08 Dec

Campground Review #58 Cheyenne State Park outside Colorado Springs, Colorado

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On Campground of the Week podcast episode #58, Scott Elias reviews Cheyenne State Park near Colorado Springs, Colorado. This is just over an hours drive from the Denver area, making it a great weekend getaway, or a good base camp if you are passing through the area. Listen to hear why Scott gives this campground a glowing review, and looks forward to returning soon with his family…

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Cheyenne State Park campground is not very big, with just about 50 RV sites and 10 walk-in tent sites. That means Cheyenne State Park fills up fast, so if you want your choice of sites and dates, book six months in advance at ReserveAmerica.com. That’s not surprising considering the full-hook up sites are an affordable $28/night. You will have to purchase a daily Colorado State Park Pass however, so consider getting an annual pass if you will be doing a lot of Colorado state park camping over the course of the year.

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Plan on enjoying the 21 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails during your stay, and while you won’t get free Wifi here, the cell signal is strong on account of its proximity to Colorado Springs.

Other activities recommended by Scott in this episode include:

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Make sure you check out Scott’s last Colorado campground review on Mosca State Park Campground in San Luis State Park:
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01 Dec

Campground Review #57 Cherry Hill Park in College Park, Maryland near Washington DC

On this episode of Campground of the Week, Stephanie and Jeremy Puglisi of RV Family Travel Atlas review Cherry Hill Park in College Park, Maryland just outside of Washington DC.

The Campground

This campground is their preferred choice for exploring the amazing city of Washington DC, and they highly recommend it as an “Urban Basecamp”, a campground that gives you easy access to a great American city.

Cherry Hill park is located within a highly urban area, so campers need to be prepared for some road noise. The tradeoff is that you are under 30 minutes from the major attractions in Washington DC. You also have access to DCs public transportation system–there is a bus stop within the campground that will take you to the Metro, and Metro cards are available for sale in the camp store. That’s about as easy as it gets!

The campground itself offers virtually every amenity you can imagine, from pools and spray grounds to a hot tube and sauna. They have a fitness room and club house with lots of great seating and a cozy fireplace for chilly or rainy days. Cherry Hill Park also has a snack bar and game room. The playgrounds are not brand new, but they are well maintained and spacious, offering plenty of room for the kids to play.

For an urban base camp, this campground offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors, with actual walking trails right on site. This is a large, sprawling property and if you are traveling with dogs they will love the long walks on the trails and the two dog parks.

If you want to explore Washington DC, Jeremy and Stephanie don’t think there is a better option available than Cherry Hill Park in College Park, Maryland.

Exploring Washington DC

Jeremy and Stephanie have covered Washington DC extensively on the RV Family Travel Atlas podcast, so make sure you check out these episodes and blog posts if you are planning a trip. They also wrote about visiting DC in their book, Idiot’s Guide to RV Vacations.

Their strategy is to choose a few top picks for each trip, and then fill in with additional activities if their is time. Make sure that you reserve any timed tickets well in advance of your trip. Some of the attractions that will require advanced reservations are: Washington Monument, White House Tour, Capitol Tour, Ford’s Theater, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

We like to pick a couple of monuments on the mall, a couple of Smithsonians, and perhaps an off the beaten path choice. Here are the attractions we talked about in this episode:

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24 Nov

Campground Review #56 Indiana Dunes State Park in Chesterton, Indiana

On episode #56 of Campground of the Week, Melissa and Matthew Kellas review Indiana Dunes State Park in Chesterton, Indiana, just about 45 miles east of Chicago, Illinois.

In fact, if you are looking to visit Chicago, this base camp might offer the best of both worlds–a remote, natural setting with easy access to one of our country’s most dynamic cities.

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Indiana Dunes State Park is also a great alternative to camping at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore (Dunewood Campground) just up the road. Dunewood Campground only has primitive sites and they are all first come/first serve. At Indiana Dunes State Park, you are just minutes away from the National Lakeshore and you can reserve electric sites–even 50 amp!!!–in advance. Plus the state park is open year round.

