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jan-n-john
I haven't seen exactly this topic, so here goes.

Which are the best two or three parks you have ever stayed in.? Money is no object--just the best.

Then, since specific factors will weigh differently with different folks, what are other parks you have stayed in that were especially memorable? Maybe because they were very good value, or had a fabulous view, were on the beach, whatever.

For us the two best parks were probably Traverse Bay RV Resort in Traverse City Michigan, and Crystal Lake RV Resort in Naples Florida. Both these are condo parks oriented to the Really Big Rig set, where you can rent owned lots, and the quality of the facilities shows it. Another very good one is Coastal Georgia RV Resort in Brunswick, Ga. That one is not only nice but it's right off I-95 so a great stopover park.

I suppose we have had several favorites. One certainly is the tiny Low-Key Hideaway Motel and RV Resort in Cedar Key, Florida. Very funky place (both the park and the town) and gorgeous sunsets.

dog bone
Frontier town Ocean City, Md. Love the place. Little crowded at times. Amenities; marina, lagoon sites(park your boat behind your trailer), bay front sites, crabbing pier, water park, wild west city and show, restaurant, free buses to OC and Assateauge Is. ( to see the wild ponies and swim in the ocean) and full service general store. It could be pricey at between $50 and $85 a night, depending on your site, but the water park is free for campers, knock of $20 per person because that is what they charge to get in, if you don't camp there. If you get a lagoon site ($85) and have a boat you save $27 a night for not using the marina docks.
Fishing, crabbing and clamming is great, the boardwalk is outstanding and the island is a beach lovers paradise.

Wellesley Island State Park, Alexandria Bay, NY. Place is huge, must have 500 sites. Only one loop full hook up. Full service marina with boat rentals. Not crowded at all, sites a large. Some sites looking out over the river. Not pricey, $25 a night and $17 for a dock. You can swim in the St Lawrence River, it is crystal clear.
Take a cruise on a tour boat around the Islands ( there are over 1000 of them), stop at Boldt Castle and walk around a renovated English Castle. Visit the Antique Boat Museum. Fishing is great, hirer a guide, visit a light house or see a freighter go through a lock. There are thee local towns to walk around, shop, or eat in one of the restaurants

These are two of our favorites. I guess I got carried away with my descriptions. Sorry about that. blink.gif
mdcamping
Our all time favorite Family camping trip would have to be hands down Cherrystone Campground in VA, between the crabbing, charter fishing, pools and everything else my kids still talk about that trip.

Camp Hatteras on the OBX in NC was DW and I's favorite, just loved the geography of the dunes out there and the waves and beaches were to die for!

Our favorite local campground would definitely be Odetah in CT.

Mike
Trailer Park Casanova
The old Disneyland Vacationland RV park was our favorite.
The company bulldozed it for a parking structure to accompany the failed California Adventure project.

Disney World still has their RV Park and it's pretty good if you study where everything is and take advantage of the transportation available other than the dreadful buses.

It was designed in the 1970's and really hasn't been up graded to accommodate the larger rigs of today, but it's still refurbished and very well maintained. With patience and some time you can negotiate most the RV spots.

Goofy people the local Floridians.
It's the only state or place we've ever been where neighbor campers roll or walk up and gawk at you.
They just come up to your RV site and stare.

We find that all over the entire state of Florida. Bizarre.
DXSMac
My two favorites are both boondocking parks.

Bear Butte State Park in Sturgis, SD

Fort Casey State Park in Coupeville, WA

Both parks don't have hookups. Good places to practice using your generator.

JJ
Bud in Florida
I love Disney World's Fort Wilderness. They are in the process of upgrading it. Making sites longer and wider-- I won't comment on the blanket statement about all Floridians! Especially since it came from a member who lives in California near where I used to live--I also like Hart Ranch in Rapid City SD. Gamble Rogers state park in Fla and Jetty Park at Port Canveral are great places near the beach
Lindsay Richards
Wal-Mart in Watts, CA
Flying J somewhere along I-40.

