leads hikers a half mile along Big Sandy Creek to Middle Falls and then extends to Lower Falls.

Widow's Creek Trail: This trail is entered from the backcountry parking area. The trail follows Widow's Creek for 2.5 miles to the different backcountry sites and stops. To view Widow's Creek Falls, park just beyond the Widow's Creek bridge and walk a short distance upstream. Bridle Trail: The five-mile horseback riding trail begins at the horse trailer parking lot and ends at John P. Frank Parkway. The terrain on the top of Stone Mountain may appear level, but it becomes gradually steeper down slope. Those who wander off the trail risk becoming stranded as the lower sections of the rock are almost vertical. Stay on designated trails and exercise caution as waterfalls and steep, rocky terrain may create hazardous and slippery conditions. Avoid steep, rocky ledges at all times, and exercise extreme caution when rocks are wet.

Pilot Mountain 1792 Pilot Knob Park Road, Pinnacle, NC 27043 (336) 325-2355 pilot.mountain@ncmail.net Camping Family camping: The lower slopes of Pilot Mountain house the family camping area where 49 campsites for tents and trailers are scattered among oaks and hickories. Each site has a tent pad, table and grill. Drinking water is available throughout the campground, and two modern washhouses with hot showers are located nearby. Hookups are not provided. Firewood may be obtained from park staff; gathering wood in the park is not allowed. Campsites are available on a first-come basis for a modest fee. The maximum number of people who can occupy a site is six. Sites are open March 15 through November 30. Youth tent camping: On the north side of the Yadkin River, a camping area for youth groups includes tables, a fire circle, drinking water and pit toilets. Here, organized youth groups can enjoy fellowship in a wilderness setting. Reservations are required. Campers should be alert to high water conditions that may cause flooding in the area. Canoe camping: Hop out of your canoe and onto the Yadkin Islands to spend the night surrounded by water. Two wilderness campsites for canoeists are located on the larger of the two islands. Water and toilets are not provided. Sites are open throughout the year. Canoeing Canoe the Yadkin River through the park on a segment of the Yadkin River Canoe Trail. The 165mile trail follows the course of the river, passing through five reservoirs to the confluence of the Yadkin and Uwharrie rivers. The two-mile portion of the Yadkin River that flows through the park is one of the most scenic stretches along the river's course. Enormous river birches overhang the water and sycamores dot the river banks. Here, the river is broad and shallow with many ripples. Two small islands, 45 and 15 acres in size, lie in the river. The islands may be reached by wading on foot, by horseback or by canoe. The river flows past Bean Shoals Canal Wall, part of an ambitious project undertaken between 1820 and 1825 to build a three-mile canal around Bean Shoals. The project was abandoned before completion. View these historic walls along Canal Trail. There are 38 canoe access sites along the trail. Shoals Access Site is a half mile upstream from the Yadkin Islands. Parts of the river are also suitable for rafting at times. Contact the park office for more information. Rock climbing Rock climbing and rappelling are favorite activities at Pilot Mountain where rocky cliffs offer a challenge to experienced climbers. Climbing is permitted only in designated areas; climbing and rappelling are not permitted on the Big Pinnacle. All climbers must register before beginning a climb. Contact the park office for further information.

Trails Journey on foot, on horseback or in a canoe. No matter what your mode of travel, Pilot Mountain has miles of trails to explore. Little Pinnacle Overlook offers hikers a close-up view of Big Pinnacle and distant views of the valley below. Equestrians and hikers alike will relish the trails through the five-mile woodland corridor that connects the two sections of the park. Cliffs and crevices, ravens, and rhododendron are only a small part of the scenery to be discovered. For more information about the trails, see the park map. Lake James P.O. Box 340, Nebo, NC 28761 (828) 652-5047 lajasp@icu2.net

Camping Twenty backpack campsites are located 150 to 300 yards from the parking lot. Two of these sites are reserved for persons with disabilities. Each campsite provides a fire pit, picnic table and tent space. Approximately every five sites apart, a water faucet is located, and a washhouse with hot showers is accessible near the parking lot. Campsites are available from March 15 through November 30 for a modest fee on a first-come basis. Fishing The cool mountain waters of the Linville and Catawba rivers flow into hilly terrain to form a deep lake with enough points and coves to challenge any fisherman. Water level fluctuation, due to hydroelectric power production, keeps aquatic vegetation at a minimum and concentrates fish populations, especially in winter. Cool, deep waters and warm surface waters provide a variety of sport fishing. Largemouth bass is the most sought-after fish in the lake. The early morning and late afternoon hours during April through October are the best times to angle for this tackle-buster and its smallmouth relative. Walleye, first introduced in 1951, is another prized game fish in the lake. White bass spawn in May, and crappie fishing is best during May through July. Bluegill, robin and catfish are available year round, and record specimens of muskellunge have been caught in the lake. Other fish include bream, sunfish and perch. A fishing license is required. All Wildlife Resources Commission regulations apply. Hiking Take a hike in the spring when the air is scented with azaleas and rhododendron, or stroll in the autumn and watch small animals scurry through fallen leaves in preparation for the winter months ahead. Two one-way footpaths travel along the shoreline of Lake James. A half-mile trail leads to Sandy Cliff Overlook, and a 1.5-mile trail leads through the campground to Lake Channel Overlook. Fox Den Loop Trail is the park's longest trail at 2.2 miles. Like the other park trails, it allows visitors to enjoy a variety of the park's wildlife and vegetation en route.

South Mountains State Park 3001 South Mountains State Park Ave., Connelly Springs, NC 28612 (828) 433-4772 southmountains@conninc.com Backpack camping: Twenty backpack camping sites are offered in six areas of the park. These sites are designated on the park map, and hiking distances to each backpack camping site vary. Each camping area has a pit toilet located nearby. All sites are available on a first-come basis. Upon arrival at the park, backpackers should proceed to the park office and register using the board beside the office door. All supplies, including water, must be packed to the sites. To ingest water from nearby creeks and streams, use a filtration device or boil the water for at least five minutes. Below is a listing of the backpack campsites and the distance between the campsites and the parking lot. Upper Falls Trail, 1.5 miles to campsite Shinny Creek, 1.5 miles to campsite Sawtooth Trail, 2.5 miles to campsite Jacob Branch, 3.5 miles to campsite Fox Trail, 5 miles to campsite Murray Branch, 6 miles to campsite Family camping: Primitive family camping is available a half mile east of the park office. Eleven campsites include a picnic table and fire circle, and one site is wheelchair accessible. Pit toilets are located nearby. Family campsites are available on a first-come basis. When you arrive in the campground, set up in an unoccupied site and a park ranger will register you near the park's closing hour. Group camping: Group camping facilities are available at Shinny Creek. Reservations for groups may be made by contacting the park office. Fishing The park has many miles of streams where an angler can cast a line. Most of the streams are classified as wild trout water while approximately two miles are classified as delayed harvest trout water. While general trout regulations apply in this area for part of the year, only single hook artificial lures can be used from October through the first Friday in June, and every fish caught must be released. A special license is needed for trout fishing, and all rules and regulations of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission are enforced. Trails Hiking: Choose from a variety of marked hiking trails. The most popular trail, High Shoals Falls Loop Trail, travels one mile along the Jacob Fork River to the base of High Shoals Falls, a beautiful crystal-clear waterfall. The trail then continues to the top of the falls before looping around and returning to the picnic area. The terrain can be rugged, so be observant of the trail and wear sturdy shoes. An easier trail, originating near the park office, is the Hemlock Nature Trail. This .74-mile wheelchair-accessible loop travels along the Jacob Fork River and through a forest. Eleven display areas along the trail explain the riparian environment of South Mountains State Park and describe its plants and animals. In addition, two kiosk areas provide information about watersheds and trout-stream ecology. Another popular but very strenuous trail is Chestnut Knob Trail, a two-mile trail to Chestnut Knob Overlook. Horseback riding: There are 29 miles of equestrian trails at South Mountains State Park. Ride horseback on the Dogwood Trail past Benn Knob, the second highest peak in the park at an elevation of 2,894 feet. The trailhead is located at the west end of the horse trailer parking area on Turkey Ridge Trail. Mountain-bike trails: South Mountains State Park is one of the few parks in the state parks system offering mountain bicyclists the chance to ride through the park. The 18-mile loop trail is strenuous, so riders should be in good shape before attempting it.

Crowders Mountain State Park 522 Park Office Lane, Kings Mountain, NC 28086 (704) 853-5375 crmo@vnet.net Camping When you've finished exploring for the day, settle in for a long night's sleep. Located approximately one mile from the park office are secluded areas for camping — areas so private there's often not another person in sight. Both campgrounds are reached by trail and all supplies must be packed to the campsites. Campers must register at the park office. Backcountry Camping: A one-mile trail leads to the forested camping area where each campsite has a grill and tent pad. Drinking water and pit toilets are provided. A modest fee is charged and campsites are available on a first-come basis. Group Camping: Larger groups will enjoy fellowship in the group camping area. Each of the six group sites will accommodate up to 15 people. Camping areas include a fire circle for cooking and campfire tales. Pit toilets and water are located nearby. Advance reservations are required and a modest fee is charged. Hiking The beauty and diversity of Crowders Mountain State Park are best appreciated on its miles of hiking trails. Hiking trails lined with wildflowers and mountain laurel lead along the ridges and to the summits of Crowders Mountain and Kings Pinnacle. Other trails are easy promenades through pastoral surroundings. Circle the lake on a gravel path or view aquatic plants and animals along a narrow creek. Bring a pair of binoculars and do some bird watching or tote a camera and capture the beauty of wildflowers in bloom. For information on the length and difficulty of park trails, see the map legend. Rock climbing Experienced climbers will enjoy the challenges of Crowders Mountain. Climbing is permitted in designated areas only and all climbers must register before beginning a climb. Basic rock climbing safety equipment and techniques must be used at all times. Pitons, bolts or similar devices that may damage cliff faces are not permitted. Further information may be obtained at the park office.

Lake Norman 159 Inland Sea Lane, Troutman, NC 28166 (704) 528-6350 lake.norman@ncmail.net Camping Family Tent/Trailer Camping: Tent pads, picnic tables and grills are available at 33 sites on a firstcome, first-served basis for a fee. Occupancy is limited to one family or six people per site. Park gates are locked at the posted closing hours. Campers may not leave the park after closing or before 8 a.m. except in an emergency. Group Tent Camping: Walk-in group campsites may be reserved by organized groups for a fee. Campers without reservations must confirm site availability with park staff before occupying a site. No more than 25 people are permitted on each site. Drinking water and restrooms are available nearby; picnic tables and a fire ring are provided at each site. Hiking Alder Trail: Begin this easy .8-mile loop at the parking lot near the swim beach. The trail crosses the picnic area, circles the peninsula between Norwood and Hicks creeks, and then skirts the edge of the lake. Take a short side path to the dam and view the spillway and gates that control the lake's water level before returning to the trailhead.

