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  1. #11
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    Added them, thank for the suggestions. I believe three out of the four were included with I-87, but should have been linked to I-87 or included in here.


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    Default Natchez Trace Parkway

    Public campgrounds along the Natchez Trace Parkway, which goes from Natchez MS to Nashville TN, are a mixture of NPS, state parks, Army Corps of Engineers, and USFS entities. The parkway itself is about 444 miles and should be done in 2 or more days. It is a historical as well as a scenic highway. As always, most campgrounds are less than 20 miles from the highway unless otherwise mentioned.

    MP=Milepost from Natchez.

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    Natchez State Park, Natchez
    Note: Located at MP 8.1.

    Rocky Springs Campground, Natchez Trace Parkway NPS, Rocky Springs
    Note: Located at MP 54.8.

    Jeff Busby Campground, Natchez Trace Parkway NPS, Ackerman
    Note: Located at MP 193.1.

    Davis Lake Campground, USFS, New Houlka
    Note: Located at MP 243.1.

    Trace State Park, Belden
    Note: Located at MP 259.1.

    Tombigbee State Park, Tupelo
    Note: Located at MP 263.6. If you're going to catch the Elvis Presley history at Tupelo, you can't get much closer.

    Piney Grove Campground, Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway (Army Corps of Engineers), New Site
    Note: Located at MP 293.5

    Tishomingo State Park, Tishomingo
    Note: Located at MP 303.9


    TN:

    David Crockett State Park, Lawrenceburg
    Note: Located at MP 369.9

    Meriweather Lewis Campground, Natchez Trace Parkway NPS, Hohenwald
    Note: Located at MP 385.9.
    Last edited by DonnaR57; 10-27-2019 at 08:06 AM. Reason: fixed grammar in initial description

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    Default North Carolina: Outer Banks Scenic Byway

    Public campgrounds along the Outer Banks Scenic Byway, in North Carolina, are few, along a road of about 131 miles in length (but very picturesque). Visitors should travel with the knowledge that two ferry rides are necessary in order to fully enjoy the Byway. Though it technically can take only 6 hours to “see” the Byway, you can enjoy the scenery and a more relaxing trip if you can camp overnight and extend the trip a bit. The whole Byway is located within the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

    Cape Hatteras National Seashore campgrounds
    Note: (N to S)
    Oregon Inlet CG
    Cape Point CG
    Frisco CG
    Ocracoke CG



    There will be more scenic and historical drives with camping added....

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    Default Colorado: San Juan Skyway

    Public campgrounds along the San Juan Scenic Skyway in Colorado, are plentiful. This gorgeous byway includes the famous “Million Dollar Highway”, AKA US-550.

    For the purpose of this campground guide, will start the loop at Ridgway, CO, head south to Durango, west to Cortez (past Mesa Verde National Park), north to Dolores, then northeast again to Ridgway. Travelers should be advised of four mountain passes (of about 10,000 ft elevation), and another around 8900 ft., as well as the opportunity to take in some hot springs. The highways accommodate larger rigs; just take it easy, they're not high speed interstates!


    Ridgway State Park, Ridgway
    Note: About 4 miles north of Ridgway. Bear in mind that all CO state parks have gone to an all-reservations/no drop-ins campground system, so make plans in advance and call ahead!

    A short stop: Orvis Hot Springs, Ridgway
    Note: It has camping available but it is not publicly owned.

    A short stop (but no camping): Ouray Hot Springs, City of Ouray

    Amphitheater Campground, Gunnison NF, Ouray
    Note: Better for tents and smaller units (less than 35' total length) due to size of campsites. This is bear country, keep a clean site!

    Angel Creek Campground, Gunnison NF, Ouray
    Note: Very primitive, no water, practice bear protection, keep all food in a hard-sided vehicle.

    Thistledown Campground, Lincoln NF, Ouray
    Note: Mostly for tents. No Water.

    Sig Creek Campground, San Juan NF, Hermosa

    Haviland Lake Campground, San Juan NF, Hermosa

    Lower Hermosa Campground, San Juan NF, Hermosa
    Note: No water at this campground.

