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    Camper-submitted photo from Jenny Jump State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Jenny Jump State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Jenny Jump State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Jenny Jump State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Jenny Jump State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Jenny Jump State Forest

    1.

    Jenny Jump State Forest

    14 Reviews
    61 Photos
    137 Saves
    Johnsonburg, New Jersey

    Welcome to Jenny Jump State Forest, a gem nestled near Blairstown, NJ. This campground is a favorite for many, offering a blend of natural beauty and well-maintained facilities. With a season running from April 1 to October 31, it's the perfect spot for a spring or summer getaway.

    Jenny Jump State Forest boasts a variety of accommodations, including tent sites, RV spots, cabins, and even glamping options. The cabins, or "shelters" as some call them, are a real treat. They come equipped with four walls, a roof, a locking door, and windows, making them a cozy alternative to traditional tent camping. One reviewer even described their stay in a shelter as a luxurious experience compared to their usual glamping trips.

    The campground is known for its friendly and helpful staff, as well as its clean and well-manicured grounds. Visitors have praised the spacious sites and the excellent hiking trails that are easily accessible from the campground. If you're into hiking, you'll love the trails that wind through the forest, offering scenic views and a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle.

    Pets are welcome here, so feel free to bring your furry friends along for the adventure. Just make sure they're on a leash. The campground also features amenities like drinking water, electric hookups, showers, and toilets, ensuring a comfortable stay.

    One thing to note is that the campground is alcohol-free, so plan accordingly. Firewood is available for purchase, and campfires are allowed, making it easy to enjoy a cozy evening under the stars.

    Whether you're looking for a quiet retreat or an active outdoor adventure, Jenny Jump State Forest has something to offer. Come and experience the tranquility and natural beauty that so many visitors have come to love.

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    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

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    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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    $50 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Kittatinny Valley State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Kittatinny Valley State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Kittatinny Valley State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Kittatinny Valley State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Kittatinny Valley State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sebago Cabin Camp — Harriman State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sebago Cabin Camp — Harriman State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sebago Cabin Camp — Harriman State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sebago Cabin Camp — Harriman State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sebago Cabin Camp — Harriman State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sebago Cabin Camp — Harriman State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Wawayanda State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Wawayanda State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Namanock Island — Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Namanock Island — Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Namanock Island — Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Namanock Island — Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Namanock Island — Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Namanock Island — Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Shotwell
    Camper-submitted photo from Shotwell
    Camper-submitted photo from Shotwell
    Camper-submitted photo from Shotwell
    Camper-submitted photo from Shotwell
    Camper-submitted photo from Shotwell

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    Shotwell

    6 Reviews
    8 Photos
    31 Saves
    Layton, New Jersey
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    Camper-submitted photo from The Stephen & Betsy Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center — Harriman State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from The Stephen & Betsy Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center — Harriman State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from The Stephen & Betsy Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center — Harriman State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from The Stephen & Betsy Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center — Harriman State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from The Stephen & Betsy Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center — Harriman State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from The Stephen & Betsy Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center — Harriman State Park

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    The Stephen & Betsy Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center — Harriman State Park

    6 Reviews
    12 Photos
    121 Saves
    Pomona, New York

    The Stephen & Betsy Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center is an ideal destination for anyone looking for hiking, paddling, and camping opportunities in the heart of Harriman State Park at Breakneck Pond. Harriman State Park, New York’s second largest park, is located 30 miles from Manhattan and accessible by public transportation.

    The Stephen & Betsy Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center is open to the public, and is a great location for scouting, school, faith-based, and youth groups as well as family reunions and corporate outings.

    The Center offers common space for outdoor programs, waterfront access to 64-acre Breakneck Pond, a dining hall, and group meeting space. Accommodations include group and family cabins, tent platforms, and three-sided shelters, offering a range of overnight experiences.

    The public can also enjoy The Stephen & Betsy Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center through an AMC adult, family, or teen program. Membership is not required to join an AMC program. AMC members receive discounts on lodging and programs. Click here for a complete listing of upcoming programs for adults and teens.