Lake Shore Trail: The trailhead for this moderate but lengthy 6.7-mile trail is at the parking lot near the group camping area, but the trail may also be entered at several other points. Approximately a half mile from the trailhead, venture right or left for a loop around the peninsula bordered by Lake Norman and Hicks Creek. The trail follows the lakeshore, passes the family campground and returns to the trailhead. Take the Short Turn Trail for a shorter hike of 3.9 miles. Hiking is also allowed on the Itusi Trail, a mountain bicycle trail. See the description for this trail in the mountain biking section below. Mountain biking Itusi Trail: Designed, built and maintained by volunteers, this 4.2-mile mountain bicycle trail winds through mature hardwood forests and offers a unique mountain bicycling experience. Novices as well as accomplished riders will enjoy the gentle but lengthy climbs of this single track trail. As volunteers continue their efforts to extend the trail, it will eventually cover a minimum of 10 miles. To protect the Itusi Trail from damage, the trail will be closed whenever conditions are too wet to allow riders. Accordingly, riders should contact the park prior to arrival to confirm that the trail is open. Hanging Rock State Park P.O. Box 278, Danbury, NC 27016 (336) 593-8480 hangingrock@mindspring.com Camping Family camping: Cross Cascade Creek and wind your way up a forested ridge to the family campground where two one-way loops house 73 campsites for tents and trailers. One site is wheelchair accessible. Each campsite has picnic table, grill and tent pad. Drinking water and washhouses with laundry sinks and hot showers are nearby. A modest fee is charged for campsites, which are available on a first-come basis. Recreational vehicle hookups and dump stations are not provided. Group camping: Eight campsites located near the entry gate offer a wilderness camping experience for organized groups at a modest fee. Each site has picnic tables and a fire circle. Pit toilets and water are located nearby. Reservations are required. Hiking More than 18 miles of wooded passageways form a network of 12 trails at Hanging Rock State Park. Picturesque cascades and waterfalls, high rock cliffs, spectacular views of the rolling Piedmont and Blue Ridge Mountains, and a mountain cave are just a few of the rewards of exploring by foot. Persons with disabilities will enjoy a short wheelchair-accessible trail that leads to a rock outcrop. An accessible deck is located near the visitor's center for clear views of Hanging Rock. Rock climbing Rock climbing is available in the park by permit. Cook's Wall and Moore's Wall, a series of cliffs up to 400 feet high and extending almost two miles, provide opportunities for seasoned climbers and novices alike. All other areas of the park are closed to climbing and rappelling. Climbers must register before beginning a climb and must use proper equipment and safety techniques.

Morrow Mountain 49104 Morrow Mountain Road, Albemarle, NC 28001 (704) 982-4402 morrow.mountain@ncmail.net Camping Family camping: Choose from 106 campsites for tents and RVs. Each site in the family campground is equipped with a picnic table and grill. Drinking water and modern restrooms with showers are conveniently located. There are no hookups for RVs, but a dump station is provided. Camp Loop C offers six accessible campsites and a fully accessible shower house. Campsites are available on a first-come basis and a modest fee is charged for each site. A maximum of six people are allowed to stay on each campsite. An amphitheater, where interpretive programs are often held, is located near the campground. Primitive camping: Backpack into the woods for camping in a wilderness setting. The primitive campground is a two-mile hike from the park office. A pit toilet is provided in the camping area, but drinking water and all other supplies must be carried to the site. Fires are not permitted. A backpack camping permit is required and may be obtained from park staff. All trash must be packed out. Group camping: The group tent camping area is located near the river and can be reached by a gravel loop road. Six sites, each with picnic tables and a fire circle and grill, provide a wilderness camping experience for organized groups. Drinking water and an accessible shower house are centrally located. Campsite #4 is fully accessible. Reservations are required for use of the area and a modest fee is charged. Trails Hiking: The beauty and diversity of Morrow Mountain State Park are best seen from one of the park's many trails. Choose from a short, self-guiding nature trail or a more extensive hike into the woodlands. Up mountain slopes, through hardwood forests and along gentle streams, more than 15 miles of hiking trails wind through Morrow Mountain State Park. A hike to the summit of Morrow Mountain is particularly rewarding as rolling hills, lush green farmlands and the curving river can be seen stretching out in the distance. All hiking trails are blazed. Switchbacks or sharp changes in trail direction are denoted by doubleblazing. See the trail legend on the map for distance and difficulty. Eno River State Park 6101 Cole Mill Road, Durham, NC 27705-9275 (919) 383-1686 eno.river@ncmail.net Camping Primitive camping: Leave luxury behind and enjoy primitive camping at Eno River. Backpack camping facilities, available to families and groups, offer an opportunity to learn about the outdoors firsthand. All supplies, including water, must be packed to the sites. Canoeing Travel the Eno by canoe and encounter Class I, II and III rapids. Canoe access points are located in several areas of the park. Wear a life vest at all times, and please respect the rights of private land owners along the river. Canoeing is best after a rain, which slightly raises the water level. Levels are measured on gauges on road bridges. The best canoeing levels are one to three feet. Levels below one foot require some portaging while levels above three feet are dangerous. Information on river conditions and put-in/take-out locations may be obtained at the park office.

The best rapids are located between Hillsborough and Roxboro Road in Durham. The river continues at a slower pace from there to Falls Lake. Watch for dangerous hydraulics below the Pleasant Green Dam Group camping: To reach the group camp, follow the trail from the camper parking lot at Few's Ford and cross a swinging bridge over the river to a shady, wooded ridge. The area has five tent pads and two fire rings, and the camp accommodates a maximum of 26 people. Benches, a fire pit and pit toilet are provided. Reservations are required for group camping, and a modest fee is charged. Hiking Follow the river bank, journey through the woodlands or hike a short nature trail for a closer look at Eno River State Park. Hike Cox Mountain Trail for a challenging climb through a scenic hardwood forest. Travel along Bobbitt's Hole Trail to one of the most scenic spots in the park, a place where water rushes around rocks and greenery overhangs stone-lined bluffs. Eno River has approximately 21 miles of trails where you can enjoy nature at its best. All trails are blazed. See the park map for information on distance and difficulty. Occoneechee Mountain, a nearby state natural area that is a administered by Eno River State Park, also offers hiking. William B. Umstead State Park 8801 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27612 (919) 571-4170 william.umstead@ncmail.net Primitive group camping: Two primitive campgrounds are open year round for organizations and nonprofit groups that want a more rugged camping experience. Reservations are required for use of these campgrounds. The youth tent camp offers tent sites, a pit privy and running water. The camp accommodates up to 25 people. Maple Hill Lodge is also available for groups. Facilities include a fireplace, drinking water and pit toilets. The lodge houses up to 25 people. Group camping: Three group camps—Camp Crabtree, Camp Lapihio and Camp Whispering Pines—are available to youth groups and nonprofit organizations. Each camp includes a mess hall, dining area, camper and staff cabins and washhouses. Located in the heart of the woodlands, each camp offers ample opportunity to explore the wonders of nature. Swimming in Sycamore and Reedy Creek lakes is a popular group activity. Groups are responsible for providing swimming supervision and water safety. Group camps are open April through October and may be rented daily in spring and fall or weekly during the summer. Accommodating between 27 and 120 people, an entire camp may be rented or a unit of cabins may be rented. Fees vary accordingly. A minimum of 10 people is required to rent a group camp or unit. Reservations for the group camps must be made in writing. Contact the park office to obtain reservation forms and fee information. Cycling Umstead State Park is one of the few state parks offering trails for bicycling. The mountain-bike trails follow the same roads as the bridle trails and are entered at the same points. Bike trailhead parking is also available down Sycamore Road past Maple Hill Lodge. Mountain bikes are prohibited on the hiking trails. Hiking Twenty miles of hiking trails provide access to most of Umstead State Park. Visitors may choose between a short stroll along a nature trail or a more extensive hike into the woods. Either choice will be rewarding as the beauty and diversity of the park's natural resources are best seen from any one of its many trails. Some of the trails at Umstead interconnect; to avoid becoming lost, pay close attention to trail markers. No bikes or horses are allowed on hiking trails.

Raven Rock State Park 3009 Raven Rock Road, Lillington, NC 27546 (910) 893-4888 info.ravenrock@ncmail.net Camping Backpack camping facilities, available to families and groups, offer an opportunity to enjoy the wilderness without distraction. All supplies, including water, must be packed to the sites. Before camping, register your vehicle and obtain a camping permit at the park office. Family camping: Follow Campbell Creek Loop Trail to reach the family wilderness campground, approximately 2.5 miles from the parking area. Five sites, each accommodating up to four people, offer tent pads, fire rings and a vault toilet. Sites are available on a first-come basis. Group camping: Little Creek Loop Trail leads to the group wilderness camp, 2.2 miles from the parking area. Located along the Cape Fear River, the area offers fire rings and vault toilets and accommodates up to 20 people per campsite. Five campsites are available. Use of this area is by reservation only. Canoe camping: Six campsites along the Cape Fear River Canoe Trail offer accommodations for canoeists. Located beside the river in a low-lying area, these sites include fire rings and a vault toilet. The canoe camping area is 1.7 miles from the park office and is not accessible by car. Canoeists should reserve sites by calling the park office before embarking on a trip. Canoeing Negotiate the rapids of Lanier Falls and the Fish Traps on a portion of the Cape Fear Canoe Trail that runs through the park. The entire trail travels for 56 miles along the Cape Fear River from an access point at the US 1 bridge over Deep River. A buoy signals the location of the canoe camp in the park. Contact park staff for information about the nearest access points; there is no access area in the park. Canoeists should exercise caution and wear life vests at all times. Spring floods make the river dangerous for canoeing. Check with the park office for the current water level before launching your canoe. Portage dams, dangerous rapids.

Trails Scenic trails invite you to journey into the park's interior. Raven Rock offers a variety of trails. Travel them on foot or on horseback. Hiking: A number of trails in the park traverse a variety of terrains. Raven Rock Loop Trail travels through a hardwood forest on its one-mile trip to the park's centerpiece, Raven Rock. Wooden stairs down the face of the river bluff lead to the base of Raven Rock where the river bank provides a place to examine the area beneath the overhang. A stone balcony along the way overlooks the river and the flood plains beyond. Other trails offer access to fishing holes and idyllic scenery. For information on distance and difficulty, see the park map. Jones Lake State Park 113 Jones Lake Drive, Elizabethtown, NC 28337 (910) 588-4550 jones.lake@ncmail.net Camping Jones Lake State Park has 20 campsites for family camping. Each wooded site is equipped with a picnic table and grill. Drinking water and restrooms with showers are located nearby. One site has electrical and water hookups and is available for both tents and recreational vehicles. However, the park does not offer a dump station for recreational vehicles. Campsites are available on a first-come basis. The park campground is open March 15 through November. Group camping: A primitive group campsite, available for organized groups, is open year round. The site includes a fire circle and grill, picnic tables, benches and a pit toilet. Water is also available. The site is available by reservation only, and reservations must be made at least one week in advance. No more than 20 people can occupy the site.

Hiking Lake Trail is a three-mile loop around Jones Lake, offering an excellent chance to experience the habitats of a Carolina bay. Wander through dense vegetation and over boggy soil to view lovely lakeside flora. Large pond cypress trees, draped with Spanish moss, line the shore and grow in the shallow water. Leatherwood plants with delicate white flowers, also called titi, overhang the water's edge. Several short side-trails lead to the lake, allowing hikers a chance to catch their breath while viewing the vista across the lake. Begin Lake Trail at the picnic area or campground. For trail interpretation, contact park staff. The park also has a one-mile nature trail. The loop journeys through both the bay forest and sand ridge communities. Lumber River State Park 2819 Princess Ann Road, Orrum, NC 28369 (910) 628-9844 lumber.river@ncmail.net Camping Primitive camping: Nine individual campsites are available for family camping with a maximum of six people per site. One site is handicapped accessible. Each site has a table, grill, lantern holder, trash can and fire pit. All fires must be contained in the pit. Permits for camping are required. Group campsites: Group campsites are available by reservation for verifiable, affiliated groups only. The maximum number of persons allowed per site is 15. Each site includes two tables, a grill, lantern holder, trash can and fire pit. All fires must be contained in the pit. Checkout time is noon. Lake Waccamaw State Park 1866 State Park Drive Lake, Waccamaw, NC 28450 (910) 646-4748 lake.waccamaw@ncmail.net Camping The adventuresome camper will find plenty to enjoy at Lake Waccamaw's four primitive group camping areas nestled beneath the trees. Picnic tables, fire circles and pit toilets are located nearby. All supplies, including drinking water, must be packed to the sites. Organized groups may make reservations. Otherwise, campsites are available on a first-come basis for $8 per night with an additional fee of $1 per person if the group contains more than eight people. Register at the visitor's center for a camping permit.

