RV State Parks

RV State Parks
Every state in the nation has its own system of state parks. State parks provide numerous outdoor sports and activities, and are often less expensive than our national parks. When traveling by RV, look to the state park system for RV friendly campgrounds within the parks. From New England to the Pacific Coast, parks are available where you can stop the RV and enjoy exploring the natural heritage of the states.

Big Basin Redwoods State Park

California has almost 270 parks within its state park system, and many of them allow RV camping. One such example is the Big Basin Redwoods State Park in Santa Cruz County, in the northern part of the state. RV lengths to 27 feet are accommodated at the park's campground. Pets are allowed if leashed, but must not be left unattended. Showers, pit toilets and freshwater taps are available. In addition to being able to park the RV for multiple-day stays, there are hiking trails, opportunities for bird-watching, rock climbing and bouldering within the park. The California State Park Website has a complete list of parks allowing camping (see Resources.)

Big Basin Redwoods State Park
21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, CA 95006-9064

Camden Hills State Park

Out on the opposite coast from California is the state of Maine. The Maine Parks System offers two state parks with RV hookups and camping. The Camden Hills State Park, located on what locals call the mid-coast, offers RV sites with water and 30-amp electric connections. A dumping station is available, but there are no sewer connections. Pets are allowed if leashed. The campground is open seasonally between early May and mid- to late October (depending on the weather). Plan on being swarmed by black flies and mosquitoes, so bring lots of bug repellent. The park has hiking, mountain biking and bird-watching. The Maine State website provides a comprehensive list of all state parks, including those with RV campgrounds (see Resources).

Camden Hills State Park
280 Belfast Road
Camden, ME 04843

Abilene State Park

Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife offers a range of RV campgrounds within the Texas State Park system. Abilene State Park, in the Texas panhandle, is just one of the Texas parks with RV camping. Abilene State Park offers RV sites with water and 30- or 50-amp electric connections. An air-conditioned guest house is available for large groups to cook or hold meetings. The park has hiking trails, swimming pools and boating, and pets are allowed if leashed. Texas provides an online list to its state parks through its state website (see Resources).

Abilene State Park
150 Park Road 32
Tuscola, TX 79562

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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