America’s Best Campgrounds & RV Parks For Family Fun

RV camping can fill our lives with great memories of outdoor adventures.

A top rated RV resort, Lake Osprey RV Park is located on the Alabama Gulf Coast. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
A top rated RV resort, Lake Osprey RV Park is located on the Alabama Gulf Coast. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

We all want our camping trips and RV travels to be enjoyable and fun for the entire family.

Numerous factors can determine the outcome of a camping trip. Factors that we can control include campground choice, route we take to get there, and when to travel.

A key factor in planning any vacation is the RV park or campgrounds. Choosing an RV park sight unseen can be like playing the lottery. Many parks and resorts feature a variety of amenities, entertainment, and fun activities for the entire family and cultivate an atmosphere that’s welcoming for all ages enabling families to enjoy quality time together. But not all RV parks and campgrounds are created equal and no park is perfect for everyone.

Before leaving on your RV vacation, take the time to check out the best camping parks along your intended route and at your camping destination.

A top rated RV park, Columbia Sun RV Resort is located in the Ti-Cities at Kennewick, Washington. © Rex Vogel, all rights
A top rated RV park, Columbia Sun RV Resort is located in the Ti-Cities at Kennewick, Washington. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Citing GuestRated as the source, Wicked Good Travel Tips notes that only 34 of an estimated 4,000 campgrounds and RV parks earned an ‘A’ rating in 2014—less than one in 100 parks.

GuestRated.com surveys guest satisfaction using an online process for RVers to review and rate their camping experiences and provide feedback available to other campers and park owners. Of those campgrounds and RV parks, eight emerged as super-stars by earning an ‘A’ rating for 6 years or more.

What we like and prefer in an RV park may totally different from what your family desires. Given different personalities and wants and needs of RVers, no one park can be all things to all people, but many can fulfill the majority of wants and needs.

While social media has a meaningful role to play in assisting campers select the “perfect camping site” a less subjective, opinion-based rating scale is still a key determinant of quality RV parks and campgrounds.

A top rated RV park, Seven Feathers RV Resort is located in southern Oregon off I-5. © Rex Vogel, all rights
A top rated RV park, Seven Feathers RV Resort is located in southern Oregon off I-5. © Rex Vogel, all rights

Our go-to resource in selecting RV parks and resorts, the Good Sam Campground Directory uses a three-number rating that assesses the park’s amenities, cleanliness, and environment with each rating category measured on a scale of 1 to 10.

Less than 1 percent of parks or campgrounds receive a 10/10*/10 rating which indicates superior facilities that are well maintained, clean, well-appointed restrooms, and a highly appealing appearance. Campgrounds are inspected annually by RVers for RVers.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the GuestRated eight superstar RV parks and campgrounds along with a comparative rating from Good Sam:

Cherry Hill Park, College Park, Maryland: The closest RV and Camping Park near the nation’s capital of Washington, DC. (2015 Good Sam Rating: 9.5/10*/9.5)

Lake George RV Park, Lake George, New York: A beautiful resort in New York’s Lake George Adirondack Region. (2015 Good Sam Rating: 10/10*/10)

Mountain Vista Campground, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania: An easy drive from the George Washington Bridge in New York, and has a beautiful Pocono Mountain location close to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. (2015 Good Sam Rating: 9/10*/10)

A top rated RV park, Buckhorn Lake RV Resort is located in the Texas Hill Country at Kerrville. © Rex Vogel, all
A top rated RV park, Buckhorn Lake RV Resort is located in the Texas Hill Country at Kerrville. © Rex Vogel, all rights

Ocean Lakes Family Campground, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: The largest campground on the East Coast and enjoys one mile of oceanfront beach. (2015 Good Sam Rating: 10/10*/10)

Pioneer Campground, Muncy Valley, Pennsylvania: The campground has 80 mountain top acres at a 2,000 ft elevation offering scenic outlooks in a wooded setting. (2015 Good Sam Rating: 9/9*/9.5)

Red Apple Campground, Kennebunkport, Maine

This campsite enjoys a grassy, well manicured setting with lovely flower gardens. (2015 Good Sam Rating: 9/10*/10)

Sunny Brook RV Resort, South Haven, Michigan: Just minutes from Lake Michigan, the Sunny Brook RV Resort has 65 acres along the sandy shore of a 5+ acre lake. (2015 Good Sam Rating: 10/10*/10)

The Vineyards Campground & Cabins, Grapevine, Texas: Located along the shores of Grapevine Lake, the Vineyards Campground offers both lakefront and forest views. (2015 Good Sam Rating: 9.5/8.5*/10)

You decide. Remember, getting there is half the fun.

