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The Top 10 New Hampshire Camping Sites



A lake in New Hampsire.

There are many ways to enjoy the great outdoors, but when most people hear “camping,” they think of pitching a tent in the woods. While you certainly can go for a woodland campsite, there are plenty of other environments that are popular tent sites.

The humble state of New Hampshire is home to many such locations, such as mountains, lakes, sea costs, and even the classic forests.

But even a small state like New Hampshire has dozens of potential campsites that allow for tent camping to choose from. Picking the right one can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. By narrowing the overwhelming number of options down to a few standout locations, you’ll easily be able to figure out the perfect destination for your next tent camping trip.

So, here are ten of the best New Hampshire campgrounds that allow tent camping and as a bonus, every one of these campsites is pet friendly!


A campsite in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire is full of great tent camping spots.


1. Lake Francis State Park

A mid-sized camping sight situated on the coast of the 2,000 acres Lake Francis, this New Hampshire State Park campground is an ideal destination for any scenic freshwater enthusiast. Their camping rate is only $25 a night unless you want to reserve one of the nine sites that have water and electrical hookups or the limited waterfront campsite. Those both cost $35 a night.

This campsite is more on the remote side, tucked well into New Hampshire backcountry. A quiet weekend away will be well spent here, relaxing by the lake from the many picnic tables. If you’re lucky, you might catch sight of some loons, resting on the lake. That being said, there are a few activities you can participate in at this park that are more than what you’d expect from the average remote site. There are a handful of ATV trails, and in the snowy months, you can try out riding a snowmobile and going snow-shoeing.

That being said, the lake activities are, undoubtedly, the main attraction of this location. You can swim, go fishing, hang out in the picnic space overlooking the water, and get boat rentals from the facilities. There are 2,000 acres to this beautiful lake, so even on its most crowded days, you can find space to be by yourself. If you’re a fan of calm water kayaking, you’re going to enjoy Lake Francis. But if you don’t want to worry about the hassle of kayak rentals, you’ll probably make use of this list of kayaks perfect for campers.


2. Crawford Notch State Park

While this sight is smaller by way of campsites, it is certainly not a small park. Crawford Notch features 36 wooden sites on their Dry River campground and nearly 6,000 acres of land. With no hookup sites, a reasonable array of amenities around the campground, and plenty of fire rings to roast s’mores at, this park is all but meant for tent campers.

Crawford Notch will likely catch the eye of hikers and mountain bikers. The park features miles upon miles of trails, most of which lead to a spectacular view of the mountains or one of the waterfalls situated around the area. One of these waterfalls, Arethusa Falls, is the tallest waterfall in the state and one of the tallest in the whole northeast.

The majority of the trails are not particularly difficult, but hardcore hiking enthusiasts shouldn’t be turned away just because of that. The hiking trails at Crawford Notch feature a section of the Appalachian Trail.

The park is also home to the famous Willey House. For those of you interested in New England history, it’s a fantastic place to visit.


3. Pawtuckaway State Park

This unique destination is only a short drive from Nottingham, New Hampshire. Spread out across several islands on the Pawtuckaway Lake, this expansive park is a prime destination for anyone who likes long walks and gorgeous sights. There are over 200 campsites to choose from, some of them being the larger family campground spaces, and they’ll all run you between $25-30 per night.

The big selling point for this campsite is the wide range of natural sights quickly available to the campers. Near one of the camping areas is a sizable marsh, where wildlife lovers might stumble upon deer, beavers, or blue herons. For those more interested in the beauty of the environment itself, Pawtuckaway has a field of unique rock formations called “glacial erratics.” If just looking at the rocks isn’t enough, there are a few faces on the campsite where rock-climbers can harness up. 

The many islands of the campsite are connected by a series of walking bridges as well, which allow for some spectacular sights, especially of the fall foliage in the late months. There is a small sandy beach area on the lakeside, and even a field available for sports. Pawtuckaway State Park offers camping space reserved specifically for youth camping groups, complete with restroom facilities, parking, and a small boat launch.


Bear Brooke State Park is great for camping with families and solo trips alike.


4. Bear Brook State Park

Just outside of Allenstown, Bear Brook is one of the largest developed State Parks in New England by a considerable margin, with more than 10,000 acres of land. All that space means that the campsites at this park have a ton of activities to choose from.

You’ll find all of your standard outdoor pastimes here: hiking, boating, swimming, fishing, mountain biking, and nature walking. There is an expansive camp store that will have everything you’ll need and a wide selection of souvenirs. The more adventurous campers will likely spend lots of time at the archery ranges. Equestrians have plenty of horseback riding trails to choose from. During the winter, campers can enjoy more exotic activities like snowmobiling, snow-shoeing, and even dog sledding. If those activities caught your attention, you might want to find yourself a well-insulated tent for camping in the winter.

For the campers that love to learn, Bear Brook State Park also hosts many educational programs and is home to a museum complex that features an antique snowmobile exhibit.

This location will probably seem touristy and overdeveloped at first, especially to campers that favor smaller, naturalist feels to their campsites. Don’t let all the park’s amenities fool you though, the tent sites are much less busy. There are less than 100 total camping sights, and none of them are equipped with hookups. Your quiet retreat to the wilderness will be no less relaxing in Bear Brook than any other camping destination.


5. Connecticut Lakes State Forest

The Connecticut Lakes region covers a wide area, so rest assured that this location is in fact in New Hampshire. The campsite itself is called Deer Mountain Campground, and since it is housed inside a State Forest instead of a State Park, the site is a much smaller and more relaxed location.

