Campgrounds Open & Closed Due to COVID-19 (Updated October 2020)

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Updated October 20th, 8:30 PM EST

Throughout most of 2020, the Coronavirus pandemic has impacted life across America – including access to campgrounds. Initially, numerous campgrounds closed due to the virus. Many campgrounds later reopened, some completely, some partially, and many with procedures and/or facility limitations to address the concerns of COVID-19. This page has tracked public and private campgrounds, RV parks and dispersed camping locations that are currently closed, are not accepting new reservations or are operating with restrictions prohibiting some types of campers. You’ll also note the mention of camping locations that have reopened, or have set a date for reopening. If you would like to add information or a place to this list, please submit closures – or reopenings here.

Please be sure to contact a location directly before setting out – some places that reopened have closed again due to local COVID-19 outbreaks, or are operating with restrictions that may cause you to reconsider your stay.

Table of Contents:
Open RV Parks and Campgrounds
National Park Closures
Army Corp of Engineers (COE) Closures
Chain Campground Closures
Military Campground Closures
State-by-State Closures & Responses
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Are campgrounds open for camping during the Coronavirus?

The CDC addresses travel, stating “travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.” Addressing RV travel specifically, the CDC states “you may have to stop less often for food or bathroom breaks, but RV travel usually means staying at RV parks overnight and getting gas and supplies at other public places. These stops may put you and those with you in the RV in close contact with others.,” as noted in the FAQ section of their Travel In The U.S. webpage.

During this time, campground policies are tending to change quickly, and are often subject to local or statewide restrictions and recommendations. It is wise to call ahead before traveling to your destination.

This document addresses Coronavirus-related closures or limitations only. Seasonal closures or closures due to other disasters or reasons are not included in this document.

Quick Stats

  • While many state park campground systems closed partially or completely during the initial months of the Novel Coronavirus pandemic, as of late summer 2020, all state park campgrounds had reopened in some capacity.
  • Army Corp of Engineer (COE) campgrounds, which were uniformly closed nationwide in early Spring due to the pandemic, have largely reopened. Reopening is on a district by district basis. It is highly recommended that you contact any COE campground directly for the most up-to-date information.
  • Many casinos and their corresponding parking lots, which often permit overnight parking, closed during the early months of the pandemic. While many have reopened to overnight parking, we recommend you have a back-up plan if intending to utilize a casino parking lot as an overnight resting spot.

National Park Closures

NPS statement & response to COVID-19.

Many national parks are operating in limited capacities. Please check directly with a park’s website or ranger system before attempting to visit.

Army Corp of Engineers (COE) Response

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) was the first overseeing body to mass close their campgrounds due to the Coronavirus pandemic. COE managed campgrounds in every Division and District in the nation began an orderly shutdown beginning on March 20th. Beginning May 15th, Army Corps Divisions, and the Districts within them were permitted to reopen campgrounds and campsites based on local mandates.

A full map of Army Corps Division and District locations can be seen here.

We recommend contacting any COE camping area directly before arrival to confirm availability and restrictions.

Chain Campground Responses

Military Campground Closures

  • Multiple military RV parks and campgrounds across the U.S. closed due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. U.S. Military Campgrounds & RV Parks is tracking these closures on their website.

State-by-State Closures & Responses

Complete List of State-by-State Closures

It is highly recommended you contact any RV park, campground, or public camping management service before arrival.

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