Hiking Lake Trail: The longest trail in the park, Lake Trail begins at the visitor's center and follows the lakeshore to the Waccamaw River. The trail passes through a variety of ecosystems during its five-mile course. Marked by white blazes, Lake Trail cuts through a pine forest, past one of the oldest stands of cypress trees in the area, under towering hickory trees, alongside grass beds in the lake that provide cover for a variety of fish species and beside sandy beaches perfect for picnicking or pausing to gaze across the lake. Sand Ridge Nature Trail: The Sand Ridge Nature Trail is a .75-mile loop that begins and ends near the picnic area. Guides for this trail are available in the picnic area. From the trail, hikers can view reindeer moss, Spanish moss, reindeer lichen, pond pine, longleaf pine, turkey oak, laurel oak and hickory. Trees are marked to help identify the route. Pine Woods Trail: A 2.5-mile trail that winds through the park from the picnic area to the visitor's center allows hikers to view the diverse plant life found at Lake Waccamaw State Park. Common plants along this trail include longleaf pines, bay trees and turkey oaks. With a careful eye, hikers can even spot Venus flytraps. Because the flytraps are a rare species, they should not be disturbed. Loblolly Trail: Marked with red trail blazes, Loblolly Trail is a one-mile loop. Similar to the Pine Woods Trail in content, this loop begins and ends at the visitor's center.

Boardwalks: A gravel path from the picnic area parking lot winds through the picnic ground and leads to a 700-foot boardwalk from which hikers can get a closer look at the various plants of the bay forest bordering the lake. The boardwalk ends at a 375-foot pier perfect for fishing. An additional accessible boardwalk that traverses the bay forest is located near the visitor's center and is complete with two sun shelters. Singletary Lake State Park 6707 NC 53 Hwy. East, Kelly, NC 28448 (910) 669-2928 singletary.lake@ncmail.net Group camping Singletary Lake State Park has two organized group camps available to nonprofit organizations, and both camps are accessible for persons with disabilities. The camps provide a unique camping experience, creating the perfect setting in which to interpret natural surroundings and to unite in work and play. At least 20 people must be in the group, and the group must also be part of a verifiable organization. Camp Ipecac, built by the Resettlement Administration, houses 92 persons and is open April through October. The camp was named for Carolina ipecac, a herb common in the region's sandy soil. Extract taken from the herb's dried roots is used for medicinal purposes. Camp Loblolly Bay houses 48 persons and is open year round. The camp was named for the loblolly, a medium-sized evergreen that produces white blooms in summer. Both camps are accessible for persons with disabilities and include a mess hall, campers' cabins and restrooms. All amenities are provided for campers except for food, cleaning supplies and bed linens. A basketball goal, volleyball net, horseshoe pit, group-size charcoal grill and picnic tables are located near the cabins. A campfire circle in each camp offers the perfect setting for an evening of fellowship and marshmallow roasting. Use of the group camps is by reservation only. Reservations are accepted after January 1 of each year for the spring, summer and fall. Reservations for Camp Loblolly Bay for use during the months of January and February may be made after September 1 of the previous year. For additional reservation and fee information, contact the park office. Hiking CCC-Carolina Bay Loop Trail is an easy one-mile trek that begins near the pier at the lakeshore. Journey through a forest of bay shrubs, cedar, cypress, gum and poplars. The return segment of the trail takes you through a forest of longleaf pine and bay vegetation. Water sports While camping in the park, take advantage of the recreation opportunities offered by this unique bay lake. Relax along the lakeshore among beautiful cypress trees—some which sprouted more than 400 years ago. A pier more than 500 feet long extends into the lake providing a perfect place for swimming and sunning. Swimming is permitted only for group campers and only in the designated area. Lifeguards are not provided; group leaders must provide swimming supervision. Campers can bring their own watercraft (limit 10 horsepower). Though fish populations are low due to the acidity of the water, the lake has a population of yellow perch ready to provide a challenge for fishermen. The public may fish in the lake when the group camps are not in use by obtaining permission from park staff.

Merchants Millpond State Park 71 US Hwy 158E, Gatesville, NC 27938 (252) 357-1191 merchants.millpond@ncmail.net Camping A variety of settings offer camping experiences for large and small groups. Drive to the family campground, paddle to the canoe camping sites or backpack to the primitive sites. A modest fee is charged for all types of camping. Facilities may be limited in winter months. Canoe camping: Reach two canoe camps by way of canoe trails leading from the boat ramp. Orange markers lead to the family canoe camp with seven sites. Yellow markers lead to the group canoe camp, which offers three sites. Pit toilets are available, but campers must carry in all supplies, including water. Family sites are available on a first-come basis although organized groups providing their own canoes may make reservations. Backpack camping: Reach five campsites for backpack camping by hiking a side trail off Lassiter Trail. Campers must pack all supplies, including water, to the sites. A pit toilet is nearby. These campsites are available on a first-come basis. Views of the "enchanted forest" and Lassiter Swamp await those who travel to the backpack camping area. Group camping: Organized groups will enjoy a stay in the walk-in group camping area or in a canoe camping group site. Facilities for the walk-in sites include a small washhouse with a pay shower. Drinking water is available nearby. Reservations are required for group camping sites. Canoeing Rent a canoe or bring your own; the best way to explore Merchants Millpond is by gliding across the park's placid, shallow waters. A boat ramp and pier near the parking area offer access to the water. Marked canoe trails lead from the boat ramp to canoe campsites. Or, venture out of the millpond and take slow-moving, dark-water Bennetts Creek through Lassiter Swamp. Here, park visitors are transported into a world of mistletoe, hanging Spanish moss and ancient cypress trees. Canoes may be rented by the hour or overnight when used with canoe campsites at the boathouse by the water's edge. Canoes, with paddles and life vests, are available on a first-come basis. Visitors must be at least 15 years old to rent a canoe. A maximum of three people may occupy each vessel. Fishing Cast your line from the bank or journey into the millpond to fish in a pastoral setting. Small fishing craft (with trolling motors only) may be launched at the boat ramp. Largemouth bass, bluegill, chain pickerel and black crappie are waiting to bite the hook! The Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC) manages the millpond fisheries. All boating and fishing regulations of the WRC apply. Hiking Nine miles of trails with many varied habitats offer a place to stretch muscles left stiff from hours of canoeing. Merchants Millpond is heavily infested with ticks during warm weather months; be cautious while hiking. Insect repellent may help prevent a tick bite and the possibility of disease. Tuck trousers into long socks and tuck a long-sleeved shirt into pants. Check often for ticks. Wear light colors so that ticks may be easily spotted and removed. For other tips, contact park staff.

Medoc Mountain State Park 1541 Medoc State Park Road, Hollister, NC 27844 (252) 586-6588 medoc.mountain@ncmail.net

Camping Enjoy an evening in the woodlands of Medoc Mountain. Tent and trailer camping: A hardwood forest bordering open fields is home to the family campground. The campground's sites are for tent or trailer camping and accommodate up to six persons each. Out of the campground's 34 sites, 12 have electric hookups and two are accessible. Campsites offer tent pads, tables and grills. The camping area is served by a washhouse with hot showers and toilets. Drinking water is nearby. Sites are available on a firstcome basis for a modest fee. Group camping: Two group campsites accommodate up to 30 persons each. The area offers picnic tables and fire circles. The washhouse is also near the group camping area. Reservations are required for group camping, and a modest fee is charged. Group camping facilities are closed from December 1 through March 15. Hiking Scenic trails invite you to journey into the park's interior. Seven trails wander through a variety of terrain and provide more than 11 miles of hiking. Most of the trails are easy or moderate in difficulty, and trail scenery includes an artesian well, granite outcroppings and miniature rapids. Winding along Little Fishing Creek, around the high ridge of Medoc Mountain and through the forests, the trails are the best way to appreciate the beauty and diversity of Medoc Mountain. For information on distance and difficulty, see the park ma Cliffs of Neuse State Park 345-A Park Entrance Road, Seven Springs, NC 28578 (919) 778-6234 cliffs.neuse@ncmail.net Camping Family Camping: Set up tent or trailer on one of thirty-five sites, each with its own picnic table and grill. The family campground at Cliffs of the Neuse is located in a wooded area near the park office. There are no water or electrical hookups, but a dump station is provided. Water is available at several locations in the camping area and a wash house with hot showers and electricity is centrally located. Occupancy is limited to one family or six people per site. The family campground is open March 15 through November 30. Park gates are locked at the posted closing hours, and campers may not leave the park after closing or before 8 a.m., except in a medical emergency. Group Camping: A portion of the park has been set aside as a primitive camping area for organized groups. Each site has picnic tables, a fire pit and a grill. Drinking water and pit privies are located nearby. The group campsite is reached by hiking the Spanish Moss Trail. Reservations are required for use of the area. Group camping is available year round. Hiking Follow the cliffs' edge for lovely views of the river below. A path bordered by a rail fence leads along the riverbank. Oaks, dogwoods and other trees line the path, often cloaking views of the river with a veil of Spanish moss. An observation area at the lower end of the bluff provides visitors with a view of the cliff face. Though the cliffs formed over millions of years, irresponsible actions on the part of man could destroy them in no time. To preserve this beautiful formation, climbing on the cliffs is not permitted. Follow park trails to creeks that were once used to make moonshine and cornmeal. Mill Creek was the home of a gristmill that processed grain while federally-operated whiskey stills were

located along Still Creek. Today, the area where these creeks empty into the Neuse River serves as a place to fish and enjoy nature. Four hiking trails are accessible from the parking lot at the museum. Each is less than a mile in length and offers a closer look into the heart of Cliffs of the Neuse State Park. Waynesborough, a nearby area that is a satellite park of Cliffs of the Neuse, also offers hiking. Pettigrew State Park 2252 Lake Shore Road, Creswell, NC 27928 (252) 797-4475 pettigrew@ncmail.net Camping Family camping: The family campground is located between the park office and Somerset Place. Thirteen campsites, each with a picnic table and grill, are well-suited for tents and trailers. The edge of a cypress/sweetgum forest furnishes a shaded area for some of the campsites while others are located in an open, grassy meadow. Water and restrooms with showers are nearby. A fee is charged for the campsites, which are available on a first-come basis. Group camping: Opportunities for outdoor learning abound in the group camping area. Located in the midst of a beautiful forest, primitive camping facilities include tent pads, grills and pit toilets. Water is located nearby. To ensure availability of the group camping area, reservations are advised. Trails In the days of the plantation, the Collins family enjoyed carriage rides on a promenade that passed Somerset Place and Bonarva and followed along the shore of Lake Phelps. Today, the carriage road makes up a portion of the Bee Tree Trail. Beginning at the park office, a one-mile section winds past the campground and Somerset Place. After wandering through a sweetgum forest, the trail leads to Bee Tree Overlook, a wooden platform offering a view of the lake and a place to observe wintering waterfowl. Between the site of Bonarva and the canal is a short trail leading to Pettigrew Cemetery. Moccasin Trail leads northwest from the park office for approximately three miles to Moccasin Canal. After traveling through a cypress and hardwood forest, the trail stops at a 350-foot boardwalk, which cuts through a cypress swamp to Moccasin Overlook. This view of Big Point is one of the most impressive vistas in the area. Morotoc Trail continues from the overlook to Cypress Point. Bicycles are allowed on parts of the trail. The Pocosin Natural Area has a short trail to an observation tower and carnivorous plant management area. See the park map for distance and difficulty Goose Creek State Park 2190 Camp Leach Road, Washington, NC 27889 (252) 923-2191 goose.creek@ncmail.net Camping A primitive family campground is located between Goose and Flatty creeks. Twelve well-spaced tent sites amid large pines draped in Spanish moss include tables and grills. Toilet facilities and water are available nearby. Sites are available on a first-come basis for a fee. Hiking Flatty Creek Trail — Enter this one-mile loop from the parking area at the campground entrance. Boardwalks across freshwater and brackish-water wetlands lead to an elevated observation deck. Goose Creek Trail — This 1.9-mile, one-way trail from the picnic area to the camping area exhibits the beauty of the cypress swamp. Ivey Gut Trail — Travel the length of this two-mile, one-way trail from the main park road to the campground. Or, enter the shorter Ivey Gut Loop Trail from the camping area. Both provide views of Upper Goose Creek. Live Oak Trail, Cemetery Loop — This .4-mile loop follows the shoreline of the Pamlico River from the swim beach and then turns and passes a cemetery dating from the 1880s.

