Why RVers Love Delaware State Parks

Feb 23, 2022 | Best Campgrounds, Campgrounds

Why RVers Love Delaware State Parks

By Campendium

When it comes to camping and RV travel, The First State is small but mighty. The Delaware State Park system operates 17 state parks, eight major attractions, two marinas, and even two fantastic restaurants. Five of these state parks offer excellent campgrounds for RV camping.

Travel trailer parked at a campground in Delaware in a wooded area.
Campsite at Cape Henlopen State Park. | Photo by Pod’n Around

About Delaware State Parks

With the exception of Trap Pond, Delaware’s state park properties surround Wilmington and are located south along the state’s diverse coastal ecosystem. Delaware isn’t always top of mind for a vacation destination in the U.S., but locals and seasoned travelers know that the state’s beaches are among the best on the East Coast. 

RV owners also cherish the Delaware State Park system and its excellent campgrounds, which offer a variety of spacious and well-maintained campsites close to the ocean and along the edge of wooded ponds. This state park system offers a robust list of programs, organized activities, and outdoor adventures that rival those in much larger states—there’s even a summer concert series

Stand-Out Features of Delaware State Parks

Delaware’s state park campgrounds outshine many other states in the Northeast. Why? They have modernized campsites for today’s RVs, like sites that accommodate big rigs, and sites with two- or three-point hookups. 

Several RVs parked at a campground at sunset with water in the background
A campground at Delaware Seashore State Park. | Photo by: sowickesited

Delaware state parks also offer amenities and activities that look like they belong in an RV resort. Killens Pond features a waterpark and a gigantic pool. Lums Pond has a ziplining course with rope ladders and a Tarzan swing. Delaware Seashore State Park even offers a beachfront restaurant called the Big Chill Beach Club. 

How to Make a Reservation at Delaware State Parks

Another reason why we love camping in the Delaware State Park system is because of its excellent online reservation system. It’s easy to navigate and you can also (in most cases) see a picture of the site that you’re considering. The “Camping This Weekend” feature allows you to see availability at each campground in a single glance. This feature even gives you a snapshot of what types of sites are available in terms of cabin sites, tent sites, RV sites, etc.

Camper parked in a wooded area at Killens Pond State Park in Delaware.
Campsite at Killens Pond State Park. | Photo by: Walkinghead

You can stay for 14 days in a 21-day period (per park). Check-in time for campsites is at 1 p.m. and check-out time is at 12 p.m. Reservations can be made up to 1 year in advance. 

What to Expect RV Camping at Delaware State Parks

RV sites are reasonably priced and range from approximately $25 to $40 per night—many of the sites within that range include partial or full hookups. Depending on the park, you may find hiking and biking trails, nature centers, disc golf courses, and dog parks for your furry friends. Restrooms and other facilities are known to be clean and well-maintained. All of Delaware’s state park campgrounds are pet-friendly and open year-round.

An Airstream parked  at a campsite by a truck with a kayak on top.
Campsite at Lums Pond State Park. | Photo by: WatsonsWander

To protect parks from invasive insects, outside firewood is not permitted at Delaware state parks, but firewood is available to purchase at all state park campgrounds. View all other regulations here. Annual passes and daily pass booklets are available to purchase and cover state park vehicle entrance fees—there are additional charges for out-of-state visitors. Discounted passes are available for military members and those over the age of 62 years old. 

The Best Delaware State Parks for RVers

  • Cape Henlopen State Park boasts a scenic location that straddles the Atlantic Ocean and the Delaware Bay. The campground is just a 5-minute walk away from the beach and the trails are also great for biking. Didn’t bring your bike? You can borrow one for free, thanks to the Friends of Cape Henlopen non-profit organization. 
  • Delaware Seashore State Park is nestled right next to the Atlantic Ocean. The surfing is excellent, as is the surf fishing (permit required). If you snag the right site you’ll have  a gorgeous view of the Indian River Inlet Bridge behind your rig. Note that campfires are not allowed at this state park. 
  • Bigger rigs sometimes struggle to navigate into their sites at Killens Pond State Park but the campground is a terrific option for smaller RVs. It’s quiet in the off-season, but things heat up in the summer when the water park opens. The water slides are fun, and there’s a swimming area designated for younger kids, too.
  • Lums Pond State Park is a gorgeous spot for those who love to camp with their own canoes and kayaks. Experienced mountain bikers will love the Swamp Forest Trail and novice riders can try the Little Jersey Trail. Lums Pond is also home to the Go Ape Adventure Park—an exciting activity for those seeking adventure in the treetops.