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    This thread will include camping spots along some of the Great American US Highways. The routes chosen are either long-distance routes, or routes that are long scenic routes. There are many, many US highways and I won't be including all of them. Also, bear in mind that some cities have parks that can accommodate tents or RV's but they aren't marked, and sometimes there isn't even a website.


    US Highways:
    US-1

    US-2

    US Highway 6

    US Highway 12

    US Highway 20

    US Highway 30

    US Highway 40 -- also known as The National Road

    The Lincoln Highway -- Parts of this are now US-Highway 50, I-80 and others

    US Highway 54

    US-60

    US Highway 61


    US Highway 63


    US Highway 66 -- also known Route 66

    US Highway 83 (Laredo, Texas to Canadian Border)

    US Highway 89 and US Highway 89-A


    US Highway 95


    US-101 (Actually on this page, just scroll down)

    US-191

    US Highway 212 -- Beartooth Scenic Byway

    US-395

    Great River Road, North to South
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    First up -- US 101, which runs from near the Mexican border all the way north to Olympic National Park. This is a lovely alternative to the I-5 slab; my husband and I have done most of the length of it in California and Washington State.

    Public Campgrounds along US-101, south to north (West Coast). Unless otherwise noted, all campgrounds are within 20 miles of the highway. There may be other campgrounds available; inquire locally.

    CA:
    Note: US-101 parallels/follows I-5 in most places from San Diego to the northern Los Angeles metropolis area. Also to note, CA state beaches fill quickly, especially in the summer anytime, and weekends throughout the year. Reservations are highly recommended if you actually want to have a space!

    San Elijo State Beach, Solana Beach
    South Carlsbad State Beach, Carlsbad
    San Onofre State Beach, San Onofre
    Note: Portions of this beach is a non-sanctioned nude beach.
    San Clemente State Beach, San Clemente
    Doheny State Park, Dana Point
    Bolsa Chica State Beach, Orange County
    Blue Jay Campground, Cleveland NF, Lake Elsinore
    Note: This is about 25 miles east of the 101, and UP in the mountains. If beach camping isn't your thing, this is an alternative.
    Malibu Creek State Park, Malibu

    Note: Use CA-1, PCH, to access. There is no access from US-101.
    Leo Carrillo State Beach
    Note: Recently reopened after the Woolsey fire of 2018.
    Point Mugu State Beach
    McGrath State Beach
    Emma Woods State Beach, Ventura
    Carpinteria State Beach, Carpinteria
    Los Prietas Campground,Los Padres NF, near Santa Barbara
    Figueroa Campground, Los Padres NF, Santa Ynez
    Refugio Campground, Goleta
    El Capitan State Beach, Goleta
    NOTE: Wagon Flat Campground, Los Padres NF, listed on many maps, has been permanently closed.
    Pismo State Beach
    Morro Bay State Beach
    Navajo Flat Campground, Los Padres NF, Santa Margarita
    Note: About 27 miles, but takes 45 minutes to get there. Very primitive, only 8 sites.
    Pinnacles National Park
    Note: The campground at Pinnacles is ONLY accessible from CA-25, on the eastern side of the park. This may make it very inconvenient. Included here only because it's a national park and may be a destination place.
    Fremont Peak State Park, near San Juan Bautista
    Note: Arrive before sundown, as the road up is winding, and the vehicle lights destroy astronomers' view of the heavens. This was a family favorite!
    Half Moon Bay State Beach
    Note: Access from the PCH, CA-1. About 15 miles, 30 minutes, from US-101.
    Samuel P Taylor State Park, Lagunitas
    Sonoma Coast State Park
    Note: About 27 miles to the coast.
    Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, Kenwood
    Hendy Woods State Park, Philo
    Note: About 28 miles from US-101.
    MacKerricher State Park , Fort Bragg
    Note: About 30 miles from the highway.
    Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area
    Richardson Grove State Park
    Benbow Lake State Recreation Area, Garberville
    Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Weott
    Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park, Carlotta
    Note: If you're in a tent, request a site away from the highway. About 15 miles from US-101.
    Patrick's Point State Park, Trinidad
    Redwood National Park
    Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Orick
    Del Norte Coast Redwoods State park, Crescent City
    Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, Crescent City
    Note: Another family favorite. It's always a joy to sleep among the redwoods!


