The Best RV Campgrounds for Spring

Mar 10, 2021 | Travel & Destinations

The Best RV Campgrounds for Spring

Warmer weather and the spring months signify the start of camping season. These are some of the best U.S. campgrounds to visit in March, April, and May.

By Ashley Rossi

Photo courtesy of Sun RV Resorts

You’ve dewinterized your rig and are ready to hit the road for some early season camping. And while the weather can still be a bit unpredictable, as long as you’re prepared, spring is an ideal time to hit the road before the summer crowds come to the campgrounds. Here are some of the best RV trips to take in spring.

RV Camping in March

If you’re having trouble making summer reservations at or near state parks, try booking an RV vacation in March instead. 

Campground with red spires in the background at Nevada state park
Photo: Sydney Martinez/Travel Nevada

Cathedral Gorge State Park, Nevada

WHY IT’S GREAT IN SPRING: 

Located just over 2 hours from Zion National Park is Cathedral Gorge, one of Nevada’s oldest state parks featuring dramatic spires, slot canyons, and caves. Mild weather makes spring one of the best times to visit and the park and campgrounds are family-friendly. There are 22 well-maintained sites for RVs with electric hookups, WiFi, and a dump station. Note that sites cannot be reserved in advance.   

CAMPGROUND AND RV AMENITIES: 

  • Electric hookups
  • WiFi
  • Pet-friendly
  • Dump station
  • Fire rings and grills 

PRICES:

The nightly rate is $15, plus $10 per night for utility hookups. 

DATES:

Open year-round.

Airstream trailer at wooded campground in California forest
Photo: Terri Reay

Fernwood Campground & Resort, California

WHY IT’S GREAT IN SPRING: 

Getting reservations at any of the Big Sur area state parks can be challenging. It’s worth spending the extra money on a private campground site if you’re set on visiting because even in the spring, reservations book up well in advance. Fernwood Campground is located next to Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park with direct hiking access to the state park from the campground. Visit in springtime for mild temperatures, wildflower blooms, and lush, green scenery. For smaller rigs looking to visit the area in spring, check for availability at Kirk Creek Campground or Plaskett Creek Campground in the Los Padres National Forest.

CAMPGROUND AND RV AMENITIES: 

  • Riverside sites
  • Adjacent to Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
  • Water and electric hookups
  • Pet-friendly (additional fee)
  • Dump station (additional fee)
  • On-site general store, tavern, and cafe

PRICES:

The nightly rate is $85 to $95. 

DATES:

Open year-round.

Beachside campsite at lake in Arizona
Photo courtesy of Arizona State Parks and Trails

Cattail Cove State Park, Arizona

WHY IT’S GREAT IN SPRING: 

Park your rig right at the beach in March at Cattail Cove State Park near Lake Havasu City. Spring brings wildflowers and can also be an excellent time to fish bass on the lake. Boat rentals are available on-site and with mild temperatures, spring a great time to enjoy the water. The quieter park has a handful of easy to moderate trails. Nearby you’ll find other state parks and wildlife refuges for additional hiking opportunities.    

CAMPGROUND AND RV AMENITIES: 

  • Lakefront sites
  • 30 and 50 amp electrical hookups
  • Picnic table and BBQ/fire pit
  • On-site boat rentals

PRICES:

Nightly camping fees for standard sites are $30, or $40 for beachfront sites.

DATES:

Open year-round. 


RV Camping in April 

Take advantage of warmer temperatures in popular summer vacation areas before the crowds come. 

Aerial view of campground set amongst greenery in mountains
Photo courtesy of Mountain Glen RV Park and Campground

Mountain Glen RV Park and Campground, Tennessee 

WHY IT’S GREAT IN SPRING: 

Located just over an hour from Chattanooga, Mountain Glen RV Park and Campground is minutes from one of Tennessee’s best state parks, Fall Creek Falls. Cave tours start in the spring and it’s an ideal time to see the park’s impressive waterfalls. You can also enjoy the state park’s lake via boat rentals and fishing.  

CAMPGROUND AND RV AMENITIES: 

  • Pet-friendly 
  • Full hookups
  • Pull-through sites
  • General store
  • Private bathrooms 
  • Laundry

PRICES:

Nightly rates start at $34. 

DATES:

Open year-round. 

