Current Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds
From The Associated Press:
An organization that promotes northern New Hampshire activities has added a new camping itinerary to its website.
The New Hampshire Grand Itinerary takes visitors to campgrounds throughout Coos County, the state’s northernmost county. The sites include private camps and state and national parks.
Some of the camps include Umbagog Lake State Park, recognized as a top birding site in the northeast; the Blueberry Hill Inn, Cafe and Campground in Stratford, which has easy access to ATV trails, canoeing and kayaking; and the Cedar Pond Campground in Milan, with a pond known for its bass and trout fishing.
The itinerary can be found on http://www.nhgrand.com.
From National Public Radio, Las Cruses:
The following campgrounds were closed due to danger from the White Fire, which erupted on June 7 from a lightning strike in the Silver City Ranger District: Iron Creek Campground, Upper Gallines, Lower Gallines, Railroad Campground, Wrights Cabin and Emory pass lookout
The fire zone is located approximately 2 miles southeast of Hwy 152 and approximately 7 miles southwest of Kingston. The fire is approximately 300 acres burning in mixed conifer and shrub oak. Fire was active overnight and due to the steep terrain firefighters have not been able to gain access to the fire safely. The perimeter of the fire has been lined by air tankers using fire retardant but continues to be active due to dry conditions: 120 personnel, three air tankers, two heavy helicopters and 11 engines are assigned to the fire.
From WHO-TV, Des Moines:
After a relatively dry week around the state parks are starting to get back to normal.
Ledges State Park was flooded last week. Streams turned in to torrents as a low-lying bridge was consumed by the water.
Flooding also shut the park down in 1993, 2008 and 2010.
Park officials say the campground is now open. However, Lower Canyon Road is still closed.
A popular state park in northeast Iowa has also reopened.
The Cedar River flooded several camp sites at George Wyth Park near Waterloo last week.
Now the park is open but Brinker Lake campground will be closed throughout the weekend.
Park officials say although the park is open, water still covers some parts of the trails.
From the Crossville Chronicle:
Visitors to the Cumberland Mountain State Park restaurant, and other state park restaurants, can now enjoy an exclusive Tennessee table wine with their dinner.
The wine, a Seyval blanc grape blend grown in Tennessee, was developed especially for the state park system by Stonehaus Winery in Crossville in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Tennessee State Park system.
“They’ve (Stonehaus) been very involved in this region for a long time and are always looking for ways to partner with others to make things good for the whole area,” said Brock Hill, deputy commissioner Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.
Hill said the move to allow alcohol at state parks came from a suggestion from patrons.
“When we would have rib night, they’d ask for beer, or wine on seafood night,” Hill said. “This is not something we thought up.”
Pickwick Landing in Savannah, Tenn., was the first state park restaurant to offer alcohol, Hill said, beginning in the fall of 2011. The other parks are also in rural areas with wineries nearby.
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