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.


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

Allegany State Park - Salamanca NY

RATING: ♦♦
  • Length of stay: 1 day (reserved two nights, but left early)
  • Cost per night: $40 (but had to pay for two nights)
  • Discount: None
  • Hook ups: 50 amp electric, water, and sewer
  • Site number/quality: #31. Small paved pad. Most sites were dirt and not level. 
  • Park quality: Nice old state park, but old campground had mostly small unlevel sites. We were unable to get into our original site because of deep ruts. The entrance to campground was very tight. Really not suitable for big rigs. Lovely old Administration Building on the lake built in the 1920s. Unfortunately, the weather was poor so we left a day early.
  • Access: Easy access off I-86. 
  • Connectivity: Verizon none, Cricket/AT&T weak with antenna, T-Mobile none
  • Return yes/no?: No
  • Notes: Visited nearby Seneca Allegany Resort and Casino.
  • Website: Allegany State Park

Maumee Bay State Park - Oregon OH

RATING: ♦♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 28 days as camper hosts plus 13 days as regular campers
  • Cost of stay: Free as camper host plus $192 as regular campers
  • Discount: Passport America as regular campers
  • Hook ups: Electric 30 amp only, with available water and dump
  • Site number/quality: Host site 38, plus 223 as regular campers. All sites in the campground are great. Most sites have lots of shade.
  • Access: Easy access right off OH Route 2 east of Toledo OH. On the southeastern shore of Lake Erie.
  • Connectivity: Verizon strong, Cricket/AT&T strong with antenna, T-Mobile OK
  • Return yes/no?: Yes
  • REPEAT STAY: See previous
  • Notes: Worked as camper hosts for four weeks.
  • Website: Maumee Bay State Park