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Best Campgrounds by the Jersey Shore

Summer is just around the corner and beach vacation destinations are booking up fast. Although we love our home state of Pennsylvania, its noticeably lacking in ocean views, so we’re hitching up the travel trailer, hopping in the truck and heading east to the Jersey Shore. Enjoy summer sunshine and peaceful ocean waves, splash around with the kids at the water park, or relax with a drink by the pool at these twelve gorgeous campgrounds by the Jersey Shore.

Ocean View Resort Campground

Ocean View Resort is easily one of the best campgrounds on the Jersey Shore with tons of water activities inside and outside the park. One camp amenity sure to be a hit is the Buccaneer Bay Splash Park – a pirate themed water park in the campground! Play on the “anchored” pirate ship, spray water on unsuspecting parents, and slide down the wreckage into the shallow waters. The campground is pet friendly and has access to Greenbriar Pond for relaxing catch and release fishing. Other notable camp amenities include the Ocean View Café, the lake pavilion, two playgrounds, an 18-hole mini golf course, free boat storage during your stay and more!

Ocean Isle Campground

In Ocean View, New Jersey, Ocean Isle Campground offers RV, tent and cabin sites for campers of every style. The 28-acre campground provides easy access to all your favorite south Jersey towns, historic Cape May to action-packed Atlantic City and all the beaches in between. The campground includes a large pool to cool off, two playgrounds and plenty of group activities.

best campgrounds on the jersey shore - bakers acres campground sign

Baker’s Acres Campground

On TripAdvisor Baker’s Acres is ranked the number one campground in Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, thanks to the mixture of on-campground activities and local history hubs. The campground includes games like horseshoes, bocce ball, volleyball and even has a dedicated photo op spot. The campground was founded in 1968 by the Baker Family, giving it a family-owned feel. You can also dive into the local, and surprisingly bloody, history of a small town like Egg Harbor – first mentioned in Capitan Cornelius Jacobsen May in 1614.

Sea Pirate Campground

Just a few miles from Long Beach Island, this pirate themed campground is a treasure chest of fun for the whole family. The campground paths have pirate-themed names like Peg Leg or Calico Jack, and you can enjoy sea-themed activities such as fishing, crabbing, kayaking and more. On the not-so-pirate side, the campground includes a camp store, dog park and arcade.

Sea Grove Camping Resort

Connect with the nature of the Garden State at this campground for all ages located in the heart of Cape May County. Just minutes away from South Jersey beaches, enjoy splashing in the waves, playing in the sand and relaxing in the sun. In the evening, nearby local boardwalks open along the shore with food, shops and more. Just a few on-camp activities include a game room, ice cream parties, family hay rides, basketball, horseshoes, volleyball and more.

best campgrounds in new jersey - river view at campground

Surf & Stream Campground

Nestled along the Toms River, this Jersey campground provides fresh water and saltwater fun. Wake up to a view of the Toms River from your RV’s window, and travel every day to the nearby public beaches, Atlantic City and even the Big Apple. Campground amenities include a swimming pool, sports courts and scheduled weekend events. The campground is a few miles from public golf courses, horseback riding, boardwalks, water parks and more.

Lake & Shore RV Resort

Lake & Shore RV Resort is a step up from your normal campground. Its biggest summer attraction is the full water park, complete with slides. The park has its own beach entrance with a private fishing pier and boat dock. On the resort beach, relax in the lounge chairs, play a game of beach volleyball, cool off in the water and adventure around the campground.

