Ten of Our Favorite Campgrounds from Campendium’s Campers Choice Awards 2020

Last updated on May 25th, 2021 at 12:09 pm. Originally published on April 5th, 2021

One of the most important things you can do to ensure an RV camping trip is a great one is choosing the perfect campground. Fortunately, there are a huge number of wonderful campgrounds all across the country. In fact, the biggest issue likely won’t be finding a campground. Instead, it’ll be narrowing down your options to your favorite campgrounds.

Lucky for you, Campendium took it upon themselves to narrow the options down for you—and yet, even the number of options on these pared-down lists can be overwhelming. Therefore, we’ve taken things a step further by creating our own list. 

Below you’ll find our top ten picks for campgrounds across the US. All of these are Campendium top campgrounds winners, and they are some of the best-rated campgrounds out there. 

Let’s dive in!

Grand Tetons National Park
Image source: Dave Bezaire

Gros Ventre Campground

Grand Teton National Park in Jackson, WY

This national park campground is at the very top of Campendium’s awards page, and we think it deserves that place. It is a gorgeous spot to park an RV and easily one of our favorite campgrounds in the country. There are plenty of trees in this campground, and wildlife such as moose make their way through the area often. Best of all, you’re inside of Grand Teton National Park, meaning grand, scenic views and plenty of things to do. 

Amenities:

Electric hookups; big rig friendly; dump station; fresh water available; restrooms; trash; recycle

Highlight:

Gorgeous views and regular moose sightings. 

Topsail Preserve State Park

Santa Rosa Beach, FL

There’s nothing quite like beach camping, and Florida beaches are some of the best for this. This is especially true in the winter months, when the rest of the country is freezing and Florida is still offering plenty of sunshine. For this reason, and because it’s an absolutely beautiful place, Topsail Preserve State Park is one of the most popular winter camping destinations. 

Amenities:

Full hookups available; big rig friendly; restrooms with showers; trash; playground; trails; sports courts; pet-friendly 

Highlight:

Walk or take an in-park shuttle to the beach.

Gilbert Ray Campground
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Gilbert Ray Campground

Tucson, AZ

People adore this inexpensive county park, and once you camp there, you’ll understand why. While the sites are on the smaller side, every single one of them has an amazing view of the surrounding desert. Best of all, this campground is adjacent to Saguaro National Park, and there are cacti growing in the campground itself.

Amenities:

Electric hookups; big rig friendly; dump station; fresh water; restrooms; trash; recycle; pet-friendly

Highlight:

Lovely desert views next to Saguaro National Park. 

Dead Horse Point State Park

Moab, UT

Moab is one of our very favorite places for RV camping and outdoor adventure, and Dead Horse State Park is one of the best places to make your home base while there. This park is stunning and offers all the amazing views you’d expect from a park in this part of the country. Those views, the location, and the awesome price point all help make a stay at this park a no-brainer.

Amenities:

Electric hookups; water hookups; trails; big rig friendly; dump station; restrooms with showers; trash; recycle

Highlight:

Mountain Views near the town of Moab and Arches National Park. 

Grayland Beach State Park
Image source: Michael and Sherry Martin

Grayland Beach State Park Campground

Grayland, WA

Want to head to the Pacific Northwest? We don’t blame you! This part of the country is absolutely splendid, and we can’t think of a better place to spend the summer months. Some of the best spots to camp in this area are along the coast, and Grayland Beach State Park Campground offers one of our favorite campgrounds, an amazing little haven right on the beach. 

Amenities:

Full hookups; trails; restrooms with showers; trash; pet-friendly

Highlight:

Easy access to a beautiful beach. 

Mountain View Campground

Hiawassee, GA

Those looking for the most comfortable camping experience possible will absolutely love Mountain View Campground. As the name suggests, this place offers campers a spectacular view of the mountains. Sites are clean, level, and offer full hookups. People love the activities here, and the owners of this little campground are beyond accommodating and welcoming. 

Amenities:

Full hookups; free Wi-Fi; cable TV; restrooms with showers; laundry room: trash; recycle; pet-friendly

Highlight:

Intimate campground with beautiful views and amazing owners. 

Fort Wilderness Sign
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Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground

Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL

As mentioned before, Florida is an incredibly popular place for RVing in the winter. Besides the gorgeous beaches and sunny weather, one of the biggest draws is Walt Disney World Resort. Many RVers even go so far as to spend time in Disney World’s own campground, Fort Wilderness. 

This is easily one of the nicest luxury RV resorts in the country, and one of our favorite campgrounds for “glamping”. It’s also the perfect place for those who love Mickey and all his friends. 

Amenities:

Full hookups; cable TV; Wi-Fi; game room; sports courts; playgrounds; swimming pools; hot tub; big rig friendly; laundry room; restrooms with showers; onsite activities and restaurants; pet-friendly

Highlight:

Luxury RV camping across the lake from the Magic Kingdom, with free transport to all Disney World parks. 

Walnut Hills Campground & RV Park

Staunton, VA

Another great option for those seeking the “glamping” experience, Walnut Hills Campground & RV Park is simply lovely. The scenic park, large sites, full-hookup option, and onsite activities are all great—but once again, what really makes this park special are the people working there. These people go above and beyond to make sure you’re taken care of, and campers love it. 

Amenities:

Full hookups; cable TV; free Wi-Fi; game room; playground; sports courts; swimming pool; big rig friendly; restrooms with showers; trash; store; pet-friendly

Highlight:

Beautiful park with laid-back vibe and incredible staff. 

Badlands National Park

Nomad View Dispersed Camping

Buffalo Gap National Grassland in Wall, SD

This one and the one below it are Campendium free camping listings, and as such they aren’t true campgrounds. That said, both offer fabulous experiences and definitely earn their place on our list. 

Nomad View Dispersed Camping is easily the best boondocking location in the country. It’s located right outside of Badlands National Park and offers a view of the Badlands that is unlike any other. While the area doesn’t have anything to offer in the way of amenities, it is free to camp here, and is absolutely worth visiting for a night or two. 

Amenities:

None

Highlight:

Absolutely spectacular views of the Badlands with occasional wildlife visitors. 

Magnolia Beach Camping

Port Lavaca, TX

Yes, this is another beach camping spot. The difference with this one however is that it is 100% free. That’s right, if you’re willing to put in the effort to be aware of tides and ensure you don’t get stuck in the sand, you can camp directly on the beach for free. We definitely recommend checking out this spot if you’re in a smaller rig. You won’t find a better beach camping deal anywhere!

Amenities:

Restrooms; cold outdoor showers

Highlight:

Camping directly on the beach free of charge!

There you have it, some of our favorite campgrounds around America. Ready to check some of these awesome spots out for yourself? Find the perfect RV rental now so you can hit the road right away!

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