    Still to come, US-101 in OR and WA.
    Last edited by DonnaR57; 11-11-2019 at 08:55 PM. Reason: added note about US-101;

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    Public Campgrounds along US-101, south to north, OR and WA. Unless otherwise noted, all campgrounds are within 20 miles of the highway. There may be other campgrounds available; inquire locally.

    OR:

    Harris Beach State Park
    Alfred A Loeb State Park
    Humbug Mountain State Park
    Cape Blanco State Park
    Bullards Beach State Park
    Sunset Bay State Park, Coos Bay
    Horsfall Campground, Oregon Dunes State Recreation Area, North Bay
    Umpqua Lighthouse State Park, Reedsport
    Lagoon Campground, Suislaw National Forest
    Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park, Florence
    Carl G Washburne Memorial State Park, Florence
    Beachside State Recreation Site, Waldport
    Tillicum Beach Campground, Siuslaw National Forest, Yachats
    Beverly Beach State Park, Newport
    Devil's Lake State Recreation Area, Lincoln City
    Cape Lookout State Park
    Nehalem Bay State Park, Nehalem
    Fort Stevens State Park, Hammond

    WA:

    Cape Disappointment State Park, Ilwaco
    Lake Sylvia State Park, Montesano
    Schafer State Park, Elma
    Note: About 25 miles off of US-101.

    Olympic National Park Campgrounds:
    Camping in Olympic NP
    Kalaloch Campground (reservations accepted) ONP
    Sol Duc Campground (reservations accepted) ONP
    Deer Park (not RV-accessible due to the approach road) ONP
    Dosewallips Campground (walk-in only) ONP
    Fairholme Campground ONP
    Graves Creek Campground, Quinault Rain Forest ONP
    Heart O' the Hills Campground ONP
    Hoh Campground, Hoh Rain Forest ONP
    Mora Campground, Quillayute River ONP
    North Fork Campground, Quinault ONP
    Ozette Campground, ONP
    Queets Campground ONP (Only accessible from Upper Queets River Rd due to past mudslide)
    South Beach Campground ONP
    Staircase Campground ONP

    Ocean City State Park, Hoquiam
    Willaby Campground, Olympic NF, Quinault
    Falls Creek Campground Olympic NF, Quinault
    Bogachiel State Park, Forks
    Klahowya Campground, Olympic NF, between Forks and Port Angeles
    Sequim Bay State Park, Sequim
    Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend
    Old Fort Townshend State Park
    Dosewallips State Park, Brinnon
    Hamma Hamma Campground, Olympic NF, Hoodsport
    Lena Campground, Olympic NF, Lilliwaup
    Potlatch State Park, Shelton


    Next up, some time down the road, will be US-395.


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    Public Campgrounds and dispersed camping along US-395, south to north. This list starts at the intersection of US-395 with I-15 in CA. Unless otherwise noted, all campsites are within 20 miles of the highway, one way. Some campsites may not be listed; inquire locally. Also, note the numbers of campsites that do not have piped water. Bring your own, or bring a jug and fill it before you go to the campsite.

    CA:

    Walker Pass BLM Campground, Klavah Wilderness
    Note: Only 2 sites for car campers. Bring Your Own Water!
    Troy Meadows Campground, Sequoia National Forest, Inyokern
    Note: About 37 miles, but well over an hour's drive from US-395.
    Alabama Hills BLM Land
    Note: Bring Your Own Water!
    Grays Meadow Campground, Inyo National Forest Independence
    Onion Valley Campground, Inyo National Forest, Independence
    Sage Flat Campground, Big Pine
    Big Pine Creek Campground, Big Pine
    Grandview Campground, Inyo National Forest
    Note: This is the closest campground to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Inyo NF, White Mountains. It's about 18 miles from/to Big Pine. BYO Water!
    Oh Ridge Campground, Inyo National Forest, June Lake
    Forest Service Campgrounds in the June Lake Loop

    NV:
    US-395 skips over to Nevada for a few miles, then returns to CA.

