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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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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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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22 Mar

Campground Review #73 Curt Gowdy State Park in Wyoming

On this episode of Campground of the Week, our Colorado Correspondent Scott Elias reviews the beautiful Curt Gowdy State Park in Wyoming. Located a mere 2.5 hour drive from the Detroit Metro area, Curt Gowdy State Park is a beloved weekend escape for many campers in Colorado. This campground is the place to go to get away from all, relax, and enjoy the natural landscape and wealth of outdoor activities.

But you will have to plan ahead if you want a reservation or electric hookups. This state park is an example of one that allows a small percentage of sites to be reserved in advance, and only a small percentage of sites offer hook ups. Scott will talk about the booking window and how you can nab a great site with shore power in advance.

If you are on a tight camping budget, Curt Gowdy is going to give you a ton of bang for your buck. Site fees are only $10 for residents, and $17 for non residents. Best part? That site fee includes a pass for the rest of the state park. That is a serious camping bargain!

Scott also talks about all the great activities to enjoy while staying in the park. Most of the activities center around the two bodies of water, Granite Reservoir and Crystal Reservoir:

  • Boating
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Visitor’s Center with wildlife and geography exhibits
  • SUP Rentals
  • Mountain Biking

Bottom of line? Curt Gowdy State Park offers families the classic camping getaway: a remote location, natural beauty, and plenty of opportunity for outdoor activities.

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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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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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08 Dec

Campground Review #58 Cheyenne State Park outside Colorado Springs, Colorado

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On Campground of the Week podcast episode #58, Scott Elias reviews Cheyenne State Park near Colorado Springs, Colorado. This is just over an hours drive from the Denver area, making it a great weekend getaway, or a good base camp if you are passing through the area. Listen to hear why Scott gives this campground a glowing review, and looks forward to returning soon with his family…

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Cheyenne State Park campground is not very big, with just about 50 RV sites and 10 walk-in tent sites. That means Cheyenne State Park fills up fast, so if you want your choice of sites and dates, book six months in advance at ReserveAmerica.com. That’s not surprising considering the full-hook up sites are an affordable $28/night. You will have to purchase a daily Colorado State Park Pass however, so consider getting an annual pass if you will be doing a lot of Colorado state park camping over the course of the year.

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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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03 Nov

Campground Review #53 Mosca Campground in San Luis State Park, Colorado

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On this episode of Campground of the Week, we welcome guest correspondent Scott Elias to review Mosca Campground at San Luis State Park in the great state of Colorado. Scott Elias is a former educator who now works for Apple. He grew up camping, but his wife didn’t so it took some convincing to get her and the family on board with the RV dream. Scott must be convincing, though, because now they have a brand new Jayco Whitehawk and are spending as many weekends as possible exploring their beautiful home state.


Mosca Campground is located in the high mountain valley between the San Juan and Sangre de Cristo mountain ranges. It is only 15 miles west of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, so it makes a perfect base camp for exploring that NPS site.

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15 Sep

Campground Review #46: Ainsworth State Park near Portland, Oregon

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On this week’s Campground of the Week’s podcast episode, Larissa Richardson from ThePopUpPrincess.com, takes us back to the amazing state park system in Oregon, and reviews Ainsworth State Park, just 30 miles east of Portland.

This campground is simple, but makes a perfect base camp for exploring both the downtown area of Portland and the beautiful Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.images

One of the best features of the campground is that it offers full hook ups at a bargain price of $24. Larissa also raves about the clean (and free!) showers with plenty of hot water to keep her teenagers happy. The campground isn’t large though, so if you want to nab a spot you should probably book early. Listen to the episode to hear even more insider tips from Larissa and also her one (loud) nobody’s perfect complaint.
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