Your Camping Benefits For Veterans and or Disabled

Your Camping Benefits For Veterans and or Disabled

Whenever you want to go camping, we all look for the best options / benefits available. One of the biggest things we all look at is the price. We go from coupons to promo codes etc. etc. Well a lot of us can also get discounts if we are either a veteran and or disabled.

Obviously, states aren’t going to be in a hurry to tell you what camping benefits you qualify for. In this article, I’ll go down the list of US states and the advantages you qualify for to make it cheaper and easier to go camping. The states are all in ABC order.

I hope this makes it easier for you to enjoy the camping enjoyment!!

Alabama

alabama highway going over a swamp

In Alabama, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the state camping benefits are:

  • You can get a free lifetime pass to enter all of the parks in the state at no charge.
  • You can also get a pass for free or discounted admission depending on where you visit if you’re disabled.

Lakepoint State Park offers lodging room as well as over two dozen campsites for RVs and tents. The cabins and rooms are handicap accessible with walkways leading to the doors and rails in the bathrooms.

They are also dog-friendly if you have a service animal or even just a pet you would like to have with you while you’re camping. Discounted rates are offered to veterans and the disabled with most fees completely waived.

You’ll be able to explore the Wiregrass Birding Trail while at the campground as there are flat surfaces to walk on and pathways that have railings so that you have the added support you need for walking around.

Lake Lurleen State Park is another location that offers discounted and free admission for veterans and disabled residents who live in the state. Although there are only 35 sites on the property, you can enjoy fishing, walking on trails, swimming, and a covered shelter with picnic tables.

Desoto State Park is located in the Northeastern part of Alabama. It’s about 8 miles away from Fort Wayne, Alabama. It’s a very beautiful mountainous area. Its got a lot of waterfalls along with flowers that’s hard to take your eyes off of.

On top of the Alabama state disabled / vet accommodations, they also have a 15% discount you’re a senior citizen whose at least 62, a government worker or a disabled person.

They take place everyday in the months for November – February. This discount drops to 10% in the months of March – October and only for Sunday – Thursday.

Remember that you can’t mix the discounts with group rates with group rates or other discounts. You must also remember to bring proof of your age and your disability papers.

Meaher State Park is located in the Southwestern part of the state. Its very close to Orange Beach. It’s a 1,330 acre park and is perfect for anyone who loves to go fishing.

It also has a guided tour to show you the Mobile Tensaw Delta. You might want to keep in mind that it has about 20,300 acres of water and is the second biggest delta in the US!

.Just like the Desoto State Park above, on top of the Alabama state disabled / vet accommodations, they also have a 15% discount you’re a senior citizen whose at least 62, a government worker or a disabled person.

They take place everyday in the months for November – February. This discount drops to 10% in the months of March – October and they don’t offer it for Friday or Saturday nights!

Wind Creek State Park is about an hour Southeast of Birmingham. It’s on Highway 128 and has about 320 acres of land by Lake Martin. They include 102 30 amp water campsites, 211 30 amp sewer campsites, 18 30 amp sewer water campsites and 216 30 amp base campsites.

Even know they have seven camping cabins, the second one is handicap ready! On top of the basic camping, they have an area used only for equestrian ‘horseback” camping. They have 20 campsites that are first come first serve. If you’re wondering, they’re all 30 amp electricity along with water.

Just like the Meaher and Desoto State Park above, on top of the Alabama state disabled / vet accommodations, they also have a 15% discount you’re a senior citizen whose at least 62, a government worker or a disabled person.

They take place everyday in the months for November – February. This discount drops to 10% in the months of March – October and they don’t offer it for Friday or Saturday nights! The only difference is that they exclude state government personnel.

Remember when you go on some of these trips, you’ll want a used RV because of wear and tear. We all want a new one but sometimes the trip can be so rough to the camper, a used one is better to have.

Alaska

the camping benefits alaska has to offer

In Alaska, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the state camping benefits are:

The Disabled Veteran’s Annual Camping Pass is available for anyone in the state who is a disabled veteran. Proper identification must be shown when applying to obtain the pass.

