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Big Bear: How Do You Get There? It's Easy!

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Official Lodging Sponsor:
Finer Accommodations
There's a brand-new Microtel on the North side of the Hazelton exit. Perfect for the comfort of friends and family or that extra-special night of sleep before and after the race. Tell 'em Granny sent ya!
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Big Bear Travel Routes

DETROIT, TOLEDO, CLEVELAND AREAS: I-75 to I-80/90 East, South on I-77 to Parkersburg, WV; US-50 East to Clarksburg and I-79 North to Morgantown, WV, then East on I-68 to Exit #29. Exit and turn right to head to Big Bear.

CHICAGO, INDIANAPOLIS, DAYTON, COLUMBUS AREAS: South on I-65 to Indianapolis then East on I-70 through Dayton to Columbus, take 270 South to US-33 East to Athens, Ohio, then US-50 East to Parkersburg and Clarksburg, WV; I-79 North to Morgantown, WV, then East on I-68 to Exit #29. Exit and turn right to head to Big Bear. (NOTE 1: US-33 from Columbus to Athens is mostly 4-lane Highway and takes 30 minutes off the travel time from Columbus).

CINCINNATI AREA: Take Rt. 50 *East from I-275 to Athens, Ohio, on to Parkersburg and Clarksburg, WV, then I-79 North to Morgantown, WV, then East on I-68 to Exit #29. Exit and turn right to head to Big Bear. (Or take I-75 South to I-64 East with same routing as Evansville).

*A reader also suggested an alternate route - State Route 32 instead of Rt. 50 Claims to be straighter, shorter, safer and faster from all parts of the city of Cincinnati. Thanks to this reader!

EVANSVILLE, LOUISVILLE, LEXINGTON AREAS: I-64 East to Charleston, WV, I-79 North to Morgantown, WV, then East on I-68 to Exit #29. Exit and turn right to head to Big Bear.

PITTSBURGH AREA: I-79 South to Morgantown, WV, then East on I-68 to Exit #29. Exit and turn right to heat to BIg Bear.

STATE COLLEGE, ALTOONA, HARRISBURG, PA AND POINTS NORTH: I-81 South to Hagerstown, MD, then I-68/I-70 West to I-68 West. Follow until WV exit #29. Exit and turn left to head to Big Bear.

WILMINGTON, BALTIMORE AND POINTS NORTHEAST: I-95 to Baltimore, then I-70 to I-68 West to WV Exit #29. Exit and turn left to head to Big Bear.

WASHINGTON, DC AREA: I-270 North to I-70 West toward Hagerstown, MD. Continue on I-68 West to WV Exit #29. Exit and turn left to head to Big Bear.

RALEIGH, DURHAM, GREENSBORO, NC AREA: North on I-95 to Washington D.C. I-495 Capitol Beltway to I-270 North. Take I-70 West toward Hagerstown, MD. Continue on I-68 West to WV Exit #29. Exit and turn left to head to Big Bear.

ATLANTA, COLUMBIA, SC; CHARLOTTE, NC AREAS: North on I-77 until Charleston, WV and then I-79 North to I-68 East. Exit at Exit #29 and turn right to head to Big Bear.

NASHVILLE, KNOXVILLE, TRI-CITIES AREAS: I-40 to Knoxville and I-81 North to I-77 North to I-68 East. Exit at Exit #29 and turn right to head to Big Bear.

