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THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST!!! We love our guests, without you we could not run the Sanctuary, and it makes us super happy to share this special space! PLEASE READ the descriptions and check our availably on the calendar on the righthand side of this page before contacting me directly. See our property page for all other listings at this property -- we have a few! :)This small, secluded, romantic CAMPsite is meant for BASIC CAMPING, BYOBEDDING and only up to four people (several engagements happened here) or sacred solo time (NOT great for little people because of deck w/o rail and no level ground) - comes with chopped wood (during fire hazard use manufactured fire logs: onebis provided), chiminea, sun deck, 16' Tee Pee, queen size futon (no bedding), a NEW tent and yoga mats, comfy beach chairs, pick nick table, Great views of ocean, magical setting, PRIVACY and short walk to port potty - no running water. NOT IDEAL FOR KIDS or GROUPS (check out our Sweeping Views site). SITE DESCRIPTION: Very peaceful and private immersion into the beautiful wild lands of the Coast. Amazing! Views! of Ocean and Coastal mountains. Great smells, lots of wildlife and star gazing! Bring everything you need for a camping trip from sleeping gear to ice chests (recently spiders in tipi were an issue for some guests we are addressed by offering option of a small enclosed tent and adding cedar shavings to tipi)GROUPS AND FAMILIES: Check out our other great site SweepingViews for more amenities, space, swings, optional RV, kitchen and large fire ring for groups! LAND REQUESTS: - This is a healing, retreat and a Native American prayer site plz I obstain from intoxication on anything but Nature's Beauty. *ANIMAL TIME* We also offer a POPULAR animal guided interaction (PREbooking required) for $75 for up to 5 people, after that it is $10 a person. Smaller the group, the better = deeper connection. Locally there are lots of great recreational, nature loving options in the "Slow Coast" area: Pristine State Beaches, goat farms, Redwoods, berry picking, quaint coastal town, artisan crafts and arts, cafes etc. . *LAND REQUESTS*: - This is a healing, retreat and a Native American prayer site plz obstain from heavy partying. - This is also an animal haven and sanctuary, plz ONLY HUMANELY RAISED AND HUMANELY SLAUGHTERED animal products!! Very important to us. Thank you! Thank you again, because of you we are able to offer forever homes to horse, llama, alpaca, sheep, donkey, rooster, chicken, goose, cat, dog etc. . people!!- Please respect all safety guidelines with horses by not approaching unless booking an Animal Interaction (usually for 11am after day of arrival)- Please respect land owners and neighbors by not hiking private roads, surrounding protected lands or the Sanctuary, rather keep to the expansive campsite and check out the surrounding pristine and easily reached state parks/beaches. No drones plz. RAIN SEASON We have a strict policy set up and don't give refunds for weather. Th rain season always has a chance for it - some like being out during the rain, some don't. Often times btwn showers are the most magical!! Folks take their own chances when they book. ENJOY YOUR PRIVATE SANCTUARY GET AWAY, WE HOPE YOU FIND GREAT RESTORATION!
This Lodge, made by hand using the local indigenous materials, sits 300 feet above & overlooks the valley floor of Cuyama. 20 sleeping pads are provided. A large fire ring is just off the porch looking across the valley where the sun sets into the Pacific behind the Los Padres mountains. The BBQ area is covered and provides a good working area for the chefs in your group. All firewood is provided. Well water is provided but is not heated. There is an RV fridge and cooking utensils in lodge. This facility is completely off the grid. Power can be arranged upon arrival. see host for details.
This is one of our most lavish campsites. This large round canvas tent is situated on a deck all by itself with its own view of the coastal mountains and the valley below. Basic essentials are provided; water, firewood, basket of cooking utensils and paper goods and 2 queen size 4" sleeping pads. It can be cold, bring your sleeping bag.
This experience includes the privacy of two cabins and your own river retreat, located on a 1500-acre habitat preserve; adjacent to 650 acres of state park land along the beloved Yuba River. Two round cabins reserved only for your group, the ‘moon’ cabin and the ‘sun’ cabin as seen in a design within the rock walls, hand constructed of stone gathered from the land, each with a queen bed, desk, chairs, and mini-kitchen with stove, sink, refrigerator and an outdoor bbq. The shared bath house has an indoor hot shower, sink, and compost toilet, along with an outdoor shower with views of the river. Our electricity comes from solar-power and we feature organic bedding and towels. Each cabin sleeps 2 people max. Includes Yuba River beach access with picnic area, hammock, chairs and optional river campsite. The private spot, with swimming holes and sun-warmed rocks is a 10-minute hike (vigorous hike back) from the stone cabins. Access to the 650-acre South Yuba State Park with hiking & biking trails and additional river spots is a 5-minute drive by car. Note: This rental is not ideal for young children due to its location on the edge of the river canyon.
Come experience "comfy" camping in the coastal woods of Mendocino. Enjoy all the romance of camping without the hassle of tent wrangling and gear. We are redefining the camping experience with roomy tents, comfy beds, crisp white linens and down comforters and hot showers stocked with towels and EO Marin bath productsOur roomy 12' x 14' safari tents are housed on wooden platforms with decks and come fully outfitted with a queen bed, down comforter, cotton linens, lanterns, sling back deck chairs, picnic table and fire ring. Nearby you will find hot showers stocked with fresh towels and organic bath products. Cooking can be done on site at our community BBQ facility. Provisions can be purchased easily in town at the fabulous Mendosa's Market; a 2 minute car ride. This secluded historic property is located on 37 acres of woodland 1/4 mile south of the charming town of Mendocino and a spectacular beach at the mouth of Big River. The tents are double occupancy, but they can accommodate additional children for $20 per night. Note: There is a 3 night minimum for July, August and Holiday weekends and a 4 night minimum before and after the 4th of July. Taxes and pet fees are due upon check-in.
Pitch your tent in our private, spacious campground of meadows and forest. We are a 5 minute walk to Jug Handle Beach and access the Jug Handle Ecological Staircase trail that takes you to the pygmy forest. You can head straight back to your camp, or if you need a map there is a welcome kiosk near the entrance on the left side. JHCF is an environmental, low impact campground. Please pack in and pack out, and leave campground as you found it. A central cooking area (between sites #1 and #2) with running water, sink, 2 outhouses, and campfire rings with cooking grates are in each site. Water is potable from our well, which is also filteredSites 5, 6 and 7 are smaller sites for car parking as they are more forested - so if you have more than 3 cars, you can still drive up to unload, but you can park your extra cars in our event overflow area just on the left hand side as you drive up the driveway. Site #4 is the best small RV or camper van site as it is the only site with water and electric hook up. Quiet hours are 10pm - 7am. Please be mindful of other campers, especially if arriving late at night. If you are camping with a large group, please enjoy late night chats down at the beach. Private yoga instruction and massage available on site, please stop by the office for more information or to book.
We are a farm on the beach just North of Santa Barbara and Goleta, Ca. You will camp in a historic, glass greenhouse with incredible ocean views. Inside is a cob pizza oven that works awesome. (Bring your own firewood),,, a place to pitch tents and tiny artistic structures to explore. You will have a private bath and shower (Primitive, no electricity, but the hot shower has the best view in the world of any shower!) Bring your own toiletries and whatnot). Private beach access from our property. We have a barnyard with a multitude of farm animals. Limited electricity in greenhouse (A couple of extension chords). 15 minutes to downtown Santa Barbara. Kids under FIVE are free. . . *****LOOK***** BE ADVISED, on many weekends (Mostly Saturdays), the property has events with upwards of 100 people. These events are not in your space nor near you, but you will see people walking around and may hear music until 10:15 pm. If you are camping during the rain, be advised, it gets wet in the greenhouse. It's an antique after all!
Experience a "comfy camping" experience in the coastal woods of Mendocino. Enjoy all the romance of camping without the hassle of tent wrangling and gear. We are redefining the camping experience with roomy tents, comfy beds, crisp white linens and down comforters and hot showers stocked with towels and EO Marin bath productsThese roomy 16 x 20' canvas tents can comfortably sleep a family of four. Each tent is furnished with a queen bed and two twin beds. Beds are made up with down comforters, cotton linens and high quality pillows. Accommodations include lanterns, sling-back deck chairs, picnic table, fire ring. Cooking can be done on site at our community BBQ facility. Provisions can be purchased easily in town at the fabulous Mendosa's Market; a 2 minute car ride. This secluded historic property is located on 37 acres of woodland 1/4 mile south of the charming town of Mendocino and a spectacular beach at the mouth of Big River. Price includes up to 2 adults & 2 children. Maximum 4 people. Note: There is a 3 night minimum for July, August and Memorial Holiday Weekends. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate anything less than 3 nights; request for fewer than 3 nights it will be declined. Taxes and pet fees are due at check-in.
NOTE: THIS LISTING IS TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE WHILE WORKING OUT A ZONING ISSUE WITH THE COUNTY, WHICH HOPEFULLY WILL BE RESOLVED SHORTLY. For information on resumption of bookings please contact Salmon Creek Ranch directly -- see the contact info on our website or call seven 0 seven, eight seven six 1808. ************************************************************************************The Eagle's Nest Treehouse Farm Stay combines a wilderness experience, sumptuous old growth redwoods, but the comforts of a guest house, with complete privacy and tranquility, yet is within easy driving distance of some of the best that California has to offer. This farm stay and wilderness experience is located on a working ranch on the Sonoma coast. We are less than 90 minutes north of San Francisco and half that from California's premier wine-growing regions of the Napa-Sonoma Valleys. We are also smack dab in the middle of some of California's most breathtaking coast. You are near enough to civilization, but it feels like you are in the most remote and peaceful spot on earth. During the day you can explore the ranch operations including our ducks, cows, goats and livestock guardian dogs, learn about sustainable organic farming practices and where your (best) food comes from, hike the forest trails and enjoy nature at its best. At night you can see all the stars since SF is over 60 miles away and does not significantly pollute our night sky. This legendary treehouse, featured in House & Garden Magazine in the 1990’s and several other magazines since, has been totally refurbished and modernized using the latest structural and safety standards to serve as a guest house for our Farm Stays. Nestled securely high above the forest floor between two towering Douglas Firs, the large redwood deck of the Eagle’s Nest is accessed via a spiral staircase and a 30 ft suspension bridge. Once inside the treehouse proper, the rich hue and grain of the polished and oiled old growth redwood floor, walls and ceiling is astounding. Residential standards of construction throughout include two sets of 8 ft high french doors, sliding windows, insulated walls, a queen size bed, propane heater, battery-powered electricity for lights and your personal (low watt) accessories, separate bathroom with flush toilet, hot and cold water, sink, and an amazing copper-lined shower with floor to ceiling windows looking out on the forest below. A powerful propane heater keeps the interior very cozy. While staying here you have access to miles of hiking trails throughout our 400 acre working ranch, half a private forest preserve and half organically certified pasture for production of organic duck eggs, goat meat and grass-fed beef (from our amazing Scottish Highland & Angus cattle). You can also enjoy a mile and a half of Salmon Creek that runs through the property, and observe our efforts to help restore the native Coho Salmon. Information on our ranching operations (aimed at production of natural, healthy food) is provided to all guests. Accommodation in the treehouse is intended for only two adults in one bed (no children or pets please). Price includes Sonoma County 12% transient occupancy tax. Up to two additional adults may be accommodated for $60 each by special arrangement (call or email us) -- HOWEVER PLEASE NOTE THIS REQUIRES YOU TO BRING YOUR OWN BEDDING AND SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS FOR THEM. During periods of wet weather including all winter months from October through March, the treehouse is available by walk-in only (a 5 minute walk from the parking area -- bring boots!). A simple online search for YOUTUBE TREEHOUSE VIDEO BY THOMAS AGARATE will bring up an amazing short movie of the Eagle's Nest, including spectacular drone footage, taken by our first guest (a drone technology pioneer).
Private cabin on Lake Caldwell, a small sag pond on our 70 acre regenerative goat ranch, Angeles Crest Creamery, just 90 minutes from Los Angeles. The cabin includes 2 twin beds (trundle style), a sink, mini fridge, a hot plate, a microwave and a toaster oven. The well insulated, pine-lined cabin is equipped with radiant floor heating to keep you warm on even the most chilly mountain nights. There is an outdoor shower and tub with view just outside the cabin (which is turned off when freezing temps are expected at night, generally October-May). Picnic bench, chairs, propane BBQ, and propane fire ring outside. Parking immediately adjacent to cabin (1 car only please). Very private, with views of the lake, our goat barn, and Pinon Ridge. The Lake Cabin is an ideal base camp for larger groups, with lots of room to set up tents in the area. There are nice short hikes on the property. You can also participate in farm chores (shepherding goats, milking, etc). There is a sauna on site for guest use. Big Rock Creek and Devil's Punchbowl are about 10 minutes away by car. Wrightwood / Mountain High is 13 miles West. Guests can bring their own food or purchase products from the ranch to prepare. Offerings are seasonal and a list of what's available will be sent to you the week before your stay. Check out our other listings--we also have an Airstream and camp sites available.
Super quiet and private 10 acres of private redwoods, and a waterfall with the ocean and Santa Cruz mountains a short hike away! Glamping or camping opportunities, great for a quiet romantic getaway or a group of friends and family. Sleep in a modern, warm "tiny house" studio constructed from a shipping container (2-3 people) or set up your own tents throughout the property. Rustic cabin with electricity, sink, and flushing toilet. Close proximity to excellent hiking (skyline to the sea / big basin state park), and a few miles away from some of California's most beautiful beaches and some of the best surfing and kitesurfing between San Francisco and Santa Cruz. Also a short drive away from Costanoa resort and Highway 1 Brewing restaurants. ** 3 different sites ** are available to accommodate separate small groups but the property is ideal for single private groups… ** Site 1 (the container studio) is fantastic to sleep in, insulated and warm, and feels like a modern studio without electricity (for now). ** Site 2 (bring your own tents) are recommended for the more outdoorsy, or rest of a larger group. ** Site 3 is for a small group willing to tent camp, hammock-tent camp, or car/van camp further away from the main cabin + container studio area. The *rustic* cabin is unfurnished and isn’t intended for sleeping (mostly there for the bathroom and as a storage area), but is possible to use for sleeping in case of unexpected weather. * We've been giving priority to first bookings choosing between using the container or tents, or you can reserve the entire property to keep it completely private. When sites are booked separately: A) we've been optimizing for small groups so the space remains intimate, B) shared facilities become the bathroom in the rustic cabin, and central fire pit in a courtyard area near the cabin. * A couple items of camping gear are available onsite for use by extra guests at any of the sites: 1 x 4 person dome tent, and 2 x 1 person hammock tents (with mosquito nets). * There's plenty of space elsewhere on the property to spread out, and its still a work in progress so we really appreciate ideas/suggestions regarding other site locations that would work well + other potential improvements to the facilities. Let us know if you have other questions, and hope you can visit sometime!
A single camp spot on the top of a mountain surrounded by 160 acres of no one else! 4WD/AWD road to camp spot. Plenty of shade at spot with picnic area that is covered. Drinking water, sink and outdoor cold water shower. Bouldering (climbing), fire pit (seasonal), covered deck, hiking and VIEWS! Plenty of room and separate camp spots- lock the gate and you will have no visitors or on lookers. Single outdoor flush toilet with sink. We provide a Propane stove - 2 burner.
1 intimate site for 2 on this private 20 acre hot spring, nursery, and wildlife sanctuary. Leave no trace. 15 minutes to Palm Springs, Panoramic views. Amazing hot tub. The hot springs come out of the ground at 108 degrees +- and pool temperatures vary based on how cold it is outside. Your donations go to the continued support of the preserve.
A camper's heaven with waterfalls on-site! This is a completely private, gated campsite with over 4. 5 acres to call your own during your stay. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Northeast Georgia, beautiful scenery abounds with ample opportunities for outdoor adventures. In addition to what you will find at our campsite, options for white-water rafting, zip-lining, kayaking and hiking are mere minutes away!This property is conveniently located to the charming towns of Highlands, NC and Clayton, GA where you will find a variety of local shops and restaurants. The regionally-aclaimed Dillard House is less than 5 miles away.
The Wright family has owned these 1,200 acres for 150+ years. We are now offering our open, best kept secret, avoid-the-crowds eco campsites to the public. Camp overlooking Zion National Park! Bring your gear and set up to see the unsurpassed, quiet, rarely seen views of Zion. A few minutes from Zion’s backcountry trails in the Kolob Terrace Region and approx. 40 minutes to the main gate of Zion NP. We also offer onsite horseback rides with the legendary Wright Family Patriarch, owner/operator Bill Wright. Bill is an original cowboy who has worked this land his entire life, as his father did before him, and his son’s will after. Read more about this incredible family in the recently released, highly reviewed book, “The Last Cowboys” by award winning, Times News reporter John Branch. To book a horseback ride visit zionwrightfamilyranch. com
We have a great place here for you to pitch your tent while enjoying Hamilton Pool, Reimers Ranch Park, West Cave Preserve, the Pedernales River, and other places surrounding Austin. Our property is less than 2 miles from Hamilton Pool. It is a perfect stopping point for cycling through the hill country or kayaking the Pedernales River. There are many distilleries, wineries, and breweries within a short drive. We are 30 miles from Austin and 17 miles from Dripping Springs. We have a variety of campsites styles ranging from cozy secluded oak groves to wide open spaces. We have sites big enough for larger groups and family reunions with picnic tables, sites suitable for individuals who want to sleep in a hammock in the woods all by themselves, and everything in between. If we are not under a burn ban, bring out some firewood and/or charcoal because we have fire rings and BBQ cookers at most of the sites. We have a hot tub our guests are free to use as well as an outdoor shower with hot and cold water. Due to some accidental trespassing onto our neighbors’ properties we can no longer allow hiking on our land. Luckily there are some gorgeous hikes in the multiple nearby county parks and preserves. Also, sounds strangely bounce and travel around the hills out here so we ask that you keep the noise down as to not disturb your fellow campers and our neighbors, especially around the hot tubs. The rate is $20 per person/per night for Friday and Saturday nights. Each additional person is $20 per night. Sunday through Thursday nights are $15 per person/per night. Children age 5 and under are always free!We hope you’ll come and see us!!
The Red River Gorge is a National Geologic Area with over 3500 bolted rock climbing routes. We are home to the Daniel Boone National Park and the Natural Bridge State Park. Land of the Arches is centrally located to Pendergrass-Murry Recreational Preserve (PMRP), Muir Valley and other climbing destinations. We also are minutes from Torrent Falls Climbing Adventure, Thrillsville, Red River Gorge Zipline, and Gorge Underground. Our campground is very large, with private areas, an area ideal for Boyscouts, and a large area on the Ridge near the "Hangar" which houses foosball, table tennis, and air hockey and free wifi with receptacles to charge your devices.
Welcome to the Treehouse Cabin Retreat! Our Tree House Cabin rental brings you back to nature. Located just minutes from the Suwanee River, where a short boat ride (depending how fast you go) will take you to the heart of the Gulf of Mexico. Come and experience our relaxing retreat where you can go scalloping, fish, swim, hunt, diving, scuba, boat, bike, hike or just escape and relax among the trees. Warm up next to the campfire and create new memories that will last a lifetime. Minutes from many natural springs in the area, 30 minutes south of Steinhatchee, 40 minutes northeast of Cedar Key and 40 minutes northwest of Gainsville. Visit us at treehousedreaming. com for more information about us and for fun things to do in the area. Thanks for your interest in our little piece of paradise!
"Experience the healing magic of Joshua Tree California for yourself. "This gorgeous Joshua Tree Highlands location is ideal to really experience the healing magic of Joshua Tree for yourself. The desert can be a fresh start, a space to integrate, to unwind, to dive deep into your ideas, to laugh and play, to feel and to heal. This is a truly magical and restoring hideaway available for camping. The owner Henry Pratt and Momma Dee are two of the most down to earth and wonderful people you'll ever meet. You'll be refreshed and grounded by the overwhelming beauty, seasonal fauna, and extraordinary views. The experience will be one you'll remember for a lifetime! This enchanted desert high land camping area offers seclusion, meditation, and fun and yet is still close enough to the Village to easily access the Cafes, shoppes, local music, farmers market, weekly art festivals and amenities that Joshua Tree has to offer. A must see and experience!Joshua Tree Love!
Enjoy nature at its best! This is a wood framed 16’ X 12’ canvas safari tent perched on a boulder outcropping overlooking a beautiful valley and surrounded by tree tops. This ‘tent’ features wood floors, cal king bed, electric blanket and heater, and a private (ie clothing optional) deck with Adirondack chairs and a large propane bbq. It’s a short walk to the full outdoor bathroom with hot and cold running water. Shower in the trees! You have access to beautiful hikes. The Pacific Crest Trails goes through Idyllwild. Idy, as locals call it, is a quaint mountain village with great galleries, second hand shops, and pretty impressive restaurants. Some of my favorite eating spots are Cafe Aroma, the Idyllwild Brew Pub, Ferro’s, Idyology, and Fratello’s. There are others, all close enough to take a look. Lots of live music. Wine tasting. The nights can get chilly so bring something warm to hang out in at night. The tent itself does have a heater and electric blanket. And there is a hot tub. NOTE: Severe road damage in Feb resulted in closures so the drive from LA is an extra hour (from 2 to 3 w/o much traffic). San Diego is still 2 hours. Weekends tend to book up. Try weekdays (usually open and cheaper).
