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Equity LifeStyle Properties Inc. has announced that six of its campgrounds have been awarded in four different categories of ReserveAmerica’s 2010 Top Campgrounds.

ReserveAmerica, one of the largest providers of campground reservation services, provided the guide to help campers and families plan trips across the country, according to a news release.

ReserveAmerica evaluated over 3,000 parks, to determine the top campgrounds and locations, which were based in part on testimonials from park rangers, regional park management and campers, as well as specific family-friendly criteria including kid-friendly parks, scenic views, hiking trails, children’s activities and more.

Equity LifeStyle Properties’ campgrounds that were named to the 2010 Top Camping Spots are:

  • Top 50 Hiking Trails – Snowflower, located in Emigrant Gap, Calif., is situated in the High Sierra Mountains of Northern California. Visitors are able to enjoy rental boats, fishing and swimming on the nearby 23-acre lake, as well as hiking and mountain biking. Resort amenities include a beach, boat dock, canoes, cross-country skiing, swimming pool, and more.
  • Top 20 Horse-Friendly Parks – Pacific Dunes Ranch is located in California’s Pismo Beach area, within the dunes of the Oceano Preserve, in Oceano. Resort amenities include horse rentals and facilities, a large BBQ area, off-road recreation, and a clubhouse, to name a few. Rancho Oso, located in Santa Barbara, Calif., is bordered by the Los Padres National Forest and the Santa Ynez River. Rancho Oso’s scenery provides a beautiful backdrop for horseback riding, hiking and fishing, and its dude ranch has cattle grazing in the fields, along with horses suited for all levels. Visitors are able to enjoy the unique cobblestone lodge with its huge fireplace. Visitors can spend the day at the pool and spa or take a short drive to Santa Barbara. Additional amenities include guided horseback riding, nature trails, and miniature golf, among others.
  • Top 50 Scenic Views – Narrows Too is located minutes away from the 120 miles of hiking at Maine’s Acadia National Park and near historic Bar Harbor. Visitors are able experience the resort’s weekly entertainment, a heated pool, canoe and kayak rentals and an island explorer shuttle. A quick day trip to the Asticou Inn in Northeast Harbor provides a mountainside park, wildland hiking trails, and gardens overlooking the sea. Guests can spend the evenings relaxing on the 60-foot porch facing the sea or at the community fire circles. –Pacific City is situated on 105 acres on the Oregon coastline in Cloverdale. The beach and Cape Kiwanda sand dunes are within walking distance, providing an idyllic destination for beachcombing, hiking, sightseeing, fishing, clamming, and crabbing. Resort amenities include beach access, a family center, horse corrals, a horse trail to the beach, and more.
  • Top 25 Tours & Events – Bulow Plantation is situated on the banks of Bulow Creek in Flagler Beach, Fla. The resort provides a destination for guests to boat, fish, hike and cycle. Bulow Plantation offers guests a 60-foot heated pool, grocery store, and activities center. The resort is a short drive on the Intracoastal Waterway to the beach and is in close proximity to the outdoor recreational activities of Flagler Beach, Daytona Beach and St. Augustine.

“We are honored to have been included in ReserveAmerica’s 2010 Top Campgrounds,” said Ellen Kelleher, executive vice president of property management.

The Tennessean
Tennessee’s Bledsoe Creek State Park will host a grand re-opening event on Saturday, April 10 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The event will include entertainment, tours of the campground, food, hiking, wagon rides, fishing and other activities. Music will be provided by local acts including Portland City Limits, Garcia and Scott, Jesse McReynolds & the Virginia Boys and Flatbroke – a band that includes several of Tennessee State Parks’ park rangers and staff.

Renovations to the campground are complete, including updated campsites with improved electrical and water line hookups, paved campsites and roads, grills, picnic tables, and sites approved by the American Disabilities Act.

The park is located at 400 Zeiglers Fort Road in Gallatin, off Highway 25. The park is comprised of 164 acres, including a boat launch, 57 campsites and six miles of hiking trails.

The park is situated on the Bledsoe Creek embayment of the U.S. Corps of Engineers Old Hickory reservoir near the old 1780s settlement of Cairo. For more information about the park and its activities, visit or call 452-3706.

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