Ten Outstanding RV Campgrounds near San Francisco

We’ve shared a lot with our readers about the joys of visiting the San Francisco area, so we thought we’d help your planning even more by adding a list of outstanding San Francisco area RV campgrounds. Knowing you’ll find great amenities, friendly staff and easy access to Bay Area attractions can make all the difference on your San Francisco RV camping vacation. Here’s our list!

  • Ranked among the best RV parks in the Bay Area by Woodall’s, Coyote Valley RV Resort in San Jose has something for everyone. A short drive takes you to San Francisco, great area golf courses and beautiful Monterey. While at the resort, enjoy the salt water pool, free WiFi and satellite TV, an outdoor games area and a nicely-equipped clubhouse.
  • Across the Bay and an easy drive west of San Francisco, the charming city of Pleasanton is home to Fair Park RV. Situated on the Alameda County Fairgrounds, this park gives campers the chance to easily visit San Francisco or branch out into Livermore Wine Country. The scenic mountain setting and affordable amenities make this park a hit with our RV rental customers.
  • Hoping to camp at the closest RV park to Golden Gate National Recreation Area? Golden Gate Trailer Park is just a few minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge, so pull that big rig to a halt in one of their campsites and get ready to enjoy everything San Francisco has to offer.
  • Looking for a picturesque setting outside the clamor of the city? Maple Leaf RV Park in Morgan Hill is located an hour south of the Bay Area and fits that description perfectly. Get ready to be charmed by the beauty of this large park close enough to area attractions but pleasantly away from it all.
  • North of San Francisco in Novato, Novato RV Park is highly-rated by our San Francisco RV rental customers. Camp sites that accommodate the big rigs, nice seasonal discounts and the easy drive to San Francisco attractions are just three reasons to park your RV in Novato.
  • An hour north of San Francisco and surrounded by stunningly gorgeous scenery, Olema RV Resort and Campground is the kind of place RVers return to frequently. While traveling to San Francisco is easy from this RV park, you’ll also find yourselves next door to Point Reyes National Seashore! Plan extra time to enjoy the wonders of this coastal RV campground.
  • San Francisco RV Resort – Pacifica: Ocean views just a short drive from the city; what could be better while on vacation? With many pull-thru sites, full hookups including 50 amp service and free WiFi, this park will become your comfortable home-away-from-home.
  • San Francisco/North Petaluma KOA is another area campground that receives high marks from our customers. Convenient to Point Reyes National Seashore, San Francisco and the vineyards of Napa Valley, this campground allows you to fully enjoy the region. Come home from exploring and play a game of bocce ball as you sip a glass of Napa Valley wine. Heaven!
  • Tradewinds RV Park of Vallejo keeps you close to both Napa Valley and the high-speed San Francisco Ferry that will carry you across San Pablo Bay and on to the San Francisco Bay area. Explore the Golden Gate Bridge, the lighthouses and Alcatraz and then ferry back to your luxurious RV rental for a well-deserved rest.
  • Another highly-rated park in the lovely town of Morgan Hill, Uvas Pines RV Park features shady campsites and friendly hosts with a quiet setting. Enjoy the convenience of camping close to Hwy 101 and come home to a peaceful night’s sleep outside the bustle of the Bay Area.
Posted in California RV Camping Vacation, RV Campgrounds | Tagged , | 7 Comments

Fun at Live Oak Landing in Freeport Florida

Our friends at RVC Outdoor Destinations kindly shared this with us about their new campground Live Oak Landing.

Nestled along the Choctawhatchee Bay with direct water frontage on the gorgeous Black Creek, Live Oak Landing is a beautiful campground committed to offering its guests a hotel-like experience in the ideal natural environment. Each one of the RV campsites is concrete, complete with full hook-ups, 50 amp service, cable and Wi-Fi.