    Washoe Lake State Park, New Washoe City

    CA:
    Now it's back in California.

    Merrill Campground, Lassen NF, Susanville
    Note: This is about 25 miles from US-395.
    Soup Springs, South Warner Wilderness, Modoc National Forest, Likely
    Stough Campground, Modoc NF, Cedarville

    OR:

    Goose Lake State Rec Area, New Pine Creek
    Idlewild Campground, Malheur NF, Burns
    Note: Tents and very small travel trailers only (under 20').
    Clyde Holliday State Recreation Site, Mt Vernon
    Bear Wallow Creek Campground, Umatilla NF, Ukiah
    Note: BYO Water.
    Frazier Campground, Umatilla NF, Ukiah
    Note: BYO Water!

    Highway follows I-84 and I-82 for a time, into WA.

    WA:

    Highway joins I-90 for a time, into Spokane.

    Riverside State Park, Nine Mile Rec Area CG, Nine Mile Falls
    Canyon Creek Campground, Colville NF, Kettle Falls
    Note: BYO Water!
    Deer Creek Summit Campground, Colville NF, Danville
    Note: BYO Water!
    Pierre Lake Campground, Colville NF, Kettle Falls


    Next up will be US-54, from TX/NM to its northern terminus in IL. Why US-54? I've been up and down it a number of times over the years.


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    Public Campgrounds and camping along US-54, which runs from TX/NM up to I-72 in Pittsfield, Illinois. Unless otherwise noted, all campsites are within 20 miles of the highway, one way. Some other campsites may exist, as they are more obscure; inquire locally.

    TX:

    Hueco Tanks State Historic Site
    Note: 35 miles from El Paso

    NM:

    Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, Boles
    Cedar Creek Campground, Lincoln NF, Riodoso
    Note: 37 miles from the highway.
    Sumner Lake State Park , Sumner Lake
    Note: 45 miles one way!!!!!
    Santa Rosa Lake State Park, Santa Rosa
    Conchas Lake State Park
    Note: 31 miles from Tucumcari
    Ute Lake State Park, Logan

    TX:

    Rita Blanca City Park, Dalhart
    Note: This is an example of the elusiveness of city and county parks that accept tents and RVs. There is no official website for this City Park. Inquire locally!

    KS:

    Arkalon Park, City of Liberal
    Note: 10 miles northeast of Liberal on US-54
    Meade State Park, Meade
    Kiowa County State Lake Campground, Greenburg
    Note: Three sites list this little fishing lake. All sites mention camping along the waters, and one site says it's "free". Camper, beware, though, as the site that lists this as "free" has been known to be wrong.
    Cheney State Park, west of Wichita
    El Dorado State Park, east of Wichita
    Fall River State Park, Fall River
    Note: Check status before going. As of this publication date, park is closed due to flooding.
    Cross Timber State Park, Toronto
    Crawford State Park
    Note: Park has 6 campgrounds, located about 19 miles from the highway.


    MO:

    Note: Many, but not all, of MO State Parks require a two-night minimum stay on weekends (either Fri/Sat or Sat/Sun). Please check individual state park websites.

    Stockton State Park
    Note: About 26 miles from the highway.
    Pomme-de-Terre State Park
    Harry Truman State Park, Truman Reservoir, Warsaw
    Note: About 33 miles from the highway.
    Bennett Spring State Park
    Note: About 27 miles from the highway.
    Lake of the Ozarks State Park, Osage Beach
    Note: A family favorite, but bring mosquito repellent!
    Lakeview City Park, Mexico
    Note: Personal experience with this park. Don't let the word “lakeview” mislead you; it's a very tiny lake or a very big pond, depending on where you're from. Non-city residents pay extra.
    Graham Cave State Park
    Note: 21 miles from the highway; campground has a 2-night minimum on weekends (Fri-Sat or Sat-Sun)
    Mark Twain State Park, Florida
    Note: Located on Mark Twain Lake. Park has 3 campgrounds, but is 22 miles from the highway.


