Top 28 Lakeside, RV-Friendly Destinations in the United States
Phyllis Khare and
Mikey Ben-Ari and
Mike Wendland and
Live update: Updated January 26, 2023
1. McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park
24898 CA-89, Burney, CA 96013, USA
PEOPLE ARE SAYING:
This state park is situated inside the Cascade Range and Modoc Plateau natural region, and is set in a gorgeous forest. It has five miles of stream and lake shoreline, including Lake Britton, and amazing hikes.
There is also the gorgeous 129 foot Burney Falls waterfall that alone is worth the trip. The campground is also very nice, with a beach, boat ramp, camp store and more.
Mammoth Mountain RV Park, 2667 Main St, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, USA
Photo by Phyllis Khare
PEOPLE ARE SAYING:
Mammoth Lakes and the surrounding areas are home to some of the most excellent campgrounds in the state! Check out these popular campgrounds located in the beautiful alpine town. https://rvlifestyle.com/8-best-rv-camping-in-mammoth-lakes/
3. Miller Springs Nature Center, Farm-To-Market Road 2271, Belton, TX
1473 Farm-To-Market Rd 2271, Belton, TX 76513, USA
Photo by Wendy Wolfe
PEOPLE ARE SAYING:
We took our granddaughter on an easy hike below the dam for Belton Lake. It’s just outside Temple, TX. The trail was missing a few signs, but the back wall of the dam is often in sight, so it’s easy to navigate! 😊
We took our two pups; dogs must be on a leash.
Located about 10 minutes from Asheville, this campground is convenient for those that like to enjoy both natural and cultural attractions. Hike in the morning, and enjoy dinner out in the evening! Having the best of both worlds makes this one of the best RV campgrounds in NC mountains!
The campground is located in a heavily wooded area, along the banks of Lake Powhatan in the Appalachian Mountains. At an elevation of 2,200 feet, there are nearby mile-high peaks, thick forests, and gorgeous waterfalls.
Lake Powhatan has something for everyone! Families can enjoy a nearby lake featuring a sandy beach. Anglers will love fishing for trout on the lake or in the nearby French Broad River!
Lake Powhatan provides visitors with boat rentals during the summer season (Memorial Day to Labor Day). However, personal watercraft is prohibited.
The forest boasts many hiking and mountain biking trails near the campground. The summer offers visitors interpretive programs if you are interested.
The campground itself is set up with four loops. Each campsite comes with a picnic table, fire ring with a grill, and lantern post. Some sites do offer RV hook-ups.
Campers can purchase firewood, ice and other small items from the small on-site store.
To learn more about Lake Powhatan and the Campground, head to our website:
If you have some extra time for a side trip, it’s worth taking a 30-minute drive out to Quake Lake, which was struck by a tragic earthquake in 1959.
To learn more about Quake Lake and West Yellowstone, head over to our website:
107th Engineers Memorial Hwy, Ontonagon, MI 49953, USA
PEOPLE ARE SAYING:
For the Lake of the Clouds you can drive straight to the overlook however if you hike a few miles on the North Mirror Lake, Big Carp River, or Escarpment trails the views are even better!
The park offers some great guided hikes, including this one. For a detailed schedule or to get directions, stop by the Wilderness Visitor Center, park headquarters, or either of the park campground offices.
To learn more about he Porkies, head over to our website:
As boondockers, our favorite spot is the Presque Isle Campground, on the western end of the park.
It has 50 sites and about half are generator free. This is quiet. You can sometimes hear wolves howl at night and most of your neighbors are in tents, campers, or small RVs.
Then you can drive to Summit Peak and walk a half-mile to the observation tower for the premier panorama of the park.
Finally, down at Presque Isle, hike the 2-mile loop formed by the East and West River Trails that run parallel to the wild and scenic Presque Isle River. Boardwalk and viewing platforms allow breathtaking views of this river. Spectacular waterfalls, cascades, and rapids are just a short walk from the parking area.
Presque Isle Campground's season runs from April 1st – November 30th. Reservable dates are April 1st – October 15th.
To learn more about the Porkies, head to our website:
Hanging Rock State Park is one of the best RV campgrounds in NC mountains! Why? It has cool geological features and an abundance of outdoor recreation.
The 73-site campground located in Hanging Rock State Park can accommodate RVs, but there are no hook-ups. Although you would be dry camping, there are picnic tables and grills available. Drinking water and showers are available in the campground.
The park offers endless adventures: hiking, biking, mountain climbing, fishing, and so much more.
To learn more about the campground and the abundance of activities it offers, head over to our website:
Once you’ve seen Old Faithful, don’t hop in your rig and leave!
You are now in Upper Geyser Basin which is home to more thermal features than anywhere in the world!
We would recommend taking the boardwalk to the right side of Old Faithful, up to Geyser Hill (where you can usually get a less-crowded view of Old Faithful) and then continue on the boardwalk past Grand Geyser, Beauty and Chromatic Pools, Grotto Geyser, Riverside Geyser, and all the way up to Morning Glory Pool.
You can then turn around and take the bike path back to the Old Faithful Visitor Center for a chance of scenery on your way back. It’s about 3 miles roundtrip.
To learn more about RVing through Yellowstone, head to our website:
Coeur d' Alene is known as a popular resort town with a 'floating green' hole on the golf coarse adjacent to the Coeur d' Alene Resort shown in the attached photo. The city is located in the Pacific North West area of Idaho and has a variety of campgrounds located with various amenities. Blackwell Island RV Park is a popular private campground with all the amenities listed! We have stayed at this RV location a couple of times and it does not disappoint. Located close to town and adjacent to the lake. A popular floating restaurant Cedars in only a few minutes away by car. Website: idahorvpark.com
Located on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park, this campground is located at a higher elevation, affording wonderful views of the wide-open spaces. It's been named one of the best campgrounds in Colorado. Check it out: https://rvlifestyle.com/best-campgrounds-in-colorado/
When the bluebonnets are starting to pop and the Texas Hill Country is about the prettiest place you can find to celebrate spring. https://rvlifestyle.com/bluebonnets-and-the-canyon-of-the-eagles-in-the-texas-hill-country/
Texas blue skies during the day and jaw dropping looks at the non light-polluted sky each night. The stars at night indeed do shine big and bright here in the heart of Texas.
West Thumb got its name because Yellowstone Lake resembles the shape of a human hand. West Thumb is the large western bay that would be the thumb.
The most famous hydrothermal feature at West Thumb is a geyser on the lakeshore known as Fishing Cone. Early visitors used to joke that you could catch a fish in the lake and then dunk it directly in boiling water to make dinner.
Other interesting features include Big Cone, the deep turquoise blue Abyss Pool, and the Thumb Paint Pots.
The boardwalk is an easy 1/2-mile loop on the shores of Yellowstone Lake.
There are two short day hikes in West Thumb as well.
In the parking area, you can go to the left side of the geyser basin and pick up the trailhead for Duck Lake. It’s about 0.8 miles round-trip.
Across the road is another trailhead, this one for Lake Overlook. It’s about 1.5 miles roundtrip.
The Lake Overlook trail gains about 400 feet of elevation and gives you a commanding view of Yellowstone Lake and the distant snow-capped Absaroka Mountains.
To read more recommendations for Yellowstone, head to our website: https://rvlifestyle.com/best-campgrounds-near-yellowstone-lake/