Top 6 Campgrounds . . . so far

In five years, we’ve been to a lot of campgrounds and seen a lot of the good, bad, and ugly. We’ve been to some scary campgrounds and some super sweet campgrounds. People ask us all the time what is our favorite campground. But, it’s hard to answer that question since everyone and every situation is different. In some places, a big parking lot would be horrible while in other places, say at the beach, it would be okay. So, accept our list for what it is and understand that we are not saying these are the very best resorts we’ve visited, but given their locations, surroundings, and amenities we feel like they were the best for us at the time. We are not affiliated with any of these RV resorts nor do we get any kind of commission. That keeps our reviews/opinions honest.

Here’s the quick list and then the details are below.

  1. Ocean Lakes, Myrtle Beach, SC
  2. Indiana Dunes State Park, Chesterton, IN
  3. Twin Creek RV Resort, Gatlinburg, TN
  4. Mama Gerties, Asheville, NC
  5. Orlando RV Resort Thousand Trails, Orlando, FL
  6. Mt. Pleasant/Charleston KOA, Mount Pleasant, SC

Honorable Mention

  1. Diamond Caverns RV Resort, Park City, KY
  2. Honeysuckle Meadows RV Park, Sevierville, TN
  3. KOA Gaffney / Spartansburg, Gaffney, SC

Ocean Lakes, Myrtle Beach, SC

View from the oceanfront section of Ocean Lakes Family Campground, Myrtle Beach, SC
View from the oceanfront section of Ocean Lakes Family Campground, Myrtle Beach, SC

Ocean Lakes in Myrtle Beach, SC is the biggest RV park we’ve ever visited.  They have every imaginable RV service that you could ever need including mobile RV techs and a Camping World just a mile outside the gate.  They also have every imaginable amenity you could want including pools, an indoor pool, game rooms, mini golf, golf cart rentals, food, ice cream, a large store, and even a huge water slide.  They even have a usable WiFi.  To some people it may look like a huge parking lot, but you’re right on the ocean with a tiki/beach bar just next door. The sites are smallish with no separation and no shade.

Visit the Ocean Lakes, Myrtle Beach, SC website


Indiana Dunes State Park, Chesterton, IN

View of Lake Michigan from a trail at Indiana Dunes State Park
View of Lake Michigan from a trail at Indiana Dunes State Park

Indiana Dunes State Park in Chesterton, IN is a sweet well maintained state park right on Lake Michigan.  There are hiking trails, a huge beach, a camp store, that state park feel, and, of course, the very impressive Lake Michigan sand dunes.  Our site didn’t have a septic connection, but the festive feel of the park more than made up for the lack of full a connection. The sites are on the big side and many are shady.

Read our full review of Indiana Dunes State Park, Chesterton, IN
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Twin Creek RV Resort, Gatlinburg, TN (Closed in winter)

Nice pullthrough site at Twin Creek RV Resort, Gatlinburg, TN
Nice pullthrough site at Twin Creek RV Resort, Gatlinburg, TN

Twin Creek RV Resort in Gatlinburg, TN is a small RV resort with a tight, steep entrance (if traffic permits and you’re coming from Gatlinburg, turn into the park from the fast lane).  This resort doesn’t have a lot of amenities. They have a pool and hottub, a small store, and they are the closest RV park to downtown Gatlinburg.  The Food City and Gatlinburg Trolley stop are both within walking distance. Twin Creek RV Resort is also the most expensive RV resort in Gatlinburg. All their sites have paved pads and patios with full hookups. They have sites that are completely shady to full sun and they require you to use pads under your jacks (snap pads are okay).

Visit the Twin Creek RV Resort, Gatlinburg, TN website


Mama Gerties, Asheville, NC

Overview of mountaintop sites at Mama Gerties Hideaway Campground in Swannanoa, NC
Overview of mountaintop sites at Mama Gerties Hideaway Campground in Swannanoa, NC

Mama Gerties in Asheville, NC (close to Black Mountain, NC) is a small RV park built right into the side of a mountain.  The park roads are steep and their premium sites access road (closed in winter) is very steep. The sites are large, stepped into the mountain giving you good separation, privacy, and shade.  Most of their sites are pull-throughs, but the exits are so steep that we have to back out or we’ll bottom out. The sites are gravel with full hookups and shady. They don’t have a pool or many other amenities, but they have a small store and the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains.  The couple that run the resort are very nice and helpful and busy little bees. Mama Gerties is close to Asheville and even closer to Black Mountain which we love.

