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    Quote Originally Posted by cvitter View Post
    I am not sure when the web site content will get updated but this is the email I got:

    "Dear Craig,

    The management team discussed the camping hammock policy for the Chopawamsic Backcountry. The 2013 Park Compendium will allow and encourage the use of camping hammocks in the backcountry campground. Theses camping activities are still confined to the defined campsites - and some sites may not include trees that are appropriate for this activity.

    Please stop by or call the the visitor center for more information on camping opportunities at Prince William Forest Park.

    If you have further questions regarding the policies at Prince William Forest Park I would be happy to connect you with the Chief Ranger.

    Sincerely,"

    So my plan is to give it a shot in a few weeks. Weather dependent I am planning on the first or second week in March (fingers crossed).
    Make sure to put up a trip report here on the site when you do go. I can't speak for everyone, but I know that I'd be verrrry interested to see how your experience was.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Latitude918 View Post
    Make sure to put up a trip report here on the site when you do go. I can't speak for everyone, but I know that I'd be verrrry interested to see how your experience was.
    I will definitely take some pictures and make some notes. Just wish I could make the trip sooner than later but I need to wait until the over night lows are in the 50's so I don't spend the night shivering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cvitter View Post
    I will definitely take some pictures and make some notes. Just wish I could make the trip sooner than later but I need to wait until the over night lows are in the 50's so I don't spend the night shivering.
    If I beat you to it, I'll post a note in this thread. You have to go to the welcome center anyway to get your backcountry permit and key so I'll double check with the rangers just to be sure.

    Last time I hiked that area I was thinking I liked campsite 7 the best but its away from the reservoir so I might pick one closer to the water. They won't be buggy this time of the year

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    Very cool Uncle Clark.

    In other news the rangers at Belle Isle State Park wrote to let me know that using hammocks stretched across the pads at the primitive camp sites their was acceptable. They have four tent pads right on the river two of which have trees around them that should work for hanging a hammock. The 4 pads are circled around a fire pit and have a pit toilet as well. They called the site a canoe in site but the hike from the nearest parking lot is about 1.5 miles (easy hike).

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    Quote Originally Posted by cvitter View Post
    I am not sure when the web site content will get updated but this is the email I got:

    "Dear Craig,

    The management team discussed the camping hammock policy for the Chopawamsic Backcountry. The 2013 Park Compendium will allow and encourage the use of camping hammocks in the backcountry campground. Theses camping activities are still confined to the defined campsites - and some sites may not include trees that are appropriate for this activity.

    Please stop by or call the the visitor center for more information on camping opportunities at Prince William Forest Park.

    If you have further questions regarding the policies at Prince William Forest Park I would be happy to connect you with the Chief Ranger.

    Sincerely,"

    So my plan is to give it a shot in a few weeks. Weather dependent I am planning on the first or second week in March (fingers crossed).
    GLAD to see this finally. I had been to the ranger office several times last year and never got an answer.

    We live in Fredericksburg and this would be a great option!
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    wonder how SNP feels about woodburner stoves

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    Quote Originally Posted by ataris121 View Post
    wonder how SNP feels about woodburner stoves
    I use my Boilerwerks in the park all the time but the rangers are nowheres to be seen usually

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    Quote Originally Posted by ataris121 View Post
    wonder how SNP feels about woodburner stoves
    From my inquiry last fall, they are avid,y against any wood burning. They aren't fond if Alcy stoves or any open flame style cooking that doesn't have an on/off switch.
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