We made online reservations a couple of weeks ahead of time for two nights at General Sibley Park on the south side of Bismarck, North Dakota. We don't like having to lock ourselves into specific dates with reservations, but we needed to stay in Bismarck on a weekend to time our arrival at Theodore Roosevelt National Park for a Sunday, and we figured this park would fill up on the weekend/
We chose a site not too far from the park entrance, with plenty of space between other sites, a few nice shade trees, and grassy surround. We were happy with this site as farther into the park, many of the sites were closer together or for smaller rigs. As it turned out, the campground was indeed full on the weekend, so we were very glad we'd gotten reservations.
The campground has 215 sites, 115 electric-only and the rest without hookups. The sites nearer the entry are larger and spaced farther apart. The sites in the middle of the campground tend to be closer together, so the area has a busier feel and is noisier (at least on weekends). Good for the social crowd but not as good for we introverts! At the very far back of the campground, there is a more rustic vibe, with more trees, little grass, and small but private sites. This part of the campground is for smaller RVs, pop-ups, and tents only as the road is very tight and trees have overhanging branches.
This campground is massive, with some of the most expansive grassy areas and long roads to walk on of anywhere we've stayed. There is also a large disc golf course that got a fair amount of use while we were there.
After our walks, Paisley enjoyed taking a quick dip and chasing a stick in this offshoot of the Missouri River, accessible from the day use area.
Next up: We tour take a tour of Bismarck by bicycle (of course)!
Emily & Barry
We're a long-married, early-retired couple who are currently traveling as nomads with no fixed home base. After years of living in North Carolina (Emily's home state), we spent 18 months living oceanfront on Ambergris Caye, Belize, a year road-tripping the US in a Honda CR-V, a year in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and are now roaming North America in our 32' motorhome, Pearl, following warm weather whenever possible.
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