Ponderosa Campground

This New Jersey campground is packed with activities you won’t find at many other campgrounds. Ponderosa includes a pirate ship play area, swing and slide area, cornhole, hammocks, fields and more. Ponderosa is most well known for its Little Hooves Farm. Little Hooves Farm, established in 2013, is home to goats, chickens, ducks, mini horses and a cow! Come by to feed the animals, play, pet and get a few pony kisses. Nearby, visit Avalon Beach, historic Cape May, Wildwood beach boardwalk, Ocean City boardwalk and more.

best campgrounds on the jersey shore - kayaks ready to launch by the river

Chestnut Lake RV Campground

This tranquil RV resort is tucked away in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Fish in the campground lake, swim in the pool or enjoy a good book on the poolside lounge chairs. Chestnut Lake provides easy access to the beautiful Jersey Shore beaches, neon-lit Atlantic City and bustling boardwalk nightlife. Nearly each weekend is booked with campground events with themes such as space, hot dogs, s’mores, pets, holidays and more. You can visit this page to read the weekend event schedule!

Holly Shores Camping Resort

Midway between Cape May and Wildwood, New Jersey sits Holly Shores Camping Resort. Holly Shores has been family owned since 1968 and is known for being fun for all ages. They have more than 300 large shaded RV campsites and offer vacation or seasonal camping reservations. They accommodate RVs up to 42 feet long and offer themed weekends, daily activities and equipment rentals for endless summer fun.

Sea Pines RV Resort and Campground

Sea Pines RV Resort is loaded with quiet campsites and surrounded with beautiful woods, while just a few miles from the beautiful beaches of Cape May. The campground includes shuffleboard, basketball, a game room, volleyball and more. It’s right near the beach, has on-campground fishing opportunities and waterfront sites. It you’re looking for luxury Jersey Shore RVing, Sea Pines is the place for you.

If you stay at one of our best campgrounds on the Jersey Shore, make sure to let us know! In need of a new RV or RV parts? Stop by Juniata Valley RV right here in Pennsylvania. Our RV experts will be happy to help you choose the right unit for you. Be sure to kick off camping season right!

Easy Campfire Dinners

One of camping’s many delights is campfire cooking. Whether you’re spending the weekend in a tent or choosing to experiment outside the RV kitchen, cooking over a campfire can be a fun option. Enjoying roasted eggplant or breakfast bacon and eggs with the family is a great way to bond, not to mention a lot of fun! To help you get inspired to try your hand at fire-roasted dinner plans, we recommend these easy campfire dinners.

Campfire Dinner Meatloaf Foil Packs

One of the most popular campfire dinner methods are foil packs. This method of camp cooking usually involves meat and vegetables wrapped in tin foil and roasted on the fire. This savory meal includes a mixture of healthy veggies topped with your preferred type of meatloaf. Replace the grill instructions with about 40 minutes carefully watched by the campfire and you’ve got the perfect healthy camp dinner.

Campfire Skillet Breakfast

Every good day at the campground starts with a great breakfast. This nutritious breakfast is made with bacon, potatoes, egg, cheese and any other breakfast additions your family prefers. Simply toss your ingredients into a cast iron skillet and let them cook over the slow burning coals for a warm, delicious homemade breakfast.

Coal-Roasted Eggplants

If meat isn’t your desired dish, try this flavorful charred eggplant campfire dinner. Place your eggplant directly on the coals, which should be glowing red, and turn occasionally until the skins are blackened. Remove the skins, let them stand for about 30 minutes, then drizzle with olive oil and salt. Now you’re ready to tuck in!

Grill on campfire - campfire dinners

Pizza Mountain Pies

A fun new take on pizza, this sandwich dish is a delicious campfire dinner option. Toss your favorite pizza ingredients between two slices of buttered bread and roast them on a sandwich iron for roughly ten minutes. Once the cheese is melted and the bread is golden brown, you’re ready to dig in.

Campfire Apple Pie Packets

Slow-roasted dessert over the campfire doesn’t have to stop at s’mores – although no one is complaining when the marshmallows and graham crackers are brought out. If you’re itching to try something a bit more flavorful, we recommend these apple pie packets. Using the foil packet grilling method, mix apples, sugar, cornstarch, butter, cinnamon and lemon juice to create personal apple pie dishes. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for the perfect dessert. Yes, we know this isn’t dinner, but it’s so good we had to include it anyway.

