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We're a family that focuses on beginner hiking and traveling the National Parks

Hello, we share our experiences to help your next experience.  We're here to help the 300 million people hiking the national parks here in the United States.  We will catalog the campgrounds we stay at, the hikes, the bikes, the lakes, and other experiences.  Our hope is to help you decide whether to take that hike, visit that campground, or partake in that experience you are not sure about living.  I'm sure we can all agree that some choices we've made, have made our lives better and some haven't.  The more we read, the more we are amazed at the number of great people in the travel community and how nice and supportive everyone is.  We are looking forward to giving back through sharing our experiences.  Visit us here, and twitter @campbrood, youtube, and facebook  (links below).

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9 Secret HACKS to Score A GREAT " Campground Near Me "  MOST Only use 3!
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9 Secret HACKS to Score A GREAT " Campground Near Me " MOST Only use 3!

Come walk with us to Learn 9 great ways to find campgrounds near you and your favorite destinations that you are actually excited to stay at! Sometimes the simplest questions are often the hardest to answer. Come walk with us through some of our favorite campgrounds as we go through ways to find campgrounds near me and campgrounds where you want to stay. Let’s answer this first question while walking through Adventures on the Gorge at New River Gorge National Park How can Google help to find Campgrounds Near Me? Search engines can be the best place to find campgrounds near me. We’ve noticed that this is the best place to start. But, we don’t start on Google Search, we go straight to Google Maps. In the address bar type in Maps.google.com or open the Google Maps app. Where it says Search Google Maps type in Campgrounds Near Me or in this case Campgrounds Near New River Gorge National Park. Are there campground Directories or Apps to help find Campgrounds Near Me? KOA campgrounds have been around since 1962. They are probably the most notable campground franchise known for their Yellow and Black branding and family friendly campgrounds as you can see here at the Albuquerque KOA. But, there are also Jellystone franchises that are known for their Yogi Bear branding and laser focus on providing a great experience for kids. Other apps you can consider are campspot.com which is a growing reservation system many campgrounds are installing. But there are also websites like Campendium and Allstays which are RV Park and Campground listings websites that offer details about campgrounds and campground reviews. But with all these options. Who has the best campground website? After Google maps we go to KOA.com. How can you use Google Maps to find the best campground? Google maps is amazing for researching campground properties. Once we have a few campgrounds that we are interested in at a location we continue with google maps to zoom in on the property and get a closer look like here at Spacious Skies near Shenandoah National Park. We use the satellite layer to look down on the campground to see details of the RV park. How do you find State Park and National Park Campgrounds Near Me? From Google Maps it’s best to click on the website for the government campground you are interested in. But, each state has a network of campgrounds on their websites. For example on alapark.com you can reserve great Alabama campsites like Gulf State Park. midnrreservations.com is the place to go to reserve campsites at Michigan State Parks. But, if you want to make a campsite reservation in the national parks you need to go to recreation.gov. But what if you are traveling and need to find a campground near me along your route? Apps are starting to get more sophisticated. We’ve been using the Roadtrippers app on our mobile devices and laptops for years. Roadtrippers coupon: https://roadtrippers.com/plus?fpr=lk9bx use Promo Code BTR5QTP at checkout using the promo code we earn a small commission from Roadtrippers. How do you know if these remote campgrounds are ok to stay at? We get back into Google Maps and search for the specific campground. On the screen look for a photo, usually of the campground like here at Streetsboro KOA. But, click on the photo and you can see other photos from the campground and also from people who have stayed there. What is happening in the campground industry? Over the last few years many companies have gotten into the campground game. There is a land grab happening where private equity and other corporations are buying up campgrounds and building large networks. Some that we have stayed at include Sun RV Resorts and Spacious skies. How do you get unfiltered reviews of campgrounds that you want to learn more about? There are a lot of websites that provide reviews by people that have stayed at campgrounds across the country. Some include Tripadvisor, Campendium, RVlife, and Good Sam. The easiest place to find a lot of reviews is on maps.google.com. check out our blog: https://www.campbrood.com/post/9-secret-hacks-to-score-a-great-campground-near-me-most-only-use-3 maps courtesy of google maps images from websites including koa.com campendium.com, campspot.com, maps.google.com, roadtrippers.com music by creatormix.com
The BEST Trail In Shenandoah NP That Nobody Hikes
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The BEST Trail In Shenandoah NP That Nobody Hikes

