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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I called and made a same day reservation at 11 am and was charged 60$ then when we arrived at 630pm the same day we were told our reservation was for the day before. I was charged double what they originally told me, but was able to get a spot luckily.
So… the “campground” is nothing special. Literally a parking lot with water & electric hookups. Larger rigs will barely have a yard. And don’t bet on a private picnic table. On a slow checkout day, you might get lucky enough to not wait in line for the dump station.
We’ve paid much less for “more”… the $120 price per night was ridiculous. But being that they have no competitors in the area (and they know it), RVers wanting a quick escape to see NYC can get it here. The ONLY thing we really liked about it was it’s convenient location to the city with easy access to the ferry boats.
The area itself was under a ton of construction when we drove in, which meant for difficult to navigate roads and we barely squeezed by larger trucks who were also in the roadways. But we did manage to walk our way to the marina restaurant “Surf City”, which was a unique and fun spot for end of day dinner & drinks.
We would only consider staying here again during the “off-season” months when the campground isn’t busy. The woman who checked us in was very pleasant and helpful when helping us figure out how to get around without driving.
This is the perfect campground if you have a smaller rig or are tent camping. The area is very nice, well-maintained, staff is very friendly and helpful, electric and water supply is good, and wifi is decent. The hike up to the wolf preserve next door is enjoyable even though the educational wolf tours were sold out(very popular so book early). The grounds were very quiet, almost solitary, through the week and then packed during the weekend but everyone was pleasant and well behaved. However, my 32' coach was probably the largest one there. Roads are narrow and sites are very unlevel-- I couldn't get the RV totally level as much as I tried. The dump station is squeezed into the front of the camp so after the mid-week tank dump, I had to pull out into the street and K-turn back in. That was the only issue I had all week, though. Overall, an enjoyable stay.
We stayed in the center lawn and it was lined with seasonal campers. We felt like we were staying in the middle of a neighborhood. Lots of activities to keep kids busy which was nice but this place is a party place for sure. One family had a large movie screen outside watching movies every night and another group of maybe 40 just partied all day and night. Most seasonal spots looked like it would be terrible to stay next to because they had fences and sheds set up so it would literally feel like you were camping next to someone’s house. If you can score a secluded spot in the woods that would be perfect but anywhere else can be a bummer.
Nice campground. Not close off the highway, but wooden sites. Seems as though people spend their summers there. Pool was beautiful and looked new. Mini golf was decrepit and looked abandoned. Store was nice. Very nice welcome. Lots of kids. A little loud with music but quieted right now at lights out. No complaints.
We stayed here because it was within biking distance of the beaches at Stone Harbor, Wildwood, and Cape May. The tent sites were close together and since it was Labor Day weekend it was pretty full. There were a lot of things for kids to do but it was not the kind of camp ground for peace and quiet. Several sites were playing music until 11:00 every night. The bathrooms were a little worse for the wear but the pool looked nice.
I had my first camp trip here with another family. It was a great campground for kids with lots of activities. My kids loved the lake for feeding the fish and swimming. The lake was beautiful to watch the sunset or sunrise.
There was a playground with sand diggers, a large connect 4 kind of game and tether ball. There was an arcade but unfortunately that was not open due to Covid. The campground store was great and had lots of items. There was plenty of hiking all around us and areas for bike riding. The only issue I had was there were weeds all over the campsite. The firepit had weeds growing out of it, there was weeds around the trees and such. Just not very tidy. If you like a more private camping trip know that the sites are very close to each other. Lots of RV campers (I am personally a tent camper).
Check in was easy. The staff were great and friendly. We had a dead battery and they came to help us jump it - quickly I might add.