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Best Camping Sites Near Long Branch, NJ (35)

    Camper-submitted photo from Sandy Hook — Gateway National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Sandy Hook — Gateway National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Sandy Hook — Gateway National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Sandy Hook — Gateway National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Sandy Hook — Gateway National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Sandy Hook — Gateway National Recreation Area

    1.

    Sandy Hook — Gateway National Recreation Area

    18 Reviews
    46 Photos
    218 Saves
    Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey

    Overview

    Welcome to Gateway National Recreation Area, Sandy Hook Unit! There are a variety of cultural and recreational opportunities available at the park including history tours, living history demonstrations, hiking, birding, kayaking, camping, swimming, and biking. Sandy Hook is known for its beautiful beaches, the Fort Hancock and Sandy Hook Proving Ground National Historic Landmark, and the country's oldest continuing working lighthouse.

    Recreation

    Lifeguards are on duty from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day at five ocean beaches. Please swim only at guarded beaches and only when lifeguards are on duty. When wading, be aware of sudden drop-offs. If you can't swim, don't go in. Surf fishing is permitted at all beaches except when lifeguards are on duty. Fishing beach and "M" lot are prime spots. Please stick to the posted signs for closures, as they do occur throughout the summer months for endangered shorebird nesting. For a great way to see Sandy Hook by bicycle, the seven-mile long multi-use path starts at the park entrance and loops around Fort Hancock. It is shared by walkers, bicyclists and in-line skaters. Bike rentals are also available throughout the summer. Hiking trails begin at the Sandy Hook Visitor Center and at Area M near Nine Gun Battery. Walking ocean beaches is permitted but in spring and summer shorebird nesting season closes some areas. Sandy Hook is a prime spot for birding. Try Plum Island, the Spermaceti Cove boardwalk, the Horseshoe Cove salt marsh, North Pond or the fields at Fort Hancock. Non-motorized, car-top boats can be launched from Beach Area C and Horseshoe Cove. Horseshoe Cove is popular with recreational boaters. Landing on beach with a motorized boat is prohibited. Surfing is allowed on beaches B and C. Windsurfing and kite-boarding is best on the bay across from Beach Area C. Kayak and paddleboard rentals are also available at C beach throughout the summer. Enjoy a blanket picnic on the beach. The North Beach Observation Deck has tables and a view of New York Harbor. Grilling outside of the campground is permitted only at Guardian Park in Fort Hancock. The Visitor Center is now located in the Keeper's Quarters adjacent to the lighthouse and is open from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The lighthouse tours with a ranger occur every 30 minutes from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., daily. Climbers must be at least 48 inches tall to climb. For seasonal programs both ranger-led and partner-led, visit www.nps.gov/gate/planyourvisit/index.htm for more information. Please visit www.nps.gov/gate for more information about any of the above.

    Facilities

    Lifeguards are on duty from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day at five ocean beaches. Please swim only at guarded beaches and only when lifeguards are on duty. When wading, be aware of sudden drop-offs. If you can't swim, don't go in. Surf fishing is permitted at all beaches except when lifeguards are on duty. Fishing beach and "M" lot are prime spots. Please stick to the posted signs for closures, as they do occur throughout the summer months for endangered shorebird nesting. For a great way to see Sandy Hook by bicycle, the seven-mile long multi-use path starts at the park entrance and loops around Fort Hancock. It is shared by walkers, bicyclists and in-line skaters. Bike rentals are also available throughout the summer. Hiking trails begin at the Sandy Hook Visitor Center and at Area M near Nine Gun Battery. Walking ocean beaches is permitted but in spring and summer shorebird nesting season closes some areas. Sandy Hook is a prime spot for birding. Try Plum Island, the Spermaceti Cove boardwalk, the Horseshoe Cove salt marsh, North Pond or the fields at Fort Hancock. Non-motorized, car-top boats can be launched from Beach Area C and Horseshoe Cove. Horseshoe Cove is popular with recreational boaters. Landing on beach with a motorized boat is prohibited. Surfing is allowed on beaches B and C. Windsurfing and kite-boarding is best on the bay across from Beach Area C. Kayak and paddleboard rentals are also available at C beach throughout the summer. Enjoy a blanket picnic on the beach. The North Beach Observation Deck has tables and a view of New York Harbor. Grilling outside of the campground is permitted only at Guardian Park in Fort Hancock. The Visitor Center is now located in the Keeper's Quarters adjacent to the lighthouse and is open from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The lighthouse tours with a ranger occur every 30 minutes from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., daily. Climbers must be at least 48 inches tall to climb. For seasonal programs both ranger-led and partner-led, visit www.nps.gov/gate/planyourvisit/index.htm for more information. Please visit www.nps.gov/gate for more information about any of the above.

