50 of America’s best RV parks
A recreational vehicle makes exploring America’s backyard easy. Last year the sales of RVs soared, up 15% from 2016, and America’s love affair with the open road shows no sign of abating. But after a long day’s drive, you’ll need somewhere to park up your trusty RV and recharge. From swish sites with full hook-up (you can link your RV to water, electricity and sewer facilities) to more rustic parks, the USA has plenty of options. We’ve picked our favorite from every state.
Alabama: Bella Terra RV Resort, Foley
If you’re after a touch of luxury, then this upscale resort on the Gulf Coast is for you. Pull into one of the spacious lots and make the most of the lavish facilities. You’ll find a generous swimming pool, a hot tub, a private cinema and sparkling bathhouses – and if you can tear yourself from the property, the Gulf Coast’s white-sand beaches are minutes away. Spend the day basking on Orange Beach before coming back to the posh clubhouse for a sundowner.
Alaska: River’s Edge RV Park, Fairbanks
Location is the real draw at this pretty Fairbanks park. It’s attached to the wider River’s Edge Resort and set on the banks of the Chena River. Make use of the scenic riverside pathway and picnic area, and then stop by Chena’s Alaskan Grill, which serves up a creative, seafood-heavy menu. You can choose between a super (50-amp electricity, sewer, water) or basic (30-amp electricity and water) hook-up for your motorhome.
Arizona: Grand Canyon Railway RV Park, Williams
This site touts itself as the “Gateway to the Grand Canyon”, so if those mighty red rockscapes are on your travel wish list, there’s no better place to park up. Those who fancy a break from the wheel can take advantage of the historic railroad which travels from here to the canyon. The park has everything you’ll need, from full hook-ups, clean shower facilities and Wi-Fi, to a fully-fledged pet resort if you’ve got a furry friend in tow.
Arkansas: Wanderlust RV Park, Eureka Springs
This serene park is located just beyond the city of Eureka Springs, known for its Victorian architecture and independent shopping. Wanderlust is a destination in itself, too, with a large swimming pool and many tree-shaded picnic areas across its 46 acres. Full hook-ups are available, and other touches include a book swap scheme and free coffee before 10am. Drink it while watching the sun rise above the trees.
California: Upper Pines Campground, Yosemite National Park
The Golden State has little shortage of RV parks, but you can’t beat one nestled amid the pines and peaks of Yosemite. It’s back to basics at Upper Pines – there are non-electric RV lots, toilets, drinking water and food storage facilities – but it’s worth it. From the site you can easily reach the Mirror Lake Trail, whose two-mile path takes you to (you guessed it) gleaming Mirror Lake. If you’re craving civilization, Half Dome Village, with its restaurants and shops, is nearby.
Colorado: Mountaindale Cabins and RV Resort, Colorado Springs
Animal lovers rejoice – you’ll share this rugged Colorado Springs site with all manner of wildlife, from deer to abundant birdlife. The resort is open all year round and its 45 wooded acres are perfect for keen hikers from fall through to summer. Generous RV lots offer full hook-up and the large on-site recreation room is dotted with slouchy armchairs. Curl up by the fire and watch a movie, or get involved with activities such as bingo or square dancing.
Connecticut: Lone Oak Campsites, East Canaan
There’s always something going on at Lone Oak Campsite, a family spot in northwest Connecticut. The wooded site is set over some 250 acres, with more than 400 camping areas spread throughout it. Themed weekends draw in the crowds: events range from Thanksgiving celebrations to wacky festivals in honor of Disney and dinosaurs. The amenities are also top-notch (a pool, modern playgrounds, full hook-up sites) and you’re perfectly placed to strike out into the Connecticut countryside.
Delaware: Tall Pines Campground, Lewes
“Wooded seclusion on the shore” is the strap-line of this family-focused park. It’s just a 20-minute drive from the seaside town of Rehoboth Beach with its buzzing boardwalk and popular history museum. Back on site, little ones will love Flicker’s Splash Park, a newly-opened watery play area. There’s also a fitness center, a mini golf course and a camp store for essentials. The RV season runs April through to October with water and electric hook-up, plus a dump station on site.
