Kelsey G.
Winter Park, FL
Joined June 2018
Dancer, Choreographer, Writer. Traveling the USA in my Airstream Overlander @bear_theairstream and searching for craft beer and dogs to pet.
First to Review
Clean & Safe Urban Campground On County Preserve

This campground is very well maintained with all the amenities you could need: a small camping store, communal kitchen, firepits, and clean bathrooms. Check out the office for fun seasonal events like group hikes and geocaching contests. 

Located in the Norwest suburb of Palatine, this campground is super accessible from Chicago and a fun getaway for suburban camping. Grocery stores and modern conveniences are minutes away. From the campground you have access to the entire Deer Park preserve and it's paved cycling and walking trails.

Cook County residents get a nice discount, as do veterans. Rates go up on the weekends. A one week limit for all stays unless you get approval from higher-ups. 

RV spots are concrete, flat, and easy to get into. 

Overall, a very clean and well-loved sem-urban camping experience.

Soft, sandy spots with beautiful beach access

You can’t get closer to the beach than at these beach access campsites. Nightly sunsets here will knock your sandals off. A majority of the RV sites here are occupied by locals who buy out the spot for the season and come in to enjoy it on the weekends.

PROS:

The beach: Weko is a lovely local beach. Sand is soft and the water is shallow far out into the surf. A food and sundries shop is on premise. SUP and kayak rentals are also on the beach.

Bridgman: the town of Bridgman is super cute. Three local breweries are in town, along with a wine tasting room and local food restaurants.

CONS:

The bathrooms: Weko Beach campground bathrooms leave much to be desired. They are co-Ed and each shower stall has a locking door. Bathrooms are old, but cleaned daily. Lack of airflow has lead to mold and mildew growth.

Sandy campsite: this campground is not paved since it is in and amongst the dunes. Therefor, the soil is sandy and often soft. We got our airstream stuck using our 2 wheel drive truck and needed the help of a 4x4 to get us out. Some sites are flat while others are on a hill.

OTHER:

There are 2 RV loops, and one primitive loop. Primitive sites have porta -Johns.

During the summer there are live music concerts out on the beach.

You can grab the campground WiFi only if you’re standing outside the office.

Conveniently located, no-frills campground

Don’t discount this campground, we found it did not live up to the angsty hype of the sour reviewers on google and Campendium. We had a very enjoyable and safe stay at Camper’s Paradise in Grand Haven.

Yes, the staff are very strict on the 5 MPH speed limit. But if you respect this rule, you’ll have a perfectly fine stay. Those who have kids or pets will probably find they like the enforced speed limit so their kids can play about without imminent danger.

And yes, the campground is not a quiet, silent getaway. A quick look at a map can tell you it is close to a highway. However, the road noise is not obnoxious and quickly drowns out as background noise. Anyone in a trailer won’t notice it. It’s mostly primitive campers and light sleepers who may need ear plugs. The advantage to its urban location is its proximity to Grand Haven Beach and Rosy Mound, both bike riding distance.

Bathhouses, though old, have been recently re-tiled and are cleaned daily.

RV spots are dirt, and nicely shaded. A fire ring and picnic table are provided at each spot.

Don’t get scared from the bad reviews. This campground was a welcome rescue when our other reservation fell through. Yes, it’s an urban campground and yes, the staff are vigilant about their rules. But none of this prevents having a good time enjoying the outdoors in Grand Haven.

Parking Lot on the Lake

Lakefront access makes this a super cool camping spot for your rig. But the RV area is a concrete parking lot where you’re feet from your neighbors. The whole area is well kept and there’s tons to do on the beach (grills, volleyball, game) etc. Very busy spot during the day in the nice weather months. Fourth of July week was packed.

Bucolic Oasis in Peaceful Indiana Countryside

Book a weekend at Heritage Alpaca Farm (be it in a tent, RV, historic cabin, or forest tensile) and you will not regret it. This well-kept farm is tended to by incredible hosts, Tim & Beth. They have put much love into their inviting and scenic country haven. 

As RV campers, we pulled into the circular driveway and parked with ease. A 30 amp hookup and water spigot are available within the recreation barn (along with ping-pong and often times Frost, the friendly Great Pyranese). From your rig you have a view of a small alpaca pasture and their covered event space.

