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Old 12-24-2019, 01:48 PM   #1
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Navigating to State Parks from Highway

I have been traveling US visiting. Tried to stay in State Parks off the highway. Some success and great camping. Some real duds in finding the park. Signs peter out, no clue as to distance.
My Toyota navi is useless, generally needs an address. So are maps if your not sure where you are, and they are often not detailed enough. I killed the free ad laden apps on my android phone. Also killed any dumb thing that wants photo and message access.
So I need to upgrade somehow. Garmin? Apps?
BTW: RV height is not an issue. I have a 19ft folding A-Frame. Also have Good Sam membership.
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Try searching Google maps before you go to get a sense of where you are going. I use GPS as a last resort. State parks and campgrounds are usually low budget priorities so signage in many places is often limited at best.
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Most parks whether private or public have a web site. The web sites generally give directions. If your not in a hurry who cares how far off the main road it is? I go for multi days at a time, so distance is irrelivant.
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Google maps, Garmin, and the campground web sites will all get you there safely.
We travel in a 40 ft RV with a toad and have never not been able to get to into a state park (one of our preferred type of campgrounds)
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When in doubt just ASK someone.......


Forget all the tech stuff.


Simple face to face conversation with a local is priceless.
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Nice replies. I do not plan my trips well. I worked grave yard shift decades ago. Got used to Long Days and Short Days. Can still go all night, when the driving is easy. Like to bed down for 2 days. I'm getting old.
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Most parks whether private or public have a web site. The web sites generally give directions. If your not in a hurry who cares how far off the main road it is? I go for multi days at a time, so distance is irrelivant.
As far as I can remember, every state or national park I've visited had a "Ho to get here" info box on their website. And many of them had a cautionary note not to depend on your GPS.
In addition to the info I've been able to find from their website, I almost always give them a call to be sure, for instance, that I can still get in even if I arrive after their open hours. That's also a good time to ask about any weird directions, etc. (We almost never make reservations. They tend to lock you in and you never know what might come up along the way).
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I also do the Google route and use the Google man. I look for how far away the park is off of the main roads, how the road looks (shoulders, condition, etc), sharp turns and signage. I have missed signage before and I then had to deal with how to get turned around. One time I missed the turn and after driving many miles I turned around in a prison parking lot. If the park has directions I print them out for my wife to check to verify what my GPS is telling me.
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I have been traveling US visiting. Tried to stay in State Parks off the highway. Some success and great camping. Some real duds in finding the park. Signs peter out, no clue as to distance.
My Toyota navi is useless, generally needs an address. So are maps if your not sure where you are, and they are often not detailed enough. I killed the free ad laden apps on my android phone. Also killed any dumb thing that wants photo and message access.
So I need to upgrade somehow. Garmin? Apps?
BTW: RV height is not an issue. I have a 19ft folding A-Frame. Also have Good Sam membership.
Try Waze - https://www.google.com/search?q=waze...hrome&ie=UTF-8 - It's our go to for directions ANYWHERE!

Has a voice search that is good and as long as you remember to Plug in your phone - easy as you are in the Coach - you will love it. Gives voice warnings for almost everything on or near the road.

Hope this helps,

Free and not filled with adds and other BS.
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Google Maps always works well for me finding state parks. Download the directions before you start to avoid loss of connection as you get farther from the beaten path.
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Google Maps is without a doubt the most reliable option, it’s the most current with respect to changes in roads, construction, obstructions etc. Just set the options to disable it when not in use so G isn’t watching you 24/7. (Which they pretty much are anyway via other methods)
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As stated, get your directions from the state park itself and then Google it if you want to view the route.

We've never had problems with the method.
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That is what a GPS is for. If you have a computer, Basecamp is a nice accessory and it's a free download from Garmin. Link below
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https://www.garmin.com/en-US/software/basecamp/


Garmin even makes one just for RVers with camps pre-loaded
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