Mileage Guide By City

 CITY MILEAGE DRIVING TIME
.Atlanta, GA 641 mi 12 hrs
 Baltimore, MD  185mi  3.5 hrs
 Charlotte, NC  403 mi  7.5 hrs
 Cincinatti, OH  342 mi  6 hrs
 Cleveland, OH  238 mi  4.5 hrs
 Columbia, SC  494 mi  9.5 hrs
 Columbus, OH  249 mi  4 hrs
 Raleigh, NC  441 mi  8 hrs
 Harrisburgh, PA  190 mi  3.5 hrs
 Indianapolis, IN  413 mi  7.5 hrs
 Jacksonville, FL  785 mi  14 hrs
 Knoxville, TN  448 mi  8.5 hrs
 Lexington, KY  356 mi  6.5 hrs
 Norfolk, VA  370 mi  7 hrs
 Pittsburgh, PA  109 mi  2 hrs
 Richmond, VA  285 mi  5 hrs
 Washington, DC 186 mi  3.5 hrs

 

AIRLINE AND FLIGHT INFORMATION

Clarksburg, WV - (1 hours from Big Bear)

  • US AIRWAYS - (800) 428-4322
  • Rental Cars Are Available (1 hour drive)

Charleston, WV - Yeager Airport (3 hours from Big Bear)

  • US AIRWAYS - (800) 428-4322
  • United Express - (800) 241-6522
  • Delta (Comair) - (800) 354-9822
  • Rental Cars Available (3 hour drive)

 

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Big Bear Camping & RV's

Food Service
Yes, we're camped out in a completely remote venue, 1/2 a mile form the nearest utilities, but we will have round-the-clock food vendors for racers and non-racers alike with lots of stick-to-your-ribs chow (breakfast, lunch and dinner), and plenty of coffee, juices, soda and power drinks. The food service starts up on friday evening from 6p.m. to 10 p.m. and the picks-up again at 6 a.m. Saturday morning and stays open the rest of the race till 4 p.m. Sunday.

Camping
Camping is available at the race site on Wednesday through Sunday night, on a first-come-first-served basis. There's enough room to camp 500+ teams. Entrance fees are $10 per person. As always, kids under 12 camp free. Each paid camper will be issued a wristband upon entering the venue. Racers and non-racers alike pay the entrance fee to offset the costs of land access fees, insurance, road repairs, water, showers, trash removal and port-O-lets. All racers will want to camp on-site Saturday night (it's possible to shuttle to and from the Microtel but the travel time will cut into your time between laps). No reservations are required for camping at the race venue and while there is plenty of room for everyone, we do ask that you camp as space efficiently as possible.

RV's and Trailers
If you're looking for the finest in wilderness accommodations, RV's and trailers are the way to go. Please note that there are no hook-ups for RV parking at the venue. Your RV will have to be self-contained (electric, water, septic, cable TV). Camping fees are $10 per person. As always, kids under 12 camp free. Each paid camper will be issued a wristband by GGP Event Staff. The fee applies to RV'ers as well as campers.

Finer Accommodations
Good news everyone!
The new Microtel is now open right at the Hazelton exit off of I-68!
For more information on lodging before or after the race or for finer accommodations for friends and family in nearby (20-30 minutes) Morgantown: call Morgantown Conventions and visitor's Bureau Central Reservations at (800) 458-7373. Or, easier still, check out their website at www.tourmorgantown.com/lodging.php

NOTE: The campgrounds are divided by whether or not you intend to use generators. All campers, RV's and trailers that plan to use generators must set-up in the specified area.

Also, please leave Fido and other pets at home!

Other Facilities:
Hot Showers
There will be hot showers available free-of-charge to all campers, running from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday nights before the race and run continuously from 8 a.m. Saturday till 5 p.m. on Sunday. We'll also run them from 8 a.m. till 11 a.m. on Monday for any Sunday night campers.

Fire & Ice
Firewood will be for sale at the race venue and ice (along with the usual compliment of camping supplies and food) will be available from the Big Bear Country Store located on the road to the venue.

Port-O-lets
More than 40 port-O-lets and service them round-the-clock. Our suppliers do a great job so you'll always find a clean, well supplied facility, when nature calls. You can also have them pump your RV for $30.

Garbage Removal
When you go through the gate and purchase your wrist band, you will be issued a heavy-duty garbage bag. Once filled, please dispose of these bags along with any other garbage in one of the six large dumpsters that are provided. Thanks for "leaving no trace" at your campground.

 

 

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