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Best Tent Camping: Georgia, 3rd edition
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Johnny Molloy


Whether it’s rafting down the Chattooga River, hiking along the Bartram Trail, or sea kayaking around Cumberland Island National Seashore, Georgia is chock full of opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts of all abilities. To help these adventurers on their way, Best Tent Camping: Georgia, 3rd edition reveals the best places in the Peach State to pitch a tent, from mountainous Amicalola Falls State Park, starting point for Appalachian Trail thru-hikers, to the windswept dunes of Cumberland Island. Written to steer campers away from concrete slabs and convoys of RVs, Best Tent Camping: Georgia points tent campers to only the most scenic and serene campsites in the state.

Painstakingly selected from hundreds of campgrounds, each of the 50 campsites is rated for: beauty, noise, privacy, security, spaciousness, and cleanliness. In addition, each campground profile provides essential details on facilities, reservations, fees, and restrictions, as well as an accurate, easy-to-read map, making the campground a snap to locate. Also included are suggestions for nearby outdoor recreation and sightseeing, pinpointing attractions that often go unnoticed.


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Best Tent Camping: Kentucky, 2nd edition
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Johnny Molloy


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

The width and breadth of Kentucky offers the outdoor enthusiast a variety of lands to explore. Add the plethora of public lands with campgrounds and you have a fine starting point for adventurous tent campers. Kentucky is the oldest state west of the Appalachian Mountains. Settled by pioneers such as Daniel Boone and Thomas Walker, the Bluegrass State is steeped in American history, from the settler’s passage at Cumberland Gap to Daniel Boone’s Fort Boonesborough to the Civil War defensive fortifications at Columbus. Pioneers traveled on rough overland trails and along rivers, used for passage through the vast forests that thrived in their interiors. These steep, rich mountains, including the Appalachians and the Cumberland Plateau, that once formed a rampart to settlement now offer preserved destinations. Farther west are “barrens,” areas in the forests that Indians kept open to attract game to hunt. The Ohio and Mississippi rivers form the state’s western border and are its respective lowest elevations.

Today tent campers can enjoy these parcels, each piece a distinct region of Kentucky. In western Kentucky, you can explore the surprisingly scenic terrain of Penyrile State Park and Forest. Or tour Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, which together form the second largest man made body of water in the world. This vast watershed encircles Land Between The Lakes. The center state has numerous lakes where you can spend day after summer day cooling off from that hot Kentucky sun. Rugged and mountainous eastern Kentucky has its high points, such as Kingdom Come State Park that presents far-reaching mountain views. The beauty of Daniel Boone National Forest covers much of the Bluegrass State. Rock bluffs overlook gorges cut by water and time. It is a land of verdant forests, sandstone arches, and wild rivers.

This book by author Johnny Molloy leads you to the best tent camping destinations within these parcels of the Bluegrass State, describing not only of the campgrounds themselves, but also the fun outdoorsy activities nearby. The book uses a rating system, which includes campground privacy, security, beauty, quiet, and cleanliness, and gives inside tips on how to be enjoy each particular destination from your chosen campground. It also details prices, opening and closing dates, websites, and other information that will help you utilize your precious time to the fullest, enjoying your Kentucky tent camping experience.


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Best Tent Camping: Maryland, 2nd edition
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Evan L. Balkan


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

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.

It’s not at all surprising, then, that this natural legacy and diversity extends to the campgrounds: Federal parks, state parks, and forests; US Army Corps of Engineers’ recreation areas; county parks; and private campgrounds make up a patchwork of exciting prospects for every level of camping enthusiast.

Splitting the state into three distinct geographical regions—Western Maryland, Central Maryland, and Southern Maryland/Eastern Shore—Best Tent Camping: Maryland, by local outdoorsman and writer 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 car camping in Maryland, this is an indispensable guide.


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Best Tent Camping: Missouri and the Ozarks, 2nd edition
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Best Tent Camping: Missouri and the Ozarks, 2nd edition
Steve Henry


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

Best Tent Camping: Missouri and the Ozarks by Steve Henry leads readers to 50 quiet and beautiful camping hideaways in Missouri and northwest Arkansas. In addition to scenic beauty and relaxing atmosphere, campground profiles also include tips for outdoor activities and points of interest. Key Information and Campground Ratings boxes in each chapter make it easy for readers to scan and find a camping spot perfect for their weekend getaway.

