The US National Forests can provide just as many recreational opportunities as its federal sibling, the National Park Service. Better yet, while National Parks manage their campgrounds and outdoor recreational activities, campgrounds and other outdoor recreational businesses located on National Forest property are privately run, and often family-owned. What this means for campers is more services and camping opportunities on beautiful, preserved land. Thus, while the National Parks are experiencing an enormous boom in visitor numbers, the enormity of the National Forest Land can provide outdoor enthusiasts the peace and refuge they seek.
To celebrate National Forest Week, we’ve rounded up a handful of campgrounds on or nearby National Forest land that can be found on Campspot.
Del Loma RV Park and Campground in Big Bar, CA – Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Relax in the beauty of Northern California’s 2nd largest Trinity Alps Wilderness Area, and the National Wild-and-Scenic Trinity River at Del Loma RV Park and Campground. Located right on the Trinity River scenic views are guaranteed and guests have access to fishing, rafting, and other water activities.
Campfire Ranch on the Taylor in Almont, CO – Gunnison National Forest
Located alongside the famed Taylor River in Gunnison County, CO is the home of the newly added campground, Campfire Ranch on the Taylor. Get ready to camp in rustic comfort at Campfire Ranch on the Taylor. All of their campsites are walk-in and tent-only. Enjoy the most iconic views in the Central Rockies, and abundant recreational pursuits.
Alpen Rose RV Park in Durango, CO – San Juan National Forest
Nestled beneath stunning red rock cliffs, Alpen Rose RV Park makes the perfect base camp for all of your Southwest Colorado adventures. Enjoy the quiet of the Animas River Valley with stunning mountain views, all while being close to Durango’s many attractions. Explore Alpine meadows, tumbling rivers, red rock cliffs, and 14,000-foot peaks.
Clear Creek Cabins in Empire, Colorado offers full hookup RV spaces within a 12-acre resort surrounded by National Forest. Clear Creek runs through the property and there is a stocked trout pond. Campers often enjoy the close proximity to Denver and nearby ski resorts as well.
Elite Resorts at Salt Springs in Salt Springs, FL – Ocala National Forest
Elite Resorts at Salt Springs welcomes you to the stunning scenery, small-town charm, and excellent climate of North Central Florida. Whether you are enjoying the crystal blue water of Little Lake Kerr, the wilderness of the Ocala National Forest, or taking advantage of the many amenities and activities that the resort has to offer, you’re guaranteed to have a great time.
Timber Surf Campground in Fountain, MI – Huron-Manistee National Forest
Timber Surf Campground is a family-owned campground for 30 years. It is located on a beautiful round Lake in Fountain, Michigan. Swim in the shallows of a clean, safe lake, with the natural beauty of a white sandy bottom, and enjoy the rustic tranquility of the tall shade trees.
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort: Grayling in Grayling, MI – Huron-Manistee National Forest
Welcome to Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort of Grayling, Michigan! Nestled in the woods, their campground brings you back to nature with large wooded campsites and rental sites to enjoy peace and serenity with a ton of added fun.
White River RV Park and Campground in Montague, MI – Huron-Manistee National Forest
Enjoy camping in Muskegon County near Michigan’s Adventure and Silver Lake Sand Dunes. Just minutes from the park, you’ll find Michigan’s Adventure Amusement Park, outstanding local restaurants, farm markets, Lake Michigan beaches, the Hart / Montague bicycle trail, golf courses, and much more!
Yellowstone Hot Springs in Gardiner, MT – Gallatin National Forest
Relax and unwind in Montana’s newest hot springs experience – Yellowstone Hot Springs. Settled between two mountain ranges, and nestled on the bank of the Yellowstone River, peace and serenity are the keynotes of this location. Mineral-rich pool waters with continual flow-through circulation create a soaking experience that melts away the stress of the day.