Pool at RV resort in Utah near national park
Photo courtesy of Canyonlands RV Resort and Campground

Canyonlands RV Resort & Campground, Utah

WHY IT’S GREAT IN SPRING: 

Canyonlands RV Resort is located next to the Moab Giants dinosaur park, making it an educational spot for a spring break RV trip with the kids. The campground’s pool and playground will also please families. Canyonlands RV Resort is located minutes from the Arches National Park visitor center and about 20 minutes from Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park for additional hiking and biking trails. 

CAMPGROUND AND RV AMENITIES: 

  • Full hookups
  • Fire pit
  • Pull-through sites with cement or dirt pad
  • Dog park
  • Dump station (additional fee)
  • General store and gas station
  • Pool and playground
  • Laundry (additional fee)

PRICES:

Nightly rates in spring start at $53. 

DATES:

Open year-round.

RV park in beach area in California
Photo courtesy of Santa Barbara Sunrise RV Park

Santa Barbara Sunrise RV Park, California

WHY IT’S GREAT IN SPRING: 

There’s no bad time to visit Santa Barbara, but springtime brings moderate temperatures and plenty of sunshine. Spring events include Santa Barbara Founding Day and a Kite Festival, and opportunities for hiking, kayaking, and biking are plentiful. Don’t miss the zoo and botanical gardens as well as the county and state parks. Santa Barbara Sunrise RV Park is an ideal home base to explore all the coastal city has to offer. 

CAMPGROUND AND RV AMENITIES: 

  • Full hookups
  • Free WiFi
  • Pet-friendly 
  • Big rig friendly 
  • Some pull-through sites

PRICES:

Nightly rates in spring start at $60. 

DATES:

Open year-round.


RV Camping in May

As the camping season (and temps) ramp up, visit these East Coast locations before school vacations begin.  

Photo courtesy of Sun RV Resorts

Carolina Pines RV Resort, South Carolina

WHY IT’S GREAT IN SPRING: 

You’ll feel like you’re staying at a true resort at Carolina Pines RV Resort by Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. With a visit in May, you’ll be able to enjoy the pool and water park on-site in addition to the beach club at Tilghman Beach, which is only a short shuttle ride away. Adults will appreciate amenities like the yoga studio and on-site restaurant while kids will enjoy games like mini golf, mini bowling, and an arcade.   

CAMPGROUND AND RV AMENITIES: 

  • Free WiFi
  • Full hookups
  • Pull-through sites
  • Water park
  • Golf cart rentals
  • Swimming pool and cabana rentals
  • Yoga studio
  • Dog park and wash
  • General store
  • Fitness center 
  • Jacuzzi spas
  • On-site restaurant
  • Mini golf, mini bowling, arcade, and billiards
  • Free shuttle service
  • Private beach club

PRICES:

Nightly rates start at $70 in May.

DATES:

Open year-round.

Spring time at RV park in Virginia with campers set up
Photo courtesy of Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort: Luray, Virginia

WHY IT’S GREAT IN SPRING: 

Start summer early at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Visit nearby attractions like the Luray Caverns and Shenandoah National Park in spring for off-season crowds. You’ll also have lower prices at the campground if you visit just before peak season starts; all pools and waterslides are open on weekends beginning May 7. 

CAMPGROUND AND RV AMENITIES: 

  • Trash pickup
  • Pet-friendly with dog park
  • Full hookups
  • Pull-through sites available
  • Fire ring and picnic table, some sites have BBQ and patio
  • Water slides and pools
  • Outdoor movie theatre
  • Playgrounds
  • Propane fill station

PRICES:

Nightly rates for RV sites start at $55 in May.

DATES:

Open from March 26 to November 28, peak season starts on June 11 and ends on August 21.

Nighttime at camp general store with campers around a fire pit
Photo courtesy of Cooperstown KOA Journey

Cooperstown KOA Journey, New York

WHY IT’S GREAT IN SPRING: 

The Cooperstown KOA campground set just north of Otsego Lake is about 20 minutes from Main Street Cooperstown and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. You can even purchase tickets at the campground for the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Fenimore Museum, and the Farmers’ Museum. Plus this campground has a heated pool that opens in May so you can enjoy the outdoors. 

CAMPGROUND AND RV AMENITIES: 

  • 30 and 50 amp hookups
  • Big rig friendly
  • Dump station
  • Dog park
  • Heated pool
  • Free WiFi
  • General store

PRICES:

Nightly rates range from $50 to $56.

DATES:

Open from May to October.


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Ashley Rossi

Ashley is the managing editor at Togo RV. She comes from a background in travel writing which has taken her from Australia to Haida Gwaii. Her favorite national park is Zion and she's helping her parents plan an epic cross-country retirement trip in an Airstream.

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