Come Hike with us on one of the best trails in Shenandoah to two of the best waterfalls in the National Park. Have you ever wondered if there's a secret trail in Shenandoah National Park, a hidden gem that only a small percentage of hikers have stumbled upon? Picture this: a trail that boasts two of the 12 best waterfalls in the park, deep views of the Shenandoah forest that rival postcards, and an atmosphere of untouched serenity. Intrigued? Stick around as we uncover the mysteries of the Rose River Falls Loop Trail, the best trail in Shenandoah National Park that nobody knows about. Get ready for an adventure off the beaten path, where nature's secrets await your Brood. Let’s Get Started. Where is Rose River Falls Trail Located? But the trailhead is located between mile marker 49 and 50 on Skyline Drive just north of the Big Meadows Visitor Center and is unmarked. How long is Rose River falls hike? The Rose river Falls trail is a 4 mile loop. You should plan on about 4-5 hours of hiking this trail. Can you swim in the waterfalls in Shenandoah? Shenandoah National Park allows swimming in the park. All water is available for swimming. How hard is the Rose River Trail? The Rose River Trail is a moderate trail. Are dogs allowed at Rose River Falls? One of the reasons hikers find this trail is because dogs are allowed on Rose River Falls Trail. But, this is a great trail for dogs and we can see how our dogs would have enjoyed it. Do you need hiking shoes for Shenandoah National park? For vacationers and casual hikers hiking shoes are not needed. Here is our complete gear list for day hiking Shenandoah: Teton Sports Hydration Pack Video Review: https://youtu.be/KEBrYwp8RQk Amazon Link: 2021 model https://amzn.to/3SnKcGR 2022 model https://amzn.to/3vIogMZ Camelbak Mini M.U.L.E hydration backpack Video Review for younger hikers: https://youtu.be/WbRgZr6C20g Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/3Zpj91p Merrell Moab II Men's Hiking Shoes: https://amzn.to/3Ardw8k The First Aid Kit we carry: https://amzn.to/3Lcvu2h Trekking Poles: https://amzn.to/3DHj54L Tactical Flashlights: https://amzn.to/3QLY25T Compass: https://amzn.to/3GahGU5 Here are dad joke books for great gifts: Dad Jokes Around the Campfire: https://amzn.to/3JinFJ2 600 Funniest Dad Jokes: https://amzn.to/3EPGv7D To view any product mentioned by us in our videos, click this link: https://www.amazon.com/shop/campbrood As an Amazon Associate, we earn a commission from qualifying purchases. What is the most popular waterfall hike in Shenandoah National Park? Dark Hollow Falls Trail is the preferred way by many to see this waterfall. The trail is only 1.4 miles round trip which is much shorter than Rose River Falls. So why would we choose Rose River Falls over Dark Hollow Falls to see the most popular waterfall in Shenandoah? We had more than one day in Shenandoah and we like to find hikes that are less popular. We hiked Stony Man and the Bearfence rock scramble which are two of the 10 popular trails in Shenandoah. But we wanted something different for this hike. The chance to see 2 of the 12 waterfalls in Shenandoah in one hike also excited us. But, what we didn’t know was all of the time we spent hiking along the Rose River watching the water flow over rock. These views, about an hour of the hike, were more memorable than the waterfalls. We also like the Rose River Falls trail for being dog friendly. Are there cemeteries in Shenandoah? From the research we found that there are over 100 cemeteries in Shenandoah national Park. here just off the fire road you’ll find a variety of grave markers for the Cave Family, some very old, some newer, and some from Civil War military. background music by creatormix.com maps from the nps website
What is so Special about Shenandoah National Park?
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What is so Special about Shenandoah National Park?