    Next up....US-61, chosen because of its proximity to the Mississippi River in many places, and because of its length. It is a south-north highway that goes from near the Gulf of Mexico in LA, up to Minnesota.


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    Public Campgrounds and sites along US-61, south to north. For the purposes of this list, we start at Baton Rouge and move northward. Unless otherwise noted, all campsites are located within 20 miles of the highway, one way. Some campsites may be more obscure and not listed; inquire locally. As you travel along this river, be aware that spring and summer can be brutal on river-front campgrounds. Inquire locally.

    LA:

    Natchez State Park, Natchez
    Leroy Percy State Park, Hollandale

    TN:

    Thomas O. Fuller State Park, Memphis

    MO:
    Note: US 61 parallels I-55 for quite some miles! Also note that many MO state parks require a 2-night stay on weekends (Fri/Sat or Sat/Sun0.


    Trail of Tears State Park. Jackson
    Hawn State Park, Ste. Genevieve
    St Francois State Park, Bonne Terre
    Washington State Park, DeSoto
    Robertsville State Park, Robertsville
    Cuivre River State Park, Troy
    Wakonda State Park, LaGrange
    Note: Personal experience with this park. Lovely! Reopened after flooding in 2019.
    River Front RV Campground, Canton
    Note: Inquire locally about conditions at this lovely campground when trying to camp in spring and summer. The spring and summer season is often rough along the Mississippi!

    IA:

    Fairport State Recreation Area, Muscatine

    Maquoketa Caves State Park, Maquoketa

    WI:

    Nelson Dewey State Park, Cassville
    Perrot State Park, Trempealeau

    MN:

    Great River Bluffs State Park, Winona
    Kruger Campground, Wabasha
    Frontenac State Park, Frontenac
    William O'Brien State Park, Marine on St Croix
    Wild River State Park, Snake River Forest Campground, Center City

    US-61 becomes MN Rt 61 at Forest Lake or Wyoming MN

    Willow River Campground, Gen. CC Andrews State Park, Willow River
    Jay Cooke Campground, Carlton
    Goosebury Falls State Park, Two Harbors
    Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, Two Harbors
    Note: Tent camping, walk-in sites only. No RV sites.
    Tettegouche State Park, Silver Bay
    Eckbeck Campground NF, Finland
    Finland Campground , Finland
    Ninemile Lake Campground,Superior NF, Finland
    Note: It's actually about 16 miles from the town of Finland.
    Temperance River State Park, Silver Bay
    Note: Has two campgrounds.
    Cascade River State Park, Lutsen
    Judge Clarence R Magney State Park, Grand Marais
    Note: There are other parks managed by Magney State Park, in the nearby area, with campsites.
    Grand Portage State Forest
    Note: Three campgrounds, all managed by Magney State Park.
    Twin Lakes Campground, Pat Bayle State Forest
    Note: Campground managed by Magney State Park.

    Next up, US-89, which runs from Flagstaff AZ to the Canadian border. Why did I choose it? Scenic value, plus how much of the route I've actually traveled!

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    Public campgrounds along US-89 and US-89A, from its southern point in Flagstaff, AZ, to its northern reaches in Montana. Unless otherwise noted, all campsites are within 20 miles of the highway. Other campgrounds may be available; inquire locally.
    UPDATE: I highly recommend AAA's Indian Country map, as it is very detailed and will have the exact locations of the campgrounds in Arizona and Utah. It is available free to members of AAA, and at a low cost to non-members.

    AZ:

    Pine Grove Campground, Coconino NF, near Flagstaff
    Dairy Springs Campground, Coconino NF, near Flagstaff
    Bonito Campground, Coconino NF, near Sunset Crater and Wupatki National Monument
    Locket Meadow Campground, Coconino NF
    Grand Canyon South Rim Campgrounds: Mather, Desert View, Grand Canyon RV
    Note: Desert View Campground is closer to US-89 than Mather and the Grand Canyon RV Park.
    Grand Canyon North Rim Campground
    Note: More than 20 miles from US-89, but included because GCNP is a destination park.
    Jacob Lake Campground, Kaibab NF, Jacob Lake (US-89A)
    DeMotte Campground, Kaibab NF, between Jacob Lake and the CG North Rim (US-89A)
    Kaibab National Forest (North Rim) Dispersed Camping
    Note: Dispersed camping means you can park in a lot of places (check the rules) and set up camp. But, BYO Everything! There's no water, picnic table, camp grill, or any sort of bathroom facilities.

