Best Tent Camping: Illinois

Your Car-Camping Guide to Scenic Beauty, the Sounds of Nature, and an Escape from Civilization

Author: John Schirle

Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press

ISBN:

Category: Travel

Page: 330

View: 359

Perfect Camping for You in Illinois The Prairie State provides a spectacular backdrop for some of the most scenic campgrounds in the country. But do you know which campgrounds offer the most privacy? Which are the best for first-time campers? John Schirle has traversed the entire region—from Apple River Canyon State Park in the northwest, with its bubbling creeks and steep ravines, to the Garden of the Gods Recreation Area in the south, one of the most photographed locations in the state—and compiled the most up-to-date research to steer you to the perfect spot! Best Tent Camping: Illinois presents 50 private, state park, state recreation area, forest preserve, and wildlife area campgrounds, organized into three distinct regions. Selections are based on location, topography, size, and overall appeal, and every site is rated for beauty, privacy, spaciousness, safety and security, and cleanliness—so you’ll always know what to expect. The new full-color edition of this proven guidebook provides everything you need to know, with detailed maps of each campground and key information such as fees, restrictions, dates of operation, and facilities, as well as driving directions and GPS coordinates. Whether you seek a quiet campground near a fish-filled stream or a family campground with all the amenities, grab Best Tent Camping: Illinois. It’s an escape for all who wish to find those special locales that recharge the mind, body, and spirit. This guide is a keeper.

The Best in Tent Camping: Illinois

A Guide for Car Campers Who Hate RVs, Concrete Slabs, and Loud Portable Stereos

Author: John Schirle

Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press

ISBN:

Category: Travel

Page: 208

View: 590

For the outdoor enthusiast, Illinois has it all: rivers to canoe, lakes to fish, trails to hike and bike, and plenty of quiet places to camp. This indispensable guide is aimed at the tent camper who wants to enjoy these things up close. Unlike other guides that merely list all campgrounds, The Best in Tent Camping: Illinois profiles in detail the 50 best sites in the state for campers who seek the serene and secluded. Here is essential information about each campground (including season, facilities, rates, directions, GPS coordinates, and websites), as well as a description of the campground, the best sites, and nearby activities such as hiking, canoeing, fishing, and mountain biking. The guide covers well-known parks as well as some campgrounds that are local secrets that can't be found on Internet searches.

Best Tent Camping: Maryland

Your Car-Camping Guide to Scenic Beauty, the Sounds of Nature, and an Escape from Civilization

Author: Evan L. Balkan

Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press

ISBN:

Category: Travel

Page: 192

View: 526

Called "America in Miniature" by National Geographic editor Gilbert Grosvenor, Maryland packs an extraordinary amount of natural diversity into a relatively small area. With the Atlantic Ocean in the east, Allegheny Mountains in the west, and the country's largest estuary--the Chesapeake Bay--splitting the state down the middle, any outdoors enthusiast finds a happy home in Maryland. Splitting the state into three distinct geographical regions--Western Maryland, Central Maryland, and Southern Maryland/Eastern Shore--Best Tent Camping: Maryland, by Evan Balkan, will guide campers to 50 of the best campgrounds the state has to offer. Within these 50 profiles are campgrounds with every imaginable facility, as well as primitive campsites far from population centers and everything in between. For camping in Maryland, this is an indispensable guide.

Best Tent Camping: Colorado

Your Car-Camping Guide to Scenic Beauty, the Sounds of Nature, and an Escape from Civilization

Author: Kim Lipker

Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press

ISBN:

