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Mt Rogers Naturalist Rally Camping Impacted by Storms

Well, I’m just sick. Camping close by at a favorite campground has been a major part of the Mt. Rogers Naturalist Rally for me for many, many years. But not this one. Just received this alert and thought some might find it here who need to know before being turned away at Grindstone with no place to spend the night.

For you rally supporters who usually camp at Grindstone, there is a BIG change. Due to storm/tornado damage in the area last week, Grindstone campground is closed indefinitely. We will not be able to camp at Grindstone or have field trips there. I wanted to let you campers know ahead of time so you can make other plans. Camping is available at other forest service campgrounds–Raccoon Branch campground on Rt 16 south of Sugar Grove; Hurricane campground is a few miles past Raccoon , turn off Rt 16 at VA 650, go 1.4 miles to Forest Road 84, turn left to campground and Beartree campground may be available if the electric is restored. Beartree is on Rt 58 between Konnarock and Damascus. For bed and breakfast inns and rental cabins check out We appreciate your support of the rally and your patience during this time.

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