(Photo courtesy of Keystone RV)
With the daily hustle and bustle to “get things done,” it can be hard to unplug and unwind after a hard days work, or two, or five! Our Senior Fun Specialists (and Folsom Lake RV owners), Debbie and Charlie, have spent their lives, and careers, RVing around the United States, and have found some of the best places to set up camp, unplug, and unwind. They’ve shared 5 of their favorite local RV campgrounds below. They are all within a few hours drive from Sacramento, making it easy to getaway with the family for the weekend! Of course, all of these campgrounds are dog friendly, so you can bring the entire family.
Your super easy, and super fun, family weekend awaits!
Located in Shingle Springs, this campground is located in California’s historic Gold Country, and is a great starting point for touring the “Wild West.” Visit Coloma (the site of the first gold discovery in California) for Gold Rush history, hiking, and river rafting trips. Head up to Placerville (13 minute drive from the campsite) to see why its nickname is “Old Hangtown,” and continue on to Apple Hill for apples, pears, and pumpkins in the Fall, and Christmas trees in the winter. Plus, some of El Dorado county’s best wineries are literally minutes away.
Placerville KOA also has free movie nights, bike rentals, and a free 24-hour shuttle to Redhawk Casino, just 5 miles away.
Ready to venture out just a little further into the countryside? Take a trip down Highway 49 to Plymouth and stay at the “Gateway to Shenandoah Valley.” Plymouth was founded in 1871 as a mining town, and is surrounded by historical sites. There are cavern tours, gold panning experiences, and at the Chaw’Se Grinding Rock State Historic Park, in Pine Grove, you can visit a reconstructed Miwok village and museum. For even more Gold Rush history visit Historic Jamestown, or head over to the town of Columbia to immerse yourself among the highest concentration of gold rush-era buildings in California.
The 49er Village RV Resort has 2 swimming pools, fishing, and games/activities available on site.
The San Francisco North/Petaluma KOA is surrounded by adventures for all types, including visiting the world-class city of San Francisco, touring Napa and Sonoma wineries, checking out the Sonoma Raceway, and exploring Point Reyes National Seashore. Petaluma KOA has all kinds of on-site amenities available as well, so if you decide to stay in, there’s plenty to do. In the summer, on-site activities include a rock wall, Jumping Pillow, pool and spa, mega playground, karaoke, hayrides and live weekend entertainment. They also offer guided tours of San Francisco and the wine country.
And don’t forget to dine at one of Petaluma’s fine restaurants.
Below: Wally loved to hang out at the campgrounds and people-watch (Courtesy of Debbie and Charlie at the Petaluma KOA).
Tucked into a bend in the Russian River, you can enjoy the wilderness at Casini Ranch Family Campground in Duncan Mills, CA. Just little over 2 hours from Sacramento, you can really unplug here as there is 1 mile of beach access for swimming and fishing, and a launch for canoes, kayaks, and paddle boards. You can “get lost” on the miles of trails at the Willow Creek State Park, or visit the majestic redwoods at Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, just 18 minutes away by car.
But don’t worry, there are hookups and WiFi available if you want them. They also have movie nights, hayrides, and ice cream socials. Call for schedule.
Thirty minutes south of Redding, in Red Bluff, CA, Durango RV Resort is another highly recommended campground. The resort sits along the Sacramento River and is centrally located for excursions to Shasta National Forest, Lassen National Park, and Whiskytown Recreation Area.
Like all of Debbie and Charlie’s favorites, this resort offers a host of on-site activities and amenities, including a basketball court and putting green. If you are looking to really relax and unwind, the resort offers a spa for massage services to promote deep relaxation and ease stress. Now who wouldn’t want that?
These campgrounds are all open year-round, so you can potentially camp on any given weekend. The best way to make your trip the easiest as possible is to plan ahead! Book your reservations early, especially for the summer season, to maximize your weekend fun!
(Folsom Lake RV did not receive any contributions or compensation for the recommendations in this article. All sites have been personally camped at by Debbie and Charlie, and their recommendations come from their experiences.)