By NATE THOMPSON
Roasting s’mores around a roaring fire and “roughing it” for a few days in the great outdoors with friends and family is what camping is all about.
There are dozens of great camping options in the Tri-Cities, which not surprisingly, even locals frequent during the spring and summer months.
Here are a few of the best campsites in the area:
• Grand Haven State Park, 1001 Harbor Ave., Grand Haven. Located just steps away from the sand, the Grand Haven South Pier and the Lake Michigan waterfront, the park is a summer hotspot for campers.
• NASCAR Park, 10990 West Olive Road, Grand Haven Township. Features large, wooded campsites with plenty of room. This park is unique in the fact the campground features a heated pool, indoor arcade, miniature golf, a go-kart track, live NASCAR races, sports programming and movies on its giant TV screen.
• Campers Paradise, 800 Robbins Road, Grand Haven. Features 107 sites with electric hookups. There are also restrooms and hot showers on site.
• North Shore RV Park/Campground, 17990 North Shore Drive, Spring Lake. Located near North Shore Park, which features a large gazebo with picnic tables and charcoal grills, as well as playground equipment.
• PJ Hoffmaster State Park, 6585 Lake Harbor Drive, Muskegon. The highlight of this park is that it is within walking distance to Lake Michigan and sand dunes. Campground features 293 sites, a playground and modern restrooms.
• River Pines RV Park and Campground, 8275 Warner St., Allendale. Features a pool with a slide, fishing ponds, basketball hoops, sand volleyball courts, playground, hot showers, camp store, canoe and kayak rentals and hayrides.