Beginner's Guide

First time hitting the outdoors? Don't stress. We've gathered some basic tips to get you started from researching National Parks, reserving campsites, renting a cabin or locating and renting activity gear.

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Where to Camp Magnifying glass icon

Use these resource links to find the perfect campsite! You’ll find information on where to go, recreational activities, site amenities, booking tips and more.

NWF Staff Picks

We've also compiled a list of favorite camping spots selected by members of our National Wildlife Federation staff across the United States. But don't forget, your backyard can be the best campout spot of them all! Select an icon to learn more about a destination.

Adapted from "13 Camping Spots to Visit Now" by NWF Staff

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Adventure Activities

Hiking? Kayaking? Spending a lazy day by the creek? Check out what adventure activities are available at your camping spot and plan accordingly. For example, it may be easier to rent a kayak on site instead of renting offsite and bringing it along. Local retailers or manufacturers may rent sports gear as well.

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