The Best Camping Spots on the East Coast


Who doesn’t love camping? Our Philadelphia Airport valet parking members sure do! We’ve put together a list of some great camping spots along the East Coast. If you’ve been to any of them, let us know what you think in the comments.

Acadia National Park, Maine

Located on Mount Desert Island in Maine, Acadia National Park is the oldest national park east of the Mississippi River. It features nearly every terrain, from mountains to an ocean shoreline to lakes and woods. There are four different campgrounds and over 120 miles of hiking trails.

Open: All Year

Entrance Fees: $20 per vehicle, $5 per motorcycle, $5 per person (with no vehicle)

Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Pennsylvania

This state park is located at the tip of the Blue Ridge Mountains and features a large campground with 70 campsites. The Appalachian Trail runs right through the heart of the park, and visitors can enjoy nearly 8 miles of hiking trails.

Open: All Year

Entrance Fees: Visit the Pennsylvania state parks Prices page.

Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland

Situated on Assateague Island (in both Maryland and Virginia), this national park is a great place to go to observe wild ponies and enjoy white sand beaches. The park features only 1 1/2 miles of trails, but has 148 campsites and an abundance of swimming, fishing, and nature watching.

Open: All year

Entrance Fees: No fee for foot/bicycle, $3 individual (MD), $8 per vehicle (VA), $10 per 7-day motorcycle pass (MD)

Everglades National Park, Florida

Everglades National Park is considered the largest subtropical wilderness in the U.S. and protects 20% of the original Everglades. Part wetlands, part forests, this park features dozens of miles of hiking, biking trails, and canoe trails, and over 340 campsites.

Open: All year

Entrance Fees: $10 per vehicle (good for 7 days), $5 per individual (no vehicle, good for 7 days)

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

This park sites in between the Shenandoah River and the Virginia Piedmont. It’s best known for its Skyline Drive, a 105-mile road that runs along the ridge of the mountains, but also features five major campgrounds, “backcountry camping,” nine waterfalls, and over 500 miles of hiking trails (including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail).

Open: All year

Entrance Fees: Click here for a Fees brochure.

Cloudland Canyon State Park, Georgia

Cloudland Canyon State Park is often called the most scenic park in the state. Located on the western edge of Lookout Mountain, this park features over 100 campsites, 25 miles of hiking, horseback riding trails, and two waterfalls.

Open: All year

Entrance Fees: Visit the website for information.

Cheraw State Park, South Carolina

Cheraw State Park is located in the northeastern corner of South Carolina and is best known for its championship 300-acre golf course. With 17 campsites near the Lake Juniper shore, visitors can enjoy swimming, kayaking, canoeing, boating, fishing, and biking.

Open: Daily, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., 8 p.m., or 9 p.m., depending on the season.

Entrance Fees: Free

Cape Lookout National Seashore, North Carolina

This seashore is made up of three barrier islands, two historic villages, and preserves a 56-mile long section of the Outer Banks. Visitors can climb the Cape Lookout lighthouse, enjoy nature watching, camping, swimming, village tours, and more.

Open: All year

Entrance Fees: Free