RV Vacation – Summertime Music and Other Festivals

Part of your summer vacation plans should include getting on the road in your RV or ours to enjoy some of these exciting and entertaining music and other festivals and fairs! August is packed with lots of exciting events all around the country.

Several are featured here but please check our EVENTS page for many other possibilities.

From Chicago’s Lollapalooza Music Festival to the Oregon Jamboree on the weekend of August 1-4th, there are lots of options on the first weekend in August.  

The weekend of the 1st to 4th of August will find Grant Park in Chicago filled with fans of alternative rock and hip-hop bands like The Strokes, The Chainsmokers, 21 Pilots, and Childish Gambino among a host of other high-profile musical celebrities. Ariana Grande will perform on Sunday August 4th and there is an aftershow (should be called a pre-show) at the Metro on Clark Street on July 31st to kick off this weekend, featuring Hozier. For all the details and the full lineup please see Lollapalooza Music Festival.

The Oregon Jamboree, billed as the Pacific Northwest’s premier music and camping festival, occurs on the same weekend – from the 1st to 4th of August in Sweet Home, OR. It features the Brothers Osborne, Hank Williams, Jr. and Chris Young, among many other featured country stars. Check out their website for all the details and for ticket sales.

New Jersey State Fair

New Jersey State Fair

The New Jersey State Fair is held in Lafayette, NJ and is held from August 2nd to 11th. Then the Illinois State Fair starts in Springfield on August 8th and runs through the 18th. This year the fair will feature such grandstand acts as Pentatonix, Snoop Dogg and Friends, Montgomery Gentry, and Neil Diamond as well as Shinedown, Reba McEntire and many other stars. Check their respective websites for all the details and ticket information.

If you happen to be on the East Coast, take in the Moonrise Music Festival in Baltimore from August 10th-11th. This unique festival is held on the Pimlico Race Course (yes of Triple Crown fame), and is right in the middle of the action, but about 15 minutes from downtown Baltimore, and they even have shuttle service so you won’t have to hassle with traffic. For the full lineup of talent and the various other events around the main event, see the website at Moonrise Music Festival.

This is the high season for State Fairs, as the Kentucky State Fair begins in Louisville on August 15th and runs through the 25th. Besides the usual State Fair fare, there will also be a Texas Roadhouse Concert series which occurs each day of the Fair. Concerts each begin at 8 pm, except the Sunday, August 25th show which starts at 4 pm. For all the details and the exceptional lineup of top-shelf entertainment, see their website.

If you are near Watkins Glen, NY the Woodstock Music Festival runs from August 16th to 18th. This is the place to be for the most eclectic bill of music from hip-hop and rock to some pop and even some of the legacy bands from the original festival. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1969 celebration and will be headed by founder Michael Lang. The Woodstock 50 lineup is a star-studded one. Among the artists/bands scheduled for the festival are: Jay-Z, The Killers, Miley Cyrus, The Lumineers, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters; The Man, Gary Clark Jr., Nahko and Medicine for the People, Imagine Dragons, Judah and the Lion, Cage the Elephant, Courtney Barnett, Vince Staples, Earl Sweatshirt, Pussy Riot, and many more. Among the original Woodstock acts appearing are Santana, John Sebastian, David Crosby, Country Joe McDonald, and Jorma Kaukonen of Hot Tuna. Check out their website for all the information you will need about the tickets and camping there this August.

If you happen to be on the West Coast, take in the Psycho Music Festival that same weekend at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas (August 16th-18th). Featuring more than 70 artists from around the world, this mid-August mirage in the desert will be packed full of music and fun. See their website for the details.

Wrapping up the month are three more State Fairs, both from August 22nd to September 2nd. The first is the Washington State Fair in Monroe, Washington; the second is near Baltimore in Timonium, Maryland, the Maryland State Fair; the third is the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo from August 23rd to September second. Each one has a unique lineup of entertainment, horse races, rodeos, etc. Check out their websites for details. Plan well in advance to go to these as many of them offer great entertainment and will likely be very crowded.

Need an RV?

Don’t have an RV? You can rent an RV for your July RV adventure from one of our numerous El Monte RV Rental Locations. Check out the Where You Can Rent RV’s page to see the location closest to where you want to start your adventure.

