Readers’ favorite RV parks and campgrounds. Stayed at any of these?

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We recently asked you: Do you have a favorite RV park or campground? Here are some of your answers, organized by state (and one in Canada):

ALABAMA

“We spent the winter at Creekside RV Resort in Foley, Alabama. Only 61 sites – cement slabs, paved roads, lots of grassy areas, 30 and 50 amp, all lots privately owned, (rentals are handled by Hosteeva), great pool, reasonably priced for the area, right across the street from OWA (entertainment complex with amusement park, shops, and restaurants), just miles from terrific shopping and the beautiful south Alabama beaches. We thought it was terrific. The park itself is immaculate, the owners that do live there are so nice, and there is lots to do in the area. We will definitely be back. We’re even thinking of buying a lot here!” — Laura Shank

Pandion Ridge RV Resort in Orange Beach, AL. Pull through and back in sites all FHU and concrete pads! Gulf Shores and Foley only minutes away, great beaches too! Staff is always pleasant and helpful Pensacola NAS and VA hospital is close too.” — Captn John

ARKANSAS

Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Lakeview AR
“Except like most state parks nowadays, you need reservations a year in advance.” — David Stansbury

ARIZONA

“Our favorite is Coyote Howls East in Why, AZ. Very quiet and LOTS of space between sites. It is semi Boondocking as they only provide water (for long term). Lots and lots of scenery, beautiful sunrises and sunsets. We spend several months a year here.” — Corkey

CALIFORNIA

“In no particular order: Railroad Park, Dunsmuir, CA; Westport Beach RV Park, Westport, CA; Pomo RV Park, Fort Bragg, CA” — Lee

“Westport Union Landing State Beach between Westport and Rockport above Fort Bragg at a State of California campground. Although, they raised the nightly fee 40% from one year to the next which is outrageous as the place NEVER even filled up at the old rate. Any time I camp without hookups I consider it to be boondocking and that is the case at this campground. I should also mention the awesome views out over the ocean as the campground sits up on a bluff, the great summertime temps, no crowds, always available with no reservations and we’ve seen whales/dolphins/sea otters/starfish. The place is quiet except for the ocean roar and an occasional vehicle passing by on Hwy. 1. — Ed Hibbs

Silver Strand State Beach, Coronado, CA
“ocean breeze and sunsets, what more can you ask for?” — Gman

Lower Pines Campground in Yosemite National Park” — Steve

“We like Azalea Glen RV Park in Trinidad, California. It’s on the north coast so it is rain forest gorgeous with a great little lake and some sites to back up to your own deck on the water.” — Charles

“We enjoy Orange Grove RV Park east of Bakersfield, CA.
Easy pull-through spaces, very nice bathrooms and washrooms. If you hit it at the right time of the year, all the oranges you can pick!” — David Brock

Pismo Coast Village, Pismo Beach, CA. Located on the beach. This RV park has it all. Heated pool, laundry, restaurant, arcade, putt putt golf, store, RV repair, RV storage. Downtown is within walking distance for good grub (fish, BBQ, etc. )! We store our TT there as I do not tow anymore, this park is enough. Reservations are needed for holidays & summer! Definitely something to check out for California’s central coast!!” — Charlie

A nice spot for a tent at Lower Pines Campground in Yosemite. Thanks to Doranne Lim for the photo from Google Photos

COLORADO

Mountain Views at Rivers Edge, Creede, CO” — Bill

Tiger Run Resort, Breckenridge, CO
“Beautiful sites, easy in and out, propane on-site, full hook-ups. Close enough to Breckenridge, Dillon, and Silverthorn for skiing, dining and shopping, but off the road far enough for peaceful relaxation. Day trips to Denver, Leadville, Vail, Aspen, Cripple Creek and Victor, are easily accomplished.” — Bill and Judy Frank

“We love the KOA in Cortez, CO! The sights and employees are the best! It is centrally located for our destinations The staff is wonderful. After a long day of traveling it is nice to see a smiling face.” — Barbara Taylor

