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Planning a camping trip. Need help please

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by E^jwt, Jan 25, 2005.

  1. E^jwt


    Aug 2, 2004
    Hey guys, myself and a group of friends are planning to get together for a summer camping trip this year. What national forests do you all recomend and is it gun friendly? thanks
  2. mpol777

    mpol777 Feral Member

    Jul 23, 2001
    Cochise County, AZ
    Can you narrow it down a bit? There's a few hundred million acres of national forest and wilderness out there.

  3. RMTactical

    RMTactical CLM

    Oct 7, 2000
    Behind an AR-15
    No kidding.
  4. Giving us a state would help a lot.
  5. E^jwt


    Aug 2, 2004
    Ooops. sorry folks. We're looking at Tennesse and South Carolina at the moment. However, we are still open to anywhere within a reasonable driving distance from Louisiana. We were thinking along the lines of a 10 day trip in the field with two extra days dedicated to driving there and back. Thanks again.
  6. shrpshtr


    Jan 25, 2001
    Sumter, SC, USA
    i don't know about tennesse but i can speak for SC. you aren't allowed to even possess firearms on public land except for purposes of taking game during respective seasons. there may be exceptions to that rule but i don't know of any. most public land also prohibits camping except in designated camp sites which don't allow firearms.

    i would definitely lean towards TN unless you wanted to enjoy coastal marsh/beach camping. i wouldn't consider camping in SC at all after's way too hot.

    if you're willing to drive that far, look at NC. they have some great spots up in the mountains that are fair weathered and have great fishing for trout. my favorite spot up there is in brevard, NC at pisgah national forest. they prohibit guns too though. (note, i would rather be tried by 12 than carried by 6 if you know what i mean.) don't take this as approval by any means but...i have spoken with a couple of different rangers/conservation officers in the pisgah area and explained my safety concerns with the local wildlife (bears, etc.) and my 6 year old child etc. they were more than understanding about safety being the biggest concern and even went as far as implying that there are always justifiable exceptions if the situation called for it.

  7. E^jwt


    Aug 2, 2004
    Thanks a lot.
  8. Sixgun_Symphony

    Sixgun_Symphony NRA4EVR

    Apr 16, 2002
    Gun friendly camping sites?

    You could join the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association (NMLRA), they have campgrounds available for members. It costs about $40 to join.

    Click on the link in my signature line for more information.
  9. valkyrie182


    Mar 31, 2004
    If you are looking for Tennessee, I would most definitely recommend Big South Fork River and Recreation Area. It is right along the northern Tenn and KY border. It has some incredible trails, anywhere from 5 miles to over 40. Great canoeing. I spent about a week there last summer, and it was absolutely incredible. Cliffs and bluffs run for miles, few hundred feet high. It has everything, hiking, backcountry camping, canoeing, climbing, everything. And, if you just want to see the sites and not really rough it, there is a nice campground in the main area of the rec area. Definitely worth checking out.
    Apparently, I am incapable of speaking in complete sentances, but it is still a nice place.
  10. Alot of waterfalls there at Big South Fork River. Not sure about firearms being allowed? My wife and I were there last Febuary. Nobody was there. Had pretty much the place to ourselves. We wanted to check out The Great Smokey Mts. but the parkway was closed because of snow covered roads. Beautiful country around there. We're going to The Grand Canyon this September. Whenever we go camping at places like this we're careful that no one knows whether or not a gun is at out site. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Be careful but be safe. Bring you camera too !!;c