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Alpine Lake Loop Trail – Great Basin National Park – Baker, NV

We really enjoyed hiking on the Alpine Lake Loop Trail (we had it to ourselves) and we found it suitable for younger kids.  The trail passes two beautiful alpine lakes, Stella and Teresa Lakes, with great views of Wheeler Peak.  If you still have energy, you can add to your hike a short walk to view the ancient Bristlecone pine grove.

Trail Length

2.7 miles

Elevation Gain

600 feet

Amicalola Falls State Park – Dawsonville, GA
280 Amicalola Falls State Park Road
Dawsonville, GA
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Amicalola Falls is the tallest waterfall in the Southeast.  Water cascades down 729 feet to the bottom of the falls where visitors get a magnificent view.  There are other ways to see the falls including an accessible pathway (great for strollers), Falls Overlook or do a complete circuitous hike from the Visitors Center to see the many facets of the falls.  There is a Visitor Center that offers maps, live animals, Appalachian Trail display and a gift shop.  There is a mountain-top lodge which is home to Maple Restaurant, offering fantastic views and meals including a Sunday brunch buffet.


There are 24 wooded campsites accommodating RV’s. At the top of a 25% incline, you will find each site is an easy pull-in or back-in site with water, power, grill and fire ring. There is a comfort station laundry facilities, restrooms and clean showers.


Choose from 14 cabins available in two locations: Wooded Mountain Top or Creek Side Below the Falls.   Cabins are equipped with a full kitchen, heating and air conditioning, decks, fireplaces and satellite TV, and are available in 1, 2, or 3 bedroom arrangements. There are two pet-friendly cabins available.

NOTE: Check in services for campsites, cabins and picnic shelters are located at the Lodge AND the road to the campground is on a 25% incline.


Hiking - 12 miles of trails & access to Appalachian Trail
Trout Fishing
3-D Archery
Special Programs
Cascade Springs Hike – Uinta National Forest, UT

A beautiful hike where there are a number of springs that bubble to the surface creating a series of pools and waterfalls. There are three easy loops to choose from. The Lower Loop takes you through cool forest and over bridges where you can look for brown trout in the crystal clear water. The Middle Loop crosses over a waterfall, then follows the tinkling streams towards the source. The Upper Loop takes you to the natural springs source where the water is seeping up through the ground.

This hike is on paved paths suitable for strollers. If you did all three loops it still would be under a mile. Plan an hour to hike and to soak in the beauty.

Directions: From I-15, take Orem 800 North Exit 272 and travel east on this road, Highway 52, until you reach the mouth of Provo Canyon. Make a left turn onto Provo Canyon Scenic Byway, Highway 189. Travel on this road past Sundance for approximately 7 miles onto the Alpine Loop Road, Highway 92. You can go to the website for more details.

Cave Lake State Park – Ely, NV

This is a first-come, first serve basis campground. The park offers two designated campgrounds: Elk Flat Campground and the Lake View Campground (close to the lake). All sites are level and include a fire pit with grill (there was a fire ban when we were there), table and parking. There are no hook-ups but does offer flush toilets and showers.

Activities here include: excellent trout fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, camping and picnicking.

Phone: (775) 296-1505 (Leave message only)
Fort Mountain State Park – Chatsworth, GA
181 Fort Mountain Park Road, Chatsworth
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Fort Mountain State Park is a mountain getaway for hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders.  There are more than 25-miles of beautiful trails that wind through hardwood forest thick with blueberry thickets, scenic mountain overlooks and stream-crossings.  Visitors can also take a short hike to visit the CCC-built stone fire tower (open Saturdays 1-4 pm)and an ancient rock wall built around 500 AD which is still shrouded in mystery today.  During summer months, there is a lakeside beach to cool off from all that hiking.


The campground offers 70 sites with water and electric.  Reservations are make through ReserveAmerica and are not site-specific.


Fifteen 2-bedroom, fully-equipped cottages are available for rent with a couple that are dog-friendly.  You can also reserve cottages on ReserveAmerica.

Available Activities:

Mountain Biking (trail fee)
Horseback Riding
Miniature Golf (seasonal)
Boat Rental (seasonal)
Kayak, Canoe, Stand-Up Paddleboard & Pedal Boat Rental (seasonal)
Hiking Trails (25 miles of trails)
Swimming (seasonal)

Leo Carrillo State Park – Malibu, CA

Leo Carrillo State Park is a truly a gem.  Located just 28 miles northwest of Santa Monica on the Pacific Coast Highway, it feels like you transported to a different California.  There is 1.5 miles of beach for swimming, surfing, surf fishing and beach-combing and offers tide pools, coastal caves and reefs for exploring.  Coastal hills provide hiking opportunities as well.


