The Best State Park Campgrounds in Each State

The Best State Park Campground in each state is a title earned by amassing the most five star reviews from the Campendium community. In the few cases where there were ties, it was broken by number of reviews overall. Find out how many of these State Parks you’ve already visited and add the others to your bucket list.
best state park in alabama

Alabama: Gulf State Park

“Excellent family campground! Lots to do here: nature trails, paved hiking/biking paths, boating, kayaking, fishing, and close to beach. Many miles of new paved hiking/biking paths and boardwalks were added in the last few months. One boardwalk is 1.1 miles long, providing a scenic view of campground and lake.” – Roaminsolitude
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K'esugi Ken Campground Denali State Park

Alaska: K’esugi Ken Campground (Denali State Park)

“We loved this campground, it was not crowded when we were there. It was nice and peaceful but it was the beginning of the season, the park had just opened for the summer. We were even able to see Denali herself one day right from the campground.” – JonesN2Trave
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drone shot of Catalina State Park

Arizona: Catalina State Park

“Located about 15 miles (30 minutes) north of “downtown”, the park is in a beautiful location. When camped you feel like you’re in the middle of the wilderness, yet there’s a Walmart, movie theater, and restaurants just across the street from the campground entrance.” – Life Rebooted
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Village Creek State Park Arkansas State Park

Arkansas: Village Creek State Park

“What a place to be. The park was absolutely immaculately cared for, everyone we encountered was so incredibly nice, and the campground was wonderful. Lots of trails to enjoy that are well maintained and well marked.” – zerocontact
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Crystal Cove State Park California State Park

California: Crystal Cove State Park

“What a place! We loved our stay here. The beach here is beautiful and peaceful in January. This is probably one of the best places we’ve stayed so far, but it’s hard to beat ocean views.” – 4airstreamers
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Cheyenne Mountain State Park Colorado State Park

Colorado: Cheyenne Mountain State Park

“Great views of Cheyenne Mountain, and at night, nice views of the city lights of Colorado Springs and Fort Carson. Would love to come back without the dogs sometime and explore some of the other (longer) trails. For us, this makes for a great quick getaway – we will be back.” – Maman325
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Connecticut: Salt Rock State Park

“The kids loved the pools! One of the pools is only 3 feet deep so the younger kids have a safe place to play. The water was crystal clear. After the 4th of July crowds left it was a pleasant place to be.” – Gramma and Poppie
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Lums Pond State Park Delaware State Park

Delaware: Lums Pond State Park

“Lums Pond recently underwent a major renovation where all the sites got full hook-ups and paved parking pads. Aside from the new improvements, the park is as lovely as ever with generously spaced sites (although there are no trees between so don’t expect privacy) and great trails for walking and biking.” – WatsonsWander
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Anastasia State Park Florida State Park

Florida: Anastasia State Park

“I have stayed at this park a few times in the past years and always loved my stay. The campsites are large and mostly under shade spending trees.” – RV Fox
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Skidaway Island State Park Georgia State Park

Georgia: Skidaway Island State Park

“This campground definitely gives you the Savannah feel, with its palm trees and its gorgeous Spanish moss. We instantly fell in love with it. Also, the location of this campground is in close proximity to downtown.” – journey2fifty
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Kokee State Park Hawaii State Park

Hawaii: Kokee State Park

Koke’e State Park offers tent camping and lodging with commanding views of the lush Kalalau Valley from 4,000 feet elevation. The state park offers access to hiking trails in a native rain forest and along the rim of Waimea Canyon; trails from Koke’e State Park lead into neighboring Na Pali-Kona Forest Reserve and Pu’u Ka Pele Forest Reserve offering hikers amazing backcountry campsites.
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Henrys Lake State Park Idaho State Park

Idaho: Henrys Lake State Park

“We camped in our 42 foot fifth wheel and it was beautiful. Plenty to do right in the campground or there is yellowstone a short 30 minute drive away. We kayaked, hiked the loop, and hung out on the lake.” – Nikki
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Lincoln Trail State Park Illinois State Park

