No matter the time of year (but especially when the cold nips at our noses), many find themselves dreaming about spring temperatures. A great spring break camping trip, however, doesn’t appear out of nowhere: you’ve gotta do the prep work! To help you get started, here’s a list of 15 popular spring break camping destinations for 2023.
1. North Pointe RV Resort – Selma, North Carolina
Why You Should Visit Selma, North Carolina
If your spring break camping plans are on the quieter side, you’ll love Selma, North Carolina. This small town of 6,600 has a quaint downtown with plenty of locally owned shops and attractions aimed at travelers. Half an hour from Raleigh and two hours from the Uwharrie National Forest, Selma is an ideal location for traveling throughout the Tarheel State.
Why You’ll Love North Point RV Resort
North Point RV Resort is as quaint as the town it’s in. The park is lined with beautiful trees and fronts a tranquil lake. Though it’s got good proximity to much of North Carolina’s outdoor locations, the park has plenty of offerings of its own for spring break campers. With fishing sites, a playground, and even a dog park, it’s easy for the whole family to be active and engaged at this spring break camping destination.
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2. Maverick Ranch RV Park – Lajitas, Texas
Why You Should Visit Lajitas, Texas
Lajitas is full of creature comforts, even though it’s an unincorporated community. In Texas’ Big Bend area, Lajitas is known for its beautiful, rugged desert views complemented by a world-class golf resort. Of course, the biggest draw to Lajitas is its proximity to both Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park.
Why You’ll Love Maverick Ranch RV Park
Maverick Ranch is at the center of everything you could want in the Big Bend area. It’s easy for golfers to hit the links and hikers to see the national park. Sites here are pretty standard, though there are also 20 premium sites available that offer a bit of extra comfort. Location is the biggest draw to Maverick Ranch as a spring break camping destination, but you’ll also have a clubhouse, dog park, and modernized amenities throughout to stay comfortable.
3. Jekyll Island Campground – Jekyll Island, Georgia
Why You Should Visit Jekyll Island, Georgia
Jekyll Island is one of the absolute best spring break camping destinations to experience the southern section of the Atlantic Coast. It blends all the best parts of the South with the outdoor prowess of the East Coast. Whether you want to put your toes in the sand, hike under the Spanish moss, or walk along the marina (and you should do all of those), you can’t help but be relaxed on Jekyll Island.
Why You’ll Love Jekyll Island Campground
Jekyll Island Campground puts you in another world. You’ll have the shade of the Spanish moss hanging from the towering oak trees by your campsite. This campground offers an incredible opportunity to experience nature, though it also lets you choose your comfort level. While some campers might choose a more primitive spring break camping experience here, full hookups and an on-site general store are also available.
4. Casini Ranch Family Campground – Duncan Mills, California
Why You Should Visit Duncan Mills, California
Northern California is full of charming little towns, and Duncan Mills is certainly no exception. This historic small town is as aesthetically pleasing as the nature that surrounds it. While of course, the biggest draw is its proximity to the beautiful California Redwoods, this town of 175 people is still a must-see in its own right.
Why You’ll Love Casini Ranch Family Campground
Casini Ranch has been family-owned and operated since 1965 and sits just minutes from some of the most picturesque coastline in the United States. The park itself sprawls over more than 100 acres, making it an outdoor playground among spring break camping destinations. With kayaking, bike rentals, and all manner of outdoor sports available to you here, time is guaranteed to fly by. Of course, if you can tear yourself away, you’ll find several great state parks within driving distance.
5. Carolina Pines RV Resort – Conway, South Carolina
Why You Should Visit Conway, South Carolina
The proof is in the numbers when it comes to Conway. Conway had almost 50% population growth from the 2010 to 2020 census. One of South Carolina’s oldest towns, the quality of life here is high for residents and visitors alike. Conway exudes Southern charm, all while being within driving distance of two national wildlife refuges, the Atlantic coast, and the ever-popular Myrtle Beach. This makes it a top contender among spring break camping destinations.