Cooking food on campfire in spring on picnic - campfire dinner

Brad’s Campsite Jambalaya

Be the talk of the campground with this campsite jambalaya. Cooked in a large pot or wok over a grill or campfire with a grate, this deliciously filling dish is a sure hit. Mix the recommended jambalaya ingredients, or stick to your favorite family recipe, and let it cook over the campfire until the rice is tender and the shrimp is perfectly pink.

Cast Iron Brats with Peppers and Onions

Warming hot dogs over the campfire is a well-loved tradition for campers everywhere. But if you’re looking to spice things up a bit, try grilling brats and veggies on a cast iron skillet. Caramelize onions and warm your preferred variety of peppers on a cast iron skillet for a more flavorful version of fire-roasted hot dogs.

These easy campfire dinners are perfect for anyone looking to mix things up when it comes to camp cooking. Try making your meals over the campfire and let us know how it goes. If you’re in need of a new RV to take you camping this season, Juniata Valley RV is here to supply you with towable trailers, motorhomes, truck campers and compact units. Visit our site to see what we have in stock or call 1 (877) 714-0415 to speak with our friendly sales staff.

The Best Free Apps for RVers

Roadtrippers

Plan the stops you’ll make on your trip and map out your route. Discover local businesses, scenic outlooks, national parks and more stops that Roadtrippers knows you’ll pass by.

Waze

One of the most popular directions apps, Waze lets you know what’s up ahead. Other Waze users can report traffic, accidents, police officers, construction and more. Waze can even redirect you based on this information!

CoPilot GPS

This navigation app includes RV-specific routing. You can enter your RV dimensions and see road restrictions for an easy drive. This app even has dependable offline navigation for when your signal is spotty.

GasBuddy

Find the closest gas station with the best price. GasBuddy will show you all the gas stations near you and their prices so you can save money on the road.

History Here

Created by the History Channel, History Here will show you nearby historical sites and let you know what happened there. You can explore thousands of nearby points, and History’s experts are always adding more!

best free apps for RVers travel trailer parked at sunset

RV Parky

This RV park directory app, developed by a full-time RVer, will help you get inside info from the RV community. Users can rate campgrounds, enter information and add photos of RV parks around the US and Canada.

Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder

Oh, Ranger! will point you to the best parks near you. See park maps, available amenities and background info. You can search by things to do (bird watching, horseback riding, fishing, etc.) and ask other park lovers for advice.

AllTrails

Access more than 100,000 trail maps from anywhere with AllTrails. You can even filter by trail length, difficulty rating, dog friendliness, best views and more to make sure you find exactly the trail you want. Stay safe with GPS tracking, and share your pace, distance, max speed and more with friends!

Star Chart

Star gaze on cloudy nights and find constellations with Star Chart. Just point your phone at the sky and Star Chart will outline and name the constellations you’re looking at.

Offline Survival Manual

Get survival tips without access to the internet with the Offline Survival Manual. This app has organized info on making a fire, finding food and more. Filter your search by subject or climate to find exactly what you need with ease.

First Aid by American Red Cross

Be prepared with first aid guidance for all kind of situations. The Red Cross app provides step-by-step first aid instructions, video guides and safety tips. The app works without internet connection and lets you easily navigate between different types of emergencies.

AccuWeather

One of the most highly rated weather apps, AccuWeather will help you plan ahead and stay safe from extreme weather conditions. The app includes local radars, detailed forecasts and severe weather warnings.

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Yelp

The popular review app allows you to check out local shops and restaurants before you go. Read reviews and ratings from locals and other travelers and save yourself from bad business experiences when traveling.

Campendium

Search for nearby campgrounds and get detailed information from other campers. The app provides campground suggestions, reviews, amenities, website links and more. You can filter by electrical hookups, ratings, price and campground type to find exactly what you want.

Sani Dumps

Find nearby RV dump stations with ease. Sani Dumps lets you search by postal code or your current location. Get information on dump stations and save your favorite stations.

