Best Parks in America affiliates were well represented among parks winning awards and receiving recognition at the recent National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC) annual conference in Las Vegas.

With two Park of the Year Honors, nine “A” GuestReviews ratings, and a State Association President of the Year award, Best Parks affiliates captured more awards than any park group or brand, according to a news release.

Affiliates Win Two Park of the Year Honors

The Vineyards Campground & Cabins/Best Parks in America, located outside Dallas in Grapevine, Texas, was recognized as the ARVC Small Park of the Year. Led by industry veteran Joe Moore, this park has been on the cutting edge of innovation for many years and continues to set the standard for public parks.

Bethpage Camp Resort/Best Parks in America, Urbanna, Va., won Park of the Year honors among the largest parks in the country. Bethpage is an outstanding full scale and full service camp resort offering a wide range of accommodations and recreation in a Chesapeake Bay location about 3 hours from the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. The resort, owned by Walt Hurley and his family, won the award for the second time.

“Best Parks extends a warm congratulations to both Joe and Walt on this outstanding recognition. We’re proud to have two Best Parks win Park of the Year honors this year and I doubt there are any more deserving parks than these,” said BPA President David Gorin. “Winning in both the Small Park and Mega park categories reinforces the Best Parks model that recognizes the highest quality resorts regardless of size. Quality is a combination of facilities and guest service, and both can be delivered by parks of any size.”

BPA Affiliates Recognized by Guest Reviews

BPA affiliates won nine of the 42 “A” grade awards from Guest Reviews, more than any other park group or brand.

Best Parks earning the coveted “A” rating were

  • Anaheim Resort RV Park, Anaheim, Calif., a two-time “A” grade winner,
  • Cherry Hill Park, College Park, Md., a four-time “A” grade winner,
  • Cross Creek Camping Resort, Delaware, Ohio, a two-time “A” grade winner,
  • Far Horizons 49er Village RV Resort, Plymouth, Calif., a first-time “A” grade winner,
  • Misty River Cabins & RV Resort, Walland, Tenn., a five-time “A” grade winner,
  • Mountain Vista Campground, East Stroudsburg, Penn., a four-time “A” grade winner,
  • Pioneer Campground, Laporte, Penn., a five-time “A” grade winner,
  • Red Apple Campground, Kennebunkport, Me., a four-time “A” grade winner,
  • The Vineyards Campground & Cabins, Grapevine, Texas, a five-time “A” grade winner,

“Best Parks is exceptionally proud to be so well represented among the parks receiving A grades from Guest Reviews,” said Gorin. “There’s nothing more important to the success of an RV park or campground then to be highly thought of by guests and to have guests verify their satisfaction by rating a park so highly,” Gorin said.

Best Park Owner Wins President of the Year

In addition to winning key park awards, Best Parks in America park owner Jimmy Felton of Misty River Campground & Cabins, Walland, Tenn., received the State Association President of the Year Award. Felton was recognized by his peers for his leadership and volunteer efforts on behalf of the park industry in Tennessee.

“In addition to being outstanding business owners and executives, BPA owners are industry leaders in many respects. Jimmy’s a great example of providing excellent leadership to his own business, but also taking time to give back to the industry as a volunteer leader. Being involved in industry associations helps give Jimmy and other association leaders a broad view of the business they are in, a necessary view that’s important to staying up with business developments,” said Gorin. “Best Parks encourages owners to be involved in their local and state business organizations,” Gorin said.