17 Aug

Campground Review #94 Crescent City/Redwoods KOA in California

The fourth stop on our epic Pacific Northwest adventure was the Crescent City/Redwoods KOA where we stayed while exploring the Redwood National and State Parks.

On this Campground of the Week episode you will hear our complete review of the KOA. If you want to hear all our recommendations for regional highlights including hiking, beaches, and good eats, listen to RVFTA podcast episode #155: Greetings from the Redwoods National and State Parks…

Campground Details

Crescent City/Redwoods KOA is branded as a Holiday KOA, which means it is an ideal basecamp for exploring the local attractions. The campground is only about five minutes from Crescent City and a short 10-15 minute drive to Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, where the famous Stout Grove is located.

The campground property is large with ten acres of Redwoods right onsite. The number of sites is limited though, so we recommend booking in advance of your arrival. During our stay we saw quite a few campers without reservations arrive only to find a fully-booked campground.

The campsites are a mix of pull thrus and back ins. If you are tenting or have a smaller rig (and don’t require full hook ups), we strongly suggest requesting a spot in the Redwoods grove which was remarkably beautiful. Listen to the episode to hear more details about recommended sites and areas of the campground.

Campground Activities and Amenities

The campground was comfortable for a five day stay, offering basic amenities without a ton of bells and whistles. While there we enjoyed…

  • Game room with ping pong table and foosball
  • Campstore/gift shop
  • Pancake breakfast
  • Clean laundry room
  • Bike rentals
  • Small playground

Additional Information

The cell service was strong during our stay, but the wifi connection was limited, depending on the time of day. One of our favorite features of this campground is the ample information provided about the region by the owner, Kevin. He helped us craft our itinerary every day and offers detailed self-guided tours with maps in the camp office.

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Stephanie + Jeremy

09 Aug

Campground Review #93 Oceanside Beachfront RV Resort in Charleston, Oregon near Coos Bay

Oceanside Beachfront RV Resort is the type of campground that you leave with a heavy heart, knowing that you won’t find any other place quite like it on your journey. Camping on the beach is certainly a pleasure like none other…but camping on the beach along the southern Oregon Coast? Well, that’s just a dream come true.

On this episode of Campground of the Week, we are sharing all the details from our stay at the Oceanside Beachfront RV Resort in Charleston, Oregon just south of Coos Bay. This is a paired travel episode, so make sure you listen to RVFTA episode #154 to hear about all the hikes, lighthouses, day trips, and restaurants we recommend in the area.

Campground Details

Oceanside Beachfront RV Resort is about 20 minutes south of Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area and about 30 minutes north of Bandon. Portland is four hours away, so this is a great destination for a long weekend escape from the city.

The campground is owned by Highway West Vacations, which has properties in California, Oregon, Washington, and Utah. This was our second stay at a Highway West Vacations property and we were just as impressed with the level of customer service and attention to guest experience.

It’s a smaller campground with only about 60 RV sites. Additional accommodations include safari tents (which we stayed in!), cabins, and vintage RV rentals. Listen to hear all the details on our magical stay in the safari tent!

There are a mix of back ins and pull thrus, but you will probably want to choose your site on based on location. Check out the campground map to decide if you would prefer to be right near a beach entrance or in a more private site that backs up against the coastal cliffs.

The prices for RV sites range from $54-$68 depending on the season and the day of the week. Oceanside Beachfront RV Resort is open year round, and if you are visiting during the summer you will probably want to make a reservation. The campground was sold out during our stay in July.

Activities and Amenities

The campground has all the basics:

  • clean restrooms and showers
  • laundry facilities
  • cable
  • wifi
  • well-stocked campstore

But it also has some super-duper special offerings, like a crab cleaning and cooking station, complete with pot and propane provided. How do you catch the crabs? Why, just use one of their crab nets available for loan from the campground!

We love on-site dining at a campground, and the Coos Bay Crab Company is one of the best we have ever experienced. The fish and chips are divine, and we could enjoy the clam chowder bread bowl for dinner over and over again.

Make sure to listen to RVFTA episode #154 Greetings from the Oregon Coast to hear other recommendations from the area!

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Stephanie + Jeremy

03 Aug

Campground Review #92 Silver Cove RV Resort near Mount St. Helens, Washington

When we were first planning our epic Pacific Northwest adventure, we thought that Silver Cove RV Resort would be a convenient base camp for exploring nearby Mount St. Helens. What we didn’t expect was to find an amazing campground that we were so sad to leave five days later. We would have been happy to settle in for another few days, paddle boarding around on Silver Lake and hiking in the nearby state and national parks.

