Camping saw renewed popularity in 2020 with its history of being a natural way to socially distance. Some packed up their tents or rented cabins; others tried RVing for the first time. According to RVshare, the world’s first and largest peer-to-peer RV rental marketplace, 80 percent of the company’s renters were new to RVing this year.
Among the most popular destinations visited by RVers are the thousands of campground areas spread across America. These are the top five campground picks according to the RVshare renters.
1. Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort And Campground
Located just north of Epcot on Walt Disney World property, the Campsites of Fort Wilderness are amid the 750 acres of pine and cypress forest that make up the resort. There are four options for camping with RVs, including Premium Campsites, which provides room for larger RVs and accommodates equipment on an 18- by 60-foot concrete pad, and include sewage hook-up.
While just minutes from Disney, there is plenty else to do as well. Outdoor activities include horseback riding, canoeing, and archery. You can even rent a golf cart for easier exploration around the property.
Fort Wilderness is extra magical during the holidays when campers, some who visit every year, decorate their campsites, putting everyone in the holiday spirit.
For more on this Disney Orlando opportunity, read up on camping at Disney’s Fort Wilderness: 11 expert tips.
2. Campland On The Bay
San Diego, California
Just a 15-minute drive from downtown San Diego, Campland on the Bay is located near beautiful Mission Bay and has offered waterfront RV camping for more than 50 years. Right now, the campsite is open, but due to the current Regional Stay Home Orders in California, it’s only accepting reservations for essential travel. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Recently the campground created an Open-Air Study Hall, where families can get their work and schoolwork done — while camping.
There are dozens of activities for kids and adults, including watercraft and bike rentals, activity camps, beach sports, and even a skateboard park. And while you may never need to leave the grounds, there are many attractions nearby, including San Diego Bay and the USS Midway Museum.
Think of Campland as a giant RV park. They have nearly 600 RV pads including more than 400 with full hookups, and just about any size RV can be accommodated. You’ll definitely want to put this on your campgrounds to visit list.
3. Ginnie Springs Outdoors
High Springs, Florida
Located just 13 miles north of Gainesville off the convenient I-75, Ginnie Springs sits on 200 wooded acres with many campsites located along the south side of the Santa Fe River or near several freshwater springs.
The Florida RV Trade Association, recommends Ginnie Springs for RVers who enjoy scuba diving, kayaking, canoeing, and tubing. “The park is very popular with scuba-divers and cave-divers due to the incredibly clear water, sand, and limestone bottom and extensive cave system of the springs.
For RVs, there are 129 water and electric campsites available to reserve, and reservations are recommended. There are no sewer hookups on the site.
4. Lazy L And L Campground
New Braunfels, Texas
Located in the scenic Texas hill town of New Braunfels, the Lazy L and L Campground occupies 25 beautiful acres along the Guadalupe River and is just a 30-minute drive northeast of San Antonio.
The campground is popular for more than it’s camping and scenic views. They also have an onsite wedding chapel, which has turned Lazy L and L into a popular destination wedding venue. Guests are also close to Naegelin’s Bakery, which opened in 1868, and is the oldest bakery in Texas, plus many local antique shops.
Lazy L and L has two options for RVers: sites along the Guadalupe River and sites inland on the main property. The site sizes vary. Larger options include full hook-ups and can accommodate larger vehicles, while the riverfront sites can easily handle RVs that are 25 feet or smaller.
Headed to the Lazy L and L? Read up on how to spend a wonderful weekend in New Braunfels before you go. Our article includes more detail on Naegelin’s, too!
5. Cherrystone Family Camping Resort
Cape Charles, Virginia
The Cherrystone Family Camping Resort sits on 300 stunning acres with waterfront views of the Chesapeake Bay. It’s located about a one-hour drive north from Norfolk, Virginia, and Virginia Beach.
Guests are treated to an experience of fun, which includes water fun on the Chesapeake, hanging out at one of five swimming pools, fishing off one of four piers, and its own Bait and Tackle Shop. There’s a beach for humans and a beach specifically for dogs as well as a newly updated cafe and a general store with everything you’ll ever need while at camp.
Cherrystone has pull-thru and back-in 50-amp full-hookup sites and can accommodate large rigs. For smaller RVs, pop-ups, and trailers, they have smaller 30-amp full-hookup sites. Reservations are required.
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