8 Great RV Campgrounds for Beer Lovers

Sep 22, 2021 | Travel & Destinations

8 Great RV Campgrounds for Beer Lovers

With thousands of breweries in the U.S., there are plenty of opportunities to camp near these popular hangouts.

By Kerry Sainato

Fall is the perfect season for sampling new brews in destinations across the country. We’ve rounded up eight awesome RV campgrounds near craft breweries to help you plan a beer-focused RV road trip—just remember to arrange for alternative transportation back to the campground if you’re imbibing. 

Wolfe’s Neck Campground, Freeport, Maine 

Wolfe’s Neck Oceanfront Camping in Freeport, Maine, overlooks the state’s picturesque Casco Bay. In addition to gorgeous ocean views, the campground amenities include miles of nature trails and a working farm—complete with barnyard animals. There are 130 pet-friendly campsites at Wolfe’s Neck; many sites overlook the ocean and 31 sites offer electric and water hookups. This is a seasonal campground open between early May and late October. 

Wolfe’s Neck Oceanfront Camping is just a few miles from the well-renowned Maine Beer Company in Freeport and a quick 30-minute drive to Portland where you can visit more than a dozen highly-rated breweries

Hillsborough River State Park, Thonotosassa, Florida 

Park your RV in idyllic Hillsborough River State Park for a natural refuge from the hustle and bustle of theme park tourism. This state park, nestled along the lush banks of the Hillsborough River, is 15 miles from Tampa’s Busch Gardens, but feels like a world away. The park is open year-round and offers 7 miles of hiking trails, access to Class 2 river rapids, and a bike path along the wetlands. Most of the pet-friendly RV sites offer electricity and water with a dump station on premises. 

After a warm day of outdoor activities, refreshments will be in order. Nearby Tampa offers more than 75 craft brewery options, including award-winning and nationally recognized Cigar City Brewing. Overwhelmed by the options? Buy a ticket on the Brew Bus and choose from one of nine curated craft brewery bus loops to sample the local suds.

Don’t miss out on the beach—Hillsborough River State Park is less than an hour from the clear, calm waters of Florida’s southwest coast.

Mountain View Campground, Morrisville, Vermont 

Mountain View Campground, located in Morrisville, Vermont, is near the Stowe Resort area in north central Vermont. The campground offers impressive resort-style RV accommodations with full hookups among the Green Mountains. Relax on premises with two pools and a hot tub; plus this resort offers access to a river tubing trail on its property. Mountain View Campground is open from mid-May through mid-October. 

There are many breweries within a quick drive, including the coveted Alchemist Beer and Hill Farmstead Brewery. And Sound of Music fans will love the Austrian-style von Trapp Brewery & Bierhall owned and operated by the von Trapp family.

Smiling Toad Brewery, Colorado Springs, Colorado 

Colorado Springs sits below Colorado’s Rocky Mountains just 12 miles east of the towering Pikes Peak. Before you head up to a miles-high outdoor adventure, spend a night at the highly-rated Smiling Toad Brewery in Colorado Springs. This newly renovated brewery offers one-night stays for self-contained RVs through a Harvest Hosts membership. Admire a panoramic Rocky Mountain view from the patio while sampling local craft beers. 

Most Harvest Host locations don’t offer power or water hookups, so make sure your rig is ready for dry camping before your stay.

And don’t forget, Colorado Springs boasts more than 20 craft breweries, so consider alternative transportation for a craft brewery crawl. 

Paradise by the Sea Beach RV Resort, Oceanside, California 

Bring your RV to breezy Southern California and stay at a SoCal beach RV resort. The Pacific Ocean is just a 3-minute walk from the RV sites. Paradise by the Sea offers full hookups including cable and free WiFi. Resort-style amenities like a heated pool, hot tub, and recreation room make this a truly relaxing RV seaside getaway. 

This resort is located about an hour from both Los Angeles and San Diego. Stone Brewing’s Oceanside location is less than 2 miles away. Head south for San Diego’s best breweries; don’t miss Border X Brewing in Barrio Logan, which draws inspiration from traditional Latin flavors like hibiscus and horchata. 

In L.A., check out Monkish Brewing Co. This brewery specializes in Belgian-style beers and has a massive cult following—the only way to get these beers is to visit the taproom in Torrance, California.

Lost Lake Resort & Campground, Hood River, Oregon 

With spectacular views of Mt. Hood, access to Lost Lake, and a short drive to the Columbia River, Lost Lake Resort & Campground offers everything an outdoor adventurer needs. This campground is perfect for those who are happy to camp in a more rustic environment among the evergreens. There are no hookups but the park has a dump station. This seasonal campground is open between May and mid-October. Lost Lake Resort rents an array of non-motorized boats so you can cruise the lake. 

After a day on the water, visit the area’s countless brewery, cidery, and bottle shop options. Don’t miss a trip to Thunder Island Brewing Company’s patio for a drink and jaw-dropping views of the Columbia River and Bridge of the Gods. 

Yellowstone’s Edge RV Park, Livingston, Montana

The aptly named RV park is just 30 minutes from Yellowstone National Park and is located on the banks of the Yellowstone River. This campground has stunning mountain views and is the perfect basecamp for exploring Big Sky Country. Pet-friendly RV sites at Yellowstone’s Edge offer full hookups and WiFi. The park is open seasonally between May and mid-October. 

Outdoor adventures abound around Livingston, but the local beer scene is also top-notch. Historic downtown Livingston is worth a visit with two breweries of its own: Katabatic Brewing Company and Neptune’s Brewery. Bozeman’s craft breweries are within a scenic 45-minute drive.

Kohler-Andrae State Park, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Campsites at Kohler-Andrae State Park give campers direct access to miles of natural beachfront along Lake Michigan and well-groomed hiking trails. There are 137 sites in the park and 52 have partial, electric hookups. There are no water or sewer hookups, but the park has a dump station and fresh water fill-up stations. You can camp year-round; a small number of sites are plowed in the winter. 

Kohler-Andrae State Park is located 10 miles from downtown Sheboygan where beer aficionados can visit the popular 3 Sheeps Brewing Company. Or sample a true taste of Germany at Der Sheboygan Biergarten, which is open to the public on weekends in the summer. Take a day trip to explore the nearly two dozen craft breweries in Milwaukee, which is only an hour away. 

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Kerry Sainato

Kerry bought a tiny teardrop trailer on a whim over four years ago and is now an enthusiastic RV traveler. She spends most of her camping nights in New England, but is working on plans for a year-long cross country journey with her husband. Kerry also owns and operates a cooking blog, cookwithkerry.com, and loves cooking over the open fire during her camping adventures.