When making your selection for an RV campground, there are a lot of personal variables, and these run a gamut from a natural environment to a location with all of the amenities. Your choice will also depend on whether you are looking for a campground that is family and pet friendly or if it’s just you two, looking to live the good life. We have created a list that addresses each of these preferences so that you can gauge which is best for your lifestyle.
Crater Lake National Park
From June to late September you can take your RV to one of the most desirable camping locations in the country. The grounds are breathtaking. You can park your RV in the south lake forests and simply enjoy the beauty of nature. The Mazama Campground sites run around $31 with a few of the sites with electric hookups that are priced at $35. Max RV length is 50’. Evert site has a food locker, fire ring, and picnic table. You will have access to flush toilets, drinking water, laundry and showers.
Pecan Park Campground
Quiet and peaceful, this is a great location along the San Marcos River and a popular spot for “snowbirds” during the winter months. You will have access to 20/30/50 amp electric, water and sewer and they proudly offer free Wi-Fi, cable TV and some other satellite services. This is a great place for those that are traveling as a couple or for families. There are hot tubs, indoor heated swimming pool, shady trees, picnic tables, gas grills, laundry facilities, pet park areas, movie rentals…and the list goes on. If you are looking for a local activity visit the Wonder World Park that features a cave that was created by an earthquake over thirty million years ago.
Hunting Island State Park
If you want to be near the beach and surrounded by nature, this is the place to be. The park features incredible wildlife while you hookup to a site that offers both electric and water. No need to completely rough it because you will have a list of amenities and activities that will keep you busy. From fishing, hiking and equestrian riding to an array of choices that let you enjoy over four miles of beach beauty in the 5000 acre semi-tropical location. A few of the sites will accommodate RV’s that max to 40 feet long. Complimentary Wi-Fi keeps you connected.
They do have one state requirement: “Firewood Alert: Because of the seriousness of a potential infestation from the Emerald Ash Borer, we are requesting that no firewood be brought into South Carolina State Parks from outside of the state.”
Zion River Resort
This is one RV camping area that you have to reserve ahead of time. It is so popular that it’s considered to be the RV camper dream destination and winter is when most show up to take advantage. Near the national park south entrance it is surrounded by the painted mountains, nestled next to the Virgin River and can accommodate all RV sizes. The list of activities in this area is incredible and most are designed for those that enjoy nature and the outdoors.
Whether you want to see the Redstone cliffs, red rocks, green valleys or possibly a touch of snow, RVers can also enjoy concrete parking pads, full hookups, and grills. RV guests also have free Wi-Fi. Rates are dependent upon the time of year and RV size.
American Heritage RV Park
This is a pet-friendly RV park as well as family friendly. Located on a 300-acre historic Colonial Williamsburg area it attracts almost one million visitors each year. There are 70 acres of woodlands and green meadows as well as some incredible historic places to visit. Take the kids to watch the live reenactments of some of America’s past and they can even play games that relate to the Revolutionary Era. All campsites include full hookups, patios, picnic tables, concrete pads and easy pull-throughs. There are laundry facilities and free Wi-Fi.
Rates are dependent upon time of year but average around $55 per day for full hookup. Premium sites are available at almost $80 per day.
Beaver Dam Campground
In 2015, this beautiful location was named Small Park of the Year by the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds. This is an example of everything that everyone says about the beauty of Maine. Located on a twenty-acre spring-fed pond, each of the sites have a water view and there are some that are both on and off the waterfront.
If you want to take advantage of everything you can rent a bike or boat. They can accommodate up to 40’ sizes but unfortunately, this is a no pet campground. Each site has a fire ring and a picnic table. Rates are dependent upon whether you choose in or off season and they are closed in the winter.
Camp Gulf Holiday Travel Park
Located in Destin on Florida’s panhandle, they have 16 RV sites that are right on the ocean front as well as other sites that are close to the beach but just a small walk away. All sites are full hookup. U.S. News & World Report listed this RV location as one of the Top 11 Family Campgrounds in the United States.
This is a place that offers everything from a simple beach environment all the way to swimming pools, a spa, waterslide, an activity center and an array of things to do and see. This is a no pet campground and pets aren’t allowed on the beach due to State laws. Choose your site based on your needs and it can include all RV sizes.
Rates are dependent upon time of year and yes, winter is the most popular.
Vicksburg National Military Park
This is another incredibly history location with beautiful views of the Mississippi River. If you love fishing, this is also the place to go. The Park features five RV parks with the Battlefield Campground as the most popular. It includes pull-through sizes up to 45 feet, up to 35 feet for back-ins. You will have 50/30/20 amp electrical hookups.
