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.

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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!

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

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.

 

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Trail of Tears Motorcycle Ride & More at Parnell Creek RV Park

This was provided by our friends at the Parnell Creek RV Park in Woodville, Alabama.

Parnell Creek RV Park is located in the heart of Northern Alabama in Woodville. We are surrounded by mountains and have beautiful scenery year round. We are located on Hwy 72, which is part of the Appalachian Trail Highway. Woodville is a small friendly town with beautiful foliage and nature to enjoy. We have a park full of amenities, including pool, mini-golf, fitness center and much more.

Every year on the 3rd Saturday in September, the Trail of Tears Motorcycle Ride comes by the campground. There are thousands of motorcycles that ride in the historical ride commemorating the route taken by the Native Americans. Close by attractions include Cathedral Caverns State Park with guided tours of the caverns. There is Old McDonalds Petting Zoo for children with over 30 different kinds of animals for the children to pet.

The big city of Huntsville is only 25 minutes away and they have lots of attractions. U.S. Space & Rocket Center is a full day’s workout. There is also Sci Quest Science Center and Early Works Children’s Museum for the kids to enjoy and learn about science. There is Constitution Village, Harrison Brothers Hardware, Botanical Gardens and Burritt on the Mountain – a living museum with nature trails and historical park.

In Scottsboro, just 15 minutes away, there is the world renowned Unclaimed Baggage where you can find almost anything. There are also Hallelujah Trail of Historic Churches and other historical sites. We are also close to the Walls of Jericho where you can walk to the top and see a beautiful waterfall. Russell Cave National Monument is only 45 minutes away, along with Stevenson Railroad Depot Museum with hundreds of artifact from the area.

We are only 45 minutes from where the county music group Alabama has a Fan Club and Museum with treasure from over 30 years of performances. Come have you picture taken with the bronze statutes of the group. Birding trail #39 is only about 6 miles away with the largest number of gray bats in the south that leave the cave at dust each day. There are flea markets in the area to quench your bargain buying addiction. Lake Guntersville is only a short drive where there is a lot of fishing and boating. Nearby Grant is home of the tallest vertical log building in the world. It is located at the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) public school which houses grades 1-12. If you haven’t found enough to do yet, then don’t leave our park, we have a salt water swimming pool, mini golf, playground, club house, covered shelter, horse shoes, basketball, planned activities and much much more.

 

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Smokey Bear Campground in Gatlinburg, TN

This post is provided by our friends at the Smokey Bear Campground in Gatlinburg, TN.

Smoky Bear Campground is located across from the Great Smoky Mountain National Park,  Great Smoky Mountains National Parkwhich is the most visited National Park in America. The Park offers many hiking trails with varying degrees of difficulty. The trails offer beautiful waterfalls, panoramic vistas, and serene old growth forests. For those who prefer to enjoy nature in the comfort of their car, the Park offers many scenic drives such as Cades Cove Loop and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. During these drives, there are many opportunities to enjoy nature and wildlife…..hopefully even see a few BEARS! For the fishermen, fly fishing for native and rainbow trout is a must. The Little Pigeon River located in the Greenbrier section of the Park is only 6 miles from the campground. The real beauty of the area is in the mountains and it is FREE. Bring a picnic basket and wear good walking shoes.

Approximately 12 miles from Smoky Bear Campground is the mountain resort town of Gatlinburg, which has over 400 shops, artisan galleries, and boutiques. A few attractions include: Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum, Ripley’s Aquarium, Scenic Chair Lift, and Ober Gatlinburg, which can be reached by driving your car or riding the scenic aerial tram to the top of the mountain.

Also located in Gatlinburg is the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community. Travel the 8 mile Loop to enjoy the area’s time honored mountain crafts and traditional art forms. Over 180 crafts people demonstrate their skills.