FLORIDA

Grayton Beach State Park, Santa Rosa Beach, FL
“Topsail state park in Florida panhandle is GREAT, but our last visit was to Grayton state park just down the road. We had a spot with Western lake at our doorstep, the sunrise was something we will never forget. These two parks have dune lakes at the beach one of the few places in the world that do. Explore trails around the lakes or go to the beaches, they rated at the top as the most beautiful in the states. Been going for 25 + years.” — Bryan Freeman

“One of our favorite campgrounds is Hanna State Park in Jacksonville, Florida. Full hook ups, fresh water lake and beach all within walking distance. Laundry and general store, very nice sites.” — John Bent

“One of our favorite campgrounds is Grassy Key RV Resort in Marathon, FL. It is a small privately-owned campground (36 sites) located about 60 miles north of Key West. The sites will accommodate even the largest motorhome. All have full hook-ups. Beautiful park with nice landscaping, gravel sites, boat dock and pool all situated alongside the Gulf of Mexico. The staff will go out of their way to accommodate your needs.” — Larry Stone

“My favorite so far is Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. The sites are big and spaced out. All the sites I can remember are under trees so you have shade. They have a private beach and a lake. When we were there they had a band play one evening in a little area they have. They also have a small swimming pool. The only problem is that you have to make reservations months in advance.” — Alan Smith

GEORGIA

“I would like to mention the Corps of Engineers’ Bolding Mill Campground near Dahlonega, GA. We had a paved water and electric (15 to 50A) site that backed up to the shore of the gorgeous lake, with trees framing a spectacular sunset across the water.  Paved roads, mown lawns, picnic tables, fire pits, flush toilets, an RV dump, a visitor’s center, hiking trails–what a bargain for $11/night (using the Federal geezer pass)!  Our favorite campground anywhere and we have RV-camped in RV parks and resorts, public campgrounds, and “the boondocks” in 35 states, including Alaska, and 6 Canadian provinces.” — Steve Hart

Mistletoe State Park, Appling, GA
“Quiet, large sites surrounded by water.” — Wayne English

ILLINOIS

“Boulder Campground in Boulder, Illinois. Army Corps of Engineers park very clean and well taken care of. Quiet and they don’t put up with nonsense.” — Sally

INDIANA

Prophet’s Town State Park in West Lafayette, Indiana. State Park with great sites.” — Rick Edgar

IOWA

On-Ur-Way RV park, Onawa, IA
“Clean park. Beautiful trees and large spaces. Nice camp store and nice people running the place. Just a nice atmosphere and campers would pull out their chairs and enjoy visiting. Wish all RV parks could be like this one! Oh yes…reasonable prices!” — Dianne

KANSAS

“Most folks don’t think of Kansas when they are looking for a beautiful campground. If you have only passed through on the interstate you probably have the opinion that there’s not much of any reason to get off and explore. :-). That’s our secret to a peaceful existence. The fact is we have dozens of lakes with shaded campgrounds that sit empty except for the major holiday weekends. Our lakes are small in comparison to many others, but they provide excellent fishing and hiking for those of us that no longer have the ability to hike rigorous trails.
Wildlife is abundant and spring and fall temperatures are moderate. The state parks have 50 amp service while most county lakes have 30 amp service. For boondockers, the state parks all have wilderness areas with low or no fees and there are a number of old WPA lakes that offer boondocking camping on open prairie or tree-covered landscapes. Most of them have bathhouses or at the least vault toilets.
Toronto State Park, Fall River, Tuttle Creek State Park, Wilson County Lake, Harvey County East Lake and the list goes on….. — Bisonwings

LOUISANA

“Shhhh! We want to keep Louisiana campgrounds a secret! My favorites are Fontainebleau State Park, Bogue Chitto State Park, and Fairview Riverside State Park. I drove thru Tickfaw State Park, also impressive with clean showers and the Laundry had about 8 new Washers & 6 new dryers, … all free!” — Jim Knoch


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MARYLAND

Assateague State Park, Berlin, MD
“Sites right on the ocean. Magnificent!” — Martha H. 

