PARK AND RELAX
Traveling in an RV means a homey and budget-friendly vacation. Many campgrounds charge no more than $50 a night, and many offer resort-like amenities. We combed through TripAdvisor, RV Park Reviews, and campgrounds' own review pages to find under-the-radar destinations in every state that may offer last-minute availability in high season. Discounts for seniors, military, and Good Sam RV Club members are common, as are extra fees for more than two adults and children. It's a good idea to call ahead or make a reservation and confirm that open sites suit your RV.
ALABAMA: ANCHORS AWEIGH RV RESORT
Stop by Anchors Aweigh RV Resort in South Foley for a retreat on the Gulf Coast. The compound features a pool, hot tub, grill pits, hot showers, restrooms, and onsite laundry. Rates run $45 a night for basic back-in parking. All sites include electric, water, sewer, Wi-Fi, and cable. Campers say the resort is ideally located near beaches, shopping, and restaurants.
ALASKA: HAINES HITCH UP RV PARK
Haines Hitch Up RV Park in Haines draws high marks from guests, who report that the campground is spotless and convenient to downtown restaurants. Amenities include laundry, showers, restroom, and free Wi-Fi; cable is available at some sites. There's also a gift shop and plenty of green grass for relaxing. A basic back-in site with full hookup costs $42. Reservations are recommended to guarantee a spot.
ARIZONA: GRAND CANYON RAILWAY RV PARK
The Grand Canyon Railway RV Park in Williams is a little less than an hour's drive from the Grand Canyon. That distance is what makes this campground more accessible without reservations months in advance. The park charges $45 for a back-in spot and provides shower, laundry, Wi-Fi, a pet area, and volleyball and basketball courts.
ARKANSAS: CATHERINE'S LANDING
Catherine's Landing in Hot Springs is an outdoor destination that offers more than just RV parking for the night. Family-friendly activities include hiking, boat rentals, a playground, a pool, and a fire pit. Plenty of attractions are nearby, as well. The rate for a back-in site with water, electric, sewer, cable, and Wi-Fi is around $58 a night (and around $69 for a pull-through site and $80 for a waterfront perch).
CALIFORNIA: JACKSON RANCHERIA RV PARK
Jackson Rancheria RV Park in Jackson garners a nearly perfect score from reviewers. Guests are happy with the free shuttle to nearby casinos and the well-maintained grassy spaces, as well as a free year-round heated pool and seasonal activities, such as movie nights. Expect to pay $55 a night during the week for full hookup, and $10 more on weekend.
COLORADO: CHERRY CREEK STATE PARK
Cherry Creek State Park in Aurora features biking, boating, and bird watching among many outdoor pursuits. There's also a beach, picnic area, and off-leash dog park. One reviewer was thrilled to have snagged a last-minute booking. Basic sites can be had for just $18 and full hookups for $28.
CONNECTICUT: COUNTRYSIDE RV PARK
Countryside RV Park in Griswold offers a retreat for RV campers seeking peace and quiet. Reviewers say the individual sites are spacious and the vibe geared more toward older adults than high-energy kids. One camper was pleasantly surprised to find the park so quiet, and without many campers, over Labor Day weekend. The cost is $50 a day for full hookups. Amenities include a swimming pond and another for fishing, as well as hiking and biking trails and a horseshoe court.
DELAWARE: DELAWARE SEASHORE STATE PARK
Delaware Seashore State Park in Rehoboth Beach is ideal for RV campers itching for a beachy getaway. One reviewer notes that it's possible to park as close as 150 yards from the water. The sites are more sand than grass, but there are picnic tables. According to the most recent posted rates, full-hookup sites go for $47 a night during summer weekends for non-residents and rise to $50 on peak dates. Fees are lower on weekdays, for state residents, and for sites without utilities. Bathrooms, showers, and drinking water are available.
FLORIDA: STEPHEN FOSTER FOLK CULTURE CENTER STATE PARK
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs has enough going on to keep multi-day visitors busy, reviewers say. The park offers plenty of outdoor pursuits such as hiking, biking, and canoeing, but there are also events throughout the year featuring folk art, antiques, and the like. Rates start at $20 a night, including electric and water hookups. Resident senior citizens receive a 50 percent discount.
GEORGIA: GRASSY POND FAMCAMP
Grassy Pond FamCamp in Lake Park is a former military camp now open to the public for tent and RV camping and cabin stays. The spot offers a variety of outdoor activities, with standouts including fishing and a children's water-play area. Reviews say the area is quiet, and one visitor enjoyed the opportunity to choose from among several open sites. Rates start at $20 a night.
