Top 47 Camping And Hiking Blogs You Should Follow Right Now

When preparing for your next camping trip, it is a good idea to get as much information as possible. I know you often have trudge through too many uninformative sites to get to the good information because I’ve spent a lot of time searching as well.

Among the slew of camping and hiking blogs that you can find on Google alone, there are a few that stand out. This is because of their ability to provide almost all of the information you need about camping and hiking.

So, the next time you want to learn something about camping and hiking, consider visiting these 47 blogs that I feel are worth following. Just note that the blogs featured are arranged in no particular order - I’m a fan of all of them. So, here they are!

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Beyond The Tent

http://www.beyondthetent.com/

There are a lot of useful articles that you can find on Beyond The Tent, such as how to identify bite and sting threats at a campsite, finding wild edible foods, poisonous plants you need to know, and even how to make camp coffee!

The blog is written by Ryan Cunningham, where shares his camping adventures all around the US. He has articles specific for people new to camping, general camping tips, gear advice, and camping recipes.

If that isn’t enough, he even has a free e-book that you can download – Beyond The Tent’s Family Camping Guide.

Camping With Style

http://www.campingwithstyle.co.uk/

Camping With Style is a creation of Shell, who started the blog after getting a back injury while snowboarding in 2014. She found that camping and spending time with nature helped her come to terms with her injury so she wrote about it.

There are loads of articles there about family camping, competitions happening, places to stay, activities you can do, gear reviews, campsite reviews, and camping tips.

You can even subscribe to receive monthly updates about camping, competitions, and general “outdoors related loveliness”, as she likes to put it.

Currently Wandering

http://currentlywandering.com/

Currently Wandering is a pretty clever play on words that was created by the Curren Family. Their blog is strongly geared towards families who enjoy spending time outdoors – this is why their blog is one of my favorites.

A section I enjoy is the “Mommy Diaries”, where Jess Curren writes about what it’s like being an outdoor mom. They have a magazine that you can subscribe to or opt to get post notifications via email.

Born To Be Adventurous

http://www.borntobeadventurous.com/

Yes, I agree we were all born to be adventurous! But anyway, this is another blog geared towards “families exploring and enjoying the outdoors”.

The blog belongs to Annika Mang, a mother of two toddlers who were Born To Be Adventurous.

She has a lot of information there, but one of my favorite sections is the “Green Up”, where she has articles on the environment, sustainability and minimizing waste – something I believe is very important these days.

Kellogg Show

http://www.kelloggshow.com/

This blog is a story about a family of 14 who gives up everything to live in an RV and travel. Yes, you read right – a family of FOURTEEN. In fact, their story is so interesting and so amazing that they have appeared on multiple news channels.

Their blog, mostly written by parents Dan and Susie, talk about RVs and all of their adventures about what it’s like traveling with 12 kids.

Check out the stories of Dan, Susie, Grady, Brody, Kady, Kerry, Kenny, Dally, Cardy, Maddy, Rowdy, Emmy, Elly, Coby, and their dog, Eddy.

Expert Vagabond

https://expertvagabond.com/

A vagabond is a person who wanders from place to place without a home or a job. But I’m pretty sure traveling and writing about it is the best “job” out there!

The blog is by Matthew Karsten, a full-time adventure travel photographer and blogger who shares his stories, images he’s captured, and travel tips from around the world.

What I love is that he has destinations from all around the world, like Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, Central America, Oceania, and the Polar Regions, giving you something amazing to dream about.

Chris Townsend Outdoors

http://www.christownsendoutdoors.com/

Chris Townsend is an “outdoor writer and photographer with a passion for wilderness and mountains”.

While the previous blogs we’ve seen focus strongly on family camping, Chris’ bread and butter are long distance hikes. He has also written 24 books and hundreds of articles for magazines, websites, and newspapers.

He’s gone through the Pacific Crest Trail, The Continental Divide Trail, the Tour of the High Sierra, and so much more. So if you’re looking for long distance hikes, this is the blog to visit.

Hiking Lady

http://hikinglady.com/

Something cool about Hiking Lady is that you can win products as a giveaway, such as a WASPcam, a SteriPEN Adventurer Opti, among other things.

