Although we didn’t wander too much in our RV this year our travels took us to some very memorable places. We visited family, camped by lakes and rivers, got together with old friends, visited a distillery, watched barges go by on the Mississippi River, went to 2 Georgia away games, and ate award winning barbeque and tamales.
During our 2014 travels we camped in 8 states and stayed in a total of 17 different parks: 7 state parks, 5 private RV parks, and 5 federal parks.
So here it is, the first ever “Wandering Dawgs best campgrounds of the year” list.
Number 3: Claytor Lake State Park, Dublin, Virginia.
Site D21 – our favorite site at Claytor Lake State Park
Swim platform at Claytor Lake State Park
Claytor Lake State Park is our favorite place to stay when visiting family in Virginia. We’ve returned several times and enjoyed each stay.
There are plenty of things to do in the area to keep you busy. The state park has a nice beach and swimming area, hiking trails, a marina, and gift shop with free Wi-Fi. The Blue Ridge Parkway is close enough for a day trip and Virginia Tech in Blacksburg is just a short drive away.
We always stay in one of the big pull through sites in section D. Each site has water and electric, a picnic table, and fire pit. The sites are wide enough that you don’t feel like you are on top of your neighbor. There are no waterfront sites in the park but the lake is just a short walk from the campground.
We visited Claytor Lake State Park in April, 2014 and also in May, 2013.
Number 2: Maumelle COE on the Arkansas River in Little Rock, Arkansas
Ducks on the Arkansas river
We enjoyed relaxing at our campsite beside the Arkansas River
Maumelle is a popular Corps of Engineers park in Little Rock, Arkansas. This is a very popular park so reservations are recommended especially on the weekends. Our site, just a few steps from the lake, was a large back in with water and electric hookups, a big patio area with a fire pit and picnic table, and a beautiful view of the Arkansas River.
The campground is conveniently located in Little Rock and close to shopping. The park has a boat ramp, playground, basketball court and a picnic area. It is a good home base for exploring the area. We enjoyed a day trip to Petit Jean State Park.
We visited Maumelle Campground in October, 2014.
Number 1: Mississippi River State Park, Marianna, Arkansas
Relaxing at the campsite on Bear Creek Lake
This Great Blue Heron came back to the same spot on the lake each day
Not only the best campground of 2014, but I would rate this one of the best state park campgrounds ever!
The park is located in the Mississippi Delta on the Crowley’s Ridge Parkway and the Great River Road within the St. Francis National Forest. We stayed in the Beech Point Campground on a peninsula in Bear Creek Lake. There are only 17 sites in the campground with 14 full hookup waterfront sites and 3 tent sites. Ours was a large pull through with a big patio area for the picnic table and fire ring. Everything was clean and new, the staff at the visitor’s center and the rangers were friendly and helpful, and the view from our site couldn’t be beat.
This is a great place to sit and watch the resident Great Blue Heron and turtles on the lake. The visitor’s center has a very well done and interesting interpretive center about the Mississippi Delta. The lake is a popular fishing destination and if you enjoy scenic drives the Great River Road and Crowley’s Ridge Parkway are both close by. Oh, and award winning barbeque is just a short drive from the campground.
We’re already trying to figure out when we can camp here again!
We visited Mississippi River State Park in October, 2014.
- Winfield COE on J Strom Thurmond Lake in Appling, Georgia.
- Lake Chicot State Park, Lake Village, Arkansas.
- Trail of Tears State Park, Jackson, Missouri.
Where do you think we will wander next year? Stay tuned…
Happy New Year!!