Around the barn is a private fire pit, and Tim provided firewood upon request. Private toilets are a few steps away which are very clean. 

WHAT MAKES HERITAGE FARM A GEM:

SUNSETS: We loved walking the grounds at dusk, enjoying epic sunsets and watching the fireflies light up, as far as the eye can see. The bicentennial barn is stunning and wonderfully restored. It's great for an excellent up-close look at the alpacas. Tim is a wealth of knowledge about the docile creatures and happy to answer any questions.

FRESH EGGS: We enjoyed farm fresh eggs every morning from their free-range chickens.

COOL CREEK: A small creek runs across the back of their property. On a hot Summer day, it's a nice place to sit and cool off.

ITALIAN PIZZA: An Italian style wood-fired outdoor pizza oven on the grounds is fired up for community pizza nights. Check with hosts to see when they are doing their next pizza night al fresco.

ALPACA STORE: A boutique on property sells luxury alpaca goods like scarves, wraps, socks, and more. The perfect place to pick up Christmas gifts. In November, a local artisan market is hosted here.

BIKING: The roads around the farm are quiet and smooth and make for excellent bike riding.

SWING: A swing on the property is a fun pastime for kids….Or for a small adult with a childlike spirit :)

*The town of Kokomo offers any groceries or amenities you need and is only a 20-minute drive.

No Frills Climbers Mecca Campground

Land of the Arches is popular among climbers and boy scout troups. The hanger is an excellent place for hanging out and meeting new people. Ping pong and pickleball courts keep everyone entertained. Good wifi is provided within the hangar.

LOTA is close to a lot of hiking trails and climbing. We did an 8-mile kayak down the Red River. Tons to do outdoors in this area of the Red River Gorge.

Buy groceries before getting to this campground. The nearest grocery store is a SAVE-A-LOT, 20 minutes away.

Hookup was 30 amp. No water hookup but water is available onsite for your freshwater tank. Dump site also provided.

Bathrooms are in the hanger and clean and well lit at night.

PLACES TO GO NEARBY:

Miguel's (For pizza and for the people watching)

Red River Rockhouse (awesome locally sourced food)

Daniel Boone Coffee House

KRAG (has food and beer inside. Killer quesadilla)

Dirtbag Climber Mecca and Heartbeat of Community in RRG

"You haven't been to Red River Gorge if you haven't been to Miguel's." -- Actual words from a local.

Miguel's is a climber's mecca. Camping is primitive, but a big shower hall with a number of stalls, and covered areas for cooking offers all the amenities a "dirtbag," climber could need. It's a great place to hang with a network of passionate climbers. 

Miguel's pizza is damn good pizza, by any standards. It's also open every day of the week, unlike other restaurants in the area which usually operate Thursday-Sunday when visitors are at their peak. Miguel's also serves coffee, breakfast burritos, and sweet potato pancakes which are incredible and affordable. 

A comprehensive rock climbing gear shop is on-premise if you follow the path around back to the basement of the house at the bottom of the hill. An array of clothes, climbing shoes, chalk and climbing gear will have you covered for whatever route you decide to do.

A lot of climbing routes give directions starting from Miguel's, which tells you what a central point it is for the climbing industry here.

Riverfront Campground Adjacent to Cool Watercraft Rental Spot

Wilson's is right on the French Broad River and is neighbors to "French Broad Outfitters,"-a company that rents kayaks, canoes, and tubes to take down the river. We wandered through Wilson's while renting from French Broad Outfitters and wished we had stayed here. If we had, we would've been at FBO every evening. They have a bar and outdoor games like corn hole, making it an awesome spot to chill with a beer and hang by the river. 

Wilson's spots don't offer a ton of shade, but being by the river is a huge plus. The French Broad River Greenway, a shared bike path, runs right through the campground and is great for taking you to nearby places by bike, like Carrier Park or ClimbMax Climbing Gym.

Urban RV Park Close to Everything Asheville Has to Offer

We stayed at Bear Creek RV for a month and enjoyed being close to all things to see, eat, and do in Asheville. 