The website and blog mostly feature an array of different products for camping and hiking like backpacks, footwear, emergency gears, GPS units, headlamps, water treatment, and more.

There is also a section on the website called “Hiking Baby”, which gives you articles about how to hike with your baby or while you are pregnant.

Play Outside Guide

http://www.playoutsideguide.com/

The Play Outside Guide is a website that gives you information about where to stay and where to eat when you are in Canada. It lists out some of the best hotels and parks, as well as great restaurants to try.

Along with a really charming name, it also has a nice list of things to bring, aka hiking and camping essentials. Articles include “The Ultimate Daypack Pack List”, “How To Choose A Tent”, “5 Must-Haves for Better Camping” and more.

There are also updated trip reports about the trail conditions in Alberta given by the community. If you’re from the area, it would probably be very useful for you.

Section Hiker

http://sectionhiker.com/

Section Hiker is one of my favorites because of all the really informative articles about specific trails as well as what to expect and how to prepare for them. There are also gear reviews that you can find, as well as backpacking FAQs.

A cool section on the website is the “Backpacking Skills”, where you can learn a bunch of skills when it comes to backpacking.

The website also has an another section for the Appalachian Trail, if that’s something you’re aiming for, as well as Ultralight Backpacking and how to actually do it.

Hiking In Finland

https://hikinginfinland.com/

This one is for all of you from up North. The blog is written by Hendrik Morkel and focuses on backpacking in Finland.

He shows us his country as well as all the things it offers for backpackers, climbers, bike packers, skiers, cyclists, and pack rafters.

Hendrik has listed out some of the best places to visit in Finland as well as gear reviews, and interviews he has done with product manufacturers.

Paul Kirtley

http://paulkirtley.co.uk/

Paul Kirtley is a professional bushcraft instructor. For those of you unfamiliar, bushcraft is surviving in the bush. To explain it further, the “bush” is a term used for rural, undeveloped land or country areas.

His blog is all about surviving in the bush. He has videos you can watch about survival such as “What To Do If You Get Lost Outdoors”. Additionally, he offers courses that you can take at Frontier Bushcraft in the UK.

He also has podcasts that you can subscribe to and learn more about bushcraft.

Camping In The Forest

https://www.campingintheforest.co.uk/

Camping In The Forests focuses on campsites that you can find in England, Scotland, and Wales. They have a partnership with the Forestry Commission and offers 16 UK campsites you can visit.

In the website, you can find descriptions of the campsites as well as their facilities. If you head on over to their blog, you’ll find some general articles about camping, things to do, along with some health and safety tips.

The articles on their blog are interesting to read, even if you don’t have plans on visiting the UK just yet.

Florida Hikes

http://floridahikes.com/

Just as the name suggests, this is for all of you in Florida or those of you who are planning to visit. Although, their information isn’t just limited to Florida, as they have information on other states and even other countries as well.

You can browse through the trails by type (backpacking, dog-friendly, family friendly, etc.) or by topic (beach, best scenic, big trees, museum, historical, wetlands, etc.)

In addition, they have information about where you can camp, bike, and paddle. You can also find some gear reviews and special “how-to” articles.

Trail Cooking

http://blog.trailcooking.com/

By far, Trail Cooking has got to be one of my favorite (if not my most favorite) resources for trail cooking and recipes. They have a bunch of recipes you can do, ranging from fresh meals all the way to freezer bag meals.

They even have some hiking gear reviews along with outdoor cooking gear. One of my favorite articles from their blog is the “Top Five Essential Items Every Outdoor Chef Needs”, which is a basic guide to help you start.

The Outdoor Adventure

http://www.theoutdooradventure.net/

The Outdoor Adventure is one of those resources you can find that is complete. It is a compilation of many articles about the outdoors. It was created by Paul Osborn but has other writers that include his friends, family, and readers.

On the website, you can find gear reviews, adventure stories, bush survival, food and cooking, as well as articles specific for if you have kids and want to take them on an adventure with you.

