Thursday, June 11, 2015

Shadrack Campground, Bristol, TN

Date of Stay:  Monday June 8 – Thursday June 11, 2015 (3 nights)

Rate:  $20/night (PPA discount)

Website:  Shadrack Campground
   2537 Volunteer Parkway
   Bristol, TN 37620

Description:  The entry is a bit of a hill but the sites are all level gravel.  We were on site 181 (FHU 50A) next to D&T.  Since this wasn’t race weekend, we were almost alone and enjoyed the PPA discount.  A space was left between our rigs.  The place was well maintained and a little creek/river bordered the park.  They have several nice rental travel trailers set up.  Also a mix of W/E along with many tent sites by the creek.  Nice place but I wouldn’t want to be here, or anywhere near Bristol, when there is a car race.

Trash and Recycle:  There is a dumpster near the exit but no sign of recycle.

Activities:  We stayed here because it is close to the Virginia Creeper Trail which is a wonderful Rail Trail in the mountains of Virginia.  It has been on Tricia’s radar for quite a while.  Our front air conditioner died so Gin had a mobile tech look at it.  He said it needed replacing and didn’t charge us anything since he was already in the park.  The surgery that Gin had on her knee this past winter didn’t help her much at all so she didn’t join us for a 17 mile (mostly downhill) bike ride.  I joined D&T and rented a bike at Shuttle Shack in Damascus.  It was certainly worth the price since we knew that they checked their brakes often.  We got shuttled to the highpoint at Whitetop Station and rode the trail through woods, pastures and rock outcroppings along a creek crossing it several times on trestle bridges.  The next day, we all relaxed at camp next to the creek while Dan smoked some delicious chicken thighs.  Yum!

On site 181 with T&D on 179  On site 181 with T&D on 179
On site 181 with T&D on site 179

Whitetop Station where we began the Va Creeper Trail  Green Cove Station
Whitetop Station                                        Green Cove Station
Dan and Tricia of the Va Creeper Trail  Dan and Tricia on the Va Creeper Trail
Dan and Tricia on the Virginia Creeper Trail
Stopping on a trestle  One of many trestles
We loved stopping on the trestles
Christmas tree farm along the Va Creeper  Christmas tree farm along the Va Creeper
There were many Christmas tree farms in the area
Small post office Old telegraph office by the pot bellied stove Old tools at Green Cove
Inside the Green Cove Station
Love the rock formations along the trail  Ice cream break at Creeper Trail Cafe
Rock outcropping along the trail             Creeper Trail Café has good ice cream
D&T taking a break in the stream  Access to the stream
Taking a break in Whitetop Laurel Creek
Love a mountain stream!  Babbling Brook
Love a trail next to a mountain stream!
Love the bridges over the Whitetop Laurel Creek  Last big trestle
Love the trestle bridges over the Whitetop Laurel Creek

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