In 2016 we logged over ten thousand miles RVing. While spending over 100 nights in campgrounds around the country. Here’s our five favorite campgrounds we stayed in during the 2016 calendar year. 

 

1. Bar Harbor Oceanside KOA 

This Oceanside campground is simply,  spectacular! We booked early,  because we wanted oceanfront. At this campground it’s the best way to go.

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Oceanside site!!

It’s not easy to get unless you plan ahead. The free shuttle service to Acadia is so helpful. Lobsters are sold and made to order right at the campground.  So tasty! Everything here was well run,campstore management is very accommodating! No sewer hook ups at oceanfront sites, but they do offer honey wagon service (about $20 for both tanks!).

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The boys enjoying the ocean…

However, the wifi is quite weak at the ocean (we were able to use our cell phones and hotspots without much of a problem, no video streaming), but the ocean views are well worth it.

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The sunsets will leave you speechless….

Don’t miss the sunsets, they are some of the best I’ve ever seen. This is a can’t miss campground.

Click the link to Make a reservation http://koa.com/campgrounds/bar-harbor-oceanside/

 

2. Travelers rest – KOA

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That friendly “Yellow” Welcome sign

We stumbled upon this campground completely by accident. This tucked away gem was a amazingly nice campground. Be careful when approaching, you can easily miss the semi-hidden turn in (we did and had to do a u-turn) It’s relatively small with 37 sites. The entrance/exit is very narrow and could be a problem if two units were coming and going at the same time. The roads and sites are gravel and some sites have a concrete patio with a table.

Deluxe patio site...Wow!
Deluxe patio site…Wow!

This deluxe site was the fanciest I’ve even seen at a KOA. We made a note to come back and book that site. The area is wooded but there are street lights along the interior road. The owners are very friendly and easy to talk to and ready to resolve any issues you might have.

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We loved our wooden back in site

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There is a small, very clean pool and a playground for the kids. There is a fenced dog park. We are nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and conveniently located between Greenville, SC and Asheville, NC. Click the link to Make a reservation http://koa.com/campgrounds/greenville/

3. Cherry Hill RV park, DC 

It’s the closest RV park and campground to Washington, D.C., Cherry Hill Park is the perfect place to stay while camping and exploring our nation’s capital. Location, location, location! Public transportation into the DC is available right from the campground.  Tour shuttles also stop and pick up from the campground. Want to relax at the campground? Take advantage of the two swimming pools, hot tub, sauna, multiple kids playgrounds and other amenities.

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The pool was very popular on the hot summer days

It’s a large campground sporting  400 RV and Tenting campsites with water, sewer and electric hookups with 30 or 50 amp service. There are many types of accommodations at Cherry hill, from Yurts, cabins, trailers to homes. There is truly something for just about everyone.

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The boys love exploring the campground

 

 

To make reservations or found out more information click on the link http://www.cherryhillpark.com

 

 
4. Normandy Farms – Foxboro, MA 

As soon as we pulled in to Normandy farms we could tell this campground was something special.

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This campground is something special

Normandy Farms is an exceptional camping resort! The campground is very family friendly , with of tons  activities. If you are looking for a quiet, private campground, this may not be for you – kids are everywhere.  The sites are very large, pull-thru and easily accommodate larger motor-homes. Fire-rings/picnic tables at each site. Some sites have cement pads. The roads are not paved, so some dust. 

The facilities are truly exceptional; numerous large  laundry rooms, play grounds, gaming fields and places to play, huge bike park, huge dog park, 18 hole disc golf, 4 pools, with one pool indoor. Also a large pond for fishing, huge rec-hall with kids/adult loft areas, an arcade and so much more. 
Make sure you make reservations. http://www.normandyfarms.com

 

 

5. Atlantic Oaks

Atlantic Oaks  was our base camp as we explored the Cape Cod area. 

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checking in at the camp store

It easily meets the needs of today’s RV’ers, with large wooded pull-thru sites, equipped with the full hookups and cable TV. We loved the  clean private hot showers (which we actually used a few times). While there is free wifi , it was just ok for basic needs.

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Our RV, nicely tucked into a private wood site

The playground is basic, with a dirt base, so the kids were a mess after playing there. They have camp store and security gate for convenience.

The campground is ideally placed,  only a half mile from the National Seashore Visitor Center and just a few short miles from  ocean/bayside beaches. Not to mention a huge bonus for bike riders,

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Riding the trail with the boys

The Cape Cod Rail Trail actually touches the back of the camp! We rode our bike to the near by Arnold’s lobster shack for some ice for the kids and one of the best lobster rolls we ever had!

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Click the link to find out more and make resrvations http://atlanticoaks.com

 

 
Honorable mention:

 Mystic KOA, 
This KOA was the perfect place for us to relax and recharge. We enjoyed exploring the local area and Visiting places like the sea sport and a US Submarine Museum.

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A wonderful campground to relax

Saca KOA – located in Saca, ME – We used This campground as a stopover on the way up to Arcadia National park.

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After spending one night here, we were so impressed that we changed our return route to spend a few days there. We loved the wooded campground with its heated pool and full service meals. The trolley to the beach and boardwalk is a can’t miss experience. Nearby there was a waterpark, movie theater and so much more. Great stopover for a few days or as a destination. You will love this campground. 

Disney’s Fort Wilderness – We love this campground and it is on everyone’s “best campground ” list. We moved it here just to give other campgrounds a chance to be in our top 5. 

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2016 was a wonderful year for exploring this great nation. Thanks to these wonderful campgrounds, our stays were stressless. Looking forward to the places and campgrounds we will visit in 2017!

Soulful RV Family

2016 recap – Our 5 favorite campgrounds visited this year
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3 thoughts on “2016 recap – Our 5 favorite campgrounds visited this year

  • December 5, 2016 at 8:26 am
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    Those sound like great campgrounds. My husband and I have stayed at Cherry Hill before and I totally agree with your assessment. Thanks for sharing.

    • December 6, 2016 at 12:00 am
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      We enjoyed Cherry hill as well, and will be back in the Spring.

  • December 6, 2016 at 8:25 pm
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    If you head west, I can hook you up with my son and his family in Parachute, Colorado. The only RV parking there was intended for the oil workers so there is nothing there to write home about let alone in to blog about but…short excursions within a few miles get you breathless views & wild mustangs in the Book Cliffs area just to name a couple. (Also, you just might get an invite over to my sons house and you can roast marshmallows over their fire pit and make s’mores with them and their kids.)

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