RVers are hitting the road with more than relaxation or adventure on their minds. From remote working to roadschooling, many full- and part-time travelers are seeking both beautiful camping destinations and a strong cell phone signal or a reliable WiFi connection.
Here at Campendium, we help in the search for workable internet while on the road. From cell phone service coverage maps (available to Roadpass Pro members) to highlighting user-reported cell phone coverage on each review, you can travel with the confidence that you’ll be able to find the level of connectivity that you need.
Looking for inspiration? Here are 10 state park campgrounds with strong and reliable cell phone coverage or WiFi connection.
Red Top Mountain State Park, Acworth, Georgia
Red Top Mountain State Park’s pretty, wooded campground is nestled on the shores of Allatoona Lake, a large reservoir popular for fishing, swimming, and watersports. The park also has strong cell phone coverage and WiFi access that can be purchased by the day or the week.
“We had excellent internet!” raves Campendium user KnMTravel. “We paid for 2 weeks costing about $43 and we had WiFi speeds better than we used to have at home […] We had a WiFi speed range of -36 to -42 dBm and a Verizon data speed of -77 dBm. We couldn’t have been happier with the conditions for working our day jobs.”
Pocahontas State Park, Chesterfield, Virginia
Five-star reviewed Pocahontas State Park offers 90-plus miles of trails, boating, and camping just outside of Richmond, Virginia. Campers love visiting the on-site Civilian Conservation Corps Museum and enjoy the park’s kid-friendly amenities, including a playground and live events at the park’s 2,000-seat amphitheater.
“Cell service was great on all four networks,” says KnMTravel.
Silver Springs State Park, Ocala, Florida
Bask in the warmth and beauty of central Florida with a trip to one of the largest natural springs in the U.S. at Silver Springs State Park. Take a ride on one of the park’s glass-bottomed boats to see through the crystal-clear water before retiring to your spacious and quiet campsite.
“Cell service was strong enough to work and stream easily,” reports NamasteontheRoad.
Gulf State Park, Orange Beach, Alabama
Two miles of white sand beaches await at Gulf State Park. In addition to sand and surf, the park offers hiking, biking, a nature center, freshwater boating, and swimming.
“Phenomenal WiFi service, unlike any we’ve experienced at a park or campground yet. In addition, great service on both AT&T and Verizon,” shares Slices of Pie. Wendysuefitz agrees, saying, “We work full 8-to-10-hour, data-heavy days and the WiFi here is fantastic. We’ve rarely used the cellular modem.”
Fort Massac State Park, Metropolis, Illinois
Fort Massac is Illinois’ first state park, preserving a landscape known for its natural beauty and historical significance since 1908. Camp along the shores of the Ohio River in the park’s small but well-maintained campground. Catch up on work or roadschool before exploring the area’s history and hiking trails.
“Cell signal was strong and we had no problem working or streaming,” reports @fearoftheunknownrv.
Cheyenne Mountain State Park, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Cheyenne Mountain State Park is a rare Colorado park that’s open year-round for camping, offering 51 full-service sites, 10 tent sites, and 28 miles of trails for hiking and biking. The park also features an archery range, educational programs, and handicap-accessible day-use picnic areas.
“Hard to get a reservation, but worth the wait,” says JRK. “OTA television works great, cell signal (AT&T) is strong … all this while you watch deer, turkey, and the occasional bear out your camper window.”
Elephant Butte Lake State Park, Elephant Butte, New Mexico
Boaters and anglers will love camping at Quail Run Campground in Elephant Butte Lake State Park. This five-star reviewed campground is perched on the shores of 57-square-mile Elephant Butte Lake, New Mexico’s largest body of water. For those who prefer to stay on solid ground, the lake offers miles of sandy beaches for walking, relaxing, and building sandcastles.
“The cell service at our site was amazing. Five full bars of high-speed AT&T and Verizon,” raves captain nemo.
Three Island Crossing State Park, Glenns Ferry, Idaho
Travel in the footsteps of Oregon Trail pioneers with a stay at Three Island Crossing State Park. Situated along the Snake River, this state park is located at a popular river crossing point for 19th-century wagon trains. Check out the original wagon ruts still etched on the landscape before learning more at the on-site Oregon Trail History and Education Center.
“We had strong Verizon cell reception all week, with no issue working, studying, or streaming,” shares Tag.
Nehalem Bay State Park, Nehalem, Oregon
You’re just one dune away from the Pacific Ocean at Oregon’s Nehalem Bay State Park. Enjoy year-round camping at the large park campground, where you’ll have easy access to kayaking, crabbing, fishing, biking, and walking along Nehalem Bay’s 4-mile long sandspit.
“Both Verizon and AT&T cell service were excellent!” reports bradokg.
Morro Bay State Park Campground, Morro Bay, California
Outdoor adventures abound in Morro Bay State Park, located on California’s Central Coast. The park features a marina, a public golf course, and easy access to Morro Bay’s tourist-friendly city. While you’re in the area, take a day trip to the rugged coastline at nearby Montaña de Oro State Park.
“Working remotely was pretty easy (AT&T and Verizon), no issues there,” reviewed Dave Burns.
Whether you’re working, roadschooling, or prefer to be connected, luckily there are plenty of campgrounds at state parks that offer fast WiFi or a strong cell phone signal for peace of mind.
Editor’s note: Some quotes have been edited for clarity.