    Junction Creek Campground, San Juan NF, Durango
    Note: Located 5 miles north of Durango, this could be a good base camp for Durango based activities! But not in winter, as it is closed.

    Target Tree Campground, San Juan NF, Hesperus

    Mancos State Park, Mancos
    Note: Bear in mind that all CO state parks have gone to an all-reservations/no drop-ins campground system, so make plans in advance and call ahead!

    Mesa Verde National Park Campground: Morefield
    Note: Campground is 5 miles up the road from the entrance kiosk. Yup: up a mountain!

    McPhee Recreation Area, Dolores

    The Forks Campground, BLM, Dolores

    Mavreeso Campground, San Juan NF, northeast of Dolores
    Note: Inquire at Dolores about road conditions.

    West Dolores Campground, San Juan NF, northeast of Dolores
    Note: Inquire at Dolores about road conditions. About a mile further on a gravel forest service road from Mavreeso Campground.

    Burro Bridge Campground, San Juan NF, northeast of Dolores
    Note: Once again, inquire at Dolores about road conditions! This is very primitive – no services, no water.

    Cayton Campground, San Juan NF, Rico
    Note: A better bet probably than the previous 3, as this one does not require miles on a gravel road!

    Priest Lake Dispersed Camping Area, Gunnison NF, Telluride
    Note: Tents only due to parking space limitations. NO RV's.

    Matterhorn Campground, Gunnison NF, Telluride

    Sunshine Campground, Gunnison NF, Telluride

    Keystone Hill Interpretive Site, Telluride
    Note: Other sites have mentioned dispersed camping, AKA “boondocking” areas near this site. Inquire locally.

    Caddis Flats Campground, BLM, Placerville

    That brings you back to Ridgway. The entire distance is about 233 miles, which could be driven in a day, but why drive it in one day if you can enjoy more stops and an overnight someplace (or a few)?
    Last edited by DonnaR57; 10-20-2019 at 09:13 AM. Reason: corrected NF info

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    Default Utah: UT-12, Panguitch to Torrey

    On a recent trip, my husband and I traveled the entire length of Utah's Scenic Route 12 (UT-12) from its junction with US-89 near Panguitch, all the way to its end at the junction of UT-24 in Torrey. While this 122 mile road is easily driven in a half day, even with multiple stops to get out of your car and take in the view, it also has a number of opportunities to camp overnight, and see a couple of the Utah “Mighty Five” National Parks as well. All campgrounds listed here are within 20 miles of the highway, unless otherwise noted. There are some BLM lands that have camping opportunities, as well. If you can get AAA's Indian Country map (AZ/CO/NM/UT), it shows all the camping opportunities along UT-12 and other places in these four states. I highly recommend this map for the detail it has! Also, due to the higher elevations in this area, bear in mind that not all the campgrounds are open year-round, and UT-12 is subject to closure for weather conditions and bad accidents.

    Here is the direct link to the portion of UT-12 from Bryce Canyon NP up to Torrey, including photos.

    Red Canyon Campground, Dixie National Forest, Bryce

    Tom's Best Spring Road, Dixie NF, Bryce
    Note: This is a boondocking spot mentioned on a number of websites. This is one man's experience. Inquire locally.

    Bryce Canyon National Park Campgrounds:
    Note: North Campground, and Sunset Campground.

    Kodachrome Basin State Park, Cannonville
    Note: Three campgrounds: Basin, Bryce View, and Arch! Arch is limited to small units. None are open year-round.

    Note: Be careful when driving through the town of Escalante, and other small towns along UT-12. These are locally well-known speed traps.

    Escalante Petrified Forest State Park, Escalante

    Barker Recreation Area, Dixie National Forest, Escalante
    Note: Please note that this campground is about 16 miles up a dirt road. It does take awhile to get there!

    Posey Lake Campground, Dixie NF, Escalante
    Note: About 14 miles up a dirt road from Escalante. Takes awhile to get there!

    Blue Spruce Campground, Dixie NF, Escalante
    Note: About 18 miles up a dirt road from Escalante. Takes awhile to get there!

