High Point State Park provides a family-friendly atmosphere, with hiking, fishing, boating, and lake swimming during the summer. Photo courtesy of the  High Point State Park, Division of Parks and Forestry
High Point State Park provides a family-friendly atmosphere, with hiking, fishing, boating, and lake swimming during the summer. Photo courtesy of the High Point State Park, Division of Parks and Forestry

Best Family Campgrounds in New Jersey

There are lots of ways for New Jersey families to experience the great outdoors. From scenic parks, playgrounds, and trails to inviting beaches and lakes, the state offers plenty of places to get some fresh air. But if you really want to get the kids unplugged and at one with nature, it might be time to plan a camping trip. To be sure, camping with little ones isn't always easy; but luckily, there are campgrounds throughout the state that make the experience comfortable and fun for even the youngest campers.

Read on for a dozen campgrounds that offer everything from tent camping to fully appointed cabins, along with a host of family-style entertainment and amenities.

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NOTE: New Jersey reopened most of its campgrounds in state parks as of June 22, 2020, but some are operating at reduced capacity and under other restrictions, so please confirm reservations in advance.

The heated pool and kiddie pool at the Delaware River Family Campground will keep the whole family cool.

1. Delaware River Family Campground – Columbia

2020 Update: The campground is open for RV seasonal and transient campers.
Nestled alongside the Delaware River, the Delaware River Family Campground is a relaxing family retreat. Open from April 1 through October 31, the campground offers a variety of camping sites as well as both rustic and modern cabin rentals. Amenities include a heated swimming pool and kiddie pool, game room, boat and tubing rentals (and river excursions), mini-golf, and basketball courts. There are also scheduled activities including arts & crafts, music, clowns, and family movie nights. 

2. High Point State Park – Sussex

Reopened for camping as of June 22, 2020.
The park's camping facilities include 50 tent sites along Sawmill lake, six-person furnished cabins that include fully functioning kitchens and bathrooms (complete with hot and cold running water and electricity), and a large-group cabin that can accommodate up to 28 people. Families can enjoy hiking, fishing, boating, and lake swimming during the summer and cross-country skiing in winter. The park is home to the High Point Cross Country Ski Center, where skis and other winter sports equipment are available for rent. Open April 1 through October 31, reservations can be made online.

Enjoy paddle boats, fishing, and swimming at Harmony Ridge Campground. 

3. Harmony Ridge Campground – Branchville

2020 Update: Harmony Ridge is open with restrictions: Masks must be worn in public areas, the playground, game room, and pool are closed, and no large groups may be accommodated.
Located in the heart of the Kittatinny Mountains, Harmony Ridge is a 160-acre campground that is open year-round. Family owned since 1963, this great retreat offers both cabin rentals and scenic campsites. There are also plenty of amenities, including a swimming pool, playground, basketball court, paddle boats, and a recently added hockey rink and gaga ball court. There is also a snack bar that serves breakfast daily. Visit the website for more information, including current rates.

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Spend a weekend or a week in nature at Kymer's Camping Resort. 

4. Kymer's Camping Resort – Branchville

2020 Update: The campground is open for RV seasonal and transient campers.
There's no excuse for boredom at this North Jersey camping resort, which features a full slate of daily and weekly entertainment. Families can get into friendly competition with basketball, foosball, miniature golf, ping pong, tennis, volleyball, and more. Prefer to relax? Check out the swimming pool, paddle a kayak, or make a craft. Nighttime brings outdoor movies, DJ dance parties, campfires with marshmallow roasting, paint-and-sip parties for parents, and other fun. If that isn't enough, Kymer's is close to the New Jersey State Fair, High Point State Park, Wild West City, the Land of Make Believe, golf courses, flea markets, and more. Tent, trailer, and cabin sites are available for rental April 1 through October 31.

5. Pleasant Acres Farm Campground – Sussex

2020 Update: The campground is open only to independent recreation vehicles (those which contain a water flush lavatory, kitchen sink, etc.). There are revised camp office and amenity hours.
Located on a real working farm, Pleasant Acres Farm Campground offers horse-drawn hayrides, baby animal petting, cow milking, sheep shearing, and pig chases. Amenities include a swimming pool, miniature golf course, sports fields, and a lake for fishing. During the summer months, visitors can enjoy free meals scheduled on many weeknights, along with a wide range of entertainment, including live bands, DJs, line dancing, and painting parties. Families can stay in the campground's full-size, air-conditioned cabins featuring bathrooms, fully-equipped kitchens, large outdoor decks, and a flat-screened TV. There are also pet-friendly cottages with similar amenities as well as tent and RV campsites.

6. The Great Divide – Sussex

2020 Update: The campground is open to non-tent campers. The camp store and facilities are open with restricted hours and face masks should be worn in public places.
The Great Divide provides itself on its beautifully maintained facilities, accommodating service, and fun, family-friendly activities. In addition to campsites (some with water, electric, sewer and cable TV hookups), there are cabin trailer rentals that feature full kitchens, home theater systems, flat-screen TVs, electronic fireplaces and central air conditioning. Amenities include an Olympic-sized pool, a private late for fishing and boating, a basketball court, a game room, a playground, music concerts, dancing, and more.Campers can look forward to creative themed weekend activities, too.

