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A key part of RV ownership and lifestyle is propane. Propane gas provides a means to enjoy conveniences while you are camping such as bathing with hot water, cooking and keeping warm to avoid the winter chill in your RV. However, you must never forget that propane is a hazardous gas. No matter how accustomed you become to using propane, remembering to practice RV propane safety is also a key part of RV ownership and lifestyle.

Christmastime may have been warmer than Thanksgiving this year but there is still a chill in the air. You know that winter weather is inevitable, not to mention how it can drag on well past the date Punxsutawney Phil predicts spring to arrive. So are you ready to escape the onslaught of snow to warmer climates? Here are some great snowbird RV campgrounds, ready to keep you warm until spring weather makes its way back north. Depending on your snowbird lifestyle, you may even want to visit them all!

Tishomingo State Park, Mississippi

Around 40 miles south of Tennessee and a little less than five miles west of the Alabama border is Tishomingo, the Mississippi State Park named for Chief Tishomingo, leader of the Chickasaw nation.  The park is right in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains which means you’ll be in for some fabulous views as well as some steep inclines. Bursting with scenic views from rugged rocks to fauna and flowers, camping is available year-round at the campgrounds. Be sure to call ahead for availability. Reservations can also be made online.

In addition to the scenic views is a lot of history. Archaeological digs have located incredible finds dating back thousands of years. The park boasts 13 miles of hiking trails where you’ll see waterfalls, wildlife, and, being at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, the only rock formations in the state of Mississippi. Other recreation includes disc golf, swimming pool, rock climbing (by permit), and canoeing.

If you are planning your snowbird RV getaway based on the weather, it may be helpful to note that the average temperatures in Tishomingo during the months of December through February are in the low 50s with night temps dipping into the high 20s. November and March temps are in the low to mid 60s while October and April average temperatures are in the low 70s.

Fort Wilderness Resort, Florida

For family- and pet-friendly RVing all year long but especially nice for snowbirds during the winter, it’s hard to beat Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. With 750 acres of pine and cypress forest combined with Disney’s trademark magical experiences, you can’t go wrong.

Full hook-ups at campsites which boast concrete pads with sizes up to 18’ by 60’ can accommodate even the largest, most luxurious snowbird RV.

Besides the obvious parks of Disney, there are plenty of activities and amenities for campers of all ages with unique experiences available like archery and the Meadow Swimmin’ Pool. If you prefer to be out on the water, there are boat rentals and fishing available as well as canoe and kayak rentals. If you are more of a landlubber, bike rentals, horseback riding, wagon rides, holiday sleigh rides and even pony rides are offered. Of course, there are also basketball and sand volleyball courts, jogging trails, playgrounds and arcades.

The Florida weather is perfect for escaping the northern cold winters. Temperatures average in the low 70s from December through February. November and March average in the high 70s and the 80s are the average temps in October and April.

Big Bend National Park, Texas

Tucked between El Paso and San Antonio along the Mexican border is Big Bend National Park. Over 800,000 acres of mountains, canyons, desert and rivers are just waiting to be explored. There are plenty of campsites, but RV sites can often be booked for weeks in advanced. Be sure to call ahead or book online. The Rio Grande Village campground has full hookups and offers beautifully scenic vistas.

There are backcountry camping opportunities for those who prefer boondocking. Permits are required for backcountry camping and are only issued in person during normal visitor center hours. They are issued on a first-come, first-served basis and may be obtained up to 24 hours in advance of the trip, so the park advises having alternative itineraries and campsites.

The weather down in west Texas boasts High 60s to low 70s December through February with mid-70s to low 80s in November and March.  It’s really warm in October and April when the mercury hits the mid- to high-80s.

There are park-suggested itineraries for 1-, 3-, and 7-day trips to help you make the most of your vacation.   Amazing activities for all types of campers:

  • Scenic Drives
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • River kayaking, canoeing, or rafting
  • They even have air tours

Make sure to bring water and something for shade if you plan to travel around on foot when the weather is at its warmest. The scenery is breathtaking but so is the heat!

Anastasia State Park, Florida

Here’s a park where you can trade cold snow for comfortable sand! Here, the average temperature from December through February hovers around 70 degrees. November and March are in the mid-70s with October and April averaging about 80 degrees.

The park is open year-round and pet friendly, however pets are not allowed on the beach.

Located in St. Augustine, Florida, the park is near the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. There’s a chance you’ll get to listen in on music that may be coming from a concert there, but a local ordinance ensures that all music ends by 10 p.m.

Special events happen frequently, such as concerts at the Amphitheatre and Nature Programs, offering unique experiences to campers. This park is great for hikers, boaters, wildlife explorers or those just looking for a quiet beach to soak up some Florida sunshine.

  • There is a full list of amenities including ADA Accessible Picnic Area, Ramps and Swimming. Additionally, there are historic sites and memorable exhibits, some of which you can’t find anywhere else:
  • Beach
  • Biking
  • Bird & Wildlife Watching
  • Boardwalk
  • Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking & Sailing
  • Body Surfing
  • Fishing
  • Historic  & Nature Trails
  • Star Gazing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Windsurfing/Sailboarding

When planning your winter snowbird RV vacation, whether you choose Mississippi, Texas or Florida, these are some of the many parks and campgrounds that offer not only a welcome break from the chill of the northern winter weather, but many sights and activities as well. While the snow flies back here in the northern states, your extended time will fly for you down south as you enjoy the sun, sand, and sights!

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Each year is made up of 52 weeks. That means there are 52 weekend RV trip possibilities! Each season of the year brings a new look to the world around you – especially in the Midwest. Weekend trips are a great way to explore all that your state or neighboring states have to offer.

Summer beach or fishing weekend getaways cool down into fall color tours or hunting excursions while winter tubing or snowmobiling melts into spring kayaking or hiking. There is something for everyone year round and no need to take vacation days when there’s a weekend at the end of every week!