Current Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds
From the Concord Monitor:
For the third year in a row, the owners of the Cozy Pond Camping Resort in Webster plan to expand.
Joe DiPrima, one of the owners, will go before the Webster zoning board Sept. 10 to seek and exception that will allow 14 new RV campsites. The 78-acre property currently has 93 campsites with 87 for Rvs and six for tents. That’s up from 69 campsites in 2011, DePrima’s first year operating the campground.
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From County10.com, Lander:
The Horse Creek Campground near Dubois was evacuated on Friday (Aug. 30) due to the Burrough Fire, which was discovered Friday morning by a Forest Service employee on their way to their worksite. The fire was burning on a ridge above Burroughs Creek 12 miles north of Dubois. The fire is believed to have started from a lightning strike from the night before.
From the Roanoke Star:
Explore Park in Roanoke County, the future of which has been in doubt since the living history attraction there closed some years ago, looks much brighter these days. Once proposed to be the site of a major destination attraction – a proposal pitched by a Florida developer – it now appears as if it will become a county park geared towards passive recreation.
There could be cabins, campgrounds, RV parks, zip lines etc. built on the 1,100-acre site, which has been operated on a shoestring by the Virginia Recreational Facilities Authority since Roanoke County ceased running the state-owned historical park. Roanoke County officials and the VRFA made that announcement recently at Explore Park, with the county planning to enter in to a 99-year, $1.00 per year lease agreement with the authority.
Operations for the park will be folded in to the Parks & Recreation Department budget.
Pete Eshelman, the director of outdoor branding for the Regional Partnership and the major force behind the roanokeoutside.com website, likes the “synergy behind [the plan]. Hopefully we’ll see the rebirth of Explore Park. It’s a tremendous outdoor asset.” Getting more people off the adjacent Blue Ridge Parkway, to give them a sense of what the valley has to offer recreation-wise, is a big plus according to Eshelman.
From The Associated Press:
The South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism is issuing the first guide to the state’s 47 state parks that has been published in 10 years.
Department director Duane Parrish says the new guide is going to be available Tuesday at key locations across the state. It is also available online for $2 with shipping and handling at http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/.
The guide comes with a $2 discount coupon for admission to a state park.
Guides are also available at the State House in Columbia and at retail and visitor’s centers at state parks.
The guide was made possible by donations from supporting contributions from Fuji Film Manufacturing USA in Greenwood, and BMW Manufacturing Co. in Greer.
From the Daily Press, Victorville:
The two campgrounds in the Mojave National Preserve were temporarily closed due to last weekend’s flash floods, but visitors to the area with high-clearance vehicles are free to camp roadside.
Black Canyon Road, the major access route to Mid Hills and Hole-in-the-Wall campgrounds, remains closed for its entire length, including both paved and dirt sections, according to a National Park Service news release.
Most other park roads, however, are now open following grades and repairs, park officials said.
While the two campgrounds are currently inaccessible to most traffic, park officials say visitors with appropriate vehicles should feel free to explore roadside campsites.
Roadside camping is allowed in areas that have been traditionally used for that purpose, according to the news release.
There are no picnic tables or toilets at these campsites and visitors must practice Leave No Trace camping methods, which includes packing out all trash and burying human waste, the news release states.
The campsites are located along dirt roads, so only those visitors who have high-clearance vehicles should consider this option.
“The monsoonal moisture that brought rains last weekend continues to influence local weather patterns,” the news release states. “Visitors should be aware of approaching storms and act accordingly.”
“Rangers advise campers not to set up in dry stream beds, as rain waters can turn them into gushing torrents. Additionally, motorists are advised not to cross flood waters on roadways.