The Best Camping of December 2020

Six hundred and fifty-nine campgrounds received 5-star reviews in December! Check out some of the highlights.

Paul B. Johnson State Park
Paul B. Johnson State Park | Mississippi State Park – Hattiesburg, MS

“Great, full hook ups site right on the lake! Somehow we lucked out with one of the most spacious and wooded sites close to the lake. Highly recommend site 19.” -David

Hurricane Cliffs Campsites 13-19
Hurricane Cliffs Campsites 13-19 | Hurricane Cliffs Recreation Area – La Verkin, UT

“Ultimate boondocking! Waking up to the view of Zion each morning was a big treat! St. George is 30 min away for Home Depot, Costco, etc.” -HikingHolly

The Pads
The Pads | Unknown/Other – Death Valley, CA

“Great location for visiting Death Valley. The Pads is an abandoned RV park that still has the concrete pads for RV’s left behind. The RV pads are fairly level and most are long enough for any size RV.” -Unbound Faith

Magazine Branch Lake Access
Magazine Branch Lake Access | Nantahala National Forest – Tapoco, NC

“Love this spot! There is plenty of room for several RVs and tent camping. Dumpster on site, boat ramp, porty johns, fire rings, beautiful location, secluded.” -Notallwhowander

W.P. Franklin Campground
W.P. Franklin Campground | Army Corps Of Engineers – Alva, FL

“Overall, it’s one of our favorite parks. We loved our site (7) because of the incredible sunsets looking down the Caloosahatchee River.” -traderboynh

Craggy Wash
Craggy Wash | BLM – Lake Havasu City, AZ

“Love this spot. Best boondocking spot north of Lake Havasu City! A nice quiet area, a bit busy but everyone was friendly or kept to themselves.” -seeknewadventures

Horseshoe Bend Campground
Horseshoe Bend Campground | Army Corps Of Engineers – Rogers, AR

“Quiet area with plenty of great walking and wildlife throughout the campgrounds. Beautiful views of Beaver Lake with sunrise and sunsets.” -Mark

Lake Raystown Resort and Lodge
Lake Raystown Resort and Lodge | RV Park – James Creek, PA

“Great Waterfront Campground! The campground is relatively flat and on the shore of Lake Raystown. The amenities are great and located centrally in each section of the park. Lots of trees which adds to the privacy of the sites.” -Britt

Little Pee Dee State Park
Little Pee Dee State Park | South Carolina State Park – Dillon, SC

“If you like to fish or kayak or canoe then this park is for you. I stayed in site 27 which was right on the lake. Sunsets were lovely. Aesthetic beauty is the main draw of this park.” -Far Out Frizzle

Camp Gulf
Camp Gulf | RV Park – Destin, FL

“Being able to listen to the ocean at night and watch the sunrise/sunset from your RV is amazing. We’ve camped in the gulf before, but never this close to the ocean. This is a definite “must do”.” -AU/UA House Divided

Palm Canyon Dispersed Camping
Palm Canyon Dispersed Camping | Kofa National Wildlife Refuge – Quartzsite, AZ

“This has got to be the best camping around Quartzsite – don’t tell anyone. Excellent cell service on AT&T. Quiet, peaceful – pure serenity.” -Octane

Pinnacles Campground
Pinnacles Campground | Pinnacles National Park – Paicines, CA

“Great camping and lots of wildlife. Condors, Turkey Vultures, Hawks were abundant. 100s of wild turkeys every morning grazing in the camp grounds mixed with a dozen deer.” -Scooter

Skidaway Island State Park
Skidaway Island State Park | Georgia State Park – Savannah, GA

“Great stay at skidaway. Beautiful campground. Enjoyed the Big Gerry trail at sunset. Hot showers. Accommodates late arrivals. Grocery very close and short drive to Savannah” -Summertime620

North Beach
North Beach | Padre Island National Seashore – Corpus Christi, TX

“A short beach strip, free, beautiful. We loved it here. The tide can come a bit uncomfortably close, but never really too close.” -Nina Herzig

Gunter Hill Campground
Gunter Hill Campground | Alabama River Lakes – Montgomery, AL

“We were in site #15 which has FHUs, a really long concrete, level site pad with a large gravel area for the picnic table, grill, fire ring, and lantern stand. In the section we were located, there was large spacing between each site.” -Jan

Indian Bread Rocks
Indian Bread Rocks | BLM – Bowie, AZ

“Beautiful place and lots of campers here. Our first night we drove almost to the end of the road, about a mile or 2 from the park entrance, before we found a spot. We saw many sites along the way that were spread out for good privacy.” -Tim & Shannon

Anastasia State Park
Anastasia State Park | Florida State Park – St. Augustine, FL

“Come for the lights stay for Anastasia. Great park just outside the city. Mostly quiet during our stays. We have had good sites every time we have come. Hot showers. Nice beach.” -Summertime620

Game Warden Slough
Game Warden Slough | Hubbard Creek Reservoir – Breckenridge, TX

“Great place to camp! Gorgeous views of the reservoir with the sunset over the water. One vehicle drove through before midnight then all was quiet.” -Shamwow

Dog Canyon Dispersed Camping
Dog Canyon Dispersed Camping | BLM – Alamogordo, NM

“Beautiful backdrop. The thorn bushes are NO JOKE(even the small ones), so watch where you drive. Lots of level spots to choose from. We pull a 32’ fifth wheel and had no issues.” -laurendwdy

Silurian Dry Lake Bed
Silurian Dry Lake Bed | BLM – Baker, CA

“We really enjoyed our stay on this dried up lake bed. We must have gotten lucky with the wind because it was never very strong. The sunrises were beautiful.” -AniMaria27

Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park | Utah State Park – Kanab, UT

“By the time we were done playing in the park, the dunes were covered in snow. Because it was December, there were tons of sites available.” -MrsTryHard

Usery Mountain Regional Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park | County Park – Mesa, AZ

“Lush desert landscape just outside of Phoenix. It’s a great choice for those who want that outdoors feel but also easy access to civilization.” -bcswartz

Heart of the Mojave West
Heart of the Mojave West | Mojave Trails National Monument – Amboy, CA

“It is only a short stretch on a dirt road and we had no issues. We found a mostly flat spot. The views in the morning were breathtaking! Just as I had hoped there was complete silence and serenity.” -Vera

Dames Ferry Campground
Dames Ferry Campground | Georgia State Park – Juliette, GA

“There’s really not a bad site in the campground. The pad sits up high from the shore of the lake, providing an excellent view.” -Freefallpunk

Brazos Bend State Park
Brazos Bend State Park | Texas State Park – Needville, TX

“This park is outstanding. There are so many different trails for hiking and biking and they all have something a little different. We obviously saw lots of gators.” -Doug