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!

See you at the campground!

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18 Feb

Campground #15: Lake Lopez Recreation Area, California

Lake Lopez Recreation Area

On Campground of the Week episode #15, our California correspondent Kate Dunbar the beautiful campground situated in the Lake Lopez Recreation Area. This lakefront campground offers fishing, boating, waterskiing, windsurfing, canoeing, hiking, and horseback riding opportunities.


Kate has been camping at Lake Lopez since she was a child, and her knowledge of the park and the surrounding area is encyclopedic. Kate was kind enough to give us the true insiders guide, and even included her very favorite campsite number. Listen to hear her advice for visitors with big rigs.


Also listen to hear her tips on area attractions:

Get in line early to sample the Old West Cinnamon Rolls in Pismo Beach, and don’t miss the fish tacos and key lime pie at the Cracked Crab Restaurant. You know if Kate Dunbar recommends the food, it’s gonna be good!

Let us know if you have been to Lake Lopez, or if you plan on making a trip! Tune in every week for another great campground recommendation…and we will see you at the campground.

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28 Jan

Campground #12: Turkey Swamp Park in Freehold New Jersey


On this week’s episode our Northeastern correspondents, Stephanie and Jeremy Puglisi, review their favorite place to camp close to home…Turkey Swamp Park Campground in Freehold, New Jersey.


This county park campground is located in the hub of central New Jersey, but it feels miles away from anything with its large, wooded sites and remote atmosphere.




Although tucked away, it is within driving distance of some of the best Jersey Shore beach towns and attractions. Listen to hear as these resident Jersey Shore locals describe everything you need to know about this campground and the surrounding region.

They will describe the best area beaches:

Popular area attractions and shopping:

Food Recommendations:

What are your favorite places to visit when vacationing on the Jersey Shore? Add your personal recommendations in the comments below.

See you at the campground!