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Old 02-14-2010, 11:19 AM   #15
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This may only serve to make things worse

My favorite in the Clearfield, PA area is SB Elliott SP. Its pretty close to 80, but takes no reservations. It's the same exit as Parker Dam.

Here are my reasons, some may be negatives for you:

-No one goes there, as there is no electricity. Parker Dam can get quite crowded

-There are only about 30 sites, and most likely you will be alone--- the whole place to yourself. I have stayed there several time with NO NEIGHBORS.

-You can quickly get to the park from 80, and vice versa---especially good if you are just over night-ing.

-You can then get to the Benezette Elk area which someone else mentioned.

-You can also even visit Parker Dam (maybe 9 miles away) to take the Tornado Trail--and interesting walk along a tornado's path of damage.
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Thanks Mark. Always need options!

That campground sounds really nice. Coming in from an unfamiliar area and no reservation is something to think thru. I know there are ways around it and if I have to, we can plow 3 more hours into Ohio where we are staying Friday night if there is nothing available. I know I can get into a OH SP mid week no problems as I know the parks. We will be camping in this western PA area on a Wednesday/Thursday which I "think" the 3rd week of Sept even the weekend camper parks would be light.

Thanks and Iíll check out the park

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Old 02-14-2010, 05:04 PM   #17
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I suppose you can reserve at Parker, check out SB Elliott (its on the way there), then "transfer" your reservation. There share a camp office.

Just a thought

(......sites 21 and 22 are your best bets for a big trailer.)
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I'm not familiar with the CGs along this route, but I am familiar with I-80. I-80 should be much approved since the last time you drove it, but it still goes thru PA. Which means it isn't great. There is always heavy truck traffic too. I also know there are several stretches that are always under construction, near Scranton. The last time I drove it through the Pocono Mtns. (2 years ago) that stretch was horrible with pot holes, and patches.

On the way home I drove PA route 209. I was coming home from New England and called my dad for a more scenic route. I picked up PA 209 off of I-84, and followed 209 down to I-78. PA 209 is a really nice 2 lane that winds through the mountains. It was a very nice drive, and the mountains were not as steep as the ones on the interstate. My dad told me that a long time ago 209 was the preferred route for truckers, but is now restricted to commercial traffic.
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We took 209 on our way to and from Maine one year, and I agree that it's a really pretty drive. On the way up it was early in the morning and no traffic, but on the way home it was afternoon on a sunday and we sat in traffic at the southern end for an hour. So, I'd say definitely a nice route if you can avoid weekends, or go really early in the morning.
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I can verify that the traffic on I-80 from the I-380 split east to NJ can be pretty heavy - particulary eastbound Sunday afternoon and westbound on Fridays. The roadway in section say mile marker 295 to NJ is probably the worst of all of I-80. I-80 west of I-380 is good. Watch out for traffic if there is a NARCAR race at Pocono.

There is a flea market in Marshall's Creek that ties up the traffic southbound rt 209 on weekend afternoon's. Once you are a couple of miles north of Marshall's creek the road opens up and goes through the National Park to Milford and I-84. The road is narrow but you can bypass Marshall's Creek by taking the river road through Shawnee-on-Delaware. Beware that the NPS can close that route for road maintenance from time to time.

I-33 is an Ok route except for maybe a 4 mile stretch from Stroudsburg south where the slow lane is rough. Dave B - I-80 at Bartonsville.
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Bink, good to here from you again!

And thanks folks Iíll have to look up those roads suggested. As it sits right now we are coming out of New York on I 84 heading to Promised Land SP on a Monday in mid September. Then come Wednesday I 84 to I 81 and drive over to Black Moshannon SP, PA for a few days then back up and onto I 81 over into West Branch SP in Ohio for a few more days until we head home.

What an I getting myself into hauling the camper on that route?

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Hi John,

Shouldn't be much of a problem with that route. I traveled I-80 west last August to Canton and the road was in good shape with little construction.

Haven't traveled I-81 from I-80 to Scranton in quite some time but the road should be lightly traveled. There will be hills to climb but it shouldn't be any worse than I-81 North from Harrisburg to I-80 and I've pulled the 2499 that way many times. Alternate routes would be the NE PA turnpike or I-380.

I-84 is lightly traveled and in pretty good shape - at least until Newburg NY where the NY Throughway (I-87) connects. East of I-87, the traffic picks up. I travel to Boston on Business and I usually take I-87 to avoid I-84 in CT. I've pulled the trailer up that route (I-84 / 87) many times too.

I-87 has some repaving going on just North of I-84 but otherwise the road is in great shape.

I'll let you know if anything changes as I'll be on many of those routes this summer on business.

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