I have our itinerary mapped out pretty far in advance, and we currently have reservations through this coming April. That means I’m booking campsites up to a year in advance depending on the booking window for a particular location. Florida state parks are 11 months in advance, Michigan was 6 months. So I actually was booking Florida and Michigan at the same time while we were camping in Texas.
For private parks, I’ve found that 6 months in advance is usually safe, however, I learned that is not the case for the peak Fall foliage season in Asheville, North Carolina.
Lake Powhatan wasn’t really because we need strong cell service, so we ended up at Wilson’s Riverfront RV Park located right in Asheville. After 4 nights on the hillside, we scored a river site, and even though the park is pretty cramped and very noisy, we really appreciated the central location.
Brian scouted another option north of Asheville that we hadn’t considered. He said access is a little tricky but French Broad River Campground has a similar layout to Wilson’s, is a lot quieter, and the river sites look even nicer than what we had the past 2 weeks.
2016 Cost of Camping:
26 nights free camping
275 nights paid camping
301 days this year thru 10/29
Total spent on camping this year: $7890.14
Daily average cost of camping: $26.21