Florida: Boyd’s Key West Campground, Key West
One for beach bums, Boyd’s Key West Campground is right on the waterfront. The park is family owned and operated, with an inviting heated pool, a grill and plenty of sites overlooking the ocean. As well as elevated facilities (gleaming bathhouses and full hook-up sites), Boyd’s ensures its guests are entertained. Take a morning yoga session, book onto an excursion (trips take visitors to the Dry Tortugas National Park) or round off the day with a sunset cruise.
Georgia: River’s End Campground, Tybee Island
Another seaside spot, this park is on Tybee Island is affectionately known as “Savannah’s Beach”. You’re perfectly placed for exploring the Hostess City (it’s a 20-minute drive to the center of town), but make time for the island itself. Its golden beaches and historic lighthouse will charm you. Park your RV on one of the campground’s full hook-up sites, shaded by Spanish moss-cloaked oaks – and when you’re settled in, take a dip in the on-site pool or work up a sweat at the fitness center.
Hawaii: Malaekahana Beach Campground, Kahuku, Oahu
Hitting the open road in Hawaii may sound like a dream – but, in reality, RVing isn’t commonplace here, and most campsites, and indeed many roads, aren’t geared up for motorhomes. However, there are a few exceptions. One of them is Malaekahana Beach Campground in northern Oahu. This idyllic beachfront retreat has several basic, non-electric spaces for vehicles. Once you’re parked up, rent a bodyboard and take to the ocean.
Idaho: Canyon Springs RV Resort, Caldwell
A chilled-out park in southwest Idaho, Canyon Springs is all calm lakes and quiet woodland – but it’s also only a half-hour drive from Boise, the state’s capital. Hike and bike in the camp’s immediate surrounds, or head south to the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, home to abundant birdlife. The resort itself has a fishing pond and a cozy clubhouse to warm up after a walk. Opt for a full hook-up RV site right on the lakeside for maximum photo opportunities.
Illinois: Whittington Woods Campground, Whittington
Swing seats and skittish deer come together to create the perfect woodland escape in southern Illinois. Pass your time on site wandering the forest or swimming laps in the pool, then nip out for a spot of antique shopping in Benton, or a paddle on nearby Rend Lake. Oenophiles can sample the fruits of nearby wineries (make sure there’s a designated driver), including Pheasant Hollow and Walker’s Bluff. The bathhouses have had a recent spruce up and there are electric hook-ups, plus a dump station.
Indiana: Lake Rudolph Campground and RV Resort, Santa Claus
Lake Rudolph Campground was built with kids in mind. It’s right on the doorstep of the Holiday World Theme Park and Splashin’ Safari Water Park and it comes with its own compact water park, swimming pool, mini golf course and games room too. There’s an extra fuss made over the holidays with pumpkins popping up across the park in October, and a visit from Rudolph at Christmas. RV sites run from standard to deluxe – the latter has a concrete patio and full hook-up with up to 50 amp electricity.
Iowa: Sleepy Hollow RV Park and Campground, Oxford
This family-orientated park in Oxford has all you need for a getaway with the whole clan. Everything centers around the large fishing lake, and there’s a pool, beach area, volleyball and basketball courts to satisfy big and little kids alike. For a true dose of the countryside, try a hayrack ride too. On-site amenities include Wi-Fi, a camp store, showers and laundry facilities, and full hook-up sites. The seven villages that make up the Amana Colonies are also nearby.
Kansas: Fort Dodge RV and Camping Resort, Dodge City
There are few better places to soak up Kansas’ frontier history than in Dodge City, and this park is perfectly positioned for it. Wander streets with Old West-style saloons at the Boot Hill Museum, then take the kids to Long Branch Lagoon, a water park right by the site. The laid-back campground has everything needed for a comfortable RV stay, from a full store to toilets, showers and laundry facilities. Choose between back-in or pull-through sites with full hook-up.
