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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Mountain Biking (trail fee)
Miniature Golf (seasonal)
Boat Rental (seasonal)
Kayak, Canoe, Stand-Up Paddleboard & Pedal Boat Rental (seasonal)
Hiking Trails (25 miles of trails)
This a stunning South Carolina State Park with a sweeping beach; pristine and wide open. Here you can catch some rays, shore-fish, take a dip in the Atlantic, or enjoy a long walk and look for shells. This park also offers some of the top bird-watching on the East Coast. Also unique to this park is the South Carolina landmark called Atalaya, the picturesque, Moorish-style winter home of Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington, philanthropist and sculptor, respectively, who left the park and adjacent Brookgreen Gardens as their legacy. There is an informative nature center and a boardwalk that takes you over the salt marsh, great for shore-bird viewing. Close by is a freshwater lake which if you are lucky, you will see alligators. Seasonally, loggerheads use this beach for nesting.
There are 107 sites that offer free Wi-Fi, water and electrical hookups and are in close proximity to showers and restrooms. There are an additional 24 sites that are full hook-ups. Several sites accommodate RVs up to 40 feet, others up to 30 feet. Please note that camping reservations must be made for a minimum of two nights. This is a dog-friendly campground and dogs are allowed on the south end of the beach.
Biking (on beach)
Park Store/Gift Shop
Swimming in the Atlantic Ocean
Atalaya Tour (see separate Directory Listing for details)
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.
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.
7.2 miles round-trip
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.
Interpretive Programs including free Naturalist-lead tufa walks
Swimming ( unique experience as you will be delightfully buoyant)
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
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
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!
Weekend tractor tours to Oakland Plantation
Weekend Pancake Breakfasts!
PricingCheck their website for pricing information!Awards2016 KOA Founders and President Award Winner