This past December, the Hipcamp community voted for their favorite Hipcamps of 2018. Thousands of votes later, we’ve compiled an awe-inspiring list of your top 50 Hipcamps across the country, by state (plus a few honorable mentions!).
Find these award-winning properties when browsing Hipcamp by looking for a Best of 2018: 1st place badge in the top-left corner of a listing page.
Hipcamp Hosts make our camping community one-of-a-kind, and while this list recognizes the community-voted top 50, we’d like to wholeheartedly recognize the positive impact of every Hipcamp Host that opens access to camp on their land. Every acre opened up supports our mission to get more people outside, and vision to leave the planet better than we found it.
Without further ado, browse the top 50 Hipcamps below in alphabetical order, and save them to your 2019 camping wishlist while you’re at it!
“One of the most beautiful, unique spaces I’ve ever had the pleasure of staying in. I fell asleep to the sound of water and the smell of wood. The directions are on point. I had cell service, which was surprising. The bed was so comfortable and I felt completely safe, which was important as I was alone. Out house was clean and had hand sanitizer and paper towels available. Perfect space to gather your thoughts. I would love to stay here again.” – Hipcamper, Mercedes M.
“We are a Native American owned large acreage working sheep ranch and off grid Glamping B&B offering guests a unique stay at our ranch on the Navajo Nation.” – Hipcamp Hosts, Allarice and Paul M.
“At the High Point you’ll stay at one of the best views of the Ouachita Mountains. In all directions the elder Erwin pointed out nearby mountains peaks and destinations like nearby Hot Springs. They suggested we setup camp right on the lookout tower. So, we did! We ate, chilled out and slept above the landscape hiking around the area much of our stay. It was amazing to wake up to a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains in the morning.
If you’re heading up to Hot Springs and beyond, the Erwin Estate High Point is a great place to start a journey through Arkansas mountain country.” – Hipcamper, Scottie T.
“I travel with three small dogs and we were welcomed instantly at Gateway Getaway! This site has everything you could need as a camper. Firewood, a hospitality barn complete with coffee and sodas, a beautifully decorated bathroom, and even a washer and dryer for campers to use (it’s a $1.00 a load and TOTALLY worth it)!”
“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.” – Hipcamp Hosts, David & Elise
Honorable mentions (California is big!)
“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.” – Hipcamp Hosts, Adriane and Ethan
“We believe in campfires, starry nights, good laughs, exploration, a deep sleep and an early rise. The mountains are a place to get back to basics, a place to explore, to breathe. So turn off your phone and turn on your senses.” – Hipcamp Host, Veronika
“Camp Nauvoo was originally bought by the LDS church in the 1960’s for a girl’s camp. The Boy Scouts of America bought the camp back in 2011. The Rose family bought the property in 2016 with the intent to continue the tradition of tent camping as well as creating some opportunities for glamping, family reunions and events.” – Hipcamp Hosts, Greg and Laurie
“Awesome little spot, super great and friendly host! There is a lot of history behind this place; Greg and Mary are doing such an amazing job to refurbish and facelift this beautiful site. This will definitely be a repeat trip, more than enough room for tent campers and cabin campers. Can’t wait to see this place next time!! Thank you for the wonderful hospitality Greg and Mary!!” – Hipcamper, Krystle O.
“Weston Pass Hut is located on the first road that was built to bring people into Lake County and originally the road was a toll road. The property was a mining claim and there are still some remnants of mining activity that occurred over a century ago. A group of about six people and many volunteers spent six years building the hut. It is completely off of the grid. The beams used to construct the hut are from locally harvested trees and we milled them ourselves. Many other materials are recycled or obtained with a priority placed on sustainability.” – Hipcamp Host, Edwin
“Enjoy your stay next to our edible forest garden and orchard of berries, nuts and fruit trees. Various seasons will offer you an opportunity to pick your own breakfast in our maturing establishment. If you are a permacultrue enthusiast you will enjoy exploring, and examining our 7 year permacultuire food forest with chestnut seedlings already.” – Hipcamp Host, Amy M.