SITES: Sites are close together. You can hear noise from the interstate, but after a while, you get used to it. Be sure to specify your rig size upon making a reservation as all sites vary in length. Some sites are 30amp only and accommodate only 20-foot trailers or less. Other sites are longer, and some are pull-through.

BATHHOUSE: 3 bathhouses are kept clean. The one beneath the office is the most recently updated (and pictured). 

WIFI: Though the website says wifi throughout the park, the truth is it is not strong enough to reach the outer edges. So if your site is too far from the office, you won't be able to latch onto the wifi. The staff were apologetic about it and had an IT guy come out 3 times during our stay. Still, the wifi didn't improve so we would walk to the office and use their picnic tables outside to get work done.

WIFI The campground is shaped like a capital "Y" with some of the upper sites having a lovely view of the mountains. The pull-through sites are on the downstroke of the "Y."

POOL Though on the website it says the heated pool would be renovated by May 15 (the day after we arrived), it was not worked on during our stay. Hopefully, they get it redone for the Summer season as it would be an excellent respite from the mid-day heat.

LAUNDRY: 2 washers and 2 dryers are below the office for $1.75 per machine, per use.

Overall, a clean campground with friendly staff in a convenient location of Asheville.

Riverside Urban Camping

This campground is minutes from Asheville, offering all urban amenities like nearby grocery, Starbucks, etc for last minute errands.

You share the campground with permanent residents, RV's, and primitive campers. Campsites are relatively flat but a little gravely. Sites are pretty close together but each one has a fire ring and picnic table.

You can't get any close to the water, being right on the French Broad River. Sling up a hammock for serious relaxation. 

We enjoyed this campground as a large group and rented out 4 adjacent sites. Dogs are welcome. Firewood can be purchased, but we never saw anyone in the office so I would suggest bringing your own.

Bathrooms are at the front of the park, a 10-minute walk from the primitive sites. Bathrooms are not spotless, but they do the trick.

All amenities RV campground in Uniquoi Hotspot

The RV campground in Uniquoi is a well kept campground in the beautiful Uniquoi state park. Be aware there is a steep grade to get up to this campground.

Each site is level gravel, and some even offer wooden decks. Firewood and laundry available. The campground shares property with the visitors center so you may see more traffic in peak season months.

Prices here vary depending on day of week, time of year, and what site you choose. You’re close to a lot of hikes around the park, including Anna Ruby falls (which is a national park tucked within state park, so $3 to get in).

Uniquoi is right outside of the bustling town of Helen which fills up in the spring and summer with vacationers and tubers.

There are also cabins for rent within this park (see picture).

Convenient car camping with quiet creek

Just off of 75, this camping area is easy to get to, no hiking in. Campsites are flat and level. Some sites have creekside access. Bathrooms and water are at the site. Campsites are pay by envelope.

Andrews Cove 2 mile out-and-back hike leaves from this campground. It’s moderate for about half, then becomes a strenuous climb at the end. Good workout.

Camping here you’re close to a lot of great hikes , and short drive from the town of Helen.

I’ve come to hike here a few times and seen campers leave a ton of trash so please clean up after yourself.

Serene Creekside sites, All Welcome

Contrary to its name, this once Airstream-only campground now accepts non-Airstream rigs. Call ahead to be sure/check availability (host phone number of FB page).

RV Sites have small concrete pads 30/50 amp hookup, water, and sewer Toilets available for use in separate building, but no shower.

We enjoyed a month long stay at this quiet campground right outside of the Alpine town of Helen, GA. A peaceful creek runs through the entire campground. Some spots butt right up against the creek.

The campground features a killer library and DVD collection. We also enjoyed the covered pavilions with swings. A creekside communal fire pit brings together campers. Every month or so the campground host throws a fire pit night.

Close to so many hikes you won’t be able to do them all. There’s even a hike that leaves directly from the campground.

You’re a 9 minute drive to Helen. It’s a tourist town, but has a small grocery and offers great beer and wine at the German beer halls and patios. Fills up on the weekend with visitors and (in spring and summer) tubers “Shootin’ the Hootch.” You MUST tube the Chattahootchee if you are here during the late Spring or Summer.

