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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 season use manufactured fire logs: one is provided), chiminea, sun deck, a NEW AWESOME 16’ teepee style tent that is rain proof!!. . yoga mats, comfy beach chairs, pick nick table, Great views of ocean, magical setting, PRIVACY and short walk to a clean port potty (soon a shower house - July) - running water/needs filtering. FOR KIDS or GROUPS check out our GROUPSITE!!! On *weekdays* (and when available thru advance booking) 1-8 people who want complete solitude, can book the *entire campgrounds* with all the glamping offerings (less party tents) of the *expansive* GroupSite (stocked kitchen, glass fire ring etc), as well as this removed, private site AND a new glamped-out 20’ “No Place Like Dome” offering (with bed/linens) for only $400! Perfect option for couples or a two family get away. See the other site offerings and pictures! . 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. GROUPS AND FAMILIES: Check out our other GROUPSITE for more amenities, space, swings, optional BIG TENTS, 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).
The Lake Cabin is great for 2 people or as a base camp for larger groups. The cabin holds 2 people and there is lots of room to set up tents around it for up to 50 guests. 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. 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 Mon-Fri (from 2 to 3 w/o much traffic). San Diego is still 2 hours. GPS will route you correctly. 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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Straddling the borders of Texas, Mexico, and New Mexico, El Paso is a trove of southwestern landscapes. Camping here means waking up to Chihuahuan Desert sunrises and rolling mountain views. Hiking, biking, and rock climbing are right out your door. And leave the rain gear at home—the sun shines 300 days a year over El Paso. The starry Texas skies are best seen from an RV park, private ranch, or Texas state park just outside of town. A local favorite is Hueco Tanks State Park—one of El Paso's best-kept secrets. Native American rock paintings and unique formations abound in this sacred place. Camping, hiking, rock climbing, and bouldering are some favorite activities. Just remember to plan ahead if you want to snag an access permit. (The park hands out 70 per day). Smack in the heart of El Paso, you find Franklin Mountains State Park. With 37 square miles of mountain desert, it's the biggest urban park in the USA. Rustic RV and tent camping gives you easy access to the 100 miles of rugged trails. For even more adventure, ride an aerial tramway up North Franklin Mountain, or rock climb McKelligon Canyon. (Remember to BYOG—bring your own gear). Of course, Texas isn't the only place to pitch a tent. Head just across the state border into New Mexico for wide open skies. The desert campground at Pancho Villa State Park is a good pick if you love visiting historic structures.
Sacramento, the capital of California, is the perfect jumping-off point for camping trips. The Sierra Nevada rise to the east, welcoming you with alpine campsites and giant sequoias. To the west, fall asleep to the sound of the surf on the Pacific coast. In between, there are wineries, rivers, lakes, and foothills—and a site for every taste. For a quick getaway, head to the three campgrounds at Folsom Lake State Recreation Area. Beal’s Point has year-round tent camping sites and an RV park with full hookups. Bring sunblock—you’ll need it for boating, fishing, and cycling the American River Bike Trail. A short drive from West Sacramento, Lake Solano County Park provides shaded riverside campsites. When the mountains are calling, drive east on Highway 50. Fish and swim in the river at Sand Flat and China Flat campgrounds. At Northwind Campground, you can hike or mountain bike the forest trails around Ice House Reservoir. Each tent and RV site has a picnic table and fire ring, but you’ll need to bring your own water. Within 100 miles of Sacramento, you can camp in some of California’s grandest landscapes. Swim in the clear blue waters of Lake Tahoe and raft the Truckee River. Head southeast to explore Gold Rush country and camp under giant sequoias at Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Near San Francisco, you’ll find four campgrounds in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
With its steep cliffs and sandy beaches, Half Moon Bay is one of California’s most iconic seaside spots. The winds and the pounding surf roar around you, creating a sense of wild isolation. It’s a balm for the city dweller's soul—all just 30 miles south of San Francisco. Enjoy misty mornings at Half Moon Bay State Beach, where Francis Beach offers 52 sites. Some spots have electric; all sit close to picnic tables and coin-operated showers. If you’re coming in on the coastal trail, you can book the single-night biker/biker sites. These are the only public sites on the beach, so get reservations early. Driving south toward Pescadero and Santa Cruz, you’ll find private RV parks and campsites along Highway 1. No matter where you camp, coastal adventures are never far away. Kayak in the harbor near Pillar Point and watch surfers ride huge waves at Mavericks Beach. At McNee Ranch State Park, hike and bike the trails that wind high above the sea. The weather near Half Moon Bay is cool and misty year-round. With days in the 60s and cooler nights, layers are a must. September and October bring clear skies and plenty of sunshine. If you want to avoid the crowds, try camping in January and February.
On the northern California coast, Santa Cruz is a city of redwoods, beaches, and winding mountains. Here, campers can sleep under ancient forest canopies or wake up to views of the Pacific ocean. On the main town beach, the boardwalk has amusement park rides and games for in-town thrills. Or you can stroll down the wharf to shop and dine on the water. The ancient redwood forests are among the top-rated in the world. Santa Cruz has two protected groves--and you can even pitch a tent. The larger is the Big Basin Redwoods State Park, where a 2,000-year old redwood named Mother of the Forest stands 300 feet tall. In Felton, the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park covers 40 acres, with a trail just over a mile long. Big Basin is the larger of the two camps and also has cabins for rent. Henry Cowell boasts a popular swimming hole known as the Garden of Eden. Next door is the Roaring Camp Railroads, where you can ride a steam train through the forest. The shoreline varies from sandy beaches to dramatic cliffs and tidal pools. Santa Cruz is among California's top surfing spots, though the cold waters call for a wet suit. The Santa Cruz area has good kayaking. You can rent on the wharf, or take your own craft to the Elkhorn Slough estuary, about an hour south. Camp overlooking Monterey Bay at New Brighton State Beach. Located in Capitola, the grounds sit on a bluff surrounded by eucalyptus. In addition to tent sites, the camp has RV sites with hook-ups. Further south, Sunset State Beach Campground overlooks a quiet, uncrowded beach. Trailers looking for an RV park should check Seacliff State Beach, which has plenty of sites with full hookups.
The 100%-renewable-energy City of Ojai is also the first AGZA Green Zone City in Ventura County. This conversion to zero-emission landscape maintenance equipment means better air quality when you stay at Camp Comfort. It’s just 1 mile from small, sleepy downtown Ojai and easy to miss. Pass the day use area, and find small, budget-friendly campsites and clean restrooms. Head 8 miles north, and you land at Wheeler Gorge Campground. It’s nestled in the southern end of the Los Padres National Forest where the Matilija Creek flows. Let the massive old-growth oaks and sycamore shade your tent, RV, or trailer. Half of the 67 family campsites are first-come, first-served. BYO drinking water and firewood. The Lake Casitas Recreation Area is a sparkling gem about 7 miles west of Ojai. Also in the Los Padres National Forest, the lake is surrounded by over 400 beautiful campsites. Some are on the water’s edge, others tucked into the trees or set on hillsides with views. During summer, check out the Casitas Water Adventure’s two playgrounds. Ojai is a short 45-minute drive from idyllic Santa Barbara. When you’re this close to paradise on the Pacific Ocean, you’re obligated. Stroll the beach pier, and then hit up the Santa Barbara Mission and the County Courthouse. The Spanish architecture, lush landscapes, and courthouse murals and viewing tower are heavenly.
When it comes to camping, Mendocino is a gold mine. To the west, the California coast boasts rocky cliffs and sandy beaches. Away from the Pacific, four huge state parks teem with rivers and redwoods. In one day, you can kayak hidden coves, hike the misty headlands, and fish in fern-fringed streams. Along Highway 1, RV parks with full hookups and tent sites dot the Mendocino coast. The closest public camping is in Van Damme State Park, which has 65 sites. From camp, roam the Pgymy Forest, or kayak the beach by the Little River. If you’re up for an adventure, snag one of 9 wild sites in Fern Canyon. Camp year-round among the ferns at Russian Gulch State Park. From your tent, it’s an easy hike to the park’s waterfall. Another exciting way to explore is on horseback—there’s even a corral in camp. Across the highway, the cliffs make for fantastic fishing. Bringing a group (or looking to join one) to Mendocino County? Mendocino Woodlands State Park has a rustic retreat center with cabins and a kitchen. If you’re in search of beaches, load your daypack and head toward Fort Bragg. Enjoy the mist in the Mendocino Headlands, or bike through Pomo Bluffs Park. Keep an eye out for whales as you visit the historic lighthouse at Point Cabrillo.
Pack your camera for a Cannon Beach camping trip — you’re going to need it. Rocky monoliths and towering cliffs tower above the surf. Colorful sea creatures swim in the tidepools at the base of Haystack Rock. A few steps away, the classic Oregon coast town offers funky art galleries and cute coffee shops. If you want to camp close to Cannon Beach, try the private RV resorts near downtown or in nearby Seaside. The closest public campground is in Nehalem Bay State Park, about 15 miles south. Here, choose from 265 RV park and tent sites with full hookups. The park also offers yurts, horse campsites, and a fly-in camp. To the north, near Astoria and Warrenton, Fort Stevens State Park is another excellent option. Here, the large campground overlooks the point where the Columbia River meets the Pacific. Back in Cannon Beach, adventure awaits. In the summer, grab a spot on the massive sandy beach and play in the waves. Or, explore the hiking trails that run from Ecola Beach State Park. All along this stretch of the Oregon coast, you’ll find picnic tables and fire rings. In the fall and winter, the cold, wet weather keeps the crowds away. Cannon Beach is at its most mysterious during these months — be sure to visit the beach in the morning to stroll through the swirling mists. When the autumn storms roll in, watch surfers hit the waves at nearby Indian Beach.
there's plenty of wilderness to go around. Just an hour's drive from Portland, the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is the biggest in the country. Among its many campgrounds is Eagle Creek, the first forest service campground in the USA. Outside the national and state parks, you also find dozens of private campgrounds and RV parks on both sides of the gorge. Pitch a tent by a fishing lake, along a wild river, or amid a pine forest. If you're looking for solitude, backpacking is also allowed on more than 30 trails across the gorge. You need at least a few days to see the region's famous sights. Multnomah Falls is the most iconic cascade in the area, roaring at 620 feet. At Beacon Rock State Park, you can gawk up at Beacon Rock. The towering outcrop is one of the most distinctive features of the Columbia Gorge. The Mt. Hood area is your go-to spot for hiking trails, and the snow-capped peak even offers downhill skiing in the SUMMER! Along the Hood River, water sports enthusiasts get stoked for world-class windsurfing. Between adventures, be sure to grab a drink at one of the region's craft breweries or wineries. However you choose to enjoy the gorge, remember to pack your rain gear—the region is famous for its daily drizzle. Since most campgrounds are situated near railways and the interstate, you may also want to bring earplugs. Keep in mind there's no bad time to visit the Columbia River Gorge. July and August are the height of the tourist season, but they also boast the smallest chance of rain. For the most spectacular wildflowers, shoot for April through June. Of course, a fall camping trip puts you at the forefront of Hood River Valley harvests and stunning fall colors.
With its enviable location on the Puget Sound, Seattle blends urban and outdoor lifestyles. When you’re craving a camping trip, you’re in luck—an hour’s drive takes you out of the city and into the wild. Northwestern Washington has it all, from backcountry mountain sites to coastal RV parks. Your biggest challenge is choosing the perfect site! For a PNW island vibe, check out the campgrounds on the Puget Sound. At spots like Fay Bainbridge Park and Joemma Beach State Park, you can sleep within steps of the sea. About 40 miles from the city, the North Cascades offer cool mountain campsites. Camp on the slopes of an active volcano at Mount Rainier National Park. To the north, choose from 150 campgrounds and cabins in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. With 1,285 miles of hiking trails and endless rivers and streams, the forest has plenty to keep you busy. Out on the Olympic Peninsula, it’s all wild mountains and pounding surf. You’ll find 14 campgrounds in Olympic National Park; sites at beautiful South Beach overlook the Pacific. Nearby, explore the Hoh Rainforest and hike the misty peaks. Or, join the locals in surfing and kayaking along the rocky coast. Weather is always a consideration on a Seattle camping trip. The rainy season runs from November to May, but it’s a good idea to bring rain gear year-round. Summer brings sunshine and warm weather—be sure to book campsites early to beat the crowds.
Boise, a small city in southwestern Idaho, is a magnet for outdoor adventurers. It’s easy to see why—the city sits in the foothills of the Boise Mountains, which means that you’re never far from the wilderness. The mountains east of downtown Boise are overflowing with campgrounds. In the Boise National Forest alone, you’ll find more than 70! From RV sites with hookups to primitive tent camping sites, there’s an option for everyone. Planning a horseback riding trip? The Whoop-em-up Equestrian Campground even provides camping spots with feed boxes and hitching posts. Once you’re settled, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors. More than 1,300 miles of trails attract hikers and bikers, while anglers cast for trout in the Payette River. For adrenaline junkies, whitewater rafting on the South Fork of the Boise River is a must. If you’re looking to relax, enjoy a leisurely road trip along the spectacular Payette River National Scenic Byway. In the winter, snow blankets the mountains, and the local trails come alive with skiers and snowmobilers. For downhill options, head for Bogus Basin Ski Area, which sits a short drive from downtown. Winter camping is possible; bring warm gear, or consider booking a camping cabin. Prefer to stay in one of the RV parks near the city? Bike or walk the Boise River Greenbelt, a well-maintained path that runs for 26 miles along the water. Or, get up into the foothills on the 200-mile Ridge to Rivers trail system. On hot days, drive 20 miles to Lucky Peak State Park for swimming and boating.
Busy, beautiful San Antonio is one of the United States’ most historic cities. A short drive from the Alamo and the River Walk, the Texas countryside offers fun, family-friendly camping. Stay close to the downtown San Antonio action in a comfortable city RV park. Or, get away from it all at rustic Hill Country tent sites or angler-friendly waterfront campgrounds. When the mercury rises, escape the heat at the city’s lakeside campgrounds. To the south, Calaveras Lake and Braunig Lake have basic tent and RV sites. Both parks offer boat ramps; bring your fishing gear and cast for catfish and bass. North of the city, the lakefront sites at Cranes Mill Park provide hookups and killer sunset views. Adventure-seekers should check out Guadalupe River State Park. From your campsite, you can go tubing on the river and mountain biking in the hills. At Government Canyon State Natural Area, 23 walk-in tent camping sites create a quiet vibe. Explore the canyons on 40 miles of trails. Experience the Hill Country magic at Hill Country State Natural Area. Here, you can explore the hills and canyons on horseback or bike. Book a primitive campsite or head into the backcountry for wild camping. Whether you choose a rustic site or an RV resort with full hookups, it’s safe to expect great weather. November through April are warm, and campsites are easy to come by. May through October are hot and busy—make reservations early to score the best sites.
