Ten Awesome Campgrounds for Military Veteran RVers
Military RV parks are just what you would think. They are generally open to military retirees or their dependents. Or, if you are an active duty service member or spouse. National Guard or Reservists are welcome, or their minor dependents. Disabled veterans, too. Surviving family members of service members killed in action also qualify.
Some parks allow retired Defense Department civilian workers or guests of ID cardholders. The base commander sets the rules at each park.
Some military RV parks allow civilians. If the park is physically located on the base, you will need a military ID or be escorted by someone who has one.
“My husband and I have been to a few of these parks and they are great,” said Kelly Fitzwater, Navy wife of a flight student. “A lot of the people that utilize the parks are retired military and they love coming back, meeting other retired military and enjoying the base life again. We loved hearing the stories and making new friends too.”
Military FamCamps consideration:
- Does the campground have full hookups, trash disposal, or other amenities?
- Arrival and departure times
- Wildlife considerations
- Access to commissaries
- Seasonal considerations regarding weather
Where to Find the Best military RV parks
1. FamCamp at MacDill Air Force Base
FamCamp at MacDill AFB is so popular reservations need to be made at least one year in advance. This RV park is loved because it’s so close to the Gulf Coast. Golf courses and many family-friendly, outdoor activities are there too.
Some 359 sites include everything you might want. From electric and water to cable TV and phone service, they have it all. There are also partial hookup sites, a designated tent camping area, and 40 dry campsites.
2. Eagle Hammock RV Park
Located at the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Georgia, Eagle Hammock RV Park wins awards for being the best military campground on the East Coast. It also has an excellent 9.5 average rating on RV LIFE Campgrounds.
The park is located around a wooded 220-acre lake. It’s a stunning spot in the heart of Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay. Camp close to historic downtown Saint Marys and Cumberland Island National Seashore. You get easy access to I-95 for day trips to Georgia’s Golden Isles and Savannah. Or head south to Florida to visit Jacksonville and St. Augustine.
Campers enjoy the park’s bowling center, racquetball, basketball and tennis courts. Biodiesel is available at an on-base gas station.
3. Pelican Roost RV Park
Another park in high demand is Pelican Roost RV Park, located at the Mayport Naval Station. The park overlooks the jetties along the St. Johns River. The 47 sites park offers planned activities and use of the Roost clubhouse services.
This scenic park welcomes recreational vehicles as well as primitive and tent campers, 47 additional full-service sites (50 amp only) are also available at Osprey Cove.
4. Davis Monthan AFB FamCamp
The Davis Monthan AFB FamCamp is located at the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Operating year-round, the facility consists of 197 spaces with full hookups, modern restrooms, laundry facilities, a pet wash station, lobby, and office. The park is open to all military, retired military, and DOD civilians with base access.
5. Fort Sam Houston RV Park
Fort Sam Houston RV Park is at the Joint Base San Antonio near the heart of the city. It’s close to cultural activities, professional sports venues, and outdoor adventures.
The 74 full hookup sites feature electric, concrete pads, grills, and more. Enjoy a playground, golf course, equestrian area, fitness center, pharmacy, car wash, hospital, a tent area, RV storage, propane, and more.
6. Ellsworth AFB FamCamp
Ellsworth AFB FamCamp is the perfect stop for anyone visiting Mount Rushmore or Badlands National Park. The park has 51 full hook-up sites. Enjoy using the park’s auto hobby shop, arts and crafts area, recreation equipment rental, pool, and movie theater.
7. Patterson AFB Bass Lake FamCamp
This FamCamp is a 54-site RV camping area near Bass Lake in Dayton, Ohio. The military campground has fun activities for families, like rental kayaks, canoes, and aqua trikes.
Considered one of the top military family campgrounds, Wright-Patterson AFB Bass Lake FamCamp is quiet and secluded. You get lots of amenities, too. Choose from partial or full hookups along with tent and dry camping.
8. Peregrine Pines FamCamp
Peregrine Pines is located in Colorado Springs at the USAF Academy. The campground is surrounded by nature and includes a visitor center, chapel, hospital, playground, and museum. Choose from more than 100 RV sites and 10 tent spaces.
9. Hill AFB FamCamp
Located in Ogden, Utah, Hill AFB FamCamp is near mountains and close to water sports and snow sport activities. Enjoy ranges for shooting trap, skeet, sporting clays, and archery. The campground has 28 RV sites and six sites for tent camping.
10. Desert Eagle RV Park
Desert Eagle RV Park is located just north of Las Vegas at Nellis Air Force Base. The park is open year-round for Active Duty, National Guard, Reservists, Retired Military, 0-100% DAV, Purple Heart Recipients, Former POW, Veteran Caregivers, and DoD Civilians.
Amenities include full hookups, laundry, showers, a playground, picnic area, fitness center, and access to several more facilities. Enjoy a game/TV room, pharmacy, movie theater, museum, clinic and hospital, post office, library, golf, and more.
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Each branch of the military has a Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) program. The program supports military members and their families at home and overseas. Many campgrounds require reservations, but some operate on a first-come, first-served basis. Some are seasonal and others have year-round access. Calling ahead is the best way to know the rules of a particular park.
Terri and her husband, Todd, are full time RVers and work campers. They have been living full time in their RV for nearly three years with their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Newton, and their Mini Aussie puppy Remi. They are currently wintering in Arizona with plans to continue their travels next summer. Writing is Terri’s passion but she also loves hiking, kayaking and anything she can do outside.