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    27 Amazing Campgrounds In America For When You Need Chill Vibes

    America the zen.

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    We asked the BuzzFeed Community for their favorite campgrounds in America. Here's where you should pitch a tent this summer.

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    Some of these campgrounds are deep in the mountains, while others are right on the shore of a lake, or even an ocean. But no matter their location, all of them are great places to escape your day-to-day, take a deep breath, and appreciate the beauty of the great outdoors.

    1. Jenny Lake Campground, Moran, Wyoming

    Flickr: maggiet

    "It's a quiet, cozy campground in Grand Teton National Park with the most gorgeous views of the mountains. They are just so close to your tent! Plus, it's a perfect area for moose or bear sightings." —maryfs2

    More info here.

    2. Assateague State Park, Assateague Island, Maryland

    "To camp here is to camp right on the beach, with wild horses everywhere. And it's affordable, too!" —hannahk4fbbd2a48

    More info here.

    3. Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Gooseberry Falls, Minnesota

    Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) has more than 1,500 miles of canoe routes, about 2,200 designated campsites, and tons of lake and streams and hiking trails — in other words, it's huge! "There are also 'leave no trace' rules in place to maintain the rustic, unadulterated wilderness. And even though there are portages and designated campsites, it's still pretty remote. It's a great place to just enjoy the present and take a breather. Be away from it all." —Bugle

    More info here.

    4. Lodgepole Campground, Three Rivers, California

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    Located just 21 miles away from the entrance of Sequoia National Park, Lodgepole is surrounded by sequoia trees, making it one big green oasis. "And it's close to all the best hiking trails!"stephaniej434fc4b8a

    More info here.

    5. Gone Creek (Timothy Lake) Campground, Sandy, Oregon

    "For starters, this campground has an ~amazing~ view of Mount Hood towering over the lake — and who doesn't want to sleep that close to a dormant volcano for a week? Plus, the hiking trails are super nice and easy enough for beginners, the fishing is great, the lake is clean and extremely peaceful, the campground is small enough so you don't feel crowded if you go over a busy weekend, and a lot of the spots are right on the shore of the lake.

    Even the drive there is breathtaking! When you see Mount Hood against a blue sky, surrounded by tall Douglas firs and the canyons, you can't help but feel even more small than you already are." —Katie Molnar, Facebook

    More info here.

    6. Lake George Island Campgrounds, Bolton Landing, New York

    Facebook: LGRVPark

    The cool part about the Lake George campgrounds, located in the Adirondacks, is that they're actually a bunch of little islands — 44, to be precise — meaning you have to take a boat to get to them. "You can rent an entire island for yourself and your family and friends. You will have to rent a boat so you can get in and out of the island, but it's entirely worth it. There's so much you can do at Lake George, and you'll be addicted to this Heaven-on-Earth within seconds." —erikalmiller

    More info here.

    7. Two Harbors Campground, Catalina Island, California

    Catalina Island is an island off the coast of Southern California; it takes about an hour on the high-speed ferry to get there. "And the campground on Catalina is absolutely gorgeous! It's right on the water, so you can hear the waves crash, and see all the stars — even satellites — on a clear night. It's so peaceful." —Missjessicakaye

    More info here.

    8. Chester Frost Park Campground, Hixson, Tennessee

    One of the best parts about this campground is that you can camp on the water or in the forest — it's your call. "There are also clean bathrooms, friendly rangers, and friendly people. It's a gem — just ask the retired RV drivers who stay for months on end!" —Suzanne Johannes, Facebook

    More info here.

    9. Deception Pass State Park, Oak Harbor, Washington

    Flickr: kneoh

    This campground really does have it all: forest, mountains, islands, wildlife, dunes, birds, plus tons of coastal shoreline, both saltwater AND freshwater.d4d9b9d92a

    More info here.

    10. Rialto Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington

    Flickr: cosmicweb

    Located right in Olympic National Park in Washington, Rialto Beach is famous for its "seastacks," which are basically blocks of rock smack dab in the sea that are not attached to the land whatsoever. "It's a beautiful spot along the Pacific coast, complete with seastacks." —KeriAnn Butcher, Facebook

    More info here.

    11. Red River Gorge Campground, Stanton, Kentucky

    "This campground has the best combination of amazing rock features, beautiful forest, and some of the greatest natural arches. There are hiking trails that run the gamut from easy to hard, and there are even unmarked trails that you're allowed to explore. There's also plenty of different kinds of spots to camp, ranging from the side of a gravel road to the edge of a creek to more developed facilities and cabins." —Linda Butts, Facebook

    More info here.

    12. Peanut Island Campground, West Palm Beach, Florida

    "It's a tiny little island just a boat ride away from West Palm Beach, with beautiful palm trees, beaches, and a historic nuclear bunker that JFK stayed in!" There are about 20 campsites total, and the facility even has hot showers in the restrooms — score. —catherinek4e80323fb

    More info here.

    13. Sheep Pass Group Campground, Joshua Tree National Park, California

    Located in the middle of Joshua Tree National Park, this campground is basically out-of-this-world by default — you have the whole park at your fingertips. "This place is simply surreal, and the bouldering is endless. You're surrounded by rock climbing routes and hiking trails. 10/10 would recommend to everyone." —jemps18

    More info here.

    14. Moran State Park, Orcas Island, Washington

    Flickr: bgallatin

    "I grew up going camping at Moran every summer, and it's spoiled me for life — no other campground can ever live up. This place has some of the most beautiful views ever. It has the most gorgeous campsites, some of which are tucked back in the woods, while others are down by the lake." —stephaniem4f4569731

    More info here.

