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Camping in WV or NC

post #1 of 13
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I love camping.  The cold or snow doesn't bother me if I'm well prepared.

 

But I'm surprised at the lack of primitive camping available in NC and near Snowshoe.  I see there is a winter camping option at Canaan Valley.  I'm thinking of getting their season pass just for the camping option.

 

Are there any tent camping possibilities near Beech, Sugar, or Snowshoe?  I'd particularly like to find something near Snowshoe.

post #2 of 13

There is a pretty cheap hostel in the Canaan Valley that works fine for budget-minded types.  $25 for a bed at the Purple Fiddle, with access to a kitchen and music downstairs in the evenings.

 

You might try asking in the ongoing regional thread:

http://www.epicski.com/t/142548/2015-16-southeast-news-meetups-weather-nc-va-wv-plus-folks-in-sc-ga-tn-al-fl

 

DCSki.com is another place to ask.  But can't say that I've ever seen a discussion there about winter camping.

post #3 of 13

I think the problem may be that most of the ski resort surrounding area here is privately owned and has cabins and golf courses all over.  There are plenty of great campgrounds and hike to camping here but not that close to the ski resorts.

post #4 of 13

Could it also be that, well, it's the south and people don't think of camping in 30 degree weather or colder as a fun recreational activity? Don't need the same type of gear and clothing when going camping during the summer.

 

For Snowshoe, I don't think of it as a place that people go who are on a tight budget.  It's set up as a destination resort.

post #5 of 13
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I think the problem may be that most of the ski resort surrounding area here is privately owned and has cabins and golf courses all over.  There are plenty of great campgrounds and hike to camping here but not that close to the ski resorts.


Do you know of any campgrounds that are open in winter?  I've checked a little with KOAs, Grandfather campground and they had no tent sites available.

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Do you know of any campgrounds that are open in winter?  I've checked a little with KOAs, Grandfather campground and they had no tent sites available.


Not sure about December through January,but we camp with the Boy Scouts at various State Parks from February through November.

 

Hanging Rock is one of our favorites..  They are definitely booking campsites December 31st.. just the random winter date I picked to be sure..

 

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Park Hours:

December, January, February: 7am - 7pm
March, April: 7am - 9pm
May, June, July, August, September: 7am - 10pm
October: 7am - 9pm
November: 7am - 8pm

Camping and cabin guests must arrive prior to the closing hour, after which the park gate is closed for the night.

The park is closed Christmas Day.

 

 

Use this website to book campgrounds at NC State Parks

 

http://northcarolinastateparks.reserveamerica.com/campsiteSearch.do


Edited by crgildart - 10/21/15 at 6:36pm
post #7 of 13

This is my first post, so first let me say hello and thanks epicski for the forum.

 

Hitman aside from loving winter camping you must love skiing to I guess-- where do you usually go?   To camp around snowshoe seems difficult if you want to be in range to ski, and around most of the NC resorts too I think.   Around Wintergreen or Massanutten -- that would be a real challenge.

 

The Canaan valley in general seems the only happy option.   I don't camp at all but in interest of saving money I have considered the car camping sites at Canaan Valley Resort though I have not ended up trying them.  The valley is so small that when snow is decent people with cross country gear move every where and there are a lot of options -- you would be embraced if not idiotic about it.  I stay at the fiddle a lot

 

But as I say, where do you like to ski?  Do you tour?

post #8 of 13
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I really started skiing two seasons ago.  But I've mostly skied Snowshoe, Beech, and Sugar Mountain.  I've never been to Canaan or Timberline because I'm from Florida and it adds another 1+ hour drive for me.  But I'm thinking of giving it a shot.

 

Never toured....but I'm hoping to a little if I can talk my kids into it and my wife into us being gone for a couple weeks.  That's part of why of thinking of camping.  If I can cut the costs down a little, the wife will be happier.  But really, I would just like to camp in the snow....not sure the kids would get as big of a kick out of it though.

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This is my first post, so first let me say hello and thanks epicski for the forum.

 

Hitman aside from loving winter camping you must love skiing to I guess-- where do you usually go?   To camp around snowshoe seems difficult if you want to be in range to ski, and around most of the NC resorts too I think.   Around Wintergreen or Massanutten -- that would be a real challenge.

 

The Canaan valley in general seems the only happy option.   I don't camp at all but in interest of saving money I have considered the car camping sites at Canaan Valley Resort though I have not ended up trying them.  The valley is so small that when snow is decent people with cross country gear move every where and there are a lot of options -- you would be embraced if not idiotic about it.  I stay at the fiddle a lot

 

But as I say, where do you like to ski?  Do you tour?


Welcome to EpicSki!  Do you ski Wintergreen or Massanutten much?  Massanutten is my home mountain even though I live in central NC.

post #10 of 13
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I really started skiing two seasons ago.  But I've mostly skied Snowshoe, Beech, and Sugar Mountain.  I've never been to Canaan or Timberline because I'm from Florida and it adds another 1+ hour drive for me.  But I'm thinking of giving it a shot.

 

Never toured....but I'm hoping to a little if I can talk my kids into it and my wife into us being gone for a couple weeks.  That's part of why of thinking of camping.  If I can cut the costs down a little, the wife will be happier.  But really, I would just like to camp in the snow....not sure the kids would get as big of a kick out of it though.


I think if you are driving all the way up the extra hour would be worth it.  I have a season pass at Snowshoe but the Canaan Valley is a place where you might actually ski and camp,....a lot of people I know would be pissed at me pushing this place but if you said winter camping I figure you are a good guy

 

The WV state parks are amazing, how they do it with their budget I don't know, but Blackwater is another resource in the immediate area

post #11 of 13
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Welcome to EpicSki!  Do you ski Wintergreen or Massanutten much?  Massanutten is my home mountain even though I live in central NC.


Thanks Marznc -- I plan on getting back to Wintergreen more and I finally went to Massanutten when it was completely open last year? -- Excellent  place for the Southeast, the top stuff is good

post #12 of 13
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Welcome to EpicSki!  Do you ski Wintergreen or Massanutten much?  Massanutten is my home mountain even though I live in central NC.


Thanks Marznc -- I plan on getting back to Wintergreen more and I finally went to Massanutten when it was completely open last year? -- Excellent  place for the Southeast, the top stuff is good


Yep, Mnut is a bit surprising.  More vertical than anywhere in PA, and about 850' off Lift 6 to the summit.  Although the bonus for Lift 6 is that since so few good skiers go there, there is never a lift line on weekends.  Plus they started seeding bumps on all three black trails.  A lot of money went into major upgrades in the last 5-6 years.

post #13 of 13

MARZNC:  Massanutten is surprising with its vertical drop, with Blue Knob and Blue Mountain not that far away.

 

Canaan Valley is really my go-to place to ski in the Mid-Atlantic area.  The camping is great and very affordable.  

 

I'm looking forward to days like this! I'm crossing my fingers!

  

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