Over 94 million people in the U.S. reside on the coastline, and it is easy to see why. Whether you’re watching the waves roll in and out, sunbathing, walking on the beach, or dining on the beachfront, the coast has long been central to the heartbeat of humanity.
This year, if you’re ready to experience all the coast has to offer, consider an East Coast destination. From the swamps of Florida to the rugged coastlines of Maine, our guide will walk you through the top East Coast RV destinations in the U.S.
Fort De Soto County State Park, Florida
Starting in the deep South, Fort De Soto County State Park is a stunning Florida campground with the perfect blend of beaches, amenities, and history.
During your stay, choose from one of the 200 campsites outfitted with partial and full hookups. Spend the day beachside where you can rent bikes and kayaks or try your hand at fishing off the park’s pier. For the history buff, take time to explore the park’s historical fort and take a step back in time.
As the largest park in the county, you’ll find over a thousand acres of interconnected islands, referred to here as keys. These keys provide a home for a vast array of wildlife and a diverse ecosystem.
If animals are your passion, take time to learn about the three hundred different species of birds in the park. And, if you’re lucky, you might even spot a loggerhead sea turtle swimming in the immediate area.
Additional amenities at the campground include picnic tables, grills, on-site laundry, dump stations, modern restrooms, showers, play areas, and a fully stocked campground store.
Skidaway Island State Park, Georgia
Find your way out of the swamps of Florida and into the Peach state. Here, no trip would be complete without booking a few days at Skidaway Island State Park. Located near the historic town of Savannah, this park is tucked up against the Skidaway narrows, which are part of Georgia’s Intracoastal Waterway.
Nature enthusiasts will love the park’s campground, which features large live oaks and draping Spanish moss. Many RV sites come equipped with sewer hookups, as well as water and electricity.
Enjoy the winding trails that take you through maritime forests, salt marshes, and an observation tower during your stay. Look for deer, fiddler crabs, egrets, and other wildlife. On hot summer days, take a trip to the nearby beaches of Tybee Island to cool down, and be sure to spend some time wandering the historic streets of Savannah lined with historic homes.
Myrtle Beach KOA Resort, South Carolina
Heading up the coastline, make your way to the Palmetto State, where the trees sway, and the beaches dazzle. Perhaps one of the most well-known beaches of South Carolina is Myrtle Beach. Conveniently located in the heart of this resort town, Myrtle Beach KOA Resort allows you easy access to beaches, dining, shopping, and more.
The campground itself features large old-growth pines. This resort’s RV sites offer full hookups with ample space for big rigs. During the spring, summer, and fall, kids will enjoy the campground’s ice cream socials, game nights, and a ride on the colorful worm train.
Myrtle Beach features 60 miles of sparkling ocean waters, making it the perfect place to soak in the rays and take part in water activities. There’s also plenty of fun for the kids at the area’s putt-putt courses, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, and waterparks. Adults and kids can find tickets to entertainment shows such as Le Grand Cirque Myrtle Beach or Medieval Times.
Carolina Beach State Park, North Carolina
As you make your way through the Carolinas, plan a stop at Carolina Beach State Park. When booking a site, make sure to pay careful attention to the amenities offered, as only a handful of sites feature full hookups.
Once you’ve put your RV into park, it’s time to explore this coastal wonder. For fishermen, the park’s marina provides access to one of the best fishing spots in North Carolina. And when you’re not busy reeling in the catch of the day, you can stroll the miles of hiking trails featuring unique habitats, particularly the presence of the Venus flytrap.
Stop by the park’s visitor center to pick up literature on the area’s rich history and natural ecosystems.
If you’re looking for an evening out, the park is conveniently located near numerous dining options, including waterfront seafood restaurants and bars.
First Landing State Park, Virginia
Located on the site of the original landing of English colonists in 1607, the First Landing State Park in Virginia is a must-see East Coast destination. Place yourself back in time when Native Americans canoed the waterways and pirates stashed their loot. Legend has it that Blackbeard himself hid in the Narrows area of the park, and the park’s interior waterways were used by both Union and Confederate patrols during the Civil War.
The campground itself features the option for electric and water hookups and an on-site camp store.
Along with spending time exploring the park’s rich history, visitors love walking the 20 miles of trails and enjoying the sandy Chesapeake Bay beach. Wander along bald cypress swamps, watch for wildlife among the park’s lagoons, and look for unique and rare plants during your stay.
Assateague Island State Park, Maryland
As you press north along the coastline, plan a stop at Assateague State Park in Maryland. The state’s only oceanfront park, the campground is actually located on a barrier island bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Sinepuxent Bay.
Choose a site over the dunes across from the ocean and enjoy days spent swimming, sunbathing, surfing, or fishing. For time away from the surf and sand, grab a kayak and paddle through the bayside marshes and search for deer, waterfowl, and the park’s feral horses. In fact, be prepared each evening for wild horses to roam through the campground, adding to the unique natural aura of the park.
Sites feature limited amenities, with electric hookups in specific loops, and as Maryland’s most popular state park, it is wise to book a spot well in advance.
Bar Harbor / Oceanside KOA Holiday, Maine
Located on the west side of Mount Desert Island is the Bar Harbor / Oceanside KOA Holiday. This campground is the only one on the west side of the island and offers you the perfect spot to watch the sunset paint the horizon from a waterfront site.
Similar to most KOAs, this resort-like campground is chock full of amenities. Pick from any RV site you wish with full hookups and ample space for large rigs. Each night, the Lobster Dude serves up steamed lobsters, and the campground store offers fresh mussels, steam pots, local beer, wine, and ciders — all of which can be delivered directly to your RV at no additional cost.
During the day, hop onto the complimentary shuttle to explore the nearby Acadia National Park or stroll through the quaint town of Bar Harbor.
Plan Your Next Coastline Getaway with a New RV
If the coast is calling your name, we can help. At Transwest, we carry a vast selection of RVs, motorhomes, and camper trailers designed by leading manufacturers. Whether you are hoping to visit one of the above locations on our list, or you want to hit them all, we’ll help you get set up with the right motorhome for your needs. Stop by a Transwest location today or reach out to a team member to learn more about our inventory options.
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