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10 LGBTQ+-Friendly Campgrounds Throughout the U.S.

For many members of the LGBTQ+ community, the most important campground features are less about amenities and more about feeling safe and welcomed during their stay. While the camping community in general—regardless of orientation—is typically a friendly crowd, having a place to camp where you’re not always in the minority can be a welcomed change of pace. That’s why there are LGBTQ+ campgrounds throughout the U.S. where the gay community can relax, connect with the outdoors, and feel free to be themselves. But what exactly is an LGBTQ+ campground?These campgrounds are just like any other campground in the U.S., with the exception of being exclusively catered to or openly inclusive of the gay community and its allies. Some offer LGBTQ+ events (especially during Pride month), while others simply provide peace of mind for campers looking to get outside in a safe space. From queer-owned RV campgrounds to luxe camping resorts with nightclub options, here are 10 gay-friendly destinations across the U.S. that promote inclusivity for all members of the LGBTQ+ community.  Northeast Camp Out Mt. Nebo, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania Number of Sites: 220Pad Type: MixedReservations: YesTent Camping: Yes Camp Out Mt. Nebo is a new LGBTQ+ campground located in the Poconos Mountains. Outside of RV and tent sites, cabins, and rustic cottages, this campground offers a nightclub, pool and hot tub, lounge, and a designated area for sports and recreational activities. The RV sites offer a mix of 30-amp electric and full hookups (depending on your reservation). There is a dump station at the campground, and each site includes a picnic table and fire ring. This is an adults-only campground and you must be 21 or older to visit.  Oneida Pines Campground, Cleveland, New York Number of Sites: 12Pad Type: MixedReservations: YesTent Camping: Call for reservations Oneida Pines Campground is a private, LGBTQ+-owned campground near Oneida Lake in New York. Full hookup RV sites are available for booking—plus, the campground features a saltwater swimming pool, miniature golf course, arcade, on-site laundry facilities, WiFi, hiking trails, and themed events planned throughout the camping season. This is a kid-friendly campground that prides itself on inclusivity for all.  Southeast Starlite Trailer Lodge in Lenoir, North Carolina. | Photo courtesy Starlite Trailer Lodge Starlite Trailer Lodge, Lenoir, North Carolina Number of Sites: 85 Pad Type: AsphaltReservations: YesTent Camping: Yes Located outside of the picturesque town of Blowing Rock, North Carolina, Starlite Trailer Lodge is a gay-owned and operated campground open to all. Full hookup and dry camping sites are available for RVs or you can rent one of the campground’s cabins. There’s also a newly designated area for Class B+ campervans with water and electric hookups. Flush toilets, shower facilities, laundry, and a dump station are located on the premises. Plus, visitors can enjoy Starlite’s pool or kayak, fish, and swim in the Johns River which runs through the campground.“This beautifully landscaped campground is very peaceful. The grounds are impeccably landscaped,” says a Campendium reviewer.Sawmill Camping Resort in Dade City, Florida. | Photo courtesy Sawmill Camping Resort Sawmill Camping Resort, Dade City, Florida Number of Sites: 60Pad Type: MixedReservations: YesTent Camping: Yes Sawmill Camping Resort combines camping and outdoor recreation with a vibrant nightlife. This is an adult-only and members-only campground ($50 annual membership fee) welcome to all members of the LGBTQ+ community. Campers can choose from tent and full hookup RV sites, campervan sites, or one of the campground’s cozy cabins. From drag shows to game nights, campers can enjoy the many events that take place throughout the campground or hang out by the heated outdoor pool or nearby Ricki Lake. For those looking to come for only the day, daily passes are available for purchase.  Midwest Crane Berry Campground, Babcock, Wisconsin Number of Sites: 40Pad Type: DirtReservations: YesTent Camping: Yes Crane Berry Campground is less than 2 hours outside of Madison, Wisconsin. This privately-owned, LGBTQ+-friendly campground offers water, 30-amp electric hookups, picnic tables, and fire rings at most sites. Crane Berry is surrounded by more than 30 square miles of public land, making this a great place to watch for wildlife. Campers can enjoy the many events offered throughout the camping season, from community bonfires to costume parties. Campit Outdoor Resort in Fennville, Michigan. | Photo courtesy Campit Outdoor Resort Campit Outdoor Resort, Fennville, Michigan Number of Sites: 272Pad Type: GravelReservations: YesTent Camping: Yes Campit Outdoor Resort is more than a campground. This outdoor getaway offers tent and RV sites, retro-styled trailers for glamping, cabins, and bunkhouses. It’s also located minutes from the popular LGBTQ+-friendly town of Saugatuck, Michigan. Open to all of the gay community and its allies, Campit hosts themed events throughout the summer, including Pride celebrations, live entertainment, dancing, contests, and more. RVers can choose from more than 200 campsites with standard sites including 30-amp electric and water hookups. Depending on availability, the campground also offers pull-through sites with full 50-amp hookups.  