5 Star Campgrounds: April 2015

May 4, 2015 | 5 Star Campgrounds

5 Star Campgrounds: April 2015

By Campendium

Eighty campgrounds received 5 star reviews in April! Here are some of the highlights:

Goblin Valley State Park – Green River, UT

The campground sits up against a beautiful red-rock back-drop. The campsites are fairly well spaced out, but there are no trees or anything other than your covered picnic tables to separate you and the neighboring sites. Overall I highly recommend this place. Very scenic, easy to get to and clean/level/well spaced out spots. – Gus M.

Skidaway Island State Park – Savannah, GA

Loved this campground! It was our first experience at a Georgia State Park and I doubt it will be our last. The sites here are all large pull-thrus with lots of trees and huge sitting areas. The site quality varies a bit, but since you are allowed to drive around a pick your own site (even if you have a reservation) I’m sure anyone could find one they liked. – WatsonsWander

Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site – El Paso, TX

Truth be told we stopped here because it was conveniently on our route and we liked it so much we extended our stay. This is a small quiet park which has very controlled access because of the petroglyphs and pictographs that are here. In order to stay here you have to follow a lot of rules, one is that you have to call a special phone # listed on the website and you can initially only reserve 3 nights. – Robin

Crowder Point Family Campground – Crowder, OK

We loved this campground. Lake Eufaula is huge and a wonderful fishing spot. This campground is beautiful and sits on top of the cliffs overlooking the lake. – mommanew

Alabama Hills Recreation Area – Lone Pine, CA

In terms of sheer natural beauty this is one of our absolute favorite boondocking spots. It’s such a unique location, surrounded by the crazy, bulbous red-orange rocks of the Alabama Hills with the backdrop of the 10,000 ft plus Sierra Nevada Mountains in the background. You can spend weeks just scrambling around on the rocks, exploring dirt roads and enjoying the scenery. – WheelingIt

Crawfish Lake Campground – Tonasket, WA

This campground is in a very remote area. Access is seasonal. Although there are cabins on the opposite side of the lake, you really feel like you’re in the wilderness here. We hear wolves and coyotes at nights and almost always see deer during the day. What’s amazing is that there is actually cell phone reception here (but not data). – Mike S.

Hunting Island State Park – Saint Helena Island, SC

There are designated tent and RV sites, but we were not able to secure a tent site. Site 132 had electric and water access, but it would have been suitable for only a small camper or RV (very small!). It ended up being the perfect place to pitch a tent under the palmettos. Other sites that we saw were equally nice. Some had more privacy in the way of palms and shrubbery, while others were more open and carpeted with pine needles. Despite being full, the campground quieted down by 9:00 or so. We could even hear the ocean as we fell asleep. – Sarah Akers

Goose Island State Park – Rockport, TX

We camped in site 34 of the Bay campground near the nature viewing area. There are more bay front sites near the fishing pier and another campground in a wooded area. The bay sites are on hard packed sand right on the water. Each site has water and electric hookups and a shelter with a picnic table. Many people fish right from their campsite. – wanderingdawgs

James Island – Charleston, SC

Very beautiful, huge, well-kept park with: full hookups, miles of paved bike trails, fishing pier, climbing wall, big dog park on lake so dogs can swim, cabins, conference center, camp store, open air laundry with rocking chairs for waiting, $10 round trip shuttle to Charleston (traffic is awful so take the shuttle) and Folly beach, splash zone, playgrounds, picnic shelter, wifi (we used our own mifi). – Tin Can Annie

Tillicum Beach Campground – Yachats, OR

The layout is a little different in that many spots are essentially “parallel parking” opportunities. Each has a street-side and a beach side. We really shouldn’t complain because the beach side was literally a beach-side cliff. Poor us. Some sites, ours included had little secluded “balconies” overlooking the beach below. Stunning! – CM

Big Bend Ranch State Park – Redford, TX

Sunsets, hovering vultures, and with a good strong toss you could pitch a rock to Mexico. I’d much prefer staying here to Rio Grande Village in the national park, too. Give it a look, and check out Closed Canyon if you want a truly gorgeous hike. – Nathan @ Wand’rly

Henderson Beach State Park – Destin, FL

My spontaneous behavior (when it comes to finding a place to stay) worked out yet again as I was able to get the last site at Henderson Beach State Park for 5 nights I was there. Awesome site close to the bath house, laundry facilities, and most importantly, the boardwalk to the beach. Oh, the beach. Just as you would picture it. No, make that better than you would picture it. Loved the beach! – Marshall

Kodachrome Basin State Park – Henrieville, UT

This is easily one of the nicest state parks I have ever visited. I love it for the red rock formations, the isolation, the trails and the dark skies. This is a great place to base explorations of Bryce or Escalante and Utah 12. I wish I had stayed longer. It was amazing. – Doug

Taylor – Taylor, TX

We randomly picked this park while in the area, and absolutely loved it. The camp hosts were super friendly and let us go select whatever site we wanted. It was a hard choice – there are so many great sites here offering space, views and privacy. We ultimately selected #21, which had a hill of wildflowers and a picnic table overlooking the lake. – Technomadia

Buckhorn Lake Resort – Kerrville, TX

Buckhorn Lake Resort is truly an outstanding RV destination. The staff is helpful and well informed, the facilities are immaculate and the resort is beautifully landscaped and maintained. We came intending to stay just a couple of months and by the time we departed we’d been there for five! – Greg Alford

Volcanic Tablelands – Bishop, CA

The drive is uphill on a dirt road, parts of it washboard, and a bit bumpy but doable. Our site was rocky and on a slight incline but actually had a level spot. It was quite remote and beautiful. – Island Girl Walkabout

Sand Flats Campground – Moab, UT

I’m not sure I can adequately describe how much we loved it here. So much that we stayed longer here than we have anywhere else. Our kids enjoyed tons of rock scrambling and the scenery out here is just amazing. We were content to just sit for many of our days, but there’s a ton of hiking and mtn biking nearby, Arches National Park, and the town of Moab has some really great food. – Currently Wandering