For even more shopping and entertainment, Pigeon Forge, only 18 miles from the campground, is the shop-till-you-drop “Mecca” of the South and home to Dollywood Theme Park and Splash Mountain. Shopping at the many outlet mall stores will ensure that you save money on everything from clothing to home furnishings. Also visit the many theaters which offer musical productions to entertain you.

Other area options include horseback riding, white water rafting and tubing, boat rental and fishing at French Broad River and Douglas Lake. Golfing options include Bent Creek Golf Course, located only 2 ½ miles from Smoky Bear Campground, rated in the top 50 golf courses in Tennessee and designed by Gary Player.

Finally, come on back to the campground, build a fire, sit back and relax in the quiet setting of Smoky Bear Campground.

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Shady Rest Resort and Campground on 1 of 10,000 Lakes

This was provided by our friends at the Shady Rest Resort & Campground in Villard, Minnesota.

Minnesota is called the land of 10,000 lakes, but they probably just got tired and stopped counting at that point and went fishing. Smack in the middle of them all is the “Alexandria Lakes Area” where thousands of years ago glaciers carved their way through the area, leaving behind hundreds of lakes, nestled in the wooded hills and boundless prairie. Here you’ll find Shady Rest Resort and Campground on beautiful Lake Amelia.

The Langhoff family has been providing a family vacation destination since 1978 offering exceptional lakeside cabins, overnight RV sites, and seasonal RV sites. Shady Rest Resort is open from May to October and located just 2 hours from Minneapolis. We have 2 tennis courts, pontoon and fishing boat rentals, bait and tackle shop, safe beach with a swim raft, great fishing, and much more.

For over 100 years families have come to Alexandria, Minnesota and the neighboring Town of Glenwood to get away from the heat of the city, relax by a lake and do a little fishing or hunting. Today, more than ever, the area is the top Minnesota vacation destination for families. Alexandria offers visitors lodging at the many hotels in the city or a cabin or RV site overlooking a lake from one of the numerous local Resorts.

For the fisherman, Lake Amelia has a little bit of everything, including black bullhead, black crappie, bluegill, bowfin (dogfish), brown bullhead, common carp, largemouth bass, Northern pike, pumpkinseed, rock bass, walleye, white Sucker, yellow bullhead, and yellow perch.

Alexandria may also be the real “Birthplace of America”. At the Ruinstone Museum in Alexandria you’ll find the actual stone left by adventuring Vikings over 100 years before Columbus came to America and discover the mysteries about the stone that are still debated.

There is also the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum where you’ll find the great history of resorts, grand hotels, fishing clubs, and classic boats

The area is also known for it’s numerous antique shops and shopping, great golf courses, fabulous dinning, an indoor water park, 2 race tracks and the state’s largest winery, Carlos Creek Winery.

For more information you can visit the Shady Rest Resort and Campground.

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A Working Ranch, RV Park, & Area Attractions – Yakima River RV Park

The following was provided by our friends at the Yakima River RV Park.

Yakima River RV Park is situated on a working ranch on the Yakima River, just a few miles south of the historic town of Ellensburg, and approximately 100 miles East of Seattle, Washington. Yakima River RV Park is a quiet Park in the country surrounded by numerous outdoor activities such as fly-fishing, hiking, river rafting, bicycling, nature trail walking, livestock and wildlife viewing, rock hounding, geocaching, swimming, golfing, horseback riding and sight-seeing day trips.

The Ellensburg area and beyond offers various attractions throughout the year, First Friday Art Walks, Wild Horse Wind & Solar Observatory, Jazz Festival, Yakima Canyon Bike Tour, Brew Fest, Whiskey Dick Triathlon, Wine Fest, Yakima Canyon Marathon, Toppenish Murals, Wine Tasting Tours, Coal Miners’ Festival, Classic Car Shows, museums, galleries, Gingko Forest, Gorge Amphitheatre, Suncadia Resort and the Ellensburg Rodeo! Central Washington University is well known for its frequent high-quality music and theatre events.

