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Camping in Delaware

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Delaware

About Delaware Camping

With more than 150 miles of trails, great coastal and inland fishing, and 20 state parks and forests, there are plenty of choices for camping in Delaware. Whether you like the convenience of an RV or the simplicity of a tent, camping in Delaware has many of options for outdoorsy visitors.

The most popular campground is Delaware Seashore State Park, a beach park just a few minutes' drive from the summer hotspot of Dewey Beach. Tent campers and RVers alike love the closeness to the Atlantic beaches and the calm coastal bays – six miles of sand and sun just steps away from your chosen campsite, with plenty of full-hookup spots.

During the summer, Delaware Seashore has beach wheelchairs available first-come, first-serve, and mobility mats allow standard wheelchairs access at Towers Ocean and South Inlet locations. For family members or friends who want to have a beach experience but don’t like camping, the Cottages at Indian River Inlet are a great close-by relaxing destination.

Many also campers like to enjoy the restaurants, bars and nightlife in Dewey Beach, about a mile north of the park. Dewey Beach offers plenty of watersports, eateries, dancing and live music for a great change of pace from a day of sunning and swimming.

A few miles north along Delaware’s Route One is Cape Henlopen State Park, a dream spot for lovers of nature and history. Formerly a World War II fort – Delaware’s shoreline is dotted with old military fire control towers – Cape Henlopen offers access to both calm Delaware Bay waters and Atlantic surf, as well as miles of shady wooded trails for hiking and bicycling through coastal marshes. Camping in Delaware at Cape Henlopen means you’re tucked into sandy woodland sites with picnic tables, campfires and plenty of pine trees, with small cottages also available.

If you're looking to escape summer crowds but still enjoy the beach, campers can drive about 10 miles south to Fenwick Island State Park, featuring three miles of beaches on the barrier island. Known as the "Quiet Beach," the ocean and bayside park is sandwiched between Ocean City, Maryland, and the "Quiet Resorts" of Bethany Beach, South Bethany, and Fenwick Island.

If the beaches aren’t your speed, the state has plenty of inland parks and forests which offer a range of opportunities and fun for camping in Delaware - from Trap Pond’s primeval-looking water trails perfect for canoeing and kayaking to Lums Pond’s treetop daredevil ropes course and ziplines. Wherever your plans take you, The Dyrt is your guide to the best tips, tricks and insider advice for a great time camping in Delaware.

Recent Reviews In Delaware

241 Reviews of 31 Delaware Campgrounds

s
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2021

Ugh.

Not a good place for tent camping. All tent spaces very packed together and without any foliage undergrowth separation whatsoever. More privacy in a subway car than these sites. Dogs allowed and poo everywhere. Wash stations a long walk away. Excellent system of paved bike paths.

Month of VisitOctober
B
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2021

Our first trip

Just bought our first camper. This was a great first trip. Nice level sites easy to get into. Lots of event for the kids

Site54
Month of VisitNovember
Armand  L.
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2021

A little tight

We have a 38 ft motor home with a Jeep in tow. It was tight getting to the site due to narrow roads. Overall was fairly quiet.

Site40
Month of VisitNovember
Justin C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2021

Not RTT friendly

If you’re going to camp at one of the RV sites, you’d better have an RV. They are neither RTT nor tent friendly. The sites are packed in so closely that if you don’t have the privacy of a camper, everyone will see your business. You’ll hear your neighbor’s conversations even if they’re being…

SiteD2
Month of VisitNovember
G
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2021

Too tight

Seems to be very popular, but the sites are just too close together for our tastes. Can be very difficult to pull out when leaving. No shade. Bathrooms were not particularly clean. There were dozens of black birds and seagulls flying around, sitting on and crapping on everyone's rig. No private…

  • The white truck is not mine. I barely had enough room to open my slide.
  • Just too tight of a site for our comfort.
Site257
Month of VisitNovember
DThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2021

Lum’s Pond campground

What a great little campground. Shaded well spaced sites with full hookups and yurts to stay in.

Site3
Month of VisitOctober
Gail C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2021

Delaware Seashore State Park is a beach friendly, clean & well maintained state park campground

We stayed in a full hook up site, and we found the campground to be clean, well maintained and so close to the beach. You can walk to the beach from the campground, and the beach has a restaurant, bar, showers, and a nice seating area/hammock seats. The campground itself has no trees, and the…

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Site865
Month of VisitOctober
Blind
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2021

Wonderful time

My family had a great time here. The camp sites are spaced out a good amount so each site has good privacy. There are multiple port a potties here but some sites are a bit far from them. Each site has a fire pit, a grill, and two tables with a decent amount of space for tents. I would highly…

Site6
Month of VisitOctober
CThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2021

Quiet and Friendly

We stayed here for about a week, it was inexpensive and close to all of the places we wanted to visit without being right in the middle of a tourist hotspot. The pool was nice, so was the store and the rec room. Staff was friendly and everyone was super quiet and respectful. The only downside was…

SiteT5
Month of VisitSeptember
A
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2021

Nice primitive pond camping

The G loop for tents is nice and removed from the rv area, though the sites are a little close. There are trails nearby and you can cross the bridge to the canoe/kayak rental area, or launch your own from a dock at the campsite. We had a peaceful night and a fun kayak day!

Of note, there were a…

SiteG12
Month of VisitSeptember
J
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2021

Nice camp sites .

Quite, spacious sites, lots of walking trails and a large pond.

Site54
Month of VisitSeptember
Tiffany M.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2021

Loved it!

Perfect for families! The pool was kinda small for the amount of campsites. Splash pad was nice, I enjoyed that more so than the pool. I stayed at site 66 in my rooftop tent and loved the proximity to the amenties. My only complaint was a horrible smell throughout the campgrounds. It was like a…

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Site66
Month of VisitSeptember
CThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2021

Fun for kids

Had to change spots a few times which was a pain but spot we ended up with was quite spacious. Kids loved the splash pad.

Month of VisitAugust
C
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2021

Great place for kids or just relax

Lots of animals with personality fresh eggs for purchase and good catch and release ponds caught 4 bass in like 20 min big guys. Was close to casino only like 7 min drive and shopping everywhere was a weekend full of busy even while it rained.

Month of VisitJune
K
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2021

Great state park

It was a great experience with the exception of your neighbors being pretty close to you in the tent area. Still wanting to try more dispersed camping because it was just a little too loud/busy for us. But the staff was great and the walk to the pond was an enjoyable one! Nice, easy, flat trails so…

SiteT3
Month of VisitNovember

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