Top Glamping in New Jersey

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.

Best Glamping Sites in New Jersey (53)

    Camper-submitted photo from Sun Outdoors Cape May
    Camper-submitted photo from Sun Outdoors Cape May
    Camper-submitted photo from Sun Outdoors Cape May
    Camper-submitted photo from Sun Outdoors Cape May
    Camper-submitted photo from Sun Outdoors Cape May
    Camper-submitted photo from Sun Outdoors Cape May

    1.

    Sun Outdoors Cape May

    26 Reviews
    37 Photos
    50 Saves
    Tabernacle, New Jersey

    Holly Shores Campground is a 38 wooded acre camping resort is nestled in Cape May County just four miles from Wildwood and Cape May beaches. We offer 300 large, oak and maple tree shaded, full hook-up campsites and 40+ Deluxe Rentals, Safari Glamping Tents and Tiny Houses.

    Loads of amenities including free WiFi, Cable, two playgrounds, lush dog park, heated pool, kiddie pool, two hot tub spas, golf cart rentals, bike and kayak rentals, game room, and nature trail to the adjacent fishing lakes run by New Jersey Dept of Fishery.

    We also welcome group camping; family reunions and scout troops.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Taylor Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Taylor Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Taylor Campground
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    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Taylor Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Taylor Campground

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    Camp Taylor Campground

    24 Reviews
    109 Photos
    309 Saves
    Pahaquarry, New Jersey

    Welcome to Camp Taylor Campground, nestled near Columbia, NJ. This place is a gem for anyone looking to reconnect with nature. Open from mid-April to the end of October, it offers a fantastic escape from the hustle and bustle.

    One of the standout features here is the Wolf Preserve. It's not every day you get to hear wolves howling from your campsite. The preserve offers tours that are both educational and unforgettable. Make sure to book in advance, as they fill up quickly.

    The campground itself is well-maintained and offers a variety of accommodations, including tent sites, RV spots, cabins, and even glamping options. The sites are spacious and provide a good amount of privacy, with plenty of trees and natural beauty surrounding you. Some visitors have mentioned that the hills leading to the campground are quite steep, so make sure your vehicle is up for the challenge.

    For families, this place is a paradise. Kids can explore the creek, play in the arcade, or enjoy a round of mini-golf. There's also a lake with a swimming beach, perfect for cooling off on a hot day. The playground is another hit, featuring sand diggers and a large Connect Four game.

    Amenities include drinking water, electric hookups, showers, and toilets. Firewood is available for purchase, and campfires are allowed, making it easy to enjoy a cozy evening under the stars. Pets are welcome too, so feel free to bring your furry friends along.

    The staff here are known for their friendliness and helpfulness, going out of their way to ensure you have a great stay. Whether you're here for a weekend or planning an annual trip, Camp Taylor Campground offers a memorable experience for everyone.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $33 - $42 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Stokes State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Stokes State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Stokes State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Stokes State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Stokes State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Stokes State Forest

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    Stokes State Forest

    24 Reviews
    125 Photos
    433 Saves
    Layton, New Jersey

    Nestled in the Appalachian Wilderness of New Jersey, Stokes State Forest attracts campers, hikers, and outdoor enthusiasts all over thanks to its many viewpoints and wild terrain. Spanning over 16,400 acres, visitors can expect exciting adventures crammed with tons of wilderness activities. Surprisingly, there’s a large range of amenities within the various campgrounds located throughout. In addition, there’s a host of unique geographic features to keep even the most dedicated busy for weeks.

    Speaking of geography, there’s no shortage of terrain diversity here. For example, Sunrise Mountain towers 1,653 feet over the undeveloped New Jersey farmland to the East, as well as virgin mountain ranges and forests to the West. Located along the legendary Appalachian Trail, this mountain peak is the most frequently visited site in Stokes State Forest. If you’re not one to hike up the side of a mountain for a view, Sunrise Mountain Rd. traverses all the way to the top for those traveling in a vehicle.

    Nestled below, the 500+ acre Tillman Ravine Natural Area is a green wonderland home to endangered species such as the Barred Owl. The ravine showcases world-class trails spanning throughout its terrain, complete with babbling brooks and overly-curious bears to dodge during your stay.

    Additionally, Stokes State Forest is home to the Lake Ashroe Recreation Area which has an area for Kayaking and Paddle Board rentals. Even though there is no boat ramp, nearby Lake Ocquittunk is perfect for small, electric motor boats. In contrast, those looking for swimming should head to Stony Lake, which features lifeguards on duty and a great recreation area for picnicking.

    Campgrounds are plentiful here, with four different areas to camp at depending on your needs. Shotwell to the East, and Steam Mills to the west both offer normal park amenities, and are perfect for tent campers, or people interested in camping in a lean-to. Just West of Shotwell, Haskin’s Group Camping Area consists of 9 group campsites perfect for groups of 10-65 depending on the campsite. Finally, Lake Ocquittunk has its own campground with reservable campsites, and cabins as well. Fees & permits vary here, so be sure to check the park website for more info.

