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7 Best Motorcycle Camping Destinations in the US

More often, motorcycle riders prefer to visit the countryside and commune with nature thru camping. Visiting the camping sites of each national park is ideal if the riders live within the state where the campgrounds are located. Minimal travel time is perfect for bikers, so they won’t waste time traveling. Check out these seven best camping destinations in the US ideal for riders to visit:

1) Yosemite National Park, California

The Yosemite National Park in California is well-known for its serenity and natural simplicity. You won’t see cars, nor roads and electricity. You have a wide range of campgrounds to choose from within the park wilderness. Reservations may be required though some are on first-come, first-serve basis, so you better arrive early. You are required to secure a wilderness permit but no need to worry since it is free.

2) Olympic National Park, Washington

Motorcycle Camping Destinations If you prefer to view lots of ecosystems in one place, Olympic National Park is just right for you. This national treasure located on the northern coast of Washington State offers a great view of glaciers, mountains and the rainforest. The largest Sitka spruce tree in the world can be found here. 16 campgrounds have more than 900 sites that you can pick.

A permit costing $5 is a requirement when backcountry camping. You can also discover rustic lodges when you are not much inclined to tent camping with sand stakes for tents. These are available whole year round though you will have to move fast and reserve earlier since they are always fully booked.

3) Zion National Park, Utah

This huge park is enormously breath taking as you see the sandstone cliffs and stunning vistas, beautiful plants, and animals around. Hiking trails can be seen with all skill levels and lengths which include a 14-mile trail headed to Kolob Arch. A tunnel formed by water erosion is worth discovering when you check out the Subway after paying extra $5.

During the warm months, Zion’s three campgrounds are always fully booked so don’t hope for a last minute reservation. A wilderness permit is required for overnight backpacking which may be reserved in advance or issued on the day of camping. Make sure you review the Zion Wilderness Guide before you plan to camp there so you are aware of the amazing things this wonderful site can offer.

4) Glacier National Park, Montana

This hiker’s paradise includes miles of trails passing through forests, above mountains, and into the meadows. Glacier National Park in Montana has thirteen campgrounds with more than one thousand campsites to choose from. Like other parks, it is always first-come, first-serve basis but there are three sites that require reservations. Backcountry camping required a permit and allowed only in specified campsites in this national park.

5) Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Often called the granddaddy of all national parks, the Grand Canyon in Arizona is famous for its image formations. If you pursue hiking to the bottom of the mountain, be sure to wear comfortable shoes. Do not rush as there are campsites at the middle part and bottom of the challenging trails. You will also need to reserve ahead of time. Three other campgrounds are available, and backcountry camping is allowed as long as you secure a permit.

6) Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

Home for a huge variety of plants and animals, this national park at the heart of the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee offers stunning views and amazing animals such as thirty species of salamanders. It has the biggest collection of Jurassic log buildings, loads of waterfalls and seventy primeval structures. They offer ten camping grounds to select from, requiring reservations, advanced registration and a permit on designated sites for backcountry camping.

7) Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Pennsylvania

Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Pennsylvania is located on the northern edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is well-known for its Appalachian Trail’s the halfway point. This is a perfect venue for hiking fanatics who seek a wild adventure in Pine Grove. Other points of interest are being provided to those who are not entirely dedicated to hiking the long route of Appalachian Trail. Each year, millions of campers try out walking but only to some portions of the trail as most cannot endure the long walk. Some just walk in Pine Grove Furnace unable to finish the tracks. Roughly, there are about sixty-five available campsites during the warmer season, but backcountry camping is strictly not allowed.


At the end of the day, the most important factor to go motorcycle camping in these locations is locating close to these campsites. If you own a Harley Davidson bike that you want to use for motorcycle camping, make sure check out these best Harley Davidson bike parts to use in case of emergencies during your camping adventures. 

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