Have a history buff in your group? Several campgrounds are located near historic sites. Camping with a road biker? Several profiles recommend good road biking loops. Especially helpful is a set of “Best For…” lists in the front of the book, guiding readers to the best campgrounds for scenic beauty, families, hiking, swimming, cycling and mountain biking, canoeing, and more.

Whether campers are looking for a place where they can also go fishing, hiking, or canoeing or the best sites for photography, Henry provides plenty of information to make choosing the right campsite easy. Henry has even included ratings on the beauty, privacy, spaciousness, and cleanliness of each site. Best Tent Camping: Missouri and the Ozarks makes planning your camping trip easy and enjoyable!


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Best Tent Camping: New England, 4ed.
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Best Tent Camping: New England, 4ed.
Lafe Low


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

If you subscribe to the opinion that televisions, Japanese lanterns, and electric guitars are not essential camping equipment, The Best in Tent Camping should be your constant companion. The Best in Tent Camping: New England is a guidebook for tent campers who like quiet, scenic, and serene campsites. It's the perfect resource if you blanch at the thought of pitching a tent on a concrete slab, trying to sleep through the blare of another camper's boombox, or waking to find your tent surrounded by a convoy of RVs. Painstakingly selected from hundreds of campgrounds, this book guides you to the quietest, most beautiful, most secure, and best-managed campgrounds in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Each campground profile provides essential details on facilities, reservations, fees, and restrictions, as well as an accurate, easy-to-read map making the campground a snap to locate. 

Rich with history, natural beauty, and environmental diversity, New England offers campers a new experience at every turn. From the tidal marsh of Long Island Sound, to Vermont's world-famous forests, to the rocky shores of Maine, New England camping has never been better. Including campgrounds in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, the campgrounds profiled in The Best in Tent Camping: New England, 4th edition are each unique. With revised and updated text, finding that perfect site is a snap. Author Lafe Low guides readers not only to the region's best campsites, but also to recreational and cultural activities nearby. It fits perfectly in your pack for easy access on your trip.



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Best Tent Camping: New Mexico, 2nd edition
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Best Tent Camping: New Mexico, 2nd edition
Monte R. Parr


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

Best Tent Camping: New Mexico is a must-read for campers and adventurers desiring an excursion into the southwest. New Mexico offers a charm and beauty that is rare. From open Southwestern landscapes with blue mountains visible on the distant horizon to the meadows and streams and pines of Sugarite Canyon State Park in northern New Mexico, and on to White Sands, it is a truly an enchanting journey. This state is full of history offering everything from ruins and forts from the Spanish American Warm Native American pueblos, archaeology, and cliff dwellings from its ancient past.

With its canyons, deserts, mesas, mountains, rivers, lakes, and even ghost towns and towns frequently used for movies from the old west, there is no time for boredom.

Camping in New Mexico offers its enthusiasts extensive options. Best Tent Camping: New Mexico is an indispensable guide, and the best campgrounds in and around these remarkable areas are described in great detail.

In Best Tent Camping: New Mexico, local author Monte Parr details the locations where travelers can best experience New Mexico’s incredible beauty. Amenities, price, elevation, restrictions, directions, and GPS coordinates are listed for each campground, and all locations are rated for beauty, privacy, cleanliness, and quiet.


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Best Tent Camping: New York State, 2nd edition
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Best Tent Camping: New York State, 2nd edition
Aaron Starmer, Catharine Wells, and Timothy Starmer


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

Wilderness abounds in New York State. From the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean, from the Adirondack Mountains to the Catskills, from the St. Lawrence River to the Hudson, 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 Best Tent Camping: New York State is for—to help you make the wisest use of your time in the wilds of New York.

Divided geographically into seven sections—Long Island, Catskills/Hudson Valley, Central/Leatherstocking, Adirondacks, St. Lawrence River, Finger Lakes, and Western—the book is a helpful reference for camping enthusiasts throughout the state. And highlighting activities, hiking trails, and local attractions, it will also serve as inspiration when planning a trip. Historical tidbits, descriptions of wildlife and the occasional personal anecdote add flavor to the campground descriptions. Star ratings and maps make choosing the best place to pitch a tent a simple task.