    Regardless of your interests, if you love the outdoors in any form you’re going to enjoy your stay here. Stokes State Forest literally offers everything an enthusiast could ever dream of doing. From its babbling creeks and forested ravines, to the breathtaking mountain peaks, this is an Appalachian camping experience you don’t want to miss out on.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $7 - $55 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Round Valley State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Round Valley State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Round Valley State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Round Valley State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Round Valley State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Round Valley State Park Campground

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    Round Valley State Park Campground

    23 Reviews
    71 Photos
    409 Saves
    Lebanon, New Jersey

    Welcome to Round Valley State Park Campground, nestled near Lebanon, NJ. This spot is a favorite for those looking to escape into nature without straying too far from civilization. The campground operates from April 1 to October 31, offering a perfect retreat during the warmer months.

    The campground is known for its stunning views and serene environment. The crystal-clear reservoir is a highlight, providing opportunities for fishing, kayaking, and even a refreshing swim. Just be mindful of the mud when wading in. The sunsets here are absolutely breathtaking, painting the sky in hues that will make you want to stay forever.

    For those who enjoy a bit of a challenge, the hike to the campsites can be tough but rewarding. The trails are rocky and hilly, so pack light and take breaks as needed. If hiking isn't your thing, you can also paddle in, which many find to be a more enjoyable way to reach the sites.

    Each campsite is equipped with a picnic table and a fire ring, making it easy to settle in and enjoy a meal by the fire. Drinking water is available, but some campers prefer to filter water directly from the reservoir for convenience. Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along for the adventure.

    Visitors have praised the campground for its peaceful atmosphere and the helpfulness of the staff. Whether you're here for the fishing, the hiking, or just to relax by the water, Round Valley State Park Campground offers a little slice of nature's paradise.

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    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • Tents
    • Cabins
    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.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $42 - $79 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Atsion Family Camp — Wharton State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Atsion Family Camp — Wharton State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Atsion Family Camp — Wharton State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Atsion Family Camp — Wharton State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Atsion Family Camp — Wharton State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Atsion Family Camp — Wharton State Forest

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    Atsion Family Camp — Wharton State Forest

    22 Reviews
    56 Photos
    40 Saves
    Hammonton, New Jersey

    Welcome to Atsion Family Campground in Wharton State Forest, NJ. Nestled in the sandy pine barrens near Shamong, this campground offers a mix of tent, RV, and cabin accommodations, making it a versatile spot for all types of campers. With 50 spacious sites, including some with lakeside access, it's a great place to set up camp and enjoy the outdoors.

    The campground is open year-round and features amenities like clean restrooms, showers, and potable water spigots. While there are no electric hookups, the sites are big rig friendly and pets are welcome. Just make sure to register your furry friends at the campsite.

    One of the standout features here is the access to Atsion Lake, perfect for kayaking and canoeing. Sites 4, 8, 10, 12, 20, and 22 are particularly popular for their lakeside views and easy water access. If you're into hiking or biking, the nearby Atsion Recreation Area offers plenty of trails to explore. And don't miss out on a visit to Batsto Village, just a 15-minute drive away, where you can step back in time and explore an old iron and glass community.

    For those who enjoy a bit of off-roading, Wharton State Forest's 122,000 acres provide ample opportunities. And if you need firewood, there's a convenient spot right across the street from the campground entrance where you can grab a bundle for $5 on the honor system.

    Overall, Atsion Family Campground offers a blend of natural beauty and practical amenities, making it a solid choice for a camping trip in the New Jersey Pinelands. Whether you're here for the water activities, the trails, or just to relax by the fire, you'll find plenty to enjoy.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    Camper-submitted photo from High Point State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from High Point State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from High Point State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from High Point State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from High Point State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from High Point State Park Campground

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    High Point State Park Campground

    23 Reviews
    138 Photos
    130 Saves
    Matamoras, Pennsylvania

    High Point Camp Campsites: 50 tent sites (no trailers) along Sawmill Lake with fire rings and picnic tables. Flush toilets are within walking distance. Open April 1 through October 31. Fee: NJ Resident $20 per night; Non Resident $25 per night.

    Group campsites: Two group campsites with drinking water and pit toilets. Each campsite accommodates up to 25 people. Open year round. During the winter months visitors must bring in their own water or obtain it at the park office. Fee: NJ Resident $50 per night; Non Resident $100 per night.

    Cabins: Two cabins each with furnished living room with a woodstove; three bedrooms -one room with double bed, two rooms with twin beds; kitchen with hot and cold running water, electric stove, refrigerator; bathroom with shower, toilet, and sink. Electricity. Cabins are located on eastern shore of Steenykill Lake. Each accommodates six people. With prior permission from the superintendent, two additional people may be accommodated. Cabins are open from May 15 to October 15. Fee: NJ Resident $75 per night; 525 per week; Non Resident $85 per night; $595 per week.

    Group cabin: Living room with woodstove, full kitchen, two bunkrooms with double bunks, bathrooms, showers. Accommodates up to 28 people. Open May 15 to October 15. Fee: NJ Resident $175 per night; Two-night minimum; Non Resident $185 per night; Two-night minimum.

