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This Gorgeous Park Has Incredible Views, A Stunning Lake, And Impressive Trails!

Discover the beauty of the highest point in Alabama on an island in the sky! Cheaha Resort State Park, which is located on the southernmost tip of the Appalachian mountain chain, is the oldest park in Alabama (est. 1933) and considered by many to be one of the most unique parks in the nation. Cheaha Resort State Park is located at 19644 Hwy 281, in Delta, Alabama. For more information, click here.

Imagine 2,799 acres of granite boulders and wind-warped ancient trees at 2,407 feet above sea level, often above the clouds, and surrounded by 392,567 acres of the Talladega National Forest including 7,245 acres of Cheaha Wilderness. This is Cheaha State park!

The park has an impressive trail system, that is perfect for Hiking. With 8 named trails ranging from .5 to 1.4 miles in length, as well as two waterfall trails. The park also boasts 5 Mountain Bike trails, these trails vary in length from .4 miles to 2.4 miles and offer an fun way to tour the park!

The park has 77 improved campsites including 4 ADA campsites in the Upper and Lower Improved Campgrounds. All campsites have  20, 30, and 50 amp electrical hook-ups with water and sewer hook-ups, picnic table, grill or fire-ring, and access to a bathhouse.

Cabins are located along the western bluff of Cheaha Mountain and offer spectacular sunset views. They have a queen-size bed in an open floorplan with full kitchen, living room & sleeping area combined, full bathroom, television with DirecTV, gas fireplace, outside grill, and firepit.

Cheaha State Park also has playgrounds, picnic tables and pavilions, throughout the park. There is also a stunning lake, and some of the best views in the state! This is a great place to spend the day or even the whole week. There is a lot to see, so i suggest planning a two day trip at the minimum.

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This Midwest Campground Prides Itself In Providing The Best Vacation Ever!

Visit a place where family fun is the main attraction and memories are waiting to be made. Clay’s Resort Jellystone Park is an award-winning Ohio campground located a short distance away from Cleveland. It’s not just a campground, it’s Jellystone Park! Clay’s Resort Jellystone Park is located at 2951 Patterson Street NW, in North Lawrence, Ohio. For more information, click here.

At Clay’s Resort Jellystone Park there are numerous ways to stay including Tent Sites, RV and Camper Sites, as well as a wide variety of cabins you can choose from. All sites are spacious and unique!

TENT SITES Rustic campers will love the spacious tent sites! Choose from sites located right by the action or private sites among the trees. Tent camping is great for those who love the outdoors, or for those who would like to step away from RV or cabin camping.

RV SITES Enjoy Ohio RV camping at its finest at Clay’s Resort Jellystone Park! RV campers can choose from back-in or pull-thru sites, as well as locations right near the action or more private sites among the trees. All RV sites are equipped with at least electric and sewer hook-ups, as well as a picnic table and fire ring.

CABIN SITES Looking for comfort, convenience, and family fun? Your cabin awaits! Rent one of the best cabin rentals in Ohio and choose from luxury, rustic, or group rental options. Enjoy amenities like full bathrooms, kitchens, screened-in porches, and more. You’re sure to find the perfect cabin rental for your family’s needs!

 THINGS TO DO Enjoy endless amounts of fun from sun up to sun down at this Ohio Camp-Resort! Enjoy access to the brand new water playground, swimming pool, massive swimming lake, mini golf course, jumping pillow, playground, sports courts, and more.

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This Amazing Water-Park In Missouri Will Make Your Summer Complete

Big Surf is an amazing water-park and has a variety of rides and attractions the entire family will enjoy! Big Surf Water-Park is located at 954 State Road Y in Linn Creek, Missouri. For more information, click here.

Big Surf Water-Park is the ultimate Lake Of The Ozarks family destination. The water-park has 5 different water-slides each one varying in length and and thrill factor.

Big Surf has something for any age, for any amount of time, Big Surf has a variety of rides and attractions! The only recommendation is that you are ready to have fun!

My personal favorite is the lazy river! The lazy river winds through about half of the park! It takes about five minutes to float completely around the river.

Aside from the water-slides and the incredible lazy river is a huge Wave Pool. The 375,000-gallon pool generates waves up to three feet tall. Relax in the shallow area or grab a tube and hit the deeper end to ride the tides every 10 minutes.

Splash Island is a zero-entry pool suited for younger children – with water levels ranging from just six to 18 inches – that includes a water teeter-totter, bikes, squirting animals, tipping toucans, a couple mini-slides and lots and lots of room to splash and play!

After you work up an appetite you can head over to the Surfside Grill, for a wide variety of food and drink options. The menu ranges from pizza and hamburgers, to tenderloins and garden salads. They also have ice cream, and nachos as well as a nice selection of beverages!

