Motorhome campers from every state have shared stories of the scenic state parks they love to visit. We’ve chosen six of those special places to share with our readers—once in a lifetime, don’t-miss state parks to add to your RV camping bucket list. We hope you’ll share your favorites, too!
Bolsa Chica State Beach, Huntington Beach, CA
Every RV camper who loves the ocean should experience camping on the beach at least once. The perfect place to start is Bolsa Chica State Beach, stretching out for three miles along Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach, CA. Wake up to the sound of the waves and take the time to learn surfing or surf fishing while you’re there.
Insider Tip: Buy a fishing permit for your summer vacation and plan it for the night of a full moon. That’s when the grunion run and hand-fishing is allowed—talk about an exciting fish story to share back home!
Ridgway State Park, Ouray County, CO
This Colorado state park offers hiking in the San Juan Mountains, fishing and boating on Ridgway Reservoir and plenty of wildlife to watch. It’s on our list because this southwest Colorado Park offers some of the most scenic campgrounds in America.
Insider Tip: Hike or bike at least one of the sections of the Dutch Charlie Trail to see the San Juans at their finest.
Albert E Sleeper State Park, Caseville, MI
Our next must-see state park made the list thanks to the beauty of its location on Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay. Sleeper SP offers RV camping fans the chance to hike the dunes and forests, enjoy the half-mile beach or simply watch the sunset over the Bay from your quiet campsite.
Insider Tip: Up for an epic paddling adventure on your trip? The Tip of the Thumb Heritage Water Trail is more than one hundred miles of good times for kayakers, skirting the ‘thumb’ of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula on which Sleeper SP resides.
Leonard Harrison State Park, Tioga County, PA
The Keystone State has more than one hundred scenic state parks, and Leonard Harrison SP is one of our favorites. Add it to your RV camping bucket list for a chance to experience Pine Creek Gorge, also known as Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyon. Campers who come to this Park in Tioga County can hike the trails that wind in and around the 1000-feet deep Gorge, conquer the Class II/III rapids of Pine Creek, fish for trout in area streams or photograph magnificent waterfalls.
Insider Tip: Bring the bikes and travel a portion of the 60-plus mile Pine Creek Rail Trail for never-to-be-forgotten views of wildlife, waterfalls and rocky cliffs far above the trail.
Big Lagoon State Park, Perdido Key, Florida
Wander the boardwalks, dunes and pine-studded trails of this park just a few miles south of Pensacola and you’ll soon understand why Big Lagoon is another state park we suggest every camper visit. There’s no shortage of scenery or outdoor recreation here—swim, fish or paddle in the Lagoon, or swing down to stunning Perdido Key for even more vacation fun. Save time to enjoy the Gulf just past the Key to round out a splendid Florida Panhandle RV vacation.
Insider Tip: Rent a kayak to explore the waterways that interlace the area, and take time to climb the steps of the Park’s observation hour for unforgettable views.
Cape Lookout State Park, Tillamook County, Oregon
Stand on the rocky beach at sunset. Hike trails through grass-studded dunes and pine forests. Watch the wind carry a parasail high above and keep a sharp eye out for whales. When you come to this windswept state park, you’ll be hard-pressed to go home. It’s that beautiful. Located on a narrow spit of land jutting out into the Pacific, Cape Lookout SP reminds us why all RV campers should visit the Pacific Northwest every time they have the chance.
Insider Tip: Save an afternoon to take the Three Capes Scenic Drive, forty miles of glorious coastline through three Oregon state parks.
There’s our list…we hope you’ve already started yours! We can help with an RV rental if you need one, so why not plan the first trip on your RV camping bucket list now?