The latest news about camping and developments in North American campgrounds and RV parks from Janet Groene. DISCLAIMER: Conditions are still changing, not just because of COVID but because of other factors such as highway conditions. Just before your trip get current information by phoning the campground directly. Don’t rely solely on websites, automated reservations services, GPS or Facebook. Full facilities and activities may not be open. Seasons and COVID restrictions vary. Get specifics about rates, campground facilities, reservation policies, campsite size and shape and the condition of access routes. No endorsement of any campground or product is implied by this reporter nor this website. FULL ALERT: Because of distancing, fewer campsites are available so it’s more important than ever to have reservations and to be aware of cancellation requirements and current campground rules. Check ahead for details. DATELINE: January 16, 2021 ALABAMA STATE PARK OPENS WITH UPGRADES, ADDITIONS Newly reopened with 23 updated RV sites (water, Wi-Fi, 20-30-50-amp power), Bucks Pocket State Park now has a new, six-mile-long ORV park. Some of the new campsites have sewers. Also added are new grills, picnic tables and fire rings. The park spreads over three counties – DeKalb, Jackson and Marshall. Find this rugged park in the scenic hills of northern Alabama, two miles north of Grove Oak. (800) 252-7275 ALABAMA MUD PARK GETS NEW OWNERS The Heart of Dixie Trail near Troy had been in the Dunn family for five generations and new owners intend to honor its fine traditions. […]