Camping Resources

Camping Resources

Outdoor where-to and how-to information is spread-out across the Internet. This information is most useful when collected into ONE spot.

The following web resources are a collection of the very BEST sites about the outdoors, camping, backpacking, campgrounds and hot springing. Enjoy!


Outside Online

As the online home for Outside magazine, Outside Online is dedicated to covering the people, activities, gear, art, and politics of the world outside. Outside Online features over ten years of articles from the pages of Outside, plus exclusive features found only on the Web. Browse stories on health and fitness, travel, gear, and culture, and see exclusive online photo galleries, slideshows, interviews, on-the-scene event coverage, and more. Plus, get expert advice from our Gear Guy, the Adventure Adviser, and Chris Carmichael, in his fitness Q&A.

Have you ever been called “outdoorsy”? This site was designed for the outdoorsy people of the world. It is a place where these people pool all of their gear lists, trip reports, photos, and information on our outdoor adventures. is a social network where you can share information and get the most out of your outdoor play time.


GORP Camping

The GORP site is part of the Away Network. This network is a leading online provider of information and inspiration about active travel and the outdoor lifestyle. The Away Network's websites offer over 100,000 pages of extraordinary travel content, have more than a million active registered members. Check out their “Activities Guide” that provides sections for Biking, Paddling, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Caving, Climbing and Wildlife Viewing. This site has a HUGE amount of ideas and information!

Camping Club

Home of the world’s largest camping community. There is $15 membership fee for full access. This site has a great selection of FREE info and ideas about camping gear, recipes, guides and checklists. They also have resources for games, songs and other fun activities.


The Backpacker

This resource is dedicated to the backpacking and hiking community. It is intended as a place for beginners to learn about backpacking and also as a gathering place for more experienced backpackers. Many people have used to meet fellow outdoor enthusiasts in their area. All the backpacking gear reviews and hiking trail reviews are submitted by people just like you. The “trails” link allows you to search for trail reviews by region. The “gear” link allows you to search for gear by type. It is always nice to know what others have to say before you go!

Backpacking Light

This online magazine introduces you to the gear, the people, and the stories that define the best of today's wilderness experience. is considered to be the most authoritative source in lightweight wilderness travel. They provide editorials, gear reviews, and technique articles that have influenced equipment design and outdoor journalism elsewhere. And they have an excellent backpacking gear store!

The mission of is to inspire and enable people to enjoy the outdoors by providing the most trusted and engaging information about backcountry adventure in North America. This site is a great spot for articles, videos, ideas, gear reviews and discussion forums.

This award winning website provides its customers with several great services…

  • Unlimited access to our more than 40,000 routes; driving directions, trail guides and maps.
  • Unlimited access to every USGS Topographic map in the U.S.
  • Trail Finder and Topo Finder functionalities that allow for fast and easy searching.
  • Create, save download, email and print maps and guides.
  • Real time weather, GPS and more!
You can check out “Unlimited” now with their FREE trial. With the free trial you can download up to 3 trail guides. If you like the service you can continue for the regular subscription price of $49.95 per year.


This site offers a single point of access to information about Federal recreational opportunities and reservations. This site provides a comprehensive source of information about thousands of Federal recreation opportunities.

  • Discover which parks, forests, lakes, museums, and other recreation sites managed by Federal agencies.
  • Use interactive maps for trip planning activities to locate specific recreation sites managed by Federal agencies.
  • Determine the entrance fees and use fees for individual recreation sites managed by Federal agencies.
  • Make recreation-related reservations for use of Federal sites via their shopping cart.

National Parks Service

The mission of the National Park Service is to preserve the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. If you are interested in camping at a National Park this site will allow you to learn about the park before you go. Climate, History, Overview and Contact information is provided for every National Park. Just go to the “Find A Park” tab and explore!

U.S. National Forest Campground Guide

Whether you are interested in car camping, RV camping or tent camping in America, you will find the type of information you need to have when planning a camping trip. With up to 55 fields of information in each campground review, lots of camping pictures, and authors who have actually visited the camping locations, you should not have to go anywhere else to plan great camping trips to National Forest Campgrounds.

Hot Springs

A pure website. No revenue model, only information about Natural Hot Springs. There is a database to search for hot springs by name or state. Also, check out the Forum for the most current information.

Hot Springs Enthusiast

This site offers the ability to search for hot springs by state, spring name, temperature, area reference and also USGS quadrangle name. You may enjoy viewing the “Related Topics and Links” page from this site. There are many other interesting soaking related sites on the net.

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