This campsite is ideal for campers trying to isolate in nature as much as possible. There are only twenty-five camping sites in the area, some of which are platformed locations. None of the campsites have hookups, but there are more than enough places to set up a campfire. The entrance to the sight is five miles to the Canadian border and eighteen miles from Pittsburg, New Hampshire.

There is only one established hiking trail, which will disappoint the active campers. However, that one trail does lead to a promising fishing and canoeing spot. Campers are also close to Moose Alley, which means you’re likely to find some prime locations to go moose-watching.

Anyone interested in cabin rentals should be advised: Deer Mountain does have a cabin available, but due to allergy concerns, it is not pet friendly.

Deer Mountain Campground isn’t going to be the ideal campsite for many people. It’s meant for the campers that want to hide in a glen for a few days and just spend time in nature itself. If you happen to be one of those hermit-type campers, check out Connecticut Lakes State Forest.


6. Jericho Mountain State Park

Built along next to the shores of Jericho Lake and partway up Jericho Mountain, this destination is a perfect compromise between two popular camping biomes. This is one of the newest additions to the New Hampshire State Parks system, and the campsite is one of the smallest. There are only twenty campsites to choose from, and only four of those are tent sites. This is almost more of an RV park than it is a general campsite, but all the sites are equally gorgeous. 

Jericho Mountain may be limited on space, but it certainly has plenty to offer the lucky campers that can get their spots. This park has everything you could expect from a combined lake and mountain location: fishing, swimming, picnicking by the sandy beach area, walking trails, and year-round gorgeous mountain views. While those are all plenty attractive on their own, what sets Jericho Mountain apart is the riding trails.

Jericho Mountain has several miles of trails for everything from mountain biking to horseback riding, but most of them are meant specifically for riding ATVs. Jericho Mountain is so synonymous with ATV riding, its state park seal has an ATV on it. The park event hosts the annual Jericho ATV Festival. For campers that want to go a bit bigger than an ATV, you can also venture onto the 2.5 miles long 4×4 off-road trail.

Jericho Mountain state caters to a particular niche of campers well. If you like gorgeous scenery, a small campsite experience, and plenty of space to rev your engine, then it’s hard to imagine a better location in New Hampshire.


Franconia Notch State Park.

Franconia Notch State Park is full of beautiful mountain views.


7. Franconia Notch State Park

Centered in the White Mountain National Forest and not far from Woodstock, Franconia Notch is home to several unique attractions. Literature fans will get to visit the site of “The Great Stone Face” written about by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the Old Man of the Mountain. There is also an aerial tramway that allows for unrivaled views of the forests and mountains.

The park’s campsite, Lafayette Place Campground, is on the larger side. There are ninety-seven total campsites and all of them are for tents specifically. Two of these sights are pre-designed to be handicap accessible and can only be reserved by a party that has accessibility needs. The campsite itself is an ideal hub for people to access the spectacular hiking trails the run through the Great North Woods available at the park. There are plenty of other attractions at the park, including cross-country and downhill skiing, but the scenic trails are certainly the main reason you’d want to go to Franconia Notch State Park campground. Many of these trails lead to rock faces that are popular for bird watchers and rock climbers.

Of the many trails accessible to campers, the premier one is Flume Gorge. The trail is 2.5 miles that feature an 800 foot stretch of seventy to ninety-foot high granite walls that are about fifteen feet apart. The gorge features some gorgeous rock formations and running water. Fair warning: this trail involves a lot of stairs, so it is not that accessible and it can be physically demanding in places. For those that can walk the trail, it promises to be an unforgettable experience.


8. Autumn Hills Campgrounds

The first private campground on this list, Autumn Hills is a wonderful spot for a family vacation. The park prides itself on being family-friendly and has the amenities to back up these claims. All of the standard features are available at Autumn Hills along with Wi-Fi, on-site laundry, and a propane filling station.

Autumn Hills also has many recreational spaces that put it above and beyond as space where families can enjoy time together. The outdoor game spaces include basketball courts, a volleyball court, a multi-sport grass field, horseshoe pits, and a playground for younger kids. There is also a lending library, an arcade, and an indoor recreational space with billiard tables, dart boards, and foosball tables.

Outdoorsy folk need not fret, though. Autumn Hills still has plenty to do for them. You can do some laps in the nearby Daniels Lake, or go fishing or kayaking. They even have a swimming pool so you can enjoy the water year-round. There isn’t much by way of hiking or other trails, though.

The location of Autumn Hills is also perfect for people who are a fan of public attractions. Campers are an hour’s drive from Boston; a two-hour drive from Portland, Maine; and forty-five minutes away from the NASCAR track in Loudon. Depending on the season, you’ll be only a short drive away from state fairs, local festivals, and Canobie Lake Park — a local amusement park.

Autumn Hills will encroach on “glamping” for some people, and that’s okay. Not everyone is going to want to rough it in the woods, and not everyone is going to want Wi-Fi access from their tent. If you’re one of the latter group or are looking for a great place to plan a family vacation, check out Autumn Hills Campground.


9. The Green Gate Campground

The Green Gate is another private campsite. It is a bit less extravagant as Autumn Hills, but it still features plenty of wonderful amenities. All of the tent sights have water and electricity available to them, and there is even a discount available to people that want to book a whole week. They also have a camper loyalty program that offers rewards like a complimentary bundle of wood for a campfire, a smores kit, and free extra nights that can be added to future stays.

