Best Camping in North Dakota

Camping in North Dakota

By Alex Murphy

North Dakota, known for its portrayal in the movie Fargo, also has a National Park, wild grasslands, and miles of state to check out in one of the least populated places in the country.

Bordering Canada, Montana, South Dakota, and Minnesota, the state has pleasant summer temps and bitterly cold winters and has plenty of great camping in North Dakota for visitors to enjoy.

See a map of all camping in North Dakota.

North Dakota State Parks

There are 16 North Dakota State Parks spread across the state with many different attractions, including ice fishing, hiking, and canoeing.

As the name suggests, Lake Sakakawea State Park is on a lake with easy fishing access and has some of the most popular state park camping in North Dakota.

Cross Ranch State Park sits on the Missouri River and has great views of a nearby bison herd, while Little Missouri State Park is on the banks of the Little Missouri River and is made up of badlands giving the area some of the most interesting terrain ND State Parks has to offer.

North Dakota National Parks

Theodore Roosevelt National Park has a distinctive name and is unique as it's separated into three different parts across the western part of the state. While the area is mostly made up of badlands, the Little Missouri River also flows through the park, and there are more than 100 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails for visitors to use.

Camping in Theodore Roosevelt is broken into different areas, with popular camping at Juniper Campground in the northern part of the park and Cottonwood Campground located in the southern part of the park.

North Dakota RV Parks

Campers can find many North Dakota RV Parks across the I-94 corridor.

When traveling across North Dakota, the first city you hit heading east to west is Fargo, the state's largest and most populated city. Travelers can find camping near Fargo at Days Inn RV park just outside city limits.

Bismarck, the capital of North Dakota is more centrally located, and although it's smaller than Fargo, the city still has plenty of shops and restaurants. Visitors can stay within city limits at the Bismarck KOA.

Finally, heading west on I-94 right before Montana, campers will find Theodore Roosevelt National Park and some of the most outdoorsy camping in North Dakota. Boots Campground is a popular destination in the state with views of the Badlands.

Free Camping in North Dakota

The majority of the free camping in North Dakota can be found in the southwest corner of the state, near North Dakota's National Park and National Forest land.

Scoria Pit Dispersed Camping is in the Little Missouri National Grassland and has more campground reviews than other locations in the state. Not far from Scoria Pit is the Painted Canyon Visitor Center within Theodore Roosevelt National Park and is a popular place to camp based on Campendium reviews.

Several city parks in North Dakota allow free camping. Topping the list of most reviews for these parks is Michigan City Park, not far from Grand Forks on the eastern side of the state.

North Dakota National Forests

Little Missouri National Grassland in western North Dakota is surprisingly hilly for a protected grassland, but that only adds to the views. The Grassland is near many other outdoor destinations and has popular camping sites such as Wannagan Campground and Magpie Campground.

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Recent North Dakota Campground Reviews

Jamestown, ND

Parkhurst Campground

Feb 04, 2024

"Nice Boondocks With Vault Toilets"

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We got here after dark in the fog and it was easy to find. Camping in February in ND -chilly, muddy, foggy, 34F. We had our furnace going so we were warm enough, even with our hybrid trailer beds out. There was one other campervan there that we didn’t even notice until the next morning. No one around -paid our $10 into the box at the entrance....
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11 reviews
Jan 21, 2024

"We lucked out and got the good spot!"

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The nice big flat area on the left side of the dirt road was available and worked perfect for our 2 trailers. There were other spots farther along the road, but they weren't as large or easily accessed. We missed the turnoff at first and had to go back to find it, but it wasn't too hard to find the spots people are using. Great location for...
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6 reviews
Fargo, ND


Jan 06, 2024

"Easy Access Quiet Large Lot "

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Off the freeway quiet easy access store doesn’t open till 8am overnight parking allowed

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New Salem, ND

Sweet Briar Lake

Dec 03, 2023

"Clean ,Good View"

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Not bad finding it

3 reviews
Nov 14, 2023

"Great view, kinda busy location but quiet at the same time "

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Att great speed. Showed up in complete darkness and had to make our own spot. Most the grass was to tall to camp on keeping people from getting too close but still ended up criwed our last night.

1 review