Tiny House Camping in the USA

Tiny House Camping, is it possible? Allow us to kibosh the rumor that tiny homes are discriminated against in RV parks. We have traveled all over the USA with our tiny house, visiting more than thirty states, and we have NEVER been turned away from a private campground. Thousand Trails, one of the leading RV resorts in the USA, has openly expressed their acceptance of tiny homes. How cool is that? 

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Tiny House Camping. A List of Campsites & RV Parks we used from 2014-2015

Private campground reviews, organized by state. All of the below were willing to accommodate our tiny house from 2014-2015.

*Disclaimer: we cannot guarantee that these campgrounds still allow Tiny House camping. Call ahead.*

California

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Yosemite Lakes RV Resort – Thousand Trails

Florida

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Lake Rousseau RV Park

  • Davenport, FL / Themeworld RV Resort – The park is located right next to a KOA and about 20 minutes away from Disney World. The park is very open, not many trees but lots of campers! We paid $26/night with Passport America.
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Themeworld RV Resort

  • Madison, FL / Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park – Very cool park between Orlando and Pensacola. We were there in February and the park was almost empty. It’s beautiful, with lots of oak covered in Spanish moss and ponds of water. There are also many games and attractions for kids. We paid $24/night with Passport America.
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Yogi Bear’s Jellystone RV Park

Georgia

  • Atlanta, GA / Stone Mountain RV Park – The RV park is located inside the Stone Mountain Park, which means that you have to pay a $10 day pass. The RV park itself is huge and very nice. It’s right off the lake and very close to the Stone Mountain Park attractions. Stone Mountain is an odd place but it’s fun to visit. We paid $16,50 / night with Passport America.
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Stone Mountain RV Park

Louisiana

  • Slidell, LA / New Orleans East Kampground: We were there during Mardi Gras, they had events going on and shuttles going into NOLA. It’s easy access just off the 10 freeway.
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New Orleans East Kampground

Maine

  • Portland, ME / Bayley’s Camping Resort – Resort is the word. It’s the Disneyland of RV parks. 5 minute drive into downtown Portland. Lots of great restaurants nearby.
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Bailey’s Resort RV Park

New Jersey

  • Cream Ridge, NJ / Timberland Lake Campground – Adorable campground. Very family friendly. Sandy parking spots, which can be difficult for leveling but we managed. Lake views. Mini-golf. Row boats. Wonderful staff.

New Mexico

  • Tucumcari, NM / Kiva RV Park – Wow this place has a lot of character! They want you to be social, so there is a communal fire pit and activities. Owners are very nice. The place is on historical Route 66 and has a few home made tiny trailers. It’s straight out of the 1950s and worth a stopover.
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Kiva RV Park in Tucumcari, NM

  • Las Cruces, NM / Coachlight RV Park – This RV park is located behind the Coachlight Motel right off the 10 freeway. It’s right in between El Paso and White Sands National Monument, 50 miles from each. The park is pretty nice and clean. $18 / night with Passport America.

New York

  • Croton-On-Harmon, NY / Croton Point Park – Awesome bathrooms. No pull through spots / back-in only. Hiking trails. Right on the Hudson. Only an hour train ride to Grand Central Station – $20 off-peak round trip, and Croton/Harmon station is right outside the park. Croton-On-Harmon is a cute little town with lots of yummy restaurants. No laundry on site, but there are laundromats in town. Expensive at $40 a night.
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Croton Point Park

  • Queensbury, NY / Lake George Campground – Right off the freeway, but you feel like you’re deep in the woods. Convenient shops nearby. Pull through spots. Internet was $5 a day for two computers, and the signal was strong. They even let us check out late!
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Lake George Campground

North Carolina

  • Asheville NC / Wilson’s Riverfront RV Park – Very conveniently placed close to Asheville. Small, not many spots. Right off the river with a great hiking/running trail going through. $15 / per night with Passport America.
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Wilson’s Riverfront RV Park

  • Lexington, NC / Cross Winds Family Campground – Lots of hiking. Beautiful spots in either the woods or out in the open. Some trails for hiking / running. $19 / per night with Passport America.

Ohio

  • Nashport, OH / Dillon State Park – Lots of hiking. Showers were great. In the middle of a state park.

