Our Favorite Hipcamp in Every State
From Alabama to Wyoming, we found the best off-grid sites for chilling out, escaping the hordes, and finding adventure
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Looking for a new place to camp in your backyard or beyond? You’re not alone. As droves of people across the U.S. look to safely travel by opting for remote, outdoor destinations, it’s no surprise that campgrounds are more popular than ever. Hipcamp, the online and app-based booking system for both private and public campsites, is a great resource for those looking to stay away from the hordes. From affordable camping near National Parks to decked-out glampsites with epic views, here are our favorite Hipcamp sites in every state.
Pinewood Nature Cottage (From $85)
Located in the shrimping village of Bon Secour, 11 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico, this rustic cottage is the perfect base camp for paddling and wildlife viewing in ten-mile-long Little Lagoon, fishing the Bon Secour River, and surfing the sandbar break at West Pass in the nearby town of Gulf Shores. Birders will want to check out the estuary at Weeks Bay Reserve or Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge.
Seaside Farm Meadows (From $25)
This tent site affords access to Kachemak Bay State Park, a roughly 400,000-acre refuge that borders both the Kenai Mountains and Gulf of Alaska. You reach it via a 30-minute water-taxi ride from the town of Homer, four hours south of Anchorage. Once there, you can walk to a 20-mile-long beach to spot sea otters and eagles. But with stunning glacier views across the water from camp, we don’t blame you if you choose to simply linger by the raspberry patch.
Grand Canyon Glamping Eco-Yurt (From $89)
A 45-minute drive from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, this 16-foot yurt, set on ten acres, is only eclipsed by its hosts. They’ll make you breakfast with farm-fresh eggs, arrange private yoga classes, and set up guided hiking or biking tours in nearby Kaibab and Coconino National Forests.
Thunder Mountain River Camp (From $70)
This encampment on the South Fork of the Caddo River, about 95 miles west of Little Rock, offers complimentary kayaks, tubes, and a paddleboat. It also has access to a multilevel deck and—here’s the kicker—an open-air bathhouse overlooking the river and the Ouachita Mountains.
Glamping in the Sierra Foothills (From $85)
Two and a half miles from the Yuba River’s Middle Fork, and 95 miles north of Sacramento, these two canvas tents boast new beds, an outdoor shower, and an onsite veggie garden between the property’s dual orchards. Swim or boat at Bullards Bar Reservoir, and hike, bike, or climb in Tahoe National Forest.
Riverside Glamping in the Rockies (From $75)
Soak in a claw-foot tub after a day exploring Rocky Mountain National Park—a 25-minute drive northwest—or the 20-plus miles of trails in adjacent Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests. This tent site also overlooks a seasonal stream and has a private trail that leads to miles of hiking and mountain biking routes.
Quarry View (From $100)
You’ll find waterfalls and dinosaur tracks near this RV-friendly site, which is perched on the edge of a former quarry, a national historic landmark that’s now a lake. At the neighboring Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park, an adventure-sports center, swim in the lake, rent stand-up paddleboards or kayaks, go scuba diving, or climb man-made routes.
Top of the Pond (From $55)
Enjoy simple pleasures at this primitive but serene campsite: take a walk in the woods, go fishing, or paddle the large on-site pond or one of several lakes located within a mile of the property. For a day trip, head to Killens Pond State Park, six miles away.
Live Oak Cove (From $50)
Ideal for those with an RV, a trailer, or a van, this covered barn sits beside a private lake that’s perfect for swimming, boating (two canoes are provided at no cost), or fishing. Bonus points: there’s a fenced-in area for your pups (and the owners’ lovable Labs) to run free.
Stone Mill Camping (From $45)
The owners share their remote homestead (located just over an hour north of Atlanta) with six RV sites and a large field for dispersed tent camping. Hiking, swimming, fishing, and off-roading await 30 miles northeast at Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest in the North Georgia mountains.
Hamakua Camping Cabanas (From $38)
Swim or paddle in the Big Island’s Hilo Bay, hike rainforest trails along the northeastern Hamakua Coast, or surf at Honolii Beach Park. Then crash in these screened-in hammock cabanas, located just east of Akaka Falls State Park—blankets and pillows will be waiting for you.