Wherever you decide to adventure to, be sure to take your family and camera so you can capture the memories of this exciting summer fun.

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July NASCAR RV Vacation – Daytona to the Poconos

NASCAR drivers start off the month by celebrating the 4th of July weekend at Daytona with the Xfinity Series Race – the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race – the Coke Zero Sugar 400.

NASCAR RV Tailgating Party

NASCAR RV Tailgating Party

The next weekend, starting on July 11th, fans will lineup at Kentucky Speedway to watch the Gander Outdoors Truck Series Race, an Xfinity Series, and Monster Energy Series as well.

For the weekend of the 20th to 21st of July be sure to catch the racing action at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for an Xfinity Series on the 20th, followed by the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 on July 21st.

And closing out the month, drivers will speed around the Pocono Raceway track from the 26th to 28th of July for the Gander Outdoors Truck Series as well as an Xfinity Series Race and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Gander Outdoors 400.

Here are the details for each weekend at each track.

  • Daytona International Speedway – July 5th and 6th – Whether you’re going for the Coke Zero Sugar 400 for the first time or a Daytona International Speedway veteran, they’ve got everything at the “World Center of Racing” all in one place! See all the details of staying there and all the events scheduled for this exciting weekend on the Daytona – Plan Your Visit
  • Drive to the Kentucky Speedway for July 11th – 13th for three days of racing excitement. NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series kicks off the action at 7:30 pm on Thursday the 11th with the Buckle Up in Your Truck 225. Then on Friday, are the Qualifying rounds for the Quaker State 400, and the shooting gun starts the ALSCO300 NASCAR Xfinity Series at 7:30 pm. Saturday is time for two concerts, the Naked Karate Girls at 3:30 and the JD Shelburne pre-race concert at 5:30 pm. All this is leading up to the Quaker State 400, presented by Walmart, a part of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Campground check-in begins at 12 noon on Tuesday, July 9th if you want to make it a longer visit, or on Wednesday, July 10th at 7 am.

For more details and to check on camping availability, please see the Kentucky Speedway Camping Options page. Make reservations early as these spaces will sell out fast.

  • Follow the NASCAR action to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the weekend of July 20th to 21st. The weekend will kick off at 4:00 pm Saturday with the NASCAR Xfinity Series Lakes Region 200, followed by the United Site Services 70 at 6:45-7:30 pm. Then Sunday is the Speedway Children’s Charities Red Bucket Brigade capped off by the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at 3:00 pm, another leg in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races. To learn more about camping at NHMS, find out availability or other details please see the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 Camping
  • The excitement of NASCAR racing wraps up the month at the Tricky Triangle of the Pocono Raceway on July 26th to 28th. On July 26th the Pennsylvania 150- ARCA Menards Series race will be held. Then the Gander RV 150 Gander Outdoors Truck Series will see racers put the pedal down on Saturday followed by the Gander RV 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday. Don’t miss all the racing excitement of the Pocono Raceway for this fabulous weekend.

Camping at the Pocono Raceway

To find out about camping at the Pocono Raceway, check out all the camping options on the Pocono Raceway site. Buy in advance to get the spot you want and, if you purchase an Infield Camping spot before Wednesday, July 24, 2019; your purchase comes with two complimentary Pit/Paddock Passes.

Need to Rent an RV?

You can rent an RV from El Monte RV for your trip to any of these tracks from one of our El Monte RV rentals locations. Find all our RV Rental Locations there. See availability and rental rates on the specific pages for the location nearest your RV NASCAR adventure.

Camping at NASCAR Tracks:

Visit Monty’s Musings blog topic – NASCAR RV Camping – The Ultimate Racing Experience. Learn the top ten things you need to know before you go. No matter where you start your RV Vacation, you are sure to enjoy the roar of the engines along with the cheers of the crowds at NASCAR racing.

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RV Tailgating at Bristol, Tennessee NASCAR raceway

This August don’t miss the rv tailgating fun in Bristol, Tennessee as NASCAR features the finals of the playoff field for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. At Bristol, the celebrations begin early on Thursday, August 16 at the Bristol Motor Speedway in the Hospitality Area outside of turn 4 for Food City Family Race Night. This event is from noon until 6 pm and admission is FREE!

