Amazing Places You Can Only Camp in a Small Camper

One of the joys of traveling in a small camper is not being limited by your size. Small campers fit into places where larger campers cannot, including campsites or boondocking spots with length restrictions or tight spacing.

Below are some of the top-rated campsites that are best suited for small campers. Longer RVs may try and squeeze their way into some of these locations, but the little guys will always have an easier time of it.


Alabama

Turnipseed Campground

Turnipseed Campground | Talladega National Forest – Lineville, AL

“I’ve stayed here at least twice a year for the past 10 years and love it. I have never seen anything larger than a teardrop size camper here, almost exclusively tents. Lots of trees for hammock camping.” – Bruce


Alaska

Black Bear Campground

Black Bear Campground | Chugach National Forest – Girdwood, AK

“After a very full day in Whittier, we stopped here for the night before heading back to Anchorage. The campsite is close to the road, but there is very limited traffic so it didn’t bother us a bit.” -ShayneH


Arizona

Cattle Tank Road

Cattle Tank Road | BLM – Red Rock, AZ

“Established campsites along the road are limited, but the setting is gorgeous. A few campsites are pretty large. Beautiful sunsets in a cactus garden setting. You’ll be surrounded by large saguaros and lots of chollas.” -RV With Tito

Kingman Wash

Kingman Wash | Lake Mead National Recreation Area – Temple Bar Marina, AZ

“You can snorkel, swim, or kayak to get a view over Hoover Dam. Two spectacular hikes with hot springs and the Colorado River are within a few miles drive: Arizona Hot Springs and Goldstrike Canyon. You can camp here up to 15 days at a time.” -jackh

Beaver Dam Mountain Wilderness

Beaver Dam Mountain Wilderness | BLM – Littlefield, AZ

“Quiet, remote stay. Stayed here for one night. Did some hiking on the surrounding trails, target shooting and stargazing. Enjoyed the serenity, only saw one other person during our stay.” -DaN


Arkansas

Richland Creek Recreation Area

Richland Creek Recreation Area | Ozark National Forest – Witts Springs, AR

“Beautiful secluded campground on two creeks with multitudes of water falls in the area. Great swimming hole. sometimes fills up on weekends, but there are also several “dispersed” sites along the road. Awesome scenery and hiking.”-Scott

Lake Sylvia Campground

Lake Sylvia Campground | Ouachita National Forest – Perryville, AR

“Nicely wooded area with nearby fishing lake.Two loops, one without electricity, the other with water and electricity. $20/nite with elec, $15/nite without.” -Stannie


California

TV Tower Road

TV Tower Road | Los Padres National Forest – Santa Margarita, CA

“The view is vast and beautiful. Nice sunset and sunrise! Neat seeing the marine layer move over the land. Totally worth the drive up and down. There are hiking trails nearby. Great place to fly a kite too.” -Hypsy-Gypsy

Kelbaker Boulders

Kelbaker Boulders | Mojave National Preserve – Kelso, CA

“Nice place on the road to Grand Canyon. We never saw more stars and the sunrise. Really quiet and easy to find by night with our 25ft RV. A few fireplaces around.” -bambi

Soda Lake View

Soda Lake View | Mojave National Preserve – Baker, CA

“I went ahead and took the first spot since no one was out here. I love being in places where I don’t have to cover the windows! The road in was fine and short. A little wobbly, but no big deal if you go slowly. I’m right near the first big mount of rocks and love scrambling.”-TheGalavan

Dharma Tower

Dharma Tower | Mojave National Preserve – Kelso, CA

“Wonderful isolated spot in the Mojave Preserve. This site is next to an old radio tower and control shack, which are locked and fenced closed. I found the tower added to the vibe of the site. The scenery is beautiful out of your door.”-Huffy1166

Big Black Mountain

Big Black Mountain | Cleveland National Forest – Ramona, CA

“We were heading to San Diego and wanted a place to camp, this was amazing. There is plenty of wood for a fire. In the morning the fog had started to roll in when we stooped for a picture.” -Salm


Colorado

Twin Lakes View

Twin Lakes View | Pike & San Isabel National Forest – Twin Lakes, CO

“Beautiful sights!! Watched the sunset and sunrise over the snow-topped mountains each night. There are about 20-30 sites with fire rings up and down the road.” -Totzcamplife

County Road 34

County Road 34 | BLM – Mancos, CO

“That’s a great place to visit Mesa Verde! Sites are big enough to have privacy. You have an amazing view one the Mesa Verde Mountain. There is a lot of wood to make a fire, and you can have shade.” -Emma & Doudou

Hartman Rocks Dispersed Camping

Hartman Rocks Dispersed Camping | BLM – Gunnison, CO

“High desert hiking, biking, and stargazing! All camp spots are designated with a sign and a steel fire ring. Some are easily large enough for 25′ rigs and some have picnic tables and are handicap accessible.” -Moby Goes!