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    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $5 - $20 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Mahlon Dickerson Reservation
    Camper-submitted photo from Mahlon Dickerson Reservation
    Camper-submitted photo from Mahlon Dickerson Reservation
    Camper-submitted photo from Mahlon Dickerson Reservation
    Camper-submitted photo from Mahlon Dickerson Reservation
    Camper-submitted photo from Mahlon Dickerson Reservation

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    Mahlon Dickerson Reservation

    19 Reviews
    42 Photos
    281 Saves
    Jefferson, New Jersey

    This is the largest park in the Morris County Park System, encompassing 3,494 acres of beautiful near-wilderness and recreational areas. The Reservation is the park to visit with over 24.5 miles of multi-use trails for novice and experienced skill levels. For off-road bicyclists, discover the challenge and adventure of the blazed biking trails. Horseback riding, seasonal camping, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and softball are recreational activities at Mahlon Dickerson Reservation. Digital trail maps are available online.

    One of the outstanding features of the Reservation is the magnificent view from atop Headley Overlook, a 1,280 foot elevation, one of the highest points in Morris County. The Saffin Pond area is a most scenic location to enjoy a day of fishing. The Saffin Rock Rill area offers space for educational programs.

    Some of the unique activities at Mahlon Dickerson Reservation include a radio-controlled car track, and model boat racing. All are operated by nonprofit groups comprised of interested residents.

    Mahlon Dickerson Reservation (MDR) is a 3,590+ acre park with miles of trails and a Recreational Campground. MDR is a quiet place to enjoy hiking, biking, fishing, birdwatching and more. There are two (2) camping areas within the park. One (1) area accommodates Recreational Vehicle (RV) campers who travel with Motorhomes (Class A/B/C), Trailers/Fifth Wheels and Pop-up Campers. The second area is for Tent and Adirondack Shelter (Shelter) campers.

    This campground is designated for recreational camping only.

    This seasonal site is intended for short-term stays and does not allow for monthly or long-term reservations.

    RV Sites - Reservations area allowed for up to fourteen (14) consecutive nights and cannot exceed 14 reserved nights in a 30 day period. Tent and Shelter Sites - Reservations are allowed for up to two (2) consecutive nights, three (3) consecutive nights on a Holiday weekend and cannot exceed two (2) reserved nights , three (3) on a Holiday weekend in a 7 day period.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Belleplain State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Belleplain State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Belleplain State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Belleplain State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Belleplain State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Belleplain State Forest

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    Belleplain State Forest

    19 Reviews
    26 Photos
    69 Saves
    Woodbine, New Jersey

    Welcome to Belleplain State Forest, nestled near Woodbine, NJ. This spot is a favorite among campers for its peaceful atmosphere and variety of activities. Whether you're pitching a tent, parking your RV, or trying out glamping, there's something here for everyone.

    The campground is open year-round and offers electric and water hookups, making it a convenient choice for those who like a few modern comforts. The sites are generally spacious and level, perfect for families with large tents or RVs. Pets are welcome too, as long as they're on a leash and have their vaccination records.

    One of the highlights here is Lake Nummy. You can rent kayaks and enjoy a serene paddle across the water. The lake area also features a playground, which is great if you have kids in tow. For those who enjoy hiking, there are several trails to explore, and bird watching events are regularly scheduled.

    The bathhouses are functional, though some visitors have noted they could use a bit of TLC. Still, they get the job done. If you're into fishing, bring your gear—Lake Nummy is a good spot to cast a line.

    A few tips from fellow campers: bring a map of the site, as the foliage can make navigation tricky, and be prepared to pack out your trash since there aren't many disposal options. Despite these minor inconveniences, Belleplain State Forest offers a solid camping experience with plenty of nature to enjoy.

    • Pets
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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Mountainview Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Mountainview Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Mountainview Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Mountainview Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Mountainview Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Mountainview Campground

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    Mountainview Campground

    16 Reviews
    58 Photos
    209 Saves
    Bloomsbury, New Jersey

    Welcome to Mountainview Campground, nestled near Little York, NJ. This spot is perfect for those looking to unwind and soak in some peace and quiet. The campground offers a mix of tent, RV, cabin, glamping, and yurt accommodations, so there's something for everyone.

    One of the standout features here is the cleanliness. Visitors consistently rave about the spotless bathrooms and showers. It's not every day you find a campground where the facilities are this well-maintained. Plus, the sites are spacious and thoughtfully laid out, whether you're in an RV or pitching a tent.

    If you're into stargazing, you're in luck. The primitive sites offer a fantastic view of the night sky, free from the usual light pollution. And for those who enjoy a good campfire, the firewood sold on-site is dry and burns cleanly—no smoky mess to deal with.

    Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along. The campground also has a market for any essentials you might need, and the staff are known for being friendly and helpful. They even assist with backing in your camper if you need a hand.

    Families will appreciate the playground and open fields for kids to run around. And don't be surprised if you spot some cute sheep and goats wandering about—they add a charming touch to the place.

    Overall, Mountainview Campground is a great spot to relax, enjoy nature, and maybe even make some new friends. Whether you're here for a weekend or a longer stay, you'll find it a welcoming and comfortable place to camp.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
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