Camping for the first time? Check out these tips for an unforgettable experience. Now it’s time to choose a location. Consider the size of your group and the activities everyone is interested in. Start at the NJ Department of Environmental Protection website, Camping in NJ parks, or check out these local campsites. Reserve these parks online with ReserveAmerica or through one of the links below.
Allaire State Park
4265 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale
$20-25 campsites; $48-60 shelters; $50-200 group campsites
While camping here you can visit historic Allaire Village, which has blacksmith and carpenter shops from the past, a general store and a church. There are craft exhibitions and markets throughout the year, as well as living history events. Hike the trail network, see the visitor center museum, canoes and more.
Bass River State Forest
762 Stage Rd., Bass River Twp
$50-100 campsites, $75-85/night cabins
Visit New Jersey’s first state forest, established over a century ago! Find rare plants and animals or hike over 12 miles of trails. Bring your pet and have a picnic. Don’t leave without trying to spot birds like the bald eagle and eastern whip poor will.
Brendan T. Byrne State Forest
Mile marker 1, Hwy Rt. 72 E., Woodland Twp.
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Hunting, picnicking, barbecuing, mountain biking and of course hiking. Due to the lowland forests and swamps, there are great views along these trails. These woods are part of the famous NJ Pine Barrens. Don’t miss a trip to Whitesbog Village, a cranberry and blueberry community that is being restored.
Camp Glen Gray
200 Midvale Mountain Road, Mahwah
$135-305/weekend cabins, $10/person campsites
Test your fishing skills or row a boat on the shore of Lake Vreeland. Try out the various hiking trails or wander around the neighborhood and you’ll find snow tubing and skiing. Bring your organized youth group to arctic and outdoor cooking competitions!
Cheesequake State Park
300 Gordon Rd., Matawan
$20 campsites; $50-100 group campsites
Visit the nature center, hop in a canoe or go for a swim and then relax in the concession! When you’re ready to unpack your fishing rod, visit Hooks Creek freshwater lake for largemouth bass, catfish, sunfish and trout.
High Point State Park
1480 State Rt. 23, Request
$20-25 campsites; $50-100 group campsites; $75-85/night cabin; $175-185/night group cabin
These trails are famous for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and horseback riding. Explore swamps, forests and wetlands with your family. Go swimming in Lake Marcia, go rafting on the water or go fishing.
17 Coles Mill Rd., Williamstown
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Spend an afternoon fishing, swimming, rope swings and boating on this resort’s 30-acre lake. Mine for gems with the family before hitting the obstacle course. Don’t forget all the outdoor games like volleyball and gaga ball!
Parvin State Park
701 Mandel Rd., Pittsgrove
$20-25 tent site, $50-100 group site, $55-65/night cabins
Home to hundreds of wildlife and plants, this state park is a must-see. Pike and yellow perch roam freely in the three main waters. Take to the water in canoes, kayaks or boats. Spot wild azaleas and magnolias, as well as the barred owl, among others.
Round Valley Recreation Area
1220 Lebanon-Stanton Rd., Lebanon
$22-27 Wilderness Campground; $50-100 wilderness campground for groups
do you love to dive Go to Round Valley Reservoir for freshwater diving (must be certified). Swim with your crew, have a waterside BBQ, or bird watch from the Pine Tree Trail!
Swartswood State Park
1091 County Road. 619, Newton
$20-25 campsites; $40-80 group campsites; $48-60 Shelters
Fish for bass, sunfish, catfish and more in Little Swartswood and Swartswood Lakes. If you’d rather hunt, you’ll find whitetail deer or ring-necked pheasant in the woods surrounding County Rt. 619. Go swimming and boating too; Lifeguards are on duty throughout the summer.
Voorhees State Park
251 county road. Rte. 513, Glen Gardner
$20-25 tents/trailers; $60-200 group campsites; $48-60 Shelters
Enjoy nearly a dozen trails where you can mountain bike and ski in the winter. Have fun at the two public playgrounds, fish at Willoughby Brook or hunt turkey. If you have a space lover on your crew, head to the New Jersey Astronomical Association Observatory. There is a 26-inch Cassegrain reflector, one of the largest privately owned telescopes in the state.
Washington Crossing State Park
355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Rd., Titusville
$30-200/night group campsites
Travel back in time at the Johnson Ferry House, built around 1740, where you can see living history shows on the weekends. The Washington Crossing Visitor Center Museum contains hundreds of artifacts from the American Revolution for all history buffs out there. The nature information center and open air theater may also be available.
Wawayanda State Park
885 Warwick Tpk., Hewitt
$20-140/night group campsites
Enjoy beautiful views on Wawayanda Mountain or conquer a 19-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail. Swim off the white sandy beach and picnic on the shores of Wawayanda Lake with canoes and kayaks just steps away!
Discover more campsites in the parks and forests of New Jersey here! Want to camp with a little more flare? Try glamping in one of these places!