    Natural Features

    Gateway National Recreation Area exists within one of the most urbanized areas of the country, covering 26,000 acres of New Jersey and three New York City boroughs. Among the urban environment, the park boasts grasslands, woodlands, sand dunes, beaches, ponds, salt marshes and forests.

    Nearby Attractions

    Twin Lights New Jersey Historic Site - Situated 200 feet above sea level atop the Navesink Highlands, Twin Lights has stood as a sentinel over the treacherous coastal waters of northern New Jersey since 1828. Named Navesink Lightstation, it became known as the "Twin Lights of Highlands" to those who used its mighty beacons to navigate. The lighthouse tower, museum, gift shop, and other buildings are open daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., September through May. Mount Mitchill Monmouth County Scenic Overlook - At 266 feet, this overlook in Atlantic Highlands sits on the highest natural elevation on the Atlantic seaboard (excluding islands) from Maine to the Yucatan providing beautiful views of Sandy Hook, Sandy Hook Bay, Raritan Bay and the New York skyline. Hartshorne Woods Mounmouth County Park - A hilly, forested 787-acre site overlooking the Navesink River, this park is among the highest elevations along the Atlantic Coast and features prominently in area history as a former coastal defense site. Known for its challenging trail system and scenic views, Hartshorne Woods is a popular park for area hikers, bicyclists and outdoor enthusiasts. Holmdel Monmouth County Park - Holmdel Park is one of Monmouth County's most popular locations for active recreation and nature appreciation. Acquired by the Monmouth County Park System in 1962, just shy of one million visitors enjoy this 565-acre site yearly. This park features a historic farm, an arboretum, fishing, picnic areas, 4 tennis courts, 2 playgrounds, ice skating, sledding and 10 miles of trails - including a 1/2 mile paved loop linking the Pond View and Forest Edge areas of the park with group picnic facilities and playgrounds.

    Charges & Cancellations

    Recreation.gov refund and cancellation policy:__ Change and Cancellation Policies and Fees Camping / Day Use: A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation (including campsites, cabins, lookouts, group facilities, etc.). The $10.00 service fee will be deducted from the refund amount. You can cancel or change reservations through Recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.__ Late Cancellations Overnight and Day Use Facilities: Late cancellations are those cancelled between 12:01 a.m. (Eastern) on the day before arrival and check out time on the day after arrival. Individual Campsites: If a customer cancels a reservation the day before or on the day of arrival they will be charged a $10.00 service fee and will also forfeit the first night's use fee (not to exceed the total paid for the original reservation). Cancellations for a single night's reservation will forfeit the entire use fee but no cancellation fee will apply.__ Refunds Customers must request refunds no later than 14 days after the scheduled departure date. Recreation.gov will not grant refund requests after 14 days of departure. Refunds for Bankcard Purchases: Refunds for bank card payments will be issued as a credit to the original bank card. Refunds for Check or Cash Purchases: Refunds for Recreation.gov payments made by check or money order, and cash payments at selected campgrounds will be issued a check refund. A refund will be processed within 30 days of receipt and approval. Please Note: Refund requests made during or after departure can only be processed when approved by the facility management staff based upon local policy. Refunds for Emergency Closures: In the event of an emergency closure, the Recreation.gov team will attempt to notify users and offer alternate dates (as appropriate). If this is not possible, reservations will be cancelled and all fees paid will be refunded. Reservation fees for free tickets are non-refundable in the event of an emergency closure.__ No-Shows Camping / Day Use: A camping no-show customer is one who does not arrive at a campground and does not cancel the reservation by check-out time on the day after the scheduled arrival date. Reserved campsites and group overnight facilities will be held until check-out time on the day following your scheduled arrival. Group day-use facilities will be held until check-in time on your scheduled arrival date. If a customer does not arrive at the campground or group facility by check-out time the day after arrival or does not cancel the reservation by the times listed under "Late Cancellations" above, the customer may be assessed a $20.00 service fee and forfeit use fees.

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    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Market

    $50 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Allaire State Park - TEMPORARILY CLOSED
    Camper-submitted photo from Allaire State Park - TEMPORARILY CLOSED
    Camper-submitted photo from Allaire State Park - TEMPORARILY CLOSED
    Camper-submitted photo from Allaire State Park - TEMPORARILY CLOSED
    Camper-submitted photo from Allaire State Park - TEMPORARILY CLOSED
    Camper-submitted photo from Allaire State Park - TEMPORARILY CLOSED

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    Allaire State Park - TEMPORARILY CLOSED

    18 Reviews
    69 Photos
    88 Saves
    Allenwood, New Jersey

    PARK ADVISORY: Allaire State Park Family Camping is closed until further notice. The NJ Department of Environmental Protection will start work on the construction of a new bathroom/shower facility. Group Camping will re-open April 1st.