Sedona, Arizona is a feast for the senses. Red rock formations rise from the desert, and pine forests line jagged canyons. As the light shifts, the landscape glows with color—and at night, the stars are impossibly bright. Since many of these wild lands are public, exploring and camping in Sedona is a breeze. For the best campgrounds near Sedona, head a few miles up Highway 89A to Oak Creek Canyon. The popular Cave Springs Campground has 89 sites for tents and RVs (no hookups). At the tents-only Manzanita Campground, you’ll find swimming holes, and hiking trails steps from camp. Closer to Flagstaff, Pine Flat Campground offers excellent trout fishing and shady sites. Are you looking for something more adventurous? Backpack into the Coconino National Forest; the Forest Service allows dispersed tent camping. In Sedona, you can also find private RV parks with Wi-Fi and hot showers. No matter where you camp, you’re only a short drive from Sedona’s outdoor adventures. Hike to an energy vortex at Cathedral Rock, or bike the red rocks on the Aerie Trail. The area is also known for Jeep tours, hot air balloon rides, horseback riding. Don’t miss Slide Rock State Park, where you can sit in the river and slide down a natural sandstone chute. In Sedona, you can camp year-round. Summers are hot and busy, and winters are cold but peaceful. No matter when you come, bring a rain shell for the sudden desert thunderstorms.
With its warm, sunny weather, Phoenix is a year-round camping destination. Just outside the city, the vast Arizona desert and mountains extend for miles. Sleep under the stars in the desert, or set up camp by a mountain lake. Whether you’re looking for an in-town RV park or a wilderness escape, Phoenix has you covered. Camp among the cacti at Lost Dutchman State Park, which provides both RV and tent camping. Here, an extensive trail network takes you into the Tonto National Forest. In the summer, grab a site at Coon Bluff and join the locals in floating the Lower Salt River. For the classic western experience, try horseback riding from your campsite at Usery Mountain Regional Park. When the temperatures rise, locals head for the hills near Cave Creek. Fish for trout and swim in the river at Box Bar Campground, or stay by the lake at Horseshoe Campground. Feel like roughing it? Head into the Mogollon Rim for quiet backcountry camping and cool weather. Of course, Phoenix also offers fantastic desert camping. To the south and west, you’ll find RV resorts with hot showers, picnic tables, and full hookups. The Saddle Mountain BLM area offers free dispersed camping and killer views.
Pitch your tent under the majestic redwood trees in a Big Sur old-growth forest. Sleep beside a meandering stream under a canopy of stars. Pull up a cliff-side picnic table on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, and soak up the salt air and breathtaking views. Perfectly positioned on Highway 1 (a. k. a. Pacific Coast Highway) between Monterey and San Simeon, Big Sur epitomizes the rugged California coastline. And camping options abound. Plan ahead if you’re hoping for tent or RV camping at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. The large, very popular campground with a 60-foot waterfall hike typically books six months in advance. There's no car or RV camping at Andrew Molera State Park. This Big Sur campground offers hike-in only sites well worth the short trek. About 56 miles south of Carmel, Limekiln State Park boasts two excellent day-use hiking trails. We vote for the one that winds you along the Pacific Ocean cliffs. Speaking of cliffs, if bluff-side camping calls, head to Kirk Creek Campground. Perched high above the crashing surf, your spacious site provides a picnic table, fire ring, and pedestal barbeque. Plentiful privately owned Big Sur campgrounds and rustic cottages dot the land. Pretty much anywhere you stay lets you swim in the Big Sur River, hit the hiking trails and catch a blazing sunset. The camping’s typically great year-round, so ditch the summer crowds by visiting in spring or fall.
Las Vegas is where casinos meet jaw-dropping Nevada landscapes. When you're not hitting the slots, get out and explore a world of Mojave Desert beauty. Within an hour's drive of Sin City, you come to Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Get ready to discover 1. 5 million acres of mountains, canyons, and desert lakes. Lake Mead itself is a true oasis. Stop by to launch your boat, take a swim, or even spend the night in a houseboat. Want to have your morning coffee by the lake? Several year-round national park campgrounds and private RV parks hug the shoreline. For hiking, climbing, and biking, you can't beat Red Rock Canyon. Just 20 miles from the Strip, the park wows visitors with towering canyon walls and wild horse sightings. It also boasts seasonal tent and RV sites with shaded picnic tables. During the scorching Las Vegas summers, the Spring Mountains are the perfect getaway—the weather is usually 20 degrees cooler here. Make your base camp at Mount Charleston, a town where you feel on top of the world at 7,000 feet. Explore 50+ miles of hiking trails, or go cross-country skiing in the winter. Just northwest of Vegas, you can step back in time at Valley of Fire State Park. The famous rock formations were created from sand dunes 150 MILLION years ago. It's no wonder the park has some of the best hiking trails in Nevada.
Reno, a small city in western Nevada, offers city amenities within minutes of the wilderness. In one day, you can hike, whitewater kayak the Truckee River, and visit a casino. From urban RV parks to wild mountain tent camping, Reno has it all. The most picturesque camping options near Reno are in Lake Tahoe, about 40 miles away. Nevada Beach Campground offers lakeside sites with picnic tables and fire rings. Just over the California border, the city-owned Campground by the Lake provides standard sites, as well as tent cabins. You’ll also find plenty of private RV resorts here and in Reno. For a quieter lake experience, head 20 miles south of Reno to Washoe Lake. Davis Creek Regional Park offers year-round camping. From your Washoe Lake State Park campsite, you can fish, hunt, or launch a boat. Nearby, the Mt. Rose Wilderness offers peaceful backcountry camping in the mountains. Once you’ve set up camp, Reno has adventures aplenty. In the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, you’ll find a huge network of hiking and OHV trails. Bring your tackle box and spend a day fishing and boating in Pyramid Lake to the north. Don’t miss the downtown whitewater park, where you can watch kayakers navigate river rapids.
Los Angeles might have a reputation as one of the densest of big cities, but there's still plenty of camping adventure to be found in its environs. Whether you want to swim in the Pacific or hike in the Southern California mountains, L. A. makes a good staging point. Got a movie trivia buff in your camping crew? Head to Malibu Creek State Park, tucked in the Santa Monica Mountains. Park areas have appeared in many classic flicks, including "Planet of the Apes" and "Pleasantville. " You can even take a challenging hike to the outdoor set of the TV classic "MAS*H. " Santa Monica State Beach is the quintessential SoCal beach. This sandy playland runs for 3. 5 miles next to the ocean. Take a ride on the pier's famous Ferris wheel or rollercoaster. For a more sedate pier experience, cast a fishing line or check out its interactive aquarium. Leo Carrillo State Park in Malibu also provides an excellent array of beach options. Bring your surfboard and hit the waves on Staircase Beach. Exploration-minded campers should check out Sequit Point. Its series of coves and caves are especially enjoyable for curious kids. Want to get a little further away from the big city bustle? About an hour northwest, you'll find the Angeles National Forest in the San Gabriel Mountains. The forest's Charlton Flats site is beautiful for a summer picnic. If you're driving in, take the Angeles Crest Highway for tremendous scenic views.
California's Central Coast covers 230 miles of Pacific coastline north of Los Angeles and south of San Francisco. With temperate weather year-round and easy ocean access, this is an extremely popular destination! Call ahead when planning your camping locations to make reservations whenever possible. Pismo Beach, near San Luis Obispo at the midpoint of the Central Coast, provides plenty of adventure options. Camp on the state beach or rent an ATV and hit the dunes. For a slightly quieter experience, head just 30 minutes north to reach Morro Bay. Bring binoculars; this area's excellent for Hipcampers who enjoy birdwatching. The gorgeous Big Sur area is a bit further north, just south of Monterey Bay. You'll find excellent hiking options here, ranging from easy sightseeing strolls to challenging treks. Two of the best trails are both accessible from Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. The McWay Waterfall Trail offers Big Sur's most spectacular view; the Ewoldsen Trail takes you through breathtaking redwood groves. Manresa State Beach Campground near Santa Cruz offers about 60 first-come, first-served tent sites. Here you get both beach access and a phenomenal view of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Manresa's also a solid choice if you enjoy fishing. Bass, perch, flounder, and halibut all swim in Monterey Bay.
Located at about the midpoint of the California coast, the Bay Area offers a slightly cooler climate than Southern California. You'll have easy access to both the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay from here. Are you coming through the Marin Headlands? You can get a tremendous view of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge from Kirby Cove Campground. There are just five overnight campsites here, though. Make sure to make reservations in advance if you hope to post up! Angel Island State Park is another great sightseeing spot. Here on the largest island in the Bay, you'll find extensive hiking trails. There's also a 788-foot summit to climb in Mount Caroline Livermore. Note there's no bridge to Angel Island. Multiple public ferries run daily, though. If you're looking to stay in San Francisco proper, try Rob Hill Campground. It's small at just 4 acres, but its in-city location makes it a short trip. It's also located on the highest point of the Presidio. You'll get a great overlook of the ocean from here. If you'd rather escape the urban sprawl, Point Reyes National Seashore is a good choice. It's only 30 minutes north of the city. You can reach the isolated Phillip Burton Wilderness here. Many of its areas are hike-in only.
Just 30 minutes from the California/Mexico border, San Diego is an iconic Southern California city. This coastal destination borders the waters of the Pacific Ocean and Mission Bay. Man-made Mission Bay is one of the West Coast's best destinations for water enthusiasts. Extreme-sports fans should check out Ski Beach Park. As the name implies, jet and water skiing is tremendous here! Looking for a beach campground with spectacular views? Check out San Elijo State Beach. This accessible location sits on top of a bluff overlooking the Pacific. The reef below offers exploration options for scuba divers and snorkelers. You can also take surfing lessons at the campground's Eli Howard Surf School. If you prefer dry land adventures, go for William Heise County Park. This quiet woodland spot is a bit inland from San Diego proper. Forty-two tent sites and 57 RV sites give you some overnight options. You can also rent one of 14 cozy cabins with Wi-Fi, propane heat and full lighting. History buffs shouldn't miss the fascinating exhibits at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. This park traces the interplay of 19th-century Mexican and American settlements in the area. Take a walking tour of the historic buildings here.
The San Francisco Bay Area may seem like an urban hub but don't be fooled. Beyond the Golden Gate Bridge, you find Pacific beaches, foggy shorelines, and dense redwood groves. While many campers are making the long drive to Yosemite, savvy travelers explore a trove of Bay Area state parks. Just an hour's drive south of the city, Big Basin Redwoods State Park is a hidden gem in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Pitch your tent among towering California redwood groves. Don't forget your cookware—the park has some nifty campground grills. Want to see the Golden Gate Bridge from your tent? Kirby Cove is the park for you. Nestled right on the bay, it's one of the most popular parks in the region. It tends to book out months in advance, so get yourself on that guest list early. If you're looking for beach camping, head to Point Reyes National Seashore. The hike-in and boat-in camping spots are secluded, and you can't beat catching the morning surf. While hiking the shore, keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, elephant seals, and sea lions. If you're traveling with kids, head to Samuel P. Taylor State Park, one of the oldest campgrounds in the country. The hiking trails are fairly easy, offering views of Lagunitas Creek, redwood forests, and rolling hills with wild turkeys. For more fun, bike the paved cycling path, or take your four-legged buddy on the Cross Marin trail. On the continental side of San Francisco Bay, you come to East Bay, an outdoor haven at San Francisco's doorstep. Boat Lake Chabot, hike Wildcat Canyon, or camp at Redwood Regional Park for a taste of adventure. From state parks with hike-in and bike-in sites to private campgrounds, Bay Area camping helps you connect with the great outdoors. If glamping is more your style, don't worry. You find plenty of seaside cottages, mountain yurts, and wilderness cabins in the region. The mild climate of the Bay Area makes for great year-round camping. However, scoring a site during summer can be tough. To beat the crowds, pack your rain gear and travel during the winter wet season. Pro tip: If you're camping on the bay in any season, bring a rain jacket. The damp fog rolls in when you least expect it.
For outdoor adventurers, Denver offers the perfect blend of city comforts and wilderness access. When the mountains are calling, head west—within an hour, you can escape the city. A little further, and the silence of the Rockies takes over completely. From RV parks to backcountry tent sites, this part of Colorado is overflowing with great campsites. Close to downtown, Cherry Creek State Park is perfect for quick getaways. Go boating on the reservoir, or try horseback riding and model airplane flying. Campsite reservations are required; book early for summer nights. To the north, Golden Gate Canyon State Park has yurts, cabins, and two campgrounds. If you have a few days, drive 70 miles to Rocky Mountain National Park. Reserve in advance or arrive early to get a tent site with a picnic table in the park’s five campgrounds. The city campgrounds in nearby Estes Park offer full hookups and stunning views. If you’re bringing kids, head for Mary’s Lake—the heated pool will be a hit. For easy access to hiking trails, head for the Lincoln National Forest. From Guanella Pass Campground, you can visit the Georgetown ghost town. The 15 sites at West Chicago Creek sit near the trails in the Mount Evans wilderness. Both areas are first-come, first served except from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
In Northern California, you can’t go far without stumbling on an outdoor icon. Lake Tahoe, the Redwoods, and Mount Shasta are just a few. Then, there’s an endless array of state parks, national parks, and national forests, all packed with breathtaking campgrounds. Along the coast north of San Francisco, the wild Pacific beckons. Near the Bay Area, Point Reyes National Seashore offers boat-in and hike-in camping spots. For developed camping, try the Jackson State Forest near Mendocino or the King Range Wilderness. Of course, the biggest draw on the north coast is the Redwoods—the tallest trees in the world. Away from the coast, the Sierra Nevada region offers both luxury and backcountry camping. Pull your RV to a park in Lake Tahoe, or sleep in the breathtaking Yosemite Valley. If it’s wilderness you seek, climb to the summit of Mt. Shasta. Backpackers shouldn’t miss the 27-mile loop to Glacier Pass and Sawtooth Pass in Sequoia National Park. Love geology? Hike past boiling mud pots at Lassen Volcanic National Park. At Lava Beds National Monument, descend into underground lava tubes. Much of Northern California is warm and pleasant all year. You’ll find plenty of year-round campgrounds, particularly in the low elevations. Higher up, heavy snowfall creates fantastic skiing and snowboarding. Winter is a great time to rent a cabin, or camp out in a heated yurt.
