With so many campsites available it’s hard to choose one that’s a favorite among campers. Each campsite offers its own beauty and activities while providing peace and a stress-free experience.

Below is a list of five of the top campsites in the US.  When you are planning your next camping getaway, keep this in mind.

Chatfield State Park – This is a popular getaway for those who live in nearby Denver, but campers will travel much further for this boating, hiking, and camping destination. There are four separate campgrounds and 197 campsites, all with electric hookups and some with full hookups. Visitors also have the option to take a horseback ride, cruise along bike trails, or enjoy dinner at a floating restaurant.

 Photo Credit: C-Loop

 

Fort Desoto Park - White sand beaches and palm trees make Fort Desoto County Park a quintessential camping destination in Florida. The park is made up of five islands (or, keys) and campers can boat and swim off the shores surrounding them, exploring stands of mangroves, wetlands, and a diverse ecosystem that’s home to over 300 species of birds.

Photo Credit: Visit Florida 

 

Blackwoods Campground – This campground is located within Acadia National Park, a beloved destination for its rocky Atlantic coastline and granite peaks. Blackwoods is just 5 miles south of Bar Harbor, where you can enjoy restaurants and shopping or just pick up some last-minute camping supplies. Get a good night’s rest before tackling the hike up Cadillac Mountain, the highest peak on the East Coast. Or instead, enjoy an easy walk to beach views nearby. Book early—these campsites fill up fast!

 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park - The largest and best-known campground in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee’s Elkmont Campground is an outdoor playground for hikers, bikers, wildlife viewers, fishers and all sorts. Elkmont’s offerings for camping are varied, with 200 tent/RV sites and 20 walk-up sites for tent campers; some rest on the banks of the Little River, while others are more forested.

 

Watchman Campground- This campground is the flagship camping option for the uber-popular Zion National Park, but its popularity doesn’t mean it slacks on delivering an iconic Utah camping experience. Accessible to much of the park, the 179 sites are perfect for tent or RV campers and are shaded by the Cottonwood trees that grow near the Virgin River. If you’re looking for Utah camping, this is clearly one of the best campgrounds in the state. But you’ll need to plan in advance. The campground books up quickly for the reservable season. Sites are first-come, first-served during the off-season, but are often still claimed first thing each day.

Photo Credit: Walkman Campground