NASCAR RV Tailgating Party

NASCAR RV Tailgating Party

The following fan-favorite events include some of the most exciting racing of the season at family-friendly prices. You could stay for the epic Thursday night doubleheader. First, the brawlers of the Whelen Modified Series hit the high banks for the Bush’s Beans 150 with high speeds and high expectations before giving way to the largest, most dramatic Camping World Truck Series event on the circuit, the UNOH 200.

Friday the 17th features NASCAR’s future stars (and a few current ones too!) suiting up for the toughest Friday night fight on the schedule – the Food City 300.

And Saturday you can get fit at the America’s Night Race 5K. Run on a fabulous course set right on Bristol Motor Speedway property the day of the cup race. And of course, the final race is full of fierce clashes and heart-stopping finishes that are hallmarks of the most popular race in NASCAR. If history is any indication, Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race is guaranteed to entertain guests with yet another epic battle inside this last great Coliseum.

Where to Camp for Bristol:

  • Bristol Motor Speedway owns and manages five campgrounds located on the track property. All amenities are included in the price and are only available to Bristol Motor Speedway Campground patrons. If you have any questions, would like additional information, or would like to inquire about seeing if any sites are still available, please contact the BMS Ticket Office at 866.415.4158. Or you can get more information on their website.
  • If you’d like to camp close by but not at the Speedway, or if the campsites at the Speedway are sold out, the following are recommended: The Bristol Campground, Hick’s White Top Campground, Hilltop Camping or All American Campgrounds. You can find plenty more if you search Google.

More Sights to See around Tennessee:

While you’re in Bristol, you may want to check out these nature-loving Tennessee Parks:

  • Steele Creek Park is 2200 acres of lakefront with paddle boarding and regular and disc golf that also features a mini-train and nature trails.
  • Rooster Front Park, right in Bristol which is a great place to fish, walk, hike trails and even see a beautiful waterfall. One of the trails is 2.2 miles long and ends up in Steele Creek Park, nearby.
  • Pinnacle Park: Located in the new Pinnacle Park retail development, this park offers fishing (catch and release) as well as lovely trails to walk or jog, and a variety of shops.
  • Daniel Boone National Forest is in Winchester, Kentucky so if you happen to rent your RV from our Louisville location, you should definitely plan a slight detour to visit this beautiful National Forest destination.

September NASCAR Schedule Preview

In September, look forward to NASCAR racing again in Indianapolis on the weekend of September 8–9th, and at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on September 14-16th. We’ll feature more information about those races in our next NASCAR RV Camping blog.

To get additional race information, please visit NASCAR’s website.

To rent an RV for your trip, check out our nearby RV Rental location in Elizabethtown, KY, near Louisville.

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Six Awesome Swimming Holes to Visit By RV

When experiencing the sweltering heat of summer, it’s natural to daydream about shady pools where the cool, clear water is waiting to offer relief. If swimming holes are in short supply near you, no worries! We’re going to share six swimming holes RV travelers love to visit.

South Yuba River State Park – Bridgeport, CA

The dog days of summer are the perfect time to hike down this scenic waterway to one of the many swimming holes within the state park. Spring flows can be treacherous, but by late summer the river has calmed down and offers sweet relief in its cool, granite-lined waters. Be prepared to hike in the river, as no ‘drive-up’ access to these pools is available.  RV campgrounds in Camptonville and Browns Valley are a short drive from the state park.

Slide Rock State Park – Sedona, AZ

Slide Rock State Park, AZ

Slide Rock State Park, AZ

The cold, clear waters of Oak Creek slip along an eighty-foot groove over smooth sandstone boulders. Swimmers can travel down this natural water slide and beat the heat while enjoying the beauty of Sedona’s famed red rocks. Three tips for enjoying this swimming hole that’s consistently chosen as one of America’s favorites—wear water shoes to avoid falling on slippery rock, wear old shorts over your swimwear to avoid friction related malfunctions and call ahead to make sure the swimming hole is open in late summer (low water flows may close the attraction). Numerous private campgrounds between Flagstaff and Sedona are waiting to welcome RV campers.

