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Date Place Comment
Hovenweep National Monument

Just as described. Beautiful views. Trails close to campsite. Four bars on AT&T.

Piute Reservoir state campground

Deserted. One of four pit toilets unlocked up by the permanent tents. Whether that is a mistake or by design I do not know. Bring your own toilet paper.

Free site #5

Stayed at site 9. Google played hell finding it, had to cut and paste coordinates. the coordinates are a little off, but worth the hunt. A little bit of traffic early. I have 3 bars on AT&T.

Cache Valley (outside of Arches National Park)

4X4 with at least 10" clearance is needed for here. It's $30 to enter the national park if you don't have a pass. This campsite is accessed through the park. Go to the Delicate Arch Viewpoint, there will be a gate (you have to drive over the sidewalk to go through, it should be open), a little ways down the road there will be a closed gate with a chain but no lock. Go through the gate and close the door behind you. (Manners are always good.) Look for campfire rings. There are at least three before you start needing a serious off-road setup. I probably could have made it further, but there was noone. I mean NOONE. Enjoy some alone time.

Byre Lake Recreation Area

Arrived just in time for sunset. Just one other person at the moment. Coming from the east, I can't believe this spot is free!!

Pisgah National Forest designated campsite Curtis Creek Road

A dedicated camp sight on Curtis Creek Road not too far from the Blue Ridge Parkway. This is NOT the pay to play campsite further down Curtis Creek Road. It has a mostly level pull off for car campers, would fit a long van but not much larger. There is a 30ft trail to the tent site with a fire ring. Shrubs are trimmed to allow for a view off the mountain. The trail continues on past the main campsite and has areas for two more tents eventually leading close to a creek. The trail goes further, but wasn't as well traveled.

Pisgah National Forest designated campsite

There are two at this spot. Opposite sides of the road and far enough apart for privacy. One is a drive-in site and the other is a tent site with almost level parking. (You have to straddle the run off a bit if car camping.) Pisgah has a notice on the road that camping is allowed only where posted. Many pull off spots, but fewer designated camps. I took the first empty one I came to, i.e. the tent site here. The tent site has a fire ring and is very level. Rocks prevent driving up onto the site. Stayed one night. I did not look at the drive-in site as it was occupied. Both have the designated sign, which I will attach here as well.

Chattahoochee National Forest

Nice level spot to back off the road and car camp next to a creek. There is a campfire ring on with a spot for a tent just across, but the pull off is not as level. Quite cool for the time of year with the canopy above. The road closed sign has been bent back. I did see where there was a side road permanently closed further down.

McDougle Hunter Camp (Bankhead National Forest)

Surprised that there was only one tent and noone else this close to the 4th. Easy to find.

Meriwether Lewis

Stayed on a Wednesday. Nice and quiet. Tent sites, Van or short RV sites and several pull through sights. Got here at 4pm and pretty much had my pick. Trails down to the monument and some of the original Natchez Trace can be walked. Best of the three Natchez Trace Parkway camping.


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