Crisman Hollow Road G. Washington NF | Wild Camping

United States


about 2 months ago
569.0 masl


Natural Source
Pit Toilets
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Well maintained & lightly traveled public use gravel road with a small seasonal creek running alongside for most of the road length. About a dozen small camp areas are available for tent or vehicle based camping (truck camper, van, small trailer). Most sites provide a parking area just off the road, some offer pull off parking/camping area well off the roadway.

Area is heavily wooded with varied terrain. Excellent hiking area with trails. No cell service for Verizon. Two NF vault toilets are located at the Lion's Tail Trailhead lot.

Check Geo.Washington NF website for details as to winter road closures, NF alerts, and seasonal hunting in this area.


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We came down Crimson road in the dark which made it a little difficult to see where spots were. We pulled into the trailhead for Scothorn Gap Trl. where there was a fire ring and small camping spot (see photo with blue sprinter) and then a small parking lot. Boy Scouts came around 10pm on Friday to hike in and camp. We did not have cell signal, road traffic was minimal, and the fall foliage was gorgeous.

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great little spot with a fire pit. very cold at night but quiet and no problems. nice to do a hike from here in the morning. not a bad drive to Shenandoah from here.

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Beautiful autumn colors (in October). Quiet and clean, just the way wild camping is meant to be. Came in for one night but used the next day to explore the trails and stayed another night.

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One of the nicest places we have stayed yet!! Nice road, very quiet! Car camped in our Jeep renegade. Not too far from the main road.

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all up and down this road are places to car camp. I stayed in one of the only places that actually had Wi-Fi and it was only about a hundred yards of road. look for a falling down tree branch that is right by the side of one of the pull-offs. otherwise don't expect to have any cell service. in the October and November time frame all of the spots are taken up by hunters. if you want to go camping and hiking I suggest you do so outside of the October and November time frames. camping is fun you will not be bothered as long as you were on the road and it is quite beautiful. do not venture off the trailheads and wear bright orange if you are there in the October November time frame.

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this is now a first come first serve car camping spot for people that are hunting or using ATVs. there's an ATV trail in the middle of camp and a sign that says you can't ride your ATVs through camp itself. generator hours stop at 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. no one bothered me while I was there but people do set up elaborate camp spots with music and generators. however most all of the camping spots are perfectly level and they have picnic tables as well as fire pits. bring your trash bag if you intend to leave it better than you found it as most people don't. well traveled gravel road to get there but not very well maintained. in bad weather you need four-wheel drive and they may close it in winter snow. stay there during a holiday weekend and I definitely would go back when it is not a holiday weekend.

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Lots of spots along the road. We drove half way down and pulled into a pull out on the left, which went down into a smallish woodsy area with a fire pit. Very nice, quiet stay on a quiet road.

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This was a great spot, especially coming in at night. The gravel road is really well maintained and there's actually multiple spots along the road to camp. Lots of great trails for a morning hike too. Pretty quiet at night but lots of traffic during the day. Woke up to 2 other cars in the lot. Be bear aware.

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This is along Crisman Hollow Road in the G.Washington/Jefferson National Forest. A well maintained and very lightly travelled gravel roadway with a seasonal creek running alongside it in many places. There are about a dozen improvised campsites along this road, some you park just off the road and walk into a tenting area, a few offer pull offs where a motorized unit like a truck camper or van of 20' or so can park well off the road. Two vault toilets are near the north end of the road at Lions Tail Trail. Nearest potable water source is at Camp Roosevelt CG at the north end. Check NFS website for alerts and winter road closures. Be aware this area is also used for hunting seasonally.

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Road to the trailhead is closed as of last week. No information indicating when the gate will reopen.

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small camp area with a fire pit near a brook down a well-maintained Gravel Road

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