Strategically located between Big Sur and Santa Cruz on California’s beautiful coast lies idyllic Monterey. Tent campers should head to Veteran’s Memorial Park. It’s just a mile from historic downtown Monterey and offers 50 acres of forested hills. The hiking trails in the pine forest deliver stellar Monterey Bay views. Two of the best RV parks are Monterey Pines and Carmel by the River. Full hook-ups, great Wi-Fi, and clean bathrooms make the dog-friendly Carmel park a favorite. No visit to the Monterey Peninsula is complete without a stop at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. This Cannery Row must-see houses 35,000+ sea creatures representing over 550 species. Round the bay, and refuel with clam chowder and shrimp cocktail at Fisherman’s Wharf. Keep your eyes peeled for sea otters, harbor seals, and migrating gray whales. Fork over $10. 50 and motor along 17-Mile Drive through Pebble Beach. The legendary Lone Cypress, dramatic cliffs, and mystical forests are worth every penny. Pass Spanish Bay, and stop to explore Asilomar State Beach. This dreamy stretch of white sand boasts tide pools and massive rock formations. By now you’re right next door to quaint Pacific Grove. It’s the home of the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary and romantic Lover’s Point Park. If you fancy an inland camping adventure, head east to Salinas. The Laguna Seca Recreation Area welcomes tents and RVs, even during very loud race events.
The Pacific shoreline, vast deserts, snow-capped mountains—Southern California has it all. Whether you're looking to hike or surf, the state parks, and beaches are a great starting point for your SoCal adventure. If you want to hear the waves from your tent, stake your claim at a beach campground with epic ocean views. There are tons of state beaches in Santa Barbara and San Diego Counties. One local favorite is Carpinteria State Beach. Windsurfing, fishing, and surfing are a few ways to enjoy this sandy stretch of the ocean shore. If you're looking for adventure, Joshua Tree National Park may be calling your name. The rocky desert landscape is a hot spot for hiking and rock climbing. For those who want to escape the crowds, there are plenty of remote places to pitch a tent across the Mojave Desert. For spectacular mountain views, venture into San Bernardino National Forest, just outside of Los Angeles. In this sprawling wilderness, you find tons of cabins and camping spots, especially near Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear Lake. If you're looking for something just outside Malibu, you can't beat Malibu Creek State Park. The 8,000-acre rocky wilderness hosts 15 miles of hiking trails and a volcanic swimming hole. While the rugged landscape lends itself to tent camping, Glamping is also a big deal in SoCal. Keep an eye out for decked-out yurts, cabins, and cottages with spectacular views. Southern California is known for its fair weather year round. That said, it can get chilly in the winter. Remember to bring a jacket (and a wet suit if you plan on surfing). To beat the summer rush, try to plan your camping trip for late spring or early fall.
Best cities for camping
South Florida's bustling Miami might be better known for its nightlife than its camping. That doesn't mean there's not a lot to do outdoors, though! For starters, the sun and surf of the famous Miami Beach are just 20 minutes away. Hop on a sightseeing boat in Biscayne Bay to enjoy the beautiful Miami skyline. Head about an hour southwest from Miami to reach Everglades National Park. This is one of America's most famous parks, and with good reason. Much of this 2,400-square-mile park is only accessible by watercraft. Got about a week to spend truly exploring this area? Mix camping and canoeing with a trip down its nearly 100-mile Wilderness Waterway. Prefer to keep more distance between yourself and wildlife? Take a trip to Zoo Miami. Miami's climate means that the zoo can host a wide variety of species. Kids especially love checking out the park's Komodo dragons, anacondas, and alpacas. Larry and Penny Thompson Campground are right next to Zoo Miami, making for a convenient crash spot. In addition to tent camping, this campground features a 240-spot RV park with full hookups. A 22-acre freshwater lake in the campground allows for fishing and swimming.
Warm, welcoming Orlando sits in central Florida, about 40 minutes north of Kissimmee and 90 minutes east of Tampa. Orlando's economy is tightly tied to Walt Disney World, so there are several RV parks catering to Disney tourists. Disney itself runs Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. These grounds do a particularly good job of offering seclusion and convenience at the same time. Rent an upscale cabin, pitch a small tent, or pull in a big-rig RV. Free high-speed Wi-Fi makes it easy to sneak in a few hours of work while on the go. If you're looking to get away from the Disney scene, you've got plenty of in-city options as well. Like to fish? Aim for Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake. The titular lake is well-known for its rewarding bass fishing. You can also head about 50 minutes north to reach Blue Spring State Park. Here, the clear blue water lets you see hundreds of manatees frolicking in 72-degree water year-round. The peak of Orlando's summer can get hot and rainy. From June to September, temperatures are just above 90, and it rains about a third of the time. On the other hand, Orlando makes an excellent winter destination. High temperatures are regularly in the 70s from November to March, and the rain is much diminished.
Cleveland sits in northeastern Ohio on the shores of the massive Lake Erie. That gives you plenty of water access from the city itself, as its entire north border is shoreline. There aren't many overnight camping options in the city proper, though. Fortunately, the greater Cleveland area has you covered! Cuyahoga Valley National Park is about a half-hour drive south of Cleveland. This lovely green park features a wide range of hiking options. If you're mostly interested in light exercise and scenic views, stroll the 2-mile Ledges Trail loop. For a tougher challenge, tackle the Wetmore Trail. This one leads you through some light streams, and it can get pretty muddy in rainy season. Rather stay close to Lake Erie? Head about two hours west of Cleveland to reach South Bass Island State Park. It's tough to beat tent camping on majestic white cliffs overlooking the Great Lake. You'll need to take a ferry ride to reach the island, but there's plenty to do when you arrive! Rent a jet ski, fish on the shore, or grab a table for a picnic. Note that Cleveland's location means its winters often get bitterly chilly. Expect highs to hover around freezing from December to February, with lake-effect winds making the cold bite hard. Summers are much warmer, usually sitting at around 70 to 80 degrees from May to September. That said, Ohio does get pretty humid in the hot months, so pack accordingly!
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!
Dallas sits about 30 miles east of its neighbor city Fort Worth, making the DFW area one of the most densely populated in Texas. Fortunately, the area offers multiple options for quickly getting back to nature. Cedar Hill State Park makes for a quick, refreshing escape from urban sprawl. Head about 25 minutes southwest of Dallas to reach this oasis. The park features 350 developed campsites, about half with full hookups. If fishing is your thing, cast bait in the 7,500-acre Joe Pool Lake. No fishing license is required to angle for the largemouth bass, catfish and crappie that call the lake home. Loyd Park is on the opposite side of Joe Pool Lake from Cedar Hill. This park is a bit smaller and more forested than Cedar Lake. Rent a cabin for six and enjoy a beautiful lakeside view from your porch. There's also a 40-person meeting room cabin here, excellent for large group outings. The weather in the Dallas area varies greatly by season, so pack accordingly! It's very hot and humid from June through September. Highs are commonly in the mid-90s. On the flip side, high temperatures rarely get above 60 from December to February. Spring hits the sweet spot, with March, April and May highs usually landing in the 70s.
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.
Cruise on down Route 66 to find Missouri's second-biggest city. St. Louis might not be known as a primary camping destination, but there's still plenty of adventure in its surrounding areas. Head about two hours south of St. Louis to reach hiking trails in the Bell Mountain Wilderness. Bell Mountain itself makes for a decent ascent at 1,702 feet. From its peak, you'll get an impressive view of the surrounding 9,143-acre wilderness. Looking to camp a bit closer to the city? Try Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park, just 20 minutes away from St. Louis. This one's ideal for picnicking with large groups of family and friends. It's also great for birdwatchers, so bring your binoculars. Almost 150 different species have been spotted in the area! Have you got kids along for the ride? You might want to schedule an excursion to Six Flags. This popular amusement park is just 40 minutes southeast of the city center. Roller coasters, water slides, and stage shows combine for a memorable day trip. There are a few RV park options in St. Louis proper. Casino Queen RV Park offers slots and table games in addition to full hookups and Wi-Fi. St. Louis RV Park is very convenient to downtown city attractions.
Many people mainly associate New Orleans with the revelry of Mardi Gras, but there are enough outdoor activities in and around the Big Easy to satisfy the intrepid Hipcamper. Take a 30-minute drive across the Mississippi River to reach Bayou Segnette State Park. Wildlife is abundant here, with alligators, bald eagles, and armadillos all sharing the space. St. Bernard State Park is a particularly good choice if you want to stay close to the city. It's just 20 minutes away but remains remote enough to contain some secluded nature trails. You don't even have to leave the city to go camping. The French Quarter RV Resort is within walking distance of the famous neighborhood and is also easily accessible via I-10. It's a bit of an upscale choice as far as RV parks go. For a slightly more affordable option in the same general area, head to Jude Travel Park. Both parks are pet-friendly and offer free Wi-Fi. Both are also generally quite busy, so make reservations in advance! If possible, aim for visiting New Orleans in the spring months. Summers get quite hot and sticky in Louisiana. Expect temperatures to stay right around 90 from May to September. The June to November hurricane season can unexpectedly scuttle long-term plans as well.
The high desert meets the Sandia Mountains in Albuquerque. See New Mexico’s biggest city from above in a hot air balloon. You can also hike or bike the foothills and float the Rio Grande. With 310 sunny days each year, it’s always camping season. If you’re exploring American history on Route 66 or I-40 in an RV, you’re in luck. Local RV parks offer luxuries like Wi-Fi, full hookups, dog parks, and hot tubs. Some RV resorts also offer tent camping sites with picnic tables. Reserve early for the International Balloon Fiesta; RV sites fill up fast. East of Old Town, try mountain camping in the Cibola National Forest. At Cedro Peak, sleep within steps of killer hiking and mountain biking. Bringing a large group? The Cinega site can hold up to 50 people. Birders and hikers shouldn’t miss Manzano Mountains State Park. Here, shaded sites offer plenty of privacy. To the north, Tetilla Peak Campground has a boat launch on Cochiti Dam. Watch osprey, paddle the calm waters, and fish for bass.
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.
Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachians, Chattanooga is an outdoor paradise. Just minutes from the city, you can relax in silence at wilderness campsites. Sleep in the shadow of Lookout Mountain, or pitch your tent in the Tennessee River Gorge. Whether you prefer rustic tent sites or high-end RV parks, Chattanooga has you covered. A quick drive from downtown Chattanooga, camp by the water in Harrison Bay State Park. Choose from RV sites and tent camping sites—both come with free Wi-Fi. A few steps away hit the links at the golf course or boat from the marina. If you want to get active, check out the park’s hiking trails and biking routes. About 26 miles south, Cloudland Canyon State Park is a haven for biking and hiking. Here, there’s a campsite for everyone. Choose a standard site, hike to backcountry sites, or book a yurt or cottage. The park is also popular with rock climbers and equestrians. For secluded camping, head east to the Cherokee National Forest. Here, campgrounds like Sylco and Thunder Rock offer shaded sites with picnic tables and fire rings. Or, stay closer to town at Chester Frost Park. With kid-friendly activities, this park is a favorite among local families.
Nashville is the home of country music, but it’s also an adventurer’s playground. Start the day at Tennessee’s Grand Ole Opry and end it paddling the Cumberland River. Camping is the perfect way to see Music City—local sites are close to both urban and outdoor attractions. Plus, with the many area campgrounds and RV parks, it’s easy to find a cozy site. A short drive from downtown Nashville, Percy Priest Lake has multiple campgrounds. Choose RV sites with Wi-Fi, or book tent sites at Anderson Road Campground. At Poole Knobs, you’ll find a boat ramp, picnic tables, and hiking trail access. Or, go off-grid with a backcountry site at Long Hunter State Park. To the north, Old Hickory Lake is a popular spot for swimming and fishing. Enjoy the lake at Cedar Creek, which offers hot showers and laundry for comfort. Prefer to fish and boat in the river? Book sites at Harpeth River Bridge or Lock A campgrounds. In Nashville, you can camp year round. The best time is spring and fall when temperatures are warm. Summers are hot; book shady lakeside sites to stay cool. In the winter, bring warm layers for brisk days and cold nights.
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.
Deep in the Smoky Mountain foothills, Knoxville is a big city with a knack for nature. Camp here to discover the birthplace of the Tennessee River, rolling hardwood forests, and six national parks. Whether you're paddling or exploring on horseback, it's easy to find solitude just outside the urban hustle. Big adventures await in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Here, forested peaks invite you to explore the Appalachian south. Spend an afternoon hiking to the summit of Mount LeConte. At night, marvel at the light show from 19 firefly species. With developed campgrounds, horse camps, and backcountry camping available, the Smokies have something for everyone. Are you traveling during the summer? Beat the famous Tennessee heat at Norris Dam State Park. Just north of Clinton, this park on the Norris Reservoir is your gateway to cruising nearly 700 miles of shoreline. From the two campgrounds with RV sites and rustic tent sites, you can reach the marina. (Pontoon rentals are a go!) For a taste of the diverse camping options near Knoxville, explore the cozy RV parks of Pigeon Forge. The amusement parks are a hit with families. In the Cherokee National Forest, you find wilderness cabins near prime whitewater rafting spots. By the way, for the best adventure weather, consider planning your trip for spring or fall. The snowy winters and muggy summers might limit your hiking time.
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.
Under the shadow of the Tetons, Jackson is a mountain town determined to stay true to its wild roots. When it comes to whitewater rafting, wildlife viewing, hiking, and rock climbing, this Wyoming gem is a rare find. The Jackson Hole valley is also your gateway to Grand Teton National Park—not to mention Yellowstone National Park. It's just an hour's drive away. Both national parks offer first-come, first-served RV and tent camping. Staying here puts mountain hikes and spouting geysers at your fingertips. At Grand Teton, some of the most popular mountain campgrounds lie on the shores of Jackson Lake and Colter Bay. Don't forget the marshmallows—campfires under the starry skies are a must. If you crave isolation, find your spot amid the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Pitch your tent beneath rugged granite hills in the backcountry, rent a cabin, or kick back at a wooded campground. Be sure to stop by the National Elk Refuge to gawk at wild elk herds. (Don't forget your binoculars!) Around Jackson, you also find plenty of RV parks with full hookups and picnic tables. Parking your rig in Jackson Hole gives you easy access to outdoor adventure. Think fishing on the Snake River and horseback rides in the Tetons. While most campgrounds are only open May through September, winter camping isn't out of the question. A heated cabin is your ticket to snowshoeing or shredding the slopes at a nearby Wyoming ski resort.
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!
