Need to disconnect? 96 NJ campgrounds are here to help
Despite our dependence these days on smartphones and social media, many people enjoy the great outdoors every once in a while.
That's why you can still find close to 100 campgrounds located throughout the Garden State, giving residents a temporary home right next to New Jersey's most beautiful and peaceful scenery.
But rest assured — there is WiFi.
According to Joann DelVescio, executive director of the New Jersey Campground Association, there are 96 campgrounds dotting the state. Most can be found along the southern shore, but there's no shortage of options in the state's highest elevations up north.
"The shore areas are probably more popular, but a lot of people like the mountain area for the hiking and the biking," DelVescio said.
And many campgrounds offer the full spectrum of camping experiences. Not everyone is a fan of tents, Delvescio noted, so more campgrounds have jumped on board with on-site cabins.
One-room cabins at King Nummy Trail Campground in Cape May Court House, for example, come with air conditioning, a porch and grill, and beds for two adults and two children. The daily rate during the 2016 summer season is $70, or $450 for the week.
But you can get the full "at-home" treatment with deluxe cabins that sleep up to six people. The cabins are equipped with a kitchen, bathroom and shower — $125 daily and $750 weekly during the busy summer period.
At many locations, customers pay the same price for a site whether they plan on bringing a tent or RV.
DelVescio said every campground in the state offers WiFi in some capacity, either site-wide or through localized hotspots, to accommodate customers who may still want to be "connected" digitally while being disconnected from the hustle and bustle of the real world.
At Camp Taylor Campground in Columbia, every electric and water site, plus most public areas, are within range of the camp's free wireless network.
"The campgrounds have learned to move forward with the times," DelVescio said. "Campgrounds are like resorts, except they're in the woods."