How to Find the Right Campsite

Picture your perfect campsite. What do you see? 

Are you at a group site with playgrounds for the kids? Maybe you see yourself on the bank of a river, nestled deep in the woods.

What might be perfect for one person isn't necessarily ideal for another. And if the reality doesn't match your expectations, it can really hinder your camping experience. Here are a few key things to consider during your campsite search so you can find one that's right for you.

Do the Right Research

You'll want to get a well-rounded picture of where you'll be camping. If you seek information from a variety of sources, you'll be more confident in the site you choose. Here are a few resources to get you started:

  • Talk to Friends: Your best resources for campground reviews are your friends. People love talking about their experiences—both good and bad. They'll give you the most unbiased opinion of a site or destination.
  • Read Reviews: Online reviews are another great way to learn about the campground you're looking to visit. is one place to get started.
  • Call the Campground Office: Booking online is convenient, but if you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to call the campground before booking. The number can be found at the bottom of the campground details pages on Reserve America.
  • Search for Photos: In addition to looking through photos on the campground reservation pages, perform a Google image search to find photos that other campers have posted online.

More: How to Efficiently Pack for a Camping Trip

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