Summer is the perfect time for camping! If you're looking for some great spots to check out, look no further. We've put together a list of our favorite summer camping spots, so you can start planning your next outdoor adventure. Whether you're looking for a quiet relaxing spot or an exciting location full of activities, we've got something for everyone.
West Virginia Waterfall Trail
A new addition as of June, this trail stretches across the state and includes 29 waterfalls ranging from off-the-beaten-track to popular spots. From Blackwater Falls and its beautiful amber-colored waters to the 1,500 feet wide Sandstone Falls. If that doesn’t pique your interest, the trail also includes Finn's Falls, located in New River Gorge National Park, which became a new national park in early 2021. The park boasts 53 miles of free-flowing whitewater along with more than 1,500 climbing routes and a 12.8-mile system of mountain biking trails.
It's a must-experience for lovers of waterfalls or adventure seekers alike!
Assateague State Park | Maryland
If you’re looking for a place that offers everything from beach camping, swimming, and surfing to crabbing and kayaking, the Assateague State Park is the one for you. Besides tons of wild horses just roaming the grounds, the Assateague State Park has 37 miles of shoreline, so the are lots of beachfront camping sites for everyone. It’s important to remember that Assateague Island is home to both a state park and a national park, so for warm water, the state park is your best friend! Just remember to lock up your food if you don’t want one of the horses snacking on your twinkies!
Sage Creek | South Dakota
At these camping grounds, you’ll probably wake up to the sounds of bison casually wandering past your tent. Sage Creek is situated in the Badlands National Park, where a bison wake-up call is a regular occurrence. Vault toilets, picnic benches, and a horse corral are your luxuries, but if you’re willing to trade the comforts of home, you will get the chance to watch the prairie turn a golden color at sunset, see prairie dogs pop up from the ground and hear wolves howling at night.
Treebones Resort | California
If you’re looking for camping with options, the Treebones Resorts in Big Sur will deliver. From yurts to a luxury solar-power tent, you’re spoilt for choice. However, what added them to this list is the human bird nest! After climbing the private ladder to the human-sized nest constructed using eucalyptus branches. From this nest, you have an amazing 180-degree view of the coast. Furnished with a full-sized futon mattress, you do have to bring your own pillows, sleeping bags, and a flashlight.
Two Harbors | California
If you fancy an ocean excursion, this is the camping adventure for you. Situated on the California coast, Catalina is a mere hour away by boat. Located on a bluff overlooking the Pacific, there is no shortage of beautiful views (and maybe spotting a few wild buffalos). Besides the summer camp vibes and stunning views, the Two Harbors Campground offers traditional tent camping grounds and cabins with access to showers, toilets, fresh water, picnic tables, BBQs, and fire pits. There is also a General Store, in case you forget something at home.
Silver Falls State Park | Oregon
Silver Falls State Park, regarded as the pinnacle of the Oregon State Park System, is nestled away in the Cascade Mountains' foothills and provides visitors with countless recreational activities. The Trail of Ten Falls, a 7.2-mile circle that travels through gorgeous woodland and past breath-taking waterfalls, is a definite must for hikers. Other enjoyable choices include mountain biking and riding a horse. The park has 14 rental cottages in addition to 52 electricity campsites, 45 tent sites, horse camps, and group camping spaces. There are showers, flushing toilets, and water supplies.
Sinks Canyon State Park | Wyoming
A park as unique as the geological formation present called “the sinks” where the Popo Agie River disappears underground near the mouth of the canyon, Sinks Canyon State Park is as unique as “the sinks” themselves. Visitors can enjoy hiking, fishing, and climbing within the park, which is home to an extraordinary diversity of flora and fauna within its canyon walls. Within the canyon, there are several small campgrounds dotted along the river that are completely rustic and have just basic RV hookups. There are bathrooms in the park but no showers.
Goblin Valley State Park | Utah
Goblin Valley State Park is a scenery unlike any other, with hundreds of mushroom-shaped rock formations called goblins. The park is so unique, in fact, that it is frequently compared to Mars. The campground, which offers RV and tent campgrounds (no hookups) as well as yurt rentals, is your out-of-this-world home away from home. It has miles of hiking and mountain bike paths. The park has drinking water, hot showers, and vault toilets.
With so many brilliant camping spots for summer around the country, it’s hard to decide where to start. Luckily, there’s something for everyone when it comes to summer camping, and we hope this list helps you get started planning your next outdoor adventure! There’s no reason to delay now; get packing and don't forget your Chillbo!
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