Pennsylvania

  • Burnt Cabins, PA / Ye Olde’ Mill Campground –  Loved this place. Right off the freeway. Has a lot of character. Some trails nearby. An awesome old mill as a backdrop. Super long pull through spots. A cute little shop that’s in a really old cabin serves as the camp store. Lots of local treats inside. The owners are also very nice.
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Ye Olde’ Mill Campground

South Carolina

  • Aiken, GA / Pine Acres Campground – This is a simple RV park between Augusta GA and Columbia SC that allowed Tiny House camping in 2014. We only stayed overnight so we didn’t get to test the amenities. It looked nice enough though. We paid $15 / night with Passport America.
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Pine Acres Campground

Texas

  • Fort Stockton, TX / Parkview RV Park – We just stopped there on our way from Austin to El Paso. The RV park is OK. We arrived late and left early so it’s tough to have a relevant opinion about it. $11 / night with Passport America.
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Parkview RV Park

  • Georgetown, TX / Berry Springs RV Park – About 30 miles north of Austin, it’s an RV park with many campers parked next to one another. Facilities are nice. $14 / night with Passport America.
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Berry Springs RV Park

Washington D.C.

  • College Park, MD / Cherry Hill RV Park – Expensive place, but the closest Tiny House camping we could find near Washington DC. There’s a bus that picks you up on the property and takes you to a nearby train station. It’s about an hour trip into town and will cost you $8 each way. The park has all the amenities, and more. But it’s going to cost you about $60 a night! Ouch!

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71 Comments

  1. March 31, 2015 / 11:12 am

    Hi! So envious of you two! I’ve been considering the tiny house idea for about a year now as retirement is around the corner, but was wondering where people actually park it when they’re not traveling? I’m not fond of the idea of renting space in the city in someone’s back yard. I prefer the woods or mountain top. With zoning and size regulations, where would someone park it to live permanently and legally? Thanks for any insight you have. And good luck on your journey!

    Marci

    • March 31, 2015 / 10:08 pm

      Honestly it varies everywhere. Most places you’re not really allowed to. Today the safest option is RV parks… But we hear it’s a complaint based system.

  2. March 11, 2015 / 11:27 am

    How did you all do on your recent stay here in Las Vegas? My husband and I didn’t get a chance to make Ella’s workshop but were curious where you all had found a place to stay.

    • March 11, 2015 / 12:30 pm

      Well, we stayed in front of a friend’s house for a couple nights, then at the hotel where the workshop was held, so we can’t really comment on any RV park…

      • March 11, 2015 / 3:48 pm

        Ah okay! Just wondering since my husband and I are wanting to build our own tiny house here in Las Vegas and have our family hit the road for a year too! Thank you for your site by the way. Totally inspiring to us! One last question, did many of these RV parks/campsites hassle you both about whether or not your Tiny House was RVIA certified?

      • March 11, 2015 / 3:51 pm

        Awesome! None hassled us. One asked a couple questions but nothing more. Everyone loved the house. They might ask more questions for long term stays though. Good luck

  3. Dana Nelson
    March 7, 2015 / 2:04 am

    Thanks for your website. Made my day0000001

  4. Garland and Carolynn
    March 6, 2015 / 5:29 am

    Hey Guys…My wife and I have Tiny House and travel envy..So since we can’t travel at the present we bought a campground in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia…If you are ever passing thru our state please except our invitation to “camp” with us at Shenandoah Acres Family Campground…We can be located off of interstates 81 and 64..Our price is right as for the 2 of you and the dog its complimentary…Safe travels and we hope to meet you in the future on the East Coast…G

    • March 6, 2015 / 5:38 am

      Thank you! That’s very nice of you to offer. If we are back in the area, we’ll let you know. You should look up TimberTrail.TV tiny houses. He’s based in Richmond and is a great guy building tiny houses

  5. February 24, 2015 / 8:21 pm

    Hey guys, I just want to let you know that I respect the movement and I hope to be following in your footsteps sooner than later. Do you know of any financing options that are available for Tiny Homes at this point or does one just need to produce the entirety of the money upfront?

  6. Nicholas
    February 5, 2015 / 4:09 pm

    Are there size limits(weight,length, width) to being able to travel with a tiny home? I only ask because i read on another site where someone ran into a alot of insurance issues based on the size of their rv. I want to build a tiny home, something maybe a bit bigger, but still be able to have the freedom to travel with it and park at campgrounds, and not have to deal with zoning laws and size restrictions.

    • mindyp679Mindy
      April 24, 2015 / 12:03 pm

      Without obtaining a special permit Max width is 8.5′ and Max height is 13.5’… Max length varies by city/state/county… but the maximums are far more than you would comfortably build on an 8.5′ wide trailer. We’re looking to build a 32′-40′ gooseneck which will be MORE than enough room. I wouldn’t feel comfortable towing much more than that without a Semi…