50 Budget-Friendly RV Campgrounds to Check Out
Traveling in an RV means a homey and budget-friendly vacation. Many campgrounds charge no more than $50 a night, and many offer resort-like amenities. Cheapism.com combed through TripAdvisor, RV Park Reviews, and campgrounds' own review pages to find under-the-radar destinations in every state that may offer last-minute availability in high season. Discounts for seniors, military, and Good Sam RV Club members are common, as are extra fees for more than two adults and children. It's a good idea to call ahead or make a reservation and confirm that open sites suit your RV.
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Stop by Anchors Aweigh RV Resort in South Foley for a retreat on the Gulf Coast. The compound features a pool, hot tub, grill pits, hot showers, restrooms, and onsite laundry. Rates run $38 a night for basic back-in parking. All sites include electric, water, sewer, Wi-Fi, and cable. Campers say the resort is ideally located near beaches, shopping, and restaurants.
Haines Hitch Up RV Park in Haines draws high marks from guests, who report that the campground is spotless and convenient to downtown restaurants. Amenities include laundry, showers, restroom, and free Wi-Fi; cable is available at some sites. There's also a gift shop and plenty of green grass for relaxing. A basic back-in site with full hookup costs $40. Reservations are recommended to guarantee a spot.
The Grand Canyon Railway RV Park in Williams is a little less than an hour's drive from the Grand Canyon. That distance is what makes this campground more accessible without reservations months in advance. The park charges $43 for a back-in spot and provides shower, laundry, Wi-Fi, a pet area, and volleyball and basketball courts.
Catherine's Landing in Hot Springs is an outdoor destination that offers more than just RV parking for the night. Family-friendly activities include hiking, boat rentals, a playground, a pool, and a fire pit. Plenty of attractions are nearby, as well. The rate for a back-in site with water, electric, sewer, cable, and Wi-Fi is $40 a night ($50 for a pull-through site and $60 for a waterfront perch).
Jackson Rancheria RV Park in Jackson garners a nearly perfect score from reviewers. Guests are happy with the free shuttle to nearby casinos and the well-maintained grassy spaces, as well as a free year-round heated pool and seasonal activities, such as movie nights. Expect to pay $45 a night during the week for full hookup on a back-in site, and $5 more for a pull-through spot; weekend rates are slightly higher.
Cherry Creek State Park in Aurora features biking, boating, and bird watching among many outdoor pursuits. There's also a beach, picnic area, and off-leash dog park. One reviewer was thrilled to have snagged a last-minute booking. Basic sites can be had for just $18 and full hookups for $26.
Countryside RV Park in Griswold offers a retreat for RV campers seeking peace and quiet. Reviewers say the individual sites are spacious and the vibe geared more toward older adults than high-energy kids. One camper was pleasantly surprised to find the park so quiet, and without many campers, over Labor Day weekend. The cost is $50 a day for full hookups. Amenities include a swimming pond and another for fishing, as well as hiking and biking trails and a horseshoe court.
Delaware Seashore State Park in Rehoboth Beach is ideal for RV campers itching for a beachy getaway. One reviewer notes that it's possible to park as close as 150 yards from the water. The sites are more sand than grass, but there are picnic tables. Full-hookup sites go for $47 a night during summer weekends for non-residents and rise to $50 on peak dates. Fees are lower on weekdays, for state residents, and for sites without utilities. Bathrooms, showers, and drinking water are available.
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs has enough going on to keep multi-day visitors busy, according to reviewers. The park offers plenty of outdoor pursuits such as hiking, biking, and canoeing, but there are also events throughout the year featuring folk art, antiques, and the like. Rates start at $20 a night, including electric and water hookups. Resident senior citizens receive a 50 percent discount.
Grassy Pond FamCamp in Lake Park is a former military camp now open to the public for tent and RV camping and cabin stays. The spot offers a variety of outdoor activities, with standouts including fishing and a children's water-play area. Reviews say the area is quiet, and one visitor enjoyed the opportunity to choose from among several open sites. Rates start at $20 a night.
There are very few RV parks in Hawaii -- after all, how would anyone but a local drive there? But visitors who decide to rent an RV while staying on one of the islands will find several options. For $25 a night, Hedonisia Hawaii Eco-Hostel & Sustainable Community in Pahoa on the Big Island offers a hippie-esque paradise for eco-conscious RVers. The grounds use geothermal electricity and have solar showers, and yoga is a popular activity.
Farragut State Park in Athol offers a touch of history together with a camping experience. The grounds are a former naval training base that was active during World War II. Today visitors can explore a (free) museum onsite and pursue the usual outdoor activities, including mountain biking, hiking, fishing, and boating. Full-hookup sites start at $24.