Come hike with us on some of the best hiking trails in Shenandoah while we share with you 10 facts to help you learn what is so special about Shenandoah National Park. Let’s Get Started. For other videos to go deeper in your planning of Shenandoah watch this playlist: Gear Recommendations for day hiking Shenandoah: Teton Sports Hydration Pack Video Review: https://youtu.be/KEBrYwp8RQk Amazon Link: 2021 model https://amzn.to/3SnKcGR 2022 model https://amzn.to/3vIogMZ Camelbak Mini M.U.L.E hydration backpack Video Review for younger hikers: https://youtu.be/WbRgZr6C20g Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/3Zpj91p Merrell Moab II Men's Hiking Shoes: https://amzn.to/3Ardw8k The First Aid Kit we carry: https://amzn.to/3Lcvu2h Trekking Poles: https://amzn.to/3DHj54L Tactical Flashlights: https://amzn.to/3QLY25T Compass: https://amzn.to/3GahGU5 Here are dad joke books for great gifts: Dad Jokes Around the Campfire: https://amzn.to/3JinFJ2 600 Funniest Dad Jokes: https://amzn.to/3EPGv7D To view any product mentioned by us in our videos, click this link: https://www.amazon.com/shop/campbrood As an Amazon Associate, we earn a commission from qualifying purchases. How likely is it to see a bear in Shenandoah National Park? Bears live in the mountains of Shenandoah National Park but bear sightings are rare. Do I need Bear Spray in Shenandoah? We did not take bear spray on any of our hikes in Shenandoah. Here is a great page by the National Park Service all about bear sightings: https://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/bear-safety.htm more on the Shenandoah Salamander: https://www.nps.gov/shen/learn/nature/shenandoah_salamander.htm Who founded Shenandoah National Park? Shenandoah is located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. At least two men, one being George F Pollack of Skyland designed a plan to create the park where it sits today. When was Shenandoah National Park established? The national park was established on December 26, 1935 by President Franklin Deleanor Roosevelt as the 22nd National Park for the United States. The State of Virginia and President Herbert Hoover before Roosevelt supported development of the park land before 1935. President Hoover actually had a fishing camp within the boundaries of the park and funded the first section of Skyline Drive that connected his camp, Big Meadows, Skyland, and Thornton Gap. Thornton Gap is the main connector down to the town of Luray and the Shenandoah Valley. How Big is Shenandoah National Park? Shenandoah National Park is over 200,000 acres. The highest elevation in the park is hawksbill mountain at 4,050 feet. How far is Shenandoah National Park to Washington DC? The northern edge of Shenandoah National Park is only 70 miles or an hour and 20 minutes from Washington DC and the White House. Why visit Shenandoah National Park? Shenandoah NP has over 500 miles of hiking trails to discover. 101 miles of the Appalachian trail are also located in the park. Maybe the most popular though is Skyline Dr. that is 105 miles long with multiple hiking trails, viewpoints and stops. How many Waterfalls are in Shenandoah National Park? There are 12 named waterfalls in Shenandoah. The most Popular is Dark Hollow Falls. The second waterfall to mention is 67 feet tall Rose River Falls. the tallest waterfall is 93 feet tall Overall Run Falls. Who Discovered the Shenandoah Valley? A German physician John Lederer ran 3 expeditions into Shenandoah. What rare plants are in Shenandoah National Park? Shenandoah National Park has protected animals, plants, and trees since its establishment in 1935. One of the most valuable in the forest is American Ginseng. Why is it Called Shenandoah? The area might be named after a tribal member with a similar name. The word Shenandoah also means Daughter of the Stars which was used to describe the stars reflecting off waters in the mountains late at night as witnessed by tribes in the region. Over 1.5 million people visit each year but the park can handle it. Discover our Blog here: https://www.campbrood.com/post/what-is-so-special-about-shenandoah-national-park music by creatormix.com timecodes: 0:00 Intro 0:20 How likely is it to see a bear in Shenandoah National Park? 0:49 Do I need Bear Spray in Shenandoah? 1:26 Who founded Shenandoah National Park? 2:12 When was Shenandoah National Park established? 2:48 How Big is Shenandoah National Park? 3:40 How far is Shenandoah National Park to Washington DC? 4:20 Why visit Shenandoah National Park? 4:54 Why is Shenandoah National Park so Special? 5:51 How many Waterfalls are in Shenandoah National Park? 6:42 Dad Joke 6:52 Who Discovered the Shenandoah Valley? 7:19 Was the Civil War Fought in Shenandoah? 7:47 What rare plants are in Shenandoah National Park? 8:13 Why is it Called Shenandoah? 8:46 How many people visit Shenandoah National Park Each Year? How many people visit Shenandoah National Park Each Year?
8 Reasons EVERYONE Is Selling Their RV! Should YOU?
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8 Reasons EVERYONE Is Selling Their RV! Should YOU?

