Great Motorcycle-Friendly Campgrounds

Here's a list of campgrounds that cater to those on two wheels

If you get that square-peg feeling every time you ride into a campground packed with car campers, you probably wish there were places just for motorcyclists to camp. Well, there are, with accommodations ranging from your basic campsite and fire pit to luxurious resort-style lodges. Some even have special facilities for working on or repairing your motorcycle, and all offer the companionship of fellow riders. Here are a few of the more well-known motorcycle-only campgrounds.

Motorcycle-Friendly campgrounds
You know you want to ride and you know you want to camp. Now you need to find a campground. Here are a few options below.Illustration by Joe Baker

29 Dreams
53707 Hwy. 25
Vandiver, AL 35176
(205) 672-0309
With creekside campsites for tent campers and six air-conditioned cabins, each with beds for four, 29 Dreams may well be a weary moto-camper's dream come true. There's also "Uncle Jitter's Cabin" for couples who want a little more privacy than ripstop nylon can provide, a bathhouse and toilet facilities, a shop area with tools for bike maintenance and a lodge with Internet access, the Weather Channel and Speedvision on TV, a map room and an ever-changing assortment of other campers to swap lies with. The city of Birmingham is nearby, as is the Barber Motorcycle Museum, the new Barber Motorsports Complex, the Talladega Super­speedway and the Motorsports Hall of Fame.

Blue Ridge Motorcycle Camping Resort
Near the Blue Ridge Parkway, on Hwy. 276 W., in western North Carolina
(828) 235-8350
With the legendary Blue Ridge Parkway and the challenging Deals Gap only a short ride away, you probably won't spend a lot of time in camp once you set up your tent. At the end of the day, though, you might appreciate the restaurant on-site, camp store, showers and laundry facilities. Campsites are situated on flat ground with manicured lawns and picnic tables. Cabins are also available with bed linens and towels included.

Rider's Roost
100 Elk Creek Rd
Ferguson, NC 28624
(336) 973-8405
Also in North Carolina—and also close to the Blue Ridge Parkway and Deals Gap—Rider's Roost is owned and run by brothers Uncle Roy and B.C. They sited their campground beside a mountain stream with white-water rapids. For a refreshing dip in something a bit more tame, there's a country swimmin' hole. You'll also find recre-ational facilities, ice and chests, grills, firewood, basic shop services and "even air for ya mattress." Cabins are available, and there's free coffee in the morning. The Roost is a great place for groups and rallies, too, with accommodations for up to several hundred people.

Willville Motorcycle Campground
Route 58 (1510 Jeb Stuart Hwy.)
Meadows of Dan, VA
(276) 952-CAMP
What is it about the area around the Blue Ridge Parkway that makes it perfect for moto-camping? Oh yeah, it's the Blue Ridge Parkway. Willville sits smack in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains and boasts a 777-square-foot bathhouse with six sinks, six showers and lots of hot water. Each individual camping site has a picnic table and a level surface for motorcyclists towing trailers. And after a day of hiking the nearby trails, you can ease your tired body into the hot tub.

Two Wheels Only
P.O. Box 69
Suches, GA 30572
(706) 747-5151 As the name implies, you must be either rid-ing or towing a motorcycle to stay at Two Wheels Only (TWO). The first resort of its kind, it was opened in 1982 by a motorcycling family. It's nestled in the heart of the Chattahoochee National Forest, far from billboards and busy roads, with great riding—both street and dual-sport—hiking, white-water rafting, river tubing, horseback riding, rock climbing, canoeing and canyon exploring nearby. Accommodations include four-bedroom lodges, three fully furnished mobile homes, four cabins and of course many large campsites with fire pits and tables. The resort also features clean bath houses with hot showers and coin-operated washers and dryers.

Songdog Ranch
P.O. Box 175
New Cuyama, CA 93254
(800) 766-2461
Songdog is located in the Cuyama Valley, only a half-day ride from either the Los Angeles basin or the San Francisco Bay Area, but far enough from everywhere that it's often referred to as nowhere. Nearby are the beaches of Pismo Beach, the wineries of Paso Robles, the shops of Santa Barbara and the hiking trails of Los Padres National Forest. Camping accommodations range from basic overnighters to a Songdog tradition: a completely prepared romantic dinner for two. There's a lodge, too, and several large-scale gatherings each year, with food, music, an occasional air show and of course those songdogs—coyotes to you—singing you to sleep at night.


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