Rich opportunites for tent camping, RV camping and backpacking are available in Trail Conference regions and long distance trails. Be sure to check the facility before setting out. The following links are a starting point.
Backpacking in New Jersey
Backpack camping is not permitted in any New Jersey Park except for those listed below:
Batona (Back To Nature) Trail
Batona (Back To Nature) Trail In the Pinelands, the 49.5 mile long has designated campsites in Wharton State Forest, Brendan Byrne (formerly Lebanon) State Forest and Bass River State Forest. Permits are required. Contact the parks for specifics. Try the Outdoor Club of South Jersey.
Backpacking in New York
In the Catskills, camping is permitted on state land below 3,500 feet in elevation. Except at lean-tos and designated campsites, you must camp at least 150 feet from roads, trails and water sources. Campsite and primitive campsite locations are shown on the Catskill Trails Map Set.
Fire Island National Seashore
Harriman-Bear Mountain State Park
Shawangunk Ridge Trail
Along the Shawangunk Ridge Trail, camping is permitted on State Forest lands managed by the Dept. of Environmental Conservation and on lands owned by the Open Space Institute, at least 150 feet off the trail. See the following sections in the Long Path Guide for information: G1. High Point State Park to US Route 6, G2., US Route 6 to NY Route 211, G3. NY Route 211 to Old NY Route 17 and G4. Old NY Route 17 to Long Path.
Long Distance Trails
Also see our Long Distance Trails page for resources.