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This Amazing Creek-Side Tree-House Resort Is Almost To Beautiful For Words!

There is an amazing creek-side tree-house resort, that is almost to beautiful for words! Geronimo Creek Retreat is located at 2050 Laubach Road, in Seguin, Texas. Right along the gorgeous Geronimo Creek. To check prices and availability, click here.

Whether you are looking for a couples or friends getaway or a family vacation Geronimo Creek Retreat has a perfect tree-house for you! Each tree-house is secluded and private and sits along a beautiful Creekside Oasis.

Each Creekside Treehouse comfortably sleeps up to 8 guests, has a Full Kitchen, Full Bath, Living Room, Dining Room, WiFi, Smart TVs, Large Deck. All Treehouses have their own Fire Pits, BBQ Pit, Hammock, Picnic Table, and Seating down below.

Guests at the property can enjoy numerous activities, including: swimming, kayaking, paddle boards, a rope swing, fishing, a huge game room, and your own fire-pit and sitting area. There is also a hot-tub onsite!

Down below each Treehouse is a personal charcoal bbq pit, fire pit, picnic table, riverside hammock, and comfortable seating area. This is an incredible area to relax and enjoy yourself. A true paradise, in every sense of the word.

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This New Lake-Side Campground In Missouri Offers Unique Sites And An Epic Float Trip

It’s no surprise to anyone that Missouri has  some fantastic campgrounds. Well as of May of 2022 there is one more and its a great one! Otahki Lake Cabins and Campground opened last spring and made an immediate splash and right away began giving guests a memorable camping experience.  Otahki Lake Cabins and Campground is located at 1224 Wayne 318, in Patterson, Missouri. For more information, or to make reservations, click here.

Otahki Lake Cabins and Campground offers a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. With 2 miles of private riverfront on the Saint Francis river, and a 23-acre lake you’ll have plenty of room to swim, kayak, and relax.
Located only 1 mile from Sam A. Baker State Park, you can take advantage of 1200 acres of natural beauty to hike, bike, fish, and more!

Otahki Lake Cabins and Campground is a welcomed addition to the Ozarks. Nestled between the St. Francis River and beautiful 23-acre Otahki Lake. This gorgeous location provides scenic views and a wide variety of ways to stay. With over 1,200 acres to explore, this is a place your family will love, year after year.

The Campground features 44 RV sites with full hookup, 15 deluxe cabins, 8 primitive cabins, 4 covered wagons with heat and air, and 4 glamping tents. You can plan a romantic getaway for two or rent a cabin for up to seven people for a group gathering. whether you prefer roughing it with the glamping tents or primitive cabins, or prefer a little more luxury in the covered wagons or deluxe cabins. There is something for everyone.

The amenities at Otahki Lake Cabins and Campground are plentiful. The campground has a playground, camp store, a 24/7 Ice Machine, firewood, a Rec Lodge, river access, and even a beautiful swimming beach! The campground also has numerous activities planned throughout the year, including, corn-hole tournaments, an Easter egg hunt, a fishing tournament, carnival games, and a great 4th of July fireworks display.

My favorite activity is the float trips! Float trips take place on the scenic St. Francis River! They have four epic trips to choose from ranging from a 1 mile, to a 3 mile, to a 5 mile all the way to a full day 10 mile float.  Take your pick of canoe, kayak, paddle-board, or mini-cat. They will also shuttle your personal watercraft for a small fee. To view the float trip options, click here.

If your looking to getaway from everything, and enjoy an unforgettable camping experience or maybe your looking for a new river to kayak. Either way, Otahki Lake Cabins and Campground has everything you need for a fantastic outing.  To see everything this campground has to offer, click here.

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Watch Your Worries Disappear, At This Gorgeous River-Side Retreat

Nestled on the banks of the Shell Rock River, within acres of picturesque land, is Aqua Log Cabin Retreat, a countryside hideaway, this dwelling is the perfect base for a large gathering with family and friends. This gorgeous vacation home is located in Greene Iowa. For more information, or to check prices and availability click here.

Inside, the property is filled with character. The central log staircase greets you at the front door. Beyond this relax in the large living room with a vaulted ceiling overlooking the river. Rest on one of the large sofas and enjoy the river view. The open plan leads to a large dining room and onto the kitchen area.

There is a large dining room table and also a raised seated area in the kitchen with bar stools. French doors from the dining room lead out onto a patio deck. The kitchen is filled with the necessities needed to cook up a meal. There is also a coffee machine to quench your caffeine cravings over a morning catch-up at the spacious dining table while enjoying the river view.

There is also a washing machine and dryer facilities. Also, downstairs is a half bathroom with a unique Thomas Crapper sink and overhead toilet. Beyond this is a large master bedroom with built-in closets a roomy shower an en-suite roomy shower and bath.