    Campsites: There are forty-five tent and trailer sites with fire rings and picnic tables. Flush toilets and shower facilities are within walking distance. Trailer sanitary station is open April 15 through October 15. Campsites are open from April 1 - December 15.

    Shelters: There are ten shelters. Shelters are cabin-like structures with wood stove for heat and two double-deck bunks, which sleep up to four people. Each site includes a fire ring and picnic table. Accessible to persons with disabilities. Shelters are open from April 1 - December 15.

    Group campsites: Six group sites with fire rings, picnic tables. Sites A, B, C, and D hold a maximum capacity of 50 people. Fee: New Jersey Resident $100 per night; Non Resident $200, per night. Sites E and F hold a maximum capacity of 25 people. Fee: NJ Resident $50 per night; Non Resident $100 per night. Open open from April 1 - December 15.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Cheesequake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cheesequake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cheesequake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cheesequake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cheesequake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cheesequake State Park Campground

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    Cheesequake State Park Campground

    17 Reviews
    15 Photos
    125 Saves
    Matawan, New Jersey

    Campsites: The park has fifty tent and trailer sites with fire rings and picnic tables. Flush toilets and shower facilities are within walking distance. Trailer sanitary station is available. There is an 11 foot height restriction for vehicles entering the camping area. The campground is open from April 1st through October 31st.

    Group campsites: The Gordon Field Group Area has fire rings, upright grills and picnic tables. There are four individual sites accommodating up to 25 campers each. The area facilities include flush toilets and potable water. All trash must be carried out. The group campsites are open from May 1st through October 31st.  We highly recommend that group leaders carefully estimate their group size and not over-estimate as refunds cannot be made later.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $200 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Butterfly Camping Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Butterfly Camping Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Butterfly Camping Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Butterfly Camping Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Butterfly Camping Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Butterfly Camping Resort

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    Butterfly Camping Resort

    10 Reviews
    19 Photos
    78 Saves
    Toms River, New Jersey

    A great family experience is our number one priority here at Butterfly Camping Resort. With over 20 amenities, shaded sites, and our large gift shop, there is something for everyone to do! After 24 years, the Letho family and their hard-working staff are dedicated to providing great hospitality and clean facilities to make each family camping trip a memorable one.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $64 - $78 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Tip Tam Camping Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Tip Tam Camping Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Tip Tam Camping Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Tip Tam Camping Resort

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    Tip Tam Camping Resort

    9 Reviews
    4 Photos
    40 Saves
    Toms River, New Jersey
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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • Tents
    Camper-submitted photo from Turkey Swamp Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Turkey Swamp Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Turkey Swamp Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Turkey Swamp Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Turkey Swamp Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Turkey Swamp Park

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    Turkey Swamp Park

    22 Reviews
    39 Photos
    167 Saves
    New Egypt, New Jersey

    Turkey Swamp Park, nestled near Freehold Township, NJ, is a gem for campers looking for a peaceful retreat. This campground offers a range of accommodations, including tent sites, RV spots, cabins, and even glamping options. The season runs from April 1 to November 15, making it a great spot for spring, summer, and fall getaways.

    One of the standout features here is the spacious, wooded campsites. Visitors often mention the privacy and tranquility of the sites, which are perfect for a relaxing stay. Each site comes equipped with water and electric hookups, and there's a sanitary dump station available for RVs. The park also has clean restrooms and showers, which are frequently praised for their cleanliness.

    For those who enjoy outdoor activities, Turkey Swamp Park has plenty to offer. The park boasts several well-marked hiking and biking trails that wind through the scenic woods. There's also a beautiful lake where you can rent kayaks and paddle boats or bring your own for a bit of fishing or a leisurely paddle. The lake area is a favorite spot for many campers, offering a serene setting for water-based fun.

    Families will appreciate the playground and the archery range, providing entertainment for kids and adults alike. Pets are welcome too, so feel free to bring your furry friends along for the adventure.

    If you need a break from camp life, the nearby town of Freehold offers restaurants, breweries, and shopping. But with all the amenities and natural beauty at Turkey Swamp Park, you might find it hard to leave. Whether you're here for a night or a week, this campground provides a fantastic escape into nature.

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    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $42 - $79 / night

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      Pine Cone Resort

      7 Reviews
      27 Saves
      Freehold, New Jersey

      Pine Cone Resort has 125 level, wooded & open sites with water, electric and sewer hookups.