Why You’ll Love Carolina Pines RV Resort
Carolina Pines was a 2022 Campspot Award winner, taking home honors in both Top Campgrounds in the USA and Top Campgrounds for First Timers. This place is the pinnacle of luxury in the southeastern U.S. With spacious sites and full hookups to complement the mini-golf course and on-site waterpark, Carolina Pines is a destination in and of itself.
6. Ebenezer Park – Rock Hill, South Carolina
Why You Should Visit Rock Hill, South Carolina
Rock Hill is equal parts city and small town. You get all the small-town South Carolina charm coupled with city-level amenities in this town of 75,000 people. It’s in the Charlotte metropolitan area, but you don’t have to head into the city unless you want to. As it’s near the state line, you can easily get to South Carolina’s Francis Marion & Sumter National Forests, along with North Carolina’s Uwharrie National Forest.
Why You’ll Love Ebenezer Park
Ebenezer Park was a winner at the 2022 Campspot Awards in the category Most Popular Campgrounds in the USA. This beautiful little park is situated near Lake Wylie, meaning campers can quickly get to their favorite water sports. There are also plenty of outdoor activities at the camp, along with the comforts of a general store and pavilion.
7. Santa Cruz Redwoods RV Resort – Felton, California
Why You Should Visit Felton, California
Near Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Felton is a great home base for adventurers of all stripes. Head to the beach or San Lorenzo River to get in the water or set your sights on the network of local trails to hike and bike. When you’re ready to relax, Santa Cruz is just 15 minutes away.
Why You’ll Love Santa Cruz Redwoods RV Resort
Another award-winner, Santa Cruz was honored as one of the Top Campgrounds in the USA in the 2022 Campspot Awards, and for good reason. Sites here are nestled among majestic California Redwoods, immersing you in the best of Northern California. Though the park is in dense woods, there are still more than enough creature comforts with hookups, internet access, and a clubhouse to relax in during your spring break camping trip.
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8. Sun Outdoors Arches Gateway – Moab, Utah
Why You Should Visit Moab, Utah
Moab is famous in the outdoor scene for having some of the best desertscapes and a steady flow of adventure-seekers. While renowned as an off-road paradise, Moab also boasts a charming downtown and great proximity to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.
Why You’ll Love Sun Outdoors Arches Gateway
Sun Outdoors is a name known for consistent camping quality, and the Arches Gateway is one of the best spring break camping destinations. RV sites are spacious and comfortable, though the crown jewel here is the Airstream trailer for rent. Once you’ve had your fill of hiking, relax at camp under the pavilion or take it easy with an evening of on-site mini golf or sitting poolside.
9. Lake Camanche North Shore – Ione, California
Why You Should Visit Ione, California
Not too far from Sacramento is the little town of Ione, California. Ione has surprisingly great outdoor access for a town less than an hour from the state capital. With great fishing and hiking and an average spring high temperature in the low 70s, Ione is a great outdoor destination year-round.
Why You’ll Love Lake Camanche North Shore
There are few, if any, better spring break camping destinations for fishing near Ione than Lake Camanche. If your plans involve spending as much time on the water as possible, there’s no better campsite to choose. Don’t think this access comes at the cost of comfort, though! With several resort rentals, cottages, and park models to choose from, it’s easy to get the luxuries of home just steps from the water.
10. Jackson Rancheria Casino and RV Resort – Jackson, California
Why You Should Visit Jackson, California
Not too far from Ione, California (just 15 minutes), is the town of Jackson. While Ione is closer to great fishing, Jackson is just a short distance from the nearby national forests. Spring break travelers can easily get from Jackson to Eldorado and Stanislaus National Forests and enjoy the drive along the way.
Why You’ll Love Jackson Rancheria Casino and RV Resort
This RV resort is its own destination. While you’ll be close to great outdoor activities, the resort also has plenty of its own. With a walking trail, a nine-hole putting course, and a comfortable clubhouse, you don’t have to leave the resort to enjoy the fresh air. The casino is a five-minute shuttle ride away, meaning those who want it have it nearby, and those who don’t won’t be disturbed by the noise.
