Looking back on our favorite campgrounds this year, I can’t help but think of all of the driveways we stayed in and how they were some of our favorite stops as we made our way across the country.

Obviously, those driveways are limited to friends and family, so instead of listing out our favorite moochdocking spots for the year, below is a list of our favorite campsites and campgrounds we stayed at in 2017.

10. West Branch State Park – Ravenna, OH

We had a private site that backed up on the water at West Branch State Park. Brian lost a quarter in the laundry and they mailed us a refund!

9. Liberty Harbor RV Park – Jersey City, NJ

While certainly not a 5 star RV Resort, Liberty Harbor is the closest camping you’ll get to Manhattan and getting into the city is a breeze.

8. Blue Spring State Park – Orange City, FL

We stayed here for just a night, but appreciated the nicely spaced campground, great walking trails and manatees!

7. Long Key State Park – Layton, FL

Long Key had the best view out of the 3 campgrounds we stayed at in the keys. It would be higher up on this list if it wasn’t for the smell!

6. Skidaway Island State Park – Savannah, GA

Mossy trees and a relatively private campsite close to Savannah. We would definitely return next time we’re in the area.

5. Northern Plains Campground – Pueblo, CO

We were here in the shoulder season and it was pretty empty. The campground was peaceful and we had a great lake view.

4. Little Arsenic Springs Campground – Questa, NM

This was an extremely remote campground that we stayed at in northern New Mexico. We didn’t stay as long as we would have liked because cell service wasn’t very good.

3. Carp Cove – Golden Valley, AZ

While access to this site is TERRIBLE, however, once you’re there it’s gorgeous. During our stay, we were the only ones there.

2. Silurian Dry Lake Bed – Baker, CA

We had a tough time choosing between number one and two. Silurian scores high for us for it’s beauty, access and lack of other campers.

1. Trona Pinnacles – Trona, CA

Easy access and a fantastic setting. We fell in love with Trona Pinnacles. If only it was closer to a town with amenities.

2017 Cost of Camping:
128 nights free camping
236 nights paid camping
364 days this year
Total spent on camping this year: $8152.21
Daily average cost of camping: $22.40

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  • Reply Heather January 3, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    So glad you like Silurian as much as we do!!

  • Reply Chester January 5, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    I camped at Blue Springs in the 80’s and at that time you could swim with the manatees ( making sure to give them plenty of room and quiet). All the warm springs in central Florida are great for camping- Alexander, Salt, and Juniper. Little Arsenic has been my go to place this past summer particularly early and later in the summer when the weather is not so hot. I hope to visit some of your other favorites.

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