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Number one was obvious, but the next two took some debate!
My wife and I have traveled about 15,000 miles across the U.S. over the last few years with our small travel trailer. We've stayed at almost 50 campgrounds and RV parks, and checked out many more. Living in Orlando however, most of our travel has been throughout the southeast.
Traveling with a Small Travel Trailer is different
It's not like having a big rig! When choosing our favorite campgrounds, there are two things that set us apart.
- We spend more time outside People with large travel trailers and motorhomes have all the comforts of home. They tend to spend a lot of time lounging inside, watching their big screen TVs. With a small trailer, your main purpose is having a place to sleep. You may spend some time sitting inside, but outdoors is generally where you hang.
- We use the public showers Our trailer has a tiny shower...really tiny!. We generally use it only when we don't like the public ones at the campground.
Whenever we discuss our favorite campgrounds, they always seem to have four things in common.
- Basic Hookups - We don't rough it! Everywhere we stay has at least water and electric hookups at the site.
- Water - We love either being right on the water, or having a great view of it.
- Trees - Along with the water, a wooded atmosphere makes it much more relaxing for us.
- The Bathhouse - Traveling in a small travel trailer, we generally use the public showers if they are decent.
So here they are...Our Top 3 Favorite Campgrounds in the Southeast! Send me a note and let me know what you think!
Top 3 Favorite Campgrounds in the Southeast
#1 - Honeycomb Campground - Northern Alabama
When it comes to favorite campgrounds, this is our all time #1. It's located on beautiful Lake Guntersville. Not only does every campsite have a great view of the lake, many of them are within just a few steps of the water. Beyond great camping, other key amenities include:
- Small beach with a roped off swimming area
- Boat launch
- Rental fishing and pontoon boats
#2 - Fort DeSoto - Tampa Bay Florida
If you like it tropical, this is the place for you. Fort DeSoto is a county park on an island out in Tampa Bay. It's on the south end of St. Petersburg, on a large stretch of undeveloped (other than the park facilities) keys.
The campground has heavily shaded sites, with the majority of them right on the water. The park has one of the top rated beaches in the country, two fishing piers, a large boat ramp, an old fort, seven miles of hiking trails and of course...the campground! It's a great place for biking, canoeing, swimming and just plain relaxing.
#3 - Wind Creek State Park - Central Alabama
So #3 of our favorite campgrounds is a place we've only been once, and only spent one night there. As a result, we don't know that much about it, but we absolutely loved it! It's on the top of our list of places we want to go back to and spend more time.
Wind Creek is one of the largest state-owned campgrounds in the United States. It provides access to and stunning views of Lake Martin. They have 586 campsites in a variety of settings including heavily shaded as well as lakefront.
Denny JohnsonAfter having spent most of our adult life in Orlando, my wife Fay and I moved to Knoxville, TN in 2020. We are loving the change of seasons and being near the mountains. Plus, this part of the country is loaded with great places to camp.
We camped years ago with a pop-up camper, but got serious about it when we purchased our Casita in 2014. There was a lot to learn as we started traveling with it, and a lot of conflicting opinions on line. That's when I decided that creating a website would be a good retirement project. I started tinyTowable.com to share things we've learned along the way that have worked well for us in hopes that the information would be of help to others.