Located right off the 199 Redwood Highway, we welcome you to our forest sanctuary. These tiny A-Frame cabins are our newest addition to the land. The river is just a few min walk down to our own private beach and swimming. The camp is also just a 3 minute walk to the lands prestine swimming hole. These A-Frame Cabins are super cozy at 1000sf with an additional deck that is great for yoga or napping. The cabins include two twin size mattresses and linen bedding. This camp is a 1 minute walk to the main house, private commercial kitchen, cute compost toilet, shower house and sauna. These cabins are ideal for two people. The front part of the cabin can be closed off or opened up to the elements. Since one side of the cabin is clear you can see in a bit but can also drape something over for more privacy. The reason for the clear side to is allow for the feeling of sleeping right outside amongst nature. Cedar Bloom has available power and cell phone service. Cell phone service works great if you have AT&T or Verizon. Internet is limited but is available. We have several giant meadows with thousands of trees surrounding. We are right on the Illinois River with a mile of river frontage and 3 incredible swim spots. It's a great place to come and recharge and renew. We are surrounded by beautiful scenery in all directions! We are close to the Redwoods, The Oregon Caves and so much more. We are close to major cities such as Grants Pass, Medford, Crescent City and Ashland. MORE ABOUT CEDARSONG. . . Cedar Bloom was purchased in the spring of 2017 by Spirit Weavers Gathering as a place of peace and healing, for all walks of life. Spirit Weavers is an annual womens gathering which happens once a year each June. We host over 1,000 women in just two weeks on the land. We are located on the Illinois River just outside Cave Junction, Oregon. Our Main House was built in 1962 and retains the flavor of the 60’s with a beautiful Mid Century Modern feel. It houses a kitchen, dining hall, a living room, five bedrooms and three bathroom with a bathtub. It currently houses Agustin and Mea and their seven year old daughter Naia. FIRST NATIONS PEOPLE OF THE ILLINOIS VALLEYFor thousands of years, the Takelma people lived in the Illinois and Rogue River valleys, what is now known as Josephine County. They lived in small bands close to the land. Interior southwest Oregon has pronounced seasons and the ancient Takelma adapted to these seasons by spending spring, summer and early fall months collecting and storing food for the winter season. Salmon was central to their food source and way of life. The salmon diet was supplemented by game, such as deer, elk, beaver, bear, antelope and bighorn sheep. Smaller mammals, such as squirrels, rabbits and gophers, might have been snared by both men and women. They gathered the root of the Camas plant, part of the asparagus family, as well as acorns from the two native species of Oaks, the Oregon white oak and California black oak. Other vegetation included manzanita berries, pine nuts, tarweed seeds, wild plums and sunflowers. The Takelma are also known to have cultivated a native tobacco plant, but otherwise relied on the fruits of the wilderness for their survival. The main utensils included horn, bone and wood-made implements and a great variety of baskets constructed generally by twining on a hazel warp. Stone was used in the making of arrowheads and pestles. The clothing and personal adornment of the Takelma was similar to the tribes of northern California. Notable characteristics include facial painting, red-headed woodpecker scalps for men and basket caps for women. The women also tattooed the skin in three stripes and men tattooed the left arm. European Settlement of the Illinois Valley began by the 1830’s, as the gold and logging industries developed. By the end of 1856, the traditional residents of the Rogue and Illinois River valleys were forcibly removed and relocated to the Siletz Reservation on the central Oregon coast. The Takelma were joined on the reservations by their neighbors, the Athapaskans and the Shasta, as well as tribes from even farther away, such as the Coos and Tillamook. It is reported that by 1906 less than ten Takelma were alive and able to speak their native language. In 1994, for the first time in over 140 years, an ancient ceremony took place to welcome home and give thanks for the returning salmon, on the Kanaka Flats of the Applegate River. People of all heritages were welcomed at the annual Salmon Gathering on the Applegate River until 2006. In 2007, the ceremony was moved to the place where it was held for thousands of years: the Tilomikh (Powerhouse Falls), on the Rogue River near Gold Hill, Oregon. Since then, the ceremony has taken place annually in its traditional location, demonstrating that the Takelma culture is alive and will continue into the future. Today, Takelma descendents continue to reside on or near the Siletz and Grand Ronde reservations. The Pilgrims brought back the Salmon Ceremony to Southern Oregon. Due to the Pilgrim’s contribution in returning the Salmon Ceremony to Jackson County, Agnis Baker-Pilgrim is known to some locals as the ‘Keeper of the Sacred Salmon Ceremony. Agnes, one of the oldest grandmothers of the International Council of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers, has returned to the Rogue Valley and today her voice can be heard strong and clear, proving that the spirit and blood of her people are still with us. PLANT & ANIMAL RELATIONS We are very fortunate to be surrounded by a widely diverse population of flora and fauna. As caretakers of this sacred land, we feel a strong responsibility to honor our plant and animal allies by not only protecting them and their habitat, but also to help educate others about what lives and grows here by providing people with opportunities to experience the beauty of these plants and animals for themselves. For this reason, We are honored to host the many different groups who will gather here on this land for learning and communing with the nature that flourishes here. We feel very fortunate to be involved in this process of helping promote a sustainable and abundant future for all living things on this planet by sharing knowledge and skills from the human past that can make a sustainable lifestyle a reality for everyone everywhere. The animals here include, but are not limited to deer, foxes, coyote, raccoon, skunks, and sometimes black bear though we havent seen any yet! The birds that surround us are migratory geese, quail, wild turkeys, hawks, ospreys and eagles. The fish that call the Illinois River their home are the Salmon People, Steelhead & Trout along with their friends the otter and ducks. The Land is a no-hunting zone so the animals here are abudant and safe. The plant life here is incredibly diverse. This land is home to many native grasses, ferns, and berries, wild flowers, as well as many other edible and medicinal plants and fungi such as mugwort, self-heal, soap root, and a variety of mushrooms. The tree population is a blend of hardwoods like Manzanita, Madrone, and several kinds of Oaks along with mature Fir, Pine, Cedar trees, Alder, Maple and Apples. With special attention to management of non-native and invasive plants, Spirit Weavers is committed to maintaining a well balanced forest ecosystem with high biodiversity. TIMES Please clean up and check out of your site by 12:am on the day of your departure. You can check in by 2:pm on the day of your arrival. CLIMATE & THE ILLINOIS VALLEY Cedar Bloom holds the heart during the summer. Temps can range from 75-95 during the day and generally cools down to the 70's during the evenings. Swimming in the summer months is delicious. We have mostly pebbly beaches and a jagged rock and sand beach right where the Swimming hole is. The river is chilly until late June and it cools down again in late September. NEIGHBORS There is another campground right next door but since we have 100 acres, you never really see a soul besides us! Please use our pathways to travel property next to us, and respect the privacy and tranquility of our neighbors by not keeping late hours or playing loud music. EMERGENCIES If someone needs to reach you in an emergency, Cell phones work great on the land. If you don't get service and need to contact someone our land phones are available. SHOWER HOUSE & SAUNA We have twelve showers total. The first shower house is open showering with 4 showers and the 2nd shower house has 8 stalls. You are also welcome to use the sauna throughout your stay. COMPOST TOILET The "Honeydew Station" is our two chamber composting toilet. It looks like a tiny house and you will see it on your right as you drive in. Instructions are inside! FOOD & WATER Please bring your own food to camp. Town is close so if you need to run errands to grab food its a short drive away. All of our water is on a well and is super clean and ran through a UV light. Please keep food and garbage out of the reach and smell of animals so we don’t have animal visitors at night. GARBAGE If you pack it in, please pack it out when you leave. FIRES Depending on the time of year, cooking fires are permissible in the fire pits provided. June-Sept there can sometimes be fire bans in the county. Please NO bonfires. We have fire wood in the forest around the meadow for use for cooking fires but please bring your own wood to the land. We also have wood available for purchase in the Camp Store. PETS If you must bring your pet, please message us before hand. We ask that you clean up after your pup while here. We have doggie bags in the camp store. THE RIVER & SWIMMING HOLES We have a mile of river frontage and there is tons of space for all. Keiki Beach located down the trail from the sauna is the more shallow and flatter part of the river. This is a great spot for families! Mermaid Rock which is located down the trail to your left of the main house is our large swimming hole with deeper waters. This part of the river is clothing optional. Please be aware of the rocks down at Mermaid Rock & Dock. The rocks are tricky to walk on for both adults and especially children. Please keep your eyes on your children at all times while at the river. Feel free to bring rafts to play on. CAMP STORE If you happen to forget anything we have a camp store that is located in the main meadow. The Camp store sells everything from supplies to books and trinkets. If you text Mea she can meet you there anytime. GRATITUDE We feel honored to be stewards of this land. One of our main visions for this land is to protect its cultural and environmental heritage. We are excited to share about the native food forest we will be cultivating for the local community and beyond. We will also be placing the land into a conservation trust so no logging or future development can occur. For the many years to come, we will explore the ways can live in harmony with the natural world for the greater good of people and the plants and animals we depend on. We welcome you to Cedar Bloom! FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE LAND AND EVENTS HERE, PLEASE VISIT CEDAR BLOOM FARM & THE SPIRIT WEAVERS GATHERING WEBSITE OR ON INSTAGRAM @cedarbloomfarm @spiritweavers @daughterofthesun_
Our 2014 High End Airstream is just minutes from 7 World Class Ski Resorts and is warm and comfy all winter with heat and warm blankets and custom winter skirting! Close to Westminster, University of Utah, and only 11 min from the Vivint Smart Home arena, The Convention Center, and Temple Square. Only about 15 min drive to the Salt Lake International Airport conveniently located off the I-80. Fast Wifi, hot shower, AC and heat, mini fridge, stove, sleeps 2 adults. Off street Parking Please read all of our rules and regulations before you book with us . This a new 2014 Airstream travel trailer. You will be sharing the backyard with the 4 of us, We have a new puppy "stella" so please close the gate behind you so she doesn't run away. We have a very beautiful backyard that you are welcome to walk around and you can sit under our gazebo. Please remember that this is NOT a hotel. This is at our primary home, your own private space which is a very cool space at that! For your safety and our own we have just added security cameras on the front and back of our house. So you can rest assured knowing your car is safe while parked on our driveway. You will find the bed is comfy and can sleep 2 adults easily. Fully stocked with the dish's and linens you will need. Guaranteed to be clan and comfy! We take very good care of our Airstream and expect you to do the same. Leave it as close to how you find it cleanliness-wise as possible. Thermostatically controlled climate, hot water, kitchenette is equipped with just the right gear to cook some food. Propane cooktop and oven. The water heater has a propane heater 10 gallon tank so showers are limited to short ones before having to wait for the water to reheat for the next 10 gallons. Kick off your shoes after a long day of skiing hiking, or mountain biking. Please remove shoes when you enter and be aware the front couch/bed is light colored and will show dirt. No eating on the bed. ABOSULELY NO SMOKERS, this includes Vaping or Marijuana. Full bath in the rear with warm/hot showers, brand new toilet and everything you need to clean up and kick back. Equipped with a top of the line, AC unit installed on the roof and is controlled with the thermostat on the wall above the sink . The small space heater is more that adequate to heat the space. The plumbing has been thermostatically heat taped to further prevent freeze, and the water hose is also a heated hose so no worries about freezing plumbing. The yard has wifi on a screaming fast GOOGfiber network (up to 1 GIG speeds) but it works best from outside the trailer in our backyard as the aluminum skin can interfere with wireless signal. Smoking anywhere on this property will result in loss of security deposit. Sugarhouse is a very hip and happening spot, close to bus routes which can get you to the Universities or to the Convention centers. Close to the Sugarhouse "s" rail tax line too. Also close to the Ski Slopes, many restaurants, movie theater, Pubs, and night life. Off street parking is available and we ask that you plan to park on our driveway with the car against the right hand fence. Far enough in that we can open and close the large steel driveway gate as well. We do this so we can back in and out of our driveway without the hassle of knocking on the door to ask you to move your car. Our neighborhood is very safe! Be aware: part of the experience includes having to occasionally do the RV things required to make your experience enjoyable and we will send some "how to" instructional videos after you book. We hope you are as excited to stay with us as we are to have you!!! You can use the beautiful back yard and the Airstream. The airstream has full hookups. There is absolutely no smoking anywhere on this property. No parties are allowed. Only the people in your group are allowed on the premises. This is not a hotel, so please be respectful of our rules. We offer a self check in. We are reachable if needed through text or we have pre-recorded "How To" videos. We live on site in the 1910 Victorian Home where the Airstream its parked! We won't bother you often, but you might see us come and go as our garage is next to the airstream as well! Due to severe allergies there is absolutely no smoking inside the trailer or anywhere on the premises. You are not allowed to have parties in our backyard.
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Find serenity and adventure just a quick jaunt from San Francisco with a night of camping at Angel Island State Park. Begin your Angel Island camping adventure by catching a ferry ride across the San Francisco Bay from Tiburon or Pier 41. Once on the island, be prepared to walk up to two miles to your site, so pack wisely! Choose from 16 campsites divided into four distinct camping areas (East Bay, Ridge, Sunrise, and Kayak Camp), each with pit toilets and water nearby. From the Ridge sites, enjoy picturesque views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge, but expect a bit of wind. Sites in the East Bay section are more protected. If you’re traveling with a larger group, the Sunrise sites may be a good fit, as the sites can be reserved individually or combined for groups up to 24 people. Kayak Camp is also group friendly, accommodating groups up to 20, but don’t forget to secure your boat from high tide waters! Angel Island camping typically doesn’t offer much in the way of privacy, but with only 16 sites on the island, it’s likely that you won’t be battling crowds.
Get in on a little secret that lies just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. Let us introduce you to the elusive Steep Ravine Cabins and Campground in Marin. On Mt. Tamalpais, just to the north of the city, there are a group of wooden structures that date back to the 1940s. They are insanely popular and rightfully so. Each cabin features a wood stove, picnic table and several benches, sleeping platforms, and of course, an outdoor barbeque. The cabins do not have running water or electricity, but primitive toilets, water faucets, and firewood are nearby. The best attribute is that they all feature expansive ocean views, as they are perched high up on the side of a cliff. The Steep Ravine Environmental Campground is also a great choice (if not one of the best in the area!) for Mount Tamalpais camping. If you like tent camping, then this is your spot. It’s also hugely popular and fills up fast, as there are only seven campsites. It is on the western edge of the park, and just to make matters more awesome, they are all overlooking the ocean. There’s lots of privacy and tons to do right around camp. The campsites are a few hundred yards from the parking area. Each site has a table, fire pit, food locker, and space for a tent. Primitive toilets and water faucets are nearby. There are no showers, but don’t worry. . . it’s totally worth it.
Ain’t no party like a Mt. Tamalpais camping party! That’s how the saying goes, right? The Alice Eastwood Group Campsite located on the Panoramic Highway near the Mountain Home Inn, has two large sites for group camping of 25 to 50 people. Each site has tables, grills, flush toilets, water faucets with sinks and a huge area to set up tents.
Set slightly away from the fray of Point Reyes—the site is near the Madrone group campsite. Across a road from the main campground, it's a nice option for those who want to get away, but don’t want to sleep on the ground. Four cabins that hold up to 5 people are available. They all have electricity, platform bunk beds with mattresses, a wooden floor, covered porch, and an electric heater. It goes without saying that these book up fast, so make plans early to ensure a spot!
If you’re looking for a Bay Area camping getaway filled with expansive views, climbing, and hiking, head to Mount Diablo State Park. Choose from about 50 sites at Juniper Campground and Live Oak Campground, both of which are perfect if you’re after solid Mt. Diablo State Park camping and not travelling with a large group. Easily accessible and located inside the South Gate at the base of the mountain, Live Oak Campground is a great spot if you are planning on exploring the entire mountain or only have one night. Take your pick among 22 sites, but be aware that the sites are close together so privacy can be an issue. Campsites 10 through 16 offer the most seclusion. Closest to the top of the mountain, the sites at Juniper boast incredible views well worth the climb. Camping here is fairly comfortable with access to fire rings, picnic tables, toilets, and some showers. All of Mount Diablo tends to be on the dry side, so be sure to bring lots of water.
Blooms Creek Campground offers a perfect Big Basin camping experience amongst the redwoods, provides many nearby hiking options, and multiple amenities. There are 53 campsites, a few of which are very close to the actual creek. Each one includes a picnic table, fire pit, and a proper food locker. The campsites are on the large side, which is great if you have children running around.
Discover a hideaway about 1. 5 miles from the Big Basin Redwoods State Park Visitor Center and a quick drive from nearby Santa Cruz. The Wastahi Campgrounds are quiet and beautifully forested to offer more of a backcountry camping feel. With a limited 27 campsites available, you'll feel one with nature and enjoy the scenic history around you. There are even a few campsites (86 and 97) that are nicknamed the “Honeymoon Suites" for their privacy. In addition to the smaller private walk-in sites, there are some large group sites. It's usually busy and one of the hiking trails (the Sequoia trail) runs right through the campground. Book your stay at Wastahi campground. You truly don’t want to miss out on this unique Big Basin Redwoods State Park camping experience.
As Doc Holiday says, “I’ll be your Huckleberry. " While he most likely wasn’t referring to this Big Basin camping site, this is not a spot to be overlooked. There are a total of 30 tent campsites (7 of which are walk-in), as well as 36 “Tent Cabins. " The tent cabins have to be reserved in advance and provide a pretty unique experience. Some of the sites are very close to Sempervirens Creek. As far as the tent campsites go, they are “semi-private," and are decently large. Each campsite offers a picnic table, fire pit, and a food locker. Sleep among the trees at this awesome Big Basin Redwoods State Park camping location.
Take in the beautiful Big Sur coastal views at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. With ample shade provided by Redwood and Sycamore trees, an 80-foot waterfall that flows from granite cliffs into the ocean, and panoramic views of the coastline, this is definitely your spot for amazing Big Sur camping. Despite the large campground (172 sites), there’s still room to find space for yourself. This campground is diverse with each loop providing a different landscape. If you want to be closest to the river, sites 171-189 are the best. If being shaded under big trees is more your thing, then check out sites 1-21. There are also 2 group sites if you’re with a big crew or maybe a family gathering. Regardless, you can’t really go wrong at Pfeiffer Big Sur Campground.
This park may only have two camping spots, but they are known to be some of the best camping in California! Both are walk-in (meaning be prepared to bring all your gear in under your own steam), but provide wonderful seclusion and exquisite views of the Big Sur coastline. Fire rings, picnic tables and restrooms are available, but you will need to bring in all of your water and firewood (and bring it back out, of course!). Needless to say, these two spots book up extremely fast, so be sure to grab an open spot if you see it! Water is available across Highway 1 near the restrooms.
This coastal campground has two main hiking trails: one that winds along the redwoods along Limekiln Creek, and one that perches on cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Both trails are day use only. There are 29 campsites (4 are walk-in), and RVs and trailers aren’t allowed on the redwoods side (only at campsites 5 through 16). The two loops have very different atmospheres, and, in general, you will find families on the Redwood side and surfers and ocean-lovers on the other. Some of the sites on the ocean view are in the shadow of the Highway 1 overpass, so keep that in mind as you are selecting your site. Word on the street is that the best sites are 1, 2, and 3, but they are first-come, first serve and you can’t reserve specific sites online, so getting there early is always a good idea.
As with most things in Yosemite, bigger is better. Upper Pines Campground is no exception, boasting 240 campsites. It very well may be the most popular campground in Yosemite Valley, due, in part, to the views of surrounding icons, like El Capitan and Half Dome. Each site features a fire ring, food locker, and picnic table, and costs $26 per night. Upper Pines gets crowded in a hurry, so go in with the knowledge that you'll be nestled up next to your neighbor, with very little privacy (I mean. . . it is Yosemite Valley after all). That being said, the central location and convenience of Upper Pines makes it a no-brainer when visiting Yosemite. Word on the street (or in the park)—the best campsites are: 8, 9, 10, 21, 46, 62, 69, 99, 108, 137, 156, 172, 179, 182, 197, 202, 204, 206, 207, 208, 210, 211, 216, 220, 222, 226, 228, 230, 238, 239, 240
1,025 feet up Mt. Wittenberg lies Sky Camp. It's true to its name and offers spectacular panoramic views. You'll have to earn them with a “moderate" uphill hike from the Sky Trailhead. On a clear day you can see Point Reyes, Drakes Bay, and the Pacific Ocean. At Sky Camp, you are a ways away from the beach, but the views make up for it. If you are keen to get to the ocean, it is a steep 4-mile hike. There are a total of 11 sites and one big group site, which are equipped with a charcoal BBQ grill and picnic table. The sites are sprinkled among a nearby hillside, some in trees and others in the open. This camp is often overlooked in favor of camps closer to the beach, which makes it a great pick if you are in a bit of a time crunch.
No tent, no problem. These spacious cabins are the most luxurious place to stay on your next Big Basin Redwoods State Park camping adventure. The thought of a bed with mattress pads and a wood stove should motivate you to rest your bones after hiking through the many waterfalls, ancient redwoods, and lush canyons in this park. Each tent cabin can hold 4 campers, and there is space in the area to pitch a tent for 4 more occupants. Lock up your valuables if you'd like, the tent cabin door can be secured with a hook latch on the inside. If you are leaving to go on a hike or daytrip, you can bring a padlock to secure your cabin from the outside. Enjoy your day then gather friends and family around the fire ring for s’mores and ghost stories when the sun sets!
