The Best State Park Camping For Snowbirds
Many RVers prefer state park camping for the cheaper rates and easier access to outdoor activities. Depending on the area, most state parks have all the amenities needed to stay comfortable such as hookups, bathhouses, a dump station, and some even have laundry facilities.
If you are one of the many snowbirds heading south for the winter in an RV, you can find dozens of state parks open for year-round camping. We searched RV LIFE Campgrounds to find some of the most popular places across the U.S. for state park camping over the winter. These are just 10 of the highest-rated spots for their great location, spacious RV sites, hookups, and other modern amenities.
1. Lake Havasu State Park, Arizona
Lake Havasu State Park is open year-round on the Colorado River with a spacious RV campground and plenty of opportunities for water activities like boating, fishing, kayaking, and jet skiing.
The campground has spacious waterfront sites with 50-amp electric hookups and access to potable water, a dump station, and showers. Standard sites are $35 a night while beachfront sites are $40.
2. Bahia Honda State Park in the Florida Keys
Reservations are difficult to get at Bahia Honda State Park for a reason. Bahia Honda has breathtaking views from Big Pine Key less than 40 miles from Key West. It sits on both the Gulf Coast and Atlantic Coast with gorgeous beaches, marinas, and water activities.
Amenities include big rig friendly sites, electricity, water, and access to bathhouses and a dump station. Take the nature trail for a walk around the park or rent a kayak or canoe to experience the park by water. The park is also a popular location for snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming, and boating.
Bahia Honda State Park allows reservations to be made up to 11 months in advance. They can be booked online or by calling the park. Camping fees are only $36 a night, a great deal for such a spectacular location.
3. Curry Hammock State Park in the Florida Keys
Curry Hammock is another popular spot in the Florida Keys for state park camping. It is located about halfway between Key Largo and Key West with a small 28-site campground and opportunities for paddling and kiteboarding.
The campground offers beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and spacious gravel parking areas for cars and RVs. Each site has electric and water hookups, a charcoal grill, and picnic table, as well as easy access to a dump station, and restrooms with composting toilets and solar-heated showers.
During the winter, the campground can fill up quickly, so reservations are essential ahead of time. You can book a spot online or by calling the park directly. Camping is also $36 a night here in addition to a $6.70 reservation fee.
4. Myakka River State Park, Florida
Myakka River State Park can be found north of Fort Myers with wetlands and forests surrounding the Myakka River. The campgrounds make a perfect home base while you go kayaking on the river, hiking the park’s trails, or exploring on one of their boat tours.
The park has three campgrounds with 90 sites total, including Palmetto Ridge with full hookup gravel-based sites, and Old Prairie and Big Flats campgrounds with dirt-based sites. Camping fees are only $26 a night in addition to the reservation fee.
5. Lake Corpus Christi State Park, Texas
Northwest of Corpus Christi, there is a reservoir of the same name, as well as a state park along the shores with an RV campground. The park has a variety of camping accommodations including full hookup sites, and sites with water or electricity only.
Fees range from $10 nightly for water-only sites to $20 for electric-only and $25 for full hookups, in addition to the daily entrance fee. Cabins are also available for just $50 nightly.
Spend the day swimming, paddling, fishing, or boating on the lake, or hiking or biking along one of the trails. The town of Corpus Christi is a short drive away with plenty of attractions and restaurants.
6. Garner State Park, Texas
Garner State Park sits west of San Antonio along U.S. Route 83 and the Frio River. It is one of the most popular state parks in Texas between its proximity to the city, hundreds of campsites available including some with full hookups, and access to the river for swimming, canoeing, or floating.
7. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Southern California
Borrego Palm Canyon has full hookup sites that can accommodate RVs and trailers up to 35 feet in length. The smaller Tamarisk Grove campground has just 27 sites, well shaded by trees, with no hookups but potable water and showers available.
The state park is recognized as a Dark Sky Park with some of the darkest night skies for stargazing. It also has miles of great hiking trails with beautiful mountain, desert, and canyon views.
8. Crystal Cove State Park, Southern California
If you would rather stay closer to the coast in California, check out Crystal Cove State Park south of Newport Beach in Orange County. The park’s Moro Campground is located right across the Pacific Coast Highway from the beach with spacious RV sites and beautiful ocean views.
Take a walk along the beach or head in either direction to explore the many attractions in Newport Beach and Laguna Beach. The park is also known for its great swimming, surfing, and tide pools.
9. Elephant Butte Lake State Park, New Mexico
In Southern New Mexico, Elephant Butte Lake State Park sits on a large reservoir along the Rio Grande River, just north of the town Truth or Consequences. State park camping is available at Lions Beach Campground along with a variety of activities on the lake such as boating, fishing, kayaking, and jetskiing.
The campground has 173 sites including some with full hookups, as well as primitive beach and boat-in camping. There are also 15 miles of hiking trails, boating facilities, and picnic tables available for day-use.
Note: The park is currently open to New Mexico residents only. Reservations are required for camping and can be made online.
10. Pancho Villa State Park, New Mexico
Pancho Villa is another gem in New Mexico, further south on the US-Mexico border. The state park has 79 sites, 75 of which have electric hookups. The campground also has water, a dump station, playground, restrooms, and primitive camping available.
Browse the Visitor Center and museum to learn more about the area history, or if you have a passport, head into Mexico for the day and explore the shops and restaurants. Keep in mind this state park is also currently open to New Mexico residents only.
Find more state park campgrounds
Of course, there are plenty more state parks in the U.S. that are open year-round for camping. Head over to RV LIFE Campgrounds to discover more campgrounds and reviews from fellow RVers. Make trip planning easier with RV LIFE Trip Wizard and the RV LIFE App With RV GPS.
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