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    Strategy for finding campsite?

    So, I'm riding in ON, NY, PA, W VA, ... on a weekday in July or August. Had a great day, now need a campsite. How to best find one, in your experience? I've often seen signs at turn offs from a highway, but never actually gone off to find one. Any experiences / local knowledge in the areas mentioned would be appreciated.
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    If you have a "base camp" location in mind, you can Google for campgrounds in that area while planning your trip.

    You can do the same thing from home using a Garmin or other GPS: Where to?/Near/Spell City/Points of Interest/Lodging/Campgrounds and RV Parks.

    Or use a Garmin to locate nearby campgrounds while on the road.

    I have found that some National Forest campgrounds do not have showers, so I prefer privately run campgrounds.

    If all else fails, I suppose you could ask around.

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    AKsuited, I think I will try the GPS search on some rides soon, when not on a trip where I need a campground, just to see if it looks like it will work. I do have the latest maps, so it might be the way to go.

    One of my concerns was finding one full campground after another. If the GPS search returns a phone number, it is obvious that I could check availability.

    Somewhere I read (years ago, I think) that ON Provincial parks keep a few spots, not the best ones, for "emergency" arrivals. Anybody know of this policy? How about other jurisdictions?
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    If they're acceptable to your needs and style (commercial camping with food nearby; I like having a shower), stop at any KOA (Kampgrounds of America) site and get their free book of all site locations; it also includes small maps. May also be useful in planning how long the day will be.
    I've spotted many KOAs that have a competitor nearby...

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    Tourist info stops often can direct you to camping sites; most towns and cities have one and they are usually located near the main route in or out and are marked with signs to help locate them. Some will be a manned center, others may just be a sign directory.
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    Edit: Never mind... it was a link to what I thought was the current version of Don Wright's Guide to Free Campgrounds. I peruse my copy and note possible sites before I leave.

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    If you use a GPS you could check http://www.poi-factory.com/. I'm not sure about any downloaded from there but most all of the POI's original to my Garmin have phone numbers included.
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    I use an application for my iPhone called Campwhere. I believe it was $5. It lists anything from US National Parks down to local authority owned. That's a lot of campgrounds. It doesn't seem to know where private campgrounds are.
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    I normally look at State Parks when planning the route. State parks, not forests, have showers and such, at least the ones I have been to in NY, PA, WV, and TN. I like that Park Rangers can arrest, unlike private camp ground "security guards", so if some one gets out of hand, they go away in the back of a squad car. Tends to help keep behavior more responsible.

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    I like state camp grounds without hookups for recreational vehicles. That tends to keep most of your fellow campers in tents and leantos. Being in a pup tent next to a air conditioned, TV equipped motor home can be a real drag.
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    We have a couple of campground directories. I also have the app Oh Ranger on my phone. It locates national, state, and local parks.
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    It's a bit old fashioned in today's world of electronic gizmos, but a Rand McNally road atlas will show campgrounds as well as campsites.
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    And a local phone book shows campgrounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voni View Post
    And a local phone book shows campgrounds.

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    And we all know where to find a phone book when we're out on the road...
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    At the gas station

    I do know not to ask about campgrounds because people who live there don't camp there. Usually.

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