Southwest El Morro RV Park and Cabins in Ramah, New Mexico. | Photo by: Roger El Morro RV Park and Cabins, Ramah, New Mexico Number of Sites: N/APad Type: MixedReservations: YesTent Camping: Yes El Morro RV Park and Cabins is in the Zuni Mountains near Petrified Forest National Park. The campground is proudly open to all, offering first-come, first-served tent and RV camping or cabin rentals (reserve online). RV sites offer full hookups with most designed to fit larger RVs. Some pull-through sites are offered depending on availability. El Morro is surrounded by public lands where visitors can enjoy hiking, biking, rock climbing, swimming, and more. The campground also features a restaurant, a private barbecue area with fire pits, and shower and restroom facilities. “Cute little camping spot. We stayed in a 33-foot RV for one night. We would have stayed longer if we didn’t have a busy agenda ahead of us,” says one Campendium reviewer.  Rainbow Ranch Campground, Grosebeck, Texas Number of Sites: 120Pad Type: MixedReservations: YesTent Camping: Yes Rainbow Ranch Campground is an award-winning LGBTQ+ campground located in the heart of Texas near major cities like Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston. Resting on the shores of Limestone Lake, this campground offers more than 700 acres of land to explore, including hiking and biking trails. Campers can reserve RV and tent camping sites, cabins, an apartment, or a house that accommodates up to 12 people. The RV sites offer a mix of full hookups and electric-only with some pull-through sites available for larger rigs. The campground also features flush toilets, shower facilities, a picnic area, a pool, boat rentals, and volleyball and basketball courts.  West  Umpqua’s Last Resort in Idleyd Park, Oregon. | Photo by: Umpqua’s Last Resort Umpqua’s Last Resort, Idleyld Park, Oregon Number of Sites: 15Pad Type: MixedReservations: YesTent Camping: Yes Umpqua’s Last Resort is a gay-owned and operated campground in the Umpqua National Forest. Offering RV and tent sites, cabins, and glamping accommodations, campers can choose from a range of guided outdoor activities like mountain biking, fly fishing, white water rafting, hiking, and more. RVers can choose from larger 50- or 30-amp full hookup sites with fire pits and picnic tables or water and electric-only sites for smaller rigs. The campground also features a heated shower house, flush toilets, and WiFi access. According to a Campendium review, “The campground is charming and neat as a pin. They rent glamping tents and cabins here as well as several level, graveled sites with full hookups.” Sunny Valley RV Park and Campground, Sunny Valley, Oregon Number of Sites: 51Pad Type: MixedReservations: YesTent Camping: Yes This LGBTQ+-owned and operated campground features RV and tent camping as well as glamping accommodations. Sunny Valley RV Park and Campground is within proximity of major attractions like Crater Lake National Park, the Table Rocks, numerous Rogue Valley wineries, and more. 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7 RV Campgrounds Along the Natchez Trace Parkway

The Natchez Trace Parkway is a relic from the past that follows the footsteps of the Natchez, Chickasaw, and Choctaw nations. The 444-mile scenic drive links Tennessee’s Appalachian foothills, a small section of Alabama’s countryside, and the lower Mississippi River. The parkway, which is designated as a Scenic Byway and All-American Road, is popular for roadtripping, hiking, horseback riding, birding, camping, and biking. It’s known as one of the best biking roads in the U.S.Although you can drive the parkway year-round, the best time to visit is during spring and fall. In the spring, you’ll drive through corridors of blooming wildflowers and trees. In the fall, the hickory, oak, and maple trees lend themselves to beautiful foliage. Here are seven RV campgrounds along the Natchez Trace Parkway.Meriwether Lewis Campground in Hohenwald, Tennessee. | Photo: Joe Hendricks Meriwether Lewis Campground, Hohenwald, Tennessee Number of Sites: 32Pad Type: AsphaltReservations: First come, first servedTent Camping: Yes Meriwether Lewis Campground is managed by the National Park Service (NPS) and located near Nashville, Tennessee. It’s a free dry camping location close to the Northern entrance of the parkway. It offers drinkable water, flush toilets, cell phone service, and big rig access. There are large, shady sites as well as access to recreational trails. You’ll find wineries, historic sites, and the city of Nashville nearby. Bush Creek Park in Waterloo, Alabama. | Photo: Wandering Pulse Bush Creek Campground, Waterloo, Alabama Number of Sites: 10Pad Type: GravelReservations: First come, first servedTent Camping: Yes Although Alabama is only a short stretch of the Natchez Trace Parkway, Bush Creek Park in Waterloo is worth the stay. “Beautiful area right on the Tennessee River,” says a Campendium reviewer. “Quite far from any civilization or grocery store, but well worth the stay. Would be a nice spot to stop if you were traveling the Natchez Trace.”It’s a 50-acre park with free sites for primitive camping along the Tennessee River, with a maximum stay limit of 30 days. There are full-service restrooms and a dump station. The park also includes a boat launch, picnic pavilions, and a disc golf course.  