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    Camping in/around Mononghela National Forest, WV?

    Headed down to the Monongahela National Forest area in WV over Memorial Day weekend. Looking for tips on camping spots in or near the National Forest. Three motorcycles and two to three tents will be making the trip. I am looking for somewhere remote where all of the tents can stay close to each other. After looking online, a lot of places that I came across say only one tent per site. Any help is greatly appreciated.
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    Lightbulb How 'bout the Cass Rally?

    Quote Originally Posted by deitscher View Post
    Headed down to the Monongahela National Forest area in WV over Memorial Day weekend. Looking for tips on camping spots in or near the National Forest. Three motorcycles and two to three tents will be making the trip. I am looking for somewhere remote where all of the tents can stay close to each other. After looking online, a lot of places that I came across say only one tent per site. Any help is greatly appreciated.
    Well... you could always stay here: http://mountaineerbmw.org/cass2009.html

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    Thanks for the invite

    Mike,

    Thanks for the invite, but the other guys traveling with me are not Beemer riders. I don't think they would fully appreciate the event. Now me on the other hand......
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    Quote Originally Posted by deitscher View Post
    Mike,

    Thanks for the invite, but the other guys traveling with me are not Beemer riders. I don't think they would fully appreciate the event. Now me on the other hand......
    Not to sell you on the event but.............
    it is a really nice rally, and the location is tough to beat for riding in that area.
    there are many non bmw riders in attendance usually, your friends would be welcome.
    All the services you need are near by too, food, beer, gas.
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    I've gone to a number of MOA rallies with non BMW riders, and they had a great time.
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    Smile Priorities

    Quote Originally Posted by gsjay View Post
    Not to sell you on the event but.............
    it is a really nice rally, and the location is tough to beat for riding in that area.
    there are many non bmw riders in attendance usually, your friends would be welcome.
    All the services you need are near by too, food, beer, gas.
    jason
    ...but not necessarily in that order.

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    Camping in WV?

    Quote Originally Posted by deitscher View Post
    Headed down to the Monongahela National Forest area in WV over Memorial Day weekend. Looking for tips on camping spots in or near the National Forest. Three motorcycles and two to three tents will be making the trip. I am looking for somewhere remote where all of the tents can stay close to each other. After looking online, a lot of places that I came across say only one tent per site. Any help is greatly appreciated.
    Are you pavement bound, or can you do gravel and Forest Roads? If you can handle 11 miles of graveled forest road in the Mon, then my favorite campground is the Laurel Fork site. It is about 8 miles west of the top of Spruce Knob (the highest mtn in WV). It is a primitive campsite, with picnic tables, fire rings, and a (modern) pit toilet. Fee is $8 a night, and you can fit up to four tents per site. It is very remote, but beautiful. Still, you have to bring everything you need. Here is a list of links to all campground in the Mon, from their official website.

    If you are pavement bound, then try Yoakum's Vacationland Campground at Mouth of Seneca, where Rt 33 and Rt 28 split. (Seneca Rocks) Here is the link for more information on lodging/camping in that area

    Still, I'd take my friends and do the rally at Boyer's Station. I've been to many BMW rallies with non-BMW riding friends and it just isn't an issue. In fact, I've ridden one of my non-BMWs to a rally too. It's a great way to meet other riders, although you'll see tons of them at Seneca Rocks that weekend too. That part of WV is riding heaven.

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    Clarification

    Thanks for the all the info. I feel that I need to clarify a point...the reason we weren't planning on hitting the rally had nothing to do with the make of our bikes. I always brag to my non-beemer friends the hospitality extended at a typical beemer function. Our plan was a weekend camping trip on our own...it is a test run for our big planned August trip to Montana and Wyoming. The rally sounds great, just going to take a rain check this year. Again, thanks for the info and we can do off-road riding, so the first place sounds great!
    Doug
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    Quote Originally Posted by deitscher View Post
    Thanks for the all the info.

    Our plan was a weekend camping trip on our own...it is a test run for our big planned August trip to Montana and Wyoming......
    Sounds like the Laurel Fork site will be perfect for you. Make sure you ride up the back side of Spruce Knob to the top! It is now paved all the way from the front, so that's no challenge anymore. Oh, and the campground is bisected by the forest road, so go to the smaller side for tent camping. The larger side has an open field, and lots of RV sites. It is first come first served, so get there early that weekend or it may be full. (They don't allow reservations.)

    If you want to see some pictures of Laurel Fork, here is a link to a weekend camping trip we did there a while back. Laurel Fork campout

    Have fun! It should be a great rehearsal for your big summer trip. If you need any more information about that area, my family place is just south of Franklin on Rt220. I can help you find some really great roads in that area that you might not find otherwise. Just PM me and I'll be happy to help.

    jeff

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