HAWAII: MALAKEKAHANA STATE RECREATION AREA
There are very few RV parks in Hawaii -- after all, how would anyone but a local drive there? But visitors who decide to rent an RV while staying on one of the islands will find options. Malakekahana State Recreation Area on Oahu's North Shore, famed for its beauty and great surf, offers access to outdoor beach shower and toilet facilities, picnic tables, water spouts, and fire pits for $9.41 nightly for each person. There are also boat rentals and a camp store.
IDAHO: FARRAGUT STATE PARK
Farragut State Park in Athol offers a touch of history with a camping experience. The grounds are a former naval training base that was active during World War II. Today visitors can explore a (free) museum onsite and pursue the usual outdoor activities, including mountain biking, hiking, fishing, and boating. Full-hookup sites start around $20 in the off season and $40 in peak season.
ILLINOIS: KAMPER KOMPANION RV PARK
Campers in need of a basic stopover while cruising Interstate 55 will find respite at Kamper Kompanion RV Park, just north of Litchfield. The park is right off the highway, but reviewers report it's quiet and forgoes the fuss that's sometimes part of the RV camping experience. The nightly rate is $40 for a full hookup; most sites are pull-through.
INDIANA: WHITE RIVER CAMPGROUND
White River Campground in Cicero offers fishing, boating, and hiking and full bath and shower facilities -- plus a river view. The park gets good reviews from one guest who made a last-minute reservation and was provided with a full-hookup site. Non-county residents pay $30 a night, or $25 for just electric and water or for no utilities at all.
IOWA: WEST LAKE PARK
West Lake Park in Davenport is a small, restful retreat with four lakes open to swimming, fishing, and boating. Visitors report the park is very clean but the pull-in spots are on the smaller side. A $23 fee includes electric, water, and sewer; electric-only is a few dollars less.
KANSAS: DEER CREEK VALLEY RV PARK
Deer Creek Valley RV Park in Topeka garners praise from visitors, with some saying it's the best RV park they've ever seen and provides first-class facilities. The site features a pool, dog park, laundry, and shower. A barbecue restaurant is outside the gates. The daily rate for a full hookup, Wi-Fi, and cable is $45.
KENTUCKY: CAVE COUNTRY RV CAMPGROUND
Cave Country RV Campground in Cave City is a winner with visitors owing to what online comments describe as beautifully maintained grounds and facilities. Nearby attractions include Mammoth Cave National Park. A full-hookup site with 30 amps is $41 a night, and a 50-amp site is $3 more.
LOUISIANA: SHREVEPORT/BOSSIER CITY KOA
Shreveport/Bossier City KOA offers a pool for swimming, a pond for viewing, a structure for kids' play, and two off-leash dog parks that maintain the peace by directing large dogs to one and small dogs to another. There's Wi-Fi and cable, as well as a general store. Expect to pay about $42 for a pull-through site with full hookup.
MAINE: BEAVER DAM CAMPGROUND
Beaver Dam Campground in Berwick sits astride a 20-acre spring-fed pond, making it ideal for campers keen on boating and fishing. The pet-friendly resort (there's a dog park on-site) also offers family-friendly activities around theme weekends, from fire rings to movie screenings. Daily rates start at $37 for off-waterfront, off-peak, primitive sites and rise to $57 for a full-hookup waterfront site during peak season.
MARYLAND: ELK NECK STATE PARK
Elk Neck State Park, on a peninsula bounded by Chesapeake Bay and the Elk River, features marshlands, forest, white clay cliffs, and beaches. Visitors rave about the various outdoorsy options, including swimming, hiking, boating, and hunting. Expect rates to start at around $30 on weekdays and rise for back-in sites with electricity and on weekends.
MASSACHUSETTS: NORMANDY FARMS
Head to Normandy Farms in Foxboro for luxe camping less than an hour from Boston. One reviewer describes the compound as its own little village, with activities for campers including yoga classes, arts and crafts, movies, and theme weekends. There are even a few campground rarities such as a bike park, recreation lodge with pool and wellness center, and soccer and baseball fields. Peak-season rates start at $69 for sites with water and electric.
MICHIGAN: HARBORTOWN RV RESORT
Harbortown RV Resort in Monroe has all the fixings for a family-friendly vacation including a large pool, mini golf, pond and creek, and, next door, an 18-hole golf course. Water and electric sites rent for $46 a day and include free Wi-Fi and cable. Pull-through sites cost an additional $3.
MINNESOTA: DAKOTAH MEADOWS RV PARK
Located in Prior Lake, Dakotah Meadows RV Park offers the essential picnic and playground features, as well as a self-serve RV wash and fuel station, and even a storm shelter. There's a pond onsite and a free shuttle ferries visitors to nearby casinos and a sports and fitness center. In-season rates start at $40 a night.
MISSISSIPPI: NORTH ABUTMENT CAMPGROUND
North Abutment Campground along Grenada Lake provides access to fishing and boating and a peek into Civil War history. The facility earns 5-star reviews for spacious sites, clean restrooms, friendly staff, and the view. Hookups are available for electric only, and the rate is $20 a day.
