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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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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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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30 Jun

Campground #34 Atlantic Oaks in Eastham, Massachusetts on Cape Cod

Atlantic Oaks Campground

On this week’s episode of Campground of the Week, Jeremy and Stephanie Puglisi review Atlantic Oaks Campground located in beautiful Eastham, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. This destination and campground also appear in their recently released book, Idiot’s Guide: RV Vacations.

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02 Jun

Campground #30 Tall Pines Campground in Branson, Missouri

Tall Pines Campground Branson, Missouri

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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19 May

Campground #28 Grand Canyon Railway RV Park in Williams, Arizona

Grand Canyon Railway RV Park in Williams, Arizona

On this episode of Campground of the Week, Kate Dunbar of katescuriouskitchen.com, tells us about her family’s visit to a famous bucket list destination: The Grand Canyon. Kate stayed at the Grand Canyon Railway RV Park, located in the town of Williams, Arizona which is known both as the gateway to the Grand Canyon and a legendary stop along Route 66.

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12 May

Campground #27 Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

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We are thrilled to welcome Larissa Richardson, aka The Pop Up Princess, onto Campground of the Week to review an amazing state park in the state of Oregon. Larissa stayed at Silver Falls State Park to break up a long haul from California to Seattle. Her family ended up loving it so much, they can’t wait to return.

In the first segment, Larissa gives us a review of the campground itself, discussing the different loops and where you might want to stay on your visit. She will also give you the reservation lowdown, noting that this is a popular spot for the locals so you will definitely want to book in advance.

In the second segment, Larissa tells us all about the rest of the state park, where they found more activities than they ever imagined. Silver Falls State Park actually has its own blog, keeping everyone informed about their regular events and happenings.

Silver Falls State Park is considered one  of the gems of the Oregon state parks system, and the Pop Up Princess tells us why on Episode #27 of Campground of the Week!

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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:

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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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21 Apr

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

Bella Vista Village RV Park Bentonville Arkansas

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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