“Between the Ponds is a beautiful, quite, serene place to camp. I just stayed for 1 night and it was the perfect quick get-away…the total opposite of over-crowded public camping spot. The view of the 2 ponds is picturesque, I would definitely recommend staying here. ..and I can’t wait to come back!” – Hipcamper, Lynsey G.
“WHOA!!!! The Treehouse was so much better than I could have imagined!!! They had everything you could ever need for cooking / a smoker / a grill / huge fire pit for you and your family or your friends or both! they had plenty of lodging and it’d would be a great winter camping as well with plenty of space to set up tents.
I have to say the treehouse was more than just a place to stay. They had build in adult like treehouse uniqueness to it. I’ll leave this to your imagination and let you experience on your own but I loved discovering all the unique treehouse vibes around each corner. (you can see them in my pictures too ha)
I will definitely recommend and stay here again!” – Casey H.
“With over 1/3 acre of dedicated riverfront property on the Santa Fe River, you’ll have all the peace and quiet you can handle in this single spot campsite. The campsite was purpose-built for friends and family who come to visit this slice of paradise we call home. Ideally located in the heart of spring country in North Central Florida, we have over 18 major springs within a 50-mile radius of this location, which allows for all the outdoor exploration and watersports you desire. With tubing, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, swimming, boating, and fishing available within feet of the campsite, you can stay nearby or venture out to some of the best springs in the world.” – Hipcamp Host, Michael F.
“Jackie and her son Michael were wonderful hosts. The lake and grounds are beautiful and serene. Loved it. Will be back!” – Hipcamper, Shaun F.
“Once owned by a large family in South Fulton County, Georgia and formerly known as the KHW Retreat, The Farm at Wilkerson Mill is a pristine, five-acre oasis just minutes away from I85, I75, I285 and the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. We offer a grand pavilion, large fire pit, open tent area, clean and convenient restrooms and much more. We are also proud of our 400 square-foot smokehouse; one of the largest in the area!
Campsites are not site-specific, it is more of a general area, so you can find your favorite spot upon arrival!” – Hipcamp Host, Reggie H.
“43 years ago, after college, we hand cleared, lived in small tent for two years, and hand cleared and planted an acre of avocado trees and built cedar home, tennis court, pond, garden and hostel I paid for it by working in Kona Hospital emergency room. I am taking care of it alone now and going on medical missions twice a year.” – Hipcamp Host, Barbara
“What an incredible stay! The site was incredible (clean, beautiful, and soothing creek noises to sooth you to sleep). The hosts were kind, attentive, and very informative. We learned so much about ranch-life during our stay and were so appreciative to meet the animals and to explore. They are a working ranch – you are able to order meat and other products that can be ready in a cooler at your site at the time you arrive! Overall, it was a wonderful experience and I would highly recommend staying there!” – Hipcampers, Leah | Tony | Matt
“The camp is situated along the Kishwaukee River on a sizeable piece of land that is adjacent to a state wildlife preserve. Camp host Nathan will rent you his SUV to make the short, but rugged drive from his home at the top of the property. You’ll need it if you’ve got a little car like we do. Once at the site you’ll have a place to setup your tent along the river, a few chairs, a fire pit and easy access for paddling or fishing. Nathan does provide all the dry firewood you’ll ever need. It made for a perfect fire after a typically-rainy Midwestern spring night.” – Hipcamper, Scottie T.
“AMAZING. Kerry’s the best. He gave us a great tour of the property (some good stuff: springs, tree house, rope swing, chickens, garden, etc). Had a great time hanging out with him and the property’s beautiful. <3″ – Hipcamper, Samantha S.
“Tons of privacy on the river!
Turn by the mailboxes (pictured), pick a campsite to stay at, and enjoy your vacation. The river is basically your back yard so you can swim and cool off at your own risk – you’ll see a few boats go by. There are trails around the property and quite a bit of hiking to do.
Great for large groups with a firepit and seating provided!” – Hipcamper, Lauren J.
