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FM 521 River Park

FM 521 River Park is a small county park on the Colorado River in southern Texas. The 13-acre park is about 5 1/2 miles southwest of Wadsworth, Texas. Facilities include picnic sites, chemical toilet, playground, fishing piers and group pavilion. A boat ramp allows for launching of canoes, kayaks and light watercraft. Free overnight camping is also permitted but there are no designated sites.

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Buffalo Pass Campground

Buffalo Pass Campground is located just off SR-114 in southwest Colorado about 28 miles west of Saguache. The small campground lies within the Rio Grande National Forest and has 19 sites (four are pull-thru) for about $5 per night. There is no water and only vault toilets are provided. The campground can accommodate RVs up to 35 feet long.

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Thurmond Lake

Thurmond Lake is the largest Corps of Engineers lake east of the Mississippi River. It encompasses 1,200 miles of shoreline, 70,000 acres of water and 80,000 acres of land. The Corps operates 13 campgrounds with a total of 554 campsites. The lake offers excellent striper and largemouth bass fishing and its large wildlife management program provides excellent hunting and wildlife observation opportunities. Thurmond Lake is one of the most visited Corps of Engineers lakes in the nation.

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Curlew National Grassland

Curlew National Grassland in southeastern Idaho encompasses 47,000 acres of public land. Historically the area was inhabited by the Bannock and Shoshone Indians before the settlement of Mormon pioneers. Today the area attracts visitors interested in camping, fishing, hunting, wildlife observation, and photography.

Stone Reservoir is a popular spot for fishing and water skiing. Camping is available in the Curlew Campground, which has eight campsites with picnic tables and fire rings.

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Talladega Scenic Drive

Talladega Scenic Drive is in east-central Alabama, about 70 miles east of Birmingham. The 47-mile route follows AL 281 through the Talladega National Forest. Byway travelers will reach the highest point in Alabama at Cheaha Mountain, 2,407 feet above sea level.

Camping is available at Cheaha State Park. The park offers 73 campsites with water, electric, and sewage hookups. A semi-primitive campground with 11 tent sites is also available. The park also features a resort lodge, chalets, and rental cabins. Campgrounds can also be found scattered throughout the national forest.

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