5 Bucket List Campgrounds

 

You have your own for a list that you would reccomend and we would love to hear from you in the comments section. These are ours. Some of these are sort of campgrounds in the loosest sense...but they are places to camp and all are public.  

 

These campgrounds are relatively spread out across the country, so you should find something you like.

1. TRAPLINE CAMPGROUND, TRAPPER'S LAKE, FLATTOP WILDERNESS AREA IN NORTHWEST COLORADO

This is one of the most picturesque campgrounds we have come across, and with access to great hiking and fishing, there is plenty to do.  

 

There are minimal "amenities" as this really is as close to true wilderness you can encounter in an actual campground. If you want a little more there are cabins available just outside the campground and start at $70 per night as of this writing.  Additionally, just outside the campground there is a restaurant and small camp store with basics.

 

There is water and there are toilets in the campground. That's what's there.

 

In 2002, a fire swept through the region and the scars are still evident. But, as is always the case after forest wildfire, the area is coming back stronger than before.  

Trapper's Lake Campground
Camping in Colorado's Flattops
Small stream Trapper's Lake
Trapper's Lake wildflowers
Trappers Lake Campground

Photos taken by David and Daniel Mann on 2011 trip. We have been visiting this campground since about 1995...before David and Daniel likely recall.  On one trip back after we'd moved from Colorado, Laura suffered from altitude sickness here and we had to leave, so keep this in mind.

2. LAKE MICHIGAN RECREATION AREA, LOWER PENNINSULA, MICHIGAN

This area is vastly overshadowed by its neighbor on Lake Michigan just north, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park.  That's ok, because you will enjoy amazing sights and a much less restrictive and crowded environment.  Hiking, camping, and swimming for the bravehearted area all highlights of this beautiful area.  The campground is loaded with amenities including hot showers.

Lake Michigan sunset

Sunset over Lake Michigan

Swimming in Lake Michigan
Campsite in Lake Michigan Recreation Area
Grilling dinner Lake Michigan Recreation Area
Evening on Lake Michigan at Lake Michigan Rec Area
Sand beaches of Lake Michigan Recreation Area
3. GEM PEAK LOOKOUT  TOWER, NW MONTANA

So here is an outside of the box suggestion for a place to "camp."  Having said this, it is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity that you will never forget.  The lookout has a stove and a "one holer" at the bottom of the tower.  Given the height of the tower, it is certainly not for young children or those with fear of heights.  Geat hiking with abundant wildlife, and some of the most incredible view in North America await. 

 

View from Gem Peak Fire Tower
View from Gem Peak
Gem Peak firetower
View from 80 Peak, not far from Gem Peak
4. BLACKWOODS CAMPGROUND, ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, MAINE

It's not as much the campground here, though it's plenty nice, as the myriad of awesome activities and natural beauty on and around Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park.

The Bubbles, Jordan Pond, Acadia National Park
Loon near Jordan Pond in Acadia National Park
View of mast ship from drive thru Acadia National Park
Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park
Gulf of Maine, Acadia National Park
Campsite, Blackwoods Campground, Acadia National Park
5. BUFFALO SCENIC RIVERWAYS, NW ARKANSAS, STEEL CREEK CAMPGROUND

You are not from Arkansas and neither am I (maybe you are but I am about to make a point)... Mountainous beauty, great hiking, beautiful clear waters for paddling - this is an outdoors person paradise.

 

My son had made several trips when he was residing down in SW Missouri - Springfield. Even when he showed me the photos of trips he and his wife took, sometimes with their friends, I was struggling to accept that it could be in Arkansas and be so beautiful.  At least this part of Arkansas is stunning!

Whitaker Point Panorama, Buffalo River National Scenic Riverway
Clear waters of Buffalo River
Whitaker Point, Buffalo National Scenic Riverway
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