What Are Your Favorite Spring Break Camping Trips?

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Tucker Ballister

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5 Months Solo on the Road

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Hendersonville, NC

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2008 Fleetwood Bounder

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Tucker Ballister is our Technical Content Writer. He’s a lover of the open road and the proud owner of a 2021 Sunlite Classic travel trailer (his 3rd RV to date). Check out more of his RV adventures, gear reviews, and outdoor advice at thebackpackguide.com.

Daydreaming about that first spring break camping trip of the season gets many of us through the winter. There’s no shame in that! This year, my spring break shakedown trip will take us down to the Carolina coast in 2024, but I was curious about where everyone else is heading. 

So, we polled you and asked: Where’s your go-to RV spot for spring break, and why? Some didn’t want to give up their secret spots (trust me, we get it!), but others were more than willing to share. 

Your Votes For the Best Spring Break RV Trips

Here are the top responses to our question about your favorite spring break camping destinations, kicking things off in Central Texas: 

Central Texas

Happier Camper in a field of bluebonnets in central Texas
Photo by Camping World

Why You Like It

“Texas will soon be full of fields of Bluebonnets! It’s absolutely gorgeous. [There are] many festivals to celebrate spring and other flowers, too. We’ve been to a number of campgrounds north and west of Austin, and all the campers have been friendly and helpful as [to] where the best flower fields can be found. A treasure!”

Central Texas Good Sam Campgrounds Nearby

Fort Pickens NPS Campground | Pensacola Beach, Florida

Gulf Islands National Seashore
Photo by scgerding via iStock

Why You Like It

“An all-time favorite place! We always try to camp on the gulf side in hopes of seeing our favorite armadillo. Lots of sandy paths to explore and, of course, the fort ruins.”

Learn more about Fort Pickens in Gulf Islands National Seashore.

Florida Good Sam Campgrounds Nearby

Wind Creek State Park | Alexander City, Alabama

Lakeshore in Wind Creek State Park in Alabama
Photo by Alabama State Parks

Why You Like It

“[It has a] beautiful water[front], large campsites, it’s close to us, and lots of friends go. [It also} has [a] large swimming area with zip lines, horse riding trails, and great fishing.”

Learn more about Wind Creek State Park.

Alabama Good Sam Campgrounds Nearby

 

Point Mugu Military RV Park | Point Mugu, California

Aerial view of Point Mugu, California
Photo by trekandshoot via iStock

Why You Like It

“It’s so peaceful, beachfront, and never crowded, so my grand[kid]s can play in the water close to the RV. Everyone there is military, so there [are] stories to tell and so much in common. Did I say sunshine?”

Find contact info for Point Mugu RV Park.

California Good Sam Campgrounds Nearby

Day in the Dirt Down South | Dade City, Florida

Sand sculpture at Day in the Dirt Down South in Dade City, Florida
Photo by Day in the Dirt Down South

Why You Like It

“The fastest two-wheeled party on the planet…3 days of RVs, dirt bikes, food, music, and all my favorite dirt bike friends from around the country. It’s a must-see.”

Find more information on Red Bull Day in the Dirt Down South.

Florida Good Sam Campgrounds Nearby

 

Hillman Ferry Campground | Land Between the Lakes, Kentucky

Lake from Hillman Ferry Campground
Photo by Hillman Ferry Campground

Why You Like It

“[It’s an] awesome family campground. [I] have been going since 1982. Grew up there, [and] now my boys are.”

Learn more about Hillman Ferry.

Kentucky Good Sam Campgrounds Nearby

Editor’s Picks for the Best Spring Break Camping Destinations

Our team also has their favorite spring break camping destinations. Here are our picks, along with some nearby campground recommendations:

Tybee Island, Georgia

Tybee Island for Spring break camping
Photo by bjones27 via iStock

We’re headed to stay at River’s End Campground on Tybee Island this year, and can’t wait to enjoy the coastal Georgia atmosphere. While I’ve heard the beaches here aren’t always dog-friendly, there’s a dog park in the campground, along with a pool, a fitness center, and a TV lounge. 

While the draw of beach time and coastal paddleboarding is bringing us to Tybee this year, other activities we plan to enjoy include trips into nearby Savannah for a ghost tour, a comedy show, and fine dining at our favorite Savannah restaurants.

