The Garden State is known for beautiful, thick forests, striking landscapes, and some of the most ideal locations for camping across the country. Locals who adore the great outdoors often don’t even realize how many awesome camping sites are located throughout New Jersey.
If you haven’t yet pitched a tent in your own home state, you’re missing out. Here are some of the best campsites in New Jersey.
Tim Tam Camping Resort, Jackson NJ
Address: 301 Brewers Bridge Rd, Jackson, NJ 08527
Roughing it isn’t always supposed to mean that you’re stuck with just a pup tent and some flint. Tim Tam Camping Resort in Jackson allows you to enjoy some of the more “civilized” forms of nature while still getting the thrill and adventure of camping. They allow RVs to park, and also have a crystal-clear pool.
Tim Tam is known for being clean, exceptionally family-friendly, and conveniently located close to both Six Flags and the Jersey shore. It’s also a favorite place for Scout troops to experience nature, and is one of the more pet-friendly options out there. Much many upscale campgrounds, Tim Tam is a camping hotspot that offers limited wi-fi.
Lastly, if you really do not want to deal with a tent or an RV, Tim Tam does offer cabin rentals for families, couples, and groups. The cabins themselves are pretty clean, and very spacious. Showers, electricity, and water are readily available – just ask one of the super friendly staff members. Neat, huh?
Cedar Creek Campground, Bayville NJ
Address: 1052 Atlantic City Blvd, Bayville, NJ 08721
Bayville’s coolest campground has been attracting both families who love taking a stroll through nature as well as groups of friends who like to party out in the woods. They have a plethora of amenities that make it a great pick for folks who want to try out some of the more extreme sports out there. Canoeing, kayaking, and biking are all doable at this venue.
The bulk of the allure of Cedar Creek can be found in its absolutely photo-ready scenery. Cozy camp houses, beautiful shots of the Barnegat Bay, and downright amazing trails throughout wooded areas make this a wonderful place for people who really like to get in touch with nature. Because of how pretty it is, and also because it gives you a better chance to choose your own adventure, Cedar Creek has been popular with photographers, fitness gurus, college kids, and others for quite a while.
Of course, they definitely have a pretty decent selection of amenities to choose from, too. They have an Olympic sized pool, a stand that serves delicious pizza and ice cream, as well as a lodge that is used for times when weather is just not right for camping. They are both tent and RV-friendly, and it’s overall a great experience for those who want to have a more natural camping experience.
Panther Lake Camping Resort, Andover NJ
Address: 6 Panther Lake Campground Rd, Byram Township, NJ 07821
Panther Lake Camping Resort is one of the very few campgrounds in Northern New Jersey. Unlike most other campgrounds out there, Panther Lake openly welcomes campers who do not have camping equipment of their own, thanks to their solid, high-quality rentals.
Their sprawling 160-acre campground is big enough for large groups, RVs, and just about anyone who wants to have a little privacy while out in the woods. It’s also worth noting that this massive campground also features an almost equally massive 45-acre lake. Kids and families love to try out canoeing, swimming, and kayaking here. Unlike most other campsites mentioned on this list, it’s also worth noting that you are indeed allowed to go fishing here.
If you hate the idea of swimming in a lake, they also have a heated Olympic pool.
Along with the regular fun of going out and basking in nature, Panther Lake also regularly offers special classes, demonstrations, and events for people who want to make the most out of their camping experience. Some of the more fun educational and recreational events include Arts & Crafts, the Chili Cook-Off Fundraisers, Adult Dart Tournaments, and movie nights. They even have special Halloween events coming up, too!
Triplebrook Camping Resort, Blairstown NJ
Address: 58 Honey Run Rd, Blairstown, NJ 07825
Out of all of the places to go camping in New Jersey we’ve covered, this might end up being one of the fanciest yet. Much like Panther Lake, Triplebrook Camping Resort has a beautiful Olympic sized heated pool. They also boast a camp store for any supplies you may have missed packing, a dump station, free firewood, ice, gas, and a game room.
Still not fancy enough? Well, there’s more to it!
Aside from these issues, Triplebrook offers three things that can make even the most anti-camping individual reconsider their stance. First off, they have cabin rentals and full hookups for RVs. In other words, you don’t have to “rough it” at all, and it can even be borderline “glamping.” To make matters even better, they also offer wi-fi, so you can still use your computer and iPad while in the great outdoors. Lastly, they also have a hot tub/spa luxury that makes it tolerable for gliteratti that find themselves out in nature. Occasionally, the campgrounds also offer dinners, wine tastings, and Arts & Crafts nights.
In terms of things to do, there’s the classic stuff that you can typically expect in camping. Activities include fishing, hiking, biking, swimming, and of course, birding. They also offer a nice mini golf course, and regularly come up with cool new group activities for those who want to learn something new, meet new friends, or just enjoy a favorite activity.
This campsite is open from April till October every year, so make sure to book your reservations fast.
Liberty Harbor RV Park, Jersey City NJ
Address: 11 Marin Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07302
This campsite is definitely not your normal place to go camping in New Jersey. Located in Jersey City, one of the most populous cities in the State, Liberty Harbor RV Park offers the unique experience of urban camping. RVs are able to park in its 50-lot site, and just do things that regular campers may do.
Many amenities that people enjoy, including laundry, wi-fi, and full on-premise restrooms, are readily available for those who want to try it out. They also apparently are alright with tents, even though the park is definitely geared towards RVs and other cars for the most part.
The entire idea behind Liberty Harbor RV Park is to give people an alternative way to enjoy Jersey City and New York City. If you ask us, we definitely think that they’ve made it happen. The park offers bus tours of the Big Apple on a regular basis, and also has a restaurant onsite.
Dollar for dollar, this also may be one of the cheapest ways to visit Jersey City, get a breathtaking view of the New York City skyline, the Statue of Liberty, and the many different boats that come and go from the Harbor. Though it may not have the grass and trees that are typically associated with camping sites, we can definitely say it’s a unique experience you’ve got to try at least once, and it’s actually pretty quiet considering where it’s located.
We’re lucky to live in a state where there are plenty of fun outdoor activities to try out around every single corner. If you don’t believe it, check out the fun stuff to do on our directory
, or some of the more recent places we’ve covered in FunNewJersey.com’s magazine.