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Top Ten US Space & Rocket Center Campgrounds and RV Parks

US Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville Alabama

Home to Space Camp, Aviation Challenge, NASA’s Official Visitor Information Center, and the Marshal Space Flight Center, the U.S. Space and Rocket Center is a top tourist attraction in Alabama and certainly worth a long visit. Located at One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, Alabama, it offers scientists and inquisitive minds of all ages the opportunity to learn and explore everything there is to know about outer space and our space program. Stay at one of our top ten US Space and Rocket Center RV parks and campgrounds.

Have you ever wondered what a rocket launch really feels like? You can experience the weightlessness of liftoff, followed by a 1 G free fall in the Space Shot Simulator. Or train like an astronaut in the G-Force Accelerator where you’ll experience the force of 3 Gs and have the chance to test your strength by pushing back. The kids will enjoy the Mars Climbing Wall, the Kids Cosmos Energy Depletion Zone, the Mars Play Station, and the Kidspace. These Simulations and more are available at the Museum.

You’ll find enough to see and do at the Center to keep everyone busy for several days. In addition, the surrounding area is rich in history and activities.

Find the best and cheapest places to stay with this list of the best RV parks for the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. If you don’t own an RV, consider renting one. You’ll find plenty of RVs for rent at RVshare.com.

The Top Ten U.S. Space and Rocket Center RV Parks and Campgrounds

1.  US Space and Rocket Center RV Parks

The US Space and Rocket Center RV Park is the most obvious place to stay when visiting the Center. Located on the Center property, it is convenient to all of the attractions available at the Center. Reviews of the US Space and Rocket Center RV Park report that it is in need of an update, but you can’t beat it for price or convenience. Reservations are recommended since the park tends to stay full.

Best Features

    • Daily Rates: $18 to $20
    • # of RV Sites: 27
    • Full Hookups: Yes
    • 30/50 Amp: 30 amp
    • Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Both are available
    • Pool/Hot tub: No
    • Showers: Yes
    • Pets Allowed: Yes

    Why you’ll love the US Space and Rocket Center RV Park

    The main draw for the US Space and Rocket Center RV Park is its location. What could be better than being fully immersed in the Space and Rocket Center, camping near the museum and attractions. The site is a bit worn, but it is clean and the staff are friendly and helpful.

    US Space and Rocket Center RV Parks Information

    For reservations call 256-830-4987, there is no online reservation system.

    Office hours:
    Mon, Tues, and Thurs-Sat 9:00 to 5 PM
    Wednesday 9:00 to 4:00 PM

Monte Sano State Park

2. Monte Sano State Park

Only 10 miles and 20 minutes away from the US Space and Rocket Center is the Monte Sano State Park. Situated in a quiet mountain setting, the park boasts 2,140 acres with spectacular views. In the spring, hikers and bikers enjoy the sight of native azaleas blooming along the paths. Or visit in the fall when the fall leaves create a colorful landscape on the mountain vistas.

Best Features 

  • Daily Rates: $13.39 to $26.78
  • # of RV Sites: 59 Water and Electric Sites
  • Full Hookups: 17 full hookup sites
  • 30/50 Amp: 30 amp service
  • Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Park offers both back-in and pull-through sites, as well as four double buddy sites.
  • Pool/Hot tub: No
  • Pets Allowed: Yes

 Why you’ll love Monte Sano State Park

The Monte Sano Park provides a lovely natural setting in the heart of Alabama. With 20 miles of hiking trails and 14 miles of biking trails, you may have to make time for the many nearby attractions. Visit the Huntsville Botanical Gardens, the Early Works Family of Museums, in addition to the US Space and Rocket Center. While in the area, don’t miss Cathedral Caverns and Lake Guntersville, only an hour away.

Monte Sano State Park Information

Redstone Military Arsenal

3. Redstone Arsenal RV Park

For military families, the Redstone Arsenal RV Park offers a great place to stay at bargain rates. Only 16 miles and 24 minutes from the US Space and Rocket Center, this park gets excellent reviews.

Best Features 

  • Daily/Weekly Rates: $20 daily/$120 weekly
  • # of RV Sites: 42
  • Full Hookups: Yes
  • 30/50 Amp: 20, 30, and 50 amp service
  • Back-in/Pull-through Sites: All sites are pull-throughs
  • Pool/Hot tub: No
  • Showers: Yes
  • Pets Allowed: Yes, on a leash with cleanup rules.