Palmetto Boardwalk Trail — The Environmental Education Center and the Ivey Gut parking area are connected by this .7-mile, one-way trail, which is handicapped accessible. Enjoy the beauty and wildlife viewing opportunities of a hardwood swamp. Mallard Creek Trail — This 1.26-mile loop originates at the last parking lot at the end of the park road. A creek overlook provides a close-up view of a freshwater marsh. And, for a beautiful view of brackish marsh, take time to visit the Pamlico River overlook. Fort Macon State Park P.O. Box 127, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512 (252) 726-3775 fort.macon@ncmail.net Hammocks Beach State Park 1572 Hammocks Beach Road, Swansboro, NC 28584 (910) 326-4881 hammocks.beach@ncmail.net Camping Primitive campsites are located near the beach and the inlet. Fourteen family campsites accommodate six people each. Three group campsites, available to affiliated groups only, accommodate up to 12 persons each. Light and simple is the way to travel as campers must carry all provisions to the campsites from the beach or ferry dock. Due to sand migration in the channel the ferry uses to transport visitors to Bear Island, the ferry schedule has been changed. Call the park for more information. Water and other facilities are available on the island, except from mid-December through midMarch when the facilities are winterized. Fires are not permitted, and campers must remove all trash. Camping is permitted on numbered sites only and permits must be obtained from the park office on the mainland. Reservations are required for group sites. Campsites are open year round. Carolina Beach State Park PO Box 475, Carolina Beach, NC 28428 Office: (910) 458-8206 Marina: (910) 458-7770 Carolina.Beach@ncmail.net Camping Family Camping: The park's family campground is located in a wooded area near Snow's Cut. Pine and oak provide shade for 83 campsites, including two wheelchair-accessible sites. Each site is equipped with a picnic table and grill. Drinking water and restrooms with hot showers are located nearby. Campsites are available on a first-come basis for a modest fee. Hookups are not provided for recreational vehicles, but a dump station is available for a fee. Group Camping: Two camping areas for organized groups are located along Swamp Trail and are available by advance reservation only. One site accommodates up to 20 people; the other accommodates up to 35 people. These areas include picnic tables, fire circles and pit toilets. Water and shower facilities are not available. Hiking More than six miles of trails wind through a variety of distinct habitats at Carolina Beach State Park. Relatively flat and easy to walk, the trails offer an opportunity to observe the diversity of plant and animal life in the park. Insects may be annoying during the warmer months; repellent is recommended. Flytrap Trail is a pleasant half-mile loop through pocosin, longleaf pine and turkey oak, and savanna communities. Venus flytraps can be seen along the edges of the pocosins, and native orchids bloom along the trail. Parts of the trail travel along wooden boardwalks. Please stay on the trail, which is blazed with orange diamonds, to avoid damaging small and fragile plants.

Sugarloaf Trail, blazed with orange circles, offers a three-mile journey beginning at the marina parking lot. An excellent place for watching water birds and exploring the tidal marsh, the trail passes through the marsh, enters a pine forest and follows the river's edge to Sugarloaf. A habitat for fiddler crab, the trail offers the opportunity to observe these crustaceans as they travel over the mudflats. Campground Trail is one mile in length and is marked with blue circles. The trail begins at the family campground and joins Sugarloaf Trail. Snow's Cut Trail, less than a half-mile long and blazed in red diamonds, travels from the family campground to the picnic area through maritime forest. Swamp Trail, a .75-mile trail blazed in red circles, begins and ends along Sugarloaf Trail. It provides access to the group camping areas. Oak Toe Trail is a quarter mile in length and connects Swamp Trail and Sugarloaf Trail. Marked with blue diamonds, the trail passes through several different natural communities. Jockey’s Ridge State Park PO Box 592, Nags Head, NC 27959 (252) 441-7132 jockeys.ridge@ncmail.net Falls Lake State Recreation Area 13304 Creedmoor Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587 (919) 676-1027 falls.lake@ncmail.net Backpack camping: For people who desire a more primitive camping experience, Shinleaf offers tent camping in hike-in sites. Shinleaf is closed for the winter and will reopen in spring, 2003. Group camping: Rolling View and B. W. Wells (reservations only) have special areas for camping clubs and groups. At B. W. Wells, 14 group campsites have a centrally located shower house, and each site accommodates up to 35 people. Each Rolling View site accommodates up to 30 people and offers four sites with drinking water, picnic tables and fire pits. Both campgrounds have picnic tables, benches, grills, water and a campfire ring. Showers are centrally located. For reservations, contact the park. Jordan Lake State Recreation Area 280 State Park Road, Apex, NC 27523 (919) 362-0586 jordan.lake@ncmail.net Group camping: Two areas offer sections for camping clubs and other groups. Parkers Creek has six campsites available for group camping. Drinking water and restrooms are provided. Vista Point also offers five group campsites with drinking water and restrooms nearby. Contact the park office for reservations Kerr Lake State Recreation Area 6254 Satterwhite Point Road, Henderson, NC 27537 (252) 438-7791 kerr.lake@ncmail.net Group Camping: Hibernia, Henderson Point and Satterwhite Point have areas set aside for camping clubs and groups. Group campsites provide privacy, drinking water and restrooms. To reserve a campsite, please contact the park office. The Hibernia and Satterwhite Point group sites are open the week before Easter and can be used through the end of October. Group campsites are by reservation only. Reservations may be made for one night and may not exceed 14 nights. These reservations must be made one week in advance and include full payment for the site.

Blue Ridge Parkway email Peter_Givens@nps.gov write to 199 Hemphill Knob Road Asheville, NC 28803-8686 fax 828-271-4313 Headquarters 828 271 4779

DOUGHTON PARK Mileposts 238.5 - 244.7 Campground - The Parkway operates a campground (milepost 239.0) with sites for 110 tents and 24 trailers. Facilities include water, comfort stations with flush toilets and sinks but no showers or hook-ups. Relax at night at the campfire circle, where interpretive programs are given in the summer months. CONE/PRICE PARKS Milepost 292.7-298.7 LINN COVE VIADUCT Milepost 304.0 Campground - The largest campground on the Parkway is located at Julian Price Memorial Park (milepost 297.0). It has sites for 129 tents and 68 trailers. Facilities include water, comfort stations with flush toilets and sinks but no showers or hook-ups. Several sites are handicap accessible. Trails - The Cone/Price area has more trails than any other developed area on the Parkway. There are more than 26 miles of historic carriage roads for hiking and horseback riding on the Cone estate. The Cone Carriage Trails range from easy to moderate. Several strenuous trails can be hiked within Price Memorial Park. Price Campground offers direct access to three trails, including the ingeniously engineered Tanawha Trail, total length 13.5 miles, half of which is on Grandfather Mountain. The five-mile strenuous Boone Fork Loop Trail is accessible from both the campground and the picnic area. LINVILLE FALLS Milepost 316.4 Campground - The campground has sites for 50 tents and 20 trailers. Facilities include water, flush toilets with sink but no showers or hook-ups. Relax by the campfire circle, where interpretive talks are often given during the summer months. Trails - Several trails are accessible at Linville Falls. There are short, easy to moderate trails to view the viaduct and falls, as well as access points to the longer, more strenuous Tanawha and Mountains to Sea Trails. There are three short "leg-stretcher" trails in the area, the Beacon Heights (milepost 305.2), Camp Creek (milepost 315.6), and River Bend Overlook Trails (milepost 316.4). The Flat Rock Trail (milepost 308.3) is a moderate self-guiding trail that explores the flora and fauna of the area. Also located at Linville Falls are the strenuous Linville Gorge Trail, and the easy Duggers Creek and Linville River Bridge Trails.

CRABTREE MEADOWS Milepost 339.5 Campground - The Parkway operates a campground with sites for 71 tents and 22 trailers. Facilities include water, comfort stations with flush toilets and sinks but no showers or hook-ups. Trails - From the developed area, the Crabtree Falls Loop Trail is a strenuous 2.5 mile hike to beautiful Crabtree Falls. This is an especially impressive hike during spring wildflower season. MOUNT PISGAH Milepost 408.6 Campground - The concessions-operated campground (milepost 408.7) has sites for 70 tents and 67 trailers. Facilities include water, comfort stations with flush toilets and sinks but no showers or hook-ups. Cape Hatteras National Seashore email CAHA_Information@nps.gov write to 1401 National Park Drive Manteo, NC 27954 fax 252-473-2595 phone Headquarters 252-473-2111 Visitor Information - Bodie Island 252-441-5711 Visitor Information - Hatteras Island 252-995-4474 Visitor Information - Ocracoke Island 252-928-4531
Great Smoky Mountains

National Park phone Visitor Information Recorded Message (865) 436-1200 write to Great Smoky Mountains National Park 107 Park Headquarters Road Gatlinburg, TN 37738 fax 865-436-1220

Abrams Creek Campground
Open From 3/14/03 through 10/31/03 First-come, first serve. This campground has 16 sites and sits at elevation 1,125 feet. No campground has electric hookups or shower facilities, only running water and bathroom facilities. $12 each night.

Backcountry Camping for Backpackers
Open All Year A permit is required for all backcountry camping in the park. Permits are free. You may obtain one at most ranger stations or at Sugarlands or Oconaluftee visitor centers. You must stay at designated campsites or shelters when camping in the backcountry. All shelters, and some campsites, require a reservation. The park trail map shows the location of all backcountry campsites and shelters, and indicates which campsites require a reservation. You can download a map at www.nps.gov/grsm/pphtml/maps.html. Your permit must designate the campsite or shelter at which you will stay for each night of your trip. The park does not allow pets on backcountry trails. For assistance call (865) 436-1297. For reservations call (865) 436-1231.

Balsam Mountain Campground
Open From 5/16/03 through 10/13/03 First-come, first serve. This campground has 46 sites and is at elevation 5,310 feet. No campground has electric hookups or shower facilities, only running water and bathroom facilities. $14 each night.

Big Creek Campground
Open From 3/14/03 through 10/31/03 First-come, first serve. This campground has 12 sites and is for tents only. It sits at elevation 1,700 feet. No campground has electric hookups or shower facilities, only running water and bathroom facilities. $12 each night. Group camping is also available. Reservations can be made either on line or by calling 1-800-365CAMP.

Cades Cove Campground
MAKE RESERVATIONS ONLINE -or- by Phone at 1-800-365-CAMP Open All Year Reservations accepted up to five months in advance for May 15 - Oct. 31 occupancy. Other dates firstcome, first-serve. This campground has 159 sites and sits at elevation 1,807 feet. No campground has shower facilities or electric hookups, only running water and bathroom facilities. Cades Cove Campground Store sells convenience items, groceries, camping supplies, and a limited selection of hot and cold deli items. There are no other food facilities in the park. Numerous convenience stores and restaurant establishments are located in outlying communities. $14-17 each night. Group camping is also available. Reservations can be made either on line or by calling 1-800-365-CAMP.

Cataloochee Campground
Open From 3/14/03 through 10/31/03 First-come, first serve. This campground has 27 sites and sits at elevation 2,610 feet. No campground has electric hookups or shower facilities, only running water and bathroom facilities. $12 each night. Group camping is also available. Reservations can be made either on line or by calling 1-800-365-CAMP.

Cosby Campground
Open From 3/14/03 through 10/31/03 First-come, first serve. This campground has 157 sites and sits at elevation 2,459 feet. No campground has shower facilities or electric hookups, only running water and bathroom facilities. $14 each night. Group camping is also available. Reservations can be made either on line or by calling 1-800-365-CAMP.

Deep Creek Campground
Open From 4/4/03 through 10/31/03 First-come, first serve. This campground has 92 sites and sits at elevation 1,800 feet. No campground has electric hookups or shower facilities, only running water and bathroom facilities. $14 each night. Group camping is also available. Reservations can be made either on line or by calling 1-800-365-CAMP.