Its several century old Live Oak trees take campers back to a time when things moved at a more relaxing pace. Yet, should you feel the urge to go into town, Destin is merely minutes away with some of the best shopping and seafood restaurants in the South. If you want to bring your friends, but they don’t own an RV, no worries! There are brand-new furnished cottages to rent near the RV sites. This unique combination of seclusion and proximity are what make Live Oak Landing such a highly desirable destination.

Some of the more notable features of Live Oak Landing include:

  • A boat ramp and dock providing guests with easy access to the water
  • Direct boat access to Choctawhatchee Bay, the Gulf, rivers, bayous, and intercoastal waterway
  • Fishing either from some excellent on-property fishing spots or through available fishing charters to experience some of the very best bayou, river, bay, and Gulf Coast fishing in the region.

It sounds like if northwest Florida is in your travel plans you should be sure to add Live Oak Landing to your must-see list of campgrounds.

Posted in Florida RV Camping Vacation, RV Campgrounds | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Take in Historic St. Augustine from Pacetti’s Campground & Marina

This was kindly provided to us by our friends at Pacetti’s Campground & Marina.

Pacetti’s RV Park & Marina is located at on Trout Creek, a tributary of the beautiful St. Johns River. The campground showcases the best that country charm has to offer. The 23-acre campground has huge oak trees, and the creek is perfect for fishing right off the campground’s docks. Bring your RV, tent, or even rent a cabin. The campground has a boat ramp and boat slips for your boat too. This is the perfect location to get away from all the crowds and just relax and enjoy leisurely days by the creek. When you are ready for some shopping, golf, and area attractions, everything is just a short drive from Pacetti’s.

Attractions Near Pacetti’s RV Park & Marina

Historic St. Augustine is just one of the many attractions located near Pacetti’s RV Park & Marina. Think about taking a trolley tour, horse and carriage ride, or even a riverboat to see St. Augustine. And of course do not forget St. Augustine’s beaches!

Other attractions include:

  • The World Golf Village that is only a 10 minute drive away. The Imax Theater, Renaissance Resort and Murray Brothers Caddy Shack restaurant are all located there.
  • The St. Augustine Outlet Mall, a full day of shopping that is only 20 minutes away.
  • Ft. Matanzas with guides dressed in character and real working cannons.
  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not, always a family favorite.

There are many other attractions that would appeal to visitors of all ages. The staff Pacetti’s RV Park & Marina is very knowledgeable about the area, and will strive to help you with your plans.

Posted in Florida RV Camping Vacation, RV Campgrounds | Leave a comment

Great RV Campground Hosts Make All the Difference

Why do you return to the same RV campgrounds year after year? Chances are it’s because you’ve made a connection with the campground hosts there. No matter if you camp the Maine coastline or prefer plush RV resorts in Arizona, the presence of great RV campground hosts make all the difference in a memorable stay.

So what makes an RV campground host great? We’ve done a little research on the topic, and identified three traits that have motorhome campers singing the praises of campground hosts. We’ve also provided links to spots where the campground hosts get rave reviews in each category.

Great RV Campground Hosts are Friendly
The RV campground hosts we hear good things about consistently embrace the job of welcoming weary RV travelers with a smile. And that’s not easy! Consider how busy RV parks can be in peak vacation season. That means a certain number of inconsiderate campers who want to party or run their generators all night. That means RV-traveling pet owners who don’t clean up after Fifi. But the best RV campground hosts take it all in stride. They firmly enforce their campground’s rules and accommodate reasonable requests with a smile.

3 Ponds Campground in Brentwood, NH is a great example of an RV campground where the hosts consistently get big props for friendly, caring service.

Great RV Campground Hosts Know the Area
From talking to RV travelers for years, we know a campground host who knows a lot about the local area can be invaluable. Here’s a stellar example of friendly, helpful RV campground hosts who can help with local travel information: KOA Yellowstone Kampground has its own Facebook page where frequent updates on ski slope and road conditions, campground upgrades, and Northern Arizona events are posted. These folks really know their local area and want you to enjoy your trip to the fullest.

Great RV Campground Hosts Go Above and Beyond
Sometimes the nicest things happen at RV campgrounds in the midst of emergencies. RV travelers have shared wonderful stories of campground hosts who have gone above and beyond to help get a vacation back on track.

