Happy Campers: Explore New Jersey’s Campgrounds

Whether you're gazing at the stars in a sleeping bag beside a peaceful lake seeking solitude or in the sheltered walls of a cabin in the woods, New Jersey's natural, picturesque landscapes offer some of the most exciting camping experiences in the Northeast.

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 all these worlds. Adventure seekers will discover that seemingly endless possibilities abound at campgrounds around the state. From swimming pools to lakes for kayaking, canoeing or fishing, rivers for tubing, mini-golf, bingo, bocce, horseshoes, shuffleboard, game rooms and playgrounds, there are activities 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, get out on the water at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area or pitch your tent at a wooded campsite 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!

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 New Jersey’s diverse offerings:


For travel trailer, tent or cabin style camping, families turn to Turkey Swamp Park for their outdoor leisure stays. Open April to mid-November, the campground has access to boating and fishing on a 17-acre lake, eight miles of wooded trails, athletic field rentals and four playgrounds. There’s also a group camping site available.


Ponderosa Campground in Cape May Court House is a must-go for families. In addition to being the closest campground to Avalon Beach, amenities include pet-friendly cabins, free laundry facilities, two playgrounds, bike rentals, free Wi-Fi, a large saltwater pool, two basketball courts and more. The campground may be close to the beaches, but there’s so much more to do in the area. Just three miles away is Cape May County Park and Zoo and right next door is Tree To Tree Adventure Park, where you can zipline or take part in a treetop adventure course. Also close by: a trio of breweries (Coho Brewing, Bucket Brigade Brewery and Slack Tide Brewing Company), two wineries (Natali Vineyards and Jessie Creek Winery), Cape May Distillery, Wildwood and Ocean City boardwalks, delectable dining, multiple golf courses and more.


In Elmer sits a family camping paradise. Cool off in the swimming pool or splash park, and partake in kid-friendly activities and themed events. RV and cabin rentals are available (and all are air conditioned), as well as tent camping. (Check out their location in Cape May Court House, too.)


This Sussex County gem is nestled into a natural setting in Newton, not far from New York City. With 270 pet-friendly campsites, plus yurts and cabin trailers for those who prefer “kinda camping,” this campground has something for everyone. The campground offers meticulously maintained grounds, excellent services, and a truly family-friendly environment. A private lake for boating and fishing, playground, game room, golf cart rentals and heated swimming pool are some of the amenities that make this such a special place.


Open from April through October, Cheesequake State Park in Matawan offers 50 tent and trailer sites with fire rings and picnic tables. Go kayaking, canoeing or paddle boarding in Hooks Creek Lake, or bring your fishing pole and try your luck at catching trout, catfish, sunfish and largemouth bass (there’s even crabbing in the summer months!).


Take your pick of accommodations at this Cape May camping resort, from tee-pees and lakefront cabins to tent and RV sites (as well as RV rentals). (Bonus: many of their accommodations are pet-friendly.) Water lovers will be happy—Beachcomber has two freshwater lakes with sandy beaches, along with three all-ages pools and three kiddie pools.

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 the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry.

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