Elkmont Campground
MAKE RESERVATIONS ONLINE -or- by Phone at 1-800-365-CAMP Open From 3/14/03 through 11/30/03 Reservations accepted up to five months in advance for May 15 - Oct. 31 occupancy. Other dates firstcome, first-serve. This campground has 220 sites and sits at elevation 2,150 feet. No campground has electric hookups or shower facilities, only running water and bathroom facilities. $14-20 each night. Group camping is also available. Reservations can be made either on line or by calling 1-800-365-CAMP.

Look Rock Campground
Open From 5/16/03 through 10/31/03 First-come, first serve. This campground has 92 sites and sits at elevation 2,600 feet. No campground has electric hookups or shower facilities, only running water and bathroom facilities. $14 each night.

Smokemont Campground
MAKE RESERVATIONS Phone at 1-800-365-CAMP Open All Year Reservations accepted up to five months in advance for May 15 - Oct. 31 occupancy. Other dates firstcome, first-serve. This campground has 142 sites and sits at elevation 2,198 feet. No campground has electric hookups or shower facilities, only running water and bathroom facilities. $14-17 each night. Group camping is also available. Reservations can be made either on line or by calling 1-800-365-CAMP. U.S. Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina…John Ramey, Forest Supervisor, 160A Zillicoa Street, P.O. Box 2750, Asheville, NC 28802, Phone: 828-257-4200, Fax: 828-257-4263; Monica Schwalbach, DFS; Sherry Fisher. Appalachian Ranger District: Appalachian…Paul L. Bradley, P.O. Box 128, Hot Springs, NC 28743, 828-622-3202 P.O. Box 128, Burnsville, NC 28714, 828-682-6146, Hot Springs Office Croatan Range District: Croatan...Lauren L. Hillman, 141 E. Fisher Ave., New Bern, NC 28560, 252-638-5628 Nantahala Ranger Districts: Cheoah...R.E. Vann, 1133 Massey Branch Rd., Robbinsville, NC 28771, 828-479-6431 Highlands...Erin Bronk, 2010 Flat Mountain Rd., Highlands, NC 28741, 828-526- 3765 Tusquitee...Charles N. Miller, 123 Woodland Drive, Murphy, NC 28906, 828-837-5152 Wayah...Michael Wilkins, 90 Sloan Rd., Franklin, NC 28734, 828-524-6441

Pisgah Ranger Districts: Grandfather...Miera Crawford, 109 East Lawing Drive, Nebo, NC 28761, 828-652-2144 Pisgah...Randall Burgess, 1001 Pisgah Hwy., Pisgah Forest, NC 28768, 828-877-3265 Cradle of Forestry in America...Michael Milosch, Director, 828-877-3130 Uwharrie Ranger District: Uwharrie...Thomas Horner, 789 NC24/27E, Troy, NC 27371, 910-576-6391

Boy Scout Camps East Carolina Council 313 Boy Scout Blvd. Kinston, NC 28503-1698 Phone 252-522-1521 www.eccbsa.org Bonner Scout Reservation 419 Boy Scout Rd. Blounts Creek, NC 27814 Washington, NC 27814 Pamlico Sea Base 419 Boy Scout Rd Blounts Creek, NC 27814

Occoneechee Council 3231 Atlantic Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27604 (800)662-7102 Camp Durant 4637 Old Carthage Rd. Carthage, NC 28327 Camp Campbell Mill Creek Road Townsville, NC

Daniel Boone Council W.T. Weaver Blvd. Asheville, NC 28814-8010 Phone 704-254-6189 www.main.nc.us/DanielBooneCouncil Camp Daniel Boone Canton, NC Camp Hope 210 Camp Hope Rd Canton, NC 28716

Mecklenburg County Council 1410 East 7th St. Charlotte, NC 28204-2488 Phone 704-333-5471 www.bsa-mcc.org Mecklenburg Scout Reservation Rt 1, Box 761 Nebo, NC 28761 Camp Grimes Dysartville, NC Clear Creek Scout Camp Charlotte, NC Central North Carolina Council 32252 Highway 24-27 Albemarle, NC 28002-0250 Phone 704-982-0141 www.centralncbsa.com Camp John J. Barnhardt Badin, NC Cape Fear Council Location: 110 Longstreet Dr. Wilmington, NC 28406 Phone 910-395-1100 www.capefearcouncilbsa.org Camp Lawrence Bowers White Oak, NC Camp McNeill 13165 Hwy 53W White Oak, NC 28399

Tuscarora Council Location: 316 E . Walnut St. Goldsboro, NC 27533-1436 Phone 919-734-1714 www.bsanc.org Camp Tuscarora 433 Scout Road Four Oaks, NC 27524

Old North State Council Location: 1405 Westover Terrace Greensboro, NC 27429-9046 Phone 336-378-9166 www.bsaonsc.org Charles T. Hagan, Jr. Sea Scout Base Southmont, NC Cherokee Scout Reservation Yanceyville, NC Woodfield Scout Preservation 491 Woodfield Scout Trail Asheboro, NC 27203 Hemrick Reservation (Camp Donald E. Robinson) Kerr Lake Reservoir, NC This excellent facility provides a unique camping experience for boys. Located on Kerr Lake Reservoir near the North Carolina-Virginia border, this camp can only be reached by boat. The camp provides docks, latrines, running water, a dining hall and lodge building. To get to Clay Hemric Scout Reservation travel north on Interstate 85 to Burlington, then follow 49 North to Virginia. Turn right onto Hwy 58 East and follow to Hwy 15 South for about four miles to Longwood boat ramp on the right. Put in boat and travel back under the Hwy 15 bridge. Travel about one mile in the main channel. The boat dock will be in a small cove on the right.

Old Hickory Council Location: 6600 Silas Creek Pkwy. Winston-Salem, NC 27106-5058 Phone 336-760-2900 www.oldhickorycouncil.org

Raven Knob Scout Reservation 182 Raven Knob Road Mt. Airy, NC 27030

Piedmont Council 1222 E. Franklin Blvd. Gastonia, NC 28053-1059 Phone 704-864-2694 Camp Bud Schiele Route 2 Box 160 Rutherfordton, NC 28139 Other Camping Locations Hammerstone Scout Museum Rt. 3 Box 231 Lillington, NC 27546 910-814-2955 You need to call in advance to reserve a campsite or to tour the museum. Located 10 miles from Raven Rock State Park. Take Hwy. 27 west from Lillington for nine miles. Turn right5 on Leaflet Church Road. The museum is two miles on the right. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

U.S. Forest Service Camp Grounds South Toe River Area is located in Yancey County, on the east slope of Mount Mitchell. This area is close to Mount Mitchell State Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Burnsville, and is easily accessible by car. Rivers and streams within the South Toe River Area support a variety of fishing opportunities including backcountry trout fishing on Upper and Lower Creeks to more accessible stream fishing on the South Toe River. Occasional large rainbow trout are caught on the middle South Toe River. Access: From Asheville, follow Highway 19/23 North to Mars Hill, and exit left onto Highway 19 (the Interstate 26 corridor is under construction and all traffic exits here? be sure to bear right at this exit). Follow Highway 19 through Burnsville and turn right onto Highway 80 approximately 4 miles outside of town. Turn right again onto Highway 80 in the town of Micaville. Follow Highway 80 South past Mount Mitchell Golf Course and bear an immediate right onto FS 472 (Highway 80 continues to the Blue Ridge Parkway and Marion). FS 472 follows the South Toe River to its headwaters. Upper and Lower Creeks are marked on this road. From the Blue Ridge Parkway, turn onto FS 472 near milepost 344 and Highway 80. From Interstate 40, take Exit 72 (Old Fort). Follow Highway 70 to intersection of Highway 80. Turn left onto Highway 80 and follow under the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Mount Mitchell Golf Course. Bear left onto FS 472. Camping: The Carolina Hemlocks and Black Mountain Campgrounds offer overnight camping for trailers and tents. Restroom facilities, drinking water, tent pads, and grills, and a trailer dump station (Black Mountain Campground only) are available. Sites are first-come, first-served, and a fee is required to camp in these campgrounds. The Briar Bottom Group Camp is available for larger groups through a reservation system (1-877-4574023, Cradle of Forestry in America). These facilities offer restrooms and drinking water. There is a fee and minimum group size required to camp here. There are 6 group sites that will hold up to 50 people at each site. The sites are open from mid April to the end of October at a cost of $50 to $100.

Primitive camping is allowed on Forest Service lands throughout the South Toe River area, except where signed ?no camping?. Exceptions to this rule may occur along major Forest Service roads, where primitive campsites have been designated and signed to protect water quality and other natural resources. Comments: Black bear density is higher than average in this area, so if camping, be sure to bear-proof your campsite! For more information: Contact the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission at http://www.ncwildlife.org/fs_index_03_fishing.htm for more information on local fishing regulations and license requirements. Trail and local topographic maps are available. Appalachian Ranger District 19-E By-Pass, P.O. Box 128 Burnsville, North Carolina 28714 (828) 682-6146

The 4-site Cades Cove Group Camp is located in the Cades Cove area of Great

Smoky Mountains National Park and approximately 9 miles from Townsend, Tennessee. Over 2 million visitors annually come to enjoy the scenic beauty of Cades Cove and its many historic structures. Popular activities include hiking, bicycling the 11-mile loop road and observing wildlife. While staying in the Cove, you may see white-tailed deer, wild turkey, coyote and/or black bear. The nearby horse stable offers one hour horseback rides, hayrides and carriage rides from March thru October. The campground store offers camping supplies, firewood and ice and rents bicycles on an hourly or daily basis. Full service grocery stores are available in Townsend (9 miles); medical facilities are 30 miles away in Maryville. Group sites include tent pads and a graveled tenting area, one large fire ring, smaller fire rings with cooking grills, and picnic tables. RVs and generator use are not permitted at group sites. MORE INFORMATION: Information is available at the park website at www.nps.gov/grsm. For recorded information on park facilities, programs, local lodging and to request information by mail, call 865-436-1200. Books and guides are available on-line at www.smokiesstore.org. The park mailing address is Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 107 Park Headquarters Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738.

Services & Amenities:
Within Facility Amphitheater Comfort Station Convenience Store Dump Station Hiking Trail Picnic Pavilion Picnic Tables Ranger Station Telephone Trails, Horse Important Information

You are responsible for knowing park rules and regulations. A limited summary is provided below. More detailed information can be found at www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/campregs.htm. FOOD STORAGE: Black bears and other wildlife inhabit the area. Special regulations apply to the storage of food and garbage, as well as horse feed, and are strictly enforced. FIREWOOD QUARANTINE: Firewood from the states of Illinois, Indiana and Ohio and the lower peninsula of Michigan is quarantined due to an insect infestation. Please help protect park forests and do not bring firewood from those states. HOOK UPS: There are no hook-ups or showers at any park campground. Potable water is available from a spigot in the campground.

Description:
The Cataloochee Group Camp is located in the Cataloochee area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and approximately 35 miles from Asheville, NC. The nearest convenience store and fuel are approx. 10 miles away. MORE INFORMATION: Information is available at the park website at www.nps.gov/grsm. For recorded information on park facilities, programs, local lodging and to request information by mail, call 865-436-1200. Books and guides are available on-line at www.smokiesstore.org. The park mailing address is Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 107 Park Headquarters Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738.

Services & Amenities:
Within Facility Comfort Station Important Information

You are responsible for knowing park rules and regulations. A limited summary is provided below. More detailed information can be found at www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/campregs.htm. FOOD STORAGE: Black bears and other wildlife inhabit the area. Special regulations apply to the storage of food and garbage and they are strictly enforced. FIREWOOD QUARANTINE: Firewood from the states of Illinois, Indiana and Ohio and the lower peninsula of Michigan is quarantined due to an insect infestation. Please help protect park forests and do not bring firewood from those states. HOOK UPS: There are no hook-ups at any park campground. There is no potable water at this campground. QUIET HOURS: Quiet hours are in effect from 10 PM to 6 AM. Generator use is prohibited in group camps. FIRES: Fires are allowed in fire rings only. STAY/SITE LIMITS: Group site limits are site specific. The park stay limit is 7 consecutive days from 5/15-10/31 and 14 consecutive days from 11/1 through 5/14. An day-by-day extension of the seven-day limit may be requested at the campground kiosk, not to exceed a total consecutive stay of more than 14 days. Reservations which exceed the 7-consecutive-day limit be cancelled and refunded.

