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Favorite Campgrounds for Truck Campers

Fort Desoto Park, St Petersburg, Florida.  The best time to go is winter.   It’s approximately $30 with power and water.  This park has everything; water on three sides, with two on the bay side and one the Gulf of Mexico.  There are two fishing piers, extensive hiking, biking, running trails as well as kayak trails and rentals.  For trailered boats, there’s a 15x boat ramp.  Most canoes and kayaks can be launched from the campground sites.  The beach is a world class beach on the Gulf.  The campground is split up in sections; tent, bigger rigs and for those with dogs we have our own section. – Tom Martin


Fort DeSoto Park, St Petersburg, Florida.  It’s hot in the summer.  $30 to $45 depending on location in the park.  There is no better Gulf beach side camping!   For some of the spots the water is right at the campsites.  It’s not overcrowded, with great facilities and very helpful rangers.  A few more no-see-ums then a Coloradan can handle; but thankfully the screens in our Hallmark Popup kept them out of our camper.  The beach is one of the top in the US.  Fort DeSoto is a great tour.  Ergot Key is a must see.  Watching the fiddler crabs is amazing.  Raccoons shopping in the neighbor’s trash at night was also great fun. – Steve Hannan


Geiger Key Marina, Geiger Key, Florida.  Scenic campground with spots right on the water in the Keys.  It’s a quick drive over to Key West from the campground. – Angela and Gordon White

Long Key State Park, Long Key, Florida.  December to April is the best time to visit.  It’s $36.  Each of the sites is right on the Atlantic.   Back in to your spot.  When you step out the back of your camper, your toes are in the ocean. – Grant Luckhardt


Spring Bar Campground, Salmon River, Central Idaho.  The best time to visit is Spring or Fall.  It’s $14 a night.  Spring Bar is a small Nez Perce National Forest campground located on the banks of the main Salmon River upstream from the town of Riggens.  It is located on a hillside providing views of the river.  There are several old fruit trees in what appears to be an old homestead.  There is also a boat ramp and beach located across the road from the campground.  While this is a busy place during the summer rafting season, during the spring and fall it is quiet spot to camp and enjoy the nice weather and wildlife. – David Neumann

Sun Gulch Campground, Red Fish Lake, Idaho.  September is great with warm days, cool nights and brilliant Fall colors.  It’s $16 a night to camp.  Excellent access to hiking in the Sawtooth Mountains, fly fishing on the Salmon River and touring the historical area of Custer, Land of the Yankee Fork. – Jim Wilson


Whittington Woods Campground, Near Benton, Illinois.  You can go anytime, but Autumn would be spectacular.  Good Sam’s rate was $28.  The campground is just off I-57 near Benton, Illinois.  The serenity of the campground was awesome.  It is located in a grove of huge oak trees, with spacious arrangement.  There are very large areas between campers; a good twenty to thirty feet between campsites, adding to the campers’ privacy.  The campground is immaculately kept.  The roads, all gravel, were in perfect condition, with the roads and pads covered with fresh gravel.  The host was gracious, giving us fresh tomatoes that her husband had grown.  There was a full table of the tomatoes, free to all campers.  There was a home like feeling, with laying chickens around their building at one end of the camp.  There was a nice pool and bath house, and a fenced area where campers took their dogs for play and exercise.  – Dewey Lackey



Recompence Shore Campground, at Wolfe’s Neck Farm, Freeport, Maine.  $45 a night for high Summer rates.  Off season is varied rates.  Fall after the campground is officially closed is the best time to go.  This is the closest campground to where we live and offers camping on Casco Bay, Atlantic Ocean.  The campground can be very crowded in summer as they offer many farm programs for kids.  We like off season after it closes officially.  There are many hiking trails, cattle, sheep, farm barns, and glorious Maine fall foliage.  Every November we sponsor a Northeast Truck Camper Jamboree at this campground.  Though we can have any type of weather from mud to snow to perfect, it grows every year as people really enjoy camping on this bay. – Anne and Joe Brown


Janes Island State Park, Crisfield, Maryland.  Spring or Fall is the best time to go.  It is $35 a night.  Clean facilities, friendly staff, fishing, crabbing, canoe and kayak trails, a boat ramp, etc.  It is right on the Chesapeake Bay with beautiful sunsets. – Todd Fairhurst


Lake Michigan Recreation Area, In Michigan between Ludington and Manistee.  Spring through Fall is the best time to visit.  It is $18 a night or $9 a night with a senior pass.  As a federal recreation area it has 99 of the best rustic campsites I have ever stayed at.  The sites are large and extremely clean.  There are hiking trails, bike trails, and the most beautiful beach where you can walk, swim and catch some of the most beautiful sunsets in western Michigan.  Plus, the beach is dog friendly. – Sue Surateaux


Many Glacier Campground, Glacier National Park, Babb, Montana.  May to October is the ideal time of year to go.  It is $20.  Beautiful views, well maintained, great hiking opportunities, quiet, and great camp hosts and park management. – Jervis Swannack

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