Gone Outdoors

AARP Campgrounds

by Ann Frederick

The AARP is a nonprofit organization that "helps people 50 and over improve the quality of their lives," according to its website. One of the benefits of AARP membership is the discounts members receive on a variety of products and services. The travel-related benefits available to AARP members include discounts at certain campgrounds. Prices quoted in this article do not reflect discounts.

North Carolina

Show a valid AARP card at check-in and get a 10 percent discount on RV site rates at Four Paws Kingdom Campground. The discount may not apply to rates that are already discounted. This North Carolina campground caters to customers with dogs and offers amenities like a dog pond, a park where dogs can run off their leashes, and a canine bathhouse with a grooming station. The 34-acre campground is in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and offers RV sites, camping cabins and travel trailers you can rent. Daily rates for RV sites ranged from $35 to $59 in the summer of 2010. Four Paws Kingdom 335 Lazy Creek Dr. Rutherfordton, NC 28139 828-287-7324 4pawskingdom.com

New Mexico

Rancheros de Santa Fe Campground offers a 10 percent discount for AARP members. The facility is next to the Santa Fe Trail and offers RV sites, tent sites and camping cabins. It spans 22 acres and features open and wooded camping venues. In the summer, guests can enjoy a large heated outdoor pool, as well as nightly movies. Campers paid $22 to $38 per night in the summer of 2010. Rancheros de Santa Fe Campground 736 Old Las Vegas Hwy. Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505-1409 800-426-9259 rancheros.com


AARP members going to enjoy the scenic natural historic landmark known as Natural Bridge can enjoy a 10 percent discount when camping at Jellystone Park at Natural Bridge. The campground sits on the James River in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. The park offers a variety of cabin rentals and campsites, including locations in the woods and by the water. Amenities include a water slide, swimming lake and miniature golf. Campsite prices ranged from $40 to $54 per night in the summer of 2010. Jellystone Park Camp-Resort at Natural Bridge 16 Recreation Lane Natural Bridge Station, VA 24579 800-258-9532 campnbr.com


Save 10 percent with your AARP membership when you stay at Tall Pines RV Park in Shreveport, Louisiana. The park offers pull-through RV sites and camping cabins. Amenities at the park include a fitness center and dog park which has separate areas for large and small canines. In the summer of 2010, campers paid $32 a night for two people. Additional charges apply for more people, and there is a limit of four campers per site. Tall Pines RV Park 6510 W. 70th St. Shreveport, LA 71129 tallpinesrvpark.com 888-746-3780

About the Author

Ann Frederick has been a professional writer since 1993. She began her career as a television news producer and then transitioned into public relations, working for local, state and federal government agencies. Her professional awards include a silver ADDY. Frederick holds a Bachelor of Science in communications from Florida State University.

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