We’re kicking this new year off with a new initiative—the annual Campspot Awards.
At Campspot, we’re so thankful to partner with amazing campgrounds working to connect people with the outdoors and facilitate memorable experiences. To celebrate our partners and connect them with more campers, Campspot joined forces with a panel of outdoors industry professionals to identify top campgrounds across the country.
The Vision for the Campspot Awards
The mission of the awards is to recognize excellence in the campground industry and elevate businesses leading the way in important aspects such as top destinations, camper experience, unique offerings, and design. It’s our hope that the awards can not only serve as an annual moment of reflection but also as a signal to campers that speaks to a park’s high level of excellence and commitment to camper experience.
The Selection Process
To be eligible for a Campspot Award in most categories, campgrounds needed to be a Campspot Marketplace customer by October 1, 2021. Depending on the category, we used specific criteria, campsite bookings, and public park data to create shortlists which were then presented to our 2022 Campspot Awards panelists.
The Campspot Awards Categories
The 2022 Campspot Awards features organizations in seven categories.
Top Campgrounds in the USA
To create a shortlist for Top Campgrounds in the USA we looked at the popularity of a campground, reviews, amenities, and location to curate a list of contenders for our panelists to rank.
Most Popular Campgrounds in the USA
To find our most popular parks, we looked at camper searches, Marketplace bookings, Marketplace favoriting, reviews, and photos to determine our most popular parks.
Top Campgrounds for Families
To select winners, we created a shortlist of campgrounds with the most kid-friendly amenities, variety of accommodations, and history of being popular with families and then had our panel vote for their winners.
Top Campgrounds with a View
In this category, we looked at campgrounds that boast incredible views directly from their campgrounds and individual sites. After creating our shortlist, we had our panel vote for the winners.
Top Campgrounds for First-Timers
To select finalists in this category, we identified campgrounds that provided amenities sure to make life easier for a first-time camper. Stores, cabins, and concrete pads are examples popular with first-timers. After creating our shortlist, we had our panelists vote on who they would recommend most for first-time campers.
Top Camping Sites
These sites have something special going on. To curate our list, we looked at our most popular sites and selected the ones that stood out to us—each for their own reason. From our shortlist, our panelists voted for their favorites.
Top Campground Design
Some campgrounds go above and beyond when it comes to design and aesthetic. To create our shortlist, we looked at campgrounds with interesting layouts, interior design, artwork, stores, and other experiences on the property. Our panelists then ranked our shortlist.
The 2022 Campspot Award Winners
Be sure to explore the full list of campgrounds to check out all of the incredible winners. Here’s what two campgrounds had to say about receiving this distinction:
“We are beyond thrilled for the recognition of Top Campground and Top Design for 2021!
“A sincere thank you goes to the panel of outdoor industry professionals, outdoor influencers, & CEOs of RV and camping based businesses, for recognizing Elkamp. Thank you to CampSpot! Your user friendly reservation platform, combined with responsive customer service support, helps to make the all around camping experience the best in the industry. Most of all, thank you to our customers! We’ve been honored to serve you and look forward to many more years of fun, friendship, and memorable camping experiences here at Elkamp!”
— Brian and Tom, Owners at Elkamp Eastcreek
“It’s so rewarding as owners to be recognized for the very features we spent timeless hours working on and aimed to stand out for. And to receive these accolades in just a little over a year of being open is incredibly humbling. It reaffirms that an RV park like Dark Sky is what travelers are seeking!”
— Britt Roth, Owner/Host at Dark Sky RV Campground
We’re thrilled to embark on this new annual celebration. Please join us in congratulating this year’s winners and lifting them up as shining examples. We can’t wait for another year of time well-spent outdoors and finding new favorite Campspots.