Best Camping in New Jersey

Camping in New Jersey

By Alex Murphy

Just about everyone has a preconceived opinion about New Jersey. However, many are unaware of everything the state has to offer, whether that's the Jersey Shore, the Pine Barrens, easy access to major cities, or the fact it actually deserves the name "The Garden State."

Here's a closer look at what visitors can see while camping in New Jersey.

See a map of all camping in NJ.

New Jersey State Parks

NJ State Parks offer more than 50 distinct areas to choose from, including access to mountains and the coast. It's important to note that only some New Jersey State Parks offer overnight usage, while many, especially those on the beach, are just for day use.

However, some parks do get you close to the coast, like Belleplain State Forest in the southern part and near the end of the Pine Barrens. Campers can enjoy fishing, hunting and hiking, and visit other nearby parks like Cape May Point State Park to enjoy the Atlantic Ocean.

On the opposite end of the state is High Point State Park, which is located in the Kittatinny Mountains, and as the name implies, has the highest point in the state.

There are even some campgrounds in NJ with proximity to NYC, like Cheesequake State Park, just south of the city and not far from the coast.

National Parks in New Jersey

Federal land in New Jersey is split between beautiful areas near the Appalachian Mountains and historical landmarks.

  • Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area divides Pennsylvania and New Jersey with the Delaware River as it carves through mountains. The Appalachian Trail also cuts through this park.
  • Morristown National Historical Park recognizes the spot where General Washington and his army camped through a historically cold winter during the American Revolution.
  • New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve protects the land and history of the Pine Barrens, an area with thick pine forest and farmland.
  • Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park highlights the waterfalls of the Passaic River through what was the country's first industrial planned city, Paterson, NJ.
  • Thomas Edison National Historical Park is the home and laboratory of famed inventor Thomas Edison. A museum shows a lot of his creations and early prototypes for devices we still use today.

RV Parks in New Jersey

RV Parks in NJ let visitors stay within major metro areas with easy access to places like New York City and Philadelphia.

Liberty Harbor RV Park is a marina on the Hudson River, and campers can ferry across the water to Manhattan. You can find similar access to Philly with the Philadelphia South-Clarksboro KOA.

Cape May KOA and other nearby RV resorts give you some of the closest things you can get to an ocean view campground in the popular Cape May area. And finally, anyone looking for a more mountain outdoor feel can look towards sites like Triple Brook Camping Resort which is in the Delaware River Region and has quick access to the river and outdoor sports like white water rafting.

Free Camping in New Jersey

Unfortunately, free camping in NJ is difficult to come by. Anyone looking for no-cost camping can find free campsites in places like Pennsylvania and Upstate New York.

National Forests in New Jersey

The National Forest Service does not manage any land in New Jersey.

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Recent New Jersey Campground Reviews

Nov 14, 2022

"Total disappointment"

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We stayed there in our Super C RV. The campground was a big disappointment. Crowded and dusty. Surrounded by the trees, but no grass just dust and dirt. The staff was friendly and helpful. We have a video footage of this campground on our YouTube channel - Summertime RV Rovers - Campgrounds in Tennessee and New Jersey We camped at Tip Tam...
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Jersey City, NJ

Liberty Harbor RV Park

Nov 13, 2022

"Near NYC, easy to get around"

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Yes it's a parking lot and not cheap, get over it; it's great for its purpose: being close to NYC. Has 50A, 30A, 20A & water at each pedestal. Getting around: Easy & close to NYC via NJ PATH train (10m easy walk, can use Metro card just as on NYC subways) or driving Holland tunnel (very close, just up the road). During times of traffic just...
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Nov 12, 2022

"Great Camping "

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We camped in November after the water at the sites was shut off, but we were able to fill our fresh water at the restrooms. Mostly level, asphalt parking spots. Weldon Rd is a smaller paved road with slight hills and curves. We had no problems getting here with our 34 ft fifth wheel.

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Liberty Harbor RV Park

Oct 28, 2022

"Great Location"

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Stayed 3 nights. Great location. 5 blocks or half mile to path train which is 2 stops to the city. Bathrooms were decent. Just a gravel lot with water and electric. Felt safe and they do have security, cameras and in person.

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Jersey City, NJ

Liberty Harbor RV Park

Oct 23, 2022

"The best for visiting NYC"

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The park was very easy to get to. Follow the directions on the RV Park’s Web Site. There is pavement all the way including the interior roads. Signage is adequate although not needed. You can’t go any further following their directions.. Check in was efficient and friendly and very informative. Melanie, the lady that works in the office is...
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