    UT:

    Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, west of Kanab
    Note: This park is 14 miles from US-89. There are two roads that lead to the park. The northern one is a better road than the southern one, but they are both the same length. Bear in mind that if there is a lot of wind, everything will be full of sand since the campground is located right near the Dunes!
    Zion National Park Campgrounds: South and Watchman
    Duck Creek Campground, Dixie NF, Duck Creek
    Red Canyon Campground, Dixie NF, Panguitch
    Note: In a gorgeous area!
    Panguitch Lake Campground, Dixie NF, Panguitch Lake
    Bryce Canyon NP Campgrounds: North and Sunset
    Kodachrome Basin State Park
    Note: About 30 miles from the highway.
    Otter Creek State Park, Antimony
    Palisade State Park, Sterling
    Deer Creek State Park, Charleston (US-189)
    Wasatch Mountain State Park, Midway (US-189)
    Jordanelle State Park (US-189)
    Rockport State Park (US-189), Peoa
    Willard Bay State Park, Willard
    Hyrum State Park, Hyrum

    ID:

    Bear Lake State Park, Paris
    Note: Non-ID residents get charged an extra fee.
    Pine Bar Campground, Caribou-Targhee NF, Freedom
    McCoy Creek Campground, Caribou-Targhee NF, Palisades Reservoir
    Palisades Creek Campground, Caribou-Targhee NF, Irwin
    Calamity Campground, Caribou-Targhee NF, Irwin

    WY:

    Grand Teton National Park Campgrounds: Colter Bay, Gros Ventre, Jenny Lake, Lizard Creek, Signal Mountain
    Note: Only the Colter Bay RV park and the private park at Flagg Ranch, accept reservations. Some campgrounds are hike-in only.
    Yellowstone National Park Campgrounds
    Note: Fishing Bridge RV Park, the only campground in YNP that has hookups, is closed for renovation in 2020. There are 10 other campgrounds, five of which can be reserved through Yellowstone Park Lodges. (Check the website for information.)

    MT:

    Eagle Creek Campground, Custer-Gallatin NF, Gardiner
    Canyon Campground, Custer-Gallatin NF, Gardiner
    Note: Do not confuse this one with Canyon Campground in Yellowstone! This one is NF.
    Dailey Lake Campground, Montana Fish and Wildlife, Emigrant
    Loch Leven Campground, Mt Fish & Wildlife, Livingston
    Pine Creek Campground, Custer-Gallatin NF, Livingston
    Skidway Campground, Helena-Lewis & Clark NF, Townsend
    Note: Currently closed (2019) due to hazard trees. Call before arrival. If open, the maximum trailer size is 16'.
    Kings Hill Campground, Helena-Lewis & Clark NF, Neihart
    Note: In 2019, it is closed until late July or early August, reasons not given.
    Many Pines Campground, Helena-Lewis & Clark NF, Neihart
    Aspen Campground, Custer-Gallatin NF, Neihart
    Jefferson Creek Campground, Lincoln NF, Neihart
    Note: Maximum trailer length is 25'.
    Choteau City Park and Campgrounds. Choteau
    Glacier National Park Campgrounds, East Side
    Note: There are 5 campgrounds on the east side of the park near US-89. One is primitive (Cut Bank), so BYO Water.
    Duck Lake Campground, Babb
    Note: There are two campgrounds in the area with this name. One is a private campground near Browning. This one, near Babb, is run by the Blackfeet Native American tribe, and can be reserved through Reserve America. It is the closest campground to the Canadian border not on National Park property.


    Next up, US-30, in places known as the Lincoln Highway. Chosen because of familiarity with the route.


