The latest news about camping and developments in North American campgrounds and RV parks from Janet Groene.
DISCLAIMER: Conditions are still changing, not just because of COVID but because of other factors such as highway conditions. Just before your trip get current information by phoning the campground directly. Don’t rely solely on websites, automated reservations services, GPS or Facebook. Full facilities and activities may not be open. Seasons and COVID restrictions vary. Get specifics about rates, campground facilities, reservation policies, campsite size and shape and the condition of access routes. No endorsement of any campground or product is implied by this reporter nor this website.
FULL ALERT: Because of distancing, fewer campsites are available so it’s more important than ever to have reservations and to be aware of cancellation requirements and current campground rules. Check ahead for details.
DATELINE: January 16, 2021
ALABAMA STATE PARK OPENS WITH UPGRADES, ADDITIONS
Newly reopened with 23 updated RV sites (water, Wi-Fi, 20-30-50-amp power), Bucks Pocket State Park now has a new, six-mile-long ORV park. Some of the new campsites have sewers. Also added are new grills, picnic tables and fire rings. The park spreads over three counties – DeKalb, Jackson and Marshall. Find this rugged park in the scenic hills of northern Alabama, two miles north of Grove Oak. (800) 252-7275
ALABAMA MUD PARK GETS NEW OWNERS
The Heart of Dixie Trail near Troy had been in the Dunn family for five generations and new owners intend to honor its fine traditions. Known for its challenging, muddy trails for sports vehicles, the 800-acre park has RV sites, showers and on-site camper rentals and cabins. Swimming is in the creek and a nearby swimming pool. To be added are zipline improvements, picnic tables, grills and a weekend food vendor. Formerly known as the Heart of Dixie Trail Ride, the park has closed its trails to horseback riding but stables are still available. More info here.
CALIFORNIA CAMP SCHEDULES FESTIVAL
The Santa Barbara Lucidity Festival is scheduled for April 9-11 at the Live Oak Camp, a county park. Forty undeveloped acres are open for group camping including two size categories for RV’s. Enjoy a rousing weekend of cutting-edge arts and music. Come to play or listen, lead a workshop, spark a flash mob, show off your art and be silly if you wish. Early arrivals begin on April 7. Headliners include the Polish Ambassador, LSDream and the California Honeydrops followed by nonstop famous and not-yet-famous acts. Go to info@LucidityFestival.com
COLORADO TO GAIN 142 RV SITES
Near Grand Junction in Fruita, a new city RV park has been approved for 127 RV sites with electric, fire rings and picnic tables. Included at the park will be bathrooms, a playground, convenience store and game room. The historic city, once the home of Ute peoples, is in an area of scenic canyons and the Little Salt Wash for watersports. The city has 27 holes of golf, a section of the Colorado River State Park, dinosaur displays at the Museum of Western Colorado, the Colorado National Monument and miles of trails. The new park’s name and opening date have not been announced. For now, the best source of information is the Fruita Welcome Center, (970) 858-9335, email email@example.com or get info here.
FLORIDA RV RESORT SCHEDULES BIG CAR SHOW
The annual Classic Car Show at Quail Run RV Resort, Wesley Chapel, is one of the blockbuster events in a year-round schedule of sizzling activities at this popular resort. Now ten years old, the event on March 13, open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will attract 150 cars in a cruise-in format to compete for door prizes, dash plaques, raffles and awards. Hear all-day music from DJ “Rockin’ Dave”. Stay around for drawings, show up early for donuts and coffee, and bring the kids to see what cars used to look like. The menu this year is hot dogs, smoked sausage, soda, chips and ice cream. Proceeds will benefit Healing Horses. The resort has full hookups and resort features. The event is open to the public. Cars do not need to pre-register. (800) 582-7084, or info here. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
KENTUCKY STATE PARK HOSTS YARD SALE
Known for its periodic Camper’s Yard Sales, Fort Boonesborough State Park in Richmond targets July 10 for its summer sale in 2021. Only registered campers are allowed to sell. Set up and sell right at your campsite. All 163 sites have electric hookup. In addition to camping fees, a $10 seller fee is charged. Come to buy or sell or just to sightsee the full-scale replica of Daniel Boone’s original fort, dating to 1775 and staffed with live historic characters. Explore Kentucky’s scenic Blue Grass region, the arts and crafts of Berea and White Hall State Historic Site. (859) 527-3454
LOUISIANA TO HAVE SEAFOOD COOK-OFF
Always held at Palmetto Island State Park on the Saturday after Easter – this year that’s April 10 – the Stir the Pot Louisiana Seafood Cook-off will feature great food and spirited competitions. Bring the family for food, music and sunny springtime weather. The park near Abbeville is on the Vermilion River and has 108 back-in RV sites with electric. A few have with full hookups. There are two bathhouses, a playground with splash pad and boat launch. Reservations at this year-round park are available six months ahead. (337) 893-3930, (888) 677-0094, email email@example.com
MINNESOTA TO EXPAND VETERANS CAMPGROUND
Open to all honorably discharged and serving veterans, the campground at Big Marine Lake, St. Croix, has a three-year waiting list but that will soon change. A new 2.4-acre parcel addition will allow 24 to 30 more spaces. At present the campground has 24 cabins, 167 RV sites, 15 tent sites, boat rentals, golf cart rentals, boat launch, marina, swimming beach, and more. Open May to October, it also offers planned activities such as music, dancing and karaoke. The park has a dog walk area, playground, picnic sites, family movies and a canteen. Founded in 1926 as a rest area for injured WWI veterans, the park is the nation’s only Yellow Ribbon campground. (651) 430-8200, vetscampmn.org
NORTH CAROLINA PARK RAISES FEES
During the COVID emergency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers suspended day use and campground fees at W. Kerr Scott Reservoir. Now fees are back, have increased from $24 to $28 nightly for camping, and day use entry requires a credit or debit card. Cashless payments are also being installed at W. Kerr Scott Reservoir. Campground reservations can be made by calling 877-444-6777 or go here.
NEW YORK RESORT IS REBRANDED, RENEWED
Formerly the Samsen Resorts in the Finger Lakes, Sampson State Park Marina, Seneca Lake State Park Marina and Sampson Cabin and RV Resort are now known as the Seneca Lake Resorts. Upgrades and new amenities continue to be added including new RV sites. Websites are being updated, so get current contact information from the Finger Lakes Welcome Center, (315) 787-0007.
A 10-acre site just off I-35 north of Fort Worth, Texas, is being designed to have 74 to 80 new RV sites. The park, tentatively called Camp Delga because it connects to Delga Park and the Trinity Trails, may end up with a different name when it opens at a date not yet announced. Also included in the plans are a large, two-story clubhouse with rental equipment such as bicycles and scooters, plus a gym, laundry, kitchen, entertainment space and showers.
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