Hiking The Trail

http://www.hikingthetrail.com/

Hiking The Trail has a ton of different articles you can find, although two articles I recommend is the “Ultimate Guide for First-Time Backpackers” and “How To Pack A First Aid Kit For Hiking”.

A lot of their articles are great for first timers or those just getting into living life on the outdoors. Most of them are quick tips as well as things you need to know to start an adventure.

They also have articles about The John Muir Trail and the Appalachian Trail to get you inspired to aim for longer, more challenging trails in the future.

The Big Outside

https://thebigoutside.com/

One of the things I like most about this blog is the name. The outside really is a big place, which is why there are so many websites and articles you can find that tries to cover topics about the outdoors.

The Big Outside was created by Michael Lanza, who is a writer, outdoor photographer, author and speaker.

He’s been hiking, backpacking, climbing, skiing, trail running, paddling, and cycling for a long time, so you know he has a lot of tips and stories to share about adventures that you can find not just in America, but all over the world.

Modern Hiker

https://modernhiker.com/

The Modern Hiker has a very clean and sleek design for their website that you can navigate around easily. One of the coolest features is that you can immediately find a hike depending on your location.

Or if you prefer, you can find a hike through categories like camping sites, dog-friendly, with waterfalls, with views, or for solitude.

Most of the articles are about trails you can hike, but they also have special articles like how-to’s, journals, lists, and gear reviews.

The Trek

https://thetrek.co/

The Trek has a number of articles about hiking, but one of the things they focus on is thru-hiking. They have a thru-hike guide of the Appalachian Trail as well as a gear list for the AT and the Pacific Crest Trail.

Their main focus is on all things long distance backpacking, with all kinds of tips for long hikes, things you need to know, and gear you should use.

If you’re a long-distance hiker yourself, you can even be a partner and write with them so you can share your stories.

Cool Of The Wild

https://coolofthewild.com/

If you don’t know this reference, I suggest you go out and find it! But going back, Cool of the Wind is a pretty cool blog that has articles about camping, adventure, gear, and skill to learn.

But what I love about Cool of the Wild is their “Pursuits” and “Inspiration” section, where you’re urged to try something new and get inspired by the beauty of the world.

They have some pretty unique articles like Yoga For Surfers, How To Make A Soda Can Stove, Try Something New: Slacklining, Microbrew Adventures: Yorkshire Moors, and so much more.

Their unique articles coupled with a really clean design (plus their pretty witty name) are just some of the things that I love about their blog.

The Gear Caster

http://www.thegearcaster.com/

As the name suggests, the Gear Caster focuses mainly on gear for camping and hiking, that’s specific for bikes, climbing, and snow. They even have a gear finder to simplify things for you.

They also have a few articles about climbing, biking, and hiking, plus some fundamental information about how to survive on your adventures.

50 Campfires

http://50campfires.com/

50 Campfires is an all around website for camping. What I visit this site for often are the recipes they have for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and even dessert – all of which you can make when camping.

Of course, they also have some gear reviews and buying guides, as well as camping tips to make your experience more pleasurable.

If you want, they have a digital magazine that you can subscribe to so you constantly have new content and new things to read about.

The Ultimate Hang

https://theultimatehang.com/

I’ll give you one guess for what this website is about – yes, hammocks. It’s basically your go-to guide for “Hammock Camping 101”.

You will find articles about how to camp using a hammock, tips and tricks to make it better, and reviews of some of the best hammocks you can find. They even have a list of hammock vendors to make life easy.

And for all of you who are really think about trying this pretty interesting way of camping, they have a hammock calculator that lets you estimate how high to install your anchor points for most comfort for you.

Camping For Foodies

https://www.campingforfoodies.com/

Just like the previous website, Camping For Foodies is a specialty website that focuses mainly on camping food.

They have camping recipes for everything – Dutch oven recipes, cocktail drinks, breakfast, lunch, dinner, sides, snacks, soups, sauces, and desserts; all specifically for camping.

They also have a few “need to know” articles about hiking such as tips, campfire cooking equipment, and RV camping. You can also get a free e-book or buy RV and camping products from the site.

