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Top Yosemite Campsite Locations

Yosemite National Park is currently closed due to health and safety concerns relating to the coronavirus pandemic. However, it’s important that we all remain positive in our thinking, and manifest that this entire ordeal will be over sooner rather than later. One of the best ways to cure your quarantine boredom, and look forward to returning to a world of normalcy is to plan all the fun things you’ll be able to do once this is over. Yosemite National Park offers a ton of campground to roam around and explore, and once we’re all able to freely be outside again, the park will likely be flooded with eager campers ready to breathe the fresh air again. 

The Tuolumne Meadows Campground on the site has 304 tent and RV sites for you and your loved ones to set up home-base. This specific site is the largest campground in the park, and is located at 8,600 feet altitude right where the Tuolumne River separates into the Dana Fork and Kyell Fork, according to its website. The grounds also have a restaurant, general store, gas station, post office, school, and visitor campus all within walking distance of course. Its close proximity to the park’s many canyons, lakes, and rivers makes it one of the most popular grounds in the park. 

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Bridalveil Creek Campground is located right by Yosemite’s scenic Glacier Point lookout, and is the only campground on Glacier Point Road. From this lookout, you’ll be able to see Yosemite Valley and Yosemite Falls as well. If you’re the type of camper who loves to hike or take day trips, this might be the campground of choice for you, as it offers dozens of trails on the grounds. Bridalveil Creek has 110 tent or RV sites, two group sites, and three horse sites; each site has a fire pit, picnic tables, drinking water, and outdoor plumbing, there’s even food/drink lockers to protect your perishables from wildlife. 

Camp 4 is the only campground in Yosemite that only permits campers with tents to stay there. RV’s and trailers aren’t allowed on these grounds, as the terrain really can’t support vehicles of that size. This campground is known for its amazing rock climbing opportunities, and is one of the original birth places for the sport in America. Camp 4 is 11-acres large and located adjacent to Yosemite Falls. Since this is a tent-only campground, there are only 36 available spots, making it one of the most popular and in demand sites in Yosemite. 

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Wawona Campground is famously known for its scenic surroundings, as the entire site is pretty much covered in Grizzly Giant sequoia trees. This is one of the only campgrounds that’s kept open all year because of its immaculate views. There are 93 sites for tents and RV’s as well, and each site is equipped with the same amenities as Camp 4. If you’re looking for a more secluded type of experience, Wawona will likely be your best bet in Yosemite, as its large population of giant sequoias keeps campers separated from each other.

Upper Pines Campground is one of the most popular campgrounds in Yosemite because of how large it is. It has 238 available sites for campers in tents, RV’s and trailers. The views, as always in Yosemite, are pretty out of this world. Located within the Valley, Upper Pines is located right by Curry Village, meaning there are plenty of small town amenities available for campers to take advantage of. This campground is also open year round. 

While it may be a little tortuous to look at future vacation/camping spots while stuck inside, it’s important that we all think about the plans we want to do once all of this is over. When we plan for the future, we’re reminding ourselves that there is, in fact, going to be a future worth planning for, and while these may be dark times, it’s setting us all up for a brighter tomorrow. So where will you be heading.

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The Top 5 Campgrounds in New York for 2020

New York is home not only to one of the largest cities in the world, but also some of the country’s most beautiful nature sites, as parts of Niagara Falls, the Adirondack Mountains, and world-renowned beaches can all be found within the Empire State. One of the best and most affordable ways to experience all of the natural beauty the state has to offer is by staying at one of New York’s many campgrounds, whether that means sleeping in a tent, renting an RV, or even booking a cottage or cabin. As many of the best campgrounds in the state tend to book up quickly, it’s best to make plans for a camping vacation early in the year to ensure you can stay at the campsite you prefer. To help you get a head start on your vacation plans this summer, here are the top 5 campgrounds in New York for 2020.

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5) North-South Lake Campground

Nestled deep within the Catskill Forest Preserve, North-South Lake Campground offers a total of 219 camping sites in 7 camping loops, and campers can visit two lakes with two beaches as well as picnic areas and hiking trails. A number of historical sites, such as Alligator Rock, Kaaterskill Falls, and the former site of the Catskill Mountain House can be found within the park. This campground is likely to be preferred by residents of Long Island or New York City, as it is located in the southern part of the state, making the trip fairly quick compared to other campgrounds on this list.

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4) Cranberry Lake Campground

This campground is located in a secluded part of the state, in the northwest part of Adirondack Park. Though it is located far away from tourist attractions in the state, Cranberry Lake Campground offers more than fifty miles of hiking trails as well as opportunities for biking and rowing. Campers can choose from among 171 campsites, which can support both tents and RVs, and the park includes a fishing pier, an amphitheater, and a picnic area, among other amenities. Visitors can swim in the lake, though no lifeguards are on duty, and can also use power boats, rowboats, kayaks, and canoes. Cranberry Lake Campgrounds is suitable for a wide variety of campers, as it features hiking trails of all levels of difficulty, each with scenic views of a relatively-untouched wilderness.

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3) Hunter Lake Campground

This campground advertises itself as “a scenic campground built on family values,” and as such, it offers a number of activities that the whole family can enjoy. Located in the western Catskill Mountains, Hunter Lake Campground is home to a country store, an enclosed pavilion where kids can play ping-pong, pool, air hockey, and video games, and a sandy beach at the shore of Hunter Lake, where campers can swim and ride in boats. Each of the campsites have water and electricity, and RV sites include a sewer hookup as well. Pets are allowed at this campground, so all members of the family, including canine companions, are welcome to stay.

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2) Alger Island

Also known as Big Island, Alger Island is located on Fourth Lake within the Adirondack Park. The entire island, which is only accessible by boat, is operated as a New York State Park campground, featuring 15 sites with lean-tos all located by the island’s shore. While the selection of activities available on the island itself is fairly limited, the island is close to several nearby tourist attractions, including a museum, a golf course, and a theme park. Campers can go jet-skiing in the nearby lake and enjoy lunch at the picnic tables provided on the campsites while enjoying their view of the water. Alger Island is ideal for campers looking for a unique experience, but site availability is limited, so be sure to book your campsite well in advance.

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1) Hither Hills State Park

Long Island is home to some of the most celebrated beaches in the world, and there’s perhaps no better way to enjoy the island’s beaches than to stay at one of the campsites at Hither Hills State Park. Though the campground features an impressive 189 sites, Hither Hills is one of the most popular campgrounds in the state, so it’s best to make your reservations as early as possible. Located on the east end of the island in Montauk, Hither Hills offers sites for both tents and RVs, which offer stunning views of the dunes, beach, and ocean. Campers can take advantage of activities hosted on the expansive beach, including volleyball games, sand castle contests, and campfire jamborees, or visit the nearby Hamptons.