FISHING: A Tennessee or North Carolina fishing license is required to fish in the park. Licenses are available in nearby towns at <$30. Special regulations apply in the park: single hook, artificial flies or lures only---no bait.
Getting There: Cataloochee Group NC Cataloochee Campground 3576 Ranger Station Road Waynesville, NC 37876 No phone Lat/Long: N35.6516 W083.0739

Exit I-40 at exit 20, 25 miles west of Asheville, NC (87 miles east of Knoxville, TN). Turn right onto Cove Creek road 1/10 mile from I-40. Follow Cove Creek Road to the Park boundary. The road goes from pavement to gravel to pavement. Upon reaching the pavement the second time, turn left. Go 2.5 miles and turn right onto a dirt road after crossing a bridge. Go 1 mile to group camp gate..

Phone Park for More Information:
Information: (865)436-1261 Project Office: (865)436-1261

Description:
The Deep Creek Group Camp is in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and approximately 3 miles north of Bryson City, North Carolina. This campground tends to be busy in the summer season due to the proximity of Deep Creek. The group camp offers one accessible site with a nearby accessible restroom. RV and generator use is not allowed at group sites.
Full service grocery stores and medical facilities are in Bryson City.

MORE INFORMATION: Information is available at the park website at www.nps.gov/grsm. For recorded information on park facilities, programs, local lodging and to request information by mail, call 865-436-1200. Books and guides are available on-line at www.smokiesstore.org. The park mailing address is Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 107 Park Headquarters Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738.

Services & Amenities:
Within Facility Bbq Grills Comfort Station Medical Facility Parking

Dump Station Fire Rings Fishing streams Fuel, Vehicles Grocery Hiking Trail Horseback Riding Less Than 1 Mile Waterfall Important Information

Pavilion Picnic Tables Potable Water Ranger Station Telephone Toilet, Flush

You are responsible for knowing park rules and regulations. A limited summary is provided below. More detailed information can be found at www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/campregs.htm. FOOD STORAGE: Black bears and other wildlife inhabit the area. Special regulations apply to the storage of food and garbage and they are strictly enforced. FIREWOOD QUARANTINE: Firewood from the states of Illinois, Indiana and Ohio and the lower peninsula of Michigan is quarantined due to an insect infestation. Please help protect park forests and do not bring firewood from those states. HOOK UPS: There are no hook-ups or showers at any park campground. Potable water is available from a spigot in the campground. QUIET HOURS: Quiet hours are in effect from 10 PM to 6 AM. Generator use is prohibited in group camps. FIRES: Fires are allowed in fire rings only. STAY/SITE LIMITS: Group site limits are site specific. The park stay limit is 7 consecutive days from 5/15-10/31 and 14 consecutive days from 11/1 through 5/14, the purpose of which is to allow more people to stay in a public campground. A day-by-day extension of the seven-day limit may be requested at the campground kiosk, not to exceed a total consecutive stay of more than 14 days. Reservations which exceed the 7-consecutive-day limit may be cancelled and refunded. FISHING: A Tennessee or North Carolina fishing license is required to fish in the park. Licenses are available in nearby towns at <$30. Special regulations apply in the park: single hook, artificial flies or lures only---no bait. HORSES: Horse stalls are not covered and may not be visible from your campsite. Horses cannot be tied to trees or kept at your campsite.
Getting There: Deep Creek Group NC 37738 Deep Creek Campground

1912 East Deep Creek Road Bryson City, NC 28713 828-488-3184 Lat/Long: N35.4598 W083.4367 From downtown Bryson City, NC: Follow signs to Deep Creek, 3 miles away.

Phone Park for More Information:
Information: (865)436-1261 Project Office: (865)436-1261

Description:
The Smokemont group camp is located within the Smokemont campground in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and approximately 6 north of Cherokee, North Carolina. The nearby Bradley Fork River provides a great place to splash in the stream or fish for trout. The Smokemont Loop Trail and the Bradley Fork Trail are both near the campground. Elk can sometimes be seen in the fields between the campground and the visitor center. Each group site has five 13' x 13' tent pads, one fire ring, four picnic tables and two lantern holders. Full service grocery stores are 6 miles away in Cherokee; medical facilities are 15 miles away in Sylva. MORE INFORMATION: Information is available at the park website at www.nps.gov/grsm. For recorded information on park facilities, programs, local lodging and to request information by mail, call 865-436-1200. Books and guides are available on-line at www.smokiesstore.org. The park mailing address is Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 107 Park Headquarters Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738.

Services & Amenities:
Within Facility Comfort Station Dump Station Fire Rings Interpretive Programs Lantern holder Picnic Tables Less Than 1 Mile Firewood Sales Hiking Trail Historical Areas/Struct. Ice Sales Within 10 Miles Riding Stable Trails, Horse Trails, Self-guided Vending Machine Potable Water Telephone Tent Pads Toilet, Accessible Toilet, Flush Utility Sink

Arts and Crafts Fuel, Vehicles Grocery Important Information

Museums Picnic Area Visitor Center

You are responsible for knowing park rules and regulations. A limited summary is provided below. More detailed information can be found at www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/campregs.htm. FOOD STORAGE: Black bears and other wildlife inhabit the area. Special regulations apply to the storage of food and garbage, as well as horse feed, and they are strictly enforced. FIREWOOD QUARANTINE: Firewood from the states of Illinois, Indiana and Ohio and the lower peninsula of Michigan is quarantined due to an insect infestation. Please help protect park forests and do not bring firewood from those states. SHOWER and HOOK UPS: There are no hook-ups or showers at any park campground. Potable water is available from a spigot in the campground. QUIET HOURS: Quiet hours are in effect from 10 PM to 6 AM. Generator use is prohibited in group camps. FIRES: Fires are allowed in fire rings only. STAY/SITE LIMITS: Group site limits are site specific. The park stay limit is 7 consecutive days from 5/15-10/31 and 14 consecutive days from 11/1 through 5/14, the purpose of which is to allow more people to stay in a public campground. A day-by-day extension of the seven-day limit may be requested at the campground kiosk, not to exceed a total consecutive stay of more than 14 days. Reservations which exceed the 7-consecutive-day limit be cancelled and refunded. FISHING: A Tennessee or North Carolina fishing license is required to fish in the park. Licenses are available in nearby towns at <$30. Special regulations apply in the park: single hook, artificial flies or lures only---no bait.
Getting There: Smokemont Group NC Smokemont Campground c/o 60 Enloe-Floyd Bottoms Road Cherokee, NC 28719 828-497-9270 Actual campground address: Not available Lat/Long: Lat/Long: N35.5571 W083. 3117

From Cherokee, NC: Take Newfound Gap Road (aka US 441) North 6 miles. Turn right at Smokemont campground sign.
From Gatlinburg, TN: Take Newfound Gap Road (aka US 441) South 27 miles. Turn left at Smokemont campground sign.

Phone Park for More Information:
Information: (865)436-1261 Project Office: (865)436-1261 Group camping in the mountains – U S Forest Service

Appletree located in the Wayah ranger district there are 4 group sites 2 sites which will accommodate 25 people and 2 sites that will hold 50 people. The sites are open from March 31 to October 30 at a cost of $50 to $100. Reservations can be made by calling 828-524-6441. Located 24 Miles West of Franklin on Andres Road; Located on the Nantahala River and adjacent to several trails, this wilderness camp features four sites with restrooms and one shower facility and is available to groups of ten or more people by reservation only. Directions: From Franklin, take U.S. 64 west for about 3 miles. Turn right at LBJ/Wayah signs and take first left beside Loafer’s Glory Store onto Wayah Road (SR 1310), which goes over Wayah Gap and past Nantahala Lake. After passing Lake’s End Store, take first left onto Junaluska Road (SR 1401), toward Andrews for about 2.5 miles to Appletree Group Campground. To access, park or walk across the road from Appletree Branch and follow the blue blazes to the right of the branch.
Cove Creek Group Camp

Description:
Located in Western North Carolina, in the Pisgah National Forest. Please call 828862-5960 within 5 days of arrival for lock combination. Customer is responsible for lock, including replacement if lost or damaged. Forest Service requires gate be kept closed and locked at all times for safety. Please bring garbage bags, this is a "pack it in - pack it out" facility. Please do not throw cans or garbage into vault toilets. Interpretive Programs may be available upon request. You must drive through stream to get to campground. Due to the possibility or high water, a high profile and / or 4x4 vehicle is recommended to cross.

Services & Amenities:
OTHER    Fire Rings Interpretive Programs Lantern Post    Picnic Tables Vault Toilet Waterpump

Important Information *Reservations must be made at least 4 days in advance. *2 night minimum on weekends *3 night minimum on holidays *Customer responsible for lock, including replacement if lost or damaged. *During heavy rains, the creek will rise and can temporarily make crossing to the campground impossible. Always, Please use caution when crossing creek. Due to the possibility of high water, a high profile and/ or 4x4 vehicle is recommended to cross. The Road to Cove Creek Upper and Lower has reopened. Please refer campers to the directions established in this section.

Getting There: Cove Creek Lower Group Camp 1 Davidson River Circle Pisgah Forest NC 28768 From Ashville airport, take Hwy 280 west to US 64/280/US 276 intersection at Pisgah Forest. Turn north (right) on US 276. Go 4.5 miles to Forest Road 475A (turn left). Travel 475A for 3 miles to the campground on the right. The fee for this group camp ground is $80.00 per night

Kuykendall Group Camp
Description:
Located in Western North Carolina in the Pisgah National Forest, Kuykendall Group Camp is a single group site. Please call 828-862-5960 within 5 days of arrival for lock combination. Customer MUST have reservation number when calling for combination. Customer is responsible for this lock, and responsible for lock replacement if lost or damaged. Forest Service requires gate to be closed and locked at all times for safety. This is a pack it in - pack it out facility. Please bring garbage bags and do not throw cans or trash in Vault toilets. You must drive through the stream to get to the campground. Due to the possibility or high water, a high profile and / or 4x4 vehicle is recommended to cross.

Important Information *Reservations must be made at least 4 days in advance *This campground requires a 2 night minimum stay on the weekends *This campground requires a 3 night minimum stay on Holidays. *Use caution crossing stream to enter during high waters. *Fires only in fire rings provided *Please have confirmation number when calling for lock combination within 5 days of arrival. *Customer is responsible for the lock, including replacement if lost or damaged. *Pets must remain on leash. The fee for this camp site is $80.00 per night Getting There: Kuykendall Group Camp 1 Davidson River Circle Pisgah Forest NC 28768

Take State Highway 280 south to Brevard. At US 276/64, Highway 280 Junction, follow US 64 west through Brevard to Cathy's Creek Road (Forest Service Road 471). Take a right and go 1 1/4 miles to campground entrance.

Rattler Ford Group Campground

Description:
Sites 2 and 3 are not available for the 1st and 2nd weekend (Friday and Saturday) of June. Rattler Ford Group Camp Ground is located near the Joyce Kilmer Wilderness and the Cherohala Skyway. There are 4 sites available. Site 1 is mostly sunny with 4 tent pads, 3 tables, 2 lantern post and 1 campfire area. Site 2 is partly shade with 3 tent pads, 3 picnic tables, 3 lantern posts and 1 campfire area. Site 3, partly shade on creek, 4 tent pads, 3 picnic tables and 2 lantern posts and 1 campfire area. Site 4, dense shade on creek, 3 tent pads, 3 picnic tables, 3 lantern post and 1 campfire area. All 4 sites have an oversized grill. Each site will accommodate groups up to 25. Important Information *Minimum 2 day reservation window.* No electricity/water/sewer site hookups. Tent camping only. No pets. No live music or sound systems. No ATVs or ORVs allowed. There is a Kids Fishing Derby held either the first or second week in June, depending on the weather. Sites 2 and 3 will not be available for reservation. Derby is sponsored by the US Forest Service, for children 5 to 12. Lunch is provided for children fishing and their families.