On Maine's southern coast, this small city has a maritime history going back centuries. Downtown Portland sits across the street from its working waterfront, where lobster boats bring in their hauls. Out on Casco Bay, lighthouses still keep watch over the craggy coastline. To camp close to the city, head south to Saco Bay. Here, seaside towns like Old Orchard Beach are full of private campgrounds, many of them family-run. There's tent and RV camping minutes from the beach, as well as cabins and bungalows. Many of these resorts are geared toward family vacations with swimming pools and mini golf. Campers looking for more nature can drive north of the Portland area to Winslow Memorial Park in Freeport. Nestled amid pine trees on a small peninsula, the grassy campground has hiking trails and picnic tables. The peninsula juts into the Casco Bay, with its tiny islands and rocky inlets. The waters are great for kayaking, and there's a boat launch in the park for easy access. Several of these small islands are open for primitive camping. Lanes Island is a stone's throw from Winslow Park, with tent site reservations available through the Maine Coast Heritage Trust. The same is true for East Goslings and Whaleboat Island. The uninhabited Jewell Island is open to campers with a membership from the Maine Island Trail Association. About an hour west is Sebago Lake. Here you'll find lakeside bungalows, RV parks, and shaded tent sites. Sebago Lake State Park also has a large campground with a swimming beach.
Payson is just 90 miles and a world away from Phoenix. Set in the Tonto National Forest, this tiny town is a hub for Arizona adventures. Hike the Mogollon Rim, canoe on quiet lakes, and camp in the ponderosa pines. As a home base, book a local RV park or campground. Cool off in the swimming holes at Christopher Creek Campground. Steps from your creekside site, ride horses or mountain bikes through the hills. Closer to town, Houston Mesa Campground has tent and horse sites with picnic tables. Choose from tent and RV sites at Sharp Creek Campground, which is ideal for fishing and boating. From April to October, sleep under the pines at Ponderosa Campground. For great fishing in Willow Springs Lake, head to Sinkhole Campground. Bringing a group to Rim Country? The Woods Canyon Lake camping area can host up to 100 people. Near Payson’s downtown, camp in luxury at an RV resort. Clean up at the laundry, and take advantage of the dump stations. Many parks sit in walking distance to local restaurants and pubs.
Look past the streetlights of Tuscon, and you discover a rugged Sonoran Desert landscape. The arid plain beneath the Santa Catalina Mountains is Arizona at its finest. Opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding wait around every corner—or cactus. Speaking of which, Tucson is just 15 miles from Saguaro National Park. Split into two sections on either side of Tucson, Saguaro is a haven for desert exploration. You'll find no campgrounds here. But if you're feeling adventurous, you can always find remote backcountry camping in Saguaro East. A popular base camp for desert fanatics is Catalina State Park. Choose from two year-round developed campgrounds with grills and picnic tables. (Big rig drivers rejoice—there's no limit on RV length). Have a picnic with prairie dogs while soaking in views of Mt. Lemmon, or explore local hiking trails. Spots fill up fast here, so book early. Another hot spot is Gilbert Ray Campground. Located in Tucson Mountain Park, this Pima County park is nestled on the western slopes of the Tucson Mountains. Pitch a tent (or park your RV) amid saguaro and prickly pear cacti. Wood fires aren't permitted, but the Arizona night skies are all the light you need. You can find more drive-in campsites throughout Coronado National Forest in the Santa Catalina Mountains. It's hard to say no to Rose Canyon Lake Campground—a refreshing summer getaway at 7,000 feet. Just be sure to check for fire closures before you go. Are you looking to camp easy? You can always pull up to one of many RV parks around Tucson, AZ. Wherever you're settling in, remember to pack a shade tent or RV awning. The desert landscape means most campgrounds have little to zero shade.
Best States for camping
The Nutmeg State boasts big New England beauty for its size. Colonial towns, deep forests and rolling green hills create a picturesque backdrop for camping. Along the shoreline, the waves are calm and the beaches less crowded, particularly as you head east. Connecticut is a balance of busy towns and rural scenery, letting you escape civilization without being beyond its reach. Camping areas range from primitive lean-tos on hiking trails to furnished cabins with wifi on private campgrounds. Pitch your tent right on the beach at Hammonasset Beach State Park. Or park your RV at Bantam Lake, the state's largest natural lake and one of its top fishing spots. Connecticut has great options for family campgrounds, too. The West Thompson Lake Campground is popular for its well-tended grounds and kid-friendly amenities like basketball and disc golf. Summer is prime time for camping and fishing, but autumn's blazing foliage and crisp days are beloved by hikers. The Appalachian Trail passes through several state parks, including the Housatonic State Forest. Near the town of Meriden, the Mattabesett Trail offers views of Hartford from Chauncey Peak. Kayakers can see much of the state from its many rivers and lakes. Explore the brackish coves of Mystic Harbor or paddle the Class III rapids of the Farmington River. Connecticut's relatively small size makes it ideal for day trips. The farms in the rural northwest corner of the state are just an hour's drive from its cities, with all the restaurants, museums and theaters that come with them. With your campground as a home base, you can experience a different slice of the state every day.
Delaware is (almost) as tiny as it gets when it comes to U. S. states. Only Rhode Island is smaller in total area. It takes less than 2 hours to drive through Delaware north to south, and half that to drive east to west. The First State National Historical Park is Delaware's only entry in the National Parks System, but it's spread out over seven sites in four cities. History buffs will find an array of guided tours and exhibits focusing on Delaware's connections to colonial days. If you're looking to explore nature on your own, you're best off in the Beaver Valley location near Wilmington. Here you'll have access to 18 miles of hiking and biking trails spread over 1,100 acres of verdant fields. If you enjoy time on the water, the peninsula of Cape Henlopen State Park makes a good camping destination. The Delaware Bay sits on its north and west and the Atlantic Ocean sits on its east. Fishing and boating enthusiasts will be right at home here. Kids love the park's educational Seaside Nature Center, where they can see fish swim up close via a 495-gallon, two-level touch tank. Less than 30 minutes down the Atlantic coast from Cape Henlopen, you'll find the city of Rehoboth Beach. This popular area has a well-earned reputation as a spring-break party destination. Bring your surfboard (and maybe a few brewskis) and prepare to make new friends! Keep in mind that Delaware can get oppressively humid in late summer months. If you can, schedule your visit for spring or fall to beat the heat.
There's only one place in the United States where you can see glaciers, rainforests, and the Northern lights, all in one trip. The magic is in the numbers: Alaska has more than 33,000 miles of shoreline, and 60% of the state is public land. For campers, that means that there are great campsites and killer adventures around every bend. The best part? You don’t need to go far to get into the wild. An easy drive from Anchorage takes you into Denali National Park. The park has 6 million acres of wildland—and just one road! Alaskan camping options are just as varied as the landscape. Try paddle camping in the soaring Kenai Fjords, or hike to remote backcountry tent sites in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. If glamping is more your thing, enjoy the ocean view from your luxury yurt in Kachemak Bay State Park. In Alaska, you'll find an experience for everyone. In the southeast, watch bears roam along Glacier Bay and humpback whales surface above the waves. Near Fairbanks, you can soak in natural hot springs under the aurora borealis. Summer brings warm, sunny days that are ideal for hiking; in the fall, the tundra near Denali blazes with color. If you're the hardy sort, winter camping brings unparalleled cross-country skiing and snowmobiling across the state.
The Copper State can get extremely hot during the summer, but in general, Arizona features a welcoming climate year-round that makes it excellent for exploration. The north-central town of Sedona works well as a spot from which to plan your camping travels. You'll find a bunch of national parks within a three-hour drive. Check out historic Montezuma Castle National Monument or the famous Petrified Forest National Park. Grand Canyon National Park also sits within three hours of Sedona. The Grand Canyon is a mile deep and 18 miles across at its widest point, and it's a must-see. Its fame makes its national park extremely busy all year round, though. If you can arrive by 9 a. m. or after 4 p. m. , you'll have more luck avoiding the crowd crush. If you prefer a more verdant, less populated area, aim for the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. There are over 2 million acres of wilderness for exploration here. Forest rules prohibit any mechanized vehicles, so get ready to hoof it. Alternately, ride a horse and let the horse hoof it! Big Lake Dam Parking Fishing Site sits on the east edge of the enormous forest. Here you'll find multiple campgrounds and plenty of hiking and canoeing options.
Where can you find some of the most famous natural wonders in the United States? Wyoming—that’s where. Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and Old Faithful are just a few of this state’s camping hot spots. Jackson is the gateway to action-packed northwestern Wyoming. Use a campground or RV park in the valley as a base while you raft down the Snake River in the summer and hit the slopes at Jackson Hole in the winter. As you hike through the rugged peaks and alpine lakes of the Tetons, keep an eye out for bison and bighorn sheep. To the north, Yellowstone offers more than 2,000 dedicated campsites (and some wild backcountry) in its 3,400 square miles. After you fish Yellowstone Lake and hike Mammoth Hot Springs, try a horseback riding camping trip into the Bridger-Teton National Forest. For serious off-the-beaten path adventures, lace up your pack for a trip to the Cirque of the Towers in the Wind River Range. As for the rest of Wyoming? There’s grandeur to spare. At Devils Tower National Monument, a bizarre igneous butte towers over the plains; at Fossil Butte, freshwater fossils tell the story of a prehistoric lake. For something completely different, load up your fishing gear and camp on the shores of Flaming Gorge Reservoir. Hike beneath 1,000-foot cliffs at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. Everywhere you go in Wyoming, you’ll find untouched wilderness and camping options for every type of traveler.
If you're looking to get away from the teeming masses, the Mount Rushmore state makes a great destination. Sparse South Dakota is the 16th-largest U. S. state by area but comes in 46th out of 50 in population. Many of South Dakota's most appealing destinations are in the southwest. Make a trip to Badlands National Park if you've never seen this unique region. Here, geological formations created by millennia of erosion mark a dramatic shift from the Great Plains to the east. The hiking and wildlife-spotting opportunities in the area are particularly rich. For a very wide variety of adventure options, take a swing into Custer State Park. This 71,000-acre park also sits in the southwestern corner of the state, near the Nebraska and Wyoming borders. Go for intense hikes in the surrounding Black Hills or saddle up and explore the horse trails. In the winter months, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are popular. The Black Hills are also the spot of the famous Mount Rushmore presidential monument. This spot is mostly for sightseers and history buffs, though—there's not much in the way of camping activities. Drive 40 minutes west to hit the enormous Black Hills National Forest for that. The BHNF contains a whopping 1. 2 million acres of forests and mountains! There aren't too many large bodies of water in landlocked South Dakota. One of the major ones is the Angostura Reservoir, a bit south of Custer. Fed by the Cheyenne River, this man-made lake allows for exceptional fishing of walleye, pike, bass, and perch. You can set up camp in the Angostura Recreation Area.
Located in the heart of the Midwest, Iowa is a haven for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and paddling. Few people know about the state's trove of hidden gems, making it a great place to escape the crowds. Beyond its open plains, the farming state boasts rolling limestone bluffs, 13 natural lakes, the Mississippi and Maquoketa Rivers, and over 40 state parks. The lakes and reservoirs are your ticket to world-class boating, sailing, fishing and water sports. Lake Red Rock Recreation Area lies just 40 miles outside of Des Moines, featuring breathtaking cliffs. Spirit Lake, one of the "Iowa Great Lakes," welcomes visitors to its huge sandy beach—a big hit with families in the summer. On the eastern end of the state, towering bluffs and rugged terrain invite adventurers to strap on their hiking shoes. Check out the Maquoketa Caves to explore caverns and limestone formations. Perched on the Mississippi River, Pikes Peak State Park is a photo-worthy spot where you can hike to the top of a 500-foot bluff. Backbone State Park is another must-see in this rocky corner of Iowa. Named for the Devil's Backbone, the highest point in the state, this park is famous for its hiking trails and trout streams. Most state parks offer RV and tent camping. With no noticeable tourist season, camping in Iowa is a solitude seeker's dream. While Iowa state parks allow camping year round, there are limited amenities in the winter. You can also explore private campgrounds ranging from farmlands and grottos to lush vineyards. Iowa is generally humid with extreme temperatures across the seasons. That means sweltering summers and snowy winters, with frequent road closures in state parks due to snowfall. The best time to visit is September when dry weather and temperatures in the 70s create the perfect recipe for outdoor adventure.
Colorado is easily one of the most rewarding destinations for the intrepid Hipcamper. Hosting an exceptional array of hiking, camping, and fishing options all under some of the most temperate weather the U. S. has to offer, colorful Colorado won't disappoint no matter how many times you visit. The beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park is a standout among Colorado's many hiking opportunities. Take a 75-minute drive northwest of Denver to find over 100 peaks that break the 11,000-foot mark. The San Juan Mountains, sitting on the state's southern side, have the highest peaks. Ambitious hikers will want to take a shot at Uncompahgre Peak, which comes in at a whopping 14,309 feet. Need a unique way to relax? Head to Steamboat Springs on the state's north side to find Strawberry Park Natural Hot Springs. Kick back in one of this park's 104-degree springs to chill out after a day spent exploring the surrounding wilderness. Fun facts 1. The Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park is the highest-elevation paved highway in North America. 2. Bottoms up! There are more microbreweries per capita here than in any other state. 3. Colorado Springs is host to the U. S. Air Force Academy. 4. There are 52 different mountains of over 14,000 feet throughout the state. 5. The classic "America the Beautiful" was inspired by songwriter Katherine Lee Bates' visit to Pikes Peak.
In Florida, a camping trip is a true vacation. The weather is balmy, the sun shines frequently, and the relaxed vibe draws you in immediately. From the party-friendly Atlantic coast to the laid-back Gulf of Mexico, there’s a spot for every traveler. If you want to be in the center of the action, pull into one of the RV camping parks near Miami’s South Beach area. For a wilderness escape, try hiking or whitewater rafting in Big Shoals State Park. For beaches, it’s hard to beat the tent camping near Captiva and Sanibel Islands. Florida is packed with experiences you can’t get anywhere else in the country. Swim with manatees in the Crystal River on the Gulf coast or ride an airboat past alligators in Everglades National Park. In Titusville, get up close and personal with the space shuttle at Kennedy Space Center. If you’re bringing kids, point your RV to the legendary Orlando theme parks. Some of the best RV parks and tent camping spots are located in Florida’s excellent state parks. In the Florida Keys, Bahia Honda State Park offers world-class fishing and snorkeling. Florida Caverns State Park features fascinating (and cool!) underground caves. Or, hop on the ferry to Cayo Costa State Park for irresistibly peaceful island camping and biking. As you’re planning a camping trip to Florida, it’s a good idea to plan in advance. In the winter, the RV parks fill up fast with snowbirds. The best time to visit? The winter months, when temperatures are pleasant and the water is warm.