The Bank Campground

The Bank Campground | BLM – Canon City, CO

“The campground is located about 11 miles north of Canon City. There are hiking trails and rock climbing in the area. The sites are gravel and have a concrete picnic table and a fire ring.” -The Moores

Twin Lakes North

Twin Lakes North | Pike & San Isabel National Forest – Twin Lakes, CO

“The views are what makes the spot and is 100% worth the work to get up there! We had good service while we were there and there are several nearby hikes, including the tallest mountain in Colorado Mt. Elbert!”-EatSeeRV


Florida

Warren Bluff Campsite #48

Warren Bluff Campsite #48 | Tate’s Hell State Forest – Carrabelle, FL

“Great view and a great breeze. Nice kayak access. Lots of bird activity, low light pollution. Nice charcoal grill, fire-pit, and picnic table. It’s big enough that you could set up three or four tents if you really wanted. There’s a couple trees right by the water where you can get a hammock up”-Koelker12


Idaho

Old River Road

Old River Road | Coeur D’Alene National Forest – Linfor, ID

“The dogs loved running around carefree, we chatted with tubers, watched the Osprey, skipped rocks and fished a little. We had 25 yards of private rock beach. It is a short drive to the Trail of the Coeur d’Alene, a 70 mile paved bike path.” -33andfree

Chatcolet Campground

Chatcolet Campground | Heyburn State Park – Plummer, ID

“Quiet, elevated Lake Views, not Crowded. What’s NOT to love about this campground? Stayed only 1 night in Site 131 with views through the lodgepole pines and red cedars of Chatcolet Lake. Only 10 or so miles of Hwy 95 and about an hour and then some from Coeur d’Alene.” -Nessie The Navion


Michigan

D.H. Day Campground

D.H. Day Campground | Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore – Glen Arbor, MI

“Great location. All types of spots from sunny to shaded. Short walk to a beautiful beach area plus the heritage trail goes right through the campground.” -Mel


Montana

McGinnis Creek Dispersed Camping

McGinnis Creek Dispersed Camping | Flathead National Forest – Columbia Falls, MT

“Perfectly Secluded Boondocking Overlooking Glacier National Park. There’s a fire ring up there and plenty of dead wood around for fire. Very easy to get to and we had no problem getting a 33′ Class C up the road to the site.” -NomadicNeighbors

Flint Creek Campground | Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest – Philipsburg, MT

“For being in the middle of nowhere, at the base of mountains, I was shocked to have 3 bars of lte service. Anyhow, campground was nice, clean, quiet, every spot has a fire pit and almost all are creek side.” -John_MidlifeWanderlust

Rock Creek Dispersed

Rock Creek Dispersed | Custer National Forest – Red Lodge, MT

“Beautiful area, close to Beartooth. Road is washboard in a few sections, but not bad. A lot of nice level spots further in, just have to drive in for quite a ways, past MK campground.
Would definitely stay here again.” -Rui

Confederate Dispersed Campground

Confederate Dispersed Campground | Canyon Ferry Lake USBR – Townsend, MT

“It was a very quite area with TONS of wildlife. We saw a young moose in the morning, lots of geese and antelope. There was a picnic table and fire pit at our site. We would love to come here again!” -Ireland


New Mexico

Parks Ranch Campground

Parks Ranch Campground | BLM- Carlsbad, NM

“It is so quiet and dark here and amazing. The night sky was so clear and moonless one of the nights making for some great stargazing. There are two caverns here as well that you can explore which is cool.” -Woodsaroundtheworld

Granite Gap

Granite Gap | BLM- Animas, NM

“Once you get here, you won’t complain. Surrounded by desert greenery shared with some free range cattle. Dark at night. Quiet day and night. Great hikes and views too.” -Lilmsnomad


New York

Chautauqua Gorge State Forest

Chautauqua Gorge State Forest | State Forest- Mayville, NY

“There is a great hike down to the gorge where you can swim and cool off and lots of beautiful nature all around. It was always busy on summer weekends, but quiet during the week.” -TheHappiestWanderers

Jones Pond

Jones Pond | State Forest- Vermontville, NY

“Jones Pond is a pretty area and makes a decent base camp to explore this area of the Adirondacks. There were several people everyday that came to paddle and fish the pond. Otherwise it was quiet there at night.” -glasgows_onthego


