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Thursday, April 4, 2013 2:08:00 PM
Member Spotlight Sweepstakes

My Favorite Camping Spot is...

The polls are in, and the top 15 favorite camping spots of Advantage members are:

1. North and South Lake Campground, NY

2. Allegheny State Park, NY

3. Lake Tahoe, CA

4. Big Basin Redwoods State Park, CA

5. Burlingame's State Park, RI

6. Carpentaria State Beach, CA

7. Yosemite National Park, CA

8. Kirk Creek Big Sur, CA

9. Wright's Beach, Sonoma Coast State Park, CA

10. Wellesley Island State Park, NY

11. Shenandoah National Park, VA

12. San Elijo State Beach, CA

13. Reed Bingham State Park, GA

14. Pismo Beach, CA

15. Hunting Island State Park, SC

In search of slightly less well known places to camp? Here are some of the hidden gems revealed by members:

Luisa G: "I enjoy camping at Montana De Oro in Los Osos, CA. A beautiful combo of mountains against the cliffs of the ocean."

Christine F: "North Manitou Island, MI. You have to take a ferry from Leland to get there. No vehicles allowed. Backpackers only."

Johnny F: "San Mateo beach. It's nice and secluded from the highway. A 20 walk or hike to the beach front that is quiet too."

Carter W: "My favorite spot to camp is Chain O lakes State park! It is great all year long for the family."

Becky B: "Anywhere near the Alabama Hills. Desert skies and waking up to the sunrise on Mount Whitney, you just can't beat it."

John M: "My favorite camping location is on long lake of the Lakeville placid trail in Adirondack Park in NY."

Katrina T: "The base of Mt. Shasta at Deadfalls Lake in California!"

Thomas P: "My favorite camping location is in the Thousand Islands. The park is named Wellesley Island State Park, in New York."

Alejandro M: "Big Bear, CA. I do a running camp there for a week in the summer. Gets me acclimated for hard training back at home, plus I get to enjoy the beautiful forest."

Deanna K: "James Island County Park - Charleston SC. I know, it's not high on a mountain top or on a sandy seaside beach, but this Park's amenities and close proximity to so many other places to explore gives it a 5 star rating in my book! The Park features tent camping, overflow "rustic" camping and even has cabins. The Park is full of hiking, biking and jogging trails - wooded and marsh front, Splash Zone water park for the kids, a rock climbing wall, paddle lakes, green spaces galore, fishing and crabbing dock, and even the dogs have a huge lake front dog park! Within 5 minutes from Folly Beach for the surfside activities and 15 minutes from Downtown Charleston for the urban/shopping/nightlife activities. There is even a CARTA bus that can take you to and fro to both destinations!"