5 easy-to-use apps to help you find the best campsite available

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Campers love to explore new places. Anyone who is into camping, whether in a luxury RV or out of a backpack, needs a source of reliable information about the best and worst places to stay. Thankfully, there are vast communities of campers who don’t mind sharing their experiences. Thanks to social media and mobile apps, it can’t get much easier.

If you’re just looking for inspiration for your next big adventure, Instagram and Facebook offer plenty of fodder. But when it’s time to get down to the nuts and bolts of planning a trip, campground apps have become indispensable. They link all of the vital information you need to choose the best site for your camping style. And with the help of in-app camper ratings, you can be sure to avoid dingy or dangerous places. 

iOverlander

Most apps only cover a single country — or maybe a handful — but iOverlander provides information on camping all over the world. Use the app to find campsites in your area, along with an overview of available amenities like running water, showers, food, Wi-Fi, and more. In-app user reviews provide more details on both the good and bad, along with photos of the site. You can update or add new information, find nearby attractions, and check into campsites. The app’s strength is community engagement. It relies on the large user base for continually updating and improving the information. Whether you’re in Atlanta, Georgia, or Tbilisi, Georgia, you’ll find a great place to stay.

Available for iOS and Android.

The Dyrt

The Dyrt lists more than 40,000 private and public campsites all over the United States. Listings include reviews, tips, photos, and videos from other campers. Filter your search by categories such as facilities, location, and more. Book your choice instantly, then save your favorites for next time. Top user-reviewers receive incentives like free gear. The basic app and info are free. Upgrade to the pro version to view the database offline, eliminate booking fees, and get discounts on camping and gear. 

Available for iOS and Android for free. Upgrade for $35.99 per year.

Hipcamp

Peer-to-peer rental options have arrived in the realm of tent and RV camping. Hipcamp is a great way to save money and avoid crowded campgrounds by camping out on private land. It’s perfect for a socially distanced vacation with your family or bubble group. Listings include farms, wooded acreage, and manicured RV pads. Some of the private Hipcamp affiliated properties include hiking trails, waterfalls, swimming holes, horses, and other unique offerings. Filter your search by travel needs such as location, amenities, price, group size, attractions, and more. 

Available for iOS and Android for free.

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RV Parks and Campgrounds

RVers will appreciate an app targeting their specific camping needs. The RV Parks and Campgrounds app lists over 40,000 campgrounds throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The campground database is conveniently available offline as well. Quickly filter commercial RV parks and campgrounds by camper ratings. Reviews are only available while online. The map function displays additional helpful landmarks, including gas stations, stores, and rest areas. The app is free and displays no advertisements.

Available for both iOS and Android.

Campendium

Whether you’re looking for RV parks, public land campsites, or free camping in the United States, Campendium can help. This app features a robust, searchable, map-based database that is constantly being updated with reviews and photos by app users. RVers will appreciate the filter for places with safe overnight parking locations. Frugal campers will appreciate the listings of free camping areas. Booking is not available.

Available for iOS and Android for free.

Millions of campers have come to rely on campground apps to avoid bad campsites. The camping community can be one of the most generous groups of individuals when it comes to sharing helpful information. These mobile apps thrive on honest reviews and new listings provided by users in a “pay it forward” sort of way. If you use an app to find a campground, please take the time to provide a detailed review. Good businesses can use your information to improve. And, whether your experience was wonderful or terrible (let’s hope not), other users will be grateful to know about it. 

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