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Top 9 U.S. Camping & Campgrounds in Summer 2020: Reopen & Reservation (Updated 16 July)

Top 9 U.S. Camping & Campgrounds in Summer 2020: Reopen & Reservation (Updated 16 July)

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Jul 16, 20204750

Following the emergence of the novel coronavirus in late 2019, countries around the world have responded with significant restrictions on movement and travel. Those of us now enjoying summer across the Northern Hemisphere are left wondering how to salvage the 2020 travel season.

Table of Contents

Northeast Campinggrounds
1. Acadia National Park, Maine
2. White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire
3. Green Mountain National Forest, Vermont
Pacific Coast Camping Grounds
4. Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, California
5. Olympic National Park, Washington
Mountain West Camping Site
6. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
7. Glacier National Park, Montana
Eastern Seaboard Camping Grounds
8. Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland & Virginia
9. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

Camping provides one alternative to long-distance vacations by combining several elements. Outdoor venues offer plenty of space for social distancing and great camping is within reach of practically everyone.

Top 9 U.S. Camping & Campgrounds in Summer 2020: Reopen & Reservation (Updated 16 July)

The USA is fortunate to have some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the world and all these factors combine to make camping a great choice this year. We look some of the best places to camp around the country and bring you our suggestions for making the most of your camping trip. These are our recommendations for places to rediscover the joy of outdoor camping.

Northeast Campinggrounds

New England has no shortage of great places to camp. With plenty of state and national recreation areas packed into a lush rolling countryside, this is certainly one place where you can quickly get outdoors to camp. Here are some places to consider.

1. Acadia National Park, Maine

Picturesque Atlantic coastline is the principle draw at Acadia National Park. The many coves and rocky inlets provide countless opportunities to snap some great photos. As with most well-established national parks, Acadia features numerous campgrounds. These include Smuggler’s Den, Backwoods, Bass Harbor, and Seawall. Space is provided for tent camping or RV parking. Smuggler’s Den for example includes plenty of shaded area for camper and RV parking while also providing a large open field for tents. The amount of space should be adequate to allow appropriate physical distancing. There are also some semi-permanent accommodations you can rent if you’re looking for a more hotel-like feel.

Reopen at Covid-19: A few things to keep in mind include that Acadia, like most parks run by the National Park Service, is undergoing a phased reopening. Be sure to check ahead for the least information on what facilities and amenities are open to the public. As of this most recent update, the National Park Service anticipates campgrounds at Arcadia to open no sooner than August 1, 2020. Given the best time to visit Acadia is into the early fall, this should still leave time for plenty of great experiences.

Best time to visit: the high summer months or into early fall.

Top 9 U.S. Camping & Campgrounds in Summer 2020: Reopen & Reservation (Updated 16 July)

2. White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire

People craving a more backwoods adventure might consider White Mountain National Forest. Though federal land, it does not have the infrastructure of a full-on national park. This is a place where you can really put your skills to the test.

Numerous wildlife species call these lands home including bald eagle, coyote, Canadian lynx, river otter, and porcupine. Hikers routinely venture here to explore the many peaks surpassing 4,000 feet and a long stretch of the Appalachian Trail passes through White Mountain National Forest. A number of state forests and parks ring the area, creating something of a continuous nature preserve spread out over much of upstate New Hampshire.

Depending on your familiarity with camping, you can elect to venture into a backwoods area or seek out one of the designated camping locations. There’s a lot to choose from so you won’t have troubling find a place to set up for the night.

Reopen at Covid-19: Most campgrounds have reopened following closures due to COVID-19. Be sure to check the most up-to-date information from the US Forest Service’s website when planning your trip. Note also that developed campgrounds at White Mountain require a reservation to be made in advance. Those operating on a first-come, first-served model can fill up early so plan accordingly.

Best time to visit: late summer and into fall as the colors begin to change.

Top 9 U.S. Camping & Campgrounds in Summer 2020: Reopen & Reservation (Updated 16 July)

3. Green Mountain National Forest, Vermont

Neighboring Vermont is also home to some incredible national forest lands. Green Mountain National Forest is located in the southwest corner of the state near Bennington and Brattleboro. The latter is a lovely little town with a thoroughly crunchy vibe. This is a place to stock up on your granola. Once you’re into the national forest proper, many people opt to spend time hiking the famed Vermont Long Trail. Running from the border with Massachusetts all the way to Canada, the Long Trail is a popular feature where it cuts through Green Mountain National Forest.

