Curry Hammock State Park – Between Key Largo and Big Pine Key, FL


This park is the largest uninhabited piece of land between Big Pine Key and Key Largo. Protecting areas of mangrove swamp, tropical hammocks, and seagrass beds, Curry Hammock State Park is a vital park of the Florida Keys ecosystem.

With shallow waters, kayaking, paddle boarding, kite boarding, wind surfing, and swimming are ideal activities. Rentals are available at the ranger station.

Find a campsite along the oceanfront and enjoy the trails, fishing spots, beaches, and snorkeling during your tropical getaway.

Florida State Parks | Curry Hammock State Park

Bullards Beach State Park – Near Bandon, OR


This beach state park is hidden among shore pines that protect the park from the strong ocean breezes of the Pacific. With campsites and yurts, this is a great option for year-round camping.

Equestrian campers can enjoy the horse camp that provides owners easy access to the beach and sand dunes. While you’re there, make sure to go fishing and grabbing on the Coquille River. Hike and bike along the trails through fields and dunes for a chance to see local wildlife.

Oregon State Parks | Bullards Beach State Park

False Cape State Park – Virginia Beach, Virginia


Access the park by foot, bike, beach transport, tram or boat for a primitive camping getaway. False Cape State Park is one of the only undeveloped areas left along the Atlantic coastline.

Come for the guided kayak trips, trails for hiking and biking, and primitive camping sites. Stay for the six miles of seaside views and sandy beaches.

Virginia State Parks | False Cape State Park

Dry Tortugas National Park – In the Gulf of Mexico, Florida


Take a boat or a seaplane to access this remote park, famous for housing the massive Fort Jefferson. Surrounded by clear waters, vibrant coral reefs, and tropical weather, this island is an escape from the dreary winter months.

Fort Jefferson is an unfinished fortress built with over 16 million bricks. Now designated as part of a national park, the fort was used as a prison throughout the Civil War.

Take a ferry from Key West onto the island for snorkeling, swimming, and a guided tour of the fort.

National Park Service | Dry Tortugas

Cumberland Island National Seashore – Georgia


Here you will find undeveloped maritime forests, peaceful beaches, and vast marshes. Home to over 9,800 acres of wilderness, this island has a rich history of residents that includes indigenous groups, missionaries, slaves, and the elite.

Cumberland Island is a great option for hiking, boating, swimming, stargazing, and camping.

National Park Service | Cumberland Island

Padre Island National Seashore – Padre Island, Texas


Crowned the longest, undeveloped barrier island in the world, the Padre Island National Seashore has over 130,000 acres of beaches, sand dunes, and grasslands.

If your timing’s right, you could witness sea turtles hatching and returning to the ocean.

To get around the island, you’ll need a 4-wheeler. Due to the fragile ecosystem, you can only drive on the seashore.

On Padre Island | Padre Island Open Beach Camping

Big Sur – Central California


Come to California for 90 miles of some of the tallest trees in the world, the famous redwoods. Home to many rare and endangered species of fauna and flora, this area has a rich and complicated ecosystem.

If you love fishing, make your way west during the colder months, as the salmon and albacore are plentiful.

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Point Mugu State Park – Malibu, California


With five miles of shoreline and over 70 miles of trails, this beach park is located in the Santa Monica Mountains. With mountains, beaches, dunes, river canyons, and valleys, this state park has a diverse landscape. Take advantage of swimming, body surfing, and surf fishing while you’re there, and explore the Boney Mountains State Wilderness Area.

California State Parks | Point Mugu SP

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