Not all campgrounds are created equal, and only some can truly pass as family campgrounds. From guided nature tours to spiraling water slides and family biking trails, these 10 are worth the trip.
Columbia, New Jersey
If your family likes hiking, this is one of the best family campgrounds for you. With more than 26 miles of hiking trails, the scenic Delaware River makes each mile better than the last. Hike to Sunfish Pond, which was formed by centuries of glacial activity, trek Mt. Tammany, or grab a self-guided brochure to explore the Rockores Trail.
Tucked into Little Cottonwood Canyon, campers are surrounded by pine, aspen, oak and maple trees. Though there are a variety of family campgrounds that accommodate large groups, here they offer double-family sites, making it easy to stay connected. Be sure to hike Red Pine Lake and White Pine Lake, and take a family bike ride on the Cottonwood Creek Trail.
Lake Bastrop brings a variety of activities to this family-friendly campground. Bass, crappie, catfish and perch can all be caught from the pier, while sailors and canoe lovers will enjoy relaxing trips across the water. Tetherball is a favorite pastime here for children, as well as hiking and biking along the trails.
Rolling hills set the scene for this family-friendly camping area, 828 acres to be exact. Once unpacked, take an afternoon stroll along the Woodland Interpretive Trail where the kids can learn about the 11 ancient Woodland Indian mounds. Take an early morning run or bike ride along the multi-use trail and spend time with a fishing pole in hand at Rathbun Lake to teach the kids how to catch their own dinner.
Mammoth Lakes, California
Sitting at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, this makes the list of family campgrounds for its pure natural beauty. If you're looking for a rustic camping experience, this is where you'll find it. Surrounded by towering lodgepole pines, you'll experience campsite privacy, perfect for family bonding around the campfire. Explore trails and lakeside fun, and ask about seasonal education programs that run throughout the peak season.