Campers in need of a basic stopover while cruising I-55 will find respite at Kamper Kompanion RV Park, just north of Litchfield. The park is right off the highway, but reviewers report it's quiet and forgoes the fuss that's sometimes part of the RV camping experience. The nightly rate is $36 for a full hookup; most sites are pull-though.
White River Campground in Cicero offers fishing, boating, and hiking and full bath and shower facilities -- plus a river view. The park gets good reviews from one guest who made a last-minute reservation and was provided with a full-hookup site. Non-county residents pay $30 a night, or $25 for just electric and water or for no utilities at all.
Deer Creek Valley RV Park in Topeka garners praise from visitors, with some saying it's the best RV park they've ever seen and provides first-class facilities. The site features a pool, dog park, laundry, and shower. A barbecue restaurant is located outside the gates. The daily rate for a full hookup, Wi-Fi, and cable is $44.
Shreveport/Bossier City KOA offers a pool for swimming, a pond for viewing, a structure for kids' play, and two off-leash dog parks that maintain the peace by directing large dogs to one and small dogs to another. There's Wi-Fi and cable, as well as a general store. Expect to pay $40 for a pull-through site with full hookup.
Beaver Dam Campground in Berwick sits astride a 20-acre spring-fed pond, making it ideal for campers keen on boating and fishing. The pet-friendly resort (there's a dog park on-site) also offers family-friendly activities around theme weekends, such as Candy Land and the Olympics. Daily rates start at $32 for off-waterfront, off-peak, primitive sites and rise to $51 for a full-hookup waterfront site during peak season.
Elk Neck State Park, on a peninsula bounded by Chesapeake Bay and the Elk River, features marshlands, forest, white clay cliffs, and beaches. Visitors rave about the various outdoorsy options, including swimming, hiking, boating, and hunting. A standard site without any utilities is $22 a night; back-in sites with 50-amp electric rent for $28.
Head to Normandy Farms in Foxboro for luxe camping less than an hour from Boston. One reviewer describes the compound as its own little village, with activities for campers including yoga classes, arts and crafts, movies, and theme weekends. There are even a few campground rarities such as a bike park, recreation lodge with pool and wellness center, and soccer and baseball fields. Peak-season rates start at $64 for sites with water and electric.
Located in Prior Lake, Dakotah Meadows RV Park offers the essential picnic and playground features, as well as a self-serve RV wash and fuel station, and even a storm shelter. There's a pond onsite and a free shuttle ferries visitors to nearby casinos and a sports and fitness center. In-season rates start at $39 a night for full-hookup sites.
America's Best Campground in Branson wins over reviewers with its cleanliness, service, and amenities, including free satellite TV and Wi-Fi, a pool and spa, game room, and RV wash. The rate for a campsite with full hookup is $43.50 for two people; children ages 3 to 12 cost $2 a night. RVs smaller than 24 feet cost less.
The small Cromwell Dixon Campground in Helena National Forest, with just 15 sites, is about as basic as could be: no water or electric hookups, but potable water and toilets are available. What campers get in abundance is gorgeous scenery. This is a first-come, first-served campground that charges $8 a night.
Walnut Creek Lake & Recreation Area in Papillion is a mixed-use destination. There's fishing and boating, hiking and biking, playgrounds, and a leash-free domain for dogs (with a swimming area for pups). Even with a no-reservation policy, one frequent guest reports never having trouble getting a spot "day of." The nightly fee of $16 includes electric hookup.
Ames Brook Campground in Ashland is a small campground in the White Mountains with big spaces for RVs, according to one review. Standout amenities include a babbling brook running along the site, complimentary Wi-Fi, a pool and playground, and free hot showers. Choose a wooded or sunny site with water and electric for $37 nightly.
Turkey Swamp Park in Freehold, run by the county's parks and recreation department, encompasses a deep forest and a scenic lake that offers boat rentals (for a fee) and fishing. One unusual feature is an archery range on the grounds. A portion of the 64 sites are first-come, first-served. County residents pay $36 a night with water and electric; non-residents pay $40 a night.
Elephant Butte Lake RV Resort is a quarter mile from Elephant Butte Lake State Park, which boasts the largest lake in New Mexico. Among the amenities are an indoor pool, fitness room, dog wash, and conference space -- and free morning coffee. Full hookups, including cable, start at $47.40 a night.
The Lake George RV Park in Lake George is pricey -- $98 a night for full hookups and cable -- but reviewers say the hotel-like setting and amenities easily justify the cost. There are free nightly movies, an arcade, and a playhouse that schedules entertainment events such as magic shows and wildlife lectures featuring live animals.
