Camping by a beach is a special experience. Each beach is different and beautiful in its own. way. Some are rocky, some are sandy, some are secluded and some are easy to access. No matter the type of beach, nothing beats a night of camping near a shoreline.
When you’re looking for beach camping near you, you’re probably thinking that it’s going to be hard to find what you’re looking for, because if it’s near you, then it’s probably near a bunch of other people, too, and it’ll be too crowded. So we have scoured our campgrounds to find the best beaches that are close enough to the city to be accessible but far enough away to offer you the quiet respite you’re looking for.
Here are some of our most beautiful, most tranquil, most adventurous, and most inviting beach glamping campsites.
Right on the beach of Lake Tangipahoa, there is always something to do at Percy Quin State Park. On land there are playgrounds, pavilions, a swimming pool, a game room, and even an 18 hole golf course. But if you want to make as much use of the beach as you can, then there’s always swimming, fishing and boating. The lake is stocked with Florida bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, and white crappie. And you can paddle the lake in a canoe or kayak, or go to the marina and get out in a motor boat for water skiing.
And, of course, if you’re just looking for relaxation, there’s lots of that to be had in the adirondack chairs sitting beneath loblolly pines and magnolia trees.
Voted the Best Lakeside State Park by Yankee Magazine, this glamping campsite is on the beach of Lake Sebec. Surrounded by old-growth hardwood forest, there is a hiker’s paradise with a 1600-acre nature sanctuary and ten miles of trails.
Bring your own canoe or rent one onsite, you can get out on the water and fish for landlocked salmon, lake trout, smallmouth bass, and pickerel.
If you want to venture out, Seboies Public Land has 13,000 acres of wildlife watching, while Katahdin Iron Works is known for its beautiful historic hiking trails at the site of a former iron ore mining operation and blast furnace.
Harriman is the second-largest state park in New York, and there are plenty of beaches to go around here: there are 31 separate lakes in the park. At more than 47,000 acres, there are 200 miles of hiking trails. Just two hours away from New York City, you can be out of the city and into the wilderness quickly, lounging on the beach in front of your glamping tent and enjoying a hot meal cooked on the grill.
Known especially for its wildlife and birdwatching, you can while away the hours getting in tune with nature and letting all of your worries float away.
The Blackwater Falls are a 57-foot cascade that is well-known for its reddish hue: the water is tinted ruddy brown by the tannic acid in hemlock and red spruce needles. But that’s just the first of the many gorgeous sights that await you at Blackwater Falls State Park. With 20 miles of hiking trails, you can get lost in this magnificent forest wonderland.
And while you’re staying in your comfortable glamping tent you don’t even need to go to the trouble of cooking over the fire (though you’re certainly welcome to). The state park has The Smokehouse Restaurant which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with seasonal and holiday buffets.
There’s no end of the water adventures that you can have at Hawk’s Nest State Park, should you decide to venture away from your beachside glamping retreat. Right in the heart of whitewater country, you can spend your days roaring over the rapids, and your nights curled up in your comfortable queen bed. Or, get out on the lake for a jetboat ride--rides last 30 minutes and are an absolute thrill.
And the New River is a fisherman’s paradise, with four types of bass (smallmouth, largemouth, striped, and rock) plus walleye, muskie, crappie, bluegill, carp, and catfish.
And, when you’re done with the day’s events on the water, head into town, to Davis or Thomas, WV, and visit the breweries, restaurants and live music.