Potwisha Campground gets hot in the summer! Lucky for you, it’s right by the banks of the Kaweah River’s Middle Fork, the perfect place to cool down on those hot, dry summer days, and is just a short drive from the Marble Falls. Experience Sequoia National Park camping year round. Potwisha campground is located in the low Sierra Foothills, allowing the campground to stay open and relatively snow-free all winter long. Located a mere four miles from the Sequoia National Park entrance, Potwisha is one of the most accessible camping options in the area. No matter when you visit, you’ll hear the beckoning call of the Giant Forest. Got a sore neck from looking up at the world’s biggest trees all day? Head over to the nearby Giant Forest Museum to get all your most urgent tree questions answered.
Imagine the curved ripple of velvety sand against a backdrop of serrated peaks. The nearby sand dunes make Stovepipe Wells a good spot to park your RV and stay awhile (as long as it’s between September 1st and Mother’s Day weekend). This flat 190 spot parking lot campground has water, flush toilets a dump station, a smattering of picnic table and fire pits, as well as a nearby restaurant, bar and gift shop.
Musch trail camp is a small campground located in the eastern part of the Santa Monica Mountains of Topanga State Park. This campground is about a mile hike in from the park’s entrance. Here, campers can camp in style under eucalyptus trees and enjoy amenities such as water, restrooms, and picnic tables. There are 6 campsites here making it a small, intimate setting in an open area beside the trail. The campground here is definitely underutilized, so we like to think of it as our little secret.
If Joshua Tree camping is on the mind, staying at Jumbo Rocks campground is a must! Family-friendly Jumbo Rocks campground is located just a short hike from Skull Rock, one of the coolest rock formations in the park. Jumbo Rocks campground is the biggest of all campgrounds in Joshua Tree National Park. Pick from 124 first-come, first-served sites that have picnic tables, fire rings, and pit toilets. Potable water is not a luxury at this campground, make sure to bring plenty, especially in the summer months!Jumbo Rocks campground usually fills on weekend nights October through May and can be especially busy during holiday months. Remember, advance reservations are not accepted here! Try arriving on a weekday to have the best chance at grabbing a first-come, first-served site at this acclaimed campground.
A great place for Anza-Borrego Desert State Park camping is at the Borrego Palm Canyon Campground. Don’t let the vast 122 available campsites fool you, this campground books up fast. The campground amenities include drinkable water, restrooms and hot, coin-operated showers. Some sites offer full hook-ups. Borrego Palm Canyon campground favors smaller groups as each campsite may have up to eight people (including children). Keep in mind you’re camping in the largest state park in California in the desert. Stay hydrated and seek out shade under the ramadas.
A smaller campground option for Anza-Borrego Desert State Park camping is at Tamarisk Grove campground. With 27 campsites, 11 of which are cabins, Tamarisk is a great place to call home during your stay in the desert. Many of the campsites fall under the shade of overhead trees, which can be ideal in the desert heat. The campsites have access to token-operated showers, restrooms, fire rings and a small store selling essentials such as potable water. The campground is surrounded by two paved roads, so an occasional passing car might interrupt an otherwise tranquil scene.
San Onofre Bluffs Campground has 157 campsites nestled into the park’s scenery. the campground is convenient to trails that lead down to the 3. 5 miles of sandy beach as well as trails that lead upwards, cutting into the bluffs. The campsites here have access to picnic tables, fire pits, restrooms, showers and some ocean views. Book here early – these campsites get taken up quickly (especially in the peak summertime).
With 31 sites, Doane Valley Campground is a great escape in the Palomar Mountain area. Located in northern San Diego County, it's one of the few areas in SoCal with a Sierra Nevada-like vibe. One thing: some of the sites are known to be on a slight incline, so if you want to avoid that then look for the 1-8 loop. Cedar Grove Group Campground, is close by, so you won’t have to worry about massive parties right next to your site. However, Doane Valley sites are somewhat close together, so you might have to get to know some of your neighbors.
How do you see your summer playing out? Snorkeling in a rock cove, tubing down a gorge, rock climbing gorge sides? Good news, all this and more can be done when you stay at Arroyo Seco Campground. Options are a-plenty with modern and primitive sites available. Keep in mind amenities vary per site type. Nestled under the oak trees, this camp gives an A+ atmosphere for the after adventure snooze. When you awake soak in the mountain air and its good tidings--John Muir said so!
We’ve had a couple of less-than-great experiences at large campsites where you are just one plot of land amidst dozens of neighboring ones. Inks Lake campsites, though, are somehow different. Many of the campsites are on the water, and—miracle of miracles—the people that stay here tend to actually observe the quiet hours. The amenities are solid—the sites are always well-kept and you can choose a primitive backpacking site, a site with water and/or electricity, or even a mini-cabin. The only catch is that you need to book well in advance during the peak season (spring, summer). We recommend grabbing a site on the eastern end close to Devil’s Waterhole; this area is usually less crowded, has more foliage, is the farthest point from boat traffic, and plus it’s close to the coolest spot in the park.
Other than the youth group area, an equestrian group camp, and 2-mi. hike-in primitive sites, Pedernales Falls Campground is your one and only choice! It's a quick 30 miles west of Austin. 69 sites sit in the center of the park, all equipped with a picnic table, water and 30-amp electric. Sites 11-20 are close to a scenic overlook of Twin Falls, though all sites are pretty darn equidistant from all park activities! Don't miss the parks, art galleries, and museums of nearby Johnson City, just 10 miles west of the park.
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In the heart of the Santa Cruz mountains you can find California’s oldest state park. It is home to the largest continuous stand of ancient Coastal Redwoods. Some of the giant trees are more than 50 feet around and as tall as the Statue of Liberty. In addition to the beautiful, historic trees (some which predate the Roman Empire), the park offers insane views of the Pacific Ocean (hikers adore the 10. 5 mile Skyline to Sea Trail!). Berry Creek falls is just one of the many waterfalls to explore. Elevation in the park varies from sea level to above 2,000 feet and the natural features are diverse, ranging from wet forest to arid and desert-like. With over 18,000 acres of area to hike, bike and play in, there is no opportunity for boredom at Big Basin. Big Basin offers 146 campsites, four group sites, tent cabins, backcountry hike-in trail camps, and horse camping. So what’re you waiting for? Book your Big Basin camping adventure!
This area used to be a private resort for San Francisco's elite. Now, anyone can enjoy it. Hike around beautiful Napa Valley wine country using this park as your base camp. Before you search for your perfect bottle of wine, explore the history of the park. The well-preserved grist mill and water wheel offer a romantic picnic spot. Walk among giant coast redwoods, some of the largest lifeforms on Earth. After Redwood Trail, challenge yourself with Coyote Peak. The 5-mile loop trail is moderately difficult. Your reward at the top is the best view of the surrounding countryside. Watch out for poison oak. Stretch your legs with a day hike to nearby Pioneer Cemetery. The spring-fed swimming pool provides the perfect spot for hot summer days. Restored historic cabins and yurts let you camp year-round. Thirty tent and RV spaces have no hook-ups. Nine walk-in campsites are on a first-come, first-served basis.
From the summit of this mountain, you’ll be able to see all the way to the Sierra Nevada on a clear day. Bring some binoculars and you might even be able to make out Yosemite’s iconic Half Dome. Standing at 3,864 feet, this iconic mountain towers the nearby city of Walnut Creek. Bonus: you can drive to the summit! Beyond the views, Mt. Diablo State Park's massive 20,000-acres offers plentiful opportunities for climbing, biking, and hiking. Check out Boy Scout rocks or Pine Canyon for some of the best climbing the Bay has to offer. Just be careful, the sandstone here is delicate. It’s a good rule of thumb to wait three days after a rain before climbing. For a real challenge, try the infamous Mount Diablo Challenge bicycle race every October. The current record to the top is 43 minutes, 33 seconds. If you complete the course in under an hour, you’ll get one of the coveted "One-Hour" T-shirts. Talk about bragging rights. Hikers will be over the moon when they discover the park’s extensive trail system. Our favorite hike is the Mount Diablo Grand Loop, a trail that circumvents the entire mountain. The gates here close at sunset, so make sure you have plenty of time to get back to your car. If you would like to take in a sunset, spend the night at Juniper, Live Oak, or Mount Diablo Group Campground. (Juniper has the best views. ) Be sure to bring plenty of water, it gets pretty dry up there. If you’re looking for a northern California adventure, this is the mountain for you.
Climbers worldwide know about the granite rock formations in the Sierra Nevada mountains: Half Dome, El Capitan. And the pros know that Yosemite camping is either a feat of advanced planning, or a willingness to wing it for same-day reservations. There are 13 campgrounds inside the park with varying availability. The car campgrounds like Upper Pines require a reservation year-round (they sell out months in advance). To be fair, the reason why they sell out so quickly is because of the breathtaking beauty of the park. Between the massive sequoia trees, the mountains and the waterfalls, it's understandable. Reservations Info: Hogdon Meadow, Crane Flat, Wawona and Tuolumne Meadows campgrounds require reservations in the summer and fall months. There are four first-come, first-served campgrounds north of the Yosemite Valley, while only Bridalveil Creek is reserved to early birds south of the valley. Camp 4, in the valley itself, is also first-come, first-served, but doesn't allow RVs or pull-behind trailers. (Oh, and for RVs, it's good to know that none of the campgrounds have hookups, but there are three dump stations. ) If you're interested in trying for a first-come, first-serve site, get there early - they can fill up by 8:30 AM! The park service even has an availability hotline at 209-372-0266. If you're camping November-May, don't plan on using the Tioga pass entrance near Mono Lake. Tioga Road and Glacier Point Road are only open during the summer months. (Year-round, we like the Arch Rock entrance near Mariposa. ) Backcountry camping is available, but you have to get a wilderness permit to do so. Permits have the same basic set up as the campgrounds, some are available up to a year in advance for the planners, while the rest are first-come, first-served.
A recreational playground 23 million years in the making. This park’s amazing rock spires and talus cave systems are a boon for hikers and climbers alike. Good to know: There are two entrances to the park and they are only connected by trails. You can’t drive through the park so if you're camping, go to the east side entrance. 32 miles of trails range from easy to strenuous. For an easy jaunt, hike to and through one of the caves. Both Bear Gulch and the Balconies cave are under two miles roundtrip. You can also make these hikes longer by connecting them to other trails in the Park. Pro tip: Bring a flashlight and verify the caves are open on the Park’s website. If you’re feeling froggy, the South Wilderness Trail is for you. A section of it is known as “The Pig Fence” because it’s so steep you have to hold onto the fence beside the trail for balance. The fence was installed to keep feral pigs out of the park. Don’t miss the view from the bathroom on top of North Chalone Peak, it’s quite scenic. While the rock here is no Yosemite granite, the Park’s proximity to the Bay Area makes it a worthwhile climbing destination. The east side has easy approaches and top-ropeable routes. The west side is more spread out with tons of sport and multi-pitch trad options. Check out the mega classic five-pitch Cuidado (Sport 5. 10c) on Machete Ridge or hit up Top Rope Wall to TR your heart out. The rock here can be dodgy, so always check before weighting it. Don’t forget to look up. This park is release site for the endangered California Condor. If you get lucky you'll see these impressive birds flexing their wingspans high above you. Other winged denizens of the Park include falcons, Great Horned Owls, and thirteen species of bats. Animals of the four-legged variety include coyotes, grey fox, and bobcats. Whatever you end up doing here, pin Pinnacles NP to the top of your to-do list.
With names like Bumpass Hell, Boiling Springs Lake, and the Devastated Area, it’s easy to see why Lassen doesn’t get many visitors per year. Don’t let the names scare you. The park is a fascinating look into the region’s volcanic past. It’s one of the few places in the world where you can see all four types of volcanoes (cinder cone, composite, shield, and plug dome). There are 150 miles of trails to explore. Don’t miss the three-mile round hike through Bumpass Hell—a cauldron of mud pots, boiling pools, and steam vents. The area was named after Kendall Bumpass, whose leg had to be amputated after he fell into a boiling mud pot. Be sure to stay on the trail for this one. For those looking for more of a challenge, try the strenuous five-mile Lassen Peak Trail. The climb to the top is rewarded with commanding views of the entire area. Night owls can also hike the trail during a full moon to see the park in an entirely different light (sorry). Get out of the summer heat with a jaunt through the Subway Cave. This lava tube is ⅓ of a mile long and pitch black, so be sure to bring a light. Nearby Manzanita Lake just begs to be fished or paddled. Hike around the lake to catch a glimpse of Mount Lassen reflecting in the calm waters. Even though the park is open 365 days a year, we recommend visiting in summer or fall. Once the snow starts, it can be hard to get around (unless you remembered snowshoes).
Home to the world-famous Giant Sequoias and Redwoods, this huge wooded park has miles of hiking and biking trails to enjoy. After a long day's adventure, cool off at picturesque Hume Lake. If you're still keen on seeing even more barked behemoths, head on over to the trails at nearby Grant Grove and Cedar Grove. There are seven campgrounds to choose from in the park that the General Grant Tree, the world's second largest tree by volume, calls home. Seasoned campers know the first-come, first-served only sites at Sheep Creek, Cold Springs, and Atwell Mill are popular around summer time. Sunset, Potwisha, Buckeye Flat, Lodgepole, Dorst Creek Campgrounds are also crowd favorites, no matter the season. These, however, can be reserved up to six months in advance for individual sites. If you’re booking a larger group or RV campsite, you can do that a full year in advance. The wetter Bay Area winter months bring weekend waterfall chasers to the campsites around Peppermint, South Creek, and Tokopah Falls. Most of the campgrounds in the park are open year round, but bad weather and wildfire warnings can cause temporary closures. A few things to keep in mind before heading out the door: If you're an avid angler, you’ll want to cast your lines at both King River and Kaweah River. Also, only use firewood that’s locally-scoured, which you can pick up on your way into the park. RVs and other vehicles over 22 feet long aren't allowed through Hospital Rock and Giant Forest during road construction. Alternative routes exist at the north entrance to Kings Canyon National Park, off of Highway 198 and 180. Black bears are found within the park, so remember to contain your trash before calling it a night.
That isn’t to say it isn’t named for good reasons. It’s the hottest, driest, and lowest national park. The contradictory forces of nature are really on display here. Snow-dusted peaks and record heat? Yes. Wildflower summoning rainstorms between steady droughts? Check. Relieved fish taking refuge in crystal pools? Boiling hot water that flows out of the otherwise dry ground? Yes, yes, and yes. Feel humbled amidst the prowess of the desert’s spacious immensity, sculpted rock, and vivid technicolor sunsets. Desert regions of harsh extremes and unencumbered beauty have inspired artists and outdoor-lovers alike. You’re not limited to just the usual camping, hiking, or backpacking here. There is also rock climbing, horseback riding, golfing, off-highway vehicle adventures, and snowshoeing. See to the lowest point in North America. Badwater Basin is 282 feet below sea level. Be sure to hike out a quarter mile to see the polygon salt formations that park is famous for. Hit up Zabriskie Point to see the most popular viewpoint in the park. The colored badlands of the Furnace Creek formation look like they belong on another planet. If you have a 4WD vehicle, you can’t miss the racetrack. Here rocks mysteriously move across the desert floor (known as playa). It wasn’t until very recently that scientists discovered exactly how these rocks are moving. If you come here, please only drive on the road and do not walk on the playa when it is wet. It is very delicate! After a long day in the desert, fall asleep to one of the best stargazing bedtime stories the night sky has to offer.
The Mojave desert is the only place in the world where the iconic Joshua trees grow. They sprout amid yucca, sci-fi worthy rock formations, and springtime wildflower blooms. Hikers and climbers will never be bored at Joshua Tree National Park with over 100 miles of hiking trails and at least 8,000 climbing routes. There are nine campgrounds to choose from, and pros know that the first-come, first-serve campgrounds fill up on the weekends from October to May. The best time to snag a weekend spot is arriving early on a Thursday morning. From March to early June, the beautiful wildflowers and moderate temperatures pack the park even during the week. Some of the campgrounds do close during the summer when the temperatures are not safe. A few must-knows: Hammocks are not allowed for camping in the park. This is to protect the Joshua Trees! Also, firewood should be locally-sourced and purchased before arrival (it isn't available on site) To protect the vegetation, it's not okay to use fallen branches.
Head to this Southern California high desert state park in the spring to see amazing displays of wildflowers. Check the park's website for directions to the latest blooms (and don't step on the flowers). With 12 wilderness areas to choose from, you'll have plenty to do. Although you may need 4-wheel-drive to get into the Borrego Badlands or some of the other more rugged sections. Check out the Palms Oasis, a true haven from the desert heat, or sign up for a walk with a naturalist who can point out the sights you might otherwise miss. vWith 147 campsites, this park has plenty of room—though some are primitive campgrounds, and you can expect crowds when a superbloom of wildflowers occurs. The best part? This is an International Dark Sky Park. The nearby town of Borrego Springs even limits its nighttime lighting so that Milky Way really pops.
Miles of hiking trails and sandy beaches await you at the Point Mugu State Park. Featuring five miles of coastline, the park offers amazing views of the Pacific coast. Meander through the sand dunes and rocky bluffs while you hike the Grotto Trail with the entire family. If you're looking for a challenge, climb up the Mugu Peak Trail for views for miles. Bring your body surfing board or snorkel and fins for some fun in the water. If you prefer to fish for your supper, surf fishing is popular in this park. You can clean up in the restroom and even take a shower in a token-operated shower before bed. This state park offers numerous camping opportunities. You can choose a spot at the family or group campground. If you're more adventurous, pitch your tent at a primitive or hike campsites. Bring your RV up to 31feet in length and enjoy access and a dump station. At the visitor's center, check out the list of programs to learn more about habitat and area.
The rolling green hills of Central California along the coast. The dramatic beauty of Big Sur. The mountains surrounding the artsy town of Ojai. All this gorgeousness is called Los Padres. This national forest is split into two parts—North and South. Pick up an Adventure Pass to have access to dozens of well-maintained campgrounds. You don't need a permit to hike into the wilderness areas, which are first-come, first-served, but you will need a campfire permit for those s'mores. You can drive into huge sections of this 1. 75-million(!) acre forest, making it an ideal choice for a day trip if you're vacationing in Santa Barbara or Solvang. Keep your eyes on the road through the hairpin turns up Mount Figueroa or heading into Big Sur. You'll enjoy stunning views from many spots in the forest. Don't miss the fields of bright orange California poppies exploding in the spring.
With the San Gabriel Mountains centered in Los Angeles’ backyard, getting away from the hustle-and-bustle of city life couldn’t get much easier. For those not too keen on long car rides, this national forest is a great option at just an hour’s drive away along Hwy 2. Part of the Sierra Pelona Mountains range as well, this expansive park boasts picture-perfect camping and hiking in Southern California. Outdoorsmen (and women) can see waterfalls through steep shady canyons, trek up huge peaks, ramble through old pine groves, explore colorful and vibrant plant life, and relax beneath clear blue skies, unburdened by city light pollution. Also, the area’s a well-known stomping (hoofing?) ground for horseback riding. With more than 50 reservable campgrounds and cabins, rustic overnights options are plentiful. Campgrounds are separated into three ranger districts—Los Angeles River Ranger District, San Gabriel River Ranger District, and Santa Clara / Mojave Rivers Ranger District. Campsites are available on a first-come, first served basis, with a maximum stay of 14-days per site, and 30-days per year in the forest. Angeles National Forest also offers group campgrounds across all three ranger districts, some accommodating up to 300 people. You must make a reservation to use these group campgrounds. Summers can be quite grueling, so plan on taking a weekend (or longer) trip during the cooler fall and winter months.
Running along the crest of the Sierra Nevada lies 850,000 acres of forested wonderland. Ranging in elevation from 1,500 feet to 9,400 at the top of Mt. Lola, it’s easy to dial in a comfortable temperature whatever season it is. Climbers will be delighted to pull on some of the best climbing this side of the Sierra. Classic crags like Donner Pass and Lover’s Leap offer abundant bouldering, sport, and trad in every grade imaginable. One might argue there is no better swimming in Northern California than the majestic Yuba River. Its deep green pools are so clear you can see all the way to the bottom. This comes in handy when you are tempted to jump off the perfect granite cliffs that ring most of them. Whitewater lovers will find their paradise at the American River. The South Fork is great if you’re just starting out. Experienced paddlers may want to try the Class III and Class IV rapids of the Middle Fork. Don’t forget about Tahoe NF once the snow starts falling. There are miles of trails to cross-country ski, snowshoe, or snowmobile. Snowboarders will be psyched on the backcountry options at Donner Pass. You might even find a homemade jump or two.
You do now! 120 miles long with an average width of 6 miles, it’s often referred to as the “Grand Canyon of Texas”. Beat the crowds and heat by visiting in the winter months ($5 entry fee year-round). Explore the canyon by foot, mountain bike, horse ($35 for a tour) or by car on over 30 miles of trails. For the adventurous, you can take the “big zip” tour across the canyon or go rappelling into the abyss. Named for the abundant mesquite and juniper trees in the area, it was first mapped by early Spanish Explorers in 1541. “Palo Duro” is Spanish for hardwood. The canyon was created by erosion from the Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River. As water flows through the canyon, it gradually deepens and widens the channel. Activities of the artistic variety include an annual photography contest in early January, and TEXAS, an outdoor musical drama that happens all summer. Photographers, adventurers, and families alike will lose their ish over this larger-than-life canyon. If you want to go big when you’re in the Texas Panhandle, you can’t miss this State Park!