You can use the pass for up to two years before it needs to be renewed. The pass allows you to enter any of the campgrounds in Alaska free of charge.

Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Alaska, such as the snow-covered mountains and sparkling lakes, while staying in a public use cabin. There are over 80 cabins available in numerous locations.

  • Disabled veterans can access the cabins for a discounted fee. For those who have severe disabilities and limited income, the fee is usually waived.
  • While staying in the cabins, you have views of streams, beaches, and all types of animals that live in the wild that are in the area.
  • You can obtain a hunting and fishing license for free if you have at least a 50% disability and have resided in the state for at least 12 months
  • An Alaska State Camping Pass is also available for free. This allows you to enter any state campground without paying the fees for setting up your site along with many amenities offered to those who are disabled to make staying at the campground a bit easier and safer.

EKLUTNA LAKE CAMPGROUND

Address: 26 Glenn HW, Palmer Alaska 99645

This campground, has 50 campsites, picnic tables , water, outhouses and fire pits. In these places, you’re only allowed camping for 15 straight nights.

When you go there for the Summer, you get to experience horseback riding, hiking, biking, fishing, climbing, riding ATV’s and boating.

In April 1st through November 30th, the Eklutna trail is open to ATV’s. Because of the temperature year around, Winter activity is always available. It includes things like snowmobiling, camping, dog mushing and skiing. Because they have beautiful scenery here, it’s perfect year around.

When you go close to the trail head parking area, you’re notice some informative displays along with a telesope for checking out wildlife.

On top of that, there’s a picnic area that you can have group get togethers for day use only. If you want to reserve the area, you’ll have to call Public Information Center to schedule it.

  • If you’re having a physical disability, the facilities are accessible and there’s nothing to worry about.

CHENA RIVER STATE RECREATION SITE

Address: 3530 Geraghty Ave. Fairbanks Alaska 99709

This destination has over 60 campsites. eleven of them have water and electric hookup, five walk in campsites, drinking water, barbeque areas right by the river.

They have bathrooms that you can actually flush the toilet. Obviously being by the water, they have a boat launch along with river side walking paths.

Some, not all of the restrooms, campsites and picnic areas are ADA “Americans with Disabilities Act” accessible. Not all of the campsites can be put on hold online through Reserve America.

They also have a picnic location that can hold up to 150 individuals and you you can reserve it online.

ANCHOR RIVER STATE RECREATION AREA

Address: 157 Sterling Highway Homer Alaska 99603

It’s located on the “Kenai Peninsula”

Surrounding the Anchor River, you’ll see all kinds of animals / wildlife. They have things like beavers, bald eagles, minks, moose, seals and beluga whales close to the shore.

You’ll see that there’s three volcanoes right by the inlet across from the Anchor Point. They’re called “Mount Iliamna, Mount Redoubt and Mount Augustine”. If you’re wondering when the last volcano erupted was, it was back in 2009. It was Mount Redoubt.

If you want to know, Mount Iliamna never erupted.

In this beautiful state, there’s lots of options for free camping.

Arizona

people swimming in arizona by a waterfall

Arizona offers a variety of ways for those who are disabled and veterans to enjoy everything from the beautiful sunsets to the historic sites of the state without paying full prices.

In Arizona, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the state camping benefits are:

  • A hunting and fishing license is available for disabled veterans at no cost. It allows veterans to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature whether they are fishing on a riverbank or hunting in the woods with recommendations given by the workers at the location where the license is obtained.
  • Veterans who are disabled and up to three family members can enter state parks for a discounted rate of 100% using a Discounted Program Card. Some of the parks include Kartchner Caverns and Riordan Mansion State Historic Park.
  • The admission fees are waived as well as the fees associated with tours and special events. Camping and overnight fees are waived as well. In order to obtain the card, you must present identification at the time of application.
  • Arizona Raft Adventures offers free and discounted rates to those who are disabled veterans.
  • Assistance is also offered to get into and out of rafts.
  • Walkways are located on the property for easier access to the water and other recreation amenities that might be difficult to reach.

Arkansas

a beautiful mountain in arkansas

In Arkansas, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the state camping benefits are:

  • parks across the state for free by obtaining a pass at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • The pass includes hunting and fishing at parks and campgrounds as well.
  • After arriving at a campground, veterans can camp for a night at half price.