“The Light Center is a 35 acre natural sanctuary nestled in a wooded valley amidst the farm land of Kansas. It offers a 30ft Pacific Yurt for glamping, lots of remote, private space in the woods for respectful off-grid camping and a well rehabilitated 120 year old barn that offers easy indoor camping or private rooms. We offer all levels of camping from easy beginners space to back packing space in the wild.
Our space serves as a spiritual retreat center and so we welcome quiet camping for people with reverence for the land and all beings.” – Hipcamp Host, Robin
“Pitch your tent back by our hidden 16-acre lake. We have close to 216 acres. We run a small 50-acre farm on the front and have left the back for camping, fishing, hiking and hunting. You may swim in the lake, take a canoe ride around or simply sit back around the fire and enjoy the view. Once you get past our herd of cattle, lamb, horses, chickens, ducks, dogs and kids, you are out in the beautiful and peaceful country.” – Hipcamp Host, Lori S.
“We had the best time at Santosha! The host was amazing. She was not only SUPER kind, but took care of injured birds. She showed us the birds she had currently, and even let us watch her release an own in the morning! It was an amazing experience. The lot was great. It was in the back of her home and super secluded. Mojo (our dog) was able to run around and enjoy the area. It was very quiet and safe. We would 100% come and stay here again! Highly suggested.” – Ryan + Alex S.
“Words cannot express my appreciation of the sacrifices John & Pat have made to not only conserve this land, but to have made it better than what they received it as.
I pulled up and was greeted by a man and woman on tractors at the gate. Upon the first handshake, I immediately felt like they were my long lost relatives. Authentic Maine hospitality at it’s finest. They have so much knowledge to be shared about the land you’re stepping foot on and the transformation it’s made the past few decades with the help of a restored river ecosystem and a whole lotta hard physical work. My biggest suggestion would be to ask John to share his wisdom about the land’s history and his efforts to preserve it’s glory. It’s a story well worth hearing. They then gave us a map of the trails/areas to explore, tour of the tiny house and it’s amenities and rode away. Leaving us for the duration of our stay to enjoy this private yet cozy bird haven.” – Hipcamper, Aimee B.
“The Button Farm Living History Center is a hands-on education facility dedicated to preserving the history of the Underground Railroad. It is operated by the Menare Foundation through a long term lease agreement with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Several of us who work for the non-profit live in the Button Farm house and share the land with our pigs, geese, chickens and lots of wildlife. We’re a close drive to Germantown and all the basic amenities of modern life, but when you come down our drive, you enter a world of natural beauty and rural quiet.” – Hipcamp Host, Steven
“A humble, 2-acre vegetarian homestead. Home to our family of five, 2 cats, and five chickens. Beautiful, established flower gardens, fruit trees and veggies. This is also home to Sunflower Yoga & Mindfulness where yoga and meditation are taught. The cabin is nestled in the 1 acre of woods behind our home, protected by large old pines and surrounding acres of forest. Home to many songbirds, woodpeckers, raven, deer, porcupine and the occaisional black bear. A true retreat.” – Hipcamp Host, Stacey
“Harvest Village is an agritourism business situated in beautiful Northern Michigan. A farm stay at Harvest Village offers a unique get away experience; B&B accommodations or camping, on a small organic farm. Fresh air, organic gardens, humanely raised animals and natural beauty are all available for our guests enjoyment. Delicious country breakfasts featuring our farm’s and local ingredients are available as part of your farm stay experience. The area also offers an incredible variety of recreational and sightseeing activities. Just 4 miles from the White Pine Trail, the Manistee National Forest and Pine River are nearby as well as many lakes. Lake Michigan and the Sleeping Bear National Park are just an hour away.” – Hipcamp Host, Dan C.
