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Camping at the New River Gorge


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Danielle Lasky · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2018 · Points: 0

I’m headed down to the New for the first time on my own and looking for the best place to camp if I plan to climb at Summersville Lake. Any suggestions???

Meg N. · · Dallas, TX · Joined Sep 2015 · Points: 0

The American Alpine Club campground would be a good option if you are looking for climbing partners. 

B DeMers · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2018 · Points: 0

+1 for AAC campground, but that's closer to fayetteville

There's pay camping at summersville lake and free camping at the base of summersville dam

Danielle Lasky · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2018 · Points: 0

I’m having a hard time finding coordinates to get to the AAC... I’m coming from Ohio, any direction advice would be much appreciated

Cory F · · Los Angeles, CA · Joined Jun 2016 · Points: 25

Its the left right past Country Thai off of Ames Heights Rd.  

Chris Kosto · · Denver, CO · Joined Sep 2015 · Points: 0

Gotta give a shoutout to Chestnut Creek, too. Nice friendly owner and quiet campsites. I think it came out to cheaper if you weren't an AAC member but I can't be sure. AAC is solid though and a better bet if you're looking for a partner as someone else mentioned. Neither is that bad of a drive to the lake.

I stayed at the base of the dam once and meh

Will Maness · · Jackson, WY · Joined Oct 2016 · Points: 35

Ray's Campground in Hico! Cheaper than AAC campground and Chestnut, and closer to Summersville!  Cool scene there, oftentimes a fair amount of climbers.  That's where I stay when I go up that way. 

Jake Jones · · Richmond, VA · Joined Jul 2011 · Points: 1,729
Danielle Lasky wrote: I’m having a hard time finding coordinates to get to the AAC... I’m coming from Ohio, any direction advice would be much appreciated

Danielle, assuming you have access to the main NRG page from your device, I have just added Google Maps locations links for the three most popular climber campgrounds- AAC, Ray’s and Chestnut Creek.  That should get you to any one of those no problem.  The screen shot shows you what it should look like.  Just look for the listings and link under each in the “Places to Stay” section.  If you need more help, let me know.  Have fun!

Brian Payst · · Carrboro,NC · Joined Jan 2014 · Points: 10

At the base of the damn free camping we were once woken up by a drunk woman yelling “let’s get naked” over and over.  If that’s your thing, cool, but if not, the pay options are way better. 

Sheldon Deeny · · Fort Collins, CO · Joined Feb 2011 · Points: 70

I'm also planning to camp and climb at Summersville Lake next weekend, my first time there, and I'm super psyched. In the event I can't find a partner ahead of time, is Ray's generally a good place to just roll up and ask groups if I can join them?

David K · · New Paltz, NY · Joined Jan 2017 · Points: 144

It depends what you want. There are better prices and commutes for climbing at Summersville Lake than the AAC campground. But one of the highlights of my trip to the NRG was hanging out with other climbers at the AAC campground--in fact, given the rain, that was actually more fun than the climbing.

Will Maness · · Jackson, WY · Joined Oct 2016 · Points: 35
Sheldon Deeny wrote: I'm also planning to camp and climb at Summersville Lake next weekend, my first time there, and I'm super psyched. In the event I can't find a partner ahead of time, is Ray's generally a good place to just roll up and ask groups if I can join them?

Just roll up and camp wherever, pretty much. Pay Ray when you leave. Honesty box last time I was there in case of late arrivals/early exits. Super chill spot, good folks.

Jake Jones · · Richmond, VA · Joined Jul 2011 · Points: 1,729
Will Maness wrote:

Just roll up and camp wherever, pretty much. Pay Ray when you leave. Honesty box last time I was there in case of late arrivals/early exits. Super chill spot, good folks.

Ray unfortunately passed away.  You'll have to pay Dren, his wife.  She was still running it the last time I was there. 

Chris K · · Lynchburg, VA · Joined Jul 2018 · Points: 0
Sheldon Deeny wrote: I'm also planning to camp and climb at Summersville Lake next weekend, my first time there, and I'm super psyched. In the event I can't find a partner ahead of time, is Ray's generally a good place to just roll up and ask groups if I can join them?

Ray's in my opinion is the most chill campground that's perfectly nestled between Summersville Lake and the rest of the climbs in NRG proper. You'll find a good mix of kayakers, BSA raft guides, climbers and just regular families camping there. I'll be there this coming weekend if you wanna link up.

Cory F · · Los Angeles, CA · Joined Jun 2016 · Points: 25

Nooo!!!! Poor Ray :-(  I loved his campground

Chas Kristopher · · Pittsburgh, pa · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 30

Rays is the way to go, some of nicest people on the planet. Plus showers!  Free showers.    

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