Category: Travel

Page: 192

View: 154

The Colorado landscape is rich with opportunities for tent camping. Millions of acres of public lands are dotted with hundreds of campgrounds--but you probably only have a precious amount of limited time. Which campgrounds do you choose? Where should you go? When should you go? That's what this book is for--to help you make the wisest use of your time in the wilds of the Centennial State. In the mountains of Colorado, the Rockies, camping is primarily a summertime activity. When the snow melts and the rivers run high--that's when tent campers start longing for the crisp mornings, crystal-clear days, and cool nights by the campfire that are part of a Rocky Mountain camp out. Not to mention wilderness hiking, trout fishing, mountain biking, and whitewater boating. In other parts of Colorado, the tent camping season is extended. You can pitch your tent year-round in the canyon country of the Western Slope, along the prairie lakes of the east, and in some of the lower elevation state parks. No matter where you go or when you go, the scenic beauty of Colorado will never fail to please the eye. Before embarking on a trip, take some time to prepare. Many of the best tent campgrounds are at the far end of a gravel road. This isolation--part of their attraction for many campers--makes for a long supply or gear run if you are unprepared. Call ahead and ask for a park map, brochure, or other information to help you plan your trip. Make reservations wherever applicable, especially at popular state parks. Ask questions. Ask more questions. The more questions you ask, the fewer surprises you'll get. There are other times, however, when you'll grab your gear and this book, hop in the car, and just wing it. This can be an adventure in its own right. Each campground has been rated on six criteria: beauty, privacy, spaciousness, quiet, security and cleanliness. In addition, campground profiles include vital statistics about each location (fees, restrictions, operating season, amenities, contact information, driving directions and reservation information, to name a few) that help campers plan the perfect trip without unwanted surprises. GPS users will also appreciate that each campground's precise latitude and longitude waypoints are included. Tent campers will also enjoy a detailed map of each campground included in the site profile. Making reservations online or blindly over the phone can put a camper miles from the restroom, stranded with no shade, or in the middle of a busy campground trail. Maps will help campers avoid those pitfalls, and wherever possible the author has even recommended specific campsites for maximum privacy, spaciousness, or beauty. Although there's never a shortage for things to do in Colorado's outdoors, campground summaries in the book also suggest attractions and activities near each campground. Fishing, hiking, biking, paddling, and scenic drives in the immediate area are recommended to ensure that campers know the basic lay of the land and have a jumping-off point to plan their trip. Whether it's a large family looking to get away for the weekend, a scout troop that wants to try something new, or a serious outdoors enthusiast searching for a place to adventure for the day and crash for the night, Best Tent Camping: Colorado has done all the work in finding those special, out-of-the-way campgrounds, and gives campers the tools to plan an amazing, unforgettable camping trip.

Camping Illinois

A Comprehensive Guide to the State's Best Campgrounds

Author: Ted Villaire

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN:

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 168

View: 550

Camping Illinois is the first campgroud guidebook to explore the Prarie State's surprising bounty of quiet, out-of-the-way parks replete with lakes, rivers, wetlands, rugged hills, and rocky cliffs - from every state park camping option to lesser-known county and village parks, as well as federal campgrounds. Ted Villaire gives us the lowdown as he covers northern Illinois and Chicagoland, the plains, the region between the Illinois and the Mississippi Rivers, the St. Louis area, and the Shawnee National Forest. If a campground is too close to an intersate or if there is little level ground to pitch a tent, you'll hear about it. If one is well maintained, with large campsites in a lovely landscape, youll hear about that too. Look inside for information on: • Campground locations • Facilities and hookups • Fees and reservations • Recreational activities • What equipment and clothing to bring • Tips on wildlife and safety

The Best in Tent Camping: Wisconsin

A Guide for Car Campers Who Hate RVs, Concrete Slabs, and Loud Portable Stereos

Author: Johnny Molloy

Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press

ISBN:

Category: Travel

Page: 192

View: 864

The only guide to Wisconsin's best tent camping just got better! Completely updated, re-organized for ease of use, and containing five new campgrounds, The Best in Tent Camping: Wisconsin continues to lead tent campers to the best of Wisconsin's best. The newly designed campground layout maps, UTM and latitude/longitude coordinates for each campground entrance, descriptive text, and ratings for security, quiet, and beauty makes the new edition of The Best in Tent Camping: Wisconsin a must-have for every tent camper's library. Wisconsin is rich in both human and natural history. Originally settled by aboriginal Americans who used the ample rivers and lakes for travel, French voyageurs and United States pioneers followed, exploring a land shaped by glaciers and time. Green Bay and Prairie du Chien were settled first as furs, lead, and lumber attracted more settlers. The vast and varied landscape was evident to all who came to the Badger State. They saw sand dune--laden shores of Lake Michigan, lake-studded highlands of the North Woods, the ridges and valleys of the southwest, where the Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers cut deep swaths through the land, and the deep gorges cut by dark, fast-flowing rivers forming waterfalls striving for Lake Superior. Today tent campers can enjoy these parcels, each distinct regions of Wisconsin. You can explore the surprisingly hilly terrain of Sidie Hollow, near the Illinois border. The bluffs of Perrot State Park overlook Minnesota. The central state has the remote and wild Black River State Forest, where timber wolves have reclaimed their old domain, with the quiet of East Fork campground returning you to nature. Here also are the big waters of Castle Rock Flowage, where Buckhorn's numerous walk-in tent camping sites await. A tent camper has to take two ferries to reach Rock Island State Park, Wisconsin's "furthest northeast" point. So many lakes dot Wisconsin's North Woods that you can literally camp on two lakes at once, such as Birch Grove campground in the Chequamegon National Forest, or Luna Lake/White Deer Lake campground in the Nicolet National Forest. And then there are the waterfalls of the North Woods. Marinette County calls itself the waterfall capital of Wisconsin. Two campgrounds in this book are situated along falls in Marinette County, with many other cascades nearby. Yet other falls are featured at other parks in this book. All this spells paradise for the tent camper. No matter where you go, the scenery will never fail to please the eye. Before embarking on a trip, take time to prepare. Many of the best tent campgrounds are a fair distance from the civilized world and you want to be enjoying yourself rather than making supply or gear runs. Call ahead and ask for a park map, brochure, or other information to help you plan your trip. Visit the campground's website. Make reservations wherever applicable, especially at popular state parks. Inquire about the latest reservation fees and entrance fees at state parks and forests.

Camper's Digest

Author: Cecil Coffey

Publisher: New York : Follett

ISBN:

Category: Camping

Page: 319

View: 119

The Unofficial Guide to the Best RV and Tent Campgrounds in the Mid-Atlantic States

Author: Jeff Louderback

Publisher: Wiley

ISBN:

Category: Travel

Page: 336

View: 241

The Unofficial Guide to the Best RV & Tent Campgrounds in the Mid-Atlantic States features candid reviews and ratings of over 350 campgrounds in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. It includes: Detailed profiles and overall quality ratings of the best campgrounds for both RVers and tent campers Complete information on rates, hook-ups, and facilities Campgrounds rated for beauty, quiet, privacy, security, and amenities The only campground series with candid ratings for quality and value Easy-to-follow directions to each campground Tips on fun things to see and do near each campground Practical advice on RV repairs and maintenance

Frommer's Exploring America by RV

Author: Harry Basch

Publisher: *Frommers

ISBN:

Category: Travel

Page: 464

View: 662

You'll never fall into the tourist traps when you travel with Frommer's. It's like having a friend show you around, taking you to the places locals like best. Our expert authors have already gone everywhere you might go--they've done the legwork for you, and they're not afraid to tell it like it is, saving you time and money. In this guide, renowned husband-and-wife travel writing team Shirley Slater and Harry Basch offer up their favorite RV trips around the U.S., including scenic routes along Virginia's Skyline Drive and the New England coast, plus jaunts down Mexico's Baja Peninsula and through Canada to the Alaska Highway. On each trip you'll get all the famous, infamous, and off-the-wall attractions; campgrounds along each route, from luxurious private RV parks with heated swimming pools and golf courses to quiet, forested campgrounds in state and national parks; tips for making life on the road easier and more comfortable; and a complete guide to buying or renting an RV, with tips on how to decide which type is right for you. All this, plus information on wildlife watching and scenic views, the best parks and beaches, quick-and-easy recipes, packing suggestions, info on road etiquette and safety, and more. Head off the beaten path with Frommer's, to discover the real life lurking around the bend. Other helpful guides for your trip include Frommer's USA, Frommer's California, Frommer's Portable Los Cabos & Baja, Frommer's Alaska, Frommer's Texas, Frommer's Florida, Frommer's Miami & The Keys, Frommer's Virginia, Frommer's New England, and Frommer's Portable Maine Coast.