Aside from general discounts offered by the state, there are several campgrounds that deliver accommodations for veterans and those who are disabled who live in Arkansas. 

DeGray Lake Park Resort offers dozens of campsites and often offers discounts of at least 10% for veterans and disabled individuals. A swimming pool is located in the center of the property and has handicap features to make entering the pool as easy as possible.

Iron Mountain Campground is another location where you can get discounts while camping. Many of the campsites have walkways for easy access as well as bathhouses with handicap accommodations.

Trails are clearly marked and often have a railing on one side for added stability for those who might not be able to walk as well as others. Discounts are often offered on special events that are held at the campground, such as games and holiday attractions so that everyone can enjoy the festivities.

California

a beach in sunny california

In California, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the state camping benefits are:

California has an excellent choice for out-of-state individuals and their families who want to visit different locations across the USA. The registration paperwork does not explicitly require an individual applicant to reside inside California as part of the eligibility requirements.

A federal identification card, which could mean passport, suffices. The options to show disability range from a letter from a state regional center, the DMV, or the Social Security Administration to having your physician check a box affirming that you suffer from one of the listed disabilities.

The categories of recognized disabilities listed on the form are developmental, physical, hearing, vision, speech, and mental. The scope of disability is not listed but instead states that the impairment must substantially limit the person’s daily activities.

The less debilitating disabilities listed include episodic asthma, autism, and epilepsy, making it possible to enjoy a substantial discount for many people who might have otherwise been denied a pass at other locations.

Applying to California’s Disabled Discount Program can be made in person or by mail. The fee is $3.50 and gaining a pass grants the bearer a 50% discount on camping. The application can be found at:

https://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/737/files/dpr818a.pdf
and includes the form for the physician’s affirmation confirming the existence
of a qualifying disability.

If you were a POW or are a disabled war veteran along with being a California resident, you can qualify for a Pass to enter the state park system operated facilities for free.

Colorado

the mountains up in the rockies

From the rushing rivers to the mountains that seem to take over the sky, Colorado offers a bit of everything if you enjoy being outside. Camping and visiting parks in the state are ways that you can enjoy these sights, and if you’re disabled or a veteran, then you likely won’t have to pay anything to visit these properties.

In Colorado, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the state camping benefits are:

  • A free hunting and fishing license to veterans. You need to show that you are a veteran and that you have lived in the state for at least a year.
  • You’ll also receive free admission to any of the state parks in Colorado.

Keep in mind that the waiver of the admission fee doesn’t include the fees for activities at the campground or at the park you visit. However, most facilities offer discounts for veterans and the disabled as long as they provide a pass for free entry.

You can also get a Columbine Parks Pass that allows entry to parks in the state as well. Not only does the pass benefit veterans, but it also means that disabled residents can enter parks and campgrounds at a discounted rate or for free after purchasing the pass at a fraction of the original price.

Sometimes people love these benefits, they think it’s easier to live in their camper.

Connecticut

Connecticut Wadsworth Falls State Park For Camping

Veterans in Connecticut and those who are disabled can enjoy everything from camping to recreational activities at state parks for a reduced fee or for free by using one of the many resources that are available.

In Connecticut, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the state camping benefits are:

DEEP offers a lifetime park pass that allows entry to any of the state parks for free. Parking fees are also waived when using the pass. Some of the locations that you can visit include Gillette Castle and Fort Trumbull State Park. Passholders can enjoy fishing and camping while on the property.

Disabled residents in Connecticut can receive a hunting and fishing license for free. Veterans can also receive a license for free.

This license can be used at almost any campground or area where these activities are allowed.

A Disabled Veteran Pass allows access to forests in the state and parks at no charge. While at each location, accommodations are made to assist with navigating the park or campground so that each resident can enjoy the same activities as those without disabilities and as a way to honor veterans.

Some campgrounds in the area waive fees without a pass or will waive connection and parking fees once on the property of the campground.

