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The Latest RV Park and Campground Briefs

September 7, 2012 by · Comments Off on The Latest RV Park and Campground Briefs 

TENNESSEE

From Clarksvilleonline.com:

The year 2012 marks Tennessee State Parks’ 75th Anniversary, and to help commemorate this important milestone, Bledsoe Creek State Park will host a special music festival on Saturday.  This event is free and open to the public.

“We are very excited to celebrate Tennessee State Parks’ 75th Anniversary this year,” said Park Manager Wayne Bomar. “The music festival is a great time to gather with friends, enjoy a day of music and it is the perfect opportunity to thank the Friends of Bledsoe Creek State Park for all their hard work and support.”

Featuring a repertoire of contemporary, gospel and folk, musical guests will include Garcia and Scott, Rick and Penny Roark of Union Hill, Day Seven and Flatbroke – a band whose roster includes several of Tennessee State Parks’ own park rangers and staff.

There will be a variety of concessions available to guests, along with a fund-raising auction and a special commemorative birthday cake. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Friends of Bledsoe Creek and the park’s ongoing programming and special events.

From SurfKY News, Madisonville, Ky.:

The Piney Campground will host the 39th Annual Camper’s Fair, Sept. 19-23. Piney Campground is located in Tennessee on the south end of Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area.

Piney Campground is open to the public at no admission fee, Saturday, Sept. 22, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., for the open house. Area dealers will provide displays of camping equipment, RVs and boats. Campers can bring arts and crafts to display at the flea market. Campers wishing to participate in the displays need to notify Piney Campground gatehouse staff upon entering the campground.

“The Camper’s Fair is a great way to celebrate the end of summer,” said Derrick Washington, Piney Campground manager. “Campers can come out and have a great time with fellow outdoor enthusiasts. If you’re considering getting into camping, it’s the perfect event to check out the different types of gear available.”

Piney Campground offers scenic lakefront and wooded sites, which accommodate tents and large motorhomes; sites range from primitive to full hook-up. Rustic camping shelters are available as well. Campers can enjoy Piney’s hiking and biking trails, ball courts and fields, playground, and pavilion. Picnic tables and fire rings are provided. The campground also has two boat ramps, a fishing pier, a swimming beach, and bike and camping equipment rentals.

NEW ENGLAND

From the Boston Globe:

Three New England campgrounds will play host to the inaugural Jimmy Fund Campout, Sept. 14-16, to support adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The weekend will feature a scavenger hunt, and other outdoor activities.

Prices for the campout vary dependent upon your destination. Bayley’s Camping Resort in Scarborough, Maine, Danforth Bay Camping Resort in Freedom, N.H., and Normandy Farms Campground in Foxborough, Mass., are the three campgrounds hosting the event.

For more information, to register, visit www.jimmyfundcampout.org, email JFCampout@dfci.harvard.edu, or call (800) 525-4669. For a limited time, use discount code FALLFUN at checkout to receive $10 off your registration.

VERMONT

From Vermont State Parks news release:

Every year Vermont State Parks awards park of the year honors to one park in each region. The purpose of the program is to acknowledge exemplary accomplishments of the parks field staff, as well as for the enhancement of public service-to make the parks better, more enjoyable place to recreate.

This year’s winners are:

  • Southwest: Branbury State Park.
  • Northwest: Kill Kare State Park
  • Northeast: Elmore State Park
  • Southeast: Quechee State Park

NORTH CAROLINA

From the Richmond County Daily Journal, Rockingham:

RV parks will be the topic of discussion at the Richmond County Planning and Zoning Board of Adjustments will hear requests for zoning two RV parks — one large and one small — on Sept. 11.

Travel Resorts of America on Sycamore Lane in Derby wants to rezone its property from Agricultural-Residential to Community Commercial. According to Planning and Zoning Director of GIS James Armstrong, the location is a large RV park.

The board also will hear a request made by Bruce Ray Jones of Sanford, who wants to develop and operate a six-site RV park on three acres located on Fox Road, about three-fourths of a mile from the Highway 177 intersection.

Jones has purchased the property, which is to be subdivided into six RV spaces near the front of the property. The rear portion of the property is being divided for a single family dwelling. Jones said he would like to create the park for supplemental income.

The board will decide whether to recommend the rezonings to the Richmond County Board of Commissioners, which would then amend the official Richmond County Zoning Map, if approved.