 Why you’ll love Redstone Arsenal RV Park

The sites here are large and convenient with all the amenities. You’ll also enjoy limited cable TV, bowling, bingo golf, Officer’s Club and outdoor recreation. There is a great trail for biking, walking, or running nearby. The park is convenient to the Commissary and PX. You must be military or have a military connection to stay at Redstone Arsenal RV Park.

Redstone Arsenal RV Park Information

Reservations are available for stays up to 2 months.
Phone Number: (256) 876-4868/6854
Mailing Address:
Outdoor Recreation, Bldg 5139, Sportsman’s Drive,
Redstone Arsenal, AL 35808

Directions: On I-565, take exit 14 toward Gate 9/Redstone Arsenal heading south – go 1.2 miles (clearing the gate and inspection in a right lane; then moving to the left-most lane after the gate) Turn left at the FIRST light (Goss Road). After going straight for approximately 1/4 mile, follow the road as it turns north and runs along the golf course. Continue on the road as it turns right. Follow Goss Road straight, heading east for 1.9 miles. Turn right onto Vincent Drive – 0.5 miles Take right onto Spartan Drive – 0.2 miles Take right to Nike Street – 381 feet Follow signs to the RV Park Entrance.

4. Sharon Johnston Park Campground

Sharon Johnston Park

This peaceful campground is an easy 20 miles and 27 minutes from the US Space and Rocket Center and only a few minutes south of the small town of New Market. The park sports a spacious and modern playground, swimming pool, shooting range, and fishing area. Walkers and runners will also appreciate the marked 5K walking/running course. 

Best Features

  • Daily/Monthly Rates: $20-$25 per night and $450-$500 per month.
  • # of RV Sites: 39
  • Full Hookups: Yes
  • 30/50 Amp: all sites have 50 amp service
  • Pool/Hot tub: Pool
  • Showers: Yes
  • Pets Allowed: Yes

Why you’ll love the Sharon Johnston Park

This is a nice park with plenty for kids and adults to enjoy. There are both shaded and open sites available. Families will enjoy the Olympic size pool and exploring the unique playground recently installed in the park. It features a Tot Lot and play area accessible to children of all ages and abilities. A pavilion is also available within the playground area. Other amenities include a 12 acre stocked fishing lake, soccer fields, 5K walking or running course, picnic pavilions and a pioneer-style arena that hosts horse and dog shows each spring.

 Sharon Johnston Park Information


783 Coleman Rd
New Market, Alabama 35761

Reservations: 256-379-2868

 Park mobile (after business hours) 256-933-0014

5. Honeycomb Campground

Honeycomb Campground

Owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority on Lake Guntersville, Alabama, the Honeycomb Campground offers stunning views of the mountains behind the lake.  Featuring boat docks, fishing, a beach and swimming area on the lake, and a camp store there is plenty to do here. Just be sure to make time for your visit to the US Space and Rocket Center only 22 miles and 27 minutes away.

Best Features

  • Daily Rates: $36
  • # of RV Sites: 115
  • Full Hookups: No Sewer, but pump-out services and a dump station are available
  • 30/50 Amp: Both available
  • Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Back-in sites only
  • Pool/Hot tub: No, Swimming is available in the lake.
  • Showers: Yes
  • Pets Allowed: Yes

Why you’ll love Honeycomb Park

Honeycomb park is a family friendly park with plenty to see and do. The park has developed the lake into an effective recreation area with a beach, swimming area, fishing piers, and boating. Enjoy a peaceful day in relaxing in the park, or head out to the many nearby activities.

 Honeycomb Park Information


188 Camp Ground Rd
Grant, Alabama 35747
Phone: 256-582-9884

Hours of operation for the store & reservations are seasonal according to daylight hours. Typically-
Summer: 8 AM to 8 PM
Spring & Fall: 8 AM to 6 PM
Winter: 9 AM to 5 PM

Located between Guntersville & Huntsville, US 431 at mile marker 308. Enter into the campground on Campground Road.