Melissa and Matthew rave about the facilities at this campground, noting that the comfort stations are spacious, clean, and recently renovated. They also rave about the paved roads, spacious sites, and ample opportunities to enjoy ranger led programs while camping here. Indiana Dunes State Park regularly hosts theme weekends including vintage camper rallies and birding festivals. If you are planning a visit, make sure to check the schedule and see if there is an upcoming event you would enjoy.

Melissa and Matthew had a fantastic time with their kids, exploring Indiana Dunes State Park, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and the surrounding region. Here are link to the activities and sites mentioned in this episode:

Melissa and Matthew also have some great insider tips for booking the best campsite and some recommendations for how this amazing state park could take it up just a notch more on the awesome meter. Listen to hear why you should book a site at the Indiana Dunes State Park if you are traveling through the Chicago area.

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17 Nov

Campground Review #55 Myrtle Beach KOA in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

On this podcast episode of Campground of the Week, we (Stephanie and Jeremy of RV Family Travel Atlas) review the Myrtle Beach KOA, one of our favorite campgrounds in one of our favorite RV destinations.

Myrtle Beach is a top RV destinations in America and the wealth of campground options reflects that. Why is the Myrtle Beach KOA one of our top three picks in this region? That’s what we discuss in this episode!

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There are many types of campgrounds in Myrtle Beach, from the beachfront and bustling Ocean Lakes to the quiet and sleepy state parks. The Myrtle Beach KOA offers a happy medium since it is located in the heart of the action on the Grand Strand and just a few blocks from the beach. At this KOA you get close proximity to all the city attractions, plus a wooded and quiet campground environment.

You also get all the amenities of a KOA that seems to be moving toward Resort branding in the near future. We love the pools and the spray ground, the playgrounds and the bounce pillow. We also love the weekly activities and friendly campground staff.

On this episode, we discuss some of our insider tips…plus our one gripe, since we all know that nobody’s perfect.

This is a paired podcast episode with the RV Family Travel Atlas episode #115 Greetings from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. On that episode you will hear all of our recommendations for activities and food in the Myrtle Beach area. Planning a future trip? We have you covered!

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10 Nov

Campground Review #54 Devils Tower KOA in Devils Tower, Wyoming

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On this episode of Campground of the Week, Kerri Cox reviews Devils Tower KOA in Devils Tower, Wyoming. Kerri was unsure if the stop would be a hit or a disappointment when they planned their epic summer trip to Yellowstone in 2016. They decided to visit Devils Tower anyway, and stayed in the area for two nights.

They really enjoyed the experience, and think you will, too.

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Devils Tower KOA is unique in that it boasts a fantastic view of the National Monument from most of the sites in the campground. If you are going to take the time to visit, than this is the definitely the campground that will help you capitalize on the experience.

The campground offers a variety of amenities and activities that you can enjoy after exploring the national monument. Her boys particularly appreciated the swimming pool and playground. The bathhouses were another story, and Kerri hopes that upgrades are in the future.

Listen to episode #54 to hear Kerri talk about wifi, site selection, and the star activity: a nightly showing of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

Kerri also talks about the following activities that you can do during your stay at the Devils Tower KOA:

Kerri Cox has two great blog posts on travelswithbirtdy.com about her time spent in this region, one reviewing the Devils Tower KOA and one reviewing the monument. Make sure you check them out when planning your own trip.

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03 Nov

Campground Review #53 Mosca Campground in San Luis State Park, Colorado

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On this episode of Campground of the Week, we welcome guest correspondent Scott Elias to review Mosca Campground at San Luis State Park in the great state of Colorado. Scott Elias is a former educator who now works for Apple. He grew up camping, but his wife didn’t so it took some convincing to get her and the family on board with the RV dream. Scott must be convincing, though, because now they have a brand new Jayco Whitehawk and are spending as many weekends as possible exploring their beautiful home state.


Mosca Campground is located in the high mountain valley between the San Juan and Sangre de Cristo mountain ranges. It is only 15 miles west of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, so it makes a perfect base camp for exploring that NPS site.