Now I was just kidding. I think that this is a very hard question and I'll have to give it more thought.
MelindaK
I have only been doing this for a short time (not a full timer...that is my dream), but so far my favorite where you could stay a month is Mountain View RV Park & Resort in Creede, Colorado. I could sit there all day and look at the mountains. There are lots of day trips you can take from this location not to mention all things you can do around Creede. My next choise would be Colter Bay Village RV Park in the Grand Tetons, but the max stay is 14 days there. You are 30 minutes from the south entrance of Yellowstone and only an hour from Jackson, Wyoming.
dalsgal
Our favorite is Dan Nicholas in Salisbury NC. I understand there are train rides, gem mines and things like that but we love to camp there because it is quiet and peaceful. People will walk by and wave but don't cut through your sites or invade your privacy. There is plenty of space between sites so we weren't looking into someone elses campsite. The bath houses are older but very clean and the staff is always friendly. When we are able to get there it is because we choose to do some relaxing. If you ever want to go there to be outside and playing around let me know so I won't go then.....it ALWAYS rains when we go. biggrin.gif
wprigge
Nobody said anything about where the campgrounds are located, and as I had the chance of camping in Europe while I worked there I'll include the best I found there. Here is my top ten list in order of preference:

1)
Campofelice in Tenero, Switzerland
http://www.camping-ticino.ch/

My favorite, especially impressive in winter. The micro climate of the north end of Lake Maggiore allows for semi-tropical plants out in the open while only a few hundred yards up in altitude you have snow with good skiing conditions. Beautiful mountain vistas with the villas of the rich and famous all around the valley.

2)
Camping Jungfrau, Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
http://www.camping-jungfrau.ch/en/ueber_un....asp?news=close

Beautiful mountain vistas, short walking distance to the world famous mountain trains of Switzerland

3)
Camping Golden Beach, Skala Panagia , Island of Thassos, Greece
http://www.camping-goldenbeach.gr/

A not very touristy Greek island, at the time the ferries where pretty small and you had to back up with your travel trailer to get on them. The island is covered in pine trees and this gives a particular taste to the honey of Thassos, the best honey I've ever eaten!

4)
Camping Don Cactus, Carachuna, Granada - Andalucía, Spain
http://www.doncactus.com/

In winter the warmest place of all of Europe, right on the beach!

5)
Aaregg Familiencampingplatz, Brienz, Switzerland
http://aaregg.ch/en/Offers/Family_camping

On a beautiful mountain lake, perfect place for one of the most spectacular drives in the world, doing the Grimsel, Furka and Susten Pass in one day.

6)
Camping Michelangelo, Florence, Italy
http://www.ecvacanze.it/en/proprieta.php?idp=41

The facilities are not as good as the preceding parks and very crowded in high season, but you are situated on a hill overlooking the old part of Florence, Italy and only a few steps will bring you to the best vantage point for the Ponte Veccio.

7)
Admiral Robert B. Carney Park, NSA Naples, Italy
https://www.cnic.navy.mil/navycni/groups/pu...icp_a137783.pdf

A US Navy recreation facility in an extinct crater a few miles north of Naples.

8)
Hunting Island State Park, South Carolina
http://www.rvparkreviews.com/regions/South...a/Beaufort.html

The sanitary facilities need a major overhaul, but it is right on the beach and the campsites are under a canopy of giant pine trees.

9)
Fort De Soto Campground, Terra Verde, Florida
http://www.rvparkreviews.com/regions/Flori...erra_Verde.html

Close to beaches that are among the best ones in the USA, but not realistically walkable while hauling you beach stuff

10)
Killbear Provincial Park, Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada
http://www.rvparkreviews.com/regions/Ontar...arry_Sound.html

Has 7 different campground sections along the shores of Georgian Bay, Lake Huron. Pink sand beaches between granite outcroppings, too bad it's hard to get in to!