Remarkable geological diversity makes Ohio one of the Midwest's sleeper spots for camping. Lake Erie forms most of the state's northern border and features plenty of campgrounds for fishing and boating. East Harbor State Park is a particularly good location for campers who love to watch waterfowl. For more Lake Erie fun, head for Kelleys Island State Park. Take a ferry from Sandusky to reach this relaxing hideaway. Six miles of hiking trails crisscross the park. Hunting and swimming options are available here. Alum Creek State Park in central Ohio is exceptional for boating. The 3,387-acre reservoir creates the state's largest inland beach. Pull out the water skis and gun the engine on the wilder south side of the lake. The north side of the reservoir is more relaxed, perfect for a lazy day paddling about. Shawnee State Park is two hours east of Cincinnati, very close to the West Virginia border. Here you get access to the shores of the Ohio River and the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Interested in Native American history? Visit the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail to learn about the tragic forced relocation. Set your sights on the cave network in Hocking Hills State Park if you like to head underground. About an hour's drive southeast of Columbus, Hocking Hills is an excellent spot for spelunking. Hocking Hills also makes a good choice for an overnight stay. You'll find modern cabins, camper cabins, and about 50 tent campgrounds. Caves make you edgy? Try Mohican State Park, about halfway between Columbus and Cleveland. MSP is attached to an enormous 4,525-acre state forest with extensive hiking trails. Sightseers won't want to miss the beautiful view of the Clear Fork Gorge. The fishing in the gorge's Clear Fork River is also excellent.
Get ready to explore the many Georgia State Parks in the largest state east of the Mississippi! Up north near the Tennessee border? Hit Vogel State Park. This 223-acre spot in verdant Chattahoochee National Forest contains a 22-acre fishing lake. There's a good amount of variety in the hiking trails here. Both amateurs and athletes can find a trail that suits them. Nature spotters should take an hour's drive southwest to Amicalola Falls State Park. The titular cascading waterfall is a breathtaking beauty. This isn't just a sightseeing spot, though. The park is a standout in its recreational options. Rent archery equipment or fly over the forest on zip lines. Although most of the east side of the state is very close to the Atlantic, Georgia doesn't actually have a very long coast. Georgia's 100 miles of Atlantic coastline is somewhat irregular. Skidaway Island State Park, 20 minutes from Savannah, makes good camping for ocean access. From Skidaway, you can get to the wide beaches of Tybee Island. Wherever you go in Georgia, be aware of the weather report. The humid subtropical temperature can become dangerous in summer. Heat waves of over 100 degrees are relatively common. Hurricanes, though rare, are potential hazards in late summer and early fall.
The sprawling state of North Dakota has a very direct connection to the conservation movement. President Theodore Roosevelt made environmentalism a priority of his administration after being enraptured in his youth by the state's natural beauty. Make sure to visit Theodore Roosevelt National Park near the Montana border if you've got any interest in geology. Here you can see the fabled Badlands, some of the planet's most impressive examples of slow erosion. Surprisingly, this landlocked state also has some good options for spending time on the water. Lake Sakakawea State Park sits about 90 minutes north of state capital Bismarck. A full-service marina and boat ramps make this a hot spot for salmon fishing. The attached tiny, quaint town of Pick City (which features a population of just 200!) serves visitors year-round. A bit to the east, Grahams Island State Park is also a great place to access coastal camping. With miles of lakeshore on the surrounding Devils Lake, fishing is a big draw here. Plenty of fishing resources are available to visitors. There are also many fishing tournaments held here. The park is open year-round with ice fishing and cross-country skiing available when the cold seasons come.
There’s no better way to launch a camping trip in North Carolina than by cruising the Blue Ridge Parkway. Five of the eight seasonal campgrounds found along this gorgeous 252-mile stretch of forests, waterfalls and breathtaking views are in North Carolina. Start your adventure in Asheville, cultural, culinary and craft-beer hub of the Western mountain region. This region also boasts Pisgah National Forest, home to Mount Mitchell, the state’s tallest peak. Rising over 6,600 feet above sea level, it’s also the tallest mountain east of the Mississippi River. Drive to the top for 360-degree views and plentiful picnic tables. Backpack through the Great Smoky Mountains, where you can pick up 71 miles of the Appalachian Trail. This national park’s ridge of forestland winds along the border between North Carolina and Tennessee, offering over 800 miles of hiking trails. Head to the central Piedmont region where you'll find the state's largest cities, including Charlotte, Raleigh, and Durham. This area is best enjoyed from Hanging Rock State Park. Climb the 2+ miles of sheer rock face or fish and boat on the lake. Make your way east, where Carolina Beach State Park and the Outer Banks beckon. The Tar Heel State’s 300 miles of barrier-island beaches offer charming coastal towns and soft dunes perfect for pitching your tent. Primitive beach camping is especially rewarding at Cape Lookout National Seashore where the lighthouse and wild horses (!!) create once-in-a-lifetime photo ops.
Most people immediately think of Chicago when they think of Illinois. The sprawling state's population is heavily concentrated in the northeast. This famously flat state definitely isn't the place to go if you like mountain climbing. The state's highest natural point, Charles Mound, is only 1,235 feet tall—by comparison, Chicago's Willis Tower is 1,729 feet tall! Sticking close to the Chicago hub? Check out Illinois Beach State Park, which sits on the shores of magnificent Lake Michigan. Here you'll have access to camping, boating, swimming and fishing all within an hour's drive of major airport O'Hare. There's a enormous Land of Lincoln outside of the famed big city, though. Nearly 80% of the state’s land area is farm land, but there are some exceptional pockets of nature to be found. Starved Rock State Park, in north-central Illinois, is beloved for its impressive array of beautiful canyons and waterfalls. Try to visit around the ice thaw in the spring to see the waterfalls at peak power. Shawnee National Forest sits way down in the southern part of the state, near the Missouri and Kentucky borders. If hiking's your thing, don't miss Shawnee's stunning Garden of the Gods Wilderness Area. Unique rock formations and scenic hiking trails abound in this 3,318-acre jewel.
At the foot of Lake Michigan, Midwestern farmland gives way to lush forests and hundreds of pristine lakes. Welcome to Indiana. Adventure here means exploring the Indiana Dunes, paddling the Ohio River, or trekking across river canyons. The moment you step into one of the state parks, it's easy to see what makes the Hoosier State so special. At the northern end of the state, you find Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The park stretches across 3 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline with forests, sand dunes, and pristine beaches. If you get the chance, hike to the top of Mt. Tom, the park's tallest dune at 192 feet. Just 60 miles south of Indianapolis, Mccormick's Creek State Park offers a refuge from Indy's busy urban streets. Saddle up for horseback riding from the stables, or hike the 10+ miles of trails. Right outside of Madison, you come across Clifty Falls State Park. This hidden gem boasts epic cascades that morph with the seasons as well as hiking trails through marine fossil beds. Looking to get out on the water? Monroe Lake is the largest in the state, a great choice for fishing, water sports, and canoeing. You can also check out Pokagon State Park near Angola. Here you can spread a towel on the beach on Lake James or rent a rowboat or paddleboat—be sure to keep an eye out for eagles. Southern Indiana is famous for its rugged landscapes. In Hoosier National Forest, you can hike the canyon trails of Hemlock Cliffs or cast a line on Patoka Lake. Stop at Turkey Run State Park to gawk at steep ravines and sandstone gorges 200 million years in the making. Hike through old growth forests, or canoe Sugar Creek, one of the state's top paddling destinations. Whether you're looking for tent camping or log cabins, Indiana campgrounds offer something for everyone. Many state park camping areas have hookups and pet-friendly sites, and they're open year round. For you brave winter campers, some parks even have—wait for it—heated restrooms! Indiana experiences some pretty distinct seasons. That said, with light snowfall and temperatures that rarely fall below zero, winter camping can be a great experience. However, the best time to visit is fall, hands down. You can't beat the breezy hiking weather and fiery fall colors in September and October.
As you might expect, equestrian campers in Kentucky have plentiful pickings when it comes to wilderness adventures. But spelunkers and rock climbers also find much to love about the Bluegrass State. Mammoth Cave National Park lays claim to the longest cave system known in the world. And Red River Gorge at Daniel Boone National Forest is consistently ranked as a top global climbing destination. Kentucky’s diverse landscape has more than 40 national and state parks. It's a camper’s paradise whether you’re on foot or on hoof. Carter Caves State Resort Park is home to more than 20 caverns beneath its forested hills. When you’ve had your fill of underground exploration, perfect your swing on the 9-hole golf course. Camping options range from two-bedroom cottages to primitive tent and pull-through horse campsites. Cumberland Falls State Resort Park offers 17 miles of scenic hiking trails and guided rafting trips on the Cumberland River. The park is contained entirely within the Daniel Boone National Forest. It’s home to “Niagara of the South,” the epic 68-foot-tall Cumberland Falls. Cabin rentals, cottages, campsites and the 51-room historic DuPont Lodge provide plentiful sleeping options. With 31 Kentucky campgrounds to choose from in the state park system, there’s bound to be one that aligns with your needs. Equestrian-friendly state parks include Dale Hollow Lake, Pennyrile Forest, Taylorsville Lake, and Carter Caves. And if you're passing through Middlesboro, check out Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. You can stand in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia all at the same time here.
You might think you know Maine, but it's a lot more than lobsters and lighthouses. With New Hampshire as its only bordering state, Maine has developed an idiosyncratic culture that makes it one of the more distinctive stops on a U. S. tour. Plus, Maine campgrounds are sublime. A whopping 3,478 miles of Atlantic coastline makes Maine a great destination if you're into camping by the ocean. The quaint port of Bar Harbor is an excellent staging area to visit the famous Acadia National Park. Note that Acadia's regularly one of the most visited parks in the nation, so plan accordingly. Early risers will tend to have a better experience during the busy months than most. There's a total of 12 official state park campgrounds throughout the state. If you're up near the top of the state, check out Aroostook, which offers access to remote areas of the Northern Maine woods. The southernmost option, Sebago Lake State Park, is an hour's drive away from Portland. Here you'll be able to fish and swim in the lake while also having easy access to the nearby White Mountains.
Kansas may be a farming state, but where else can you find a piece of the Great Plains that hearkens back to the Pioneer era? Beyond the wheat fields, you find cool reservoirs, pocket forests, and preserved prairies—many just a short drive from Kansas City. Whether you're itching for hiking, horseback riding, or kayaking, Kansas' 28 state parks are a great starting point for any trip. Most parks offer cabins as well as tent and RV camping spots, but private RV parks with full hookups are always available nearby. Luckily, this slow-paced heartland state is wildly underrated, meaning you never have to worry about crowds. Eastern Kansas charms travelers with its rolling terrain, sprawling reservoirs, and urban hubs. Clinton Lake, an hour's drive from Kansas City, is a fishing and boating hot spot with one of the state's largest marinas. The Flint Hills, a rolling prairie ridge stretching from northeast to southeast Kansas, are a sight to behold. In this region, you find Tuttle Creek, a park perched on the state's second largest reservoir where kayaking is always in style. El Dorado State Park is another favorite camping spot in the Flint Hills, featuring 98 miles of shoreline on El Dorado Lake. Western Kansas is mostly farmland, so camping here is harder to find. One hidden gem worth visiting in Lake Scott State Park. Settlers' cabins and a Native American battleground stand amid rocky bluffs, lush natural springs, and lakeside campgrounds. In the southwestern corner lies Cimarron National Grassland, hosting more than 100,000 acres of prairies and sunflower fields. Like other Midwestern states, Kansas is known for its extreme temperatures. Most travelers avoid Kansas during the harsh winter months, but June through early September has camping weather. Just keep in mind summer is also the tornado season—bring a radio, and camp responsibly.
For being relatively small, Maryland is a remarkably diverse state in terrain, climate, and culture. The Appalachians cut through the western side of the state, creating a mountainous and forested region. On the east side, the many tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay create wetlands and marshes. Washington DC is home to numerous National Parks packed with history. Wherever you come in, you'll have a variety of exploration options in the Old Line State. If you've got kids on your camping trip, you can't go wrong with a trip to Assateague State Park on Maryland's far east side. Lovingly dubbed "Pony Island" by Marylanders, this oceanfront park is home to wild horses. Few nature experiences can compare with seeing a 100-strong herd lazily trotting through the island fog! Take a canoe into Assateague's bayside waters to discover hidden inlets. In the northeast part of the state, you'll find Elk Neck State Park, excellent for overnight camping. The eastern side of this park features over 250 campsites and multiple cabins. Close proximity to both the Chesapeake Bay and Elk River provides access to fishing, boating, and swimming. If you're looking to challenge yourself with strenuous hikes, head into hilly western Maryland. The highest point in the state is Hoye-Crest, a summit on Backbone Mountain. If you're more into cross-country hiking, you can pick up the famous Appalachian Trail here as well. Maryland's section of the A. T. is 41 miles long and relatively flat; it takes about 4 days to complete.
Vermont is one of New England's unspoiled treasures, teeming with rolling hills, mountain hikes, and wilderness lakes. Known for its wealth of family-friendly state parks, the Green Mountain state never fails to draw a summer crowd. From the shores of Lake Champlain to the Green Mountain National Forest, this strip of rural beauty has a lot to offer. For aquatic adventures, spend the day boating at Burton Island State Park. Looking for a quiet respite? Embark on a paddling trip on the Green River Reservoir, or explore 60 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails at Groton State Forest. Sometimes called the sixth Great Lake, meandering Lake Champlain is a boating and fishing paradise. Explore the many islands and hidden coves, or head to Grand Isle to cycle the easy trails of the flat lake valley. Vermont campgrounds welcome all kinds of campers. Aside from the famous lean-tos, you also find tent sites, drive-in sites, cottages, cabins, and yurts. Locations range from lakeside camping areas to secluded backcountry sites in the mountain wilderness. You can even bring your hooved buddy to one of several horse camping areas. Most state campgrounds accept both reservations and first come, first served campers. However, keep in mind that Vermont state parks don't offer hookups. if you're looking to hike, avoid traveling during the spring as the trails are often muddy from snow melt. Summers boast great weather, but you'll need your rain gear—summer downpours are pretty common. Camping in Vermont is hugely popular, but you can beat the summer rush by traveling after Labor Day. Plan a trip from September to mid-October for a chance to see the famous New England fall colors.
