Active Family RV Camping Idea – Delaware Water Gap NRA

Stuck for summer RV camping ideas? Why not combine your family’s love of hiking, paddling and, of course, exceptional RV camping, with a trip to Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area?

If you’ve never been to ‘the Gap’, it’s located where the Delaware River divides New Jersey from Pennsylvania, about an hour southeast of Kingston, PA and two hours northwest of Linden, NJ. The Delaware River makes its way through the Appalachian Mountains here, and provides an area abundant with ways to entertain yourself outdoors.

Now that you know how to get there, what will you find to do at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area? delaware_water_gap_pa  Answer—just about anything outdoors-loving campers like to do! Whether you spend your entire vacation hiking the Appalachian and secondary trails, photographing waterfalls or paddling the Middle Delaware, there’s a gorgeous place to do it in the nearly seventy-thousand acres within the Gap.

Let’s start by talking about the hiking possibilities, since that’s a major activity at this National Recreation Area. Twenty-eight miles of the world-famous Appalachian Trail climb in and out of the NRA’s hemlock forests, surprising first-time visitors and veteran hikers alike with not-to-be-forgotten views. In addition to the Appalachian Trail, your family can hike up Mount Tammany, be equally challenged by the trail up Mount Minsi and thrill to views of the more than thousand-foot-deep mountain gorge that gives the NRA its name. Hiking the area’s four dozen marked trails is enough adventure for several RV camping trips, so use this quick guide to Delaware Water Gap trails when planning this year’s adventures.

If your RV camping vacation goal is to come home with jaw-dropping photos, you won’t be disappointed! As you hike up mountainsides and along the Water Gap, keep an eye out for the waterfalls rushing down into rocky pools. You’ll also find plenty to photograph along scenic drives like the Old Mine Road. Quaint villages, historic homes and vintage structures can be found throughout the park for those willing to hike, bike or drive to the Gap’s more remote regions.

We’ve saved the best for last—the joys of diving in (literally) to the River that rolls through the Delaware Water Gap. Kayaks and canoes can be seen making their lazy way along this stretch of the Middle Delaware, with happy paddlers craning their necks to see eagles high overhead and enjoying solitary stretches of undisturbed countryside.

If the kids enjoy taking a dip in a mountain stream, they’ll love the Gap’s swimming beaches, too. And don’t leave the anglers in your group high and dry! Tell them to pack their fishing gear, because the Delaware during summer months is flyfishing or light tackle heaven for smallmouth bass. It’s especially popular for kayak fishing.

Now that you’ve learned your active family will find plenty to do at the Delaware Water Gap NRA, all that’s left is to book your campsite. There are plenty of choices, from Dingman’s Campground, the authorized camping concessionaire within the National Recreation Area, to nearby Pennsylvania campgrounds in towns like East Stroudsburg or campgrounds in New Jersey in the towns of Columbia and Delaware. If you don’t happen to own an RV, be sure to stop by Linden, New Jersey El Monte RV Rentals or El Monte RV Rentals in Kingston, Pennsylvania—we’ve got just the motorhome for your trip.

Lush, green, scenic, refreshing—that’s how visitors describe the treasure that is the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Bring the family and turn them loose in the countryside. This is sure to become a place they’ll want to go RV camping again and again.

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An RV Adventure to the Super Bowl

Prepare for an RV trip of a lifetime!  The Super Bowl for 2014 will be played in New Jersey at the MetLife Stadium.  You can bet East Rutherford, NJ, residents are proud that their city has been honored with hosting this event.  On February 2, NFL fans are going to be descending on the region to be part of this historic game.  Traveling to this game in an RV is additional fun, even if the weather gets a bit cold.  There are a multitude of tips for winter travel online.

MetLife Stadium, New Jersey

MetLife Stadium, New Jersey

For Super Bowl XLVIII it is worth any preparation needed to get to New Jersey to enjoy the game.  In fact, you won’t be the only one braving the cold.  The MetLife Stadium is going to be the first open-air stadium to host the Super Bowl during these cold months.

It doesn’t have to be a hassle to be a great NFL fan.  You can find tips and tools for travel when you pick up your RV, making a trip as easy as possible.  When going to the Super Bowl, you’ll want a great home base for your adventure and the ideal spot is the Liberty Harbor Marina & RV Park.  This park is only 20 minutes away in Jersey City, New Jersey.  The park is one of the few in this region that is open all year round.  There are full hookup sites, a dump station, and restrooms with hot showers.  It is also near the light rails so you can get around with ease.

