Ladies, Park Your Camper Here (Best Places To Set Up Your Basecamp On Wheels)

| March 30, 2015 | 3 Comments

A follow up to our series on RV travel tips, this post lists top ten campgrounds for women with campers in tow. (Read part one of Women’s Adventure‘s RVing series here.) These adventure-centric campgrounds boast countless outdoor opportunities, from caving and whitewater rafting to mountain biking and rock climbing.

Before planning any trip to one of the campgrounds above, visit GoRVing.com. This consumer resource is a one-stop-shop for information on finding the right RV for you and your family, where to go, suggested routes, great campfire recipes and so much more.

Caving Opportunities

Cascade Caverns Campground in Bourne, TX, offers families a chance to explore its namesake cave, where scientists have recovered bones from mastodons and saber toothed tigers. The cave is currently inhabited by several unusual insects and animals, including Cliff and Leopard Frogs, Eastern Pipistrelle Bats, Cave Ground Beetles, Cave Crickets, and Cascade Caverns Salamanders. RVs over 35 feet are not recommended. www.cascadecaverns.com

Photo courtesy of Cascade Caverns

Photo courtesy of Cascade Caverns

Hunting & Fly Fishing

Redbeard’s Ranch in Lebanon, MO: This campground offers quiet campsites on a wooded 295-acre ranch with weekend whitetail deer and wild turkey bow hunting. The park, which is located along the Niangua River, also offers weekend classes in fly-fishing, along with canoe, raft, and kayak rentals and hayrides. www.redbeardsranch.com

Photo Courtesy of Redbeards Ranch

Photo Courtesy of Redbeards Ranch

Kayaking, River Tubing & Whitewater Rafting

Photo Courtesy of Big Meadow Campground

Photo Courtesy of Big Meadow Campground

Big Meadow Family Campground in Townsend, TN: It’s very close to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The ‘River Run’ usually starts in May and goes into September, depending on temperatures. Families who stay at Big Meadow Family Campground typically spend the whole day floating down the Little River, which is still considered to be a wild river. It is a gentle river, though, with depths of 3 to 18 feet. www.bigmeadowcampground.com

River Rafting, Mountain Biking & Rock Climbing

Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, CO: This park can be used as a base camp for mountain biking excursions as well as river rafting trips on the Arkansas River in the Bighorn, Brown’s, and Royal Gorge. Hiking, rock climbing, and horseback riding are also available at the Garden of the Gods Nature Center. rvcoutdoors.com/garden-of-the-gods

Photo Courtesy of Garden of the Gods

Before planning any trip to one of the campgrounds above, visit GoRVing.com. This consumer resource is a one-stop-shop for information on finding the right RV for you and your family, where to go, suggested routes, great campfire recipes and so much more. (Photo Courtesy of Garden of the Gods)

Winter Sport Activities

Annie’s Campground in Gresham, WI: This campground offers a variety of winter recreation activities, including snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, ice fishing and ice skating. www.anniescampground.net

Courtesy of Annie's Campground

Courtesy of Annie’s Campground

Zip Lines, Rock Climbing & Paintball

Photo Courtesy of Camp Dakota

Photo Courtesy of Camp Dakota

Camp Dakota Family Camping and Paintball in Scotts Mills, OR: This park, located in the foothills of the Cascade mountains, roughly 35 miles east of Salem, offers numerous activities including paintball, zip lines, high-ropes challenge course, rock climbing wall, gold panning, treasure hunting with metal detectors, ATV trails, and an electric RC racing track. www.campdakota.com

Ventura Ranch KOA in Santa Paula, CA: This campground, which is about an hour and 15 minutes north of Los Angeles, features Park Model RV’s as well as a rock climbing wall, a pedal cart track, and 1,400 feet of zip lines, the longest campground zip line in the country. The zip line is split into 800- and 600-foot sections. The campground also has onsite activities and an adventure trail with occasional Bigfoot sightings. koa.com/campgrounds/ventura-ranch

Courtesy of Jeff Crider - Ventura Ranch KOA

Courtesy of Jeff Crider – Ventura Ranch KOA

Hiking & Rock Climbing

Springs at Borrego RV Resort in Borrego Springs, CA: This RV resort is just outside Anza Borrego Desert State Park in Southern California, which has numerous hiking trails, canyons, and rock climbing areas. Onsite amenities include a spa and wellness center with massage services. During the winter months, astronomer Dennis Mammana holds evening star talks at the resort. www.springsatborrego.com

Photo Courtesy of Springs at Borrego

Photo Courtesy of Springs at Borrego

The Dardanelle Resort in Dardanelle, CA: This resort was established in 1923. It is located in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains 51 miles East of Sonora, CA, on Highway 108. Amenities include hiking, fishing, and horseback riding. This resort intentionally has no cell coverage and no Wi-Fi making it easy to enjoy the peaceful, breathtaking beauty of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. dardanelle108.com/index.html

Photo Courtesy of the Dardanelle Resort

Photo Courtesy of the Dardanelle Resort

Biking, Hiking, Canoe & Kayaking

White Caps Campground in Westmore, VT: Located just 25 miles from the Canadian border and directly across the street from Lake Willoughby, you can go hiking and ride on biking trails that can take you on your own personal adventure. Traipse through secluded forests, climb the peaks, or wade through a stream. Paddle your kayak or canoe and view the wildlife from a vantage point that few are able to enjoy. Perhaps you will catch a glimpse of the legendary catamount—a Vermont species of cougar once thought to be extinct. www.whitecapscampground.com

Photo Courtesy of Sake White Caps Campgrounds

Photo Courtesy of Saki White Caps Campgrounds

For even more top choices, check out the tab on GoRVing.com with more than 16,000 campgrounds, Public Lands, and National Scenic Byways. The options are nearly endless! And stay tuned for the third installment of our RVing series.

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  1. Becca S says:

    I love this! It makes me want to adventure more. I would have never thought Vermont could be so beautiful.

  2. These places look beautiful but if you ever find yourself in Virginia, I attached a whole guide of great places to visit!

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