“Once the site of the historic V.J. Fetzner Brewery from the late 19th Century. The land is now used as a hobby farm, honey bee sanctuary and nursery to a unique tree species normally not found in Southeastern Minnesota.” – Hipcamp Hosts, Patty & Michelle
“Once a main railway for lumber in Hancock County, this small 13-acre homestead, acquired in 2010, is home to a variety of farm animals, edible landscaping including multiple varieties of fruit trees and small vegetable gardens. Completely wooded at the time of purchase, the farm is still a work in progress. Daily farm life involves upgrading fences, clearing the 5-acre sheep pasture, building animal pens, installing rain catchment systems, composting, harvesting, canning, baking and our favorite… feeding the furry and feathered friends.” – Hipcamp Host, Alicia
“Our stay at Avalon Acres was very comfortable and perfect for what we needed! The campsite is a wide open area with lots of room for spreading out and setting up your tent. There is a picnic table available, which was nice for cooking meals and sitting out to chat. There is also a HUGE fire pit right next to where we set up our tent, which was perfect! The campsite area had lots of trees bordering the area, which was nice to make it feel a bit more secluded and private. The host was very kind and helpful, giving us a tour of everything! There is a blacksmith workshop on the property and he gave us a tour of the workshop, which was super fun to get an inside look into that! We definitely recommend staying here! :)” – Hipcamper, Ky Ann M.
“Absolutely lovely people, setting and accommodation. The scenery was beautiful and the farm grounds bucolic. Jennifer and Micah were welcoming and helpful. We would highly recommend this hipcamp without reservation. We camped on the site in a 24’ camper.” – Hipcamper, Sally M.
“The Water Rock Ranch was my first Hipcamp experience, and it’s definitely set a high bar! Pepper was the most gracious host, always available and making sure I was comfortable and had everything I need. The ranch itself was beautiful with nice amenities and adorable animals, including dogs, cats, goats, ducks, chickens and tortoises!. Staying in the Tipi was a fun and unique experience. It was very cozy and had a very kitsch vibe – very comfortable at night as its warm and quite. I highly recommend a stay here if you have the chance!” – Hipcamper, Tiffany P.
“Views on views on views! Wow what a great spot. From the moment I stepped foot on the property serenity took over. You are welcomed by lush green everywhere and a spectacular lake. A 5 minute trail takes you to the campsite, a secluded spot surrounded by lake views. Don’t forget to stop by “Ted’s Tower” on your way! Swim, sail, paddle board, canoe, float… whatever you do, make sure to get in that lake because the water is perfect. Reflect on the dock or lounge in one of the many chairs or hammocks by the shore to take in all the beauty and peace around you. And what is camping without a campfire? Firewood is provided, making life even easier. The vine covered bathroom is cleanly and complete with fairy lights when night falls.
This place is the perfect getaway if you are looking for an intimate and beautiful spot. The grounds are well maintained and the host, Robin, was very attentive.” – Hipcamper, Jenny M.
“If you’re thinking about coming to Star Dance, do it! It completely exceeded my expectations. The site is very clean and well kept, and the view is just stunning. I did not expect them to have a shower, full kitchen, fridge, and bathroom. Everything we needed, they took care of. The men who manage the property were very kind to us and made us feel welcome. Overall, it was a great experience. We got to hike, camp, look at the stars, and do yoga in the yoga yurt. We will definitely be coming back!” – Hipcamper, Mary B.
“The recycled cabin was built over the course of two years, all with recycled materials or from trees from around the property. It has a king bed and enough solar power to play vinyl records and light your way in the night.” – Hipcamp Host, Jenna A.
“Oh wow have we found a great camping spot! This site is only 5 and a half miles from downtown Brevard, about a 15 minute drive or less. (As many of you might already know, Brevard is one of the best places in this part of the country for mountain biking.) We think Hayden’s property could be the perfect base camp for any number of outdoor activities and recommend it to anyone who is looking for a spot to pull up their camper van or pitch a tent and relax after a long day in the woods.” – Hipcampers, Erin + Caroline M.
“Babbling Brook Tree House exceeded all of my expectations. The cabin is built sturdily, well insulated and far away from the main roads for additional peacefulness. The hosts, Mark and Elizabeth, are incredibly helpful and kind. They live in a farm nearby with goats, horses, chickens, puppies and are ready to provide assistance with any troubles. I highly recommend visiting this property to experience this tree house and a glimpse of the free range life.” – Hipcamper, Hung T.
