RV Campgrounds Guide: 5 Travel Experts Spill The Secret Spots!

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I adore helping busy wives quickly find the best vacation spots for families in the southern United States – we love sharing the 411 to save wifeys the time and trouble of scrambling the internet and coming up disappointed.  Today’s info includes RV campgrounds, but most of them have cabins and tent camping as well. We’ll travel more for you and report on it, we’ll make the sacrifice (wink).

If you told me that you wanted insider information about the best RV campgrounds in the south, I’d tell you that it would make sense to hear from those who know all the perks for traveling families.  I’m not talking about your typical, vague campground information, nope, we ladies need the real details about camping spots, don’t we?

So let’s ask the experts!

I interviewed five amazing travel gurus and they’ve agreed to give us the honest ins and outs of family vacation destinations that planning ladies want to know. The million dollar question that I asked these RV Travel experts was:

What is your favorite of all of the Southern RV Campgrounds for families and why?

Let’s get to those responses, shall we?!


1) The Travaglino Family – Fulltime Families – Twitter

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As a full-time RVing family, who has spent the last 5 years on the road, we have been to our fair share of campgrounds and consider ourselves experts when it comes to recommending great family campgrounds across the country.

While it’s hard to pick a favorite, one special campground does stand out for the cherished family memories we shared on its grounds. Yogi in the Smokies, Camp Jellystone of Cherokee, North Carolina has great amenities, tons of kids activities and is nestled in the picturesque Smoky Mountains along a beautiful stream.  You can spend every vacation day on the property and not get bored!  With super friendly staff and tons of family fun, we highly recommend Yogi in the Smokies!


2)  The Hannan Family – Shore Looks NiceFacebook

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We packed in the corporate lifestyle to Travel across America seeking Adventure full time in an RV. On June 1, 2014, we left Orange County to embark on the most epic journey of our lives.

Being full-time RVers has been an incredible journey and a great learning experience.  The best part is going to unique places, meeting new people and doing it all with my best friend.

It’s tough to pick “favorite” RV campgrounds as all have different things we like about them. But here’s one of our favorites:  Thousand Trails Orlando. It’s located close enough to take day trips to the East Coast and to the Gulf! It also has a lot of amenities, it’s on a lake with great fishing, and has events for the RV Community.

We wrote a full review of Thousand Trails Orlando here.


3.  The Holt FamilyFree 2 BreatheFacebook

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We are a family of four choosing to live life in a radical way. We are selling everything and hitting the road to experience life, simply.

Who knew you could take your RV to paradise?


Sunshine Key RV Resort is a true getaway in the Florida Keys found at mile marker 39 on Overseas Highway 1.

After crossing the famous seven-mile bridge and all its breathtaking views you quickly arrive at Sunshine Key and all your worries drift away. You will easily be able to get set up in your pull through spot (unless you choose a waterfront view) and set up quickly with hook ups that are easy to reach and clearly marked.

There is so much for the family to do here! From volleyball, live entertainment, pool, and hot tub your only problem will be deciding what to do first! You can also follow the tide and walk under the seven-mile bridge along the sea shore looking for rocks, treasures, and sea life.

4.  The Goff FamilyRoadTripTeacherFacebook

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Traveling full-time with my four kids and calling America’s backyard our home, I chronicle our travels over at Diary of a Road Mom.

Our family loves the southern part of the country as well as the west coast so we make lots of trips across I-10 and I-20 during our travels.

Although we have our favorite places to stay in Florida, California, Texas and the usual southern campgrounds, one of our very favorite RV campgrounds is located in the Cajun country on the banks of the mighty Mississippi. River View RV Resort is a charming facility that sits on the original settlement of Vidalia, Louisiana and overlooks the historic city of Natchez, Mississippi.