SoCal Hiker

https://socalhiker.net/

It’s no secret that there are a lot of great camping sites in Southern California – so why not make a blog that lists all of the trails you can find in “SoCal?”

SoCal Hiker was created by Jeff Hester when he was preparing to thru-hike the John Muir Trail. He writes about trails in Southern California and sometimes other places as well.

In his trail guides, he shares his advice as well as gear and outdoor skills you need to learn. But in general, his articles focus on specific trails and mountains.

Hiking Guy

https://hikingguy.com/

Hiking Guy (created by Cris Hazzard) is probably my favorite blog to visit when I want to look up trail information about a specific trail.

His articles about the trails have all the key information you need – elevation, difficulty, time to complete, GPS/maps, things you need to know, and suggested gear to use while hiking.

In his site, you can quickly navigate to find a trail, to read gear reviews, and find hiking tips.

The Adventure Blog

http://theadventureblog.blogspot.com/

The Adventure Blog uses a very old/school, classic way of blogging – blogspot. In this blog, you can read stories from blogger Kraig Becker about his outdoor adventures.

He also shares some pretty awesome videos about climbing that will probably give you the urge to conquer a mountain yourself.

You can also go through links to some gear, coming from big name brands like Merrell, Mountain Hardwear, Outdoor Research, Patagonia, REI, The North Face, and more.

Hike Bike Travel

https://www.hikebiketravel.com/

Hike Bike Travel is another very modern looking website that’s full of very useful information. On there you can find hotel reviews, travel tips, books you can read about camping, adventure guides, and gear reviews.

The blog is arranged by area, where you can navigate through countries, towns, cities, and states in Canada, the US, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Central America, The Caribbean, Mexico, South America, and others.

In each of those places, you’ll find guides about where you can go, what you can do, places you can visit, and adventures you can take in that specific area.

If you’re trying to find an adventure in a specific place, this is a great website that you can check out.

Just A Colorado Gal

http://www.justacoloradogal.com/

The voice behind Colorado Gal is Heather Balogh Rochfort. She used to work as an associate editor for a local magazine until she saved enough cash, quit her job, sold her belongings, and went on an adventure.

Her blog talks about her many adventures and experiences. She gives her tips and advice about backpacking in certain places like the Great Sand Dunes National Park or South Zapata Lake.

You can also find information about gear that you must have as well as a book that you can order about “Backpacking 101”.

Get Out With The Kids

https://www.getoutwiththekids.co.uk/

When you visit this website, immediately you’ll be greeted with a lot of green. But Get Out With The Kids focuses mainly on enjoying time with the family through adventuring outdoors.

Basically, it is dedicated to parents who want to spend more time with their kids while having an adventure at the same time.

They have all kinds of family camping guides like how to get started, setting up your tent or camp kitchen, keeping warm, and more. They also have a guide for gear and campsites you can browse through.

My favorite feature of the site is the tab of “Useful Stuff” where all the basics that you need to know for camping can be found.

The Girl Outdoors

http://thegirloutdoors.co.uk/

The Girl Outdoors is an award-winning blog by Sian Anna Lewis, which as she says, is dedicated to anyone who loves adventures.

Her blog features travels, places to stay, sports, photography, outdoor style, and gear reviews, which she mentions is there to give you inspiration if you feel like you need some fresh air.

My favorite section is the “How-To”, which has really interesting articles like “How To Travel Alone and Find Adventure Buddies”, “How To Have An Epic Adventure in Just a Few Weeks”, “How To Look After Climber's Hands” and more.

Hikers Blog

http://www.hikersblog.co.uk/

Hikers Blog is a blog written by a couple of Irish hiking and camping enthusiasts. You can find gear reviews, trip reports, guides, and how-to articles to help you with your adventures.

What makes them different from all the other hiking blogs is that they actually sell photos that you can print out. The photos available are beautiful scenery that will make you want to spend all your time outdoors.

Internet Brothers: Meanderthals

http://internetbrothers.org/

If you are looking for trail reports for the best hikes in Western North Carolina, this is the blog to go to. It was founded by Jeff Clark, who as you can guess, is from North Carolina.