“This majestic property is home to white-tailed deer, gray squirrels, red fox, several species of woodpecker are heard throughout the day and owls at night. Red-tailed hawks roost in the treetops when they are not soaring over the trees. It’s just a 1 mile hike to some of the amazing Akron Metroparks Sand Run and Naturealm facilities.” – Hipcamp Hosts, Gary & Audrey
“This was my first Hipcamp experience so I didn’t know what to expect, but I was blown away by the beauty of the property and the graciousness of the host, David and his partner Iveagh. It was pretty easy finding the place with help from David’s directions. Upon arrival he gave my wife and I a tour of their property. The Viking Longhall is impressive along with the yurts and other facilities they’ve built. We camped for a couple nights right next to a running stream which surrounds the property. David provided coffee in the morning, plenty of drinking water and wood for a campfire. We got the peace and quiet we love about camping without all the noisy neighbors you get at a big campground. It was a great experience and hope to go back soon.” – Hipcamper, Tristan H.
“One of the best hipcamps we’ve stayed at so far! If you love animals, you will definitely love it here. The hosts are so welcoming and will bring you along a tour of the MASSIVE property (about 300 acres) and all the animals in their possession. I would recommend to anyone, I am very tempted to go back myself. If you want by the water, the woods, by animals…it’s all available to you at one site. There is more than enough space to explore, you could camp here 10 times and not see it all.” – Hipcampers, Ryan + Alex S.
“This slice of Central Oregon heaven has been in the family For generations. We welcome Tipi travelers in summer and Fall. Our cabin is Available year round.” – Hipcamp Hosts, Robin & Mike
“Camp Blackbird is 28 acres that runs along Beltzville State Park in Carbon County, PA. So besides the camp, there is an additional 3,002-acres of state park to explore. The land was vacant for decades and unfortunately was used to dump household garbage during that time. We cleaned up the land and built a home. We, Sarah and Stein, always disliked renting a camp site somewhere and then ending up on top of people. So it was our goal to make space on our land for campers like us that want to be surrounded by nature, not other camp sites.” – Hipcamp Host, Camp Blackbird
“Any campsite where I can hug a mini-donk gets a thumbs-up in my book. At present, the sprawling grounds of the Rosewood Farm and Agripark are a bit spartan, but I’m glad to have seen the “before” picture at the beginning of what’s sure to be an epic project. Host Katie is a force of nature, with an enviable amount of energy and an incredible vision for her family property. Keep an eye on this spot as it develops into a first-class family destination, and in the meantime, ask her if the mechanical bull is available for a ride.” – Hipcamper, Kim W.
“Deer Camp was a great choice! As our first Hipcamp experience, others have a lot to live up to! The camp is within reach of Chattanooga and even Nashville as a day trip. Fall Creek Falls State Park is also nearby with lots to do for the outdoor enthusiast. Lori was super helpful in planning our trip prior to our arrival. The site itself was so thoughtfully designed, very private and the hospitality was top notch. The bathhouse is as amazing as it looks – Innovative, peaceful, private yet it feels so open – truly the best bathhouse I’ve yet to experience – I want one of my own! The treehouse is perfectly designed for a couple to enjoy – and I absolutely loved that it had an outdoor kitchen. The abundance of light as well as air circulation via all the windows and the ceiling fans made our time enjoyable even in the warmer days of mid June. It was very peaceful, Lori and Mitch have a beautiful property and have maintained Deer Camp so well. Their pride in craftsmanship and attention to every detail was very much appreciated. I highly recommend this camp!” – Hipcamper, Alison F.
“This land has been in my family for five generations (and I’d like to give tribute here to the Native Americans who lived here before that). My fiance and I have decided to create a permaculture farmstead with the aim to feed ourselves and restore the ecology of the landscape. We love to share this place with others who might also appreciate it’s beauty and history. Did I mention that nearly every morning there is a spectacular sunrise and every evening a sunset to match?” – Hipcamp Host, Logan
“BaseCamp37 was awesome and Amy was wonderful! We had been car camping through Utah and stopping here was a perfect “reset” for us (nice shower, charge our electronics, comfy bed, easy cooking set up). The huge bed was very comfortable and so cozy, the tent was so cool, and eating breakfast on our little porch tent looking out over the desert was the most relaxing part of our trip.” – Hipcamper, Lauren L.
