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    RVs/camping and riding in the area

    For RV owners or just campers who like the convenience of onsite electric and water hookups

    What is everyone's favorite place to go park your RVs for a couple days that has close by riding in the Virignia or shortly outside VA area. Prefer 3-4 hours from central VA and bonus if there is also stuff for younger kids such as playgrounds, easy hikes, swimming, etc.

    From where i have been in the past would put the following on the list but any hidden gems I am missing:
    - Stokesville Area - Natural Chimney's campground
    - Douthat State Park - Camping and riding in the park, good for kids but mostly when hot
    - Pocahontas - Camping and riding right in the park, plenty of everything for the family
    - Devil's Backbone - Has riding close by at Sherando area and steep gravel and roads right out the campground

    I am an experienced rider with techy stuff but like all kinds of riding even gravel.
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    Stokesville Lodge is my favorite go to and worth adding to your list. No Full hook ups (sewage) if I am correct, but the place is a dream. Trails onsite (flow/machine built goodness), private swimming hole, playground, massive fields, free firewood, wake up every morning to the sun rising over the valley. To boot it connects to all the trails in GWNF directly out of the campground. Its super quiet and owned and operated by MTBers. If you can swing it, try it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuch View Post
    Stokesville Lodge is my favorite go to and worth adding to your list. No Full hook ups (sewage) if I am correct, but the place is a dream. Trails onsite (flow/machine built goodness), private swimming hole, playground, massive fields, free firewood, wake up every morning to the sun rising over the valley. To boot it connects to all the trails in GWNF directly out of the campground. Its super quiet and owned and operated by MTBers. If you can swing it, try it out.
    Thanks agree I actually head up there quite a bit and have camped there, for others potentailly reading probably not the best place to get a large RV up into though. Natural Chimenys is right down the road.
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    Not an RV person, but these have options with good trails:
    1 - Blackwater Falls SP and Canaan Valley SP in WV - one on each end of Canaan Valley give access to the Canaan Valley/Davis trails.
    2 - Deep Creek Lake State Park and Swallow Falls SP in Western MD - Deep Creek has been building some great new trails, worth checking out. Gives easy access to Big Bear Lake in WV too.
    3 - Big Bear Lake - awesome trails, 40 minutes to Deep Creek, about an hour to Blackwater Falls
    4 - Trout Pond Recreation Area, WV - Awesome riding on Great North Mountain, Big Schloss - raw, remote GW Nat. Forest riding
    5 - Shenandoah River SP should have electric, puts you next to Elizabeth Furnace/Fort Valley riding

    Douthat of course is awesome, access to miles and miles of awesome riding
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    Also, not sure where you are in VA, but Frederick, MD probably meets your 3 hour drive mark. Camp at Gambrill State Park or Cunningham Falls State Park and ride Gambrill and the Frederick Watershed - we've got the tech. Plus cool things for the family in Frederick, lots of breweries too. Cunningham has a lake to swim in.

    https://www.trailforks.com/region/frederick-watershed/
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    Quote Originally Posted by riderx View Post
    Also, not sure where you are in VA, but Frederick, MD probably meets your 3 hour drive mark. Camp at Gambrill State Park or Cunningham Falls State Park and ride Gambrill and the Frederick Watershed - we've got the tech. Plus cool things for the family in Frederick, lots of breweries too. Cunningham has a lake to swim in.

    https://www.trailforks.com/region/frederick-watershed/
    I'm about an hour south of Frederick and mostly ride Fairland, Patpasco and Shaffer farm area. Looking to hit up Gambrills and or FredShed soon though with a buddy or two.

    Would you have a recommendation for intermediate riders on hard-tails for first time up that way and maybe a brewery for lunch after? I didn't know any others up there besides flying dog an didn't think thier tasting room had food.

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    You are in luck, I just wrote out this info for soon to be updated MORE page on the Shed. If you poke around my RideWithGPS account you find some more route and rides.

    For Gambrill, I authored the MTB Project route, so that's my recommendation.

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    Hamburg First Timer - 6 mile loop
    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29502348

    Mountaindale/North End Intro - 14 mile loop
    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29502377

    Food
    Il Forno Pizzaria - Great pizza and craft beer on tap
    1035 W Patrick St, Frederick, MD 21702
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    Oscars Alehouse - Pub food + 36 craft beers on tap
    906 N EAST STREET, FREDERICK, MD 21701
    http://oscarsalehouse.net/west

    Beer
    Attaboy Brewery - Great beer, food trucks, outdoor seating.
    400 Sagner Ave Frederick, MD 21701
    https://www.attaboybeer.com/

    Rockwell Brewery - Bike stand and extensive set of tools for cyclists to use, outdoor seating, food. 2 blocks from the Frederick Pump Track.
    880 N East Street Frederick, MD 21701
    https://www.rockwellbrewery.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by riderx View Post
    You are in luck, I just wrote out this info for soon to be updated MORE page on the Shed. If you poke around my RideWithGPS account you find some more route and rides.

    For Gambrill, I authored the MTB Project route, so that's my recommendation.

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    Hamburg First Timer - 6 mile loop
    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29502348

    Mountaindale/North End Intro - 14 mile loop
    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29502377

    Food
    Il Forno Pizzaria - Great pizza and craft beer on tap
    1035 W Patrick St, Frederick, MD 21702
    Home

    Oscars Alehouse - Pub food + 36 craft beers on tap
    906 N EAST STREET, FREDERICK, MD 21701
    http://oscarsalehouse.net/west

    Beer
    Attaboy Brewery - Great beer, food trucks, outdoor seating.
    400 Sagner Ave Frederick, MD 21701
    https://www.attaboybeer.com/

    Rockwell Brewery - Bike stand and extensive set of tools for cyclists to use, outdoor seating, food. 2 blocks from the Frederick Pump Track.
    880 N East Street Frederick, MD 21701
    https://www.rockwellbrewery.com/
    Awesome!! Thanks for the write up.

    Yellow loop at Gambrills and lunch at Rockwell look to be on tap for a Sunday in my future

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtbkenny View Post
    Awesome!! Thanks for the write up.

    Yellow loop at Gambrills and lunch at Rockwell look to be on tap for a Sunday in my future
    Just as an FYI, all of the breweries in Frederick allow you to bring your own food. Most have a rotating selection of food trucks - Flying Dog has a permanent one, Old Mother and Midnight Run don't because of location, Midnight Run is next to Oscars Alehouse that has decent food. Rockwell has a menu from Family Meal Diner across the parking lot, you order at the bar and they bring it to you, Oscars is a block away from them as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtbkenny View Post
    Gambrills.
    We've only got one Gambrill, though we'd like a second.

    Pro tip: If you can track down where Gambrill Mountain Food Co is (I believe they're usually at Idiom Brewing on Sundays) it is the best food truck in Frederick and quite possibly the best food in Frederick.

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    Great recommendation keep them coming, I had not thought about looking at Gambrill area been long while since I have been up there.

    Also have never ridden Deep Creek or Trout lake area eitheir.
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    Caledonia State Park, PA. Middle of Michaux, surrounded by Michaux State Forest. Pine Grove Furnace at the north end of Michaux. Greenwood Furnace State Park and Bald Eagle State Park will give you access to State College/Rothrock trails.
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