Swan Lake Trading Post in Swan Lake, MT – Flathead National Forest
Time together, time on the lake is time well spent. Discover all the fun of Swan Lake! Dive into the Montana experience by exploring the shores and waves of the nearby lake and pack in the summer memories in the Glacier National Park region!
Kootenai River Campground in Troy, MT – Kootenai National Forest
Located in scenic northwestern Montana, Kootenai River Campground is surrounded by the Kootenai National Forest and bounded by the Kootenai River. A variety of outdoor recreational activities are available in the Kootenai, including fishing, hiking, backpacking, kayaking, OHV trails, and hunting.
Lost River Valley Campground in North Woodstock, NH – White Mountain National Forest
Surrounded on three sides by National Forest, and nestled between the banks of Lost River and Walker Brook, lies the well-maintained and wooded sites of Lost River Valley Campground. With plenty of onsite amenities as well as the region’s most popular attractions close by including White Mountain and Flume Gorge, you are sure to find an activity for everyone!
Scenic View Campground in Warren, NH – White Mountain National Forest
Scenic View Campground is a family-owned and operated campground located at the base of the beautiful White Mountains. The area is often referred to as the “quiet side” of the White Mountains yet it is close to everything the area offers. Within just a 10 minute drive, you will find outstanding hiking opportunities including Mt. Moosilauke and the Appalachian Trail.
Crane Prairie Resort in Deschutes County, OR – Deschutes National Forest
Located in the Deschutes National Forest, Crane Prairie Resort offers gorgeous views, excellent fishing, and close access to Crater Lake National Park! Spend the day on the water paddle boarding or opt for a relaxing day at their beach area. The surrounding area offers numerous hiking trails and stunning panoramic views.
Diamond Lake RV Park in Diamond Lake, OR – Umpqua National Forest
Diamond Lake Resort evolved from a small fishing lodge built in the 1920s, to a modern family resort that offers year-round service. This campground is a favorite summer spot for fishing, hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding and in the winter it is famous for skiing, snowboarding and tubing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing.
Lake Thurmond RV Park in Plum Branch, SC – Sumter National Forest
Lake Thurmond RV Park is quietly nestled in a wooded setting just down the street from Lake Thurmond, the third-largest lake east of the Mississippi and one of the southeast’s largest & most popular recreation lakes. This gorgeous park is perfect for those who wish to enjoy watersports, fishing, hunting, and the tranquility of the great outdoors.
Camp Krenari in Shepherd, TX – Sam Houston National Forest
Camp Krenari is nestled in a beautiful wooded setting in Shepherd, TX. Get back to nature in the truest way with their primitive tent camping. Just you, the trail, and 50 acres of untouched land available for camping.
Montbello Camping & Fishing Resort in Montbello, VA – George Washington and Jefferson National Forests
A family-owned full service campground with a lake, large country store, cabin rentals, and fee based trout pond. Located in Nelson County, Virginia high in the mountains by the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway. Step away from the hustle and bustle of life and reconnect with nature at Montebello Camping & Fishing Resort.
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort: Natural Bridge in Natural Bridge, VA – George Washington and Jefferson National Forests
Jellystone Park in Natural Bridge Station, Virginia sits on the James River, nestled in Virginia’s awesome Shenandoah Valley between the Blue Ridge Mountains and Interstate 81. Activities around the park include exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains or visiting Natural Bridge Speedway.
Pine Hollow Campground in Pownal, VT – Green Mountain National Forest
Located in Southern Vermont, where the Berkshire Hills meet the Green Mountains, less than ten miles from Bennington Vermont or Williamstown Massachusetts. Pine Hollow Campground is nestled in a small valley surrounded by towering pine trees, a beautiful green meadow, and spring fed pond.
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And as always, Recreate Responsibly
“As we explore our incredible National Forest System throughout the year, know that these special places rely on you. Be sure you recreate responsibly so that all users and future generations can continue to enjoy our National Forests.” – National Forest Foundation
Find tips on how to recreate responsibility, here!