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Date Place Comment
August 16th, 2020 Blue chip Casino

Stayed here last night in our self-converted sprinter van and had no issues. We didn't check-in with security, just parked farthest from the entrance near two semis. Very quiet night.

August 14th, 2020 Marl Lake Trails Michigan

I would not recommend staying here. Signs at the entrance with designated park hours 8 AM - 10 PM. We planned to stay, but only ended up making dinner as it was monitored by rangers often.

August 14th, 2020 I-75 Rest Area

Large rest area with plenty of space for RV and vans. Bathrooms open all night. Near the highway so expect some noise.

August 13th, 2020 Star Line Ferry Dock

Such a sweet spot! Right on the water and easy access to town. Perfect place to stay if you are trying to catch a ferry over to Mackinac Island. There are several other very obvious overlanders who spent the night and there were no issues.

August 12th, 2020 Twelvemile Beach Campgrounds

Would have been nice to know you need a reservation for this campground before we showed up. Restrictions could be in place due to covid-19, but that is unclear. No way to do online same day or on the spot reservations either. Use recreation.gov at least 48 hours in advance.

August 12th, 2020 Kewadin Casino

Peaceful night sleep, but they definitely expect you to spend money at the casino in order to stay here. About ten RV spots with electric and even though our van doesn't need the hookup they made us park in one. Signs posted stating three night maximum.

August 7th, 2020 Mill Creek Campground

Huge (and I mean HUGE) campground outside of Mackinac City. Right on the shores of Lake Huron and beautiful sunset views. This campground has a pool, two playgrounds, dog park, store, bathhouses, and more. We stayed here for three nights at a tent site with electric and it cost $27 per night.

August 6th, 2020 Good Harbor Bay Parking Lot

Spent the night in the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore parking lot at Good Harbor Bay. Signs at the entrance say no camping, but nothing about overnight parking. We slept here in a converted sprinter van and had zero issues. There were several other cars who stayed late and two more that spent the night. It is a popular beach for swimming and watching the sunset. Because it is a National Lakeshore there is a fee ($25 per vehicle for 1-7 days), but you can also use any inter-agency pass for free. Drinking fountain, foot rinse, and pit toilets available.

August 6th, 2020 Traverse City Walmart

Walmart parking in Traverse City. Saw several RV and vans parked here when we got groceries. We did not stay the night, but no signs prohibiting overnight camping. Wanted to make an entry as there are not many free options close to T. C.

July 28th, 2020 Love's Gas Station

Spent the night with the trucks and had a restful sleep.

July 27th, 2020 Hoosier National Forest

Great little spot for an overnight. No problems accessing it in our 2WD sprinter. No amenities. Spotty cell service on ATT. FREE!

July 26th, 2020 Mammoth Cave National Park Campground

Spent one night here. Nothing to say that hasn't ready been said. Can reserve spots on recreation.gov. We tried to book a tour online, but we ended up calling and they said right now you can only buy tours in person due to limited availability. Tickets go on sale at 9 AM so we got in line at 8 AM and there were already 50+ people in front of us.

July 24th, 2020 Lake Shelby

Small campground along the banks of a reservoir lake. There is no swimming in the lake, but you are able to fish and kayak. Not sure if they had a price increase since the initial post, but dry tent sites are now $17 plus tax. They have a few FCFS sites, but you can also reserve them on reserveamerica.com. We stayed two nights in our sprinter and had no problems. Dump station, potable water, garbage, flush toilets, and free hot showers available. Place is a bit spendy for what you get, but does the trick if you are in the area exploring the Bourbin Trail.

July 23rd, 2020 Virginia Point Park boat ramp

Stayed here one night in our sprinter van. The sign by the river says no camping, but nothing prohibiting overnight parking. We didn't have any issues. There is an actual campground near this location that has primative sites for $10; the dump station and water belong to them.

July 22nd, 2020 Chief Logan State Park

Lush West Virginia State Park about an hour south of Charleston. The most basic sites they have are $31 a night for a paved slab, fire pit, and electricity. We stayed one night in our sprinter at site #16 and were the only people in the upper loop. Some rigs in the lower lot look to be longterm residents. A bit spendy, but there is also a pool, several playgrounds, and a lodge nearby that you have access to. Campground has potable water, showers, and a dump site. Cell service is decent on ATT. Would recommend if you are looking for a safe place to stay in the area.