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    Public Campgrounds along US-30, a coast-to-coast highway leaving from near Astoria, OR, to Atlantic City, NJ. Unless otherwise noted, all campsites are within 20 miles of the highway, one way. Some sites may not be listed; inquire locally.

    OR/WA:

    Fort Stevens State Park, Hammond (OR)
    Cape Disappointment State Park, Ilwaco (WA)

    Then follow listings for I-84.

    ID:

    Note: Follows I-84/86 through much of ID.

    Summit View Campground, Caribou-Targhee NF, Georgetown
    Bear Lake State Park, St Charles
    Note: Charges extra for out of state residents.

    WY:

    Hams Fork Campground, Bridger-Teton NF, Kemmerer
    Note: About 25-1/2 miles from Cokeville on US-30 to the campground, but about 80 minutes!

    Then it follows I-80 all the way to Nebraska, and along I-80 in NE until it veers away at Grand Island.

    NE:

    Then it follows I-80 in NE until it veers away at Grand Island.

    Mormon Island State Recreation Area, Doniphan
    Fremont Lakes State Recreation Area, Fremont
    Note: one campground is currently closed (2019) due to high-water. Check the website or call before going in!

    IA:

    Wilson Island State Recreation Area
    Note: Currently closed due to flooding (2019), so check before going in.
    Black Hawk State Park, Lake View
    Note: About 23 miles from US-30.
    Springbrook State Park, Guthrie Center
    Note: About 25 miles from the highway.
    Dolliver Memorial State Park, Lehigh
    Ledges State Park, Madrid
    Note: In 2019, flooding has caused problems in the park. Check website or call before going.
    Union Grove State Park, Gladbrook
    Morgan Creek County Park, Linn
    Squaw County Creek Park, Marion
    Coralville Lake, Army Corps of Engineers, Camping
    Note: There are three campgrounds here, ranging from primitive to some with hookups. Campgrounds are at Sandy Beach, Sugar Bottom and the Dam Complex.

    IL:

    Morrison-Rockwood State Park, Morrison
    Prophetstown State Recreation Area, Prophetstown
    Shabbona Lake State Recreation Area, Shabbona
    Forest Preserves of Cook County
    Note: Four campgrounds, most of which are more than 20 minutes drive from US-30. However, if you are considering the Greater Chicagoland as a destination, these could be considered as an option. However, they're a bit pricey for non-Cook County residents; compare to the cost of a commercial campground.
    Forest Preserves of Will County
    Note: Four other campgrounds, all in the south suburbs of Chicago. All sites are primitive. However, they're a bit pricey for non-Will County residents; compare to the cost of a commercial campground.

    IN:

    Potato Creek State Park, North Liberty
    Chain O'Lakes State Park, Albion

    OH:

    Ottawa Metro Park Campground, near Lima
    Mohican State Park, Loudonville
    Guilford Lakes State Park, Lisbon

    PA:

    Raccoon Creek State Park, Hookstown

    US-30 follows I-76 thru the state quite a bit. US-30 is a nice alternative to the slab of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

    Kooser State Park, Somerset
    Note: About 21 miles from US-30.
    Shawnee State Park, Bedford
    Cowans Gap State Park, Fort Loudon
    Caledonia State Park, Fayetteville
    Codorus State Park, Hanover
    Gifford Pinchot State Park, Lewisberry
    French Creek State Park, Elverson

    NJ:

    Wharton State Forest, Hammonton
    Bass River State Forest, Tuckerton


    Next up will be US-95, which extends from the Yuma, AZ area all the way to the Canadian border in Idaho. Once again, this is a route that I have traveled before, usually in spurts, and can be considered very scenic in many spots.


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    Public Campgrounds along US-95, beginning at Yuma, AZ, and ending at the Canadian border in Idaho. Unless otherwise noted, all camping areas are within 20 miles of the highway, one way. Some campsites may be left off the list; inquire locally.

    AZ:
    Note: Night driving is not recommended on this stretch of US-95.

