Hard to Pick-Our Top 10 RV Campgrounds

2 Veterans on the Move narrow their RV Campgrounds down to the top 10.

August 22, 2022
By: 2 Veterans on the Move (Bob & Grace) 2022 KRV Brand Ambassadors

With so many options available, choosing the right place to stay with your RV can be overwhelming. You can go from a luxury resort-type location where it’s all about the amenities to a campground tucked back into nature. Sometimes the focus can be more on the location and finding a balance of what the campground has to offer as well while having close access to local attractions. But if you enjoy RVing, there is truly something for everyone; it just depends on what kind of experience you are looking for.

With so many options available, choosing the right place to stay with your RV can be overwhelming. You can go from a luxury resort-type location where it’s all about the amenities to a campground tucked back into nature. Sometimes the focus can be more on the location and finding a balance of what the campground has to offer as well while having close access to local attractions. But if you enjoy RVing, there is truly something for everyone; it just depends on what kind of experience you are looking for.

With so many amazing campgrounds out there we’re here to help you with your search! We have been full-time RVers traveling in our 40-foot Keystone Montana 3810MS for over three years. With all the places we’ve stayed at, it wasn’t easy narrowing down our top RV parks to just 10. But, in the end, each place had a unique reason for making it on our list, and there is something for everyone. So, in no particular order...

Catherine’s Landing–Hot Springs, AR— When arriving at this park, you immediately get the feeling you would expect from a top resort while maintaining that feeling of still being in nature. The waterfront back-in sites along the river are what camping is all about. Being able to hear the water flowing at night or early in the morning is so peaceful. But what we enjoyed most is that you didn’t necessarily need to have a waterfront site, you could simply relax by the pond. One of the unique things we personally appreciated was their dog wash station, something you don’t typically find at many parks. This beautiful resort is situated along the Ouachita River just 15 minutes outside of Hot Springs National Park. It offers full hook-up RV sites as well as fully equipped cottages, tents, and yurts. Amenities include laundry, showers, a small fitness room, saline pool, and splash pad. With their river access, they also offer rentals such as pontoons, kayaks, and canoes. And, if you’re looking for a little more adventure, they also have treetop zip line tours available on-site.

Campground Details:

●Daily Rates:$65-130

●Number of sites:200+

●RV sites: Full hook-ups

●Site types: Back-in & Pull-through

●30/50 Amp: Both

●Pets allowed: Yes

Camp Margaritaville RV Resort & Cabana Cabins–Auburndale, FL—This is glamping at its best! Immediately upon arriving we knew that this was more than just an RV resort. Not only was this park already a luxury resort, but it has also recently gone through a major expansion. There’s something to be said about how amazing it is when you can step outside your RV and automatically feel that true resort relaxation mode. And, for full-time RVers, we love the ability to maintain our life balance with access to their amazing fitness center, comfort stations (laundry/restrooms), and dog parks to help keep up with our daily routines. This is definitely not a place to miss! Camp Margaritaville offers beautifully landscaped oversized RV sites, motorhome suites, and cabana cabins. With top-of-the-line amenities that include two resort swimming pools, complete with a water slide, 9-hole putting course, a full arcade, Tiki bar, firepits, and on-site restaurant options they have something for the entire family. As if that wasn’t enough, they regularly scheduled events and activities throughout the week including on-site entertainment and food trucks.

Campground Details:

●Daily Rates:$80-200

●Number of sites:320+

●RV sites: Full hook-ups

●Site types: Back-in, Pull-through, Pull-in

●30/50 Amp: Both

●Pets allowed: Yes

Shenandoah River State Park-Bentonville, VA—When traveling with a larger RV, it can sometimes limit your options for staying at state parks. This was not the case when it came to the sites at Shenandoah River State Park. Not only are their sites spacious enough for big rigs, but they are also spaced out with plenty of natural landscaping between them to give you that secluded camping feel. This is one of the few places where we have walked outside at night and truly could not see anything directly in front of us without a light on. So, if you’re looking to disconnect, and we mean this also in the literal sense because there is minimal to no cell coverage, this is the place for you! This year-round park is located along the South Fork of the Shenandoah River not far from the Front Royal Entrance of Shenandoah National Park. It offers 31 sites with water and electric hookups. Their sites are set up for a variety of equipment from tents and popups to RVs up to 60 feet long. The campground has restrooms with hot showers and offers other camping options such as yurts, cabins, and a lodge. With a large riverside picnic area, picnic shelters, 24 miles of trails, river access and a boat launch this park has plenty of options for outdoor activities.

