Nice find within a mile of the BRP. A narrow trail means privacy, be careful heading down to avoid the rocks in the way. The only downfall is the closeness to the highway, which can be noisy until later when the traffic slows down.
Tuesday, September 15, 2020. I had originally planned on staying at Julian Price Campground but came upon this one first. After looking around I decided to stay here for the night. Plenty of spacious sites and I loved the fact that there were plenty of "first come, first served" sites. There were a lot of campers here but there was plenty of room and I didn't feel crowded. There were flush toilets but no showers.
Had high hopes for this place. Unfortunately, the gate was locked and posted that it was closed for the season. I was able to drive around and check out the boat ramp and picnic areas. They were nice.
Monday, September 14th. Warm and muggy with rain here and there. Went to my planned campsite Lake Springs, which was closed for the season. My late start along with the closed campground meant I would be looking in the dark. Luckily right up US 221, I found the Army Corp of Engineers Modoc Campground. It was way after dark as I drove around looking for a site marked open. I found one and set up camp. The next morning I broke camp and drove around and checked things out in the daylight. It's a very nice campground!
Right off the Blue Ridge Parkway this was a perfect site for the night. A small creek nearby provided a peaceful backdrop. No one around and only saw one other vehicle driving by.
Working my way south from Bismark, North Dakota I was on the hunt for the Hugh Glass Monument. I had recently watched the movie the Revenant and wanted to see the area. It was raining and the roads were slippery and empty. I only saw one other person. After finding the monument, I headed on to the empty campground. I had my choice of sites and chose one that was wind shielded by some evergreens. Very peaceful! You do have to be careful driving in though, lots of cows sharing the roads.
Several miles down a rough dirt road you'll find a campground that is as close to perfect as you could find. With only nine sites and in a remote area you'll be instore for a peaceful rest. The only other folks I saw were riding in their side-by-side, they waved as they passed through. Located on the top of the ridge is an American flag that was put there by a group of disabled vets!
I lucked out. I was wanting to visit the headwaters of the Mississippi it was getting late in the day and I didn't have a reservation. Lucky for me they had one site left with no electricity which was perfect. I was near the bathrooms and shower house, both very clean. Campsites are close together, but wooded making for a little privacy. Overall Itasca State Park is very nice with lots of trails and a scenic drive.
Directions were a little sketchy but worth the extra effort. There's a total of 7 campsites and when I arrived 2 were already taken. I chose mine and settled in for the night. The lake was close although there were no paths down to it from my site. Views, as the sun went down, were beautiful. Warning, all the sites were very unlevel!
First of all, a lot of sites were underwater. Not the campgrounds fault it had been rainy, just saying. However, the fact that all the water faucets were inoperable is another thing. Very disappointing. On a more positive note, however, it is very secluded and quiet. I will be back one day!