I use the internet almost solely for finding campgrounds/resorts. Once I find several campgrounds in the areas I am interested in I use RVParkReviews.com to check on how the campgrounds rated by other visitors.
This method has worked pretty well for me so far.
There are also books like woodalls and trailer life that will give you a static listing and rating.
When I was in California I found an outstanding rating book, I know its been mentioned here but I can't remember the name right now. Its about 2-3" thick and red, great comments and reviews not only for true campgrounds but RV spots. I also read several forums, and ask for advice from those that live in the area. I think the best way is to talk to other campers when your off camping, just ask them about their fav campgrounds, few campers don't have at least one fav they will tell you all about. I try to keep maps of places we've been and x out bad sites and circle good once in case anyone ever asks. I have bought the Trailer Life book, doubt I will again. I didn't find the reviews amazingly helpful or organized in a way that made it easy. Perhaps the CD might be better though.
I believe your thinking of California Camping by Foghorn Outdoors, it is writen by Tom Stienstra and it is a great book for campgrounds and he also has California Hiking you can get a great deal when you buy both on Amazon, or you can find them at most book stores. He also has a Oregon camping book for those north of California.
We have used Tom Stienstra's books for 10 years. They are awesome! He lists the campsites, gives tons of info on each, includes phone numbers, websites, rv footage restrictions, etc. He has a new book out on campsite guides for the whole west coast, which I promptly snatched up about a month ago.
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