Campground Details:

●Daily Rates:$40-46

●Number of sites:31

●RV sites: Electric and water hookups

●Site types: Back-in & Pull-through

●30/50 Amp: Both

●Pets allowed: Yes

Sun Outdoors Canyonlands Getaway-Moab, UT—Views, views, views! This campground is surrounded by Utah's red rock country with RV sites that have views of Arches National Park. Its location made it great for exploring both Arches and Canyonlands National Park during the day and then heading back to relax in the pool during the evening. Waking up to a sunrise that lights up the distant landscape or sitting outside under the starry skies at night is exactly what we imagined any visit to southern Utah should include. This park offers full hook-up RV sites, tent sites, and a variety of cabins, cottages, and even casitas options. Although they are located only 11 miles from Moab’s city center, they have a general store on-site as well as laundry facilities. A perfect base camp for exploring not only the national parks but also for those warmer summer days, they also have an outdoor pool and splash pad.

Campground Details:

●Daily Rates:$60-79

●Number of sites:70+

●RV sites: Full hook-ups

●Site types: Pull-through

●30/50 Amp: Both

●Pets allowed: Yes

Tahoe Valley Campground–South Lake Tahoe, CA—Lake Tahoe is definitely one of our favorite places to visit so it’s no surprise that a Tahoe campground made it on our list. This is an older campground which means it can be a bit more challenging for bigger rigs to navigate but we felt it is well worth the effort. We loved the feel of the wooded campground and having a site that is surrounded by towering pines. This was a perfect spot to access all that South Lake Tahoe has to offer, from sunrise at Emerald Bay State Park to sunset on Cave Rock and everything in between. Approximately 3 miles from the Lake Tahoe shore and the heart of South Lake Tahoe, this Thousand Trails campground offers RV and tent sites as well as cabins and cottages. Some of the amenities include a general store, laundry, restroom/showers, pool, playground for children, as well as activities and events during the summer season.

Campground Details:

●Daily Rates:$104-158 (or Thousand Trails membership)

●Number of sites:400+

●RV sites: Full hook-up & Partial hook-up

●Site types: Back-in & Pull-through

●30/50 Amp: Both

●Pets allowed: Yes

Up the Creek RV Camp-Pigeon Forge, TN—Looking for a place that is tucked back into nature but still close to local attractions and a national park? For us, this campground is all about that feeling of getting away from it all while still having the convenience of a full hook-up site and access to all that Pigeon Forge has to offer. It was easy for us to relax in the simplicity and beauty of this campground with its oversized RV sites and surrounded by landscaped nature. When we were ready to go enjoy some of the local attractions, the campground had a conveniently located trolley stop directly on-site as a great option to explore the town. This campground offers a unique intimate camping experience, a refreshing change from the large, oversized parks and cramped campsites. The tradeoff is that this campground doesn't offer some of the amenities that larger RV parks typically do. With the Great Smoky Mountains National Park nearby it’s definitely a great location to spend time exploring the different areas of the park.

Campground Details:

●Daily Rates:$53-82

●Number of sites:62

●RV sites: Full hook-ups

●Site types: Back-in & Pull-through

●30/50 Amp: Both

●Pets allowed: Yes

Wahweap RV & Campground-Page, AZ—Lake Powell was definitely a bucket list location for us so when it came to choosing a place to stay, we knew we wanted to pick a site that would allow us to make the most of our visit. Wahweap was the perfect option as it is centrally located about ¼ mile from the shore of Lake Powell. We were able to take advantage of the wide variety of powerboats and jet skis the Wahweap Marina had to offer for rent and enjoyed a couple of days exploring the many slot canyons throughout the lake. We also enjoyed Wahweap Swim Beach which is within walking distance from the campground. All of this made for an experience we will never forget. This campground is located inside the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. They offer full-hookup sites, and small dry camping RV and tent sites. The campground office provides access to coin-operated laundry and shower facilities, and a general store. Just a mile away, you can also enjoy some of the Lake Powell Resort amenities that include the restaurant and lounge, Wahweap Grille, coffee, and gift shop.

Campground Details:

●Daily Rates:$30-90 (additional $30 park entrance fee or national park pass)

●Number of sites:139+

●RV sites: Full hook-up and no-hookup sites

●Site types: Back-in & Pull-through

●30/50 Amp: Both

●Pets allowed: Yes

Pismo Coast Village RV Resort–Pismo Beach, CA—This resort was one of our very first places to camp with our Montana and we were immediately drawn to what this lifestyle could provide. We love a good small-town beach vibe and when it comes to access to the coast this place was exactly what we were looking for. Being able to step outside your RV and have direct access to take a walk out to the beach is alone worth the price to stay! As if that wasn’t enough, not having to drive and being able to just walk over into the heart of downtown Pismo Beach was no question one of the highlights for us. On 26 acres, Pismo Coast Village RV Resort features full hookup sites and offers amenities including a general store, restaurant, heated pool, arcade, laundromat, bicycle rentals, and miniature golf. It’s conveniently located within walking distance to downtown Pismo Beach shopping, restaurants, and the famous Pismo Pier. They also have on-site access to the beach and dune areas.

