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State Park Camping Pros/Cons – McKinney Falls State Park



State and National Parks offer some of the most beautiful camping experiences that you will encounter. This type of camping is like no other and allows the public to camp in some of the most breathtaking parts of the country.

It is land that is so beautiful it cannot be bought with monetary value, it is only meant to be shared with the world. With that being said, why would anyone choose any other type of camping? Well like everything in life, beauty comes at a price. However, this type of camping is well worth the cost if you prefer nature over the city life. Let me try and explain some of the good, the bad, and ugly of state park camping.

THE GOOD – As I mentioned above, one the great perks of camping at state parks is the price. Usually this is a cheaper option than camping at a more commercialized campground such as chain operations or KOA’s. I say USUALLY because, this is not ALWAYS true as well as the rest of the statements that make the list, but this is typically a true statement.

We have found privately owned campgrounds that are literally just be a place to park your RV and hookup with no amenities and a weekly or monthly discount that can beat the deal of a state park. We have stayed stayed at these type of campgrounds to fill a specific need we may have such as a desired LOCATION or grabbing a CONVENIENT nights rest, but camping at a state park grants you access to a more outdoorsy type of adventure. Most state parks have trails for hiking and biking, areas to fish or canoe, or just an all around more scenic experience.



State Parks also provide more privacy and tend to be a little more quiet from our experience. No highway noises, no trains, and you have less of a chance for a noisy neighbor. Also, most of these campsites include a picnic table and place to have a cosy campfire. This is not a typical experience in a more commercialized or private own campsite.

If you are looking for a more rustic camping experience with a great view, nature for days, and privacy, this could be the place for you, but before you say “I DO” let me tell you about the bad and the ugly.

THE BAD – Again these are just generalizations and not ALWAYS true in every state park experience, but here are a few “BAD” examples that accompany this type of camping.