MASSACHUSETTS

Cape Cod Camp Resort & Cabins in Falmouth, MA. We stayed there last summer and totally enjoyed it. Sites are all sizes and FHU with 30 & 50amp sites, with varying prices, as well as tent sites. As this is Cape Cod the prime dates are a little pricy, but you are close to everything in the Falmouth area and Woods Hole, plus you can see the rest of the Cape without moving the RV through the narrow roads and traffic. Plenty to do as they have both a family pool and adults-only pool w/hot tub, also small beach on pond, large field for games, basketball court, rowboat, paddle boats and boards for rent on the pond, weekend activities for the kids, as well as an arcade and small shop with basics. It is set up on hills so it is good exercise walking the perimeter. Clean bathrooms and showers as well. — Richard Molloy

MICHIGAN

Poncho’s Pond RV Park, Ludington MI.” — Rick Edgar

MINNESOTA

“There is Gull Lake NRA outside of Brainerd, MN. This campground is probably the cleanest, best landscaped campgrounds we’ve stayed in & with our America the Beautiful senior pass is cheap, $7/nite.” — Ortep

Lakehead Boat Basin in Duluth, Minnesota. The RV sites are basically on a marina boat storage lot which opens up when they put the boats in the water in the summer. Fantastic views of the harbor and Great Lakes freighters coming and going. A very short distance from the Aerial Lift Bridge and the shops, restaurants, and museums in the popular Canal Park area.” — Ray Zimmermann

MISSISSIPPI

Gulf Beach RV Resort, Biloxi, MS
“FHU/concrete pads/pull thru and back-in sites/very clean/laundry/pool/clubhouse/workout room/pool/large deck overlooking beach/dog park. This park is 2-3 years old and is maintained to appear brand new. Sits on beach road so just walk across the road to stroll the beach or take a dip in the gulf or fish. Sites are close together but don’t have that tight feel. Very relaxed atmosphere despite being in the middle of casinos, civic center, and sightseeing. Reasonable prices for location. Waffle House in front of park where a 10% discount is offered. We stayed a month and will return.” — Lee Ann Bauer

MONTANA

West Glacier KOA Resort, West Glacier, MT” — Don Peterson

West Glacier Koa Resort, MT. Thanks to Craig Moon on Google Photos for the photo

Conestoga Campground in White Sulphur Springs, Montana is a nice, small, family-owned campground in the middle of the Smith River Valley. It’s about 3 hours north of Yellowstone and 6 hours south of Glacier, in the center of historical Montana. Recommend the historical tour of Helena and the Gates of the Mountains riverboat tour on the Missouri River just north of Helena. Fantastic area to spend the summer.” — Bob and Charlotte Champlin

Logan State Park on the Thompson chain of lake near Libby, Montana” — Randy

NEBRASKA

“We live and camp extensively in Nebraska. There are some great state parks here and all of the ones we have stayed at have good facilities, electricity and available drinking water. Some have dump stations that are included in your nightly fee – no extra charge. Some of our favorites are Ponca State Park, Mahoney State Park, Branched Oak State Recreation Area, Ogallala Stare Recreation Area and Medicine Creek State Recreation Area. Get off of the interstate and enjoy our beautiful state!” — Nancy Michaels

NEW HAMPSHIRE

“Although I hate to have more traffic at my favorite places, here are a few that we love in New Hampshire:
Full RV Resort type experience = Danforth Bay Camping & RV Resort in Freedom, NH. Two pools, multiple activities, lakefront sites and access, golf cart rentals, private wooded sites.
Family camping with on-site river tubing on two rivers, located in the White Mountains = Glen Ellis Family Campground in Glen, NH.
No hookups in a State Park with lakefront sites & access as well as in-park hiking and mountain biking = Pawtuckaway State Park in Nottingham, NH.” — Diane Seabury

NEW MEXICO

“We love Three Rivers Campground (BJ typed four, but we think he meant three) in Lincoln County, New Mexico… It has covered picnic table, water and clean pit toilets. The scenery is stunning” — BJ Davis

NEW YORK

Lake George RV Resort in Lake George, NY. Pricey but has all the amenities and entertainment you could ever want while RVing. We spend all spring there and do family camping weekend during the summer. We highly recommend to everyone.” — Tom McL

NORTH CAROLINA

“One of our clubs favorite campgrounds is Raleigh Oaks RV Resort and Cottages in Four Oaks, NC. This Campground has spacious sites, full hook ups, Wi-Fi, cable tv, Pool, and is located near town. Great place to camp.” — AC Holt