Here are some campgrounds with hosts who rate high marks consistently for doing what it takes to make a vacation enjoyable:

A great RV campground host really does make all the difference. We hope, when you discover one of these friendly, helpful folks (and there are plenty of them out there!), that you’ll let other RVers know about your experience. It’s a tough job that takes a special person to host an RV park that draws visitors year after year. Our hats are off to the people who help make RV camping one of America’s favorite vacation pastimes!

Posted in RV Campgrounds | Tagged | 1 Comment

10 Reasons You Should Visit Panama City and Panama City Beach, Florida

Many thanks to Pamela Wright of Emerald Coast RV Beach Resort, in Panama City Beach, Florida for this blog post.

  1. If you head east on I-98 from Pensacola to Fort Walton you are going to find wall to wall traffic, shopping malls and hotels. This can be quite exhilarating if you enjoy the feel of the big city stretched out along the beach, but if you would prefer a slower pace, you need to keep heading west to Panama City Beach and Panama City, Florida. You will still have the options of shopping at a modern mall, eating at an award winning restaurant and soaking up the sun on the beach – just at a more leisurely pace.
  2. At the tip of Panama City Beach lies St. Andrews State Park. A beautiful park with a lot to offer; not the least of which is the shuttle service to Shell Island. Walk along the quiet beach searching for shells, sit and relax on the white sugar sand beach, or watch the Skate (think manta ray but smaller) frolicking in the surf.
  3. Take a ride out into the gulf to watch the dolphin at play. They are beautiful creatures who give you a sense of serenity.
  4. Cross the Hathaway Bridge to visit the deceptively quiet towns of St. Andrews and Panama City. There are a lot of choices when it comes to food. Nothing quite as nice as sitting on a deck, gazing out over the lagoon and enjoying that glass of wine with a great salad.
  5. Check out the art scene, the antiques scene, and the “old” town scene along Harrison Avenue in Panama City. Lots to choose from. If you make it on a Friday evening beginning in March, you can also participate in the Friday Fest. Lots of fun, music, people watching and, once again, great food.
  6. Panama City Beach has a very active Senior Center where you can do anything from practice Yoga, to make jewelry, to paint. The price is right, the atmosphere is fun filled and you are guaranteed to learn something.
  7. Check out the theater scene! Musicals, plays, symphonies, what more could you ask for?
  8. Take a drive on I-98 heading east and visit the Forgotten Coast of Florida. Stop at Mexico Beach and visit the shops, head for Apalachicola for the freshest oysters and on the way check out the lighthouses.
  9. Be sure to visit the local seafood markets for the freshest fish, shrimp and my personal favorite…blue crab. Great taste, good for you and a whole lot cheaper than up north.
  10. Relax at Emerald Coast RV Beach Resort, one of only 17 RV parks nationwide to attain Trailer Life’s coveted 10/10*/10 rating. Just north of the Zoo in Panama City Beach, you can’t find a better place to stay.

If those aren’t enough reasons for you to plan a visit to Panama City Beach and Panama City, Florida, then you will just have to wait for the next installment. See you soon!

Posted in Florida RV Camping Vacation, RV Campgrounds, State Parks | Tagged , | 2 Comments

RV Vacation: Visiting the Covered Bridges of New England

For a picture postcard perfect RV vacation this Autumn, why not enjoy both the Fall foliage and the covered bridges of New England? A journey to the historic bridges of one (or all) of the New England States gets a big boost of color in Autumn. Pack your bags as we journey East on an RV vacation to visit the covered bridges of New England.

Where Exactly is “New England?”

Unless you’re from the region, you may be confusing which Eastern states make up “New England.” This wonderfully scenic region consists of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. It also encompasses some of the most scenic backroads in America, and that’s where you’ll find the fabled covered bridges of New England.

Where Will I Find New England’s Covered Bridges?