Piney Grove Campground, New Site, Mississippi Number of Sites: 141Pad Type: MixedReservations: YesTent Camping: Yes Piney Grove Campground sits on Bay Springs Lake in Northeastern Mississippi. This water recreation area is part of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, one of the world’s most extensive man-made waterway systems. It’s also an Army Corps of Engineers campground.  Related 11 Army Corps of Engineers Campgrounds to Add to Your Bucket List For a fee, you can have access to 20-, 30-, and 50-amp hookups, water, a dump station, full-service restrooms, and laundry. Piney Grove Campground is also big rig friendly. Recreationally, the grounds offer boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, beaches, and a playground.Davis Lake Campground in New Houlka, Mississippi. | Photo: RV-Therapy Davis Lake Campground, New Houlka, Mississippi Number of Sites: 26Pad Type: AsphaltReservations: YesTent Camping: Yes Davis Lake Campground is a U.S. Forest Service-managed campground located within 4 miles of the Natchez Trace Parkway. It’s a quiet area situated on 20 acres of lake with waterfront sites perfectly situated for sunrise and sunset.The facilities include water and electric hookups, a group site, full-service restrooms, and a dump station. The recreation area also offers boating, bass fishing, swimming, hiking, and birding. Blue Herons are a staple of this area.Nearby you’ll find convenience stores, historical sites, and the Tanglefoot Trail. Jeff Busby Campground in Ackerman, Mississippi. | Photo: WatsonsWander Jeff Busby Campground, Ackerman, Mississippi Number of Sites: 18Pad Type: AsphaltReservations: First come, first servedTent Camping: Yes Tucked away in the woods below Little Mountain is Jeff Busby Campground, a popular destination along the parkway. “We drove the Trace from south to north and this campground was a perfect day’s drive from Natchez, Mississippi—allowing for some short stops along the way at some of the points of interest,” says a 5-star Campendium review. This NPS campground offers free primitive camping. It also has flush toilets, access to water, and a variety of RV sites, including big rig friendly, pull-through, and back-in sites. Beyond the grounds are hiking trails, Little Mountain, and scenic overlooks.  Rocky Springs Campground, Hermanville, Mississippi Number of Sites: 22Pad Type: AsphaltReservations: First come, first servedTent Camping: Yes Another staple along the Natchez Trace Parkway is Rocky Springs Campground. Located at Mile 54 of the Mississippi section, this is an ideal stop as you begin or end your journey. Similar to Jeff Busby Campground, this is a free NPS-managed campground that only offers primitive camping. It also has flushable toilets and picnic tables. The draw of Rocky Springs Campground is its surrounding landscape and history. When you wander through Hermanville, Mississippi, you’ll have an appreciation for the past. The aged town is protected by the natural landscape and offers direct access to Old Natchez Trace Trail, Owens Creek Waterfall, and Rocky Springs Trail. Wendy Oaks RV Resort in Florence, Mississippi. | Photo: WendyOaksRVResort Wendy Oaks RV Resort, Florence, Mississippi Number of Sites: 36Pad Type: MixedReservations: YesTent Camping: No Located off of Highway 49, family-owned Wendy Oaks RV Resort is the ideal place to lay over before starting the Natchez Trace Parkway or heading home from the 444-mile journey. “Just a wonderful little campground, with everything you need,” says a Campendium reviewer. “Full hookups, pull-through site, and really good WiFi in the campground.”The RV resort also has full-service restrooms, WiFi, laundry, and a dump station, and it offers big rig and pull-through access. Wendy Oaks RV Resort also features a lake and nearby recreational trails.  The Natchez Trace Parkway winds through beautifully unassuming areas of the U.S. where history and idyllic landscapes merge. Drive slowly, immerse yourself in the experience, and consider these tips before you embark on a trip along the Natchez Trace Parkway: Plan to stay in campgrounds during your road trip because dispersed camping isn’t allowed along the parkway. Prepare a backup plan for accommodation as many campgrounds are first-come, first-served. Download maps beforehand because cell phone coverage can be weak in areas. Be alert for bicyclists. This is a heavily-trafficked bike route.Pay attention to wildlife along the road.