Visitors to The Green Gate will be only a short drive away from the Hampton Beach seacoast and may be lucky enough to catch the seafood festival hosted there, depending on the time of their stay. You can also pick up a few games of golf — miniature or otherwise — at many of the nearby courses. For the wine enthusiasts, there is a winery not too far from the campsite. There are a few raceways that are less than ten miles away.

Fans of racing won’t even need to leave The Green Gate’s grounds to find their thrills, though. This campground hosts pine box derby car races for children. These aren’t the full-size ride in pine box cars from a forgotten era, which is bound to disappoint some people. The cars are about the size of a standard Hot Wheels, but kids do still get to build them and race against each other on a miniature track. It might not help older camp goers relive their youth exactly, but it can be a great way to bond with younger family members.

For the tent campers that have family who isn’t as big a fan of roughing it, many of the tent sites are next to an RV site.

The Green Gate feels like a comfortable in-between of resort camping and naturalist camping sights. It creates a wonderful environment for families looking to get away for a weekend, or maybe even start a regular tradition. One foot-note to be aware of: while they are pet friendly, campers are only allowed one pet per sight rental.


10. Monadnock State Park

The final campsite on this list a bit of a one-trick-pony, but it does that one trick well. This State Park is named after the mountain it calls home, Mount Monadnock.

Monadnock doesn’t have the most amenities in the world, though there are some fire pits and RV hookups. That’s because people really only go there for one purpose: hiking. Most of the trails lead to the peak, which clocks in at 3,165 feet above sea-level. On a clear day, a hiker can view a large portion of New England, including the also popular Mount Washington.

The campsites themselves are along the base of the mountain. If you aren’t a diehard hiker, Monadnock won’t be your speed. But if you are a diehard hiker, you wouldn’t want to pass up this tent camping site.


Friends at a campsite.

Be sure to bring your friends along for some of the best camping in the northeast.


Final Verdict:

New Hampshire is one of the smallest of the States and one that is not known for a whole lot to those that don’t live there. This means there will be far too many people that overlook it as a potential place for their next tent camping trip. Hopefully, this list will remedy that, or help out someone looking to narrow down all of their options for tent camping sight in New Hampshire. 

The state has hundreds of thousands of acres of wilderness to explore, mountains to climb, lakes to paddle across, wildlife to watch, and sights to see. For nature and outdoor enthusiasts, the public camping sites available at the state and some local parks will be the best option. These places are meant to help you relax and escape into the wilderness. For more information and more park listings, visit

There is also plenty of local history and attractions to enjoy. Private parks usually have more interactive attractions that make them ideal for people looking more for a fun vacation in a natural setting, or for families with younger children who aren’t quite comfortable in the wilderness just yet.


Bonus tip: While you’re at it, check out this epic video of what it’s like to camp at Coleman State Park!



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Spring Camping Must Haves: BougeRV’s CR Pro 30 and Portable Fridge Innovation



As the seasons change from cold to the warmth of spring, the great outdoors beckon us to adventure once again. The BougeRV CR Pro 30 is here for those eager to embrace the beauty and serenity of nature through camping. This portable refrigerator, with its cutting-edge features, ensures that your camping experience is not only enjoyable but also convenient and efficient.

The CR Pro 30 brings a generous storage box designed to perfectly accommodate a portable power station and accessories, ensuring your gadgets stay charged and ready for use. This thoughtful design eliminates the worry of misplaced cords and extends the usage time of the refrigerator, making it an indispensable tool for your camping adventures.

With four safety tie-down points, the refrigerator can be securely fastened to your car, ensuring stability and safety even on the bumpiest roads–providing you and your family with peace of mind, allowing you to focus on the journey and the beauty around you.

Energy efficiency is at the heart of the CR Pro 30, featuring Max and Eco usage modes that adapt to your needs while conserving power. The upgraded compressor technology allows for significant energy savings, making it an eco-friendly choice for the environmentally conscious camper. An added interior LED light enhances convenience, allowing for easy access to your refreshments even in the dead of night.

One of the standout features of the CR Pro 30 is its low noise level while operating. Designed to ensure quiet sleep after a long day of driving or exploring, this refrigerator operates at a mere 45dB. Combined with its shock-proof design, the CR Pro 30 can handle the challenges of off-road adventures without compromising on performance or comfort. The majestic nights will stay that way–majestic and serene, just as nature intended. 

BougeRV stands behind the quality and reliability of the CR Pro 30 with a robust 2-year warranty, offering hassle-free after-sales service. Their commitment to customer satisfaction ensures that any questions or concerns about the product are promptly addressed, providing a worry-free camping experience.

The package includes a removable partition (exclusive to the 30QT model), a DC power cord, a 50cm DC charging cord for the portable battery, an AC power cord, and a user manual. Everything you need to embark on your next outdoor adventure is thoughtfully provided, making the BougeRV CR Pro 30 a must-have for anyone looking to explore the wonders of camping with convenience, safety, and efficiency.

So, as you prepare for your spring camping trips, make the BougeRV CR Pro 30 your reliable partner on the adventure. And what’s best, it currently is available for only $319.99 now both on BougeRV’s website and Amazon.

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4 Different Types of Camping



There’s no better way to unwind and recharge than by spending some time in the great outdoors. From shimmering lakes and majestic mountains to energizing waterfalls and lush forests, nature is replete with spectacular scenery and a range of activities to suit every outdoor enthusiast.

Fall asleep under a blanket of stars, and gather around a glowing fireplace at night. Switch your alarm off and wake up with the sunrise and the melodious sound of birds chirping above you. Camping is one of the best ways to connect with nature and to also benefit your mental health and wellbeing. If you’re feeling the call of the wilderness, take inspiration from the four different types of camping listed below.