Delaware

The View From Atop Mount Tammany at the Deleware Water Gap

In Delaware, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the state camping benefits are:

The Delaware Military Pass grants access for free to campgrounds and state parks for disabled veterans. Proper identification must be shown when obtaining the pass. While at each park, you will be able to enjoy the features and amenities that are provided without the worry of paying any fees.

Although Delaware is a smaller state, there are a few locations where you can camp or stay in cabins and hotel rooms for a reduced rate if you’re a veteran or you’re disabled. Bethany Beach is one of these locations.

There are at least 30 trailers and cabins set up on the property for veterans to enjoy with walkways leading from parking areas to each venue. A playground and picnic area are located at the beach.

Veterans have free access to various Blue Star Museums in the state. The Dover Downs Hotel and Casino offers discounted rates for veterans as well.

Only one room can be booked with proper identification.

Other locations on the property of the hotel that veterans can enjoy at a discounted rate include the:

  • Oyster House
  • Toppers Spa and Salon
  • numerous souvenir shops that are within the area
  • Alcoholic beverages are also included in the discounted rate.

Florida

The overlooking view of the shore in Key West, Florida

In Florida, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the state camping benefits are:

50% camping discount.
25%-100% discount given to veterans w/ disabilities.

Cool Campgrounds in “Hot” Florida.

Campgrounds in Florida in the 21st Century are very different to the “olden days,” especially for anyone with limited mobility.

We pride ourselves in offering modern campsites for tents, campers, RVs and some sites feature cabins that can accommodate up to six persons where pets are allowed.

Florida has secluded campgrounds, some close to activities, others on barrier islands and luxurious ones, all with discounted rates if you join certain organizations.

  • Some campsites are set beside rivers, for those that like fishing and peace and quiet.
  • Others are a short distance from a beach.
  • Or choose a campground that nestles in a tranquil wooded area.

Facilities

  • Most campgrounds allow up to two vehicles.
  • All our sites are well equipped and many provide water, electricity, grills and picnic tables.
  • Many have been updated with extensive renovations, and are now ADA accessible.
  • Showers, bathhouses and restrooms are situated in a central, paved area for easy access with dump stations close by.

Whichever type of camping you prefer, you will always find that Florida campgrounds cater for everyone’s needs. We revere our veterans and those that are mobility challenged and want to make their stay in our state, one they will always remember.

It’s also known that a lot of people go camping in Florida around holidays.

Georgia

North Georgia mountains

Although Georgia is a state with numerous office buildings and sports arenas, the state also offers several campgrounds and parks to enjoy.

In Georgia, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the state camping benefits are:

  • A ParkPass can be obtained by veterans and disabled individuals at a reduced rate. This pass will allow entry to the park and the various amenities that are offered, including camping.

For those who enjoy learning about history, the Historic Site Pass is an option to consider. You will have unlimited admission to any of the historic sites located across the state.

There are also discounts for Friends Memberships that allow veterans to enjoy attractions with family members or friends without paying the full price.

Some of the recreational fees that are discounted include:

  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • fishing

One of the things to keep in mind when obtaining a pass of any kind online is that the full amount is charged on the card that is used. When you arrive at the location, you are reimbursed for the amount of the fee.

Lodges in the state at area campgrounds have facilities that are accessible for those who are disabled. You can also enjoy the Will-A-Way Recreation Area located at Fort Yargo.

This is an area that provides plenty of space for about 250 people with amenities for the disabled.

Hawaii

Waterfall in Hawaii
Waterfall in Hawaii

Explore everything from blue water to colorful flowers in Hawaii at a reduced rate if you’re a veteran or if you happen to have a disability that impacts your health.

In Hawaii, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the state camping benefits are:

  • If you’re a disabled veteran and live in Hawaii, then you can get assistance from the Wounded Warrior Project. Wounded Warrior Project is an organization that promotes support for veterans so that they can enjoy activities in the state without paying fees.
  • free pass can be given to individuals who meet these criteria so that they can enter campgrounds and parks without paying a fee.
  • Entry to state parks is waived along with campground fees.

Most of the fees for events at these locations are also waived, but there could be a few special events that take place during the year that you would have to pay for, such as holiday events because of the time of year and popularity of the attraction. However, fees are kept to a minimum.

