Tips on Using the POI List

The list is in a .csv file (sorted by Campground Type, then State, then Name), so it can loaded as-is into various GPS systems.  You can separate the campgrounds by Type and load each type along with a corresponding icon.  Sorting the file is easier if you can convert it to an Excel (.xls) file.

The zipped file that you download contains both the POI list and a file containing the map icons we use on our maps.

Note that the POI list contains only the US data; it does NOT include Canada campgrounds.

Read the FAQ

1. You can extract the campgrounds by type, i.e., Forest Service, state park, etc; just copy and paste each block of Type into separate files. Likewise, you can sort by style of camping you preferm such as RV, tenting, or back-country hiking.

2. These are all the icons we use on our web map as well as apps.

3. Here's a list of all the abbreviations used in the POI list.

4. In MS Streets & Trips, you can import the files sorted by type and then add a corresponding icon for each type, which will show on your map. Here are detailed instructions on how to do it.

5. Here's how to load the list into most Garmin GPS systems.

6. To learn more about converting files and locating other POI lists, check out our GPS information page.

POI List Column Definitions

A = Longitude

B = Latitude

C = Campground Name

D = Comments (Amenities, Fees, etc.)

E = State

F = Web Address

G = Type of Campground "Ownership" (See paragraph below)

H = Style of camping: 1 = Tent, 2 = RV, 3 = Cabins, 4 = Walk-in* 5 = Hike-in, 6 =  Boat-in, 7 = Group,

8 = Back-country shelters

* = Means that the campsite is a short distance from where one parks. It does NOT refer to non-reservable sites.

Campground Types Included

st= state

fs=US Forest Service

np=National Park

blm=Bureau of Land Management

cp=county/regional park

ind=Indian Reservation

coe=Corps of Engineers

ut=utility company


fws= US Fish & Wildlife

br=US Bureau of Reclamation

tva=Tennessee Valley Authority


pri=Non-profit, such as museums or conservation groups

misc = miscellaneous

at=Appalachian Trail

pct=Pacific Crest Trail

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