National Park Service Marks Centennial Today

August 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Grand Teton National Park The U.S. National Park Service (NPS) has been building up to the agency’s centennial celebration, which “will kick off a second century of stewardship of America’s national parks and engaging communities “ today (Aug. 25) — the agency’s official birthday — with 71 different events planned today alone. So the nation will reflect a bit this summer on the NPS and its core value, which, most big-picture observers point out, is immeasurably important for the country’s... Read more

If Guests Don't Want To Cook, Are You Ready?

This GuestView column by Sara Jewell, who owns an award-winning park with her husband, appeared in the July issue of Woodall's Campground Management. Sara Jewell As a campground owner of more than nine years, as a holiday RVer, and most importantly as a woman, after a long day of driving to a destination, I don’t want to cook. Not only do I not want to cook, I don’t even want to reach into the freezer for a frozen dinner. I want to get the coach settled, walk and feed the dogs, then sit... Read more

Recreation Rules Ohio's Lazy River At Granville

August 6, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The following On Campgrounds column by Bob Ashley appeared in the July issue of Woodall's Campground Management. Lazy River at Granville in Granville, Ohio, belies the “lazy” in its name. With a zip line, four-acre laser-tag field, a ropes course and activities every day during the summer season, it’s tough to laze about at the 195-site park that is marking its 50th anniversary this year. “We want families to come here and do things together and come away with a great family experience,”... Read more

Rayford Crossing's A Top Lone Star State RV Park

July 30, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

For Gwen and Billy Craig, the owners of Rayford Crossing RV Resort in Spring, Texas, the recipe for success began with location, timing and patience. Rayford Crossing, which was awarded the 2016 Large Park of the Year award from the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO), began as a raw 27-acre plot of land in an area where the Craigs saw potential. They purchased the wooded land north of Houston in 1999 because it was near the master-planned, relatively affluent The Woodlands community, which... Read more

Check These Insurance Tips For RV Park Owners

July 30, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Most RV park and campground operators probably don’t wake up at night dreaming about insurance. But, as most astute business owners would agree, it’s one of the essential building blocks for most any business, large or small. In fact, if something goes wrong at a campground, there may be nothing more important than sufficient insurance coverage provided by a professional who understands the unique and varied needs of campgrounds. Woodall’s Campground Management touched bases with a variety... Read more

Discount Camping Clubs Rise With Everyone Else

July 30, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

If the old adage is “a rising tide lifts all ships,” then count discount camping membership groups among those vessels enjoying the buoyancy of the growing camping sector. Woodall’s Campground Management spoke to several such organizations, including major players such as Passport America and the Good Sam Club as well some newcomers including RoverPass and CampReward, and all reported strong growth after some saw a period of relatively stagnant, or declining, membership levels. In fact, this... Read more

Good Old Swimming Pools Still Making A Splash

July 30, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

When discussing the creation, maintenance and operation of swimming pools with campground and RV resort operators, a very consistent theme begins to develop: It’s not easy and it’s not cheap but it’s worth it. Despite the rising cost of materials, the general demand for bigger and better facilities and ever-increasing government regulation as health codes become more stringent, every operator who talked to Woodall’s Campground Management said that swimming pools are still one of the most... Read more

Q&A With's Mark Koep

Mark Koep Mark Koep is the founder of, a website developed in 2013 to help RVers evaluate RV parks before making a reservation. The site features thousands of short videos of campgrounds to give guests a feel for the park’s condition and amenities. A full-time RVer, Koep also works with campgrounds to create professional looking websites and help them with search engine optimization. He recently talked with Woodall’s Campground Management about his views and his endeavors,... Read more

Microburst Damages A Campground In Virginia

A severe thunderstorm early Wednesday evening (July 27) caused significant damage to a number of RVs at Thousand Trails Campground in the northern part of Gloucester County, Va., the Gloucester-Mathews Gazette-Journal reported. No injuries from the storm were reported, though one camper was taken to seek medical care after he was experiencing chest pains during the incident, according to Gloucester Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad Chief J.D. Clements. The storm, which was verified by the National... Read more

Things To Consider Before Buying A Campground

Owner Don Zimmer is selling the six-acre campground in Pincher Creek, Alberta, that he has owned for 10 years, and is among those who caution dreamy-eyed investors that buying and running a campground is not as easy as some may think, the Western Investor reported. “It is not hard work,” Zimmer said, “but it is work.” Zimmer’s Sleepy Hollow Campground & Mobile Home Park was listed at just over $1.1 million and “we have had a lot of tire kickers,” Zimmer said. Most interest was... Read more

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