There is a Disability Accommodation pass that you can get in Hawaii that allows you to present the pass to campgrounds and parks across the state and not have to pay the full admission price. Parks have accommodations that make it easier to walk on the trails and take part in the activities on the property, such as swimming or fishing.

Idaho

Shoshone Falls Idaho

In Idaho, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the state camping benefits are:

A Disabled Veteran Program that offers 100% discounts for veterans who are disabled. This program allows for free camping access at campgrounds across the state as well as daily use of activities and amenities at state parks.

The only thing that you need to do to enroll in the program is submit the proper documents stating that you are disabled.

Idaho Power is another option to consider if you enjoy camping but you’re disabled or a veteran and aren’t able to pay all of the fees that are required. You will have access to all of the Idaho Power parks and have access to campsites free of charge. It’s recommended that you make reservations because of the popularity of this program.

Common campground for Idaho power parks that are visited include:

Hells Canyon

Most campgrounds have water and electric connections that you don’t have to pay fees to use as well as showers, picnic tables, and recreational facilities that you can use. Picnic shelters can be used for free for special events including weddings and reunions.

Shelters offer services for disabled individuals who might not be able to walk up and down steps, such as sidewalks and flat walkways leading to the amenities at the park.

Illinois

Thunderstorm Over Illinois Cornfield

Illinois is a state that offers numerous opportunities for veterans and disabled individuals who want to be able to visit campgrounds and state parks but who might not be able to afford the fees.

In Illinois, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the state camping benefits are:

  • A fishing and hunting license can be obtained at no cost.

Most locations in the state don’t require a license for hunting and fishing if you are a veteran or if you’re disabled. There are accessible piers that make reaching the water easier as well as designated places in the state for hunting that are a bit easier to reach.

As a cardholder, you don’t need to purchase a Habitat stamp during the year.

Disabled residents in Illinois:

  • will only need to pay half of the fee when visiting state parks and campgrounds during the week.

If you want to camp at Class C campgrounds that don’t have utility connections that other sites have, then you don’t have to pay the fees at any time. The same exemptions are available for veterans.

Some of the accommodations at these campgrounds include:

  • larger campsites for those with disabilities
  • hot showers and bathroom stalls and
  • walkways that are clearly marked and that lead to various recreational areas on the premises.

Indiana

Stream in the forest

Although Indiana is often busy with people navigating shopping centers and office buildings, there are still campgrounds and parks so that you can enjoy the great outdoors.

In Indiana, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the state camping benefits are:

The Golden Hoosier Passport allows you to enter all of the parks in the state for free if you’re a veteran. Reservoirs and recreation areas are included in the free admission.

However, museums and some historic sites are not included but often have discounted rates from the owners of the property. There is a pass for those who are disabled as well so that they can enter parks for free.

  • Indiana Dunes National Park is a quiet area with several tent sites and a few RV accommodations.
  • Free admission is offered to veterans and disabled residents. Activities available include fishing, swimming, and walking trails.

Charlestown State Park features several cabins that are accommodating for the disabled. Instead of steps leading to the cabins, there are walkways with railings on each side.

Beautiful waterfalls cascade over the sides of hills, and there is a lake for fishing. Walkways are wide enough for mobility devices and wheelchairs. There are also safe landings where you can stand and view the scenery without navigating to the rocks and hills.

Iowa

Iowa Sky View

The Iowa Parks and Recreation Department vows to make life a little easier and more enjoyable for veterans and residents who have disabilities.

In Iowa, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the state camping benefits are:

  • One way that the department makes this happen is by providing free hunting and fishing licenses for residents who show that they are a veteran or that they have a disability that affects at least 50% of their mobility or overall health.
  • The other way is fees are also waived or discounted at parks and campgrounds across the state so that you can enjoy outdoor adventures.

Albert the Bull Campground features special events and activities and discounts fees for veterans and those who are disabled. While at the campground, you can see one of the largest bull statues in the country.

Accommodations include handicap features in the bathrooms and in the living quarters of cabins along with secure walkways across the property. Several sites have full connections for water and electricity as well for added comfort.