Trail reports are divided into categories like best hikes, easy hikes, moderate hikes, difficult hikes, canyon hikes, forest hikes, vista hikes, and water hikes.

You can also browse via state, with a couple of other states listed there. And as usual, you can find gear reviews and lots of photos of the outdoors.

Trail Journals

http://www.trailjournals.com/

Trail Journals is a collection of stories from many adventurers. Hikers and campers share their experiences hiking through some of the most popular long distance trails like the AT, PCT, Continental Divide, John Muir, and more.

Each trail has tons of stories and photos from writers about their experiences to give you an idea of what it would be like on those trails. There are over 591,000 journal entries and 1 million photos on the website.

Bald Hiker

http://www.baldhiker.com/

Bald Hiker started as the personal blog of Paul Steel back in 2010. Over the years, it has filled up with his stories, along with tales from his friends from all over the world.

On the site, you can find food recipes, places to eat and drink, places to stay, and gadgets to help you out on the trail.

There are also articles specific to health and sport, such as running the Manchester Marathon, as well as other articles about animals, nature, and of course, traveling.

Calipidder

http://calipidder.com/wp/

Calipidder has been around since 2004, providing trip reports, photographs, and gear advice.

Some of the articles about gear aren’t just for humans – there are even articles about gear for your dog, if you have one! Every so often, Calipidder also does giveaways that you can participate in.

The Hiking Life

http://www.thehikinglife.com/

Yes, hiking is the life! The Hiking Life website is filled with all kinds of tips, tales, and trip reports. If you’re looking for a highly organized website, this is the one to visit.

The hikes are divided by Continent, as well the type of hike (long walks, classic hikes, and classic day hikes). Under each Continent are specific countries, and under each country are trails you can visit along with a guide or a report.

There are also some how-to articles that help with trip planning, the environment, going light, learning skills, health and safety, and hiking abroad. There are also gear reviews, which are divided into categories.

Hiking Forward

http://www.hikingforward.com/

Hiking Forward is written by Scott – a husband and father of two young girls who also enjoy the outdoors. Hiking forward is a blog that shares their funny and interesting stories about their experiences in the woods.

Since Scott has a family, a lot of the articles are geared towards family camping.

There are a lot of different categories that you can choose from to read about, like camping, gear, first aid, dogs, hiking, John Muir, prepping, recipes, reviews, trip reports, videos, and so much more.

Every so often, you will also find guest posts from other like-minded adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Hike Speak

https://www.hikespeak.com/

What you’ll notice on the homepage of Hike Speak is a trail finder. So this website is one of the fastest ways you can find a trail that’s near you, or at least near wherever you are traveling to.

Most of the trails are focused in California, but include trails from other states as well like Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New York, and more. It also features some trails in Australia and New Zealand.

This is a pretty technical site, which gives you the basic information about each of the trails, such as elevation change, distance, location, hiking time, fees/permits, maps, profiles, and directions to get to the trail.

But you also get to read some pretty detailed descriptions of the trails, which will most likely get you wanting to head out to hike it yourself.

Hiking Project

https://www.hikingproject.com/

The Hiking Project is another site dedicated to giving readers trail guides. These are divided by states, with featured hikes and trails from every state!

California has the most trails (2,377 listed), followed by Colorado (1,412), Washington (1,017), Utah (586), then Texas (567). Nebraska has the least, with only 8 hiking trails listed.

There are even some international trails visited, so really, if you’re looking for a pretty complete directory of trails, this is the site to visit.

American Hiking Society

https://americanhiking.org/

The American Hiking Society is a national organization that was founded in 1976. They promote and protect foot trails, the surrounding natural areas, and the hiking experience.

They’re part of the reason why a lot of the hiking trails in the US are still pristine and well kept.

On their website, you can find some of the hiking and foot-trail issues as well as ways in which you can volunteer or help their advocacies.

Trail To Peak

https://trailtopeak.com/

If you’re looking for technical information on hiking, look no further than Trail To Peak. They have tons of trails that gives you descriptions of, well, the trail all the way to the peak of the mountain.

One of my favorite articles is the Guide To The Salkantay Trek and Machu Picchu, which I hope to visit myself one day.

