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Author Topic: Where is your favorite Campground/Resort (family fun and fits busses)  (Read 1630 times)
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« on: June 28, 2013, 09:38:57 PM »

Hi Folks,

We are looking for some new destinations for some fall trips and I can think of no better place to

get some new ideas... We usually travel to mid atlantic states like Va and Carolina's and one of our

favorite spots is Holiday Travel Park in V.A. Beach. Up here in Jersey there are not too many resorts

that we fit in and most are geared for travel trailers/fifth wheels and such...

Lets hear them!
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« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2013, 11:41:14 PM »

Since I'm in California:
-Campland on the Bay in San Diego. A bit cramped, but it's at the north end of Mission Bay with its' own beach, boat and jet ski rental. Within eye shot view of SeaWorld so every night you have fire works across the bay.
-Camp Edison at Shaver Lake, Ca. It is 50 miles east of Fresno right in between Yosemite and Sequoia parks. The nice thing is after going up an 8 mile pull, you have only 5 miles of real mountain driving to get to the camp. Right by Shaver Lake with fishing, swimming and boat rental. Great hiking around and being above 5,000ft, you're both above the heat and smog of San Joaquin Valley.
-Zephyr Cove RV Park at Lake Tahoe, Nv.
-Crazy Horse Campground at Lake Havasu, Az. Right on the lake-walk from your spot, across a single lane road, to 15ft of sand and the lake-can't get much closer then that.
-Oasis RV in Las Vegas, Nv.
-Lakehead RV at Lake Shasta, Ca
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« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2013, 12:45:53 AM »

Not being a world class RV camp ground type, am more of a truck stop, Wally's, or rest area user, my favorite is the Game Lodge CG at Custer State Park, being more of a traveler and less of a vacationer my limited exposure to CG's saves me money.  While I travel for the major WW2 type museums, NC BB-55, Mass BB-59, Alabame BB-60, AF at Dayton, Oh, Avaition at Oshkosh, Wis. Navy at Pensacoala, Fl, 8th Air Force in Ala along I-95, etc museums along the road, such as the Tractor museum in SD, too many to list, I enjoy the traveling & learning vs campgrounds, I do not like buyng a place to park for a few hours.
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« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2013, 04:51:12 AM »

We like the Myakka River Motorcoach Resort in Port Charlotte, FL. The resort opened in January of this year and is right on the Myakka River. The resort is class A only however the lots are a little short.

There is easy access to all things water related, fishing, boating, water skiing, etc as well as lots of places for food.

The area is home to lot of state preserves and wildlife parks. It is around a 2 hour drive time to Tampa, Miami, Orlando areas if needed.

It is a little pricey but given the convenience to activities and amenities, i think justifiable.

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« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2013, 05:07:54 AM »

Hi Nick,

I know you have traveled the Carolinas, but Camp Hatteras on the Outer Banks is a great place and bus friendly.
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« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2013, 08:03:04 AM »

We used to stay for a week or so in Rabun Beach Campground outside of Clayton, GA.This was before the concessionaires took it over. Lake swimming, hiking, 2 water falls... hiking is mild we think. We were hiking up to the farthest falls when the twins were 5 yo. Daytrip to Alpine Helen GA, Hiawassee (home of the Mountain Fair) but mostly veg out. Any of the campgrounds on Persimmon Rd/Tallulah Rd (in order as you would come up on them...Tallulah River, Tate Branch, and Sandy Bottom  will also handle a bus, but you may not want to try the last one (Sandy Bottom... my favourite one) on the road as it has a wicked u-turn to get into the campground. We would do it but we have a skoolie and it turns pretty tight for a 40 ft RV. then in the same small area is Moccasin Creek State park. You would have to be totally inept if you couldn't get your bus into there. there are several nice state Parks in the same area (such as Unicoi right outside of Helen GA). Georgia has some very nice state parks. We are particularly fond of Georgia Vet's in South GA (about 100 miles N of the FL/GA state line). Take the SAM shortline to Americus, Plains and Jimmy Carter's childhood farm. Pack a picnic lunch (or eat at the onsite restaurant... menu is online at the Westville website) and daytrip to Westville in Lumpkin. If you like architecture and history, you will enjoy both trips. Of course there's also all the civil war sites as well (like Andersonville Village and the military prison museum a little ways down the road)

In TN, our favs are Chester Frost County Park and Harrison Bay State Park outside of Chattanooga. We tended to stay more in Chester Frost. The kids really liked it and the rangers were very nice to them. That was our spot to stay for SAT testing when we were homeschooling and our spot to stay to do Riverbend.

We liked Tim's Ford SP when we did the free tour at Jack Daniels Distillery. We DID NOT stay the the Devils Step campground. Ground looked very mushy as it had recently rained. Tims Ford had great hiking paths too.

For a "resort" you might try Fall Creek Falls. Never stayed there but we lived nearby and drove up several times to picnic and hike. The falls there have been in the live action Jungle Book movie.
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« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2013, 09:19:04 AM »

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« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2013, 10:53:57 AM »

I second Camp Hatteras in the Outer Banks. I live in Nags Head - about 30 miles north, and we go there every fall and spring to get away when the crowds disappear. Take your bikes and a good book. Great place to unwind.
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« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2013, 02:52:43 PM »

Come to Morehead city the first weekend in October for the NC Seafood Festival.  I have arranged a rally this year, but I may be able to get a packing spot in the same location.  I have  a 50amp service.  My Coach will be at the festival.

