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79 Most Visited National Destinations By RV Camping

In 2022, the National Parks Service logged nearly 2.6 million recreational vehicles camping on their properties, according to federal data. While that figure is nothing compared to last year’s 311 million visitors, it makes up a significant portion of overnight stays. Some back-of-the-envelope math shows RV camping accounted for about 19% of all campers. 

What’s more is when you review accommodations by location. All of the national parks and recreational areas accommodate campers in different ways but they vary considerably when it comes to RVs. For example, Yosemite National Park hosted the most RV campers in 2022, but when compared to the others that ranked, it offered the most RV campsites. 

According to the NPS webpage for the park, Yosemite has 10 campgrounds that can accommodate RVs and trailers of varying lengths. And, while the Great Smoky Mountains is the most visited park, it actually hosted considerably fewer RV campers. However, a review of the website shows that out of all of the campgrounds in the Smoky Mountains, only one accommodated RVs (even though almost all were accessible with an RV). 

Most Visited National Parks & Recreation Areas by RVs

  1. Yosemite | 220,100
  2. Great Smoky Mountains | 158,750
  3. Gulf Islands | 131,541
  4. Glacier | 112,485
  5. Olympic | 102,358
  6. Joshua Tree | 97,494
  7. Death Valley | 95,799
  8. Zion | 93,947
  9. Cape Hatteras | 79,406
  10. Sleeping Bear Dunes | 67,587
  11. Shenandoah | 65,223
  12. Lake Roosevelt | 58,726
  13. Grand Canyon | 56,759
  14. Rocky Mountain | 55,326
  15. Lake Mead | 54,901
  16. Sequoia | 50,295
  17. Acadia | 49,647
  18. Chickasaw | 46,603
  19. Lake Meredith | 44,040
  20. Blue Ridge | 42,475
  21. Bryce Canyon | 40,305
  22. Big South Fork | 38,843
  23. Buffalo | 38,047
  24. Padre Island | 36,623
  25. Organ Pipe Cactus | 36,176
  26. Hot Springs | 35,741
  27. Kings Canyon | 34,940
  28. Mount Rainier | 32,799
  29. Curecanti | 32,584
  30. Mesa Verde | 29,520
  31. Lassen Volcanic | 29,355
  32. Ozark | 27,156
  33. Capitol Reef | 25,923
  34. Assateague Island | 25,887
  35. Great Sand Dunes | 25,137
  36. Great Basin | 24,433
  37. Theodore Roosevelt | 22,321
  38. Big Cypress | 22,275
  39. Ross Lake | 21,164
  40. Big Bend | 20,415
  41. Arches | 20,216
  42. Mammoth Cave | 18,810
  43. Yellowstone | 18,454
  44. Colorado | 18,004
  45. Cumberland Gap | 17,723
  46. Pictured Rocks | 14,219
  47. Natchez Trace | 13,902
  48. Dinosaur | 13,097
  49. Black Canyon of the Gunnison | 12,945
  50. Craters of the Moon | 11,453
  51. Indiana Dunes | 11,039
  52. Glen Canyon | 10,799
  53. New River Gorge | 9,963
  54. Guadalupe Mountains | 9,607
  55. Chaco Culture | 9,522
  56. Amistad | 9,030
  57. Bighorn Canyon | 8,605
  58. Canyonlands | 7,955
  59. Bandelier | 6,623
  60. Wind Cave | 5,528
  61. Chiricahua | 5,243
  62. Gauley River | 4,508
  63. Natural Bridges | 3,559
  64. Lava Beds | 3,312
  65. Devils Tower | 3,238
  66. El Morro | 2,118
  67. Prince William Forest Park | 2,104
  68. Navajo | 2,053
  69. Cedar Breaks | 2,001
  70. Whiskeytown | 1,795
  71. Greenbelt Park | 1,420
  72. Chesapeake & Ohio Canal | 1,399
  73. Mojave | 1,308
  74. Hovenweep | 1,221
  75. Badlands | 590
  76. Catoctin Mountain Park | 213
  77. Hawaii Volcanoes | 152
  78. Katahdin Woods and Waters | 128
  79. Oregon Caves | 108

RV Camping Tips

For many who RV, it’s not just a place to sleep — it’s a way of life. But for everyone else, it’s an experience to be tried once or twice and never again. If you want to try RV camping, remember to plan your trip and make reservations ahead of time. Some of the things experts recommend include: 

  • Use checklists for maintenance and gear
  • Check your tire pressure before every trip
  • Weigh your rig and measure the height
  • DIY ahead of time (or buy roadside assistance)

Additionally, it also means plan a budget, ration food, map out your routes and stops, and identify your campgrounds ahead of time. Like we said before, every national park and recreation area is different. Some have RV parks and some don’t, and accommodations vary.  So plan ahead. 

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