Stay at one of these US waterfront campsites this summer


Camping trips are a great way to relax and explore the outdoors with families and friends. Most campsites are surrounded by bike paths and hiking trails, giving adventurers the chance to partake in all of their favorite activities. However, in the summer when the sun is out and stronger than ever, a nearby body of water can make all the difference. 

If you're planning on taking a camping trip this summer, choose a waterfront campsite for stunning views and a chance to cool off after your biking and hiking excursions. Stay at one of these top waterfront campsites in the U.S.

1. Gold Bluffs Beach, California
Gold Bluffs Beach Campground offers a rare combination of outdoor settings. Located right along the Humboldt County coast, visitors can set up camp on the sandy shores of the ocean or inside the site's thick redwood forest.

There are plenty of hiking trails in the Prairie Creek Redwood State Park that encompasses the campgrounds. With approximately 10 miles of beach at your disposal, activities like snorkeling and collecting seashells are easy. Plant lovers can also explore the nearby Fern Canyon where they will find a wide array of ferns, flowers and lichens. Plenty of rare animals also roam the grounds, including elk and deer.  

"The park is home to some of the most challenging bike trails in the state."

2. Alafia River State Park, Florida
Alafia River Park in Florida has 16 tent sites, each with its own fire rig and picnic table. Cyclists love the ground's bike trails that cater to bikers of all levels, from novices to experienced cyclists. In fact, the park is home to a couple of the most challenging bike courses in all of Florida. In addition to biking trails, there are nature and hiking trails as well as volleyball courts and playgrounds for younger campers.

Once visitors are ready for a refreshing dip, there are multiple lakes surrounding the site to choose from. Many guests like to try their chances at catching one of the many bass or catfish that are known to populate the lakes for a tasty outdoor meal. While the site provides grills, don't forget to bring high-quality cooking equipment like the Evernew Ti Titanium Ultralight pots that are both lightweight and durable.

3. Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park, Oregon
Oregon is packed with enticing waterfront campsites. However, frequent campers often consider the Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park to be among the best. Guests can enjoy two freshwater lakes – Lake Cleawox and Woahink – and the surrounding coastal rain forest. The site allows campers to partake in popular water activities like canoeing and even offers scuba diving equipment for those interested in exploring the depths of the lake. The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is only a couple of miles away as well for campers who prefer sand and ocean. 

History enthusiasts may find the stonework along the park roads and the lodge on Cleawox Lake of interest, as they were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression.

Many waterfront campsites feature scenic bike trails.
Many waterfront campsites feature scenic bike trails.

4. Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland
While the Assateague Island seashore stretches from Maryland to Virginia, campers are only allowed on the Maryland side. The grounds offer sandy oceanside sites that are large enough for big groups and families. Campers can bask in the sand and sea located just a five-minute walk along the boardwalk from the campsites, or take a hike through the wilderness to get up-close and personal with the island's wild ponies. 

Sites also feature showers, restrooms and grills for added convenience. During the spring and summer seasons, campers are required to make reservations, but are free to visit whenever they choose after October 15. 

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