Leery from being around too many people, RVers are heading out farther than they ever have before. What are they searching for?
Tiny villages do exist in the U.S.
Most of them have populations of around 500 to 2,500 people. Some even hover in the 250 to 300 population range but still have a nice selection of amenities.
These 8 tiny villages have at least one RV park or campground nearby, access to public lands, one or more small grocery or convenience stores, and plenty of fresh air to go around.
With a population of less than 300, you would think this picturesque little hamlet in Wyoming wouldn’t even have an RV park. You would be wrong. In fact, this little place looks like it was made for RVers.
The Ten Sleep RV Park is right in the middle of the village and just steps away from two gas stations, a brewery, and a steakhouse. The RV park also has it all: 52 full-service sites, cabin rentals, tent sites, hot showers, and 24-hour laundry. I could live here…
Located in the Ozark Mountains, the tiny town of Jasper is home to less than 500 people. It does tend to attract a lot of outdoors-loving folks, but there is a reason. The area around Jasper is home to over a dozen campgrounds and RV parks close to hiking and great fishing.
One of them is Shady Oaks Campground just north of town. Shady Oaks is located on 12 acres near the Buffalo National River. The park has both RV and tent sites, cabin rentals, showers, and even a group hammock area.
With such quick access to mountains, desert, and rivers you would think this little town would be bustling. However, with a population of just over 750 this community keeps to itself.
Located near the San Pedro Peaks Wilderness, the town is close to several campgrounds and RV parks. One of them is the unique Theresa’s RV Park & Beauty Shop. Not only can you park your RV, get free WiFi, and a hot shower, you can also get your hair cut.
Hundreds of miles away from any of Oregon’s larger towns, Monument (Pop. 124) is tucked in between three national forests: the Umatilla, the Malheur, and the Ochoco. What it doesn’t have in services, it makes up for in wide-open spaces.
However, it does have a tiny general store and not one but two RV parks. The Monument Motel & RV Park is right on the John Day River and features full-service sites, a bonfire pit, and a laundromat.
California is such a populated state. You wouldn’t think there would be too many tiny towns left. Siskiyou County in Northern California is one of the least populated counties in the state and is home to some beautiful natural scenery including the 14,180 foot Mount Shasta.
One of its off-the-beaten-track towns is Dorris. Located near the Oregon border, the town is home to less than 1,000 people and close to the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge. The Butte Valley RV Park is available for both RVs and tents. It features hot showers and a laundry facility.
Smack dab in the middle of farming country, Liscomb is home to the appropriately named Village Inn which serves the perfect road food combination of burgers, meatloaf, and chicken-fried steak. Just down the street in the nearby town of Albion is the Edge Town RV and Mobile Home Park.
The park is close to the Iowa River and both the Grammar Grove County Wildlife Area and the Arney Bend Wildlife Area. Neither of these towns break the 600 population mark.
Right in the middle of the Allegheny National Forest of northern Pennsylvania, this tiny town actually has the largest population on this list. Just over 3,400 people live in Kane with several restaurants, stores, and access to over 500,000 acres of the forest.
Just outside of town is the High Pines RV Park. This park has 40 pull-through sites and is big-rig friendly. They also have cabins for rent, hiking trails, outdoor sports, and a playground.
It seems like nearly every community in Montana is at least an hour’s drive from the next town. This might be the best description of Jordan. Located just south of the UL Bend National Wildlife Refuge on the Missouri River, this town is home to nearly 400 people and far away from any populated areas.
It has a cool-sounding saloon (the Hell Creek Bar), a museum, and two RV parks. The Old Dorm RV Park has the distinction of being a self-serve RV park and only costs $30 per night. The park only has eight sites but is full-service and pet-friendly.