This is one of Texas's most popular state parks for a reason. The deep canyons, shady cypress, and towering mesas are a must-see if you’re visiting hill country. Did we mention the river? It runs through the park for 2. 9 miles—the perfect length for an afternoon float. There is also a tube shuttle available to take you to the top. No juggling multiple cars here! Just relax and let the river do the work. When you’re done floating, check out the mega deep pools located below the dam past the main camping area. They’re less crowded than the rest of the park. You might just get lucky and have them all to yourself. After a day on the river, stay over at one of the park’s eight campgrounds. Choose from tent sites, screened shelters, or full-on cabins. While you're there, take in some nightlife; the park holds dances every evening during the summer. If you decide that you actually want to stay forever and ever, the park is always looking for volunteers. Check their website for the latest available positions.
At 801,163 acres in size, this Lone Star natural oasis is a crown jewel of the state. It ebbs and flows in elevation, getting as high as 7,832 feet in the Chisos Mountains and as low as 1,800 feet in the Rio Grande river valley, which makes for truly diverse hiking trails. Also, the park’s over 1,200 species of flora and fauna make Big Bend a mecca for biologist, anthropologists, and basically anyone who appreciates Mother Nature’s bounty. Artifacts as old as 9,000 years old are regularly found in the park, as well. With over 1,000 miles of international boundary shared with Mexico along the Rio Grande River, Big Bend National Park exists also a symbol of how the outdoors can bring nations together. Big Bend is particularly exciting for hikers and backpackers, who can choose between Chimneys Trail, Marufo Vega Trail, Outer Mountain Loop or any number of the endless other options. And the rumors are true: Big Bend is one of the best places in the United States for stargazing because of how little light pollution it has. Camping in Big Bend is a pretty straightforward affair. Campsites, including group ones, in Rio Grande Village, Chisos Basin, and Cottonwood campgrounds can be reserved year-round for tent camping and even car camping. There’s also a gaggle of first-come, first-serve primitive campsites sprinkled throughout the park. RVers take not that the Rio Grande Village RV Park is the only campground with full hookups. Water stations, a dump station, picnic tables, and more are exist in and around the visitor center. Thankfully, Big Bend boasts year-round camping and fairly tolerable weather, no matter the season. Feel free to check it out at any season.
The ancient pink granite dome in Texas Hill Country didn't earn its name for nothing—it's pure magic. Located a short drive north of Fredericksburg, the place is a wildly popular spot to rock climb, hike or gaze up at the Milky Way. There are more than 10 miles of hiking trails, including the 4-mile Summit Trail to the top of Enchanted Rock. After gawking at 360-degree views, hop on the Loop Trail—the only trail that welcomes four-legged hikers. Be aware that most hiking trails close 30 minutes after sunset. Camping options at Enchanted Rock are pretty rustic. The walk-in tent campground has 35 sites with restrooms and showers nearby. There are also two backpack camp areas at the end of a rugged 1 to 3-mile hike. Tip: Traveling during weekends, holidays or school breaks? get a Save the Day pass online up to a month in advance. It protects you from getting the boot at the entrance when the park reaches capacity. You may also want to check for public hunting closures before you go.
With more than 100 peaks, this corner of the Rockies is chock-full of jaw-dropping vistas. Over 350 miles of hiking trails and 147 lakes are just begging to be explored. It earns bonus points for being open 24/7. Imagine catching a mountain sunrise next to bighorn sheep and bugling elk herds. Camping in the Rocky Mountains never disappoints. There are five scenic campgrounds, some with sites you can book up to six months in advance. Just keep in mind there are no RV hook-ups. You can find group sites (tents only) at Glacier Basin Campground. For winter camping, opt for Moraine Park Campground on Bear Lake Road—the only four-season campground. Looking for Rocky Mountain glamping? There are hosts of deluxe cabin rentals nearby with envy-inducing views. Travel Tips: Plan a fall trip to beat the crowds and catch the elk rutting season. If you're headed to the Rockies in the busy summer months, stick to the weekdays. Don't forget to pack plenty of water for those high-elevation hikes!
Who knew rock formations could be so cool? Prepare for jaw-dropping views, including the Miners Castle formation, complete with a towering turret. And don’t miss the Grand Sable Banks, rising 300 feet above Lake Superior. Some of the formations are accessible by car, but others take more effort to see. Chapel Rock, an 80-foot scenic waterfall, is reachable by a three-mile hike. The Grand Portal, a giant archway, is viewed best from a boat tour or kayak. With 100 miles of trails leading to remote streams and inland lakes, exploration never stops. Historic sites include a Civil War blast furnace and the still-active Au Sable lighthouse. Visit Miners Beach, with 73,000 acres on the Lake Superior shoreline, to take a dip. Camping in the park is a rustic affair, but the vistas make up for that. None of the sites have water, electric or sewer hookups, and cell service is limited. Camping is permitted in winter, and the park allows skis, snowmobiles and ice fishing.
Shenandoah National Park is practically synonymous with hiking, and with over 500 miles of hiking trails (including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail), it’s easy to see why. Advanced mountaineers may try their hand at climbing Old Rag Mountain—the park’s most dangerous and most popular hike—but there are plenty of beginner and intermediate trails for every level of outdoorsman. With activities like geocaching and fly-fishing, to identifying some of the rare plants sprinkled across Big Meadows, Shenandoah is chock-full of unique landscapes and soaring panoramic views, not least of which can be enjoyed from atop Skyline Drive, which offers over 70 overlooks spanning 196,000 acres of background beauty. Be prepared to gaze in awe at spectacular waterfalls, wild forests, and boundless wilderness, the likes of which cannot be described in words. Come on down to Old Dominion and see what outdoor mysteries await.
Red and cream canyons lead to huge towers of rock filled with natural hanging gardens. Big Horn Sheep face off in the valleys below like something out of Nat Geo. The Virgin River flows through it all, changing colors from neon aquamarine to milky silt depending on the rainfall. Adventure hounds are going to go bananas with hikes to Angels Landing, short (or long) water adventures in The Narrows, or the insanely famous jaunt to The Subway. Those looking for an adventure of the vertical nature will be psyched on the hundreds of traditional climbing routes here. Make sure you wait a few days after it rains, sandstone breaks easily when wet! Even just driving through the park is an experience. The park is well mapped, with hikes and climbs leaving from the shuttle stops. Speaking of the shuttle, the main loop through Zion Canyon is closed to private vehicles during the spring and summer. Fortunately, the shuttles run often and are an efficient way to get around. Just don’t miss the last one! Stay overnight at one of the park’s three campgrounds. Car camping can be had at the South Campground and Watchman Campgrounds. There’s also the rustic campground at Lava Point. It only has six first-come, first-served sites but they are free (and the views are incredible).
These ancient canyons showcase 200 million years of erosion near the Colorado River. See layers of vibrant color and fossils 75 million years old. Add 1,000 miles of roads, and you have a vast territory to explore. Backcountry roads climb the steps. As you go up, you'll discover a younger layer of rock. Imagine what it was like in dinosaur times. This place was probably a shallow tropical ocean teeming with life. Go off-road a ways and walk along some of the narrow slot canyons. Willis Creek is particularly memorable. You won't need a boat. The water is only 1 to 2 inches deep. The walls are so narrow at some points, you can stretch out your arms and almost touch both sides. Give a yell and hear an endless echo. Bring plenty of water if you plan to explore on foot. RV parks and campgrounds supply water and electrical hook-ups. Luxury cabins offer glamping options.
Off the beaten path but well worth the 37-mile detour from the highway, this awe-inspiring monument awaits. It's a wonderland of rocks: standing up rocks, balancing rocks and towering pinnacles. All this eye-candy the handiwork of an ancient volcano eruption just south of the park. Covering 11,985 acres, this national monument's mild climate makes it a joy to explore year-round. 17 miles of day-use hiking trails provide an irresistible opportunity to discover the terrain on foot. Choose from half a dozen easy walks under a mile, or tackle a more challenging route. The park has several moderate and strenuous trails all mapped out that range from one to eight hours in duration. The longest lets you cover 9. 5 fascinating miles. Rather see it from the comfort of your horse or car? No sweat. Take a picnic and follow the 8-mile paved drive that winds you up to panoramic Massai Point. Chiricahu's by-reservation Bonita Canyon Campground is open year-round and is crazy-busy in spring.
If the glitz, glamor, and gambling have gotten old, a soul-restoring day trip is in order. This astounding state park is located 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas in the Mojave Desert. Hike among the red-sandstone spires, arches, and other rock formations. Decode the 3,000-year-old petroglyphs at Atlatl Rock and Petroglyph Canyon where the Mouse’s Tank stands guard. In Nevada's oldest state park you’ll find curvy waves of red rock that was shaped over the last 150 million years. The gorgeous red hue comes from the iron oxide in the region’s sediment. The Basket Maker people and the Anasazi Pueblo farmers called this ancient land home. Valley of Fire offers two campgrounds with a combined total of 73 first-come, first-served units. Shaded tables, grills, water, and showers will keep you comfortable as you explore this magical, mystical land. Prime picnicking in shade near restrooms can be found at Atlatl Rock, Seven Sisters, the Cabins and White Domes.
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Immediately north of El Paso sits Franklin Mountains State Park, the largest urban park in the United States. Hook up your RV or pitch that tent to enjoy days of hiking and rock climbing. More astonishing rock formations await you at Hueco Tanks State Park, where an observant eye can spot petroglyphs while climbing. Across the border into New Mexico, Pancho Villa State Park serves up a side of history with your campsite. Pancho Villa hide out in these very lands, and you can learn all about the famous bandit with a weekend of camping in this desert landscape. More trekking from El Paso into New Mexico takes you to Leasburg Dam State Park, where you can canoe down the Rio Grande to catch your own dinner. Head through the Chihuahuan Desert and up into the Sacramento Mountains to find unexpected pools and wildflowers at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, or camp by a rushing waterfall surrounded by pine trees in New Mexico's Lincoln National Forest.
Camp under ancient oak trees or towering pines in this area that puts you near rushing rivers or quiet lakes. When you're camping near Sacramento, you're within reach of Gold Rush country where you can still pan for gold and hope to get lucky, as well as world-class wineries, where you can sit back with a glass of pinot and reflect on how lucky you are. Enjoy rustic camping on working farms where you can rise with the roosters and enjoy fresh eggs for breakfast, or head to the Yuba River to relax in solar-powered, hand-built stone cabins or to rough it tent camping at the edge of South Yuba State Park. Peaceful retreats in yurts await you in the Sierra foothills and at the Mare Island Preserve, an abandoned Naval shipyard filled with astonishing glimpses into 150 years of maritime history. River rafting or kayaking along Cache Creek lets you stay active during the day, so you can stretch out and gaze at the stars at night.
It's hard to decide what's most remarkable about Half Moon Bay: these gorgeous views of the Pacific waiting right outside your tent flap, or the fact that this relaxing nature-filled getaway is only thirty miles south of San Francisco? Take advantage of it all with a weekend (or longer!) of camping near Half Moon Bay. For the real treatment, your best option is Half Moon Bay State Beach, where a stay at the Francis Beach Campground is your ticket to ocean tide alarm clocks and watercolor sunsets from the comfort of your campsite. Choose from sites located right along the dunes, or venture away from the beach for sites with hike and bike access. Hike the tall, looming bluffs and nearby redwood forests, wander through fields of wildflowers, pay a visit to the nearby elephant seals, or just spend a day in the surf. Half Moon Bay State Beach fills up fast on the weekends, but just a few miles down the coast, private ranches and farms along the water offer campers a little peace and seclusion away from the crowds.
Whether you want to relax in a tent while you listen to the waves roll in, marvel at redwoods reaching for the sky overhead, or pamper yourself with a stay at a luxury ranch, Santa Cruz camping offers choices you're bound to love. Pack your surfboards to take advantage of the world-renowned surf breaks along the Santa Cruz coast, and then treat yourself to the famous Boardwalk for some carnival fun before heading back to your campsite or cabin. Large group campgrounds and sites with beautiful meadows are ideal for outdoor weddings, family reunions or group retreats. If you want an experience that's a bit more plush than tent camping on the beach, head to a working ranch for a B&B stay complete with a delicious farm-to-table breakfast every morning, then enjoy visits to the area's intriguing wineries. The stunning natural beauty of Big Sur awaits you up the coast at the end of one of the most beautiful drives in the world. Hike through these epic hills, enjoying waterfalls and views of the Pacific. Or head to Sunset State Beach, Big Basin Redwoods State Park or Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park if it's big trees and sunsets you're after.
Situated in the Ojai Valley surrounded by picturesque hills and stark mountains, Ojai is an idyllic region that overflows with natural beauty and carries a distinctly artistic vibe. Ojai camping is a special experience, given its proximity to Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles. Camp beside the lake or beneath the trees at Lake Casitas Recreation Area where you can fish, boat, hike, bike, swim, and picnic to your heart's content. Alternatively, head into Los Padres National Forest for a little more camping seclusion, where the opportunities for hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities are endless. Test your fishing skills at Matilija Creek or the Sespe Creek. And if you get hungry, grab tasty local produce and treats at the Ojai Farmers Market on Sundays. If you’re down in the valley around sunset, keep an eye out for “the pink moment,” when the hillsides take on soft yet striking pink hues. It's a sight you won't forget.
No matter where you lay your head when you’re camping in Mendocino, you’re sure to be surrounded by giant redwoods, lush ferns, scenic hiking trails and mind-blowing coastline teeming with tide pools. You won’t have to work hard at “getting back to nature” when you’re in Mendocino, whether you’re glamping in the forest or roughing it in one of Mendocino National Forest’s many dispersed camping areas found just off the main roads. Although the national forest also offers many developed campgrounds, campers seeking silence and solitude over showers and hook-ups can enjoy camping on private land or dispersed camping in Lakeview, Lower Nye and Grizzly Flat campgrounds. Rent out the National Forest’s rustic cabin perched high atop an outcrop at 4,000 feet surrounded by a dense conifer canopy. Seaside RV parks and waterfront lake parks catering to boaters and anglers abound. Horse owners find welcome when camping in Mendocino at facilities such as the 14-acre Black Butte River Ranch. The ranch abuts the National Forest and offers guests cabins and a horse pasture while also accommodating tents and RVs. There’s always something to do, but it’s really easy to do nothing but soak up the serene, sanity-restoring Mendocino magic.
If you dream of a cool ocean breeze across your face every morning, then Cannon Beach camping is just the excursion you need. The most popular park in the area is Nehalem Bay State Park, perfect for every type of camper. You'll have miles of beach to comb as you look for seashells, sea glass and other natural formations. Bringing along kids? They'll have hours of fun splashing in the surf and building sandcastles along the shore. The surrounding area has a forested bike trail where you just might catch a glimpse of woodland critters grazing on the grass, and the park offers a walk-in campsite for hikers and bikers alike. Forgot to bring the tent? Book a comfortable yurt for a truly unique camping experience, or bring along your horse, as primitive horse camps are on-site. If you're in the market for a full-service, full-hookup RV resort, Cannon Beach has many to choose from, some of which offer amenities such as indoor heated pools and spas, gaming rooms, and brick fire pits. Just don't forget to pack everything you need for s'mores. There's no shortage of scenic views and things to do when camping in Cannon Beach.
Located on the border of Oregon and Washington, the Columbia River Gorge splits these two beautiful states in a dramatic fashion that's worthy of a road trip. Less than an hour drive from Portland and three hours from Seattle, this canyon region is a mecca for waterfalls, state parks, cliffs, and hiking trails connecting to the spectacular Mt. Hood National Forest. Sleep under the stars in your tent or park your RV amongst the evergreens. Listen to the creek from the comfort of your cabin or group camp in a private pasture with views you won't believe at sunrise. Camping and hiking in the rain is a rite of passage in the PNW. If you're hoping for a drier camping experience at the Columbia River Gorge, summer is the time for you to visit. From lakeside picnics in the spring and summer winery visits, to forest waterfall hikes in the fall and snowy winter adventures, this magical place has something for everyone to enjoy.
Whether you prefer the mountains, ocean, or city views, you can find it all when you go camping near Seattle. Travel southwest of the city, and you will discover high altitude camping at Mount Rainier National Park, with panoramic views of the state's highest mountain. Further north, the alpine landscape of North Cascades National Park invites snow lovers to explore its glaciers. Blackpine Horse Camp is the best option for equestrians, with campgrounds tailored to campers to bring their horse. Island campers who enjoy city views pitch their tent on Bainbridge Island, while those preferring a more secluded environment head to Hope Island Marine State Park, reachable only by boat. Choose glamping and stay in one of the fully-equipped cabins at Lakeside Resort on San Juan Island or nearby private land. Can't decide what environment you prefer? Camp at Olympic National Park and you have the Hoh Rain Forest, Pacific Ocean, glaciated mountains, and hot springs all within reach.
There's no shortage of opportunities for outdoor recreation in Boise, where you could ski, bike, run, hike, paddle, and climb within a day if you had the energy and will. With so much nature in and around the city, options for camping in Boise are plentiful. Within Boise National Forest alone, you can choose from 70 different campgrounds. Lake Cascade State Park, Sawtooth National Forest, and Lucky Peak Lake are other camping spots likely to appeal to the area’s weekend warriors. From downtown Boise, you can hike and bike along the Boise River Greenbelt, which extends along the Boise River for 26 miles with numerous park and fishing access points. Runners, mountain bikers, and hikers will want to visit the Ridge to Rivers trail system, which spans nearly 200 miles through the picturesque Boise Foothills. Visit Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve and Hulls Gulch Reserve for wildlife watching and birding. Bogus Basin is a haven for snow sports fanatics less than 20 miles outside Boise, and Black Cliffs and Sweet Adene are great places to climb with hundreds of challenging routes.
All around northern San Antonio, you'll find unique, private camping spots. Enjoy a peaceful rest on a "sleeping porch" at a renovated barn where you can wake up to sweeping landscapes, or pitch your tent at a working farm where fresh eggs await you every morning. Opt for lakefront glamping where your hosts treat you to outdoor movies or live music, or spend a weekend camping in the same scenic location that Native Americans occupied over 10,000 years ago. If you're in Texas, you know there's always a dude ranch nearby, and San Antonio offers some of the best in the state. Enjoy hayrides, horseback riding and three big meals a day. Pull up your RV, and feel free to BYOH (bring your own horse). Tent camping along the Guadalupe River puts you right in the middle of the natural beauty that abounds in central Texas, or choose community campgrounds that put you within easy driving distance of San Antonio or Austin. You'll get the best of both the great outdoors and the bustling city.
Camp near the red rocks of Sedona to enjoy spectacular sunsets, amazing rock-climbing opportunities, and the wonderfully mystic vibe of Sedona itself. Crystal clear creeks and the natural beauty of the red rocks let you center yourself, while the artisan offerings of Sedona boutiques make your visit worthwhile in a completely different way. Check in to a large stone cabin that has room for a couple of dozen of your closest loved ones when it's time for a family reunion or gathering of friends, or pitch your tent by Manzanita Creek to have fishing, hiking and mountain biking await you each morning. Head to Coconino National Forest to camp underneath tall ponderosa pines, with a rushing stream gurgling right outside your tent. Further into the National Forest, you'll find places to hook up your RV, and you can even ride in on your horse to equestrian camping sites. If you want a little more shelter, rent a cabin once used by firefighters high up along the Mogollon Rim for unbeatable serenity and beauty.
The best camping near Phoenix requires a bit of travel out of the city, but you'll be glad you made it out to see these scenic desert landscapes. If you're hauling a trailer or RV, there are plenty of parks north of the city center, close to the freeway. For a wilder camping experience, head northeast to the river valley area around Rio Verde or strike out east to Tortilla Flat, Superstitions Mountains and Tonto National Forest. Here you can pitch your tent close to wilderness trails, canyons and creeks, and escape the city as you spend time fishing, boating or taking a refreshing dip. For extra privacy and stunning views, paddle across for an overnight stay at a boat-in campsite on Saguaro Lake. If it's your first time venturing into the wilderness, book a cabin at Phoenix Wilderness Adventures where you can hire a professional to introduce you to the fun and excitement of canyoning, rock climbing and whitewater paddling.
Spend the night on a bluff with ocean views or beside a stream, camping in Big Sur offers you the chance to explore untamed nature. Stretching between Carmel and San Simeon, this area is bordered by the Santa Lucia Mountains on the East and the Pacific Ocean on the west. Cabins and camping near Big Sur offer you a variety of locations from seaside bluffs to rich forest scenery. While the area doesn't have many local residents, it's a popular destination for nature lovers so many camping options exist. Wake up next to majestic redwood trees and stunning mountain views. Just south of Carmel, Limekiln State Park provides year round camping spots among the redwoods with stunning views of the California coastline. At Ventana Campground, spend the nights in redwood canyon and along the banks of Post Creek. Dotted along the Route 1, private and public campgrounds make exploring this region fun and unique.
National forests and state parks located all around Las Vegas make it easy to enjoy Sin City while still sleeping out under the stars and getting some alone time with nature. From campgrounds in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, you can hike or ride your horse through rugged canyons or take advantage of programs at the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. Pitch your tent near fields of wildflowers in the spring, and don't forget your mountain bike to get up into the wilderness. At Nevada's Valley of Fire State Park, you can hook up your RV or set up camp at a spot surrounded by blazing red rocks that pulse with the power of the setting sun. When hiking in this area, keep an eye out for petroglyphs and petrified wood. The Lake Mead Recreation Area puts you right on the shore of one of the most popular lakes in the desert; bring your own boat or just enjoy swimming in the cool water. And just outside of the city, a stay at the Saddle Sore Ranch promises spectacular sunsets over the desert landscape, with grills, horseshoe and fire rings to unwind.
