29 Mar

Campground Review #74: Townsend/Great Smokies KOA in Townsend, Tennessee

On this episode of Campground of the Week, we are reviewing the Townsend/Great Smokies KOA in Townsend, Tennessee.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the country, and we covered both the North Carolina and Tennessee side extensively over on our RV Family Travel Atlas Podcast a little while back. Make sure to take a listen to these episodes if you are planning a trip to the Smokies. We gave a ton of recommendations for hikes, activities, and good eats:

The Townsend KOA is located on the Tennessee side of the Smokies in the small and charming town of Townsend, just about 7 miles from the Cades Cove loop drive, one of the most popular places in the national park. This area is sometimes called the “Peaceful Side of the Smokies” and if you are looking to stay away from the hustle and bustle of Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, or Cherokee this might be the perfect option.

This is branded as a Holiday KOA, which means it offers upgraded amenities and activities while providing a great basecamp for exploring the local area. With about 100 sites for RVs and tents, and a few dozen cabins, you will need to book early if visiting during the peak summer season.

Amenities:

  • Pool
  • Playground
  • fudge and ice cream shop
  • snack bar
  • basketball
  • bike rentals
  • tube rentals and shuttle service
  • clean, well-maintained bath houses

Activities (from Memorial Day to Labor Day):

  • Outdoor movies
  • Wagon rides
  • Tie Dye
  • Bingo
  • fishing

Cell service is sketchy in the Smokies to say the least, but if you need WiFi you can get a good, strong single up by the fudge shop and camp store. Listen to the episode to hear our recommendations for the best sites at the Townsend KOA and tips for booking them!

The RV Family Travel Atlas podcasts are going to give you a ton of recommendations for activities in the area, but if you want to chill near the campground, here are some great options.

Area Activities:

  • 5-mile bike path
  • Tubing the Little River with River Rat Tubing
  • Fishing with Smokey Mountain Angler or Little River Outfitters
  • Tuckaleechee Caverns
  • Smoky Mountain Heritage Center
  • Townsend Festivals

There is no shortage of great campgrounds in the Smokies, but the Townsend KOA stands out as a charming, warm, beautiful campground providing a peaceful location and plenty of amenities. People return year after year, and that says everything.

See you at the campground,

Stephanie + Jeremy

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15 Mar

Campground Review #72 River’s End Campground and RV Park in Tybee Island, Georgia

On this episode of Campground of the Week, Janine Pettit, host of the Girl Camper Podcast, reviews River’s End Campground and RV Park in Tybee Island, Georgia.

Tybee Island is a premier RV destination in it’s own right, plus it happens to be just 15 miles away from Savannah, Georgia. Janine loved enjoying a beachy, relaxing campground while being an easy drive from one of America’s most historic and beautiful cities.


River’s End Campground and RV Park is a year round RV destination, so expect the rates and availability to fluctuate greatly throughout the year. They separate the calendar year into low season, mid season, peak season, and high season with different pricing for each category, ranging from as low as $49 to as high as $99. Thankfully, the website offers a very clear breakdown of the seasons and charges, so check it out if you want to make sure River’s End Campground fits into your traveling budget!

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08 Feb

Campground Review: Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground in Disney World, Florida

On this episode of Campground of the Week, we are reviewing what may be America’s favorite campground of all time: Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground in Disney World, Florida.

After camping at Fort Wilderness, we can honestly say that it has earned every bit of it’s stellar reputation. Simply put, we will never stay anywhere else on return trips to Disney World.

If you are planning a trip to Disney World, one of the most important things to know is that Fort Wilderness is considered a Disney Resort property, which means that you will enjoy the benefits of staying ‘on property’: early dining reservations, early Fast Pass booking, and access to daily extra Magic Hours. You will also have access to Disney transportation: busses and boats connect Fort Wilderness to all the other Disney properties and parks.

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01 Feb

Campground Review #66 Fort De Soto Campground near St. Petersburg, Florida

Campground Review: Fort De Soto Park Campground

On this episode of Campground of the Week, we review the Fort De Soto Park Campground, about 20 miles south of St. Petersburg, Florida. Fort De Soto Park Campground is a perennial favorite for native Floridians and for the snow birds that flock down to the Sunshine State every winter.

And it is easy to see why. Simply put, this is one of the most beautiful campgrounds we have ever seen, and we can imagine returning again and again if it was in our own backyard.

Campground Details: Fort De Soto Park Campground

The campground is located in Fort De Soto Park, part of the Pinellas County Park System. There are 238 camp sites, spread out over three loops. This is one of those campgrounds where it pays to study the map–each loop has distinctive characteristics and rig requirements:

  • Area 1 allows tents, vans, pop ups, and trailers under 16 feet.
  • Area 2 allows all rigs and is pet friendly.
  • Area 3 allows all rigs and NO PETS.

Make sure you pick an appropriate site for your family! This campground document is very helpful…

The great news is that all three areas offer waterfront sites and spacious pull thrus. Every site also has water and electric hook ups, with dump stations easily accessible from each area.

