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The mid-Atlantic state of Delaware is easy to overlook when traveling up and down the East Coast. But just off I-95, small towns and farms, fascinating historical and cultural sites, and pristine beaches and waterways are waiting to welcome you. The second smallest state in the nation, Delaware is host to excellent camping and RVing opportunities, whether for an overnight stop or a multi-day trip with bikes and kayaks on hand.
With casinos, water parks, and the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk scene, Delaware can provide plenty of urban entertainment. However, its understated natural beauty and abundance of outdoor recreation also make it shine as a camping destination. While only five of the 17 state parks can accommodate RVs, they offer some of the best camping experiences around. Nearly 600 sites total are available throughout the state park system, spanning ocean beaches, freshwater ponds, forests, and wildlife areas. Ample facilities including hookups, stores, and nature centers, along with activities such as hiking, kayaking, volleyball, and disc golf, provide RVers with plenty of comfort while touring the historical sites and natural beauty of the First State.
To make a reservation, visit delawarestateparks.reserveamerica.com or call 877-98-PARKS (877-987-2757).
Reservations are strongly recommended but not required. Reservations can be made up to 12 months in advance.
A minimum of two nights is required over weekends, three nights for holidays.
All campgrounds have sites that can fit RVs up to 45 feet, although the number of sites is limited. Delaware Seashore is the most big rig friendly of the five state park campgrounds, with almost all of its 226 sites accommodating up to 45 feet.
Campsites can be searched for by RV length within each park on the reservation website. When you reserve a specific site, you enter the RV length and cannot exceed the site’s maximum size.
All campgrounds except for Delaware Seashore State Park have ADA-accessible sites available. Accessible sites are bookable by anyone, however they are designated for people with disabilities who require accessible facilities.
All five campgrounds offer electric and water hookups. Delaware Seashore and Lums Pond state parks have some sites with full hookups. Sites with hookups are searchable and bookable in the reservation system.
State parks may have WiFi available in public areas. If connectivity is a priority, contact the park directly to ask about WiFi and cell service.
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the maximum stay is 14 nights in a 21-day period.
Campsites have fire pits and picnic tables; some also have grills. Most campgrounds have paved parking pads. Details with photos can be found per site in the reservation system.
Basic facilities at campgrounds include restrooms, showers, potable water, and a dump station. Most parks also have a camp store, laundry, interpretive programs, marked trails, sports fields, and access to water sports.
Details can be found under “Activities” and “Amenities” on each park’s website.
Rates by season and by site type are listed on the park system’s website under “RV and Tent Camping”. Prices range from $20 for a site with partial hookups during the winter season to $59 for a full hookup pull-through site during peak summer season.
Prices are displayed per site / per date in the reservation system.
Additional persons fee: $2 per person, per night for groups of more than 4, to a maximum of 8.
Nonrefundable reservation fee: $4
Change fee: $10
Cancellations up to 31 days prior to arrival are $10.
Cancellations within 30 days of arrival forfeit the first night’s fee.
Pets are allowed, as long as they’re kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet. Check with the specific park directly for any additional pet policies. And of course, campers should always pick up after their pet.
- Maximum occupancy per site: 1 vehicle, 8 people.
- Check-in time: 1 p.m. Check-out time: 12 p.m.
- Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Alcoholic beverages: Permitted at campsite only. Kegs are prohibited.
- Generator use: Prohibited.
- Campfires: Allowed in designated rings or pits, following local advisories.
- Drone use: A Park Services permit must be acquired in advance.
Cape Henlopen State Park
15099 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes, DE 19958
Cape Henlopen State Park is an ideal Delaware beach camping destination in a dramatic location at the point where Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. Visitors to this 7,000-acre state park can enjoy both natural and historical attractions by swimming in the ocean, biking through forest and sand dunes, fishing from a pier, attending a nature center program, and touring the World War II–era Fort Miles.
The campground, set within pine-covered dunes, has more than 100 sites with electric and water hookups, and several new sites over 100 feet long to accommodate big rigs. Additional facilities include restrooms with showers, new fire rings and picnic tables, pull-through sites, two dump stations, a camp store, and a play area. Sites are somewhat close together, but the main draw of the campground is its proximity to the beach and trails. If you don’t have your own bikes, the park rents them for free. A bike trail leads all the way to Rehoboth Beach (12 miles round-trip) for a stunning ride along the Delaware coast.
Lums Pond State Park
1068 Howell School Road, Bear, DE 19701
Water views and activities are the main attraction at this peaceful state park surrounding Delaware’s largest freshwater millpond. In addition to fishing, boating, and kayaking, dedicated hiking and biking trails are available, along with horseback riding, sports fields, and a zip-line course. The excellent nature center and nearby Fort Delaware State Park round out the attractions with engaging education and history.
Lums Pond’s campground features spacious, shady sites with paved driveways and grassy areas. Notable for a state park, all sites have full hookups. Facilities include a camp store, restrooms with showers, and a dump station. Pet owners will appreciate the off-leash dog area, and campers needing to stay connected should have no issues with the cell service. Well maintained by friendly staff, this state park is a great camping option in northern Delaware. Note that sites accommodate rigs up to 40 feet.
Trap Pond State Park
33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956
Trap Pond State Park highlights a unique natural attraction: the northernmost stand of bald cypress trees in the U.S. Once the site of a large freshwater wetland, the pond was created to power a sawmill to harvest the bald cypress in the late 18th century. During the summer, a variety of water craft are available to rent, and guided pontoon boat tours are offered on weekends. A stream flowing into the pond is a designated wilderness canoe trail, which makes for an incredible experience paddling among the graceful bald cypress.
Additional facilities include hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails, along with a playground, sports fields, and a nature center. Trap Pond State Park’s campground features more than 100 sites, about half with electric and water hookups. Campsites are spacious, shady, and situated in a beautiful natural setting under tall pine trees. Restrooms, laundry, a dump station, and a camp store are available, making this a comfortable campground to visit the park and enjoy its unique natural beauty.
Delaware state park campgrounds that accommodate RV camping
Cape Henlopen State Park
Delaware Seashore State Park
Killen Pond State Park
Lums Pond State Park
Trap Pond State Park
For more information on Delaware state park campgrounds, visit destateparks.com/.