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      • Electric Hookups
      • Phone Service
      • Reservable
      • ADA Access
      Camper-submitted photo from Timberland Lake Campground
      Camper-submitted photo from Timberland Lake Campground
      Camper-submitted photo from Timberland Lake Campground
      Camper-submitted photo from Timberland Lake Campground
      Camper-submitted photo from Timberland Lake Campground
      Camper-submitted photo from Timberland Lake Campground

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      Timberland Lake Campground

      12 Reviews
      16 Photos
      64 Saves
      Cream Ridge, New Jersey

      Timberland Lake Campground, nestled near Cream Ridge, NJ, is a solid spot for a family getaway or a quick escape from the daily grind. This place has got a bit of everything to keep everyone entertained. For starters, it's close to Six Flags Great Adventure, so if you're a thrill-seeker, you're in luck. You might even hear the lions from the safari in the morning—how cool is that?

      The campground itself is pretty spacious and offers a mix of tent, RV, cabin, and even glamping accommodations. There's a lake right in the middle, perfect for a bit of fishing or just relaxing by the water. Some sites even come with their own docks. If you're into activities, there's a playground for the kids, a pool to cool off in, and even golf cart rentals to zip around the park.

      One thing folks often mention is the friendly staff. They’re always ready to help, whether it's a last-minute check-in or dealing with any issues that pop up. The campground also has a small market stocked with essentials, so you won't have to venture far if you forget something.

      For those who enjoy a bit of socializing, there's a DJ every Saturday and plenty of activities like raffles and a haunted walk-through in the fall. It's a lively place, especially with the seasonal RV campers who add a bit of character to the campground.

      Overall, Timberland Lake Campground offers a mix of relaxation and fun, making it a great spot for both families and solo adventurers. Just pack your bags, bring some good vibes, and you're set for a memorable camping experience.

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      • Phone Service
      • Reservable
      • ADA Access
      Camper-submitted photo from Liberty Harbor RV Park
      Camper-submitted photo from Liberty Harbor RV Park
      Camper-submitted photo from Liberty Harbor RV Park
      Camper-submitted photo from Liberty Harbor RV Park
      Camper-submitted photo from Liberty Harbor RV Park
      Camper-submitted photo from Liberty Harbor RV Park

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      Liberty Harbor RV Park

      12 Reviews
      17 Photos
      98 Saves
      Jersey City, New Jersey

      See the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island right from the property. How great is that!?

      Liberty Harbor RV Park is OPEN 365 days a year. for your convenience and also accept check-ins 24/7 even if the office is closed. The NY Waterway Ferry leaves from Liberty Harbor and runs Monday to Friday to Pier 11 at the foot of Wall Street (does not operate on weekends or holidays). Other Ferry options that run 7 days a week are located within walking distance.

      Or you can walk up Marin Blvd. 5 blocks to the Grove St. PATH subway station which can take you up to 33rd Street and 6th Avenue or to the World Trade Center Site.

      The PATH train is another great option to get you where you are going. You can walk up Marin Blvd.

      Either way… Manhattan is just a 15-minute ride away. Stay a day or two or a week or two…it’s up to you. We have maps and directions to anywhere you want to visit and our friendly staff is always willing to help you get there.

      You can check your email, pick up a package, or send a fax from our office. We even have postcards to send to your friends.

      Whether you have a small motorhome, a big bus, slide-outs, or a tow car…it’s never a problem at Liberty Harbor RV. We do suggest making reservations. We want to make your stay a wonderful experience so you’ll want to come back again and again.

      Call today – 800.646.2066 / 201.516.7500

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      • Reservable
      • ADA Access
      • RVs

      $149 / night

      Camper-submitted photo from Brendan Byrne State Forest
      Camper-submitted photo from Brendan Byrne State Forest
      Camper-submitted photo from Brendan Byrne State Forest
      Camper-submitted photo from Brendan Byrne State Forest
      Camper-submitted photo from Brendan Byrne State Forest
      Camper-submitted photo from Brendan Byrne State Forest

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      Brendan Byrne State Forest

      15 Reviews
      35 Photos
      222 Saves
      Chatsworth, New Jersey

      Brendan Byrne State Forest is in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey, a unique ecosystem known for its sandy soils, acidic waters and diverse plant and animal life. Campers can explore the forest's numerous hiking and biking trails or go fishing or boating in the nearby streams and lakes. The forest also offers a range of educational programs and interpretive displays, providing visitors with the opportunity to learn about the region's natural and cultural history. Visitors can also enjoy a meal at one of the forest's many picnic areas, or spend the day exploring the nearby towns and attractions. There’s also disc golf and guided nature walks.

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      • Phone Service
      • Reservable
      • ADA Access
      • RVs

      $3 - $60 / night

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Which is the most popular campground near Long Branch, NJ?

    According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Long Branch, NJ is Sandy Hook — Gateway National Recreation Area with a 4.1-star rating from 18 reviews.

    What parks are near Long Branch, NJ?

    According to TheDyrt.com, there are 8 parks near Long Branch, NJ that allow camping, notably Gateway National Recreation Area and Fire Island National Seashore.