You can listen to our complete review of Silver Cove RV Resort on the Campground of the Week podcast…

And you can also listen to all the amazing things we did in the area over on the RV Family Travel Atlas podcast episode #153.

Campground Details

Silver Cove RV Resort is located at the foot of Mount St. Helens in Washington State. It’s about an hour north of Portland and three hours south of Seattle. It took us around 3.5 hours to drive here from Port Angeles on the Olympic Peninsula. This campground is wearing a lot of hats–it’s a great weekend getaway spot for folks in nearby urban areas, but it also is the perfect place to stay when visiting the iconic Mount St. Helens.

Silver Cove is owned and operated by Highway West Vacations, and the company’s focus on customer service is on display from the moment guests arrive and are offered cookies (YES!!! COOKIES!!) upon check in. The employees are also happy to help plan adventures and offer helpful recommendations for nearby activities and dining options.

Out of the 150(ish) sites, most are back ins, but there are select pull thrus as well, all with full hook ups and many with waterfront access. If you are traveling with kayaks, boats, or stand up paddle boards, make sure you request a waterfront site. A particularly on-trend feature is RV sites located next to cabins so groups can camp together in mixed accommodations.

Campground Amenities

Silver Cove felt like a friendly neighborhood, and the campground management is adding a lot of features that support communal experiences like a beautiful clubhouse, group fire pit, and outdoor kitchen. Other great amenities include…

  • Well-stocked campstore
  • Boat rentals: motorized, kayaks, SUPs
  • Playground
  • Laundry and bathhouses

This is a remote location, so come prepared for limited cell service and spotty WiFi. We were able to work on the WiFi during our stay, but had to move around the campground at times for the best signal.

Regional Activities

We covered all the best area activities over on RV Family Travel Atlas, so make sure to listen to hear about the boys’ ALL-TIME favorite adventure in the Ape Caves. We had far more fun than we expected in this area, and highly recommend including this stop on your agenda if you are road tripping through Washington and Oregon. And if you live nearby in Portland or Seattle…well, you are just one lucky camper.

You can also check out our Facebook videos of the cabin we stayed in…

And our golf cart tour of Silver Cove RV Resort…


A huge thanks to Highway West Vacations for providing such a wonderful experience during our stay at Silver Cove RV Resort. We can’t wait to see you all again!

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Stephanie + Jeremy

27 Jul

Campground Review #91 Elwah Dam RV Park outside Olympic National Park in Port Angeles, Washington

Elwah Dam RV Park is a perfect base camp for exploring Olympic National Park, and on this week’s podcast episode of Campground of the Week, we are giving a complete review of the first place we stayed on our epic 25-day Pacific Northwest adventure.

Olympic National Park is HUGE, and it’s really important to pick a campground location that will give you easy access to the parts you are most interested in exploring. Elwah Dam RV Park is located just about 10 minutes from downtown Port Angeles, which is also home to the main Olympic National Park visitor center. For us, it was the perfect basecamp location since it placed us within easy driving distance of Crescent Lake, Hurricane Ridge, and Sol Duc Falls.

There are other popular NPS campgrounds located throughout the park, so make sure to check out RVFTA podcast episode #152: Greetings from Olympic National Park where we chat about the geography and highlights of this amazing NPS destination.

Campground Details

Elwah Dam RV Park is a small, rustic, and charming campground with about 60 RV sites and a handful of tent sites. All the sites are full hook up, with a mix of back in and pull thru. There is an entire section of sites for big rigs. The campground fills up during peak travel season, so book early if possible.

The sites are on the small side and close together, but this is definitely a base camp, so your time will be spent exploring the national park, not hanging out all day at the campground. The prices are also reasonable at $46.50-$49.50 per night.

It also has a house rental on property, which was where we stayed for our 6-day visit. The house was a large 4-bedroom, 2.5 bath residence, well stocked and hosting a washer and dryer. Most of the house has been remodeled, but there are still some finishing touches (molding, window dressings, etc.) that need to be attended to. However, for $175 per night, we felt this was a steal and would recommend it to anyone traveling to Olympic National Park without a camper.

Amenities and Activities

One of the best features of this campground are the charming owners and hosts, Dave and Chris, who live on site and are more than happy to share recommendations for local hikes, activities, and restaurants. There is also volleyball, horseshoes, and basketball. The playground is small and dated.

There is a beautiful, modern clubhouse with seating area, television, and communal kitchen. There is also an outdoor cooking space.

Elwah Dam RV Park hosted no organized activities while we were staying, but again, this isn’t the sort of campground that folks hang out at all day. For most of our stay, we left early in the morning and returning late in the evening.