“My wife and really like Flintlock Camp Ground in Boone, North Carolina. It is quiet and has a creek running on the edge of the campground.” — Bob Chilton

OHIO

Evergreen RV Resort in Mt Eaton, OH. Great people and a nice clean place with a lot of things to do in the area.” —  Jim Beattie

OREGON

Older Stone Village RV, McMinnville, OR
“Great staff. Next door to the museum that holds the Spruce Goose. 1 building holding early aviation relics and 1 holding space exploration planes. A 3rd building is a water park. McMinnville is in heart of Oregon’s award winning wine country. Day trip you can follow rural roads to see many quaint barns. Beautiful country side. Quaint downtown area. Park is a sea of large sites perfectly manicured lawns, swimming pool, recently remodeled clubhouse with kitchen. Lots of scenic drives thru wine wine, along Willamette river and visit RV camp with vintage travel trailers remodeled for modern facilities. You have probably read about this park in travel magazines. On the hour drive to OR coastline you will pass a stop worthy sculpture garden with giant cypress trees and Spirit Mountain casino. Hope you enjoy your visit to McMinnville.” — Cheryl M. Lumley

Sea and Sand RV Park, Depoe Bay, OR. Amazing.” — Steve

“Beachside State Recreation Site and South Beach State Park in Waldport, OR.” — Bounder

PENNSYLVANIA

“My favorite campground is Pettecote Junction Campground in Cedar Run, PA. A small family run campground that is very well maintained! It lies right along side the Pine Creek and backs up to the Pine Creek Rail Trail.” — David

SOUTH CAROLINA

Solitude Pointe Cabins and RV Park in Cleveland, SC. Outside of Fort Wilderness, Disney World, the best park we have camped in and we have been to many. Tranquil is an understatement! It’s a small campground with a few cabins (all with hot tubs) with the owners are on site and working daily to keep the sites in top condition. Location is in the mountains, close to several cities in South Carolina and North Carolina.” — Debbie Ballew

Pine Ridge Campground in Roebuck, SC.
A beautiful, well-maintained Campground that offers a pond for fishing, swimming pool and much more. The owners are very hospitable and just all around nice people. We have stayed here twice so far and will undoubtedly stay there again in the future.” — Ed D.

TENNESSEE

“Two Rivers Landing RV Resort, Sevierville TN” — Lee

Defeated Creek Corps of Engineers Campground, located near Carthage, TN, is our favorite place to spend a few very relaxing days every year since 2004.  It has, large, well laid out lots, many with full hook-ups that are cleaned after every camper checks out. Restrooms are old but also very clean. There are playgrounds, a nice swimming beach, shoreline and boat fishing, boat launch, and freely roaming deer. The only downside is that you need to reserve your site months in advance is you want to stay over a summer weekend.” — Michelle Austin

Anchor Down RV Resort in Dandridge, TN. All sites have concrete pads, FHU 20/30/50 amp and magnificent views of the Smoky Mountains!” — JW Eibeck

TEXAS

Johnson Creek RV Resort & Park in Ingram, TX. Nice park, like camping should be, no town noise, hwy or train !!! Very nice and the bathrooms are super clean! — Tom

Eagle Ford Estates in San Antonio, TX. This one is a smaller, family owned park. I believe 60 spots. It is only 25 minutes from the River Walk downtown and you feel like you are living in the country. Very quiet. Staff living on site. Large spots with lots of shade from Oak trees.” — John Hinrichs

UTAH

“By far Blue Mountain RV and Trading in Blandings, UT. The cleanest park ever and the very nicest people. We stay as often as we pass this way.” — Barbara Taylor

VIRGINIA

Fancy Gap/Blue Ridge Parkway KOA, Fancy Gap, VA
“For a quick getaway not too far from home, we like Fancy Gap KOA in Virginia. Well maintained campground and roomy spaces. And it’s very close to the Blue Ridge Parkway.” — Alice Ritchie

Point Hudson RV Park & Marina. Thanks to Danny M on Google photos for the photo

WASHINGTON

Newhalem Campground in Marblemount, WA. It’s absolutely stunning and right at the west end of North Cascades National Park.” — Emma Lee