jamarynn1
Rafter J Bar Ranch campground near Hill City, SD. We've been here for 10 days and I never want to leave. Beautiful mountains to look at in all directions. Wonderful trails leading from the campground into the Black Hills National Forest. The Mickelson Trail (one of the premier hiking and biking trails in the country) runs alongside the campground. Two streams. Pool, hot tub, store, laundry rooms, bath houses, bike rentals, even gas pumps. Roomy sites. Good playground for the kiddies. Pets welcome. There are actually five separate campgrounds -- you can camp in a meadow or in the pines, depending on whether you want cable tv and wi-fi or want to "rough" it. Excellent big-rig access. Strong wi-fi and decent (but not great) cable tv selection. Good water pressure and steady electric. There are cabins, also. Campfires are allowed (which have been verboten at most of the campgrounds we've stayed at in the last three months). Nice people at the office. They have a pancake breakfast every morning during the summer months. About three miles to Hill City where there is a decent grocery store. Nearest Walmart is in Rapid City, which is a bit of a hike. Convenient to Mt. Rushmore, Custer State Park and the 1880 Train. A pleasant drive to Deadwood and Spearfish Canyon. Unfortunately, they're closing for the winter in a couple of weeks, so alas, we must move on. I can't wait to come back next year.
RLM
This one is easy. The best parks are the ones I have all to myself.
MaineDon
Favorites? Let see.....Watchman campground in Zion National Park. The color of the mountains surrounding one here is beautiful. Red Bluffs Provincial Park, Souris, Prince Edward Island. Wonderful walking beach, warm ocean water and panoramic views of the Strait of Northumberland.
Finally, Catalina State Park, Tucson. Good hiking through the interesting vegetation of the Sonoran Desert, beautiful sunset views of the Catalina Mountains, and good shade from the p.m. sun.
shihtzumomma
Hi

I have two favorites so far, Jackson Rancheria rv park in jackson CA. Love the amenities, beautiful scenery. Love the staff you feel like you are home when u go there.

and
Astoria KOA
Tom
Probably my two favorite are:

River Bend Campground in Oneco, Connecticut. It is not the fanciest, can be a bit crowded and noisy, and tight to manuever in. But my family always has the best time there.

Fort Wilderness in Disney World. I thought the sites were plenty roomy for us (21' trailer), bathrooms were clean, clean, clean. The grounds are beautifully maintained. A lot of activities to do at the campground and all the employees (Cast Members) we met are polite and knowledgable. And.... you are a ferry boat ride away from the Magic Kingdom.

We have a bunch of other campgrounds we like for a variety of reasons, from "rustic" no service campgrounds to full-out resorts. Although, my family has gotten to the point where we really have more fun at the less fancy campgrounds.

Piscesman
Inverness Beach Campground, Inverness, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. Small but well maintained...the beach and the sunsets are to die for....
riserdude
We would have to say our favorite is Cherrystone in Virginia. The summers are great with many actvities for the kids. Pools, waterpark, fishing piers, crabbing, biking, you name it. Have bands on the weekends, movies for kids, a store and restaurant even a laundry. Our kids love it!! Halloween is very nice, good haunted house/hey ride.
Annie Maricle
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QUOTE(MelindaK @ Sep 14 2010, 12:46 AM) *

I have only been doing this for a short time (not a full timer...that is my dream), but so far my favorite where you could stay a month is Mountain View RV Park & Resort in Creede, Colorado. I could sit there all day and look at the mountains. There are lots of day trips you can take from this location not to mention all things you can do around Creede. My next choise would be Colter Bay Village RV Park in the Grand Tetons, but the max stay is 14 days there. You are 30 minutes from the south entrance of Yellowstone and only an hour from Jackson, Wyoming.

I totally agree with Colter Bay Village Rv Park. The area is beyond expression. We love being there. The beauty of the mountains are magnetic to a rv camper. Also, We love Creekside Rv Campgrounds in Pigeon Forge Tenn. Great location to everything in that area. Wish I were in one or the other place right now. smile.gif smile.gif smile.gif
DeckmanF
We are currently enjoying all the state campgrounds in Louisiana...and Kisatchie National Forest was great. The state campgrounds have water and electricity and wifi...and last night we even had our own dock! Of course, with the heat and humidity we need the a/c!

DeckmanF
Wink
That is a hard question to answer.Depends on if you are looking for long stay as full timers or like us that go some where about every month with A few five or six week trips here and there.
We have been to some really nice ones that were not full hook up so would not want to stay there full time.
It would be easer to say what is the worst park you have ever been to.But then I guess I am lucky that don't really have a horror story as some I have heard.I guess because we stay at State and Federal parks most of the time.And the privet ones we have been to all were pretty good. smile.gif
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GarrettSmith
What generally appeals to us is shade, quiet and dog friendly.