Campground Details:

●Daily Rates:$69-91

●Number of sites:400

●RV sites: Full hook-ups

●Site types: Mainly Back-in (only 2 Pull-throughs)

●30/50 Amp: Both

●Pets allowed: Yes

Downtown Riverside RV Park-North Little Rock, AR—Don’t be deterred by the name! Yes, this park is literally right in the middle of downtown Little Rock, but it is easily accessible (even for big rigs) as it’s located right off Interstate-30. This park was a bit of a surprise for us seeing as we don’t tend to stay at parks inside cities, but we made an exception and did not regret it at all. A riverside site gives you great unique night views of both the city lights and the Clinton Pedestrian Bridge. Not to mention the easy access to everything in the North Little Rock and Downtown Little Rock area. If we pass through the area again, we will be sure to make a point to stay at this park. Located in downtown North Little Rock, Arkansas, this city-owned, gated park is on the bank of the Arkansas River with a view of the Little Rock skyline and Clinton Presidential Center. They offer river parks, river views, and riverside sites, 42 of which are concrete pads. With direct access to the Arkansas River Trail and Clinton Pedestrian Bridge, you are within walking distance to local attractions, dining, and shopping.

Campground Details:

●Daily Rates:$25-33

●Number of sites:61

●RV sites: Full hook-ups

●Site types: Back-in & Pull-through

●30/50 Amp:50 Amp

●Pets allowed: Yes (breed restrictions)

Zion River Resort RV Park & Campground-Virgin, UT—We chose this RV park because of its proximity to the South Entrance of Zion National Park but after our stay, we realized this park is such a great balance between access to the National Park and campground amenities. We stayed in a riverside back-in site that provides a little extra privacy towards the rear of the campground. And even though these sites do not provide a direct line-of-sight view of the river, being able to hear the river flowing gives you that‘ camping in nature’ feel. Being that close to Zion National Park, we were able to be one of the first to get into the park for early morning hikes and follow it up with an afternoon relaxing in the resort pool to help our muscles recover for the next day of hiking. Not a bad way to enjoy visiting a national park. Located along Utah’s Virgin River, this resort is surrounded by views of vibrant colored mountains. It is ideally located for easy access to several amazing nature preserves and even provides a 14-passenger on-site shuttle service to Zion from March to October. They offer several prime camping options with RV sites and cabins with amenities that include guest services, a convenience store, a heated swimming pool and spa, and great play areas for kids and pets.

Campground Details:

●Daily Rates:$43-86

●Number of sites:110+

●RV sites: Full hook-ups

●Site types: Back-in & Pull-through

●30/50 Amp: Both

●Pets allowed: Yes (motorhomes and hard-sided travel trailers with air-conditioning)

Sun Outdoors Carolina Pines RV Resort–Conway, SC—If you’re looking for the ultimate in luxury resorts, this place is for you! We were blown away by this resort and honestly, we would categorize this as more of a destination or an ultra-resort. Although it is located nearby attractions in Myrtle Beach, there really isn’t a reason to leave the resort at all as they have so many amenities available. But, even if you decide you want to check out some of the local sights, the resort provides a complimentary shuttle service directly to various locations throughout the area. Talk about luxury service! This resort offers upscale spacious RV sites and a variety of cottages with kitchens, porches, and BBQ grills, all just 15 minutes from Myrtle Beach. With resort amenities and activities, including the Carolina Splash Water Park, miniature golf, Lowcountry Landing-Carolina Bistro, a mini bowling alley (yes, you read that right...a bowling alley in an RV resort) and so much more. It will be hard not to want to extend your stay.

Campground Details:

●Daily Rates:$68-88

●Number of sites:700+

●RV sites: Full hook-ups

●Site types: Back-in & Pull-through

●30/50 Amp: Both

●Pets allowed: Yes

So, whether you’re looking for a quiet spot to get away from the busy life or simply great access to local attractions, there truly is something out there to fit everyone's needs. Whether you are a weekend warrior, part-time traveler, or living the full-time RV lifestyle exploring the country, RV life is such a unique and amazing way to connect with family and friends. The important part to remember is to take that first step outside and start creating those lifelong memories. Camp Better friends and hope to meet you on the road!

2Veterans.ontheMove are 2022 Brand Ambassadors of Keystone RC Company. Follow their adventures while they travel in the Montana 3810MS.