Inks Lake State Park – Burnet, TX

The rocky terrain and cool blue waters of this Hill Country lake keep swimmers (and campers) coming back for more. Devil’s Waterhole is a sweet spot for adventurous souls brave enough to dive from the cliffs above. The large, on-site RV campground makes it easy to stay awhile and experience the rugged beauty of the area.

Kings River Falls – Witter, AR

Located in the northwest corner of Ozark National Forest, the Kings River Falls Natural Area is a sight to behold. Ozark Mountain beauty frames the Kings River as it flows over large slabs of rock to create the Falls that swimming hole fans rave about. The water is cold and pristine and so worth the two-mile round-trip hike from the parking area to reach the Falls. More than a dozen developed campgrounds within the national forest present plenty of possibilities for RVers.

Southside Quarry – Louisville, KY

This Louisville entertainment staple is an old-fashioned, quarry-turned-swimming-hole where the music is playing, the sun is shining and there’s a laid-back adults only atmosphere. The quarry is quite deep, so most folks bring along something to keep them afloat. Rocky cliffs along one side create visual interest (and a place to dive from, if you’re brave). The entrance fee goes to charity, so you can do something good while cooling off from Southern summer sizzle.

Madison Blue Spring State Park – Lee, FL

The turquoise waters of North Florida’s natural springs make for some of the best swimming imaginable. Madison Blue Spring on the Withlacoochee River flows up into a hardwood forest, creating an idyllic spot for a lazy, summer afternoon. Both swimmers and cave divers take advantage of the limestone ledges surrounding the pool to make their launch into the spring. Nearby campgrounds include Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Madison, just ten minutes away.

Pack the RV and grab your swim gear. There’s no better way to beat the summer heat than an RV camping trip to find awesome swimming holes.

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RVer’s Guide to Finding Country Music History

The freedom to pursue our passions is one of the best reasons to travel by RV. For some of us, that means tracking down the places connected to our favorite pastimes. You could, for example, map a course for your next RV camping trip to places rich with country music history. If that sounds like your kind of journey, consider this itinerary to spots sacred to country music fans.

RV Travel on the Country Music Highway

An RV camping trip along Eastern Kentucky’s “Country Music Highway” will lead campers to the hometowns of no less than eleven country stars. This route, also known as US-23, runs along the Kentucky/West Virginia border through the Pound Gap from Virginia to the city of Flatwoods near the Ohio border.

Here’s our route: start your trip on the southern border of Kentucky, and drive to Jenkins, birthplace of the late singer/songwriter Gary Stewart. Detour thirty minutes east on KY-197 through coal mining country to see Elkhorn City, hometown of Patty Loveless.

We’ll then return to the Country Music Highway and travel north to the coal town of Betsy Layne, where country megastar Dwight Yoakum was born. Farther north along US23, RV travelers will find the coal camp of Van Lear, KY. Plan to tour the homeplace of Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle, just outside of town in ‘Butcher Holler’. For five dollars each, you’ll see the settings immortalized in the film Coal Miner’s Daughter and get a feel for the rugged, family-centered life that nurtured both country superstars.

Van Lear is also on the outskirts of Paintsville, where country fans can visit the US-23 Country Music Museum, an attraction rich with exhibits that tell the stories of stars born in Eastern Kentucky.  

Country Music

Country Music

You may be wondering at this point where to find RV campgrounds in the area. If you’re a state park camper, you’ll enjoy the wooded campsites and mountain lake recreation at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, just off US-23 at Prestonsburg. North of Paintsville, RV campers will find full-hookup campsites and hiking trails through densely-wooded terrain at Paintsville Lake State Park.

A little farther up the road, near the towns of River, KY (hometown of singer Frank “Hylo” Brown) and Cordell, where bluegrass and country superstar Ricky Skaggs was born, Yatesville Lake State Park offers modern campsites and amenities, including an 18-hole golf course.

Numerous private campgrounds can also be found along your route. You’ll find more on Kentucky RV campgrounds here. Our El Monte RV Rental location in Louisville will also be happy to provide a rental RV for your trip.

Coming back to our search for the places that influenced some of country music’s greatest stars—we’ll detour at Blaine along KY-32 to find Sandy Hook, the birthplace of the late Keith Whitley. Although Whitley was buried in Nashville, you’ll find a statue in his honor at the local cemetery.

