There are plenty of people who love to go camping. They love to see nature and wildlife. They love to build a campfire and sleep out in a tent. Does that sound like you?
Well, below we’ve compiled a list of the top 6 camping sites that nature lovers will fall in love with, if they haven’t already been there.
1. Acadia National Park
Maine is already known as the “Pine Tree State” anyway. There is a perfect reason for this. There’s over 6,000 lakes and ponds. There is also over 32,000 miles of rivers and streams. How cool is that.
Those who love to camp will love the Black Woods Campgrounds. It’s open all year-round. From May to October the cost is $30 per night. In April and November it’s $10. From December through March it’s free. The pictures alone are worth the visit.
2. White Mountain National Forest
The campgrounds are located in New Hampshire. There are lots of little campgrounds, so if one fills up, there is going to be others to pick from. There are over 800 sites to go visit.
What sets this one apart is that it’s more rustic. There are lots of rivers and lakes, but the real selling point is the mountains. With a backdrop of the Appalachian range, the foliage is stunning in the fall. This is perfect for those who love to go hiking and challenge themselves physically and mentally.
The backcountry tent camping is going to be free. The sites themselves range from $18-24 per night. There are day passes available. These run about $3. The seven-day passes are about $5. It’s not a bad price to pay for seeing nature up close and personal. The visiting center hours will vary, but the sites are open year-round.
3. Green Mountain National Forest
This is by far the biggest draw here in Vermont. There are two big selling points for this one: 1. There are no entrance fees with any of the sites and most of them are free. 2. During the summer and fall, you can get a water source and privy for a small fee.
The long trails are ideal for anyone who loves to be outdoors and exercise regularly. In fact, this park is home to the oldest long-distance trail in the US, starting in Vermont and running 270 miles to Canada! The only downside is that there are no electrical hookups here. Everyone has to come prepared, be it with phones or computer access.
4. Yosemite National Park
From the pictures alone, it’s clear that this California park has some breathtaking views. 95 percent is designated wilderness, so you can really be one with nature. This park is home to the famous Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, and the Sierra peaks.
The park is open year-round, but the camping can get tricky. There are 13 very popular campgrounds, but 7 of those operate on a first-come first-served basis year-round. Reservations are strongly encouraged from April-September. The cost is $30 per vehicle for a 7-day pass and campsites range from $6-$26 per night.
5. Grand Canyon National Park
What list would be complete without a natural wonder like this? Camping is allowed at the North or South Rim. The South Rim is more popular, while the North Rim is more secluded (likely because it’s harder to get to). For those of you who are experienced hikers, backcountry hiking is an option. If you’re feeling adventurous, whitewater rafting on the Colorado river is also available.
Reservations are highly recommended during the summer months. The South Rim is open year-round, but the North Rim is open mid-May through mid-October. The cost is $30 per vehicle entrance fee, with annual passes available. Campground fees start at $12 per night.
6. Everglades National Park
This park is the 3rd largest, covering 2,400 square miles with a wide range of activities, such as hiking trails, biking, canoeing, kayaking, and of course camping. They also offer separate guided tours, where you can see rare wildlife, such as manatees, alligators, dolphins, and even the Florida panther.
This park is open year round, all day, every day. The cost is $10 per vehicle entrance fee, and campsite fees vary from $16-$30, based on location. There are two drive-in campgrounds and backcountry camping is allowed with a permit, but it’s only accessible via canoe, kayak or boat.
So there you have it – some of the best camping sites in the country. I personally have the Grand Canyon on my bucket list. Have you ever visited any of these areas? What about pitching your tent there for a night or two? I’d love to hear your camping experiences! Share it with us in the comments below!