East Coast Road Trip: Where to Hammock Camp along the Way
Looking to hit the road on the East Coast? There's plenty to see as you traverse this edge of the country, and you'll see even more of it if you camp along the way. Venture into state, national parks and beaches to sleep beneath the stars. Of course, don't forget the most important piece of camping equipment, your hammock.
We’ve collected the best campgrounds in all seven south Atlantic states. They've been arranged from north to south—perfect for a road trip down the coast!
Delaware Seashore State Park, Delaware
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The campsites at Delaware Seashore State Park are just a short walk from the the beach. Spend the day relaxing, exploring the tide pools, and taking in the beautiful scenery.
All of the facilities are clean and well-maintained, and reviewers were impressed with how friendly and helpful the campground staff were.
Pro-tip: Bring your Grand Trunk Parasheet Beach Blanket to keep that sand off all your stuff.
Oceanside - Assateague National Seashore, Maryland
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Continue your beach vacation by visiting Oceanside campground at Assateague Island National Seashore. Reviewers report immaculate amenities and the campground features spacious sites and fire rings.
Explore the sand dunes, try some surf fishing, or spend the afternoon crabbing or clamming for a fresh seafood dinner. If you’re lucky, you might catch sight of the wild horses that wander along the shoreline.
Big Meadows - Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Ready for a change in scenery? Head inland once you reach Virginia to camp in Big Meadows. Instead of windswept beaches, you’ll be surrounded by thick forest with the Blue Ridge Mountains of the Southern Appalachians in the distance.
There is so much to do around this campground -- you might want to carve out an extra day in your road trip for this stop. To start, there are 500 miles of trails in Shenandoah National Park, 101 of which are part of the famous Appalachian Trail. There are also plenty of waterfalls, viewpoints, and wilderness areas where black bears, deer, and wild turkeys roam.
So many amazing hammock camping spots!
For a rest day, drive along Skyline Drive and enjoy scenic views 105 miles along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Carolina Beach State Park, North Carolina
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All hiked out after Virginia? Carolina Beach State Park is the perfect place to break out your hammock and relax with peaceful ocean views.
Clean showers and bathrooms plus plenty of well maintained trails for hiking and biking make this campground a great place to stay for a few days or more. Explore the inlet by Cape Fear River, or soak in the scenic kayaking opportunities.
Huntington Beach State Park, South Carolina
As you head south into the Carolinas, make sure to stop at Huntington Beach State Park. The beach here is a great place for crabbing, kayaking, beach combing, and fishing for flounder.
There are good trails nearby for easy to moderate hiking and biking, and there’s even a castle to explore nearby.
Tallulah Gorge State Park, Georgia
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You’re nearing the end of your epic road trip through the southeast atlantic states, but there are still some incredible places to visit, like Tallulah Gorge State Park in Georgia.
From the campground there’s an incredible hike to the Tallulah Gorge where you can explore the many gorgeous rim trails with views of the rock formations and waterfalls.
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, Florida
You've made it to the most southern atlantic state! It’s time to pamper yourself a little, and you’ll find plenty of creature comforts here at Disney’s Fort Wilderness.
This campground is located right near Walt Disney World Resort, and there are regular shuttles that run between the campground and the park. You’ll find on-site restaurants, water slides, and even cable TV hookups, if you snag one of the more elaborate RV sites. There are tent sites as well, and no matter how you’re camping, the atmosphere is one of pure Disney magic, with Chip & Dale fireside evening programs with s’mores and a view of Disney’s oldest continuously running parade, the Electric Water Pageant.
Your Grand Trunk hammock is the perfect accessory for any road trip. Get out of the car and get comfy with your cozy home between the trees.