Gay camping is not a poor man's sport. Much goes into a trip to a gay campground whether pitching a tent in a field or rolling in with 60,000 pounds of motorhome. Especially on theme weekends and those that include gay high holidays such as New Years, Mardi Gras and Halloween. 

Prepared gay campers arrive stocked with camping gear, costumes, meals and beverages. On settling in they go in search of the important things to fill out their experience. Those important things are the subject of a survey that makes up this piece. Respondents comments contribute to the writing.

Common undercurrents for many gay campers that draws them to gay campgrounds is the beauty of the grounds, socializing in a non-threatening environment, the ability to be free and open with sexuality and the opportunity to be affectionate in public with a partner, to interact with other gays without fear. 

The survey included twenty-four gay campgrounds featured in SFGN's Gay Camping 2017: Your Ten Favorite Gay Campgrounds in North America. Respondents chose their favorite campground in each of eleven categories and left a comment about their choice. For results purposes responses without comments were ignored. Fifteen campgrounds had at least one commented response, ten had measurable commented responses and four had most of the commented responses. Responses revealed how each property fared in each category and showed what respondents approved or disapproved of about each property. 

Each gay campground earned a score based on the percentage of their total commented responses in each category. 

Big players received the bulk of the responses, and many smaller gay campgrounds though not represented are first rate. A complete list of surveyed properties is included. 

The top four gay campgrounds by category in alphabetic order are: Freedom Valley Campgrounds, OH; Jones Pond Campground & RV Park, NY; Sawmill Camping Resort, FL; The Woods Campground, PA.

Now, let's take a look at the best gay campgrounds by category.

Ric Reily is a gay camping enthusiast and an SFGN contributing columnist. This Best Gay Campgrounds in North America By Category article is his fifth annual feature about gay camping. Ric Reily is a newly elected member of the Board of Directors of Sawmill Camping Resort in Dade City, FL, and regularly summers at Jones Pond Campground and RV Park near Angelica, NY. The content of this article is primarily taken from respondents comments to a survey conducted in the fourth quarter of 2017 and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the writer.


The Woods Campground Builds The Best Facilities, Amenities and Activities

Sawmill Camping Resort Shows Off With The Best Entertainers and Entertainment

Freedom Valley Campgrounds Trims Up the Best Appearance, Accommodations and Community

Jones Pond Campground & RV Park Delivers The Best Fun And Food By The Best Staff

Gay Camping and RVing


Florida Gay Campgrounds

Camp David

2000 South Bishop's Point Road Inverness, Florida 34450 –

The only clothing optional men's campground in Florida 


Camp Mars

326 Goff Road Venus, Florida 33960 –

The boardwalk is beautiful through a true Florida swamp


Resort on Carefree Boulevard 

3000 Carefree Boulevard Fort Meyers, Florida 33917 -

Carefree is a lifestyle community where you can be you


Sawmill Camping Resort

21710 US Hwy 98 Dade City, Florida 33523 –

Where camping meets nightlife


Southern Comfort Campgrounds

50 SE 74th Ave Cross City, FL 32628 -

Open everyday to everyone 


Vitambi Springs

28280 Etumakee Way Clewiston, Florida 33440 –

Camping in the real Florida wilderness


Gay Campgrounds Listed in the Survey – Less Florida 


Bluff Creek Falls

1125 Loop Rd, Steele, AL 35987 -

Woodsy and just plain beautiful


Camp Buckwood

8670 Spearsville Rd., Morgantown, IN 46160 -

Secluded and very welcoming in Southern Indiana


Campit Outdoor Resort 

6635 118th Ave, Fennville, MI 49408 –

Always something going on at Camp It, or nearby Saugatuck and South Haven


Circle JJ Ranch

1104 Amsterdam Road, Scio, OH 43988 –



Crooked Lake Resort

PO Box 358 Horsefly, BC, Canada V0L 1L0

A year-round backcountry getaway


Freedom Valley Campgrounds

1875 US-250, New London, OH 44851 –

The pond surrounded with manicured meadow and beautiful flower gardens


Hillside Campgrounds

948 Creek Road, New Milford, PA 18834 –

Every type of accommodation from vintage trailers to luxury RVs to air-conditioned cabins


In the Woods Campground

142 Casey Ct, Canon, GA 30520 -

Hike on the trails or dance in the street parties 


Joe's Hideaway

928 Valley Rd, Washington, NH 03280 –

Growing every year and good shower house


Jones Pond Campground & RV Park

9835 Old State Rd, Angelica, NY 14709,

Aggy Dune, Cosmo parties, block parties, huge shows, beautiful property


Lizard Landing Camp

586 Lizard Lope Rd, Columbia, AL 36319 –

Now in the fifth year at the end of the road down by the river 


Oneida Campground

2580 East Lake Road, New Milford, PA 18834 –

America's original LGBT campground 


Oz Campground

50 GA-230, Unadilla, GA 31091 -

Excellent shows in the bar and an over the top Halloween party 


Roseland Resort

925 Nolte Ln, Proctor, WV 26055 –

This mountain resort is a must go


Roy's Hideaway

268 Catfish Lane, Collins, GA 30421 –

Beautiful landscapes, relaxing outdoor spaces and a place to live forever


Starlite Trailer Lodge

5955 Globe Roa, Lenoir, NC 28645 - 

Scenic mountain setting and a beautiful lake


The Rivers Edge

2311 Pulliam Mill Rd, Dewy Rose, GA 30634 –

Checkout the treehouse cabin overlooking the river 


The Woods Campground

3500 Forest St, Lehighton, PA 18235 -

Best shower houses in any gay campground in North America


Triangle Recreation Camp

47715 Mountain Loop Hwy, Granite Falls, WA 98252 –

Northwest’s Premier recreational campground that is GLBTQ owned and operated.