Colter Bay is wonderful for myriad reasons

There are so many others that could be tied for 2nd place.

And unfortunately several that are tied for last place!
coacbcps
My family and I love Bethpage in Virginia. They have a huge water area with many different pools, water slides, kiddie pools, etc. The sites are HUGE and leveled, the largest we've ever stayed at for a private campground. They have many activities to keep the kiddies busy. An ice cream parlor that gives big, healthy scoops (a hit with the hubby). tongue.gif
jaskar
We live and mostly camp in NC. For hiking, fishing etc, we love Stone Mountain State Park near Wilkesboro. When my son and I go strictly for trout fishing, we stay either at Stone Mountain or Mountain Stream RV Park which is near Marion. Tons of good fishing in that area and the park is very pretty and there is a stream on the property with many sites backing up to it and lots of trout there too.

For the beach, another vote for Camp Hatteras in Rodanthe/Waves.
notsofastdave
Heartside Grove in Petosky MI and J Bar Rafter in Hill City SD
jbwv
Lake George RV Park, Lake George, NY (about an hour north of Albany, exit 20 off of I-87). Clean, TONS to do inside and outside the park, and just a beautiful area for so many activities, especially hiking opportunities in the Adirondacks. We go there every year.

Beyond LGRVP, I'm partial to state parks because I like the privacy afforded by the generous space between sites; my biggest pet peeve is being right on top of folks in the adjacent site, especially when they have no notion of being a good camping neighbor. Most of these are reasonably close to my home in eastern WV:
  • Rocky Gap near Cumberland, MD
  • Douthat State Park near Clifton Forge, VA
  • Westmoreland State Park near Fredericksburg, VA.
I saw Bethpage mentioned in posts here. While it has it's good points, I found some of the sites to be close together and the endless parades of jacked-up golf carts "cruising" the park at night quite annoying.

Hopefully a trip to Acadia is in our not-too-distant future - I hear it's wonderful. If anyone has any thoughts on that area, please share!
Kalama Traveler
I find the question interesting. Of course, the answer depends on who you are and what you enjoy. My wife and I are from Washington State, and retired. Come winter time, we like to get out of the cold, clouds, rain and snow, so we head south. The park that we have found that we really like and return to often is Desert Shadows in Cathedral City CA. As I mentioned, it depends on who you are and what you want. This is a "condo" park, so you rent owners spots. We usually stay here about six weeks. It is a 55+ park with all the amenities. They have everything from Bocce ball, to dances, to concerts, to tours to ping pong, putting green, six pools (one indoors), five hot tubs, tennis courts, friendly staff, the most friendly people you will ever meet live there, etc. etc. etc., and of course the most important things: sun and warmth. Plus the many things to do in the Coachella Valley.

While I mentioned all the bad weather in the winter in the Pacific Northwest, when the sun does come out, like it did today, 85 degrees, it is a marvelous place. During the Summer and early Fall, the place we love to go to is the RV Resort at Cannon Beach, Oregon. Room, grass, trees, and a short walk to one of the most beautiful stretches of beach in the country.

Anyway, these are two of our favorite places. If any of you are in these areas, please check them out. You will not be disappointed.
luvretirement
You gotta see Bella Terra RV Resort in Foley, AL. It is a motorhome only resort with mostly owned sites, but many sites are available for rent. The reviewers give it a 10 across the board. The staff treat you like family and they all go out of their way to make you feel welcome. There aren't enough words to describe this resort. Foley is just north of Gulf Shores, AL, about 6 miles from one of the prettiest beaches in the country. Winters are mild but summers can be brutal with the humidity.

Another favorite of ours is Palm Creek in Casa Grande, AZ. This is a mega park with beautiful facilities. The complaints seem to deal mainly with poor wi-fi, but that didn't bother us because we had our own. This is our favorite winter location.

As others have stated, Coulter Bay in the Tetons is gorgeous as long as you don't mind drycamping.

