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Old 08-04-2015, 12:52 PM   #15
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So far in my life as an Airstreamer— 3˝ years— I've only been a repeat customer at a campground once, and that was because the first time I went by myself and the second time I was there for a rally. In October I'll be visiting another campground as a repeat customer, both times for rallies. But if not for rallies at a campground I've stayed at before, I might never visit the same campground twice*; there are entirely too many places I've never been to yet that are worth a visit. I never will understand people who keep going back to the same few campgrounds again and again.

*Actually, there is one campground that I plan to return to for a second solo trip— Degray Lake Resort State Park, for Thanksgiving weekend. It's the last weekend of the year that they're open, and the main reason I'll go back is that at the lodge they put on the very best all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving Day buffet, with over 300 menu items to choose from, all for about $20 per head. Lots of folks who live within easy driving distance go just for the buffet and don't even stay the night. But since it's the Thanksgiving buffet and not the campground that is the attraction, I don't count it as a favorite campground.

So you could say I don't have a favorite. Out of the seventy-odd campgrounds I've been to, there are only two that I promise never to return to for any reason, one a Passport America campground just off I-20 in Texas that was very poorly managed with an absentee camp host, and the other a campground just off I-10 in Louisiana that had a major flooding problem after every rainstorm because of woefully inadequate drainage. So I do have least favorites.

But in terms of "Would I recommend a campground to friends?" then so far my best recommendation would be Battleship Row on the grounds of the Pensacola Naval Air Station. You have to be active or retired military or DoD civil service to stay there, which is a downside for those who don't qualify, but it was definitely the very best campground for the price— $20 per night for quality superior to Topsail Hill Preserve State Park.
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Old 08-04-2015, 01:02 PM   #16
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For us with young grandchildren it's definitely Fort Wilderness Campground at Disney World. A top notch RV resort with all that Disney World offers a bus or boat ride away from your site.

Granted we're biased as we only live 60 miles away, and go at least four times a year, but it truly is camping as only Disney can do it. It is expensive and stays full but honestly if you do Disney World in small kid bites (4 hours or so and back to camp) you amazingly enough have a lot of peace and quiet in the campground.


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Old 08-04-2015, 01:47 PM   #17
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Thanks all for participating, this is valuable info. 28' Flying Cloud.
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The Springs at Borrego RV Resort - 2255 Di Giorgio Rd, Borrego Springs, CA 92004
Nice facilities, communal Thanksgiving dinner, huge pool, two dog parks, great hiking, gym, golf and much more.
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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park - 200 Palm Canyon Dr, Borrego Springs, CA 92004
The state park is nice but has some limitations, check with park headquarters.
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Old 08-04-2015, 02:43 PM   #18
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Great idea, Time2play, as I spend a lot of time copying and pasting a list of campground suggestions as they randomly come up on the Forum.
We spent a couple of weeks in Lajitas Resort, Texas, last winter. We loved it for its lovely surroundings (Big Bend State Park) and the fact that it puts you about as close as you can get to Big Bend National Park. It is a resort that also has a campground, so you can pop over for a drink, but is also 15 minutes from Terlingua Ghost town, an interesting, fairly off the grid, place to hang out and unwind. We loved camping in Big Bend, also, but there was no cell service within an hours drive.
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Old 08-04-2015, 04:55 PM   #19
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Great feedback so far! Thank you for participating. Hopefully more people will respond!

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Old 08-04-2015, 05:55 PM   #20
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We loved the Gettysburg KOA. Each site is it's own oasis hidden by large boulders and a great log swing at each site. We loved visiting Gettysburg - so much history and the KOA was a great place in which to relax after a day of exploring the battlefield and museum as well as the historic city. If you go to Gettysburg, there is a tavern in town that makes the "BEST" french onion soup with tons of gooey cheese and huge hunks of prime rib.
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Old 08-04-2015, 07:18 PM   #21
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Hello from a fellow Washingtonian. There are so many nice campgrounds in the area, it I s hard to pick one. Being from the West-Sound area, we like to camp on the Olympic Peninsula. One of our favorites is Point Hudson in Port Townsend (run by the Port of Port Townsend). It is close to town and has sweeping views from north of Mount Baker all the way around to the Olympic Mountains (and Mount Rainier can be seen between Indian and Marrowstone Islands). We always enjoy walking around the historic town and walk the beach to Fort Worden (a couple mile walk each way). My Avatar is a picture looking to Fort Worden from Point Hudson. Off-season, it can be quite empty which is when we like to stay there (even though it may be windy and rainy).

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Old 08-04-2015, 07:34 PM   #22
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Bullard's Beach State Park, Bandon, OR. It's on the Coquille River with miles of trails, beach and river access. Second is Harris Beach State Park on a bluff overlooking the ocean beaches north of Brookings, OR
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Old 08-04-2015, 10:55 PM   #23
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Old 08-04-2015, 11:16 PM   #24
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I really enjoy camping in the California redwoods. There are many, dozens, of campgrounds. Its a place that's about 100 miles long and maybe 10 miles wide. This is the place I like to stay. To me a campground is where the trailer sits, but the surrounding area is what makes it so special.
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Old 08-05-2015, 12:09 AM   #25
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Interesting thread and a great idea.
We have enjoyed many campgrounds since we got our airstream. One that we have been back to more than once is the Lakeside Casino and RV park in Pahrump NA.
http://www.lakesidecasinopahrump.com
We find it to be very relaxing, spacious and clean. A bonus is the ability to dig out a fishing pole and actually catch fish right out our trailer door.


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We are currently on our maiden trip from CA to MI, NY, VT, and then on toward ME. My vote for best camping..so far: Letchworth State Park in NY. Beautiful forested park, well maintained, great roads, electric hookup only. Water faucets, dump, modern showers and toilets available near campsites. Lots of photo and hiking opportunities along the "Grand Canyon of the East". Glen Iris Inn has great food if you want a break from camp dining. Worth a three night stay in my book.
My wifes vote: Cheerful Valley RV park in Geneva, NY. Close to the fingerlakes, large grass campsites with a river nearby. Sufficient shade trees and open areas as needed. Full services. We stayed here a week and did day trips around the fingerlakes. Lots of wineries in the area for winetasting. Lots of water activities too.
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So hard to say....

One of our favourites is the little BLM campground by the San Rafael bridge in the North San Rafael Swell in central Utah. It's about the farthest north extent of red rock desert in the state, north of I-70 and between highways 6 and 10. The locals know all about it, but it has some great canyon scenery without hordes of other tourists. The easiest way to find it is via the Temple Mtn. exit (I think it's #129 0r 131) off of I-70, or via HY 10.

Also close by in the North San Rafael Swell is camping at the Wedge overlook-- the view is nicknamed the Little Grand Canyon. For a reason.

Bring all of your own water, and firewood if you use it. There are pit toilets at these sites, but that's about it. See if you can go during weekdays, shoulder season. It can get super hot in the summer.
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