FreeRoam

Useful for traditional campers and boondockers, this app helps you find the perfect place to stay. Filter campsites by crowdedness, nearby facilities, safety and more. It even shows you where you can boondock and still get cell signal! You can also see low clearance bridges and tunnels nearby, which your RV may not fit through, and read reviews of nearby campsites.

Hipcamp

This comprehensive outdoor app shows nearby places to camp, sort of like an Airbnb for RVers. From national parks to private drives, find the perfect location to park your RV with Hipcamp.

 

Best Campgrounds for Your Dog in PA

Wherever you roam on your RV adventures, most will agree that the entire family should come with. That includes the furry and four-legged. Unfortunately, not all campgrounds are on the same page, charging pet fees or refusing to allow dogs on the premises. To avoid any upset and make things a little easier, we found four of the dog friendliest campgrounds in Pennsylvania. These sites around the state are perfect for your best friend, as long as they remain on a leash.

 

dog friendly campsites in PA dog on picnic table

Photo courtesy of Trip Advisor

Delaware Water Gap/Pocono Mountain

East Stroudsburg

Offering an assortment of cabins, RV sites and tent sites this KOA campground is perfect for any type of camping. Along with pet friendly cabins and shaded or sunny campsites, Delaware Water offers a complimentary K-9 play park. Your pup can lose the leash and run free in the fenced in dog park. If you’re looking for more interactive fun, there are plenty of obstacles and agility equipment to provide stimulation and fun for a totally pooped pooch.

YMCA Camp Sherwin

Lake City

On the sunny shores of Lake Erie, Camp Sherwin is a dog-friendly campsite with plenty of space for relaxation. Tent, RV and cabin sites are available, and dogs are more than welcome. While there is no dog park, there’s also no shortage of grassy fields and sandy lakefront campsites. Camp Sherwin is the perfect campground for your favorite water loving breed.

dog friendly campsites in PA dogs in woods

Photo courtesy of Trip Advisor

Forest Ridge Cabin & Campgrounds

Marienville

If lakefront isn’t your thing, or your dog isn’t a fan of the water, Forest Ridge might be the perfect option. It’s named aptly, with quiet, wooded campsites that encourage privacy and peace on the southwest edge of the Allegheny National Forest. The campsites and cabins are spacious and pet friendly, close to a number of hiking trails and other outdoor attractions for your whole family.

Mount Pocono Campground

Mount Pocono

This family-focused campground located in the Pocono Mountains feels like a rural paradise while only 90 minutes from New York City. The mountainous campground features a heated swimming pool for their human guests and a dog run for their K-9 campers.

dog friendly campsites in PA dog in doghouse

Photo courtesy of Trip Advisor

Gettysburg/Battlefield

Gettysburg

This forested campsite offers both a connection with nature and echo of American history. Near downtown Gettysburg, this KOA campground welcomes your pup to join your tour though the historic battlegrounds. It also offers a pet playground for some exercise and agility training.

 

Before you choose a campsite, it’s always smart to check if pets are allowed on the premises. While the campgrounds listed here don’t mind, many will have pet fees and breed restrictions. We don’t want any pooch left behind, so make sure to double check online or by calling the campground! Happy travels to you and your furry family!

 

 

Best Winter Camping in Pennsylvania

As winter drops its first round of snow across the States, many campers will start packing away their gear. But for some avid RVers, this is their favorite time of year — trading in the holiday madness for a life of adventure on the road.

Here at Juniata Valley RV, we’ve toured the great state of Pennsylvania once or twice, and we know a few things about the best campgrounds around.

Top 5 Winter Campgrounds in Pennsylvania

Appalachian RV Resort

Enjoy Pennsylvania’s Americana Region, located in Reading, PA. From food and wine to heritage museums, entertainment and arts, and outdoor adventures, there is sure to be plenty of activities to keep you entertained. If you’re bringing the family along, there is even a kids’ corner and an Upcoming Polar Express ride.

