Military Campground Guide

Did you know that there are more than 250 military campgrounds across the U.S.? Read FMCA’s military campground guide to locate these campgrounds and to learn who can book a reservation.

About Military Campgrounds

The service departments of the Army and Department of Defense manage military campgrounds, The campgrounds normally have both RV hook-ups and tent spaces. 

Typically, military campgrounds offer the same types of amenities as other private campgrounds, including laundry facilities, bathrooms, shower houses, and common areas. Some even have recreation areas, cabins, and other “luxury” amenities, earning them the nickname of “FamCamps.” Military campgrounds have the reputation of being clean and well-kept.

Military campgrounds normally charge less than private campgrounds, making them a more affordable option for families, especially those traveling with children. Daily and weekly rates vary by campground but typically range from $10 to $30 per night.

Locations vary by state across the U.S.  For instance, California has the most military campgrounds at 37. Other states like Iowa, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Connecticut do not have a single military campground within their borders. Some of the campgrounds are located near national parks or national attractions. Others are specifically located on or near military bases.

The individual military base manages its campground. Therefore, rules and regulations can vary by campground, depending which base you are visiting.

Are Military Campgrounds Open to the Public?

So who is eligible to stay at a military campground? In general, the following groups can make military campground reservations:

  • active members of the military 
  • military retirees 
  • disabled veterans 
  • National Guard or Reservists 
  • Department of Defense workers 
  • surviving family members of service members killed in action

Usually, spouses and dependents are eligible to book reservations, too. As stated above, eligibility requirements vary by base. It’s always best to contact the specific campground you plan to visit regarding eligibility questions.

People who are not connected to any sector of military are not eligible to stay at these campgrounds, unless they are a guest of someone who is. Sometimes, these campgrounds can be confused with Army Corps of Engineers (COE) campgrounds, which the public can access. 

Making Reservations

If you meet the eligibility requirements, know that reservation details vary by campground. Contact the base directly to learn its individual policy. Some campgrounds require a reservation to be placed in ample time prior to arrival. However, others have a first-come, first-served policy.

Visit MilitaryCampgrounds.us to browse through details and locations of U.S. military campgrounds.

Plus, these websites also provide military campground directories:
All Stays 
Military.com 

Connecting Service Members

Many military members feel more connected to their peers when they visit a military campground.

Military travel communities also unite veterans and active-duty military members. One in particular is called S*M*A*R*T, which stands for Special Military Active Retired Travel Club. This organization plans activities and group gatherings for military members and their families.

FMCA has several chapters (special interest groups) for military members. FMCA also offers a discount on first-year dues for veterans or active-duty military members. 

Have you ever stayed at a military campground? Comment below.

7 Comments on Military Campground Guide

  1. We are fairly new to using the Military FamCamps. As a guest of my Active Duty Sister we stayed at FtJackson SC & near Seattle at Lewis/McChord.
    As a Disabled Veteran: in San Diego, ElCajon, Albuquerque & Las Vegas.

  2. We had a great deal of trouble getting into these military campgrounds because they have become permanent site for active duty to live. It’s cheaper to buy a camper or older RV and park in the campground permanently. Many of them have an specific limit on time that you can stay but no one really in forces their own rulings. So yes I agree military has nice campgrounds but you better call to see if there are spaces available for retirees as they travel around the country.

    • Yes, you should meet eligibility. However, sometimes eligibility can vary by park. It is best to call the park you are interested in to verify if they have any special rules.

  3. Unfortunately for most disabled veterans, only 100% permanent and total disabled veterans are eligible to use the camp grounds. We verified this with Pass and ID at Wright Patterson AFB this past week.

  4. I have heard that it is being considered that the rules for admission are being changed to add Purple Heart holders to use the parks. Any truth to that?

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