Camping is a classic recreational activity that can be enjoyed by all ages, from any walk of life, at campgrounds in any state in the US. You don't have to have prior experience - you can have fun and enjoy the great outdoors on your very first camping adventure. Camping can be fun in any West Virginia state park or recreational area, in your own backyard, in one of hundreds of private campgrounds, or in one of our treasured National Parks.
We've put a lot of information together to help make your camping experience as easy, comfortable, and enjoyable as possible. First, find a good place to go camping by researching camp site options. One good resource is the state park system web site for West Virginia. Another good option for beginners and experienced campers alike is a camp site at a KOA "Kampground"; see KOA camp site options in West Virginia.
After you've decided where you want to go camping, you need to buy or rent some basic camping gear for your trip. You can spend a lot buying it all at once, or gradually add the pieces you want as you become more familiar with the camping equipment options that best meet your needs. You can rent lanterns, tents, sleeping bags, mattress pads, and stoves - everything you need for any camping trip. Backpacking gear and GPS navigation units are available for rent as well.
We've put together a series of articles that can make you a savvy, knowledgeable camper even before you head out on your first camping trip in West Virginia. These articles explain how to select the gear you need for your camping adventure, and also how to best use it to enjoy your first, or 50th, camp adventure.
Staying Clean While Camping
Deciding what Camping Gear to take for a Camping or Backpacking Trip
How to Dine Well at the CampGround
Taking Care of and Setting Up Camping Tents
How to Sleep Soundly While Camping
How to Buy or Rent the Right Camping Gear
Many campgrounds in West Virginia require advance reservations to ensure availability of a camp site. Be sure to call ahead in plenty of time to get the camp site you want to rent for the weekend. Also, order rental camping gear in time to have it shipped to you - allow up to 5 days of shipping time to get gear to your home or near your destination, plus another day for our camping gear rental facility to get your order together. You should really order your camping gear as soon as you know your plans, especially if you are traveling during a peak holiday weekend like Memorial Day.
A fun activity while on your camping trip is to go geocaching, which combines the latest in the world of technology with one of the oldest "sports" around - treasure hunting. Geocachers, armed with a GPS, can seek out hidden caches utilizing GPS coordinates posted on the Internet by those hiding the cache. We've put together a guide for geocaching in West Virginia - it's a great sport that the entire family can enjoy together. Along with the camping gear rental, you can also rent a GPS from us.
For more information, call us at 480-348-8917 or stop by our camping and backpacking store in Tempe, Arizona if your travels have you in our area.