We’ve stayed at a lot of campgrounds in our 16+ years of fulltime RV travel, some really nice places and some not so nice. There are campgrounds that we return to on a regular basis, and others where one stop was more than enough.
RVers often ask us what our favorite campgrounds are. Sometimes I feel like that would be akin to telling you where my favorite fishing hole is. What if the word gets out and pretty soon the place is so full that they don’t have room for me?
Every few years I post a list of our favorite campgrounds, and since I don’t have anything else to talk about today, I thought I’d update it.
Elkhart Campground, Elkhart, Indiana – No question about it, this is our favorite campground in the entire country. It is centrally located to a lot of places we regularly frequent, Elkhart is the capital of the RV industry, the campground is clean and well maintained, the RV sites are wide, the interior roads are all good, and owners Bob and Gita Patel treat us like family.
Escapees Rainbow Plantation, Summerdale, Alabama – I don’t think we’ve ever been to an RV park with roomier sites than this Escapees Club RV park. We like the Alabama Gulf Coast area, the small towns in the area are all friendly and clean, and the park itself has a lot of great amenities and activities.
Seaside Thousand Trails Resort, Seaside, Oregon – Terry and I agree that this is our favorite campground in the entire Thousand Trails system. We always stay at the north campground (there are two divided by a country road), with good electric power, full hookups, good satellite reception, and excellent Verizon service. And did I mention its within walking distance of the beach?
Escapees Sumter Oaks RV Park, Bushnell, Florida – I would say that this is our favorite campground in the state of Florida. We love the giant live oak trees that shade the park, a fine rec room, and because it’s an Escapees park, it’s always friendly. Miss Terry loves wandering through the nearby huge Webster Flea Market looking for bargains.
Hershey Thousand Trails, Lebanon, Pennsylvania – We’ve stayed here many times and always look forward to going back. The campground is a short drive from Hershey if you need a chocolate fix, it has a lot of great amenities, and this is another part of the county that we really enjoy spending time in. We love the green, rolling countryside around the campground and all of the history in the area.
Escapees Raccoon Valley, Heiskell, Tennessee – This is a regular stop for us, and another favorite Escapees Club RV park because we love the area. The campground is just a mile or so from Interstate 75, and close to Knoxville, but has a rural feel to it. Twice a week local bluegrass musicians come to the park and hold free jam sessions.
Thousand Trails Verde Valley Preserve, Camp Verde, Arizona – Again, location means a lot. We stay at this large Thousand Trails campground often when it’s too hot to be in Phoenix or Tucson, but still too cold to go to our old hometown in Arizona’s White Mountains. There is a lot to see and do in the Verde Valley, from exploring historic ghost towns and ancient Indian ruins, to riding a vintage steam train.
Escapees Turkey Creek Village, Hollister, Missouri – Located on the shore of Lake Taneycomo, just minutes from all of the shows and attractions in Branson, we have stopped at Turkey Creek many times and look forward to getting back again. The RV sites are nice, the area has more to see and do than you could get done in an entire season, and the local folks are all very friendly.
Three Flags RV Resort, Wildwood, Florida – On our first visit this membership park quickly became a favorite of ours for its laid back pace, nice pull through full hookup RV sites, and the friendly and helpful staff. The park is located a mile off Interstate 75 for easy access, has a laundry, activity center, pool, and a full activity schedule.
Orlando Thousand Trails Preserve, Clermont, Florida – With 850 full hookup RV sites, a clubhouse, pool, spa, private fishing lake, boat dock, and tennis courts, this membership campground has everything you need or want, and is the perfect base for exploring Disneyworld and other area attractions
Okay, now I’ve told you mine, so don’t hold back on the rest of us. What are some of your favorite campgrounds, and why?
Thought For The Day – It’s never too late for an apology.