Illinois: Lincoln Trail State Park

“This is a gem of a park. If you are near. Stop in, you won’t be disappointed…We walked through the park and found beautiful trails that lead to a gorgeous lake. In summer they have a restaurant on the lake along w/a bait shop.” – markv
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Charlestown State Park Indiana State Park

Indiana: Charlestown State Park

“Very nice State Park. Quiet and clean. Lots of hiking trials. The Rose Island trail is a must. Lots of history surrounding Rose Island Amusement Park. Louisville, Ky is an easy drive from this location.” – Bruce
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Pikes Peak State Park Iowa State Park

Iowa: Pikes Peak State Park

“Great little state park to visit, lots of walking trails around and nice views. Towns and other activities close by, but it was easy for us to spend 4 days here.” – piston9
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Prairie Dog State Park Kansas State Park

Kansas: Prairie Dog State Park

“Beautiful spot with a great view overlooking the lake. Overall a gorgeous place to stay. The prairie dogs are adorable, there is a colony living here in the park that you can watch from a pavilion.” – Journeying Jacksons
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Nolin Lake State Park Kentucky State Park

Kentucky: Nolin Lake State Park

“Very clean park with large level sites. 50 amp service and water at each site. We chose this park due to it proximity to Mammoth Cave. The drive to the national park was probably 20 – 30 minutes each way. The park is very secluded.” – JimNKelly
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Bayou Segnette State Park Louisiana State Park

Louisiana: Bayou Segnette State Park

“We stayed at Bayou Segnette for 2 weeks while visiting New Orleans. All sites are paved and some have a deck. They were great and spacious enough to have our 2 dogs out on leads with plenty of room to roam.” – RVwithRandC
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Maine: Cobscook Bay State Park

“Cobscook Bay state park is located on a peninsula jutting into Cobscook Bay, and therefore it’s surrounded by water on 3 sides. This is our favorite location to camp in Maine, and we make sure to make our reservations for our favorite site as soon as the reservation window opens every February.” – Juan
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Rocky Gap State Park Maryland State Park

Maryland: Rocky Gap State Park

“Spent two nights at Rocky Gap in very early June – pleasantly surprised at the facilities for our first camping experience in the MD state park system. The park also features a surprising aviary – several local hawk, owl and falcon species as well as two bald eagles.” – Esther the Airstream
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Wompatuck State Park Massachusetts State Park

Massachusetts: Wompatuck State Park

“You would not believe this place exists. There is a beautiful state park just outside of Boston that makes you feel like you are far from the city. The great thing is, you are only 15 minutes from the Braintree stop for the subway.” – homeindeed
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Wilderness State Park Michigan State Park

Michigan: Wilderness State Park

“At exactly 8am 6 months prior I booked our lake front site. It was so beautiful, and I’m glad I made the reservation.The sunsets were spectacular, as were the stars. You are only about a mile from a Dark Sky area, so the stars are incredible. Just a few miles to catch the Ferry for Mackinac Island, so I highly recommend doing so.” – Kblanquart
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Whitewater State Park Minnesota State Park

Minnesota: Whitewater State Park

“Fantastic sties with mature trees and vegetation providing privacy, amazing interpretive program about the WPA and CCC work done in the park (fascinating history), exceptional trails, trout fishing, the cutest souvenir store ever with ice cream and a sand swimming beach to boot.” – Wanderlust or Bust
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Paul B. Johnson State Park Mississippi State Park

Mississippi: Paul B. Johnson State Park

“There are 125 RV campsites located on an area overlooking the Lake. If you have time, there is a roped off area for swimming and opportunities for boating and fishing on the lake. I really liked this site and the views.” – Tom and Earl (the Springer)
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Pershing State Park Missouri State Park

Missouri: Pershing State Park

“Small wooded campground with paved parking and 30 amp electrical hook ups. Just off route 36, near Meadville, Missouri. Flush toilets and showers were spotless. Campground hosts are friendly and accommodating.” – PStyer
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Big Arm State Park Flathead Lake State Park

