Guests at Everglades Isle Motorcoach Resort & Marina are minutes from Big Cypress National Preserve (shown here at dusk). Big Cypress National Preserve at dusk with long walking bridge.

New Good Sam Parks open their doors for RV travelers.

Five RV parks joined the Good Sam Park Network in April, offering fantastic camping value and a 10 percent discount to club members. And as the 2,400-plus-park network of Good Sam Parks continues to expand, members have more opportunities to reap the benefits of the world’s largest RV organization.

Not a Good Sam Club member? Purchase a membership at any Good Sam Park, or sign up online. New members get a $25 Camping Certificate for your next outing.

Add these Good Sam Parks to your road trip plan if you’re motoring through Alabama, Florida or Oklahoma.

A massive tree extends shady branches for guests at Alabama Coast Campground, a new Good Sam Park

Photo: Alabama Coast Campground.

Alabama Coast Campground

Alabama’s Gulf Coast packs a lot of fun into a small area, and it all lies within easy reach from Alabama Coast Campground. Located in the charming town of Foley, 14 miles north of Orange Beach, the park’s 30 sites have full hookups. Eight sites are pull-throughs for folks with bigger RVs. Relax and use the park’s Wi-Fi, or engage in outdoor games ranging from horseshoes to frisbee. Within 10 miles, guests can go boating, fishing, kayaking or canoeing.

What’s Nearby: On Alabama’s Gulf Coast, visitors can explore more than 30 miles of shoreline, providing perfect places to relax or play. Check out Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, which welcome visitors with myriad shops, restaurants and attractions.

For big-city attractions, head west to the town of Mobile, known as the “Little Easy” for its boisterous Mardi Gras celebrations. Paddlers can embark on the 3-mile Ron Jones Paddle Trail on the Chickasaw Creek, which flows through Tupelo, red maple and cypress forests. Keep your eyes peeled for pelicans and alligators.

A pool shimmers in the sun at Everglades Isle Motorcoach Resort & Marina.

Image: Everglades Isle Motorcoach Resort & Marina

Everglades Isle Motorcoach Resort & Marina, Everglades City, Florida

Sitting on Gulf Coast at the doorstep of Florida’s most famous wetlands, Everglades Isle Motorcoach Resort & Marina immerses guests in luxury and comfort. The 61 motorcoach lots measure 40×60 feet and come with patios, ensuring lots of room for slideouts and lounging in the open air. Head to the marina for boating fun, or lower your own craft in the ramp and set sail on the Barron River, which connects to Chokoloskee Bay and the Gulf’s famous Ten Thousand Islands. Canoe or kayak enthusiasts can explore the area’s compelling mangrove tunnels.

What’s Nearby: Next door, Big Cypress National Preserve is threaded with hundreds of miles of trails that take hikers through much of the 2,400-square-mile area. You can also explore it aboard a swamp buggy or airboat. Backcountry camps give visitors a way to escape civilization, and hunters will enjoy the preserve’s deer and other wild game. To the South, Everglades National Park never fails to dazzle with wildlife that includes cougars, alligators, black bears and egrets. The Everglades City area is known for its wide variety of fishing opportunities, with Bass, Tarpon, Snook and Redfish teeming in the water.

An RV resort on the banks of a river near Fort Lauderdale.

Image: Orange Co-Op & RV Resort

Orange Co-Op & RV Resort, Fort Myers, Florida

Known for Gulf Coast fishing and expansive beaches, Fort Myers ranks as one of the Sunshine State’s most appealing tourism destinations. It just got better for Good Sam members, thanks to the Orange Co-Op & RV Resort. Situated near the confluence of the Orange and Caloosahatchee Rivers, the park treats guests to manatee and dolphin sightings. The proximity to great spots for fishing and boating is great news for anglers. The park’s 131 available spaces are a minimum 35-feet wide and supported by 50-amp power. Some sites are shaded, and drivers of larger rigs can use the park’s 40 pull-throughs. The park’s pool and boating dock keep water recreation close at hand. Guests also can engage in ample recreation facilities — horseshoes, shuffleboard and pickleball — and enjoy Wi-Fi.

What’s Nearby: Orange Co-Op & RV Resort sites just minutes from downtown Fort Myers. Walk its brick-paved streets and enjoy charming restaurants, shops and art galleries. Visitors can choose between a historic downtown walking tour or an antique shopping safari. Enjoy a drink on a patio under one of the swaying palms that line the streets.


Duncan Mobile Village, Duncan, Oklahoma

South of Oklahoma City, Duncan Mobile Village puts guests in a lush environment of green grass and tall trees within close proximity to Route 81. The 40-acre park’s 150 RV spaces are separated with wide greenbelts, and many sites sit under the shade. Half the sites are grass, and the sites’ 40×100-foot dimensions ensure lots of elbow room for slide-outs. Amenities include a newly renovated clubhouse and a pavilion for gatherings. Get on the Wi-Fi or use the laundry facilities and vending machines.

What’s Nearby: Duncan was shaped by the Sooner State’s cattle-driving past, and this comes into clear focus at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center. Visitors can get the chance to toss a rope around a longhorn steer, ride a bucking bronco or peruse exhibits. Learn about the challenges faced by the Old West’s rough and ready cowboys.

Just 100 miles to the north, Oklahoma City blends Old West heritage with cutting-edge recreation activities. Cool off in the Boathouse District on the shores of the Oklahoma River, where you can ride the SandRidge Sky Zip. This thrilling zip line takes riders 700 feet across the river and back again. The Myriad Botanical Gardens and Crystal Bridge Conservancy showcases vibrant nature in an innovative setting. NBA Hoops fans can take in an Oklahoma City Thunder game for professional basketball action.


Bobcat Creek RV Park, Sayre, Oklahoma

Camp near America’s Mother Road at Bobcat Creek RV Park in Sayre near the western border of the Sooner State near the Texas Panhandle. Situated on a rustic expanse of land surrounded by gently rolling countryside, Bobcat Creek makes guests feel relaxed. Join guests at a friendly campfire at the Gathering Garden, or hike the nature trails that wind through the property. The 30 spaces include 12 pull-throughs measuring 25×70 feet. Each site has a table, and amenities include Wi-Fi, groceries, horseshoes and a playground.

What’s Nearby: Historic Route 66, which follows State Route 40 through Oklahoma, runs a quarter-mile from Bobcat Creek. The famous route cuts right through downtown Sayre, passing the neo-classical Beckham County Courthouse, which appeared in the 1940 Henry Fonda film, “Grapes of Wrath.” Stop at the Brick Coffee House for the kind of comfort food found only in small-town diners.

Wannabe cowboys can mosey over to Flying W Guest Ranch, a replica of an Old West town. Try your hand at roping and cattle driving, or just ride the mechanical bull. Farther north, the Black Kettle National Grassland preserves 31,286 acres of lush countryside. Hunters can bag deer, elk, antelope and turkeys.