    Imperial Sand Dunes, west of Yuma on I-8
    Note: located about 14 miles west of Yuma in California. Permits required for BLM camping. This is pure desert, so it gets HOT in the summer (and doesn't cool off all that much at night). BYO Everything!
    Quartzsite BLM Area, Quartzsite
    Note: BYO Everything!
    Buckskin Mountain State Park (AZ-95)
    River Island State Park, Parker (AZ-95)
    Cattail Cove State Park (AZ-95)
    Note: Some seasons require a two-night minimum stay. See the website for details.
    Lake Havasu State Park, (AZ-95)

    CA:
    See AZ-95 for access to Lake Havasu area campgrounds (Buckskin Mountain SP, River Island SP, Cattail Cove SP, and Lake Havasu SP).

    NV:

    Lake Mohave Recreation Area Campgrounds
    Lake Mead Recreation Area
    McWilliams Campground, Mt Charleston
    Mt Charleston Area Camping
    Rye Patch State Recreation Area, Lovelock
    Lye Creek Campground, Humboldt-Toiyabe NF, McDermitt
    Note: About 22 miles from the highway, some of it on dirt and winding road. Heed the instructions on the website.

    OR:

    Leslie Gulch Slocum Creek Campground, BLM

    ID:
    Note: Idaho State Parks and Recreation Areas may charge a separate fee for non-state residents.

    Big Flat Campground, Payette NF, Cascade
    Ponderosa State Park, McCall
    Seven Devils Canyon Campground, Wallowa-Whitman NF, Pollock
    Castle Creek Campground, Nez Perce -Clearwater NF, Grangeville
    Winchester Lake State Park, Winchester
    Hells Gate State Park, Lewiston
    Heyburn State Park, Plummer
    Mokins Bay Campground, Idaho Panhandle NF, Hayden
    Farragut State Park, Athol
    Round Lake State Park, Sagle
    Priest Lake State Park, Coolin


    Next up, another cross-country highway, US-2. Why? Because it's very scenic in many places!


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    Public campgrounds along US-2, which runs from Everett, WA to Maine, but is purposely split because of the Canadian land. Unless otherwise noted, all campsites are within 20 miles of the highway, one way. Some campgrounds may not be listed; inquire locally.

    WA:

    Wenberg County Park (formerly a state Park), Stanwood
    Soda Springs Campground, Okanogan-Wenatchee NF,Naches
    Lake Wenatchee State Park, Leavenworth
    Nason Creek Campground, Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, Leavenworth
    Tumwater Campground, Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, Leavenworth
    Note: Closed for 2019 season, but possibly reopening in 2020.
    Lincoln Rock State Park, East Wenatchee
    Wenatchee Confluence State Park, Wenatchee
    Daroga State Park, Orondo
    Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park, Coulee City
    Steamboat Rock State Park, Electric City
    Note: About 17 miles from US-2.
    Riverside State Park, Spokane

    ID:

    Round Lake State Park, Sagle
    Farragut State Park, Athol
    Priest Lake State Park, Coolin
    Outlet at Priest Lake CG, Idiaho-Panhandle NF, Priest River

    MT:

    Yaak River Campground, Kootenai National Forest, Troy
    Bad Medicine Campground, Kootenai NF, south of Troy
    Note: About 25 miles south of the highway.
    Logan State Park, near Libby
    Note: VERY close to the highway!
    Ashley Lake North Campground, Flathead NF, Kalispell
    Note: Very small, BYO Water.
    Ashley Lake South NF Campground, Flathead NF, Kalispell
    Note: Even smaller than the North campground. BYO Water. Check Tally Lake Ranger District for road conditions.
    Whitefish Lake State Park, Whitefish
    Wayfarers-Flathead Lake State Park
    Note: Right about 21 miles from the highway.
    Lost Johnny Point Campground, Flathead NF, Hungry Horse
    Note: About 10 miles south, but this is grizzly bear territory! Lock up your food in the boxes provided!
    Murray Bay Campground, Flathead NF, near Essex, MT
    Devil Creek Campground, Flathead NF, near Essex, MT
    Note: Adjacent to US-2.