Only a short drive from Reno you'll find Lake Tahoe, neatly split down the middle by the California-Nevada state line. When you really need a break from the city's hectic pace, paddle or motorboat your way to Emerald Bay, where a primitive boat-in campground promises the ultimate in seclusion and serenity. RV hookups, tent campsites and even cabins are available in the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Area, or pitch your tent in a friendly backyard under 100-foot pine trees to enjoy easy access to the lake with a hot tub awaiting you at the end of the day. Campgrounds in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest let you look down on Lake Tahoe's beauty from an elevation of 9,000 feet, or head to nearby Loon Lake with your fishing permit in hand to rustle up some trout for dinner. For a different experience, head east from Reno to Stagecoach Acres at the edge of the Black Rock Desert. You may see wild horses wandering around your campsite, and you'll be in the perfect location to head over to the Burning Man Festival.
There are few places in the world where you can surf in the morning and ski in the afternoon. Whether you're from the City of Angels or visiting the area, a great way to experience the epic beauty and uniqueness of Los Angeles is through an outdoor adventure. You don't have to travel deep into the desert or drive up to NorCal to enjoy camping. There's an abundance of camping near Los Angeles. Los Angeles is special in that it has beaches, mountains and deserts all in close proximity. Hike on wildflower-covered ocean bluffs, ski down snowy slopes, bike up canyons with dramatic mountain views, or kayak alongside dolphins , all without having to travel far. You'll never forget the time you spent the night on an open hillside overlooking the ocean, a rolling vineyard tucked behind the vines, or a field under the stars.
Camping on the Central Coast provides you with a myriad of choices from beach camping to camping in national forests. Stretching from Point Mugu to Monterey Bay, the California Central Coast encompasses six counties and lies to the north of Los Angles and the south of San Francisco. With a variety of terrain, camping on the Central Coast offers you the chance to camp on the beach tonight and rub elbows with the artists at Carmel-by-the-Sea tomorrow. Beach lovers can find comfortable camping with flush toilets and showers near Monterey and Pismo or enjoy lake camping around Lopez Lake, Lake Cachuma or Lake Nacimiento. Enjoy camping among the trees and wilderness at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. For off-the-beaten-path camping, load your supplies into a canoe and paddle into the Santa Margarita Lake campsite or pitch your tent at a campsite near the Laguna Seca Raceway.
Camping near San Francisco gives you hundreds of options, each with its own unique features. Travel about 8 miles north to the Marin Headlands and enjoy camping with occasional views of Golden Gate Bridge. Find a multitude of camping options available via public transportation including train, bus, or ferry and grab a weeknight micro-adventure to Mare Island Preserve or Angel Island Park. Adventurous campers wanting an activity-filled trip choose from rock climbing, caving, and horseback riding at the 22,000 acre Mount Diablo State Park. Plan far in advance for a visit to Steep Ravine Cabins and Campground and relax in one of the cliff-side cabins overlooking the ocean. Campers don't have to leave San Francisco to feel close to nature. Set up camp in Rob Hill and find a peaceful oasis in the heart of the city. Whether you prefer to stay close by, head to the ocean, or find a quiet space among the redwoods, San Francisco has something to offer campers of all levels.
San Diego is one of the most beautiful destinations in California. With such diversity and endless adventure possibilities, camping near San Diego should be on your bucket list. There are many great locations for tent, cabin, or RV camping among different terrain. The Cleveland National Forest on Mt. Laguna offers many opportunities for camping. The campsites at Boulder Oaks and Cibbets Flat Campgrounds are first come, first serve. If you feel more comfortable with a reservation, look into Burnt Rancheria and Laguna Campgrounds. There are plenty of mountain biking, hiking, and backpacking trails to explore in the area. A beautiful location for desert camping near San Diego is the Anza-Borrego State Park. There are four campgrounds within the state park to choose from. While you’re there, definitely go see the Pictograph Trail to see rock paintings made by the Kumeyaay Indians thousands of years ago. If you want to do some camping near the beach without going all the way to Catalina, Crystal Cove State Park is an option not too far from San Diego.
The Bay Area is more than its world-class wines and high-tech heavyweights. There are tons of hidden nooks and scenic views waiting to be explored. Pack up your gear or rent it from a local shop and explore camping in the Bay Area. If you're looking to enjoy ancient redwood forests, try hipcamping on private land for a secluded experience. Big Basin Redwoods State Park should also be high on your list—established in 1902, it's one of California’s oldest state parks and home to numerous waterfalls. If staying close to home is key a number of campsites are within an hour of the city, including Kirby Cove with a beautiful beach where you can take in a spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge (note: book well in advance!). If a scenic drive is on your list, Point Reyes National Seashore is worth the ride. Secluded beach trails and tide pools are waiting for you to explore. And if you visit at just the right time, you might catch a Gray Whale migrating south during the late winter months. Pro tip for bike campers: hike or bike campsites are offered in many California State Parks, first-come, first-served. No matter your style, camping in the Bay Area is sure to be a breeze.
Colorado is an outdoor lover's' playground, and the area surrounding the city of Denver is no exception. In fact, the Denver Mountain Parks system contains more than 14,000 acres of parklands in the mountains and foothills west and south of Denver. You can even visit Buffalo Bill’s grave at the top of Lookout Mountain Park! The obvious choice for camping near Denver is to head west to the Rockies. You can get to Rocky Mountain National Park in under two hours, where wilderness campsites and campgrounds of every type abound. Aspenglen Campground and Moraine Park Campground are popular for their awe-inspiring views of the mountains. Further south, at the base of Mt. Evans and about an hour from Denver is Echo Lake. Hike through the spruce tree forest and fish on the lakeshore after setting up camp in the Echo Lake Campground nearby. When planning a camping trip near Denver, there’s no shortage of options.
If you think the best sightseeing in Northern California is the Golden Gate Bridge, it's time to grab the tent and start exploring. Camping in Northern California guarantees beautiful vistas at every turn, friendly locals, and a diverse array of camping get-ups to choose from. Cozy yurts and rustic cabins offer comfortable camping along the coast or deep in the mountains, and Northern California boasts an impressive array of private farms, vineyards, and open land. An endless patchwork of state parks and national forests let you sleep among the arboreal giants or enjoy tranquil lake camping. Whether you head north or south of the Bay Area, miles of stunning coastline offer some of the best bluff and beach camping opportunities in the country. Stunning Pacific sunsets will convince you to never leave the coast – until you remember the epic mountains waiting for you a few hours inland, that is.
Almost every gray whale and monarch butterfly in existence passes through this area during its annual migration, and after a weekend of Monterey camping, you'll know why: it's a land, air, and sea paradise. Catch the annual whale parade from your hike-in tent campsite at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, or from a Laguna Seca Recreation Area seaside bluff, where you'll find a view of the iconic raceway. On a clear day, you can see several California counties from your rustic spot at Fremont Peak State Park, and on a clear night, head on over to the astronomical observatory to soak up the stellar celestial sights. Whether you're seeking solitude in a secluded cypress grove just steps away from staggering ocean views or an ancient redwood forest brimming with miles of pristine hiking, Monterey camping offers it all. Dig into some rugged, tent-only camping in the wide-open, grassy meadows at Andrew Molera State Park or try your luck on the seriously-sought-after, first-come, first-served sites at Limekiln State Park on the iconic Big Sur coast. Monterey camping is a Mother-Nature-worshipping, ocean-lover's nirvana.
There are few things that can truly beat camping in Southern California from setting up a tent for beach camping in Malibu, to exploring the rugged rock formations in Joshua Tree National Park, sleeping under the giants of Sequoia National Park or glamping in the canyons of Santa Barbara. Connect the dots on your road trip to over 45 lakes in Southern California, the Pacific Ocean, and vast desert landscapes. Lake Perris has clean white beaches and sparkling blue water allowing for an amazing day or weekend trip for prime lake camping. Escape the big city life and find yourself outside in Southern California beauty.
Best cities for camping
Camping near Miami allows you to enjoy the modern comforts and amenities Downtown Miami, while giving you proximity to nearby State and National Parks. For those who want to escape crowded Miami Beach for quieter beachscapes, head south of the city toward the oceanside hiking at Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve. North of Miami is where you’ll find the most accessible (and camp-able) green spaces that border the famous Everglades National Park. Consider staying Everglades Hideaway or Happy Exotic Fruit Farm to take advantage of accommodating digs and proximity to the shouldering wetlands. Airboating through the Everglades is a must-do, and don’t forget to liberally apply your sunscreens and bug sprays before heading out. More rustic, tent-style camping can be had to Miami’s East at Oleta River State Park. On-the-water activities, which includes fishing, should always be conducted at designated “Alligator Safe” areas to avoid any unwanted bump-ins with Jurassic-age reptiles.
Yes, we know, people travel to Orlando to visit that famous mouse and all of those princesses. But central Florida has so much more to offer than amusement parks! In the late 1960s, Walt Disney chose a swampy patch of farmland to build his parks. Sure, you can camp at Fort Wilderness. But we’re interested in the wetlands that aren’t quite so crowded. From the pair of Tohopekaliga lakes near Kissimmee and St. Cloud, to the massive Lake Apopka, there are a million tiny bodies of water in between. It’s a paddler’s paradise! Cyclists love Florida too, because there isn’t a hill in sight – just be sure to hydrate well and pack bug spray.
From the shores of Lake Erie near Geneva-on-the-Lake and Ashtabula, to the lakes and forests sprinkled across Northeastern Ohio, camping options abound just outside of Cleveland. The Cuyahoga Valley National Park includes five reservable backcountry sites in some of the prettiest forest you’ve ever wandered. Mohican State park is about 90 miles away from Cleveland, but it it’s worth the drive. There are tent sites, historic landmarks and bookable cottages. Or, follow the blue blazes and find the Buckeye trail to hike all of Ohio in a giant loop! Headlands Beach State Park in Lake County has a section of the “little loop” that circles NEO.
The rolling green hills of Kentucky horse country beckon campers out of the bustle of Louisville and out into home of bluegrass and bourbon. If the campgrounds at the tiny Jefferson Memorial Forest aren’t your cup of tea, meander east to Taylorsville Lake, or West toward the Hosier National Forest. Either way you can’t go wrong. You’re only about an hour and a half north of Mammoth Cave National Park, but if you don’t like the drive time, the Louisville Mega Cavern is much closer to home!
Everything really is bigger in Texas—including the greenspaces. From the world-class Dallas World Aquarium, head North toward Denton where you’ll find a plethora of lakeside camping. Lake Lewisville and Grapevine Lake are both well stocked with sport fish like both small- and largemouth bass. Kayaking and canoeing opportunities, as well as boating ramps, are common on both large bodies of freshwater. Those who enjoy long and short hikes can find clearly marked, clean trails that snake around both those above mentioned lakes, as well as around William Jr. Park. Downtown folk and tourists can find natural respite along the Trinity River by running, walking, or biking the Katy Trail. Camping near Dallas give you access to the luxuries of upscale southern living, while allowing you to embrace the rustic, tent-only, RV, and other styled campgrounds that populate North Texas.
The twin cities metropolitan area is inundated with lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams, making it a camper's dream come true. Head over to Lower Lake and Lake Minnetonka on the west side of the city. You can wake up every morning with crystal clear blue waters just outside your tent door, early morning fishing, and kayaking. Carver Park Reserve located on the lake offers a campground, hiking trails, and historic sites. If wine tastings or four-legged animals are your thing, you can camp at an equestrian center, convenient for a spur of the moment trail ride, or within a vineyard. For a blend of natural beauty and urban delight, camp closer to the city center where you can catch a show at Guthrie Theater, tour the Minneapolis Institute of Art, of explore the Mall of America. Plus, the Minnehaha Regional Park and Fort Snelling State Park lie within the city, which boast beautiful waterfalls, abundant hiking trails, and stunning lakes. Minneapolis is one of those rare cities where you can enjoy lush nature and city fun at the same time.
Dust off your boat, camping gear, and hiking shoes, because Duluth has it all. Bordering Lake Superior, Duluth sits as great gathering point for all things water sports, ice fishing, and both long and short trail hiking. Nearby Jay Cooke State Park, Superior Municipal Forest, Cloquet Valley, and Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest all have clear, well marked trail heads that lead to easy, clear paths, as well as others that go through more skilled terrain. Rustic camping is common throughout the region, with more well ammentied options—including a tiny house and off-the-grid homestead—located just north of Duluth. Those who fancy themselves bird watchers can set their gazes toward the migratory and resident birds that regularly fly through. Hawk Ridge and Hartley Nature center. During the winter months, Northern Lights can be seen (with ease) at low-light camping destinations. Come to Duluth for the serene peace and quiet, but stay for the picture-perfect views of the Auroras and birds above your head.
80 miles outside of Philadelphia, camping near Lancaster can make for a much-needed escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Complete with expansive green, serene acreages and combing treelines, the South-Central Pennsylvania region exists as a nature lover’s paradise. Corensta River runs through much of the area’s pine forests, offering healthy reserves of smallmouth bass to fish from and easy, calm waters to kayak. Further west, man-made Clarke Lake, which empties into the Atlantic through the Susquehanna river, boasts great watersporting and boating opportunities, all while offering picnic areas, boat ramps, playgrounds and other public recreation facilities at several locations on both sides of the lake. Rustic camping can be found throughout Lancaster, and a rentable tiny house exists just north of the city that offers heated respite during the colder winter months. To the south, Greider’s Run Nature Preserve—a branch of the larger Lancaster County Conservancy—offers vociferous bird viewing, as well as more broad wildlife watching and, during the spring. wildflower gazing. Regardless of where you decide to set up camp, relish in the cool, slowed-down calm afforded by Lancaster’s natural beauty.
Outside Pennsylvania's second-largest city exists a mecca for all things nature. Camping near Pittsburg allows you to enjoy Pennsylvania's expansive pine and oak forests. The Monghale River runs through much of the region, letting outdoor lovers fish for trout, as well as largemouth bath. Some kayaking and canoeing push-off points can be found along the river, as well. Those who find themselves in or near the city can find Instagram-worthy landscapes inside the Beechview-Seldom Seen Greenway. An hour-or-so drive South-East of Downtown will treat you to the rustic, RV, tent-only, and structure camping along Savage River State Forest. (Trust us: it’s not savage, but sublime. ) Those who want to experience tiny house living for themselves can book a stay at Tiny House - Big Farm Adventure to see what all the hoopla is about. Bald Eagles frequent the areas near Pittsburgh as well, so keep your eyes to the trees while you’re hiking.
Camping near Branson delights with easy access to many nearby lakes, riverways, and creeks. Head West of Branson toward the Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, just a 30-minute drive away, for picturesque hiking trails, as well as diverse wildlife watching. Nearby Table Rock Lake is an artificial lake or reservoir in the Ozarks that has crystal-blue water available for boating, kayaking, fishing. Those who are willing to make the hour-or-so trek East of Branson to Hercules-Glades Wilderness can expect to see (and hear) year-round waterfalls echoing off the Ozark hillsides. Rustic, tent-only, and Rv camping exist South of Branson near the airport, shouldering the Drury-Mincy Conservation Area, as well as North around the Hercules-Glades Wilderness. If cabin-living is more your thing, staying at Dockley Ranch Hilltop Cabin is highly recommended. And yes: there are even goats and other farm animals to pet on the property.
You might not be able to see the iconic Gateway Arch from your campsite, but there’s no lack of vistas. If you’re up for a 3 hour drive, you can make it the aptly named Garden of the Gods in the Shawnee National Forest. A little closer to the city, the Bell Mountain Wilderness is in the Mark Twain National Forest, and is ready for your hiking boots. For a little historic roadtripping, follow the brown historic route signs along old route 66 north to Springfield and eat a corndog at the home of the original, the Cozy Dog Inn.
Camping near New Orleans provides a break from the evenings spent soaking up all live music and Creole culture that lines Bourbon Street. Stay near the comfortable amenities of downtown New Orleans by staying at properties near Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Area. Airboat tours of the surrounding marshlands can be easily booked, allowing you to (safely) approach large American alligators. Bird watchers can enjoy looking out from outposts to view wading birds at Biloxi Wildlife Management Area, Salvador Wildlife Management Area, and Jeanne Liffit National Historic Park. Rustic campgrounds exist North and South of New Orleans, with a few bookable farmsteads scattered throughout the region. Boating, kayaking, and canoeing opportunities can be found along Mississippi River, as well as the four major lakes in New Orleans, including Lake Pontchartrain, New Orleans largest. And What better way is there to burn off all those beignets than to hike, paddle, or bike your way through New Orleans picturesque landscapes?
Camping near Albuquerque gives those who choose to explore its many wild places a plethora of environments and landscapes. The stretch of the Rio Grande river that runs through Albuquerque is celebrated by both locals and tourists alike. Feel free to start your hike along the dotting trail heads that border the river or, well, just float down it. Kayakers and canoers can find pus-off points North and South of its Downtown leg. Petroglyph National Monument sits West of the city and is well known for its sweeping high-desert views and dog-friendly trails. For those who are yearning to escape urban America can head North-East of the city center toward Cibola National Forest. Find peace and serenity in the canyon and mountain overlooks. Views from Sandia Peak are especially beguiling and Instagrammable. Rustic, tent-only, and RV campsites can be found in every direction of Albuquerque, many with close proximity to the modern amenities of Downtown. Looking to do a bit of stargazing? Head on over to the low light polluted sites at Enchanted Canyon and Yurt Glamping, both of which are just 30-minutes from Albuquerque. Regardless of how you choose to camp, always have plenty of water on you, and don’t forget to lather on the sunscreen!
With the big city juxtaposed against the blue water and sandy beaches, camping at Honolulu is the ideal combination of fun and relaxation. Enjoy some coastal camping on Sand Island, located on the Honolulu Harbor. There are beaches, hiking trails, snorkeling, and even a small community on the island itself with watersport rentals and eateries. After getting your fill of lazing on the beach and swimming, head across the channel to Honolulu proper where you can find the Polynesian Cultural Center, the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, the Battleship Missouri Memorial, and downtown shopping. Head a little further inland to the Honolulu Watershed Forest Reserve. Both the Lulumahu Falls and Monoa Falls are stunning hikes. For great views, hike up to the Nu'uanu Pali Lookout. If hiking is your thing, take the Makapu'u Point Lighthouse Trail. Stop along the way at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve and the Sea Life Park. Whether you want to explore nature or combine camping with some city fun, Honolulu has it.
Forget about the choo-choo, Chattanooga has so much of offer for campers and lovers of the great outdoors. The southeastern Tennessee hills are pock-marked with caves ready for exploration. Poke around underground at the famous Ruby Falls with its 145’ underground waterfall or the wilder caves at Raccoon mountain. On a clear day, view 7 states from the vista at Rock City on Lookout Mountain, and giggle your way through a fairy tale wonderland of kitschy weirdness. If you dip south into Georgia, be sure to check out the waterfalls at Cloudland Canyon. Or book a rafting trip on the Tennessee River.
Nashville isn’t just home to the country music capital of the world, but is singing with wide open and wooded green spaces to enjoy. Cumberland River runs through the city and much of the surrounding area, offering good smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing, as well as both stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, and canoeing opportunities. Long Hunter State Park offers year-round wildlife watching, including miles of clean and clear-cut trails, many of which can be biked. To the west of Nashville, active waterfalls can be seen inside Cheatham Wildlife Management Area. Camping near Nashville offers a wide array of options, boating rustic, tent-only, RV, and glamping options. A well known tree house, known as the Music Treehouse, sits perched atop the area’s healthy oak groves, just 13 miles from Downtown. Come to Nashville for the live-music venues, but stay for the sublime, campable greenery.
Camping in or around Gatlinburg is all about the Great Smoky Mountains National Park along which the town lies. Considered the gateway to the Smokies, Gatlinburg combines nature access to urban pleasures for good fun on all fronts. Camp near the town, and spend your downtime taking a tour of Ole Smoky Moonshine distillery with working historic copper stills or riding the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster. Take the tram at Ober Gatlinburg up to the top of the mountain during summer or go snow tubing down in the winter. Camp just within the Great Smoky Mountains a few minutes south of Gatlinburg for the best of both worlds. Pick up the Cove Mountain Trailhead to Cataract Falls or explore the historic John Ownby Cabin. Bring your fishing pole because the nearby Fighting Creek offers plenty of fishing opportunity. In fact, you can camp along a creek and spend your morning tickling the trout.
Nestled between the Smoky Mountains and the Cumberland plateau, Knoxville is surrounded by the rich, rolling green countryside of the Appalachian south. The city rests where the Holston river and the French Broad river combine to form the Tennessee River, which adds to the paddling and fishing opportunities in the area! Snap pics from the top of House Mountain, or go bird watching at Seven Islands. Be sure to take an extra mason jar for catching the area’s famous fireflies at dusk.
Boston is a roiling metropolitan area with plenty of camping opportunities along its outskirts such as lake camping at Ponkapoag Pond and Glen Echo Pond to the south. To the west there's farm camping, an opportunity to live your bucolic dream and breathe in the fresh air of the countryside. Or opt for some coastal camping at the Boston Harbor Islands of Grape, Bumpkin, Peddocks, and Lovells to the east. In fact, the latter offers awesome views of the Boston skyline while giving privacy and relaxation. Peddocks Island isn't just about sand and surf, but it's also rife with Civil War history, hiking trails, and fishing, a sort of all-in-one deal. While you're within a few miles of downtown Boston, take an opportunity to visit some of the most famous historical sites such as Boston Commons, The Paul Revere House or the Old State House. Walk the Freedom Trail, stopping just long enough at the waterfront for some to-die-for lobster rolls. Whether you want to experience history, the countryside, or sand and sun, Boston has it in spades.
