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

Freehold Township, NJ

Turkey Swamp Park

Jun 16, 2021

"Great stay!"

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What a great campground! From the minute we arrived we enjoyed our stay. We were in town visiting Family and friends, so the park was conveniently located. The park is close to shops, beaches and restaurants. We had a few get togethers at our site, so our family and friends could experience camping with us. The staff and Park Rangers were super...
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catherine ivers
1 review
Jun 07, 2021

"Not Much of a 'Resort'"

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We stayed at Shady Pines MH & RV Resort for a one-night getaway just for the camping experience. The park was easy to find and located just under 3-miles from the Garden State Parkway. The front office staff person was polite and prepared for our arrival. I reserved this site using Campspot. The rate was $65 plus $23 in fees for a...
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Matthew Siegel
4 reviews
Jun 06, 2021

"Way too many loud seasonals!"

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This place unfortunately is a giant long term and seasonal place. The transient TT sites are all sand and dirt and very sloppy. Especially after it rains. Staff is non-existent. The seasonals are loud and blast music at their sites and there is a lot of golf cart traffic. Nobody seems to obey the speed limit. It’s rough.

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Jake M
18 reviews
Mays Landing, NJ

Mays Landing Thousand Trails

Jun 03, 2021

"Small quite park"

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We enjoyed our two days here visiting friends. Lots of seasonal sits with very friendly folks who welcomed us like family. Some spaces are pretty large while others can be tight. Very quite park with lots of trees and nice fishing pond.

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Chris Laws
17 reviews
Freehold Township, NJ

Turkey Swamp Park

May 26, 2021

"Great outdoors type of park"

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Large wooded sites with 30amp and water (I needed about 100’ of hose though as water is located at the edge of the site) with all sites being pull throughs. Roads are one-way, but people went the opposite when needed so their camp side faced the right direction. Roads are dirt from the entrance on Georgia Rd. The 15-acre lake is within walking...
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Randy S
3 reviews