This is a gorgeous location for walking and taking photographs. The park is busy because many tourists will stop to enjoy the view. If you don't like crowds, this might not be for you. Once when I was there someone working at the park taught lessons to children about minerals/rocks. The gift shop is large, and the bathrooms are decent.
Horse Thief Campground has nice, spacious sites. I had a tent campsite near the lake, and there was a trail to the water. Flyfishing we caught some trout on the lake and had them with dinner. The ranger was extraordinarily nice and offered to give us a ride to our vehicle after coming off the trail, we had just finished a seven-day backpacking trip and hadn't parked far away.
This is a very public campground that is free. The first row is for RV parking and tents can go anywhere on the grass in the next row. Behind the tent area is water. There are no showers, but there are bathrooms. The bathrooms do not have soap at the sinks, just a heads-up. The camping is near the baseball field.
Sylvan Lake is stunning! The campground is popular, and people can reserve sites ahead of time by a year so you might not be able to depend on getting a spot the day you arrive, plan. I have been to Sylvan Lake twice in the past two years, and it was busy both times. There are many families at the campground and lake. When I was at Sylvan Lake this June ('18), the water was closed due to bacteria levels, which was disappointing. A nice swim after three hot days of backpacking would have been nice. The trail to Harvey Peak isn't far from Lake Sylvan. If you don't enjoy crowds and you are a hiker; I would suggest camping on one of those trails. Campsites need to be a certain distance from the Peak otherwise people can set up tents anywhere.
The campsites are open, without anything to provide privacy. The lack of privacy is worth it for the breathtaking scenery of the Badlands. Hiking here is enjoyable, specially if you go off the boardwalk paths a little. When I went in July the boardwalks were filled with people.
I love to camp and hike at Interstate Park. There are many trails, so different hikers can find the right path to enjoy. There is a playground and bathrooms. The setting is stunning in the fall and not many people are around in late September and October. I often see photographers there.
This campground has a lot of trees for plenty of shade. There is a little ice cream store where you can purchase treats, cash only. The campsites across from the water are spaced apart well which makes them more private. Some sites are tight, so make sure that you drive around the campground before picking a site. ATV parking is at the front.
This campground is well maintained, clean. There are showers and recycling bins. The sites are big and the ones on the lake have beautiful views.
This is a busy campground, a lot of people go there over the weekend. The lake is beautiful for fishing or relaxing. Right now the water is down, and there is no dock at the boat landing. Make sure that you bring cash with if the office is closed people self-register campsites.
Whispering Pines has RV camping and seasonal sites. There is an outdoor and indoor bar. The food menu has many burger options. This is a enjoyable place to eat even if you aren't camping. Check their Facebook page to see when they will have a band.
This campground is a place I have 4-wheeled to many times. The trails around it are well maintained and beautiful. The road to Rock Dam is gravel/dirt.
This campground is located near the city, not in the woods or country. There are a mini golf course and a swimming pool on site. Stoney Creek is a fun place to bring the whole family. It might be a perfect place to bring a first-time camper to ease them into the experience.
Located across the road from the Lake Eau Claire boat landing. If you park at the boat landing for a day of fishing there is a $3 charge. The family that runs the campground is friendly. Beautiful location and clean. They have seasonal sites.
This campground is behind the Woodland gas station. EC Adventures has a building on site where people can rent items like kayaks and canoes. The Black Bear Supper Club is in walking distance.
The primitive campsites at Harstad help you get away from it all. No electric or water hookups. A park attendant from Coon Fork Campground comes once a day to sell wood and check campsites. There are some pit toilets and a pavilion at Harstad. This campground is an excellent option if the Coon Fork campground is full because it often has available sites.
Coon Fork campground has many trees, which helps to provide some privacy between campsites. It still feels like being out in nature even though there are other campers nearby. Kayaks, paddleboats, and other items can be rented. During some weekends there is live music. Clean bathrooms with showers. Ice, extra parking passes, and wood can only be purchased with cash.