Places like Florida and the Pacific Northwest may be hot spots for RVers but the Midwest is often overlooked. Sure it has wide open corn fields – however there’s also glimmering shoreline on the Great Lakes, lush forest, a range of wildlife and plenty of campgrounds where RVers can pull up and enjoy it all. Next time you’re driving through the heart of America, we highly recommend stopping by some of these parks and taking in this area’s underrated hidden beauty.
1. Ludington State Park, Michigan
Ludington State Park is an idyllic spot for hiking and camping between Lake Michigan and Hamlin Lake. The views are just amazing: between shoreline along both bodies of water, sand dunes, marshland, forest and a 112-foot lighthouse you can hike to. The park has three campgrounds, providing sites for tents & RVs with electric hookups. By day, the outdoor recreation here is endless – including not just hiking but also biking, canoeing, kayaking and fishing. (Check out more info on RV Park Reviews.)
2. Devil’s Lake State Park, Wisconsin
Peace, quiet and some of Wisconsin’s most breathtaking scenery lies in Devil’s Lake State Park. Not only do you have miles of hiking paths to choose from – including ones that wind along bluffs and the Ice Age Trail – but there’s also great rock-climbing, biking and picnic areas. For overnight stays the park has three campgrounds available. Most of the sites are first-come, first-served, and all have electric hookups. (Get more details here.)
3. Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio
Like stepping into Middle Earth, Hocking Hills in southeastern Ohio is completely surreal. The park has miles of hiking trails around caves, waterfalls, cliffs and gorges. Plus, there’s camping of all varieties for those looking to stay the night. There are sites for tents and RVs with full hookups, others with just electric hookups, and 38 cozy cabins. Read more on RV Park Reviews.
4. Indiana Dunes State Park, Indiana
You may not imagine Indiana having sand dunes but this is like a slice of Midwest heaven. The park has a wide, sandy beach that hugs the southern shore of Lake Michigan, postcard-worthy sunsets and hiking trails that offer impressive views of the Chicago skyline. It also features a year-round campground with pet-friendly sites and 50-amp electric service. (More details.)
5. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan
There’s a reason Pictured Rocks has gotten over a thousand 5-star reviews on TripAdvisor – it’s a work of art by nature. With colored cliffs, sandstone formations and hiking trails, this is a wonderful place to pull up and take in some of Michigan’s most astounding natural beauty. The park has three campgrounds, but the sites are all rustic with no hookups and can only accommodate smaller rigs. (Get more info on the National Park Service website.)
6. Maumee Bay State Park, Ohio
On the shores of Lake Erie in northwest Ohio, Maumee Bay is just the place to go if you’re dreaming of a quiet waterside retreat. There are campsites for both tents and RVs (with 30-amp electric hookups), as well as three hiking trails, including a 2-mile interpretative boardwalk. The park’s also home to a family fun lodge with cozy rooms, cabins, a restaurant, and an 18-hole golf course. Read more about camping here.
7. Gooseberry Falls State Park, Minnesota
No drive along Minnesota’s North Shore is complete without stopping at Gooseberry Falls. The park has miles of family-friendly hiking trails to the Lower, Middle and Upper falls, along with a bridge where you can get some of the best views. For camping they have 69 drive-in RV sites and a few pull-thrus – all of which now require reservations (which you can score online here).
8. Grand Marais RV Park & Campground, Minnesota
Grand Marais – also on Minnesota’s North Shore – isn’t a state park, rather just a campground with scenic views in all directions. They’re bordered by the Grand Marais Harbor on one side and Lake Superior on the other. Over 300 sites are available – some with full hookups and others with just water & electric. Primitive sites are available as well, offering stunning lake views and more privacy nestled in the woods. (Read more about Grand Marais Campground here.)
Have you been to any of these beautiful places before? Where do you love to go camping in the Midwest?