Montana: Big Arm State Park

“Our site is so close to the shore and had an amazing view! No dumpsite but have potable water, pay showers. Full att signal. But all in all this place is beautiful, peaceful and rustic!” – Bonjoey
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Fort Robinson State Park Nebraska State Park

Nebraska: Fort Robinson State Park

“What a great state park with campgrounds. Fort Robinson was an Army base from 1847 to 1947. They have 2 museums, though the entire Fort is a museum. There are horse rides, carriage rides, a playhouse during the summer with entertainment, a good restaurant from breakfast thru dinner. Lots of hiking.” – Gary
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Atlatl Rock Campground Valley of Fire State Park

Nevada: Atlatl Rock Campground (Valley of Fire State Park)

“The highlight of this campground are the stunning rocks that surround you. You can pop out of your trailer and immediately start scrambling over boulders and hiding in nooks and crannies. We rode our bikes from the campsite to Atlatl rock to see the ancient petroglyphs, which was great.” – traveling_flipflops
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Coleman State Park New Hampshire State Park

New Hampshire: Coleman State Park

“Clean lake with loons. Clean bathrooms. No hookups but was told I could park by bathrooms and plug in to charge my battery. Very nice staff.” – ceeesscee
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Cheesequake State Park New Jersey State Park

New Jersey: Cheesequake State Park

“This park is not far from NYC and reasonably priced. It has a very large beach on a lake and several excellent trails to hike. It’s large, so you have to drive to get to the lake or nature center.” – BoardGamesOnBoard
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Oliver Lee Memorial State Park New Mexico State Park

New Mexico: Oliver Lee Memorial State Park

“We stayed here for 2 nights to see White Sands. It is a little drive from the state park to White Sands, but is worth it for the setting. The campground is nestled with hills on one side and the desert on the other, so beautiful no matter which way you turn around.” – tacksonthedeck
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Four Mile Creek State Park New York State Park

New York: Four Mile Creek State Park

“This is a really nice, well keep State Park. There are great amenities like laundry, hot showers, playgrounds, fresh water and a dump. It is also only about a 10 minute drive to the store or 20 minutes to Niagara Falls.” – glasgows_onthego
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Carolina Beach State Park North Carolina State Park

North Carolina: Carolina Beach State Park

“How did it take us so long to discover this place? We had a very spacious pull-through site with full hookups. We took our pups an a few walks down to the sandy beach by the river. Our night was very tranquil and relaxing. We’ll definitely be back!” – Vegan Granny
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Sully Creek State Park North Dakota State Park

North Dakota: Sully Creek State Park

“Our site was right on Sully Creek which is a small creek but provides lots of vegetation and wildlife including whitetails right in our site in the morning. The site also provides a great view of some North Dakota Badlands. We used this as our base camp in the middle of August to explore the National Park and I’m so glad we did. I would have loved to stay longer.” – Lathe11
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Alum Creek State Park Ohio State Park

Ohio: Alum Creek State Park

“This particular park is nice because the sites are heavily grown between sites so it gives you a feeling of being secluded. The lake is nice with a swimming beach area.” – AlanMcD
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Elephant Rock Campground Lake Murray State Park

Oklahoma: Elephant Rock Campground (Lake Murray State Park)

“This was a great campsite. The lake was about 10 feet away and was great for swimming and fishing. The bathrooms and showers were nearby as well as the playground. It’s about 10 min from a gas station and 20 min to Ardmore where there’s everything.” – MRidinger
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Fort Stevens State Park Oregon State Park

Oregon: Fort Stevens State Park

“Our favorite Oregon state park! This place is huge and has so much to offer. I loved the miles of paved bike trails. We visited the fort/historical area and the ship wreck on the beach. There is a lake where you can fish.” – ketah777
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French Creek State Park Pennsylvania State Park

Pennsylvania: French Creek State Park

“Because of its proximity to Philadelphia, many families came to camp despite predicted thunderstorms on low temperatures. The sites are well spaced, with lots of vegitation between them. The hot showers and toilets are roomy, and well maintained. This year had a cold spring, so the trees are just starting to leaf out. I suspect it will be gorgeous in another few weeks.” – SteveAz
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Burlingame State Park Rhode Island State Park