Tough Chunck of AT with mountain top views

This section of the AT isn’t easy breezy, but it levels out and the trees thin out on the mountain ridges to relatively open, flat land for camping Ran into som AT’ers packing up for the morning. The out and back trail ends at the AT shelter. Halfway through the hike you’re greeted by a flat rock face and these views.

Amazing creekside campfire spots

This is a scenic easy-moderate level trail. It follows a creek that has open flat land next to it of pine needles. Perfect for camping, having a midhike fire, or just stopping to dip your toes the water and rest. At waterfall at the end requires scrambling over boulders, but is worth the climb. Beautiful fall nestled in the crevices of the mountain. Don’t forget the $5 donation to maintain the trail, due at parking lot.

Peaceful Campground with walkable springs access

This campground is super quiet and nestled in Florida cow country. The bathrooms are new and very well kept. The center sites seem more level than the outer ring of sites. We started at site 26 and moved to site 68 because we couldn’t level out on the sandy ground.

WiFi connection is quite good and you are able to stream Netflix and Prime tv.

The best part of this park is the short trail to Hart Springs directly from the campground. It takes you through shaded Florida swamp and marsh and opens up on the Hart springs recreation area. Unfortunately Hart springs was closed while we were there due to flooding and construction but should be open for spring 2019, but it looks like an incredible swimming spot with ample space, tables and pavilions. A short boardwalk walk at the springs takes you out to the shores of Suwannee river.

Walmart supercenter is your closest grocery in chiefland, a 20-25 minute drive.

DON’T MISS stopping at Dakotah Winery for a free tasting and a bottle of their sweet wine for sangria. 19 98 country restaurant has amazing wings and even better southern hospitality.

Shady campground with tons of amenities

I didn’t actually stay overnight here, but biked over from the nearby Hart Springs campground. Nice facility with fully shaded spots among Florida forest. There were a number of unmarked buildings, but upon researching it looks like a covered pool and clubhouse. The spring swimming area was lovely and clear and no crowds. Seems like a nice place to stay for a fun, activity filled getaway.

Clean & Convenient pit stop off of I75

This campground isn’t super remarkable (lots of RV’s in close proximity, noise from the interstate). But it’s bathrooms/showers are brand new and kept very clean. Great pit stop for a few days before we head into the mountains. You’ll find permanent residents here as well as stopping-through campers. Fairgrounds are close so it probably fills up when events come through.

WiFi here is so-so and you often get booted off. On there website they say WiFi is free with stay. But once we got there we learned we were capped at 1 GB per day. You can buy more for $15.

Pull through sights are convenient and easy. Horse stables and a goat pasture are also on property. The town of Perry and Warner Robins have all amenities you could need. Really great coffee shop in downtown Perry called Bodega Brew. Fast WiFi and awesome hazelnut latte.

In the heart of Orlando and you don’t even know it

You can’t get more centrally located that bill Frederick. Located In metro west, this park is close to both the theme parks, and a commutable distance to north Orlando. The campground is at the back of the park up against the lake shore making it quieter than you would think for being so close to the expressway. The bathrooms and shower leave something to be desired. They could be cleaner and the shower drains tend to back up but everything works and is serviced daily. Only campground downside is there are no fire pits by each site. Open fire is only allowed at the grills, in another area of the park.

A nice bike trail circles the whole park. RV’ers must use dump site to get rid of black and grey water. No sewer hookup.

This park fills up when events like renaissance fair or dragon boat racing come through.

This park offers every recreation in the book: boating, fishing, biking, hiking, frisbee golf, wildlife watching (petting farm), jungle gyms, horse boarding, grilling spots, swimming pool. There’s something here for everyone.

Secluded hilly park with immaculate facilities

Secluded campground in natural Florida. Hookup sites were well kept and at the end of the park so there was no thru traffic. To get to the hookup sites it Is an 8-10 minute drive from park entrance. Keep that In mind when running errands (making that drive multIple times a day can be annoying). But the benefit Is a quiet campground. Amenities are very clean. Most sites have 10-30 feet between them. Sunsets are not to be missed here. Lake Louisa area and Clermont is the only hilly area of Central Florida. The pine forests here make you think you might not be in Florida. Great park for people who want Natural Florida without the tourist traps and beach towns.