9 Beautiful Places to Go Beach Camping in the U.S.

Acadia National Park, Maine

Nearly 50,000 acres of forests, 24 lakes, and 158 miles of hiking trails. Five campgrounds: Blackwoods, Seawall, Schoodic Woods, Duck Harbor, Wildwood Stables.

White Mountain National Forest

Rugged hiking in the northern Appalachian Valley. Various campgrounds and cabins, open year-round. Peak leaf-peeping season in the fall.

Minnewaska State Park Reserve

Located 94 miles from NYC, on Shawangunk Ridge. 50 tent sites and five car-camping sites, amenities include Wi-Fi and showers. Reservations open in March; closed in winter.

Shenandoah National Park

90-minute drive from D.C., over 500 miles of trails. Five campgrounds, most sites bookable up to six months in advance. Text SHENCAMP for campsite updates.

Assateague Island Seashore

37 miles of beaches for camping, swimming, and wild horse spotting. Maryland-side camping only; firewood restrictions apply. Reservations available from mid-March to mid-November.

Dry Tortugas National Park

Off Key West, featuring a large barrier reef and Fort Jefferson. Ideal for snorkeling, stargazing, and bird-watching. Plan ahead for ferry transportation and supplies.

Big Bend National Park

Located along the Rio Grande, great for rafting and hiking. Three developed campgrounds and backcountry sites. Advance reservations and permits required.

Ozark St. Francis National Forests

1.2 million acres with nine beaches and over 1,000 miles of trails. Year-round and seasonal campgrounds available. Primitive camping permitted in wilderness areas.

Badlands National Park

Scenic rock formations, prairies, and fossil sites. Two campgrounds: Cedar Pass with amenities, Sage Creek more primitive. Bison sightings common at Sage Creek.