    Glacier National Park Campgrounds close to US-2:
    Camping in Glacier NP
    Apgar Campground (west side)
    Two Medicine Lake Campgrounds (Upper and Lower) (east side)

    Lake Elwell Recreation Area Campgrounds:
    VFW Campground
    Note: BYO Water!
    North Bootlegger Campground
    Note: BYO Water!
    Willow Creek Campground, Lothair
    Note: BYO Water

    Fort Peck Lake Camping
    Downstream RA CG, Fort Peck West CG

    ND:

    Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Unit, Juniper Campground
    Note: This campground rarely fills except on holiday weekends. However, it is a good hour's drive from the highway. Included here because this may be a destination.
    Lewis and Clark State Park, Epping
    Grahams Island State Park, Devils Lake
    Turtle River State Park, Arvilla

    MN:

    Itasca State Park, Park Rapids
    Note: About 28 miles from US-2. Park's feature is the Headwaters of the Mississippi River, where you can "walk across the Mississippi River". Bring mosquito repellent!

    Cass Lake Area Campgrounds
    Cass Lake Campground Loop, Chippewa NF, Bemidji
    Norway Beach Campground, Chippewa NF, Cass Lake
    S Pike Bay Campground, Chippewa NF, Cass Lake

    Tamarack Point CG, Chippewa NF, Deer River
    O-Ne-Gum-E Campground, Chippewa NF, Deer River
    Itasca County Fair Campground, Grand Rapids
    Hay Lake Campground, Savanna State Forest

    WI:

    Pattison State Park, Superior
    Birch Grove Recreation Area, Chequamegon-Nicolet NF, Washburn
    Note: No reservations available. This area is beautiful, though!
    Namekagon Lake Campground, Chequamegon-Nicolet NF, Cable
    Note: About 23 miles from the highway.
    Two Lakes Recreation Area, Chequamegon-Nicolet NF, Drummond
    Wanoka Lake Recreation Area, Chequamegon-Nicolet NF, Iron River
    Copper Falls State Park, Mellen

    MI:

    Lake Gogebic State Park, Marenisco
    Marion Lake Campground, Ottawa NF, Watersmeet
    Bewabic State Park, Crystal Falls
    John Walter Wells State Park, Cedar River
    Note: About 27 miles south of the highway.
    Haymeadow Creek Dispersed Camping Site, Hiawatha NF, Rapid River
    Note: BYO Water. There is no trash service, so bring out what you bring in. Also, at the 2019 writing, no reservations are taken for the 5 sites in this campground, but there were also no fees (i.e. free).
    Flowing Well Campground, Hiawatha NF, Rapid River
    Note: Has water! Located a mere 3 miles from the highway.
    Indian Lake State Park, Manistique
    Brevort Lake Campground, Hiawatha NF, west of St Ignace
    Lake Michigan Campground, Hiawatha NF, St Ignace
    Straits State Park, St Ignace
    Note: Two campgrounds, waterfront and a view of the Mackinac Bridge.

    End of the western portion of US-2. The eastern portion will be continued in the next post.
    Last edited by DonnaR57; 11-11-2019 at 09:22 AM. Reason: terminology correction

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    Default US 2, Eastern Portion

    Public campgrounds along the eastern portion of US-2, Vermont to Maine. Unless otherwise noted, all campsites are within 20 miles of the highway, one way. Some campgrounds may not be listed; inquire locally.


    VT:

    Grand Isle State Park, Grand Isle
    Little River State Park, Waterbury
    Note: Bear country! Better read, and heed, the instructions regarding pets! This is the nearest public camping to Ben & Jerry's.
    New Discovery State Park, Marshfield
    Big Deer State Park, Groton
    Stillwater State Park, Groton

    NH:

    Moose Brook State Park, Gorham
    Dolly Copp Campground, White Mountain NF, Gorham
    Basin Pond Campground, White Mountain NF, Chatham
    Cold River Campground, White Mountain NF, Chatham/Fryeburg
    Wild River Campground, White Mountain NF, Jackson/Gilead

    ME:

    Crocker Pond Campground, White Mountain NF, Bethel
    Note: BYO Water
    Mt Blue State Park, Avon

    Donna
    Last edited by DonnaR57; 11-11-2019 at 09:36 AM. Reason: added note to Crocker Pond

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