Do you remember, before the Internet and apps, when the only way to find a campground or RV park was to use a printed directory? The most popular were those from Woodall’s and Trailer Life (which still exists, now called The Good Sam Campground & Coupon Guide). Woodall’s even published regional guides — West, East, etc.
There were others, too, including directories of National Forest campgrounds (published by Coleman) and free campgrounds. Our friends at Roundabout Publications still publish three guides — to campgrounds in State Parks, National Parks and in recreation areas operated by the Corps of Engineers.
But beginning about a dozen years ago, printed campground directories began going out of print. And today, most are gone, replaced by dozens of online guides, most of which are far more comprehensive about a particular location than a brief description in a printed guidebook.
But the question is, who uses printed directories anymore? Do you? Let’s find out in this poll.
Two recently published guides to free campgrounds
Discover thousands of designated camping areas in the West and in America’s Heartland – real places – not big box store parking lots. Included are areas managed by various agencies — federal, state, local, etc. Learn more about the West edition or Heartland edition.