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park is located in Iowa and waives the admission fees so that everyone can enjoy the fun events at the campground. You need to show identification that you are a veteran or that you do have a disability in order to have the fees waived.

There are some events held that are only discounted, so you should contact the property before visiting.

Kansas

Sunset over the Kansas Flint Hills

You’ll be blown away by all of the camping accommodations that are offered in Kansas for veterans and residents who are disabled.

In Kansas, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the state camping benefits are:

  • A free hunting and fishing license can be obtained for disabled veterans.
  • You can also receive a free permit to enter all of the state parks as well. While at each park, there are several activities that you can enjoy, such as having a picnic or walking on trails.

All you have to do is show the paperwork stating your disability.

The Wounded Warrior Project in Kansas offers camping accommodations for veterans at free or reduced rates as well. This is a project that offers various types of assistance to make the enjoyable aspects of life a bit easier for veterans who have been wounded while serving the country.

Help is usually available to get veterans to and from parks that they want to visit. Someone can also help you access areas of the park if you’re unable to walk or need assistance with mobility devices.

Park Passport is available for veterans and disabled residents. The pass allows you to enter parks and campgrounds for free or for a minimal price. Activities offered at each location are included with the pass.

Kentucky

Subdivision in rural Kentucky

Most state parks across the state of Kentucky offer free admission to disabled veterans. This started in 2010 and continues to spread to campgrounds and other attractions across the state.

In Kentucky, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the state camping benefits are:

  • Veterans can stay for free three nights each year at various campgrounds.

Lodging includes:

  • cabins
  • cottages
  • campsites on each property.

Park managers want to show their support to those who have served the country and feel that offering free or discounted admission to parks is the least that can be done.

Low-Income Relief is another way that veterans and disabled residents can save money when visiting state parks and campgrounds. This program also provides free lodging at state parks and campgrounds.

However, you need to be able to show that you are disabled or that you’re a veteran.

Educational programs are offered at most parks that you can enjoy for free. Not only can adults enjoy the activities at parks for free, but children can join in on the fun as well as long as they are with a qualifying adult.

Some of the events that you can enjoy include hikes in the winter months or yoga in the spring and summer. Accommodations are made for those who can’t comfortably participate.

Louisiana

Crescent City Connection Bridge.

Enjoy everything from the music to the sights that Louisiana has to offer while at a campground or park with your family.

In Louisiana, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the state camping benefits are:

  • get a license to get into these attractions for free.
  • You can also get a free fishing and hunting license.

Veterans can obtain these privileges as well. When you obtain the license or pass, you need to show proof of your disability.

  • State parks offer low-income assistance for veterans who want to enjoy the attractions that are offered.
  • You’ll also benefit from free to low-cost camping fees whether it’s an RV site or a tent site.

Most campgrounds offer services for veterans and guests with disabilities so that they can easily access the amenities like everyone else on the property.

  • Activities are also free of charge for those who are disabled or a veteran.

Passes can be used for one year before they need to be renewed. A National Parks Pass allows entry to all of the national parks aside from just campgrounds and the state-operated facilities.

There are a few parks that offer special events for free during the year for veterans and disabled individuals, such as holiday celebrations and educational classes.

Maine

Portland Head Light

In Maine, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the state camping benefits are:

Visit the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands to obtain a pass that allows you to enter parks across the state for free if you’re disabled. You need to provide proof of your disability before you can get the pass and show the pass each time you visit a park.

  • Admission to historic sites is often waived as well.

Accommodations are made at campgrounds and parks so that it’s easier to navigate around the property and enjoy the activities that are offered, such as swimming or hiking.

The Maine Veteran’s Affairs Office offers passes for veterans so that they can enjoy camping and visiting parks in the state as well for free. This pass is usually good for a lifetime, which means that you don’t have to worry about renewing it each year.

You can also visit the office to obtain a free hunting or fishing license, which is beneficial as Maine offers beautiful lakes and wooded areas for each outdoor activity.

North Maine Woods is a non-profit facility that sits on beautiful forests and offers several types of campsites.

  • Veterans have their entry fees waived as long as they can show that they have at least a 50% disability. Other veterans receive discounted admission fees.

