Military Campgrounds 101: Common Faqs

Posted on: 31 October 2019

Camping is a favorite pastime hobby for a lot of people. Being out in nature can really be a rewarding experience, and there are so many great places to camp sprinkled across the country. Occasionally, in your search for the most ideal place to camp, you may come across a military campground. Here is a look at some of the things you will likely have to ask about these campgrounds. 

What exactly are military campgrounds?

Military campgrounds are natural areas that are set up specifically for camping by governing agencies. Some of these campgrounds have places for RV parking, and some of them also have a long list of desirable amenities. For example, it is not uncommon to find a campground that is outfitted with a communal shower or bathroom area, a pool, or some other attraction. 

Who can camp on these campgrounds?

In general terms, military campgrounds are reserved for people who are active military, married to an active military member, or who is an underage dependant of someone who is in the military. In some situations, surviving immediate family members can utilize the sites if their loved one died during active duty and the campgrounds may be open to veterans who were disabled during action. It is a common misconception that adult children of veterans can use these campgrounds, but that is not usually the case. It is important to note that all campgrounds can have their own designated set of rules, so some do allow regular civilians to camp at the sites.  

Where can you find military campgrounds?

The United States military has a massive system of recreational areas that are used as campgrounds by military personnel and their families. You can also find these campgrounds attached to or nearby most military bases across the country. You may see some of these campgrounds marked by signs as you travel through some parts of the country, and there are some campgrounds that are basically unmarked. If you are looking for these camping areas in any given place or part of the United States, you can get the details on locations by contacting the local VA office. 

Are military campgrounds free of charge?

These campgrounds can be free for certain people, but they can also come along with a nightly fee just like other campgrounds. However, most of these sites are cheaper to camp at than your typical campground.  

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