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Which state parks are open for camping: COVID-19 updates

Last updated: August 12, 2020 (9:00 AM CST) 

Whether you are a full-time RVer or a part-time weekend warrior, it’s important to know how state park closures might impact your current or upcoming RV travel plans. 

As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posts new COVID-19 developments in their effort to keep communities, workplaces, and schools safe, local governments must take the most recent information and disseminate the relevant content to the public. 

Since the effects of the pandemic evolve rapidly, it’s necessary for national, city, and state officials to pass along pertinent content to the people directly, since different areas of the country may have unique situations impacting their area. 

What does this changing situation mean for RVers who frequently move from state to state? It means that RVers should become extra-vigilant in knowing what areas of the country have travel restrictions that could potentially impact their overnight stay in a state park campground. 

The Outdoorsy team knows that travel uncertainties are challenging during this time, so we have compiled a list of state park systems and their status, to help our RV family stay as informed as possible. Since campground policies are changing rapidly, we recommend that you call your planned destination before hitting the road. 

Please note:

We aim to update our list of park closures daily. Please check back for changes

Amenities, attractions, transportation, special events, buildings, and activities may be impacted by a park-to-park-basis. 

Some state park campgrounds are still closed for the season, but closures may impact the day-use areas; for camping information on those parks, visit the park’s website.

Are the southwest area state parks open for camping?

Last updated: August 12, 2020 (9:00 AM CST) 

Arizona state parks: open

California state parks: open (select parks only)

Colorado state parks: open; reservations required

Nevada state parks: open

New Mexico state parks: closed 

Utah state parks: open

Are the northwest area state parks open for camping?

Last updated: August 12, 2020 (9:00 AM CST)  

Idaho state parks: open

Montana state parksopen

Oregon state parksopen (select parks only)

Washington state parks: open in select counties

Wyoming state parks: open 

Are the central area state parks open for camping?

Last updated: August 12, 2020 (9:00 AM CST) 

Arkansas state parks: open 

Iowa state parksopen; must supply your own toilet

Kansas state parks: open

Louisiana state parks: open 

Minnesota state parks: open 

Missouri state parks: open 

Nebraska state parks: open

North Dakota state parks: open with limited services 

Oklahoma state parksopen

South Dakota state parks: open

Texas state parks: open 

Wisconsin state parks: open with conditions

Are the southeast area state parks open for camping?

Last updated: August 12, 2020 (9:00 AM CST)  

Alabama state parks: open (select parks only)

Florida state parks: open 

Georgia state parks: open

Kentucky state parks: open for self-contained camping units

Mississippi state parks: open to self-contained RVs

North Carolina state parks: open

South Carolina state parks: open

Tennessee state parks: open

Virginia state parks: open

West Virginia state parks: open 

Are the northeast area state parks open for camping?

Last updated: August 12, 2020 (9:00 AM CST) 

Connecticut state parks: open

Delaware state parks: open

Illinois state parks: open

Indiana state parks: open

Maine state parks: open to residents of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont; open to out-of-state residents who meet quarantine requirements 

Maryland state parks: open

Massachusetts state parks: open

Michigan state parks: open (select parks only) 

New Hampshire state parks: open at limited capacity (select parks only); non-state residents must meet quarantine requirements; reservations needed

New Jersey state parksopen (select parks only)

New York state parks: open; reservations required

Ohio state parks: open; reservations required

Pennsylvania state parks: open on a park-by-park basis

Rhode Island state parks: open (select parks only)

Vermont state parks: open with restrictions

Are Alaska and Hawaii state parks open for camping?

Last updated: August 12, 2020 (9:00 AM CST)  

Alaska state parks: open as weather and staffing allow

Hawaii state parks: phased reopening; most open by 7/1


Park statuses can change by the minute. While we strive to keep our posts up-to-date, it’s best to follow up your research with a phone call to the campground before you begin your trip. Safe travels!  

Team Outdoorsy is here to help you along your journey. If you have questions or concerns about your upcoming RV rental, give us a call at 1-877-723-7232, send us an email, or start a chat.

And for a continuously updated list of frequently asked COVID-19 questions relating to RV travel, visit our FAQ page.


This post was first published on March 19, 2020.

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