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27 Oct

Campground Review #52 Timberlane Campground outside of Philadelphia in Clarksboro, New Jersey

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On this episode of Campground of the Week, we have a review of Timberlane Campground which is the closest campground to Philadelphia.  Located in Clarksboro, New Jersey, this is what we like to call a base camp: a great place to park your rig or pitch your tent when exploring an urban destination.

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Timberlane is a private, family-owned campground and offers a surprising amount of natural beauty considering its proximity to the City of Brotherly Love. The amenities are not fancy, and some things could use updating, but they are sufficient for relaxing after a long day of enjoying the food and historical sites that Philadelphia has in spades.

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19 Oct

Campground Review #51 Buffalo Campground in Island Park, Idaho outside the West Gate of Yellowstone National Park

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On this episode of Campground of the Week, Brett Neilson of OurCampingAdventures.com reviews Buffalo Campground in Island Park, Idaho. This campground is a favorite for the Neilson family, and they use it as a base camp for exploring Yellowstone National Park, since it is just 30 minutes from the West Gate.

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Natural beauty and affordability are the stars of the show at Buffalo Campground. Campsites are surrounded by a dense forest of lodgepole pines, and the beautiful Buffalo River runs through the park. Fishing is said to be great here, but Brett can’t attest to that himself.

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Individual sites are a bargain, running from $15-$20. There are a variety of configurations–pull thrus, back ins, double sites, and group camping areas. In this episode, Brett lays out the pros and cons of all of them.

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If you are planning a trip to Yellowstone National Park, you should definitely listen to this episode of Campground of the Week, along with our other Yellowstone episodes: Campground of the Week #39 and RV Family Travel Atlas #100. Both will offer fantastic help for your bucket list trip.

In this episode Brett also lets us know that there is a lot more to this area than *just* the well known beauty of Yellowstone. Here are the activities, attractions, and dining mentioned:

You can read more about Brett’s visits to this campground on his blog!

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13 Oct

Campground Review #50 Canyon RV Resort on Sinclair Creek in Radium Springs, British Columbia, Canada

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On this episode of Campground of the Week, Heath and Alyssa Padgett are reviewing Canyon RV Resort on Sinclair Creek in British Columbia, Canada. This beautiful private campground is located in Radium Springs, a perfect stopping point on your way from Glacier National Park to Banff National Park.

Heath and Alyssa loved that Canyon RV Resort combined many of the benefits of public and private campgrounds, offering both natural beauty and clean, manicured campsites. This campground is large but fills up well in advance, and you would be wise to make reservations if you are looking to stay here.

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06 Oct

Campground Review #49 Rafter J Bar Ranch in the Black Hills of South Dakota near Mount Rushmore

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On this podcast episode of Campground of the Week, we are so excited to share Kerri Cox’s review of Rafter J Bar Ranch in the Black Hills of South Dakota, just minutes away from Mount Rushmore.

Kerri explains why Rafter J Bar Ranch might just be her favorite campground ever. Yes, that’s right…EVER. The tall pine trees, scenic views, and lovely amenities won her family over during their stay in the Black Hills.

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This campground has an unusual feature though–there are 6 distinct campsite areas, and it is important to know the differences so you chose the best one for your family. Kerri describes all the areas in detail, so listen before you book:

  • Main Camp
  • Base Camp
  • Line Camp
  • Ranch Camp
  • The Island
  • Lower Ranch Camp

Kerri also discusses some of the highlights of the grounds, including the hiking and biking trail that runs adjacent to the campground. Add in a lovely pool, solid bathhouses, and full hook ups and we understand why Kerri is gaga for the Rafter J Bar Ranch.

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Even though you could while away your days at Rafter J Bar Ranch, this campground is located in the heart of a bucket-list RV destination, the Black Hills of South Dakota. Guests are within minutes of:

If you are planning a trip to Mount Rushmore (now or in the distant future) you have to listen to this review of the Rafter J Bar Ranch in South Dakota. It may just become your favorite campground ever as well.

Also head over to travelswithbirdy.com and check out Kerri’s blog posts on the campground and surrounding region!

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