Jun 122009

We have a Campground Reviews section on our website, but I thought I’d share our Top 10 Favorite Campgrounds and why we feel that way, and see how they compare to yours.

1. Elkhart Campground, Elkhart, Indiana – Every year when we pull into Elkhart Campground, we feel like we have arrived back home. We know most of the regulars and see many people we know passing through every year. The campground is huge, and our regular site has 50 amp electric and water, and we usually don’t have anyone parked on top of us. Owners Bob and Gita Patel have become very good friends, and they have allowed us to work on several upgrade projects on the bus while we have stayed there.

2. Sumter Oaks, Bushnell, Florida – We always get a friendly welcome at this Escapee park, we love the huge live oak trees that shade the park, as well as the indoor pool and opportunity to see so many of our Escapee friends.

3. Rainbow Plantation, Summerdale, Alabama – This is another favorite Escapee park with us. The sites are huge, there is a lot to see and do on and around the Gulf Coast, and we enjoy the laid back feel of the area.

4. Tra-Tel RV Park, Tucson, Arizona – There is nothing fancy about Tra-Tel, the spaces are a bit tight, but we usually spend a month there every year. Everybody is very friendly, they always make us feel welcome, and we have family in Tucson we enjoy visiting.

5. Country Roads RV Park, Lake Delton, Wisconsin – Owners Terry and Terri Michael are good friends of ours and whenever we visit their campground we feel like we are part of the family. The park is very clean and has every amenity we could ever want or need.

6. Thousand Trails Colorado River Preserve, Columbus, Texas – This membership park has over 125 full and partial hookup sites, an activity center, pool, hot tub, and lots of wide open spaces. A huge herd of deer live here also and are frequent visitors to the campsites. We spend a lot of time just enjoying the wildlife.

7. Thousand Trails Verde Valley Preserve, Camp Verde, Arizona – This membership campground has 265 full hookup sites, beautiful views, and is convenient to everything in central Arizona. Since the campground sits down in a bowl, we are glad we have our Wilson Trucker antenna and booster to get good air card coverage there.

8. Toad Suck Ferry Corps of Engineers Campground, Conway, Arkansas – Don’t let the name fool you, this is a wonderful campground located right on the Arkansas River. From our site we watched riverboats push barges through the lock and dam.  Our site had 50 amp electric & water, a central dump station, and did I mention the great views?

9. Ray Behrens Corps of Engineers Campground, Monroe City, Missouri We have never been to a Corps of Engineers campground we have not liked, but this is a favorite. Huge spaces, some with full hookups, very clean, and it is situated on Mark Twain Lake.  The only drawback was very slow air card service.  

10. Turkey Creek RV Village, Hollister, Missouri – This Escapees Club RV park is our favorite place to stay when visiting Branson. The park has 68 full hookup sites, clean rest rooms, a laundry, club house, and a beautiful setting on Lake Taneycomo. Turkey Creek is just minutes from all the attractions of Branson, yet laid back and peaceful.

So there we are, our own Top 10. What about you? What are some of your favorite campgrounds, and why?

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  7 Responses to “My Top 10 Favorite Campgrounds”

  1. Adelaide Shores RV Resort, Where we winter in Florida, unlike a lot of the parks in Florida with the Live Oaks they were all removed and had Palm trees planted instead.
    It gives the park a much cleaner and tropical atmosphere. It is on the shores of Lake Adelaide which is a 100 acre lake. The activities committee is second to none and it is one of the most friendliest park we have ever been to. It is located on RT. 27 about 12 miles north of Sebring in Avon Park. In Avon Park is a community college and they host a lot of headline shows throughout the winter. being it is in the middle of he state and not on the coast the prices are a lot better as well. A big plus for us is that within 15 miles there are about a dozen golf courses.

  2. 1. Rainbow Park in Livingston. We volunteer at CARE and when we’re not volunteering and staying at the park we spend most of our time with the CARE folks. We love everyone of them.
    2. How Kola Campround in Pa. It’s our home park and we’re near family. We’ve had a seasonal site here since before we went fulltime
    Tom & Paula

  3. Right now our #1 is the Saguaro Escapee Park in Benson, AZ. We have a lifetime lease on a great site, and have just installed a park trailer on the site for our domicile.

    #2 is the Verde Valley Thousand Trails, especially the upper area by the family lodge, with the pine trees. We watched this park being built, and visited often before we retired. We return often as well.

    Beyond that, we seldom return to the same park on a regular basis. We love to try new ones when we can. Last year we had to miss out on Toad Suck because our grandson announced he was getting married in Idaho!

  4. I didn’t know you guys came to Toad Suck Park. I only live about 4 miles from there. If you enjoy that park, you would also like the COE park in Choctaw, AR. It is just outside Clinton, AR (about 45 minutes from Toad Suck Park). The Choctaw park only has electric at the site, but has water and a dump station. It also has wonderful views of Heber Springs Lake.

    Next time you are in Arkansas, I would love to meet you!

  5. Hart Ranch, Rapid City, SD is our favorite. Large sites 50 amp and a great dog park! WE spend time there and have all our medical stuff done. Good doctors.

    Thousand Trails Verde Valley. Well run park great manager.

  6. Peace River Thousand Trails in Wauchula, Florida. Peach Beach on the Columbia River Gorge in Washington. Winterset City Park, Winterset Iowa. Verde Valley Thousand Trails in Arizona. Ocracoke campground in Hatteras National Seashore. Oak Forest in Austin Texas. Lost Valley Lakes Resorts of Distinction in Missouri.

  7. Crescent City Redwoods KOA, California, is beautiful and clean, and it has 13 acres of redwood forest with tent, cabin, and W/E sites tucked away (they didn’t want to disturb the trees with a sewer run). There’s also an alder tree grove with larger, flat sites, a large dog park, etc. There are full hookup sites, too, with large spaces, and a really strong wifi signal. Great touring, fishing, boating, hiking, coastal viewing, etc.

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