SOUTH DAKOTA

From The Associated Press:

North Dakota state parks are on pace to set a record for campers.

The Parks and Recreation Department says that through August, the 13 state parks recorded 60,469 camper nights, 2,638 more than at the same time in 2010. That year saw a record 62,769 camper nights.

The department also says that daily visitation at the parks should exceed a million people for the fourth year in a row.

State Parks Director Mark Zimmerman says the parks have made a remarkable recovery from widespread flooding last year.

 

RV Park and Campground Briefs

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Devil's Monument, Wyoming

WYOMING

From National Parks Traveler:

A windstorm that left areas of Devils Postpile National Monument littered with life-sized Pick-up Sticks could push back the spring opening of facilities and campgrounds in the monument.

Click here to read the entire story.

NORTH CAROLINA

From the Morganton News Herald:

Burk County residents recovering from the mid-January tornado will be able to reside in recreational vehicles and campers after the Burke County Board of Commissioners approved a temporary ordinance Tuesday (Feb. 7).

Current county ordinances only allow for RVs and campers in RV parks. The temporary ordinance allows tornado victims to live in the RVs while their homes are repaired or rebuilt, said Susan Berley, planning and development director.

Permits are valid for six months from the date of issue and can be renewed for an additional year, said Berley. Residents can apply for permits until August 6. The board also waived the $25 permit fee.

The ordinance only applies to victims of the Jan. 11 tornado, said Berley, but commissioners could amend the county’s emergency and disaster plan to allow for an immediate response.

The current temporary ordinance is now reaching the board because a public hearing, which must be advertised for a certain amount of time, had to be held, added Berley.

CALIFORNIA

From the Red Bluff Daily News:

A team representing the Durango RV Resort won the Cow Pie Classic Trophy and belt buckles for finishing in first place in a three-person wheelbarrow competition sponsored by the Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber of Commerce.

Seven teams, from local businesses and organizations, came dressed in costume with decorated wheelbarrows to match.

At the signal they navigated through an obstacle course, with one person being blind folded.

The passengers had to pick up a cow pie and hold it one-handed while the teams raced back to the finish line.

MONTANA

From The Missoulian:

Loggers are removing more hazardous trees from campgrounds around Georgetown Lake with hopes of reopening the popular sites this summer.

“It’s still somewhat up to Mother Nature,” Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest spokeswoman Leona Rodreick said this week. “There’s a lot of winter left between now and then. We can still have snow in the campgrounds by Memorial Day.”

The Pintler Ranger District had to close Philipsburg Bay, Piney and Cable campgrounds last summer because root-sprung trees were toppling on campsites and across roads. Falling trees damaged several campers’ vehicles early in the season, and a lodgepole pine tree crushed part of a concrete wall on an outhouse at Piney Campground.

Lodgepoles tend to grow close together and have very shallow root systems. That can leave them vulnerable to falling in certain conditions.

Rodreick said the problem may have been a combination of super-saturated soils from a wet spring, trees weakened by pine bark beetle infestation, and changes in wind patterns after other beetle-killed trees were cut down. Many healthy trees toppled in the campground after some freak windstorms hit the area.

Future plans include creating openings in the campgrounds for new trees to get established, as well as the removal of trees that have fallen this winter and spring. As each area is finished and considered safe, the campgrounds should be reopened.

Crews are also wrapping up work clearing safety corridors along the roads circling Georgetown Lake. They are removing hazard trees in 150-foot belts to avoid having fallen trees block the road.

GEORGIA

From The Post-Searchlight:

A grand jury decided to drop a murder charge against a woman accused of robbing an elderly man who later died, according to court records.

Forty-year-old Carolyn Denise Perkins of Bainbridge, Ga., had been charged in connection with the death of 85-year-old Gerald Woodward this past December at a local campground.

A campground guest had called 911 to report that a man, later identified as Gerald Woodward, had collapsed after going to a neighbor’s trailer for help.

“Our preliminary investigation showed that (Woodward) was possibly the victim of a robbery in or around his RV trailer prior to collapsing,” BPS Chief Investigator Frank Green said, at the time.

Woodward passed away a short time later at Memorial Hospital.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation Agent Mike Walsingham presented the case to the grand jury last week. However, the grand jurors ultimately voted to drop the murder charge but continue prosecution of Perkins on the charge of robbery by sudden snatching.

District Attorney Joe Mulholland noted that he was not present when the grand jury voted to dismiss the murder charge.

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