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7 Overlooked East Coast Camping Destinations

Posted on: June 6th, 2014 by Quik Shade

Camping Destinations

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The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, Virginia

Claiming parts of the Appalachian Mountains, these two national forests stretch from one end of VIrginia to the other, and then down into parts of West Virginia and Kentucky. These parks are one of the best places to go if you’re looking to view some of the beautiful fall colors, spot some exotic birds or lose yourself on some beautiful, winding trails that take you to secret places to rest.

Lily Bay State Park, Maine

Located on the Eastern Shores of Moosehead Lake, one of the largest lakes in the Northeast, Lily Bay State Park is a beautiful location where one can go fishing, enjoy a 2-mile trail along a beautiful swimming beach, go boating, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and ice fishing and cross-country skiing in the winter.

Mahlon Dickerson Reservation, New Jersey

Encompassing 3200 square acres of wilderness, the Mahlon Dickerson Reservation, this nature preserve is a great place to get away from the craziness of the New Jersey city life. WIth over 20 miles of hiking trails, year-round camp sites and locations to hook up the camper, this place will give someone a good sigh of relief when they arrive.

Myrtle Beach State Park, South Carolina

Located in a rustic beach setting, Myrtle Beach State Park offers 312 acres of shady, wooded areas in which one can go hiking, fishing, swimming in the ocean, and even hook up the camper if one wanted to. There are recreational piers, an interactive nature center and a tourist area known as the Grand Strand located nearby for anyone who might want to venture around and see what the place has to offer.

Anastasia State Park, Florida

The best time to camp in Florida is during the winter months. This is when it is coolest and the weather is the best for camping, as opposed to the rest of the year when it can get quite hot and humid. Anastasia State Park features 1600 square miles of wilderness, a large beach great for those long walks, a tidal salt marsh, coastal and upland maritime docking, and also an archaeological site where stone was mine to build a nearby fortress many years ago, the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument.

Blue Spring State Park, Florida

One of the larger campgrounds in Florida, Blue Spring State Park covers more than 2600 acres of land. It includes one of the largest springs in the state. Blue Spring is a dedicated Manatee refuge, and is host to one of the largest and still growing populations of West Indian Manatees. The St. John’s river goes through the park, which affords people the opportunity to fish, swim and canoe. In the spring itself, people can enjoy 73 degree water and go swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving.

Lake Waramaug, Connecticut

For those who think that the beauty of Connecticut lies in the shores of the Long Island Sound or maybe along the banks of the Connecticut River (such as in the town of Essex), then please consider Lake Waramaug. Tucked quietly away in the Litchfield Hills, surrounded by low, quiet hills, this place is one of the most tranquil, cherished campgrounds in the state. With a total of 77 campsites located near the banks of the lake, one can take a small walk over to the waters to go fishing for bass, swimming in the clear water or take the canoe out for an early morning paddle. This is a great place to get away from it all and we recommend you go and visit it someday.

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