Difference: Campsite/Tent site
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Jun 26, 2012 1:09 PM Last Post By: jayeonthrontree
Jun 25, 2012 9:48 AM
Difference: Campsite/Tent siteHello,
In Alaska's guide, it frequently uses the terms campsite and tent site for campground, but I wonder what's the difference between them. My guess is that a campsite is for a RV, whereas a campground is just for a tent.
What if I have a regular car + tent, what should I go for?
Jun 25, 2012 10:25 AM
Jun 25, 2012 1:50 PM
Jun 25, 2012 4:04 PM
3Do not put your food or toiletries inside your tent. Do not leave your pets tethered outside of your tent or RV. Do not cook near your tent. It is best to tent-camp in designated campgrounds with others nearby -- safety in numbers. There are many beautiful national forest and state park and national park and city park campgrounds throughout Alaska's highway system. Be aware, though, that there also are thieves that may take any valuables that you leave inside your tent. I know of a couple who had their down sleepingbags stolen from a campground near Seward's Exit Glacier. It is best if there is a good security system nearby -- a neighborhood watch type of system.
Jun 26, 2012 8:41 AM
4The best thing to do is look at the sites.
If you're in Alaska I'm going to assume it's a Federal site of some sort (NP, NF, BLM, etc.) so you can go to Recreation.gov and search for the campground where you want to camp. They have maps and tell you which site is made for RVs (usually avoid these if you're in a tent) and which are tent only sites. Some will even have pictures of the site or the view from the site.
Jun 26, 2012 1:09 PM
5Lots of terminology;
'Walk In' sites are for tents only. The 'walk' may be just a few meters - or several km. Walk in sites are often the nicest for tent campers, as they're quieter
'Private campgrounds' often are really for RVs only - they may be nice, but more often, they have RVs parked closely together. Avoid.
'Public campgrounds' are in national parks, state parks, wilderness areas, and even some municipalities. Generally in beautiful locations, although the sites might be close together. Tents and RVs are often mixed together. I've found in recent years that there are more RVs than tents. Within these campgrounds, there are different sorts of sites. Some have 'hookups' (for RVs), some do not (but those that don't have hookups may be used by people with enormous RVs running generators and TVs!).
The park ranger who checks you in will be able to help you choose a tent site.