Camping anywhere is fun, but add water to the mix and you’ve got something special. Riverside camping is a delight for anyone who wants to just play in a stream, canoe or kayak, or go rafting on whitewater (for the most adventurous campers!). Across the United States, there are so many glorious riverfront campsites, so make sure to experience one for yourself.
Here are some of our favorite riverside camping sites to get you inspired.
Close to the city for a quick weekend escape, this glamping site on the Wye River near Queenstown, MD, has everything you would want in a riverside campsite. There’s canoeing and kayaking, and great fishing for striped bass, blue catfish, and white perch. Birders will love the view, where you can catch sight of herons and the occasional bald eagle. Enjoy the great outdoors while sleeping on a queen bed with a memory foam mattress at night.
This cozy retreat on the sandy beaches of the Potomac in the Northern Neck of Virginia is a water-lover’s delight. Swim in the river, or boat out the island across the way. Fishing in the Potomac will snag you large and smallmouth bass, striped bass, snakehead, and some of the biggest catfish you’ll ever see. Set just enough back from the riverbank to provide you privacy and shield you from the wind, this glamping site has electrical outlets and a hose, so all your needs are covered.
Coleman sites are glamping kicked up a notch. Every Coleman site is equipped fully with the Coleman camping equipment spread: the Roadtrip Grill, Reunion Cooler, Packaway Kitchen, OneSource Speaker, OneSource Lantern, and much more. Fightingtown Creek is an hour and a half away from Atlanta and it’s a perfect blend of seclusion and adventure.
Hiding in the Adirondack Mountains, there’s an 80 acre campsite surrounding the beautiful Dunkley Falls and the iconic Black Hole, a cavernous geological anomaly. This area is known as the Gateway to the Adirondacks, so it’s a perfect place to start a deeper trip into the woods. And if you like to fish, this river is stocked with brown and rainbow trout. Come at the right time of year and you can participate in the Whitewater Derby, a nationally renowned canoe competition.
This magical campsite will have you falling in love with the seclusion and perfect solitude of the Berkshire woods. Right on the border between New York and Massachusetts, this is a close trip from many metropolitan centers, a perfect getaway from hectic city life. And the river it sits on is calm and perfect for canoeing, kayaking, and swimming. Head out of the woods and you’ll find quaint farmer’s markets and wineries.
Right next to the bank of the majestic Delaware River is this lovely campsite. With this as a jumping off point, you can book a canoe trip, a whitewater tube trip, or a river rafting trip. No matter which one you pick, it will be unforgettable. Fishing in the Delaware will bring in striped bass, muskellunge, brown trout, yellow perch, and American shad.
Jumping all the way over to southern Colorado, this campsite will bring you right into the heart of Anasazi country. You’ll be only twenty minutes from the entrance to Mesa Verde National Park, where you can see Cliff Palace and Spruce Tree House, built by the ancient indigenous people of this land. And the Dolores River is what feeds Montezuma County. Fly fishing on this scenic river will bring in mostly brown and rainbow trout, some measuring up to 24 inches.
Near Jackson, Mississippi, you’ll find LeFleur’s Bluff as a natural oasis with fishing and picnic tables. There are plenty of trails nearby for mountain biking, hiking, and even horseback riding. You’re right near the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science and the Mississippi Children’s Museum, both on the grounds of LeFleur’s Bluff State Park.
There are even concerts held regularly at the nearby Brandon Amphitheater. Though the camping is on the Pearl River, there are lakes you can visit as well, both for swimming and fishing.
This beautiful campsite on the Russian River is in the heart of the Sonoma Valley, so camping at this rustic tent offers all the fine things you can imagine. Spend some time enjoying the babbling water, dip your toes, fish a little, and then see what can be found at the wineries and restaurants that dot this magnificent area.
If you’re new to glamping, it’s glamorous camping, and it’s wonderful. Imagine getting to your campsite to find a large canvas tent already set up, with beds inside instead of sleeping on the ground, and with many conveniences like lanterns, propane stoves, and coolers. To learn more, visit our FAQ.