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12 Best Campgrounds on the East Coast Near the Ocean

Are you planning an east coast RV trip? If so, we have the best east coast campgrounds you need to check out. From Maine to Florida, you can enjoy a beautiful stay with easy access to the Atlantic Ocean. Buckle your seat belts and get ready to map out your route. Our first stop is in the land of lobsters and fresh seafood. Let’s dive in.

Couple inside camper looking out to the beach
The east coast has many stunning campsites close to the beach.

What You’ll Love About East Coast Camping 

There’s a lot to love about east coast camping. The northeast has some rustic and underdeveloped beaches that offer a great time away from the day-to-day. And when you get down to the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida, the vibe turns slightly more tropical. 

We love the variety the best campgrounds on the east coast provide. We’re sharing 12 of our favorites with you based on their locations and what makes them the perfect getaways. You can go east coast camping year-round, but the summer months are optimal. 

12 Best Campgrounds on the East Coast 

We’ve put together a list of the best campgrounds on the east coast. There’s nothing like RVing from New England down to Florida with fabulous plays to stay. Check them out! 

1. Hermit Island Campground – Maine 

Address: 6 Hermit Island Rd, Phippsburg, Maine 04562

Amenities: The campground is rustic and only tents, pop-up trailers up to 25 feet long, and truck campers are welcome. RVs and hard-topped travel trailers aren’t allowed in the campgrounds. Campsites have fire pits and picnic tables. The campground has showers and bathrooms on-site and near the beaches. 

Pet-Friendly: Pets aren’t allowed in the campground. 

Why You’ll Love It: Hermit Island Campground is on Casco Bay, putting you right out in the Atlantic Ocean. You’ll love how serene and nature-filled it is. We would give it a 10/10 trip rating, but it gets a 7/10 only because they don’t allow motorhomes, fifth wheels, and hard-topped travel trailers.

Morton Road Trip Rating: 7/10

RV, tent and board set up on beach.
Enjoy kayaking, surfing, and swimming along the east coast.

2. Hither Hills State Park – New York

Address: 164 Old Montauk Hwy, Montauk, NY 11954

Amenities: Campsites are for dry camping and allow RVs up to 30-feet long. The campground has showers and bathrooms. The state park also offers hiking, biking, and equestrian trails. 

Pet-Friendly: Pets aren’t allowed in the campground.

Why You’ll Love It: Many campsites sit oceanside, and others lie within easy walking distance of the beach. Hither Hills State Park is in Montauk, just east of the famous Hamptons on Long Island. Between water sports and day trips, you’ll have plenty to do at this east coast campground. 

Morton Road Trip Rating: 8/10

Hither Hills State Park Campground Review Montauk Camping Long Island

3. Libby’s Oceanside Camp – Maine

Address: 725 York St, York, Maine 03909

Amenities: All RV sites are full hook-up with water, 50-amp electricity, and sewer. There’s also free Wi-Fi, and you can get cable TV. The campground has showers, bathrooms, and a beach.

Pet-Friendly: Pets are allowed.

Why You’ll Love It: Libby’s Oceanside Camp is directly on the waterfront. Each campsite has a view of the Atlantic. You’ll love the sound of the waves and breathtaking panoramic views. In addition, there are lighthouses, sightseeing, restaurants, and shopping nearby.

Morton Road Trip Rating: 10/10

Bucket List RV Park ~ Libby's Oceanside Camp

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RV driving on beach
If you’re planning an east coast road trip, make sure to book campsites along the beach.

4. East Beach – Rhode Island 

Address: East Beach Road, Charlestown, RI 02813

Amenities: There are 20 cabins and 700 campsites, with only four composting toilets available along the three-mile stretch of beach. Camping units must be self-contained to camp on the beach and equipped with a four-wheel drive.

Travel trailers and fifth wheels aren’t allowed to camp here. In addition, you must obtain a barrier beach permit before entering the camping area.

Pet-Friendly: Pets aren’t allowed.

Why You’ll Love It: East Beach State Park campground sits on an Outer Banks island. The beach is underdeveloped, which makes it less crowded and up close and personal with nature. 

Morton Road Trip Rating: 9/10

East Beach Charlestown, RI

5. Beverly Beach Campground – Florida

Address: 2815 N Ocean Shore Blvd #2768, Flagler Beach, FL 32136

Amenities: All campsites are full hook-ups with 50-amp electricity, water, and sewer. Sites have cement pads, and there are beachfront options. The campground has bathrooms, showers, laundry facilities, a clubhouse, a store, and a dog park.

Pet-Friendly: The campground and beach are pet-friendly.

Why You’ll Love It: Beverly Beach Campground has 1,500 feet of beachfront. Besides its amazing views of the ocean, there are plenty of activities to do nearby. For example, you can visit St. Augustine about 30 miles to the north and Daytona Beach 30 miles south. 

Morton Road Trip Rating: 10/10

Camping on the beach- Beverly Beach Campground FL

6. Horseneck Beach State Reservation – Massachusetts

Address: 5 John Reed Rd, Westport, MA 02791

Amenities: RV sites have no hook-ups. The campground has waterfront sites. It also has a dump station, showers, bathrooms, a boat launch, and a beach.

Pet-Friendly: Pets are allowed in the campground, but not on the beach.

Why You’ll Love It: You’ll love being steps away from dipping your toes in the Atlantic Ocean at this east coast campground. Horseneck Beach State Reservation is a beautiful spot with sandy dunes. It’s also popular for bird watching. 