While you’re visiting, you can park your RV at the ever-beautiful Appalachian RV Resort. “Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Mountains, Appalachian RV Resort features 357 spacious campsites within 87 acres of nature’s most beautiful setting. Whether you stay for days, weeks, or even an entire season, quality amenities and unsurpassed customer service will have you returning in no time.”

Appalachian RV Resort offers a variety of spacious RV sites including 50-foot super pull-thru sites, 45-foot back-in sites, and 25-foot wooded sites. All campsites include picnic tables and fire rings, perfect to warm up around after a long day of exploring. Whether you’re hiking the Appalachian trails, fishing in the fully-stocked pond, or spending time in neighboring Reading, you’re sure to have an amazing time the whole family can enjoy, all year around.

Whispering Pines Camping Estates

Located just outside of Red Rock Mountain, Whispering Pines Camping Estates is a family-friendly campground with a community feel. “Nestled among rolling hills and rich farm country, Whispering Pines is a friendly place to access some of the most idyllic conditions for hunting, fishing, and hiking in Columbia County.”

With RV slots starting at just 42$ a night, this is a campground where you can certainly get the most for your money any time of year. Each camping site offers a fire ring, picnic table, and most spots also offer water, sewer, and electric hookups. They can accommodate any-length RV and they are also pet friendly!

Visit in the winter to witness the stunning ice falls that form in the cold temperatures, hiking trails with access to a rare eastern fire tower, play games, view meteor showers, and so much more.

Penn Avon Campground

Penn Avon Campground is located just two short miles from downtown Selinsgrove, where families can wander the streets, enjoying the colonial atmosphere. If you’re looking for hiking, Penn Avon Campground is also located near Bald Eagle State Forest — fit with ATV trails, free-flowing streams, and dense forest.

Penn Avon Campground offers year-round RV sites with full hookups, cable TV, and free Wi-Fi. They also have a newly-renovated bathhouse that is roomy and conveniently located. This family-friendly, pet-friendly RV campground is the perfect place to have a relaxing get-away.

Well-maintained, wooded, shaded, and cozy is how visitors have described this quaint spot, making it the perfect spot for your winter vacation.

White’s Haven Campground

Another quaint and quiet spot tucked in the beautiful, western Pennsylvania hills, you’ll find White’s Haven Campground. Just west of Clear Creek State Forest, there is ample hiking and nature exploring to be had.

White’s Haven offers ample RV hookups with showers, free wifi, laundry service, and a fishing pond. They even have an on-site convenience store where you can purchase propane and other necessities during your stay.

The friendly staff is attentive and helpful, while not overbearing. This simplistic and quiet campground is great for a secluded weekend getaway.

Mountain Vista Campground

Whether you’re searching for hiking with waterfalls and scenic views, outlet-mall shopping, or even a little gambling, the Mountain Vista Campground has something to offer the whole family in every season. This traditional-camping style resort is tucked into the Pocono Mountains, just east of Stroudsburg.

This fully-loaded campground is fit with free Wi-fi, a convenient Laundromat, a recreational area, clean bathhouses, a campground store with fire, ice, and other necessities, as well as a multigym, dog run, relaxing pavilion, and picnic tables.

Trust the Largest Full-Service RV Dealer in Central PA

As you pack up for your winter adventure, we want to encourage you to winterize and service your RV before you hit the road. In fact, it’s best to make it a part of your annual camping trip, to save yourself from trouble down the road.

You can trust our four RVIA Certified Recreational Vehicle Service Technicians to keep you and your family safe this holiday season. With over 40 years of combined experience, we provide professional and reliable services at the most reasonable prices in Central Pennsylvania.

In the event you want to upgrade your RV, we offer a wide selection of new and pre-owned RV’s. We also accept trade-ins and offer reasonable financing.