Worth Pondering…

I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way.

—Franklin P. Adams

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Good Sam Announces Top RV Parks for Golfers for 2014

The Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory announced its list of Top Parks for Golfers for 2014.

Good Sam 2014-Top Golfing-ShieldGood Sam editors and consultants chose the list of Parks for Golfers from the annual publication’s database of 8,000 private parks.

These RV parks provide challenging, fun-filled golf courses for RVers who seek out great links on their travels.

Some of the RV parks on this list feature golf courses and driving ranges on their property; others are located in regions with several nearby golf courses. In all cases, these parks are up to par when it comes to attracting folks who are always ready to tee off.

Highlights of this list include:

  • Some RV parks attract golfers in part because of their proximity to world-renowned courses. Eagle View RV Resort at Fort McDowell is located just two minutes from the We-Ko-Pa Golf Club, ranked by Sports Illustrated as one of the Top 10 New Public Golf Courses in the World.
  • Parks that offer links within the resort include Pueblo El Mirage Golf and RV Resort, which boasts a 72-par course designed by golfing champion Fuzzy Zoeller.
  • RV/Golf travel packages help some of these RV parks attract golfing customers. Mallard Creek Golf Course & RV Resort, for instance, offers packages for stays as long as a month that include unlimited golf on the resort’s course.

Facts about Golfing RV Travelers

By 1900, The Jekyll Island Club (Georgia) membership included the Rockefellers, Morgans, Cranes and Goulds and represented over one-sixth of the world’s wealth.  © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
By 1900, The Jekyll Island Club (Georgia) membership included the Rockefellers, Morgans, Cranes and Goulds and represented over one-sixth of the world’s wealth. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Since 1980, the number of golfers in the United States has grown by 50 percent, with more than 30 million enthusiasts hitting the links.

There are approximately 15,500 golf facilities in the U.S., many of which are in or near or within RV parks.

In 2012, golfers played 490 million rounds on U.S. courses, up 5.7 percent from 2011

Top RV Parks for Golfers

Arizona
Eagle View RV Resort at Fort McDowell, Fort Mcdowell
Pueblo El Mirage Golf & RV Resort, El Mirage

California
Emerald Desert RV Resort – Sunland, Palm Desert
Pomo RV Park & Campground, Fort Bragg

Florida
Grand Lake RV & Golf Resort, Citra
The Glades RV Resort, La Belle

Michigan
Signature Motorcoach Resort at Bay Harbor, Bay Harbor

Missouri
Mark Twain Landing, Monroe City

Montana
Fairmont RV Park & Campground, Anaconda

Oregon
Mallard Creek Golf & RV Resort, Lebanon

Texas
Parkview Riverside RV Park, Concan

Winter weather is close to perfect in Palm Springs and the other desert resort cities in the Coachella Valley. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Winter weather is close to perfect in Palm Springs and the other desert resort cities in the Coachella Valley. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Washington
Lake Pleasant RV Park, Bothell

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A different category of Top Parks will be featured each month in articles released by the Good Sam RV Travel Guide.

In addition to comprehensive listings of RV parks and campgrounds across North America, the 2014 Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory features travel itineraries, helpful maps, and informative tips that RVers need for a journey anywhere in North America.

Additional camping and RV Travel information is available on the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory Camping Blog.

Worth Pondering…

Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots—but you have to play the ball where it lies.

—Bobby Jones

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Camping in August

RV travel is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding ways to vacation and August is prime camping season. The timing could not be better.

The Valley of Fire State Park near Las Vegas
The Valley of Fire State Park near Las Vegas derives its name from red sandstone formations, formed from great shifting sand dunes during the age of dinosaurs, 150 million years ago. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The attraction of recreational vehicle travel is to see the country, visit new places, meet interesting people, and experience the freedom of the open road.

Each journey represents a passage, whether it’s an adventure to a new state, a new attraction, or an outing with friends. But the pleasure of RV camping can be had without driving for days. The “here” can be just as enjoyable as “there”.

Natural beauty abounds when least expected, and surprises wait at every turn of the road. The distance doesn’t matter. It’s what you see out your window in the morning that counts.

But finding the right spot to park your RV can be a headache for any owner—especially if you want a spectacular view.

Enter Good Sam Travel and Campground Directory and its list of Top Scenic Parks for 2014.