Maryland

Autumn on Loch Raven

In Maryland, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the state camping benefits are:

No matter when you visit a park or a campground in Maryland, you’re going to experience beautiful views. An added benefit is:

  • you are admitted for free or at a discounted rate if you’re a veteran or you’re disabled.

The Wounded Warrior and Outreach Program is one of the first programs you can turn to in order to enjoy campgrounds and parks for free. The project works to ensure that veterans, especially those who are disabled, are able to enjoy the same amenities that others enjoy but without paying the same prices.

The program also offers assistance for those who might not be able to comfortably navigate around parks or take part in some of the activities without some kind of help with mobility.

Camp Springs offers several discounts for veterans and disabled residents in Maryland. RV sites and tent sites are scattered around the property.

Walkways lead from one area to another with clearly marked pathways for those who rely on wheelchairs and other devices for moving around. After free admission to the campground, you’ll find that there are minimal fees for special events and activities, but the camp tries to make the fees as low as possible so that veterans and the disabled can enjoy them with ease.

Massachusetts

Bostone skyline at dusk as viewed from Fan Pier Park.

In Massachusetts, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the state camping benefits are:

The Salisbury Beach State Reservation:

offers discounts for disabled residents and veterans so that they can enjoy the fun activities just like everyone else but at a reduced price or for free. While at the reservation, you can walk on the trails or sit by the lake to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature.

Campsites are available at reduced rates and include tent sites as well as cottages. Swimming and boating are activities that you can do as well.

The Massachusetts Commonwealth:

offers passes for veterans to allow them to enter parks and campgrounds for free. If you like to spend time outdoors, then you’ll enjoy the benefits offered from a free hunting and fishing license.

Parking fees are also waived.

Keep in mind that there are some campgrounds that only offer reduced camping fees instead of waiving the fees, but most of these are the larger campgrounds that offer many more amenities than those that are smaller. For example, Jellystone is a campground that offers reduced rates.

However, there are more lodging accommodations and activities to enjoy, especially for children who might be with you.

Michigan

Adirondack chairs at lake shore

In Michigan, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the state camping benefits are:

One place that offers assistance for veterans and disabled residents in Michigan is the Department of Natural Resources. The organization provides resources to help you find campgrounds and parks that have facilities that are handicap accessible.

It also provides passes so that you can enter these locations for free or at a heavily discounted rate.

  • As a disabled veteran, you don’t have to pay the fees for activities at campgrounds or parks when visiting as well.

Wilwin Lodge stands by the mission that they want to help as many veterans and disabled residents of the state as it can. The premier facilities on the property are accessible for everyone who is disabled.

Safety rails are found in bathrooms, and there are wide walkways so that wheelchairs and other mobility devices can easily get from one area to another. Fun activities include swimming, hiking, fishing, boating, and a few games.

Assistance is offered for those who might have trouble enjoying the activities so that they feel included in all of the fun that is available.

Walking With Warriors is an organization that aims to help veterans whether they are disabled or not. Connections are made with parks and campgrounds so that veterans can talk with the owners about the accommodations that they need in order to make the best decision about where they visit.

Walking With Warriors also has:

  • Fees are waived along with the fees associated with hunting, fishing, and boating.

The Wounded Warrior Project is a similar organization. It provides information about locations in the state that offer free entry.

Passes are available as well that veterans can take with them to each park and campground they visit in order to gain free entry as well. Assistance is offered in finding devices that might be needed to enjoy time outdoors, such as wheelchairs or crutches.

Minnesota

Sunset benefit over the Minneapolis skyline and Mississippi River

Minnesota is known for its cold weather. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t times during the year when you can enjoy visiting campgrounds and parks with your family.

In Minnesota, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the state camping benefits are:

Veterans On The Lake Resort is a vacation destination for many veterans in the state as the campground tries to accommodate all of the needs that veterans have free of charge. The campground also offers special discounts for those who are disabled.

A beautiful lake is the centerpiece of the resort with campsites and cabins sprinkled around the perimeter. Accommodations are made so that everyone can enjoy everything from fishing on a pier to boating.

