When we first started camping, we mainly camped at state parks. They were safe, had reasonable amenities, and were convenient. Now that we’ve been camping for a few years, we rarely camp at state parks, because now we know what we’re looking for. There are many resources to use to find campsites, but below are a few we’ve found most useful over the years.
Reserve America allows you to search for campgrounds in an area and gives you the flexibility to filter by private-, state-, and federal-run campgrounds. When using Reserve America or your local state park website, oftentimes there aren’t good photos of the campsites. It’s always a good idea to use other sites, like Trip Advisor or Yelp, to do research on the campsites and read reviews from other visitors.
Hipcamp is what we like to call the Airbnb of camping. Here you can find small campgrounds or individual campsites on private property. You can search for anything from campsites, glampsites with freestanding tents, or even cabins or tiny houses. Hipcamp really does have a little for everyone. As with anything, be sure to do your research with Hipcamps and read the reviews. Typically, if you read through the reviews and take a good look at the photos, you will have all the information you need, but don’t be shy about sending Hipcamp owners a message asking questions before you book your stay.
Freecampsites.net is great when trying to find campsites in national forests on BLM (Bureau of Land Management) areas. We’ve found some of the most beautiful, secluded campsites all over the country using this website. Oftentimes, the campsites are in super remote areas, where cell phone signal may be hard to come by, but normally there are pretty good reviews that specify if cell service is available.
When you’re looking for the right campsite, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- More activities at a location will typically mean there will be more kids and families.
- If you can see the neighboring campsite in the photos, you probably won’t have much privacy.
- Do your research upfront to make sure you know what you’re getting into.
We hope this information was helpful, but always remember to trust yourself. If you don’t feel safe or comfortable, or are just having a bad time, you can always pack up and leave. If you ever need help finding your perfect campsite, feel free to send us a message so we can help you curate an amazing camping experience.