One of the comments in the last blog asked a question about how we find the parks to stay in. I assume it is because we often find some reasonably priced parks that are a bit off the beaten path. I thought his would be a good opportunity to detail how we go about finding parks we stay in. What I do to locate our next stay is probably much the same as many others use but we all look for different things when selecting parks. To discus our methodology I'll use our current park, Point Mallard Campground, as an example of how we choose our next location.
Our Search Criteria:
- Distance to the next park needs to be less than 200 miles and preferably under 150
- Next I consider the parks within 3 miles of the preferred road we are traveling
- I also look for areas of interest along the route such as neat towns, scenic places to hike and bike or other areas that will provide a means of distraction during our stay
Tools Used to Find Parks:
- Microsoft Street and Trips with the Mega POI
- US Campgrounds website (yielded the park we are in now)
- Ultimate Campgrounds website
- Google Maps using a search for campgrounds sometimes yields a bonus campground not found otherwise
Tools Used to Narrow Down Park List to a few select parks:
- RV Park Reviews website is by far the best tool we use
- other web sites such as Woodalls, RV Buddy, RV Camp Reviews are used if the first bullet doesn’t have info on the park
Now If nothing stands out as a cool place to stay after all the above work I simply expand the range around our preferred route up to 5 miles, then up to ten until I find a gem, for us!
That is how we found this little gem of a park we are in now in Decatur, Alabama… We like this one so much that we have just extended our stay here for an additional week. Hopefully this information helps some of you looking for your gem of a park to stay in.