We have only camped in 25 states, but these are our choices so far. biggrin.gif
American Biker
My favorite park is the Victorian RV Park in Sparks Nevada. I always come up here for Hot August Nights (classic car event) and the Street Vibrations Motorcycle Rally.

The park has really nice landscaping and large trees to keep the sun off the top of the RV. It is also pet friendly and within walking distance to the events.

If you'er travelling to the Reno area, check it out!
FosterImposters
Welcome aboard American Biker!
Great photo.
Whoo boy: I'm betting it is the 'surface of the sun' temperatures in Nevada right now!
Keep cool.
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Frank Rader
Riverside, Bayfield CO. Great sites, use of terrain and nature, staff, bathrooms, rates. Restful, night sky.

Custer Crazyhorse, Custer SD. Feels like a campground. Nicely designed. Well located, yet not up on the street. night sky.

Lake Chautauqu KOA, Dewitteville NY. Elevated view of the lake. middle of 200 acres of wildlife. Strong services, staff. Night sky.

To make this list:
(1) No campground lighting other than from campers, vehicle and necessary security lighting.
(2) Natural setting with fire ring, picnic table, level sites, tight hook ups.
(3) Very clean bathroom, functional laundry
(4) Wi-Fi
(5) A "community" center or event such as ice cream social or large fire ring where folks gather.
sightseer
After 6yrs fulltiming our all time favorite has to be Winchester Bay RV Resort in Winchester Bay, OR. In fact we are headed that way again now and may stop again.

We would also go to Fishpatrick's for seafood...he catches them himself and even Served them to us in his restaurant! smile.gif
MelBtraveln
I noticed that there haven't been any replies to this topic in a very long time. But what the heck? I'll throw in my two cents worth.

My favorite places to camp have always been in state and national parks.

In no particular order, here are my favorite state parks:

1. Palo Duro Canyon SP in the Texas panhandle. Very large state park with over 16 miles of in- park paved roads and great hiking. Camping sites vary but most all have nice views. Summer can be a scorcher there but worth it in order to take in the outdoor musical drama "Texas!" It's in a wonderful outdoor amphitheater with the canyon wall as a backdrop. Quite a few really great special effects throughout the show that may surprise you!
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/palo-duro-canyon

2. Tyler State Park in east Texas, 100 miles east of Dallas and just 2 miles north of I-20, is a beautiful park with a 64 acre spring-fed lake. You don't need a fishing license to fish from the shore of any lake in a Texas State Park, so take your rod & reel or your cane pole. The lake has a swimming beach as well as pedal boat and canoe rentals. There is a trail around the perimeter of the lake that is a fairly easy hike. I've camped all over the southwest and keep going back to Tyler State Park. There are plenty of full hook-up sites, some with lake views. My favorite seasons there are spring (forest is loaded with red bud and dogwood trees, as well as many varieties of wild flowers) and fall (wonderful fall colors throughout the forest and it's much cooler).

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/tyler

3. Mueller State Park in Colorado, while fairly close to Colorado Springs, is a world away from the city. This is a very large park with miles and miles of fabulous hiking trails. We didn't have hookups, but were able to fill our H2O tank and dump our black & grey tanks when needed. From the front portion of our campsite, we had a great view of Pike's Peak. Stunning! The rangers keep a pretty tight reign on things and enforce the rules, which is a good thing these days. While on hikes there we saw deer, elk, blue grouse and more. I can't emphasize enough how terrific the hiking trail system is in this park. And there are trails for people with any and every ability, from flat and easy to lots of ups, downs, twists and turns. We hope to return to Mueller soon.

http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/Parks/Mueller

Happy camping,

Mel
BankShot
Just noticed this thread and wanted to add our two favorite parks to this growing list.

!. Gilbert Ray State Campground - So. West of Tucson, AZ. If you like being out in the desert in Jan., Feb., or March this is absolutely the nicest state campground we have run across and it's on our trip route at some point during Feb. of every year. The coyotes howl at night and the birds chirp during the day and there's nothing to do but enjoy nature and revel in the beauty and quietness this park provides. Unfortunately you can only stay for 7 days max and it's on a first come, first served basis but it a wonderful place to spend a week and our very favorite.......

