4 Great Camping Locations to Explore This Summer

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Camping is one of the greatest ways to spend a vacation, whether you want to get away from day-to-day stress, escape the city and get back to nature, or create some fun-filled family memories that you can cherish forever.

If you’re thinking about hopping in an RV and exploring the true beauty of nature, explore the list below where you’ll find four of the best campsites you can explore this summer.

1. Fernwood Resort, Big Sur, California

Surround yourself with tall redwood trees and the sounds of nature at Fernwood. It’s a great spot for those who want to escape the crowds, the city noises, and the stress of everyday life but still want a small piece of civilization nearby. In between hiking and roasting marshmallows, swing by Fernwood Resort Bar & Grill for some amazing food, good conversation, and a relaxing atmosphere.

Made from redwood timbers, this cozy watering hole is a great place to relax, drink a beer, and watch the game. The tavern provides a very natural, relaxed atmosphere that encourages you to make yourself at home. If you’d rather dine outdoors, you are camping, after all, you can enjoy the deck day or night as you eat under the shade of the redwoods. While you’re at Fernwood, explore the natural beauty it has to offer on one of 6 different trails waiting to be explored.

Fernwood Resort and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park share a border making it easy for you to hike into the park right from the campground. The available trails range in distance starting at 1/2 mile and going up to 8 miles round trip, so there’s something for everyone regardless of your hiking skill level. No matter which trail you choose, you’re sure to see some unforgettably beautiful sights along the way, including beautiful coastal views, 60-foot waterfalls, and swimming holes.

2. Pecan Park Riverside, San Marcos, Texas

If you want a tranquil, picturesque getaway then look no further than Pecan Park. The 24 acres along the San Marcos River provide a beautiful setting for a great vacation. Here you can enjoy the natural beauty of a crystal clear underground spring and foliage that has created somewhat of a jungle experience for campers.

During your camping vacation in this serene location, you can kick back and relax as you quietly observe the wild creatures that call this area home, listen as the birds serenade you, take your dog for a walk (yes, pets are welcome), or enjoy an outdoor lunch at prime picnic sites.

But don’t think for one second that this relaxing campground is boring. Nearby you’ll find several places that offer canoeing, kayaking, tubing, and even snorkeling. So, fill your days with as many water adventures as you want, or sit and watch the quiet serenity of a sunset. The choice is yours.

3. Beaver Dam Campground, Berwick, Maine

If you and your family want a camping adventure that’s filled with fun outdoor activities, then Beaver Dam is a perfect choice. Not only is it stunningly beautiful, with waterfront or wooded campsites, but it offers more than enough activities and adventures to keep everyone entertained for the duration of the trip. You certainly won’t experience a boring moment here unless you want to.

If you want to spend the afternoon fishing for bass, or teaching your kids how to fish, you’ll find 2 fishing docks on the property. No license is required, so everyone is free to experience the thrill of hooking a big one on the line. If fishing isn’t your thing, or the kids want to do something else, you can explore the sandy beach or spend a day on the water. You’ll find canoes, kayaks, and paddleboats available for rent, so you can take your pick of water transportation.

If you want to cool down from spending a day in the sun, take a dip in the pool, or just dive in the pond. Your kids will love camping and look forward to it again next year, after spending their days exploring the playground or game room, where they’ll find pool tables and air hockey. There’s also a ball field, horseshoe courts, and mini golf.

There’s even a bark park for your furry family member. After all the adventure, if you want to unwind a little spend an evening with the family enjoying dinner on one of the picnic tables located at every site. After dinner, gather around the fire ring, also found at every site, and tell ghost stories while roasting marshmallows. After all, there’s no better camping dessert than hot, gooey smores.

4. Ventura Ranch KOA, Santa Paula, California

If you travel to this amazing 76-acre campground you’ll experience the best of both worlds. This gorgeous site promises clean, fresh air inside a forest setting with a creek nearby where you’ll enjoy the sounds of wildlife, the picturesque views, and the stunning night sky. Here, you’ll feel like you’re in a whole other world, even though you’re only 15 miles from the beach.

At Ventura Ranch, you can escape from the hustle and bustle of big city life, enjoy the tranquil surroundings and beauty of nature, and then hit the beach, all on the same day. It’s like having two trips rolled into one. You don’t have to leave the area to have a great time, though. There’s plenty to do on the campsite.

You and your family can explore the Bigfoot Adventure walk on Saturday nights, searching for clues that the elusive creature has walked the very path you’re traveling. Or, if hunting the elusive creature doesn’t sound appealing to you, you can opt for the nature walk instead. During this beautiful hike through the California hills, you won’t experience any crazy creatures, just the peaceful beauty that surrounds you.

If your family enjoys thrilling adventures, make sure you check out the rock climbing tower and zip lines on Saturdays for a truly memorable experience. And, for a fun, family-friendly outing, you and the kids can snuggle under the blankets and enjoy popcorn as you enjoy Ventura Ranch’s Family Flick Under the Stars. This is seasonal, but it runs from May 25th all the way through October 1st, so you have plenty of time to go. This campsite is also pet-friendly, so bring man’s best friend along for the fun.

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