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Camping in Delaware

THE BEST Dispersed CAMPING IN

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 Dispersed Reviews In Delaware

142 Reviews of 12 Delaware Campgrounds

Jon & Adrienne S.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
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
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
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
EThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2021

Impromtu tent camping success!

I was able to book my site the day before the trip. The site itself was set back some, and felt secluded while still being near the parking area.

Walk to bathrooms and camp store was on the longer side. Firewood was $5 a bundle, but the register wasn't working and they could only take cash.

The…

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Sitet09
Month of VisitSeptember
R
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2021

Lovely shaded area

Nice view of wooded area loved having the shade, nice hot outside shower

  • enjoyable little spot
Site2
Month of VisitSeptember
M
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2021

Dirty in more ways than one

Dirty bathrooms, check. Tight quarters, check. Confederate flag license plates, check. Confederate flag t-shirts, check. Baby’s first confederate flag onesie, check. If I could give negative stars I would. As my son said, “what’s with all the flags? Take the L, losers.”

Sitetent
Month of VisitAugust
AThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2021

Great Camping Close to Beaches

We stayed in the G loop which is the group loop off the side of all the main loops. We were tent camping. If staying in the main loops, the center rows barely had room for tents and looked aimed for RVs. It would have been very tight if we tent camped at some of the inner loop sites. The tent sites…

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SiteG12
Month of VisitAugust
LThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2021

Nice Campground

This campground is huge! But is quiet. I believe most or all of their sites are pull through. Everyone is very friendly.

Month of VisitAugust
Nancy W.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2021

Nice campground, lots to do

This is a great state park with nice campground and lots to do within the parks' 7,000-acre boundary. And, we do mean LOTS! Yes, there are the standard 13 miles of hiking and biking trails but there are also basketball courts, disc golf, boat launch with kayak rental, ranger-led programs, a nature…

  • some sites are very short
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Month of VisitSeptember

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