Plan Ahead And Take Your Time To Make The Right Campground Selection….It Is Worthy The Effort!
Interested in going away and thinking of a camping trip? You may want to camp independently without any company, go with a partner you are romantically involved, or with your family or a group of friends. When camping you will need to pick out a suitable campground to stay in. Some people like to choose somewhere close to home so that they don’t have far to travel with all their camping equipment and other supplies; others to choose to travel a bit more to find a better choice and to explore new areas. Depending on the country you currently live, there are may be many different campground options, near home if you prefer as it is a very popular pastime that many people enjoy. You need to choose a place that fits all your requirements and one that sounds the best for you to stay at.
How do you go about finding the “perfect” campground, you may be thinking, as you will want to take the time to look. You need to know what you want, and also look at the rest of the camping party to find out what they would prefer, so you find something that will suit everyone. Everyone has different tastes so when it comes to a camping trip, many factors need to be taken into consideration to look for the ideal campground for you all to settle in. Take a look at the following list of considerations to help you plan your next camping adventure.
Camp Site Options
One of the first aspects to look at when choosing a campground is to determine what camp site amenities you want. When RV camping, sites can range from completely primitive to including full-hookups. If you are planning an extended trip, full-hookups are usually preferable, allowing you access to power, water and sewer. If you are interested in a more remote locale, primitive camping may be all that’s available. For tent camping, consider the ground cover that you will be camping on (a manicured lawn is most comfortable). Make sure the camp sites are dry and relatively flat, as you don’t want puddles forming under the tent if it rains and flat ground is usually much more comfortable than sleeping on lumps. Make sure you know what restroom facilities are available as well, as these can range from porta-potties, to pit toilets, to full bathrooms with sinks and showers. Some tent sites may have other offerings, such as electrical outlets for charging equipment or small shelters for storing goods. If you’re looking for a little more luxury, some campgrounds have cabins available for rent with a varying degree of furnishings.
Regardless of the mode in which you are camping, there are other aspects to a camp site. Examine the kinds of cooking options available at each campground. Find out if the camp site has a fire pit, and if not, whether you are allowed to have campfires. Some campgrounds will have charcoal grills available at each site, while others might have first-come, first-serve gas grills for camper use. Take a look at the amount of space each site gives you, some campgrounds will pack people together like sardines with little room to spread out. If you’re camping with a group, take a look at the options they have for group camping. Some campgrounds will have set-aside areas specifically for groups camping together.
Along with the camp site amenities, you have to look at the whole campground. Amenities can vary a lot among campgrounds. Some campgrounds may simply be a group of sites with no other amenities. Others will have swimming pools and hot tubs (which are great after a long day of hiking), restaurants, game rooms and lounges, general stores for purchasing supplies, and laundry facilities. Some campgrounds will also have recreational equipment available for rental such as bicycles and sports equipment.
Location and Attractions
So, before you pick your campground, you have to think about what you want to do while you’re camping. Determine the type of area you want to camp at: a beach or lake, the forest, the desert, the mountains. The type of area you camp in can have a lot of impact on the activities available in that area. Maybe you are looking to camp near a specific attraction, like a national park or landmark or an amusement park. On the other hand, maybe you just want to sit back and relax and enjoy nature. Then you might want to look for a more remote locale, away from tourist attractions.
That said, again depending on your country of residence but if you are in USA there are lots of options of campgrounds that extend throughout the vast wilderness of the country, each one unique, ranging from mere spots of flat dirt to luxurious cabins with accommodating facilities. All of these public campgrounds are run and managed by federal, state, or local agencies. Most of these campgrounds would be geared towards tent camping, but many also offer setups for RV vehicles and a few offer cabins and showers.
There are a few features that almost all campgrounds provide. Bathrooms with electrical lighting are usually provided, often in addition to port-a-potties. Almost all campgrounds also have workers that patrol the grounds enforcing strict quiet hours and overseeing camp activity. This is a plus for people who worry about noisy neighbors. These patrollers also help keep the grounds clean and organized. As a bonus, at some campgrounds, the park rangers lead hikes or organize group campfires.
