The 10 Best Medium-Sized Campgrounds in The US (2017)
The majority of the campgrounds you’ve stayed at over the course of your life likely fit into the category we’d call “medium-sized campgrounds.” These are RV parks and campgrounds with between 25 and 124 campsites. To make our top ten for this category, the park had to offer a quiet and relaxing environment (no city campgrounds!), have enough amenities to keep guests entertained, and preferably a little something special to really set it apart.
USA’s Best Medium-Sized Campgrounds
Hidden Valley Mountain Resort is a secluded, quiet campground burrowed amongst the hills of Tijeras, New Mexico. Just 23 miles out from Albuquerque, this outdoor resort is the perfect destination to stay at for attending the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival in October of each year. The resort itself features a seasonal outdoor pool, a basketball court, and hiking trails for guests at its
Babcock Hollow Family Campground, also known as Fingerlakes Jellystone, is an RV park near Bath, New York. The family-friendly park features both a heated outdoor pool and a 10-acre pond for catch-and-release fishing. There’s also a game room, playground, rec hall, inflatable water slide, bouncy house, and a mini-golf course.
Lazy Days Campground sits on 28 wooded acres in Litchfield, Illinois. The parks two lakes offer great fishing and one includes a roped off swimming lake. Know for its family atmosphere, you can laze about in one of the parks shaded hammocks while your kids enjoy themselves on the basketball court or playground nearby.
Head to the beautiful town of Angola, Indiana to visit Buck Lake Ranch. Dubbed the “Nashville of the North” for its live country music performances, over the last 70 years this campground has hosted stars such as Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, and Tammy Wynette. You can visit the general store and museum to see pictures of all the celebrities who have visited in the park’s storied history.
KOA’s are a household name for US campgrounds, with around 500 locations. Many of their parks fit into the medium-sized campground, and of these, we think their Canandaigua / Rochester location is the best.
Located in the heart of Finger Lakes country, you can find a fully-stocked reflecting pond it the heart of this campground. It doesn’t disappoint with nearby attractions either, with the Erie Canal, Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack, and plenty of vineyards along the Canandaigua Wine Trail all within ten miles of the park.
Is a hot dog a sandwich? It’s not important to this post, but it is an important question. Whatever your thought may be about that, we think you’ll agree that Sandwich Fairgrounds is an awesome place to set up camp. Available all year, camping at Sandwich Fairgrounds puts you in proximity to tons of local shops and restaurants. Come in September with your RV and enjoy rides, deep-fried food, live music, and other fair events at the Sandwich Fair!
And leave your comment below about the hot dog thing.
A park for everyone, Timberland Campground is both family-friendly and dog-friendly. Kids love its pirate ship themed playground, and you can sit back and enjoy a can of beer while they play in Timberland’s outdoor, heated pool. Take a hike with your dog on the several miles of walking trails the campground owns through the woods, with spectacular views of the beautiful Mahoosuc Mountain Range. You can treat yourself to ice cream at the general store when you’re done.
Tree Farm Campground is one of the most unique parks in the country. Since RoverPass is based in Austin, a city whose motto is “Keep it Weird,” we like parks that offer something different. The campground boasts beautiful tall trees that dance in the wind to the tune of over 30 different species of birds. Take a walk along the park’s trails and you’ll spot art everywhere in the form of paintings and sculptures. There’s even naturally grown art in the form of gardens featuring a variety of flows including with lilies, rose of Sharon, Lilly of the valley, magnolias, foxglove, and so many more.
Sometimes you need a weekend away from the kids. Wild Duck Campground in Scarborough, Maine is a 21+ only park that ensures no one else’s children will disrupt your escape. A favorite for honeymooners, the campground offers romantic kayaking on Maine Audubon’s Scarborough Marsh and has secluded RV sites. Each site is grassy, shaded, and decorated to make you feel at ease. You’ll be sure to see cute little ducklings at its pond at some point during your stay.
Wanderlust RV Park is the number one rated campground in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. With 90 full hookup RV sites, Wanderlust is the prototype for what a mid-sized park should be. In addition to these sites, Wanderlust RV Park includes two cottages and two deluxe cabins available to rent out. The park may not have a spectacular amenity that sets it apart from the rest. However, it sets itself apart by having absolutely all of your usual amenities. It also backs them up with friendly staff that keeps the grounds quiet, cozy, and clean.