Our family loves this park for many reasons but the scenery there is unmatched. The bridge that connects Louisiana and Mississippi is really quite striking and spans the entire width of the Mississippi River. It is illuminated at night and provides a fun backdrop for the area. The sites in River View are all flat with water views of the river. It’s a quiet area with the barge signals that float in the wind. There is a paved river walk that runs along the campground that is another great amenity to be enjoyed. The staff at River View has always been accommodating and keeps the grounds immaculate. The kids especially like the swimming pool while I am a fan of the hot tub there. The main office building houses the laundry room, showers, and bathrooms so it feels very safe and is well kept.

There is so much to see in this part of the country including the Natchez Indians village, Natchez Trace Parkway, and Longwood. The plantations that can be toured are another treasure. Our favorites include Frogmore Cotton Plantation and the Antebellum Mansion.


5.  Incredible Dash FamIncredible DashFacebook

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 Although, many of our full-time adventures have taken us to the northern states, we’ve spent a little time in the south and have plenty of favorites! I’m thrilled to share our #1 choice and a few more with you:

We are currently staying at this park and it is absolutely beautiful and charming, and as an added bonus, it’s affordable. Green River Stables Horse Camp & RV Park is nestled in the quaint little town of Campbellsville, Kentucky. There’s a the beautiful Green River State Park right next door which offers plenty of recreational activities such as boating, mini golf, playgrounds etc. While there’s a campground at the State Park, and that would be ok for a short trip, we really have been enjoying our time at the stables. The owners go out of their way to make you feel welcome and help you make the most of your time. Onsite laundry, horse boarding facilities, nature trails, and great group events like potlucks and karaoke really make this park a fantastic choice!

While in Arkansas, we like to stay close to my best friend who is just across the border in Oklahoma. William O. Darby RV Community is small, but not short on friendliness and charm. It is also very affordable, clean, and while located convenient to everything you might need, it’s also far enough away that you don’t feel like you’re smack dab in the middle of a city!

This area of Mississippi holds special memories for us as we spent quite some time there during my husband pre-deployment training with the Air Force. I was thrilled to discover Twiltley Campground in particular because it’s situated on a beautiful lake. There’s a great playground, plenty of hiking opportunities as well as biking or boating. It’s also close enough to explore what the city has to offer without that claustrophobic feeling of being in the middle of it all, where it never slows down. We will definitely be frequenting this park, especially with the affordable price and abundance of activities nearby!

Memphis has stolen a little piece of our hearts as we explore a longer than average term work assignment possibility in the area! There are so many wonderful RV parks in the area to choose from, but among the very top would be the Jellystone Memphis Park, which is actually located in Horn Lake, MS! The lovable characters, sparkling clean grounds, friendly staff and so many amenities this might rank in our top 5 parks nationwide! The calendar of events is packed full and the rates are extremely reasonable. Be sure to stop by and stay here for awhile!

If you’re looking to visit New Orleans, but don’t want to be right in the middle of the city, Pine Crest RV Park in Slidell, LA is the perfect option. The bath house has been recently renovated, and the laundry room has ample space with clean washers and dryers. There’s even a kitchen guests are welcome to use and a sitting area with coffee. With sprawling green lawns and on-site lakes, you’ll find plenty of opportunity to relax and recharge while still being less than 30 minutes away from the action in New Orleans.

What wonderful information about these southern RV Campgrounds! I am thankful for my expert friends that Go RVing often and pray that the details they have shared will bless families for many seasons to come.  So that leads me to a question for you, friend …..

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Which of these RV Campgrounds do you want to visit first, friend?


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Published on Huffington Post, Okefenokee Living Magazine, her local newspaper and more, Shan Walker is jokingly called the “Guru.” A Travel Journalist, Wife, and Mom who shares daily “how to” enjoy planning and executing EVERY single family vacation AND “how-to” find joy with your family in the cozy haven you’ve created and can’t wait to get home to!


  1. February 28, 2018 / 10:37 pm

    Thx 4 putting this together. Appreciate it.

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