When my family was trying to decide which campsites we were going to visit in 2019, the suggestions were all over the place. From California to New York, the list was endless and many of the campsites looked spectacular. After traveling and camping extensively in many states over the years, I put together this list of some of the top campsites I’ve had the pleasure to visit and those that my family would focus on to narrow down our camping vacation for 2019.
The best camping spots for 2019 that we ended up considering were Enchanted Rock near Fredericksburg, Texas, Yosemite National Park in California, Long Pine Key Campgrounds in the Everglades of Florida, and Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas.
Below is a list of the top 10 campgrounds we considered for 2019 and the information we gathered for each.
1) Enchanted Rock – Fredericksburg, Texas
Enchanted Rock is a large granite outcrop situated in the Texas Hill Country that attracts thousands of visitors each year. An hour and a half drive from Austin, it offers scenic views and great camping opportunities. Other activities include nature trails, hiking, rock climbing, and fishing.
Walk-in tent campsites feature 35 camping spots for up to 8 people each. These camp sites are situated at the base of Enchanted Rock itself for easy access and great family camping opportunities.
Other amenities include:
- Picnic tables
- Outdoor grills
- Fire rings
- Tent pads
- Water nearby
- Lantern posts
- Tent camping only
- Restrooms with showers nearby
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department oversees the park and requires an $18 fee per campsite which can be paid at the park headquarters. The park also features primitive camping sites that are 1-3 miles from parking areas for those wanting to escape even more.
The park is extremely accessible, as is the large granite outcrop which gives it its name. Enchanted Rock itself is a staple for class field trips and ranks high as one of the best places to camp with toddlers. Most people can make it to the top of the granite outcrop with ease for an awesome view of the surrounding hill county.
Enchanted Rock is our pick for the top camping site for 2019.
16710 Ranch Rd. 965
Fredericksburg, TX 78624
2) Yosemite National Park, California
California has a host of great remote camping opportunities, and Yosemite National Park is one of the top travel destinations. Situated in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, it’s known for its granite cliff walls and large Sequoia Trees. Yosemite has 13 campgrounds with close to 1000 various camp sites. From tent camping to RV camping, they can accommodate just about everyone. Due to Yosemite’s popularity, camp sites can fill up months in advance, so it’s always a good idea to avoid last minute plans to camp here.
Campsite fees range from $6-26, and amenities like showers, bathrooms, and utilities vary greatly depending on which campsite you are at. Again, plan way in advance for any camping trip to Yosemite to avoid unforeseen hassles due to the park filling up with campers during peak season. With that said, Yosemite offers campsites with excellent facilities.
Some of the top activities at Yosemite include:
- Art and Photography
- Horse Riding
The outdoor opportunities at Yosemite are endless. Every year it ranks high in the top 10 places to camp, and for good reason. The views are breathless and the park is large enough to escape on your own if you wish. Yosemite is a top campsite destination every year for good reason, you will not be disappointed.
PO Box 577
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
3) Long Pine Key Campground, Everglades, Florida
The Everglades area a huge freshwater wetland complex located at the southern tip of Florida. Arguably one of the most species rich areas around, you’ll be able to see many types of birds, reptile, and fish species all in one place. For bird watchers, it really doesn’t get any better.
Open Seasonally from November 15 – April 30, the park is closed for the summer months. It features Long Pine trail which is 7 miles long. It hosts 108 drive up campsites for RV or tent camping. Each site is $20 a night.
Key Features of the Park:
- There are bathrooms, and shower houses
- There is no cell phone reception
- Fires are allowed in fire rings, however, no firewood is sold
Activities at the park include nature watching, a pond for fishing, and hiking. The park itself is located 11 miles from the main road, so pack accordingly as the nearest town or stores are an hour or more away.
40001 State Road 9336
Homestead, FL 33034
4) Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas
101 Reserve Street
Hot Springs , AR 71901
5) Acadia National Park, Maine
PO Box 177
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
6) Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska
Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve
PO Box 140
Gustavus, AK 99826
7) The Adirondack Park, New York
No Entrance Fee
Large 6 million acre park with multiple camp sites
8) Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Pennsylvania
Pine Grove Furnace State Park
1100 Pine Grove Road
Gardners PA 17324
Park Office: (717)486-7174
9) Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Shenandoah National Park
3655 U.S. Highway 211 East
Luray, VA 22835
10) Big Bend National Park, Texas
PO Box 129
Big Bend National Park, TX 79834-0129
We’ve outlined some of the best camping sites for 2019 that would make a great destination for your next camping trip. Enchanted Rock State Park in Texas leads the list followed by Yosemite National Park in California. Both are beautiful places to camp. For a cheap place to camp, the Adirondack Park in New York has no entrance fee. For tent camping and RV camping, any of these sites would make a great idea for your next camping trip.
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John is our resident expert on the outdoors. He writes about outdoor gear, camping, traveling, and anything outdoors related. He has over 20 years experience camping and hiking the backwoods of Montana and has traveled extensively all over the world.