Camp amidst live oaks and draping Spanish moss or pitch your tent on the sand next to the ocean in Savannah, Georgia. Reserve a spot at one of the state campground sites, or opt for a remote place in the woods. Tucked away into the marshes, Savannah provides miles of hiking trails, including the Wormslow Historic site, which is home to 18th century ruins and seasonal gardens, or you can paddle along one of the back rivers and camp along the banks. Head east to Tybee Island where you can explore the 18th century Fort Pulaski National Monument, which sits right on the Atlantic Ocean. Go glamping in one of the fully-equipped cabins at the Point South campground or choose a rustic campsite at the Edisto Beach State Park Campground. Warm year-round temperatures make it possible to plan a visit year-round in Savannah.
Jackson and Jackson Hole, the valley in which Jackson sits, is literally surrounded by the rugged beauty of the Grand Teton National Park and dozens of camping opportunities. It is just an hour’s drive away from Yellowstone National Park, and a revered year round destination for camping. For those who are keen on kayaking and whitewater rafting, Flat Creek will give you access to both calm waters to paddle through, as well as various opportunities to take guided white water tours of the creek. Choosing rustic camping sites near Caribou-Targhee National Forest and Grand Teton National Park will give you access to some of the best wildlife watching and hiking this side of the Mississippi. During the colder months, find warming respite in the cabins nearby. You might get a close-up look at the wild herds of elk that move through the area in the winter! Camping near Jackson will delight campers with postcard-worthy views and nonstop fun, balanced with modern convenience of a larger city.
Primitive beach camping is at its best at the hike, bike or boat in beaches of False Cape State Park. It’s not the easiest thing to get to, and takes some planning ahead, but the payoff is a pristine coastline complete with wild ponies amid the dunes. The popular First Landing state park has a more traditional public camping experience, with designated sites and basic amenities. If you want to watch wildlife, head to Back Bay for the wetlands. Surfers head north for the best breaks. There are a ton of ocean and freshwater kayaking opportunities in Virginia beach, so slap on your sunnies and hit the water!
Camping in Portland, Maine, is all about quaint New England charm mingled with ocean life and nature. Hiking and wildlife watching are bountiful north of the city at Steep Falls Wildlife Management Area. Healthy fishing spots, and both kayaking and boating push-off points exist at Sebago Lake, the largest body of freshwater within an hour’s drive of Portland. Those who wish to soak up ocean views and beach-side sunsets can head south to Old Orchard Beach and Higgins Beach, lined with soft white sands to walk or enjoy a picnic from. Pack that bug spray! Enjoy rustic, tent-only camping sites and bookable yurts dot exist a good distance from Portland, which means you can find some peace and quiet outside the city’s hustle and bustle.
Payson is a bastion for mountain-side greenery, just an hour’s drive for nearby Phoenix. Camping near Payson gives you access to the hiking and biking trails that snake through the Apache-Sigears National Forest and Tonto National Forest. Wildlife watching, which includes regular sightings of migratory bald eagles and resident ring-tail cats, is plentiful throughout the region. Red rock canyons carve through much a Payson, with hikes along Mogollon Rim, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests’ Mogollon Rim trail being particularly beautiful. When fresh powder falls during the winter and fall months, skiing and snowboarding slopes open north toward Flagstaff. Enjoy rustic camping, lakeside camping, mountainous camping and camping among the soaring viewsheds on both private and public land near Payson.
Experience the wild beauty of the desert while camping at Tucson. Head up the Santa Catalina Mountains at the Catalina State Park or Santa Catalina Natural Area for fresh mountain air, hiking, and the striking views of Willow Canyon. Or follow the mountains a little more south or west to the Saguaro National Park where towering cacti are interspersed with hidden waterfalls and rugged views. As an added bonus, you get an unobstructed view of the Milky Way, unmarred by light pollution. Some other camping options range from camping on a ranch, glamping (for those who like their luxuries), desert camping, and camping within the city limits. The latter can keep you close to all the action and attractions such as Fort Lowell, Kitt Peak National Observatory, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and the Cathedral of Saint Augustine. Tucson might not have lush forests or ocean access, but it has the stark, lovely beauty of the desert, solitude, and peace.
Best States for camping
Stark, awe-inspiring coastline, record-breaking mountain peaks, gorgeous glaciers and unique wildlife make camping in Alaska akin to nothing else in the world. Pitch your tent on the banks of one of Alaska's 3 million lakes and spend the day hiking through beautiful temperate rainforest, or stay in a locally-owned cabin, yurt or ecolodge for something a little different. In a state this big, beautiful and unpopulated, there's no shortage of campsites; you'll find hundreds of spots just within the shadow of towering Denali, and climbers can take advantage of the breadth of mountain and rock climbing opportunities that abound. Head far north to the Kavik River Camp for an Arctic adventure complete with world-class hunting, fishing and wildlife watching, or venture south to explore the epic glaciers while you still can. A few days of camping in Seward to explore the impressive Kenai fjords are the perfect start or end to any trip. Alaska is a world unto its own, and outdoor enthusiasts and novice nature-lovers alike will find something to marvel at in the great state of Alaska.
Camping in Arizona is possible nearly any time of year due to fairly mild seasons, and the state’s wildly varied landscape means you’ll never get bored. Many travelers are drawn here to experience the wonders of Grand Canyon National Park, which reaches one-mile deep, 18-miles wide, and nearly 300-miles long. If you’re looking to capture a breathtaking sunset in the park, North Rim Campground is the place to be. At the nearby Havasu Falls, nestled within Havasupai tribal lands, you can hike, swim, picnic, and wander among stunning turquoise pools and waterfalls. Visit Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park at Navajo Nation to camp among towering reddish sandstone formations, learn about Navajo culture, and taste traditional Navajo cuisine. If lake camping is your thing, head south to Lake Powell where a boat will come in handy for exploring the lake’s 96 canyons. Down south, not far from Tucson you can step into Saguaro National Park’s otherworldly landscape filled with massive Saguaro cacti, unique water features, and the occasional desert tortoise.
From the Berkshire Mountains to the scenic beaches of the Long Island Sound, Connecticut brings together all the best of New England camping. A trip to Connecticut's northwest corner brings easy access to Berkshire Mountain camping. With a patchwork of national forests and state parks covering these hills, it's easy to find the perfect campsite high in the mountains, deep in the woods, or right on the banks of a swimming hole. The Connecticut River runs right through the state, and if you travel by kayak or canoe, it's easy to find boat-in campsites along the water where you can hunker down right beside the wide, ambling river. Rocky, jagged coastline forms Connecticut's border to the south, and the beach camping can't be beat. Set up your tent right on the open sand and enjoy the calm waters of the Long Island Sound. New England locals and visitors from far off alike are bound to be impressed by the diverse camping opportunities of this quaint state.
Delaware may be small, but she sure is mighty when it comes to the outdoors. Camping in Delaware is perhaps the best way to see and experience the beauty of the state, from the riverside to the seashore. During the steamy summer months, cool off by camping along the Delaware River, or visit Cape Henlopen State Park for beach camping, fishing, swimming, seaside strolling, and wildlife watching. Beachgoers will also love Delaware Seashore State Park, where you can pitch your tent within 200 yards of the ocean. In the fall and winter, visit the tidal salt marsh and freshwater impoundments at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge for the chance to see snow geese and many other types of migrating shorebirds and waterfowl. For primitive camping with a group, try Holts Landing State Park, where you can camp and explore relatively untouched beach, marshland, and forest landscapes.
Iowa State Park camping provides for a beautiful experience in the heart land and offers many activities including rock climbing, biking, fishing, and hiking. Backbone State Park was the first dedicated state park in Iowa. Backbone is named for the steep and narrow ridge of bedrock cut by a loop of the Maquoketa River and forming the highest point in northeast Iowa known as the Devil's Backbone. In addition to camping on private land, Walnut Woods State Park is one of the only places with designated sites for camping in De Moines Iowa and boasts the largest surviving natural stand of black walnut trees in North America. Head 210 miles northwest of De Moines, and you’ll hit the Iowa Great Lakes—a string of glacial lakes covering about 15,000 acres. Maquoketa Caves is worth exploring: its caves, limestone formations and rugged bluffs provide visitors a chance to go back into geological time thousands of years.
Camping in Colorado is the ultimate outdoor adventure for the nature lover who just can't make up her mind. Camp comfortably in the lush, wooded shadow of the mountains, or venture into high altitude, where glacier-tipped mountain views will greet you every morning. The expansive Rocky Mountain National Park has no shortage of opportunities for scenic lake camping, and when you just can't stand another day of hiking through the best trails in the continental U. S. , an afternoon of white-water rafting and a night at the local craft brewery will tempt any traveller into sticking around another week or two. Yurts, tipis, open farmland, and log cabins nestled into wildflower-filled meadows all provide rustic, peaceful alternatives to the high-altitude adventure of Rocky Mountain camping. It's safe to say that no matter your ideal camping vibes, you'll find your happy place in Colorado.
Camping in Florida means finding your beach among acres of warm, white sand and over 1,300 miles of coast along the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico. Because of the clear, shallow waters found here, camping in the Florida Keys is an especially remarkable experience. Fishing enthusiasts are in luck too, as Florida is a well-known hotspot for catching your meal and later tossing it on the campfire. When you're not hiking the 32-mile Nature Coast State Trail, kayaking along the Big Bend, other popular pastimes include snorkeling and swimming among the extended systems of underwater caves, sinkholes and springs, and swinging between palm trees in your hammock.
Georgia is the largest state east of the Mississippi River. With 60 state parks, 15 barrier islands and several national parks, there’s no shortage of camping options in the Peach State. At the top of the state, hike along the historic Appalachian Trail and stay for the night in the Chattahoochee National Forest, which provides some of the best camping in north Georgia. Campers in central Georgia can find everything from your standard tent, to cottages or even yurt camping; surrounded by historical sites of the civil war. As you head south toward the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll trek through coastal marshlands (the most widespread and thriving in the U. S. ) and be greeted by white sandy beaches that make up Georgia’s coastline. Oceanfront campgrounds abound here, or head out to one of the barrier islands; the Cumberland Island National Seashore on Cumberland Island is not to be missed.
Grab your tent and cooking supplies, it’s time to go camping in Illinois! Get in a weekend of beach camping along Lake Michigan at Illinois Beach State Park or beside the Illinois River at Kayak Morris park. Skip the crowds for a serene camping experience at Castle Rock State Park’s primitive campsites, which are only accessible by boat. Another fairly quiet option is Moraine Hills State Park. Rock Cut State Park is a delight in the spring and summer when the park’s many wildflowers come into bloom. Adventurous types will want to visit Rock Cut State Park, where a cave awaits exploring, along with opportunities for fishing, hiking, and camping. Check out Shawnee National Forest in the far south of the state for hiking, fishing, wildlife watching and primitive or car camping. No matter where you are in Illinois, there's a place to pitch your tent or park your RV just a quick drive away.
From rolling fields of midwestern grain to a front row seat on Lake Michigan, camping in Indiana is set against a wide range of stunning backdrops. In the north, Pokagon State Park offers access to more lakes than any other county in the state, and lots of local farms. Indiana Dunes State Park can be found here, as well, with over 2,000 acres of forest, sandy beaches, and Indiana dunes camping. The southern region of the state is home to the Hoosier National Forest, where you can try to spot the Buffalo Trace Trail or take a long look into Wesley Chapel Gulf, an 8-acre sinkhole. Be sure to visit the Griffy Lake Nature Preserve, which boasts 1,200 acres of wild land and 109 acres of water ready for your kayak.
As you might expect, Kentucky offers hundreds of miles of horse trails throughout the state. And what better way to explore than grabbing your horse for an adventurous weekend of camping in Kentucky? Daniel Boone National Forest and Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area both offer horse-friendly campgrounds, as do five of the state parks. If you're heading to the Kentucky Derby, stay at a Hipcamp or campground in the Louisville area. Of course not everything in Kentucky centers on the equestrian life. Explore underground at Mammoth Cave National Park and Carter Caves State Resort Park, or visit Cumberland Falls State Resort Park for a chance to see the “Niagara of the South. ” If you’re into climbing, you’ll want to visit Red River Gorge at Daniel Boone National Forest, which is consistently ranked as a top global climbing destination.
With rocky coastlines, beautiful mountain lakes, and wooded forests deemed worthy of praise by Thoreau, camping in Maine is both idyllic and wild. If you’re looking for the type of solitude only uninterrupted wilderness can offer, visit the North Woods of Maine, where you’re apt to catch sight of a moose—Maine’s official state animal. Looking for a challenge? Hike the AT's final peak - Mount Katahdin - while on a camping getaway at Baxter State Park. Fishing, swimming, canoeing and more await on your next camping outing to Moosehead Lake, which happens to be the largest mountain lake in the eastern portion of the U. S. But there's more to Maine than densely wooded wilderness. If you love splashing in the waves, eating lobster, and sleeping outdoors amidst salty fresh air, camping in Maine near the ocean is not to be missed. Mount Desert Island, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, and Cape Neddick are a few good places to start. And be sure to look out for some of the state's historic lighthouses. If you’re looking for a seaside weekend or a backcountry camping trip, Maine undoubtedly has what you’re after.
The sweeping Great Plains of Kansas are the perfect place to set up camp and be transported to the life of a pioneer on the Oregon Trail. Kansas is the home of 26 state parks and 10 national parks, a few of which are preserved natural areas. Tallgrass Prairie National Reserve is a shining example of the rich natural and cultural history of the tallgrass prairie ecosystem. While there is no camping in the reserve, there are multiple campsites nearby. If you’re an urban-dweller and looking for camping near Kansas City, there are at least 10 campgrounds within an hour’s drive of the city. For a change of scenery, head to the lush forests of northeast Kansas, where you'll find Perry Lake. Serious mountain bikers head to the Perry Lake Bike Trail, where there are 24 miles of trails. Camping is available at several spots surrounding the lake. Whether you choose the traditional tent or opt for the amenity of a heated cabin, Kansas provides campers with an authentic outdoor experience.
If the cool sand of an oceanside beach sounds good to you, camping in Maryland is just what you're looking for. But what if you're looking for miles of trails, weaving through forests of white pine and black oak? Or maybe you and your history-hungry crew want to take in nationally significant landmarks like Antietam National Battlefield and Fort Frederick? Well, Maryland has got you covered. 66 state parks and nearly 8,000 total miles of shoreline give you room to roam while you're here. Pocomoke State Forest has 15,000 acres of Maryland woods to explore, and Elk Neck State Park will give you a great view of the North East River, Elk River, and the Chesapeake Bay. There's a lot to do here, but don't forget to leave room for a Maryland crab feast between hikes through this historical region.
Cape Cod and the Boston Harbor may give Massachusetts its Bay State nickname, but this little state offers a whole world of lakes, rivers, lush forest and tall green mountains if you're willing to head west. Head all the way out to the Berkshires to sleep under the shadow of Mount Greylock and take in the tri-state views from the top of these green hills. Explore the local food movement with a stay on one of the many farms and private lands open for camping, or try your hand at canoe camping with a trip down the Housatonic River. Cape Cod may be swarming with tourists in the summer, but a variety of state parks and forests make it easy to find some quiet time with nature. Explore the dunes and ice cream shops by day, and enjoy the best beach camping around by night. Can't decide between ocean, lake, mountain or meadow? Massachusetts is the place for you.
Wanna know a secret? Minnesota has more miles of shoreline than California, Florida and Hawaii combined. Find your spot among Minnesota's state parks for the ultimate lake getaway—whether you're looking for tranquil, secluded shores on which to pitch your tent, or easy access to boating and fishing, there's no shortage of options here. For the best tent camping in Minnesota, hit up Superior National Forest, where you can dry off on endless miles of hiking trails through the deep, green woods or get lost in the rustic natural beauty of northern Minnesota. Find yourself in a tiny cabin in the woods, a spacious lakeside yurt, or even bring a horse along to one of Minnesota's equestrian campsites. The summers are hot and the winters are frigid, but with beautiful fall foliage, temperate springs, and plenty of winter activities to keep you busy on the lake, camping in Minnesota is a year-round adventure.
Camping in Mississippi will give you an unforgettable southern snapshot, from historic Buccaneer State Park on the Gulf Coast to the Appalachian foothills in northern Tishomingo State Park. The Longleaf Trace Trail stretches the 40 miles between Hattiesburg and Prentiss, and is a popular hike because of its wide, paved roads that cut through smaller towns along the way. Once a vital timber route, hundreds of hikers and horseback riders share this trail every year. For a more primitive adventure, sites like Little Sunflower River and Blue Lake offer a small number of quiet campgrounds surrounded by cypress and pine forest. In the northwestern delta region, Yazoo National Wildlife Refuge is the place for family fun, as visitors can enjoy meditative views from observation towers or a glimpse at the American alligators that populate the area.
With 54 state parks to explore, camping in Montana can mean anything from the stony, lakeside beaches of Les Mason State Park to a brush with the friendly critters that inhabit Greycliff Prairie Dog Town State Park. Get in touch with your inner archaeologist at Makoshika State Park, where dinosaur fossils can be found tucked beneath the pine and juniper trees. Glacier National Park is referred to as the "Crown of the Continent," and one trek along the Highline Trail, a walk to the base of Grinnell Glacier, or a trip along any other patch of the 700 miles of trails offered here will remind you why. In this iconic park, vast green valleys cut through some of the most awe-inspiring peaks around, including Montana's share of the Rocky Mountains. While visiting, make room in your itinerary for a trip to one of the state's seven tribal reservations that remain a rich and vital part of Montana's cultural tapestry.
Camping in Wyoming evokes the feeling as though the opportunities for outdoor recreation are truly endless. Visit Grand Teton National park for world-class trout fishing, wildflower gazing, climbing, and mountaineering on some of the nation’s most stunning peaks. Within the southern section of the park you can camp in Jackson Hole, where you’ll be surrounded by nature, but still close to town. Head north from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park—a true natural wonder where you can see hundreds of geysers, wild grasslands, incredible mountain ranges, bison, and maybe even wolves. In the very north of the state you can camp, fish, hike, and climb among the vast beauty Bighorn National Forest. Further east, near the South Dakota border, you can visit Devils Tower National Monument to climb and to learn about the area's sacred history. Ease sore muscles by slipping into soothing waters at Hot Springs State Park, where you might be lucky enough to spot a bison mid-soak. Given the state’s expansive size and impressive array of state and national parks, RV in addition to tent camping in Wyoming is a popular way to see the state's sights.
If you're seeking a relaxing escape from big city living or looking to fill your weekend with action-packed activities, Missouri has you covered. Forty of their most scenic state parks offer access to both primitive campsites and full-service RV spots. And if you're really looking for a unique experience, camp in one of two yurts located at the Lake of the Ozarks State Park. Did you know that Missouri's wine country is home to over 100 wineries? This makes it the perfect place for a girl's glamping getaway. In fact, many wineries in the area offer camper-friendly packaging, i. e. no glass. That's something to toast to! If fun for the whole family is what's needed, then look no further than Pin Oak Creek RV Park and Paintball. Arcade games and paintball? A kid's dream! Feeling a little nostalgic? Then get your kicks at the St. Louis West/Historic Route 66 Campground just minutes away from St. Louis attractions and only one mile from Six Flags. So wind your way down the Missouri river or bike across Katy Trail State Park. Either way, you'll see that Missouri is indeed the state that can show you more.
Camping in New Hampshire can mean anything from a coastal getaway to a winter wonderland, and you don't want to miss out on either. The 18 miles of oceanfront in this state are lined with popular spots like Hampton Beach, as well as more private areas like Jenniss State Beach. History buffs will find plenty of fascinating landmarks in the "Live Free or Die" state, including Fort Stark on rocky New Castle Island and 54 remaining covered bridges. The geography itself is remarkable, boasting Mt. Washington, the highest peak in the entire region at 6,288 feet, and Mt. Monadnock, a rocky formation so unique it's the most hiked in the country. In fact, this state is sometimes called the "Switzerland of America" because of its mountainous terrain. With 19 state parks and seven different regions open for camping, New Hampshire will bring you back up north again and again.
Whether you’re looking to pitch your tent beneath the trees in a dense forest or along open expanses of shoreline, New Jersey has a campsite for you. In the summer, beach camping is a fun way to explore miles of scenic shoreline, fish, and catch some waves. Tom’s River and Cape May are both great options. If you’re looking to explore the New Jersey State Parks, two good choices are Allaire State Park near Asbury park, and High Point State Park in Sussex, which offers tremendous views, especially when the leaves change color in the fall. In the Pine Barrens, visit Wharton State Forest for canoeing, hiking, wildlife watching, and a bit of history (the park is home to a former bog iron and glass-making center). This is also a great place to throw your tent and camping gear in a kayak or canoe and set off on a mission to explore some of the Pine Barrens’ less accessible areas. Many of the state's campgrounds are family friendly, so don't stress about traveling with the kids.
Outside of the big apple, there's a world of camping, hiking, and exploring to be discovered in the expansive land of New York. The gorgeous landscapes that inspired the Hudson River School art movement are alive and well today, and a trip to the scenic Hudson River Valley or up to the nearby Catskills are worth the views year-round. Whether you pitch your tent down in the valley, head west to the Finger Lakes, or venture north to the Adirondacks, an abundance of state parks and national forests makes camping in upstate New York worth the journey. Bursting, green forests and endless mountain trails make peace and tranquility easy to come by, but camping in New York state parks isn't the only game in town. Rent a cabin or book a campsite along the shores of Lake George, perfect for water sports, boating, or just a day at the beach. And the best camping near Buffalo is arguably right along the shores of Lake Ontario, in close proximity to Niagara Falls.