Kentucky: Cave Country RV Campground, Cave City
As the name suggests, you’re thrown right into Kentucky’s Cave Country at this manicured park. You’re a mere 10-minute drive from Mammoth Cave National Park, which is home to the longest cave system on the planet. Once back at the RV park, soak up some sun in the pretty grounds or hang out in the games room. Sites are all pull-through with full hook-up.
Louisiana: French Quarter RV Resort, New Orleans
In terms of location, it doesn’t get much better than this. Likening itself to a luxury hotel, this downtown park is moments from the Big Easy’s buzzing French Quarter. The clubhouse and pool are built to match the neighborhood’s elegant French-style architecture, with a sun-dappled courtyard and a gazebo housing a bar. There are all the facilities you’d expect from such an upscale site: private shower rooms, a fitness area, and spacious lots with full hook-up. Read our guide to New Orleans for things to do during your stay.
Maine: Beaver Dam Campground, Berwick
This is New England camping at its finest. At Beaver Dam Campground, choose between lots overlooking the site’s large pond or tucked into the woodland. Pull-through spots are available if you need them, and all offer full hook-up. Spend the afternoon out on the water in a canoe or paddleboat, then get cozy in the movie room when evening falls. Visit in late September as the leaves begin to turn.
Maryland: Bay Shore Campground, Rock Hall
Life moves at a slower pace at Bay Shore Campground on Chesapeake Bay. It’s situated right on the beachfront, so you can spend the day basking in the sun, then watch as it sets over the ocean. Nearby, the scenic town of Rock Hall is a great place to get a seafood dinner. Park attractions include a play area to tire out the kids, basketball and volleyball courts, and sites with water and electric hook-up.
Massachusetts: Normandy Farms Campground, Foxborough
Normandy Farms has been operating since the 1970s, and it’s no wonder it has such staying power. It’s a serene, wooded park with a pretty fishing pond, and nature trails criss-crossing its 100 acres. Facilities include four swimming pools, a bike park and the large “Recreation Lodge”, filled with a gym, sauna and events space. Each picturesque RV lot has a fire ring and a picnic table, with full hook-ups available.
Michigan: Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground, Mackinaw City
The sprawling Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground is no stranger to the spotlight, having won various accolades. The site has been in the same family since the 1960s, and they’re proud of its rugged grounds filled with wildflowers, and the stunning views of Mackinac Island. Enjoy the heated pool, before hopping on the free ferry to explore Mackinac Island, with its 18th-century fort and intriguing art museum. The park has more than 200 full hook-up sites, plus all the usual amenities. For more things to do in Michigan, check out our guide.
Minnesota: Pines of Kabetogama Resort, Kabetogama
A vast, 54-acre site, the Pines of Kabetogama Resort adjoins Voyageurs National Park in the northern reaches of Minnesota. Most of the full hook-up RV sites have breathtaking views of Lake Kabetogama – the most lavish of these include dock space for a boat and an electric golf cart. The RV season runs May through to October, so you can take to the lake in summer and go leaf-peeping in the fall.
Mississippi: Majestic Oaks RV Resort, Biloxi
This smart park in Biloxi is the perfect place from which to enjoy the Gulf Coast’s sought-after beaches (you’re a few minutes’ drive or a half-hour walk from the shore). On site, expect flower-filled grounds, a heated swimming pool, gleaming bathhouses and immaculate full hook-up lots. Southern hospitality is a great source of pride here – make the most of the free Saturday lunches and cookouts, complimentary coffee and fun organized events.
Missouri: America’s Best Campground, Branson
Calling itself America’s Best Campground is a bold statement indeed – but this site does have a lot going for it. There are several good RV parks in the area, but this family-owned option comes up trumps with a large pool, spa and helpful staff who can organize tickets for attractions in the city (Branson is home to several great theaters). Every RV space is a full hook-up site with a smooth patio, grill, picnic tables and free satellite TV.
