Offers Campers Planning Next Summer's Family Vacation Alternatives to Camping in Popular National Parks

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The challenge of finding a campground for a family vacation to a national park is reduces with assistance.

U.S. National Forest Campground Guide

U.S. National Forest Campground Guide, the comprehensive website for camping in national forests and grasslands, provides detailed information for campers interesting in discovering an alternative to camping in national parks. Whether a first time visitor to a national park, or a returning visitor, is a good place to start planning.

According to National Geographic and National Parks Conservation Association, ever since 2007, among the top ten national parks visited are Great Smokey, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Olympic, and Rocky Mountain. Besides being in the top ten most visited national parks each year, these parks share a boundary with 17 different national forests with literally hundreds of developed campgrounds convenient to a park entrance.

The list of national forest campgrounds available to the national park visitor is long but here are just a few that offer a variety of experiences, amenities, and freedom not often found in national parks. The Great Smokey National Park (NP) in Tennessee is a short drive from the family-friendly Tsali campground (CG) in the Nantahala National Forest (NF) in North Carolina. The Grand Canyon NP in Arizona has De Motte Park CG on the Canyon’s North Rim and Ten-X CG on the South Rim. Both are in the Kaibab NF. Tioga Lake CG, in California’s Inyo NF is at Yosemite NP’s east entrance and has fabulous views of the Park. The Stanislaus NF’s Diamond “O”, at the Yosemite NP west entrance, is a peaceful alternative to the Park’s crowds. Baker’s Hole CG in the Gallatin NF, in Montana, has electric hook-ups and fishing in the famous Madison River and is less than ten miles from the west entrance of Yellowstone NP. In the shadow of the Grand Teton NP in Wyoming there is rock climbing and incredible views with campsites tucked into a stand of lush Douglas fir at Teton Canyon CG in Targhee NF in Idaho. Nestled in a lush rain-forest on the west side the Olympic NP, in Washington, is Klahowya CG. A thick moss carpet covers the ground while the campground’s grand old trees seem to reach down to welcome visitors. Campgrounds that offer tranquil alternatives to the hustle-and-bustle of the very popular Rocky Mountain NP are the Roosevelt NF’s Peaceful Valley and Arapaho NF’s Stillwater Cgs. Stillwater CG has the additional attractions of recreational vehicle hook-ups, hot showers, and campsites on the beautiful 7,000-acre Lake Granby. Details about each campground mentioned can be found on the forest's web page on

This is just a sampling of a few of the developed campgrounds in national forests located conveniently to seven of the top ten most visited national parks. There are many more available to campers looking for alternatives. An example of how many camping alternatives there are is found around Yellowstone and Grand Teton NPs. With both bordering each other, there are 75 developed campgrounds in seven national forests within 75 miles of these Parks, some as close as three miles from an entrance.

About, the U.S. National Forest Campground Guide website, is a complete and comprehensive guide to developed campgrounds in national forests and grasslands. It provides detailed information to campers looking to experience the great outdoors. In addition to managing a website, Fred and Suzi Dow also self-publish Ebook CDs and downloads of eleven U.S. National Forest Campground Guides, which can be purchased online at their website

Fred and Suzi Dow, authors and publishers of, have devoted 18 years to visiting, personally researching, and providing the public with free, detailed information about 175 national forests and grasslands and more than 2,400.

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