“Our favorite is Point Hudson RV Park & Marina, in Port Townsend, WA. We go up there a couple of times a year to sit on the shore and watch the storms blow thru.” — Don

Timberlake Campground in Stevenson, Washington. It is 2 miles off the Columbia River Gorge nestled in a quiet forest with every campsite surrounded by trees.” — Joseph Weinstein

“My husband and I enjoy Rasar State Park in the Skagit Valley northeast of Seattle. It is open year-round with electric hookups. Water is shut down during the winter, but you can fill up your tank at the campground faucet that runs year-round. We just did a two night “up-for-air-and-gasping” sanity break earlier this week. It has a great trail system for morning and evening walks. Rasar is a newer State Park with very RV friendly sites that can easily accommodate “land yachts” and triple axel monster fifth-wheels.
Another year-round State Park we enjoy is Bayview, just west of Mount Vernon, WA. Bayview used to be a privately owned trailer park, and now a state-run campground. A walking path takes you to the beach on Padilla Bay. Bayview is also a great jumping-off point for trips into Anacortes and Washington Park and Mount Erie. — Lydia Bishop

WISCONSIN

Kohler-Andrae State Park, Sheboygan, WI
“Lots of Red Pine and White Pine trees situated on the shores of Lake Michigan. The campsites are excellent.” — Barbara L. Wood

Wyalusing State Park outside of Prairie du Chien, WI,. You’re on top of a bluff looking down at where the Wisconsin River dumps into the Mississippi River.” — Ortep

Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek, WI
“Beach, Hiking and bike trails, great sites and the topper is the Northern Sky Theater inside the park, under the stars at night all summer.” — Carl

WYOMING

The Longhorn Ranch Lodge and RV Resort, Dubois, WY
“In mid-September we stayed for 8 days and nights at the Longhorn RV in Dubois, Wyoming. The RV spots are all well taken care of, the WiFi and cable service was good and the bathrooms were awesome. The bathrooms and shower facilities were all individual with a lockable door to each unit. The Wind River winds through the back side of the campground and the little town of Dubois was full of neat little shops, good dining and very friendly people. We were in a toy hauler and it was easy rides to Jackson Hole, the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone park from Dubois. We did have a problem (my fault) getting the cable to work our first evening and the maintenance man came by at 9 PM to assist me in getting it up and running. I highly recommend Longhorn if you are planning a stay in South West Wyoming.” — Mike Johnson


CANADA

“We particularly liked Five Islands Provençal Park on the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia. We visited in October had a site overlooking the bay and were able to scour the beach at low tide and literally watched the 26-foot tide come in. The people were friendly helpful and it was $38.00 for a full hookup. The Canadian provinces were great.” — Rick and Suzanne Sullivan

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Brandon Rutherford

Kentucky has Fort Boonesborough State Park. It is a very nice park that does a lot of activities every weekend located in the center of the state off of I75. Some full hookup mostly Electric/water.

Jim Knoch

Shhhh! We want to keep Louisiana campgrounds a secret! My Favorites are Fontainbleau State Park, Bogue Chitto State Park, and Fairview Riverside State Park. I drove thru Tickfaw State Park, also impressive with clean showers and the Laundry had about 8 new Washers & 6 new dryers, … all free! Unfortunately, after I booked a week there, the river rose and flooded the park, sooo we’ll try again when the water isn’t such an issue. Another really nice park in Central Louisiana, North of Opelousas, is Chicot State Park, although it has been a number of years since I’ve camped there. WE also frequent a number of nearby Mississippi Parks that are very nice, Mcleod Water Park, in Kiln Ms. full hookups on the river, also, Percy Quinn State Park, near McCombe, Ms. Beautiful lake nice family oriented park.

Guy Ponti

Nothing in Louisiana? Heading that way for spring break and RVParky shows some campgrounds with High ratings…..

Ray Zimmermann

Lakehead Boat Basin in Duluth, Minnesota. The RV sites are basically on a marina boat storage lot which opens up when they put the boats in the water in the summer. Fantastic views of the harbor and Great Lakes freighters coming and going. A very short distance from the Aerial Lift Bridge and the shops, restaurants and museums in the popular Canal Park area.

