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  • South Llano State Park
  • Texas State Parks, Junction TX
  • nice campsites, couldn't hike near the campground because it was turkey mating season. A herd (flock?) of wild turkeys came through in the morning, very cool!

  • Kern River Campground
  • Kern County Park, Bakersfield CA
  • Quite a nice place, despite the $8 "registration fee". Peaceful and quiet and quite close to Bakersfield. Very pleased to be here.

  • Juniper Campground
  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Watford City ND
  • The is the campground of the North Unit of the TRNP. It's quite pleasant.

  • Tuttle Creek Campground
  • Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Lone Pine CA
  • Close to Lone Pine, really excellent view of Owens Valley south over dry Owens Lake, The last 2 miles have many brutal diagonal speed bumps, beware!

  • Saddlehorn Campground
  • Colorado National Monument, Grand Junction CO
  • Amazing location, on a bluff overlooking Grand Junction and the wide Colorado River Valley. Loop C is the tent sites, no doubt the oldest part of the campground. Parking for the sites is cramped and tricky to navigate.

  • road to Grover Hot Springs
  • National Forest, Markleeville CA
  • California state park campgrounds are too expensive. If you're paying for beachfront that's one thing, but parking my van on a level spot in the woods with a bathroom for $35 does not work for me. The fine young man at the entrance kiosk told me that a couple of miles back on National Forest land, the signs saying "Camping 14 days max" also signify "OK to camp here tonight". So that's what I did.

  • Carolina Beach State Park
  • North Carolina State Parks, Carolina Beach NC
  • odd check in: 1. pick a site, 2. drive 2 miles to the office, 3. drive back. Very nice campground and park, though.

  • Hampshire Rocks Campground
  • Tahoe National Forest, Cisco CA
  • At the Rainbow Road exit off I-80. On the South Yuba River. Super nice place, even if the freeway is 200 yards away. If you're familiar with the CA to Reno run, there's a place where I-80 crosses some beautiful rapids. This is about ½ mile downstream from that.

  • Boice Floras Lake Campground
  • Curry County OR, Langlois OR
  • Real name is Boice Cope Campground, but that hides its coolest feature, that it's on a sweet little freshwater lake! Site T-2 also looks awesome. Turns out you can park on the grass. This place is crazy popular with kiteboarders and windsurfers, of which there are many in Oregon. Floras Lake is a pretty little jewel of a freshwater lake separated from the Pacific by just one little sand dune. Crowded though the place is, I am angled away from it all pointing at the lake so I can pretend I'm all by myself.

  • Lookout Campground
  • Willamette National Forest, Blue River OR
  • mostly fisherman, got a great spot at the dead end right by the lake, a few miles from Terwilliger Hot Springs

  • Arch Rock Campground
  • Keyhole State Park, Moorcroft WY
  • Keyhole State Park covers quite an extensive corner of the Keyhole Reservoir, and there are 6-ish separate campgrounds. The main road is paved, but the campground roads are gravel, leading me to deduce that the bigger the loop, the more gravel dust will cover you as the diesel trucks go round and round. So I am at Arch Rock Campground, the first loop and one of the smallest. Also, no boat ramp means fewer trucks.

  • Water Canyon Campground
  • Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Winnemucca NV
  • Lovely, quiet campground in an amazing location, tucked in a little valley six miles south of Winnemucca. You can hike up,up,up the creek, or hike up the side if the hill for an epic view north to the Jackson Mountains.

  • Rangely Camper Park
  • West Rio Blanco County Park, Rangely CO
  • After a surprisingly exhausting drive up Colo 139, this place is really nice ... until dark, when the security lights made site 25 uninhabitable. Nice shower!

  • Jumbo Rocks Campground
  • Joshua Tree National Park, Joshua Tree CA
  • Sites sprinkled around giant rocks. Nice little 1.7 mile loop trail. Beautiful, restful place, even when crowded.

  • Las Petacas Campground
  • Carson National Forest, Taos NM
  • Good things about this place are that it's cheap and very close to Taos. Other than that, it's dusty, noisy, cramped and bumpy roads US 64 is way too close, so it's noisy, and after dark the headlights are annoying. It gets quiet later.

  • Williamson River Campground
  • Winema National Forest, Chiloquin OR
  • 1.6 miles of unpleasant washboardy gravel road. The same turnoff as Collier State Park - cheaper, and you get what you pay for! Flat, featureless, 3' tall undergrowth and 60' tall ponderosa pines scattered about. There is a trail to the Williamson River about 1/3 mile away.

  • Cracker Barrel
  • Cracker Barrel, Oklahoma City OK
  • Quite user friendly! There are 8-9 spaces specifically marked out for RVs, and you just park there. I parked under the tree at the edge and actually had a pleasant time. I felt safe and reasonably private, and it was surprisingly quiet in the morning.

  • Cisco Beach Campground
  • Bear Lake State Park, Utah, Laketown UT
  • Saturday of Labor Day Weekend, there were a few sites available at 3pm. I got what I hope is the least nasty. Bless my van for being tall enough to generate its own shade.

  • Pit River Campground
  • Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Fall River Mills CA
  • On the Pit River, which is a pretty good sized river for Nor Cal in a drought. There are seven campsites and a picnic area next to the river. It's almost exactly 2 steep miles of paved road from 299 to the campground. We are in a HOT spell, 111° in Redding, 100° in the shade right here at my campsite, and I am not digging it. Some of my neighbors give off an aggressive prison vibe, others are creepily too friendly. I guess there are normal neighbors also, but I haven't noticed them.

  • Ramhorn Springs
  • Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Ravendale CA
  • A washboardy, dusty couple of miles off 395. I clocked it at 2.7 miles. Very cool little spot once you get here ... in a lonely, boring kind of way.

  • Chinook Winds Casino
  • Lincoln City OR
  • a little blessing for us budget RVers, a casino right on the ocean with a parking lot dedicated to (free) RV parking. The lot is not close to level, which is annoying, but everything else is very user friendly. Can walk to the beach, or any kind of amenity you might want.