My 10 Favorite RV Camps After a Year of RVing Full Time

In July of last year, my husband and I sold our South Florida home and embarked on a 2-3 year adventure. We were completely new to the RV world, and had never dropped a car, but we didn’t waste any time planning; We jumped inside with both feet and hit the road. With 18,000 miles under our belts and experience camping in an amazing nine states so far, here are my 10 favorite RV campgrounds after a year of full-time RVing.

My list is ordered by when we visit, leave Florida and work on our way to Utah, where we are currently.

Note: Gilleston Park has hosted Belhachi and Rayford Crossing. As usual, my opinions are one hundred percent.

“Jump, skip, and hop off I-95, 40 miles north of Florida, is Brunswick’s Coastal Georgia RV Resort.”
(Image source: Melody Bateman)

1. Coastal Georgia RV Resort

Brunswick, Georgia

Hop, skip, and hop off I-95, 40 miles north of Florida, is Brunswick’s Coastal Georgia RV Resort. We used it as the primary location for visiting Georgia’s golden islands – Saint Simons Island, Jekyll Island and the city of Brunswick. The park is located in an area with a temperate climate all year round, so the weather is always favorable. The campsites seem close at first, but they are in rows with gentle magnolia trees that provide privacy and the lighthouse-like white sheets that dress the campground.

This campground has the Brunswick River on one side, with a boardwalk for fishing steps from your campsite, and the Intracoastal Waterway to the east. They have fun cooking trips in the spacious pavilion, fire rings, a great pool, laundry facilities and paved roads. We’ve come to appreciate concrete with lush landscaping on RV stays.

Clarksville, TN, RV Resort
Clarksville, TN, RV Resort
(Image source: Melody Bateman)

2. Clarksville RV Resort

Clarksville, Tennessee

My husband is from Clarksville, so we visited Clarksville RV Resort campground for about two weeks to see family. Along the Kentucky-Tennessee border, just off Interstate 24, you’ll find this cute resort with an old trailer up front, which makes great photos. The Clarksville RV Resort is well maintained and has an excellent children’s play area, swimming pool, and a great little shop. Checkout sites with full hookups were under $50 a night, which is a bargain price.

While we used the location to be with family and explore downtown Clarksville (about 15 minutes away), it’s also perfect for avoiding the high prices in nearby Nashville.

KOA Manchester, Tennessee
“The Manchester KOA Holiday was excellent for an RV corner.”
(Image source: Melody Bateman)

3. KOA MANCHESTER HOLIDAY

Manchester, Tennessee

A city we weren’t familiar with, Manchester is 65 miles from Nashville and the same from Chattanooga. We chose to be near the Jack Daniels Distillery Tours in Lynchburg and took day trips to Fayetteville and Pulaski, which offer gorgeous town squares and a vibrant history. The Manchester KOA Holiday was excellent to park the RV and enjoy the pool (which I had everything to myself), the shaded campground (which our dog loved to roam in), and the plethora of camp amenities.

Guests can rent covered wagons, two types of cabins, tip-tents, plush tents, and a treehouse (it’s pretty cool!), as well as use the fishing pond.

Jeleston Belhachi, Mississippi
“It better be full of caffeine and lots of energy for this high energy theme park that we absolutely loved [at Jellystone Park]”
(Image source: Melody Bateman)

4. Jillston Park (Yogi on the Lake)

Belhachi, Mississippi

It better be full of caffeine and plenty of energy for this high energy theme park that we absolutely loved. Of course, it’s close to our kids’ house so we can get them and their granddaughter often, but Jellystone Park is a game of fun. Belhachi is located about 20 minutes from Brandon and near Jackson, the capital of Mississippi. It has a country-like vibe, but once you’re inside the RV park, there are so many amenities you’ll struggle to keep up with.

Our favorites were:

  • pool & splashpad
  • mini golf
  • Well stocked shop
  • golf cart rental
  • Weekend Movies & Activities
  • Festive celebrations

Of all the campgrounds we visited, you need a golf cart to get around. There is a restaurant and more activities during the summer months. I recommend lakeside spots so you can enjoy the serenity of the beautiful place and watch turtles, ducks and geese.

Pool and hot tub in Vidalia, LA
River View RV Park is located in a semi-private area and has a wonderful swimming pool [and hot tub]and at competitive prices.”
(Image source: Melody Bateman)

5. River View RV Park & ​​Resort

Vidalia, Louisiana

River View RV Park And Resort is located on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River, across the river from historic Natchez, Mississippi. The setting is gorgeous, with spacious campgrounds and a boardwalk along the waterfront, perfect for watching the American Queen steamboats sail the Mississippi River. Located in a semi-private area, River View RV Park has a great pool at competitive rates. Besides all the amenities we look for in a campground, they also had friendly staff who helped recommend restaurants and points of interest.

