Solo Camping Finding the Perfect Campsite

I love waking up to the sound of birds and the rustle of leaves and camping with my partner. But solo camping offers me an adventure and also peace, self-reliance, and a deep connection to nature. However, to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience, selecting the right campsite is pretty important.

Experience Level

Beginner: If you’re new to solo camping, start with developed campgrounds. These sites often have essential amenities like bathrooms and water, making your first solo trip more comfortable.

Experienced: If you’re a seasoned solo camper, dispersed camping in remote locations offers unparalleled solitude. These sites are more primitive but provide a unique wilderness experience.


Desired Ambiance

Peaceful Solitude: Seek out campsites away from high-traffic areas to enjoy the quiet and tranquility of nature.

Scenic Views: Campsites with overlooks, lakeside spots, or mountain vistas can elevate your camping experience. Prioritize locations offering natural beauty for a memorable trip.

Activities: Some campsites are surrounded by amazing trails to explore and check out.


Well-Drained Ground: Ensure your campsite is on well-drained ground to avoid water pooling during rain.

Distance from Hazards: Choose sites away from potential dangers like cliffs, fast-moving water, or unstable trees.

Leave No Trace: Practice Leave No Trace principles to protect our beautiful natural spaces for future generations.

Some campgrounds may have a host camping in the area in case you need some help.

Researching Your Perfect Campsite

Online Resources

National Park Websites and Campground Reservation Systems: These platforms provide valuable information about available campsites, amenities, and booking options.

Backpacking Forums and Reviews: Websites like The Dyrt and Free Campsites offer reviews and recommendations for dispersed camping sites.

Considerations when Choosing a Site

  • Established Fire Rings and Tent Pads: These features indicate beginner-friendly sites.
  • Amenities: Check for bathrooms, showers, and other amenities based on your needs and preferences.
  • Reviews: Read reviews to understand noise levels, privacy, and overall experience.

Tips for Securing Your Solo Campsite

Plan and Book in Advance

For popular campgrounds, especially during peak season, booking in advance ensures you secure a spot. I found that the less popular campgrounds or going during the “off-season” like April or May can make the best experience.

First-Come, First-Served Campsites

Some campgrounds have first-come, first-served sites. In those cases you will want to arrive early, especially on weekends, to claim a spot.

Choosing the right campsite can make or break your first solo camping trip. By prioritizing safety, researching thoroughly, and respecting nature, you can enjoy a fulfilling solo adventure.

Happy camping!

German by birth, living, hiking, and camping in the US. Addicted to Coffee. Enjoys going to concerts. Also, Artist + Author. I love to encourage you to explore beyond your backyard. 

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