For more information about our trip to Olympic National Park, check out RV Family Travel Atlas episode #152: Greetings from Olympic National Park. Also make sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram feeds for pictures of our stay at Elwah Dam RV Park and Olympic National Park. We included a ton of information about campgrounds and destinations in our social posts!

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Stephanie + Jeremy

20 Jul

Campground Review #90 Cranberry Lake Campground in the Adirondacks Region of New York State

On this episode of Campground of the Week, our correspondents Rachel and Justyn review Cranberry Lake Campground in the Adirondacks Region of New York State. Rachel and Justyn work a lot of hours in high-stress New York City media jobs, so escaping up to the Adirondacks was a welcome getaway for a long weekend.

Campground Details

Rachel and Justyn camped in a tent at Cranberry Lake Campground, but there were plenty of RVs on site as well. Justyn is a fan of backwoods camping, so he really appreciated the how much privacy each campsite offered guests. Other campground amenities include…

  • Miles of Hiking Trails
  • Lake beach and swimming
  • Basketball court
  • Showers
  • Volleyball
  • Boat Launch and Rentals

Regional Attractions

Cranberry Lake State Park is one of the largest remote areas in New York State. That means that most of your time here will be spent within the state park enjoying hiking and water activities. The park also offers plenty of interpretative programs. Rachel and Justyn enjoyed the regional food, raving about the fresh flavors and variety of options in one town after another. They recommend…

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12 Jul

Campground Review #87 Wanderlust RV Park in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

On this episode of Campground of the Week, Kerri Cox of TravelswithBirdy.com reviews Wanderlust RV Park in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Eureka Springs became a popular destination in the 1880s when people flocked from all around to experience the supposed healing power of the springs. Today visitors can enjoy many historic buildings from this time period, including Victorian houses and the Crescent Hotel.

Campground Details

Wanderlust RV Park is a wonderful base camp for exploring this area. This is a Good Sam park and enjoys the status of having  excellent ratings: 9.5/9.5/10. When reading reviews of this park, you will repeatedly hear people reference the friendliness of the staff and cleanliness of the park.

The campground has over 85 full hook up sites, half being pull thru and half being back in. Other amenities include:

  • Pool
  • Laundry facilities
  • Social Pavilions
  • WiFi

Wanderlust RV Park is located just three miles from downtown Eureka Springs, Arkansas. It is conveniently located along the “Blue Route” and guests can catch the Trolley for a ride right into town.

Regional Attractions

Regional Dining

Don’t forget to check out Kerri’s recommendations for nearby Bentonville, a must visit when exploring this area!

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05 Jul

Campground Review #89 Amarillo Ranch RV Park in Amarillo, Texas

On this week’s episode of Campground of the Week, Kate Dunbar reviews Amarillo Ranch RV Park in Amarillo, Texas. This campground is located along the historic Route 66, and Kate talked about her epic journey on the Mother Road over on Episode #140 of the RV Family Travel Atlas podcast. You can listen to that episode to hear more of her recommendations for the area.

Campground Details

Amarillo Ranch RV Park embraces all the traditional kitsch of Route 66 and offers a great atmosphere to talk in this region. The campground has 151 full hookup, pull thru and back in sites, and many are big-rig friendly. It also has plenty of other amenities including…

  • Indoor heated pool with jacuzzi
  • enclosed dog parks
  • playground
  • daily complimentary coffee and donuts
  • Pavilion and pool patio with grills
  • clubhouse
  • updated, clean restrooms and laundry facilities

Perhaps the most enjoyable amenity of all is the onsite restaurant, The Big Texan Steak Ranch. You have to listen to Kate describe the ridiculously amazing 72 ounce free steak challenge at this famous joint.

Area Attractions

On of the most famous Route 66 attractions of all time, the Cadillac Ranch,  is located right near the Amarillo Ranch RV Park. Other great regional attractions include…

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29 Jun

Campground Review #88 Moorings Oceanfront RV Resort in Belfast, Maine

On this episode of Campground of the Week, we review Moorings Oceanfront RV Resort in Belfast, Maine. This campground is one of our very favorite places along the little slice of heaven known as Midcoast Maine.

Campground Details

Moorings Oceanfront RV Resort is a waterfront gem, with ocean views from most of the sites. There are under 50 sites altogether, so you will have to book early to get the premium locations. Listen to the episode to hear our recommendations for best water views.

