Over the past ten years, my family’s RV has taken us just about everywhere. We have parked it near great cities like Charleston and Boston, near beautiful beaches like Cape Hatteras and Cape Cod, and near stunning mountain ranges in places like New Hampshire and Tennessee. Though I have loved all of these campgrounds, I tend to think that the ones in the mountains have the best views. This is because the mountains rise up above you and surround you in a way that no ocean or river can.
If you are looking to head to the mountains for your next great RV vacation then this quick guide will help get you started. Here are my top 8 recommendations for campgrounds with gorgeous mountain views.
Lincoln / Woodstock KOA - Woodstock, New Hampshire
The White Mountains of New Hampshire have been popular with RV owners for generations and this centrally located campground will serve as a perfect basecamp for your adventures in this region. Kids love the huge open field and organized activities like hayrides that run most nights during the summer. Adults love the nicely manicured RV sites and the mountain views. The owners are kind and helpful and will guide you to the best local hikes and launch points for your kayak or canoe. This campground is also incredibly pet-friendly. Every KOA has a dog park, but this one is huge and really fun for your favorite furry friend. They also offer kenneling services for those who want to take day trips and leave their pups at the campground.
Mama Gertie’s Hideaway Campground - Swannanoa, North Carolina
My family enjoyed a magical stay at Mama Gertie’s a few years back. The rear bed of our pop up camper was hanging directly over a gurgling stream behind our site. We fell asleep each night to the gentle sound of that stream and we have been recommending Mama Gertie’s for Asheville area stays ever since. Since we camped there they have added breathtaking new mountain view sites that accommodate large RV’s. The location is also excellent. Mama Gertie’s is less than 20 minutes from Asheville (depending on traffic) and less than 10 minutes from Black Mountain. Folks love Asheville for its food, culture, and craft beer. But we always implore them to take a drive into Black Mountain too. It’s like a mini Asheville with tons of charm and great food of its own.
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, Luray - Luray, Virginia
We think that Jellystone Luray is one of the best family-friendly campgrounds in the country. The pools and water slides are a blast and most of the campground has stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is also rare to find a full-fledged resort campground located just minutes from the gates of a National Park. Jellystone Luray is that rare campground. You can spend mornings hiking in Shenandoah National Park and afternoons relaxing back at the pool or bounce pillow with your kids. “Hey Hey Rides” and photo ops with Yogi and friends will charm younger campers, while laser tag and full-sized sports facilities will keep teenagers busy for hours at a time. Plan on spending your evenings relaxing under the stars and enjoying a crackling campfire or watching a movie together at the campground’s delightful outdoor theater.
Cedar Pass Campground - Badlands National Park, South Dakota
Sometimes location really does trump everything else. There is absolutely nothing spectacular about the Cedar Pass Campground. The RV sites are unlevel, the bathrooms are outdated, and the amenities are spartan at best. But the campground is in a sweet spot in Badlands National Park and is surrounded by an astonishing and unearthly beauty that is unique to this great NPS site. Camping at Cedar Pass is a visually spectacular experience, particularly when a blood-red sunset colors the mountains that are just steps away. The best hikes in the park are nearby and when you come back to your site just sitting in a camp chair and having a cold drink is a magical and profoundly relaxing experience.