The Ultimate Public Campground Project was conceived in 2008 to provide a consolidated and comprehensive source for public campgrounds of all types. It all began with a simple POI list of coordinates and names, nothing more, totaling perhaps 5000 locations. As the list grew in size and information provided, a website was designed to display the data on a map. Next came mobile apps, first iOS and Mac apps and more recently Android versions. All our products draw from the same database.
Early in 2015 we added Canada public campgrounds to our data, followed by Alaska, and in 2016 Hawaii became part of our database.
Ultimate Campgrounds is NOT the product of some large company with deep pockets. We are a team of three, all working on this as a part-time avocation: Ted is the founder of Ultimate Campgrounds and its Data Meister, Bill is our iOS and Mac developer and Geoff is our Android guy. Both Ted and Bill have been camping for many years and Ultimate Campgrounds reflects their interest in accurate and useful campground information.
Please note that despite our best efforts, there will always be errors to be found in the data. With over 42,000 records in our database, it is impossible to ensure that each one is always up-to-date. Ted tries to work his way through the data at least once a year to pick up things like increased fees and URL’s that always seem to be changing. On an annual basis, it requires reviewing over 100 locations each and every day of the year – that’s a pretty tall order.
Thus we always appreciate input from users who have found errors....or would like to submit a new location. Ted says: "My goal is accuracy, so I will gratefully accept any and all input."
We are often asked why we do not include private/commercial campgrounds in our database. Here's what Ted tells those who ask:
I just do not have the time or interest to tackle private campgrounds – it would take several years to identify them all. The more I might broaden my horizons, so to speak, the more difficult it would become to maintain an accurate data base.
Picture yourself starting a database for private campgrounds: hours spent scouring the internet to find mention of campgrounds and contacting the various campground owners’ associations and state visitor's information bureaus. Then searching for their actual websites. Now go through those web sites one-by-one, entering into a database as much information as possible about each one: season, amenities, activities, fees, numbers of sites of each type (tent, RV, hookups, etc). Multiply that by the thousands of CG’s out there. Then, every year you have to go through all those data records one-by-one to updates fees and other items that have changed.
There are some apps out there that include both public and private campgrounds and unfortunately their data is far from complete. Having looked closely at them, I know that they are missing thousands of public campgrounds. I consider them “a jack of all trades, master of none”. I decided at the outset that I wanted to focus on just one thing, public camping locations and to be the best at it.
You can find a lot more information about Ultimate Campgrounds on our FAQ page.