OK, it's a done deal! I rode up today and paid for the campsite, $80 for 2 nights, up to 30 people. Good thing I got there when I did...almost all of the group camping sites were reserved for next weekend! I had called earlier this morning to check...then when I got there I was surprised that a lady had just been there within the last hour and reserved our first pick!
I rode over and looked at Vista Point. The only site left was #5 and it was on the edge of a swampy area.
The lady said it was flooded last week. I asked if there were any more group camping and she said she still had sites available at Parkers Creek
. This campground is across Hwy 64 from Vista Point, just down the road. I rode over and looked at the sites and reserved the last one available...#253
It is all the way back at the end of the road in Parkers Creek. It's a nice big site with a huge fire pit and lot's of benchs around it. There were 5 picnic tables, and 3 large charcoal grills (We'll need some charcoal if we use the grills). There is a lot of downed trees in the area for firewood if someone has a small chainsaw they could bring. We are also closer to the bathrooms than at Vista point. There is also a pole with a hanger for a lantern.
This is the GPS coordinates for the campsite for those who have a GPS: N35 45.714 W79 02.544
The entrance off of Hwy. 64 is: N35 44.299 W79 02.460
I had mapped out some back roads to ride on for the trip up, but ran into some dead ends, and some roads that were no longer there!
When they flooded to make the lake, some of the roads were flooded too, and not all of them were taken out of the Mapsource database! Some are still the same name on each end but have their middle missing! I'm going back up tomorrow to try and map out a ride for Saturday afternoon. ( That' seems to be when most want to do a group ride) I may not be able to take the trip around the lake like I wanted, but I'll find some good roads that stay out in the country on back roads away from traffic.
If anyone has problems, gets lost, or has questions, here's my cell phone 919-353-1096
Don't remember who had the camper, but I think you'll have room in the parking area for it. I don't think the Park Rangers are around too much this time of year. Which brings up another point. For those who want to sit around the campfire and partake in adult beverages, I think we'll be far enough off the beaten path to be OK.
Can't think of anything elase right now. I'll post this info on the other sites for those interested. Looking forward to seeing everyone next week!