If you in the mood to get off the beaten path, Havasupai Falls is a great place to start. With a scenic hike to gorgeous blue-green backwater and some of the most impressive waterfalls in the United States, this is a dream destination for any camper. The hike is considered moderately difficult, with rocky and sometimes steep terrain, so make sure to plan ahead and pack light. Even with the remoteness of the area, there are an impressive 250 sites leading back to the falls. Campsites include access to natural springs for fresh water, as well as site-side tables.
Little Rock Pond Trail
Green Mountain National Forest, Virginia
Little Rock Pond Trail features a mixed hardwoods hiking path that follows the Little Black Broke and circles the Little Rock Pond. The trail is easy to walk and is great for the whole family to enjoy. Rolling hills, large boulders and a beautiful forest landscape surround the scenic pond where many visitors swim and fish. Shelter and tent platforms are available near the pond on a first-come, first-served basis. These sites cost $5, which goes directly to Green Mountain Club caretaker, and is used for protecting vulnerable soil, water and vegetation around the trail and in the camping area with strict “Leave No Trace” ethics encouraged.
Cedar Creek Treehouse
Many mountain retreats promise unmatched privacy and impressive views but few have been able to exceed those expectations while blending seamlessly into the surrounding landscape. Here, you can truly immerse yourself in nature. Cedar Creek Treehouse, located ten miles from the Nisqually River entrance to Mount Rainier National Park, offers spectacular mountain views, all from 50 feet up a two hundred year-old Western Red Cedar tree. Cedar Creek Treehouse is “off the grid” and uses solar power to run and maintain a variety of amenities including a full kitchen nook, sleeping area, toilet, dining area and glass-enclosed observations area is views overlooking an old-growth forest.
Woods Island State Park
St. Albans Bay (Lake Champlain), Vermont
If a trip into the northern reaches of a nearly 125 mile long lake to an (almost) private island is more your bag, grab a boat and head into Lake Champlain to the remote Woods Island for picturesque lake views and unmatched privacy. The 125-acre island is home to many plant species that are rare or endangered in Vermont. Given this, Vermont State Parks intends to preserve the natural, primitive character of the island by limiting the number of tent campsites (five total) that are spread equally along the shoreline and connected via trail system. The lack of easy access and amenities are more than made up for by the beautiful lake sunsets and the sound of waves cresting the shore as you sleep feet from the lake.
Perch Lake Campground
Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Wisconsin
Perch Lake Campground is perfect for families who want to be closer to town with amenities, located only five miles from Drummond, Wisconsin, while still maintaining a true wilderness feel to the campground. This feeling is maintained not only by its location but also by the number of sites (only 16) on a 72-acre Perch Lake. The lake has excellent largemouth bass, panfish and trout fishing with a well-maintained boat ramp. Each site features car parking, fire ring, picnic table, tent pad and most can accommodate RV’s up to 35 feet. Area attractions include the North Country National Scenic Trail, the Rust-Owen Reservoir and the Rainbow Lake Wilderness.