In terms of camping, there are 5 designated areas, but don’t expect much in the way of amenities. This is real backwoods stuff with no access to electricity or places to dump waste.

Reopen at Covid-19: The State of Vermont maintains official data on current measures to combat COVID-19 and requires out-of-state travelers coming from counties with active cases above 400 per million residents to quarantine and undergo testing for COVID-19 before engaging in leisure travel. The current epidemic situation at the time of writing make Green Mountain a practical destination for residents across Maine, New Hampshire, and many countries across Upstate New York.

Best time to visit: As you might expect, fall is a spectacular time to visit Green Mountain National Forest so there’s plenty of time left to plan for this one.

Pacific Coast Camping Grounds

Long expanses featuring drop dead gorgeous vistas greet visitors to the Pacific Coast. California, Oregon, and Washington are well-known destinations for outdoor enthusiasts and feature a broad diversity of landscapes and climate conditions from which to choose a camping adventure.

4. Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, California

Set south of Monterey in California’s semi-mountainous central coast region, Big Sur is a park with a reputation for stunning beauty. Known for its several old-growth Redwood groves and immaculate beaches, Big Sur is a great getaway for anyone coming out of LA or San Francisco. Hop on famed California Highway 1 and find out why Big Sur is regarded among the longest and most beautiful coastlines anywhere in the world.

Pfeiffer Beach is set within Los Padres National Forest. Several campgrounds and rustic lodgings are available. Enjoy a hike along the roads leading in. Climbing the bluffs overlooking the smallish cove is a great way to experience the majesty of Pfeiffer Beach. Steep hills flank both sides of the beach, providing a lovely seclusion. Here you can think you’re miles away from the rest of the world because, in fact, you are!

Reopen at Covid-19: The campground at Pfeiffer Big Sur has reopened at the time this update was published. Visitors can expect a decent amount of space to set up a multi-person tent and park a vehicle. Camping spots are numbered for reference can share a common eating area. Make sure to adhere to local guidelines including mask mandates, particularly when interacting with other people.

Best time to visit: Summer is the perfect time to venture here when temperatures are quite warm and the cool Pacific waters offer welcome relief.

Top 9 U.S. Camping & Campgrounds in Summer 2020: Reopen & Reservation (Updated 16 July)

5. Olympic National Park, Washington

Set on Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula, Olympic National Park is one of the few places where you can readily move between multiple, distinct ecosystems. These include rugged coastal land, alpine forest, and temperate rainforest. The ecological diversity lets Olympic National Park masquerade as several vacations in one. Feel as if you’re traveling to entirely new locations as you move around the park.

Reopen at Covid-19: As of July 13, 2020, numerous park areas and campgrounds have reopened. These include Mora Campground, Ozette Campground, Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort, and several others. Make sure to register ahead of time and consider a backup in the event of higher than expected demand. Overnight camping has resumed in several of the Wilderness Camping sites throughout the park. Reservations are required and you’re encouraged to pack an alcohol-based hand sanitizer for use when in more remote areas.

Best time to visit: The peninsula and areas around Puget Sound are known for their rainfall and cooler temperatures. Travel in summer but bring added layers.

Top 9 U.S. Camping & Campgrounds in Summer 2020: Reopen & Reservation (Updated 16 July)

Mountain West Camping Site

Big-sky country is filled with vast open spaces, towering mountain peaks, and beautiful star-filled nights. Here you have ample opportunities to spread out with a campfire.

6. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Sometimes overlooked in favor of Yellowstone to the north, Grand Teton National Park ranks among the finest in the US. This is another one of those places where hikers will find themselves in paradise. The park is filled with a series of exquisite mountains centered on Grand Teton. There are 6 major campgrounds within the park.

Tips: One thing to keep in mind is that nighttime temperatures here often drop quite low, even in summertime. You will want to make sure you pack some extra gear for cold nights. The campgrounds at Jenny Lake and Signal Mountain attract an outsized share of visitors to Grand Teton so make sure you move fast if you’re hoping to find a place in either of these. Once you’re inside, enjoy some time on the lakes and rivers and otherwise enjoy this majestic environment.

Reopen at Covid-19: Many campgrounds throughout Grand Teton National Park are open to visitors. These include the large Colter Bay Campground, Headwaters Campground, and Gros Ventre Campground. The latter is Grand Teton’s largest and most proximate to the town of Jackson. Larger wildlife such as bison, moose, and deer are regularly seen in the area. If you’re unable to find accommodation within Grand Teton, consider venturing north to the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway or into Yellowstone National Park.

