5 Star Reviews – September 2015

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Morro Strand State BeachMorro Bay, CA

This campground, while lacking in the luxurious glamping features that often make up a five star experience, more than makes up for it with an incredible peaceful, scenic, and friendly environment on the California Central Coast. – David L.

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Turpin Meadow CampgroundMoran, WY

Sites are well spaced and most have plenty of room. There was a beautiful stream and a view of the Tetons at the turn off to the camp. Sites in the back have a view of the surrounding mountains. Great spot to avoid the crowded camps in the park.- Boonshiners

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Ridgway State ParkRidgway, CO

I really enjoyed my stay. I have found Colorado State Parks to be very well maintained and this is no exception. Check in was super easy with and without a reservation. There are stocked fishing ponds, a fish cleaning station and easy access to the Uncompahgre river. – JessieMonsters

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Lake Champagne CampgroundRandolph Center, VT

The campground is terraced, which means everyone has a view. You are close to your neighbors on the sides, but there is absolutely no one behind or in front of you. That means the views of the pond and the surrounding hills can be enjoyed by most. – CeeGee

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Lincoln Rock State ParkWenatchee, WA

This is a great campground, right on the Columbia River. The sites are well-spaced, with much green grass and many mature trees around the sites. There are many families here, so it was easy for our kids to find friends when they wanted. There is a nice playground, a swimming beach, access for your boat, tennis courts, soccer field, volleyball, etc. – Vacay Wheels

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Shavano Wildlife Management AreaSalida, CO

This is a huge area of BLM land with unlimited places to camp. At 8,200′ it is much cooler than nearby Salida so is a good place to come in the summer. The views can’t be beat, there are miles and miles of dirt roads to hike or bike on, the trailhead to a couple of Colorado’s 14ers and the Colorado Trail is just a few miles up the road. – Life’s Little Adventures

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Shady Creek Recreation AreaMuscatine, IA

The state of Iowa has done a wonderful job with building COE parks all along the Mississippi. Shady Creek is a FHU park with long concrete site with a gravel patio area that holds a picnic table and a fire pit. – John and Pam

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Cobscook Bay State ParkDennysville, ME

Our favorite site is number 102 as it provides a great deal of privacy and some beautiful views. While this campsite is spacious, I still have to back my 20 foot Airstream in. However once there you will be rewarded by a spectacular view of the bay, as well as quiet and solitude. One of the things we love about this site is that is is nearly completely shaded even in the middle of the day. – Juan

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Saddlehorn CampgroundColorado National Monument

Just a three mile drive off I-70 in Fruita, CO be prepared to be amazed. Head up the Mesa to the B Loop and enjoy a beautiful view over looking the town and mountains. – Lynda

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Norris CampgroundYellowstone National Park

Very attentive hosts that keep things working smoothly. Would stay here again. Centrally located in a very big park. Had a walking trail to a hot springs basin – one of the best in the park! – baambi7

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Big Sioux State Rec AreaBrandon, SD

This place is a hidden gem. The sites are pretty well spaced out so you aren’t on top of your neighbor. There is a trail system that runs through this park that is really great for walking or hiking. Lilly, our dog, loved it! – Kelly Burns

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Kreher City ParkAshland, WI

This place was amazing! We totally fell in love with Ashland, and this little city park was a perfect place to stay. Its all first come first serve, so we showed up early in the morning to get a waterfront site. – Currently Wandering

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Schoodic Woods CampgroundAcadia National Park

This exceptional campground should not be missed and is open this season on a first come basis and next year via reservations. This was the best campground we have ever stayed! – Sharon

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Nelson ReservoirSaco, MT

This free, primitive campground is not far off Hwy 2, with just a short stretch of gravel before the access. The 9 sites (1 handicapped) are complete free of any litter(!), and very open, but there are a lot of trees in the area, as well. We were here almost by ourselves and were able to drive right down by the water’s edge. – ALvie ALbums

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Dowdy LakeRed Feather Lakes, CO

I’ve been going to this campground with a group of friends for several years. We all love it. Lots of shady sites and easy access to the lake. – S&T

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Silver Fir CampgroundGlacier, WA

Only thirty minutes or so from fabulous Mt. Baker and Shukson, this place was your standard National Forest campground in Washington, which is to say it was stellar. As usual, a road lines one side of the campground and a beautiful river the other. – Nathan @ Wand’rly

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Big Sioux State Rec AreaBrandon, SD

We really enjoyed our stay here as we made our way across South Dakota. The campground is easily accessed off I-90 and has nicely sized, well-maintained sites with electric hookups. – cdrambles

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North Sterling State ParkSterling, CO

This park almost always has sites available for drop-ins during the week as well as most weekends. It’s a popular place with anglers and families. I was surprised to see white Pelicans and other interesting birds along the lakes shoreline. Since there aren’t many trees around, there isn’t much shade, but the vistas are beautiful. – Ingrid

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Rocky LakeColville, WA

This is a wonderful little spot, with access and a view of the small lake. I really enjoyed my time here. – SubaruVagabond

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MuleshoeFossil, OR

This was an awesome little campground, so picturesque on the John Day River among the mountains/cliffs that mark this whole area. Sunsets were lovely. – Meg and Ben

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Little Cottonwood CampgroundBeaver, UT

Campground was close enough to the I-15 highway to be convenient and far away enough to be quiet. – Jeff

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Camp Hale Memorial CampgroundLeadville, CO

We boondocked here for 2 days and loved every minute! The area is rich in history; it’s where the 10th Mountain Division did their winter training during WWII. – LuckyCK

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Piepenburg ParkHutchinson, MN

A perfect setting for a c/g, on a small prairie lake set amongst rolling wooded hills in farm country just one hour west of Minneapolis. Not a bad site in the place, almost all are shaded by large mature oak, ash and maple trees. – Tomp

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Loy Butte RoadSedona, AZ

This was a great boondocking spot. Despite our decision to come here in September when it was up to 97 during the day and the 5 mile washboard road coming in, we still give it 5 stars because of its peace and seclusion. – WanderWasi

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Woods Lake CampgroundPlacerville, CO

We were there in September…bright yellow aspens hung over the Airstream and it was a lovely place for morning coffee. A two-minute drive up the hill from the campground is Woods Lake (quick/easy hike too)…it was really beautiful. IF you have time and don’t care about hook-ups…this place is really worth it! – CaryfromCO

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Fort Yargo State ParkWinder, GA

Popular state park about an hour east of Atlanta with lots of hiking and mountain biking trails, lake with boat rentals, and a small 18th century fort (open to the public on select days with historic reenactments and activities). – BoxyColonial

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Washoe Lake State ParkCarson City, NV

The lake was completely dry, but the campground is quite pretty. There are very few trees, so not much shade or privacy, but we selected a spot that had a nice view and didn’t directly face a neighbor. – KnKFoster

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Four Mile Creek State ParkYoungstown, NY

We made a reservation for five nights just to do some sight seeing in the area, but we liked the park so much we added another five nights. – Life Rebooted

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Wickiup ReservoirBend, OR

I think this was a lovely location (14 deer; bald eagles!) and would be even better at other times of the year with higher water. – Dave R

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Calf CreekBoulder, UT

Calf Creek flows all year long through a narrow, oak filled, red rock canyon. It’s a gorgeous oasis. – A. Christensen