Montana: Polson Motor Coach and RV Resort, Polson
There are stunning views in all directions at this rural park on the shores of Flathead Lake. Once you’ve drunk in the on-site vistas, a 90-minute drive will get you to stunning Glacier National Park. Despite the campground’s country location, it doesn’t let up on luxury. Its pristine expanse includes immaculate lots, a hot tub, pool and gym, and sleek shower facilities. There are full hook-up sites that can accommodate vehicles of more than 30 feet.
Nebraska: Victorian Acres RV Park and Campground, Nebraska City
This Nebraska City site is a true family affair. Owned by a husband and wife duo, and run with the help of their son and his partner, Victorian Acres RV Park and Campground is a friendly spot set on 26 green acres. The family plough extra effort into special events, with an annual bonfire celebration, fireworks on 4 July and Arbor Day festivities. The sights of Nebraska City (a highlight is the Civil War Veterans Museum) are on your doorstep, and there are showers, bathrooms, Wi-Fi and full hook-up sites.
Nevada: Las Vegas Motorcoach Resort, Las Vegas
This glossy palm tree-filled park couldn’t be anywhere other than Vegas. The luxurious spa, fitness center and shower room is the perfect place to get ready for a night on the tiles (the famed Sin City strip is only 10 minutes away), and you can come back to your RV on a state-of-the-art lot with full hook-up. Spend a morning refreshing in the swimming pool and continue the party later at the swish clubhouse or on-site restaurant.
New Hampshire: Danforth Bay Camping and RV Resort, Freedom
Its breathtaking spot in the New England countryside is what sets Danforth Bay Camping and RV Resort apart. You’ll find it nestled in 185 acres of woodland, with the White Mountains to the north and the Lakes Region to the south. Drive through the canopy to find your tranquil, tree-covered, full hook-up site, then sit before your motorhome soaking in the sounds of the forest. Once you’re suitably relaxed there’s lots to get involved with, from kayaking trips to volleyball matches.
New Jersey: Liberty Harbor Marina RV Park, Jersey City
This urban park gets full marks for location. Situated in Jersey City’s Liberty Harbor Marina, the site has views of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. The skyscrapers of the Big Apple are a short ferry ride or a 15-minute drive away – tour buses leave right from the site too. The park itself has 50 lots with water and electric hook-ups, showers and restrooms, plus an on-site restaurant and bar.
New Mexico: American RV Resort, Albuquerque
A comfortable site within Albuquerque’s city limits, the American RV Resort is right off the historic Route 66. It’s got all the usual trappings: full hook-up sites, contemporary bathhouses, a heated pool, a spa and a brimming camp store, plus you’re a stone’s throw from Albuquerque’s treasures. A free continental breakfast will set you up for a day’s exploring. Time your trip for the city’s annual Balloon Fiesta to make it extra special.
New York: Lake George RV Park, Lake George
Lake George’s 120 acres are all about family fun. Family-owned and operated by a clan of keen campers, the park is dotted with sports courts and swimming pools – there’s also a newly opened mini water park, Cascade Cove, right on site. The park’s own well-kept biking and hiking trails ribbon out into the wider Lake George area – the stunning French Mountain trail is a crowd-pleaser. Among the 400 scenic RV sites, there are back-in and pull-through options available, all with full hook-up.
North Carolina: Campfire Lodgings, Asheville
You can enjoy the delights of this country campsite all year round. The site sits at 2,478 feet, perched on a crest in the wooded Blue Ridge Mountains, with panoramic views in all directions. Hiking is the main attraction here: venture into the woods, spotting deer and birdlife and pausing to drink in the vistas along the way. The premium RV spots have uninterrupted views of the landscape, and all have full hook-up – there are also well-maintained bathroom and shower facilities, picnic tables and campfire rings.
