We like to stay in all kinds of parks: State Parks, COE Parks, National Parks, Private RV Parks. We have camped in 40 of the lower 48 states. We don't stay in Walmarts or rest areas because we like to stop early enough in the day to set up camp, cook on the grill, and enjoy our surroundings. If possible, we like to stay at least 2 nights wherever we go. Sometimes we need a couple of days to go to a grocery store and do laundry. We love the Georgia and Florida State Parks so we spend a lot of nights in them.
Here they are - our favorite campgrounds in no particular order. Click the link to read our full review:
Custer State Park, Custer, South Dakota
Bison on the Wildlife Loop Drive in Custer State Park
We loved this park not only for the beautiful campground with large sites but for all the things to do in the park. We drove on the Wildlife Loop twice, the Needles Highway, and Iron Mountain Road. Custer State Park is a great location to see all of the attractions in the Black Hills.
We did not want to leave!
St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, Port St. Joe, Florida
We enjoyed the sunset every day. The beach was just a short walk from the campsite
Flamingo Campground, Everglades National Park, Flamingo, FL
Roseatte Spoonbills in Flamingo
Although when we stayed here there were no hookups, we are planning another visit here. The sites are huge, there is plenty of wildlife, there are nature trails to explore, boat tours and rentals. They now have 40 sites with electricity. It is a long way from anywhere and peaceful and quiet.
Ortona South Corps of Engineers Park, LaBelle, FL We saw the moon rising as a tugboat went through the canal.
We stayed here on the way to the Everglades and liked it so much we made reservations to stay here on the way back home. The sites are huge, the park is clean and well kept. It's a great place to kick back and watch the canal. We saw alligators, a manatee, lots of birds including 2 eagles. If you get bored you can walk over and watch boats go through the lock.
Silver River State Park, Ocala, FL
An Anhinga drying his wings on the Silver River.
We have returned here several times. There are beautiful nature trails, an interesting museum and a Cracker Village to explore. Be sure to go to one of the tours of the Cracker Village. Our tour was led by a volunteer who grew up in the area and he had some wonderful stories to share. To really enjoy the beauty of the Silver River rent a canoe or bring your own. It is about a 1/2 mile walk to the canoe launch on the river. We paddled to Silver Springs and saw lots of wildlife along the way.
Stephen C. Foster State Park, Fargo, Georgia
We saw this alligator on our canoe ride through the Okefenokee Swamp.
We have returned here many times and have enjoyed the park more with each visit. It is located in the Okefenokee Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. If the water is high you can rent a canoe or take a boat tour of the swamp. The pull through sites are huge. We always see deer here and usually see alligators in the water. We've never seen the alligators in the campground area.