In the middle of winter, RVers not only start dreaming of taking their camper or trailer out for a road trip, but they might also be dreaming of a beautiful remote island to escape to.
Let’s combine the two, shall we? These ten islands offer RV-friendly campgrounds and can be accessed by bridges or ferries for a getaway surrounded by water.
1. Assateague Island, Maryland
Assateague Island is a unique island in that it is managed and protected by two states: Virginia and Maryland. Assateague has over 37 miles of beaches and is famous for its wild pony population.
Camping is only allowed on the Maryland side of the island, but there are several campgrounds open year round including the Oceanside Drive-In campground with fire pits and dump stations. In addition, you can boondock—the campgrounds on Assateague don’t have hookups.
2. Chincoteague Island, Virginia
Chincoteague is the partner island to Assateague and you have to drive through this island to get to Assateague. Of course, you can always stop here and park at several campgrounds, including the Maddox Family Campground which is close to the National Wildlife Refuge. The campground features a grocery store, hot showers, and a duck pond.
3. Madeline Island, Wisconsin
Pretty Madeline Island is the largest of the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior. Accessed by a ferry from Bayfield, the island is popular with kayakers, golfers, and anyone looking for a pristine getaway. Big Bay Town Park has electric campsites as well as a water station and pit toilets.
4. Edisto Island, South Carolina
South Carolina, hammocks, and iced tea go extremely well together. They go even better together on an island like Edisto.
The island is only 42 miles from Charleston and features Edisto Beach State Park with plenty of beaches and hiking trails. The park’s campground has several RV sites, restrooms with hot showers, and standard hookups.
5. Sugarloaf Key, Florida
For campers who want the classic tropical island, you can’t go wrong with the Florida Keys. For a real getaway, go camping at the KOA at Sugarloaf Key. This U-shaped island gives the impression of two islands and is home to tropical fish, dolphins, and swaying thatch palms.
The Sugarloaf Key/Key West KOA has oceanside RV sites with WiFi, bike rentals, and a year-round pool. The campground also has a shuttle to the famed “Conch Republic” of Key West. Editor’s note: Due to Hurricane Irma, this KOA is closed and rebuilding.
6. Grande Isle, Louisiana
You can really experience the laid-back life on Grand Isle. This tiny barrier island near the Gulf of Mexico is a fisherman’s paradise where over 250 species of fish are available. The Island House RV Park offers full hookups, an on-site laundry, and of course, fish cleaning stations. More info.
7. Mustang Island, Texas
Most visitors to South Padre Island tend to forget about the 18-mile long barrier island near the famous Spring Break haven. Mustang Island is linked to the mainland via the JFK Causeway or by ferry from Corpus Christi.
The Mustang Island State Park offers both primitive campsites on the beach or campsites on the sand dunes with hookups. These sites also offer picnic tables, restrooms, and shade shelters. Editor’s note: This park was affected by Hurricane Harvey. As of March 2018, the park is open for day-use, but overnight camping is closed. Read more.
8. Camano Island, Washington
Camano Island State Park off the coast of Washington state is made for camping. The 173-acre island has views of Puget Sound and Mount Rainier and the campground has 88 RV/trailer sites (without hookups), a dump station, restrooms, and showers. Get there early because campsites are first-come, first served.
9. Dauphin Island, Alabama
This larger island off the coast of Alabama is known as the state’s “Sunset Capital.” What better way to view the sunset than from the sugar white sand beaches of the Dauphin Island Park & Beach?
The campground features 99 sites with hookups and a full campground store. The campground is also close to the area’s nature walks and famous birding locales.
10. Hermit Island, Maine
Tiny Hermit Island is an hour from Portland, Maine but is still a popular getaway for the locals. The Hermit Island campground has 51 spots with views of the ocean and access to kayaking and boating. If you don’t have your RV, you can choose from several small cabins to enjoy your island getaway.