Loop north on State Highway 504 to Olive Hill, KY for a chance to visit the hometown of country great Tom T. Hall. This quaint mountain town is also a stopping point on the Kentucky Quilt Trail, so be sure to enjoy the artwork displayed by local quilters. Nearby Carter Caves State Resort Park welcomes RVers with full-hookups campsites, scenic hiking trails and guided cave tours.

To finish our journey, we’ll follow US-64 back to the Country Music Highway and go north to Ashland, birthplace of Naomi Judd. One half of the famous singing duo The Judds, Naomi returns to Ashland often and her famous daughter, Wynonna, gives concerts in town from time to time.

Your final stop to find the Eastern Kentucky towns where country music stars were born is Flatwoods, a small bedroom community just north of Ashland. Flatwoods is the hometown of Billy Ray Cyrus, star of the ‘Doc’ television series and famous for his hit song ‘Achy Breaky Heart’.

Our journey along the Country Music Highway in Kentucky has covered about two-hundred-fifty miles, and could be completed in just a few hours. For RV travelers, though, the joy is in the journey, so take the time to discover the rugged beauty of the Appalachians, the remote towns and mining camps where coal was once king and the people and places who influenced some of country music’s most cherished stars.

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AAA Members-Look Skyward! 2017 Eclipse RV Travel Savings

You may have noticed our earlier discussion about the singular celestial event that’s coming to America in 2017. To refresh your memories, we’ll be enjoying a total solar eclipse over America on August 21, 2017. A special reason we’re highlighting this opportunity for RV travel again is that AAA members can save big when renting an RV to view the solar eclipse.

AAA members always enjoy RV rental discounts through El Monte RV Rental & Sales as part of their active membership. For this year’s total solar eclipse experience, the nationwide auto club is encouraging members to hit the road in an RV to find the optimal eclipse viewing sites.

This article on the 2017 eclipse in AAA’s April member newsletter offers information on where, when and how to view the eclipse. If you aren’t currently a AAA member, this link offers you the opportunity to join so you can take advantage of the RV rental discounts.  

Solar eclipse

Solar eclipse

Haven’t started making plans to see the moon’s shadow completely block the sun from Earthly viewers? Here are the details you’ll need to plan your 2017 total solar eclipse RV vacation:

When Will the Eclipse Occur?

The shadow of the moon will align to blot out the sun from our view for approximately two minutes at 10:15 a.m. PDT on the Pacific Coast near Newport, Oregon. That will be the North American debut of the 2017 solar eclipse. The moon’s shadow will then block the sun from sight in an arc across the US, moving back over the Atlantic off the South Carolina coast at 2:48 pm EDT.

Where Will the Total Eclipse be Visible?

This excellent map of the eclipse trajectory shows the fourteen states (from Oregon to South Carolina) crossed by the “path of totality”. On that path, there’s a sixty-mile band of optimum viewing of the entire eclipse event. Outside that band, you won’t be able to see the total eclipse and will have to settle for partial eclipse memories.

To help you plan your eclipse-viewing RV vacation, here are some of the cities within the path of totality:

Oregon: Newport, Corvallis, Madras, Salem

Idaho: Stanley, McKay, Idaho Falls

Montana: No cities within optimum viewing band, eight miles of remote mountain terrain only

Wyoming: Grand Teton National Park, Casper, Thermopolis

Nebraska: Scott’s Bluff, Hastings, Grand Island

Kansas: Troy, Atchison, Leavenworth

Missouri: St. Joseph, Columbia

Illinois: Carbondale, Chester

Kentucky: Bowling Green, Hopkinsville

Tennessee: Nashville, Gallatin, Clarksville

Georgia: Blairsville, Clayton

North Carolina: Andrews, Clingmans Dome area of Great Smoky Mountain NP

South Carolina: Anderson, Orangeburg, Columbia

Why Rent an RV to View the Eclipse?

As any experienced RV traveler can tell you, weather changes occur when you least expect them. Viewing the eclipse in all its glory will require staying ahead of cloud cover or storms. Two planning steps can help you win the race:

  •         Watch local forecasts for the area where you plan to view the eclipse. If heavy cloud cover or storms are predicted, have a Plan B viewing location in mind.
  •         Traveling by RV allows you to change plans quickly. The flexibility to move to a better location as the event approaches may make the difference between awesome eclipse viewing memories and traveling home disappointed.