Morton Road Trip Rating: 8/10

HORSENECK BEACH RESERVATION Westport Mass , Tour and review

7. First Landing State Park – Virginia 

Address: 2500 Shore Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Amenities: There are some campsites with electricity and water, and some without. Each site has a picnic table and fire grill. The campground has bathrooms, showers, a swim area, and a boat launch.

Pet-Friendly: The campground and beach are dog-friendly.

Why You’ll Love It: First Landing State Park on Cape Henry offers woodlands and water views. It’s on 1.5 miles of pristine Chesapeake Bay beach.

Morton Road Trip Rating: 7/10

First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach VA

8. Cedar Creek Campground – New Jersey

Address: 1052 Atlantic City Blvd, Bayville, NJ 08721

Amenities: There are a variety of campsites available, including dry camping, water and electricity only, and full hook-ups with water, electricity, and sewer. The campground has a pool, store, cafe, and activities. You can also bike or walk to the bay and kayak. 

Pet-Friendly: The campground is pet-friendly.

Why You’ll Love It: Cedar Creek Campground is just across the bay from Island Beach State Park, which is on a nature preserve on a 10-mile-long barrier island. You’ll love the untouched beauty of the park with marine plants and wildlife.

In the summer, it’s an excellent spot for a cool breeze, especially if you make some day trips to the city.

Morton Road Trip Rating: 9/10

Pro Tip: If you’re looking for some sun and sand, these are the 7 Best Campgrounds in New Jersey Near the Shore.

Cedar Creek Camp Ground April 2018

9. River’s End Campground – Georgia

Address: 5 Fort Ave, Tybee Island, GA 31328

Amenities: All RV sites have full hook-ups and cable. The campground offers free Wi-Fi, laundry services, a gift shop, propane for sale, bathrooms, and a TV lounge. It also has a fitness center and swimming pool.

Pet-Friendly: The campground is pet-friendly and has a dog park.

Why You’ll Love It: River’s End Campground is on Tybee Island. You’ll love soaking in the island vibes at one of the best campgrounds on the east coast. It has it all, from beaches to fishing. And Savannah is only a short drive away with all its history, shopping, and restaurants.

Morton Road Trip Rating: 10/10

Full 360 Tour of River's End Campground and RV Park on Tybee Island Georgia

10. Cape Henlopen State Park – Delaware

Address: 15411 Campground Rd, Lewes, DE 19958

Amenities: Campsites have 30- and 50-amp electricity and water. There’s also a fire ring and picnic table at each site, and there are some pull-through sites. In addition, the campground has a store, laundry facilities, and a dump station.

Pet-Friendly: The state park is pet-friendly. There’s a portion of the beach that’s pet-friendly, too.

Why You’ll Love It: With direct access to the ocean, you can swim or explore the dunes. Cape Henlopen State Park also provides opportunities for fishing and seeing historic World War II-era observation towers. There are 7,000 acres to explore in the park.

Morton Road Trip Rating: 8/10


11. Ocean Lakes Family Campground – South Carolina 

Address: 6001 S Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29575

Amenities: There are 859 campsites, including oceanfront, lakeside, and shaded lots. They’re large, pull-through sites with full hook-ups, cable, free Wi-Fi, and picnic tables. In addition, the campground has pools, mini-golf, a game center, shuffleboard, volleyball, and more. You can find almost any amenity you can imagine here.

Pet-Friendly: The campground is pet-friendly. However, pit bulls, rottweilers, or any other dangerous or exotic pets aren’t allowed.

Why You’ll Love It: Ocean Lakes Family Campground sits on a massive 310 oceanfront acres. The campground is extremely kid-friendly, with numerous activities for all ages, which helps make it one of the best campgrounds on the east coast. 

Morton Road Trip Rating: 10/10

Pro Tip: Are you new to RVing? Don’t stress! We put together 7 Key Tips For Every New RVer.

Ocean Lakes Family Campground Myrtle Beach SC

12. Cape Hatteras National Seashore – North Carolina 

Address: Oregon Inlet Campground,12001 NC-12, Nags Head, NC 27959

Amenities: Cape Hatteras National Seashore has four campgrounds. Oregon Inlet Campground has electrical hook-ups available at 47 of the campsites. It also has showers, bathrooms, potable water, and a dump station.

Pet-Friendly: The national seashore is pet-friendly, but pets aren’t allowed on swimming beaches.

Why You’ll Love It: Cape Hatteras National Seashore provides opportunities to see wildlife on the land and in the ocean. In addition, you can enjoy a day at the beach, kayaking, or hiking. 

Morton Road Trip Rating: 9/10 - Oregon Inlet Campground Cape Hatteras National Seashore North Carolina NC

Camp in the Best Places on Your East Coast Road Trip

We hope you get to one or more of these east coast campgrounds. Driving up or down the east coast is memorable on its own, but when you stay at a great campground, it elevates the trip to the next level.

Which of these locations are you ready to cross off your bucket list? Drop a comment below!

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Tom & Caitlin Morton of Mortons on the Move gave up the stationary life for one where they are constantly on the move. They are full-time travelers, television hosts, and digital media producers.
They left their jobs, sold their house and possessions, and hit the road in September 2015 in their full-time “home on wheels”. Since then they have traveled the US, Canada, and even internationally by RV.
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Joey McRary

Wednesday 10th of November 2021

Good morning. I have a question about weight that you added to the truck camper after you put it on the truck. Mostly stuff. How much is the total weight now?