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“Quiet and beautiful.”

State Forest State Park
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Walden
Certificate of Excellence
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Austin, Texas
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60 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Quiet and beautiful.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2013

We just got back from State Forest State Park and loved it. We tent camped. Be aware though that there is no water and NO flushing toilets, (pit toilets only)..knowing that before is important. The only down side was that the Pine-Beetles have really taken a toll on this beautiful park, lot's of browned out, dead pines. Very sad indeed. The roads inside the park are gravel also. The upside to this park is that it is remote enough to discourage large crowds. Don't forget to take a day and drive through Poudre Canyon!!!!!!!!! Absolutely gorgeous!! We saw moose at Cameron Pass on the way to Poudre Canyon.

Visited July 2013
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Choctaw, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Best getaway!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2013

We decided just the Sunday before to take a quick vacation. We have stayed at Morraine park in RMNP and absolutely loved it, but there was no campsites available. After doing some quick research, I found SFSP. Wow, was I surprised to find it was so heavily populated with my favorite mammal, the Moose! We reserved a spot in the Bockman campground, and we loved it the minute we got there, even though it was late and spitting rain. By morning, the view was breatht taking. We packed up the car and went on a sightseeing adventure. After visiting the visitor center and speaking with some other campers that day, we ended up seeing a total of 16 moose in SFSP alone. Granted, we had to go off road a bit, but it was so worth it. After learning their routines and food sources, they were a pleasant surprise every day. The mountains were beautiful. We were rained on every day, but that may have just been that week's crazy weather nationwide (july 12-18) We spotted lots of other bird species, an Osprey and Night Heron to name a few. By Sunday, the campground was nearly empty. It was awesome. None of the roads were crowded to begin with, unlike our trip home through RMNP which was almost unbearable with tourists. We spent one day and drove up to Medicine Bow NP in Wyoming and it was so worth the drive. Beautiful every way you look at it, going and coming from our campsite. We will be frequenting this place again most definitely. We love to camp. Firewood is plentiful if you pick it up around the park (I believe that's what they said to do) but we purchased ours in nice bundles at the station and a local store. Bathrooms were vault toilets, but clean and decent. If you're wanting to be close to a town and close to your creature comforts and stores and eateries - don't bother with this area. It is a very secluded area and nothing for at least 30 miles in that regard - and still not any fast-food or restaurants nearby at all. No gas, either. so come prepared. Lots of places to fish, mostly stocked little lakes. Lots of running streams but we never had a chance to fish those. Just a nice beautiful way to get away if you love camping, either tent or camper/rv. There is water, so bring your camping jugs. Would recommend 100%

Visited July 2013
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Loveland, Colorado
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Quick GetAway”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2013

beautiful area, kids enjoyed hiking and fishing at all the various lakes and trails not too crowed it was a nice break from City life...

Visited July 2013
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Columbus, Ohio
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110 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Delightful Visitor Center”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2013

Our group stopped at Moose Visitor Center to check out the bird feeders, which always attract plenty of birds. (The species vary with the season.) It is small, but the exhibits are interesting and include a stuffed moose that an elk hunter shot by mistake--be sure to ask the attendant for the whole story. There are several other mounted animals--don't miss the bobcat!--as well as a bearskin. There is also a small gift, clothing, & books area. We were there after a huge April snowfall, and I would love to see this area during summer or early fall.

Visited April 2013
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Greenville, TX
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103 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Lots of wildlife and not crowded”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

We saw several moose at a distance and elk. My friends who went the month before also saw a bear. Nice scenery. Just over Trail Ridge Road from Estes Park. Best places to stay are Estes Park or Walden CO.

Visited October 2012
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