The beautiful carpeted staircase with carpet rods leads you up to marvelous bedrooms that lead you across the property in separate sections. There are four bedrooms, two with KING size beds and two more with Queen size mattresses. The property can comfortably accommodate up to 8 adults.

On the back deck you can sit and relax overlooking the Shell Rock River, the eck is large with plenty of room to gather. There is also a boat dock behind the property, feel free to bring your boat and anchor to your dock during your stay.

Close by is a nine-hole golf course and a slipway to put your boat in. Go fishing on the Shellrock River only a few steps away from the house or tour the Waterloo John Deere Factory (one hour away), you can also shop the Mall of America (two and a half hours away), or visit the setting of where world-famous hymn “Little Brown Church in the Dale” was penned (half-hour), Hunt for fossils at the Rockford Prairie Park (15 minutes’ drive).

Aqua Log Cabin Resort is an extravagant dwelling with so much to do during your exciting trip to the Iowa countryside. The property also has its own sand beach, and is a great place to swim with a sandbar located near the property. Free firewood and outdoor fire pit are provided along with a propane gas grill. If that wasn’t enough there is also a nice hot-tub perfect for relaxing at the end of a long day.

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This Stunning Tree-House Offers Comfortable Accommodations At An Affordable Price

When it comes to vacation homes, some many little things need to be just right. However one thing almost always stands out above the rest. Location, Location, Location. At the Jaybird Treehouse, you will have a fantastic location! This beautiful treehouse is located in Goreville Illinois on beautiful Lake of Egypt! To check prices and availability, click here.
This incredible treehouse is built beneath an oak tree and two tall pines. Underneath the cabin is a hammock, which is an incredible place to escape the summer heat or just to relax after a fun day of adventure! Outside the property are large decks, one on the front and another out back. The decks are perfect for relaxing, grilling, and watching the sun set.
The treehouse has two bedrooms, one with a queen sized bed and another with a single bed.  There is also a common space with a queen sized bed, a sofa bed and a floor mattress. This stunning vacation home can comfortably sleep six adults!
The treehouse has one full bathroom, with a rock river set in the floor, a glass shower door where the rock tile continues, and an interesting sink made from a flowerpot and an old set of drawers.
There is also a full kitchen area with appliances! Outside the kitchen window is an herb garden for your gourmet cooking. Inside is a Cuisinart ice cream maker. Make sure you bring cream and your favorite toppings and look up recipes for your favorite ice cream!
The tree-house is located just a short walk from Lake Of Egypt, and the tree-house host provides a canoe, kayak, paddleboards, and a paddleboat! Fishing poles are also provided in the cabin. Just don’t forget your fishing license! Firewood is also provided for the outside firepit.

The area is a hotbed for outdoor adventure. Besides Lake of Egypt, there is incredible hiking, waterfalls, a fantastic zip-line course, a waterpark and so much more! Bork Falls, and Ferne Clyffe State Park are just a short drive away and offer a wonderful hiking experience. Combine that with great wineries bike paths, and the numerous southern Illinois festivals, and your sure to have plenty to keep you busy!
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This Little Known Cave Is One Of The Most Amazing Sites In The Midwest

The year is 1883. Two children are about to make the discovery of their lifetime – a never before seen world waits for them beneath the quiet little town of Marengo. This is the incredible story of how Marengo Cave in Indiana was discovered. Marengo Cave is located at 400 East State Road 64, in Marengo, Indiana. For more information, click here.

Now you can retrace their steps as you enjoy a guided tour through this underground wonderland! On your tour, guides will discuss the history of the cave and point out incredible cave formations. , offers two epic walking tours! The first is a 40-minute tour that winds through formation-filled rooms and past huge flowstone deposits. The second tour takes guests for a walk on the Dripstone Trail. This 60-minute tour is known for delicate soda straws, totem pole stalagmites, and Penny Ceiling. Either tour is fantastic, and I can’t really recommend one over the other. Its just a matter of taste.

For the more adventurous members of your family, Marengo Cave  offers 5 different wild cave tours! These  tours allow guests to explore sections of the cave that very few will ever see. These tours involve, walking, crawling, and even  scrambling through sometimes tight and narrow passages. To learn more about these incredible adventures, click here.


There are also numerous above ground adventures the entire family can enjoy, including: A Pedal Car Racktrack, there is a 5,000 square foot miners maze, a well stocked gift shop, as well as the sky climber vertical sphere. With so much to see and do you could stay the entire weekend.

New to Marengo Cave, is an amazing campground. Amenities include a fire pit, grills, picnic tables, and nearby modern showers and restrooms. They also have free WIFI available at the gift shop! All sites have 50 amp electric hookups as well as 4-110 outlets and a 11′ by 11′ Pavilion.  If your not into camping, they have four different cabins to choose from as well.


