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Old 05-17-2010, 08:45 PM
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Default any advice or feelings on campsite #9?

next trip out we might hit a backcountry site. Need a short hike for the wife. Any info, ggod or bad on this site will be greatly appreciated. Our trip will probably sometime in late june, if this helps any. Thanks for any and all info guys! flyguys
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Old 05-17-2010, 10:15 PM
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flyguys,

I know nothing about campsite #9 so I have no feelings about it one way or another. However, I do have some advice. If you have a wife that is willing to go hiking/camping/fishing, keep her.
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Old 05-18-2010, 02:50 PM
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Default A few alternatives

I haven't been to campsite#9, but....

Its 1200' of elevation gain across 2.9 miles, which is fairly steep. I wouldn't charaterize that as a "short hike", unless you are reasonably fit...Plus I'm not sure the fishing is worth the effort.

For a bit better fishing and and easier hike, I might be tempted to go to #18 on the WPLR. its 2 miles and its a gain/loss of just 600'. Lots of small, eager rainbows above the campsite, as well...

Campsite #24 is a bit longer but its an easy hike, with miles of great water to fish above Elkmont...

On the NC side I would be tempted to go to #60 on Deep Creek. Its 2.5 miles but the total elevation gain is only 320'.

Here is a list of hikes/campsites that have fishing should take less than 1 hour:



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Old 05-18-2010, 03:25 PM
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PeteCz and flyguys--Pete's suggestion of #60 (Baumgardner Branch) is a good one. You have three fine fishing options with it as a base of operations: (1) fish the area downstream from it, perhaps going back to the last bridge, at the upper end of the Jenkins Fields, and making your way upstream from there. The latter portion of this fishing encompasses what used to be the first two fords on Deep Creek when the old, 15-ford trail was in place. (2) Fish the Bumgardner Bend, an all-day quest which begins right at the campsite. (3) Walk up above the Bend and start fishing when the trail returns to the creek--some of my favorite water in the entire stream.
I would also note that the campsite is one of the prettiest ones in the Park, horses are not allowed, and the long pool at your doorstep is a dandy. I once, many years ago after a thunderstorm, caught perhaps my finest limit of trout ever on Deep Creek out of that one pool. It always holds a good brown or two, and you'll be handy at daylight or dusk to give them a go.
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Old 05-18-2010, 09:17 PM
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Thanks guys for all the info!! Charlie b, I'm sure the one or two night stay at a backcountry site will for sure be followed up by a longer stay at one of the finer lodging establishments. Got to keep the wife happy!
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flyguys - I have never stayed at #9 but have been by there...and would probably go elsewhere.

I take pictures of ever campsite we pass just so i will remember if it is appealing or not. I will try to find the pics of #9 and will post later. Just looked back at my notes: "#9 not great, but close to water".

The sites that everyone else has mentioned are way better than #9. If your looking for an easy hike and a great site, take PeteCz's advice and try #18. Any other the sites previously mentioned are better than #9.
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Old 05-20-2010, 07:53 AM
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GrouseMan77, Great idea on the pictures for each backcountry site visited. Looking forward to seeing the pictures of any site you've ever been to. Thanks, flyguys.
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