Large NY State Park (7 loops) on the St Lawrence River in the Thousand Islands area of NY. All roads are paved with grass and gravel sites. We were on site H33 in the Heron Loop with 30A electric. There are water spigots around the loop to fill up your fresh tank before setting your jacks. Large open sites with not much shade but it is the only loop that gets US Verizon service. Marina on site along with a nice Nature Center and miles of hiking trails by the water. Nice place to ride your bike with a few hills.
We very much enjoyed our stay at the park! Centered right on top of Grandfather mountain, the hiking was incredible! Trails all around and beautiful views of those Blue Ridge mountains - see my pictures for views from the trails. Sites fill up quick, and of course tourists are abound especially during peak weekends (ie: summer through the fall) but overall an enjoyable stay! Facilities are very nice and clean, most of the time. We very much recommend hiking the 3 peaks - MacRae, Attic Window and Calloway. A very hard and challenging trail with cables and ladders but also very rewarding views! You have to give this campground a shot!
Great sites here at this CG in central NC. Minutes from the RDU area, convenient to 540. Tucked away and nestled off of 98 highway, Rolling View campground is a great, secluded spot. Sites are large, as most are at Falls Lake, convenient access to water to put the kayak or canoe in straight from your site (check map first). Connect with the Mountains to Sea trail too for a great hike!
Just off US 15 at the New York border. All roads and parking pads are paved. The sites are closer together than most other COE parks where we’ve stayed. We stayed in the Bench Loop which is very busy since it is waterfront. Our first week, we were on site 54 (W/E 50A) and waterfront. Our second week, we stayed on site 44 (FHU 50A) right across from the seldom used playground. Quite wooded here but we managed to get satellite TV. No Verizon phone service and very slow internet with a booster. This area is pretty with rolling hills all around so we enjoyed a couple of scenic drives. About an hour away is the Pine Creek Rail Trail in the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon.
Located in the beautiful rolling hills of southern Indiana not far from I-64 (exit 79). This is a small loop separate from a couple other loops near a small lake that allows boats with electric motors only (nice for kayaks). Paved roads with sloped, hard packed sites having W/E (50A). We stayed on site 7 and friends on site 9. Boat launch and nice swim area kept the weekend kids busy some during the day. Dump station across the road near the Branchville Correctional Facility (use this address for directions). Verizon is a little weak and used our mobile dish for tv. The camp host next to T&D was very informative and told us about nearby Hemlock Cliffs which was a beautiful hike in the woods to a cool canyon with sandstone rock formations. We all enjoyed this rugged hike of more than a mile amongst the rock outcroppings, overhangs, cliffs, rock shelters and ravines along the shady stream.
We headed south to Starved Rock State Park in Oglesby, Illinois. Boy was it HOT HOT HOT and HUMID HUMID HUMID. We were running on 30 amps and one air conditioner. (our main one decided to quit working a few weeks prior and we were limping along). Our site was in full sun and the heat indexes were between 112-117 while we were there. Ugh! We did our best to stay cool.
We went to see the I&M Canal…a 96 mile long canal that was dug by hand in the 1800s. Very neat rock formations and would highly recommend this area!
This National Forest CG is located only 4 miles from I-77 (left from exit 47) and has paved roads and sites. About half of the 50 sites don’t have facilities but about a dozen have W/E (30A) while the other dozen have just electric hookup. We had site 11 which was electric only (30A). We knew this ahead of time so our fresh water tank was full. Luckily, we got sat dish tv reception in this wooded environment. The tree branches along the road in the cg could use a good trim in a couple of places.
Paved roads with level dirt/gravel wooded sites having W/E (50A). Located in the middle of nowhere off of narrow Virginia secondary roads, we were surprised to get good Verizon reception. We stayed on site 15 which is a long pull-thru. As with other VA State Parks, we picked our site once we arrived. Very wooded so the rooftop dish didn't work. Also several nice cabins (houses really) in the park and separate camping for horse lovers. Like other VA state parks, there are very nice hiking trails here so I took advantage of them. There is a canoe livery on site where you can rent a kayak/canoe and they also have a shuttle service from one end of the park to the other where there is a nice boat landing. Maybe next time because the James River looked so inviting. We enjoyed a visit to the Visitor Center which has nice displays about the history of the area.
The campground is close to the Blue Ridge Parkway and hiking trails (a plus!) but, definitely opt for a full hook-up site! Only open from May to October each year so be sure to check that out before just showing up! Plenty of activities to include water sports, trail system as noted, and the area is absolutely stunning. Rolling hills and greenery all around. Peaceful area!
We spent the month of July at Narrows Too in Trenton, ME. This was a return visit for us (we were here 2 years prior) and were ready to “bag some peaks” (hike!) again.
This area is so beautiful and we really never tire of the views. The rocks, the water, the trees….all of the scenery is just gorgeous. I took waaaay too many pictures as I really enjoy capturing the beauty here. The hiking is world class….very challenging but also very rewarding. There is not too much wildlife here but we did manage to see a few deer and were delighted when we saw loons on Hadlock Pond.