Their articles have tips on the best times to go, pros and cons of certain aspects of the trail (like guided tours), directions, maps and elevation profiles, key points, gear to bring, safety precautions, and description of the hike.

NJ Hiking

http://www.njhiking.com/

If you’re wondering, the “NJ” in NJ Hiking stands for New Jersey, so the site focuses mainly on sharing resources for hiking in New Jersey plus the surrounding areas in New York and Pennsylvania.

It is written by a married couple who has ventured to hike every trail in New Jersey. They share articles about the best places to hike as well as some tips, tricks, and gear.

They also have some information for biking and hiking that you may find useful if those are activities that you enjoy doing.

Washington Trails Association

http://www.wta.org/

The WTA, just like the American Hiking Society, works to protecting the trails and empowering hikers through education, community building, and creating equal access to trails.

You can also find hiking guides to the different trails and hikes in Washington, with their information coming from guidebooks, user submitted information, and other data compiled by the WTA.I

If you’re new to hiking, they have three “101” articles – Hiking 101, Backpacking 101, and Camping 101 to help get you started.

Hike It Baby

https://hikeitbaby.com/

No, this isn’t a reference to one of Britney Spear’s songs. It’s actually a website dedicated to building communities that encourage families to get outside with their children – even as babies.

There are events and hikes that you can sign up and participate to meet other families looking to hike with their babies, which I think is the best part about their website.

Tahoe South

https://tahoesouth.com/

You’ve probably heard about Lake Tahoe at some point in your life. If not, well, Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine Lake in North America, surrounded by the breathtaking Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Their website has everything you need to know about Lake Tahoe: overviews, hiking trails, places to visit, water sports, things to do, and so much more. They even list events that are happening that you can visit.

The blog, on the other hand, gives you an idea of what it’s like to experience everything over at Lake Tahoe. It’s really hard not to want to just drop everything and go there.

Conclusion

So there you have it, the top 47 camping and hiking blogs that you can visit to get you completely informed about the places you want to go and turn you into a knowledgeable adventurer.

Maybe one day my blog will make it on that list, but for now, enjoy reading some of my favorite blogs and I hope you have great adventures ahead!

So, which of these blogs is your favorite? what keeps you returning to your favorite blogs?​  Tell us your answers in the comment section below!

Rita Myers
 

I’m Rita Myers, and camping is one of my utmost passions. Growing up near the base of a mountain, hiking and camping have been in my system since I was just a little girl. My love for camping and hiking stayed with me well into adulthood. Now, as a mother of two boys and a wife, I keep my passion alive by bringing my family outdoors. Of course, my family isn’t always up to it, so I write these articles and tips in the hope that you and your family can enjoy the great outdoors like I do!

Annika Mang - June 8, 2017

Hey! Thanks for thinking of my website and blog! Happy Adventuring!

    Rita Myers - June 10, 2017

    Thank you so much, Annika Mang

Leigh McAdam - June 13, 2017

Thanks so much for including my blog. I try hard to showcase lots of new hikes every month in both Canada and the US.

    Rita Myers - June 14, 2017

    It’s a great blog! I’m looking forward to more of your hikes!

Camping with Style - June 13, 2017

Thanks for listing Camping with Style in there 🙂

We quickly found that covering all things outdoors made a lot of sense as we are always out on adventures and doing stuff, so it seemed daft not to blog about that too. Most recently I did a solo hike up a mountain in Scotland and stayed in some gorgeous glamping accommodation. Thanks again x

    Rita Myers - June 14, 2017

    I really enjoy your blog! And yes, I definitely agree that covering all things outdoors is the best way to go! Looking forward to your future posts, especially your solo hike in Scotland!

Hiking Lady - June 15, 2017

Thank you so much for including Hiking Lady on your list! I hope you continue to find my women’s specific tips and gear reviews useful. Keep up your awesome work here Rita!

Happy trails 🙂

    Rita Myers - June 16, 2017

    Thank you so much 🙂 Happy trails!

Meanderthals Hiking - June 15, 2017

Hey, thanks for the plug. If you’re ever in WNC give us a shout!

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