The best amenity offered by Moorings is the location, but you will also find…

  • Playground
  • Private Beach
  • Kayak Launch
  • Horseshoes
  • Complimentary Wifi
  • Fee coffee in the campstore
  • Laundry Facilities

Regional Attractions

Belfast, Maine is a beautiful, charming, and hip downtown full of great shopping and good eats. It’s also close to many of the other famous Midcoast destinations like Camden, Lincolnville, and Boothbay Harbor. You can read more about our favorite things to do in this region on the GoRVing blog  or on our RVFTA website.

Some of our area highlights include…

Moorings is also located just an hour away from Acadia National Park, so it’s a reasonable day trip to make while staying at this campground.

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Stephanie + Jeremy

21 Jun

Campground Review #86 Piney Campground in the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area in Dover, Tennessee

On this episode of the Campground of the Week podcast, Casita Dean reviews Piney Campground in the Land Between the Lakes Recreation Area in Dover, Tennessee.

Land Between the Lakes is a 170,000 acre area between Kentucky Lake on the West and Lake Barkley on the east, stretching north to south across western Kentucky and western Tennessee, and just 80 miles northwest of Nashville.

Campground Details

Piney Campground is a large public campground maintained by the USDA Forest Service, containing 384 sites separated throughout 7 loops. 283 of the sites are electric only, 44 have full hook ups, and 57 are primitive. The cost is $22 per night for electric and $40 per night for full hook ups. Reservations for all the sites can be made online through the Forest Service.

Amenities

Piney Campground offers a great list of amenities at this affordable price point. The Piney Outpost is a well-stocked camp store, and the bathhouses are clean and contain laundry facilities and vending machines. Other campground amenities include:

  • Campfire Theater
  • Softball field
  • Basketball and Volleyball courts
  • Fishing Pier
  • Boat Ramp
  • Swimming area with beach
  • Playground
  • Bicycle and equipment rentals
  • archery range
  • biking and hiking trails

Activities

Land Between the Lakes has a wide range of scheduled activities throughout the national forest, some for an nominal fee. Examples of offered programs include…

  • Golden Pond Planetarium programs
  • Feeding Time on the Farm
  • For Goodness Snakes
  • Afternoon Animal Encounters
  • Be a Hero for Wildlife

Be forewarned: cell service is mediocre and wifi is non existent.

Regional Attractions

The Land Between the Lakes is a regional attraction in and of itself, offering plenty of activities to keep visitors busy during their entire stay. Other regional highlights include…

Regional Dining 

Piney Campground is in the heart of BBQ country, so you will want to explore that cuisine during your visit…

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Stephanie + Jeremy

 

14 Jun

Campground Review #85 Moreau Lake State Park at the Gateway of the Adirondacks Region in New York State

On this podcast episode of Campground of the Week, Tatiana Coffinger reviews Moreau Lake State Park, located at the Gateway of the Adirondacks Region in New York State.

Moreau Lake State Park is situated just 15 minutes north of Saratoga Springs and 15 south of Lake George, so this is an amazing location to explore one of the country’s premier RV destinations.

Campground Details

Moreau Lake State Park is a New York State Campground with 145 tent and trailer sites and nine rental cabins, all of which can be booked over at Reserve America. All the tent and trailer sites are back in with no hook ups. There is, however, a centrally located dump station and water spigots are liberally placed around the loops. The shower houses and bathrooms are recently updated, and include outdoor kitchen sinks–a major bonus when dry camping.

Because of the short camping season in New York State and the popularity of this area in the summer, weekends and holidays book quickly six months out. Approximately 100,000 campers stay at the campground each year with an additional 300,000 day visitors!

Amenities

The star of the show at Moreau Lake State Park is the non-motorized boat lake complete with a sandy beach. You can bring your own kayaks and canoes, or rent them at a rate of $20 for 2 hours or $30 for 4 hours. The beach area also has a playground, sand volleyball court, basketball court, picnic pavilion, and snack bar. Beach loungers and umbrellas are also available for daily rentals.

Activities

Moreau Lake State Park has enough activities to keep your family busy for your entire stay. These include:

  • Nature Center with educational programs
  • Ranger led hikes
  • Beekeeping Apiary
  • Movies on the beach
  • Winter activities: snowshoeing, cross country skiing, ice fishing

Additional Info

No Wifi service is available at Moreau Lake State Park, but the cell service is pretty decent considering the mountainous region. Listen to the episode to hear recommendations for choosing specific loops and avoiding road noise from a nearby highway.

Regional Highlights

There is so much to do in this region, you will find yourself wanted to return again and again. Some of the highlights include…

Regional Food and Dining

A big thank you to Tatiana for sharing her love of this top-notch camping destination in her home state of New York!

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