Minnesota isn't called the Land of 10,000 Lakes for nothing. Whether you're exploring the wilds of northern Minnesota or venturing just outside Minneapolis, there's always water nearby. Besides the lakes, you also find 60 state parks with over 5,000 campsites and wilderness cabins, plus four national parks and two national forests. Boating, fishing for walleye, swimming, and hiking the endless trail systems are just a few ways to enjoy the north woods. Lake Superior's north shore is a must-visit with its red lake cliffs and unspoiled wilderness. Hike part of the 310-mile Superior Hiking Trail, or see the cascades at Gooseberry Falls. The vast Superior National Forest offers access to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Here, you can paddle across more than 1,000 lakes with rustic canoe-in sites. If you're starting from the Twin Cities, you can also find canoe campgrounds along the St. Croix River. For a hassle-free trip, find a lake campground on Lake Mille Lacs, Gull Lake and hundreds of others. There are some watercraft rentals, but for many campgrounds, it's strictly BYOB (Bring your own boat). If you want to cast a line, remember to grab a fishing license. Wherever you choose to camp, don't forget the bug spray—there's a reason Minnesotans jokingly call the mosquito the "state bird. " One notable exception is Whitewater State Park in southeastern Minnesota. This haven in bluff country is famous for its lack of mosquitoes and other biting bugs. Summer boasts the best camping weather hands down, but if you don't mind chilly weather, September and October are great months to beat the crowds and see spectacular fall colors. Even if you're traveling in July, be sure to bring a light jacket—Minnesota is known for its unexpected cold spells. The state's long, frigid winters are reserved for the most experienced winter campers, with temps dropping well below 0 degrees Fahrenheit. If you want to enjoy snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and ice fishing, a heated cabin is your best bet.
The Magnolia State marks the edge of the eastern U. S. while also being quintessentially Southern. The powerful Mississippi River, the largest in the U. S. , forms almost all of the state's western border. Alabama represents the state's eastern border. There's also access to the Gulf of Mexico on the state's southeastern border. Hit up Buccaneer State Park on the Gulf coast for fishing and sailboarding. Buccaneer was rebuilt after a severe hit from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Many of its amenities are relatively new. Coming by car? Drive in on the Natchez Trace Parkway. This historic highway traces an old trading route of American Indians and settlers. About 60 total miles of the old foot trails are still available for hiking. There's easy access to campgrounds through Mississippi's portion of the Trace. If you're into mountain climbing, you're not in luck here. There's not much in the way of elevated hiking challenges. Woodall Mountain is the highest natural point in the state but comes in at an anemic 807 feet. Prepare for severe heat when spending summer months in this region of the country. Also, don't forget about hurricane season! Southern Mississippi's proximity to the Gulf can make the late summer a little hairy at times.
In Montana, forested peaks rise above snowy glaciers. Raging rivers bisect wide-open plains, all under an impossibly starry sky. This is Big Sky Country, and it lives up to its name. In addition to the Big Two—Glacier National Park and Yellowstone—Montana has 54 state parks, plus expansive national forests. In total, you’ve got 33 million acres of public land just packed with camping opportunities. The natural place to start exploring is Glacier National Park, the “Crown of the Continent” and home to Montana’s most spectacular mountain scenery. More than 1,000 tent and RV park sites sit within striking distance of glaciers and alpine lakes. When you’re ready to get active, hop on the 700 miles of hiking trails that wind through mysterious forests and across windswept ridges. Then, there’s Yellowstone. Both the Northeast and North entrances are in southern Montana, placing you close to Mammoth Hot Springs and Tower Fall. Don’t stop at there, though; Montana has plenty of other secrets to discover. Whether you’re RV camping or backpacking, get up close and personal with Montana’s rich cultural past. Follow in the path of Lewis and Clark with a tent camping trip on the Missouri River, or head to Great Falls to see where Native American tribes once traveled the plains. Everywhere you go, Montana State Parks provide campsites ranging from luxurious to primitive. You can also choose from ranch camps or cabins, which keep you cozy year-round.
Missouri is the quintessential Midwestern state in climate, culture and geography. Here you'll find both flatland plains and multiple mountain ranges, including the Ozarks and the St. Francois Mountains. The Show Me State has over 6,000 known caves, so it's a popular spot for amateur spelunkers. Head into the Ozarks to find some of the best exploration areas. Bluff Dweller's Cave, near the town of Noel, features 4,000 feet of passages and many unique geological formations. If you're in the St. Louis area, try Meramec Caverns, where you can take guided tours through a visually stunning underground atmosphere. If you'd rather climb mountains than search under them, Missouri's got you covered there as well, with well over 500 peaks to scale. St. Francois State Park, located a bit southwest of St. Louis, has a reputation for remarkably challenging rock climbing and hiking locations. First-timers and amateurs may find St. Francois a little overwhelming. Elephant Rocks State Park in southeast Missouri caters to a wider variety of hikers. It even features a "Braille Trail" specifically designed for those with disabilities. Table Rock Lake is one of the most popular destinations in Missouri. With 52,300 acres of surface area and 750 miles of shoreline, there is something for everyone here. Take your boat out for a rip or hike along the shore to discover the lake's hidden beaches. Lake of the Ozarks State Park allows for both cave exploring and rock climbing in its 17,441 acres. Here you've also got easy access to Osage Beach, 85 miles of shoreline, and hiking and horseback-riding trails. Don't miss the chance for a picnic near the lake in the warmer months. Speaking of warmer months, be prepared for some humidity. The state's proximity to the Gulf of Mexico makes it pretty muggy in July and August. Southern Missouri has a tendency to get hit by tropical weather systems in the late summer. Those systems can create extremely violent storms, so check the weather before you finalize your plans!
From the White Mountains to Portsmouth Harbor, the Granite State blends the charms of New England with rugged scenery and a distinct brand of individualism. To the north, the White Mountain National Forest has a wildness that invites exploration. White Mountain NF is home to the northeast's high peak, Mount Washington. Hiking trails lead to the summit, but you can also take the Cog Railway, a 3-hour roundtrip mountain train. The region is famed for its ski resorts and wildlife, including moose, foxes, bears and white-tailed deer. Lafayette Campground within the Franconia Notch State Park makes a good introduction for primitive camping. The state's southern region offers rolling hills and colonial towns for family-friendly outings. New Hampshire's coastline is small but packed with things to do. Hampton Beach State Park boasts sandy beaches for swimming and an RV park for camping. The port city of Portsmouth is a short drive away, with a busy historic commercial district to shop or grab an ice cream. Further inland, Mount Monadnock is the second-most climbed mountain in the world and popular with families. The Gibson Pond Campground is a convenient home base to camp after your hike, with tent sites and coin-operated showers. Several large lakes in central New Hampshire make up the Lakes Region. The biggest is Lake Winnipesaukee. A favorite for boating and fishing, the waters are stocked annually with salmon and trout. Lake Ellacoya State Park has a nice beach for swimming, plus a boat launch for small craft and RV sites for camping.
There's no question that New Jersey lives up to its nickname "The Garden State. " The clear lakes, pine forests, waterfalls, and Atlantic beaches draw families from across the East Coast. Whether you're pitching a tent in the dense Pinelands or tubing down the Delaware River, it's easy to forget that New York City is right next door. Campers love the state's balance of thrilling adventures and family-friendly activities. Explore one of the state parks to enjoy kayaking, fishing, hiking, horseback riding or whitewater rafting. If you prefer glamping, New Jersey has you covered. Choose from dozens of lakeside RV parks and camping resorts—complete with aquatic parks, mini golf, and game rooms. Want to kick back on the famous white-sand beaches? Just follow the shoreline in either direction from Atlantic City. The Jersey Shore boasts 130 miles of pristine coastline dotted with historic lighthouses. If the waves are calling your name, grab your surfboard or rent a kiteboard to catch some surf. Keep driving south, and eventually, you hit Cape May, the state's southernmost point. This place is popular year round. Here you can fish off the pier, comb the beach for shells, or kayak the Cape May Wetlands State Natural Area. Speaking of paddling, you can't miss the Great Egg Harbor River near Ocean City. While canoeing through unspoiled wetlands, keep your eyes peeled for warblers and hawks. If you're more stoked to hike, head up north to Wawayanda State Park in the Skylands Region. Strap on some good hiking boots, and explore the 20-mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail. High Point State Park is another must-see in this rolling mountain region. Hike to a 1,800-foot elevation for panoramic views of three states The New York metro area definitely has a more urban feel, but the Gateway Region still has its natural treasures. One of them is the Paterson Great Falls, a national landmark with roaring cascades. New Jersey state parks offer mostly rustic tent sites and RV sites with basics like picnic tables and fire rings. You can also hunker down in a cabin, lean-to, or yurt. Remember to make your reservation with plenty of time to spare—the parks are popular in the summer months. To beat the crowds and the heat, plan your trip for spring or early summer.
Even New York natives may overlook the beauty of the Empire State, which is surprising given its epic scale. Niagara Falls is here. So is Lake Ontario, the Thousand Islands, and Adirondack Park, the largest protected park in the lower 48 states. In addition to these wonders, New York State is geographically diverse, giving campers top picks for natural scenery. The Adirondack Mountains dominate to the north. Every last inch is protected, adding up to a park bigger than Yellowstone, the Everglades and the Grand Canyon combined. If you've got a kayak, you can reserve a campsite on your own private island at Saranac Lake Islands Public Campground. In winter, hardcore skiers come to the Whiteface Mountain Resort to make runs on former Olympic courses. To the south, the Catskill Mountains are gentler yet less secluded. New York City is just a few hours away, luring Manhattanites with posh spas, ski resorts and yurts for glamping. But there's plenty for purists, too. The Catskill Forest Preserve allows primitive camping for no charge, provided you bring your own water and supplies. For serious hikers, the Woodland Valley Campground makes an excellent home base to climb Slide Mountain or Giant Ledge. Nature lovers in New York City may not know that there is camping in their own backyard. Pack your tent and hop a local bus to Floyd Bennet Field, a retired naval station in Brooklyn. The cluster of primitive tent sites is just a stone's throw from Jamaica Bay. To the west, the Fingerlakes have enchanted visitors for a century with serene beauty. Watkins Glen State Park has stunning waterfalls and swimming holes, plus a stocked lake not far from the campgrounds. Letchworth State Park is not to be missed. Nicknamed the Grand Canyon of the East, the massive gorge drops 600 feet below to rushing rapids. The campgrounds are ideal for exploring the surrounding trails, with choices for cabins and electrical hook-up sites.
Although Nevada is best known for the glittering lights of Las Vegas, there’s so much more to discover. Slip through towering red rock canyons, camp in an ancient lake bed, or climb your first mountain—it’s all here. Nevada is home to some of the country’s most spectacular state parks. Enjoy year-round tent and RV camping in Valley of Fire State Park. Here the brilliant red sandstone cliffs hide a treasure trove of petrified trees, hiking trails, and petroglyphs. At Cathedral Gorge State Park, camp under bentonite clay spires and explore wild slot canyons. Want to escape the summer heat? Lake Tahoe, with its crystal clear water, is the perfect spot for swimming and boating. Local campgrounds and RV parks between the lake and Reno book up quickly, so reserve well in advance. In eastern Nevada, Great Basin National Park is the perfect place to get off the grid. The massive Wheeler Peak rises high above the desert, dotted with ancient bristlecone pines. Five developed campgrounds—including one that’s open year-round—sit a quick drive from the fascinating underground tunnels at Lehman Caves. For history buffs, Nevada is a gold mine. Explore a ghost town and check out Ichthyosaur fossils at Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park, or look for Oregon Trail wagon wheel tracks at Black Rock Desert Recreation Area. At the state’s many ranch camping properties, you can stay in a tipi or sleep under the stars with the cowboys.
If you think New Mexico is nothing but desert, think again. Here you find some of the country's most diverse landscapes—from the Rocky Mountains to volcanic craters and rolling dunes. Hike, stargaze, or explore Native American adobes to see why humans have been drawn here since prehistoric times. A 20-minute drive from Santa Fe brings you to Santa Fe National Forest, a camper's paradise with 200,000 acres of canyon wilderness. Here, the alpine forests and fly fishing streams welcome hikers and anglers of all skill levels. Just remember to pack good hiking shoes for traversing the rocky terrain. For an off-beat camping experience, head east to Pecos National Historical Park. With a history spanning 12,000 years, this park in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains is your spot to explore missions and ancient pueblos. To take in one of New Mexico's hidden treasures, head off the beaten path to White Sands National Monument. Pack plenty of water to trek across dunes of gypsum crystals, and be sure to try sledding or sand boarding. Want to spend a weekend on the water? The region may be dry, but it doesn't feel that way at Navajo Lake State Park, where you can boat and fish New Mexico's second biggest lake. If you find yourself near Albuquerque, head just outside the city to gaze at Native American rock drawings at Petroglyph National monument. Wherever your compass leads you, New Mexico is a haven for tent camping under the stars. Some parks offer only backcountry camping, but there are always RV parks nearby, complete with picnic tables and hook-ups. High summer temps and mild winters make the state a great year-round camping destination. However, September through October is your best window to beat the heat—and the crowds. The weather can change in the blink of an eye, so be sure to bring rain gear and seasonal clothing. If you're thinking of roasting marshmallows, check with your chosen park first. During dry spells, fire bans are active in many areas.
Much of the Pacific Northwest's most impressive geology can be found in beautiful Oregon. The powerful Columbia River flows dramatically through the Cascade Mountains in the north, creating a natural border with Washington State in the process. Hit the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area for campgrounds and hiking trails along the river. Located in south-central Oregon, Crater Lake National Park hosts the deepest lake in the United States. For a real visual treat, head to the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area near the Idaho border. The titular canyon drops over 8,000 feet to the Snake River, making it the deepest river gorge in North America. Wildlife spotting opportunities abound in the surrounding recreational area, so bring your binoculars! Speaking of wildlife, the world's largest mushroom—a honey fungus that covers nearly two and a half miles—lives here. This state has a few quirks that might surprise you on a first visit. If you're driving through the state, keep in mind that Oregon has no self-serve gas stations. Attendants pump your gas every time you fuel up. The state's also an outlier when it comes to taxation—it's one of only five states that has no sales tax.
With 400 miles of coastline, it's easy to fall under the spell of America's smallest state. The landscape offers miles of sandy beaches, craggy coves, and cliff walks above crashing waves. The sheltered waters of Narragansett Bay are also prime turf for saltwater angling and world-class sailing. Little Rhody has a culture all its own, starting with down-home seafood delicacies like clam cakes and Quahogs. The Ocean State's waves are tops in New England for surfing, particularly near the Narragansett and Newport beaches. On the eastern side of the Narragansett Bay, the lowlands hold some of the most pristine waterfronts, including the Goosewing Beach Preserve. Rhode Island's beach camping scene favors RVs. There are several RV parks with gorgeous waterfront views like the Charlestown Breachway. Campers determined to pitch beside blue water can reserve a tent site at Fort Getty Park. If you don't mind a walk to the beach, Fisherman's Memorial State Park Campground has well-maintained primitive camping and RV sites near Point Judith. Many waterfront camping areas prohibit alcohol, so check ahead before you pack that wine. Further inland, forests and silvery lakes offer quiet beauty. Backpackers head to George Washington State Campground for solitude without the amenities. Burlingame, the largest state park, is popular as a family campground for swimming and boating. Day trips are ridiculously easy in this small state. Don't overlook the parks and beaches within easy driving distance. Catch the ferry to Block Island, Rhode Island's laid-back version of Nantucket. (Don't miss the nightly party at Ballard's Beach. ) Sample the finer things in life with a tour of the Gilded Age mansions in Newport. Followed by a polo match on the beach.