If you’re looking to connect with nature’s wild beauty at its truest, camping in South Dakota is a must. One of the nation’s most spectacular National Parks is right here, and you should definitely make a point of visiting. Known for its striking sedimentary rock landscape defined by pinnacles, buttes, and spires, camping at Badlands National Park is like being transported to another world. For a far different experience, visit the verdant landscape of Black Hills National Forest, popular for its broad diversity of wildlife spread among 1. 2 million acres of hills, mountains, grassland, lakes, and ponderosa pine forest. Within 20 minutes of Sioux Falls you can camp on the banks of the Big Sioux river at Big Sioux Recreation Area for a leisurely getaway of hiking, fishing, and snowmobiling. Visit Lake Francis Case for boating, fishing, and the opportunity to spot a few bald eagles. In most parts of South Dakota you can immerse yourself in the art, culture and history of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota tribes, who were the state’s earliest inhabitants. And for an added dose of history, visit the ever-iconic Mount Rushmore!
Nevada may be most commonly known for a plethora of gambling activity, but be sure to not write off the amazing landscapes, history, and camping available within the state. The Valley of Fire State Park is Nevada's own slice of Red Rocks camping. The red sandstone formations have been around for 150 million years. Definitely worth exploring and seeing for yourself! One of the best parts of camping is getting away from the bustling cities and enjoying the beautiful starry night skies. A great place to count the stars is Great Basin National Park in eastern Nevada. Check out the famous Lehman Caves, over 60 miles of trails, and small private campground. Lake Tahoe is definitely the best of both worlds year-round. From beautiful warm summers to snowy winters, Lake Tahoe is located between California and Nevada and provides endless adventures for picturesque moments.
Here's a little secret: New Mexico isn't just desert. In fact, this state is one of the most diverse landscapes in the world, offering white sand dunes, snow-capped mountains, lush riparian forests and everything in between. A visit to New Mexico's Carson National Forest in the north brings scenic canyon hiking, great fishing and tent camping, and close proximity to the famous Taos Pueblo, where local inhabitants have lived in the multi-layered adobe structures for over a thousand years. You don't have to be a history buff to appreciate the longstanding history of New Mexico's indigenous peoples or experience the clashes of culture that have taken place in this beautiful landscape over the past five hundred years. Just outside Albuquerque, the Cibola National Forest is a world of steep hiking, rocky equestrian trails, and beautiful juniper trees. For camera-worthy scenery, head south to Elephant Butte Lake State Park, where the gorgeous lake views and access to the Rio Grande offer the perfect union of desert and oasis. A bevy of yurt camping opportunities, along with plenty of ranch retreats and rustic cabins, make for a truly unique camping experience in this diverse American landscape.
The wide variety of landscapes and ecosystems in North Carolina offers some of the most diverse camping on the east coast. Tourists may flock to the popular Outer Banks, but the best North Carolina beach camping can be found along the southeast shores of Hammocks Beach and Carolina Beach State Parks, where dunes, wildlife, and watercolor sunrises are sure to delight. And it's not just the coastal dwellers who can enjoy peaceful beach camping: North Carolina is bursting with lakes, creeks and rivers, so you can fall asleep to the lull of the water and waves no matter where you go. Head west into the wooded Appalachian Mountains for epic state park camping set against the towering blue ridges. And for something off the beaten path, North Carolina offers a variety of private camping locations complete with scenic, open meadows and orchards, decked-out mountain cabins and everything in between.
No matter what region of the state you’re in, camping in Ohio is bound to be an adventure. In the North you can spend long summer days and nights on the shores of Lake Erie, while in the South you can visit Shawnee State Park in the picturesque Appalachian foothills. If you’re in the West, check out the limestone gorge at John Bryan State Park, which is said to be the most scenic park in that region. A 30-minute drive from Cincinnati will bring you to East Fork State Park, where you can explore waterfalls and Ordovician fossil beds at the site of two former gold mines. Within a one-hour drive of Columbus, caves await exploring at Hocking Hills State Park. As they say: "Ohio, So Much to Discover. "
Despite the bitter winter depicted in the movie Fargo, winter doesn’t last all year in North Dakota. Camping during the warmer months means taking in all the scenic beauty and natural wildlife that the state has to offer. Retrace the steps of the pioneer explorers Lewis and Clark and camp along the Missouri River on the western side of the state. On the opposite side is Devils Lake, North Dakota’s largest natural lake. Tent, RV, and cabin camping are all available in the several campgrounds that surround the lake. In addition to camping on private land, find cabins and yurts in most of the state parks in North Dakota; Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park even has two tipis you can rent! Theodore Roosevelt National Park, with its steep slopes and deep canyons of the Badlands, and Little Missouri River that twists through it, makes for the perfect place to camp under the stars.
The only thing camping in Oregon can't offer is a moment of boredom. A trip to the coast offers wide, rolling dunes and dramatic sandstone formations, all in close proximity to Siuslaw National Forest's endless camping opportunities. Leave the tent at home, find yurts galore in both state parks and on private land. Journey inland to camp beneath the awe-inspiring shadow of Mount Hood, or find the best camping near Bend, Oregon in the Deschutes National Forest, where you can pitch your tent beside serene lakes and sweeping rivers. The waterfalls, crater lakes, deep gorges and high mountains of Oregon can be explored year round, and you'll need all the time you can get to discover all of Oregon's wild splendor.
Camping in Rhode Island is very much about being near the water. Most places you pitch your tent here probably won’t be far from the ocean, a lake, or a bay. If you’re looking to take in the natural and architectural beauty of the Newport Cliff Walk, the Melville Ponds Campground is a great place to stay at less than 10 miles away. For a weekend of surfing, fishing, and beach camping, stay at Fishermen’s Memorial State Park in Narragansett. Hop on a ferry from Point Judith to explore the Block Island’s beautiful bluffs and beaches. Keep in mind that camping is not permitted on Block Island, but it’s still a great day trip destination. For woodland adventures, try hiking or mountain biking at George Washington State Management Area or Big River Management Area. Well suited for everything from family trips to solo adventures, Rhode Island welcomes all with open arms (and waves)!
The options for camping in South Carolina are plentiful, but it seems that the state’s beautiful sandy shorelines have a particularly strong allure. Rent a cabin or pitch your tent at Edisto Beach State Park for a weekend of beach activities, hiking, and salt marsh exploring. Myrtle Beach State Park and Hunting Island State Park are both popular among families. Bird watching enthusiasts should visit Santee National Wildlife Refuge, Huntington Beach State Park, and Savannah National Wildlife Refuge to see incredible displays of migrating birds. And though the call of the southern sea breeze is strong, don’t miss out on the state’s inland regions. Dive into remote camping and adventuring at Dreher Island State Park, where three islands and 12 miles of coastline await. Or head up near the state’s northern border to hike Sassafras Mountain and take in the striking beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Pennsylvania has more to offer than just the big cities of our founding fathers, there’s much to see and do while camping in the Keystone State. In the northwest, a two million acre swath of land makes up the Pennsylvania Wilds. Here you’ll find Pine Creek Gorge or the “Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania”, which extends for almost 50 miles and is a sight to see. Camp at Colton Point State Park, where you’ll be greeted with spectacular views of the canyon. Also in the northwest is the beautiful Clarion River. Canoe past hardwood forests and through serpentine valleys as you make your way towards the boat-in campsites of Clear Creek State Park. Mountain bikers of all levels head to the Alleghenies, a mountain range west of Pittsburgh. Stay overnight in one of the numerous campgrounds surrounding the mountains. If you’re a fan of waterfalls, check out Ricketts Glen State Park, the park has 22 of them! The Pocono Mountains on the northeastern side of the state attracts skiers and snowboarders in the winter months. From lake-front camping to cabin rentals, there’s a spot with a mountain view for every type of camper.
The only way to experience Vermont is to head outdoors, and it doesn't take long to discover that these forested hills, streams, lakes and trails are the lifeblood of the Green Mountain state. Backpackers and day hikers alike can enjoy the sprawling Green Mountain National Forest, where a multitude of campgrounds provide options for tent camping, RVs, cabin rentals, and lakeside lodging. Whether you hunker down in the deep, green woods, or set up camp in an open, hillside meadow, it's never a long hike to the top of the closest mountain, where the view of the rolling hills often extends all the way out into neighboring New Hampshire or Massachusetts. Vermont's rural character makes for superb camping right outside the city; book a site at the popular Little River Campground for scenic lake views and close proximity to the famous Ben & Jerry's factory. Vermont may be the only state in New England with no ocean shore, but a journey up toward the Canadian border brings plenty of island vibes. Stay at Grand Isle State Park or Burton Island for boating, swimming and shoreline hiking. You'll feel like a true Vermonter in no time.
Camping in Virginia will give you the chance to enjoy a wide variety of landscapes, from a 217-mile stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway to Clarksville Lake, the largest in the state. The range in terrain found here makes it ideal for hikers and bikers alike, especially along the Creeper Trail. At nearly 35 miles long, this mostly mellow path will weave you along the Grayson Highlands State Park and Jefferson National Forest, all the way to the North Carolina border. Snow bunnies will love Virginia's eight sweeping mountain ranges, and beaches stretch along the western side of the state, giving you full access to the Chesapeake Bay and the ocean beyond it. So, dive in! The beach is just the beginning of what this beautiful state has to offer.
Tall, snow peaked volcanoes, lush green rainforests, impressive geologic features and a vibrant outdoors culture make Washington the embodiment of camping culture in the Pacific Northwest. Head to the Olympic Peninsula, where pulsing, wooded trails lead to wide, sandy beaches that are perfect for a night of beach camping under the stars. Grab a Rainier beer with the locals (if you so choose!) and plan your trip into the Cascades, where top-notch exploration of the national forest is your best bet for no-frills lodging in this mountain lovers' paradise. Tipi and yurt camping opportunities abound throughout the state, and Washington's moderate climate makes outdoor adventure a year-round activity, even in the snowy mountains. Don't let Seattle's cool factor fool you: the camping in eastern Washington is not to be missed. Twisting rivers, tall waterfalls and open meadows make for the perfect quiet getaway – especially if you're looking to stay dry.
If there's one thing you can't avoid on a camping trip to Wisconsin, it's the water. Thousands of lakes, streams and rivers mean it's no surprise that Wisconsin is a favorite camping destination of fishers, boaters, swimmers and white-water rafters. There's no shortage of spectacular scenery here, where a stay at Devils Lake offers stunning quartzite formations against clear blue water. Or head just a little north for top-notch camping near Wisconsin Dells, the waterpark capital of the world. Sprinkled throughout the state are private lands, orchards and farms that welcome campers from far and wide, offering open meadows and cabins for camping, or a lesson on organic farming. Wisconsin has an abundance of state parks, so head north to the lush forests and rivers of Chequamegon-Nicolet or down to the tranquil world of Lake Kegonsa. As long as there's swimming, boating or ice cream involved, you're doing Wisconsin camping right.
Camping in Alabama has something for everyone, from the weekend warrior to the history buff. Down south, explore the ecological diversity of the coastline, which includes maritime live oak forest, freshwater marsh, small stream swamp forest, and wet longleaf pine savanna. Wildlife abounds, especially if you're a fan of exploring the water. . . keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, sea turtles, and manatees. Visit Wind Creek State Park, just north of Montgomery, for fishing and kayaking along Lake Martin, and amazing cabin camping. Within 45 minutes of Birmingham, you can canoe and camp along the Cahaba River. In Birmingham, Montgomery, and many other points throughout the state, make sure to take some time from the trail to visit civil rights landmarks like the Rosa Parks Museum.
Camping in California is about as diverse as it gets from camping near the lowest point in the United States in the Death Valley desert to the highest point in the lower 48 states at Mt. Whitney in the Inyo Forest. Nearby, you can camp near, and hike among the oldest living organisms in the world, some over 5000 years of age in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. Head west and you’ll be greeted with 1,100 miles of coastline, perhaps most renowned by those looking to pitch a tent or park an RV along the Big Sur coast. City-dwellers take advantage of the micro-climates when camping near San Francisco, and Los Angeles where you can comfortably pitch your tent nearly 365 days a year. Find almost anything your heart desires from bike-camping, wine-camping on vineyards, to snow camping in Sierra huts and yurts to tree-houses galore throughout. Golden in the summer, and often green in the winter, the Golden State welcomes campers with open arms.
Hop a plane with your carry-on full of camping gear and take advantage of Puerto Rico’s year-round mild temperature and diverse ecosystems. Upon arrival on the tropical island, stop at a roadside stall or “kiosko” to pick up food and other necessities, and head toward one of Puerto Rico’s remote beaches for a coastal camping adventure. On the world-famous Flamenco Beach of Culebra Island, you can pitch your tent a few feet away from the shoreline. For a completely different experience, check out Rio Camuy Cave Park. Exploring the extensive cave system makes for a great day trip. A short drive from the capital of San Juan is the El Yunque National Forest, a tropical rainforest where there are seven designated campgrounds. Each offer a unique, Caribbean camping experience. Just make sure to request a free camping permit before you go.
With 56 state parks, over 80 waterfalls, and 1100 miles of trails, why wouldn’t you want to spend time camping in Tennessee? With so many amazing waterfalls, it’s hard to figure out where to start. Fall Creek Falls State Park is Tennessee’s largest and most visited state park. The park is more than 26,000 acres sprawled across the eastern top of the rugged Cumberland Plateau. Fall Creek Falls, at 256 feet, is one of the highest waterfalls in the eastern United States. Other waterfalls within the park include Piney Falls, Cane Creek Falls and Cane Creek Cascades. Another beautiful spot is Cummins Falls State Park which is Tennessee’s eighth largest waterfall in volume of water and is 75 feet high. Looking to park your RV in Tennessee? Check out Henry Horton State Park, which was constructed in the 1960s on the estate of the former governor of Tennessee. There are plenty of lodging options from tent camping, to RV, lodge, and cabin camping.
Nothing describes camping in Utah better than "otherworldly. " Hike and climb among striking rock formations in the state's five National Parks - Arches, Bryce, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion, each of which is wondrous in its own unique way. Camping in Moab is a great way to establish a home base for exploring Arches and Canyonlands National parks. From Moab you can bike, climb, and raft, and backpack throughout the surrounding region. Within an hour of Moab you can also vIsit Newspaper Rock State Historic Monument to see one of the largest known petroglyph panels in the world—some dating back to 1,500 years ago. Up north, Great Salt Lake and the Bonneville Salt Flats are always worthy of a visit. Spend a few nights at Great Salt Lake State Park or Antelope Island State Park, where bison roam free. With such an incredibly diverse landscape and endless camping options, Utah has a slice of paradise to offer just about any personality, from the RV camper to the backcountry nomad.
From the Big Island to Kauai, there's a reason campers and nature lovers flock to this island paradise. For an incredible camping experience on Hawaii, set up camp and immerse yourself in your island's vibrant natural scenery, rich local culture, and world of outdoor adventures. A trip to Maui offers the best of Hawaii state park camping. Hike the forested cliffs of Haleakalā National Park, where your hard work pays off in scenic ocean views, refreshing rain showers and close proximity to the Seven Sacred Pools. To experience the Big Island a little differently, explore the local lodgings with a trip to a permaculture farm, local ranch or forested retreat, just a short walk away from black sand beaches, bursting tide pools, and lava formations. A morning at the farmers market is a great way to get to know the local musicians, farmers and craftspeople who contribute to Hawaii's rich and diverse culture. Ready to step out of that tent into the heart and soul of Hawaii's best surfing? Head to O'ahu, where primitive, tranquil camping can still be found away from busy Honolulu. If you've made it to Hawaii with camping gear in tow, you're already doing it right.
From the bubbling hot springs to the densely-wooded Ozarks, Arkansas has an outdoor character all its own. Head to the Arkansas River for unrivaled RV camping, and explore the hiking, fishing and boating opportunities that abound. In a state blanketed by state parks and national forests, finding a secluded spot to set up camp along the shores of a scenic lake or pristine woods is as easy as tapping your finger on a map. But for the real Arkansas treatment, head to Hot Springs National Park, where these scorching natural baths are the best way to ease your muscles after a long day of hiking. Buffalo River, one of the few undammed rivers left in the lower 48 states, was the first to be designated a National River. A float down its fast rapids and quiet pools, as you take in the towering bluffs and vibrant mountain, will make you glad you booked a campsite right on the banks of this spectacular river.
Camping in Idaho has a lot to offer, and you might want to start your journey by exploring a stretch of the 1,311-mile Centennial Trail. This cedar-lined scenic route weaves through some of the state's most well-loved sights, including the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, which is a popular spot for both fish and the campers who catch them. Idaho is truly lined head-to-toe with mountain ranges, including Sawtooth in the west and Lost River in the east, boasting Borah Peak, which is Idaho's highest at 12,662 feet. The Bitterroot National Forest has its own range, but that's just one part of its 1. 6 million acres and the largest stretch of pristine forest around. You don't have to dig very far to find Idaho's wealth of natural treasures.
Unique coastal geography, along with rich history and culture, puts camping in Louisiana in a league of its own. Stay in tents and cabins within Louisiana's densely wooded national forests, and nature preserves, enjoying endless days of fishing, hiking and lounging along the bank of a lake or river. Head to Alexandria to take advantage of the fishing, swimming, ATV and boating opportunities at Camp Cook and the surrounding national forests, or make your trip all your own with a stay at one of Louisiana's private farms, butterfly sanctuaries, or furnished cabins. Head down to the bayou to pitch your tent by the wetlands, exploring the slow waters, cypress trees and wildlife by kayak or canoe. Nearby New Orleans provides a dose of spectacular food, music, art and architecture if you choose to venture away from nature.
From warm weather lakeside jaunts to winter sports, camping in Michigan is all about variety. Spend one weekend beneath the stars on a remote island in Lake Michigan (Isle Royale is a notable gem), and the next on a backcountry mission to some of the state's well known sand dunes. Explore the perimeter of the state and visit four of the five Great Lakes that border Michigan for tent camping, RVs, yurts, cabins, lodges, and tipis. Head to the Upper Peninsula (known as the UP) to experience Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore with water so blue you'll swear you were in the Caribbean. Welcome to pure Michigan!
It only takes a night of camping in Nebraska to discover that there's far more than farmland in this Great Plains state. From the Badlands of the northwest to the winding rivers of the east, Nebraska is a diverse landscape of rolling plains and rugged terrain ready to be explored, along with plenty of options to satisfy any type of camper. Eastern Nebraska is the place for quintessential camping in state parks, where forested rolling hills and fresh, clear streams are ideal for tent camping under the stars. Venture to the northwest corner of the state to experience the badlands at Toadstool Geologic Park, where camping, hiking and water sports are easy to come by in the Oglala National Grassland. Much of the state's best camping can be found along the Missouri River, which encircles the state's northern and eastern borders. A historically large presence of Native American tribes around the Missouri River makes this region especially worthy of a visit, and river camping opportunities make it easy to pitch the tent and stay awhile.
From level plains and serene lakes to mountain ranges dense with pine forests, camping in Oklahoma is all about variety. Just off Highway 50 in the Northern area of the state you can stop by Alabaster Caverns State Park to explore the world’s largest publicly accessible natural gypsum cave. Animal lovers will want to visit Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, where prairie dogs, elk, deer, bison, and longhorn cattle roam freely. Spend a warm summer weekend exploring the stunning tide pools and streams of Chickasaw National Recreation Area and immersing yourself in the history and culture of the Chickasaw Tribe at Chickasaw Cultural Center. Nearby, Turner Falls is quite the sight to see and photograph. Wherever you camp, you won’t be far from the spirit and traditions of Native American culture, as nearly 67 tribes have called Oklahoma home.
From the steep limestone cliffs of Big Bend National Park, down to the rugged beauty of the Texas Plains, the Lone State State offers campers the unique experience of feeling like you’ve gone back in time to the Old West. Most camping in Texas can be found a short drive from major cities, making it easy to get out of town and escape the summer heat. Pack your kayak and fishing pole and head out to the well-stocked lakes of the Texas State Parks, where bass and catfish abound. Visit one of the five foundation bison herds that saved the animal from extinction at Caprock Canyons State Park. Whether you’re hiking along abandoned railroad tracks, paddling down the Colorado River, or just looking for a place to park the RV, you’ll be able to find the perfect outdoor camping experience in Texas.
With a motto like "Mountaineers are always free," camping in West Virginia is bound to be paradise for hikers, climbers, and sightseers alike. After all, a large majority of the state is part of the Appalachian Mountains, and it includes the highest peak in the entire range. At 4,861 feet, Spruce Knob is just one popular point in the Monongahela National Park, which is also home to five designated wilderness areas, three waterfalls, and the headwaters of six major rivers of the region. The state may be best known for its wild and wonderful mountains, but campers can also enjoy features like the annual wildflower pilgrimage or a scenic drive along Midland Trail National Byway, one of the oldest in the country.
