Best Camping Areas in the North (United States)

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Of all the hundreds of northern campgrounds in the United States we have found four of the “best north camping sites”. There are different options available to you when you consider camping in the north. There’s campground camping, forest camping, beach camping, and resort camping (sorry, no servants available). We extensively researched the best north camping sites so that you can experience northern campgrounds that boast the best scenery, the best amenities, outdoor activities and unique wildlife. Camping in an ordinary park can be ok but why just have ordinary camping trip when you can have a life changing experience.

Best North Camping Sites

Hermit Island Campground – Located in Phippsburg, Maine, Hermit Island Campground is one of the best north camping sites in the United States. The unique nature and ruggedness of this northern campground places Hermit Island Campground as our #1 campground in the north. Hermit Island Campground is only for tent camping so there are no cabins or RV’s allowed which is great for campers who love to “rough it.” There are different camping sites available including ones close to the beach overlooking the ocean, wooded with a lot of flat land areas and fully wooded sites. There are tons of outdoor activities to enjoy in this campground including boating, swimming, fishing, picnicking, biking and, of course, hiking. One of the best features of this northern campground is the beaches. There are six white sand beaches in this northern campground. There is even one beach that you have to hike to reach. If you would like to go boating but do not have a boat, there are boat rentals available. A store is available on the camp site where you can buy seafood, groceries, firewood and even vacation t-shirts. There are restrooms with flush toilets and hot showers available on site. Fees range from $35-57 per night depending on the site and day you choose to camp.

Raystown Lake Resort – Located in Entriken, Pennsylvania, Raystown Lake Resort also ranks as one of our best north camping sites. Raystown Lake Resort sits on a beautiful winding lake which is one of the largest in Pennsylvania. The lake is over 27 miles long and covers over 8,000 acres. While the scenic view of this lake is unique and breathtaking it is not the only reason it landed on our top 4 list of camping sites in the north. There are tons of activities to partake in including fishing, boating, hunting, hiking, picnicking, biking, wildlife viewing and more. There are also numerous non-traditional northern campground activities including mini golf, WildRiver Waterpark, Geocaching and more. You have the option of camping in primitive sites, rustic cabins, cottages, bungalows and more in the resort which is perfect for all types of campers. For primitive and RV camping there are different camping site types to choose from including waterfront, lake view, and wooded. Prices range from $39-60 per night during peak, off peak and holiday seasons. Camping sites and cabins that accommodate up to 6 people are priced at $111 per night.


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Paradise Bay Park – Located in Findley Lake, New York, this north camping site really is a paradise. The picturesque scenic views are very beautiful while the lake and forest adds to the visually stunning experience. The combination of scenic views, beautiful lake and list of park activities lands this park on our top 4 northern campgrounds list. The list of outdoor activities is plentiful. Swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, wildlife viewing, biking, sunbathing, picnicking and more are available in this campground. There are modern comforts that are available in your camping site including electricity and water. There are also 6 cabins and RV campsites available. There are hot showers and flush toilets available in this northern campground. There are even activities for the kids including mini golf, games and a playground. You can also travel to the nearby attractions including Presque Isle Downs & Casino, Midway Amusement Park and Lake Erie Speedway to name a few. Camping fees are $30 per night and $85 per night for cabins.

White Mountain National Forest – This northern campground in Campton, New Hampshire, is one of the top wooded forests camping parks in America. The quality of this forest is unmatched and the views on top of the mountain hills are amazing. There are so many activities to enjoy in this vast park which include auto touring, biking, hiking, climbing, fishing, water sports, hunting, horseback riding and more. There are numerous north camping sites within the forest which is also open in the winter. Winter activities include downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snow climbing and snowmobiling. You can also make the park your private residence by camping in the backcountry. There are more than 100 waterfalls in the White Mountains area that you can view, explore and experience. This forest has so many things for campers to do and experience that you will have a wonderful time talking about them for years to come. There is primitive camping and cabins available with cabin fees starting at $20 per night.

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