There’s nothing like camping in New England. Some of the best camping spots in New England are quiet, off the beaten path, or just not super well known. New England has so many hidden treasures to offer. Here’s my list of some of the best places to camp in New England.
My 5 Top Picks for the Best Camping in New England:
1. North Beach Campground in Burlington, Vermont
This campground is tucked right off the city of Burlington but you’d never know it by how secluded and quiet it feels! This is easily one of the coolest camping spots in New England based on the fact that a short walk leads you right to Lake Champlain, where you can be relaxing on the beach. With the best of both worlds, you can bike or hike through the woods and relax on the sandy beach in the same day! If you like being able to visit popular tourist locations, this campground is also a short drive from the Ben & Jerry’s Factory as well as the Vermont Teddy Bear factory making this a great spot for families.
2. Acadia National Park in Maine
Acadia National Park is one of the more popular camping spots in New England and for good reason! It features stunning views from granite peaks, rocky shores, and has so many fun activities to offer. Whether you love camping to relax back at your campsite, or enjoy hiking and exploring, this is definitely a spot you want to hit this year!
3. White Mountains in New Hampshire
This is a great location for families as well because there are local attractions (like Santa’s Village and Storyland) that make for a great family vacation if you want to do a little of both. There are stunning views here including waterfalls and beautiful hikes that make any outdoorsy person want to stay forever!
4. Baxter State Park in Maine
This is one of the best camping spots in New England for those who love to wander off the beaten path. If you like to explore the backcountry a little more, this state park offers many options to do so. Enjoy beautiful views and adventurous hikes here!
5. Beartown State Forest in Berkshire County, Massachusetts
This beautiful state park in Western Massachusetts offers something year-round for those who love to spend their time outdoors. Many camping spots in New England are great for the summer, but this campground offers winter sports as well for those who like to brave the cold! There are all-year hiking trails for anyone who enjoys hiking as well.
Pro Tips for Camping in New England:
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–> When looking for places to camp in New England, I recommend making reservations in advance. All of these campgrounds that accept them. They are hidden treasures, but many New Englanders love to camp and they’ll likely all be full during peak season.
–> Additionally, plan to buy firewood at your campsite; most camping spots in New England do not allow firewood from outside sources as bringing in non-native species via firewood can be damaging to local ecosystems.
–> Also, don’t forget to stock up on any camping gear you might need in advance of your trip. Here are a few recommendations:
- SUAOKI Camping Tent Lantern with Rechargeable Battery (Powered by USB Charging and Solar Panel)
- CORE 9 Person Cabin Tent – (believe me, you’ll want something this size for a comfortable family trip)
- Klymit Static V Lightweight Sleeping Pad (great for making it a bit more comfy to sleep on the ground in a tent!)
- Coleman Camping Stove
- Camping Cookware Kit