Tent Camping

A favorite for many families, this is the image that is typically associated with camping. Relatively simple to set up, all that’s needed is a sturdy tent, a snug sleeping bag, and somewhere to call home for the night. The options are limitless and include designated campsites, remote stretches of beach, or secluded spots in forests.  Gather your firewood and cook your own meals and enjoy some of the bare necessities of life.

Car Camping

The perfect style of camping for newbies, car camping offers somewhere relatively warm and sheltered to spend the night and enjoy the wonders of Mother Nature from the comfort of your own car.

With the added mobility offered, this is the ideal way to camp when going on a long road trip, allowing you to pitch up at a national park or designated campsite while also taking advantage of the amenities offered, such as toilets and showers. Before setting off on your camping adventure, it’s important to check your car insurance coverage is up-to-date and provides adequate protection for your journey.

RV/Van Camping

The inspiration for van life, RV/Van camping is a great way to enjoy the wonders of the natural world while enjoying the freedom and flexibility of the open road. With modern conveniences ranging from basic kitchenettes and refrigerators at one end to standing showers and heated floors at the other, this style of camping can offer a more luxurious experience compared to simpler ways of being in nature.

With shelter from adverse weather conditions and enough space to stock up on some home comforts, RV/Van camping is the ideal way to sample the camping experience for the first time as well as enjoy an extended trip in the great outdoors.


Survival Camping

On the more extreme end of the spectrum, lies survival camping. Unlike RV/Van camping, this is a return to basics, without a creature comfort in sight. For those wanting to hone their survival skills, this style of camping will see you dropped off at some remote location, tasked with the job of finding your way to a designated spot, or simply surviving until you are picked up.

Armed with only your wits and a few essentials such as a flashlight and first aid kit, you will have to fish, forage and fend for yourself in the wilderness and rely on yourself to survive.  While not for the faint-hearted, survival camping can certainly be a thrill for experienced campers and outdoor experts.

Use these ideas to choose a camping experience that’s right for you.

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The Best 10-Person Tents



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Love camping with a large group of friends or family members? Then you’re going to need a spacious shelter! 

To help you navigate the market, we’ve created the following comprehensive Best 10-Person Tent overview. In this review, we’ve highlighted the best-value options currently available on the market. 

Explore the top-rated 10-person tents below – discover the perfect fit for your upcoming camping trips! 

In a hurry? Here’s the test winner after 10 hours of research:

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10 Best 10-Person Tents – Overview

Here’s an overview of the best 10-person tents (keep scrolling for detailed breakdowns with pros and cons for each of your options):

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1. Outdoor Products 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent

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This tent is equipped with handy storage pockets that allow you to keep your personal belongings neatly organized. 

Extended Eave Technology

The 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent by Outdoor Products is well-ventilated thanks to dual ground vents and mesh windows that work together to create ample cross ventilation throughout the tent. 

This tent comes with a water-resistant, particle-cover rainfly, plus a tub floor to keep moisture out. This large cabin tent also features ‘Extended Eave Technology’. This means the automatically extended eaves keep the tent fly away from the tent’s body. Not only does this boost breathability, but it also allows you to keep the windows open in light rain. 

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  • Instant setup in just 2 minutes
  • Removable room divider included
  • Dual ground vents
  • Mesh windows for proper airflow
  • Water-resistant rainfly included
  • Extended Eave Technology
  • Carry bag included
  • Great value-for-money
  • Integrated storage pockets
  • Can fit 2 queen-size air beds


  • Heavy-weight 
  • Not the most portable
  • Not the highest quality standard
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2. UNP 10-Person Camping Tent 

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The UNP 10-person camping tent measures 18ft x 9ft x78in. In total, it provides a whopping 162 square feet of space and can fit up to 10 sleeping bags (or 3 queen air mattresses if comfort is your main priority). Furthermore, this is a four-season tent making it a suitable option for camping regardless of the conditions.

This extra-large tent is made from 100% polyester and weighs 23 pounds when fully packed into its carrying bag. It makes use of fiberglass poles and hooks for maximum sturdiness and only takes roughly five minutes to set up. 

The spacious interior of this tent features a mesh mosquito repellent roof that allows for stargazing while keeping mosquitoes and other annoying insects out. 

spacious Gear Loft comes built-in that is suitable for storing and air-drying clothes. This tent also features mesh pockets that are great for keeping personal belongings and other necessities organized. 

Including an electrical access port, this tent allows you to extend a cord from your devices to an outside power source. To ensure you stay in one place, this tent is secured via Patented Foot Sleeves that hold the included FRP poles securely in place even during the toughest weather conditions. Plus, these handy foot sleeves make setup a breeze. 

The UNP 10-person camping tent combines comfort and privacy thanks to an easily accessible doorway complete with two-way zippers.


  • Big enough for 3 Queen air mattresses
  • Mesh storage pockets
  • Patented Foot sleeves to keep poles from slipping
  • Perfect for all four seasons
  • Electrical access ports


  • Can only be separated into 2 rooms
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3. CORE 10 Person Straight Wall Cabin Tent 

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The CORE 10 Person Straight Wall Cabin Tent measures 14ft x 10ft, with a center height of 86″. It includes an expandable, zippered carry bag and packs down to 28.5″ x 10″ X 10″. Weighing in at 35.5 lbs, this tent is quite hefty compared to similar options on my list. 

This quality camping tent can comfortably accommodate up to 10 adult-sized sleeping bags or 2 queen-sized air mattresses. Note: due to its straight wall design, this is one queen-sized airbed less than the previous Ozark Trail XL Family Tent. 

