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Favorite Campgrounds for Truck Campers

Dolly Sods, Dolly Sods, West Virginia.  The best time to go is when it is not snowing.  This is a dispersed area with free camping.  Not only is Dolly Sods a beautiful place, but it is cool in the summer.  The dispersed campsites are on the east side of the plateau, on Forest Road 75, and can be accessed from Jordan Run Road / Co. Route 28/7, or from Elkins, West Virginia off US Route 33.  The campsites are shaded and there is plenty of firewood to use in the already constructed fire rings.  There is a lot to do in the area, including Blackwater Falls, Spruce Knob and Seneca Rocks areas.  There is also the Red Creek Campground on the top of the ridge, at $11 dollars a night.  This area is well worth exploring. – Carl Ragland

Canada

British Columbia

Kettle Valley Recreation Area Provincial Park, near Rock Creek near Hwy 3, east of Osoyoos, Southern British Columbia.  Anytime is a good time to visit, but it is quite busy in the Summer.  It was $21 this year, likely $30 next year.  It is located on the Kettle River and Kettle Valley Railroad (part of the trans Canada Trail).  It’s wonderful for hiking, biking, canoeing and rafting on the river (not during spring runoff, it’s very fast!). It has both heavily treed sites and more open sites, but there is still lots of shade in the Summer and space between neighbors.  There are sand and gravel beaches on the river.   There is lots of wildlife and good fishing.  It is close to Rock Creek and their funky stores and ice cream.  They just added showers this year, so the price will likely go up a bit next year. – Orian Hartviksen

Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park, Northern British Columbia.  The park and hot springs are open year round.  It’s between $16-21 CD.  Aside from the natural hot springs themselves, the provincial park (no hook-ups of any kind) has plenty of trees between camping spaces in beautiful wooded terrain. – Sherri Weiler

Nova Scotia

Meat Cove Campground, Meat Cove, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Summer is ideal.  It is $30 a night.  It is in such a beautiful setting at the northern tip of Cape Breton, after five miles of dirt road, on cliffs.  There are several terraces of campsites, all with spectacular ocean views.  It’s a short walk to a lovely beach with a fresh water stream to rinse off the salt, if you want.  We watched pilot whales from our site for hours.  There is a great Chowder Hut restaurant on site.  They have the best manager ever, Justin, who couldn’t do enough to assure our wonderful stay.  He even delivers firewood to your site, and he helped us charge our dead battery. – Keith and Nancy Rivers

Yukon

Congdon Creek Campground, Alaska Highway on Kluane Lake, south of Tok in the Yukon.  Summer months are best; late August there are fewer mosquitos.  It’s $12 a night.  It is in the middle of Bear Country on the shores of Lake Kluane.  They have about thirty-five cam sites with no services to the individual sites: like electricity, water, cable, or sewer.  The restrooms are clean pit toilets.  There is a water pumps provided at several locations around the camp.  There is no host at the campground.  The campground runs on the honor system where you place your money into an envelope and drop it into a small post box.  All of these detriments are offset by the surrounding beauty of wildlife, a lake, beaches, mountains and the sites themselves.  There is a wooded distance between sites with an established fireplace pit, the nicest picnic table ever seen in a campsite, and free firewood/  All of this for $12.00.  All the trash cans are bear proof to prevent bears from access to the trash.” – Paul Foster

Unknown, Yukon Territories.  The best time is the 21st of June and it’s free.  After few hours on the road, we came upon this clearing where a small creek was falling into a beautiful small lake where we saw a moose and her cub, a bear, and fished for our dinner.  But we don’t know where it was in The Yukon.  Please if someone has found it, give us the coordinates so we can return. – Sylvie and Jake Mathis

Mexico

San Felipe Campground, Oaxaca, Mexico.  October through April is the best time.  It’s $16 US per night.  We manage it. – Del and Kate Highfield

We will keep this an an ongoing document.  If you wish to add to a recommended campground list, email us.  Please only send in the very best recommended campgrounds for truck campers.  Thank you!

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