North Dakota: Roughrider Campground and RV Resort, Minot
They’re a friendly bunch at the Roughrider Campground. The family-owned park welcomes pets and little ones, and is open the whole year round. The grassy grounds have more than 100 RV sites – many have full hook-ups, and both pull-through and back-in sites are available. It’s hemmed in by forestland and you can kayak on the Souris River – otherwise, it’s a 10-minute drive into Minot, with its Scandinavian Heritage site and pretty city park.
Ohio: Wood’s Tall Timber Lake Resort, New Philadelphia
Occupying a bucolic corner of eastern Ohio, Wood’s Tall Timber Lake Resort is at once a serene oasis and a family adventure hotspot. Its 157 acres are carpeted with thick forestland, so you can hole up and enjoy the tranquility of the woods, or you can get involved in the camp activities. More than a mile of zip line soars through the treetops and the lake is fitted out with children’s slides, trampolines and a waterfront playground. There are electric and sewer hook-ups, plus several water wells.
Oklahoma: Twin Fountains RV Park, Oklahoma City
Those wishing to discover Oklahoma City should make their base at this homely site in the city’s so-called Adventure District. A free shuttle service ferries guest from the park to city highlights such as the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Back at camp, there’s a water play area and mini golf for the kids, a hot tub, salon and spa for the parents, fire pits and patios, and a pizzeria. Sites are full hook-up.
Oregon: Mazama Village Campground, Crater Lake National Park
It’s not hard to see why this stunning campground might appeal. Situated just within the southern entrance of Crater Lake National Park, the forested site is a mere seven miles from the edge of the sapphire water. Only a handful of the RV sites have electrical hook-ups, and they’re offered on a first-come-first-served basis. Beyond this, the camp store has pay-per-use showers and water, and there are flushing toilets and a dump station.
Pennsylvania: Keen Lake Camping and Cottage Resort, Waymart
Family-owned Keen Lake Camping has been running since 1954. The site has an enviable spot in the Poconos Mountains, plus a vast, rippleless lake perfect for paddle-boarding, aqua-cycling and rowing. There’s also a sandy beach if you’d prefer to stay on the shore. Throw in playgrounds, a pool and a horseshoe pit and you could spend weeks at this lakeside oasis. There are full hook-up sites right by the water’s edge.
Rhode Island: Melville Ponds Campground, Portsmouth
This quiet park is set on Portsmouth’s scenic Aquidneck Island. Hiking trails weave around the park’s picturesque namesake, the Melville Ponds, and the champagne crescent of Sandy Point Beach is just a 10-minute drive away. Architecture buffs should make time for the city of Newport: some seven miles south, it’s home to sumptuous Vanderbilt estate The Breakers. Full hook-up sites are available, plus there’s cable TV, Wi-Fi and excellent hygiene facilities.
South Carolina: Hilton Head Island Motorcoach Resort, Hilton Head Island
Whether you want a sun, sea and sand escape, or you’d prefer to lose yourself in the forest, this Hilton Head Island bolthole has you covered. The woodland site has more than 400 full hook-up RV lots, plus a cozy lounge, pool, luxurious marble bathrooms and a dog park. It’s worth exploring the wider area too. Jutting out into the Atlantic, Hilton Head is fringed with golden-sand beaches and is a boat ride away from the charming Georgian city of Savannah.
South Dakota: Big Pine Campground, Custer
Big Pine Campground enjoys pride of place in the rugged Black Hills region of South Dakota, with Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park and the otherworldly Needle State Highway all within easy reach. You’ll feel the spirit of the Old West in this region, with its badlands and bison, and the pine-filled campground is true to its surroundings. It has a rustic camp store and no-frills lots. You’ll have everything you need, though, from full hook-up sites to bath houses, plus friendly staff on hand to help.
Tennessee: Smoky Bear Campground and RV Park, Gatlinburg
Smoky Bear Campground is a family-owned spot located right next to the northeastern entrances of Great Smoky Mountain National Park. From the site, you can zip right into the park and take in the spruce fir-covered bluffs, the waterfalls and the epic sunsets. Back at Smoky Bear, wind down in the pool or hot tub, or enjoy the serenity of your shaded RV lot. All sites are full hook-up (with 30 or 50 amp electricity) and there are clean bathhouses and fire rings so you can get cozy as the evening falls.