Mountain Top Getaways (From $12)
Get back to the land at these almost entirely undeveloped campsites at the mouth of Cub River Canyon in southeastern Idaho. In return you’ll enjoy sweeping views from 9,460-foot Wilderness Peak and everything the nearby Caribou-Targhee National Forest has to offer: hiking, bouldering, snow sports, and more.
Farm Girl and Friends (From $25)
Pitch a tent at (or bring a trailer to) this low-key farm. If you can tear yourself away from the miniature piglets, swim at Gillespie New Lake or head to Beaver Dam State Park to hike, fish, and boat.
Luxury Tiny Beach Cabin (From $100)
Wood-fired cedar hot tub? Check. Lofted, king-size memory-foam bed with 800-thread-count sheets? Double check. This posh tiny house, located one block from Shoreland Hills Beach on Lake Michigan, also comes with an outdoor shower, two bikes, and two kayaks.
The Barnyard (From $55)
From this eccentric campsite, bike across the river to Wapsipinicon State Park, or rent a canoe or kayak from Lou Lou’s Landing, roughly 15 miles southeast, to float the Wapsipinicon River. Don’t spend all your energy, though—there might be a live band playing when you get back. If you don’t have the gear, the host offers a six-to-eight-person rental tent for $20 more.
Enchanted Oaks (From $20)
Camp in a grove of walnut trees just 25 minutes from downtown Kansas City. This seven-acre property has six privately spaced campsites, hiking trails, and a fishing pond with a paddleboat.
The Lookout at Raven Ridge (From $35)
Roll out your sleeping mat on a deck overlooking the famed Red River Gorge. Situated on 50 acres, this tent, trailer, and RV site is a stone’s throw from the Red’s popular climbing routes, hiking trails, and Daniel Boone National Forest, which is home to the excellent fly-fishing spots of Cave Run Lake and the East Fork of Indian Creek River.
Cajun Retreat Campsites (From $38)
This waterside camp in southeastern Louisiana has its own boat launch for kayaking Bayou Manchac or simply watching birds and turtles. Let the friendly hosts, who live on-site, cook you a meal, set you up with fishing gear, or point you to the best local seafood markets and swamp tours.
Off-Grid Oceanfront Acadia A-Frame (From $120)
An off-the-grid A-frame? Yes, please! Literally steps from a swimmable (at high tide) sand beach on Mount Desert Narrows, this funky cabin from the seventies has access to surrounding hiking trails, a dining deck, and views of Acadia National Park, a 30-mile drive away.
Willet Family Farm (From $50)
The sound of bullfrogs will lull you to sleep at this private, secluded campsite. Tucked away on a 100-acre farm, you’ll be just a ten-minute drive from fishing at Lake Hashawha or can head off on five miles of multi-use trails at the 240-acre Hashawha Environmental Center and Bear Branch Nature Center.
Bakers Island Light Campsite (From $35)
Set up camp on a raised platform on a grassy knoll overlooking Salem Sound. Located on Bakers Island next to its eponymous light station, three miles off the coast of Salem, this boat- or paddle-in-only site is the perfect base camp for those looking for seclusion.
Lynx Run Wilderness Retreat (From $125)
A lush haven within the Lower Peninsula’s Huron-Manistee National Forest, this property features both Japanese and English country gardens, as well as an orchard, a trout stream, and a natural spring with not one but two Japanese-style bridges. Although the cabin is off the grid, you can plug in at the main house, and there’s warm water for showers and the antique bathtub on the porch.
The Stuga (From $79)
Named after the Swedish word for “cottage,” this 10-by-12-foot wooden cabin packs a lot in. Beyond the basics—three beds and a table—you’ll find a kitchenette, a rocking chair, and a propane heater that resembles a fireplace. It’s the perfect setting for relaxing after a day spent exploring the adventure capital of Duluth.
Camp Topisaw (From $35)
Drive right up to Topisaw Creek and spend your days splashing in the sandy, spring-fed waterway, or hit up the nearby state parks, Percy Quin and Lake Lincoln, from this creekside campsite 90 miles south of Jackson.