MISSOURI: AMERICA'S BEST CAMPGROUND
America's Best Campground in Branson wins over reviewers with its cleanliness, service, and amenities, including free satellite TV and Wi-Fi, a pool and spa, game room, and RV wash. The rate for a campsite with full hookup is $45 for two people; children ages 3 to 12 cost $2 a night. RVs smaller than 24 feet cost less.
MONTANA: YELLOWSTONE GRIZZLY RV PARK AND CABINS
Perched on the western side of an American national treasure, Yellowstone Grizzly RV Park also offers easy access to the town of West Yellowstone, Montana, and its services and attractions such as the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and an IMAX theater, as well as the bucket-list destination of Yellowstone National Park. Back-in site with cable, Wi-Fi and full hookups start at $69.
NEBRASKA: WALNUT CREEK LAKE & RECREATION AREA
Walnut Creek Lake & Recreation Area in Papillion is a mixed-use destination. There's fishing and boating, hiking and biking, playgrounds, and a leash-free domain for dogs (with a swimming area for pups). Even with a no-reservation policy, one frequent guest reports never having trouble getting a spot "day of." The nightly fee of $16 includes electric hookup.
NEVADA: NEVADA TREASURE RV RESORT
Visit Nevada Treasure RV Resort in Pahrump to enjoy spa-like amenities. Special features include a waterfall pool, massages and a steam room, a fitness center, and an onsite bar and grill. A basic lot with full hookup, Wi-Fi, and a garden and patio area is around $40 daily.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: AMES BROOK CAMPGROUND
Ames Brook Campground in Ashland is a small campground in the White Mountains with big spaces for RVs, according to one review. Standout amenities include a babbling brook running along the site, complimentary Wi-Fi, a pool and playground, and free hot showers. Choose a wooded or sunny site with water and electric for $39 nightly.
NEW JERSEY: TURKEY SWAMP PARK
Turkey Swamp Park in Freehold, run by the county's parks and recreation department, encompasses a deep forest and a scenic lake that offers boat rentals (for a fee) and fishing. One unusual feature is an archery range on the grounds. A portion of the 64 sites are first-come, first-served. County residents pay $36 a night with water and electric; non-residents pay $40 a night.
NEW MEXICO: ELEPHANT BUTTE LAKE RV RESORT
Elephant Butte Lake RV Resort is a quarter mile from Elephant Butte Lake State Park, which boasts the largest lake in New Mexico. Among the amenities are an indoor pool, fitness room, dog wash, and conference space -- and free morning coffee. Full hookups, including cable, range from around $41 to $61 a night.
NEW YORK: LAKE GEORGE RV PARK
The Lake George RV Park in Lake George is pricey -- summer rates start at $109 a night for full hookups and cable -- but reviewers say the hotel-like setting and amenities easily justify the cost. There are free nightly movies, an arcade, and a playhouse that schedules entertainment events such as magic shows and wildlife lectures featuring live animals.
NORTH CAROLINA: GREYSTONE RV PARK
Greystone RV Park in Pinnacle offers 10 sites and attractive common areas, such as stone-tile showers, a catch-and-release fish pond, and grounds that often are used for weddings. Rates are $53 a night for a full hookup and Wi-Fi, with a discount for stays of six nights or more.
NORTH DAKOTA: DOWNSTREAM CAMPGROUND
Downstream Campground in Riverdale sits alongside the Missouri River. There are playgrounds and volleyball courts onsite and boating, fishing, and hunting in the surrounding area. Past visitors report that it's fairly easy to get a space during the week. Standard sites with electricity are $22 daily.
OHIO: CROSS CREEK CAMPING RESORT
Head to Cross Creek Camping Resort in Delaware for family-friendly accommodations, including a swimming pool, weekly wagon rides and candy bingo, a playground, themed weekend activities, basketball and volleyball courts, and hiking. Although there's a zoo and waterpark about 30 minutes away, one reviewer says the campground itself is reason enough to pull in. Full-hookup sites cost $46 during the week; pull-through and weekend rates are slightly higher.
OKLAHOMA: WATER'S EDGE RV & CABIN RESORT
As its name suggests, Water's Edge RV & Cabin Resort in Grand Lake Towne offers water views for scenic camping. Some RV sites even feature private decks overlooking the lake. There's an onsite laundry and clubhouse, as well as docks for boating and fishing. A waterfront site goes for $40 nightly April through November and $45 on holiday weekends. All stays longer than seven days incur charges for electric use.
OREGON: ARMITAGE PARK
Armitage Park in Eugene offers boating, hiking, volleyball, and an off-leash dog park. Reviewers like the large spaces and scenic atmosphere. Sites rent for $30 a night ($3 more for pull-through spots) and include full hookup plus Wi-Fi and cable. Reservations are required at least three days in advance.