    Calf Creek Recreation Area, BLM, Escalante

    Deer Creek Campground, BLM Grand Staircase, Boulder
    Note: Tents only. No tow-ables. The sites are small! About 7 miles from the highway.

    Oak Creek Campground, Fishlake NF, Grover
    Note: Not advised for RV's over 25'.

    Upper Pleasant Creek Campground, Fishlake NF, Teasdale
    Note: Not advised for RV's over 25'.

    Lower Bowns Campground, Fishlake NF, Torrey
    Note: No water. BYOW!

    Singletree Campground, Fishlake NF, Torrey

    Sunglow Campground, Fishlake NF, Bicknell
    Note: This campground is not on UT-12, but would make a good camping spot for Capitol Reef if their Fruita Campground is full.

    Capitol Reef National Park Camping
    Note: On UT-24, not on UT-12, but it's included because many folks (including us) continue their trip on UT-24. One campground, a very pretty one called Fruita. I've camped there, albeit years ago when the scenic view drive through the park was still dirt and gravel. No hookups, but it's surrounded by fruit trees.
    Last edited by DonnaR57; 10-20-2019 at 08:32 AM. Reason: corrected a link; added info

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    Default Montana's Scenic Loop from Missoula

    There are public campgrounds all along Montana's Scenic Loop, that includes MT-83, MT-35, MT-206, US-2, US-89, US-298, and back to MT-83. For the purposes of this post, we will start in West Riverside MT, loop around clockwise, and return to West Riverside, which is easily accessible from I-90 in Missoula. Unless otherwise indicated, all campgrounds are within 20 miles of the scenic loop.

    For more information about this scenic loop, please go to the National Geographic Crown of the Continent website


    Harpers Lake Campground, MtFWP, Greenough

    Salmon Lake State Park, Clearwater River, Seeley Lake

    Placid Lake State Park, Seeley Lake

    Big Larch Campground, Lolo National Forest, Seeley Lake

    Seeley Lake Campground, Lolo National Forest, Seeley Lake

    Lake Inez Campground, Lolo NF, Seeley Lake

    Lake Alva Campground, Lolo NF, Seeley Lake

    Rainy Lake Campground, Seeley Lake area
    Note: Located just north of Lake Inez and Lake Alva campgrounds, this campground appears to have no website of its own, but is mentioned on several other (less reputable) websites. Inquire locally.

    Lindbergh Lake Campground, Flathead NF

    Holland Lake Campground, Flathead NF, Condon

    Swan Lake Campground, Flathead NF, 14 mi from Bigfork

    Yellow Bay State Park, north of Bigfork

    See US-2 western portion listings Columbia Falls to Browning.

    Bean Lake Campground, MtFWP, Augusta

    Copper Creek Campground, Helena-Lewis & Clark NF, Lincoln

    Browns Lake Campground, MtFWP, Helmsville

    Harry Morgan Campground Fishing Access Site, MtFWP
    Note: Though several sites mention that there's camping here, the website does not specifically mention any overnight facilities or camping areas. Inquire locally.

    Monture Creek Campground, Lolo NF, Seeley Lake

    Upsata Lake Fishing Access Site Campground, MtFWP, Ovando

    Russell Gates Memorial Fishing Access Site, Bonner
    Note: Please camp only in designated spaces. Located 35 miles east of Bonner on Hwy 200, at MP 35.

    And now you're back at the intersection!

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    Default A scenic loop in Nevada? Yes!

    Though not a designated scenic loop, travelers might find that taking this loop will show them some of what Nevada has to offer within a 2-day round trip out of Las Vegas.

    Though this could be taken in either direction, the route has us leaving Las Vegas on I-15 north and taking exit 64 for US-93 north. Take that to Major Place, where you can pick up US-6/50 West to Ely, then continue down US-6 to Warm Springs. There, you could take a shorter route back to Las Vegas and see what the “ET Highway” (NV-375) has to offer, down to Ash Springs, then back to Las Vegas via US-93 South and I-15 south. Or, if the “ET Highway” doesn't interest you, continue on US-6 west to Tonopah. There, take US-95 back to Las Vegas, which will put you within an hour's drive from Death Valley National Park along the way.