Downstream Campground in Riverdale sits alongside the Missouri River. There are playgrounds and volleyball courts onsite and boating, fishing, and hunting in the surrounding area. Past visitors report that it's fairly easy to get a space during the week. Standard sites with electricity are $20 daily.
Head to Cross Creek Camping Resort in Delaware for family-friendly accommodations, including a swimming pool, weekly wagon rides and candy bingo, a playground, themed weekend activities, basketball and volleyball courts, and hiking. Although there's a zoo and waterpark about 30 minutes away, one reviewer says the campground itself is reason enough to pull in. Full-hookup sites cost $42 during the week; pull-through and weekend rates are slightly higher.
As its name suggests, Water's Edge RV & Cabin Resort in Grand Lake Towne offers water views for scenic camping. Some RV sites even feature private decks overlooking the lake. There's an onsite laundry and clubhouse, as well as docks for boating and fishing. A waterfront site goes for $40 nightly. All stays longer than seven days incur charges for electric use.
Armitage Park in Eugene offers boating, hiking, volleyball, and an off-leash dog park. Reviewers like the large spaces and scenic atmosphere. Sites rent for $30 a night ($3 more for pull-through spots) and include full hookup plus Wi-Fi and cable. Reservations are required at least three days in advance.
Keen Lake Camping & Cottage Resort in Waymart abuts the privately owned lake. Guests are welcome to fish, swim, and boat and partake in onsite activities including a mystery weekend for kids, matchbox car races, and more. Daily rates vary by season; water and electric hookup in July and August costs $43.
Ashaway RV Resort in Bradford is close to beaches, casinos, golf courses, and the Mystic, Connecticut, seaport. The campground is relatively new, a plus for reviewers, who also appreciate the site layouts and range of activities, from bocce and billiards to a wading pool for the kids and a heated whirlpool for adults. The weekday rate for a full hookup is $59; the price jumps $10 for Friday and Saturday.
Myrtle Beach KOA is an ideal place to bring children, according to reviewers, thanks to the myriad of family-friendly happenings that make the vacation a true value. The campground is close to the beach, mini golf, and water parks, and onsite activities include crafts, movies, and wagon rides. The daily rate for full hookups, plus cable, at back-in sites is $65.
Horse Thief Campground & RV Resort in Hill City promotes itself as providing a bit of the Old West with modern amenities, such as a heated swimming pool, basketball court, and convenience store. The compound lies in the Black Hills and affords easy access to area attractions, including Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Monument. Full hookups in peak season start at $45 a night.
Sometimes it's the little things. Upon arriving at Rocky Top Campground & RV Park in Blountville, guests receive a goody bag and a local newspaper. After leaving, they give the site high marks for cleanliness and the owners' friendliness. The park caters to adults, so families should look elsewhere. Full hookups cost $41.50 a night, including Wi-Fi and cable.
Goulding's Lodge and Campground in Monument Valley is 6 miles from Monument Valley Tribal Park, and central enough to be a stopping point when visiting sites such as Valley of the Gods and Natural Bridges National Monument. Multiple reviews mention the amazing vistas. Full hookups, including Wi-Fi and cable, start at $49; forgo the utilities and save $20.
Greenwood Lodge & Campsites in Bennington sits next to the Green Mountain National Forest. The 120-acre property contains three ponds available for fishing, boating, and swimming, as well as all the usual camping/RV necessities, such as fire pits, bathrooms and showers, and picnic areas. Reviewers like the authentic camping vibe. The nightly rate for water and electric hookup is $36.
Big Meadows Campground in Shenandoah National Park has no hookups for RVs but offers an authentic camping experience, according to reviews. Come here to enjoy the sights and sounds of wildlife and hikes through the deep woods. Reservations must be made at least two days in advance. Rates are $20 a night.
Elk Meadows RV Park in Trout Lake is near the base of Mount Adams, making it an ideal destination for vacationers eager to hike or climb. Whitewater rafting, fishing, and hunting are nearby. The park is reserved for cabin lodgers and RV patrons; no tent campers share the grounds. Water and electric hookups are $28 daily; full hookups in a premium site cost $35.
Schatzi's 4 Seasons Resort in Gordon offers views of Cranberry Lake, where guests can boat and fish. An onsite bar and grill is a nice break from RV cooking. Many RVers stay seasonally, leaving only a limited number of sites for daily use. The $35 nightly rate covers water and sewer; electric is billed separately.
If Yellowstone is booked for this summer's travel, try Dubois Wind River KOA, 25 miles from the national park. The campground offers its own array of activities, including swimming and fishing. Reviewers assign good marks for sites that back up to the river and for family-friendly amenities such as a game room and indoor pool. The rate for a full hookup is $51 a day.