By Kyle & Olivia Brady | Founders of Drivin' & Vibin' | We use affiliate links and may receive a small commission on purchases.
This month we celebrate our one-year nomad anniversary! During the last 365 days we’ve camped at 105 locations, spanning 25 states. As we look back on the journey, we thought it would be fun to countdown the “Top 10 RV Parks, Resorts & Campgrounds”.
Unlike last week’s Top 10 Free Campsites, all these parks cost varying amounts of cold hard cash.
*Please note – we’ve listed the most recent prices as of the publish date (Sept ’16). Make sure you visit the RV Parks website to verify an up-to-date rate.
Watch the Video!
Let the Countdown Begin!
Name & Location: Long Ridge Campground in Hiawassee, Georgia
GPS: 34.92645, -83.77849
Price: $30-35, Passport America rates available
Highlights: Long Ridge Campground is loaded with rustic charm. It has a fishing pond, good access to hiking trails, and better wifi than most campgrounds. We stayed there using the Passport America rate and thought it was well worth the $15/night price tag.
Name & Location: Desert Pools RV Resort in Desert Hot Springs California
GPS: 33.9248, -116.4331
Price: $50, Passport America rates available
Highlights: The main attraction at Desert Hot Pools are the hot-spring-fed tubs. We loved the area, too! It was the perfect place to escape the winter blues. We had endless sunny skies, pounds of fresh dates, and access to a big city (Palm Springs) with all the shopping we needed.
Name & Location: Big Bend BLM Campground in Moab, Utah
GPS: 38.6486, -109.4799
Highlights: Location is everything when it comes to Big Bend Campground. It’s located on the Colorado River just a few miles outside of Moab and Arches National Park. There’s a large dumpster and pit toilet on site, but no other amenities. This BLM campground is a much better option than the sardine-packed RV parks closer to town.
Name & Location: Watchman Campground at Zion National Park
GPS: 37.1981, -112.9867
Highlights: Watchman Campground is another example of location being the best feature. The park is located inside Zion National Park, close to trails and the park bus system. We had water & electric hookups, not all sites have those amenities.
Name & Location: Sandy Creek Park in Leander, Texas
GPS: 30.468, -97.907
Highlights: Sandy Creek was a sleepy, county park with waterfront access. We received blazing fast T-Mobile and AT&T cellular data. The park was also pretty close to Austin; we took a few trips into the city during our stay.
Name & Location: La Siesta Campground in Arivaca, Arizona
GPS: 31.5833, -111.3069
Highlights: If rest & relaxation is your goal, La Siesta is the perfect place to spend a long weekend. They offer RV Sites with water & electric hook ups, and they also have fully-restored vintage campers available to rent. The owner is attentive, hospitable, and kind.
Name & Location: Lake Piru Campground in Piru, California
GPS: 34.4754, -118.7642
Highlights: We loved Lake Piru for its easy access to the Greater Los Angeles area, yet it has a rustic and quiet setting. During our stay here were explored Valencia, Santa Monica, Hollywood, and more! We recommend visiting this park during the off-season (anytime other than summer) to avoid large crowds.
Name & Location: Betsie River Campsite in Frankfort, Michigan
GPS: 44.6131, -86.2026
Highlights: Betsie River Campsite is clean & quaint. Best of all, its proximity to Frankfort and beautiful walking paths is amazing. We walked from the campsite to large beaches, lighthouses, and a charming downtown with many dining options. The trails are dog friendly and provide free doggy-waste bags throughout.
Name & Location: Bayou Segnette State Park in Westwego, Louisiana
GPS: 29.9025, -90.1538
Highlights: If you want to visit New Orleans – but still camp in a scenic park – Bayou Segnette is the way to go. Downtown New Orleans is a short 15 minute drive and offers SO much entertainment. Our site had water & electric hookups, a picnic table and a large wooden patio. Even though we visited on a crowded weekend, our site was large enough to let us feel as ease.
Name & Location: Lake of the Ozarks State Park in Brumley, Missouri
GPS: 38.077, -92.573
Highlights: Lake of the Ozarks is a beautiful waterfront state park in Missouri. This was our second campground as fulltimers, and we were thrilled to have scored such a perfect site. Not every site in the park has water views, but our spot backed right up to the shore. The leaves were beginning to change and fall was in the air. Maybe, due to our newbie excitement, we enhanced our memories of this campground – but, it definitely set the bar high for all campgrounds to come!
Thanks for reading our blog. Help support our mission – to live freely and deliberately – by checking out our Etsy store or shopping Amazon through our link.