ItzaWayzBack Farm (From $99)
Near a good halfway point for float trips on the Current River, two sides of this dreamy tiny house in the Ozarks are bordered by Shannondale State Forest. Grill on your private deck, cook from the outdoor kitchen’s wood-burning stove and oven, and enjoy coffee and tea delivered to your doorstep each morning.
Cabin on Bank of Mountain Stream (From $125)
This quaint cabin sits on the bank of Bear Creek’s North Fork, a quarter-mile walk from Custer Gallatin National Forest, six miles from the Yellowstone River—a whitewater destination—and less than 20 miles from Yellowstone National Park’s north entrance.
Gorgeous Tiny House (From $209)
Get the lowdown on permaculture during a tour of the owners’ organic farm, or use this modern tiny house as home base for exploring Ponca State Park, located on the banks of the Missouri River, a ten-minute drive away. Breakfast supplies and a hot tub are included.
Water Rock Ranch (From $125)
Roughly 30 miles east of Death Valley National Park and 30 miles west of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, this 18-foot tepee at Water Rock Ranch is surrounded by ample hiking and climbing. Guests can take advantage of a pergola sitting area plus a fire pit and grill for cooking.
Sacred Nectar Sanctuary (From $77)
With broad views of the White Mountains, this campsite is situated next to a trailhead for Mount Whiteface, a 11.3-mile loop. There are quiet country roads for scenic biking and a small communal shelter, but be sure to bring tents or a vehicle to sleep in if inclement weather is forecast.
Restorative Lakeside Retreat (From $400)
This well-equipped cabin (adjacent to the property’s main house) on Cape May offers hiking in addition to the big attraction: the hosts’ 20-acre lake. In the summer, launch free kayaks, canoes, SUPs, or a sailboat from the dock, or opt for the ocean, five miles away.
Abiquiú Tiny House (From $60)
In the high desert of northern New Mexico, this adobe property in the village of Abiquiú boasts sweeping vistas of the Chama Valley. Walk among piñon and juniper in the footsteps of artist Georgia O’Keeffe, who called this area home for many years, raft the Rio Chama, swim at Abiquiú Lake, or day-trip to Taos or Santa Fe.
Birdsong Cabin (From $125)
This upstate hideaway is the definition of cozy: a wood-burning heater warms the space, which features plush armchairs, a rocking sofa, and a queen-size bed in the loft. Come summer, six-foot-tall windows on multiple walls let in lots of light, and French doors open up onto a petite porch. For active day trips, there are plenty of nearby trails, plus swimming at Dorset Marble Quarry and fly-fishing at Lake St. Catherine State Park just across the border in Vermont.
RV Paradise (from $100)
Ideal for motorized vehicles, this mountainous camping and RV spot’s most popular feature is its mountaintop observation deck, which features spectacular views of Nantahala National Forest. Your stay comes with a slip on Lake Glenville, where you can launch the property’s complimentary canoe, kayak, and SUPs.
Cottonwood Campground (From $15)
This spartan campground in Theodore Roosevelt National Park is a good jumping-off point for backcountry hiking, road biking, fishing, cross-country skiing, or a multi-day float down the Little Missouri River.
Creekside Cottage (From $80)
This fully equipped, half-timber, half-canvas hut is part of a campground in the Appalachian foothills, just over 70 miles east of Cincinnati. After hiking, biking, and hanging out creekside, drive eight miles to the Serpent Mound effigy, a prehistoric Native American structure slated to become a Unesco World Heritage site.
Dragonfly Tiny Cabin (From $50)
Only two people can fit inside this postage-stamp-size A-frame, but more guests can camp outside. Located about 15 miles east of downtown Oklahoma City, you’ll be surprised at the variety of adventure found nearby: angling, climbing, boating, biking, and hiking are all possible at Little River State Park, a half-hour south.
Owl Creek Cabin (From $125)
In the mountains just east of Ashland, this delightful lofted cabin is adjacent to BLM land. Day-hike a section of the Pacific Crest Trail, or paddle around one of several nearby lakes, including the neighboring Howard Prairie Lake, before retiring to the claw-foot tub set under a canopy of boughs.