Across the U.S. and Canada there are numerous RV parks and campgrounds with stunning views.

In this article we’ll examine four such locations.

Lake Mead RV Village (Nevada)

Petrified Forest National Park
The best way to enjoy and experience Petrified Forest National Park is on foot. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Lake Mead RV Village, located in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area offers magnificent views of beautiful Lake Mead and is an ideal base camp for the variety of recreational activities in the park. Recreational enthusiast’s favorite activities include, boating, sailing, swimming, fishing, and hiking.

Conveniently located to a variety of attractions, Lake Mead RV Village operates two parks on Lake Mead in Nevada—Boulder and Echo Bay close to the wonder of the Valley of Fire State Park.

Fort Tatham RV Park (North Carolina)

Find your home away from home in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains at Fort Tatham RV Park, a Carefree resort. Enjoy the shade from 100-foot trees as you camp in a full-hookup sites backed by a flowing creek.

USA RV Park (New Mexico)

El Malpais lava country
El Malpais National Monument preserves an ancient volcanic landscape and a history of human habitation. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

USA RV Park is Gallup, New Mexico’s premier RV and camping facility. Centrally located on the Historic Route 66, the park is a short distance from spectacular national and tribal parks including Window Rock (25 miles), Zuni Pueblo (41 miles), Hubbel Trading Post National Historic Park, El Morro National Monument (63 miles), El Malpais National Monument (64 miles), Bandera Crater (72 miles), Petrified Forest National Park ( 90 miles), Shiprock (93 miles), Canyon de Chelly National Monument (98 miles), and Acoma Pueblo (98 miles).

Oak Creek RV Park

Relax and enjoy Oak Creek RV Park, a Sunland Resort, in the foothills of the El Capitan Preserve and the Cleveland National Forest. Discover beautiful Lake Jennings two and a half mile west and downtown San Diego 25 miles west on I-8.

Yes, it is true: Summer time means RVing time—and August is prime camping season.

Lake Jennings is two and a half miles West of Oak Creek RV Resort and caters to all ages fishing needs.
Lake Jennings is two and a half miles West of Oak Creek RV Resort and caters to all ages fishing needs. (Source: oakcreekrv.com)

Details

Lake Mead RV Village

Website: www.lakemeadrvvillage.com

Daily rates from $28

Fort Tatham RV Park

Website: www.carefreervresorts.com

Daily rates from $35

USA RV Park

Website: www.usarvpark.com

Daily rates from $33.94

Oak Creek RV Park

Website: www.oakcreekrv.com

Daily rates from $42

Worth Pondering…

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.

—Lewis Carrol

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Good Sam Announces Top Scenic RV Parks for 2014

The Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory announced its list of Top scenic Parks for 2014.

Good Sam 2014-Top-Scenic-ShieldGood Sam editors and consultants chose the list of Scenic Parks from the annual publication’s database of 8,000 private parks.

These special parks are situated in some of the most attractive destinations in North America.

While putting together the list, the Good Sam RV Travel Guide’s editors and consultants included parks whose landscaping in many cases rivals the stellar landscapes of the surrounding areas.

The highlights of this list include:

  • For some parks, wildlife viewing is a key part of the guest experience. At Eagle’s Rest Campground in Valdez, Alaska, guests are frequently treated to glimpses of eagles gliding over the campground, with spectacular mountains, waterfalls, and views of Prince William Sound serving as the backdrop.
  • Some RV Parks strive to make their landscaping design as beautiful as the surrounding area. For example, Indian Waters RV Resort in Indio, California, boasts sprawling grass and desert vistas along with ponds and towering eucalyptus trees that harmonize with its surrounding desert landscape.
  • Many RV parks serve as jumping off points to scenic excursion. At Lake Mead Village on the shores of sprawling Lake Mead in southern Nevada, guests can go on sightseeing tours or hike nearby trails to take in some of the spectacular surrounding scenery.

Facts About Scenic RV Travel

Sculpted, chiseled, and twisted red rock formations more dramatic than most others we have seen dominate the Valley of Fire State Park's 42,000 acres. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Sculpted, chiseled, and twisted red rock formations more dramatic than most others we have seen dominate the Valley of Fire State Park’s 42,000 acres. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

According to USA Today, the most scenic place in the United States is Sedona Arizona, followed by the view of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from Mount Washington and the Upper Mississippi River.

DigitalCameraWorld.com advises photographers to take the time to get the right shot of scenery. Travelers should get out of the RV, find the optimal position and, if possible, use a tripod.

