Best Campgrounds in New Jersey

This list represents the most popular campgrounds in New Jersey. Use this list to plan your next New Jersey campgrounds trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Worthington State Forest Campground


Four-and-one-half million people visit the Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area every year. Fortunately, these visitors spread out over 40 miles of river and 70,000 acres of land across two states. St…
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#2. Spruce Run Recreation Area Campground


Spruce Run Recreation Area, with its sandy freshwater beach, caters to Central Jersey’s sun and water lovers. Fifteen miles of shoreline surround man-made Spruce Run Reservoir, one of the largest rese…
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#3. North Wildwood Camping Resort


The Cape May peninsula is 16 miles long, 8 miles wide, and features more than a dozen campgrounds. Many more line US 9 north of the peninsula. Nearly all of these campgrounds densely pack in RVs; almo…
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#4. High Point State Park Campground


High Point State Park sits at the top of New Jersey. Its 1,803-foot-tall mountain is the state’s highest, and the park sits in the northernmost tip of the state, with the closest interstate in New Yor…
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#5. Round Valley Recreation Area Campground


The 85 campsites on the eastern shore of Round Valley Reservoir are among the most rustic developed sites in New Jersey. Officially termed “wilderness campsites,” they are totally inaccessible by road…
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#6. Allaire State Park Campground


In 1822, businessman James P. Allaire headed south from Manhattan. He founded Howell Iron Works Company on an industrial bog iron processing area active since 1793. His integrated mining, smelting, an…
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#7. Delaware River Family Campground


Tucked away in the northwestern corner of this private riverside RV park are 50 grassy tent-only sites. There are two secluded, wooded state parks nearby for those who prefer more scenic, wilder exper…
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#8. Wharton State Forest: Bodine Field Campground


Wharton State Forest’s easternmost camping area is also its largest. Bodine Field Camp, officially capable of holding up to 250 people, is ideal for large groups. Wharton staff also recommends it for…
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Hammonton, NJ - Campgrounds
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#9. Wharton State Forest: Goshen Pond Camping Area


The physical distance between Atsion Family Campsites and Goshen Pond Camp is only a mile, but the differences between the two campgrounds are enormous. Goshen’s amenities are few, its only nod to dev…
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#10. Birch Grove Park Campground


Easily the most affordable accommodation within the Atlantic City area, Birch Grove Park’s shady sites offer a natural antidote for those sickened by gambling losses or by one too many zeppoli on the…
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#11. Camp Taylor Campground


Set on a remote hillside on the ridge of the Kittatinny Mountains, this private campground offers an unusual and appealing mix of attractions. Camp Taylor’s wooded hillside tenting area, with primitiv…
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#12. Bass River State Forest Campground


New Jersey’s first state forest has come a long way since it was acquired in 1905. The Civilian Conservation Corps altered the landscape significantly in the 1930s, when they planted 4,500 acres of tr…
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#13. Cheesequake State Park Campground


Cheesequake bears the responsibility of being the most urban state park in the densest, most urbanized state in the country. A mere 36 miles from Manhattan, its wooded and marsh 1,292 acres play host…
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#14. Wharton State Forest: Atsion Campground


New Jersey’s largest state forest has nine camping areas, with the capacity to hold over a thousand campers, but only 50 sites have access to flushing toilets and hot showers. These sites are at Atsio…
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#15. Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (Canoe-In Campground)


The shallow, gentle Delaware River hardly seems powerful enough to wash away a sandbar, much less a chunk of mountain. But centuries ago, this unassuming body of water carved an 1,100-foot-deep, 3-mil…
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#16. Harmony Ridge Campground


Only a few private campgrounds in northern Jersey offer tent camping, and fewer still actually designate entire sections for “tents only.” Many private campgrounds cater to RV and trailer camping beca…
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#17. Turkey Swamp Park Campground


Despite its unusual name, this gem of a county park is not a swamp overrun with gobbling turkeys. The turkey in question was once the name of Adelphia, a nearby town. The park and surrounding Turkey S…
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#18. Stokes State Forest Lake Ocquittunk Camping Area


More scenic than Shotwell Camping Area but less rustic than Steam Mill, Lake Ocquittunk Camping Area provides the best of both worlds in Stokes State Forest, combining a remote natural lifestyle with…
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Branchville, NJ - Campgrounds
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#19. Cedar Creek Campground


Cedar Creek Campground has tent sites, RV sites, cabins, and trailer rentals. It’s near beaches, boardwalks, forests, and man-made attractions. But most visitors don’t stay overnight at Cedar Creek be…
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Bayville, NJ - Campgrounds
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#20. Stokes State Forest Shotwell Camping Area


Shotwell Camping Area, located just down the road from the forest office, is the most accessible of the three Stokes State Forest campgrounds. Stokes State Forest and the surrounding area were conside…
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