From our way of life getting back to normal, to a recession that is starting to take hold, people are seeing their Motorhome or Travel Trailer investment as a mistake and hoping they can get out fast before the bottom drops out of the RV market. Come walk with us as we dig into 8 questions about RVing and Camping and the economy to learn why people are rushing to put for sale signs on their RVs this year. How many people visit the national parks each year? How hard is it to make a campground Reservation these days? Are people being asked to come back to the office to work? What is the most popular vacation destination this year? Where do you park your RV when you’re not using it? How much does it cost for me to have this RV each year? Are we in a recession? How do you know if RVing is for me? locations filmed for this video: Grand Canyon National Park: https://youtu.be/2bIVb5xt3MM Gulf State Park: https://youtu.be/6tscOEPuGeU Gulf State Park Bike Trails: https://youtu.be/tB5akda9wA4 Goulding's RV Park: https://youtu.be/5L9n-EZzK5k Monument Valley: https://youtu.be/IsagLnMEdf4 Wahweap RV Park Lake Powell: https://youtu.be/bf4luOTLkGg US Space and Rocket Center: https://youtu.be/Y5nmDq90Kmk US Space and Rocket Center Campground: https://youtu.be/Ae1EAZdMmow Hocking Hills State Park: https://youtu.be/ZtImlOHPuJI Zion National Park: https://youtu.be/4fqvyzjnTEg Garden of the Gods Park: https://youtu.be/Cbj_Fe3CSmI Example of an RV Cover: https://amzn.to/48hQfUf To view any product mentioned by us in our videos, click this link: https://www.amazon.com/shop/campbrood As an Amazon Associate, we earn a commission. Discover our Blog here: https://www.campbrood.com/post/sell-my-rv music by creatormix.com
The 6 New Ways to Get KICKED OUT of a Campground in 2024 That Will Change The Way We RV!
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The 6 New Ways to Get KICKED OUT of a Campground in 2024 That Will Change The Way We RV!

We watched every video on YouTube about getting kicked out of a campground and this is what we learned. Whatever you do, you don’t want to argue with the campground management. But, there is more to this story than conflict. So, walk with us as we detail out 6 more ways you won't believe will get you kicked out of a campground! Everyone likes to have a good time when camping. But if you have too good of a time you will get kicked out of the RV Park. We have campground reviews for all the campgrounds visited in this video and recommend staying at each one: Streetsboro KOA campground Ohio: https://youtu.be/6FONyUdVKsw Tri Trails KOA Ogallala Nebraska: https://youtu.be/NkRFEDSuMmk Spacious Skies Shenandoah Luray Virginia: https://youtu.be/N8p_sjVvLeM Albuquerque KOA New Mexico: https://youtu.be/__03KCqkwuM Gulf State Park Gulf Shores Alabama: https://youtu.be/oSky4qRtmNg Examples of products to help with sound and making campfires Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker with deep sound: https://amzn.to/3SquqgL Bluetooth Adapter https://amzn.to/3FGRgsL Fatwood kindling for starting campfires fast: https://amzn.to/45X1n7t To keep your drinks disguised and cool: normal can: https://amzn.to/4a7KgTX slim can: https://amzn.to/4851Ciy tumbler: https://amzn.to/41jRi3V To view any product mentioned by us in our videos, click this link: https://www.amazon.com/shop/campbrood As an Amazon Associate, we earn a commission from qualifying purchases. Discover our blog here: https://www.campbrood.com/post/6-ways-to-get-kicked-out-of-a-koa-campground music by creatormix.com
4 Essential Hikes in Shenandoah National Park!
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4 Essential Hikes in Shenandoah National Park!

