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The nation’s top campgrounds and RV resorts

What qualities do campers most value when considering where to pitch a tent or hook up the RV?

Good service is key, of course. But dependable Wi-Fi is also big on campers’ wish lists.

So says Bob MacKinnon of, a sort of TripAdvisor for the outdoors set. For the past four years, the site has invited happy (as well as unhappy) campers to share their evaluations of RV parks and campgrounds they’ve slumbered in. Results for 2011 – consisting of 30,000 responses covering 3,000 individual facilities – are out. And while the A-list (44 campgrounds made the top grade) is too lengthy to get into here, 12 of those have earned a perfect grade for four years running.

They are: Buttonwood Campground, Mifflintown, Penn.; Dogwood Acres Campground, Newville, Penn.; High Plains Camping, Oakley, Kan.; Kozy Rest Kampground, Harrisville, Penn.; Lake George RV Park, Lake George, N.Y.; Mill Creek Ranch RV Cottage Resort, Canton, Texas; Misty River Cabins RV Resort, Walland, Tenn.; Ocean Lakes Family Campground, Myrtle Beach, S. Car.; Pioneer Campground, Muncy Valley, Penn.; South Haven Family Campground, South Haven, Mich.; Sunny Brook RV Resort, South Haven, Mich.; The Vineyards Campground Cabins on Lake Grapevine, Grapevine, Texas.’s 76-point questionnaire asks participants how they’d grade the overall experience, then gets into the nitty-gritty from the levelness of the campsite to the availability of toilet paper.

Good service relates to overall satisfaction. “What’s true in any service business is how people are treated,” MacKinnon says.

But many campers, particularly newly-minted ones, appreciate the comforts of home, he adds. Like Wi-Fi. (So much for getting away from it all.)

Complete results will be available Jan. 1 on and the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds websites.

And in other campground news (it’s never too early to plan for summer) the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds has named winners in its annual awards competition.

Among them:
Park of the Year awards: Nashville Country RV Park, Goodlettsville, Tenn. (small-park category); Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort at Kozy Rest, Harrisville, Penn. (medium); Buttonwood Campground, Mifflintown, Penn. (large); Ocean Lakes Family Campground, Myrtle Beach, S.C. (mega).

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