July 20th, 2020 Shell station

There are two water pumps. One is taped up and locked, but the one closest to Marcellus Street works just fine. Free.

July 20th, 2020 Jacob's Creek Recreation Area

A hidden gem! Great established campground in the Cherokee National Forest. We showed up on a Monday and were able to grab a lakefront spot for two nights. The lake is amazing for swimming, boating, or fishing. Each campsite has a table and firepit. Flush toilets, showers, dump, and potable water available. Cell service spotty on ATT. $12 per night or $6 with any inter-agency pass. Likely can reserve spots on recreation.gov. Look for Loop C if you want to be on the lake.

July 18th, 2020 Overlook Pullout

Another Blue Ridge pullout near Pisgah National Forest. There are quite a few of these scenic overlooks and I think you can spend the night at any of them as there are no signs prohibiting overnight parking once you get out of the NF. We were the only ones here for two nights, but the next pullout had three van when we drove by. Decent cell service on ATT. No amenities aside from a killer view.

July 18th, 2020 Roadside Camping

Not sure if Covid related, but currently in this national forest you are unable to camp within 1000 ft of the road. Unable to camp here in our van at this time.

July 17th, 2020 Bad Fork Valley Overlook

Overlook pullout along the Blue Ridge Parkway. We spent one night in our sprinter van and had no issues. No signs prohibiting overnight parking. Gorgeous view of the mountains and valley. No cell phone reception on ATT.

July 16th, 2020 Side street near strip mall

Our sprinter broke down in Charlotte and we got towed to this location since the Mercedes dealership was not open. Not sure on the legality, but no signage prohibiting overnight parking.

July 15th, 2020 Wal-Mart Tega Cay

Spent one night here in a sprinter van and had no issues. We saw two semis parked overnight, but no other overlanders. We parked near the auto center off to the side and it was very quiet.

July 14th, 2020 Myrtle Beach Street Parking 20 Ave N

Stayed one night in a sprinter van and had no problems. Great location as it is right in town and walking distance to the beach, but also next to a busy road so quite a bit of noise. Best part is that it is free parking instead of having to pay $10 an hour for beach parking off Ocean Blvd.

July 10th, 2020 Bell's landing boat ramp

Stayed here two nights in a sprinter van. We had no issues, but found it strange how many cars drove by overnight considering it is a dead end road. Definitely park in the smaller spaces if you can. When we woke up at 7 AM all of the trailer spots were full.

July 9th, 2020 Cedar Street public beach access

Stayed here one night in our sprinter van without issue. Like everyone else said, great spot next to the beach. Even though it is a side street there was a lot of traffic throughout the night. Still quiet and cooler due to the ocean breeze. Only amenity is a garbage can by the beach stairs.

July 8th, 2020 Street Parking

Stayed the night near here without issue. We saw at least two other sprinter vans doing the same. The parking along the waterfront is free from 5 PM-8 AM and $2.50 per hour during metered times, but if you turn onto Cathedral Place towards the majority of Old Town attractions then you can get an extra two hours to sleep in because paid parking doesn't start until 10 AM.

July 6th, 2020 Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve

Small clearing in the woods that has about 10 spots. We stayed in a Sprinter van, but there were also several tents and one large airstream. It's great that it's free, just make sure they send you the right gate code (use the lock that has REC carved into it). Outhouse and non-potable water available.

July 5th, 2020 Little Carlos pass

Beautiful spot right on the bay, however we did have a sheriff come and talk to us at 10 PM (our first knock in 6 months on the road). He said this is a construction zone on weekdays and you are not really supposed to camp here. He let us stay because we promised to leave early and he had no suggestions for where else we could go. I'd say stay at your own risk, the sheriff was nice and lots of other people haven't had any problems.

July 5th, 2020 I-75 Rest Stop

Potable water spickets available near picnic tables. Free!

July 4th, 2020 Rest stop Route 75 north bound..

Easily one of the biggest capacity rest stops we've been to. 100+ cars/rigs could fit and it's on both sides of the highway. Stayed here last night with zero issues. Night time security circles the lot frequently. We are in a sprinter van, but chose to stay on the truck side and no other rigs pulled in all night. Bathrooms are very clean and appeared open 24/7. Vending machines, dumpsters, potable water near picnic tables, and even a dog park.


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