Connecticut’s Covered Bridges: This state has a nice collection of covered bridges waiting to be viewed, photographed and remembered by RV travelers. Here are some of the most popular you’ll want to be sure to visit:

  • Bulls Bridge over the Housatonic River near Kent
  • Comstock Bridge near Colchester, over the Salmon River
  • Huckleberry Hill Bridge in Avon, CT
  • Kent Falls Covered Bridge in Kent Falls State Park (especially good place for leaf peeping!)
  • West Cornwall Covered Bridge, also over the Housatonic River

Maine’s Covered Bridges: Get ready to burn up those camera batteries! Maine has an amazing variety of historic covered bridges—here are some favorites of RV travelers:

  • Artist’s Bridge near New Bethel
  • Hemlock Bridge near Fryeburg, ME
  • Lowes Bridge south of Guilford Village
  • Robyville Bridge, Robyville Village, Corinth
  • Watson Settlement Bridge over Meduxnekeag Stream near Littleton, ME

For more information on Maine’s picturesque covered wooden bridges, go to Maine’s DOT website.

Massachusetts Covered Bridges: You’ll definitely want to take a journey to Massachusetts when the leaves are turning, because they’ll form the most splendid backdrop imaginable for your covered bridge photos. The view is spectacular at Bissell Bridge near Charlemont, MA, Pumping Station Bridge over the Green River in Franklin County and the Upper Sheffield Bridge over the Housatonic in Berkshire County. You’ll also want to schedule time on your RV trip to see the Old Slab Bridge in Bristol County and the Sylacin Trust Bridge in Danvers. These are just a few of the picturesque spans in Massachusetts. For a complete listing by county, see DaleJ.Travis.com.

New Hampshire Covered Bridges: Because New Hampshire has so many covered bridges, it’s easiest to tell you where to find information for the areas you’d like to visit! NHLiving.com offers comprehensive information about New Hampshire covered bridges by region. Just a taste—the White Mountains Region is home to more than a dozen historic bridges, like the Swiftwater Bridge over the Wild Ammonoosuc River and the Haverhill-Bath Covered Bridge in Woodsville. In the state’s Great North Woods Region, you’ll find beautifully restored bridges such as the Happy Corners Bridge near Pittsburg Village. No matter which areas you choose to visit in New Hampshire, you’re sure to find charming covered bridges to explore.

Rhode Island Covered Bridges: There’s a fascinating story behind Rhode Island’s only covered bridge! The Swamp Meadow Covered Bridge in Foster, RI was built (twice!) by volunteers in homage to the state’s dismantled covered bridges. Be sure to stop by this bridge and learn about the dedication and generosity of Rhode Island residents hoping to build a monument to history.

Vermont’s Covered Bridges: Did you know there’s a single county in Vermont that’s home to five historic covered bridges? From the Silk Bridge, built around 1840, to West Arlington Bridge, found near a popular Inn, Bennington County, VT is a must-see on your RV vacation to visit New England’s covered bridges. FoliageVermont.com has a full listing of covered bridges and leaf-peeping tours in the Green Mountain State.

RV Camping Along the Way
So, we’ve made it through our tour of New England, armed with some new information about where to find the area’s covered bridges. Now, how to find the best RV camping? Here’s are some links to New England campground directories.

Some Other Helpful Resources

Dont miss some of our own covered bridge pictures in Monty’s RV Camping Pictures.

Plan your route and hit the back roads of New England this Autumn for some unforgettable leaf peeping and the chance to visit many memorable covered bridges on one trip.

Posted in RV Campgrounds, RV Vacation Ideas | Tagged | Leave a comment

Traders Village Campgrounds – Flea Markets, Fun and More. . .

RV Campground

RV Campground

For almost 40-years, Traders Village has been known as the largest, most visited weekend flea marketplaces in Texas. But, for the thousands of RV road warriors and backpackers who set up camp at the markets’ top rated campgrounds in Houston and Grand Prairie, it quickly becomes obvious that a trip to Traders Village means much more than finding that special treasure or getting twelve tube socks for $6.00.