Shady spots on lots that bring you a sense of peace and quiet. Amenities include picnic area, showers, restrooms, playgrounds, laundry facilities and Wi-Fi. There are also walking, hiking, summer living history programs and guided tours. If you want a touch of excitement, you can be close to the Ameristar Casino and stay at the Ameristar RV Park.
There is the USS Cairo Museum for history buffs.
Horse Thief Lake Campground
This is a rustic location and it should be noted that electrical hookups aren’t available but you will have picnic tables, vault toilets, drinking water and campfire rings. Generators are only allowed to run from 6 AM to 10 PM. You will be only two miles northwest of Mount Rushmore and have the choice of camping around the lake or in the area of the RV resort. All of the roads are paved, so that is something that is not always offered in a lot of places.
The resort has a bathhouse, pool, picnic areas, playground and a store. Bikers and hikers absolutely love the George S Mickelson Trail. If you are adventurous and seeking something totally interesting, check out the Jewel Cave. Listed at 159.29 miles it is the second-longest cave in the world. There are a few other rules that you will need to know about: Vehicles that tow trailers of any size and motorhomes over 25’ in length have limited location sites. There is a pet fee of $2 per pet per night and if you don’t make a reservation, it is first come, first serve. They absolutely have a rule about firewood.
No relocating or burning it on-site and do not bring firewood in from other locations. This is becoming more common in many of the sites to reduce importing destructive organisms.
Keen Lake Camping & Cottage Resort
This is a 90-acre, privately owned park near the Pocono Mountains on a spring-fed lake. The air is clean and there are activities for campers of all ages including boating, swimming, fishing and hiking. The location has 200+ sites equipped with sewer, electric, and cable TV hookups (although you need to supply your own cable wire).
They need to be notified if you have slide outs/tip outs so that they can place your unit appropriately. Once settled in you can enjoy a fire ring and picnic table, looking out over the beautiful scenery. The fees are based on time of year as well as a limit of 4 individuals in total (4 adults, 2 adults/2 children, etc.).
Children under 4 are free. Rates are also higher during holiday weekend/times and the site isn’t open during the winter.
If you want a beach/ocean campground on the west coast, this is your choice. Near San Diego, it has balmy Mediterranean-type weather almost all year round and is a 171-site campground that is sitting on a bluff that looks out over the Pacific Ocean. There are restaurants within walking distance and offers everything from body boarding, surfing, swimming, kayaking, fishing and beach-combing.
The grounds has flush toilets, hot showers, a store, amphitheater, dump station. They even have a special ‘doggie beach’. All sites have a fire ring, grill and table. During certain times of the year you will have the ability to watch the migrating whales.
You need to make your reservations as not all sites offer RV hookups. Max trailer and RV size is 35 feet.
Doheny State Beach; Dana Point
This is a 62-acre campground on some of the most beautiful land in Dana Point, Orange County, CA. It grounds are located at the southern end of the park and with 121 campsites, there are 55 that are listed as beachfront for RV’s, tents and trailers. The amenities include hot showers, flush toilets, and an amphitheater.
The sandy beach is popular for beachcombers, surf-fishers, surfers and sunbathing. The north end of the park as an area of 5 acres set aside with volleyball courts and picnic sections. If you are more into additional activities you can rent kayak, paddleboards and even sailboats at the harbor area.
Max trailer/camper/RV length is 35 feet. It’s recommended that you make reservations ahead of time and the park allows you to do this up to six month before your trip.
Morro Bay State Park
If you are looking for a more intimate campground then look no further. Next to the beautiful town of Morro Bay, this coastal area has lots of activities including kayaking, beachcombing, sailing, hiking, biking, dune exploring, deep sea fishing and visiting the Museum of Natural History.
Morro Bay State Park has 134 campsites and each one has a food locker, table, grill and fire ring. There are some sites that offer flush toilets, dump station and hot showers and two group sites. The road are paved and 27 of them have hookups for electricity and water. Known for the famous “Morro Rock”, the State Park is also a natural bay habitat and has a lagoon. Just in case you want to sneak off for a round of golf, that’s available as well.
Sunset Bay State Park
This state park is nestled in one of Oregon’s most scenic coastal areas. The sandy beaches are protected by large cliffs and it is filled with wildlife. Everyone here loves outdoor activities and you can go clamming, fishing, crabbing, picnicking, beachcombing and hiking.
The park has 29 full hookups and 34 electric hookups. There is even a public golf course right next to the park. This is a reservation only site and due to the variations in site size, be sure to confirm that the pad/site will fit your needs.
They have established rules about firewood which include only getting local firewood. Only 1 vehicle is included with the reservation and if you have additional guests that visit overnight, there is a $7 per vehicle charge.