11. Sun Outdoors St. Augustine – St. Augustine, Florida
Why You Should Visit St. Augustine, Florida
Fun fact: St. Augustine is the oldest city in the United States. Founded in the mid-1500s, it’s the longest continually inhabited city in the country. The historic district shows the city’s charm, and the spring average high is around 80 degrees. Of course, you’re also steps from the beach at all times, meaning you’ll be enjoying the south Florida weather 24/7.
Why You’ll Love Sun Outdoors St. Augustine
Sun Outdoors St. Augustine promises “old Florida charm” and has plenty of modern amenities to complement that feeling. Sites are spacious and the park has three distinct sections, meaning you’ll never feel cramped. The park boasts a pair of dog parks and a cozy nature trail so everyone can get their steps in during their spring break camping trip.
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12. Cross Winds Family Campground – Linwood, North Carolina
Why You Should Visit Linwood, North Carolina
Just outside of Lexington, the small community of Linwood is a great spot to relax and recharge. Of course, with proximity to Lexington, you can enjoy all the “Barbecue Capital of the World” has to offer. You’ll also be just a few miles from the water at all times, so be sure to take advantage of it!
Why You’ll Love Cross Winds Family Campground
This family-friendly campground has been a go-to for travelers since it opened in 2008. Cross Winds reminds you of summer camping trips from childhood in all the best ways. They’ve also got a few amenities those summer trips might not have had, though! With Wi-Fi, a modernized bathhouse, and a playground for the kids, there’s nothing you’ll be missing while here.
13. Verde Ranch RV Resort – Camp Verde, Arizona
Why You Should Visit Camp Verde, Arizona
Camp Verde is one of this country’s premier tourism spots and is made for travelers’ comfort. Located in the center of several national forests, Camp Verde is the perfect spring break camping destination to see all the best of central Arizona, all while enjoying the mildly warm spring weather.
Why You’ll Love Verde Ranch RV Resort
A premier pick among spring break camping destinations, Verde Ranch is made for the traveler wanting all the luxuries. With a business and fitness center, you can stay on top of everything on your time off. Want to disconnect from it all? Well, when you’re not enjoying nearby Flagstaff or Sedona, sit by the poolside fire pits, or enjoy all the recreation sports the resort offers.
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14. Greenbrier Campground – Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Why You Should Visit Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Gatlinburg is best known as the gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the location sure is a draw. However, the town of Gatlinburg itself also offers fun arts and culture spots along with an impressive food and outdoor scene, making it a well-rounded spring break camping destination.
Why You’ll Love Greenbrier Campground
Just outside of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Greenbrier blends immersive nature experiences and comfortable getaways. With glamping, cabins, and full hookup RV options, you can relax in comfort during your spring break camping trip and wake up ready to hit the trails.
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15. Deer Run RV Park – Troy, Alabama
Why You Should Visit Troy, Alabama
Southern Alabama has a comfortably warm springtime, with an average high in the upper 70s. This historic town’s architecture makes it feel like you’ve stepped into another world when you’re exploring the shops and restaurants.
Why You’ll Love Deer Run RV Park
Deer Run situates you just over an hour from both Tuskegee and Conecuh National Forests, though the park has plenty to offer on its own. When exploring the grounds, you’ll be strolling through the Alabama pines and alongside the park’s popular lake. On nearly 70 acres, this beautiful complex offers all manners of comfortable RV spots with buddy sites, premium options, and sites with waterfront views, making it a great choice among spring break camping destinations.
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With so many spring break camping destinations available, it’s hard to even choose the top 15. Hope this helps start your list. Let us know where you’re heading!
Joe Coleman is a freelance travel and outdoor writer based in East Texas. His love for the outdoors started when living near Olympic National Park and has stayed with him ever since. Taking a respite from social media, you can reach him exclusively at email@example.com.
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