AAA and El Monte RV Rental & Sales can help you plan the perfect eclipse viewing RV vacation, but you’ll need to act fast. Campgrounds are filling rapidly, so don’t delay any longer making your plans.

Where will you be when the sun goes dark on August 21, 2017?

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Six Kentucky RV Campgrounds Worth Discovering

From rock-ledged, old growth forests to an amazing collection of underground caverns, the Commonwealth of Kentucky has attractions to build your RV camping season around. Why not use our list of six Kentucky RV campgrounds worth discovering to start planning this year’s adventures?

  1. Zilpo Campground, Cave Run Lake

On an eight-thousand-acre lake surrounded by Daniel Boone National Forest in northeastern Kentucky, this campground ranks high with family campers. Hiking trails through rocky forest land and trips to historic sites like a nineteenth century iron smelting furnace and the last fire tower remaining in the national forest keep things interesting. It’s also an excellent place to fish, with two modern marinas and lively populations of muskie and largemouth bass.

Campground Details: electric hookups, centrally located drinking water and dump station, showers and flush toilets, swimming beach, camp store.

  1. Pleasant Ridge Campground, Yatesville Lake State Park
Yatesville Lake State Park, Kentucky

Yatesville Lake State Park, Kentucky

This classic Kentucky state park combines golfing, fishing, boating and RV camping in the lush scenery of the Eastern Kentucky foothills. Pleasant Ridge Campground is small enough to offer an intimate camping experience while still offering easy access to the marina, hiking trails and golf course.

Campground Details: lakeside campsites, full hook-ups, showers, laundry room, playground, dump station.

  1. The Narrows Campground, Barren River Lake

About two hours south of Louisville near Bowling Green, ten-thousand-acre Barren River Lake is well worth discovering by RV. The Narrows Campground is perfect for RVers bringing the boat along, thanks to its proximity to one of the lake’s marinas. Anglers will want to explore the many creeks feeding into this lake for the chance to catch bass, crappie and channel cats. The campground is also adjacent to Lindsey Nature Trail, so plan time to go wildlife watching in the woods.

Campground Details: water and electric sites, boat launch, dump station, showers and restrooms, playground, swimming area. 

  1. Dog Creek Campground, Nolin River Lake

Right next door to Mammoth Cave National Park in southcentral Kentucky, Nolin River Lake is a favored destination for paddlers and fishermen. Set up camp at Dog Creek Campground, a comfortable spot well-situated for putting a canoe or kayak in the water. You’ll also find boat launches nearby if you’re going out in a larger boat in search of walleye or crappie. The Green River ferry into the national park is close by, so don’t miss the chance to do a little cave exploring while you’re camped here.

Campground Details: electric hookups, drinking water available, showers & restrooms, dump station, pull-thru sites, playground, swimming beach, boat ramp.

  1. Kincaid Lake State Park Campground

Looking for a place where you can rent a boat and troll your way around a small lake with the kids? Kincaid Lake State Park in northeastern Kentucky offers camping families a wooded campground, small no-wake fishing lake, mini-golf, a 9-hole golf course and access to hiking trails. The full-service marina makes it easy to buy fishing supplies, rent small watercraft and get out on the water as soon as you get there.

Campground Details: electric & water sites, dump station, showers and restrooms, playground, camp store, marina.

  1. Carter Caves State Resort Park Campground

There’s no more fascinating way to keep cool in the heat of summer than with a subterranean tour of one of Kentucky’s many caves. Carter Caves State Resort Park’s campground allows you to camp in comfort near the entrances to two of this cavern-rich area’s most famous caves. Take the cave tours and explore the rugged beauty of the area on the park’s many trails. The kids will enjoy the campground’s pool and planned activities throughout the summer.

Campground Details: water & electric pull-thru sites, dump station, bathhouse, playground, mini golf, swimming pool.

We hope this list gets your Kentucky RV camping vacation off to a good start. As always, we’re here to help, with a Louisville RV rental closest to these campgrounds!