6. Georgia Mountain RV Resort

Pool Area at Georgia Mountain RV Resort

The Georgia Mountain RV Resort in Lake Guntersville, Alabama is 37 miles and 44 minutes away from the US Space and Rocket Center, but it is such a lovely park that we felt it deserved a mention here. Reconnect with nature on one of the walking trails, or just relax and enjoy the sounds of falling water and local wildlife. Nearby you’ll find a public golf course, boating, restaurants and more.

Best Features

  • Daily/Weekly/Monthly Rates: $30 per day/$150 per week/$350 per month
  • Full Hookups: Yes
  • 30/50 Amp: Both available
  • Back-in/Pull-through Sites: All sites are pull-through
  • Pool/Hot tub: Pool
  • Showers: Yes
  • Pets Allowed: Yes

Why you’ll love Georgia Mountain RV Resort

You’ll love the family friendly atmosphere at the Georgia Mountain RV Resort. Everyone will love the walking trails, fire pits, swimming pool, goldfish pond with a small waterfall, horseshoes and playground. This is a peaceful place with friendly people and wide open spaces.

Georgia Mountain RV Resort Information

6065 AL 69
Guntersville, Alabama 35976
Phone: Rick Ivey at (256) 486-1510 or contact us on the web.

 

7. Parnell Creek RV Park

Parnell Creek RV Park Swimming Pool

Located 31 miles and 33 minutes away from the US Space and Rocket Center, the Parnell Creek RV park is a family owned and operated park that enjoys encouraging and entertaining other families. They have plenty of activities for families, including mini-golf, a club house, fitness center, salt water pool, horseshoes and a camp store.

 Best Features

  • Daily/Weekly/Monthly Rates:
  • # of RV Sites: 46
  • Full Hookups: 37 full hookup sites, 9 electric/water
  • 30/50 Amp: both
  • Back-in/Pull-through Sites: 22 pull-through sites
  • Pool/Hot tub: Pool
  • Showers: Yes
  • Pets Allowed: Yes

Why you’ll love Parnell Creek RV Park

The family owners take the time to encourage kids to enjoy the park and claim ownership by painting their names on a large rock located in the front of the park.  Returning families enjoy looking for their names on the rock and repainting, if needed. There is plenty for kids to do, including a small fort styled playground with swings and a slide. On holiday weekends, kids enjoy a scavenger hunt and other activities.

 Parnell Creek RV Park Information

115 Parnell Circle
Woodville, AL 35776

Phone Reservations
Please call:
(256) 508-7308 or (256) 776-2348.
Please call if you need a reservation within the next 72 hours or if you need a reservation longer than 14 days.

8. Northgate RV Travel Park

Dottie, official greeter for Northgate RV Travel Park

From the family farm and into space, you can enjoy both when you stay at the Northgate RV Travel Park. This family owned park is an old family farm turned campground. You’ll be met by Dottie, the official greeter and farm dog. Other farm animals include cows, goats, and bunnies. Located 31 miles from the US Space and Rocket Center, this RV park is truly special.

Best Features 

  • Daily/Weekly Rates: $30 daily/$150 weekly
  • Full Hookups: All sites 
  • 30/50 Amp: Both at every site
  • Back-in/Pull-through Sites: All Pull-Through Sites
  • Pool/Hot tub: No
  • Pets Allowed: Yes

Why you’ll love Northgate RV Travel Park

Kids and adults alike will be enchanted by the farm atmosphere. The RV sites sit behind the farm, just a short walk away. Spend the day at the Space Center, then come home to a slower pace and friendly faces.

 Northgate RV Travel Park Information

We are located in North Alabama just south of the Tennessee line.
I-65 at the end of exit ramp #354
1757 US. Hwy 31. Athens, Alabama.
Phone: 256-232-8800
Northgate RV Travel Park Website

9. Cowford Campground 

Cowford Campground

After a long day at the US Space and Rocket Center, you can relax on the beautiful Tennessee River at the Cowford Campground located in the Round Island Recreational Area. Only 34 miles from the space center, the park offers a great place to soothe your soul and get back to nature. Nicely landscaped campsites and plenty of amenities, including swimming, fishing, boating, a beach, and floating pier.