Guests staying in one of the modern 287 paved RV spaces at Houston’s Traders Village are only minutes from downtown and many of the Bayou City’s famous world class attractions. SplashTown is Houston’s largest waterpark with a giant wave pool, tubing river and slides, kid’s area and special events throughout the summer.

It’s just a short drive down Highway 290 to Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros Major League Baseball franchise, and the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center – always among the elite teams in the NBA. The city’s championship professional soccer and hockey teams play nearby, too.

Adjacent to Houston’s vibrant Theater District is the Downtown Aquarium, an underwater experience where fishy fun and great dining come together. A miniature train takes riders through the center of a 200,000-gallon shark tank, while the Aquarium Adventure puts guests up close and personal with hundreds of species found both below and above the waves. The Aquarium Restaurant offers an exciting and unique dining experience with a menu of seafood specialties, steaks, and more around a 150,000-gallon centerpiece aquarium filled with everything from sharks to skates.

The live animal adventure continues just south of downtown near Houston’s famed Museum District at the expansive Houston Zoo. “It’s a new zoo every day!” with more than 4,500 exotic animals in exhibits mirroring the natural habitat, behind the scene tours and a classic carousel like few others.

Just south of downtown are two of Houston’s most popular attractions – Space Center Houston, the official visitors center of NASA, and the fun-filled Kemah Boardwalk. Space Center Houston is known world-wide for its exhibits featuring actual space craft and other artifacts from America’s greatest adventure. The Kemah Boardwalk is a great family attraction with nine restaurants, full-blown amusement rides and games for all ages.

Conveniently set between Dallas and Fort Worth, the 212-site Traders Village campground in Grand Prairie makes it easy to enjoy many of north Texas’ most popular attractions. It’s just minutes to the new Cowboys Stadium and the Texas Rangers Ballpark in Arlington where you can watch professional football or baseball in state-of-the-art comfort. Professional hockey, soccer and basketball are here, too. Grand Prairie even has its own minor league baseball team – the Air Hogs.

Six Flags Over Texas is filled with coasters that rock n’ roll just like the live shows found throughout the park, while Hurricane Harbor offers millions of gallons of high energy waterpark fun just around the corner. Minutes to the south of the Traders Village campground, Joe Pool Lake is great for laid back fishing, boating and waterfront dining, while to the north there is always a festival or a wine tasting going on in Grapevine, home of the giant outdoor sport retail attraction, Bass Pro Shop.

But, the biggest attraction of all for Traders Village campers is the weekend flea market filled with thousands of vendors and millions of bargains. Whether looking for old tools or antiques, a new set of tires, baby clothes, a jar of homemade hot sauce or salsa, Traders Village Marketplace has it every weekend.

The market’s many festivals and special events continue to draw thousands of visitors throughout the year. In Houston it might be the Bayou City Cajun Fest, Village Bluegrass Festival or Houston Championship Chili Cook-off. In Grand Prairie look for the National Championship American Indian Pow Wow, Asian Lunar New Year celebration or Mountain Man Rendezvous. No matter which market they choose, there is always something fun going on at Traders Village for campers.

Traders Village RV Parks are top rated Good Sampark and Trailer Life campgrounds, and long time members of Texas Association of Campground Owners. Each facility has laundries and wireless Internet access, clean restrooms and showers, recreation hall, swimming pool, Sunday church services and more.

 

Posted in RV Campgrounds, Texas RV Camping Vacation | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Many Families are Gearing Up for Water Balloon Wars as Campgrounds Prepare for Prepare for “Wet & Wild Weekends”

Some campgrounds organize water war competitions that pit staff against guests and involve virtually everyone in the campground

“There are three adjectives we like to hear. Awesome, sweet or wow! If I get one of those out of the adults or their kids, I’m doing my job. That’s how we run our business.” – Wisconsin campground owner Bud Styer

Some people like to camp in a quiet place in the woods. But quiet is not on the menu at the Wisconsin campgrounds that Bud Styer owns or manages on behalf of other park owners, which include Smokey Hollow Campground in Lodi; Merry Mac’s Campground in Merrimac; Baraboo Hills Campground in Baraboo; Tilleda Falls Campground in Tilleda; Rivers Edge Campground in Stevens Point; River Bend RV Resort in Watertown; and Harbour Village Campground in Sturgeon Bay. Styer caters to an active family crowd, the kind of people who will go through 14,000 water balloons in a weekend game of “water wars” in which everyone in the campground gets wet.

