The Best Websites for Finding a Private Campsite

The sharing economy of Uber and Airbnb has come to camping. These sites connect you to private lands where you can camp.

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1. Tentrr

Ideal for new campers, or folks looking for built-in comfort, sites include a 10-by-12-foot canvas tent with a queen-size cot, fire pit, drinking water, sun shower, camp toilet, and grill. The 500 campsites are clustered in the Northeast, but Tentrr is expanding to the West Coast this summer.

BOOK THIS: Slippery Rock River Retreat in Greene, Maine. Hike the property’s 400 acres and launch canoes from the campsite’s river shore. ($100 per night)

2. Hipcamp

The 40,000 sites across the U.S. range from economy camps on a lawn to a treehouse with a hot shower. Use to rent a spot just outside a bucket-list park, like the Grand Canyon or Yosemite, to sleep in the same natural splendor without the crowds.

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Salmon Creek Ranch
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BOOK THIS: Salmon Creek Ranch in Sonoma County, California. Rent the secluded Creekside Camp No. 3, sleep among redwoods, and head two miles down to the coast to whale-watch. ($90 per night)

3. Gamping

offers 10,000 simple spaces for backpackers to pitch a tent or park an RV in 55 countries, with its highest concentration of sites in Western Europe. A backyard campsite averages just $11 per person a night, with the hosts on hand for local insight.

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Schierman Sanctuary.
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BOOK THIS: Schierman Sanctuary in Saint John, Washington. Stretch out over the 40 acres of rolling hills, relax by the pond, or run the bocce court. ($15 per night per person)

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