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RV Camping While Hiking and Climbing Kentucky’s Red River Gorge

About two hours east of Louisville, Kentucky is a place all RV travelers who enjoy hiking and rock climbing should explore. Red River Gorge Geological Area is tucked within the high ridges, riverfront cliffs and green expanses of Daniel Boone National Forest.

Camping there is easy, thanks to private and state park campgrounds throughout the forest, and miles of hiking trails and climbing routes are waiting to be traversed.

What RV Travelers Will Find at Red River Gorge

RV travelers have an easy route to the Gorge from the west, following I-64 east from Louisville into the national forest. If you’re coming from the east, follow I-81 W out of Roanoke, VA about five hours, to where the Red River meanders through an awe-inspiring limestone gorge.

Daniel Boone National Forest

Daniel Boone National Forest

Once you reach Daniel Boone National Forest, you’ll find a variety of natural wonders worth exploring both in and around Red River Gorge. Picture a place where limestone arches and stunning, windswept cliffs rise up out of dense hardwood forest and you’ve got an idea what awaits you on your trip.

A favorite spot of Kentucky RV campers is Natural Bridge State Resort Park adjacent to the Gorge. The park is named for an enormous sandstone arch that’s easy to discover via well-maintained hiking trails. Motorhome travelers will also find electric campsites, a small lake perfect for paddling and plenty of family friendly activities there.

Climbing and Hiking at Red River Gorge

For campers hoping to put in some time rappelling or climbing, there’s no place better than Red River Gorge. Rock climbing opportunities abound among the ‘knobs’, cliffs and crags of ‘The Red’. Areas like The Motherlode, Torrent Falls and Military Wall offer dozens of climbing routes for a range of experiences.

Bring your own equipment or book the services of an area climbing guide to make the most of sport and traditional climbing opportunities while camping near Red River Gorge.

Need a little more incentive to pack the RV and head for Kentucky? The hiking available around the Red River Gorge is unparalleled, thanks to the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail that acts as the central hub of the area’s trail system.

Whether you plan to make several day hikes on your RV camping trip to Red River Gorge or follow the entire three-hundred-mile length of the Sheltowee Trace Trail, the scenery found along the ridges, waterways and gorges of central Kentucky will find a place among your favorite vacation memories.

So, what’s holding you back from taking your own RV trip to Kentucky’s Red River Gorge? Affordable RV rentals, easy access by interstate and excellent private and state park campgrounds make this trip one that’s perfect for rock climbing groups, adventurous families and nature-loving campers alike. Take the trip soon, and be sure to let us know in the Comments Section what you loved most about RV camping at Red River Gorge.

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Celebrate National Parks Week with an RV Camping Trip!

With America’s National Parks Week just around the corner, it’s time for RV camping fans to start planning for national park camping. For one hundred years, the National Park Service has managed our country’s most beautiful destinations. In honor of their centennial, from April 16-24, 2016 they’re waiving entrance fees for all national park visitors.

With more than four hundred destinations to choose from, finding the perfect national park for your April camping adventure might seem difficult. Never fear! We’ve gathered tools to help our readers locate national park campsites and attractions from Acadia NP in coastal Maine to California’s Joshua Tree National Park. Ready to plan?

How to Pick Your Next National Park Camping Destination

One of the things we like best about America’s National Park Service is their visitor-friendly attitude. Since 1916, they’ve been refining their outreach to national park visitors to make it easy for anyone to access information on NPS-managed locations.

Finding a park that suits your interests, travel schedule and camping style is simple, with several ways to search and access national park information. The first is through the FindYourPark.com website, a community-engagement resource where national park fans can share information, search for national park locations and learn about ways the NPS connects with communities.

National Park Service

National Park Service

Another excellent resource for national park RV campers is the National Park Service  website itself. You can search for NPS-managed locations, including national parks, heritage areas, historic sites and monuments, state by state, by using their easy-to-understand search tools. Once you’ve located one or more possible National Parks Week camping destinations, click on each park’s link to access information such as driving directions, things to do, places to see and campground amenities.

What to Expect RV Camping at a National Park

Never camped at a national park campground and wondering what to expect? National Park Service campgrounds run the gamut from no-hookups ‘dispersed camping’ to full-hookups, amenity-rich developed campsites. One note for those who plan to camp during National Parks Week—entrance fees are waived, but campground fees will still apply.