“Staying at Tanglebloom cabin is like sleeping inside a fairytale! The cabin is small, with just room for the coziest bed ever, along with a small table and chair. It is completely screened in to protect you from the bugs, but feels like you’re sleeping in the open air. Outside the cabin, there are several sitting areas, a work station for food prep, and a fabulous fire pit.
The cabin is situated in a dark hemlock grove for total privacy, but there’s a great peak-a-boo view of the mountains, the West River, and the setting sun. The bustling town of Brattleboro is close for dining, musuems, and cultural attractions, and the West River is great for swimming in the summer. This is seriously a magical place, Hipcampers! We can’t wait to go back.” – Hipcamper, Tara S.
“Amazing! I simply adored my time here. I was looking for a respite from city life and this is exactly what I found at Quarry Brook.
The actual dome and location was immaculate and exactly as described. The trail to the quarry is well marked, and the views were what you expect to find in idyllic Vermont. I was looking to get away, and I found serenity and quiet- thanks!” – Hipcamper, Anthony D.
“Beyond the warm hospitality, the property is beautiful. The Blackwater swamp ecosystem is truly unique for Virginia and is a fun area to explore on kayak. We spent hours enjoying the river. While we didn’t do any fishing, we would want to bring poles next time. James even offered to set up a trotline for catfish. The campsite backs to this swamp and is a perfect location to watch the sunset and enjoy a beer and a bonfire. Highly recommended and would definitely stay again!” – Hipcamper, Trenton R.
“Step back in time to 1890 on this rustic and authentic organic homestead property. We have worked to ensure that you feel the rich cultural and natural heritage of this rugged wilderness in the North Cascade foothills. Within an hour or two of Seattle, Vancouver BC, Mt Baker, The Salish Sea and so much more. We have lava tube swimming holes on the property, glacier fed spring water, and facilities for cooking, showering, adventuring and more. The property is adjacent to the easily accessible and incredile Nooksack Valley Gold mine Trail.
Come experience life as it once was in the Cascadia bio-region.” – Hipcamp Host, Reg
“My boyfriend and I scheduled a very last minute stay at the Tawney Campgrounds and our trip turned out to be absolutely fantastic! We actually got lost on the way, but were able to get in contact with Susan, and her husband actually found us and guided us to the grounds. They bent over backwards for us, having a fire ready when we got there, and since it was late they even offered us the cabin to stay in for the night free of charge. The next day they drove us up to the gorgeous campgrounds and helped up unload all of our things – seeing as we were pretty inexperienced. THEN, the next day they picked us up from our site.. It was so kind and we were so grateful to not have to take 2 trips back to the car. I would recommend this place to absolutely anyone that’s an outdoorsy person. This place really makes you feel at home away from home. I loved it and am planning on going back as soon as possible! Also, they have live music at certain points in the year. This place has it all!” – Hipcamper, Ali S.
“What a cute spot! We rented this cabin for our anniversary and were so pleased with our stay. The cabins were clean, adorable, and so comfy. We ate dinner at the Wheel Inn (half off pizzas on Tuesdays!) and it was delicious. We explored the hydroplant and watched the sun set over the lake.
Even though the cabins are in a campground surrounded by other campers and RVs, it was super quiet and peaceful. We will be back!” – Hipcamper, Randi R.
“This is not your typical campsite. It is pure western magic. Mikel is a fantastic host. She excels at making you feel immediately welcome and at home. Her property is rejuvenating and has a special energy that puts you at ease. We absolutely loved chatting with Mikel (who went above and beyond to make us an incredible dinner!) over beers, building a campfire, and enjoying the canvas tepees set on the property. Campers are invited to set up their own tents, park a van or RV, or hunker into a tepee. Regardless of your sleeping choice, you will wake up feeling rested, taking in beautiful views of the Big Horn mountains. If you’re looking for true western hospitality you’ll find no better than staying with Mikel and her loveable Labrador Woodrow. Do yourself a favor and book at least two nights.” – Hipcamper, Morgan M.
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