When planning a vacation based on scenery, travelers are advised to factor in the season. For example, trips to New England during the fall season are dramatically different than summer trips to that region.

Top Scenic RV Parks

Alaska
Eagle’s Rest RV Park & Cabins, Valdez

California
Indian Waters RV Resort & Cottages, Indio
Santa Nella RV Park, Santa Nella

Kansas
Deer Creek Valley RV Park Llc, Topeka

Nevada
Lake Mead RV Village, Boulder City

New Mexico
USA RV Park, Gallup

North Carolina
Fort Tatham RV Park, Sylva

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The RV/MH Hall of Fame showcases the growth, history, and accomplishments of the recreational vehicle and manufactured housing industries, with displays and restored units dating back to 1913. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
The RV/MH Hall of Fame showcases the growth, history, and accomplishments of the recreational vehicle and manufactured housing industries, with displays and restored units dating back to 1913. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

A different category of Top Parks will be featured each month in articles released by the Good Sam RV Travel Guide.

In addition to comprehensive listings of RV parks and campgrounds across North America, the 2014 Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory features travel itineraries, helpful maps, and informative tips that RVers need for a journey anywhere in North America.

Additional camping and RV Travel information is available on the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory Camping Blog.

Worth Pondering…

A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature.

It is earth’s eye, looking into which, the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.

—Henry David Thoreau

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Good Sam Announces Top RV Parks for Food Lovers for 2014

The Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory announced its list of Top RV Parks for Food Lovers for 2014.

Good Sam 2014-Top Food-Lovers-ParksGood Sam editors and consultants chose the list of RV Parks for Food Lovers from the annual publication’s database of 8,000 private parks.

The RV parks on this list are located in regions known for distinctive local cuisine or in areas that host popular food festivals.

From RV parks in fertile farming regions to campgrounds in sophisticated cities, the list of Top RV Parks for Food Lovers is a virtual smorgasbord of culinary styles and tastes.

Highlights of this list include:

  • For some RV parks, providing excellent culinary service is part of the customer experience. At Michigan’s Thunder Bay Resort, guests can partake in Elk Viewing Dinner Ride Package, in which gourmet dinner is cooked on two antique wood cook stoves and served in an rustic setting.
  • Some resorts cultivate their own food. Nevada’s Wine Ridge RV Resort for example, serves vintages produced from the vineyard and winery located on the property. In addition, the resort’s Symphony Restaurant has earned five-star ratings in a number of food guides.
  • Other parks offer the full resort experience. At Pechanga RV Resort in Temecula, California, RVers can play a round of golf on the Journey golf course and stop by the award winning Journey’s End restaurant for a delicious meal while enjoying scenic views of the course

Facts about food-loving RV travelers

Weikel's Bakery, La Grande, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Weikel’s Bakery, La Grande, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

A survey by RVAdvice.com revealed that 86 percent of RVers try the regional dishes when they travel.

Fifty-six percent of those sampled say they’re willing to travel up to 25 miles for a good meal, while 32 percent said they’d trek up to 50 miles to satisfy their taste buds

Food festivals such as the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California and Maine Lobster Festival attract many RVers eager to try new flavors.

Top RV Parks for Food Lovers

British Columbia
Hazelmere RV Park & Campground, Surrey

California
Pechanga RV Resort, Temecula

Connecticut
Seaport RV Resort & Campground, Mystic

A perennial favorite of barbecue lovers is Smitty's Market in Lockhart, Texas. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
A perennial favorite of barbecue lovers is Smitty’s Market in Lockhart, Texas. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Michigan
Thunder Bay Resort, Hillman

Nevada
Wine Ridge RV Resort & Cottages, Pahrump

North Carolina
Asheville Bear Creek RV Park, Asheville

Texas
Austin Lone Star Carefree RV Resort, Austin

Utah
Salt Lake City KOA, Salt Lake City

Wisconsin
Hidden Valley RV Resort & Campground, Milton

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Café Des Amis in historic downtown Breaux Bridge hosts a world famous Zydeco Breakfast every Saturday morning and a spectacular Sunday brunch served all day. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Café Des Amis in historic downtown Breaux Bridge hosts a world famous Zydeco Breakfast every Saturday morning and a spectacular Sunday brunch served all day. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

A different category of Top Parks will be featured each month in articles released by the Good Sam RV Travel Guide.

In addition to comprehensive listings of RV parks and campgrounds across North America, the 2014 Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory features travel itineraries, helpful maps, and informative tips that RVers need for a journey anywhere in North America.