    15. Fall Creek Falls State Park Campground, Spencer, Tennessee

    "Everything in the park is beautiful, the hiking goes from easy to very challenging, and the campground itself is gorgeous, well-maintained, and perfect for families." There are 222 campsites total, and there's even backcountry camping if that's your thing. —Katy Shaw, Facebook

    More info here.

    16. Big Sur Campground & Cabins, Big Sur, California

    "It's in a more wooded area than, say, Pfeiffer Beach (the one famous for its purple sand), but it's magical there. There is a creek that runs right through the campground that you can camp next to if you're in a tent or trailer. They also have nice cabins, if that's more your camping style. The bottom line is that it's just so relaxing to walk through the trees and take in all the nature, while still being close to the beach." Plus, you've got all of Big Sur right there in your backyard! —kesnoz1210

    More info here.

    17. First Landing State Park, Virginia Beach, Virginia

    "The actual beach feeds into Chesapeake Bay, which means it's calm, shallow, and full of cool wildlife to explore, which can be especially great if you have kids. There's great hiking, and the park even offers cool nature classes, so staying in the park for the day is quite easy. However, you're also only a five to ten minute drive from the heart of Virginia Beach, where there's a boardwalk with shopping, dining, clubbing, and amusement parks — so take your pick!" —sabbysass08

    More info here.

    18. Many Glacier Campground, Glacier National Park, Montana

    One of the most popular campgrounds right in Glacier National Park, Many Glacier is surrounded by mountains and great hiking trails. There's even a trail that leads to one of the best glaciers in the entire park. Also, there's tons of wildlife around, like sheep, moose, and, yes, bears. "There's even a hotel nearby, the Many Glacier Hotel, if you need something to do for the day, or if it rains." —Rosie Morrison, Facebook

    More info here.

    19. Tuolumne Meadows Campground, Yosemite National Park, California

    Flickr: kenlund

    This campground is right in Yosemite, which means that you have one of the most beautiful parks in the world to explore. "Tuolumne is a good place for campers with little, or only some, experience. You can bring an RV, or pitch tents if you prefer to rough it, and there are restrooms, showers, and food lockers. Each individual site also has a fire ring already made. The campsite itself is well situated in the park, which makes day hikes to landmarks possible — but still more than a stroll." —hannahc20

    More info here.

    20. Skidaway Island State Park, Savannah, Georgia

    Facebook: skidawayislandstatepark

    When you think of Savannah, Georgia, you probably think of all that beautiful spanish moss, right? Well, this campground allows you to basically camp right under those trees. "It's 20 minutes outside of Savannah, and it's simply beautiful. The spanish moss hanging in the trees creates a beautiful canopy, and there are amazing walking and biking trails where you can see a lot of historical artifacts and battlegrounds. There's even a prehistoric giant sloth skeleton in the camp museum that was found on that island!" —Alicia Ann, Facebook

    More info here.

    21. Hither Hills State Park, Montauk, New York

    "You are camping literally right on the beach, just behind the dunes. You spend your days swimming in the Atlantic Ocean or relaxing on the beach, catching a tan, barbecuing, playing volleyball, and going on nature walks and hikes where you can see piping plovers and ospreys. You can also leave the campgrounds and, if you drive just five minutes east, you will reach Montauk, which has shopping, restaurants, and the gorgeous Gosman's Dock, where you can buy local seafood to cook on the BBQ later.

    At night, Hither Hills often has live music on the grounds, or movie screenings for children and families. And my absolute favorite part of camping there is the fact that you can see so many stars at night. It looks and feels like pure, celestial magic." —c4525725c4

    More info here.

    22. Big Bend Campground, Smoke Hole Canyon, West Virginia

    Big Bend is located along a ~bend~ on the South Branch Potomac River — and because it's on the river, it's an ideal spot for tubing, kayaking, fishing, and swimming. "The river is crystal clear, and flows in a horseshoe around the campground. You jump in on one side, float in a tube for an hour, jump out on the other side, and cross the street to do it again!" —merryk2

    More info here.

    23. Warren Dunes State Park, Sawyer, Michigan

    Lake Michigan is one of the most well-known vacation spots in the country, and for good reason: It's exactly what you picture a relaxing lake vacation to be. This campground, located right on Lake Michigan, fits right into that vision: "There's a dune to hike up, a nice beach, and a mud pit about miles down the beach. There are also amazing nature programs and storytelling on the beach." —sydneyl41e5b3759

    More info here.

    24. Ponderosa State Park, McCall, Idaho

    Facebook: PonderosaStatePark

    "This campground's on the Payette Lake, and it's surrounded by huge, beautiful coniferous trees — I highly recommend it." In the summer, there are also beautiful wildflowers all around the campground, plus stunning cliffs and lots of wildlife, like osprey, bald eagles, moose, deer, and more. —a4cf5fb4e0

    More info here.

    25. Maumee Bay State Park, Oregon, Ohio

    Flickr: tde1973

    "It's right on Lake Erie, there are deer everywhere, and the bike trails are great for exploring. They also have a raised boardwalk through a forest for more opportunities to see and learn about wildlife up close and personal." —amandaj41528ef50

    More info here.

    26. Governor Doge State Park, Dodgeville, Wisconsin

    "It has two main areas to camp, two lakes, and tons of hiking and biking trails. There are some amazing bluffs, and even a little waterfall." —amandah42b9bf79c

    More info here.

    27. Four Mile Creek State Park Campground, Youngstown, New York

    "This place has 275 camp sites with fire pits and places to park your cars, as well as fully equipped bathrooms with showers. It's great for families and people looking to car camp. It's also very close to Niagara Falls, and a short drive away from a grocery store if you need marshmallows for s'mores. There's lots of nature, too — highly recommend." —lelamtrainer

    More info here.

    So, who's ready for some serious nature time?

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    YES CAMPING YESSSSS.

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