Camp-California! Guide to Nearly 800 Campgrounds in California

The California Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (CalARVC) has a great 80-page guide with information on nearly 800 RV parks and campgrounds in the Golden State. This is a must have for any California RV camper! The guide includes photos, maps, amenity grids, and more.

You can download the PDF here: Camp-California! The Camper’s Guide to California! (It’s big – 52MB)

You can also order one here:

Single Copy or by the Case (80 copies/case)



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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.
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Tons to Do at Wildwood Resort in Bellingham, WA

This was provided to us by our friends at Wildwood Resort in Bellingham, Washington.

Wildwood Resort on Lake Whatcom has a long history as a day use and seasonal family camping facility. Lake Whatcom has long been recognized as a premier lake for water sports of all kinds. The lake is a popular for motor boating, sailing, swimming, fishing and other recreational activities and also serves as the drinking water source for approximately 85,000 residents in the City of Bellingham as well as Whatcom County. It is approximately 10 miles total in length and 1 mile in width at its widest, has one island, and is also home to 13 species of fish.

The recreational activities in and around the lake are endless.

  • Just a few minute drive to the west of the resort and also lying on the lake is Sudden Valley Golf Course. Rated “Four Stars” by Golf Digest, Sudden Valley has been the site of many major Northwest tournaments.
  • A ten minute drive gets you to the trail head of Squires Lake Park where you can hike up a few short switchbacks to an azure lake surrounded by forests and foothills. Longer loops lead to a beaver pond, around the 5 acre lake to viewpoints and fishing spots, and connections to the long-distance Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail.
  • A 25 minute drive toward the I-5, just off the Alger exit, takes you to an intriguing and scenic natural landmark – a glacial-polished and fractured exposed hunk of sheer cliff on Blanchard Mountain called the Oyster Dome. A popular hiking destination year-round, Oyster Dome is the pearl of the Chuckanut Mountains.

Wildwood Resort is located on the southernmost part of the lake on what is known as Southbay. This sheltered bay lends itself beautifully to the serenity of the resort. It is approximately a one and a half hour drive to Seattle and also lends itself to Canadian visitors as the resort is less than an hour’s drive from most southwest BC border crossing points.

Wildwood Resort has completed phase 1 of their development and is ready for the 2011 camping season with 8 RV sites with full hookups, 5 cabins, a pool, hot tub, and tennis court. 75 more RV sites and 2 more cabins will be ready by fall.

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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:

  • Creekwood Resort in Sautee, GA
  • Oak Hill Court in Cassville, MO
  • Summer Wind RV Park in Dawson, WV

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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