Additional camping and RV Travel information is available on the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory Camping Blog.

Worth Pondering…

I am not a glutton—I am an explorer of food.

—Erma Bombeck

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Good Sam Announces Top Waterfront RV Parks for 2014

The Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory announced its list of Top Waterfront RV Parks for 2014.

Good Sam 2014-Top WaterfrontShieldGood Sam editors and consultants chose the list of Waterfront Parks from the annual publication’s database of 8,000 private parks.

These RV parks are located on or near the banks of some of North America’s most popular lakes, rivers and ocean shores.

For water loving RVers, these parks provide easy access to fabulous recreation. In many parks, the shore is just a few paces from guests’ front doors. Whether RVers seek to catch a wave or drift in a lazy current, these parks inspire travelers to pull off the open road and hit the shore.

Highlights of this list include:

  • Several parks on the list cater to RVers who love boating and waterskiing. Located on the Colorado River in Nevada, Willow Beach Marina and Campground, for example, rents boats and kayaks to visitors eager to explore the area’s sheer cliffs and sandy beaches.
  • A number of parks offer the ambience of a seaside community, such as Point Hudson Marina & RV Park, a short walking distance from historic Victorian Seaport with its quaint shops and restaurants.
  • Rustic lakesides are the norm for RV parks like Spring Creek Marine and RV Park in Texas, where guests can boat, water ski, or swim in a beautiful constant-level body of water.

Facts about Waterfront RV Traveling

Pristine stretches of marshland, punctuated by small islands known as hammocks, define the breathtaking landscape of the Georgia Golden Isles. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Pristine stretches of marshland, punctuated by small islands known as hammocks, define the breathtaking landscape of the Georgia Golden Isles. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

According to a study by PKF Consulting, 48 percent of RVers hit the water to go fishing, while 14 percent of RV travelers go canoeing and kayaking.

A report from the National Marine Manufacturers Association shows that boating has been taken up by 88 million Americans, many of whom tow their watercraft by RV.

After years of anemic sales, powerboats have bounced back, with a 10 percent increase in sales in 2012 and another 5 to 10 percent expected in 2013.

Top Waterfront RV Parks

Arizona
Willow Beach RV & Campground, Willow Beach

British Columbia
Burnaby Cariboo RV Park And Campground, Burnaby

California
Campland On The Bay, San Diego
Mad River Rapids RV Park , Arcata
Mission Bay RV Resort, San Diego
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina Newport Beach
Palms River Resort, Needles
Pirate Cove Resort, Needles
Pismo Sands RV Park, Oceano
Riverwalk RV Park & Campground, Fortuna
The RV Park of Rolling Hills, Corning

Florida
Beverly Beach Camptown RV Resort, Flagler Beach
Camp Gulf , Destin
Carrabelle Beach RV Resort, Carrabelle Beach
Daytona Beach RV Resort, Port Orange
Destin West RV Resort, Fort Walton Beach
North Beach Camp Resort, St. Augustine
Red Coconut RV Resort, Fort Myers Beach
Signature Motorcoach Resort at Naples, Naples

Gulf State Park, Alabama © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Gulf State Park, Alabama © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Georgia
River’s End Campground & RV Park, Tybee Island

Maine
Wild Acres RV Resorts, Old Orchard Beach

Massachusetts
Cape Cod Campresort & Cabins, East Falmouth
Peters Pond RV Resort, Sandwich

Michigan
Harbortown RV Resort, Monroe

New Jersey
Lake Laurie RV Resort And Campground, Cape May

North Carolina
Frisco Woods Campground, Frisco

Oregon
Beach Resort at Turtle Rock, Gold Beach

South Carolina
Lakewood Camping Resort, Myrtle Beach

Texas
Island RV Resort, Port Aransas
Spring Creek Marina & RV Park, Inc, San Angelo

Cajun Palms RV Resort consist of over 300 Deluxe RV Spots,12 Chalets,and 25 Cabins. RV spots have full hookups, 30- and 50-amp, 70+ channels of digital cable, and on-site water and sewer. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Cajun Palms RV Resort consist of over 300 Deluxe RV Spots,12 Chalets,and 25 Cabins. RV spots have full hookups, 30- and 50-amp, 70+ channels of digital cable, and on-site water and sewer. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Washington
Columbia Riverfront RV Park, Woodland
Point Hudson Marina & RV Park, Port Townsend

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A different category of Top Parks will be featured each month in articles released by the Good Sam RV Travel Guide.

