New Jersey may get a bad rap for its highways and a reality show shot on its famous shore, but there’s a reason it’s been dubbed The Garden State. About 22% of its land area is covered in pristine wilderness – in fact, it’s Pineland National Reserve was named an International Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations back in 1983. The tiny state, which is the most densely populated in the United States, has more than 50 protected areas spread throughout its mostly water-carved borders. So throw on your bathing suit or hiking boots and get ready to find the best camping in New Jersey.
The state’s gentle sand dunes have been attracting beach-goers for well over a century: one of the top destinations is Cape May, the oldest seaside resort in the entire country. Visiting nature-lovers head to Cape May Point State Park to hike the rambling trails and watch wildlife from the Hawk Watch platform. Those seeking some cardio climb the 199 steps to the top of fully restored 1859 Cape May Lighthouse, which offers prime views of the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay.
Although there is no coastal camping in New Jersey’s Cape May County, the area is home to nearly 50 campgrounds – more per square mile than other resort destination in the state – tucked away in the forests of the mainland areas.
For those who want to escape the often crowded campgrounds near the beach, Belleplain State Forest in the northern part of Cape May County offers some of the most stunning camping in New Jersey. It features idyllic sites set among the young pines, oak and Atlantic white cedar trees that are spread throughout the 21,000-acre preserve, a top pick for hikers, kayakers and swimmers, who prefer to get off the beaten tourist path. With the Dyrt, you can be sure to find the best camping in New Jersey, from the southern beaches to the northeastern Palisades.
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This campground was clean and quiet and workers were very helpful with any questions we had. Our campsite (#10) was right on the water and had tons of space away from other campers. We didn't see any bears on our trip, but they do warn you pretty seriously that you need to be aware they're in the area!
This was part two of our shakedown cruise for our new RV. We stayed just for one night, but wish we could have stayed longer.
The park was easy to find and located a short distance from the highway. We were met at the entry gate with a personalized folder containing lots of helpful information for our stay. I was impressed at how prepared they were for our arrival.
We navigated the park to our lakefront site using the map with pre-marked route in our welcome packet. The roads and turns were tight for our 36’ motorhome, but manageable.
Our lakefront site(#57) was superb! It was between a small, paved boat ramp and a row of arborvitae trees on the other side separating us from the neighboring site. The entire site was level and covered in mulch. The water, electric, and sewer hookups looked practically brand new(or at least really well maintained). Oh, and we were on the edge of Cranes Lake!
We ordered food from their website which was promptly delivered to our site. That was cool. We had great wifi connectivity. And the firewood they sold burned for several hours.
If I had to make a negative remark, I’d say the place is a bit pricey(we paid$105), but I’m ok with it because it’s so well maintained and clean.
The nature trails accessible from the campground make for great wooded walking. And if you forgot anything, there’s a Walmart about 3.5 miles away.
In summary, this place is a camping gem and we can’t wait to go back.
Good size site. Plenty of room to park two cars. Firewood available for purchase at the park office but you have to make sure it will be open depending on your arrival time. Lots of trails that were well marked. Clean bathrooms. Went to a program about beavers that included a hike around Pakim Pond to see their dam, very informative. Looking forward to visiting again.
So we stayed May 1-2 so many amenities are closed. The campground is huge but seems clean. The roadways are narrow and there isn’t a lot of maneuvering room. We stayed in site 402a and it was a nightmare backing in and getting out of. We have a 42 ft 5th wheel but the website said it could accommodate the size . The bad thing is that there are trees all the way up to the street which limits your turn radius as well as cement marker poles. It took us a crew of fellow campers to get us in and out of site. Also some campsites were loud. We could hear a party going on from a few streets away.
This was our shakedown cruise for our new RV. We stayed just for one night because the location suited our needs. Based on this particular trip, we weren’t looking for resort-type amenities.
The front office staff were friendly and inviting. That’s a great start!
The park and facilities seemed generally clean and in good order. I picked up a few items at the store which seemed stocked and clean. The park is on the small side, but made for a nice place to wander. It seemed nearly every site was occupied and there was a party going on in the pavilion, but it was still nice and quiet.
Our stone pull thru site was in a good spot, level, and came with a well-equipped and clean dog pen— perfect for our four-legged camper. The 50-amp electric hookup was good, the sewer hookup had two access points making it easy to connect.
The water worked, but included a leak which made our site really muddy and mushy. The poor drainage was the only negative of the stay as it meant having to do gymnastics each time we exited/re-entered our RV to put on/remove shoes. The campground staff person who escorted us to our site let us know the problem was discovered earlier in the morning and it seems nobody had a chance to repair it before our arrival. This would’ve been 5-stars if not for the drainage problem.
The wifi worked elsewhere in the park, but not at our site. We were in the mood to disconnect anyway.
I had no difficulty navigating our 36-foot motor home from the highway to the campground or within the park.
If we have reason to be in the area again, we’d return.
Very nice campground-- good sized sites, well maintained hookups, clean grounds, friendly staff, well-stocked campstore. The only drawback was my site was not very level and took a few tries to get levelled, but everything else made up for it. Sites are packed sand so be prepared with a good broom because it tracks everywhere. We had a great time and will definitely return.