7. Allaire State Park – Howell

Reopened for camping as of June 22, 2020.
Best known for its historic 19th-century iron-making village and the Pine Creek Railroad, featuring a working antique steam train, Allaire State Park is the perfect site for a family camping trip. The park is home to plenty of easy trails for hiking (perfect for little legs) as well as access to the Manasquan Reservoir, which provides both fishing and boating opportunities. Allaire's camping facilities include 45 tent campsites and 10 cabin-like shelters that include beds and a wood stove for heat. Each site also includes a fire ring and picnic table. Flush toilets and shower facilities are within walking distance. Reservations can be made online.

Butterfly Camping Resort hosts lots of fun nighttime activities.

8. Butterfly Camping Resort – Jackson

2020 Update: Butterfly Camping Resort is now open to self-contained campers - transient and seasonal - and the pool is open with reserved time slots to avoid overcrowding.
For more than 20 years, the owners of Jackson's Butterfly Camping Resort have been dedicated to providing great hospitality and clean facilities to camping families. Seasonal fun includes pony and wagon rides, outdoor movie nights, bingo, and arts & crafts. The grounds include a large swimming pool, miniature golf course, sports fields, playgrounds, and an arcade. Additionally, the resort is located right on the cranberry bogs and has a great pond where kids can go fishing. The camp offers both regular campsites as well as a variety of comfortable cabins and cottages. An added bonus, Butterfly Camping Resort is located just minutes from Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari.

9. Turkey Swamp Park – Freehold

2020 Update: Open for camping but no cabin rentals at this time.
This beautiful wooded park was developed by the Monmouth County Park System with campers in mind. The park is home to a 17-acre lake that can be used for fishing, boating, and ice-skating. The park also features an archery range, playgrounds, and miles of trails. The family campground features wooded campsites for both tent camping and travel trailers, with fire rings and picnic tables. There are also three basic cabins that come with both heating and air conditioning.

Set up at the lake for the day at the Four Seasons Family Campground. Photo courtesy of the campground

10. Four Seasons Family Campground – Pilesgrove

2020 Update: Four Seasons Family Campground is open to all campers, including tent camping. The on-site pool is open as of June 22.
Open all year, Four Seasons Family Campground is located in the Delaware River Region of Southern New Jersey. This popular destination recently opened a new swimming pool with a 10-inch-deep children's area. Other recreational facilities include swimming on a sandy beach, a fully equipped game room, playgrounds, fishing, and sports fields and equipment. Visitors can enjoy themed weekends during the summer months. This pet-friendly destination also has an off-leash dog park. Both rustic and deluxe cabins are available, as well as tent and RV sites.

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Ocean View Resort Campground offers a splash pad, swimming pool, mini-golf, and lots more.

11. Ocean View Resort Campground – Ocean View

2020 Update: The Ocean View Resort Campground is open with some restrictions, including a modified activity calendar to accommodate social distancing protocols.
Just three miles from Sea Isle City, Ocean View Resort is New Jersey's largest privately owned campground. Kids can keep busy with a splash pad, swimming pool, stocked fishing pond, fresh-water lake for swimming and boating, three playgrounds, two arcades, miniature golf course, and ball fields. A campground store sells food, along with fishing and camping supplies. In addition, a cafe and lake pavilion sell sandwiches, pizza, treats, and more. Rent a campsite for tent camping or a fully appointed cabin or trailer. Open from mid-April through mid-October.

12. Sea Pirate Campground – West Creek

2020 Update: The campground is open for business with modified amenities. The game room is currently closed.
Just minutes from Long Beach Island, this Jersey Shore campground provides plenty of water-related recreational activities, including crabbing, fresh and saltwater fishing, and canoe and kayak rentals. There's also a swimming pool, playgrounds, sports fields, and a full schedule of family activities. The campground offers sites for tent camping as well as a variety of cabins and cottages that come with all the comforts of home. Open from the end of April until mid-October.

Enjoy the comforts of home in the great outdoors at Jellystone Park Campground.

13. Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Campground – Elmer

2020 Update: The campground is open for business.
Situated in southwestern New Jersey on 113 wooded acres, Jellystone Park Campground at Tall Pines is a family-oriented camping resort that offers the adventure of the outdoors without sacrificing the comforts of home. The campground, open from April through October, boasts a pool, splash pad, event-themed weekends, and kid-friendly activities. Visitors can reserve sites for tent camping as well as a variety of cabins and RVs. The campground is pet-friendly.

All photos courtesy of the campgrounds

Harmony Ridge Campground
23 Risdon Drive
Branchville, NJ 07826

Delaware River Family Campground
100 Route 46
Columbia, NJ 07832

Allaire State Park
4265 Atlantic Ave
Farmingdale, NJ 07727

Pleasant Acres Farm Campground
61 DeWitt Road
Sussex, NJ 07461

Butterfly Camping Resort
360 Butterfly Road
Jackson, NJ 08527

Turkey Swamp Park
200 Georgia Road
Freehold, NJ 07728

Ocean View Resort
2555 Route 9
Ocean View, NJ 08230

Sea Pirate Campground
148 Main Street
West Creek, NJ 08092

Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp Resort
49 Beal Raod
Elmer, NJ 08318

Four Seasons Family Campground
158 Woodstown-Daretwon Road
Pilesgrove, 08098

High Point State Park
1480 New Jersey 23
Sussex, NJ 07461

Kymer's Camping Resort
69 Kymer Road
Branchville, NJ 07826

The Great Divide Campground
68 Phillips Road
Newton, NJ 07860
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