Say you suddenly get the urge to go camping this weekend–where do you turn to find what’s available and the best place to go? San Francisco based Hipcamp wants to make it easier for you to discover and book great campsites by gathering all the information you need in one place online.
Think of Hipcamp as the Travelocity of the outdoors (minus the fake reviews–at least we hope). The website pulls data from various government resources, reviews, and forums into one source, making your outdoor research that much easier.
Need a campsite by the beach next weekend where you can bring your dog? No problem. You can search and discover campsites by location, amenities, or even available activities. You can read and leave tips/reviews or upload photos of your favorite parks and campgrounds.
Hipcamp claims to cover all the national, state, regional and Army Corps parks across 50 states–that’s 1,693 parks, 6,582 campgrounds and 222,580 campsites across the USA. Unfortunately, the site is not yet integrated with the recreation.gov booking system so you have to leave the site to actually book your desired campground. Not that big of a deal.
Seeing an opportunity to enable land owners to share their outdoor spaces, Hipcamp recently moved into offering Airbnb type services where land owners can rent you a campsite on their own private land–spend the night on ranches, farms, vineyards,and land preserves.
I am not sure how I feel about this one as I am with the Swedes and their allemansrätten or the freedom to roam that gives everyone the right to access, walk, cycle, ride, ski, and camp on any land—with the exception of private gardens, the immediate vicinity of a dwelling house and land under cultivation. I would just hate to see people buying up land in the US in order to rent it out or charge access instead of making it accessible for everyone to enjoy.
Regardless, when your ready to start planning your next camping trip, Hipcamp is a great place to start.