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Best State Park for RVers (2021)

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The United States is home to more than 10,000 state park units, attracting some 739 million annual visitors. As more and more travelers seek the open road and open spaces, those numbers will continue to grow. More and more of these parks are catering to RV travelers, with campgrounds, hookups and other amenities.

The top 10 winners in the category Best State Park for RVers are as follows:

  • Custer State Park

    Custer State Park
    Custer, South Dakota

    Located in the rugged Black Hills of South Dakota, Custer State Park protects 71,000 acres of terrain and a herd of some 1,300 bison – one of the largest publicly owned herds on the planet – who are known to stop traffic along the park's Wildlife Loop Road from time to time. The park has nine campgrounds to choose from, including the popular Sylvan Lake Campground. Many sites include electric hookups and dump stations.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / tonda

  • Jonathan Dickinson State Park Campgrounds

    Jonathan Dickinson State Park Campgrounds
    Martin, FL

    Jonathan Dickinson State Park Campground is located on the Loxahatchee River in Florida, about an hour north of West Palm Beach. Over 100 RV sites are available, all of which offer water and electric hookups, with nearby restrooms and hot showers. Guests can enjoy biking, kayaking, fishing, horseback riding, and a boat tour of the river.
    Photo courtesy of Craig Cooper // Getty Images

  • Vogel State Park

    Vogel State Park
    Blairsville, Georgia

    Vogel, one of Georgia’s oldest state parks, sits at the base of Blood Mountain inside Chattahoochee National Forest. The park is particularly popular during the autumn months when the Blue Ridge Mountains put on a colorful display of fall foliage. RV campers can choose from 90 campsites with electric hookups.
    Photo courtesy of Georgia Department of Natural Resources

  • Johnson Shut-Ins State Park Campground

    Johnson Shut-Ins State Park Campground
    Middle Brook, Missouri

    RVers can choose between basic, electric or sewer/electric/water sites at the Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park campground. Stock up on essentials at the campground store. Other amenities include showers, restrooms, laundry facilities and a playground.
    Photo courtesy of Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park

  • Wilderness State Park

    Wilderness State Park
    Carp Lake, Michigan

    The 10,000-acre Wilderness State Park includes 26 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, as well as numerous hiking trails, a swimming beach and a dedicated dark sky preserve. Of the 250 campsites, 18 offer full hookups for RV travelers.
    Photo courtesy of Joel Marotti, Michigan State Parks Photo Ambassador, Michigan Department of Natural Resources

  • Huntington Beach State Park

    Huntington Beach State Park
    Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

    Most famous for the wide Grand Strand beach, Huntington Beach State Park has plenty more to offer, including excellent birdwatching, the state's best surf fishing and historical attractions like Atalaya, the Moorish-style winter home of Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington and a National Historic Landmark. The park features more than 180 campsites, including some with full hookups.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / UWMadison

  • Cape Disappointment State Park

    Cape Disappointment State Park
    Ilwaco, Washington

    The Pacific Ocean meets the Columbia River at this Washington state park. Explore lighthouses, military bunkers and natural habitats within the park (beaches, old-growth forests, freshwater lakes and saltwater marshes). The campground has 50 full hookup sites and 18 partial hookup sites, as well as a dump station, restrooms and showers.
    Photo courtesy of Cape Disappointment State Park

  • Lost Dutchman State Park

    Lost Dutchman State Park
    Junction, AZ

    The Lost Dutchman State Park is located in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, about 40 miles east of Phoenix. RV camping is available at 138 sites, with 68 of them providing water and electric hook-up services; restrooms and showers are located nearby. Hiking, mountain biking, and year-round wildlife viewing opportunities are available for guests.  
    Photo courtesy of jenifoto // Getty Images

  • Hocking Hills State Park

    Hocking Hills State Park
    Hocking Hills, OH

    Hocking Hills State Park is in southeast Ohio, about an hour from Columbus, and offers over 150 paved pad sites with hookups for RV camping. Nearby accommodations include heated showers, restrooms, laundry facilities, a camp store, and a swimming pool. The park provides numerous hiking and biking opportunities, plus hikes and programs led by the park's naturalists.
    Photo courtesy of sara_winter // Getty Images

  • Silver Falls State Park

    Silver Falls State Park
    Salem, Oregon

    In the foothills of Oregon's Cascade Mountains and less than an hour east of Salem, Silver Falls State Park is Oregon's largest and often called the "crown jewel of the park system." The campground offers over 50 RV sites with both full and partial hook-ups and showers, restrooms, and drinkable water nearby. The park offers hiking, horseback riding, biking, plus interpretive displays and ranger programs.
    Photo courtesy of thyegn // Getty Images

  1. Custer State Park - Custer, South Dakota
  2. Jonathan Dickinson State Park Campgrounds - Martin, FL
  3. Vogel State Park - Blairsville, Georgia
  4. Johnson Shut-Ins State Park Campground - Middle Brook, Missouri
  5. Wilderness State Park - Carp Lake, Michigan
  6. Huntington Beach State Park - Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
  7. Cape Disappointment State Park - Ilwaco, Washington
  8. Lost Dutchman State Park - Junction, AZ
  9. Hocking Hills State Park - Hocking Hills, OH
  10. Silver Falls State Park - Salem, Oregon

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning state parks! 

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