PA: Michaux State Forest Boondocking

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  1. sebring96hbg

    sebring96hbg New Member

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    It's supposed to be a relatively nice weekend coming up; so, I have a free permit to camp at Michaux State Forest. I do have permission to have a camp fire. This will be a NTU experience. I plan to follow up with pictures. This will be the Halloween camping make-up due to last weekend's snow.
     
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    Have a great time! Look forward to the pictures.
     
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    Matt O Strangers are friends who have not yet met

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    I would love to go boondocking in PA but I am limited by a 2wd TV. I have taken 2wd vehicle "off road" to an extent but only on roads I have been on before. I won't do it on a road I have never been on. I would love to see the pictures next week.
     
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    Have a blast.....and remember those pics.
     
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    A 4WD TV is on my list for the future. There are a lot of "improved" dirt roads and unimproved dirt roads over which a 4WD may prove beneficial. We went to the Piney Mountain ATV Trailhead campsite in Michaux State Forest. We left early as one of the kids developed a fever. But, we still got in some pumpkin carving and some play. This campsite appears to be at or near the top of Piney Mountain. Before reaching the campsite, there is a large gravel parking lot for the ATV trailhead. The trailhead is bounded by the paved Benderville Road and Piney Mountain Road - an unimproved dirt road. There was infrequent traffic during the over night hours, likely hunters.

    I found online a map with over 23 Michaux campsites, many of which are gated. Because people did not return the locks, the Michaux Forest Office stopped allowing vehicle access to the gated campsites. A forest ranger who told me this also said that there are four gated campsites that may be accessible after having signed a use agreement.

    We enjoyed clear skies with light, if any, wind.

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    Mountain Top Campsite

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    Carving pumpkins early in the morning

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    My son forgot his pirate hat. Avast ye! It's the Jolly Ranger!

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    There is a dirt road just beyond the tree line

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    View from front, right corner in front of the "facilities"

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    View from the Campsite gate. There are many stone fire rings scattered along the perimeter of the campsite. There are also six horse posts.

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    Fire Ring and Trailhead Pavilion. The large gravel parking lot is beyond the tree line.

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    Vented Vault Toilet

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    There is a pup in this picture, really!

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    ATV Trail


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    Despite the side mounted grill, we cooked our hot dogs here. We used Enviro-Logs.
     
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    going to add this to my list of places to check out. under 2hrs from my home!

    Rick
     
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    Very nice photos! This is exactly the kind of enviroment we are looking for: primitive and off the beaten track. If it's more "off-road" type access, we can tow with our 4x4 Ford Ranger instead of the Dodge Ram van.
     
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    We towed with our Chrysler Town & Country minivan to this spot.
     
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    did you see any other roads that your minivan couldnt handle? I'm looking for something a little more "hardcore", further out in the boonies.....

    Thanks
    Rick
     
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    Yes, there are plenty of dirt roads and old logging roads. I stayed on asphalt or level ground as a rule this past weekend.
     
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    We stopped by the forest campsite and saw it was being used. We then checked out the campsite at Flat Rock which is by equestrian and mountain biking trails.

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    Flat Rock is off Shippensburg Rd.
     
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    I see I'm 8 years late to this thread, but just wanted to thank you for this information and pictures. This will be our first try at boondocking. I was able to reach a very kind Ranger, Ann, at (717) 352-2211, who asked me for my email address and is sending me information. Wanted to share that for anyone else who comes across this post in a future search. Thanks again.
     

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