Camping means many things to many people. Some think of a resort campground where they can park their RV, while others picture a remote site where they can drop their backpack and pitch a tent. Still others imagine a sporting camp where they can enjoy a week by the lake in a rustic cabin.
In New Jersey, you can find the best of these worlds. Adventure seekers will discover that seemingly endless possibilities abound. From swimming pools to lakes for kayaking, canoeing or fishing, rivers for tubing, mini-golf, bingo, bocce, horseshoes, shuffleboard, game rooms and playgrounds, there is something for every member of your family to enjoy!
Step off the beaten path and explore the rough and rugged 20 miles of Appalachian Trail at Wawayanda State Park, raft down the Delaware Water Gap or pitch your tent at a wooded campground in the Pinelands.
Many campgrounds are a short drive from some of the state's premium attractions, cultural events, world-class museums and sandy beaches. Outdoor enthusiasts agree there's something for everyone to enjoy when you camp in New Jersey!
More than 25,000 sites await visitors in every region of the state, in all shapes and sizes, accommodating every tent, cabin or fully equipped RV. We've picked a few to highlight the diverse offerings of New Jersey camping:
Turkey Swamp Park - For RV, tent or cabin style camping, families turn to Turkey Swamp Park for their outdoor leisure days. Open April to mid-November, the campground has access to boating and fishing on a 17-acre lake, 8 miles of wooded trails, play fields and 4 playgrounds.
Ponderosa Campground - Stay close to the beaches of Cape May at Ponderosa Campground. Choose from the basic tent sites to air-conditioned cabins at this pet-friendly, kid-friendly campground. The kids will love the pool and pirate-themed playground, while the adults will love the free hot showers and proximity to everything Cape May has to offer. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day every year.
Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park - In Elmer sits a family camping gem. The themed campground offers a giant pool, slides and bounce houses in the fun zone. Get your photo with the famous Yogi Bear or take a hay ride, enjoy a flashlight lollypop hunt or get wet at the Tiki Bay Splash Park. Stay in a cabin, RV or tent from March to November.
Great Divide Campground - From yurts to huts, tents, RV's and cabins, this gem in Sussex county is a beautifully natural place not far from New York City in Northern New Jersey. The campground offers meticulously maintained grounds, excellent services and a truly family-friendly environment. A private lake for boating and fishing, playgrounds for the kids, golf car rental and Olympic sized swimming pool are some of the amenities that make this such a special place.
For more information on one of New Jersey's campsites, contact the New Jersey Campground Owners Association at 609-545-0145.
For State Parks camping information visit New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry.