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Camping near Burlington, Vermont

Burlington, Vermont, is a fantastic destination for camping enthusiasts. Nestled between the scenic Green Mountains and the stunning Lake Champlain, this area offers a variety of campgrounds that cater to different preferences and needs. Whether you're looking for a peaceful retreat in nature or a campground with plenty of amenities, you'll find something that suits your style.

From established state parks to private campgrounds, the options for camping near Burlington are diverse. Each campground has its unique charm and features, making it easy to find the perfect spot for your next outdoor adventure. Below, we'll explore what you can do, what campers like, what you should know, and tips for camping with families and RVers.

What to do

Camping near Burlington offers a plethora of activities for outdoor enthusiasts. From hiking and biking to kayaking and fishing, there's something for everyone. The proximity to Lake Champlain means water activities are a big draw, while the surrounding forests and mountains provide excellent hiking and biking trails.

For instance, Grand Isle State Park Campground is located in the middle of Lake Champlain and offers guided hikes, crafts, and family-friendly activities. Dan J. mentioned, "Their in-park Naturist, Julia, was an absolute delight. She did guided hikes, crafts, and other family-friendly activities." Read more.

At North Beach Campground, you can enjoy the beautiful beach and panoramic mountain views. Greg S. shared, "Lake Champlain, Burlington, the bike path, breathtaking panoramic layered mountain views across the lake, clean and clear water, a beautiful beach with great amenities." Read more.

What campers like

Campers appreciate the natural beauty, clean facilities, and friendly staff at the campgrounds near Burlington. Many campgrounds offer spacious sites, good amenities, and a variety of activities that make for an enjoyable stay.

At Little River State Park Campground, Lee D. noted, "The park is beautifully maintained and there are many more trails to explore so it is on our list for a return trip to Vermont!" Read more.

Michelle J. praised Grand Isle State Park Campground for its cleanliness and amenities, saying, "Amazing park on Lake Champlain. Boat launch, kayaking, beach for swimming. Have cabins, lean-tos, and 112 sites. Super updated-clean showers/bathrooms." Read more.

What you should know

While camping near Burlington is generally a positive experience, there are a few things to keep in mind. Some campgrounds may have issues with theft or cleanliness, and it's essential to be aware of these potential drawbacks.

Jeff K. had a negative experience at North Beach Campground, stating, "Could be nice, but my bike was stolen at 3 am (it was locked) and two others the previous night." Read more.

Brian P. found the road conditions at AuSable Chasm Campground challenging, mentioning, "The 'road' into the campground is more like a goat trail, with numerous washouts and uneven rocks and dirt." Read more.

Tips for camping with families

Camping with families near Burlington can be a delightful experience, especially with the variety of activities and amenities available. Many campgrounds offer family-friendly features such as playgrounds, swimming pools, and guided activities.

At Button Bay State Park Campground, Karla M. highlighted the family-friendly atmosphere, saying, "Very clean campground and bathrooms. Super friendly guests and park rangers. Gorgeous views of Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains." Read more.

Victor R. enjoyed the family-friendly environment at AuSable Chasm Campground, stating, "Excellent campground for the family. Great staff, great facilities." Read more.

Tips from RVers

RVers will find several campgrounds near Burlington that cater to their needs, offering amenities such as electric hookups, sanitary dumps, and spacious sites. However, it's essential to be aware of site conditions and layout to ensure a comfortable stay.

David L. shared his experience at North Beach Campground, noting, "I have a 24’ RV towing a 30-foot trailer for perspective. I easily fit in site 107 and lots of other sites would have worked." Read more.

Nancy W. appreciated the amenities at Apple Island Resort, saying, "Apple Island is a huge campground with great sites and wonderful views of Lake Champlain. The front sections of the campground are where most of the transient RVs parked (and have the views of the lake)." Read more.

Camping near Burlington, Vermont, offers a diverse range of experiences, from serene state parks to bustling private campgrounds. Whether you're a family looking for fun activities or an RVer seeking convenience and amenities, you'll find a campground that meets your needs. Happy camping!

Best Camping Sites Near Burlington, VT (181)

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    1.

    North Beach Campground

    26 Reviews
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    179 Saves
    Burlington, Vermont

    North Beach Campground, nestled near Burlington, VT, is a solid spot for those looking to enjoy the great outdoors with some modern conveniences. This place is a gem if you want to be close to Lake Champlain and all the activities it offers. The campground runs from May 1 to October 15, giving you a good chunk of the year to plan your visit.

    One of the standout features here is the proximity to the Burlington bike path, which is perfect for a scenic ride or walk along the lakefront. The beach is just a short stroll away, offering beautiful views of the Adirondacks across the water. If you're into biking, there's even a bike ferry that lets you continue your ride across the lake.

    The campground itself has a mix of tent and RV sites, with some spots offering electric and water hookups. Sites 90 to 108 are particularly nice, spaced out under the trees, while sites 113 to 119 are a bit more cramped. If you're bringing a big rig, no worries—this place is big-rig friendly.

    Amenities include showers, toilets, and a sanitary dump, making it a comfortable stay. Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along. There's also a market on-site for any last-minute supplies you might need.

    Some visitors have mentioned that the campground can get lively, so if you're looking for a quiet, secluded spot, this might not be it. But if you want to be close to Burlington and enjoy easy access to the lake and bike paths, North Beach Campground is a fantastic choice.

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

    $37 - $100 / night

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    Grand Isle State Park Campground

    27 Reviews
    67 Photos
    257 Saves
    Grand Isle, Vermont

    Welcome to Grand Isle State Park, located on South Hero Island in Lake Champlain. The Island, also known as Grand Isle, is 14 miles long and over 3 miles wide, making it the largest in Lake Champlain. It contains the towns of Grand Isle (on the northern half) and South Hero (on the southern half). The North and South Hero Islands are named in honor of early pioneering Vermonters who served in the American Revolution.

    Grand Isle State Park is the most-visited campground in the state park system. With 4,150 feet of Lake Champlain shoreline, Grand Isle is popular with many destination campers who spend their entire vacation here. At the same time, the park location on US Route 2 attracts a high number of one-night campers, while proximity to population centers in Burlington, Vermont and Montreal, Quebec make it an easy destination for the weekend or spur-of-the-moment camper. Park property extends all the way west to Route 2, where part of the land is being kept open by agricultural lease, and some of what was pasture thirty years ago has reverted to woodland.

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

    $6 - $28 / night

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    Shelburne Camping Area

    15 Reviews
    12 Photos
    55 Saves
    Shelburne, Vermont

    Camping is one of the most economical ways for a family to spend vacation time together. With money for leisure travel at a premium this year, you may decide that the best way to spend your vacation is to visit the Shelburne Camping Area.

    We feature spacious campsites with full electrical, sewer, cable, and water hook-ups for RVs and Travel Trailers as well as wooded sites for Tent Campers. A camp store, restrooms, showers and modem hook-up are also available as well as the Dutch Mill Family Restaurant for those of you who don't wish to "rough it" too much, but still would like to be in the beautiful surroundings.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
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    Smugglers Notch State Park Campground

    22 Reviews
    65 Photos
    243 Saves
    Stowe, Vermont

    This popular state park, located in Vermont, is a narrow passage that leads through the Green Mountains. In 2003, the park was relocated to allow room for expansions, including an updated campground and sites featuring alternative energy. Despite this, great care was taken to relocate and restore the original structures that were built there by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The site originally housed the many young men looking for work during the Depression era, so it was important for their work to be preserved as much as possible.

    Visitors report satisfaction with the new renovations, as the new campground has sites that allow for much more room than before, and ample thought was given to the facilities operating on alternative energy. Campers can now enjoy hot showers, firewood and ice for sale, as well as a new location that provides easy access to Bingham Falls.

    Before planning a stay at the park, travelers should be aware that most sites in the park are first come first serve, and not easily accessible by vehicle. Because of the limited space and narrow geography, there are only a small number of sites that can accommodate a trailer or RV. Animal lovers are welcome to bring their furry pals for a visit to the park as well.

    Day use of the park consists of a variety of recreation and fun. There's a wetlands boardwalk near what's called the Barnes Camp Visitor Center. Bouldering and cave exploring commonly take place here as well, and when the weather allows it, some try their hand at ice climbing. Day use of the park comes with an entrance fee of $4 for adults, $2 for kids 12 and younger, and children ages 0-3 enter the park free of charge.

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    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $20 / night

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    Little River State Park Campground

    23 Reviews
    75 Photos
    290 Saves
    Waterbury Center, Vermont

    Little River State Park, which is part of Mt. Mansfield State Forest, is home to central Vermont's largest and most popular campground. The campground has 81 tent/RV sites, 20 lean-tos, and five cabins. Restrooms have flush toilets and hot and cold running water, and three of the four restrooms have coin-operated hot showers. A sanitary dump station is available, but there are no hookups. Within the campground, there are swimming beaches, play areas, a boat launch, ball fields, and boat rentals for campers (for day use boat rentals and swimming, see Waterbury Center, State Park). Adjacent to the park are miles of hiking trails for campers and day use visitors that take in the rich cultural and natural history of the area.

    Remote camping: The remote campsites can be reserved online or through the Reservation Call Center at 1-888-409-7579 starting May 19. Those not reserved are first come/first served. Information about open campsites may be found at each access area. Simply find a vacant designated campsite, pitch in and the park ranger will come by to get you registered. Campsites may be used by any single party for up to 7 days with no fees. Every remote campsite has a maximum occupancy of 6 people, unless otherwise posted. There are privies at these sites, but there is no potable water. View remote camping page here.

