Every camper has their own style. Some love the kitschy charm of ice cream socials and campsite decorating competitions, others just want a space to spread out their sleeping bag surrounded by friends, and still others may want to leave it all behind to explore this great green earth. Whatever your personal style is, we’re behind you. That’s why we made this campground bucket list that has a little bit of something for everyone.
Enota Mountain Retreat
Surrounded on either side by the Chattahoochee National Forest, Enota Mountain Retreat isn’t just a nonprofit dedicated to conserving green spaces; it’s also a haven for friends and families looking to live it up in the North Georgia Mountains. With accommodations that range from streamside camping to comfy motel rooms, you can even bring the pals that are hesitant about snoozing on the forest floor. Bubbling streams, ponds, and four waterfalls are perfect for extreme Marco Polo or just relaxing in some fresh water, or you can head on over to the organic garden and farm to nab some produce or feed the bunnies, goats, chickens, pigs and cows. Plus, tap into Enota’s good old-fashioned camper community vibe with campground-wide bonfires and hayrides.
KOA campgrounds are already known for giving their campers scrapbook-worthy experiences full of pancakes, s’mores, ice cream socials, bonfires, and parties (basically all of the ingredients for unadulterated joy). But KOA Cody takes it up a notch with a breathtaking Wyoming location, which you’ll enjoy from the heated pool and hot tubs when you’re not going wild on a fun bike or giant jumping pillow. Plus, this KOA shuttles you out for free to the Cody Nite Rodeo every night in the summer (yee-haw!). And if that’s not enough, use your campsite as a home base while exploring the beauty of Yellowstone National Park.
Glacier Bay National Park
It’s not an easy feat to get to Glacier Bay National Park but for wilderness enthusiasts, it’s worth it. From glacial fjords to snow-capped peaks, you won’t find scenery quite like this anywhere else. Get up close and personal with Alaska’s gorgeous landscape through a kayak exploration of Bartlett Cove a guided hiking trip. If you’re looking to leave civilization behind, this is the place to do it: with no roads or trails, backpackers can spend days in the park without seeing a trace of human life. Camping is tent-only and every camper must attend a thirty-minute orientation before setting up at the park’s only campground, accessible via a quarter-mile hike from the main dock in Bartlett Cove.