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    Camper-submitted photo from Otter Lake Camp Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Otter Lake Camp Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Otter Lake Camp Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Otter Lake Camp Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Otter Lake Camp Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Otter Lake Camp Resort

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    Otter Lake Camp Resort

    10 Reviews
    22 Photos
    230 Saves
    Henryville, Pennsylvania

    Welcome to Otter Lake Camp Resort, nestled near Marshalls Creek, PA. This place is a gem for anyone looking to enjoy a mix of relaxation and activities. The campground boasts a stunning lake with crystal-clear water, perfect for swimming, fishing, or renting a boat. If you're into water activities, you'll love the paddle boats, kayaks, and small fishing boats available for rent.

    For those who prefer to stay on land, there's no shortage of things to do. The campground offers an indoor pool, two hot tubs, and even a dry sauna. Sports enthusiasts can enjoy tennis, volleyball, pickleball, basketball, and bocce ball. There's also a well-stocked market on-site, so you won't have to worry about forgetting any essentials.

    The campsites are well-shaded and cater to both RVs and tents. Some sites are right by the lake, offering breathtaking views and the convenience of fishing right from your spot. The facilities are top-notch, with clean bathrooms and showers, making it a great place for both seasoned campers and newcomers.

    Families will find plenty to keep the kids entertained, from organized activities like softball and archery to ceramics. The community vibe here is strong, with friendly campers and helpful staff always ready to lend a hand.

    Whether you're here for a weekend or an extended stay, Otter Lake Camp Resort offers a peaceful, activity-filled escape that will make you want to return year after year.

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    Camper-submitted photo from Staten Island — Gateway National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Staten Island — Gateway National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Staten Island — Gateway National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Staten Island — Gateway National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Staten Island — Gateway National Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Staten Island — Gateway National Recreation Area

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    Staten Island — Gateway National Recreation Area

    3 Reviews
    13 Photos
    62 Saves
    Bayonne, New Jersey

    Overview

    This campground boasts a spectacular view of the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, the longest vehicle suspension span in the United States. When it opened in 1964, it was the longest span in the world for 17 years. It connects Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn and Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island. Not far from the campground is an overlook area which features a vantage point to view the Statue of Liberty NM, the Manhattan Skyline and various forts and batteries in the New York Harbor region. Fortification tours are available on site. Connecting to the bike path, near the campground, is a NYC Parks and Recreation boardwalk where bike rentals and food concessions are available offsite.

    Recreation

    Surf fishing at the beach is available for campers with a fishing license (see DEC for details). In addition, campers can attend a ranger-led tour of the historic structures. In the summer months, campers may enjoy walking/sunbathing (no Lifeguard on duty) on the beach at Fort Wadsworth. Swimming where lifeguards are on duty, is available at Gateway NRA- Great Kills Beach or NYC Parks and Recreation beaches. Bird watching, kayaking, biking and playground areas are all located within the Staten Island Unit of Gateway (Fort Wadsworth, Miller Field and Great Kills Park sites).

    Facilities

    Surf fishing at the beach is available for campers with a fishing license (see DEC for details). In addition, campers can attend a ranger-led tour of the historic structures. In the summer months, campers may enjoy walking/sunbathing (no Lifeguard on duty) on the beach at Fort Wadsworth. Swimming where lifeguards are on duty, is available at Gateway NRA- Great Kills Beach or NYC Parks and Recreation beaches. Bird watching, kayaking, biking and playground areas are all located within the Staten Island Unit of Gateway (Fort Wadsworth, Miller Field and Great Kills Park sites).

    Natural Features

    Thousands of years ago, glacial activity created a morainal hilltop, that is Fort Wadsworth Overlook. Located at the Narrows in New York Harbor, visitors can look out at the hills of Bay Ridge in Brooklyn and eastern Staten Island. Part of Gateway National Recreation Area, Staten Island Unit, has various topographic features, such as hills, fields, maritime forest and dunes, as well as beaches.

    Nearby Attractions

    Alice Austin House, Snug Harbor, Staten Island Zoo, and Staten Island Museum are all within a 10 mile or less radius.

    Charges & Cancellations

    Changes & Cancellations__ Recreation.gov refund and cancellation policy:__ https://www.recreation.gov/rules-reservation-policies__

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    $30 / night

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