PENNSYLVANIA: KEEN LAKE CAMPING & COTTAGE RESORT
Keen Lake Camping & Cottage Resort in Waymart abuts a privately owned lake. Guests are welcome to fish, swim, and boat and partake in onsite activities including a mystery weekend for kids, matchbox car races, and more. Daily rates vary by season; water and electric hookup in July and August costs from $49 to $52.
RHODE ISLAND: ASHAWAY RV RESORT
Ashaway RV Resort in Bradford is close to beaches, casinos, golf courses, and the Mystic, Connecticut, seaport. The campground is relatively new, a plus for reviewers, who also appreciate the site layouts and range of activities, from bocce and billiards to a wading pool for the kids and a heated whirlpool for adults. Prices for a full hookup start at $59.
SOUTH CAROLINA: MYRTLE BEACH KOA
Myrtle Beach KOA is an ideal place to bring children, reviewers say, thanks to the many family-friendly happenings that make the vacation a true value. The campground is close to the beach, mini golf, and water parks, and onsite activities include crafts, movies, and wagon rides. The daily rate for full hookups, plus cable, at back-in sites start at $60, depending on the season.
SOUTH DAKOTA: HORSE THIEF CAMPGROUND & RV RESORT
Horse Thief Campground & RV Resort in Hill City promotes itself as providing a bit of the Old West with modern amenities, such as a heated swimming pool, basketball court, and convenience store. The compound lies in the Black Hills and affords easy access to area attractions, including Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Monument. Full hookups in peak season start at $53 a night.
TENNESSEE: ROCKY TOP CAMPGROUND & RV PARK
Sometimes it's the little things. Upon arriving at Rocky Top Campground & RV Park in Blountville, guests get a goody bag and a local newspaper. After leaving, they give the site high marks for cleanliness and the owners' friendliness. The park caters to adults, so families should look elsewhere. Full hookups cost $41.50 a night, including Wi-Fi and cable.
TEXAS: ON THE BEACH RV PARK
On The Beach RV Park is just 100 yards from Gulf of Mexico beaches in Port Aransas. Guests enjoy the usual array of beachy activities, and a trolley that loops around town stops in front of the park. Rates start at $53 a night.
UTAH: GOULDING'S LODGE AND CAMPGROUND
Goulding's Lodge and Campground in Monument Valley is 6 miles from Monument Valley Tribal Park, and central enough to be a stopping point when visiting sites such as Valley of the Gods and Natural Bridges National Monument. Multiple reviews mention the amazing vistas. Full hookups, including Wi-Fi and cable, start at $52.
VERMONT: GREENWOOD LODGE & CAMPSITES
Greenwood Lodge & Campsites in Bennington sits next to the Green Mountain National Forest. The 120-acre property contains three ponds for fishing, boating, and swimming, as well as all the usual camping/RV necessities, such as fire pits, bathrooms and showers, and picnic areas. Reviewers like the authentic camping vibe. The nightly rate for water and electric hookup starts at around $40.
VIRGINIA: BIG MEADOWS CAMPGROUND
Big Meadows Campground in Shenandoah National Park has no hookups for RVs but offers an authentic camping experience, according to reviews. Come here to enjoy the sights and sounds of wildlife and hikes through the deep woods. Reservations must be made at least two days in advance. Vehicle entry is $25; camping fees are $15 to $20 a night.
WASHINGTON: ELK MEADOWS RV PARK
Elk Meadows RV Park in Trout Lake is near the base of Mount Adams, making it an ideal destination for vacationers eager to hike or climb. Whitewater rafting, fishing, and hunting are nearby. The park is reserved for cabin lodgers and RV patrons; no tent campers share the grounds. Water and electric hookups are $30 daily; full hookups in a premium site cost $38.
WEST VIRGINIA: BRIAR POINT CAMPGROUND
Stonewall Resort's Briar Point Campground in Roanoke draws solid reviews for its resort amenities, some of which are available to campers with purchase of an activity pass. Full hookups with high-speed Wi-Fi start at $52 a night.
WEST VIRGINIA: SCHATZI'S 4 SEASONS RESORT
Schatzi's 4 Seasons Resort in Gordon offers views of Cranberry Lake, where guests can boat and fish. An onsite bar and grill is a nice break from RV cooking. Many RVers stay seasonally, leaving only a limited number of sites for daily use. The $35 nightly rate covers water and sewer; electric is billed separately.
WYOMING: DUBOIS WIND RIVER KOA
If Yellowstone is booked for this summer's travel, try Dubois Wind River KOA, 25 miles from the national park. The campground offers its own array of activities, including swimming and fishing. Reviewers assign good marks for sites that back up to the river and for family-friendly amenities such as a game room and indoor pool. Rates start at $50 a day.