Rhode Island: Burlingame State Park

“This park is huge! There are close to 800 sites! That being said, we got lucky with ours. Not all sites will accommodate RVs. We did enjoy walking the rest of the campground and letting the dogs swim in the lake. The location was great for getting to the Rhode Island coast and also taking the ferry to block island which we HIGHLY recommend!” – @no.e.t.a
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Huntington Beach State Park South Carolina State Park

South Carolina: Huntington Beach State Park

“It is a very short walk from the campground to the beach. There are two beach access trails, and I was on the beach after a short, 5 minute, walk from my campsite. The restroom and showers were clean. Our campsite was nice and shady.” – Outback Bob
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Blue Bell Campground Custer State Park

South Dakota: Blue Bell Campground (Custer State Park)

“Blue Bell was a great spot as far as location. It was an easy trek to Sylvan Lake or Wind Cave NP.
The site we had was definitely the best in the entire CG and if you’re staying here, do your best to get site 24. It has nice views and the kids enjoyed playing around in the woods behind the site. It’s also huge!” – thecrazygoodlife.com
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Rock Island State Park Tennessee State Park

Tennessee: Rock Island State Park

“The main attraction around there is the twins falls! Absolutely beautiful, but a little drive away. I highly recommend it.” – Joe Hendricks
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Palo Duro Canyon State Park Texas State Park

Texas: Palo Duro Canyon State Park

“The sites are spacious and very picturesque, with a covered picnic table. The canyon is a long way from anywhere, but I recommend a trip out to the Panhandle Plains Museum in Canyon, and to drive across the canyon lower down on hwy 207.” – John T
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Kodachrome Basin State Park Utah State Park

Utah: Kodachrome Basin State Park

“This was the most beautiful campground we stayed in over a 9 day road trip through the area. So quiet at night you hear a pin drop. Just enough space between neighbors to be private. Clean and updated showers. All on an amazing property with trails and even horseback riding! Hands down, would absolutely stay here again and recommend to others.” – ErinHarmle
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Half Moon Pond State Park Vermont State Park

Vermont: Half Moon Pond State Park

“Nicely spaced sites, in a mostly pine forest. Clean shower buildings (pay showers). Nice bike trail from the campground on a old railroad grade leading up to a dam. Nice hike behind the campground to a overlook overlooking the valley.” – Superslif
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Pocahontas State Park Virginia State Park

Virginia: Pocahontas State Park

“Beautiful and clean State Park. Easy to find and close to the very nice town of Chesterfield, which had a fully stocked grocery store right before got to the Park. We really enjoyed our quick stay. We have already talked about visiting Pocahontas again.” – AJcampingteam
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Grayland Beach State Park Washington State Park

Washington: Grayland Beach State Park

“The boyfriend and I refer to Grayland as our “happy place”. This is a great park for camping in the late fall or winter when you get one of those spectacular pacific northwest winter days in January and February.” – ericaberry2001
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Little Beaver State Park West Virginia State Park

West Virginia: Little Beaver State Park

“Enjoyed our stay here in the late fall (last week they were open in October). Variety of spots with woods, full sun or partial. Variety of back in and pull through. Nice area for tents as well. Beautiful lake for fishing and lots of trails. Plenty of friendly deer. Will come here again for sure.” – Rachael & Carole
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Willow River State Park Wisconsin State Park

Wisconsin: Willow River State Park

“The park is just across the Mississippi in Wisconsin and many people come out from the city to picnic, enjoy nature and cool off in Willow Falls. Site 222 was wonderfully situated under a light canopy of trees that didn’t shade our solar panels too much, and was separated from neighboring sites with vegetation, making it very private.” – RM
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North Shore Bay Campground Buffalo Bill State Park

Wyoming: North Shore Bay Campground (Buffalo Bill State Park)

“It’s a great jumping off point to visit the town of Cody and also has good proximity to the eastern range of Yellowstone NP for hiking and fishing. We really enjoyed this campground and you just can’t beat the beautiful view!” – The RV Nomads
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