Best Features 

  • Daily/Weekly/Monthly Rates: $24/day, $125/week, $330/month
  • # of RV Sites: 48 total, 30 located on the river 
  • Full Hookups: Yes
  • 30/50 Amp: Both
  • Back-in/Pull-through Sites: All Pull through sites
  • Pool/Hot tub: NO, swimming beach on the river
  • Showers: Yes
  • Pets Allowed: Yes, with restrictions

Why you’ll love Cowford Landing Campground

The Cowford Landing Campground is a rural setting with many sites on the riverfront. It offers the opportunity to unwind in the quiet of a natural setting without giving up your modern conveniences. We loved this campground for its gorgeous views and quiet setting.

 

Cowford Landing at Round Island Recreation Area Information

Address: 8700 Cowford Rd, Athens, Alabama 35611
GPS: 34.685377, -87.070615
Local Directions: From I-65 North take the US-72 exit 351 toward Athens/Huntsville 0.3 miles turn left (West) go 1.0 miles turn left onto US-31 (South) go 6.7 miles turn right going (West) onto Nuclear Plant Rd/CR-20. Go 2.1 miles turn left onto Cowford Rd/CR-41. Go to 8700 Cowford Rd gate. Gate Access required.

Contact Information
Local Phone: 1-256-434-0174
Website: Cowford Landing

Open All year

10. Swan Creek RV Park 

Swan Creek RV Park

Rounding out our top ten is Swan Creek RV Park. The park has RV sites in the front of the park, and full time trailer rental spots in the back. It is a beautiful park offering the best of overnight parking and long-term rentals. Swan Creek RV Park is a short 25 mile commute to the US Space and Rocket Center

 Best Features

  • Daily/Weekly/Monthly Rates: $36.75 daily/$189 weekly/$425.25 Monthly
  • # of RV Sites: 16
  • Full Hookups: Yes
  • 30/50 Amp: Yes
  • Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Both
  • Pool/Hot tub: No
  • Showers: Yes
  • Pets Allowed: Yes

Why you’ll love Swan Creek

This RV park has much to offer. You’ll enjoy a nice 24 hour clubhouse with TV, pool table, and full kitchen. A comfortable wireless room next door keeps you connected. This is a nice residential setting to come home to after a day of sightseeing.

Swan Creek Information

Swan Creek Community
10420 US Highway 31
Tanner, Alabama 35671 – see below for map
Tel: 256-355-5392
Fax: 256-355-5818
Email: [email protected]
Request Home Info
Don & Robin Begarowicz, Property Managers

Good Sam Parks Near the US Space and Rocket Center

Five of the RV parks listed here are Good Sam Parks: Swan Creek Community, Parnell Creek RV Park, Monte Sano State Park, Sharon Johnston Park Campground, and the US Space and Rocket Center RV Park.

RV Park Rates near the US Space and Rocket Center

RV rates for the parks listed varied greatly. The best bargain was probably the US Space and Rocket Center RV Park located at the Center. At $18 to $20 per night, they were the lowest priced park. All the parks were reasonably priced with the most expensive charging $36.75 per night.

Renting an RV Near the US Space and Rocket Center

RVing is a fun and inexpensive way to travel, but consumers who don’t own RVs don’t need to miss out on the benefits. It is possible to rent an RV nearby for your use in the area. We have a large assortment of RVs available for rent in the Huntsville area.

Long Term RV Parks Near the US Space and Rocket Center

The Swan Creek Community is set up for long-term rentals, as is the Cowford Landing RV Park. Others accept a limited number of long term rentals. Many have limits on your stay.

The Best RV Camping Near the US Space and Rocket Center

Only you can decide which RV park is best for you. We have chosen these ten for their proximity to the Space Center and the amenities offered. Some have a more rural setting for those who simply want to enjoy nature, while others offer swimming pools, playgrounds, game rooms, mini-golf, and other attractions. Choose the park that offers the most for all of your family members.

Families with young children would probably enjoy the playgrounds and family friendly atmospheres at Sharon Johnston RV Park and at the Parnell Creek RV Park.

All of the RV parks listed here are family and pet friendly, but it pays to call ahead and ask about any specific concerns you might have. The people are friendly and willing to help.

For more information on RV parks near the US Space and Rocket Center, visit RVParking.com. Enjoy your trip to the Space Center. Take the time to explore each section and take in all that it has to offer. When you’re ready for a break, explore the many amenities offered at your RV Park. If you are staying in one of these, there should be plenty to see and do.

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