Pismo Beach, California

Cliffs at Pismo Beach, California
Photo by bon9 via iStock

Pismo Beach was a favorite of ours growing up in Northern California. In the spring, it’s the perfect climate to escape from the snowy Sierra Nevada mountains. We loved staying at the Pismo Coast Village RV Resort, which is within walking distance of the pier and downtown area. 

As kids, renting ATVs to ride the sea of dunes along this stretch of coastline was our favorite activity. But Pismo is great for surfing, walking the beach, riding bikes, or exploring downtown shops and eateries.

Port Aransas, Texas

RV with couple sitting on the beach for spring break camping in Port Aransas, Texas
Photo by pchoui via iStock

Once my brother moved to Central Texas, winter or spring camping trips to the coast became one of our favorite getaway ideas. During certain times of the year, you can camp directly on the beach – so long as you check local regulations and know the tide times and heights. 

We’ve also stayed on the other side of the dunes from the beach in I.B. Magee Beach Park, but the Pioneer Beach RV Resort is nice for those looking for extra amenities. If you love fishing, beach riding, golf, or surfing, Port Aransas is an excellent spring break camping destination.

Clingmans Dome, Tennessee

Fifth wheel driving through Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Photo by Camping World

While I’m picking Clingmans Dome along the border of North Carolina and Tennessee, my recommendation is open to any similar southern location along the Appalachian Trail where you can camp and hit the trail for a day hike, or even a multi-day hike, somewhere around your campsite.


During the spring, you get some unpredictable weather on the AT, which can make for some fun adventures and beautiful foggy views – just plan ahead with the right gear.

And I’m not alone! Check out what these RVers had to say about RVing Clingmans and use our guide to plan your next Smoky Mountains visit. 

Olympic National Park, Washington

Brothers walking on a tree bridge on the Washington coast
Photo by The Outbound Life

A late spring trip to Olympic National Park in Washington might still bring some cold weather and lots of rain, but that’s also an arguably great time to see this typically busy park with a smaller crowd. 

If you’re dropping your towable at Sol Duc Hot Springs or Log Cabin RV & Campground and have a vehicle to explore with, your options are quite diverse, from lush Pacific rain forests to the Mouth of the Elwha Beach Trailhead to the often snow-covered mountains along Hurricane Ridge. Plan your visit with our Olympic National Park RV Camping Guide.

RV campsite used for spring break camping
Photo by Camping World

These other recommendations will help you find a new spring camping destination to explore in your region. 

Alabama

Arizona

California

Colorado

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Mississippi

Missouri

Nevada

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

Ohio

Oregon

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Virginia

Spring Break Outtakes

RVs on the Gulf Coast beach
Photo by Camping World

These responses made us chuckle or commiserate about nostalgic spring break camping destinations that no longer hold the same appeal as they once did. 

“Where = It’s a Secret. Why = Because I don’t want the place overrun and ruined like so many good places have been.”

“Turkey hunting out here in New Mexico and my boyfriend and I will figure out our go-to spot once he buys his RV!”

“Home..used to be Lake Havasu..too many obnoxious drinkers.”

“‘Spring break’ = AAA (Can’t afford the tires..)”

“As far away from the beach as I can get.”

“Go to Miami. They canceled Spring Break this year with bars closing at 8 pm, high-cost parking, fines for short-term rentals, DUI Checkpoints, etc.”

“Wherever the crowds aren’t.”

“I go to a state park right down the road from my house. It’s our first camping trip of the year, and it helps to be close to home if we have any leaks or issues opening up.”

This is a great tip from the RV community. Learn more about the importance of an RV shakedown trip.


We love featuring your replies to our social polls. This list of spring break camping destinations should give you plenty to choose from when planning your next trip. We’d love to know which destinations you’d add to this list if you didn’t see your favorite!

What are your favorite spring break camping destinations? Share in the comments below.

  • Comment (2)
  • David Michael says:

    We took our grandkids to Disney in Orlando for the 2022 spring break. It was fantastic. We stayed at the Disney Wilderrness Lodge the whole week we were there. There is shuttle service to the theme parks, a pet resort just off the grounds which is part of the Disney reservation process if you need it. The camping sites were large, well taken care of and had everything we needed. You can actually go to the Wildnerness Lodge and have a great time without even visiting the theme parks.

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