Sites become available six months in advance, and you actually need to book that far ahead if you want your pick of spots. This campground routinely sells out, so don’t expect to show up and park on a waterfront site on a whim. Take a listen to the episode to hear about the other amenities available in Fort De Soto Park Campground.

Surrounding Activities and Attractions

On this episode of Campground of the Week, we only talk about the activities available within Fort De Soto Park itself. This is because we have an entire segment on the St. Petersburg/Tampa area on our RVFTA podcast this week. Head on over to RVFTA episode #127 to hear our interview with native Floridian, Courtney Parish, who shares all the best attractions in this area.

Fort De Soto Park is over 1,000 acres and is beautifully arranged for visitors who want to enjoy the natural beauty and historical significance of this location. While you are here, check out:

  • North Beach, East Beach, and the designated dog beach
  • Boat ramps and fishing piers for easy water access
  • 7 miles of paved, multi-purpose trails, perfect for walking and biking
  • 2-mile, self-guided canoe and kayak trail
  • Historic Fort, with self-guided tour available here.

After our brief visit, we can see why so many people say this is one of their favorite campgrounds in Florida. Make those reservations way in advance, and enjoy your stay at this gem in the Sunshine State!

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18 Jan

Campground Review #64 Americamps RV Resort near Richmond, Virginia

On this episode of Campground of the Week, we review the Americamps RV Resort near Richmond, Virginia.

 

This campground review is a bit different that our normal reviews in that we recommend this campground mostly as a great stopover point if you are traveling north or south on I95. This is one of the most heavily trafficked corridors for RV travel, so we know that having a great place to get rested and refreshed is important for many road trippers.

Americamps RV Resort is definitely not a resort campground according to our personal definition, however it is a lovely campground just minutes off of I95, about 8 miles north of Richmond.

The campground has everything you need after a long day on the road, including:

  • Pool
  • Playground
  • Fitness Room
  • Cornhole
  • Dog Park
  • Horshoes
  • Campstore

The long pull thru sites allow RVers to stay overnight without unhitching, if that is your preference. Free ice cream in the evening and a free waffle breakfast in the morning are just a couple of the extra touches that make this a memorable stopover on a long RV journey.

If you do want to spend more than one night at Americamps RV Resort, there are plenty of local attractions to keep you occupied. On this episode we discuss:

Some RVers are happy pulling into a Walmart or Cracker Barrel to break up a long drive. We prefer to stop at a campground that is close to our route and offers our family the chance to stretch our legs. Americamps RV Resort is an example of a perfect stopover campground.

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11 Jan

Campground Review #63 My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown, Kentucky

On this episode of Campground of the Week, our guest correspondent Casita Dean reviews My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown, Kentucky. Dean is a big fan of the Kentucky State Parks system and wholeheartedly recommends their network of campgrounds, lodges, cabins, golf courses, and restaurants.

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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.

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16 Jun

Campground #32 Stone Mountain Park in Georgia

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On episode #32 of Campground of the Week, Keith and Tia Sims from soulfulrvfamily.com are reviewing their favorite place to camp close to home. Stone Mountain Park is located just minutes away from downtown Atlanta, but it offers an amazing campground retreat for RVers and tenters.

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05 May

Campground #26 The Campground at James Island County Park

Campground at James Island County Park

On this week’s episode, Stephanie and Jeremy review one of their top campgrounds ever at James Island County Park, located just 6 miles southwest of the great city of Charleston.

The Campground at James Island County Park offers the natural and beautiful landscape of a public campground combined with amenities and activities usually found only at the best private campground resorts.

We spend a lot of time focusing on the sites and the layout of the campground, so here is a map to help you follow the conversation:

Campground at James Island County Park

This campground is incredibly popular with both locals and visitors from out of state. You will need to book well in advance, especially if camping during a holiday or school recess. In addition to RV sites, there are tenting sites and cabins available, as well.

Amenities available at the campground include:

  • Bath houses and laundry facilities
  • Fully stocked camp store
  • Activity Center with recreation room
  • Lake with fishing
  • Bocce, giant chess and checkers, ladder golf, horseshoes, cornhole
  • Shuttle service to Folly Beach and downtown Charleston
  • Bike rentals

In the second segment, we talk about the amazing activities and amenities available in the rest of the James Island County Park.

  • Climbing Wall and adventure area including bouldering and slacklines.
  • Bike Path
  • Splash park and spray ground
  • Playground
  • Picnic areas
  • Disc Golf
  • Dog Park with beach and lake access

The Campground at James Island County Park is simply one of the best campgrounds we have ever seen in our travels. For a complete run down of all the activities and attractions we experienced in Charleston, check out our RVFTA podcast episode #87.

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28 Apr

Campground #25 Lake Norman Motor Coach Resort in North Carolina

Lake Norman Motor Coach Resort North Carolina

Our Vandy Vagabonds are back, and on this episode Alexandra and Jeremy take us to the Lake Norman Motor Coach Resort in North Carolina which, despite its name, is actually for RVs of all types!

This campground is located on the banks of Lake Norman, the largest man-made body of fresh water in North Carolina. This is truly a lake front getaway as access to fishing, boating, and water skiing is just steps from your RV door.

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