Campgrounds

Campgrounds

We stay in a variety of campgrounds. Since we are members of Thousand Trails, it is our most common choice. Our second choice is usually a government park. We especially like Army Corp of Engineers. We then fill in the gaps with commercial parks, preferably ones that offer an RPI or Passport America discount.

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


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 drove about 15 miles up FL-A1A to Cocoa Beach to see the SpaceX launch, but it was postponed. Very disappointed. However, we did take a nice boat ride on the Indian and Banana Rivers. Saw manatees and dolphins.
  • 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

The Oaks at Point South (TT) - Yemassee SC

RATING: ♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 11 days
  • Cost per night: $0.00
  • Discount: Thousand Trails
  • Hook ups: 50 amp electric, water, sewer, and cable TV.
  • Site number/quality: #8. Gravel pad. Fairly level. Pull-through.
  • Park quality: We have mixed feelings about this campground. It has most of the important features we look for in a campground: level, pull-through sites; full hookups with 50 amp; not too many rundown annuals; and easy access from the highway with a nice roadway from the highway to the park. But some of the sites are short and most are tight. There’s lots of trees, which makes the campground kind of gloomy and claustrophobic. However, compared to other Thousand Trails parks we been to so far, we’d rate it slightly above average. 
  • Access: Directly off I-95.
  • Connectivity: Verizon weak, AT&T strong, T-Mobile strong.
  • Return yes/no?: Probably.
  • REPEAT STAY: See previous
  • Notes: This is a return visit for us. It’s very convenient, and fairly close to Charleston and Savannah, which gave us a chance to easily visit each city. The campground is also close to Beaufort and Hilton Head. Beaufort is a somewhat sleepy and still quaint port town with a long history. It has a lovely riverfront. We really enjoyed our time there. Hilton Head on the other hand is a bustling upscale modern resort town with a fantastic beach. Though home to many retirees, it isn’t someplace that we’d ever want to live. Far too crowded.
  • Website: The Oaks at Point South

Swamp Fox Campground - Florence SC

RATING: ♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 1 day
  • Cost per night: $35.00
  • Discount: Good Sam
  • Hook ups: 30 amp electric, water, sewer, and cable TV.
  • Site number/quality: #123. Gravel pad. Fairly level. Pull-through. 
  • Park quality: Very rundown campground. However, next to interstate, so very convenient, but noisy. 
  • Access: Directly off I-95.
  • Connectivity: Verizon OK, AT&T strong with antenna, T-Mobile OK.
  • Return yes/no?: No.
  • Notes: OK for overnight.
  • Website: Swamp Fox Campground