The fee for this site is $50.00 night
Getting There: Rattler Ford Group Campground Hwy 1134 Robbinsville NC 28771 From Robbinsville Hwy 129North: Approx 1 mile turn to the left onto 143 West (Massey Branch Road), you will pass the Ranger Office, continue to the stop sign ( approx. 2.2 miles). At the stop sign turn RIGHT continuing on 143 west for approximately 6.9 miles. At this point turn RIGHT on NC 1134 toward Joyce Kilmer. Rattler Ford Campground is approx 1 mile on the left.

Silvermine Group Campground
Description:
Silvermine campground is open from April 30 to Oct 31. Fee: 1-25 person $25.00 / 26-50 person $40.00

Services & Amenities:
At The Park Access Trails Accessible Pit Restroom Accessible Restroom Bird Watching Drinking Water Dumpster Fishing Grills Group Fire Ring Pavilion Photography Picnic Area Picnic Shelter Picnic Tables Restroom Scenery Sheltered Dining Area Sightseeing

Group Grill Group Picnic Shelters Hiking Horse Stalls Parking Less 250 Feet Hiking Trails Distance Less Than 500 Feet Cold Springs Distance Less Than 1/4 Mile Fishing Trails Distance Less Than 1 Mile Berry Picking Cabin Rental Canoe Rental Canoeing Convenience Store Distance Less Than 3 Mile Administrative Office Banking Services Boating Cafe Fishing Supplies Gift Shop Grocery Historic Sites Hot Showers Distance Less Than 5 Mile Biking Nature Trail Distance Greater Than 20 Mile Horse Camp Facility OTHER Accessible Hiking Trails

Site Pads Table Trailhead Water Water Faucets

Hunting Wildlife Viewing

Paved Roads River Access River Trips Tubing

Ice Machine Medical Facility Overlook Pay Telephone Post Office Restaurant Restaurants Showers Visitors Center Rv Park

Hospital Bbq Grills

Important Information  There is a combination lock on the gate that can only be accessed with the combination. If there is any problems with combination or the lock contact U.S. Forest Service office in Hot Springs. The phone number is 828-622-3202. Getting There: Silvermine Group Campground Po Box 128 Hot Springs NC 28743

From Newport Tenn. take 25/70 South to Hot Springs. From Hot Springs, go East on us 25/70 across the French Broad River Bridge. Just after crossing bridge, turn left onto SR 1304. Turn left at the first intersection and follow the road to the entrance gate. From Asheville N.C. take I-26 West to 25/70 North. Continue on 25/70 north to Hot Springs. Turn right onto SR 1304. Turn left at the First intersection Follow road to the entrance to gate.

Phone Park for More Information:
Information: (828)622-3202 Project Office: (828)622-3202

Virginia State Parks
GRAYSON HIGHLANDS STATE PARK – VIRGINIA

GENERAL INFO: The park is adjacent to the Mount Rogers National
Recreation Area in the Jefferson National Forest. Grayson Highlands State Park was originally named Mount Rogers State Park and was established in 1965. While pets are allowed in the park, they are not allowed inside public facilities including the bathhouses, visitor center and office.

LOCATION: The park is on U.S. 58 midway between Independence and
Damascus and is reached from I-81 at Exit 45 in Marion; turn south on Route 16 and travel 33 miles to US 58 in the community of Volney. Turn right onto US 58. Travel eight miles to the park's entrance. From I-77, take Hillsville Exit 14 to U.S. 58. Travel west on U.S. 58, 40 miles to Volney. Turn left to stay on U.S. 58 and go eight miles to the park entrance. Group camping: Grayson Highlands has a new group camping area.
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The park offers this group camping for up to 35 campers. Sites have no water or electrical hook-ups. No minimum number of campers to be considered a group.

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A standard bathhouse is about 500 feet away, and water is available within 50 feet of the campground. Parking is available in the camp store lot or a lot across from the store - campers will have to walk between 20 and 40 yards to reach the camping area. Tents only are permitted.

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The group camping area is between the amphitheater and the turn-off loop to the regular campground. The group area has five large tent pads, five picnic tables and three fire rings. Click here for rental fees.

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Groups may apply at the park for a special use permit allowing use of the amphitheater and a large fire ring. (This might prove useful for special ceremonies, such as those undertaken by scout groups.) There is a small processing fee for the permit, which must be approved two weeks beforehand. The permit must be arranged through the park.

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There is a $30 fee for cancelling a group camping reservation.

Note: Primitive camping is centralized in stable area campground March April and in November; there are porta-johns only, and no water is available at that location. Drinking water is available at the park office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Hiking trails: The park has nine hiking trails averaging a mile in length. These trails lead to panoramic vistas, scenic waterfalls and a 200 year old pioneer cabin. The park also offers access to the Appalachian Trail and trails in the surrounding Jefferson National Forest. A list of trails and their mileage follows this section on Grayson Highlands State Park. Bike rentals: Blue Blaze Bike and Shuttle Service, 1-800-475-5095; The

Bike Station, toll-free 1-866-475-3629; Adventure Damascus Bicycles,
toll-free 1-888-595-BIKE (2453) Grayson Highlands State Park Trails Note: A detailed map of all trails in the Mount Rogers area can be purchased at the park office. Key: F = Foot Traffic; H = Horseback Riding; B = Mountain Bikes; X = Cross Country Skiing
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Rhododendron Trail: mileage 1.0; use F Cabin Creek Trail: mileage 1.9 loop; use F, X Big Pinnacle Trail: mileage 0.4; use F

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Twin Pinnacles Trail: mileage 1.6; use F Listening Rock Trail: mileage 2.0 loop; use F Wilson Creek Trail: mileage 1.8; use F Stampers Branch Trail: mileage 2.0; use F Rock House Ridge Trail: mileage 1.2 loop; use F Appalachian Trail: mileage 2.8; use F Horse Trail (east): mileage 1.7; use H, F, B, X Horse Trail (north): mileage 1.0; use H, F Seed Orchard Road: mileage 1.3; use H, F, B, X Old Upchurch Road: mileage 3.7; use H, F, B, X Service Road: mileage 0.5; use B, F Appalachian Spur Trail: mileage .75; use F Wilburn Branch Trail; mileage .8; use F, B

FISHING, BOATING: Nearly 10 miles of wild trout stream lie within
Grayson Highlands State Park. The cool mountain streams offer those fishing breathtaking scenery while angling for native brook and wild rainbow trout. Several park streams are designated "Special Regulation Wildlife Trout Streams" thus require the use of a single hook and artificial lures, and all trout less than nine inches long must be released unharmed. All required state fishing licenses and creel limits apply to fishing within the park. A National Forest Permit is required when fishing on national forest property. Big Wilson Creek, along the northeastern boundary of the park, offers 3.5 miles of fishable waters. From its headwaters to ¼-mile below it confluence with Little Wilson Creek, the stream is designated a "Special Regulation Wild Trout Stream." A sign marks the area. Below this point, the creek is designated a "Stocked Trout Stream" and requires a trout license in addition to the state fishing license. You can reach the creek via the Appalachian Trail

at Massie Gap or by taking the Big Wilson Creek Trail from the main campground. Wilburn Branch, near the central area of the park, provides 1.8 miles of fishable waters and is designated a "Special Regulation Wild Trout Stream." It can be accessed via the Stamper's Branch or Upchurch Road trail. You'll find Mill Creek, which has 1.1 miles of fishable waters, is the park's southeastern corner. It too is a "Special Regulation Wild Trout Stream." Get there by taking Highway 58 East from the park's entrance, then turning left on SR 742 (Mill Creek Rd.). Access to the park's portion of the creek is on the left near a grove of white pines, about half a mile down Mill Creek Rd. Quebec Branch, in the park's northern region, has 1.1 miles of fishable waters, all of which is designated a "Special Regulation Wild Trout Stream." This waterway sometimes has low water. Access it from the Appalachian Trail at Massie Gap or by taking Wilson Creek Trail at the main campground to the Seed Orchard Road Trail. Cabin Creek of the park's western area has 2.1 miles of fishable water. Wild rainbow and native brook trout inhabit the waters here; it's not stocked. Take the Cabin Creek Trail at Massie Gap to get there. NEW RIVER TRAIL STATE PARK

GENERAL INFO: New River Trail State Park has been designated an official
National Recreation Trail by the U. S. Department of the Interior. The park parallels 39 miles of the New River, which is one of the world's oldest rivers and among a handful of rivers flowing north.
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Two tunnels: 135 feet and 193 feet long Three Major Bridges: Hiwasee - 951 feet; Ivanhoe - 670 feet; Fries Junction - 1,089 feet

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Nearly 30 smaller bridges and trestles A shot tower used more than 200 years ago to make ammunition

LOCATION:This is a 57-mile long state park that follows an abandoned
railroad right-of-way. There are several entrances into this park. The park meanders through Grayson, Carroll, Wythe and Pulaski counties in southwestern Virginia and parallels the scenic and historic New River for 39 miles. This park is part of the Rails to Trails Program as it was donated to the state by Norfolk Southern Railroad when the railroad discontinued the line and removed the tracks. This park also serves as a link to numerous other outdoor recreational areas, including a town park in Fries, Mt. Rogers National Recreational Area, the Dannelly Fitness Complex in Galax, four Department of Game and Inland Fisheries boat launches and Shot Tower

Historical State Park. New River Trail is minutes from Claytor Lake State
Park. This unique park features 57 miles of continuous trail. Jurisdictions: Counties: Carroll, Grayson, Pulaski and Wythe Cities: Galax Towns: Allisonia, Austinville, Draper, Fries, Hiwasee, Ivanhoe, Pulaski Entrances:
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Galax - Parking is available where Route 58 crosses Chestnut Creek. Parking fee required.

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Cliffview - Take Route 58 to Galax; go north on Route 887 to Cliffview Road (Route 721). The parking area is on the left, across from Cliffview Mansion. Parking fee required.

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Gambetta and Chestnut Yard - Take Route 721 north past Cliffview to Route 607. Follow Route 607 to Chestnut Yard or turn on Route 793 to go to Gambetta.

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Fries - From Route 94, go south to town. Parking is available near the town park.

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Byllesby Dam - Go east on Route 602 off Route 94. Park at the dam. Ivanhoe - Go east on Route 639 off Route 94.
Shot Tower - From I-77, take Exit 24; go east on Route 69 to Route 52

and follow signs to Shot Tower. Hikers only may access at Shot Tower.

Parking fee required. Bicyclists must use road access to the trail. Horses are not allowed at this access point.
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Draper - From I-81, take Route 658 East through Draper. Parking is available across from Bryson’s Store, less than one mile from the interstate highway. Parking fee required.

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Pulaski/Xaloy - From I-81, take Route 99 West approximately two miles to Xaloy; turn onto Xaloy Drive to entrance. Parking fee required.

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Foster Falls (New River Trail administrative offices) - From I-77, take Exit 24, go east on Route 69 to Route 52, go north to Route 608, go east and follow signs. Parking fee required.

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New River Trail can also be accessed at Hiwasee, Allisonia, Austinville and Lone Ash, but there is no developed parking area at these entrances.

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Horse trailers may be parked at the Allisonia, Cliffview, Fries, Draper, Pulaski and Foster Falls entrances only.

OVERNIGHT FACILITIES: Camping; No cabins. The park offers five
campgrounds in different locations with different types of sites. Please read the following information carefully and follow instrutions specific to the campground of interest. Other locations are for day use only. Horse trailers may be parked at the Cliffview, Draper, Fries, Pulaski and Foster Falls entrances only. For information on availability of overnight accommodations, particular park amenities or to make a reservation at a campground with reservable sites, you can call 1-800-933-PARK.

