The Latest RV Park and Campground Briefs
From The Roanoke Times:
Roanoke Mountain Campground is going to close to campers — some day.
The little-used campground will eventually be converted to a daytime recreation area according to a long-awaited Blue Ridge Parkway management plan that was released last week. However, until the National Park Service has the funds to implement the plan, the campground will open as usual when the camping season begins in May.
The Final General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement is the first comprehensive plan in the parkway’s 78-year history. The nearly 700-page report serves as a 25-year guide for improving visitors’ experiences while preserving natural and cultural resources along the 469-mile parkway, which draws more than 17 million visitors annually.
The plan will affect nearly all of the region’s parkway destinations, from Peaks of Otter to Mabry Mill to the Blue Ridge Music Center.
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From a California state parks news release:
The popular Tamarisk Grove Campground at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park has been refurbished and reopened after a two-year hiatus. Improvements include rebuilt shade ramadas, new campground furniture, and an updated shower system. Improvements were funded by special funding to increase revenues at State Parks.
Campsites are available for reservation or on a space-available basis through Reserve America.
Tamarisk Grove Campground is located at the intersection of Highway 78 and County Route S-3, south of the town of Borrego Springs.
Water is available but is currently not potable, so campers should bring drinking water or boil their water. The campground accommodates trailers up to 21 feet in length. The cost is $25 per night. Up to two vehicles and eight visitors are allowed per site.
Later this year, several small family camping cabins are expected to go online at Tamarisk Grove.
From a U.S. Department of Agriculture news release:
Los Padres National Forest officials have announced that Kirk Creek Campground on the Monterey Ranger District near King City will convert to a dry campground, the change was effective last week. Visitors to the campground are encouraged to bring an adequate amount of water for use during their stay.
Over the years, the Forest Service has taken a number of steps to upgrade Kirk Creek’s water treatment system in order to meet the state of California’s water quality standards. When these efforts failed to improve water quality, the decision was made to shut down the Kirk Creek water system to reduce the potential for public healthy and safety issues. Two new vault toilets were installed to replace the antiquated, flush-toilet restrooms in anticipation of the water shut-off.
“After exploring our options and assessing the impacts, we have determined the best course of action is to shut off the water as a precaution,” said Monterey District Ranger Tim Short. “While I understand this will inconvenience our visitors, the public safety aspect simply outweighs the alternative.”
Kirk Creek Campground was originally constructed in the early 1960s to provide year-round, single-family vehicle camping along the Monterey County coast. The campground includes 33 campsites configured around two intersecting loops. Over time, several of the sites were modified to allow for recreation vehicle and multi-family camping.
For more information, contact the Monterey Ranger District at (831) 385-5434, or online at www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf.
From National Parks Traveler:
The National Park Service recently issued a prospectus soliciting bids to provide lodging, food service, retail, and boat tours in the Flamingo area of Everglades National Park. The concession will also include the operation of the park’s two developed campgrounds, Long Pine and Flamingo, that have historically been managed by the National Park Service.
Yes, lodging is to return to Everglades National Park for the first time since the former motel units and rustic cabins were destroyed in 2005 by hurricanes Katrina and Wilma. This assumes a potential concessionaire can make the numbers work, considering the prospectus requires construction of 24 cottages, purchase of 20 relatively large tents, acquisition of 5 RVs, and paying for installation of the infrastructure to support it all.
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