Nancy Michaels

We live and camp extensively in Nebraska. There are some great state parks here and all of the ones we have stayed at have good facilities, electricity and available drinking water. Some have dump stations that are included in your nightly fee – no extra charge. Some of our favorites are Ponca SP, Mahoney SP, Branched Oak SRA, Ogallala SRA and Medicine Creek SRA. Get off of the interstate and enjoy our beautiful state!

Richard Molloy

In Massachusetts, Cape Cod Camp Resort & Cabins in Falmouth. We stayed there last summer and totally enjoyed it. Sites are all sizes and FHU with 30 & 50amp sites, with varying prices, as well as tent sites. As this is Cape Cod the prime dates are a little pricy, but you are close to everything in the Falmouth area and Woods hole, plus you can see the rest of the cape without moving the RV through the narrow roads and traffic. Plenty to do as they have both a family pool and adults only pool w/hot tub, also small beach on pond, large field for games, basketball court, row boat, paddle boats and boards for rent on the pond, weekend activities for the kids, as well as an arcade and small shop with basics. It is set up on hills so it is good exercise walking the perimeter. Clean bathrooms and showers as well. 10-10-10 Good Sam

Ed Hibbs

Regarding Westport Union Landing State Beach between Westport and Rockport:
My name is attached to this one and I should have also mentioned the awesome views out over the ocean as the campground sits up on a bluff, the great summertime temps, no crowds, always availability with no reservations and we’ve seen whales/dolphins/sea otters/starfish. The place is quiet except for the ocean roar and an occasional vehicle passing by on Hwy. 1.

Note that Hwy. 1 gets narrow and very winding north of Rockport with vehicles over 40′ not recommended. Your driving skills may be tested with this one but if you are a confident and careful driver it is doable under the 40′ length. My Class A diesel pusher is 35′ and I do it towing a Jeep but take it easy. Watch out for other vehicles coming the other way, especially larger ones like trucks or other RVs as well as motorcyclists who love to cut the corners and cross the line. Take it slower and easy. Then enjoy!

Martha H.

Maryland – Assateague State Park – sites right on the ocean. Magnificent!

Bob and Charlotte Champlin

Conestoga Campground in White Sulphur Springs, Montana is a nice, small, family-owned campground in the middle of the Smith River Valley. It’s about 3 hours north of Yellowstone and 6 hours south of Glacier, in the center of historical Montana. Recommend the historical tour of Helena and the Gates of the Mountains riverboat tour on the Missouri River just north of Helena. Fantastic area to spend the summer.

Joel and Betty

We have been in 350 RV Parks since 2005……can’t remember them but
we have a list of them in 45 states and Canada. But we always chose
the best rated ones in the Good Sam guide. We avoided National Parks
since they were too primitive.

Sue

I didn’t answer because our favorite campgrounds and RV parks in any state are already too full to make reservations when we want them!

KHeadley

Why weren’t there any Texas RV Parks listed in this article. There are many great parks in the great state of Texas!

larry wilt

we also stayed at Longhorn campground, had a nice site back by the river, stayed 5 nights. yes restrooms were awesome.. nice town, speed trap, stay at the posted limit go not 1 mph more. they got me 38 in a 35 spot.

Rita M. Black

For years, since I was still working, my camping was limited to mostly weekends and occasionally a vacation week. Mostly stayed within one day travel in PA.Now, I’m retired and do a lot of camping in state parks. Loved Colonel Denning SP near Carlisle. The hosts were super friendly and took good care of the sites. One of the first private campgrounds I stayed at was Whispering Pines in Stillwater, PA. Camped with my grandson about 12 yo, he had a great time, fishing in a pond on site and spending time with other children. The campground was just starting out. Last year I went back and had a hard time realizing it was the same place. Campground was beautiful, lots of photo sites, including sasquatch. playground, pools and other activities. But most important was the owners and employees. They were all great and helpful.

Charles Satsky

It is a shame that no one has a favorite campsite in Texas.

Karen Grace

Thanks for all the different recs of RV parks to stay in. I hope you make this a regular feature as it’s very useful and I keep a list of places to visit and will use these as a reference when in those states. I would/will contribute in the future but I missed the first one invite!