I was talking to a group of RVers about to embark on a bit of an 'adventure'.
They decided they needed a weekend vacation only days in advance and were 'striking out for freedom' without really having much of a plan first.
Loved their adventurous spirit! There's something to be said for going with the flow.
Knowledge is power, though, and I wanted them to be aware of where they might want to end up staying if they did want to set up camp.
I found this article from Camp Academy to be full of relevant information.
Here's the link: Private vs Public Campgrounds: what's the difference? (Camp Academy)
Public Land Campgrounds
The Basics: Public land campgrounds are found on public lands. This could be a National Park, a State Park, a County Park or a City Park. It also includes campgrounds on Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and Corps of Engineers lands.
Public land campgrounds are usually run by the agency who manages the land (though National Parks and increasingly Forest Service campgrounds are run by a private vendor).
The Amenities: Amenities at public land campgrounds often include a tent pad and/or paved driveway for an RV, a picnic table and a fire ring in each campsite. They also include a bathroom (sometimes with running water, sometimes without). Amenities beyond these basics vary by campground. It’s not unusual to find running water, showers, hookups for RV’s, and occasionally wifi at public campgrounds.
The Rules: Public land campgrounds will have a set of basic rules governing generator use, quiet hours, pet management, fire use, and check in/check out times.
With very few exceptions, everyone is welcome at a public land campground (the exception, which is rare, is that some public campgrounds do not allow pets).