Summer Smiles Honey Farm (From $88)
Roam around this lofted tiny house’s environs, a 34-acre working farm, before heading out to fish at the farm’s lake or explore nearby hiking trails. For an additional fee, the hosts will cook you meals (think wood-fired pizzas) made with fresh ingredients produced on-site. Keep an eye out for their friendly Irish wolfhound.
Burlingame State Campground (From $10)
Set right beside Watchaug Pond in Burlingame State Park, this campground offers 20 cabins and 700 tent sites. Rent a canoe, hike through rocky forestland, or drive ten minutes to Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge or 15 minutes to Misquamicut State Beach.
Wild Hope Farm (From $100)
Stake out a tent at Wild Hope Farm, an organic farmstead situated 45 minutes south of Charlotte, North Carolina. Amble along oak-lined trails and fish a ten-acre pond that’s stocked with bass.
Whispering Winds Campsites (From $45)
The eight RV spots and ten cottages at Whispering Winds put you within easy reach of Black Hills favorites, like Custer State Park and the Crazy Horse Memorial, the latter a controversial monument to the Lakota leader that has been under construction since 1948.
On the Beech Treehouse (From $110)
Perched on the edge of a mossy cliff, this indoor-outdoor living space includes a covered deck and can sleep six people. Cook up a storm in the large outdoor kitchen, stroll to the private 50-foot-tall waterfall, or visit one of eight state parks within a half-hour drive of the property.
Sky Ranch Terlingua (From $20)
Just outside Big Bend National Park, this covered platform offers respite from the West Texas heat (and wind) and a private slice of desert. You’ll have a sturdy fire pit to go with a panorama that includes landforms like Nine Point Mesa, Camel’s Hump, Black Hill, Packsaddle Mountain, and Hen Egg Mountain.
Running Deer Tipi (From $70)
Thirty minutes from Bryce Canyon National Park and an hour from Zion National Park, this hilltop camp boasts a 360-degree vista of red rocks and the Sevier River. Unlike bare-bones tepees, this one comes with an ozan, an interior awning that catches any water that may fall in through the smoke hole up top.
SiloSide A-Frame (From $50)
If you book this charmingly rugged A-frame, be sure to snag the farm host’s $5 Garden Goody Basket, full of fresh herbs, greens, and vegetables. You can also rent a canoe to paddle on nearby Harvey’s Lake, meander among the apple trees, or head over to Groton State Forest to hike.
Incredible Mountain Camping (From $35)
Although it has since returned to nature, the ten-site Historic Cold Sulphur Springs Campground was once a bustling resort. Best for tents, it affords pedestrian access to a wooded lake for fishing, boating, and seasonal swimming.
Treehouse Place at Deer Ridge (From $225)
Follow a circuitous boardwalk through the forest to find this enchanting tiny house perched among the trees, complete with a kitchenette, fireplace, slipper tub, and spiral staircase leading to the loft, where floor-to-ceiling windows are a constant reminder that you’re in a treehouse. It’s just an hour north of Seattle and near plenty of day hikes.
Loafer’s Glory Wilderness Camp (From $85)
Set on a scenic bike route of the Potomac Heritage Trail, this four-person cabin also has access to the camp’s own trails (and many more to be found in the greater area, too). You’ll get to play at on-site fishing ponds, nearby swimming holes, multi-pitch trad and sport climbing at Seneca Rocks—a world-class climbing destination just 30 miles north—and the adventure hot spot of Monongahela National Forest, 60 miles west.
Sanctuary at Little Sand (From $87)
A self-described “eco-glamping” site, this zen setup offers a snug canvas tent, a composting toilet, and a solar-powered shower. You’ll be within two miles of the beach at Little Sand Bay Recreational Area, on Lake Superior, and close to paddling and swimming at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.
Japanese Cabin (From $150)
Bike, boat, fish, climb, windsurf, swim, and paddle whitewater within a small radius of the property. You might not want to leave. Overlooking the Bighorn Basin, this design-forward retreat has a cedar sauna, a wood-fired stove framed by geometric windows, and a traditional tub in addition to a separate wooden soaking bath.