In addition to comprehensive listings of RV parks and campgrounds across North America, the 2014 Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory features travel itineraries, helpful maps, and informative tips that RVers need for a journey anywhere in North America.

Additional camping and RV Travel information is available on the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory Camping Blog.

Worth Pondering…

For all at last return to the sea—to Oceanus, the ocean river, like the ever-flowing stream of time, the beginning and the end.

—Rachel Carson, The Sea Around Us

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Good Sam Announces Top Group Camping RV Parks for 2014

The Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory announced its list of Top Group Camping RV Parks for 2014.

Good Sam 2014-Top-Group-ShieldGood Sam editors and consultants chose the list of Group Camping Parks from the annual publication’s database of 8,000 private parks.

These RV parks provide facilities and space for large groups of RVers who camp together and conduct meetings, social gatherings and events.

From manufacturers’ organizations to independent RVing clubs, RV groups share a passion for hitting the road and meeting up at the end of a long journey. It’s up to the RV parks on this list to ensure that these groups have all they need for a great stay.

The highlights of this list include:

  • A number of RV parks dedicate staff members to serve large groups. Blueberry Hill RV Resort in Bushnell, Florida, for example, avails groups to an on-site event concierge to help coordinate renting a clubhouse or pavilion and reserving space for as many as 20 RVs.
  • Facilities also are a key feature for group friendly parks, such as EZ Daze RV Park in Southaven, Mississippi, which offers a southern veranda for cookouts as well as a meeting room that’s adjacent to a fully equipped kitchen.
  • Food is a top-of-mind item for RVing groups. River Plantation RV Resort in Pigeon Forge, Tennesee, for example, provides catering for large RVing groups who travel with an appetite.

Facts About Group Camping RV Parks:

Arizona has long been known for citrus and cotton–but the fertile lands surrounding Yuma at the Colorado River’s delta are lush and green all winter, serving as the nation’s salad bowl. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Arizona has long been known for citrus and cotton–but the fertile lands surrounding Yuma at the Colorado River’s delta are lush and green all winter, serving as the nation’s salad bowl. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Thousands of RVing groups travel the road to share fun and adventure together. The Good Sam Club alone boasts almost 1,500 chapters across the United States and Canada.

Many RVing groups spend countless hours in charitable work, from cleaning up public highways and parks to raising funds for organizations like Dogs for the Deaf.

Connected by Facebook, Twitter and other social networks, RVing groups are as vibrant as ever.

Top Group Camping RV Parks

Arizona
Casa Grande RV Resort & Cottages, Casa Grande

Florida
Blueberry Hill RV Resort, Bushnell
Pecan Park RV Resort, Jacksonville
Red Oaks RV Resort, Bushnell

Georgia
Coastal Georgia RV Resort, Brunswick

Idaho
McCall RV Resort, McCall

Mississippi
EZ Daze RV Park, Southaven

North Carolina
Raleigh Oaks RV Resort & Cottages, Four Oaks

Oregon
Seven Feathers RV Resort, Canyonville

South Carolina
Barnyard RV Park, Lexington

Tennessee
River Plantation RV Park Inc, Pigeon Forge

Wisconsin
Sherwood Forest Camping & RV Park, Wisconsin Dells

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A different category of Top Parks will be featured each month in articles released by the Good Sam RV Travel Guide.

Cajun Palms RV Resort consist of over 300 Deluxe RV Spots,12 Chalets,and 25 Cabins. RV spots have full hookups, 30- and 50-amp, 70+ channels of digital cable, and on-site water and sewer. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Cajun Palms RV Resort consist of over 300 Deluxe RV Spots,12 Chalets,and 25 Cabins. RV spots have full hookups, 30- and 50-amp, 70+ channels of digital cable, and on-site water and sewer. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

In addition to comprehensive listings of RV parks and campgrounds across North America, the 2014 Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory features travel itineraries, helpful maps, and informative tips that RVers need for a journey anywhere in North America.

Additional camping and RV Travel information is available on the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory Camping Blog.

Worth Pondering…

We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.

—Robert Louis Stevenson

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Good Sam Announces Top Fourth of July RV Parks for 2014

The Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory announced its list of Top Fourth of July RV Parks for 2014.

Good Sam 2014-Top Fourth-of-July-ShieldGood Sam editors and consultants chose the list of Fourth of July Parks from the annual publication’s database of 8,000 private parks.

The RV parks on this list go out of their way to celebrate the nation’s birthday with fireworks, colorful parades or excursions to nearby celebrations.

