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Bill Monroe Music Park for Sale

The historic park that is the home of the Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame and Museum in Bean Blossom, Ind., has been put up for sale for $3.9 million. The park is the annual gathering ground for bluegrass music fans. The park, with its camping facilities, museum, tradition and history could never be replaced for what it brings to bluegrass, according to the online newsletter Cybergrass, the Internet’s bluegrass music magazine. Part of the listing contract with the sale would be that the park... Read more

Church Resumes Work on RV Park

Hurricane relief volunteers working in east Jackson County, Miss., will have more choices to stay once Haven Church completes its recreational vehicle park, according to The Mississippi Press. The church started building the sites for campers earlier this year. The Jackson County Planning Department then stopped the construction. Church spokesman Chad Stevens said the early construction was the result of a misunderstanding between the church and planning department officials. On June 20, the Jackson... Read more

Yellowstone Fire forces Evacuations

A fast-moving wildfire near West Yellowstone, Mont., forced evacuations Wednesday night (June 27) at some summer homes, a campground, a resort and some state game warden buildings, according to The Associated Press. Marna Daley, a spokeswoman for the Gallatin National Forest, said the Madison Arm Fire was detected at about 1 p.m. Wednesday and had grown to 877 acres by 8 p. m. The fire was burning near the Madison Arm of Hebgen Lake, about two miles south of the Madison Arm Resort. Evacuations were... Read more

Maine Resort Renovation Completed

Owner Patty Stanley and Equity LifeStyle Properties Inc. recently completed a $4.5 million renovation of the Narrows Too camping resort near Trenton, Maine. The resort is near two of Maine’s most popular vacation destinations, Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, Narrows Too now offers travelers nearly 200 full-hookup sites (30/50 amp electric, cable, Wi-Fi, water and sewer), a new 2,500-square-foot entertainment center, new laundry and bathhouse, and a new registration office and store. “We... Read more

Limit Set on Stays at Virginia Park

Bedford County, Va., campground owners, especially those around the popular Smith Mountain Lake southeast of Roanoke, have found themselves victims of an overreaching county zoning ordinance, according to the Lynchburg News & Advance. Mitchell’s Point Marina and Campground in Huddleston is a good example. It offers trailer sites for nearly 100 campers and their families. Those families – who have become regulars at the campground over the years – come from as far away at West Virginia... Read more

KOA Partners with ReserveAmerica

Campers who use ReserveAmerica to make campground reservations now have more than 200 additional campgrounds to choose from, thanks to ReserveAmerica’s recent partnership with Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA). KOA, the largest system of campgrounds in North America, and ReserveAmerica, the leading outdoor recreation reservation solutions provider in the U.S., have integrated their reservation systems to allow visitors to ReserveAmerica’s reservations website to book camping reservations directly... Read more

Campsites at Premium in Denver Area

Finding a campsite on a weekend in the Denver area can be very difficult, according to Denver’s Rocky Mountain News. It’s a trend that’s been complicated in recent years because many people are camping closer to home due to higher fuel prices. There are about 1,000 public campsites within a two-hour drive of Denver. Some are in the foothills and mountains; others are on the plains or near urban areas. There also are dozens of privately operated campgrounds and RV parks along the Front Range. The... Read more

Dad Saves Sons from Charging Bear

A 300-pound black bear raided a family’s campsite, and the father saved his sons from harm by throwing a log at the beast, killing it with a single blow, according to The Associated Press. Chris Everhart and his three sons were camping in the Chattahoochee National Forest in northern Georgia when the encounter occurred on June 16. The bear took the family’s cooler and was heading back to the woods when the youngest son, age 6, hurled a shovel at it. The bear then dropped the cooler and started... Read more

Gas Prices Not Hurting Ohio Parks

With gas prices climbing, one industry is booming – campgrounds and RV parks, according to the Wooster (Ohio) Daily Record. Despite the increase in fuel costs, campers still are coming out for the summer in northeast Ohio, many times staying even longer than before the price at the pump started to inch upward. “We find people are not traveling as much,” said Ruth Wile, the owner of Amish Country Campsites in Winesburg. “But when they are traveling, they usually stay longer. Instead of coming... Read more

Here’s the Skinny on Nudist Parks

Jackson County, Wis., this time of the year brings to mind, the outdoors and for some, camping but one campground is getting noticed for its loud concerts and its new adult-themed atmosphere, according to WEAU-TV 13, Eau Claire, Wis. Marvin Thomann is the owner of Camp N.C.N but it’s not your ordinary campground. N.C.N. stands for No Clothing Necessary. Community members have called in a number of complaints about the noise but Thomann says he’s become a target. “I invested in a decibel meter... Read more

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