Big Guide to RV Parks

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Big Guide to RV Parks

Team Outdoorsy
by Team Outdoorsy
Posted October 6, 2016

The lure of the open road–hear it calling? If you prefer creature comforts while adventuring, then RV or motorhome travel is the way to go. Before you take off, though, you’ll need to know a little about RV parks. That’s why we put together this big guide just for you. Make sure you scroll through to see a list of the top 10 RV Parks to visit in the U.S.

How to Choose an RV Park

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As alluring as it may seem, simply jumping in your RV and cruising the mighty American roads isn’t the best plan. Not all parks for RVs are created the same. The most convenient park may not be what you are looking for. Whether it’s a state or private RV park, you need to know how to choose the right park for your adventure. Some parks may simply offer assigned spots under the trees, while others can offer many of the amenities of home. Your budget is one big factor. Consider the others in helping you make the best journey possible.

  • Rustic or amenity-filled? Different campgrounds offer different amenities. You can find RV parks with playgrounds for children, swimming pools, laundry, and free Wi-Fi. You might be interested in RV parks with a greater connection to nature. Either way, make sure the parks you choose can accommodate the size of your RV. And if you’re taking pets, make sure that the parks allow them.
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A great example of a park with amenities–lots of them.
  • Budget? Once you have an idea of what you want and need in an RV park, look at how much you can afford. If your trip’s going to be short, you may be able to afford parks with more amenities. For longer adventures, you may need to pare back on the cost of your campgrounds. Don’t forget to include other costs like fuel, food, entertainment, and local attractions. Take your total budget and divide by the length of trip. You’ll get how much you can spend each day, which will lead you to your campground budget.
  • Location? If you’re searching for serenity, a quieter, more remote RV park may be what you need. If you prefer a more social atmosphere, a campground closer to larger towns may be right up your alley. The closer you are to nature, the more time and gas you will spend to get there, but closer to towns means the possibility of more traffic.
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Yosemite Pines RV Park is a great location.
  • User reviews: How do you know if a campground is for you? You may ask friends and family who have travelled or browsed online user reviews. Focus on the reviews with constructive details, reviews, and ratings, as well as those with information about local attractions, amenities, and pictures to help in your decision.
  • Community: No one wants to select an RV park and then discover it is not what they wanted. Choose locations that adhere to your type of community. Are you looking for privacy or hope for a more social group of people? Do you want to be around like-minded adults or need a more child-friendly spot? Your RV campground needs to fit both your personal and social style to ensure your stay is memorable – in a good way.

The Top 10 RV Parks to visit in the U.S

Looking for ideas about campgrounds not to miss? Here are 10 RV parks in alphabetical order, that deserve a place on your itinerary.

1.Boyd’s Key West Campground: Key West, Florida

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Just a few minutes from the excitement of Key West yet offering campsites by the ocean, it is no wonder that this RV park is popular. In addition to the ocean, you can take a dip in their pool, stroll along the marina, or check email using their free Internet service. Reserve your spot early so that you are not disappointed.

2. Durango RV Resort: Red Bluff, California

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If you are wishing for a home away from home, then look no further. With access to electricity, cable television, and free Wi-Fi, you can relax with some creature comforts at the end of a long travel day. You can chat with other campers in the clubhouse, by the pool, or beside the outdoor fireplace at twilight. Even Fido gets a chance to meet other pooches at their huge dog park. Settle down at night at one of the campsites situated along the Sacramento River.

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Lodge and pool at Durango RV Resort

3. Fox Hill RV Park: Baraboo, Wisconsin

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Clean and crisp air, the fresh smell of pine, and the gentle crackling of a fire. Expect that, and more, at Fox Hill RV Park. You will easily find relaxation in a pure and natural 50 acres of woodland. Sites feature pull-through spots with full hook-ups. Enjoy spotless bathrooms and a camp store for all of your needs. If you want some fun, you can visit Devil’s Lake State Park or hit the links at Fairfield Hills golf course.

4. Horse Thief Lake Campground: Hill City, South Dakota  

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Horse Thief Lake Campground

If you want a simple, rustic campground with a heavy dose of quiet beauty, make sure you visit Horse Thief Lake Campground. This family-owned and operated RV park is close to the wonders of nature, including the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary. It is the closest set of campgrounds to Mount Rushmore, so it is extremely popular. It’s also really great! You can enjoy a camp fire at your site, take a dip in the heated pool, or simply stare at the stars overhead at night.

5. Pigeon River Campground: Hartford, Tennessee

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Check out the 360 degree virtual tours on the Pigeon River Campground site!

Close to hiking, cycling, fishing, and rafting – activities abound at Pigeon River campground. Park your RV or set up your tent right on the Pigeon River and kick back while enjoying views of the incredible Great Smoky Mountains. You can also enjoy swimming, access to free Wi-Fi, and sparkling private bathrooms. Furry friends are welcome too.

6. Pumpkin Patch RV Resort: Bangor, Maine

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Variety is the name of the game at the Pumpkin Patch RV Resort. This adult-focussed RV park itself is quiet and tranquil with access to nature trails, laundry, and an activity building. Attractions are close by too. For example, you can visit author Stephen King’s home, Fort Knox, or check out one of the many flea markets in the area. Take a drive to see lighthouses along the breath-taking coast.

7. Rivers Edge RV ParkFairbanks, Alaska

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With 190 sites at this RV park, you can slumber peacefully in the land of the midnight sun. You can explore the area using the biking and walking trails, and get a bite to eat at the site’s restaurant. Even better, you don’t have to drive to visit local attractions such as Pioneer Park or the historic downtown – just hop on one of the shuttle busses.

8. Shady Dell RV Park: Bisbee, Arizona

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What happens if you want to try RVing but don’t have one of your own? You go to Shady Dell RV park and try one of theirs! Their vintage stationary trailers are beautifully restored with a private bathroom and a full-sized bed. A diner is in the park when you want to grab a bite to eat.

9. Yosemite Pines RV ParkYosemite, California

Yosemite National Park is a natural jewel, and Yosemite Pines RV park, located approximately 22 miles from the park, is the best way to enjoy your visit to the national wonder. You will enjoy premium back-in and pull-through sites. Take the family and try your hand at panning for gnew at the resort’s gnew mine or make friends with the alpacas at their petting farm.

10. Zion River Resort: Virgin, Utah

Zion National Park

When you want a break from the winter and explore amazing red cliffs, mark down Zion River Resort on your must-see list. The site itself offers full hook-ups and barbeque grills, as well as free Wi-Fi to stay in touch. Even better, this RV park is just a short drive from Zion National Park where you can hike the lunar-like landscape.

Before You Go

No matter if you’re looking for a quick getaway or a longer summer sojourn, exploring the United States by RV park is a great way to travel.

Knowing how to choose the right style of RV adventure is a must to ensuring a great time. Go through the checklist of considerations above to get started on your planning. And see if you can stop by one of these amazing RV parks. They each have something incredible to offer!

Team Outdoorsy


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