Have a Great Time — But Not at the Expense of Others.
- Take a few minutes of time upon arrival, and carefully read the park rules. If you treat others as you would want to be treated, everyone will enjoy the camping experience.
- When visiting a campground, remember, you are an invited guest. Treat their property as you would want someone to treat yours, and leave it in as good or better shape than you found it.
- Don’t get cranky about stopping at the office. Understand the importance of check-in and registration when you arrive. Registering your vehicle is as much for your sake as the park’s protection. If there is an emergency call from one of your loved ones, having your vehicle information helps them alert you more quickly. (Many campgrounds are rural with little or no cell reception.) In most parks, booking on-line does not by-pass the check-in process when you get to your campground.
- Visiting the outdoors does not translate to an anything goes attitude. If you wouldn’t act that way when visiting the ball park, (without a hands-in-cuffs police escort out afterwards), then the behavior is not acceptable when you are the guest at a campground.
- Quiet voices ensure you aren’t disturbing someone else’s conversation or sleep.
- Even in the twenty-first century, it is not cool to use profanity around children, or to assume it’s okay with other adults. Think about some of the things you don’t want to hear, and show courtesy to others by watching your language in public settings.
Cleanliness is Next to Happiness — Everyone Feels Better when Things are in Order.
- Keep your site clean and uncluttered to reduce safety hazards.
- If you are unsure, ask the park owner/manager about preferred garbage disposal methods.
- Remember, aluminum cans, old chairs, etc. are non-burnable items and inappropriate for fire pits. Leftover food attracts local wildlife such as skunks, opossums, stray dogs, and raccoons, so make sure you place them inside, (not on the ground beside), trash receptacles/bins. Do not toss cigarette butts, candy or gum wrappers, water bottles, cans, and other small items on the ground, or in public water systems.
- Respect boundary lines for your rented campsite. Unless you buy the entire park, (which now makes you the owner, versus a temporary guest), most campsite rentals are for a specified area. Please do not spread out on multiple sites, including, but not limited to, for car parking. Also respect grassy areas, and unless otherwise instructed, help protect our environment by not parking on the grass.
- Do not extend lines and cords beyond your rented space, or create tripping hazards where you are with them.
Pet Peeves — Don’t Let Problems Shorten Your Stay.
- Pet-friendly does not mean pet-annoyance. Dog barking is a problem.
- Walking your pet(s) through other sites is not acceptable. And keep them leashed so they aren’t running loose in other guest areas.
- Do NOT let your pet urinate on light poles and shrubs. Always pick up their solid waste.
- And NEVER leave your pet unattended, especially in a vehicle, or without food and water.