Best State Park for RVing/Camping (2022)


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 have continued to grow. Many of these parks cater to tent campers and RV travelers, with campgrounds, full hookups and other amenities available. 

  • Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park Campground

    Johnson's 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 Missouri Department of Natural Resources

  • Gulf State Park

    Gulf State Park
    Gulf Shores, Alabama

    This Alabama state park promises that you’ll never be bored if your family brings their RV here to camp! Almost 500 improved RV sites are available at Gulf State Park, with pull-thru, back-in, waterfront, and ADA accessibility. All RV sites provide full hook-ups plus WiFi. Eleven modern bathhouses are scattered through the park, and some sites are located near the pool, playground, tennis courts, and hiking trails. Swim and kayak in the Gulf of Mexico or Lake Shelby, or check out the fishing and educational pier. 10Best Contributor Chez Chesak recommends, “Grab a bike at the front door, pedal over a pedestrian bridge, and toodle around the marshes, trails, dunes, coastal wildlife, and nine different ecosystems available here.”
    Photo courtesy of Cavan Images // Getty Images

  • 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

  • Great Plains State Park

    Great Plains State Park
    Mountain Park, Oklahoma

    For RV campers looking for a variety of nature and history experiences to appreciate and explore, Great Plains State Park in southwestern Oklahoma might be the perfect destination. History buffs will enjoy exploring the abandoned 1900s Gold Bells Mill and Mine, while others may want to spend their time on Tom Steed Lake enjoying skiing, fishing, and swimming. Concrete and gravel RV sites surrounded by shady trees are throughout the park, with full hook-ups, picnic tables, fire pits, and grills. Comfort stations with restrooms, plus boat ramps and playgrounds are nearby. Numerous hiking and mountain biking trails run throughout the park, and rock climbing is also a favorite activity.
    Photo courtesy of Delilah Aguilar

  • 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

  • Tishomingo State Park

    Tishomingo State Park
    Tishomingo, Mississippi

    Mississippi RV campers looking for a state park full of history and scenic beauty should consider visiting Tishomingo. The park is located directly off the famous Natchez Trace Parkway and in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Over sixty campsites are available for RVs. Each paved campsite contains water and electric hook-ups, picnic tables, and grills and has direct access to Haynes Lake. Nearby are two bathhouses with restrooms and showers and a central dump station. Some of the numerous park activities include hiking trails, disc golf courses, playgrounds, a volleyball court, a swimming pool, canoeing, fishing, and rock climbing.
    Photo courtesy of Zoonar RF // Getty Images

  • 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

  • Curt Gowdy State Park

    Curt Gowdy State Park
    Cheyenne, Wyoming

    10Best Travel Expert Chez Chesak tells us about this state park, “Located just 25 minutes west of downtown Cheyenne, this natural gem is nestled in the pine-covered foothills of the Rocky Mountains and offers seven sections of richly varied landscape. Curt Gowdy State Park is a mecca of outdoor pursuits and opportunities.” Numerous outdoor adventures are found in the park, including an archery range, mountain biking, fishing, boating, hiking, horseback riding, paddleboarding, and more. Both back-in and pull-thru RV sites are available, with an additional fee for electric hook-ups.
    Photo courtesy of Courtesy Wyoming State Parks

  • Lost Dutchman State Park

    Lost Dutchman State Park
    Junction, Arizona

    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

  • 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 Ranger Aaron Webster, Cape Disappointment State Park

  1. Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park Campground - Middle Brook, Missouri
  2. Gulf State Park - Gulf Shores, Alabama
  3. Wilderness State Park - Carp Lake, Michigan
  4. Great Plains State Park - Mountain Park, Oklahoma
  5. Vogel State Park - Blairsville, Georgia
  6. Tishomingo State Park - Tishomingo, Mississippi
  7. Custer State Park - Custer, South Dakota
  8. Curt Gowdy State Park - Cheyenne, Wyoming
  9. Lost Dutchman State Park - Junction, Arizona
  10. Cape Disappointment State Park - Ilwaco, Washington

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