This family tent features one large D-style door for easy access. Personally, I kind of wished each compartment had a separate entry-point for additional privacy. 

Advanced Venting System

The CORE 10 Person Straight Wall Cabin Tent’s advanced ventilation system makes use of adjustable vents to draw in cool air from the ground. Simultaneously, warm air is recycled outward via its large mesh ceiling

The CORE 10 Person Straight Wall Cabin Tent also includes a gear loft with a lantern hook, ample storage pockets, and an electrical cord access port. 

As far as design is concerned, this tent is made from premium materials, including durable 68D polyester tent fabric, a tough PE floor, and fiberglass tent poles. This tent also makes use of a removable water-resistant rainfly to ensure you stay dry. Furthermore, the seams of this tent are thermally heat-sealed to keep water and condensation out.


  • Vertical-walled silhouette
  • Ample 86″ center height
  • 14 x 10 feet – very spacious
  • Advanced Venting System
  • Room divider
  • Two entry doors
  • A lantern hook, gear loft, and storage pockets
  • An electrical cord access point
  • Thermally heat-sealed seams


  • Setup can take a bit longer 
  • Only 2-room tent, not 3-room
  • Quite heavy (35.5 lbs)
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4. Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Outdoor Tent 

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This 3-season tent comes equipped with Coleman’s patented WeatherTec System which is a proprietary series of interworking features designed to keep bad weather where it belongs – outside. 

If you’re looking for a spacious, budget-friendly family camping tent that’s able to easily withstand the elements, then the Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Outdoor Tent could be just what you’re looking for. 

The Coleman WeatherMaster Outdoor Tent measures 17ft x 9ft with a center height of 76″. Although it’s less roomy, height-wise, compared to the CORE 10 Person Straight Wall Cabin Tent, it still offers ample headroom for most campers. 

The Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent can comfortably accommodate up to 10 adult-sized sleeping bags or 3 queen size air beds. It features a hinged door at the front and a zippered door at the back for easy access. 

When it’s time to head home, the Coleman WeatherMaster Outdoor Tent packs down into its included carry bag – listed as 30.3″ x 10.2″ x 10.2″. This tent weighs approximately 31 pounds when packed away. 

Panoramic views

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly, family camping tent with plenty of weather-resistant features, then the Coleman WeatherMaster Outdoor Tent may be your best bet. 

Setting up this tent is extremely simple thanks to a color-coded pole system and continuous pole sleeve design. Other perks include large, angled windows that allow for panoramic views of the surrounding wilderness, and multiple storage pockets to keep your belongings neatly organized. 

Overall, the Coleman WeatherMaster Outdoor Tent offers plenty of value considering its affordable pricing. For this reason, it’s one of the best 10-person camping tents at the lower end of the price spectrum.


  • Quick setup with color-coded pole construction
  • Hinged door for easy access
  • Can fit 3 queen air beds
  • 2 entry points
  • Room dividers for privacy
  • WeatherTec system
  • Waterproof floor and zipper cuffs
  • Fully-taped seams on durable taffeta rainfly
  • Large angled windows for panoramic views


  • Less generous in headroom
  • Setup can be a bit tricky
  • WeatherTec system can still fail in heavy downpours
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5. HIKERGARDEN 10-person camping tent  

The HIKERGARDEN tent is waterproof, wind-proof, and provides all of the ventilation needed to comfortably house 10 people. Requiring only 10 minutes to set up, this tent measures 168 x 132 x 74 inches when fully erect. 

This tent can comfortably accommodate up to 10 sleeping bags. It’s very spacious and offers plenty of privacy thanks to a dividing curtain

The tent also features electrical access ports so you can run a cord from the inside of the tent to an exterior power source. Furthermore, there are mesh gear pockets so you can keep your small trinkets organized.

When properly set up, the HIKERGARDEN tent is comfortable, safe, and provides privacy and protection, even when camping in large groups.


  • Waterproof and wind-resistant
  • Mesh door and windows
  • Carrying bag for storage and transport
  • Presence of electrical access ports and mesh pockets


  • Might take a while to set up
  • Can only be divided into two
  • Rain fly only opens from outside
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6. Tahoe Gear Olympia 10-Person Family Camping Tent

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The Tahoe Gear Olympia 10-Person Family Camping Tent measures 18ft x 10.5ft in floor space (216″ x 126″) and has a center height of 84″ – this is ample headroom even for taller campers. 

This large tent is surprisingly lightweight, especially compared to other 10-person camping tents. The total packing weight of the Tahoe Gear Olympia is approximately 23 lbs

The roomy interior space of the Tahoe Gear Olympia can comfortably accommodate up to 10 adult sleeping bags or 2 queen air mattresses. A minor con is that this tent does not include a room divider, meaning privacy is a bit limited. 

Great ventilation options

What the Tahoe Gear Olympia 10-Person Family Camping Tent lacks in privacy, it more than makes up for in quality and construction. This tent features a durable, waterproof polyester rainfly with taped seams and a polyethylene binding floor with water-resistant properties. In addition, the Tahoe Gear Olympia is also well-ventilated, thanks to a mesh roof and ground vents that ensure proper airflow. 

This tall 10-person tent also includes an electrical cord access point, an awning over the front door, and a carry bag. It also comes with a 1-year product warranty, ensuring that if you encounter any manufacturing defects, you can get a refund or a replacement (subject to conditions).

