Fed up with the chaos and commercialism of the holiday season, thousands of Americans are opting to celebrate Campsgiving—a day to unplug with loved ones in nature. I recently got an interesting email sharing 13 of the best-unbooked locations to camp throughout the US. I took a look and though I have never been much of a camper, these have me rethinking those feelings. Check out the list of some of the best-kept secret campsites.
So there’s this pretty cool site to check out, Hipcamp, it’s a startup that creates new places to stay in nature by unlocking access to beautiful private lands such as nature preserves, farms, and ranches.
Best Kept Secret Campsites
HIPCAMP’S TOP 13 ‘CAMPSGIVING’ SITES
#1: NORTHERN CALIFORNIA – Creekside Camp & Redwood Camp
Located within 45 minutes of the wine country and 2 miles from the coast, our property is 400 acres of rolling hills and redwood groves, with a creek running along its base. With miles of trails meandering through quiet woods and meadows, you will be able to revel in the tranquility of a private preserve, without sacrificing easy access to some of Sonoma County’s most famous attractions.
#2: JOSHUA TREE, CALIFORNIA – Camp Ruffin’ It
Multiple areas to pitch your tents. RVs and trailers welcome as well. The base camp is cool, roll up doors, plug-in boom box for Pandora etc, big deck directly beside the wood stove fireplace and picnic table. We give each group 1 bundle of firewood. And we are just a few miles away from Walmart for anything y’all forget. We can prepare delicious campsite breakfast lunch and dinners for a very reasonable additional cost per person. Please Email with any additional questions! Best of luck and happy camping!
#3: AUSTIN, TEXAS – Camping Near Hamilton Pool
Kayak the Pedernales River, ride your bike through hill country or enjoy Hamilton Pool, Reimers Ranch Park, or West Cave Preserve.
#4: GREENHEART PLACE, NORTH CAROLINA – Greenheart Forest
Pitch your tent on one of many sites in the solitude of a cove hardwood forest right next to the Pisgah National Forest. Choose a Thoreau site (private and away) or group up together around the council fire ring. Go to sleep in the quiet of the forest, wake to a chorus of birdsong. Step out of your tent onto a trail of discovery to high mountain meadows and deep solemn forests. Being here is being away from the noise and chatter. Conveniences are only a few hundred yards away at our small rustic lodge.
#5: PALMERTON, PENNSYLVANIA – Blue Mountain Private Camping
47 acre plot of land across located between town of Palmerton and Blue Mountain Ski Area. Homeowner built a home on half the land, the other half is set aside for a private camp site, the two separated by a stream with waterfalls. Only one group at a time, enjoy the quiet beauty or bring an ATV and give the rocky terrain a ride. Trails are good for hiking or ATV’s.
#6: SULLIVAN COUNTY, NEW YORK – Rustic, Enchanted Cabin
Wake up to gorgeous views after you have a very restful sleep in this solar powered 12 x 12 cabin located in a private area on a 52 acre farm Bed & Breakfast. Only 6 miles from Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.
#7: MENDOCINO, CALIFORNIA – Mendocino Magic
Mendocino Magic is one of Hipcamp’s first exclusive private land properties! That means you’ll only be able to book this sweet spot here. Be a trailblazer, and stay at this unique 600-acre property nestled an hour inland from the Mendocino Coast. Enjoy rolling hills, lily pad covered ponds, dense forests, and an awesome reservoir for swimming!
#8: LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST, CALIFORNIA – Cuyama Badlands
If you’ve ever wondered what it might be like to camp on the moon, this is it. Completely removed from civilization and surrounded by a barren nature that is alive with the subtle presence of the universe. Seasonally, Spring wildflowers burst across the landscape. Cave paintings of Chumash Indians remind us of those who lived before us. This is where the deer and the antelope play
#9: AUSTIN, TEXAS – Hill Country Heaven
We have ample areas on our ten acres to pitch your tent, with the best areas being by the pond and meadow below the house. These are all an easy walk from the main house. The pond is great to swim in, and there are fantastic views. And the star gazing is unmatched! There is so much to do around Dripping Springs, including Pedernales State Park, great swimming, breweries, wineries, and distilleries, as well as great shopping. You will have all the privacy and solitude you could want as well while camping.
#10: LOMA LINDA, CALIFORNIA – The Unhitched Ranch
The Unhitched Ranch is a family owned and operated Clydesdale and Texas longhorn ranch. The Ranch is approximately 40 acres and is located in a unique area of Southern California and have spectacular views of the Local mountains and city lights. This quaint little Canyon is nestled between Loma Linda and Moreno Valley and is home to about 800 free-roaming wild burrows that visit frequently.
#11: NEW HAMPTON, NEW YORK – Healing Farm Camp
Located in New Hampton we are burgeoning into New York’s premiere resource for fresh-grown organic herbs and healing education to support a thriving holistic lifestyle. Our 100-acre farm is the hub for herbal innovation, resources for healthy living and an energetic crowd of conscious co-creators. Our animal sanctuary includes 7 loving goats and 70 free-range egg-laying hens. We often host programming that includes outdoor movies, yoga with the animals, meditation, gardening/farming intensives and various workshops, lectures and ceremonies.
#12: BRUSHY MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLINA – NC Brushy Mountain Getaway
40 acres of mostly forested land tucked deep in the Brushy Mountain Range, a spur of the Blue Ridge Mountains. No bears but you might see deer, wild turkeys, hawks and herons as well as the usual possums, raccoons, squirrels and so on.
#13: JOSHUA TREE, CALIFORNIA – SAGE Camping Deck
Pink Cloud Ranch is every glam campers dream. Located just 5 minutes from the west entrance of the Joshua Tree National Park right smack dab in the middle of the Nature corridor!
Cheers to glamping outside of your favorite national park. These canvas tents are just a 55-minute drive from @zionnps. If you’ve never been to this part of Utah, we can assure you that those 55 minutes will be spectacular. Feeling adventurous? Backpackers can hike in 15-miles from the backside of the park. ⛺️Solitary Glamping, UT (link in bio) ? @dynamoultima