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Best Family Campsites

Family camping vacations are hot this year and many parents are hard at work looking for the best camping spots for their summer family vacation. Tents are cheap, and roasting hotdogs and making s'mores are sure to make lasting family memories. Planning a family camping trip can be fun, but it's much easier to decide where to pitch your tent when you can find good destination and selection information all in one place.

With that in mind, take a look at The Camping Club's new list of the Top 100 Family Campgrounds for 2008. The Camping Club's list was based on criteria most commonly requested by families choosing campsites, including park amenities, educational facilities and spectacular outdoor surroundings. In addition, all of the selected parks are located within 100 miles of a metropolitan location and offer hot showers, laundry facilities, hiking trails, family beaches, radio-free zones, visitors centers, educational programs and children's events. 

ReserveAmerica and its Camping Club also provides excellent lists of America's top 25 outdoor locations in 14 different categories, including amazing locations, kid-friendly parks, top park beaches, picnic areas, biking trails, fishing spots and educational & historical facilities. Check them out here: The Camping Club - ReserveAmerica.

The Camping Club's Top 100 Family Campgrounds for 2008 are as follows:

Alaska
Brooks Camp Campground-Katmai National Park & Preserve-King Salmon, AK

Arizona
Mather Campground-Grand Canyon National Park-Grand Canyon, AZ

Arkansas
Hot Springs National Park KOA-Hot Springs, AR

California
Channel Islands National Park-Ventura, CA
Columbia State Historic Park-Tuolumne, CA
Forks Campground-Sierra National Forest-Bass Lake, CA
Laguna-Cleveland National Forest-Mt. Laguna, CA
McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park-Shasta, CA
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park-San Diego, CA
Richardson Grove State Park-Humboldt, CA
Van Damme State Park-Mendocino, CA

Colorado
Steamboat Lake State Park-Clark, CO
Glacier Basin Campground-Rocky Mountain National Park-Estes Park, CO

Connecticut
American Legion State Forest-Austin Hawes Campground-Pleasant Valley, CT
Hammonasset Beach State Park-Madison, CT
Housatonic Meadows State Park-Sharon, CT
Rocky Neck State Park-Niantic, CT

Florida
Fort Clinch State Park-Fernandina Beach, FL
Oscar Scherer State Park-Osprey, FL
St. Augustine Beach KOA-St. Augustine, FL
St. George Island State Park-St.George Island, FL

Georgia
Watsadler Campground-Hartwell, GA

Kentucky
Barren River State Resort Park-Lucas, KY
Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park-Burkesville, KY
Green River Lake State Park-Campbellsville, KY
John James Audubon State Park-Henderson, KY
Nolin Lake State Park-Mammoth Cave, KY

Louisiana
Cypremort Point State Park-Cypremort Point, LA
Grand Isle State Park-Grand Isle, LA
Bayou Segnette State Park-Westwego, LA
Hodges Gardens State Park-Florien, LA

Maryland
Greenbelt Campground-Greenbelt Park-Greenbelt, MD

Massachusetts
Boston Harbor Island National Park Area-Hingham, MA
D.A.R. State Forest-Goshen, MA
Pearl Hill State Park-West Townsend, MA
Tolland State Forest-East Otis, MA
Wells State Park-Sturbridge, MA

Michigan
Petoskey KOA-Petoskey, MI
Sand Lake Campground-Huron-Manistee National Forest-Manistee, MI

Mississippi
John W Kyle State Park-Sardis, MS
Lake Lincoln State Park-Wesson, MS
Paul B Johnson State Park-Hattiesburg, MS
Percy Quin State Park-McComb, MS
Trace State Park-Belden, MS

Nebraska
Eugene T. Mahoney State Park-Ashland, NE
Fort Robinson State Park-Crawford, NE
Ponca State Park-Ponca, NE

Nevada
Hilltop-Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest-Charleston, NV

New Hampshire
Bear Brook State Park-Allenstown, NH
Crawford Notch State Park-Crawford Notch, NH
Franconia Notch State Park-Franconia, NH
Lake Francis State Park-Pittsburgh, NH
Pawtuckaway State Park-Nottingham, NH
Umbagog Lake State Park-Errol, NH
White Lake State Park-Tamworth, NH

New York
Brown Tract Campground-Raquette Lake, NY
Buck Pond Campground-Onchiota, NY
Cedar Island State Park-Clayton, NY
Coles Creek State Park-Waddington, NY
Delta Lake State Park-Rome, NY
DeWolf Point State Park-Fineview, NY
Hearthstone Point-Lake George, NY
Keewyadin State Park-Alexandria Bay, NY
Keuka Lake State Park-Bluff Point, NY
Mongaup Pond-Livingston Manor, NY

Ohio
Shelby/Mansfield KOA-Shelby, OH

Oregon
Nehalem Bay State Park-Nehalem, OR
Pine Meadows Campground-Cottage Grove, OR

Pennsylvania
Seven Points Campground-Raystown Lake-Hesston, PA

Rhode Island
George Washington Memorial Camping Area-Glocester, RI
Burlingame State Park and Campground-Charlestown, RI
Fishermen's Memorial State Park and Campground-Narragansett, RI

South Carolina
Aiken State Natural Area-Windsor, SC
Calhoun Falls State Recreation Area-Calhoun Falls, SC
Hamilton Branch State Recreation Area-Plum Branch, SC
Keowee-Toxaway State Natural Area-Sunset, SC
Paris Mountain State Park-Greenville, SC
Table Rock State Park-Pickens, SC

Tennessee
Bristol/Kingsport KOA-Blountville, TN

Utah
Bear Lake State Park-Garden City, UT
Fremont Indian State Park & Museum-Sevier, UT
Goblin Valley State Park-Green River, UT
Red Fleet State Park-Vernal, UT

Virginia
Chippokes Plantation State Park-Surry, VA
Claytor Lake State Park-Dublin, VA
Douthat State Park-Millboro, VA
Fairy Stone State Park-Stuart, VA
Lake Anna State Park-Spotsylvania, VA
New River Trail State Park-Foster Falls, VA
Occoneechee State Park-Clarksville, VA
Smith Mountain Lake State Park-Huddleston, VA
Westmoreland State Park-Montross, VA

Washington
Central Ferry Park-Pomeroy, WA
Takhlakh Lake Campground-Gifford Pinchot National Forest-Trout Lake, WA

Wisconsin
Roche-A-Cri State Park-Friendship, WI
Buckhorn State Park-Necedah, WI
Devil's Lake State Park-Baraboo, WI
Wisconsin Dells KOA-Wisconsin Dells, WI

Encore Resorts
Tropical Palms Resort - Orlando, Florida
ViewPoint RV & Golf Resort - Mesa, AZ




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