Aside from the lack of a room divider, another minor con is that the Tahoe Gear Olympia 10-Person Family Camping Tent only has 1 door. This makes entering and exiting slightly less convenient, especially when nature calls in the middle of the night and you have to crawl over your camping buddies. That said, it’s not a major issue. Still, it’s something to keep in mind if you plan on packing the tent to full capacity with 10 campers…


  • Pin-and-ring-system setup
  • Mid-budget
  • Large floor space
  • Rainfly included
  • Mesh ceiling and ground vents for proper ventilation
  • Can fit 2 queen-sized air mattresses
  • Electrical cord access port
  • 84″ center height ideal for taller campers
  • Lightweight
  • Included carry bag


  • Only 1 entry door
  • No room dividers
  • Fiberglass frame may damage in strong winds
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7. Ozark Trail 10-Person Dark Rest Instant Cabin Tent

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Another best-selling tent by Ozark Trail is the 10-Person Dark Rest Instant Cabin Tent. Not only does this tent feature a super easy setup that can be completed in minutes, but it also comes with ‘Dark Rest’ technology that allows you to easily customize the interior illumination. The result: a better night’s sleep, and a tent that stays cooler, longer. 

The steel-framed Ozark Trail 10-Person Dark Rest Instant Cabin Tent is very easy to pitch, with no assembly required. Its silhouette features poles that come pre-attached to the tent shell. According to the manufacturer, setup is possible in just 2 minutes, thanks to its instant, pre-assembled construction.

Dark Rest Technology

Though its roomy interior and easy assembly are great perks, the real attraction of this 10-person tent by Ozark Trail is its Dark Rest Technology. Dark Rest refers to this tent’s special technology that’s designed to block sunlight. The silhouette of the tent features multiple skylights with interior ceiling panels. These panels allow you to easily customize the amount of sunlight inside of the tent and allow you to block out the light completely when it’s time for bed. The ceiling panels on the skylights can also be fully rolled back, making this a great tent for stargazing. If you’re a sleeper that’s sensitive to light, or you simply want a tent that stays cooler, longer, this Dark Rest technology may be the answer to your prayers. 

Other pros of the Ozark Trail 10-Person Dark Rest Instant Cabin Tent include integrated storage pockets and a hanging gear organizer that enables you to keep your camping gear neatly organized and off the ground. 

The Ozark Trail 10-Person Dark Rest Instant Cabin Tent also comes with an electrical cord access port, tent stakes, and a carry bag. This tent is furthermore covered by a 6-month product warranty – always a plus. 

Although the Ozark Trail Dark Rest Instant Cabin Tent isn’t the cheapest 10-person tent on the market, considering its fantastic design quality and unique Dark Rest technology, it’s no doubt worth the investment for campers that want the best night’s sleep possible…


  • Instant easy setup, no assembly required
  • Excellent quality standard
  • Steel frame more durable than fiberglass
  • Tent stays cooler, longer
  • Rainfly included
  • Dark Rest technology
  • Great for stargazing
  • Multiple mesh windows for great ventilation
  • Electrical cord access port
  • Removable room divider
  • Includes tent stakes
  • Included carry bag


  • Expensive
  • Not lightweight
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8. Columbia Mammoth Creek 10-Person Tent

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If you’re looking for a 10-person tent that maximizes interior space, then the Mammoth Creek model by Columbia may be just what you’re after. 

The Columbia Mammoth Creek 10 Person Tent measures 14ft x 10ft (168″ x 120″) and offers 78″ of center height. This spacious tent can fit up to 10 adult sleeping bags or 2 queen-size air mattresses. 

This 10-person tent features large pull-out windowthat can be kept fully open for maximum airflow on warm days. Further air circulation is encouraged via an adjustable ground vent and no-see-um mesh panels. During bad weather conditions, the waterproof polyester flooring and rainfly work together to keep you dry and sheltered. 

Omni-Shield coated fabric 

The Columbia Mammoth Creek 10 Person Tent comes with Omni-Shield coated fabric. This patented type of water-resistant fabric dries 3-5 times faster than regular, untreated polyester. Not only does it dry quicker, but it also gets less weighed down when wet – reducing the strain and pull on the tent’s frame in heavy rain. 

Although the product description on Amazon lists the shipping weight at an ultralight 4 pounds, this is an error. According to Amazon reviews, the total packing weight of this backpacking tent is approximately 22 lbs; this is still relatively lightweight for a tent this size. 

A minor con is that Columbia Mammoth Creek 10 Person Tent isn’t an instant setup tent, meaning you will have to spend more time on assembly than the other, easy setup models in this overview. 

Furthermore, some reviewers mentioned a lack of clear setup instructions. That said, once you’ve figured out which part goes where, the setup will be quicker the second time around.


  • Vertical wall silhouette
  • Maximum interior space
  • Omni-Shield waterproof fabric
  • No-see-um mesh 
  • Room divider for privacy
  • Large pull-out windows 
  • Adjustable ground vent for air circulation
  • Can fit 2 queen-size air beds


  • Not the quickest in setup
  • Some reviewers mention a lack of clear set-up instructions
  • A discrepancy in packing weight in the product listing
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9. NTK Arizona 10-person Camping Tent

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The NTK Arizona camping tent is made from heavy-duty polyester and is perfect for 3 seasons. This durable tent can comfortably house up to 10 sleeping bags (or 3 double air mattresses and one single). NTK once again provides a quality product designed to enhance any outdoor excursion. 

One of the best family tents out there, This NTK tent also features an ultra-slim polyester micro-mesh material that acts as a means of protection from mosquitoes and other bugs while ensuring the tent stays thoroughly ventilated. 