There are 135 camping sites shaded by giant sycamore trees.  There are no hook-ups available at this park and there is a RV/Trailer limit of 31." Bathhouses with flush toilets and coin-operated showers available throughout the park.  Each campsite offers a picnic table and fire ring.   Sites along the outer edges seems to be farther apart.

Note:  Camping Adventures is the only approved company to use if you would like a RV delivered and set up on your campsite at Leo Carrillo State Park.   Contact provider: at  (805) 797-7460.

Available Activities:

Tide pools
Ranger-led programs
Lost Palms Oasis Trail – Joshua National Park – Twentynine Palms, CA

This hike takes you through breath-taking desert landscape as you make your way to the Lost Palms Oasis.  Sturdy shoes a must as the trail goes from packed trail to loose dirt as it crosses through dry stream beds (may not be passable after a rain).  The oasis holds beautiful palm trees which shade as you enjoy a snack and water. It is important to bring plenty of water for each member of your party.

Trail Length

7.2 miles round-trip

Elevation Gain

375 feet

Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve, CA

Mono Lake is known for the spectacular "tufa towers," calcium-carbonate spires and knobs formed by interaction of freshwater springs and alkaline lake water. Besides the beauty of the tufa towers, Mono Lake is home to 1 – 2 million birds that feed and rest at Mono Lake each year.  The lake itself covers about 65 square miles and is one of the oldest lakes in North America.  Don't forget to look down into the water as you will see the little brine shrimp!


There are no campgrounds in the State Natural Reserve, however, campgrounds are located nearby in Lundy Canyon, Lee Vining Canyon, and the June Lake Loop.

Available Activities:

Interpretive Programs including free Naturalist-lead tufa walks
Visitor Center
Bird Watching
Swimming ( unique experience as you will be delightfully buoyant)
(760) 647-6331
Mt. Pleasant/Charleston KOA – Mount Pleasant, SC

This camping is a family favorite as we stayed here for two months while we waited to purchase a home in the Charleston area in 2015.  Situated on the grounds of a real antebellum plantation, this campground is truly unique.  On weekends, campers can enjoy a free wagon ride tour to see the privately owned Oakland Plantation (the plantation boasts the oldest known house in Mt. Pleasant).  Other great features of the park is the 1.5 mile nature trail, a gorgeous 30-acre man-made lake where you can watch the sun set. fish or or fish (our son caught his first fish here). Campground is very close to all downtown Charleston attractions and restaurants and a only a few miles from Isle of Palms and Patriot Point.


3157 Highway 17 N., Mount Pleasant, SC

RV Sites/Services

Pull-Thru & Back- In Deluxe Full hook-ups, 50/30/20  amp (includes patio, swing and other great features)

Pull-Thru - Full Hook-ups 50/30 amp

Back-in - Full- Hook-ups 50/30 amp

Pull-Thru - 30/20 amps Water/Electric

Pull-Thru - 30/20 amps Water/Electric

Pull-Thru 50/30 amps Water Electric

Back-in  - 30/20 Water/Electric

Cabin Rentals

Choice of Deluxe cabins (with bathroom) or Camping Cabins (without bathrooms).  Some are situated right on the lake.  Some offer kitchens while others do not.  Important to view website for the different offerings.  For an unique experience, look into the train caboose cabin!

Campground Amenities

Hiking Trails
Laundry Room
Basketball Hoop
Rental canoes/kayaks
Free Wi-Fi
Weekend tractor tours to Oakland Plantation
Weekend Pancake Breakfasts!

PricingCheck their website for pricing information!Awards2016 KOA Founders and President Award Winner

Myrtle Beach State Park – Myrtle Beach, SC

Only 3 miles from the bustle of downtown lies the natural retreat, Myrtle Beach State Park.  Home to one of the last stands of oceanfront maritime forest in South Carolina, this park also offers a pristine beach,  fishing pier, hiking and more!  Myrtle Beach State Park offers both beautiful campsites and rental cabins.


Sites include water/electrical hook-ups and free Wi-Fi.  Some sites can accommodate RV's up to 40' with the rest accommodating smaller units.  This campground is located approximately 300 yards from the beach!  Campground offers bathhouse with showers, restrooms and laundromat facilities. The Ranger Station within the campground offers
limited grocery items, camping supplies, souvenirs, drinks, snacks, and firewood. Pets are allowed!


There are six historical CCC-built cabins. located only 200 yards from the beach for rent.  These cabins come furnished and include bed linens, towels. cooking utensils and TV.  Free Wi-Fi is also available.  Cabins are NOT pet-friendly.

Available Activities:

Biking (trails and on beach)
Bird Watching
Fishing/Gear Rentals
Hiking Trails
Nature Center
Swimming in the Atlantic Ocean


4401 South Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, SC

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