The most comprehensive guide to Federal, State, Provincial and Local campgrounds
This site provides what we believe to be the most comprehensive and geograpically accurate public US campground and Canada campground locator available. Includes all National Park, National Forest, State Park and Provincial campgrounds, all BLM, TVA and Army engineers and military-only campgrounds, all regional, county, city and utility-owned campgrounds.
WE DONT HAVE THE MOST CAMPGROUNDS because we include only car-accessible, family campgrounds with toilets/tables and 4 or more campsites - whose existence and location we can verify. We want to be sure you find an actual family campground when you drive there. (no backpack-in, boat-in, horse camps or group-only camps). We tell you if you need to take a ferry or if a short walk to the sites is required. We do not include privately owned campgrounds. Read our FAQs to learn more about the data, accuracy, usage and precautions.
Click here to tell us of any specific campground errors or omissions you find.
Click here to email us with any general question, comment or suggestion.
FOR YOUR MOBILE DEVICE - Click for a "web app" for Apple, Android and other phones and tablets.
Map Usage: To re-position map, drag or put 2 letter State abbreviation in "find" box on map.
Zoom in: Double click (also re-centers) or use slider in upper left of map.
Click on campground symbol for more info - for explanation of codes, see legend below map. For a topo or other map, zoom in tight and switch map type in the upper right corner of the map.
= US National Park (NP), Canadian National Park (CNP), National Forest (NF), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Bureau of Reclamation (BOR)
= Corps of Engineers (COE), Tennessee Valley Auth. (TVA)
= State Park (SP), Canadian Provincial Park (PP), State Rec. Area (SRA), State Preserve (SPR), State Beach (SB)
= State Forest (SF), State Fish and Wildlife (SFW) (usually not as highly developed as State Parks - may have vault toilets, no drinking water and may not have picnic tables at every campsite)
= Military only - do not use our lat/lon - contact them for directions and info (Comment "Voted Best" is from www.militarycampgrounds.us
= County/City/Regional Park (CP), Authority (AUTH), Utility (UTIL), Native American Reservation (RES) or Unknown type (blank)
WHITE SYMBOL= known to be free or under $12 (there may be others)
AMENITIES: NOTE: We do not yet have all info for all campgrounds. If there is no mention of an amenity, it does NOT mean it is not there, it means we don't have data about it (yet). Use one of the links to get the full information.
LABL* : If the 4 letter name label is followed by a *, it has RV hookups (at least electric). If it has a - , it has no hookups. If blank, it means we dont know, use one of the links to get this information.
12mi SE of Woodland: The miles are a rough approximation of road miles. In mountains/canyons or near water it could be much farther.
PHONE NUMBERS : We usually provide two numbers: 1) for the campground itself 2) for reservations. For NF, we often list 2 campground numbers: District office (try this one first)/Forest office (try second) - these are offices, not at the campground, so call before 4:30 PM.
RESERVATION INFO (RES.): We list the central res. phone and web (if any) even if we say res. not accepted or res. unknown so you can check youself - these things do change.
DOW INFO:For NF's over 10 sites, a link to comprehensive campground info at forestcamping.com by Fred & Suzi Dow.
EL: elevation in feet
PHOTOS: Does a google search for related photos - you need to be careful as some will NOT be relevant.
WEATHER & CLIMATE: "Weather" is for the next 7 days at the exact lat/lon of the campground. "Climate" accesses www.weatherbase.com for 25 year historical averages for your longer-range planning (you select a nearby weather station but note that it will be about 6 deg F cooler for every 1,000 feet the campground is higher than the weather station and the overall climate is trending warmer.)
REVIEWS: Does a google search for reviews - you need to be careful as some will NOT be relevant.
DATES: For many of the most popular US campgrounds we now have seasonal opening and closing dates. This is just approximate as it often varies a bit each year. For those we dont have, if you are camping before May or after September (especially at high altitudes or in northern states), better check. Use the info links or call ahead. (State Parks tend to have longer seasons than Federal - many have at least a few loops open all year.)
COMMENTS (COMM): Comments may include important info (like "closed in 2011" or "no RVs") or observations sent to us by visitors.
"WALK TO" or "WALK IN": This comment means you have to walk a short distance to all camp sites.
About the webmaster and the data
He was always frustrated with campground directories that 1) poorly covered public campgrounds or 2) covered only certain types (eg; National Forest but NOT National Park) and 3) had very poor maps. With the advent of interactive mapping that a hobbyist could use and campground datasets from government and hobbyist sources, it became possible to build a web site that overcame this frustration. Recently it became possible to provide these data and maps on-the-road through laptops, apps, web apps and mobile devices.
Many data sources were used - the majority of the coordinate data was obtained directly from Federal, State and Provincial agencies. Much of the campground descriptive data comes from State/Provincial Park web sites and National Park, BLM and COE web sites. Supplemental coordinate data came from on-line topo maps, Delorme Atlases and from GPS/POI coordinate files developed by individuals and posted on the Internet. There were serious locational errors in all of these sources and so we independently verified the location of all the campgrounds against on-line topo maps.
Needless to say, this all took countless hours of work and dedication to the goal of a complete, accurate and well-mapped public campground directory. In spite of our many efforts, we know there are errors still in the data and we deeply regret any inconvenience these may cause you. Fortunately things don't change too quickly with campgrounds because we really don't have a comprehensive way of updating these data. Please send us any corrections you find and we will incorporate them.
We would like to thank the following whose help helped make this compilation and web site possible:
Some of the best existing directories and web sites that include many public campgounds are:
RVers BEST PUBLIC CAMPGROUNDS Finding Inexpensive, Convenient and Relaxing Campgrounds for your RVing Trip [Paperback] by Lee Zaborowski
Woodalls Tenting Directory (on-line and in book form)
Dow's National Forest Campground Guide (on-line and in book form)
DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer (by state, in book form only, very good map coverage of public campgrounds)
Recreation.gov (Reservable Federal sites only)
Reserve America (Reservations for many public campgrounds)
Coleman on-line and book form (for National Forests)
Public Lands Info Center (Western State Campgrounds)
The Ultimate US Public Campgrounds Project (very extensive public campground coverage)
epgsoft Campground Map
RV Park Reviews
Some Mobile Apps Useful for Campers
Camp Where (all US and CA public campgrounds, amenitites, reservations and links)
All Stays Camp & RV (very extensive public and private campgrounds and services)
You Need A Map (great maps, terrain, towns, roads, no internet connection needed, free)
Read It Later (download anything HTML from the web and view it later even with no internet connection)
Other Related Sites
About.com:camping (lots of camping info and links)
Discovery Owners (lots of coordinate files)
POI_Factory (loads of GPS/POI files)
Wayhoo (1.7 million USGS coordinates)
Camping in North Carolina
Camping With a View
USGS Recreation - Camping
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