Campsite reviews are so subjective. One person’s 5 star location, can be totally undesirable to another. Since we headed east this year, we weren’t able to boondock as much as we would have liked, and many of our top places to camp were more about the location itself rather than the campground.

With that in mind, below is our favorite campgrounds that we stayed in this past year:


10. Guadalupe River State Park – San Antonio, TX

The sites are nicely spaced and the trees provide some privacy. There are also quite a few trails so we were able to do a few hikes during our stay.


9. Stephen Foster Folk State Park – White Springs, FL

We LOVED our site at Stephen Foster Folk State Park. It was raked like a zen garden and the site was enormous.


8. McKinney Falls State Park – Austin, TX

McKinney Falls is comparable to the 2 parks above, however, we rank it higher because it’s in our favorite city in Texas.


7. Rivermouth Campground – Paradise, MI

We were here for only one night, but really liked this campground. We checked out both campgrounds at Tahquamenon Falls, and Rivermouth is the place to be. Two spots in the RV section have waterviews and if you don’t require hookups, there are many more with views in the dry camping area.


6. Platte River Campground – Honor, MI

Platte River is our preferred campground at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. There’s a great trail from the campground to the beach where the water is crystal clear.


5. Red Top Mountain – Cartersville, GA

Our arrival here wasn’t very smooth, but once we settled into our spot we couldn’t get enough of the fall foliage and views from our site.


4. Goose Island State Park – Rockport, TX

If we hadn’t had a waterfront site, this park wouldn’t be so high on our list, but we did and so it is. We also really enjoyed walking to the end of the pier twice a day.


3. Cages Bend Recreation Areas – Gallatin, TN

The campsite we had at Cages Bend was fantastic. From the views to the picnic area, it was one of the best sites we stayed in all year.


2. French Quarter RV Resort – New Orleans, LA

Ok, so not the prettiest site of the year, but the location makes it almost our number 1. We were so so so happy here, FQRV is walking distance to everything and to us was totally worth the outrageous nightly rate.


1. Fort Desoto County Park – St. Petersburg, FL

We camped here 10 years ago and loved it. We returned this week and were happy to discover it hasn’t changed a bit. Some sites are significantly better than others, but even the non-view sites are in a lush tropical setting. We actually felt like we were on vacation while camping here.

2016 Cost of Camping:
36 nights free camping
329 nights paid camping
365 days this year
Total spent on camping this year: $9525.84
Daily average cost of camping: $26.10

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  • Reply Steven Rich December 31, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Looks like I need to get out more
    Thanks for the pictures

    • Reply Leigh January 1, 2017 at 6:26 am

      Aww you’re welcome and happy new year!!

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