Timing Is Everything
If you wish to make a campsite reservation on federal land or sites, you'll want to visit the National Recreation Reservation Service at recreation.gov. Here you can reserve individual campsites, cabins, lookouts, group campsites, tours, picnic shelters, and wilderness permits that are offered by the US Army Corps of Engineers, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, USDA Forest Service, as well as other agencies. Recreation.gov offers over 60,000 reservable facilities at over 1,700 locations across the country. Reservations can be made 6 months in advance of your camping date by going online, by calling 877-444-6777, or at a field location. As of 2014, the United States had 10,234 state parks! So the next time you feel like you've been to all the great parks, remember that fact and accept that you probably haven't! Reserving a state park can be tricky, but we're here to help. Once you narrow down the state in which you want to camp, use this list below to help you determine where to go in order to reserve your campsite. The first list shows all the states that use Reserve America for their reservation system. If you don't see your destination in this list, then refer to the second list of states that use their own state's state park website for campground reservations.
Go to Reserve America to reserve state park campsites in these states:
California Colorado Connecticut Delaware Florida Georgia Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maryland Massachusetts Mississippi Montana Nebraska New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina Ohio Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina Utah Virginia Wisconsin
To reserve a state park campsite in one of these states, visit the links below:
Alabama State Parks Alaska Department of Natural Resources Arizona State Parks Arkansas State Parks Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Michigan State Park & Harbor Reservations Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Missouri State Parks Nevada State Parks North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department Oklahoma State Parks South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Tennessee State Parks Texas Parks & Wildlife Vermont State Parks Washington State Parks West Virginia State Parks Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails If you plan to visit a franchise-style campground, such as a KOA or a Jellystone Park Resort, or another private campground, you'll want to visit their websites to check for availability and make reservations directly with them. Do you have any tips or tricks on how to beat the crowds when making campsite reservations? Let us know in the comments!