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homelesshartshorns

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Teddy Roosevelt National Park, the South Unit, only gets one star from us. No Dump, Dry Camping, First Come First Serve unless someone made a Reservation, so many site sat empty for the two days we where here. The lane around the camp ground is not trimmed for big rigs. If the old banker comes in with more rig than he can handle he will get a limb. Grass and brush around camp site is rough and not trimmed back, so you have to step out of your rig into the tall stuff.

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I heard the ticks can be bad around there, too. Did you go hiking at all?


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Your report is troubling. Thank you for sharing.


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Then you may not like Wind Cave NP in the Black Hills either. No hookups, no dump station, it is dry camping in very small sites. But the sites are mowed and you don't get to make reservations so it is all first come, first served.

WCNP is one of our very favorite spots. It sounds like we would like TRNP too. Maybe next year, we tried to do it this year but time is running out. Most of the National Parks campgrounds were built when campers were small, and most people tented. In my opinion, (which isn't worth much,) we are at fault for getting huge campers, not the parks for having campgrounds.


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homelesshartshorns wrote:

Teddy Roosevelt National Park, the South Unit, only gets one star from us. No Dump, Dry Camping, First Come First Serve unless someone made a Reservation, so many site sat empty for the two days we where here. The lane around the camp ground is not trimmed for big rigs. If the old banker comes in with more rig than he can handle he will get a limb. Grass and brush around camp site is rough and not trimmed back, so you have to step out of your rig into the tall stuff.

Read about all that when planning our trip so made reservations and stayed at Medora Campground. Not fancy, but OK.

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Hi dieseltruckdriver,

I love so called "primitive" campgrounds.

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Then you may not like Wind Cave NP in the Black Hills either. No hookups, no dump station, it is dry camping in very small sites. But the sites are mowed and you don't get to make reservations so it is all first come, first served.

WCNP is one of our very favorite spots. It sounds like we would like TRNP too. Maybe next year, we tried to do it this year but time is running out. Most of the National Parks campgrounds were built when campers were small, and most people tented. In my opinion, (which isn't worth much,) we are at fault for getting huge campers, not the parks for having campgrounds.



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That is the perfect campground for me! In fact I have been there and found it quite acceptable. I don't need or want full hook ups, 50 amp service, cable television, swimming pool, concierge, and meals delivered to my door. I want to camp!

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rexlion wrote:

I heard the ticks can be bad around there, too. Did you go hiking at all?


We were up there a couple of weeks ago, not at the CG but at the park. We hiked all the shorter trails and saw no ticks or mosquitoes for that matter. We visited both units and hiked at both. The vegetation seemed rather sparse for ticks tho.

I have to say tho, that I've noticed that ticks seem to prefer some people over others. I rarely find one on me, my wife occasionally sees one and our daughter is a tick magnet. This may be caused by different hiking styles, maybe some people contact more bushes and such that others.

For the park itself we went back thinking that maybe we missed something on the other short trips we made there, but no there just isn't that much to see at these parks. The south unit has more in the way of trails, the north mainly has a few longer trails. We did not visit the TR homestead, it is far off and only a few building foundations remain.

So I rate the park a one day stop, it isn't that far from the Black Hills, so a short trip is worth making.

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The town of Medora at the entrance to the South Unit is worth spending time in with its "Medora Musical" show, North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, and Chateau de Mores historical homestead.

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CarnationSailor wrote:

The town of Medora at the entrance to the South Unit is worth spending time in with its "Medora Musical" show, North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, and Chateau de Mores historical homestead.


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