Texas: Mill Creek Ranch Resort, Canton
An hour outside of Dallas, this upmarket resort has plenty of creature comforts. There’s a swish spa with indulgent treatments, an RV concierge service and a snug lodge with games, a TV and free hot drinks. All sites offer full hook-up, but premium sites have an extra wow factor when it comes to location: you’ll find them at the lakeside or tucked into the perfect glade. Time your trip for First Monday Trade Days, a buzzing monthly market event where thousands of vendors descend on Canton.
Utah: Zion River Resort RV Park and Campground, Virgin
This resort acts as a sumptuous base for explorers of Utah’s “mighty five” national parks. It’s a popular one, so you’ll need to book early. If you manage to secure a spot, enjoy views of rust-red mountains, a lavish pool and the large full hook-up sites. You’ll no doubt be itching to discover Utah’s backyard, though, and the free shuttle service into Zion National Park means you can easily hit the trails.
Vermont: Lake Champagne Campground, Randolph
A peaceful park in central Vermont, Lake Champagne offers a mighty dose of New England charm. There’s clean, crisp air, and green as far as the eye can see, plus all the usual amenities (from full hook-up sites to laundry and bathroom facilities). There’s a little lake with a beach area perfect for a dip, or you could take a drive out to quaint Randolph if you want a taste of small-town America. Look out for Vermont’s famed covered bridges as you drive along the backroads.
Virginia: American Heritage RV Park, Williamsburg
This park is a jumping off point for exploring some of America’s most unique historical attractions. Some eight miles south, you’ll find historic Williamsburg, with its living history museum. Strike another 10 miles southwest and you’ll reach Jamestown, another area steeped in Colonial history with attractions dedicated to Native Peoples too. After a day out, make your way back to the resort for a dip in the pool and an overnight stay in tranquil, leafy surrounds. There’s full hook-up, Wi-Fi and cable TV.
Washington: White River Campground, Mount Rainier National Park
Taking over an idyllic spot in the northeast of Mount Rainier National Park, White River Campground rests at a dizzying 4,232 feet. It offers great access to the park’s many trails: the Glacier Basin route is a top choice, spooling out of the campsite and upwards towards the breathtaking Inter Glacier. Facilities at the camp are basic: there are restrooms but no showers, and RV sites are non-electric. But the sheer awe of your surroundings will likely make up for that.
West Virginia: Briar Point Campground at Stonewall Resort, Roanoke
Stonewall Resort’s campground occupies a pretty spot along Stonewall Jackson Lake and welcomes campers all year round. Sites look out onto the water and offer full hook-ups and Wi-Fi. The wider resort, meanwhile, has a state-of-the-art spa, a golf course and several restaurants offering creative, seasonal menus. If you fancy a jaunt on the lake, take a ride on Little Sorrel, the resort’s private boat. There are mooring posts available if you’re lucky enough to have your own.
Wisconsin: Apostle Islands Area Campground, Bayfield
This easy-going camp touts itself as the “Gateway to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore”. The lakeshore, fringing Lake Superior, is all islands, coves and tree-covered clifftops, and cruises exploring the area leave from right by the campground. Back on site, choose between wooded or open sites, some of which have breathtaking island views. Full hook-ups are available, but note that you must pay to use the shower rooms and there are no laundry facilities.
Wyoming: Fishing Bridge RV Park, Yellowstone National Park
Fishing Bridge is the only RV park in the boundaries of Yellowstone to offer full hook-up, so it’s no wonder it’s one of the most sought-after camping areas in the state. As the name suggests, it’s located close to the famous fishing bridge that straddles the Yellowstone River, and you can easily make the drive to big hitters such as Old Faithful geyser from here. Due to renovation works, the park is set to be closed for a while – but once it’s back up and running, it’s sure to be better than ever. Read our guide to the perfect northern Wyoming road trip here.
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