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Memorial Day Weekend Camping on the Lower Illinois River

As the sweet aroma of spring melds into the warmth of early summer, Memorial Day weekend beckons us to honor those who have served with a blend of reflection and celebration. Nestled along the serene banks of the lower Illinois River, Marval Resort offers an idyllic setting for families, friends, and solo adventurers alike to mark this solemn occasion amidst the beauty of nature in Gore, OK.

Reasons Why Camping as a Family is a Good Idea

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Whether you’re planning a family vacation, taking a weekend away with the kids or simply enjoying a day out and about, RV camping is a great option! Read on to find out more about why RV camping with the fam is a wonderful idea.

Guide to Tenkiller State Park Adventure

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Tenkiller State Park is known as Oklahoma’s “heaven in the hills.” The sparkling blue waters of Lake Tenkiller provide an abundance of recreational opportunities for all ages. Boating, fishing, swimming, scuba diving, and camping are all popular water-based activities at this park. It has over 130 miles of shoreline and is a great place for kids and adults to have fun.

How to Make Excellent Camp Coffee

For those of us that appreciate a really good cup of joe in the morning, this one’s for you. When camping, especially on chilly mornings, there’s nothing like a steaming mug to lift the spirits and get you ready for the adventures ahead.

Fishing Do’s and Don’ts (for the Novice and Experienced)

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To have a successful fishing trip does not necessarily mean catching a bunch of fish. Not even close. Good fishing is more about the act of fishing itself and less about catching a big kahuna. That’s not to say that actually catching a fish is not a heck of a lot of fun – it […]

Using Social Media in the Great Outdoors

Most of us have done it. We see that great mountain vista or your dog being cute out on the trail, and we can’t help to snap a photo (or 10) and immediately post it on our social media channels for our friends to see. Social media is relatively new, but sits towards the top […]

Gore is Trout Fishing Capital

Fish the Lower Illinois River

An angler’s paradise, most people don’t realize what a mecca Gore, Oklahoma is for fishing, trout fishing in particular, until they get here. The Lower Illinois River has a trout fishery with several recreational areas, ripe for the avid sportsman. It is one of only two year-round fisheries in Oklahoma. The views are stunning, teeming […]

The Benefits of Weekday Camping

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Many RV and tent campers, new and experienced, just love being outside, but would rather not deal with the hassle that comes with planning weekend camping trips. Weekend warriors always seem to snatch up the best campground reservations – so why not give weekday camping a try?

There are several reasons why making the switch to camping during the week is your best bet. Here’s why.

5 Easy Tips for Campfire Cooking

When you think of camping, what immediately comes to mind? It is cozy night wrapped snug in your sleeping bag under the stars, or is it a crackling fire, or perhaps a fired-up grill and delectable food cooking? Chances are, the latter is what gets people excited about spending time in the outdoors. The campfire […]

Handy Dandy RV Education Tips

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The RV lifestyle holds a lot of freedom for the road warrior. And with that freedom comes the responsibility of knowing how to effectively operate and maintain your home on wheels. Luckily there are lots of resources to help guide you through learning the ins and outs of your RV.

Embarrassing RV Camping Mishaps/Mistakes

If you’ve spent any significant amount of time in an RV, you may sympathize with some of these RV faux pas. These are real-life tales of woe and amusing anecdotes that every RVer will appreciate. Read on.

5 Best Apps for Hiking


The idea of disconnecting from technology and fully enjoying nature with a good hike is something we all aspire to (well, most of us!). But there are times when on the trail you could swear you’re headed in the right direction, only to find hours later you took a wrong turn…somewhere. It’s happened to the […]

Best Ways to Tow a Car Behind Your RV

Your RV is your fabulous home on wheels, but we all know that it can be cumbersome to set up/break down camp just to make a store run. That’s why many RV owners travel with a car towed behind the motorhome. This is a great way to be able to zip away from your campground […]

RV Trends You Should Know

If you’re reading this article, you no doubt already know that the RV is America’s ultimate choose-your-adventure ride. According to the RVIA (Recreational Vehicle Industry Association), about 10 percent of US households own an RV, and Covid-19 has certainly been a reason for the recent surge of RV sales. More families have been looking to […]

Best Hiking Trails Near Gore

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If you’re looking for some epic hiking trails, look no further than right here. We’ve got you covered with all of the best trails around the Gore area. Overlook Trail at Tenkiller Ferry Lake Known as Oklahoma’s “heaven in the hills,” the sparkling waters of Lake Tenkiller offer both hikers and water enthusiasts ample opportunity […]

How to Buy a Used RV

With the skyrocketing rise of people taking to the RV lifestyle, the demand for new and used RV is following suit. But buying a used RV is much different than buying a used car. It’s more, well…complicated. Luckily, we know a thing or two about RVs! If you are up in the air about what […]

Best Winter Activities Near Marval Resort

Here in Gore, the trout capital of Oklahoma, the fishing is good all year round. Nestled along the Lower Illinois River and not far from Lake Tenkiller, our tiny town offers huge fun for the avid angler. But there’s more to life in the winter than catching that big one. Marval’s 1st Annual Christmas Festival […]

Comforting Campfire Foil-Baked Desserts

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Sugary and chocolatey cravings stop for no one, and when the weather gets cooler sometimes you just want to snuggle up by the fire with a warm and delectable dessert. RV camping is perfect for this, so we’ve gathered some of our favorite dessert to share with you (that can be enjoyed all year round.) […]

Fall Tips for RV Camping

It’s autumn and some of your best RV camping days await! Now that you’ve packed up your swimsuit and flip flops, it may be natural to think that camping will also come to an end for the year. But not for RV campers! In fact, as cooler weather returns, RV enthusiasts are just heating up […]

4 Reasons Why the RV Movement is Growing

Now more than ever before, people are breaking free of a traditional lifestyle and taking to the RV life. Whether that means becoming a full-time RVer or just doing it for a few weeks (or months) out of the year, there is no denying that RV travel has become the “it” thing. The recent pandemic […]

Why the Name Gore? History of the Town

With its wonderful location in picturesque Sequoyah County, people often wonder where our tiny town of Gore got its name. It’s nothing special really, but there is some debate and the area does have a unique history. Read on to find out more. The area around Gore was important in early 19th century Cherokee history. […]

Best Things to Do in the Ozarks

The plateaus of the Ozarks are a wonderful area of northeastern Oklahoma, northern Arkansas and southern Missouri, leaving much for the outdoor enthusiast to explore. A heavily eroded dome of sedimentary rock forms a broad highlands province with the Ouachita Mountains as a backdrop. Gorge-cut hills punctuated by shortleaf pines, oaks and hickories, and waterfalls […]

Things to Do with Kids Around Gore, OK

Kids are a big part of our world here in eastern Oklahoma, and our RV community celebrates them! But when you’re ready to get out and about, here are some great destinations, attractions, and activities nearby to entertain your brood. Greenleaf State Park Located just 13 miles northwest of Marval RV, Greenleaf is one of […]

Things To Do Around Gore, OK

For such a small town in eastern Oklahoma, Gore sure has a lot going for it when it comes to finding great things to do for all ages. This area has a deep history, and with its scenic views adding to a variety of historical sites, Gore and the surrounding areas will leave you enchanted. […]