    Today, Little River State Park is one of the most popular parks in central Vermont. Waterbury Reservoir is particularly favored for boating with a portion of the reservoir devoted to quieter uses. Angling for bass and trout is as popular here as water-skiing.>

    Enjoy swimming beaches, play areas, boat rentals and a launch, and miles of hiking and mountain bike trails in the adjacent Mt. Mansfield State Forest. Self-guided history and nature trails are located close to the camping area.

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

    $19 - $28 / night

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    Apple Island Resort

    11 Reviews
    30 Photos
    40 Saves
    Grand Isle, Vermont

    When you arrive at Apple Island Resort prepare to be initially stunned by the breathtaking views. You will be provided with dedicated attention as you are guided to your accommodations. Our helpful team members will be of assistance as you settle into your site, provide information about the resort, and answer any questions you may have.

    Take in a deep breath of fresh mountain air and the idyllic view of Lake Champlain. Apple Island Resort features professionally designed oversized full hook-up sites, many of which overlook the lake in a tiered fashion to allow views for everyone. The refreshingly spacious RV sites are perfect for Class A RVs. They can accommodate up to a 45 ft RV plus a vehicle and provide 30/50 -amp hook-up, water, sewer, and complimentary Wifi. Guests have the option of a Platinum Plus, Platinum, or Gold site.

    Enjoy the solitude of our 8 tent spaces situated on the bluff in a grassy area away from RV campers and cottages. Take a short walk and enjoy your morning coffee overlooking Lake Champlain. Each site can accommodate two small tents (3 person) or one large family size and has a picnic table and fire ring. Be sure to grab some firewood when checking in at the office.

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

    $55 - $105 / night

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    Lake Placid/Whiteface Mountain KOA Holiday

    28 Reviews
    68 Photos
    148 Saves
    Wilmington, New York

    Enjoy the Adirondack Mountain countryside's pristine mountains, lakes and streams when you escape the city to say at Lake Placid/ Whiteface Mountain KOA. The Lake Placid and Whiteface region of the Adirondacks is one of the oldest vacation destinations in the country, and camping gives you plenty of opportunities to take in the big views, big scenery and big history this area is known for. 

    Located in Wilmington, NY near Lake Placid and Whiteface Mountain, our campground is your gateway to all the world-class recreation you will find in this region. That means fly-fishermen and hikers alike will feel right at home when choosing one of our tent camping or other sites as your home base. We are also an ideal destination for a romantic getaway or a family adventure in the great outdoors.

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    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs
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    AuSable Chasm Campground

    11 Reviews
    26 Photos
    38 Saves
    Keeseville, New York

    AuSable Chasm Campground, nestled near the scenic town of AuSable Chasm, NY, is a fantastic spot for those looking to explore the natural beauty of the area. Open from May 27 to October 14, this campground offers a range of accommodations including tent sites, RV spots, cabins, and even glamping options.

    One of the standout features here is its proximity to the famous Ausable Chasm, just across the road. This makes it super convenient for hiking, rafting, and exploring the stunning rock formations. The campground itself is equipped with amenities like electric hookups, drinking water, and showers. Pets are welcome, and you can even enjoy a campfire at your site.

    Visitors have noted the campground's clean facilities and friendly staff. The playground and pool are big hits with families, and there's plenty of shade to keep things cool. Some campers appreciated the spacious sites and the mix of sun and shade, which is perfect for drying off after a day on the river.

    For those who like a bit of adventure, the campground offers easy access to mountain biking and hiking trails. There's also a market on-site for any last-minute supplies you might need. And if you're planning to head over to Vermont, the nearby ferry to Burlington is a convenient option.

    Overall, AuSable Chasm Campground is a great base for exploring the natural wonders of the area while enjoying a comfortable and well-equipped camping experience.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
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    Mount Philo State Park Campground

    9 Reviews
    44 Photos
    86 Saves
    Charlotte, Vermont
    • Pets
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    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • Tents

    $23 / night

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    Ausable Point Campground

    8 Reviews
    11 Photos
    74 Saves
    Keeseville, New York

    Ausable Point Campground protrudes from Route 9 into Lake Champlain and offers a shoreline comprised of natural sand and a gentle slope from many campsites. It borders a wildlife management area that offers a hiking trail, as well as water access for canoeists and sea kayakers to explore. With the city of Plattsburgh a short drive from this campground there is virtually no limit for entertainment opportunities.

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

    $22 / night

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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available near Burlington, VT?

According to TheDyrt.com, Burlington, VT offers a wide range of camping options, with 181 campgrounds and RV parks near Burlington, VT and 14 free dispersed camping spots.

Which is the most popular campground near Burlington, VT?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Burlington, VT is North Beach Campground with a 4.2-star rating from 26 reviews.

Where can I find free dispersed camping near Burlington, VT?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 14 free dispersed camping spots near Burlington, VT.

What parks are near Burlington, VT?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 9 parks near Burlington, VT that allow camping, notably Green Mountain National Forest and Union Village Dam.