From your campground next to Liberty Harbor, you can get to Manhattan and see the sights. Just plan for your trip by taking the little extra time required for more fun!  Of course, the stadium where the Super Bowl takes place is part of the Meadowlands Sports Complex.  Stick around after the game for other thrills, such as the Monster Jam on February 14 and 15.  Have you ever seen the Harlem Globetrotters?  It’s time to do so, and you can on February 17 at Meadowlands IZOD Center.

When coming to East Rutherford for the Super Bowl, remember, there will be no tailgating parties allowed.  Therefore, any “tailgating” will have to take place right in your campground with like-minded folks and before catching transport to the stadium.

Attendees cannot park away from the stadium and walk to the game, as no foot traffic will be allowed in.  There will be only 13,000 parking spots available for fans.  You can come to the stadium by light rail with a special pass or be dropped off by bus.  Cars will not be allowed to leave once dropping off any attendees.

If you get your Super Bowl tickets before they are sold out, you can look forward to a great game, marvelous entertainment, and a crowd who will enthusiastically cheer on their favorite team.  At halftime, you will enjoy a performance by Bruno Mars.  Don’t wait – get those tickets now and rent your RV for the trip.

For information on booking an RV Trip in or near Rutherford, New Jersey – CLICK HERE or if you need to rent a motor home outside of the state of New Jersey, CLICK HERE.

Picture credits: The picture of MetLife Stadium is from Vincent Santore on Flicker Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution license.
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Innovative Ways to Help Today’s Wired Generation Reconnect with Nature

One campground offers children a chance to build “bat houses” this summer, while another offers visits by “The Bug Lady”

Others offer river rafting, canoeing and kayaking, as well as nature walks, and opportunities to pick organically grown fruits and vegetables

One park outside of New York City even has its own wolf preserve, where you can hear the call of the wild as you sleep

Richard Louv made national headlines a few years ago when he published Last Child in the Woods, an award winning book that documented an alarming disconnect between today’s wired generation and nature.

But if you feel it’s a challenge to separate your children from their cell phones, iPods, and computer or video games, take heart. “Many of America’s privately owned and operated campgrounds are developing new activities for children of all ages to help them reconnect with nature,” said Linda Profaizer, president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds. The Larkspur, Colo.-based trade association, in fact, is encouraging its 3,500-plus affiliated campgrounds and RV parks and resorts to increase their offerings of nature-oriented programs for children and families.

Here is sampling of privately owned parks across the country that are offering interesting and unique activities, both on their own initiative and with encouragement of the national association, to help their guests reconnect with nature:

Artic RV Park in Cosmopolis, Wash.: This park, located near Olympic National Park, offers crawdad fishing in a river that flows next to the park. “I keep spare bait for crawdads, string and weights for children to use for ‘long lining’ in the river,” said park owner Roy Pearmain. “I also teach children how to pick up the crawdads and how to sex the crawdads so they can throw back the girls.” Pearmain, who has a degree in biology, also takes his park guests on nature walks and talks about the medicinal uses of plants and trees that are native to the area.

Camp Taylor Campground in Columbia, N.J.: This campground is the home of the Lakota Wolf Preserve, which provides educational talks on wolves, bobcats and foxes twice daily. “We also provide lake swimming, rather than a pool maintained with chemicals. Our lake was built so that we have the ability to control the flow of water into it, thereby maintaining a continuous flow of fresh water,” said park owner Jean Taylor, adding, “Most of our weekend activities are designed to promote environmental awareness and preservation. Our newest activity this year is a ‘lett-us-be-green’ weekend, in which we will be introducing green smoothies made with various green vegetables and healthy fruits. We try to incorporate the need to eating healthy with the need for a healthy environment using informative, nature-based activities centering around simple ways people can ‘go green’ at home and the effect it can have in preserving the planet. Children will go home with a green plant to care for at home.”

Castaways RV Resort and Campground in Berlin, Md.: This park is the closest to Ocean City, Maryland’s most popular beach resort. “We are situated overlooking Assateague Island, where the wild ponies run. You can see them feeding daily from across the bay,” said Kathleen Morris, the park’s general manager. “We have kayak and jet ski rentals on the site as well as fishing skiffs. We also have numerous fishing and crabbing piers as well as clamming sandbars within wading distance.” Morris added, “We encourage the kids in the park to participate in our recreation activities as opposed to being couch potatoes.”