    This campground guide will offer both options, though there are no camping options on NV-375 “ET Highway”. The land is owned by the military!


    For a description of this scenic drive, please click here.
    Here's the rest of the trip.


    Valley of Fire State Park, Overton
    Note: This camping option is located a little further north from the junction of I-15 and US-93. In the summer, it can be very hot out there.

    Cathedral Gorge State Park, Panaca

    Spring Valley State Park, Pioche
    Note: Located 20 miles from Pioche. Has two campgrounds, Horsethief Gulch and Ranch.

    Great Basin National Park
    Note: Five campgrounds to choose from, though one will be closed through summer of 2020. It can be hot in this park in summer!

    This loop now takes you west on US-6.

    Choice A: ET Highway
    No known legal campgrounds or campsites. This is a military area.

    Choice B: US-6 to US-95.

    Death Valley National Park
    Note: Not all campgrounds are open year-round, some are not open in summer due to the obsessive heat. Check this website for NPS commentary regarding reservations and seasonal availability.

    And this brings us back to glitz and glamour in Las Vegas...

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    In Nevada, note that gas stations are few and far between. On US-6, there is no fuel between Ely and Tonopah, and there is no fuel on NV-375. If you take the NV-318 "shortcut" from Ash Springs to Ely, there is no fuel. Plan wisely.

    Note that there is *private* camping at the Little A'Le'Inn in Rachel on NV-375. There are RV pads with water and 30 amp service, no dump station. $20. They also have tent camping with fire pits and porta-potty. $5.

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    Default British Columbia's Historic and Scenic Cariboo Road/Highway

    A few public campgrounds along the historic Cariboo Highway in British Columbia, are available, especially considering the highway goes from Yale (just north of Hope) to Barkerville. Most of the time, the highway is TCH-1 or BC-97, until it turns east to the historic town of Barkerville. As usual, all campgrounds are within 20 miles of the highway, unless otherwise noted. Also, there may be campgrounds not listed; inquire locally.

    Here's a little history of the Cariboo.


    Emory Creek Provincial Park, north of Hope

    Skihist Provincial Park, Lytton

    Goldpan Provincial Park, Shaw Springs

    Downing Provincial Park, Clinton
    Note: About 18.6 km (11.5 mi) from Clinton.

    Green Lake Provincial Park, 70 Mile House
    Note: About 20.3 km (12.6 mi) from 70 Mile House

    Big Bar Lake Provincial Park, north of Clinton
    Note: About 34 km (21 miles) down a gravel road to the park.

    Lac La Hache Provincial Park, Lac La Hache

    Dugan Lake Recreation Site, 100 Mile House

    Forest Lake Recreation Site, 100 Mile House
    Note: BC Site states that at this time, this is a free campsite. Very popular with fishermen, especially in early summer.

    Blue Lake North Recreation Site, 100 Mile House

    Ten Mile Lake Provincial Park, north of Quesnel
    Note: Located 10 miles north of Quesnel.

    Barkerville Historic Town, Barkerville (end of the Cariboo Road)
    Note: There are three campgrounds run by the privately owned Barkerville Historic Town. Otherwise, the nearest publicly owned campground is just north of Quesnel, Ten Mile Lake PP.

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    Default British Columbia: Sea to Sky Highway

    The scenic Sea to Sky Highway, which runs from Horseshoe Bay in Vancouver, BC, northeast past Whistler, has a few campgrounds to choose from. However, for the purposes of this listing, we will take the campground listings past Whistler all the way up to Cache Creek, where a traveler may catch the Cariboo (separate listing) and points beyond. This could serve as an approach to the Alaska Highway at Dawson Creek, BC. As usual, all campgrounds are within 20 miles of the highway, unless noted, and that other campsites may exist. (Inquire locally.)

    Tourism Vancouver's Description of the Sea to Sky Highway, click here.


    Porteau Cove Provincial Park, Vancouver

    Alice Lake Provincial Park, Squamish

    Nairn Falls Provincial Park, Pemberton

    Marble Canyon Provincial Park, Lillooet
    Last edited by DonnaR57; 10-26-2019 at 08:05 AM. Reason: added link to highway description

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