CABINS / CAMPING:
New River Trail State Park Campgrounds - The park offers four unique campgrounds: Cliffview, Millrace, Baker Island and Double Shoals. Cliffview Campground (Carroll County near Galax) is a trailside campground with primitive tent camping only. It overlooks Chestnut Creek. Access is from the Dannelly Fitness Complex parking lot and across a footbridge (no direct vehicle access). Ten primitive campsites are available. Three horse campsites are available with an enclosed area for the horses.

There are no covered stalls. Horse campers must park trailers at the Cliffview Ranger Station, which is about one mile from the campground. Horses may not cross the Dannelly complex footbridge. Note: This campground is 24 miles from the Millrace Campground. All sites are timbered and marked. Each site has a fire ring, lantern post, picnic table, access to the New River Trail and non-flush toilet. Drinking water is available. One site, CV01, is handicapped accessible and is reserved last if not required for a handicapped camper. Reservations are required. Same day reservations are permitted. Campers must leave their confirmation letter on their car's dashboard for overnight parking. Campers will need access to a fax machine or will need to pick up the letter at the Cliffview office if there is insufficient time to receive the letter by mail. Directions: Take State Route 58 to Galax. Go north on SR 887 to Cliffview Road (SR 721). Take SR 721 one-quarter of a mile and turn right onto Creekview Road. Go one mile to the Dannelly Complex. Cliffview Campground parking is on the right. Cross the footbridge into the campground. Horse campers may not use the footbridge. Number of sites of each type: TPRI, 10; HPRI, 3 Site types: TPRI (CV01-CV10): Site CV01 is ADA (handicapped accessible) and is the last to be rented if not required by a handicapped guest. HPRI (CVH01-CVH03): Horse sites - There is an enclosed area for the horses, and this area is available at no charge. Millrace Campground (Wythe County at Foster Falls). This campground overlooks the New River. There is no vehicular access to the campground. There is a short hike to the sites from the parking lot. There are 12 primitive tent camping sites and nine group primitive tent camping sites. Group sites must be rented in groups of three or more until all other Millrace sites are reserved.Once all of the Millrace sites are reserved, the group sites may be reserved individually. Note: This campground is 24 miles from Cliffview Campground.

All sites are timbered and marked. Each has a fire ring, lantern post, picnic table, access to the New River Trail and non-flush toilet. Drinking water is available. One site, MR12, is handicapped accessible and is reserved last if not required for a handicapped camper. There is no lifeguarded swimming. The New River's current is unpredictable and potentially dangerous; underwater hazards are possible. Reservations are required. Same day reservations are permitted. Campers must leave their confirmation letter on their dashboard for overnight parking. Campers will need access to a fax machine or need to pick up the letter at the Foster Falls office if there is insufficient time to receive the letter by mail. Directions: From I-77, take Exit 24. Go east on State Route 69 to SR 52. Go north to SR 608. Go east and follow signs. Number of sites of each type: TPRI, 12; GPRI, 9 Site Type: TPRI (MR01-MR12): Site MR12 is ADA (handicapped accessible). This site is reserved last if not required by handicapped citizen. GPRI (MRG01-MRG09): There are nine group sites. These should be rented in groups of three or more unless all other Millrace sites are taken, in which case the group sites may be reserved individually. Baker Island Campground (Foster Falls) has seven very primitive sites. Before making a reservation, carefully read the entire description for this campground that describes this campground's particular regulations. The sites are on an island accessed only by boat and are available year-round. Reservations are strongly encouraged because prior registration of a site on Baker Island is required, even for walk-ins. Campers must park their vehicles at the lower boat launch since access to Baker Island is only by boat or canoe. Visitors must display their confirmation letter on the dash to prevent their vehicle from being towed. Same-day reservations are acceptable, but campers must have access to a fax machine or pick up the confirmation letter from the park's Foster Falls office if there is insufficient time to receive the letter by mail. Number of sites: 7 Types:

BAKI = code for Baker Island Campground at Foster Falls for Area of park. GBUD= code for Group Buddy sites and they are primitive buddy sites. TPRM= NEW CODING for TENT/PRIMITIVE (lower price than TPRI in NR) Sites 1 and 2 (BAG01 & BAG02) are Group Buddy sites for a maximum of 24 people per site. These are GBUD sites. Sites 3-7 (BA03 through BA07) are TPRM for tents only, primitive up to six people maximum per site. Directions to Baker Island campsites from the water: Follow directions to Foster Falls listed under Millrace Campground. Proceed to the parking area at the lower boat launch. Heading downstream, sites 1, 2 (Group Buddy sites) and 3 (BA03) are accessible from the river by going to the left of Baker Island; the sites are on the right. Sites 4 and 5 are accessible by landing at the upstream tip of the island. From there you'll take a short hike to the sites (there is no direct access from the river for these two sites). Traveling downstream, sites 6 and 7 are accessible from the river by going to the right of the Baker Island; the sites are on the left. All sites can be accessed from the upstream tip of the island, but from there you'll need to take a short hike to sites 3 through 7 and a longer hike to sites 1 and 2 (the Group Buddy sites). All sites are marked with an 18" by 18" campsite marker posted along the river's edge. Double Shoals Campground is an honor system campground. First-come, first-served and no reservations. Six primitive sites only. Campers must bring their own water. It is part of the New River Canoe Trail and is accessible only by river or trail. The Town of Fries is the closest access. Location is mile marker P-40 on the Fries branch of New River Trail State Park. Fee.

SWIMMING: None, but tubing the New River is popular here. TRAILS: Hiking, bicycle trails, bridle trails. FISHING, BOATING: Freshwater fishing; kayak and canoe rentals. HUNTING: None.

HORSES: Rentals available. Call Foster Falls Livery, (276) 699-2460, for
rates and reservations. Also, the park has bridle trails, and hitching posts are available at Cliffview Campground for overnight guests. No stalls or covered area for horses. Horse trailers for day-use access must be parked at the Allisonia, Cliffview, Draper, Fries, Pulaski and Foster Falls entrances only.

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER: None. NEARBY ATTRACTIONS: Jefferson National Forest; Big Walker Lookout;
Rural Retreat Lake; Claytor Lake

PICNIC SHELTERS: This shelter is at the Foster Falls playground and
picnic area and is available for rent year-round. It may be rented all day (8 a.m. - 10 p.m.) or half a day (either 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.). Call 1-800-933-PARK to reserve this shelter. Parking fees are not included in shelter rental (see above for details). Cancellation policy: No refund within 14 days before reserved date. Before then, there's a cancellation fee. This shelter accommodates up to 100. It's 30 x 70 feet and is handicapped accessible. A pit toilet is nearby. Vehicles must be parked in the nearby parking lot, but the vehicle can be driven to and from the parking lot to drop off picnicking items. The shelter has a charcoal grill.

ACCESSIBILITY:
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Trail: The entire length of the trail is accessible with all trailside picnic/rest areas including accessible tables. Five trailside non-flush restroom facilities are accessible with plans to develop or upgrade five more in the next year.

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Camping: One accessible site each at Millrace and Cliffview campgrounds, and these campgrounds include accessible non-flush restroom facilities.

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Cliffview office, Foster Falls depot, Foster Falls concession building, Foster Falls stables, Foster Falls picnic shelter are all accessible. Two non-flush restroom facilities at the Foster Falls access are accessible and one restroom facility at the Cliffview access is accessible.

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Shot Tower accessibility: The Shot Tower grounds and restroom facilities are accessible. Although climbing the Shot Tower is not an accessible feature, the park does provide a picture showcase that allows those unable to climb the tower the opportunity to see the views at the top of the tower.

SPECIAL FEATURES: None. CONCESSIONS: The Foster Falls River Company is open on weekends from
the first Saturday in April through Memorial Day, then open daily Memorial Day through Labor Day, and open on weekends again Labor Day through the last Sunday in October. The livery rents canoes, kayaks, tubes, bikes andsafety equipment, and it offers shuttle service, snacks and drinks. Call (276) 699-1034 for details. The Foster Falls Horse Livery provides guided horse rides from the first weekend in April through Memorial Day. The livery is open daily Memorial Day through Labor Day and on weekends from Labor Day through November. Call (276) 699-2460 for details.

LAUNDRY: None. RESTAURANT: None. HISTORY: In December 1986, Norfolk Southern Corporation donated a 57mile tract of abandoned railroad right-of-way to the Commonwealth of Virginia for the establishment of a new state park. Because railroad tracks had previously been on the strip of land, the cinder roadbed needed very little grading. With the help and support of volunteer groups and chambers of commerce in the region, the park was able to open in May 1987 with four miles of trail. Since then approximately 57 miles of the park are open to the public.
CONTACT INFO New River Trail State Park 176 Orphanage Dr. Foster Falls, VA 24360 Phone: (276) 699-6778 email: newrivertrail.org PARK SIZE 765 acres. Width averages 80 feet; length from Galax to Pulaski, 51.5 miles; Fries Branch, 5.5 miles; the total length is 57 miles. .

U.S. Forest Service Camp Grounds - Virginia Mt. Rogers Recreation Area and the Jefferson National Forest adjoin
Grayson Highlands State Park to the north. Camping is available on the national forest (recommended by our park when it is full) as well as hiking, picnicking, hunting, fishing and beautiful mountain vistas for visitors to enjoy. Camping reservations in Jefferson National Forest are available by calling 1-800-280-2267. The direct phone number is (276) 783-5196.

Lewis Fork Wilderness

The 5,700 acre Lewis Fork Wilderness Area is located on the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. Lewis Fork is one of the most heavily used wilderness areas in the Southeast. Those wanting solitude should use the area on weekdays or during low-use seasons. The following trails are heavily used and should be avoided if you desire solitude: Appalachian Trail, Mount Rogers Trail, Virginia Highlands Trail, and the Mount Rogers Spur Trail. The trails offering the most solitude are: Grassy Branch, Helton Creek, and Sugar Maple. All trails are open to foot and horse travel except the following foot only-trails: Appalachian Trail, Mount Rogers Trail, Mount Rogers Spur Trail, Cliffside Trail, Pine Mountain Trail, and Lewis Fork Spur Trail.
Little Dry Run Wilderness

Little Dry Run Wilderness is located on the east end of the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. It contains 2,858 acres with elevations ranging from 2,440 feet along Little Dry Run at the northeast boundary to 3,614 feet near the center of the area. The area has a number of small ridges and drainages. It is one of the most accessible wilderness areas on the Forest. Wildlife in the area is diverse and Little Dry Run is a native trout stream. This is a lightly used area with only one trail within the wilderness. Most of the recreation use in the general area is on the Virginia Highlands Horse Trail just outside the southern boundary of the area. One parking area is located on U.S. 21, about 2 miles south of Speedwell. A second parking area is on the Virginia Highlands Trail (337) near the southeast corner of the wilderness.
Little Wilson Creek Wilderness

The 3,900 acre Little Wilson Creek wilderness is located in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area in Jefferson National Forest.

Sections of Little Wilson Creek Wilderness are heavily used, while other sections offer opportunities for solitude. Those wanting solitude should use the area on weekdays or during low-use seasons. The following trails are heavily used and should be avoided if you desire solitude: Appalachian Trail, First Peak Trail and Bearpen Trail. The trails offering the most solitude are: Little Wilson Creek Trail, Kabel Trail, and Hightree Rock Trail. All trails are open to foot and horse travel except the Appalachian Trail and the Little Wilson Creek Trail.

U. S. Forest Service Campgrounds - Virginia
Beartree Recreation Area 20993 Beartree Gap Road Damascus, VA 24236 (276) 388-3642 Directions: Beartree Recreation Area is 7 miles east of Damascus on highway 58, 12 miles south of Grindstone. From Interstate 81, take exit 19 onto highway 58 to Damascus, then continue 7 miles to the Beartree entrance on the left. Open: April 1 (weather permitting) to October 31. Open November with limited facilities. Reservations Accepted by calling 877-444-6777 or www.recreation.gov. Walk-In Sites available Facilities: Primitive Campground with 79 Sites. Large Group Sites Available. Picnic Table, Tent Pad, Lantern Hook & Fire Ring/Grill. Hot & Cold Showers. Flush Toilets. Education Programs in Summer. Beautiful Lake with pavilion


				
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