Couple enjoying the beach view during a snowbird RV trip

4 Unforgettable Snowbird RV Camping Trips to Escape the Winter Chill

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!

Tucson, Arizona

Tucson is one of the country’s sunniest cities, with near-perfect weather year-round. A great place to visit when the weather is too cold here!

It’s a great destination for anyone looking for a fun and exciting vacation. This city offers a variety of outdoor activities for visitors to take advantage of, such as hiking, biking, golfing, and swimming. The area also boasts a diverse array of cultural attractions, such as museums, art galleries, and performing arts centers. For those looking for a more relaxing time, Tucson also boasts a variety of spas and health centers where you can get a massage or facial. For a taste of local culture, Tucson is home to some of the best restaurants in the area. There are also a variety of shopping and nightlife options to choose from, making it a great spot for those looking for an unforgettable experience. With so much to offer, Tucson is an ideal destination for those seeking a memorable and enjoyable vacation.

There are plenty of places to take your RV in Tucson, but one highly recommended park online is the Catalina State Park

The state park provides a convenient, quiet, clean and friendly RV camping experience. RV reviews online suggest it offers plenty of space and convenience for even larger RVs, with a cheap nightly rate and plenty to do in the area. It’s close to everything from Mt. Lemmon to shopping centers and hiking trails – something for everyone, and you might even forget it’s the middle of winter!

Wilmington, North Carolina

Wilmington, North Carolina is a beautiful city with plenty to offer. From its historic downtown, to its beaches, to its numerous parks and gardens, there is something for everyone. For the more adventurous, there are plenty of activities including paddleboarding, kayaking, watching dolphins, and so much more.

Culture enthusiasts will marvel at the many museums, galleries, and live theater performances. For those looking for a more relaxed experience, the beaches and parks are perfect for picnicking or simply taking a stroll. Wilmington is also home to some of the best restaurants, cafes, and breweries in the state. No matter what your interests may be, Wilmington has something to offer everyone. Don’t forget to visit the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher – a top 20 rated aquarium in the nation!

Wilmington also has plenty of RV campgrounds a stone’s throw away. Staying in Wilmington itself, you could choose to camp in the local KOA Holiday campground. But all around the area, from Surf City down to Holden Beach, there are plenty of options that keep you close to the ocean.

Clio, California

Sacramento, California is a vibrant, bustling city that has lots to offer for visitors and locals alike. From its historic attractions, to its lively nightlife, to its abundance of outdoor activities, there’s something for everyone in the capital of California.

Within the city, you can explore the Golden State Capitol, take a stroll along the American River Parkway, or check out one of the many museums. For those looking for entertainment, the city offers an array of restaurants, bars, and music venues.

RVers seeking outdoor adventure can kayak on the river, go biking in the nearby foothills, or visit one of the many parks. There are also plenty of opportunities for shopping, arts and culture, and other fun activities. With so much to see and do, Sacramento is sure to be a great destination for a weekend getaway or a longer holiday.

One of the top-rated RV parks, nestled northeast of Sacramento, is a little place known as Clio’s Rivers Edge RV Park. It’s an immaculately maintained RV park that can be challenging to secure your reservation at due to its popularity!

The campsites within are surrounded by beautiful scenery, including natural meadows worth the visit alone. From the local wildlife to the variety of nearby lakes, there’s plenty to do in the area and it’ll be an RV snowbird trip you won’t forget.

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