Nothing beats hammock camping for connecting with nature and truly soaking in the great outdoors. We have compiled a list of the best National Parks for ‘hanging’ out and enjoying nature.
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite is famous for its granite cliffs, clear streams, waterfalls, giant sequoia groves, and incredible bio-diversity. From the cascading waters of Bridalveil Fall to the majestic El Capitan looming high above the valley there is no shortage of natural wonders to behold. Two great spots to set up your hammock are on the shores of Tenaya Lake or next to the Merced River.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a mecca for outdoor lovers. It straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee with an abundance of wildlife, waterfalls, streams, and wildflowers. There are so many great places to set up your hammock and enjoy the spectacular views.
White Mountain National Forest
As soon as you enter White Mountain National Forest you are struck by the beauty of the rolling mountain peaks and lush evergreen trees. The park has more than 800 miles of hiking trails to explore- including part of the famous Appalachian Trail. Relax in your hammock after a thrilling day of ziplining at Monkey Trunks Zipline Park.
Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon National Park is home a major portion of the tremendous Grand Canyon. With its layered bands of red rock it is the most spectacular gorge in the world. Visitors enjoy rim to rim hiking, mule rides, and whitewater rafting. While it can sometimes be difficult to find a spot to hang your hammock, it is well worth it to relax after a strenuous day on the trails.
Olympic National Park
With an area covering almost a million acres, Olympic National Park is an incredible experience with its rainforests, mountain peaks, and the Pacific coastline. On the park’s peaks, trails, and beaches, you can see everything from humpback whales off the coast to mountain goats climbing over rocks to the friendly Olympic marmot. Set up your hammock on the shores of Lake Crescent where you can see over 60 feet down into the lake.
Grand Teton National Park
Wyoming is home to Grand Teton National Park’s 310,000 acres of lush valley floors, mountain meadows, alpine lakes, and the majestic peaks of the Teton Range. Summer is a fantastic time to visit and see the abundant wildlife including bison, elk, moose, bears, and bighorn sheep. Fish in the Snake River or scale to the top of the impressive mountain peaks. There are plenty of places to catch a nap in your hammock in this nature lover’s paradise.
Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park in Maine is home to some of the most stunning landscapes and diverse wildlife on the Eastern Seaboard. Its landscape is marked by woodland, rocky beaches, and glacier-scraped granite peaks, most prominently Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the East Coast. Wildlife in this park include moose, bear, whales, and seabirds. With over 120 miles of hiking trails within the park you are bound to discover your own ideal location to relax in your hammock.
Big Bend National Park
Big Bend National Park in southwest Texas includes the entire Chisos Mountain Range and a large portion of the Chihuahuan Desert. The Santa Elena Canyon is a must-see featuring steep limestone cliffs carved by the Rio Grande. If you are looking for a place to set up your hammock and enjoy some solitude, this is your location. Big Bend is one of the least visited parks in the country.