Different Types Of Camping
July 5, 2014

Different Types Of Camping

I tent camp pretty regularly, especially when I take road trips. It is cost effective, fun, and connects me with nature. Often, instead of hotels or motels, we will camp for the night at different state and national parks and forests. I have camped all over the United States and plan to continue to do so. Eventually, I would like to camp in other countries as well. There are different types of campsites and camping, so I thought I would spend a blog article discussing the majority that I have experienced.

Private Campgrounds

These are campgrounds run by private groups such as KOA, Kampgrounds of America, but there are many other companies and groups that run private campgrounds. In my experience, these are friendlier for RVs than for tent camping, but they are also more prevalent. Any interstate will be dotted with private campgrounds like this.

Public Campgrounds

These campgrounds are what campers can find through state and federal entities. State and national parks host most of these, but national forests and recreation sites also have established campgrounds. These campgrounds will have a variety of facilities. At the very least, they will consist of campsites with tent pads, metal fire pits that have grills on them, pit toilets, and water spigots. More established public campgrounds will have full flushing toilets and showers as well. These are pretty nice places to camp for sure.

Primitive Campsites

Now, primitive campsites are a bit different. Typically, they have a fire ring although often these are made by placing large rocks in a circle. They will not have pit toilets on the whole, which means that when camping in primitive sites, campers will use the woods around them for their toilets as such. In this case, it is important for campers to bring their own toilet paper (biodegradable of course) and a trowel so as to leave as little impact as possible. Primitive sites will also not have running water but are usually located near streams, creeks, or rivers. Campers would want to bring water filters or water purifiers (although I prefer filters, for sure) in order to ensure the safety of the water they take from the water source. These can be state or federal run, but typically they are neither. When I have camped at primitive sites, it has been while backpacking or hiking. I have on occasion camped at a primitive site that was just up in a forest or mountain. Often, others have created the primitive site on BLM land.

Of the three, I prefer primitive sites. Of course, these come with downfalls because I have to be prepared for emergencies and have all that I will need to use the restroom in the woods and to gather water safely from my water source. But the privacy is unparalleled. The experiences I have had at primitive sites have been beautiful, sublime, and life changing. I do enjoy camping at national and state parks, forests, and recreation sites as well. These certainly provide some “luxuries” that are nice to have on occasion. Plus, the fees benefit the parks and forests systems that mean so much to me. I only camp at private campgrounds on the rare occasion because I tent camp and these are not as convenient for tent campers.

Each certainly provides experiences that anyone interested in camping would enjoy.

Image Credit: Rayshell Clapper

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Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

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