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10 Best State Park Campgrounds For Big Rigs

Published on April 23rd, 2021 by Emily Lawrence
This post was updated on May 26th, 2023

Bahia Honda State Park Campgrounds
Camping in paradise at Bahia Honda State Park – Photo via RV LIFE Campgrounds

10 Best State Park Campgrounds For Big Rigs

State park campgrounds are good resources for big rig campers because they are often cheap, well-maintained, and offer large sites.

Traveling with a big rig RV has its pros and cons. On the one hand, you’ve got a powerful engine and a ton of carrying capacity for a large and comfortable RV. On the other hand, it can be hard to find good campsites that will accommodate your needs.

The National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD) has declared that there are currently 10,234 state parks in the United States. That’s a lot of ground to cover, so this article will cover 10 of the best state park campgrounds for big rig RVers to enjoy.

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These parks are scattered around the country, so hopefully there will be at least one that’s close and convenient for you. So, in no particular order, let’s get into it!

1. Fort Stevens State Park, Oregon

Fort Stevens is a 42,000-acre park on the Northern Oregon Coast that offers a wide range of different activities. Because it covers such a large area, this park has a little bit of everything! Campers can go swimming, explore the nearby beaches, hike, bike, fish, or explore the museums and historical sites of this former military fort.

This park offers 36 full hookup pull-through sites. Many of the driveways are as long as 61 feet, and can easily accommodate big rigs that are 40+ feet long. It is highly rated on RV LIFE Campgrounds with an excellent 8.3 average rating.

2. Kodachrome Basin State Park, Utah

This park capitalizes on the natural rugged beauty of the Utah region. The signature red/orange mountains and stone spires create stunning landscapes. Visitors can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, such as horseback riding, mountain biking, and hiking. It’s also a great place to relax and hone your photography skills!

This state park offers full hookups at 15 campsites, and the driveways can be up to 50 feet long, with both pull-through and back-in spaces offered. The choices for big rig campers might be somewhat limited, so be sure to reserve your spot early to enjoy this park!

The park has an excellent 9.3 average rating on RV LIFE Campgrounds. For more options, check out our list of 17 great RV sites in Utah.

View of Kodachrome Basin State Park
Kodachrome Basin State Park – Photo via Wikipedia Creative Commons
Murray Foubister, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

3. Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Texas

As far as state park campgrounds go, you can’t get much better than Palo Duro! This area hosts the second largest canyon in the United States, and there’s plenty of room to explore. Tourists are welcome here and there are several trails, horseback rides, picnic areas, and other attractions to enjoy.

The Palo Duro State Park is spacious and has plenty of room for big rig RVers to stretch out. Over 50 large campsites are available and they offer 50-foot-long driveways. The campground has an excellent 8.9 average rating on RV LIFE Campgrounds.

4. Buffalo Bill State Park, Wyoming

Located just 45 miles away from Yellowstone, this state park shows off all the natural beauty of Wyoming. A variety of boating and watersports are available in this area. It’s also quite likely that you’ll spot some deer, moose, birds, antelope, or other wildlife in this area.

More than 80 campsites can accommodate a 40+ foot RV. The hookups vary across the campsite, so make sure you have backups if they can’t accommodate water or sewage hookups. The campground has an excellent 8.3 average rating on RV LIFE Campgrounds.

5. Barr Lake State Park, Colorado

Fishing, boating, and hiking are all popular pastimes in this state park. It offers large areas of natural beauty and is isolated from large urban areas. One of the primary draws for Barr Lake is the bird watching. Passionate birders should definitely add this spot to their travel journals!

Barr Lake can accommodate RVs that are up to 50-feet-long, so you shouldn’t have a problem getting your big rig settled in.

This state is packed with scenic campsites, so check out our recommended list of 21 RV destinations in Colorado.

6. Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Valley of Fire is one of the largest state park campgrounds in the U.S. It covers more than 40,000 acres and it hosts a unique landscape of petrified trees and beautiful weathered stone. You can explore miles of natural trails, or visit the ancient Native American petroglyphs. It’s hard to beat the fiery sunsets here too, which gave it the name “The Valley of Fire.”

All campsites and RV areas are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There are about 85 sites available, but you may want to plan a backup if this area is particularly busy.

The campground has an excellent 9.3 average rating on RV LIFE Campgrounds. Read more about Valley of Fire State Park in this article from Do It Yourself RV.

Campsite in Valley of Fire State Park
Campsite in Valley of Fire State Park. Photo via RV LIFE Campgrounds

7. Little Beaver State Park, West Virginia

West Virginia is a beautiful state that can connect people with nature. It has a wide variety of state park campgrounds, but Little Beaver is a great choice for RVers. A beautiful lake is located at the center of the park, and hiking trails and picnic areas are scattered around the area. Visitors have enjoyed the seclusion and peaceful atmosphere of this campground.

