Find the Best Campgrounds and RV Parks with Great Web Sites and Apps

IMG_0885Finding the perfect campground is really a very personal decision! Do you have a large rig? Need full hookups? Want to be near the city or off the beaten track?
Several web sites and apps provide detailed information about Campground specifics, such as max vehicle length, pull-throughs and discount programs. Park reviews are especially helpful to reduce the “surprise” factor of an unknown campground.

No matter what the criteria, it is always helpful to read comments from other campers. There is no reason to have the “yuck” response when you get to a campground, spend a few extra minutes to read the reviews!

If you have time, be a great camping community citizen and leave reviews. They help out the campers, and they help out the excellent parks!

Here are a few of our favorite campground lists and review sites.

Web Sites and Apps that list RV Parks and Campgrounds

General Sites

These sites and apps have a broad range of ideas for the generalist!

Allstays provides a very detailed display of RV campgrounds on a map. This makes it easy to view several around a given area. The site then provides links to the park web site, reviews, and google maps for driving directions.
The basic web site is free. Premium features and the apps are available for a minimal charge.

There are many sites that provide park reviews, but this is the granddaddy of them all! Select a state and a region to see campgrounds in that area. Explore the reviews. If there is not a campground to your liking in that area, use the “nearby” link to explore places that are close.

Kudos to all of those people who provide reviews on this site. You are my heroes!

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This site seems to be a blend of AllStays and RVParkReviews. There are ocassionally parks here that do not show up in other places. The layout is simple, even for a smart phone. Nice easy site.

Special Interest

Are you looking for Army Corps parks? Club discount parks? Federal campgrounds. These sites provide those specific lists.

Recreation.gov is the go-to spot for reservations for most federal and state parks. For those agencies that make use of the this reservation service, you can view which sites are available for which dates, making planning very easy!

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If you have not experimented with Army Corps Campgrounds, you need to try it. In contrast to many federal and state parks, these are often (not always) “Big Rig Friendly”. They are usually near water since the Army Corps primary responsibility is often to build locks, dams and canals. If you have the Federal Senior Pass or Access pass, these parks are 50% off of their normal cost, so a $20 night becomes $10.
Good Sams Club is probably the most frequently seen park discount, usually at 10%. All of their “approved” parks are searchable on this site. Of course smaller parks that cannot afford the expensive inspection and advertising charges might not be here.

Passport America members receive a 50% discount on selected nights at their member parks. Many people find this discount is available often enough to be worth the annual membership fee. Parks generally provide discounts for 1-3 nights and not during “high season”. Even with these restrictions, the discounts can add up fast!