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« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2013, 02:59:39 PM »

Forgot to add the Texas Battleship near Houston and of course the Arcadia Bus Gathering.
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« Reply #10 on: June 29, 2013, 03:29:09 PM »

Flat Dogs Camp , South Luangwa, Zambia - Water, Pool, No electric or sewer (unless you count the pit toilets), but does have escape platforms in the trees.
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« Reply #11 on: June 29, 2013, 04:35:07 PM »

Hi Nick,

I know you have traveled the Carolinas, but Camp Hatteras on the Outer Banks is a great place and bus friendly.


I second Camp Hatteras in the Outer Banks. I live in Nags Head - about 30 miles north, and we go there every fall and spring to get away when the crowds disappear. Take your bikes and a good book. Great place to unwind.





Spent a week there in a tent one night.  The mosquitos are as big as the natives.  Unmatched beauty though.
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« Reply #12 on: June 29, 2013, 05:16:06 PM »

Some real good spots so far..

TN is sounding good. It would be nice to hit the Smokey's and head south on I75

and maybe even into Ga.  Has anybody ever done Big Rock in GA? Are any good CG's there?

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« Reply #13 on: June 29, 2013, 05:49:27 PM »

Why not head west ? Idaho has some beautiful parks on the lakes and rivers in the state and it doesn't break the bank to camp warm days light jacket nights plus you don't have mosquitoes, bugs and snakes you need to fight with for the spot 

 I really never found a spot on the east coast or the Smokey's in the summer I cared for the spring and fall were nice 
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« Reply #14 on: June 29, 2013, 06:29:03 PM »

Nick, how about a trip up the coast of Maine? Nice and cool in the summer, won't need the AC. North of Portland, the area around Rockland and Camden has several campgrounds near the ocean. We have a house in Port Clyde Maine that we rent out in the summer, it's a beautiful area.

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« Reply #15 on: June 29, 2013, 07:20:27 PM »

Bruce,
Everytime I think of Maine, I get flash backs of Mars Hill & Presque Isle, hauling spuds south in winter.  For some unknown reason I never had the desire to relive it.   Grin
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« Reply #16 on: June 29, 2013, 07:24:54 PM »

Think I just figured out why I have no desire for the ocean anymore, I lived a year at Surf City, NC when I was a young Jar Head out of Camp Lejeune, NC, guess I have smelled all the dead fish and had enough sand in my crotch for a life time, I now prefer hills/mountains & cool temps.
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« Reply #17 on: June 29, 2013, 07:40:35 PM »

Seriously, http://www.cherokeesmokies.com/rvcampground/  , we spend a week there every year, call ahead they only take cash or checks, If you go let me know and I'll give you stuff to do.

Also the coolest (temp wise) is probably Mount Pisgah, at 5000 feet it's probably the coldest south of the Mason Dixon, and Try sliding rock to stay cool during the day.

 http://www.recreation.gov/camping/Mount_Pisgah_Campground/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=75021


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« Reply #18 on: June 30, 2013, 04:28:25 AM »

Hi all,

Just to be clear, Camp Hatteras is an RV campground in Rodanthe, NC with paved sites and full hookups. It's an "rv resort" with ocean or sound side sites. (We prefer the sound.) That was the basis of my recommendation.

The National Park Service operates some campgrounds at Cape Hatteras that feature primitive camping, and it looks like that's where the posted pics might be from. No shade, no hookups, plenty-o-skeeters. Pretty rustic, but beautiful if that's your thing.

I have no connection with Camp Hatteras other than to say it's a great place in the off-season, even if they are a little pricey.
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« Reply #19 on: June 30, 2013, 04:33:22 AM »

Knoebels Grove  amusement park in Elysberg,Pa. Lots of RV parking and park is under the trees.
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Also the coolest (temp wise) is probably Mount Pisgah, at 5000 feet it's probably the coldest south of the Mason Dixon, and Try sliding rock to stay cool during the day.

http://www.forestcamping.com/dow/southern/cherinfo.htm] Cherokee NF[/url] Indian Boundary propably has similar temps It's pretty high up. I know the Cherohala Skyway is over 5K in some places. Beautiful run in the fall or any time really.


http://www.forestcamping.com/dow/southern/chercmp.htm#indian%20boundary]Indian Boundary Campground[/url]
http://www.m.cherohala.org/] Cherohala Skyway[/url]
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« Reply #21 on: June 30, 2013, 08:36:24 AM »

I can't much help you on the right hand side of the continent Nick other than to give the advice my ancestors heeded: "go west young man!" 

Once you do that there's lots of spots:

Anywhere on coastal 1 between San Diego and Olympia.

Quartzsite on the BLM land in Dec/Jan (not so much for kids)

Whispering Pines campground on Mara Lake in the interior of BC

And our all time favorite: Waskesiu Lake in Prince Albert National Park.
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« Reply #22 on: June 30, 2013, 08:54:53 AM »

We did the outer banks and Myrtle beach on our way back west and can tell you it is well worth the trip. We went when most of the tourists were gone so it wasn't overly crowded.

AND we plan on a return trip so we can stay longer Wink
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« Reply #23 on: June 30, 2013, 09:02:50 AM »

I don't own a bus but I see a lot of them at OceanLakes campground in Myrtle Beach which is one of my favorite campgrounds to go to.
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