Here are some examples of national park campgrounds, to give you an idea of the range of amenities.

  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area, that water sports wonderland on the Arizona/Nevada border, offers both developed campgrounds run by concessionaires and NPS-run campgrounds with water and dump stations but no hook-ups.
  • The campgrounds at Everglades National Park also offer a range of possibilities, from sites with electric hook-ups only on Florida Bay to ‘dry camping’ sites in a pine forest.
  • Yosemite National Park’s ten campgrounds are located amidst magnificent scenery, but plan ahead because hook-ups aren’t part of the camping amenities.
  • Maine’s vast and scenic Acadia National Park gives RV campers the choice of primitive campsites, electric sites and electric/water sites.
  • The large campground at Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park is a beautiful spot without RV hookups but with easy access to the cave’s entrance and miles of above-ground hiking trails.

Ready to Go National Park Camping?

Keep in mind, no matter where you camp in America’s national parks, you can expect scenic wonders, outdoor adventures and interesting people you might never have met otherwise. Don’t those all sound like fantastic reasons to go RV camping during National Parks Week?

One more tool  for planning to camp in your RV at a national park—Recreation.gov offers a wealth of ideas and information on national park vacations, and for those campgrounds that allow reservations, this is the place to reserve your campsites before you go.

Let’s celebrate our country’s National Park Centennial by doing what we love best—camping in a motorhome or trailer.  And be sure to let us know about your national park camping experience in the Comments Section below!

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Travel Kentucky in an RV to Enjoy Special Winter Events

Kentucky offers a lot for those who have a spirit of adventure. One adventure you may enjoy is taking a winter RV trip through Kentucky to enjoy some of the events going on around the state. This winter is forecast to be drier than normal with below-normal snowfall, so this is an ideal time to bundle up and make this winter something to remember.

November

The season is still young and it is time to get out there and prepare for the upcoming holidays. In Louisville, you can enjoy a wonderful art show and take part in a worthwhile fundraiser besides. On the 7th of November, take the family over to Lexington for the US Dressage Finals which runs through the 10th. Competitors from around the country come to appear on the national stage and go head to head with others in all divisions. Kentucky Horse Park will be alive with horse lovers and all sorts of enthusiastic fans for this event.

Kentucky Dressage Finals

Kentucky Dressage Finals

Back in Louisville, on the 9th of November, one fun activity is to join with Chancey Elementary for the Chancey 2013 Community Fair. Arts and crafts, a fabulous chili cook-off and plenty of entertainment will highlight your day. Kids love to watch other kids compete in the Kids’ Bakeoff. This event is free! Don’t pass it up!

On November 14, get ready for a musical extravaganza in Lexington. The Bluegrass Burlexpo Kentucky Burlesque and Variety Festival will present some comedy, dance, classic burlesque and much more. This is some entertainment which makes quite a joyful event. All sorts of styles and methods of madness and fun!

Then again in Lexington on the 22nd through the 31st, the 20th Annual Southern Lights will occur, with a journey like you have never experienced. The light displays and other unique displays will take your breath away. You simply drive the route to take in all the lights. It is all happening at the Kentucky Horse Park Campground! Train rides and the petting zoo are really popular with the younger set, but adults love them too. Live reindeer are present to be seen right up close.

December

The Lexington Christmas Parade on December 3 is a wonderful affair for the family to attend. This is downtown in Lexington, providing food and drink for the family and many activities. The parade itself is a treat. Afterwards, go ice skating on the rink at Triangle Park.

In Versailles, Kentucky on December 14 and 15, take the Santa Claus Train! The kids will all meet personally with the famous man and his wife, Mrs. Claus. The Bluegrass Scenic Railroad is one exciting time, with carols being sung, lovely scenery and much more.

January

Last but not least is the Popovich Comedy Pet Theater in Richmond on 18 January. Watch this unique show of Gregory Popovich’s performing pets. Fifteen cats and ten dogs show off and do all sorts of wild antics.

Treat yourself to a Kentucky RV trip this winter and take in at least one or two fun events around the state.

Picture credits: The picture of the Kentucky Dressage Finals is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
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