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Jane Smith from Roanoke on 10/11/2021 8:48:34 PM:
We are planning on doing the GAP during the last week of October. However, my husband and I are at different fitness levels, so I have no way of knowing how far we will ride each day. We intend to do mostly tent camping, but I understand that there are limited camping spots, and most require reservations. Is this correct, or is it similar to the C&O in that there are many first come, first serve campsites?

John W. from Pittsburgh, PA on 10/11/2021 9:10:52 PM:
All of the free campsites on the GAP do not require reservations. Just show up and pitch your tent. With you traveling the last week of October, the campsites will be wide open. Even during peak summer, I’ve never seen campsites full….you’ll have the trail and campsites to yourself. That said, there are only four free sites on the GAP. Check the guides so you can find to locate them. They are located at mile markers 89, 99, 110 and 122. All others are traditional fee based campsites and may require a reservation just to make sure you get a spot. Can’t see you not getting one though. There are way fewer thru-cyclists in late October and campsites would be glad to take your money, compared to peak Summer. :-)

Jane Smith from Roanoke on 10/12/2021 7:57:38 AM:
Wonderful! Thank you so much for that info!

Rivnuts from Homestead,PA on 10/12/2021 8:16:08 AM:
Note that there are Adirondack shelters at those free campsites along the western end of the GAP, and those shelters are first come first serve.

FungoMoonstar from Lutz on 10/19/2021 1:13:32 PM:
I camped at the Outflow campground in Confluence on 10/14. This is a State site. It is officially closed, which means that you can camp there for free. I set up at a picnic table behind the playground. It was close to an open restroom. My only complaint would be that there were too many lights on all night, restroom and power station at base of dam. Check out Mitch's Food & Fuel in town.