Featuring a Double layer 190T polyester laminated water column, heat-welded PU sealed seams, and UV protection, this tent provides you with ample protection against the elements and ensures you get the comfort that you deserve. Even its large D-style doors are covered with mosquito mesh so you get great views and ventilation, minus the insects.


  • Comes with a stuff bag for easy storage and transport
  • Offers protection against all elements
  • Mosquito mesh
  • High-quality floor


  • The material of the tent floor is quite prone to wear and tear
  • Not the most durable tent on the market
  • Only partial-coverage rainfly 
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10. Outbound Lightweight Pop up Family Camping Tent

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If your main priority is to find a 10-person tent that’s lightweight (12 lbs) and easy to carry, this model by Outbound is a fantastic match. Plus, not only is it lightweight, but it’s also super easy to set up – enabling you to pitch it within minutes. The trade-off is that the tent is not the most heavy-duty and durable, but for those that plan to carry their tent over longer distances, it’s worth the compromise. 

The Outbound Lightweight Pop up Family Camping Tent measures 14ft x 10ft (168″ x 120″). This is enough room to accommodate 10 regular-sized adult sleeping bags or 2 queen-size air beds. This tent provides campers with 76 inches of standing center height. The family camping tent by Outbound comes with an ultralight fiberglass frame system, which is part of the reason it only weighs 12 lbs in total packing weight. 

This roomy tent includes a partial-cover rain fly with a 600mm waterproof rating. Once again: this is not the most heavy-duty tent on the market, and a waterproof rating of 600mm won’t be enough to keep you fully dry in heavy rain. That being said, for fair weather conditions in the summertime, it should offer sufficient shelter to keep you comfy and secure. The rainfly includes leakproof seams, whilst the polyester tub floor offers adequate protection against wet undergrounds. 

Includes all the essentials

It’s not the most durable tent on the market, nor is it equipped for extreme weather conditions; however, when it comes to portability and lightweight appeal, the Outbound Lightweight Pop up Tent is one of the best family tents you’ll find. Plus, the price tag is equally lightweight compared to other tents on this overview making it a budget-friendly backpacker’s favorite! 


  • Very lightweight (12 lbs)
  • Affordable and great value-for-money
  • Easy and quick setup
  • Large D-shaped door with zippered windows
  • Mesh ceiling panels for proper airflow
  • Mesh storage pockets
  • ​Very portable and suited for backpacking
  • Includes tent stakes
  • ​Includes guy lines
  • Includes zippered carry bag
  • Rainfly included
  • Carry bag included


  • Fiberglass frame may shatter in heavy winds
  • Rainfly only has a 600mm waterproof rating
  • Not recommended for bad weather conditions
  • ​No room dividers
  • Only one entry-point
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Every product in this Best 10-Person Tent Overview has its own unique appeal. Which tent ranks the best really depends on the type of camper you are. For example, family campers that aren’t concerned about privacy may be satisfied with a single-door design, such as the Wenzel Big Basin. However, campers who travel with friends and value privacy as a key priority may wish to have easy access to their compartment, without having to disturb others. In this case, the 10-Person Ozark Trail Family Cabin Tent, which features three separate entry points, could be a better match.

These 10-person camping tents also vary in shape and size. If you prefer maximum headroom and maneuverability throughout the entire tent, then straight-walled options such as the CORE Straight Wall Cabin Tent, the Columbia Mammoth Creek Camping Tent, or the Outdoor Products 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent could be a perfect fit. Then again, perhaps your key priority is protection against the elements. In this case, the Coleman WeatherMaster with its special WeatherTec system could be the tent for you. Furthermore, if you want a tent that stays cooler, longer – consider the Ozark Trail 10-Person Dark Rest Instant Cabin Tent, which blocks out sunlight to help you get a better night’s sleep…

There’s no need to stress – I can promise you one thing: every 10-person tent on this overview is a great choice; you honestly can’t go wrong with any of them. No matter which style you choose, you have my word, they’ll all keep you comfortable, sheltered, and cozy! All you need to do is determine which style matches your needs best – the tent will take care of the rest.


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Best 10-Person Tents – Buying Guide

When shopping for the Best 10-Person Tent for your camping needs, there are several buying factors to take into consideration. By determining which factors are most important to you, you can easily create a checklist to find your perfect fit. These are the most important buying factors to consider when shopping for large family tents:

Size, layout, and silhouette

10-Person tents come in all shapes and sizes. Though they can all accommodate 10 regular-sized adult sleeping bags, some are roomier than others. For example, a 10-person tent with a 14ft x 10ft footprint will fit 10 sleeping bags, but only 2 queen-size air beds. Whilst a 10-person tent with a 20ft x 10ft footprint can easily fit 3 queen-sized air beds. This may sound pretty logical, but it’s worth repeating that just because a tent is listed as ’10-person’, doesn’t mean it can comfortably accommodate 10 campers and their gear. That is why we recommend you to always double-check the floor space of a tent, ensuring it has enough room for your camping requirements.

Additionally, the tent’s center height and shape are also factors to consider. Some tents have a 74″ center height, whilst others reach up to 84″. Those extra 10 inches can make a big difference to your comfort, especially for taller campers. When it comes to the shape/silhouette, vertical-walled tents offer more interior space than a dome tent – maximizing on headroom to move around.


If you want the option to enjoy some privacy from your friends and/or kids, choose a tent that includes a room divider. You may assume that all large 10-person tents come with some type of room divider, but this is not the case. Some tents only have one big main cabin that cannot be separated in the different rooms. Whilst other tents come with multiple room dividers, allowing you to instantly turn them into 2-room or 3-room tents. Creating your makeshift room divider is quite the hassle, so save yourself the effort, and simply choose a tent that includes room dividers instead if privacy is a priority.

