Welcome to our third annual “Wandering Dawgs best campgrounds of the year” list.
Our 2016 wandering took us on a short trips to Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi.
We prefer staying in state and federal parks and this year our top three all fall into one of those categories.
Number 3: Oak Mountain State Park, Pelham, Alabama
We stopped at Oak Mountain on our way to Mississippi and enjoyed it so much we returned to the same site (A28) on our way back home to Georgia.
Our site was spacious with full hook ups and nothing but woods behind us. This large state park has a golf course, archery range, equestrian camping and horse stables, nature and hiking trails, lake front beach, mountain bike trails, and scenic drives. The road through the park is a popular place for bicyclists. Nearby Pelham and Birmingham have restaurants and shopping.
Read more about our stay at First Stop on our Fall Football Road Trip .
Number 2: Stephen C. Foster State Park in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Fargo, Georgia
We love this place so much we have camped here numerous times in past 10 years. Our most recent trip was in March, 2016.
Just getting to the campground is an adventure. After turning off the highway, seventeen miles of driving through pine forests and palmettos takes you into the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. It is remote, quiet, and wild.
We camp in one of the large premium pull through sites. It is a short walk or bike ride from the campground to the marina where you can go on a guided tour of the Okefenokee Swamp, rent a boat or canoe, launch your own boat, or take a walk on the nature trail through the swamp. Alligators are often seen around the marina but we’ve never seen one in the campground.
You can read more about our stay at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.
Number 1: Fort Pickens Campground, Gulf Islands National Seashore, Florida
Miles of white sugar sand beach in Gulf Islands National Seashore within walking distance from our campsite, an historic fort to explore, a nice campsite, nature trails, beautiful sunsets, fresh seafood, fishing pier, museums and a lighthouse nearby – what’s not to love?
Read more about our stay at Gulf Islands National Seashore .
- We returned to Mississippi River State Park in Marianna, Arkansas, our “Best Campground of the Year – 2014“. I left it out of the top three to make room for three new campgrounds
- Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center, White Springs, Florida
- Eastbank Corps of Engineers Campground, Bainbridge, Georgia
Where do you think we will wander next year? Stay tuned…