Southern hospitality, history and hella camping options reside in beautiful South Carolina. Those lured by the sea's siren call head to Myrtle Beach State Park and Ocean Lakes family campground. Here you find 859 campsites and nearly 1 mile of beachfront. Understand why Ocean Lakes ranks in the top 1% of U. S. campgrounds? Rent a furnished cabin, or pitch your tent at Edisto Beach. It's one of South Carolina’s four oceanfront state parks and rich with Native American history. Best camping choices for birdwatchers include Huntington Beach State Park and Savannah National Wildlife Refuge. Looking for a Lowcountry high? Hilton Head campers find plentiful campgrounds, RV parks and outdoor resorts with abundant amenities. One of the best RV parks in the state for exploring Charleston is at James Island County Park. The serene, 643-acre private retreat is blessed with abundant hiking, biking, and crabbing. It’s also a short walk/pedal from the seasonal Splash Zone Water Park. When you’ve had your fill of southern coastal delights, head northwest for some serious hiking. The Palmetto State’s highest point is Sassafras Mountain in Pickens County. Perched on the border of North Carolina, the 3,533-foot summit rewards with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. To enjoy the best of both Carolinas, camp in Greenville, South Carolina. Check out the Greenville County Museum of Art, where works by Southern artists span several centuries. Hit the multi-use trails at Paris Mountain State Park, north of the city. A Greenville base camp puts you an easy 42 miles from charming Hendersonville, NC. And you're a quick 62 miles from vibrant, artsy, ever-eclectic Asheville.
The Keystone State takes its nickname from its keystone role in America's founding. If you've got any interest in this time period, many historic sites can help you explore it. There are also plenty of Civil War sites for the history buff. See the site of the famous Gettysburg Address at Gettysburg National Military Park. Adrenaline junkies of all stripes will want to check out Big Pocono State Park. Situated in the northeast corner, this park provides access to the rugged Camelback Mountain. In the winter, Camelback is a very popular skiing destination. In the summer, you can test your climbing skills—and get a rush by taking the fast way down on breathtaking zip lines. If you're up in the northern part of the state, check out Worlds End State Park. This dramatically named area offers beautiful views of the Endless Mountains region. If you can, hit this area in spring or fall to see the colors turn. Both campgrounds and cabin rentals are available for overnight stays. Cross-country hikers can pick up the lengthy Appalachian Trail throughout Pennsylvania. This trail runs 2,180 miles from Maine to Georgia. The A. T. bisects Pennsylvania north to south, with easy access in many small towns.
Vermont is one of New England's unspoiled treasures, teeming with rolling hills, mountain hikes, and wilderness lakes. Known for its wealth of family-friendly state parks, the Green Mountain state never fails to draw a summer crowd. From the shores of Lake Champlain to the Green Mountain National Forest, this narrow strip of rural beauty has a lot to offer. For aquatic adventures, spend the day boating at Burton Island State Park. Looking for a quiet respite? Embark on a paddling trip on the Green River Reservoir, or explore 60 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails at Groton State Forest. Sometimes called the sixth Great Lake, meandering Lake Champlain are a boating and fishing paradise. Explore the many islands and hidden coves, or head to Grand Isle to cycle the easy trails of the flat lake valley. Vermont campgrounds welcome all kinds of campers. Aside from the famous lean-tos, you also find tent sites, drive-in sites, cottages, cabins, and yurts. Locations range from lakeside camping areas to secluded backcountry sites in the mountain wilderness. You can even bring your hooved buddy to one of several horse camping areas. Most state campgrounds accept both reservations and first come, first served campers. However, keep in mind that Vermont state parks don't offer hookups. if you're looking to hike, avoid traveling during the spring as the trails are often muddy from snow melt. Summers boast great weather, but you'll need your rain gear—summer downpours are pretty common. Camping in Vermont is hugely popular, but you can beat the summer rush by traveling after Labor Day. Plan a trip from September to mid-October for a chance to see the famous New England fall colors.
You know the old saying: Virginia is for lovers of camping. Its bounty of 38 state parks is consistently voted the best in America. Virginia offers cabins, tent camping and RV sites in 28 of its magnificent parks. And lucky for you, Virginia’s 269-mile stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway contains three campgrounds. On the eastern Atlantic Ocean shoreline, Kiptopeke State Park is the perfect HQ for exploring the Chesapeake Bay. Along with tent sites, the park offers large family lodges, spacious cabins, a yurt, and a bunkhouse. The 300-acre First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach is the state’s most visited. Here you find 19 pet-friendly miles of biking and hiking trails and 1. 5 miles of Atlantic coastline. Seeking a serenity-restoring primitive camping experience? Reserve your spot in advance for one of Virginia’s rare underdeveloped coastal areas: False Cape State Park. Six miles of pristine beachfront is prime sunbathing, swimming and kayaking real estate. Campgrounds are only accessible by foot, bicycle, or boat. American Civil War buffs should camp in Williamsburg at the 140-acre Chickahominy Riverfront Park. The 160 bluff-side campsites put you mere minutes from the area’s historic landmarks. Finish your history lesson off with a hike along the Appalachian Trail. Shenandoah National Park welcomes backcountry campers with over 500 miles of trails. There’s really no better way to savor Virginia’s jaw-dropping scenery and diverse wildlife.
Washington could easily be called the backyard of the Pacific Northwest. After all, outdoor fanatics from across the world flock here for its wealth of natural beauty. Unspoiled beaches, glacial mountain ranges, volcanoes, and evergreen rain forests take center stage. Plus, with five national forests and over 70 state parks, there's always something to explore. Mount Rainier National Park and Olympic National Park are just over an hour's drive from Seattle. They're some of the most popular spots in Washington state—and it's not hard to see why. Mount Rainier might look like a snow-capped mountain, but it's actually an active volcano (don't worry, it's totally safe). Hike up the mountain for a big adventure, or just explore the old growth forests. On the Pacific side of the Puget Sound, you come to Olympic National Forest. Here, you can spot elk herds in the Hoh Rain Forest, hike Hurricane Ridge, or paddle the alpine lakes. From there, you can hit the Olympic Peninsula for photo-worthy Pacific beaches. Bring a surfboard to catch some waves, kayak in the surf, or just make yourself a driftwood bench to enjoy a beer. Don't forget your binoculars—killer whales, gray whales and humpbacks are pretty common sights. For larger-than-life adventure, step into North Cascades National Park. More than 100 alpine lakes, 300 glaciers, and 400 miles of hiking trails make this mountain wilderness a backpacker's dream. If you just want to chill on the water, head to Lake Wenatchee State Park. The glacial lake is a hot spot for hiking, SUP boarding, and canoeing with views of towering Glacier Peak. Western Washington is where most of the action is, leaving the eastern region largely overlooked. Luckily, savvy travelers know to come here for sunny weather and solitude. Get psyched for the glacier-carved beauty of Colville National Forest, or canoe down the Columbia River. Every type of camping you can imagine can be found in Washington. Think yurts, cabins, backcountry sites, and even kayak and bike-in sites. While most national park campgrounds are first-come, first served, Washington state parks usually accept reservations. The majority of parks are open year round. Summer is fairly dry with comfortable weather, but many campgrounds get crowded in the high season. Plan your trip for early fall to beat the rush. Just remember to pack plenty of rain gear and weather-proof camping equipment—Washington is famous for its near-constant drizzle. In the winter, temperatures fall to the 30s and 40s Fahrenheit. It might be chilly, but this is a great season for skiing and snowboarding. Consider planning a January trip to have a blast shredding the slopes of Mount Rainier.
If there's one thing you can't avoid on a camping trip to Wisconsin, it's the water. The Badger State is ringed on two sides by the massive Lake Michigan and Lake Superior. Minnesota styles itself as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes," but Wisconsin has them beat with over 15,000. Even when you head far inland, you'll find plenty of rivers and smaller lakes, most with campgrounds and state parks attached. Wisconsin can get super chilly in the fall and winter, so try to visit in warmer months. The centrally located Devil's Lake State Park near Baraboo is the most well-known park in Wisconsin. Built around the beautiful titular lake, it features over 9,000 acres of land. Hunting, hiking, and fishing are popular pastimes here. If you head to Devil's Lake in the summer with the family, be sure to leave time for a visit to Wisconsin Dells. Just a 30-minute drive to the north, Wisconsin Dells is chock-full of water-park and amusement-park options for the kids. The Ho-Chunk RV Resort and Campground provides access to the nearby casino. Those looking for nature will love Mirror Lake State Park and its tent camping near the lake. Don't miss Kettle Moraine State Forest with its fun glacial features such as kettles, kames, and eskers. The hiking trails here are excellent. Enjoy quaffing a few high-quality brews while on your camping adventures? Wisconsin makes a great destination for beer. The state is home to popular independent craft breweries, like New Glarus and the Milwaukee Brewing Company. Cruise through Madison or Milwaukee to provision yourself for the camping ahead!
A visit to the American Southeast isn't really complete without a swing through Alabama. With access to the Gulf Coast along its southern border and forests and mountains in its north, the Heart of Dixie features a variety of terrain to explore. Looking for a place to take in the beauty of the Gulf of Mexico? Try heading down to Gulf State Park in the city of Gulf Shores. You'll find about 2. 5 miles of beach among 6,500 acres of land. Fishing enthusiasts will find a lot to like here. The park includes three freshwater lakes featuring redfish, catfish, trout, and bass for the catching. On the northern side of the state, Desoto State Park offers a different kind of outdoors experience. DSP, located on the 2,388-foot-high Lookout Mountain, brings hiking, camping, and wildlife-watching options. Pack some good binoculars if you're heading here. Depending on where you stand, you can see seven different U. S. states from atop Lookout! If you're looking for more elevation adventures, you might also be interested in a trip to Cheaha State Park. CSP sits on top of Cheaha Mountain, Alabama's highest natural point at 2,407 feet. A lodge and cabins provide stunning vista views of the surrounding Talladega National Forest. Athletic types can enjoy rappelling and rock climbing in the area as well. Like the rest of the U. S. Southeast, Alabama's in a humid subtropical climate that can get oppressively hot in late summer. That heat's slightly mitigated by the fact that Alabama gets slightly more rain than its immediate neighbors. Tornados are an uncommon but potentially deadly hazard in the state, with about 20 blowing through Alabama every year.
Near-limitless choices are what campers find when headed to California. You've got 110 state parks to explore, many with camping right on the Pacific coastline. It’s a hiker/biker/beachcomber nirvana. Year-round camping at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park delivers redwood forests and Pacific Ocean views. Likewise for Limekiln and Andrew Molera. Big Sur definitely boasts some of the best camping spots in Central California. Speaking of the Golden State’s mid-region, Pismo State Beach and Monterey State Beach are coastal gems. Bring fishing poles and surfboards. California’s eight magnificent national parks include Yosemite, home to Half Dome. Also Sequoia, location of the largest tree in the world: General Sherman. You’ll find 19 national forests to explore. Sierra National Forest is a vast region of woodlands and streams along the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Go in autumn, when hiking, biking, and camping are at peak enjoyment. When you’re sated with crashing surf and majestic old-growth forests, head to Southern California. The inland desertscape at Joshua Tree National Park will restore your soul. Massive boulders, panoramic vistas, and the shimmering, starry night sky renew world-weary spirits. Northern California is a prime candidate for wine-camping in vineyards or on permaculture farms. Lay your head down in magical tree houses or geodesic domes. Wake up in funky yurts or creekside cabins. Golden in the summer and typically green in the winter, California 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.
Campers scouting for gorgeous state parks, miles of trails and cascading waterfalls need to look no further than Tennessee. With 56 state parks to choose from, many a short drive from Nashville, an exceptional camping experience is guaranteed. The Volunteer State also boasts the most visited national park in the United States: Great Smoky Mountains. Gatlinburg makes a great jumping-off point for exploring the 150 Smoky Mountain hiking trails. Adventurers find 800 miles of pristine backcountry brimming with wildlife, waterfalls, and wildflowers. Set out on a rustic backpacking trek along the 71-mile stretch of Appalachian Trail that passes through the Smokies. Savor the 100-mile views from the 6,643-foot Clingmans Dome — the highest point on the Trail and in Tennessee. Year-round Cades Cove Campground is another hugely popular Great Smokies destination. The 160 sites offer the feel of primitive camping with the modern convenience of flush toilets and drinking water. The verdant valley surrounded by mountains is teeming with wildlife. A 5-mile round-trip hike to Abrams Falls reveals one of the most powerful waterfalls in the national park. Tennessee’s largest and most visited state park is Fall Creek Falls. The 26,000+ acres sprawled across the Cumberland Plateau contain 35 miles of hiking trails and 24 miles of mountain biking trails. Did we mention an 18-hole golf course? The large campground is a short walk away from the 256-foot Fall Creek Falls. Anglers who camp need to motor over to Paris Landing State Park on the western shore of Kentucky Lake. With 3 miles of water from shore to shore and more than 100 species of fish, supper’s a sure thing. The 841-acre park also offers a challenging par 72, 18-hole golf course. The year-round, by-reservation-only campground welcomes tents, RVs and primitive campers.
Rugged mountains and alpine lakes give way to vast deserts, and red-rock cliffs rise above the rapids of the Colorado River. This is Utah, where the natural beauty is almost impossible to take in. The best way to see Utah? Focus on one region at a time—there are so many killer camping options that you could spend years exploring them all. Your first stop should be southern Utah, where red rocks reign supreme and you can camp year-round. Pull into the RV park at Zion National Park, or take in the towering amphitheater of hoodoos from a backcountry tent site in Bryce Canyon National Park. In Snow Canyon State Park, petrified sand dunes and jagged underground lava tubes sit a short walk from your campsite. Adventurers go crazy for Moab, which is a mecca for mountain biking, canyoneering, and whitewater rafting. In one trip, you can stand under centuries-old sandstone arches at Arches National Park and capture an iconic Instagram shot at Dead Horse Point. Or, walk in the footsteps of Wild West outlaws in the Canyonlands Maze district. Want to ditch the crowds and find quieter Utah campgrounds? Head to Capitol Reef National Park to camp on the monocline—a rocky wrinkle in the earth’s surface. The Wasatch Mountains create a four-season paradise near Salt Lake City. Hike through the fall leaves in the autumn, go rock climbing in the summer, and hit the Park City slopes when the snow falls. Oh, and don’t forget to hit Antelope Island for some paddle-camping in the middle of the Great Salt Lake.