So what are you waiting for? Stop in and see us at Juniata Valley RV, or just give us a call. We’re always proud to serve our Central Pennsylvania community.

Most Haunted Spots in Pennsylvania

We don’t know about you, but most of our readers here at Juniata Valley express their love for Halloween for many reasons! Some like decorating while others simply love the candy options at the grocery store. Either way, October is a time when the weather changes and the leaves start to fall. For us, it’s a time to get spooked! Here are a few of our favorite spooky destinations to get you in the swing of Halloween.

Hessian Powder Magazine, Carlisle

Hessian Powder Magazine, Carlisle

Hessians were Germans that were contracted to fight alongside the British during the Revolutionary War. This stone building, erected by the Hessians, still stands today and is full of paranormal activity. Expect to hear moans, groans, and clattering noises during all hours of the day and night. A worker told a story of doors that would randomly come unlocked, though he remembers locking them, and is the only one with keys. Who else could it be other than the Hessians?

King George Inn ll

King George Inn ll

This hotel had famous guests, such as George Washington, John Adams, and James Madison. Though the ghosts of these figures aren’t reportedly seen here, one spiffy-dressed man in a top hat is seen to be walking about. Some visitors even report paintings falling off the walls and doors and windows swinging open on their own.

Hotel Bethlehem, Bethlehem

Hotel Bethlehem, Bethlehem

This list just wouldn’t be complete without a haunted hotel, and Hotel Bethlehem fits the ticket. Four identified ghosts are spotted regularly here at this hotel that was actually the town’s first house:

  • May Yohe, an actor and singer born in the hotel that can allegedly still be heard singing in the lobby
  • Francis “Daddy” Thomas, a tour guide of Bethlehem before his death ins 1822
  • and Mrs. Brong, the hotel’s first landlords

The alleged most haunted room is 932, where lamps flicker, figures appear in the mirror, and guests even report being woken up by a male asking them why they’re in his room.

Gettysburg Battlefield, Gettysburg

Gettysburg Battlefield, Gettysburg

As one of the bloodiest battles in history, the Gettysburg Battlefield is the site where 8,000 Confederate and Union soldiers died over just three days. Of course, it’s allegedly haunted! Ghostly sightings are frequent here, and visitors report speaking to these soldiers just before they disappear into thin air.

Ready for a curveball? Gettysburg is considered to have already been haunted by a very famous spirit, George Washington. Many soldiers say he appeared before them and led the way.

Coulterville Cemetery, White Oak

Coulterville Cemetery, White Oak

If the sounds of kids laughing, playing, and enjoying themselves outside at a cemetery at night with absolutely no kids in sight, then Coulterville might be for you. Unfortunately, tragedy is their story. An orphanage once stood nearby the cemetery but burned, killing several children. Now, some see shadowy figures of children running around, while others eerily report child-size handprints on the cars. It’s also quite usual, (just in this case) to see a child in your rearview mirror as you depart the cemetery.

Eastern State Penitentiary

Eastern State Penitentiary

As the first penitentiary in the nation, Eastern State Penitentiary was made to force prisoners to spend their time alone and in silence to reflect on their crimes. If you thought it couldn’t get worse, prisoners were also subject to physical and psychological torture, which led to an immense amount of mental illness amongst the inmates. If you plan to visit, expect to hear screams, footsteps and odd noises. Others also report the feeling of being grabbed or followed.

Betsy Ross House, Philadelphia

Betsy Ross House, Philadelphia

Though known for designing America’s first flag, you might be in for something more than a history lesson at the house of Betsy Ross. Some visitors report to see Betsy herself crying in the basement. Others often hear cries and moans coming from the gift shop where a security guard was murdered in 1980. Nearby places are also allegedly haunted, so you can knock them all out with a Philadelphia Cemetery and Urban History Tour.

We’re hoping these spooky destinations get you in the. . . spirit for Halloween! Whether you’re spending the holiday in your RV or going out, remember to be safe! Happy Halloween!

 

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