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    Quote Originally Posted by bobco85 View Post
    This trip sounds like it's going to be pretty awesome! The only advice I can give is to not camp at the Bald Eagle Island campsite (Mile 50.3). It is very close to the active train tracks, and IIRC there were about 13-14 trains that passed through the night I stayed there. They were so loud it was like the trains were passing right through my tent! Also, I did not bring ear plugs on my trip (I really wish I had).

    Given the proximity of some of the campsites to the train tracks in your planned 40-50 mile range, I'd recommend looking at the Indian Flats (Mile 42.5) campsite as opposed to Calico Rocks (Mile 47.6). The Indian Flats campsite is 2,024 feet from the train tracks versus only 160 feet for Calico Rocks (Bald Eagle Island campsite is only 95 feet).

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    This is super helpful. I think it was Rimas that brought up train noise yesterday but was unsure of what sites it was bad at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judd View Post
    This is super helpful. I think it was Rimas that brought up train noise yesterday but was unsure of what sites it was bad at.
    When we talked a couple of days ago, the site I was talking about was Calico Rocks. Even with ear plugs, you'll still feel the rumbling of the trains and the hear the horns. Don't bother spending the night there unless you don't like sleeping.

    Have you already seen this page of where to camp?
    http://bikewashington.org/canal/plan-camping.php

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    http://www.bikecando.com/huckleberry-hill-camp.aspx
    This site is supposed to be one of the better ones. Nice bonus is the relaxing sound of the water rushing by.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rimas View Post
    http://www.bikecando.com/huckleberry-hill-camp.aspx
    This site is supposed to be one of the better ones. Nice bonus is the relaxing sound of the water rushing by.
    On my bike trip along the C&O Towpath, I stayed at the Huckleberry Hill campsite on my 2nd night (3-day trip to the halfway mark and back). It was nice and quiet (no train noises, I slept like a log) save for some expected other sounds that were heard early in the night (it was Independence Day, after all ).

    Huckleberry Hill (62.9 miles) is farther than the expected distance for this trip, but as an FYI for folks doing other longer trips along the C&O, it is a great campsite, and I highly recommend it.

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    Good news everyone! Adventure Cycling contacted me today to say that they are sending our group a free Bike Travel Weekend banner to hang in our campsite. They asked that in exchange we get a picture of the group with the banner and throw them a hashtag or two on social media.

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