Whether featuring patriotic musical performances or serving up barbecued hot dogs, the parks on this list help guests appreciate the the biggest day of the summer travel season in the United States.

Highlights of this list include:

  • Local Fourth of July parades are a big part of the guest experience at places like Tiger Run RV Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado, where guests can attend the city’s big patriotic celebration on Main Street less than a mile away.
  • At some parks, guests can partake in a whole slate of Fourth of July events. In Alabama, for example, Guests at Auburn RV Park at Leisure Time Campground can enjoy local events like the Opelika Freedom Celebration, Fourth of July Celebration, and Market at Ag Heritage Park.
  • Guests seeking more relaxing Fourth pursuits can stay at places like the Soaring Eagle Hideaway RV Park in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, where local fireworks can be viewed from the park.

Facts about July Fourth RV Travel

The best way to enjoy and experience Petrified Forest National Park is on foot. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
The best way to enjoy and experience Petrified Forest National Park is on foot. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

An estimated 93 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home this fourth of July, an AAA study reported.

Campground visitation surges during the Fourth of July, with RV parks traditionally reporting full occupation during the holiday.

Fourth of July is the most popular holiday for barbecuing in the U.S., according to the Hearth Patio and Barbecue Association. Many campgrounds host Fourth barbecues for peckish RV travelers, while many Rvers opt to spark their own open-air cookouts.

Top Fourth of July RV Parks

Alabama
Auburn RV Park at Leisure Time Campground, Auburn

Arkansas
Catherine’s Landing at Hot Springs, Hot Springs

California
Los Angeles/Pomona Fairplex KOA, Pomona

Arches National Park is renown for an awe-inspiring combination of arches, cliffs, stone spires, and other dramatic rock formations. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Arches National Park is renown for an awe-inspiring combination of arches, cliffs, stone spires, and other dramatic rock formations. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Colorado
Tiger Run RV Resort, Breckenridge

Louisiana
Pine Crest RV Park of New Orleans, Slidell

Michigan
Soaring Eagle Hideaway RV Park, Mount Pleasant

Washington
Alderwood RV Resort, Spokane

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A different category of Top Parks will be featured each month in articles released by the Good Sam RV Travel Guide.

In addition to comprehensive listings of RV parks and campgrounds across North America, the 2014 Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory features travel itineraries, helpful maps, and informative tips that RVers need for a journey anywhere in North America.

Additional camping and RV Travel information is available on the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory Camping Blog.

Worth Pondering…

You have to Love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.

—Erma Bombeck

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Good Sam Announces Top RV Parks for Fishing for 2014

The Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory announced its list of Top RV Parks for Fishing for 2014.

Good Sam 2014-Top September-Fishing-ShieldGood Sam editors and consultants chose the list of Parks for fishing from the annual publication’s database of 8,000 private parks.

The RV parks featured below provide guests with great angling opportunities on rivers, lakes or off ocean coasts.

In compiling this list, the Good Sam RV Travel Guide’s consultants and editors included parks that offered a variety of RV fishing experiences, from boat fishing to casting a line from shore. Many parks offer tackle and bait services for anglers.

The highlights of this list include:

  • RV parks like Live Oak Landing in Florida partner with charter fishing services to help guests catch the big one. In Live Oak’s case, Wounded Warrior charters take guests out to the Choctawhatchee River and its tributaries.
  • Some RV parks offer fishing right on the property. Missouri’s Basswood Resort in Platte City, for one, has RV sites located just a few paces from stocked fishing lakes.
  • RV resorts that allow guests to hone the fine art of fly fishing include Walker River RV Resort in Nevada’s Smith Valley. Here, RVers can cast a line in the fish-rich stream that runs through the property.

Facts about RVing Anglers

Pristine stretches of marshland, punctuated by small islands known as hammocks, define the breathtaking landscape of the Georgia Golden Isles. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Pristine stretches of marshland, punctuated by small islands known as hammocks, define the breathtaking landscape of the Georgia Golden Isles. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Close to 50 percent of RVers go fishing when they go on their RV travels, according to a recent study by PKF Consulting.

Almost 48 million people participated in freshwater, saltwater and/or fly fishing in the U.S. in 2012, according to Statista.

RV retailers such as camping world stock fishing equipment for RVers who enjoy casting a line.