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.


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Best Tent Camping: Pennsylvania, 2nd edition
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Best Tent Camping: Pennsylvania, 2nd edition
Matt Willen


Your Car­Camping Guide to Scenic Beauty, the Sounds of Nature, and an Escape from Civilization

Between the state's two major population centers, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania offers the outdoors enthusiast thousands of square miles of hills, forests, and rivers to pursue a variety of activities—hiking, bicycling, skiing, fishing, boating, and camping.

Best Tent Camping: Pennsylvania by author Matt Willen provides a guide to the 50 best places in the state to pitch a tent and spend the night—without being bothered by the noise of loud portable stereos, large recreational vehicles, and crowds. In addition to providing campers with essential information about each campground (including season, rates, facilities, and how to reserve a site), the guide identifies the best sites at the best campgrounds, offers information on exciting day trips, suggests hikes and activities accessible from the campgrounds, and describes the flora and fauna that campers might encounter on a trip.

From the Pocono Mountain region to the Allegheny National Forest, the Laurel Highlands to the suburbs of Philadelphia, Best Tent Camping: Pennsylvania is an indispensable guide for the person who likes to sleep in a tent not far from the convenience of the car.



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Best Tent Camping: Tennessee, 2nd edition
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Best Tent Camping: Tennessee, 2nd edition
Johnny Molloy


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

In West Tennessee, you can explore the surprisingly hilly terrain of Big Hill Pond, on the Mississippi border, or the bluffs and riverine forests of Meeman-Shelby State Park. Middle Tennessee is the land of unique cedar glades where unusual plants and animals still thrive and where the water falls from the western Cumberland Plateau. This is also lake country, where reservoirs built to prevent disastrous flooding now are recreation destinations, such as Center Hill and Percy Priest Lake. East Tennessee has the highest of the high, including the crest of the Appalachians, where elevations in the Smoky Mountains exceed 6,000 feet. The campgrounds in the Cumberland Mountains offer rock bluffs overlooking gorges cut by water and time, and unique arches and caves. Within this book there are enough destinations to keep a tent camper busy for years, exploring the scenic natural beauty found within the Volunteer State.

Well-traveled outdoor writer and native Tennessean Johnny Molloy methodically set forth into his home state, searching for campgrounds to include in this new edition. Having camped the state for decades, Molloy, with over 50 outdoor guides to his credit, used his wealth of experience and scoured the entirety of Tennessee -- choosing only the most pristine campgrounds that included not only a great locale for tent campers but with fun outdoors activities nearby, most as close as your tent door.

Included in this book is a rating system for the Southern Appalachian’s 50 best tent campgrounds. Certain campground attributes -- beauty, site privacy, site spaciousness, quiet, security, and cleanliness/upkeep -- are ranked using a star system.


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Best Tent Camping: Virginia, 3rd edition
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Best Tent Camping: Virginia, 3rd edition
Randy Porter


One of the fastest-growing recreational activities in the country is tent camping. But where do you go for a peaceful weekend, with little distraction from the hustle and noise of everyday life? A place where the only night life is the chirping of frogs? A place where the rustle of leaves and the soothing flow of a stream replaces media chatter and chimes of a cell phone?

Best Tent Camping: Virginia will take you to the most beautiful, yet lesser known, of the state's campsites, guaranteeing you a peaceful retreat. Each guidebook entry provides the latest maps of the grounds; each entry also alerts you to the best sites within the facility to ensure a rewarding and relaxing visit. The guidebook's campsite ratings on beauty, privacy, spaciousness, quietness, security, and cleanliness let you know whether or not each campground is the one you seek at any particular time. For a family outing, for example, spaciousness and security might be your key considerations. A planned romantic escape may catapult beauty and privacy to the top of your wish list.

In addition, each site entry has complete contact and registration information, operating hours, and a list of restrictions. Directions to the site come complete with GPS coordinates to put you at the main gate.

Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned veteran Best Tent Camping: Virginia will show you how to make your trip more enjoyable, and will expose you to the great natural beauty of the Virginia landscape.


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