10 Last Minute Campgrounds for this Labor Day Weekend

September 2, 2021by Mike Mayleben

We know you probably have something planned for labor day weekend already. But what if you want to make changes at the last minute? And it is perhaps a good thing always to have a plan B in mind.

Well, just in case you’re looking around, here are six last-minute RV-friendly campgrounds for you! These sites either require no reservation or have a portion of the campground set aside for those camping on the fly.



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Johnny Creek Campground

Johnny Creek Campground is a spacious, RV-friendly campground with 56 sites and no reservation needs. Along the water, you’ll find flat, rocky beaches perfect for setting a tent. Enjoy your time fishing, or play in the safe, shallow water while enjoying the view!



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Pinnacles National Park

Pinnacles National Park has RV-friendly campgrounds on a first-come, first-serve basis with no reservations needed, and most of these spots have electric hookups. There is no need to elaborate on the breathtaking scenery because we’ve all heard a thing or two.

If you’re an avid hiker, a mountain lover, or enjoy exploring the dark, cooling caves, Pinnacles National Park will be a perfect destination for you.


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Kelly Flats Campground

Right next to the Cache La Poudre River, Kelly Flats Campground is a part of the Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forest in Colorado. The campground has 19 walk-in RV sites with amenities.

You can choose to stay around the campground and enjoy some river fishing and smooth hiking, or drive out a bit further deeper into the Forest!


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Ocala National Forest

No reservations are needed at Ocala National Forest. Additionally, you can also find some free spots for dispersed camping if you’re an experienced RV glamper. 

There are plenty of lakes for you to explore if you don’t want to be surrounded by the holiday crowd. You can spend your day boating on the water or hiking in the forest, and admire the magnificent birds and other wildlife nature brings to us.


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Assateague Island National Seashore

Look no further if you’ve been searching for a beach campground that requires no reservation! The Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland is your dream come true.

Bring your little ones with you to this campground because there are lifeguards on duty at the beach every day. Bury yourself in the warm, soft sand and forget everything else. Doesn’t that sound delightful?


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Lake Michigan Recreation Area

Two of the four loops at this campsite are first-come, first-serve, giving you plenty of options. If you’re looking for a quiet lake surrounded by a natural forest oxygen bar, Lake Michigan is the place to go.

The beach grounds surrounding the calm water is perfect for a family getaway for the Labor Day weekend, and you have plenty of hiking options to explore.


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Valley of Fire State Park

With a total of 72 sites scattering throughout the two campgrounds, Valley of Fire State Park is the perfect destination for spontaneous campers. The only downside is these sites do not come with electricity hookups.

This state park is perfect for hikers who love a good challenge. And the view where the entire valley turn red in the sunset is absolutely worth all the sweat.


crabtree falls

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Crabtree Falls Campground

The Crabtree Falls Campground is a hidden gem in North Carolina, offering some brilliant views deep into the woods. There is a lovely 2.5 scenic loop right by the campsite that will take you straight to the water.

You can also continue to explore the Blue Ridge region if you want to extend the trip for a little bit.


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Backbone Horse Campground

Don’t be fooled by the name! While this is technically a horse campground, most medium-sized RVs will fit perfectly. With only 4 out of the 9 sites reserved for horse riders, there is plenty of space for spontaneous RV glampers.

This ground is part of the Green Mountain & Finger Lakes National Forests. Therefore, you can easily head over to the Finger Lake District the next day and enjoy a good time on the beach.


curlew lake

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Curlew Lake State Park

Curlew Lake State Park has as many as 29 spontaneous camping sites for those of you making a last-minute change. Located in northeastern Washinton, this park is only 25 miles away from the Canadian border.

Curlew Lake is perfect for fishing and mild water sports. You’ll also get to see herons, bald eagles, and many other avian species around.


Myrtle Beach, SC 29588


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