“There are three adjectives we like to hear,” Styer said. “Awesome, sweet or wow! If I get one of those out of the adults or their kids, I’m doing my job. That’s how we run our business.”

But Styer isn’t the only campground operator who is tapping into his guests’ wild side. Growing numbers of independently owned and operated campgrounds across the country, as well as many parks in the Jellystone Park Camp-Resort and Kampgrounds of America (KOA) chains, offer a growing assortment of water-related activities, from spraygrounds and waterslides to their own “Wet and Wild” weekends.

“Camping enthusiasts always seek access to water, whether it’s in rivers, lakes, swimming pools or along the beach. But many parks find they can further enhance their appeal by offering fun, water-related activities,” said Linda Profaizer, president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds.

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Williamsport, Md. is planning a “Wet and Wild Week” Aug. 2nd to 8th. “Wherever you are in the park and whatever you do that week, there is a very good chance you are going to get wet,” said park co-owner Vicki Vitkun. “We have water balloon fights. We do a water balloon pitch burst. We do wet sponge ball fights, big water gun battles, volleyball in the pool, basketball in the pool. Everything is wet. We even have a guest against staff watergun fight. So even the staff knows to beware that week because they’re going to get wet, too. It’s a week filled with constant laughter, screaming and shouting.”

Several KOA parks also offer “Wet and Wild” weekends at various times during the summer, such as July 16th to 18th at the KOA in Port Huron, Mich. and July 23rd to 25th at the Stockton / Delta KOA in Stockton, Calif.

Other parks are adding new water-related attractions. Pineland Camping Park in Arkdale, Wis., for example, just installed PineZilla, the world’s largest inflatable waterslide, which stands over four stories tall and features a 175-foot-long slide with a 45-degree descent at the drop zone.

Meanwhile, the KOA in Rusk, Texas has installed a new Frisbee skills court. “But watch out for the water hazards,” warns park owner Walter Preble. “Everyone gets wet.”

While Styer has “water wars” water balloon game stations at each of his Wisconsin parks, he said his water wars weekends are the most popular times of year at his parks. That’s when he drives throughout each park using a specially designed hay wagon that has been outfitted with four water guns that can each shoot water up to 75-feet. Of course, whenever he does this, Styer and his staff also risk coming under attack from campground guests, who arm themselves with everything from water balloons to pump action water guns.

Styer said his guests will spend an entire day filling water balloons as they prepare for a water wars weekend. “I’ve had guys fill up their pickup trucks with water balloons. It becomes a feeding frenzy,” he said.

In fact, fun family activities take place every day during the summer at the parks under Styer’s management, which include everything “water wars” water balloon games to nighttime light parades and nighttime miniature golf. He even organizes sumo-wrestling competitions.

“It’s hilarious,” Styer said. “You put on these big vinyl suits and you’re about 4-feet in diameter when you have them on. And then you try to push the other guy out of the ring. But if you fall over, you’re like a turtle. And somebody from the audience will have to step in to set you back up on your feet.”

This was kindly provided to us by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds where you can find more help locating unique campgrounds in your area or for additional commentary, statistics and sources on the latest camping trends.

Posted in California RV Camping Vacation, Maryland RV Camping Vacation, RV Campgrounds, Texas RV Camping Vacation, Wisconsin RV Camping Vacation | Tagged | Leave a comment

Campgrounds and Resorts Offering Challenging and Unique Activities and Accomodations

A campground in Ohio has a 300-foot-long zipline, while parks in California and Michigan offer challenging ropes courses. Some offer paintball and laser tag. Another campground in Wisconsin has just installed a 4-story inflatable waterslide, while a campground in Missouri offers its guests a chance to go hunting with bows and arrows.

