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Camping on a Budget Delaware OH

Having a wonderful camping experience is a combination of factors. Some of those are providential, and a few are completely out of your hands. Luckily, there are some you can control.

Whitesands Campgrounds
(740) 363-1896
N State Route 42
Delaware, OH
Cross Creek Camping Resort
(740) 549-2267
3190 S Old State Rd
Lewis Center, OH
Autumn Lakes Campgrounds
(740) 625-6600
8644 Porter Central Rd
Sunbury, OH
Mann's Mobile Home Estates
(614) 239-7900
755 Stelzer Rd
Columbus, OH
Cardinal Center Campground
(800) 421-7116, (419) 253-0800
616 State Route 61
Marengo, OH
Number of Sites
400 Total Camp/RV Sites,400 Electric and Water,
Cabin Rentals,

Cross Creek Camping Resort
(800) 421-7116, 015-9103, (740) 549-2267
3190 South Old State Road
Delaware, OH
Number of Sites
200 Total Camp/RV Sites,130 20 Amp Service,200 30 Amp Service,130 50 Amp Service,200 Electric and Water,164 Full Hookups,50 Max RV Length,39 Pull-Thru Sites,1 Rental Trailers,45 Seasonal,200 Sideouts,
Dump Station,Firewood,Fenced Pet Area,Group Area,Handicapped Restroom Facilities,Ice,WiFi Parkwide,Laundry,Meeting Rooms,Pavilion,Pets Welcome,Propane,Store,Cabin Rentals,Park Trailers,RV on Site,
Arcade,Game room,Basket Ball,Bike Rentals,Biking Trails,Bird Watching,Boat Launch,Boating,Fishing,Hay Rides,Hiking Trails,Horse Shoes,Marina,Motorized Boat Rentals,Nature Trails,Non-motorized Boat Rentals,Pedal Boat Rentals,Picnic Area,Planned Activities,Playground,Recreation Hall,Shuffleboard,Swimming Pool,Theme Weekends,Tennis,

Berkshire Campgrounds
(740) 965-2321
1848 Alexander Rd
Galena, OH
Autumn Lakes Family
(800) 421-7116, (740) 625-6600
8644 Porter Central Road
Sunbury, OH
Number of Sites
147 Total Camp/RV Sites,147 Electric and Water,1 Group Sites,40 Max RV Length,9 Pull-Thru Sites,25 Sideouts,10 Tent Sites,
BBQ Pits,Dump Station,Firewood,Fenced Pet Area,Group Area,Ice,Ice Cream Shop,WiFi HotSpots,Pets Welcome,Propane,Showers,Store,Cabin Rentals,
Basket Ball,Beach Volleyball,Bike Rentals,Biking Trails,Boat Launch,Boating,Canoe Rentals,Equestrian Friendly,Fishing,Golf Facilities,Hay Rides,Hiking Trails,Horse Shoes,Nature Trails,Pedal Boat Rentals,Planned Activities,Playground,Swimming Pool,Theme Weekends,

Ohio Country Music & Rv Park
(419) 253-8015
616 State Route 61
Marengo, OH
Tree Haven Campgrounds Inc
(740) 965-3469
4855 Miller Paul Rd
Westerville, OH

Camping on a Budget

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February 8, 2010 by Camping Life Magazine · 4 Comments  

Article Courtesy Camping Life Magazine , Written by Stuart Bourdon

Couple Enjoying a Picnic at a Campsite Having a wonderful camping experience is a combination of factors. Some of those are providential, and a few are completely out of your hands. Luckily, there are some you can control. It’s impossible to control the weather, but you can keep track of it and update your gear as conditions dictate. And the campground may not always offer many choices, depending upon its size and reservation level. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow and enjoy. The good news—with proper planning, quick and accurate assessment in the field, and some flexibility, you should be able to find just the right spot in any campground.

Private and public campgrounds both have a place on the outdoor destination roster. Which you choose often has to do with your style of camping. Private campgrounds (KOA, Jellystone, etc.) offer a more controlled and manicured park-like atmosphere where the focus is often on activities (movie nights for kids) and recreational facilities (pools, etc.) inside the campground, and are more likely to have full RV-camping amenities (power, water, sewer hookups). Public campgrounds (state parks, national parks and forests, Army Corps of Engineers) tend to deliver a wilder, less controlled experience, and activity and recreation are typically more outdoor-oriented (trail hiking, fishing, boating), and are less likely to provide power and sewer hookups.

Either way, you can improve your chances of an enjoyable, rewarding stay by paying heed to some simple guidelines.

Plan Your Camping Trip Ahead

An advanced reservation is suggested for any campground, public or private, and for many, it’s a must. If you make your reservation online that’s fine; it’s convenient and almost all campgrounds—public and private—offer online reservations now. Before you do, though, make a point of contacting someone (forest ranger or park manager) by phone (best) or e-mail (second best) to ask questions about the lay of the land. Have a campground map (most have one online) and orient it so you know which direction is North, East, South and West.

When considering a campground, think about whether it’s down in a valley, on top of a ridge, or half-way in between. Campgrounds down in the bottom of deep canyons and valleys can be colder during the day (especially in the morning) because of the lack of sun, and can be damp and subject to ground fog. Ridge top sites can be more exposed to weather extremes and make for a cold blustery camp. Sometimes finding a spot in the middle is best. One that’s also sheltered from the wind, but exposed to morning sun, would make it the perfect find in our book.

Ask questions such as: Which way does the prevailing wind blow? Does it chance direction from morning to evening? Where are the trees and other prominent features in the campground?

The answers to these questions and others l...

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