2. JGW RV Park - Located just a few miles south of Redding, CA and right on the Sacramento River. Reserve one of the several pull thrus facing the river and you'll think you've died and gone to heaven. Just a really nice park, well taken care of and friendly folks all around. We try to get up there in the early fall when the temperature drops below 100 degrees. Watching the river flow by about 75 feet in front of your coach with a nice glass of wine in the evenings, well it just don't get much "mo betta" than that....................

Wishing all of you a happy summer of RVing. .............. BankShot
dalsgal
Anyone that reads this thread can easily see why the reviews vary so much on the review part of the board. While we all love the parks we like best, you can see from the postings that we all look for such different things. Some look for activities, some look for fancy amenities and some of us just look for peace, quiet and simplicity. There is nothing wrong with any of these desires at all but it does show that we value different things.
MelBtraveln
QUOTE(dalsgal @ Aug 16 2014, 07:57 AM) *

Anyone that reads this thread can easily see why the reviews vary so much on the review part of the board. While we all love the parks we like best, you can see from the postings that we all look for such different things. Some look for activities, some look for fancy amenities and some of us just look for peace, quiet and simplicity. There is nothing wrong with any of these desires at all but it does show that we value different things.


I couldn't agree more, Dalsgal! And that is one of the things I love about camping/RVing: You meet the most interesting/diverse group of people in the world, from every walk of life. And the Great Outdoors has something for each of us. I can find all the spectacular scenery and views, hiking trails, and peace and tranquility I want. Others can find the particular settings and activities they prefer. With our tents, pop-ups, truck campers, TTs, 5ers, and MHs we can have just the kind of experience we like. The camping life -- be it in a back country tent or a luxury MH in a "Rolls Royce" RV park -- is grand.

The guy on this forum who signs "Home is where I park it" has the right idea! And choosing our parking spot is one way we express our individuality. Life couldn't get any better.

Mel
Texasrvers
QUOTE(dalsgal @ Aug 16 2014, 07:57 AM) *

Anyone that reads this thread can easily see why the reviews vary so much on the review part of the board. While we all love the parks we like best, you can see from the postings that we all look for such different things. Some look for activities, some look for fancy amenities and some of us just look for peace, quiet and simplicity. There is nothing wrong with any of these desires at all but it does show that we value different things.



So true, and many times that is why a park has both high and low ratings. It just depends on whether the reviewer found what he was looking for in a park.
mdcamping
QUOTE(mdcamping @ Aug 25 2010, 09:30 PM) *

Our all time favorite Family camping trip would have to be hands down Cherrystone Campground in VA, between the crabbing, charter fishing, pools and everything else my kids still talk about that trip.

Camp Hatteras on the OBX in NC was DW and I's favorite, just loved the geography of the dunes out there and the waves and beaches were to die for!

Our favorite local campground would definitely be Odetah in CT.

Mike


Since I last posted on this subject our new local favorite campground in CT would be West Thompson Lake Campground! cool.gif

Mike
mdcamping
QUOTE(dalsgal @ Aug 16 2014, 08:57 AM) *
Some look for activities, some look for fancy amenities and some of us just look for peace, quiet and simplicity.


Were still mixing it up, seems every camping trip has it's own different purpose. But that's what I love about camping! cool.gif



Mike
BankShot
I'd like to add one more thing on this thread that I feel is relevant. I am fairly new to this RVing lifestyle. My "significant other" worked on me for several years for us to buy a motorhome and I managed to stay out of the driver's seat by telling her she'd never get me behind the wheel of "one of those behemoths". Well, an unplanned trip to an RV show about three years ago stopped that way of thinking and by allowing myself to take a test drive in the unit we ended up buying, my life was abruptly turned around. Now I can't wait to take that puppy on our next trip and so on. What a great way to enjoy not just the open road but all the various campgrounds and parks along the way. The incredible times we have had on every single trip made to date have been life changing memories for us. Out next trip in three weeks takes us to the Oregon coast where the surf will be crashing on the beach a few feet from our space and the wine will be ten times better than when we drink it at home................. tongue.gif
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