For cheap campgrounds and RV sites, state parks are hard to beat. Fees for camping and RV hookups run between $12 and $20 per night. Tour the nation from sea to sea without breaking the bank, and get back to nature. Reservations are required at many sites, while others close their gates at dusk so campers must arrive before dark.
Florida Caverns State Park
Open year round, this 1,319 acre northwest Florida state park features tours of underground caverns along with more traditional attractions. Close to the campground is a swimming area, along with picnic facilities. Paddle a canoe along the Chipola River, hike through the park's trail system, go horseback riding at the park barn or play golf at their nine-hole course. Launch your boat from the ramp and go fishing. The park has 35 campsites with water and electric hookups available. Pets are welcome in camping areas.
Florida Caverns State Park 3345 Caverns Road Marianna, FL 32446 850- 482-9598 floridaparks.com
Robert H. Treman State Park
This western New York State park features nine miles of trails for hiking, including some along waterfalls and the park's focal point, the Enfield Gorge. Swimming is permitted in a pool beneath the waterfall, while a lifeguard is on duty. Tents, RV and cabins sites available for camping. Pets allowed with proof of rabies vaccination, but they cannot run loose. Depending on the season, go fishing or hunting. The park has shower facilities and a dumping station.
Robert H. Treman State Park 105 Enfield Falls Rd. Ithaca, NY 14850 607- 273-3440 nysparks.state.ny.us
Abilene State Park
Located in the westernmost part of Texas' north central region, Abilene State Park was constructed in the 1930s under the federal Civilian Conservation Corps program. The park's current picnic area was once the home of Comanche Indians. Campsites include those with water and electricity as well as grills. Group trailer areas are available. Amenities include swimming pool, volleyball pit, playground and an open area for softball or baseball. An air-conditioned recreational hall may be rented by groups for meetings and events. Restrooms with and without showers on-site.
Abilene State Park 150 Park Road 32 Tuscola TX 79562 325-572-3204 tpwd.state.texas.us