Yakima River RV Park offers 36 RV pull through sites, several of which will accommodate a motor coach. Horse stalls are available for those traveling with horses. River floaters needing shuttles can make arrangements for that service through Yakima River RV Park.

Tenting is also available for quiet campers! Yakima River RV Park has an additional overflow area separate from the RV Park where large groups of tenters sometimes gather for special weekends away from city life! This camping area is treed giving good shade. A porta-potty is available, as well as good water, but showers are not provided. Those who really can’t live without a shower go to the truck stop and shower for a fee.

Many Yakima River RV Park customers travel from all over the Northwest to meet friends and family in the middle and gather for reunions, floating trips and fishing vacations. They continue to return year after year and think of Yakima River RV Park as their home away from home!

Come on out and stay overnight on the ranch! Enjoy the fabulous sunsets!

People who wish to go RV camping in the State of Washington have a choice of two El Monte RV rental locations – our Ferndale / Vancouver RV Rentals location and our Seattle RV Rentals location.

Other RV Campgrounds should feel free to share with us the wonders that may be found in and around their campground. Please send your article submissions to monty@elmonterv.com.

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RV to One of the Longest Beaches in the World

This is kindly provided by our friends at the Ocean Park Resort.

The Ocean Park Resort is located on the Long Beach Peninsula in Ocean Park Washington, just 4 blocks from the beach. The 28 mile beach on the west, Pacific Ocean, side of the peninsula is recognized as one of the longest beaches in the world.

For lighthouse lovers, the peninsula is home to two lighthouses – Cape Disappointment Lighthouse overlooking the Columbia River, which is the oldest lighthouse on the west coast, and North Head Lighthouse in Fort Canby State Park overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

The area around the resort has plenty to offer, including:

The Ocean Park Resort prides itself on friendliness. It is owner operated and customers can perceive the difference between dealing with an employee and dealing with the owner.

The park offers a motel, RV sites, guest houses, and tent sites. Other park amenities include: a seasonal heated outdoor pool, an enclosed spa, coin operated showers, restrooms, a coin laundry, a recreation hall, playground, basketball hoop, volleyball net, fish and clam cleaning area, and propane sales.

People who wish to go RV camping in the State of Washington can rent from our El Monte RV in Ferndale / Vancouver RV Rentals.

Other RV Campgrounds should feel free to share with us the wonders that may be found in and around their campground. Please send your article submissions to monty@elmonterv.com.

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Fishing, Wildlife, Attractions & More – Junipers Reservoir RV Resort

This is courtesy of our friends at Junipers Reservoir RV Resort.

Located in the heart of an 8,000 acre working cattle ranch, Junipers Reservoir RV Resort is the perfect jumping off point for touring scenic Lake County, Oregon. From one of the 40 spacious pull through sites, visitors can experience much of the natural splendor that Lake County has to offer without ever leaving the property. But you may wish to venture off on a more adventurous journey to a variety of nearby events and attractions.

Enjoy hot showers, clean bathrooms, laundry facilities, propane barbeques, and free wireless internet after a full day of exploring. Resort activities include hiking and biking trails, driving tours, bird watching, wildlife viewing, rock hounding, free fishing, horseshoes, and volleyball.

If you can’t get enough of the antelope and mule deer on the ranch, check out nearby Hart Mountain Antelope Refuge for a day, or stop by the Summer Lake Wildlife Area (www.stateparks.com) for extended birding opportunities.

Are you crazy about rocks? After scouring the ranch for treasures such as agate and petrified wood, spend a day collecting sunstones, obsidian, or opals at nearby mines. After hiking or biking to the old Indian campgrounds to hunt for arrowheads and artifacts, take a driving tour of the pristine petroglyphs in the area.

