10 May

Campground Review: Echo Bluff State Park in the heart of the Ozarks, Missouri

On this episode of the Campground of the Week podcast, Kerri Cox of travelswithbirdy.com shares a review of Missouri’s newest developed state park campground at Echo Bluff State Park. The Missouri State Park system did an amazing job of creating a top notch campground in the heart of the Ozarks National Scenic Riverways Region. Listen to episode #80 to hear a complete review of Echo Bluff State Park campground in Missouri.

Echo Bluff State Park offers 72 campsites at the Timbuktu Campground. The sites have fresh concrete pads and plenty of space, but be forewarned that there is very little shade coverage, so you will probably need good AC during the warmer months. Kerri also describes top-notch tent sites and cabin options, as well as a beautiful lodge that offers a hotel, restaurant, and camp store.

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15 Dec

Campground Review #59: Beaver Creek State Park in East Liverpool, Ohio

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On this episode of Campground of the Week, Janine Pettit of GirlCamper.com gives us a campground review of Beaver Creek State Park in East Liverpool, Ohio.

Beaver Creek State Park is located just miles from the western Pennsylvania border in eastern Ohio, so this is a great campground to visit if you are traveling across Route 80. Beaver Creek State Park offers easy access to Pittsburgh and Youngstown as well.

Beaver Creek State Park is the perfect opportunity to do some ‘real’ camping, as the majority of sites are primitive and the the campground only offers pit toilets. Listen to the episode to hear Janine describe both her nervousness about visiting and her experience roughing it. There are not even any showers at Beaver Creek State Park…however, the camp host will warm up some water in a solar bag so you can enjoy rinsing off at the end of  the day.

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The campground uses ReserveAmerica.com to handle reservations, and in addition to about 50 campsites for tenters and RVers, there is also an entire section reserved for visitors trailering horses. The campsites vary in size and length, so make sure you check that information before booking a site.

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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.

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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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22 Sep

Campground #47 Streetsboro/Cleveland SE KOA near Cleveland, Ohio

img_9722On this week’s Campground of the Week episode, Stephanie and Jeremy review the Streetsboro/Cleveland SE KOA about 30 miles outside of Cleveland, Ohio.

This campground is a peaceful and quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of the greater Cleveland area. The number of seasonal sites indicates that many people use this campground as a weekend getaway spot during the spring, summer, and fall months. But it is also a lovely place to stay if you are passing through the area and want to explore Cleveland.

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25 Aug

Campground #42 Platte River Campground in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan

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On this week’s episode of Campground of the Week, we are reviewing the Platte River Campground in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was names on of America’s most beautiful places by Good Morning America, and there is not better place to stay while exploring than the Platte River Campground. This is a hugely popular campground, and booking 6 months in advance when the reservations window opens is necessary if you want to nab a spot during peak season.

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18 Aug

Campground #41 Holiday Park Campground in Traverse City, Michigan

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On this week’s episode of Campground of the Week, we are talking about our family’s recent stay at the Holiday Park Campground in Traverse City, Michigan. This place is very special and served both as a great base camp for exploring downtown Traverse City, and as a peaceful waterfront lake retreat.

This is the type of campground where the site REALLY matters. We booked early (January 2, 2016) and were rewarded with one of the coveted lake front sites. Listen to this episode to hear us describe the various areas of the campground, and where you might like to stay if you visit.

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09 Jun

Campground #31 Rock Cut State Park in Loves Park, Illinois

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On this week’s episode of Campground of the Week, Matthew and Melissa Kellas review one of their favorite home state retreats, Rock Cut State Park in Loves Park, Illinois. This peaceful campground offers a great combination of back to nature experiences and easy access to fun local activities. Plus, it’s open year round!

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02 Jun

Campground #30 Tall Pines Campground in Branson, Missouri

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On this week’s episode of Campground of the Week, Kerri Cox of TravelswithBirdy.com, tells us about Tall Pines Campground in Branson, Missouri. This peaceful campground offers plenty of natural beauty while simultaneously offering easy access to nearby Branson, a bustling tourists’ mecca full of t-shirt and fudge shops.

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21 Apr

Campground #24 Bella Vista Village RV Park near Bentonville, Arkansas

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On this episode of Campground of the Week, our Midwest Correspondent Kerri Cox is going to convince you to put Arkansas on your RV trip bucket list. Kerri gives a great review of the Bella Vista Village RV Park, a unique and exclusive campground located in a planned community. You need to be a member of the community or a Good Sam Club member to reserve a site at this location.

Kerri describes why this campground is the perfect base camp for exploring nearby Bentonville, Arkansas, the city where Sam Walton opened his first store. Bentonville has experienced a boom of growth over the past few years and its restaurants, breweries, and boutiques make this a fantastic downtown to visit.

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