Best time to visit: Late summer and into early fall bring out a diverse array of wildlife. Try to visit during these times.

Top 9 U.S. Camping & Campgrounds in Summer 2020: Reopen & Reservation (Updated 16 July)

7. Glacier National Park, Montana

Tucked deep into Northern Montana on the border with Canada, Glacier National Park is a place for those who crave a little solitude. Several established campgrounds exist in addition to myriad backcountry options. Glacier National Park features some stunning alpine landscapes and rich mountain waters. This place epitomizes Big Sky Country.

Reopen and reservation at Covid-19: Due to COVID-19, many campgrounds throughout Glacier National Park remain shuttered and the National Park Service anticipates they are likely to remain closed for the rest of the 2020 season. The Fish Creek Campground is open, however. Due to high demand, this is certainly a place you will want to reserve ahead of time. Also be aware that visitor numbers have increased significantly as the park gradually reopens. Make sure you do your best to practice appropriate physical distancing.

Best time to visit: Summer is when Glacier National Park rolls out the carpet for visitors so don’t miss out.

Top 9 U.S. Camping & Campgrounds in Summer 2020: Reopen & Reservation (Updated 16 July)

Eastern Seaboard Camping Grounds

The Eastern Seaboard may not immediately spring to mind when you imagine places for camping, but don’t let this deceive you. National, state, and local parks up and down the coast offer prime opportunities for adventure.

8. Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland & Virginia

Unlike the other destinations we’ve profiled, Assateague Island offers beachfront camping. The thrill of Atlantic waves gently singing you to sleep is a glorious experience. Given much of the island is exposed to onshore breezes and direct sunlight, make sure you pack some extra layers and plenty of sunscreen.

Properly managed campfires are allowed; however, you cannot bring in out-of-state firewood and must purchase what you need locally. For those unaware, Assateague’s major attraction apart from the iconic costal landscapes are the bands of feral horses. Once domesticated, the horses on the island once again roam free like their wild ancestors. These magnificent creatures can been observed frolicking on the shores, playing in the fields and wooded areas, or heading together on the open lands.

Reopen and reservation at Covid-19: Based on information available at the time this update was published, the Oceanside Campground and Bayside Campground have both reopened to visitors. Advanced reservations are required through November 15, 2020. The park’s recreational beaches are open as are nature trails in the Maryland District. As the risk from COVID-19 remains, current guidelines encourage physical distancing and limiting groups to no more than 10 individuals.

Best time to visit: They are an integral part of Assateague and make for a great summer at the beach.

Top 9 U.S. Camping & Campgrounds in Summer 2020: Reopen & Reservation (Updated 16 July)

9. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

Okay so this one isn’t on the coast, but it is well-within reach of those who are. Great Smoky Mountains National Park rivals anything the Western United States has to offer. Stunning forest ridge lines and immense biodiversity help make it one of the most popular national parks by number of visitors. Back- and frontcountry campsites are available depending on your fancy. Those seeking greater access to amenities should look among the frontcountry options. The Mount LeConte area is popular owing to its excellent overviews. This will also give you the opportunity to hike up and long the Tennessee-North Carolina border.

Reopen and reservation at Covid-19: At the time this update was published, the following campgrounds have reopened: Cades Cove, Deep Creek, Elkmont, and Smokemont. Most Visitors Centers are also open again as is the Anthony Creek Horse Camp. All trails in Great Smokey Mountains National Park are open with the exception of a section of the Trillium Gap Trail, which is closed for ongoing rehabilitation work. The current plan is to continue opening additional park facilities and campgrounds as conditions permit. Make sure to check the latest information on the park website when making travel plans.

Best time to visit: As you’re looking for opportunities for fun and excitement this summer, consider visiting this amazing corner of Appalachia. You won’t be disappointed, particularly as fall arrives and the colors change.

Top 9 U.S. Camping & Campgrounds in Summer 2020: Reopen & Reservation (Updated 16 July)

Camping has long been a way to get some fresh air and experience the great outdoors. Now it has the added benefit of offering a vacation opportunity coupled with the increased ability to maintain physical distancing. If you’re wondering what to do this year, consider these regional camping opportunities and make the most of the public lands near you this summer and fall.

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