Here are 4, actually 5 Essential Hikes in Shenandoah National Park. These are the four hikes that give you the best of everything in Shenandoah: waterfalls, amazing mountaintop views, forest trails, and one surprise that will never come up in your search results for Shenandoah National Park. Let's Get Started! For other videos to go deeper in your planning of Shenandoah: Spacious Skies Campground: https://youtu.be/N8p_sjVvLeM Luray Caverns: https://youtu.be/xRiYcjoUmdc Stony Man Trail: https://youtu.be/zv4lcDSIwCM Bearfence Rock Scramble: https://youtu.be/4ogdKCZ8BAY Dark Hollow Falls vs Rose River Falls Trails: https://youtu.be/DNCGRplZ1-Y Gear Recommendations for day hiking Shenandoah: Teton Sports Hydration Pack Video Review: https://youtu.be/KEBrYwp8RQk Amazon Link: 2021 model https://amzn.to/3SnKcGR 2022 model https://amzn.to/3vIogMZ Camelbak Mini M.U.L.E hydration backpack Video Review for younger hikers: https://youtu.be/WbRgZr6C20g Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/3Zpj91p Merrell Moab II Men's Hiking Shoes: https://amzn.to/3Ardw8k The First Aid Kit we carry: https://amzn.to/3Lcvu2h Trekking Poles: https://amzn.to/3DHj54L Tactical Flashlights: https://amzn.to/3QLY25T Compass: https://amzn.to/3GahGU5 Here are dad joke books for great gifts: Dad Jokes Around the Campfire: https://amzn.to/3JinFJ2 600 Funniest Dad Jokes: https://amzn.to/3EPGv7D To view any product mentioned by us in our videos, click this link: https://www.amazon.com/shop/campbrood As an Amazon Associate, we earn a commission from qualifying purchases. Shenandoah National Park, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, is a haven for nature enthusiasts and hikers alike. With over 200,000 acres of protected lands and 500 miles of hiking trails, the park offers a variety of adventures, leading to breathtaking vistas, cascading waterfalls, and unique geological formations. One of the best hikes is Stony Man So let’s get started with, How Long Does it Take to hike Stony Man? One of Shenandoah's most iconic hikes, Stony Man, promises a rewarding experience for hikers of all skill levels. The trail spans approximately 1.6 miles with an elevation gain of 340 feet. Stony man is located near Skyland which is between the middle and northern part of the park near mile marker 42 on Skyline Drive. What can you see on Stony Man? At the viewpoint, which is the second highest point in Shenandoah, make sure to identify a few landmarks below. Of course the Shenandoah Valley sprawls out on the landscape far below. But to your right you will see Skyline Drive and the Little Stony Man outcropping. To the left see the rolling mountains in the distance and the Skyland lodge closer and lower beneath the horizon. What is the most popular waterfall hike in Shenandoah? We would be remiss if we didn’t talk about Dark Hollow Falls trail. This hike is the most popular waterfall hike for a couple of reasons. One, it is the easiest way to see a waterfall in Shenandoah. The parking lot for this hike is just South of mile marker 50 which starts the 1.4 mile round trip hike with 440 feet of elevation gain to Dark Hollow Falls which is a cascading waterfall 70 feet tall. How Long is the Rose River Falls Hike? Rose River Falls is 4 miles long and takes about 4.5 - 5 hours to hike and enjoy. How Hard is Bearfence Rock Scramble? For most of your hike the Bearfence Mountain trail is what you would expect on most trails in Shenandoah. The hike is only 1.4 miles with 300 feet of elevation gain. What is it like Hiking Bearfence Rock Scramble? While in the forest the trail slowly transitions to rock and before you know it you are scrambling. Follow the blue blazes to the rock overlooks that provide for sweeping views of the valley below. What is so special about Luray Caverns? Luray Caverns isn’t technically in Shenandoah national park. But the cave system is amazing! How far is Shenandoah National Park to Luray Caverns? The drive from Shenandoah National Park to Luray Caverns is a scenic adventure in itself. The drive is only 15 minutes and less than 12 miles. How long does it take to walk through Luray Caverns? The walk is about 1 ¼ miles in length and plan on at least an hour in the cave and 2 hours total. Music by creatormix.com Maps from google maps and the national park service Timecodes: 0:00 Intro 0:31 How Long Does it Take to hike Stony Man? 1:29 What can you see on Stony Man? 2:05 What is the most popular waterfall hike in Shenandoah? 2:55 How Long is the Rose River Falls Hike? 4:29 Dad Joke 4:40 How Hard is Bearfence Rock Scramble? 5:16 What is it like Hiking Bearfence Rock Scramble? 6:03 How Far is Shenandoah National Park to Luray Caverns 6:41 What is so special about Luray Caverns? 7:10 How long does it take to walk through Luray Caverns? 7:52 Why is Shenandoah National Park so special?

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