All jungle-covered cliffs and sparkling seas, Hawaii is one of the top vacation destinations in the U. S. This tiny state packs in a staggering amount of breathtaking landscapes. From the volcanoes of the Big Island to the canyons of Kauai, the Hawaiian islands offer camping areas you won’t find anywhere else. If your flight lands on Oahu, your best bet is the beach parks that ring the island. At Mālaekahana State Recreation Area, you’ll find picnic tables, hot showers, and turquoise seas. Want to camp on a sandy beach? Book a beach site in advance at Ahupuaʻa ʻO Kahana State Park—there are only 10. On the Big Island, two campgrounds at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park put you near the Kilauea action. Look out for the lava glow from your tent site or cabin when the sun goes down. With kids, it’s hard to beat the crystal-clear waters of Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area. If it’s hiking you’re after, Kauai has you covered. The spectacular Waimea Canyon offers some of Hawaii’s best hiking. To the north, camp near the Na Pali Coast State Park for dreamy sailing and serious Jurassic Park vibes. No matter where you are in Hawaii, most state, beach, and national parks require a camping permit. It’s a good idea to reserve online in advance. Looking to upgrade? Hawaii offers a huge range of glamping options, from luxury tent camping to wilderness cabins.
If you’ve never been to Arkansas, the staggering beauty of the Natural State might surprise you. You don’t have to travel far to find a densely wooded national forest, state park or national park in which to enjoy some secluded tent or RV camping. In the northern region, Ozark National Forest spans 1. 2 million acres and claims the state’s tallest peak, Mount Magazine. Developed campgrounds in the rugged mountain landscape blend harmoniously into the lush forest terrain. Hot Springs National Park, a. k. a. “The American Spa,” is home to the legendary 143-degree thermal waters that soothe, heal and relax. You’ll appreciate that after a 10-mile hike on Sunset Trail, the longest trek in the park. Visitors find several campsites to choose from here, each suited to primitive tent or RV camping with full hookups. Thirty-two of the 52 state parks in Arkansas offer campsites. If dropping your line in one of American’s best trout-fishing streams appeals, head to Bull Shoals-White River State Park. This spot in North Central Arkansas is an especially good choice in the hot summer months. The campground is right below the Bull Shoals Dam, and cooling fog from White River blankets the tent sites at night for a comfy sleep. Another perennial favorite is Devil's Den State Park, nestled in a lush valley in the Ozark Mountains. Rock formations and caverns beg to be explored, and an 8-acre lake welcomes canoes, kayaks and pedal boats. A large multi-use trail system leads to the surrounding Ozark National Forest. Cabins, campsites, hike-in only and horse camping options cater to all levels of ability and comfort.
One of the hidden gems of the western United States, Idaho has it all. From the lakes of Coeur d’Alene National Forest to the 470-foot sand dune in Bruneau Sand Dunes State Park, there’s something for everyone. Choose a tent camping spot near natural hot springs outside of Boise, or enjoy the view of the Sawtooth Mountains from a luxury RV park. Idaho’s small population and wide-open spaces are the perfect formula for one of the state’s most underrated activities: stargazing. The Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve is one of only 12 Gold Tier preserves in the world. The Milky Way soars above your campsite in Stanley or Ketchum—no telescope needed. In Glenns Ferry, history buffs can camp with a view of the Oregon Trail’s legendary Snake River crossing. The Snake River Valley is also home to the state's best wineries, so you can pick up a bottle to enjoy by the campfire. The northwest corner of the state offers a bounty of outdoor adventures. Lake Cascade and McCall offer the state’s most beautiful lakeshore campgrounds. Or, get away from the holidaymakers with a backcountry hike or horseback ride into the remote Payette National Forest. Passing through southern Idaho? Stop in Twin Falls to watch base jumpers leap into the Snake River Canyon, or pitch a tent near Craters Of The Moon National Monument and Preserve.
Look beyond the Cajun flavor of New Orleans to see a whole new, wild Louisiana. With its dense forests, beautiful Gulf wilderness, and winding waterways begging to be paddled, this Southern state is a paradise for off-the-grid exploration. Start your Louisiana adventure in one of 22 state parks or 30 recreation areas. In the north, you find calm bayous and cypress groves. To the south, a coastal region with sandy beaches hugs the Gulf of Mexico. Most of Louisiana's state parks offer wilderness cabins and tent camping, but you can also find plenty of RV parks and private Louisiana campgrounds along lakes, rivers, and bayous. You don't have to venture far from the city to connect with nature. Spend the night at a waterfront cabin in Bayou Segnette, a mere 30-minute drive from New Orleans. From Baton Rouge, canoe or kayak the mighty Mississippi. Grand Isle State Park is a hot spot to camp on the beach or fish for speckled trout in the surf. On the state's western border, South Toledo Bend State Park puts a sprawling reservoir at your fingertips. Enjoy a boat ride, or explore the hiking and biking trails onshore. At the heart of Louisiana, you find Kisatchie National Forest. The popular camping spot features 50 miles of multi-use trails through pines and bald cypress. Don't forget your swimsuit—the Kisatchie Bayou is a great place to take a dip. A little way south, Lake Chicot State Park creates a quiet refuge for canoeing and strolling along nature trails through a beech-magnolia forest. Don't forget your bug spray for the mosquitoes. Wherever you pitch your tent, you can look forward to mild weather year round. Just remember to bring your rain gear. Louisiana tends to get a lot of rain, especially in the winter. If you want to be on the safe side, you might want to avoid visiting in June through August. It's summer storm season. The dry months of October and November are some of the best months for camping.
Surrounded by the Great Lakes and swathed in 20 million acres of forest, Michigan is a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts. They don’t call it the Fresh Coast for nothing—the state has 3,288 miles of pristine shoreline. From the warm beaches of Lake Michigan to the wild and unpredictable Lake Superior, you’re never far from a lakeside campsite. If you want to escape the crowds, head straight for the Upper Peninsula. The Michigan magic is strong here, whether you’re biking around car-free Mackinac Island State Park or parking your RV by a waterfall in Tahquamenon Falls State Park. In the remote northern Keweenaw Peninsula, pitch a tent on the beach and fall asleep to a legendary Lake Superior summer sunset—or watch the Northern lights dance overhead in the winter. For true adventure seekers, Isle Royale National Park (one of the least-visited parks in the system) offers the best hiking and backcountry camping in the state. Bring your camera; you might even spot a wolf or a moose from your tent. The Lower Peninsula has plenty to offer, too. At the Sleeping Bear Dunes, you can run down 200-foot sand dunes. Get off the grid at Thunder Bay River, or enjoy the amenities at the many Michigan state parks and state forest campgrounds. If you prefer a more populated area, camp in Holland State Park and check out the blooming tulips. In Grand Haven, you’ll find some of the best boating in the state.
Beyond its cornfields and ranches, Nebraska is a hidden trove of natural beauty at the heart of the Great Plains. The huge state boasts reservoirs, streams, and more miles of river than anywhere else in the United States. Vast prairies in the east contrast with the rugged cliffs in the west. In central Nebraska, you find the Sandhills, home to the impressive sandhill cranes. Take in Nebraska's famous wide-open skies from one of its charming state parks or recreation areas. Fremont Lakes State Recreation Area has 20 sandpit lakes ideal for boating, fishing, and water sports. In the state's northwestern corner, you can camp amid stunning rock formations at Toadstool Geologic Park. For a taste of the state's rich pioneer and Native American heritage, check out Scotts Bluff National Monument. The 1,200-hectare sculptural range once guided travelers headed for the Wild West. For a more modern camping experience, drive 30 miles from Omaha to Eugene T. Mahoney state park. Situated on the Platte River, this family-friendly park boasts an indoor playground, an aquatic center, hiking trails, and an observation tower. A short distance downriver, you come to Platte River State Park. Hardwood forests with a cascading waterfall are the backdrop for the camper cabins and first come, first served tent sites. Further along Interstate 80 toward Lincoln and beyond, you find a host of other RV parks and camping spots. Nebraska enjoys a classic Midwestern climate, which means sizzling summers and harsh winters. As a result, July and August are great months for relaxing on the lakes. But for prime hiking weather, you can't beat early summer or early fall. Be aware that summer is also the tornado season—camp with caution, and consider bringing a hand-held radio.
Lying smack at the heart of the USA, Oklahoma boasts some of the country's most diverse natural landscapes. It's hard not to fall for the rugged mountain ranges, 200 lakes, and wide open prairies—not to mention the state's rich Native American history. Looking for outdoor adventure? Hiking trails, tent camping, canoeing, whitewater rafting, and horseback riding are all within your grasp. With 35 unique state parks to choose from, Oklahoma has plenty of starting points for your next camping trip. A 90-mile drive from Oklahoma City brings you to Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. Hikers can spot bison, elk, and prairie dogs before exploring Mount Scott—a rock climber's paradise. Red Rock Canyon is another popular choice, known for its pet-friendly trails and rappelling adventures. For lakefront tent camping and canoeing, you can't beat Broken Bow Lake and nearby Beavers Bend State Park. Fish the streams for trout, or rent a paddleboat to watch a famous Oklahoma sunset over the water. In southern Oklahoma, you find Chickasaw National Recreation Area, where hiking trails bring you to waterfalls and mineral springs perfect for swimming. You can even launch a boat on Lake of the Arbuckles, one of the best fishing spots in the state. To camp under the shade of mighty pines, head east to Ouachita National Forest. Most state park campgrounds have tent sites and RV sites with all your creature comforts. Think picnic tables, fire rings, grill boxes, and nearby flush toilets. However, most sites are first-come, first-served, so be sure to nab your spot early. RV parks and private campgrounds are also in rich supply. With around 300 days of sunshine annually, Oklahoma is a great place to camp year-round. That said, the best time to go is spring and fall if you want to avoid the Southern summer swelter. Just remember to pack some layers for those chilly mornings
Texas is larger than life. Everything’s bigger here, from the never-ending plains to the night sky over hill country. Whether you’re longing for a good ‘ol cowboy campout or an urban RV park in Austin, Texas has you covered. National park fans shouldn’t miss Big Bend National Park in southwestern Texas—it’s one of the hidden gems of the U. S park system. Getting into the vast wilderness is a breeze, thanks to 200 miles of hiking trails. Or, float through remote canyons on the Rio Grande and take a scenic drive on the 350-mile road network. At night, don’t forget to look up; there’s no light pollution this far out, so the stars are breathtaking. If it’s mountains you’re after, head for Davis Mountains State Park for hiking and mountain biking. Palo Duro Canyon State Park offers 1,500 acres of land just for horseback riding; you’ll also find killer backpacking campsites. Prefer to be on the ocean? Try an RV park or tent site on the Padre Island National Seashore, which offers year-round camping. Experience Texas’ rough-and-tumble history at one of the state’s many historic sites. Remember the Alamo in San Antonio or walk through a 1914 warship at San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. At Caprock Canyons State Park, you can tackle challenging trails and glimpse the official bison herd of Texas. These animals, descendants of a herd from the 1800s, are the last remaining Southern Plains bison in the world. No matter where you're going in Texas, you'll find the most pleasant temperatures in the spring and fall. Summer brings intense heat, so be sure to bring plenty of water. For hikers and RV campers, winter brings low crowd levels and cool days.
The Appalachian Mountains, waterfalls, and lush river valleys really do make West Virginia feel like "Almost Heaven. " Here, nature meets American mining history—what's not to love? Whitewater rafting, fishing, hiking, and skiing are just a few ways to explore the Mountain State. Speaking of exploring, start your journey at one of the state parks or recreation areas. Monongahela National Forest lies at the heart of Appalachia. Here you find hiking trails, waterfalls, and the highest point in the state (with an elevation of 4,863 feet!) Feeling stoked for adventure? Book a whitewater rafting trip through the historic New River Gorge. The famous bridge and 1,000-foot cliffs give the New River some truly epic vibes. You can also hit the water at Gauley River National Recreation Area. It's one of the best rafting spots in the eastern United States. Rock climbers can't miss the chance to visit Seneca Rocks. Towering 900 feet above the river valley, they're one of the most famous landmarks in the state. For more outdoor fun, hike through over 5,000 mountain acres at Greenbrier state forest. When night falls, don't get caught snoozing in your tent—West Virginia is one of the best places for stargazing on the East Coast. Midland Trail National Byway is another must-see. Stretching 119 miles, this natural drive is one of the country's oldest routes. You can also hike the Appalachian National Scenic Trail from the visitor center at Harpers Ferry. State park campgrounds take reservations during the summer, but during the offseason, it's usually first come, first served. Canaan Valley and Beech Fork are a few of the parks that offer year-round camping. Outside the parks, you also find plenty of RV parks and private campgrounds amid West Virginia's most beautiful landscapes. The weather is comfortable from spring through fall, but you may want to avoid camping in July and August. It's the peak of the tourist season. During the winter, find a heated cabin as a base camp for your skiing or snowboarding adventure.
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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 View’s. Camp, Glamp or host an event! 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. 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. comHISTORY: 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. Great news!! We have and are greatly upscaling our glamping *options* at the Sanctuary - but you can still have the solitude and entire GroupSite or full grounds to yourself for the same low camping prices, because the offerings are ala carte!!! On *weekdays* 1-4 people, who bring their own tents, can still have the private and *expansive* GroupSite with stocked kitchenette, gorgeous glass enclosed fire ring, swings and even the new two-stall shower house (coming in July) for ONLY $133/night!!! Or On *weekdays* 1-8 people who want complete solitude, can book the *entire campgrounds* with all the glamping offerings (less party tents) of the *expansive* GroupSite (stocked kitchen, glass fire ring etc), as well as this removed, private site AND a new glamped-out 20’ “No Place Like Dome” (with bed/linens) for only $400! Perfect for a couples or two families to get away! OR On weekends guests can book a relatively small gathering (15 person, two-night minimum: approx $25/person per night) at the GroupSite and/or host a BIG event for up to 200 if you book the full grounds (and can arrange busing/car pooling to limit cars)! Large and small gatherings at the Groupsite now have the additional option, on top of base, per person campsite price, to book our amazing, new and truly beautiful party tents (market value of thousands a night to rent at burning man) that are now permanently on site - for only $100 for the 30’ Dome and/or $150 for the 33’ Sami-Teepee per night, respectively. However if you don’t need the large tents no one else will book them! And you will still have the place to yourselves! Check out the photos, they are amazing! We hope whatever your vision, these new offerings will make all gatherings truly magical.
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.
This special land is part of a multi-parcel wildlife corridor, helping to provide valuable habitat between the state parks. Out your doorstep, you'll find miles of private, groomed, hiking trails and have an opportunity to reconnect with nature.
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.