State Campgrounds

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  1. Ryoukoe

    Ryoukoe New Member

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    What is the website that I go to find all the state run campgrounds in each state? My husband is eligible for the disability discount thing but I am no sure where to actually camp.
     
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    Reserveamerica.com is one place but i believe it will only list the places that take reservations.

    Google state parks and everything else will appear
     
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    Hello There

    I am not an agent for The State of Mich. nor any other Gov't
    thing of this sort.

    But I do know that if you ask for a site that has something for
    The Disability Person the attendant will ask if you have Lic Plates
    or The Plaque which is to be hung from the center mirror.

    The State of Mich Parks has nuthin . My State of Colorado does
    have something and so does many other states. Officially one
    state does not reconize another - but attentends do if you have
    the plates or an card.

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    In July we went to Tenn and this happened because one passenger
    had this status. On this site I pre-asked about this an got all types
    of answers.
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    While you are doing this get him The Pass for/ from The National
    Parks.
     
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    More and more Michigan State Parks have handicap sites.
     
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    haroldpe Campin' Engineer

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    I don't think you'll find one single source website for state run CGs for all 50 states. Unlike the NP system, each state is different and runs their SPs differently. For detailed information, you'll have to research the state in question. Just google SPs for that particular state.
     
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    Oh because I had seen a post from someone before stating that military families could get into some parks for free and a discount for them if camping. Is that a national park then? What website do I go to find national parks?
     
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    nps.gov is the main site for national parks. Navigation is not quite as easy since they improved the website, but if you go to each park, there should be a "Plan your Visit" section on the left side of the main park page, and there is usually a "camping" link on the first page too. Here's one in MI:
    http://www.nps.gov/slbe/index.htm; it looks like they did not update their camping page recently, but links should work.
    With NPs, reservations are through recreation.gov. Some places require phone reservations for HC.

    ETA: We've found ease of finding information varies much more for SPs than NPs. Since we often make reservations, sometimes the info gleaned form the reservation sites (the other major one is reserveamaerica.com), even if not actually making reservations , is useful.
     
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    Hello There

    When at Google you type in National Park Disability Pass. This
    will give you about 111 pages of National Park this and that.
    All you need is: ... http://www.nps.gov/findapark/passes.htm .

    Your military question has three parts. One is National Parks and
    their extended family. Two is state by state and three is an
    complete Department of Defense Program pertaining to their
    Parks and Rec. [RTM]
     
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    Here's an article about this:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47428410/ns/travel-active_travel/t/military-families-get-free-entry-national-parks/

    Some SPs also do this, but it would be a state by state thing as the feds have nothing to do with the running of the SPs. Also, SPs will vary in RE to their discounts for the disabled, etc. Here is a good reference...surprised to see something so comprehensive on one site...but I would still double check with whatever state you're planning to visit in RE to discounts and how you qualify; for SPs, many discounts and what not only apply to residents of that particular state. Obviously for NPs, that would not be the case.

    http://cubey.illiop.com/rv/disabled_discounts.shtml
     
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    There is no such site. I see some places have been recommended, but they are not comprehensive. ReserveAmerica, for instance, doesn't have contracts with every state or every federal agency, and they only have campsites that are reservable where they do have contracts. Unfortunately, the sites that take reservations are often less desirable than the first-come first-served sites.

    You will have to look at a lot of websites in many states to find what you are looking for. For instance, here in Tennessee, just to find information on the campgrounds in our three National Park Service units that have camping, you'd have to look at three different nps.gov websites. We have two national forest units and one is a standard USFS address, but the Land Between the Lakes NRA has its own domain, lbl.org. The Corps of Engineers sites are under recreation.gov.

    Only a few of our state parks take reservations (a good thing as that keeps them from being crowded) but even for them you can't reserve online. Each park has its own web page. Same for state forests.

    Some sites like Oh Ranger can list a lot of public lands, but you'll still be directed to a myriad of agency websites for actual information.

    It's worth taking a few hours to explore the options in your area; Google will be your friend.
     
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    Unstable_Tripod Well, there's your problem!

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