It is a county run facility and we were lucky enough to get sites on a bluff. The sites are HUGE! Probably the biggest we have ever seen in our travels thus far. We were treated to gorgeous views as well as sunsets! There is a very nice bike trail that runs through the campground, to the city of Newport on one side and to Canada on the other!
Located on Lake Kampeska near Watertown off I-29 in eastern SD. We stayed on site 1 which is a long pull thru with a distant view of the sizeable lake. There are about 70 non-reservable sites all with W/E (50A), a couple of playgrounds, one dumpstation, a boat launch and an impressive Veterans Memorial. The roads are paved while the sites are dirt/gravel.
A few large trash bins spread throughout the cg with bins for drink cans for Disabled American Veterans.
Located in the south east tip of South Dakota on Lewis and Clark Lake (Missouri River). This is a huge cg with over 400 sites divided into four sections. All roads and sites are paved with electric only hook up. We stayed on site 362 which is 50A but most sites are 30A. Fill up your fresh tank at the dump station before going to your site because there are very few accessible spigots near the camp sites. The Yankton Section (about 100 sites) is same day reservation only (first come, first serve). There are several swim areas along the shore and a couple of boat ramps. Several cabins are available for reservation and a separate Marina and Resort are next to the cg. About any activity you can think of is available here, such as disc golf, soccer, basketball, archery, one mile nature trail, six mile bike trail and boat rentals for the large lake.
Paved roads, packed sand and grass sites, 30A and water at each site, two separate campgrounds each with a dump station and bath house. First come (no reservations) with 14 day stay limit. We were in site 55 of the East CG which was right on the water where we launched our kayaks to paddle the canals amongst the Mangroves.
Great place to paddle a kayak in the Mangrove canals. Right on Tampa Bay. Public swim area and picnic area. Lots of paved roads which was great for biking. Several Osprey nests and other birds to watch on the water.
This is Walt Disney World where “dreams come true!” Huge resort with paved roads and pads. Wooded and a bit close together, FHU 50A. Great place to ride bikes. Several pools throughout the resort. Laundry in the bathhouse. We were in site 1612 which is on the easy side of a curve to back into. Ferry ride to the Magic Kingdom and Monorail there to other Disney Parks. Nice free public transportation to get around.
Paved road and pad with 50A. Potable water at the dump station if needed. We started with a full tank so we did just fine. We were on site 14 which is as far from Hwy 41 as possible. No one else was here when we first parked and then, we only had one or two other campers join us for the week end. Great stopover on the way to the Keys or a day at Shark Valley. Had to swing out onto the grass to back in since the road and sites are narrow. Volunteers work here for about three months starting in December. All sites face a pond which does have a resident alligator.
New paved road in the gated cg. All the sites were narrow for a state park and no plantings for privacy. We were on site 43 with water/electric (50A). The sites are all gravel and ours, along with some others, were not quite level. We used our rubber stall mats and were fine. We had to drive through the day use area (pretty busy) to get to the cg. Very nice Visitor Center with aquarium, marina, couple of swim beaches, and canoe trails amongst the mangroves. Boat tours go out daily to the nearby coral reef for snorkeling. There is also a glass bottom boat that operates from the marina (maybe next time). Cannon Beach, one of the swim areas, is a nice place to practice snorkeling with a planted sunken shipwreck. We could see a few cannons and anchor along with a few fish swimming around.
Paved roads and pads, concrete patio, FHU 50A throughout. Sites are close together but have nice grass in the park. We stayed on site 287. Indoor swimming pool. Nice laundry area and conference room. Restaurant in main building. Lazy Days holds many rallys here for different rv manufacturers. They pick up the trash at your site. There is a dumpster labeled for recycle near the entry.
Located in east central Kansas on 2600 acre Lake LaCygne (cooling reservoir for KCPL coal-fired power plant). No swimming or skiing allowed, only fishing boats. We stayed on site 112 in View Point Loop next to some permanent residents. There’s no stay limit here so some sites are very messy. Paved roads with gravel sites having W/E, mostly 30A but a few 50A like ours. Check in at the Marina to see which ones are available at this all first come first serve cg. They even have a few FHU sites but I imagine they are all taken by the residents. Nice dump station located in the back of the park along with a few rustic cabins. We enjoyed a waterfront site but there were many 30A sites available in a more wooded setting in several different loops. There are about 113 sites here.
Located in the foothills of the Ozarks in eastern Oklahoma on crystal clear Tenkiller Lake, a COE project from the mid 1950’s on the Illinois River. We stayed on site 18 which is gravel W/E (50A). There are about 110 wooded sites here with either gravel, paved or concrete sites. Most sites are W/E 30A (only five 50A which are all first come first serve). Some are FHU 30A. There are a total of 44 first come first serve sites. There is a swim area and two boat ramps. Also there is a separate Snake Creek Cove Marina. Practically zero Verizon reception which meant no internet or phone.