North Carolina

Ammons Branch Campground

Ammons Branch Campground | National Forest- Highlands, NC

“Camping is free and there are only 4 sites here. Lots of hiking trails with great vistas and waterfall rewards.Chattooga River is gorgeous and offers great fly fishing.” -Carrie


Oregon

Green Mountain Campground

Green Mountain Campground | BLM- Christmas Valley, OR

“If you’re up for a truly remote experience with outstanding views in a little known corner of the high Oregon desert, this place is perfect. We also explored South Ice Cave, Fort Rock, Hole in the Ground, and the Hidden Forest.” -Chris&David

Still Creek Campground | Mt Hood National Forest- Government Camp, OR

“This is truly a magical place! Huge sites by a lovely creek in a lush forest! It is one of the closest campgrounds to Mount Hood. ” -Road it up

Miller Bar Campground | Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest- Brookings, OR

“We love boondocking here. You are able to pull your camp trailer right up to the water and the scenery is majestic! Perfect for river kayaking and rafting. Kids love hunting for frogs, crawdads, and newts which are plentiful in the river.” -SAYCamp


Tennessee

Foster Falls Campground

Foster Falls Campground | South Cumberland State Park- Jasper, TN

“Foster Falls is in my top 5 favorite places I have been to. The campground is close to the start of the trail to get to the waterfall. I was on site 24, which is a great location as neighbors are pretty far away” -Robdubois


Texas

Chisos Basin Campground

Chisos Basin Campground | Big Bend National Park- Big Bend National Park, TX

“The setting itself is amazing! Big Bend has such an amazing variety of landscapes to view, but the Chisos campground is maybe the prettiest location in the park. There is lots to see and do using this as a basecamp. We would stay here again.” -ElliottM

Colorado Bend State Park

Colorado Bend State Park | Texas State Park- Bend, TX

“The river is calm and beautiful! The moon was full and so bright it was like early morning sun shine. In the morning the open area had many deer jumping and playing. I will return!” -Lente


Utah

North Creek Dispersed Camping

North Creek Dispersed Camping | BLM- Virgin, UT

“Lots of spots & right next to a creek. Can get hot during summer days with a breeze at night. Perfect stay, and we had cell service! About 20 min from Zion entrance which makes it 10x better.” -Aa

Cabin Hollow Dispersed Camping

Cabin Hollow Dispersed Camping | Dixie National Forest- Panguitch, UT

“What a striking location! Just a few minutes to Bryce Canyon NP. And the walks at the Red Canyon Visitors Center are beautiful. We loved it there.” -Sue G.

Miners Canyon Dispersed Camping

Miners Canyon Dispersed Camping | BLM – Saratoga Springs, UT

“Easy access and beautiful views. There is a lot of land to camp on. The road you come in on has several places to park that will work for a large RV.” -MarlaSinger


Virginia

Burke Lake Park Campground

Burke Lake Park Campground | County Park – Fairfax Station, VA

“The camp spots are nestled in the woods with wildlife all around. Each site has a picnic table and a fire ring. They have a train ride, playgrounds, miniature golf, fitness trails around the lake, fishing, and more.” -Reed & Liz


Washington

Goodell Creek Campground

Goodell Creek Campground | North Cascades National Park – Marblemount, WA

“The creek behind our campsite was beautiful, and there was lots of foliage. Several trails are in the area via driving to them, but just a short distance down the road is the Newhalem CG and the NP visitor center” -RVLIKEMIDGLEY

Hog Lake Dispersed Camping

Hog Lake Dispersed Camping | BLM – Sprague, WA

“I would definitely stay here again. Campsites are well dispersed and I can hardly see my neighbors. There’s a short hike out to hog Lake with a nice view of the lake from above. Basalt cliffs are on several sides of the lake.” -Waltbx

Red Bridge Campground

Red Bridge Campground | Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest – Granite Falls, WA

“Great base camp to some terrific hiking and exploring. We come here every year. And we reserve the same spot. There are some great swimming holes.” -Roger


Wyoming

Shadow Mountain Designated Dispersed Campsite #2

Shadow Mountain Designated Dispersed Campsite #2 | Bridger-Teton National Forest – Jackson, WY

“Some of the best views of the mountain range from where I camped. It was a unforgettable experience seeing the mountain range from my spot. You’d be hard pressed to find a better view than this!” -Almewho

Ayers Natural Bridge Park

Ayers Natural Bridge Park | County Park – Douglas, WY

“Everything about our stay here was wonderful. The natural bridge was gorgeous and we quickly ran up the mini-trail to the top of the bridge to take sunset photos. The surrounding wall of red rock was absolutely beautiful!” -chaurory