Camping is a great way to unwind from your hectic life, get off-the-grid, and away from the distracting technology. The East Coast is home to nearly ⅔ of the US population but there’s not enough places to camp right there. Some are near the Atlantic but don’t offer views from their sites.
Still, the variety of terrain, cultures, and scenery is admirable. Outdoor enthusiasts who choose to spend time camping between Maine and Florida have hundreds of year-round options at different locations where they can create base camps in scenic settings ranging from state parks in the Vermont woods to waterfront parks on sandy Florida beaches. Here are some of our favorite East Coast camping destinations.
Acadia National Park, Maine
The Acadia National Park is located in Maine on Mount Desert Island. You can choose from either the Seawall campsite or the Blackwoods campsite. The former will give you as much solitude as you want because people get to pitch their tent away from each other. Blackwoods, on the other hand, is closer to the town, open all year, and more accessible. It might be a better choice for someone who doesn’t want to be too far.
Fort Clinch State Park on Amelia Island, Florida
Home to Kelly Slater and NASA, Cocoa Beach in Florida is one of the best East Coast surf spots and areas with wildlife viewing. You get to see alligators, deer, tortoise, bobcats, racoons, and different kinds of bitds. With all of the beach access, you can indulge in some surfing. Set up camp and then surf at Fort Clinch State Park, located on the northern tip of Amelia Island. You can also walk the 3-mile shoreline, go fishing, swimming, biking, hiking, and more.
Camp Hatteras RV Resort, North Carolina
Camp Hatteras has a sound-front site on the Outer Banks. It may not give you the wilderness feels that you want because of the concrete pads and full hookups, but the amenities are amazing. There’s a Jacuzzi, pools, mini-golf, WaveRunner rentals, and a walkway to the beach. You can also get a glimpse of the water and sunset if you say on a site near the sound.
Eighth Lake Campground, New York
For many, this is the perfect go-to camping and fishing site in the East Coast because of the activities and the reasonable price at $30 per night. The trails in the campground also allow you to go hiking and biking. You can also get a canoe or a kayak out into the water which allows you to explore the area in a totally different light. The water is stocked full of trout and salmon which is great for fishing.
White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire
White Mountain National Forest is one of the most rustic campgrounds on the East Coast, and there are only a few developed campsites on the grounds. It’s perfect for a rustic vacation that will put you in solitude and let you delve completely into nature.
Little River State Park, Vermont
This historical camping destination lets visitors enjoy biking, swimming, boat rentals, nature trail, and more. Some of the historical sites include an old sawmill, a cemetery, bridges, and cellar holes from communities long gone. You have access to a variety of camping, ranging from a tent site, lean-to, cabin, to a remote, boat-accessible site.
Cape Cod National Seashore and Nickerson State Park, Massachusetts
Visitors of the park can take in 40 miles of sandy beaches, marshes, ponds, and uplands which offer great views along with the 418 campsites they offer in a serene and oak forest. Lighthouses, cultural sites, and wild cranberry bogs are also accessible. The campsite features plenty of space, hot showers, and close proximity to swimming ponds.