A lot of people think that the west coast has the east beat when it comes to camping and quality outdoor experiences. But they clearly don’t know what they’re talking about.
First off, camping isn’t competitive, the beauty of nature can be found all over the world. Second, the east coast is home to some of the most scenic spots to camp in the entire country, maybe even the world.
If you’re looking to plan an east coast camping trip this year, then here are four places you have to check out. Even if you can only make it to one, there’s something on this list for everyone. From remote, tropical islands to family-friendly campgrounds with all the amenities, the east coast has it all.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina
Cape Hatteras was America’s first national seashore and for good reason. 200 miles of picturesque islands line the Pamlico Sound, sheltering it from the powerful weather patterns of the Atlantic ocean.
The Cape is a world-famous kiteboarding destination and a veritable paradise for the adventurous camper. There are four campgrounds along the length of Cape Hatteras, but endless opportunities for adventure and sightseeing.
Acadia National Park, Maine
Acadia was America’s first national park and when you visit, you’ll immediately see why. There are 26 mountains in Acadia National Park and over 120 miles of trails. That’s not to mention the stunning coastline of islands and weathered sea cliffs.
The cliffs make a popular destination for rock climbers. There are also a number of excellent and easy trails along the coast of the park. Be sure to see the ‘Thunder Hole’ if you visit. It’s a natural formation in the rock that rumbles as loud as thunder every time the waves crash in.
Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida
By far the most remote destination on our list, Dry Tortugas National Park encompasses seven small islands way off the end of the Florida Keys. Beware that your jaw doesn’t drop so low you get it in the ocean on the boat ride over. This is probably as close to a tropical paradise as you could imagine.
The park is accessed by ferry and features a handful of campsites on a first come first served basis. Next door to the campgrounds is the civil war era, Fort Jefferson.
Camping in Dry Tortugas is primitive and you have to bring everything you’re going to need. That includes water and toilet paper. Don’t stop there though, bring a kayak and some scuba gear on the ferry with you and you’ll be in for the time of your life exploring the surrounding coral reefs.
Glen Ellis Family Campground, New Hampshire
If you are looking for a campground that’s a little more family-friendly then this one’s for you. Glen Ellis Family Campground has over 200 campsites that start at $40 each. This park isn’t for the dirtbags looking to pitch their tent for free in the wild.
Glen Ellis has just about everything for families. Beyond just hiking and camping, you can play tennis or volleyball, go tubing, play in the arcade, or visit the ice cream shop.
Just don’t expect to have the place to yourself. Glen Ellis Family Campground fills up fast and it’s always best to reserve in advance. Particularly in the summer.