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afidel

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Posted: 07/23/22 01:30am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Veebyes wrote:

County parks are just another in the accommodation for RVers bag of tricks. County & town parks can work out well. Some not so well.

Getting reviews on them not so easy as fewer people use them.

Another not so well known place of refuge are the fairgrounds, mostly county, but state too, all over. Basic, inexpensive & available as long as nothing big is happening.


Similar to fairgrounds, horse show facilities often have hookups available, Kentucky Horse Park north of Lexington is just off 75 and has electric year round, one of the few spots that far north open in the winter. $30/night is reasonable as well.

The only county parks I can remember staying at were in Oakland County on the north side of the Detroit metro, they were very nice, though not as woodsy as the state parks as far as the sites go. Kinda a middle ground between commercial parks and state parks.

Another off the usual radar category is water conservation or management districts, we've stayed in some both in Florida and central Ohio.


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I was going to recommend Ultimate Campgrounds, but now when I try to open the link, it comes up with the message :you do not have access to this page!

It listed lots of campgrounds, but I don't know what has happened to it. Or if it's just temporary and will be back soon.

It used to be free on a computer, but I do know that it was a paid app on mobile devices. But when I search the app store on my phone, nothing comes up for it.

EDIT: Here's the answer:
Time marches on. We cannot always keep up, however, and sadly that applies to Ultimate Campgrounds. After 14 years we have come to the end of the road.
However, we are pleased to announce that our carefully-cultivated database of over 46,500 locations is being taken over by the folks at Garmin®. For several years Ultimate Campgrounds has been featured in a number of their GPS systems and is now being added to the Garmin® Tread™ app.
Although our apps have been discontinued in the app stores, folks that already have the app can continue to use it for as long as they like. Just be aware that over time the data will slowly become less up-to-date.
Our FAQ page will remain active for any users that may have a question.
Bill, Geoff and Ted all thank you for your continued support and contributions over the past 14 years and we hope we have helped you find some great places to pitch your tent or park your RV.
The UC Facebook page will live on; Ted will continue to post items of interest that he comes across.

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I used the Ultimate Public Campgrounds website a lot and fortunately downloaded one of the last database updates before they stopped offering them and went to the app or online only. The US Campgrounds website shows the location of many county and local government campgrounds. The website has a map feature and the database can be downloaded. I have it on my computer and Garmin GPS.


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Posted: 07/29/22 09:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

www.uscampgrounds.info
13,000 public campgrounds- entire US and Canadaca Latitude/longitude of every campground verified
Interactive street/topo maps, downloadable data files for your GPS or laptop mapping software - all free

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Good information always use public parks normally are plenty of spots not during Memorial Day, July 4th, and Memorial Day. Always spots available weekdays away from crowds, my unit has own own power and water boon docking is a good option.

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As others have noted www.uscampgrounds.info has info on many county parks. Found a county park near Grants Pass in Oregon on our trip last month and had a nice stay. Clean bathrooms, warm showers, etc. And with only 19 sites it was a lot less hectic than some of the SP's we stayed in.


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afidel wrote:

Another off the usual radar category is water conservation or management districts, we've stayed in some both in Florida and central Ohio.
Some states like Kansas allow camping at state fishing lakes and on Wildlife management areas and/or state forests. Most we have encountered are dry camping. There may or may not be designated sites or areas. The rules vary widely from state to state and even area to area. A fishing or hunting license may be required. Wildlife management areas may permit camping by licensed hunters only during hunting season, no camping during certain seasons or other special regulations. Information is usually available on the state agency web pages.

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