A key factor in planning any vacation or road trip is the RV parks and 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 one park is perfect for everyone.
Before leaving home, take the time to check out the best camping parks along your intended route and at your camping destination.
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.
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.
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.
Of the eight campgrounds and RV parks that emerged as GuestRated super-stars, only two received the coveted Good Sam10/10*/10 rating in their 2015 Campground Directory: Lake George RV Park, Lake George, New York, and Ocean Lakes Family Campground, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Additional details on these two parks and the other six is available in an earlier post on Vogel Talks RVing.
What we like and prefer in an RV park may be 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 we have not visited any of these eight campgrounds and RV parks, we have personally visited with a minimum of one night of paid camping at 14 of the 2015 “Best of the Best”, the top-rated Good Sam RV Parks and Campgrounds (10/10*/10).
A listing of these outstanding parks follow:
Alabama: Lake Osprey RV Park, Elberta
Arizona: Sundance 1 RV Resort, Casa Grande
California: Indian Water RV Resort & Cottages, Indio
Louisiana: Cajun Palms RV Resort, Henderson
Louisiana: A+ Motel & RV Resort, Lake Charles
Massachusetts: Normandy Farms Family Camping Resort, Foxboro
Nevada: Las Vegas RV Resort, Las Vegas
Nevada: Wine Ridge RV Resort & Cottages, Pahrump
Oregon: Seven Feathers RV Resort, Canyonville
Texas: Buckhorn Lake Resort, Kerrville
Texas: Llano Grande Lake Park Resort & Country Club MHP, Mercedes
Texas: Bentsen Palm Village RV Resort, Mission
Texas: Lakeside RV Resort, Port Lavaca
Washington: Columbia Sun RV Resort, Kennewick
And yes, we would return to these parks in a heart-beat.
You decide. Remember, getting there is half the fun.
“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.