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Mendocino Magic is one of Hipcamp's first exclusive private land properties! That means you'll only be able to book this sweet spot here. Be a trailblazer, and stay at this unique 600-acre property nestled an hour inland from the Mendocino Coast. Enjoy rolling hills, lily pad covered ponds, dense forests, and an awesome reservoir for swimming!Mendocino Magic was purchased in 2000, but the property's history extends back through several exchanges over time. Once a logging camp, then a commercial fishing facility, and now a restored natural environment for a boutique camping destination and private outdoor event destination. Mother and Daughter pair Stacy and Mackenzie set out to create a place for people to get away from it all. Mackenzie now manages the campground with a growing team of incredible people. The property has wonderful rustic campsites and a place to bring family and friends to do just that. In a world increasingly connected in the digital sense, we invite you to come up and get back to your roots, and connect with people the old fashioned way.
Once owned by a local legend by the name of "Redwood", Oz Farm is no doubt a very special place. . . heck, its even got it's own comic book! Here you can pick your poison, as the property is comprised of 7 rustic cabins, redwood campsites, and geodesic domes that would make Buckminster Fuller proud. All guests have access to the community house, which comes with a fully equipped kitchen. The working farm is comprised of over 230 accessible acres of flowing meadows, redwood groves, prime agriculture, and is intersected by the beautiful Garcia River, which flows into the mighty pacific. One thing that is very apparent, is how clearly passionate your host Dean is about ecology and agriculture. Once you step foot onto Oz Farm, you'll begin to understand why. Originally purchased in the late 60's by "Redwood", Oz Farm was initially a commune of sorts. Picture meditation huts, domes, and redwood platforms sprinkled throughout the forest. . . . .
We invite you to come and enjoy our incredible 378 acre, ocean view horse ranch! We have a variety of things to offer from Tent Camping and RV sites, to Horseback Rides. We are located on the beautiful Sonoma Coast just north of Bodega Bay. We are also surrounded by some of the best beaches in Northern California and over 10,000 acres of parks and protected land. Chanslor Ranch has been entertaining guests for over 45 years and is unique because it has protected wetlands that provide habitat for countless birds, cattle and other wildlife. Your specific camp site will be assigned upon arrival.
If you've ever wondered what it might be like to camp on the moon, this is it. Completely removed from civilization and surrounded by a barren nature that is alive with the subtle presence of the universe. Seasonally, Spring wildflowers burst across the landscape. Cave paintings of Chumash Indians remind us of those who lived before us. This is where the deer and the antelope play. Our Carrizo Camp is surrounded by the Carrizo Plains National Monument. This is truly a get away from it all camping. The preconfigured trailer will sleep two and the site is provided with water and fresh bedding for each booking. That's it. You, the coyotes and your own private moon. Our Songdog Camps are sparsely scattered atop a 200 foot mesa that looks west over a valley offering stunning desert sunsets. Our Lodge, Ranch House and Glampsites are available on occasion. This is our home but we love to share our life in the outback. We believe it will give you a better appreciation of life's simpler side. There are two sites where RVs are welcome. This land was sparsely populated by the Chumash Indian and is evident by the numerous cave painting that remain here in the Caliente mountain. In the era of the California Missions, this land was a part of the Spanish land grants. Currently the property is privately owned and is adjacent to large sections of publicly held lands.
Jug Handle Creek Farm and Nature Center is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) nature education center and overnight lodging facility that serves as a gateway to Jug Handle State Reserve and the world’s largest intact Pygmy Forest Ecological Staircase. Our 39 acres include a native plant nursery, community gardens, forests, meadows, and nature trails.
Need to UNPLUG? Stay at a Horse Sanctuary surrounded by unobstructed ocean and mountain views. We have TWO SITES. Camp out or stay in an older but COZY, little RV that sleeps 2 adults and 2 small children (one full size, one queen size bed). A teepee is also available for those who bring their own bedding. Unheard of camping privacy on amazing oceanview, mountain top knoll. Location just above Pigeon Pt. Lighthouse and miles of State Beaches - 15 minutes up a dirt road and through gates for ultimate privacy. It's like Montana by the Ocean. Located in the Bay Area’s up and coming retreat area, lovingly dubbed the "Slow Coast" - we are only 3 miles from Costanoa Lodge, Pie Ranch minutes to Harley Farms & Duarts etc, and right above the Beautiful Pigeon Pt. Light House and (Ano Nuevo) the pristine, secluded State Beaches. We have TWO SITES. The first site, very open and set on top of the world but also very private, is great for groups and offers a big fire pit glass windbreak circle, swing sets, a stocked kitchenette for cooking, an RV with warm shower and toilet and a small tipi. The second location offers a very private setting, with a cool teepee shaped tent and total immersion into coastal wildlands with a great view of the Light House, a compost toilet and soon a chimenea - but for now no fire allowed at this site. Come for the stars!!! No night sky pollution and possibly the most magical place to watch the sun and moon set all along the Northern Coast. WildTender Ranch is a healing and event Sanctuary, whose mission it is to offer sacred space where the people of the earth may gather, in close relationship with each other, the Mother and the Great Spirit, for deep and radical experience via the following four core but interrelated directions: http://www. wildtenderranch. orgHISTORY: We were literally pulled from the sky by the ranch - a unbelievable story best told by the fire. But suffice it to say, the place is SACRED! Many have been similarly "called" to its great beauty and healing - it's not just the unobstructed 360 views of ocean and mountains, clear starry skies or the 1000s of protected surrounded lands, nor even the solitude it offers amongst the sound of wild grasses in the wind, hawks circling or horses grazing near by. What heals here is all of that and more. . . it is a pulse that can't be described and only experienced.
The Maple Creek Ranch and Tree Farm has been family owned and operated since 1934. The patriarch of the family, whose family had moved here from Sweden, had a great love of the forest and trains. The property was one of the first certified tree farms in California with the goal of nurturing a healthy forest. In the 1960’s, a mile of railroad tracks was laid and the whistle of a small, steam engine train could be heard throughout the community. Local residents and kids were treated to free train rides and special events for many years. There is a natural spring with a small creek that feeds supplies the ponds with fresh water year around. There is also a small canyon on the property with a larger stream called mud creek. The land is rich in Indian history and there a artifacts and other signs on the Indians presence. There are both primitive and non-primitive camping. We can also provide a 24 foot trailer or a spacious tent trailer. The property can accommodate the large RVs and has adequate parking. The Cohasset area is relatively unknown. 15 miles from our property is Deer Creek and the Lasson National Forest. This is a great area to ride horses or ATV’s, The creek has deep swimming holes and has excellent fishing.
Access to a private beach on the Yuba River is a 10 minute hike and requires a climb back up the trail on your way home. The South Yuba River state park at Purdon Crossing is only a few minutes drive by car. With 650 acres of sought-after state park hiking trails, mountain biking and refreshing river swimming in summer, it is the perfect place to relax in the outdoors. Out your doorstep, you'll find miles of private, groomed, hiking trails and have an opportunity to reconnect with nature. This special land is part of a multi-parcel wildlife corridor, helping to provide valuable habitat between the state parks.
As kids, my sister, brother and I all planted Christmas trees here. We planted and pruned trees for our father and never really appreciated the beauty of the property since all this place represented to us was work! (Unbeknownst to us, my Dad gave up the farm after a few years because he realized it took up too much family time. ) Because of this attitude, I never even explored the property until about 10 years ago, 30+ years after the first Christmas tree had been planted. After doing so, I realized how diverse it was and what a gem it is since it is located right in the heart of Apple Hill with so many things to explore that are in the area. My Dad passed away in 2017 and I want to share what he started so that others can enjoy the beauty of what this area has to offer. Cheers to you Dad!
1948- On January 1, 1948 a wildcatter named George Hadley, who had been oil prospecting in the valley for 10 years, made the first oil strike in the Cuyama Valley. Richfield Oil Company soon moved in and extracted nearly 300 million barrels of oil in just a few short years. To accommodate an exploding workforce in the early 1950s, the company built the town of New Cuyama, its infrastructure, public buildings, the Cuyama airstrip (L88) and all the industrial structures that are now home to Blue Sky. Richfield Oil Company, later merging with Atlantic Oil Company forming the Atlantic Richfield Oil Company (ARCO), created high-paying jobs, a safe and prosperous community, and developed schools, churches and recreational areas for the employee-residents. 1973- With dwindling production in the area and new discoveries in Alaska, Atlantic-Richfield Oil Company put the town of New Cuyama and its associated infrastructure up for sale. Word of an entire town for sale made it’s way to entrepreneur, Russell O’Quinn of the Foundation for Airborne Relief (FAR) and Mildred Dotson, a wealthy widow from Tulsa, Oklahoma. The two worked together to acquire the townsite and adjacent land. O’Quinn, an aviator, inventor and test pilot, aspired to use the New Cuyama airstrip and facilities as a base for humanitarian relief and a non-profit trade school. Though not fully realized, FAR’s primary vision included utilizing converted military aircraft to airlift food and medical supplies to developing countries and global disaster areas. Dotson had loftier goals. Her plans included an 18-hole fly-in golf course, expansion of the Buckhorn Restaurant and Motel, and a 40 to 50 acre lake for amphibious landing and water sports. 1986- In 1986, another visionary, Harry Kislevitz, inventor of the popular design tool Colorforms® and founder of Future City/Villages International, sought to develop the site as a “City of Friendship”, an all-electric village of 5,000 earthen homes. The dwellings were to be designed by Nader Khalili, an Iranian-born architect who specialized in earthen structures, worked with NASA on prototypes for lunar homes and received an award from the United Nations for his work towards the development of low cost, sustainable structures for human shelter in impoverished and disaster prone environments. One 400-sq-ft Khalili prototype remains on the property today. Khalili went on to form the California Institute for Earth Art and Architecture, Cal-Earth, in Hesperia, CA. 1993- Recognizing the transformative potential of clean, solar power and the attractiveness of a rural destination, entrepreneur, Mike Nolan, worked to develop the Solar Skypark and Big Sky Guest Ranch with Santa Barbara Architect, Barry Berkus. The Sky Park included plans for sixty-five fly-in residences on one-acre lots powered completely from clean, solar energy. The Big Sky Guest Ranch was intended to function as a clubhouse for Skypark residents complete with an equestrian center, a small subsistence farm, pool and plenty of enriching recreational activities. 2012- At the end of 2011, the Zannon Family Foundation made a long-term investment in acquiring the New Cuyama Airport property with the vision of rehabilitating the site to be a low cost resource for programs and organizations working to advance sustainable living practices and technologies. Plans began soon after towards developing a framework and organization to develop the space and coordinate with prospective programs and institutions. Today, development is on track with infrastructure and capital improvements ongoing and plans to submit a package for approval of the facility for conditional use as a non-profit trade school. In the meantime, the newly formed 501c3 Blue Sky Sustainable Living Center will identify and outreach to existing programs, organizations and institutions that will help shape the long term vision of the site.
The Angeles Crest Creamery property is a private inholding in the Angeles National Forest. Prior to the establishment of the Forest, the property was deeded under the Homestead act. Cattle ranching was common in the area at the time and some of the original 19th century structures are still on the property.
Your camp site is located in the Navy's oldest ammunition depot in the Pacific. Thus, the campsite right in front of a 1934 bomb storage magazine. If you are staying in one of our yurts, they are located on magic, old, historic sites. One is in the Rowser Garden, the ruins of a historic home and landscape created in a former sheep pasture turned 4-acre garden. Our volunteers tugged french broom from the garden for 6 years to discover this incredible and overgrown little gem with spectacular views. We treasure it and like our entire Preserve, we have a policy of "do no harm. . . before you do good". So, we ask you to leave everything as you found it and don't take any of our Preserve home with you, except your treasured memories of good times and quiet spots. The other yurt is situated on the old 1920's tennis court with trees growing up through it, but the net posts are still there and the court, visible. It is serene and surprisingly full of wildlife sounds. The bunkers you will camp at were built in the 1930-40's. The views from the all the camps are stupendous Bay Area spectacular. The Victorian houses below the Napa River Walk-in sites and the Garden yurt, are former Navy civilian and officer housing for the Naval Ammunition Depot founded in 1857 and closed in 1975. The Navy's oldest cemetery in the West is next to the tennis court yurt just a few yards from your gypsy wagon tiny house camp. Nature is reclaiming the lands and along with native coast live oaks being replanted by CA scrub jays, fennel is everywhere. It is harvested for its pollen, which we sell for cooking, along with honey from our bees. . . be sure to check out our self-curated museum/visitor center, too. Your stay helps us keep this park open for the public to enjoy weekends year round. While the City of Vallejo owns the land, they have never contributed any funds in the past ten years to making it a park.
Visit us on Facebook: facebook. com/heritagefarmstaysEnjoy a stay at Heritage Farm and experience all the exhilaration that an Indiana farm has to offer. Heritage Farm is a working alpaca farm with over 70 alpacas you can watch and interact with. Also residing on the farm are a flock of chickens, 4 goats and a horse. If you want to, you can help with the daily chores of feeding the animals and collecting eggs. After that, you can explore the big red barn that was selected as one of the top-ten Bicentennial barns in the state. Roam around the 120 acre homestead, woods and creek and soak in the sights, sounds and smells of the farm. Be sure to visit our farm store before you leave where you can shop for alpaca products such as sweaters, hats, mittens and scarves. Pick up some honey made from bees on our farm or some farm fresh eggs from our flock of pastured chickens!Heritage Farm has several options for overnight lodging. One of the most popular places to stay is in our authentic 1850's log cabin. And it's certainly special to us as well. The cabin represents a valued part of our heritage. It reminds us every day of our agricultural roots, solid values and the importance of faith and family. Here’s the story: In 1987, Beth’s parents, Bob and Nelda Lovelace owned what is now Heritage Farm. Beth and Tim lived in Indianapolis at that time and were involved in their health care careers. Even so, we would often visit the farm on weekends, longing for a time when we could enjoy the farm more often. One day, a neighboring farmer approached Beth’s dad and told of a discovery he had made. While clearing an old homestead on his property, he discovered that the old white clapboard farmhouse was hiding an antique treasure underneath all that siding and plaster. He revealed the hand-hewn poplar logs of two story log cabin; perfectly preserved by it’s modern coverings. He went on to say that he wasn’t interested in the cabin, and he asked if Bob wanted it. Bob knew that both Beth and Tim were interested in early American history and after a family discussion, we all decided that this would be a great project—something that would bring us back to the farm and provide hours of family time in restoration work!We hired a house mover to move the cabin down 3 miles of country roads to its current location on the farm. After a couple of seasons of restoration, we held our first family Christmas gathering in the cabin. Through the years, we’ve had many more gatherings. We enjoy sharing with clubs, school and church groups and anyone who wants to experience a little bit of the past and enjoy the serenity of the farm. Recently, we have renovated the cabin again to make it a more comfortable place for our guests to use when they visit the farm. Several time a year we build a big, crackling fire in the fireplace on a cold winter night and just sit in front of it basking in the warm glow of candlelight. As the firelight dances off those big old logs, we imagine what it must have been like to live the without the comforts and conveniences we enjoy today. We think about how those families toiled to survive harsh Indiana winters and the hot, humid summers. Families spending all of their time together; parents directly involved in every aspect of raising their kids and instilling life-long gifts of faith and values. We also think about the good times they must have had. They had to invent much of their own fun and entertainment. But they did just fine. And I actually think they were better off in many ways. Valuing Our Past, Building for the FutureOur mission at Heritage Farm is to apply that same pioneer spirit and value system to our alpaca business and Farm Stay enterprise. We are dedicated to working hard to provide the best of care to our herd and our overnight guests. I imagine the original occupants of the cabin would have done nothing less.
The Gibbon Conservation Center was established in 1976 by Alan Richard Mootnick and houses the rarest group of apes in the Western Hemisphere. It is the only institution in the world to house and breed all four genera of gibbon and has successfully reproduced 7 gibbon species. The center offers observation and non-invasive research opportunities for students and scientists and participates in all relevant Species Survival Plans (SSPs). In addition to providing consulting services to zoos, museums, government agencies such as the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service and individual scientists on species identification and gibbon care, the GCC offers educational opportunities for students of all ages, as well as assisting with gibbon rescue programs in Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam and Indonesia.
In the 1970's this property was Swallowtail Studios, a famous glass blowers cooperative. The Grateful Dead played in the big barn and hung out here. . . their manager lived just down the road. The barn is redwood, quite large and beautiful, with stained glass windows.
Homesteaded in 1859, owned by the Negus family from 1909-2000. Barbara and I bought it to save it from subdivision and it's now protected by a Conservation Easement and acts as a community center for the arts, music, poetry, gatherings, weddings and outdoor education. We're both biologists, so, just ask us
Our beautiful forested land is located in Southern Oregon in a small town of the 199 Redwood Highway. The land which we call home is 100 acres of beautiful protected forest. The land Cedar Bloom sits upon a mile of the Illinois River. Each June we host over 1,000 women to the land for the Annual Spirit Weavers Gathering! This is our home and we are happy to share it with you!
Sleep in the trees, play disc golf and hike to the summit. Here at TimberStone we offer a range of treehouses, from a 1200 sq. foot treehouse for the whole family - to one of our smaller primitive treehouse for a couple's peaceful getaway. Our 18-hole Disc Golf Course is spread throughout 25 acres. With the mountainous terrain and boulder obstacles it offers a challenge for even the most seasoned players, yet fun for all ages. Our main treehouse is 1200 sq. feet, two story with a full kitchen, living room, two baths with a Jacuzzi tub, sleeps 8 and comes with all the amenities including Wifi. We offer a second 375 sq. foot treehouse rental with a loft, sleeps 4, has a full bath, full kitchen, and all the amenities. Our small primitive treehouse is a nature lovers dream, get away from everyday stress and truly enjoy and an unplugged vacation. With a deck off the front, a swinging hammock under the Treehouse and a BBQ grill, this treehouse makes for a perfect peaceful getaway. This one has a loft, sleeps 4, and access to an outhouse close by. With over 50 acres bordering the White Mountain National Forest and 8 acres of mountain top and ledges, this makes for a perfect location to place these rustic Maine treehouses and an 18 hole disc golf course - over a mile long. Throughout the course, you will be throwing from ledges over 15' high or tee pads made from cobble stone pavers. We have rustic log handmade benches throughout the course for resting. With the course ending along the mountain ledges, players can truly enjoy Maine's natural beauty.
Rusty Can Ranch, 10 acres of land nestled between 2 Rocky desert mountains, a taste of the wild west. Named for the many rusty cans left by the homesteader who once occupied this land. Camp Tree is primitive tent camping on open land. Plenty of space for your RV and horse trailer. Enjoy the peace and quiet and the beautiful star lit nights. Currently I am working on 3 alternative shelters including a shipping container home. They are not part of Camp Tree but you are welcome to explore them. I work on them on the weekends and I would love to show you them.
Back Achers Farm is a 4th generation family farm born of love for farming and a once in a lifetime love of two people named Bill and Isabelle Jones. "At 90, he wondered what he wanted his legacy to be. . . but wait!! Before we can talk about the legacy of a man, we need to look first at the heart of a farm boy. It all began, when as a little boy, young Bill Jones would grab an apple and a cold biscuit to follow his Uncle Bill outside to work on the farm. Well. . . he used to FOLLOW his Uncle Bill who actually did the work. But into the heart of that little boy, the love of farming was planted. After he served in WWII, he came home a received his degree in agriculture from the University of Tennessee. It was also during that time he fell in love with Isabelle. I once asked Ma Belle if she had wanted to marry a farmer, she smiled at me and said, "What I wanted was to marry Bill and Bill was a farmer. " written by published author, Sarah Decosimo Jones the daughter in law and now steward with husband Steve, of Back Achers Farm. There are stories of Isabelle losing her sight here, Bill flying his first helicopter, children being born and moving to Lithuania, owning a Floral Design Studio, adopting children into this loving family, first tractor rides, stories of joy and sadness. Mostly, there is laughter. . . when we tell of how the lake arrived, where the cheese is placed on a burger or hearing how working cows ACTUALLY happens. We are a family of deep rooted love and whether you take a short farm tour or sit and listen to many stories. . . once you visit, you become family. And there is none other like the Jones. So come visit, watch the sun go to sleep over the mountain, hear a beaver slap it's tail in warning, hear the voice of a newborn calf, smell the sweet scent of a honey locust pod and let a piece of Back Achers live forever in your heart.
Twisselman ranch is a 6 generation working cattle ranch that has been in the family since the 1800’s. We all enjoy this wonderful place and hope to share our experiences with others
Located only 15 minutes from the historic downtown Healdsburg, Shelterwood is a 400+ acre, family owned property located on Mill Creek, with a focus on timber, preservation, and camping. We have built a few tent cabins around the property for you to stay in and enjoy nature. There are several miles of trails and dirt roads to wander, while taking in the beautiful northern California forest. Many world class restaurants, vineyards, and breweries await. We can also help you in booking Russian River paddling trips and exclusive vineyard tours.
Glen Isle Resort was opened in 1901, by five original investors. In 1923, the property was bought by the Baldwin's and in the 1940's it was given to the Baldwin's granddaughter, Barbara and her husband Gordon Tripp. The Tripp family owned and operated the resort until Barbara's death in November 2012. Mary Ruth grew up coming to Glen Isle Resort as a child in the 1970's. Her favorite memories are the chuckwagon dinners, horseback riding, evening dances, movie nights, and the endless activities that never grew old. Mary Ruth grew up, married Greg, and they started bringing their five boys to Glen Isle Resort. Mary Ruth and Greg were both professionals in education, and visited Glen Isle in the summer of 2016 after an Adele concert. They found their beloved Glen Isle was being sold. After much consideration, they found the idea of not pursuing a dream to be more terrifying than looking back and wondering "why" they didn't. . . so they began the magical journey to purchase, restore, and bring historical Glen Isle back to life. Starting June 1st, we will be offering evening activities to our campers.