Top RV Parks for Fishing

Arizona
Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort, Casa Grande

Florida
Live Oak Landing, Freeport
North Lake Estates RV Resort, Moore Haven
Rainbow RV Resort, Frostproof
San Carlos RV Park And Islands, Fort Myers Beach
Upriver RV Resort, Fort Myers

Idaho
Redrock RV And Camping Park, Island Park

Missouri
Basswood Resort, Platte City

Nevada
Cottonwood Cove Resort, Searchlight
Walker River Resort RV Park Smith Valley

Oklahoma
Marval Resort, Gore

Ontario
Campark Resorts, Niagara Falls

Experience life in old Luling (Texas)  at Zedler Mill Park and Cotton Gin—a turn of the century Cotton Gin—on the banks of the beautiful San Marcos River. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Experience life in old Luling (Texas) at Zedler Mill Park and Cotton Gin—a turn of the century Cotton Gin—on the banks of the beautiful San Marcos River. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

South Dakota
Oasis Campground, Chamberlain

Utah
Willowwind RV Park, Hurricane

Virginia
Gwynn’s Island RV Resort And Campground, Gwynn
New Point RV Resort, New Point

Good Sam RV Travel Guide

A different category of Top Parks will be featured each month in articles released by the Good Sam RV Travel Guide.

In addition to comprehensive listings of RV parks and campgrounds across North America, the 2014 Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory features travel itineraries, helpful maps, and informative tips that RVers need for a journey anywhere in North America.

Additional camping and RV Travel information is available on the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory Camping Blog.

Worth Pondering…

Most of the world is covered by water. A fisherman’s job is simple: Pick out the best parts.

—Charles Waterman

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Good Sam Announces Top Pet Friendly RV Parks for 2014

The Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory announced its list of Top Pet-Friendly RV Parks for 2014.

Good Sam 2014-Top Pet-FriendlyShieldGood Sam editors and consultants chose the list of Pet Friendly Parks from the annual publication’s database of 8,000 private parks.

These select RV parks stand out for amenities and special services tailored to owners of pets.

These parks offer facilities ranging from dog runs to pet washing areas, and some hand out free treats to canines upon check-in.

Highlights of this list include:

  • A number RV parks feature fenced-in dog runs on their property—a boon to travelers seeking a place to give their furry passengers a place to run after idle travel time. Also offered in some parks are trails for pet walking.
  • As a gesture of welcome to pet owners, some RV parks offer free treats and toys to pets traveling in RVs.
  • Among the most luxurious pet amenities are fenced-in dog wash stations, with stainless-steel sinks, soap, and warm water available to wash pets.

Facts about RV pet owners

Pet friendly amenities at Bentsen Palm Village in the Rio Grande Valley include dog agility course and pet parade. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Pet friendly amenities at Bentsen Palm Village in the Rio Grande Valley include dog agility course and pet parade. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

According the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, more than 50 percent of RV travelers bring pets on their travels.

The RV industry’s suppliers and manufacturers have made an effort to accommodate mobile pets, from collapsible pet window cages to special tie-downs for dogs built into RVs.

Among pet owners who take their animals on the road, 78 percent bring dogs, 15 percent travel with cats and the remaining pet owners travel with birds or other small pets.

Top Pet-Friendly RV Parks

Arizona
Good Life RV Resort, Mesa
Sun Life RV Resort, Mesa
Sunflower RV Resort, Surprise

California
Chula Vista RV Resort And Marina Chula Vista
Escondido RV Resort – Sunland Escondido

Florida
Sunseeker’s RV Park, Fort Myers

New Mexico
American RV Park, Albuquerque

Texas
Northlake Village RV Park, Roanoke
Travelers World RV Resort, San Antonio

Washington
Horn Rapids RV Resort, Richland

Good Sam RV Travel Guide

The American RV Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico, not only receives high Good Sam rating for its facilities but has something to offer every member of the family from its heated swimming pool for the kids, a spa for the adults, and a dog park for the family pet on board. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
The American RV Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico, not only receives high Good Sam rating for its facilities but has something to offer every member of the family from its heated swimming pool for the kids, a spa for the adults, and a dog park for the family pet on board. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

A different category of Top Parks will be featured each month in articles released by the Good Sam RV Travel Guide.

In addition to comprehensive listings of RV parks and campgrounds across North America, the 2014 Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory features travel itineraries, helpful maps, and informative tips that RVers need for a journey anywhere in North America.

Additional camping and RV Travel information is available on the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory Camping Blog.

Worth Pondering…

Pets are humanizing. They remind us we have an obligation and responsibility to preserve and nurture and care all life.

—James Cromwell

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