If you are looking for a truly unique experience, check out some of Lake County’s natural wonders, including Fort Rock State Park, Crack in the Ground, Abert Rim, and the Old Perpetual Geyser. But you may prefer to catch as many trout as you can eat right here at the resort without even buying a fishing license. True fishermen will want to visit some of our other local fishing holes as well. And those of you who think you’ve got what it takes to win will want to try your hand at the Chewaucan Challenge in June, an annual fishing derby on the Chewaucan River.

One of Lake County’s most valuable resources is its geothermal energy, which you can take advantage of by visiting nearby hot springs for a healing dip or by perusing the perennials at the local geothermal greenhouse. Speaking of shopping, the town of Lakeview, the seat of Lake County, also offers a Saturday market, antiques, and a full service meat locker offering Country Natural Beef, the very same beef that is grazed right here on the ranch surrounding the resort. The Lakeview Lockers also carries products from Stringers Orchard, a wild plum winery in nearby New Pine Creek, California.

Special occasions in Lakeview, also known as Oregon’s Tall Town because of its elevation, include Fourth of July fireworks at the fairgrounds, a hang gliding festival, and an antique car show. But the biggest event of the year by far is the annual Lake County Fair and Roundup, held every year on Labor Day weekend. Don’t miss the parade through town on Monday morning! Afterwards, spend a sunny day on the golf course, or a rainy day touring the museums. Or, simply relax in the serenely peaceful environment at the resort.

Junipers Reservoir RV Resort offers daily, weekly, monthly, and group rates. For more information on the resort, please visit www.junipersrv.com. For more information on Lake County Oregon, visit the Lake County Chamber of Commerce website.

Other RV Campgrounds should feel free to share with us the wonders that may be found in and around their campground. Please send your article submissions to monty@elmonterv.com.

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Activities Galore, History, White Water Rafting & More in Idaho

Waggonhammer RV ParkThe following was provided by our friends Abner and Shirley at Wagonhammer RV park.

Wagonhammer RV Park, situated between the Bitterroot Range and the Salmon River Mountains on the Salmon River, is a true destination park located on scenic Highway 93 North in North Fork, Idaho. The Louis & Clark trail is only 2 miles south of North Fork, the entry way to the Frank Church– River of No Return Wilderness Area, which is part of Salmon-Challis National Forest.

The area offers incredible white river rafting, scenic trail rides, steelhead fishing, and hunting. There are a wealth of licensed and bonded guides to make your experience the best. There are also many opportunities for hiking, photography, and bird watching. Also the towns of Darby and Hamilton, over the border in Montana, offer antique shops and Bitterroot history.

Nearby in historic Shoup, the Salmon River Road is a venture in the past. To the north is Big Hole National BattlefieldGibbonsville, “the living ghost town”. As you venture through Lost Trail Pass you will be near the Big Hole National Battlefield site and the Nez Pierce Camp.

18 miles to the south is the town of Salmon, Idaho with a rich cultural heritage. We are proud of the Sacajawea Interpretive, Cultural and Education Center with an abundance of Louis & Clark history. The Lemhi County Historical Society & Museum, also in Salmon, is a gem that is a tribute to our heritage. Many shops on Salmon’s Main Street will interest the treasure seeker, and golfers will not want to miss the Salmon Valley Golf Course.

To the south of Salmon is the Yankee Fork Historic Area bringing to life Idaho’s frontier mining history.

The area boasts a wealth of dining experiences from cafe food through true gourmet dining. You will find a local brewery, authentic Mexican, fine steak houses, and good pizza.

Please join us at Wagonhammer RV Park where we have a quiet atmosphere and offer: full hookups (50 amp available), a picnic area, BBQ facilities, a rec. room, a convenience store, showers, laundry, a dump station, propane, and Internet access.

Other RV Campgrounds should feel free to share with us the wonders that may be found in and around their campground. Please send your article submissions to monty@elmonterv.com.

Photo attribution for Big Hole National Battlefield:  By Forest Service Northern Region from Missoula, MT, USA [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

 

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