As you can see, this one destination has a lot going on. Pack up the car and come stay for the weekend, you won’t regret it. If you love beautiful caves, and a little adventure, this is the place for you.


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This Epic State Park Has Incredible Hiking, A Huge Pool, And An Excellent Cave Tour

What makes Rickwood Caverns State Park unique is the massive cave that contains 260-million-year-old formations that were created by water and reveal evidence that the cave was carved from an ocean bed. If you’re looking to cool off from the sweltering summer temperatures or warm up during those cold winter months, this underground wonder maintains a constant 58-62 degree temperature year round as you travel 175 feet beneath the earth.  Visit anytime of year to experience the wonder of Rickwood Caverns Cave Tours. Rickwood Caverns State Park is located at 370 Rickwood Park Rd, in Warrior, Alabama. For more information, click here.

The main attraction is the guided cave tour. Rickwood Caverns State Park also offers a gift shop, picnicking, gemstone mining, camping, playground, and hiking the Fossil Mountain Hiking Trail, which got its name from the leaf and seashell imprints visible in some of the rocks. The park features an Olympic-size swimming pool, fed by chilly waters from the cave. There’s also a kiddie pool.

There are numerous hiking trails throughout the park as well, including the Fossil Mountain Hiking Trail, the Picnic Loop Trail, the Moss Rock Connector Trail, and the Fitness Loop. Each trail varies in length and difficultly, to find more information on these trails, click here.

Accommodations for camping include 13 water and electric campsites, which are landscaped and can accommodate trailers and motor homes up to 40ft.  The sites have 50 or 30 amp. There are also 5 primitive sites for tents only. The campgrounds are patrolled 24 hours, and comfort facilities include restrooms and dump station. Rates vary by date, availability, and unit amenities.

Rickwood Caverns State Park is located just a short drive from Bankhead National Forestthis park has one of the best swimming holes I have ever seen. To check out an article I wrote about the swimming hole, click here.

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This Incredible Lake- Front Water-Park Resort Is A Vacation Destination, All By Itself

Enjoy fun and excitement at Jolly Mon Indoor Water Park, featuring 600 feet of water slides, an activity pool, an over-sized whirlpool, and a lazy river for tubing, and floating. This indoor water-park is open year round and is a perfect vacation destination! Jolly Mon Indoor Water Park is located at 494 Tan Tar A Drive, in Osage BeachMissouri. For more information, click here.

The Jolly Mon Indoor Water Park is part of the Margaritaville  Lake Resort at the beautiful Lake Of The Ozarks. The resort has a nice variety of activities and accommodations available.  There are also numerous  restaurants on-site, including the world famous Land Shark Bar & Grill! Nestled amid the rolling hills of Central Missouri, the area has long been known as the premier vacation destination in America’s Heartland.

With more than 1,150 miles of scenic shoreline, more than the entire Pacific coast of California, the Lake of the Ozarks offers visitors gallons (about 617 billion) of fun and adventure. Because of its size and expanse, the Lake literally offers something for everyone, whether visitors are looking for fast-paced action or a peaceful escape from the rigors of life. Incredible attractions like Stark Caverns and Ha Ha Tonka State Park are also just a short drive away!

The highlight of Jolly Mon Indoor Water Park is a three-story wilderness tree house with slides, bridges, water blasters, tunnels, and a gigantic 600-gallon tipping bucket. Kids of all ages will splash, play, slide and enjoy endless aquatic adventures at this 20,000 square foot family water park. They also offer guest lockers, private birthday party rooms and the Snack Shack.

There are so many ways to escape at Margaritaville Lake Resort – your one stop shop for recreation. Discover all they have to offer with a wide array of entertainment options to capture your imagination, for  family vacation to private parties. Test your swing with a round of golf on the championship course, ready to challenge even the most seasoned players. Rent boats, tubes, water skis or WaveRunners at the full-service marina. Dive into Jolly Mon Indoor Water Park, the only indoor waterpark at the Lake of the Ozarks.

At Margaritaville  Lake Resort, activities and recreation include:18 holes of championship golf, 3 outdoor pools, Indoor pool & whirlpool, Miniature golf, Horseback riding, Driftwood Spa & Salon, Pontoon Boat Rentals, WaveRunners, Tennis, Fitness center, Basketball, Tropic Island Cruise, Arcade games, Billiards, Bowling and of course the Jolly Mon Indoor Water Park!

You do not have to be a guest of Margaritaville to splash around at Jolly Mon Water Park – they are open to the public. Admission tickets can be purchased at Jolly Mon’s desk upon arrival to the water park. Advance purchase tickets are not available. Jolly Mon Water Park is open: Fridays: 12pm – 10pm, Saturdays: 10am – 10pm, and Sundays: 10am – 7pm!

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