The Best RV Campgrounds for Summer

May 19, 2021 | Travel & Destinations

The Best RV Campgrounds for Summer

Peak camping season has finally arrived. Here are some of the hottest campgrounds for stays in June, July, and August.

By Ashley Rossi

Photo courtesy of Lake George Escape

Take advantage of your time off this summer by planning a family or group RV road trip. These campgrounds are particularly enjoyable once the weather begins to warm up.  


RV Camping in June

Schedule some vacation time in June before schools dismiss for the summer. It’s an ideal time to catch both warmer weather and fewer crowds at popular summer destinations. 

RVs parked on edge of lake at campground
Photo courtesy of Lake George Escape

Lake George Escape, New York

WHY IT’S GREAT IN SUMMER: 

Surrounded by Adirondack Park, Lake George Escape is an ideal summer getaway set among the trees and Schroon River. There’s no shortage of recreation activities from river floating to laser tag. The campground is also nearby local attractions, the Village of Lake George, Six Flags, Saratoga Springs, and more.

CAMPGROUND AND RV AMENITIES: 

  • Back-in and pull-through sites
  • Full hookups available 
  • Onsite restaurant and bar
  • Daily shuttle to Lake George / Bolton Landing
  • River access and tubing
  • Pedal cart and bike rentals
  • Disc golf
  • Bark Park
  • Laser tag arena and arcade
  • Two outdoor heated pools

PRICES:

Nightly rates start at $44. 

DATES:

Open from mid-May to mid-October.

Wooded campground with Airstream at campsite and picnic table
Photo courtesy of Aramark

Mazama Campground, Oregon

WHY IT’S GREAT IN SUMMER: 

Stay inside Crater Lake National Park at Mazama Campground. Seventy-five RV campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis in June, so you don’t need a coveted reservation. As the snow starts to melt, roads and trails clear for recreation. The campground abuts the Annie Creek Canyon Trail and is just 7 miles from Rim Village. 

Have a backup plan if you can’t get a site—try boondocking at Annie Creek or Thousand Springs Sno-Parks, or enjoy plenty of amenities at Crater Lake Resort.  

CAMPGROUND AND RV AMENITIES: 

  • Full hookups available 
  • Picnic table, fire ring with grill, and food locker
  • Can accommodate motorhomes up to 50 feet and trailers up to 35 feet 
  • Dump station
  • Potable water
  • Onsite store and restaurant at Mazama Village
  • Pet-friendly 
  • Gas station
  • Comfort stations

PRICES:

Nightly rates range from $31 (no hookups) to $42 (full hookups). 

DATES:

Open from early June to late September. 

Child playing mini golf with father at RV resort
Photo: Sun Communities

Big Timber Lake RV Camping Resort, New Jersey

WHY IT’S GREAT IN SUMMER: 

Hit the Jersey Shore’s beach and boardwalk at one of the oldest seaside resort destinations in the U.S., Cape May. Big Timber Lake RV Camping Resort provides easy access to offsite attractions like beaches, a zoo, a wildlife refuge, and wineries. The RV resort has onsite amenities like a lake, pool, restaurant, and Aerial Adventure Park.   

CAMPGROUND AND RV AMENITIES: 

  • Full hookups
  • WiFi access at campsite
  • Back-in and pull-through sites
  • Can accommodate rigs up to 45 feet
  • Picnic table and fire pit at campsite
  • Dog park
  • Lake access with kayak ($) and paddleboard (free) rentals
  • Mini golf course
  • Onsite restaurant and store
  • Pool 
  • Fitness center

PRICES:

Nightly rates in June start at $62. 

DATES:

Open from mid-April to mid-October.


RV Camping in July 

It can be difficult to find campground availability during the summer season, so it’s best to plan well in advance. Splurge on a campground with a waterfront location or amenities like pools and water parks. 

Aerial view of waterfront campground
Photo courtesy of Blue Water Development

Massey’s Landing, Delaware

WHY IT’S GREAT IN SUMMER: 

Park your RV at a waterfront site right on Rehoboth Bay at Massey’s Landing. With a private beach and an outdoor pool, you can stay cool in the summer heat. Want to try out the RVing lifestyle? Book a stay at one of the campground’s waterfront RV rental sites (sleeps up to six people).  

CAMPGROUND AND RV AMENITIES: 

  • Outdoor pool with splash bar
  • Bathhouses 
  • Camp store
  • Dog park
  • WiFi
  • Golf cart rentals
  • Can accommodate rigs up to 45 feet
  • Back-in and pull-through sites
  • Onsite restaurant and bar

PRICES:

Nightly rates start at $149 in July.

DATES:

April through November. 