It takes less than 10 minutes to drive to Natchez, plus you can drive through the daiquiris (a Louisiana specialty) in 4-5 minutes. do not worry; They’re meant to be taken home for fun, not drinking and driving (if you’re not familiar with that Louisiana concept).

Cottages in Bluewater RV Park, Freeport, Texas
“We brought our kids from Mississippi to stay in the adorable little cottages that Blue Water rents.”
(Image source: Melody Bateman)

6. Blue Water RV Resort

Freeport, Texas

We chose the Blue Water RV Resort to be near Galveston but far enough away to enjoy some downtime and the peaceful atmosphere. Blue Water is 25 minutes or so from the touristy parts of Galveston and trendy restaurants, but we loved getting away from it all and focusing on all things camping. Blue Water has many amenities, including a swimming pool, fishing area, convenience store, and frozen drinks.

My favorite thing about this park was the special activities and the staff who managed it. We had a wine glass painting class one afternoon, pizza another night, pizza and a movie at the weekend, and many other things throughout the stay. The cost of RVers is zero.

Fun fact: We brought our kids from Mississippi to stay in the adorable little cottages that Blue Water rents.

Rayford Crossing RV Resort in Spring Texas
Rayford Crossing RV Resort is one of the premier campgrounds in Texas.

7. Rayford Crossing RV Resort

Spring, Texas

Rayford Crossing RV Resort is one of the premier campgrounds in Texas. It’s luxurious, you guys. Once we pulled up and saw the lovely pool setting with tiki umbrellas, I knew it was going to be an upscale experience. Located near the cities of Conroe, Houston, Spring and The Woodlands, this is a great place for day trips or for never leaving the property – you decide. There are plenty of things to keep you occupied, such as billiards and games room, horseshoes, a fully stocked library (best I’ve seen so far), a full fishing pond, and a great fitness room.

FYI: Although the park is already huge, 175 new sites are coming in late summer 2022.

8. Woodland Lakes RV Park

Conroe, Texas

Another favorite was the Texas RV park in Conroe, a Houston suburb. Woodland Lakes RV Park has many full-time RVers and campers but plenty of daily or weekly locations. There are a few ponds, one of which supported us directly to get excellent views of the duck families that live in Woodland Lakes. There were four different types of ducks in the garden, each with ducklings due to the time of year. We spent a lot of time watching them and enjoying the friendly garden.

Woodland Lakes also had a nice laundry room, which we only use for bulky items like bed linen.

roswell camp new mexico
“We found a nice little RV park online – Red Barn RV Park – for our adventures in Roswell, New Mexico.”
(Image source: Melody Bateman)

9. Red Barn RV Park

Roswell, New Mexico

We found a nice little RV park online – Red Barn RV Park – for our adventures in Roswell, New Mexico. The park was about 10 minutes from town and saw the most amazing sunset yet. The park looked small, and we were worried when we pulled up because we had booked a pullout site…but all the sites we saw were backed by fencing parallel to the highway or along a nearby farm. The crisis was averted when a worker opened the white fence for us to bypass. Once we got off the fifth wheel, we drove our truck to camp, and they closed the door. Viola, we were backed at the fence too.

Red Barn RV Park was well decorated and had a nice little common room with private bathrooms and a laundry room. I took more pictures of this little RV park and its amazing setting than any other place I’ve visited. Our rate was under $60 and I would recommend 10/10 to stay at this park.

Campsite in Provo, Utah
“After 4 months of being in Texas (specifically West Texas) and New Mexico, we’ve never been happy to see so much green space at our Lakeside RV campground.”
(Image source: Melody Bateman)

10. Lakeside RV Campground

Provo, Utah

After 4 months of being in Texas (specifically West Texas) and New Mexico, we were never happy to see so much greenery at Lakeside R in Campground. For months, we battled dust storms, windswept winds, and earthen gardens (without the concrete), so the sheer amount of beautiful trees and flowers against mountain views in every direction was epic. Lakeside RV Campground has a lovely park, meticulously maintained walking/hiking trails (10 acres total), a great dog park, and stocked shop, plus great Wi-Fi.

We were about 15 minutes from downtown Provo, but enjoyed the scenic drive every time we got out to explore.

Pro tip: Do not sweat the tree limbs. They’ve kept it all trimmed so it doesn’t interfere with your pads.

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