Government Parks

Government Campgrounds

Government parks, which include State and National Parks, Bureau of Land Management, State and National Forests, etc, have the advantage of being located in the most scenic areas in the country. However, the quality and price can vary greatly. And some can also be quite crowded, especially in peak season. Despite this, most of these parks are treasures, and we’re grateful to have them. We especially enjoy campgrounds built by the Corps of Engineers.

Below are government campgrounds we’ve stayed in most recently. Click here to see all the government campgrounds we’ve stayed in since going full-time.


Lake Griffin State Park - Fruitland Park FL

RATING: ♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 5 days
  • Cost per night: $11.00
  • Discount: Florida Senior Discount
  • Hook ups: 50 amp electric, water, and sewer. No cable TV. 
  • Site number/quality: #10. Large dirt site. 
  • Park quality: This is a small state park in a very populated area in Central Florida. Only 40 sites. Despite the name, the park is not on Lake Griffin. Rather it is on the Dead River which empties into the lake. 
  • Access: On US-441.
  • Connectivity: Verizon very strong, AT&T strong without antenna, T-Mobile strong with antenna.
  • Return yes/no?: Maybe.
  • Notes: A 300-500 year old live oak is the main attraction of the park. 
  • Website: Lake Griffin State Park

Wickham Park Campground - Melbourne FL

RATING: ♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 5 days
  • Cost per night: $23.60
  • Discount: None
  • Hook ups: 50 amp electric, water, and sewer. No cable TV. 
  • Site number/quality: #C-81. Large grassy area. No defined site. More of an open field. 
  • Park quality: Wickham Park is a Brevard County park in the middle of the city of Melbourne FL. The campground is in one corner of the park. The rest of the park is more like a typical city park with ball fields and ponds. There are three sections to the campground. Sections A and B are for smaller rigs and tents. Section C is for big rigs and has very large sites. The hook-ups are side by side, which makes for some interesting camp sit-ups. Campers can park any which way: back in, front in, or parallel. We parked diagonally, and there was still a lot of room around us. The park had a drive through Christmas lights display, which is a fund raiser for the Boy Scouts @ $15 per car. But since we were camping in the park, we did not have to pay the admission fee.
  • Access: Just a few miles off I-95.
  • Connectivity: Verizon very strong, AT&T strong with antenna, T-Mobile strong with antenna.
  • Return yes/no?: Maybe.
  • Notes: Close to historic downtown Melbourne (had a great breakfast there at the Backwater Restaurant). We took a nice boat ride on the Indian and Banana Rivers. Saw manatees and dolphins. We drove about 15 miles up FL-A1A to Cocoa Beach to see the SpaceX launch on Tuesday, but it was postponed. Very disappointed. However, we did get to see the launch at a distance from our campground in Melbourne just as we were packing up to leave on Friday.
  • Website: Wickham Park Campground

Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area - Flagler Beach FL

RATING: ♦♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 7 days
  • Cost per night: $17.00
  • Discount: Florida Senior Discount
  • Hook ups: 50 amp electric and water. No sewer or cable TV. Dump station.
  • Site number/quality: #57. Gravel pad. Very level. Wide with gravel seating pad. No shade. On river side of FL-A1A.
  • Park quality: This state park is just south of the beach town of Flagler Beach, which is on a narrow strip of land between the Atlantic Ocean and Halifax River. Scenic route FL-A1A runs through the middle of the park, and divides the campground into two sections: one on the beach and the other on the river. The beach section it is older and can only handle smaller RVs and tents. The river section was built in 2015 and can easily handle big rigs. We stayed in the river section. It very well maintained. We watched the park host clean up each site after departure and even rake the gravel bed. Impressive! 
  • Access: Directly on FL-A1A just a few miles off I-95.
  • Connectivity: Verizon OK, AT&T strong with antenna, T-Mobile strong with antenna.
  • Return yes/no?: Would love to.
  • Notes: The Halifax River is part of the Intracoastal Waterway. Lots of pleasure boats passing by. River side campground is within walking distance to the beach, which is just across FL-A1A, or we could drive and park at the beach. It’s close to restaurants and shopping in Flagler Beach, and half-hour to Daytona.
  • Website: Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area

Blythe Island Regional Park - Brunswick GA

RATING: ♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 6 days
  • Cost per night: $40.00
  • Discount: None
  • Hook ups: 50 amp electric, water, sewer, and cable TV.
  • Site number/quality: #86. Gravel pad. Very level. Long but narrow pull-through. Concrete seating pad. Moderately shaded.
  • Park quality: This is a nice county park. Large sites. Between river and man-made lakes. Quiet.
  • Access: Directly off I-95.
  • Connectivity: Verizon OK, AT&T strong with antenna, T-Mobile strong.
  • Return yes/no?: Sure.
  • Notes: Close to St. Simons Island, Sea Island, and Jekyll Island, which we visited. Not far from plenty of shopping in Brunswick. Lots of rabbits making their home at the campground, cute and tame.
  • Website: Blythe Island Regional Park

Pocahontas State Park - Chesterfield VA

RATING: ♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 6 days
  • Cost per night: $37.50
  • Discount: None
  • Hook ups: 50 amp electric, water, but no sewer.
  • Site number/quality: #87. Gravel pad. Very level. Gravel seating area. Thickly wooded, but site was cleared. Easy parking. Our site is the newer “End Loop”, and was quite large. Quiet and fairly secluded. 
  • Park quality: Nice state park, with very nice campground. Not far from Richmond. Close to shopping in Chesterfield.
  • Access: Away from highways. Four miles off VA-10 and 15 miles off I-95.
  • Connectivity: Verizon strong, AT&T strong with antenna, T-Mobile strong.
  • Return yes/no?: Would love to.
  • Notes: There are lots of well maintained hiking trails in the park, and two lakes. There is also a small museum about the CCC, Civilian Conservation Corps, which originally built the park during the Depression. Unfortunately, it was cold and rainy most of the time we were here, so we weren’t able to enjoy the park as much as we had hoped. Becky took a day to drive into Richmond and take some pictures along the Canal Walk.
  • Website: Pocahontas State Park