Thursday, September 21, 2023


New guide to city and town campgrounds debuts

Camping in City and Town Parks coverAmong the least-publicized campgrounds are those in cities and small towns across America. In most cases, camping in city and town parks costs less than nearby private or other better-known public camping areas. In many cases, the overnight fee is $10 or less, with many sites still free. Some even include free or inexpensive utility hookups.

Now, Roundabout Publications along with The Ultimate Campgrounds Project have published a directory of these under-publicized parks. The first edition of its “Camping in America’s City & Town Parks” is now available for $18.95 at

The 189-page book describes each location’s facilities, prices and other important details at 1,900 RV and van camping areas in 1,451 municipal parks in 46 states (Connecticut and Hawaii are not included).

Each state’s listings include a map that shows major roads and highways. Individual campgrounds are pinpointed for easy location reference.

Earlier this year, Roundabout and the Ultimate Campgrounds Project published two other helpful camping guides, Camping in America’s County Parks and Bureau of Land Management Camping.

Our favorite camping directories
At we have worked closely with Roundabout Publications our favorite publisher of campground directories, for two decades. Here are some of their most recent titles:
Camping in America’s City & Town Parks • Camping in America’s County Parks • Camping in State Parks (Western USA) • Camping in State Parks (Eastern USA) • Corps of Engineers Camping • National Forest Camping • Bureau of Land Management Camping • Van and RV Camping at State Recreation Areas.



  1. Bought the guide last week. This week we are traveling from Ohio to FMCA Convention in Gillette, then return. While we had a couple of reservations for the 5 nights each way, have already found the guide helpful.

  2. Bought the County book and just now the City & Town book. The county version was on a whim, and I like the way to zero in on the listings – and the available details within the listings. Sure I can do an online search for places to stay… but when it comes to public owned RV sites, the link is often to a low-budget web page that may or may not specifically list the RV park and rarely gives enough information unless you call – and talk to a clerk who knows they have an RV park and little more.


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