Two downsides to national park campgrounds are the high sticker price and their popularity. During summer months, they will quickly fill, usually daily, with smaller grounds usually being first come, first serve, while larger grounds may offer reservations. During these times, one can often find overflow campgrounds located outside park borders, built for campers who arrive late for them to be able secure a campsite at the park. Also, because of concerns of erosion, the grounds are often far from natural water and the scenic views that hikers seek.
To contrast nationally kept campgrounds, municipality, township, and county campgrounds are usually unmarked on maps and are therefore less crowded and often more private. They also are apt to have a smaller sticker price and are typically smaller. They can be found in the Yellow Pages of the telephone book. Private campgrounds are the alternative option to publicly, government run sites. These can end up being little more than rest stops off the highway that are geared towards the overnight traveler. Some are stringently RV parks and do not provide for or allow tent camping.
Deciding which type of campground you are going to lodge in should be based on individual and family priorities, because not everyone is looking for the same camping experience and a campground that is right for one person may be wrong for another. For campers who are new to camping or going on their first camping adventure, insecurity and fear may be a factor, due to primitive facilities and general lack of technology, and they may prefer a more facilitated and well equipped campground to a patch of dirt. Some people may not be looking for any sort of nature experience at all and simply wish to park their RV, pull out their barbeque and relax.
5 Quick And Simple Ways To Find A Campground
There are several ways to do this.
1. One way that you can find a campground will no doubt have many options for you to choose from. This involves looking in your local telephone book. With the phone book, you will find the names of several campgrounds and their contact information. Not only would you find camps locally to do some camping at but you will get familiar with the surrounding campgrounds as well. It’s important to write down the ones you are interested in and what they charge if they do.
2. While the local phone book is a good utilization tool, getting recommendations is a good idea. Camping is a very popular activity so there is a good chance a family member or some of your friends have been camping. If som they can give you places to choose from, what they liked about it, what they didn’t. They can tell you what kinds of activities were available and they may be able to give you all the contact information you need to get in touch with this campground.
3. If a local campground is not what you want, how can you find out about campgrounds in other states? Use the Internet and do a search in one of the many search engines. By placing “campground parks” many hits will show up. You can modify the search if you know where you would like to go Usually city, state or even zip code.
This booming technology is an awesome way to find campgrounds and get familiar with all they have to offer. They may even have pictures about their park posted on the website. This gives you an idea.
Somewhere on the website will be contact information such as location and phone number. Maybe even a fax number. A price list for the park’s campsites may even be on website.
4. One other way on the Internet is to look at online phone books or business directories. These allow you to find business directories in a particular area with their contact information also showing. These resources will allow you to find particular businesses by specific area.
5. By keeping your eyes open, you can find a campground park to camp out at. Sometimes a great campground is discovered quite by accident. Should you be out driving, keep a lookout for interesting park you would like to visit.
Many of these sites are seen in plain sight such as an advertisement on a billboard or highway sign. You can stop in and visit while requesting information. If you saw the information on the billboard, call the number posted to get the information you need. You can also do an Internet search about the park in question when you reach your destination or home.
Take a look at the campground’s rules and regulations to give you an idea of the ‘feel’ of the campground. Some campgrounds have quiet hours that are great for campers who want to get a good nights rest, but not so good for those that want to spend a late night singing and joking around the campfire. The size and popularity of your campground can have a lot to do with the environment as well, so choose wisely. A small campground could mean more isolation and less disruptions, or if it’s a popular campground, being crammed in closer to other people. A large campground could mean campsites that are more spread apart, or large crowds.
An important aspect for when you are camping with kids is the activities are offered right there at the campground. Some locations will offer activities such as nature talks, guided hikes, arts & crafts, movie nights, or junior ranger programs. These can be great pastimes that don’t require you to travel and can potentially grab you a few hours away from the kids.
With just a little bit of research you can ensure that your next camping trip is near the attractions you want, has the amenities and fun you need, encompasses the environment that suits your mood, and guarantees you an overall great vacation.
In conclusion, it should be obvious to you now that there are many factors to consider when choosing a campground and it is often helpful to sit down and make a list of what kind of experience you want and what kind of campground would best facilitate that experience. Other things to consider are the surrounding scenery and hiking features as well as the terrain and weather in the area you are looking at. There is a campground for everyone; all you have to do is a little research.
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