Understanding Campground Signs

Nowadays, it’s relatively easy to find a convenient campground to stay at. Whether you’re on an exciting RV adventure across the country with your family or on a weekend camping trip with friends, the campground options are endless! As simple as it might be to locate a campground, it’s not always so easy to understand all the signs posted throughout the park. Fortunately, we’ve gathered some introductory information below, so you’ll be prepared once you arrive. If you have further questions or you’re in the market for a new RV or other camping equipment, visit Athens RV in Texas today.


Inside every campground, there are different campsites to choose from. How do you know which one will be suitable for your needs? Some of the options include standard, primitive, and premium. A campsite that is listed as standard is the most common type you’ll find. You can expect standard comforts, such as picnic tables, a fire ring, a paved drive, and more.

Primitive campsites, on the other hand, do not offer these types of comfort and are best suited for those who simply want to be one with nature. If you’re looking for the opposite of a primitive campsite, you might be interested in the premium option. You’ll find many comforts here, including water, electricity, sewer, and more. Some of these sites even have laundry facilities and convenience stores.

In most cases, campsites will also be numbered. This will make it easy for you to choose your preferred site when you book in advance. When you arrive, you’ll have no trouble finding where your specific camping plot is located in the park.


If you have specific needs or preferences when choosing a campground, you’ll want to be sure to familiarize yourself with amenity signs. These can vary from park to park, but we’ve rounded up the most popular campground amenities you’ll find across the country.

When a campground is wheelchair accessible, you’ll find the same or similar symbol that’s used universally, with a person in a wheelchair. If you see a picture of a dog posted, your furry friend is welcome in the park! But if you see a sign that circles the picture of a dog and it has a line drawn across it, then your pet isn’t allowed. Sometimes, there will be a sign that simply states “no pets allowed.” If you notice one with a few tents pictured, this means the site is large enough to accommodate groups and tents.

A sign that features a plug going into an outlet tells you that the campground offers electric hookup. If you see a picture of a faucet and handle, this indicates there is access to running water. Sewer symbols are similar to the water symbols, but will be shaped more like a pipe and not have a handle. If you come across a car symbol, this means the site is accessible with your vehicle. Alternatively, a sign that pictures a trailer is stating that you can access the site with your trailer or camper. If you see a large letter “P” posted, it means parking is available.

If you plan on using a generator, be sure there is a sign indicating that it’s permitted. If you’re looking for grills to barbecue, it should be posted in the area to let you know there’s one nearby. Believe it or not, some sites even offer WiFi, so just look for that network symbol we all know and love. If you’re planning to have a campfire, make sure there’s a sign permitting it. The same goes for fishing. If you see any of these circled with a line through it, it’s safe to assume it’s not permitted in the campsite.

Park Maps

Park map symbols tell you where certain things are located. Many of these symbols are fairly common, so you should spot them quickly. You’ll find popular symbols for restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, fishing areas, picnic areas, and more. If you’re planning to go boating, look for the sign that shows a boat being loaded into the water. When you’ve got a day of powersports planned, follow the sign with a motorized vehicle on it.

Of course, there’s plenty more where that came from! There are a wide variety of books and websites available that dive deeper into all the signs you’ll find at campgrounds. If you really want to be fluent in campground signs, dedicate some time to researching before your visit. We  here at Athens RV hope that our introduction guide has been helpful. For more information, give us a call or visit us at our Athens location today. Athens RV proudly serves the cities of Tyler and Longview, Texas.

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