Herkimer KOA in Herkimer, N.Y.: This park is doing several things to try to encourage its guests to develop a closer connection to our natural environment, while also taking better care of themselves. The park recently installed the nation’s first “off grid” solar powered park model rental cabin, which includes bamboo flooring, LED lighting, recycled axels and tires, recycled lumber composite decking, on-demand water heating, energy efficient heating and air-conditioning.

“Our guests will not only have an opportunity for a great camping experience, but the dwelling itself becomes an educational tool,” said Dr. Renee Scialdo Shevat, the park’s owner, adding, “It’s going to increase awareness of environmental issues not only in New York state, but across the country. My hope is that our guests not only come to enjoy the weekend, but come away inspired to live a greener lifestyle.” Toward that end, a rainwater collection system is also being set up to capture rainwater that falls on the solar-power park model so that it can be used to irrigate an organic vegetable and herb garden. Dr. Shevat plans to encourage her guests to pick vegetables and herbs from the garden and use them in their cooking while they stay at the park.

Lake George RV Park in Lake George, N.Y.: This park has a nature awareness program that includes educational materials and designated nature areas where campers can learn about the wildlife that inhabits the park. The park also has live animal shows with wildlife experts.

Lazy River at Granville in Granville, Ohio: This park has many outdoor activities, including a 300-foot-long zipline, which is popular with people of all ages. But one of the park’s newest nature-oriented attractions is a teacher they affectionately call “The Bug Lady.” “She’s like a pied piper,” said park owner Mark Kasper. She comes to the park several times during the summer, equipped with a suitcase full of insects. Kasper remembers one day when a group of teenagers arrived at his park and scattered shortly after checking in. He worried that they were going to get into mischief. “I later found them sitting in rapture,” he said, “just listening to what this lady had to say.” In addition to talking about the insects she carries in her case, “The Bug Lady” also takes children on tours through the campground looking for bugs. The park also recently opened a mile-long walking path to encourage its guests to get out of their RVs and enjoy a walk in the woods.

Normandy Farms Campground in Foxboro, Mass.: This park has a 2-mile nature trail, complete with interpretive nature signs that the park incorporates into its regular activity schedule. The park also offers geocaching to encourage kids to get outside and search for caches. “We also have fishing derbies to entice kids to enjoy simple activities, such as fishing in our pond,” said park spokeswoman Kristine Daniels.

Sorensen’s Resort in Hope Valley, Calif.: This High Sierra resort offers nature oriented events throughout spring, summer and fall, including a medicinal plants hike on July 4th, a photography workshop on July 25th, a fly-fishing workshop Aug. 7th and 8th, a watercolor retreat Sept. 20th to 24th and a fall colors hike on Oct. 8th.

The Great Outdoors RV Nature and Golf Resort in Titusville, Fla.: This RV resort is one of the largest in the country, with 1,534 sites for towable and motorized RVs as well as park models and custom-built resort homes. But the park also has 3,000 acres of land that are home to native egrets, deer and quail. The Great Outdoors puts a heavy focus on nature, providing habitat areas for numerous land animals and birds, including the colorful “painted bunting,” a rare and stunningly beautiful red, blue and green bird whose habitat has been destroyed in many areas of Florida. The Great Outdoors not only preserves habitat for the painted bunting and other species, but recently opened a 2,795 square foot nature center, which provides a wildlife museum, nature programs and hikes.

Other park operators offer much more traditional but very satisfying nature-based activities. Consider Riley and Vicky Turner, who own a small campground in the Manistee National Forest in central Michigan. Their park, R & J Resort Campground, has 25 campsites, six cabins and three cottages, and is surrounded by pines, poplars, maples and oaks. It’s also close to the Manistee River, a prime spot for fishing and kayaking or canoeing. “My favorite kayak or canoe trip is to go from Hodenpyl Dam to Red Bridge,” Vicky Turner explains. “You’ll see eagles in flight, albino deer, turkeys and other different animals coming to the river to get a drink.” The trip takes about three to four hours by canoe. “When the kids come,” Turner said, “I take them to see some of our sassafras trees. It’s my favorite tree because you can chew on the leaf and it tastes like root beer!”

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.

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New Jersey State Fair

New Jersey State Fair

New Jersey State Fair

Summer and Fall are the seasons for state fairs. One that is coming up on the east coast at the end of July is the New Jersey State Fair, which will be held from July 31 to August 9 at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, NJ.

While there are no RV accommodations at the fairgrounds, there are several RV campgrounds nearby for RV campers who may wish to visit the fair, including:

If you need an RV rental for the fair, check out El Monte RV’s New Jersey RV Rentals Location in Linden, NJ.

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