Lobsters and corn boiled over open fire at campground
Photo: Ashley Rossi
Vintage travel trailer pained with campgound logo
Photo: Ashley Rossi

Sandy Pines Campground, Maine

WHY IT’S GREAT IN SUMMER: 

Sandy Pines offers quintessential New England experiences right at the campground. Enjoy a lobster roll at the campfire, paddleboard or kayak right from the campground, or rent a bike to see downtown Kennebunkport or Goose Rocks Beach. 

CAMPGROUND AND RV AMENITIES: 

  • Electric hookups
  • Heated saltwater pool
  • Modern bathhouses
  • Laundry facilities
  • General store 
  • Playground and lawn games
  • Paddleboard, kayak, and bike rentals

PRICES:

Nightly rates start at $75 per night in July.

DATES:

Open from mid-May to mid-October.

RV parked at wooded site with vintage truck as tow vehicle
Photo: National Park Service

Platte River Campground, Michigan 

WHY IT’S GREAT IN SUMMER: 

For RVers looking to stay at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, look no further than Platte River Campground, located in the southern district of the unit. It’s a popular, well-developed campground close to the Platte River and Lake Michigan. Guests can rent canoes at the river and have easy access to the Platte Plains trail system. Reservations can be made on a 6-month rolling basis via Recreation.gov.

CAMPGROUND AND RV AMENITIES: 

  • Electric hookups available
  • Back-in and pull-through sites
  • Dump station
  • Fire ring and picnic table at each site
  • Bathhouses with hot showers and flush toilets 
  • Potable water
  • Can accommodate rigs up to 40 feet

PRICES:

Nightly rates range from $26 (no hookups) to $31 (electric hookups). 

DATES:

Open year-round.

Related 5 Spots to Visit on a Michigan RV Road Trip


RV Camping in August

Camping in the dog days of summer can be crowded and hot. Check out these locales that have milder temps come peak summer. 

Entrance to RV park in Oregon
Photo courtesy of Mt. Hood Village RV Resort

Mt. Hood Village RV Resort, Oregon

WHY IT’S GREAT IN SUMMER: 

Venture to the Northwest for a quiet mountain escape at Mt. Hood Village RV Resort. Surrounded by Mt. Hood National Forest, campers can rock climb, bird watch, mountain bike, fish, hike, golf, and travel down the mountain via an alpine slide. You can even ski or snowboard at Timberline Lodge, the only mountain in North America that’s open year-round. In August, Mt. Hood also hosts a Huckleberry Festival with food, music, historic village tours, Native American storytelling, and more. 

CAMPGROUND AND RV AMENITIES: 

  • Wooded sites
  • Pet-friendly
  • Onsite restaurant and store
  • Laundry facilities
  • Swimming pool and hot tub
  • Game room

PRICES:

Nightly rates start at $64 in August.

DATES:

Open year-round.

Related An RV Trip Guide to Mount Hood, Oregon

Sign entering Talkeetna Alaska historic district

Talkeetna Camper Park, Alaska

WHY IT’S GREAT IN SUMMER: 

Whether you rent an RV or take yours on an epic road trip, camping in Alaska is a bucket list item for many RVers. At Talkeetna Camper Park you’ll park your rig in the shadows of Mt. Denali. You’re within walking distance of downtown Talkeetna, the Alaska Railroad Depot, and activities like scenic flights, fishing charters, rafting, riverboat excursions, hiking, and more.

CAMPGROUND AND RV AMENITIES: 

  • Partial or full hookups
  • Dump station
  • Gift shop
  • Hot showers
  • Laundry facilities
  • Pet-friendly
  • Community fire pit

PRICES:

Nightly rates range from $43 to $48 in August.

DATES:

Open from May (after the snowmelt) to September or October (snowfall).

Waterfall gushing into swimming hole
Swimming hole in Mt. Mansfield State Forest. | Photo: Ashley Rossi
River in New England with red barn in background
The Lamoille River.

Mountain View Campground, Vermont

WHY IT’S GREAT IN SUMMER: 

Cool off in the onsite swimming pools or take a dip in the Lamoille River at Mountain View Campground. Kayak and river tube rentals are available for the river or to take to nearby lakes: Green River Reservoir or Elmore Pond. The campground is located 20 minutes from downtown Stowe and close to other recreation offerings like Mount Mansfield, Smuggler’s Notch State Park, Sterling Falls Gorge, Moss Glenn Falls, the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail, and more. Don’t miss out on the area’s craft beer and spirits scene with local libations for sale at the camp store or via a brewery or distillery tour. 

CAMPGROUND AND RV AMENITIES: 

  • Full hookups
  • Picnic table and fire ring
  • Free WiFi
  • Can accommodate rigs up to 45 feet
  • Dump station
  • Kayak and tube rentals
  • Camp store
  • Propane filling station
  • Two swimming pools and hot tub
  • Heated bathhouse

PRICES:

Nightly rates range from $46 to $54. 

DATES:

Open mid-May to mid-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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