Doors and windows

Another thing to consider is whether you want a tent with multiple doors, or if a single-door tent will do. For smaller, 4-person or 6-person tents a single entry point may be adequate, but when camping with a big group in one tent, the more doors, the easier is it to exit and enter the tent. If you don’t want to crawl over your camping buddies in the middle of the night, when nature calls, consider a tent with a front and back-entry point: as this will make your camping experience a whole lot smoother.

Also, take into consideration what type of windows you prefer. Some tents come with larger, pull-out mesh windows, whilst others feature zippered windows integrated into the doors. If you often go camping in the summertime and warm conditions, consider a tent with multiple mesh windows on all sides to enable proper ventilation and airflow. If you often find yourself in wet and rainy surroundings, ensure the tent comes with zippered and waterproof windows to prevent the interior from getting soggy. The type of windows and number of windows may not be your biggest priority, but it’s something to take into account when browsing for family camping tents.

Weather Resistance

Not every 10-person tent is fully able to keep sheltered and dry, even on bad weather days. Though every tent on this list offers some degree of weather protection, some are more capable of dealing with heavy rains and bad weather conditions than others. If you’re looking for a 3-season tent that holds up well in all types of weather, make sure it has enough weather-resistant design elements to battle the elements. For example:

Staying waterproof

Always choose a tent that comes with a rainfly. Secondly, check if the included rainfly is made of quality materials and what its waterproof rating is. The waterproof rating (also known as the hydrostatic rating) refers to how much water the fabric can handle before moisture starts seeping through. For example, a rainfly fabric with a waterproof rating of 500mm is only moderately water-resistant, whilst a rainfly with a 1500mm rating is far more capable of handling heavy rain. As a general rule of thumb: the higher the waterproof rating, the better.

Sealed, welded, and taped seams

A 10-person tent’s weather-resistance also depends on the type of seams. Even if the rainfly is 100% waterproof, the seams of the tent can still let water in and cause leakage. That is why we’d recommend picking a tent that comes with factory-sealed, taped, or welded seams. You can also waterproof/seal the seams of the tent yourself, but this can be quite the hassle. If you want to save yourself the annoyance of having to waterproof a tent at home, choose a silhouette that comes with factory-sealed, welded, and/or taped seams instead.


Picking the right type of materials will ensure you get the most enjoyment out of a tent. Which material is ‘the best’ depends on where, and when, you plan to use the tent. For example, for backpacking trips or family hiking adventures, a tent frame made of lightweight materials is ‘best’. Lightweight material options include fiberglass, aluminum, and plastic. That said, these ultralight materials compromise on durability and stability. Fiberglass may shatter under pressure, whilst aluminum may bend. Alternatives are heavy-duty materials such as stainless steel. The advantage is that steel is more durable, heavy-duty, and wear-resistant than fiberglass and aluminum. However, it also is heavier – and often more expensive – which are also cons to take into consideration…

For the tent’s shell, the most commonly used materials are nylon and polyester. Nylon and polyester are quite similar in standard and performance. That said, there are gradations in quality – which is why we’d advise picking first-class nylon or polyester shell. There are two ways to check a fabric’s quality standard. First, if a fabric is listed as ‘ripstop’, it means its more tear-resistance and less prone to punctures. Second, check the product’s reviews, because other campers are a great way to check if the tent’s materials are capable of keeping you dry and comfy. If you don’t want to bother checking hundreds of Amazon reviews, use our Best 10-Person Tent Overview, as our experts have already researched for you!

Ease of setup

One of the leading buying factors for campers is often the ease of setup. Whilst some 10-person tents only take minutes to assemble, other styles can quickly set you back an hour (or more). How easy setup will be, depends on the type of frame and construction. For a lightning-fast setup, an instant tent is a way to go. An instant tent comes with part of the frame (or the entire frame) pre-assembled, allowing for nearly instant setup. Whilst standard camping tents come with separate tentpoles, instant tents often feature pre-attached poles. This helps you save time (and frustration) when pitching the tent. You simply need to unfold and/or extend an instant tent’s frame and let the parts slide/click into place.

Though instant tents are great, there’s nothing wrong with standard dome tent and/or cabin tents that do require some type of assembly. Especially not if you plan to camp at the same spot multiple nights in a row, as you’ll only need to set up once. That said, it is indeed something to consider, as we know a hassle-free and quick setup is something many campers look for when buying a new tent…

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Samantha Bos

Samantha is an avid outdoor enthusiast who loves exploring the great unknown. She’s traveled all across the globe to sample nature’s delights. And her travels have taken her to all corners of the world: from hiking the famous Inca Trail in Peru to ice-hiking on glaciers in Alaska.

Besides hiking, Samantha likes to challenge herself with all kinds of outdoor activities. She doesn’t shy away from testing her limits. For example, navigating Grade 5 rapids whilst whitewater rafting in New Zealand, and avoiding close-encounters with bird-eating spiders and poisonous plants in the Australian rainforest. Currently based in Manhattan, New York, she’s traded in the real jungle for an urban jungle. But she tries to get out and explore nature in the surrounding Hudson Valley, Catskills, and Harriman State Park areas as often as she can.

She shares her knowledge of hiking, backpacking, and outdoor activities in handy ‘Best of’ overviews. Bundling the best-value, top-rated products that will no doubt make every reader a ‘happy camper’.

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