There are campgrounds and then there are CAMPGROUNDS.
There are an unending variety and types of campgrounds available to the RV travelers. From federal free BLM land with no amenities or services to high end resorts with all the amenities you can imagine including pools, hot tubs, garbage pickup every day, laundry, meeting rooms, library, etc.
Some have character others do not. Reading most of the review sites would leave one with the impression that if the restrooms and showers weren’t perfectly clean the park was not that good or if the sites were too close together or not level enough or you could hear the train or traffic at night or the hookups weren’t in perfect position, that made it less than desirable. I guess it depends on one’s priorities. One of the campgrounds with the cleanest bathrooms and shower was as sterile as the campground itself: no character, no spirit, boring. Some of the messiest were the most interesting and fun. Is there a correlation? Hmmmmm….
I’m only naming the memorable campgrounds to protect the boring. On this trip I’ve stayed in a vast variety of places: The big impersonal KOA, the small unassuming in Ajo, the desert at Gunsite Wash, the memorable Desert Trails near Tucson, the wild crazy Fox’s RV Park in Parker, AZ on the Colorado River, the eclectic Betty’s in Abbeville, LA, several non memorable ones in TX, NM & AZ, some wonderful federal run campgrounds in National Forests, just to name a few.
Character is more than just the people or amenities or layout. One of my favorites was a county run campground, Gilbert Ray, where the location & overall beauty of the landscape & view made it special.
Betty’s RV Park in Abbeville, LA was crowded, lacked some amenities such as showers and bathrooms but still was one of my favorite stops. Betty, the owner who lives onsite has a happy hour everyday under a covered patio attached to her home. Everyone brings their own booze and most bring snacks and appetizers. It truly was a blast.
Fox’s, with an onsite restaurant and floating bar was an entirely entertaining time. If you got bored you went to the bar with it’s eclectic collection of bikers, locals and park residents. Sam Houston National Forest was dry camping, gloomy weather but the trees & view gave it character.
There were plenty of others. Too many to mention them all. I don’t want to bore my faithful readers.