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How and Where to Get a First-Come, First-Served Campsite

As more national and state park campgrounds transition to reservation-based systems, it may seem like first-come, first-served camping is a thing of the past. But there are still plenty of campgrounds that offer walk-up sites, and finding them isn’t as hard as it seems. Each national park’s website provides detailed information about the park’s campgrounds, including reservation requirements, amenities offered, RVs allowed, and operating season. America’s State Parks makes it convenient to find individual state park websites along with reservation requirements. First-Come, First-Served Camping for RVs Most national and state park campgrounds welcome RVs, but there are typically more sites available for tents. While big rigs have fewer options, it’s not impossible to find sites for them—but be prepared to dry camp. Tent campers have it easier, not only because they have more options to choose from, but because campgrounds usually allow six people, two to three tents, and two vehicles at each site.  First-Come, First-Served Camping at National Parks As national parks receive more visitors every year, many campgrounds now require reservations. Iconic parks like Zion, Yosemite, and Acadia no longer offer walk-up sites and reservations are required during the entire camping season.But there are still several national parks that offer first-come, first-served sites.Cades Cove Campground, Smoky Mountain National Park, Tennessee. | Photo: JennGrover Great Smoky Mountains National Park Cades Cove and Smokemont campgrounds are open year-round and only require reservations May through October. Available walk-up sites are listed on the “Late Arrival List” posted at the campgrounds. Plus, RVs are allowed. Yellowstone National Park Mammoth Campground only requires reservations between April and October and is open year-round with RVs welcome. Grand Canyon National Park Mather Campground sets aside 10 sites as first come, first served March through November. But reservations aren’t needed the rest of the year, and RVs are welcome. Trailer Village RV Park features both reservable and first-come, first-served campsites year-round. Glacier National Park Apgar Campground requires reservations May through October, but is first come, first served the rest of the year. All other campgrounds are first come, first served only. RVs and trailers are only recommended at Rising Sun, Two Medicine, and Avalanche. Shenandoah National Park Matthew Arms, Loft Mountain, and Lewis Mountain campgrounds are first come, first served, open March through October, and welcome RVs. Big Meadows Campground has walk-up sites in early spring. Starting in May, sites become reservable and first come, first served.Hoh Campground, Olympic National Park, Washington. | Photo: EatSeeRV Olympic National Park Hoh, Kalaloch, Mora, and Fairholme campgrounds accept reservations only from May through September and the first three are open year-round. The remainder of the park’s campgrounds are first come, first served only. Several are open year-round and a handful of them are tent-only. First-Come, First-Served Camping at State Parks State parks have also embraced the campground reservation system, but first-come, first-served sites are still available. Lots of state parks that require reservations offer their “no-show” sites to walk-up campers.Here are some states that offer walk-up sites: Nevada All Nevada state park campgrounds are first come, first served year-round. Alaska Most Alaska state park campgrounds only feature first-come, first-served sites. See the full list here. Oregon Oregon State Parks lists all its first-come, first-served campgrounds. Unreserved sites are available without a reservation for 1 night only; campers need to make reservations online if they want to stay longer. Iowa Although 75 percent of Iowa state park’s campsites can be reserved up to 3 months in advance, 25 percent of the remaining sites are available as first come, first served. New Mexico New Mexico state park campgrounds are a combination of reservation and first come, first served. Wyoming The 2022 reservation season for Wyoming state park campgrounds is May 1 through September 30. All campsites are first come, first served outside of that window.Atlatl Rock Campground, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada. | Photo: RudiOnTheRoad First-Come, First-Served Camping Tips Here are some tips on how to score a walk-up site. Show Up Early Arrive early in the day to scout, because campers may leave before check-out time. You’ll likely have better luck on weekdays than during the weekend. Visit or Call Campgrounds Some campgrounds have a formal process of reassigning no-show or canceled sites while others require you to check these out on your own. No-show and canceled sites at campgrounds that use Reserve America don’t automatically get put back in the queue, so a visit or call is needed. Check Social Media Some national and state park campgrounds will announce their capacity status on their social media pages. Bring Cash A majority of first-come, first-served campgrounds use self-registration and only accept cash. Camp During Off-Season It’s very common for campgrounds to require reservations only during peak season and offer first-come, first-served sites the rest of the year. Download the Reserve America App If you’re at a campground that uses Reserve America for reservations and come across an unreserved site, you still have to go to the website to book the site. Have a Backup Plan This is a must. Most national parks are surrounded by national forests, which have established campgrounds and boondocking options to choose from. Lesser-known parks and campgrounds with fewer amenities are also good backup choices. With more than 6,700 state parks and 63 national parks in the U.S., there’s no shortage of camping options—sometimes you just need good timing and a little bit of luck.

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