The latest news about camping and developments in North American campgrounds and RV parks from Janet Groene for February 6, 2021.
DISCLAIMER: These news items are believed current at press time but conditions are still changing quickly, not just because of COVID but because of other factors such as highway conditions. Phone the campground. Don’t rely solely on websites, 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: Throughout the U.S. and Canada, campsites are being added at a rapid rate but, because of distancing, fewer campsites are available. It’s more important than ever to have reservations. Be aware of reservation fees, cancellation requirements and current COVID rules, which vary according to the campground.
DATELINE: February 6, 2021
ARIZONA STATE PARK LOVES BIRDING
Bring your mask, camera, water bottle and day pack for a serious birding hike in Lost Dutchman State Park, Apache Junction, on February 23. Led by Volunteer Vera, an experienced birder, treks visit a large network of trails in the Superstition Wilderness. Learn the legend of the Lost Dutchman mine in the Old West. The park has 134 campsites, half of them with water and 20/30/50-amp service. Registration for the hike is required. Call (480) 982-4485. For camping reservations call (877) MY PARKS.
CALIFORNIA PARK MAY GET FACE LIFT, BUT….
Manila Community Park is slated to get a new dog park, playing field improvements, a pavilion with a multi-use basketball court and a new playground for toddlers – but may lose its campground in the bargain. The 11-area park on Humboldt Bay also has disc golf and hiking trails. Local residents are now being surveyed and a grant application is being made.
GEORGIA STATE PARK EXPLORES INDIAN MOUNDS
On March 20, join the ranger-led exploration of the ancient mounds at Kolomoki Mounds State Park, Blakely. The 1,293-acre site has 25 campsites, some with hookups. Allow plenty of time to enjoy the two lakes, boat launch, fishing, a superb museum with gift shop, eight prehistoric mounds and a playground. Choose your site when making reservations at (800) 864-7275. To sign up for the exploration call the park at (229) 724-2150.
LOUISIANA STATE PARK TO HAVE 2022 EVENT
The popular “Visitation of Our Lady’s Annual Cajun Fest Swamp Run/Walk” is postponed for this year but signups are already available for March 26, 2022, when the popular fundraiser for Our Lady School will include a 5K run plus a half-mile run/walk for kids. Camp in the state park, then enter or watch the race, which is entirely within Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego. Campsites have water and electric service. (504) 736-7140
SOUTH CAROLINA ISLAND TO GET RV PARK
Exclusive Hilton Head Island, known for its golf courses, has an exclusive new RV resort on its menu for an opening this summer. The Hilton Head National RV Resort in Bluffton covers 97 acres and will have 340 lots available for rent only. Its 18-hole golf course is designed by Gary Player and Bobby Weed. The gated RV resort/country club will also have a clubhouse with adults-only concierge lounge, private bar and restaurants, fitness center, arcade, gathering center with fireplaces and televisions. The 8,500-square foot beach-entry swimming pool has a lazy river. Plans call for a dog park and dog wash, wireless internet, walking trails, laundry and much more. (843) 707-4730
SOUTH CAROLINA STATE PARK REOPENS NATURE CENTER
In 2016, the nature center at Huntington Beach State Park, Murrells Inlet, was destroyed by fire after a lightning strike. Now it has reopened better than ever, with a touch tank and other interactive activities related to the unique nature of the Carolina Low Country. The park has 107 campsites with water and electric and 66 with full hookups. There’s also a dump station. Pets are permitted but dogs are not allowed on some sections of the beach. Reservations at 1-866-345-PARK.
TENNESSEE’S NEWEST RV RESORT OPENS IN MAY
On the 40-acre former site of Boyds Bear Workshop and Dick Clark’s American Bandstand in Pigeon Forge, a new Margaritaville-themed campground will open in May. Buy or rent a campsite or cabin in the mountains to enjoy a camp store, restaurant and bar, pickleball courts, putting green, pool, kiddie play area and water slide. The best contact information for now is Margaritaville Hotel and Resorts, (865) 429-0070.
TENNESSEE STATE PARK HAS RAPTOR SUPPORT MONTH
March is “Support our Wildlife Ambassadors” month at Roan Mountain State Park, where $10 feeds one raptor for one day and $50 feeds five birds for one day. These living wildlife ambassadors, which cannot be released into the wild for one reason or another, educate the public about birds of prey. Come see them, meet their caregivers, donate for their care. All donations go to food, vet bills, falconry equipment and other direct needs. The park has 106 campsites with grill and picnic table. The 86 RV sites have water and electric. Tent sites have water only. There’s a dump station and bathhouse with hot showers. Call the park office at (423) 547-3900 for donation information. Make camping reservations at (800) 250-8620. Note that campsites have recently been renumbered, so verify you are getting the site you want.
UTAH PARK HAS SNOWSHOE HIKES
Every day through the end of February you can take a ranger-led snowshoe hike, snowshoes provided, at Bryce Canyon National Park. On days when snow is too thin, rim hikes are substituted. The park’s North Campground is open all year but getting to the park after a winter storm can be a problem. The hikes are unforgettable, but plan carefully and check the weather. The campground is first-come in winter, but registration is required for the snowshoe treks. (435) 834-5322
WISCONSIN RV CAMPGROUND MOVES AHEAD
Now in Phase 3 of its long-planned improvements, Vilas County Torch Lake Campground and RV Park in Conover will be going ahead, working with a $50,000 budget. The project will add 21 campsites and should be finished by April 15. The park adjoins 39-acre Torch Lake and has a picnic area, horseshoe pits and access to an ATV/UTV trail system. The county charges a $10-per-stay reservation fee. (715) 479-5160
The future of Conneaut Lake Park in Pennsylvania is in the hands of a bankruptcy court. The theme park and water park also has a 47-site campground.
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Janet Groene is the author of more than 25 books including Living Aboard Your RV, 4th Edition, available at Amazon.com. Her new Farley Halladay book, “May Misfire, a Yacht Yenta Mystery,” is available at Amazon.com. See Janet Groene’s weekly Solo Woman posts at SoloWomanRV.
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