Not all campgrounds are created equal, and only some can truly pass as family campgrounds. From guided nature tours to spiraling water slides and family biking trails, these 10 are worth the trip.
Worthington State Forest
Columbia, New Jersey
If your family likes hiking, this is one of the best family campgrounds for you. With more than 26 miles of hiking trails, the scenic Delaware River makes each mile better than the last. Hike to Sunfish Pond, which was formed by centuries of glacial activity, trek Mt. Tammany, or grab a self-guided brochure to explore the Rockores Trail.
Tanners Flat Campground
Tucked into Little Cottonwood Canyon, campers are surrounded by pine, aspen, oak and maple trees. Though there are a variety of family campgrounds that accommodate large groups, here they offer double-family sites, making it easy to stay connected. Be sure to hike Red Pine Lake and White Pine Lake, and take a family bike ride on the Cottonwood Creek Trail.
Lake Bastrop brings a variety of activities to this family-friendly campground. Bass, crappie, catfish and perch can all be caught from the pier, while sailors and canoe lovers will enjoy relaxing trips across the water. Tetherball is a favorite pastime here for children, as well as hiking and biking along the trails.
Honey Creek State Park
Rolling hills set the scene for this family-friendly camping area, 828 acres to be exact. Once unpacked, take an afternoon stroll along the Woodland Interpretive Trail where the kids can learn about the 11 ancient Woodland Indian mounds. Take an early morning run or bike ride along the multi-use trail and spend time with a fishing pole in hand at Rathbun Lake to teach the kids how to catch their own dinner.
Twin Lakes Campground
Mammoth Lakes, California
Sitting at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, this makes the list of family campgrounds for its pure natural beauty. If you're looking for a rustic camping experience, this is where you'll find it. Surrounded by towering lodgepole pines, you'll experience campsite privacy, perfect for family bonding around the campfire. Explore trails and lakeside fun, and ask about seasonal education programs that run throughout the peak season.
Rogers Rock Campground
Hague, New York
Being one of the most popular family campgrounds in the New York area, you can be sure your entire family will have fun here. Group camping areas can accommodate a large family camping trip, and the diverse landscape offers swimming, biking, boating and hiking. Drive six short miles to explore historic Fort Ticonderoga, as well.
Sunny campsites, limestone bluffs and Beaver Lake provide ample opportunity for an adventurous family camping trip. Have a hiking adventure in the Ozark Mountains, where relaxing and scenic trails await you. Back at the campground, enjoy a friendly game of family volleyball or let your kids run around the on-site playground.
Heyburn State Park
Located in the oldest state park in the Pacific Northwest, there's more than enough to keep your family busy for the entire trip. Rent a boat from the marina and enjoy water skiing on a hot day. Stay on land for a family hike on the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes, one of the most scenic trails in western U.S. Finally, after a long day, find a spot on the beach for dinner and a sunset over the lake.
Enjoy a low-key family weekend at the Manzanita Campground. With only 19 campsites in the entire park, it will almost feel like you have the place to yourself. Spend lazy afternoons hanging by Oak Creek where you can swim, fish, and lounge. Grab a creekside campsite and you won't have to walk far for your morning fishing adventures. Spend some time exploring one of the nearby hiking trails or drive over to Slide Rock State Park, one of the most popular swimming spots in the state.
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Jessica Sanders is the Associate Online Editor for ReserveAmerica.com. After many years of camping and hiking in the Northeast, she's exploring what the West has to offer and sharing all of her knowledge with you. She's a s'mores master, campsite connoisseur, writer, runner and lover of all things outdoors. Follow her on Google+.