Date Place Comment
June 28th, 2020 Key largo Kampground

Cute campground in Key Largo. They let us stay in a dry tent spot with our sprinter van. Cost $50 per night, $59 with taxes. We greatly enjoyed the pool and hot showers. Pretty crowded, but one of the cheapest options on the Keys.

June 26th, 2020 Cracker Barrel

Peaceful nights sleep at the Post St. Lucie Cracker Barrel. We were the only ones here, but had no issues. We didn't hear much road noise eventhough it is next to a busy road.

June 24th, 2020 Cracker Barrel

Stayed here for two nights in a sprinter van with no problems. A few other rigs stayed both nights too. The Walmart 0.5 miles down the road has signs saying there is a city ordinance prohibiting camping in their lot so not sure how Cracker Barrel gets away with it.


June 23rd, 2020 Serenova Tract (free)

Great free camp spot. We went to the website listed and reserved a spot for the same day. Bathroom currently closed due to Covid-19, but outhouse available.

June 21st, 2020 Manatee Springs State Park

Spent two nights here. Boardwalk, pavillion, and playground still closed dud to Covid-19. Swimming spring was open and felt very refreshing. Concession stand and kayak rental also open. Bathhouse with free hot showers, dump station, potable water, and dumpsters available. We enjoyed ourselves and even had some deer come to our campsite. While booking online it says tent sites are $20, but there are several taxes and fees which totalled $51 for two nights. No cell service on ATT. Free WiFi by concession stand.

June 20th, 2020 City park with free dump station outside campground. Non potable water.

Straight forward dump. A bit off the main road, but easily accessible and free!

June 20th, 2020 Hagens Cove Park

Stayed here for one night and had zero problems. We showed up on a Saturday and it was very busy, but easy to find a spot and everyone else cleared out before dark. While the views are gorgeous, the bugs are terrible! You can't even see them, but believe me they are there!

June 20th, 2020 City Park water

Potable water located inside a city park. Free!

June 19th, 2020 Beach St. George Island Lighthouse

There are now signs prohibiting overnight parking (see pics). This could be a new county ordinance as we saw the same sign at the two other places we tried last night. We showed up late and ended up parking in the sandy lot near the donut shop instead of the paved one. No problems, but definitely wouldn't advise it.

June 19th, 2020 Seafood landing park & picnic area. overnight allowed

Looks like you can no longer overnight here. Multiple signs saying no camping or overnight parking.

June 18th, 2020 Alabama Point Bridge Lot

This place looks great for overnighting. We stayed at Walmart last night, but I wish we would have stayed here! It has great beach access and outdoor showers!

June 18th, 2020 Morrison Springs Park

Stayed one night in the overflow lot and were the only ones there. Had no problems, but felt a bit naughty since the park closes at dark. 100% check out the springs. We had so much fun and it is great if you are traveling with kids. Very spotty cell service on ATT.

June 17th, 2020 Alabama Rest Stop

Free dump! There are rest stops on either side of the highway and they both have dumps and non-potable water.

June 17th, 2020 Walmart Gulf Shores

Just your average Walmart parking lot. Stayed the night with a few semis and no issues.

June 16th, 2020 Rest Area

No problems overnighting here. Always love a free dump too!

June 15th, 2020 Tuskegee National Forest

Great little spot not too far off the highway. Very private and tranquil.

June 15th, 2020 Walmart

Stayed one night and had no problems. No signs forbidding overnight parking. Stayed in the back in our Sprinter van with three semis.

June 13th, 2020 Cherry Tree Hunter's Camp

Stayed one night and were the only people here. No facilities and cell reception is spotty on ATT. What this place lacks in amenities it makes up for in scorpions. Yes, scorpions in Alabama. Who knew?!

June 11th, 2020 Payne Lake Campground

Quaint National Forest campground situated on a lake. There are three different types of camp spots: Primative ($6), just potable water ($12), and full hook-up ($18). You get a big discount if you have any kind of interagency pass (ie America the Beautiful). We ended up paying $6 per night at an RV spot with potable water and it was right on the lake. Not sure if you can make reservations online, but we showed up on a Thursday and there were only 4-5 other RV and no one in the primative campground. Dump station, grills, garbage cans, and bathrooms on site. There is a boat ramp and swimming beach, but also signs that warn about alligators (yikes). No cell service on ATT.

June 10th, 2020 Dumpstation smokemont free

Dump and water are near the exit. Not sure if you are supposed to use them unless you are staying at the campground, but no one stopped us.

June 10th, 2020 Fort Payne Walmart

Just another Walmart parking lot. No signage forbidding overnight parking. We are in a Sprinter and stayed in the back with two semis.

June 10th, 2020 Alabama Welcome center and rest area

There are signs here that say 3 hour parking between 6 PM and 6 AM so unable to overnight here. Free dump though!

June 8th, 2020 Smoky bear campground

We spent two nights here and had an awesome time. We rarely pay to camp, but this place has a pool, playground, bathhouse, dump, firepits, WIFI, and more. $41 a night for a "tent site," but ours came with electricity and water. Only 20 minutes away from Gatlinburg. Highly recommend if you are traveling with kids.

June 7th, 2020 Dennis Cove NF Campground

Up a windy, narrow, paved road which is likely not suitable for big rigs. $10 for single and $20 for group site. Can reserve some spots on, but others are first-come, first-serve. Amenities include flushable toilets, firepit, picnic tables, and garbage cans. No showers or shore power. Easy access to several waterfalls in the area and the Appalachian Trail. No cell service on ATT.

June 6th, 2020 Lake Douglas TVA Land

Place is packed on the weekend and lots of people look like they are moving in. We had to find somewhere else to go.

Update: We ended up finding a parking spot in the TVA across the street. We got the sense a guy camped there was trying to run us off by lying about calling the cops on another group of campers that day, saying they attacked him, but then he was living amongst a ton of gear/supplies they "supposedly" left behind. He then proceeded to have no less than 10 cars come to his campsite at all hours of the night. Shady AF. We just stayed the night in the van and left early.

June 5th, 2020 Nissan Stadium

I'd say one of the sketchier places we've van camped (granted we don't stealth camp often). Great access to the city and attractions, but several nefarious people loitering the area and loud music all night. Maybe it'd be different if it wasn't the weekend, there wasn't a pandemic, or daily protests right now.

June 4th, 2020 Tombigbee Campground Free Dump

Free dump at an established campground in Tombigbee Recreation Area. Non-potable water available.

June 4th, 2020 Colbert Ferry Park

We were expecting a campground, but in reality it's just another parking lot. There is a grassy lawn where we saw two people set up tents. Slept well and enjoyed hanging out at the picnic tables by the river.

June 2nd, 2020 Jeff Busby – Natchez Trace Parkway

Great free campground along the Natchez Trace. We stayed two nights and only saw three other campers roll through. Bathrooms are still closed due to Covid-19. If you go hiking be careful of the poison oak and ivy.

June 1st, 2020 Natchez Trace

There are freaking alligators here! Been here two hours and already seen a few! We plan to stay the night since there isn't another spot close by, but we are pretty freaked out and definitely not leaving the van.

Update: Didn't die from an alligator and had a quiet sleep.