The park’s 30 campsites are designed to host 40+ foot RVs, and some can even accommodate RVs up to 70-feet-long. Be sure to reserve these in advance though. The campground has a great 9.0 rating on RV LIFE Campgrounds.

Motorhome in campsite
Camping in Little Beaver State Park. Photo via RV LIFE Campgrounds

8. Bahia Honda State Park, Florida

This state park offers a taste of the tropics in the Florida Keys. It’s positioned close to a beach and visitors can kayak, snorkel, or just stretch out on the sand and soak up some sun. Boat trips are available as well, so visitors can explore the reef and other ocean life. If you’re looking for a warm getaway, Bahia Honda could be the perfect place for you!

Bahia Honda offers a wide range of RV sites, and they can accommodate RVs as large as 60-70 feet. These are a bit limited though, so be sure to reserve your big rig spot as early as possible. The campground has an excellent 8.2 average rating on RV LIFE Campgrounds.

Beach camping is always popular, so if state parks don’t do it for you, check out these 9 gorgeous RV parks near Florida beaches.

9. Bogue Chitto State Park, Louisiana

Taking a trip to Bogue Chitto is a great way to explore the natural beauty and wildlife of Louisiana. With its warm climate and high humidity, water activities are the main attraction of this park. Canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and boat trips are all popular pastimes, but there are also unique hikes and caves in this area.

Driveways and pull-through parking can extend up to 90 feet, which makes this a perfect destination for big rig campers. The campground is highly rated at 9.0/10 on RV LIFE Campgrounds.

Beach at Bogue Chitto
Bogue Chitto State Park – Photo via Wikipedia Creative Commons
Michael miceli, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

10. Fall Creek Falls State Park, Tennessee

This state park is a dream come true for nature lovers. It’s absolutely gorgeous and has scenic waterfalls, deep gorges, lush forests, and everything in between. With almost 30,000 acres of land under the Fall Creek banner, you’ll never run out of room to explore.

The Fall Creek Falls campground can host several RVs that are longer than 40 feet. There are a limited number of massive campsites though, so only a couple sites can host RVs that are 70 feet or longer.

All of these state park campgrounds are fantastic destinations for RVers. It can sometimes be hard to find a campsite that accommodates the size of a big RV. Use an RV-safe GPS like the RV LIFE App and check RV LIFE Campgrounds to learn whether or not a campground will be able to accommodate your RV.

16 thoughts on “10 Best State Park Campgrounds For Big Rigs”

  1. Thank you! Ours is only 35’ but a lot of park spaces are to small for it. Ours is a toy hauler so we appreciate the larger spots.

    • Mn state parks lack full hook-ups. LaSalle Lake State Park has full hook service hook ups with 50 amp electric.
      Close to Itasca State Park but I found Itasca sites out dated.

  2. Being full-time RVers, we have found that most state parks will not give senior discounts or honor America the Beautiful (ATB) passes. Therefore, we scout out the areas around the state parks to boondock or we stay @ Army Corp of Engineers Parks & forest service campgrounds that do honor the ATB senior discount. We are boondocking right now on BLM land, (Organ National Forest) for free outside of Las Cruces, NM.

  3. Valley of Fire state park in Nevada has very few spaces (maybe 3-4 max) that a big rig can fit in. And since it is very popular first come first served, chances are slim you will find anything. Were just there in March 2021 – great park, but dry camped up the road on Snowbird Mesa/Poverty Flats.

  4. I was looking at the Barr Lake State Park on the Colorado State Park website and it says there is no camping there.

    • Agreed. I found a park called Barr Lake RV Park but it’s not rated very well…although there are only a few reviews so who knows…

  5. Great photo of little beaver state part really looks like you step out of your camper and almost fall down the hill. Must be the picture. Maybe you should check out the sites at Shakamak State Park. Are are your requirements length width power sewer water level shade no shade?

  6. There is a lot more to “big rig” accessability than driveway length. The first three or so listings mentioned hook-ups but after that, nothing. Many big rig, especially newer ones, need 50 amp power. These parks probably have this information on their websites but this article should include that too. Big rigs need wider streets and milder curves and corners with more room for navigating the park and their websites never have that kind of info.

    • Big 5th wheel rigs need ample room for the tow vehicles to maneuver as well as site length. Tow behind trailers even more so.

  7. I’m sorry to disagree with you but fort Stevens is not big rig friendly. Having a big rig there is 2 many trees etc. we live 60 miles away from there and have gone in many times to look and find something for us. We had friends that had a 45 ft and were asked to leave because it was to far out in the driveway. If you are looking for a Oregon state big rig friendly than LL Stub Stewart is it. Just right between the ocean mountains and Portland

  8. Kodachrome is not big rig friendly. We were there last year and could barely make a couple of the corners in the campground with a 34 footer. The sites themselves are varied but to say they are big and roomy would be an exaggeration.


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