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    Pocahontas State Park or DC area

    Me and my bro are thinking about camping at Pocahontas State Park in Richmond Va. this month. Anyone ever been there? Hoping it might be a cool place to go, i know they have Mountain bike trails there as well so might be a cool double hang/mtb trip. Pretty sure they are open...

    Any of you guys go camping in and around the Washington DC area? Got any recommendations of good places?

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    Call Pocahontas before you go they may not allow any camping until 3/1 and to verify hammock use. A lot of va state parks do not allow anything on trees!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hcs View Post
    Call Pocahontas before you go they may not allow any camping until 3/1 and to verify hammock use. A lot of va state parks do not allow anything on trees!

    You are correct they do not allow camping till 3/1. DOH

    On the bright side they do allow hammock camping. So now i need to find another place to go. Any recommendations near the DC area?

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    You could try Bull Run in Manassas in NoVa. They allow hammocks. I'm unsure if they allow winter camping though.
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    Lots of stuff out West of DC. I live in Frederick and regularly mountain bike in the area. There's also the Appalachian Trail just West of Frederick. That's my go-to for weekend trips. PM me if you want some details, particularly on the mtb trails as they are kind of hush hush lately.
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    Its a bit of a drive, but we did it from Dc last fall. Get in the car and get to West Virginia!! Lots of places,....Otter Creek Wilderness was great for starters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wanderlust78 View Post
    You could try Bull Run in Manassas in NoVa. They allow hammocks. I'm unsure if they allow winter camping though.
    looks like they are closed as well till march 1.

    Maybe we will try and check out sky meadows or signal knob...

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    Prince William forest but don't know if they allow hammocks but lots of good trees!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hcs View Post
    Prince William forest but don't know if they allow hammocks but lots of good trees!
    I worked at Prince William ForestPark, in the T.R.E.C. building as part of the plant biology team. This was one of the first questions I asked when I moved in the cabin. Yes, hammocks are allowed at prince William.

    Prince William is only a half hour from d.c., very short drive. Check out, if it's open, the pyrite mine trail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hcs View Post
    Prince William forest but don't know if they allow hammocks but lots of good trees!
    "Ropes, clotheslines, tentlines, hammocks and nails are not to be attached to trees or other vegetation. "

    Sadly no, heck they don't even allow campfires in their "backcountry" camping where you have to hike in to the forest to get to a remote campsite.

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