Read our full review of Mama Gerties, Asheville, NC
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Orlando RV Resort Thousand Trails, Orlando, FL

Our site in D Section at Orlando RV Resort (Thousand Trails) in Clermont, FL
Our site in D Section at Orlando RV Resort (Thousand Trails) in Clermont, FL

Orlando RV Resort Thousand Trails in Orlando, FL is a huge resort, maybe even bigger than Ocean Lakes in Myrtle Beach, SC. The resort is made up of many different sections all of them, like most Thousand Trails, are showing their age. However, they have a brand new section that just opened in 2021. The new section has no shade and that can be a killer in the Florida sun. Orlando RV Resort is right downtown making it close to everything including Disney. At night, you can hear and sometimes see the fireworks show put on by Disney. With this resort, it’s all about location, location, location. If you arrive before the noon checkin time (even by one minute), they will make you turn around and exit the park’s entrance road. People arriving at the Orlando RV Resort wait for noon at the local grocery store and some people actually wait on the side of the road just outside the resort. By 12:05 PM, there will be 20+ RVs trying to check in. It’s an amazing chaos to witness and a bit stressful when you’re a participant.

Visit the Orlando RV Resort Thousand Trails, Orlando, FL website


Mt. Pleasant/Charleston KOA, Mount Pleasant, SC

Nice sites and a variety of cabins on the lake at Mount Pleasant / Charleston KOA in Mt. Pleasant, SC
Nice sites and a variety of cabins on the lake at Mount Pleasant / Charleston KOA in Mt. Pleasant, SC

Mt. Pleasant / Charleston KOA in Mount Pleasant, SC is a really nice KOA Holiday and they have a caboose that you can rent! The KOA is right on a lake and they have rental cabins, as well as a separate tenting section. Like most KOAs this resort is well run, clean, and has all the amenities. The lake front sites are pull-ins so if you have a coach, you’ll be facing the lake. You’re very close to Charleston and everything it has to offer. The resort is also very close to grocery shopping and a Lowes and they have their own camp store. The sites are all gravel and most have full hookups. Some are shady and some in full sun.

Visit the Mt. Pleasant/Charleston KOA, Mount Pleasant, SC website


Honorable Mention

Diamond Caverns RV Resort, Park City, KY

Our site at Diamond Caverns RV Resort & Golf (Thousand Trails) in Park City, KY
Our site at Diamond Caverns RV Resort & Golf (Thousand Trails) in Park City, KY

Diamond Caverns RV Resort in Park City, KY is a Thousand Trails campground located within the boundaries of the Mammoth Cave National Park. The National Parks HQ and restaurant are about seven miles away. Diamond Caverns RV Resort is a campground, golf course, and they have their own cavern with guided tours. We actually enjoyed Diamond Cavern more than Mammoth Cave. Like most Thousand Trails, this park could use some updating, but overall it’s a nice resort. A lot of their sites are very unlevel so be prepared to do some fine tuning once in your site.

Read our full review of Diamond Caverns which is part of Diamond Caverns RV Resort, Park City, KY
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Honeysuckle Meadows RV Park, Sevierville, TN

The picturesque entrance to Honeysuckle Meadows RV Park in Sevierville, TN
The picturesque entrance to Honeysuckle Meadows RV Park in Sevierville, TN

Honeysuckle Meadows RV Park in Sevierville, TN is about 10 miles south west of Pigeon Forge on Rt. 321. It’s tucked away in the mountains (actually Wears Valley) away from all the hustle and bustle of Pigeon Forge yet close enough to go there for all the dinner and entertainment options. Wears Valley is also a lessor known back entrance into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Honeysuckle Meadows RV Park has a nice pool and snack bar (in season) and the absolute biggest sites we’ve ever seen in an RV resort. Their biggest site has to be at least an acre of a grassy field. They have both shady and full sun sites and rental cabins.

Read our full review of Honeysuckle Meadows RV Park, Sevierville, TN
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KOA Gaffney / Spartanburg, Gaffney, SC

The entrance to Spartanburg NE / Gaffney KOA in Gaffney, SC
The entrance to Spartanburg NE / Gaffney KOA in Gaffney, SC

KOA Gaffney / Spartanburg in Gaffney, SC … who would have thought?? This KOA is a fabulous diamond in the rough. It’s made up of mostly two sections: the old and the new. If you can, get a site in the new section (sites 200s and 300s). The old section is also good if you can get a site between 56 and 81. KOA Gaffney / Spartanburg has all the amenities that KOAs have, as well as some nature trails that wind through the woods and around a couple of lakes. The KOA is close to Gaffney with all the shopping and restaurants you’ll need. The last, but very important, advantage of this resort for us is that it’s just down the road from the Freightliner Service & Training Center where we get all our chassis service and work done.

Visit the KOA Gaffney / Spartansburg, Gaffney, SC website

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