And if you’re looking for unique places to camp, a campground in Virginia offers tree house cabins, while a campground in Maryland has converted vintage cabooses into rental accommodations. Others offer yurts and teepees.

Campground owner Mark Kasper shook his head in disbelief when his 79-year-old mother, Phyllis, climbed a 30-foot staircase and rode his park’s 300-foot long zipline, literally dangling alongside a river that skirts the west end of the park. That was four years ago, and to this day, 83-year-old Phyllis Kasper holds the record for being the oldest person to ride the zipline at Lazy River at Granville, a 195-site campground in Granville, Ohio, just east of Columbus. But don’t think for a moment that the elder Kasper will easily surrender her title. ‘She told me that if anyone older than her rides the zipline, she’ll wait until she reaches that age and ride it again,’ Mark Kasper said. ‘We hope she will.’

“Lazy River at Granville is one of many privately owned and operated campgrounds across the country that are investing in unique and challenging physical activities to keep their guests entertained”, said Linda Profaizer, president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds. “Many campground operators believe they can gain a competitive edge if they offer unusual activities that aren’t typically seen at other campgrounds, RV parks or resorts in their immediate area,” she said.

And their efforts aren’t solely aimed at providing unique activities. Some parks are also distinguishing themselves from their peers in the industry by offering unique accommodations.

One case in point is Treehouse Camp in Rohrersville, Md., near the Appalachian Trail, which offers its guests the chance to escape to the forest, while spending the night in tree house cottages that literally stand on stilts, eight to 10 feet above the ground. “We have really happy guests,” said Louise Soroko, the park’s co-owner. “The kids really have a lot of fun here, and when the kids are happy, the parents are happy. I had a dad who was here a few weeks ago and his daughter said, ‘Daddy, I want to stay here forever.'”

Here’s a sampling of other privately owned and operated campgrounds, RV parks and resorts across the country that offer unique activities and accommodations:

  • Beaver Lake Campground in Custer, S.D.: This 81-site campground, located roughly 20 to 25 minutes from Mount Rushmore and Wind Cave National Park, offers a 360-foot-long water slide as well as cabin and teepee rentals. The park also offers more than 40 bicycles for guest use.
  • Camp Dakota Family Camping and Paintball in Scotts Mills, Ore.: This park, located in the foothills of the Cascade mountains, roughly 35 miles east of Salem, offers numerous activities, including paintball, gold panning, treasure hunting with metal detectors, ATV trails and an electric RC racing track. The park also offers yurt and teepee rentals in addition to tent and RV sites.
  • Camp Taylor Campground, Columbia, N.J.: This park, located just one hour from New York City, has a wolf preserve on site with 25 arctic and gray wolves, so you can literally hear them howl at night. Deer and bear sightings are also common here. The campground has RV sites as well as remote tent sites along with a modern restroom facility and camp store.
  • Coloma Resort in Coloma, Calif.: This Sierra Nevada park, located near the site where gold was discovered in California, offers a challenging ropes course as well as opportunities for gold panning, white water rafting and even classes in yoga. For those who don’t have their own RV or tent, the resort also offers tent cabins and RVs, park models and bunkhouse rentals.
  • Heavenly Acres in Stanardsville, Va.: This campground, located not far from Shenandoah National Park, has train cabooses that have been remodeled into cabins. Each caboose comes equipped with a fully equipped kitchen and bathroom. The park, which also offers fishing, mountain bike trails and hay rides, also offers standard cabins and RV sites.
  • Pineland Camping Park in Arkdale, Wis.: This campground just installed PineZilla, the world’s largest inflatable waterslide, which stands over four stories tall and features a 175-foot-long slide with a 45-degree descent at the drop zone.
  • Redbeard’s Ranch in Lebanon, Mo.: This campground offers quiet campsites on a wooded 295-acre ranch with weekend bow hunting of whitetail deer and wild turkey. The park, which is located along the Niangua River, also offers weekend classes in fly-fishing, along with canoe, raft and kayak rentals and hay rides. The park also offers three heated Sioux Indian-style teepees, which are popular with families, as well as a fully furnished, luxury ‘Glamping’ tent cabin.
  • Sandy Pines in Hopkins, Mich.: This membership resort campground, whose amenities include a lake, spraygrounds, swimming pools, miniature golf, an 18-hole golf course and a fitness center, has recently added a ropes course.
  • Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay KOA in La Selva Beach, Calif.: This park features numerous unusual activities, including a mechanical bronco bull that guests can ride, a jumping pillow, a climbing wall, miniature golf, banana bike rentals, and an outdoor movie theatre. Accommodations include bare bones cabins and luxury park model cabins, which KOA markets as ‘Kamping Lodges,’ as well as Airstream travel trailers.
  • Sweetwater Campground, RV Park & Riding Stables in Loranger, La.: This park, located in the hill country of Loranger, roughly 50 miles northwest of New Orleans, offers daily guided horseback riding as well as periodic rodeos. ‘It’s very exciting here,’ said Rita Robichaud, the park’s co-owner. ‘Our rodeos include a yearly series of 10 youth rodeos with sheep, calf and steer riding, goat-tail pulling, calf roping, saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, bull riding and more.’ Other park activities include hay rides, arts and crafts classes, dances and horseshoe tournaments. The park also has a restaurant on site, which serves ‘all you can eat catfish’ on Friday nights and steak specials on Saturday nights.
  • Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Canyon Lake, Texas: This park’s activities in addition to weekly themed weekends and special events, include laser tag and a jumping pillow and an on-site gem mine. The park also offers a shuttle for guests who like to go tubing on the Guadalupe River.
  • Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Castle Rock, Colo.: This park’s amenities include a mining sluice, park model cabins, teepees, yurts and safari tents. Special activities this summer, in addition to Yogi’s weekly themed weekends and special events, include a magician’s camp and theatre camps.

This was kindly provided to us by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds where you can find more help locating unique campgrounds in your area or for additional commentary, statistics and sources on the latest camping trends.

Posted in RV Campgrounds, RV Vacation Ideas | Tagged , | 2 Comments

Emerald Coast RV Beach Resort – Fun Is Just A Short Ride Away

Florida Emerald Coast Beach

Florida Emerald Coast Beach

This post was provided to us by our friends at Emerald Coast RV Beach Resort.

Panama City Beach, Florida. What better place to spend the summer? Beautiful white beaches, wild dolphins playing just off shore, deep sea fishing, fantastic shopping at Piers Park, and a great RV park (Emerald Coast RV Beach Resort) next door to Zoo World. That means you get to sit outside, close your eyes and imagine that you have your RV parked somewhere on the veldt.

You can take a boat out to shell island and spend time walking up and down the beach. The day we were there, skate (a fish that looks a lot like a manta ray) were gobbling up smaller fish at the edge of the surf. It was fascinating to watch them. Later, we were entertained watching dolphins just off of the beach. Since we were on a sight-seeing boat, we were able to get an up close and personal look at them. Somehow, they just seemed to ignore us totally.

A lot has been implied through the media reports, however, the oil spill isn’t close to Panama City Beach. That means that a lot of tourists have been needlessly canceling their reservations leaving the beaches relatively deserted. It’s kind of nice to be able to take a walk along the beach without having to dodge the kids, the volleyballs and the body boards.

As if that isn’t enough, the park is planning some great things this year. How about a class on cooking your freshly caught fish? Or an off shore fishing expedition? Be sure to check out our Resort Activities page for things happening at the RV Park, and our Area Attractions page for other great things to do.

The things to see and do around here are too numerous to mention, you just have to check it out yourself. Give us a call, set up your reservation and get ready to have the time of your life!

Posted in Florida RV Camping Vacation, RV Campgrounds | Leave a comment