Cabins have walkways leading to the entrance, and there are railings along many of the walkways on the property. A large pool has a lift to transport those who aren’t as mobile as others into the water with ease.

  • A permit issued by the state offers free access to residents who have disabilities so that they don’t have to pay to enter state parks.
  • Free horse passes and tours are offered as well.

Mississippi

Biloxi Mississippi benefits with the Coastal Shore Sunset

In Mississippi, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the state camping benefits are:

Among the numerous locations in Mississippi that offer reduced rates for veterans and disabled individuals is Timberlake Campground. You’ll find cabins and campsites at the campground for tents and RVs.

Discounts are offered for veterans and those with disabilities. Some of the amenities and activities at the campground include a laundry area, swimming pool, and tennis courts.

While most activities are free of charge to begin with, those that aren’t are often discounted for veterans and people who are disabled. Bathrooms are handicap accessible, and there are many walkways with railings to provide support while walking.

The Mississippi Recreation and Parks Department offers licenses for hunting and fishing at a discounted rate or free of charge for those who are disabled and those who are veterans. You usually don’t need to renew your license if you plan to hunt or fish each year.

If you are a veteran or disabled, you won’t have to pay the fees associated with park entries or passes that are good for the year. There are several events that you can enjoy for free using your pass as well, such as movie nights in parks across the state and hikes with tour guides who explain some of the things that you see on the trails.

Also, if you look on the side of my main page, you’ll see the option Mississippi campgrounds. If you click on it, you’ll see some parks I covered, you’ll also see pictures ‘and a video’ of the campgrounds in the article. To make it interesting, I left half of the videos silent. You’ll see a big difference in comparison with noise and silence!

Missouri

Small river in the Missouri Ozark region in spring

Even though camping rates in Missouri vary from one location to another, most try to accommodate veterans and people who have disabilities by reducing the rate or making it free to enter. Most campgrounds offer full connections including electricity and sewer. 

In Missouri, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the state camping benefits are:

Graham Cave and Mark Twain are only two of the many offering discounted rates so that veterans and disabled individuals can partake in the outdoor activities that are offered.

The Lake of the Ozarks is a recreational area that offers more than just campsites. There are cottages and cabins available as well for you to enjoy.

Handicap accessibility is available in most of the facilities on the property, such as rails in the bathrooms and rails along the walkways.

  • You can get your fishing license for free by showing your disability information or details of being a veteran.

While at the campground, you can enjoy boating or jet skiing. Equipment is offered at a reduced rate for those who are eligible.

There is a country store on the premises that offers everything you might need to make your stay comfortable. Items include food, first-aid supplies, beverages, and equipment needed for fishing or camping if you leave something behind at home.

Montana

Mountain River scenery is a great camping benefit to have

In Montana, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the state camping benefits are:

Gain access to state parks across the state of Montana for free if you are a veteran or disabled. While at one of the parks, you can view the majestic mountains or the rolling green hills whether you’re walking along a trail or relaxing in your RV.

Most campgrounds offer biking, hiking, and boating as well as other outdoor activities that you can enjoy.

  • Cabins are often included in discounted rates along with rustic campsites and tent sites depending on the type of camping that you want to do at each facility.

As a disabled veteran, you can usually obtain a hunting and fishing license for free. You need to show the documents about your disability to the Montana Parks Department in order to get the license.

  • The Montana Disabled Veterans Program offers similar amenities that allow you to enjoy the excitement of the outdoors at no charge or by paying only a small fee.

Fort Harrison RV Park offers a quiet environment for disabled veterans and residents who are disabled so that they can enjoy staying in a cabin, tent, or RV for free or by paying a minimal fee.

Water and electricity connections are provided as well as handicap accommodations throughout the park.

Nebraska

sunset over  the Nebraska Sandhills

In Nebraska, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the camping benefits are:

The Parks Nebraska Game and Wildlife office assists veterans in getting a fishing and hunting license so that they can enjoy the outdoors without paying the fees associated with the license.

The office also assists veterans and those who are disabled in finding campgrounds and parks that have the accommodations that are needed if they are unable to move around as easily as others so that their time spent in the area is enjoyable.

  • Most state parks and campgrounds allow service animals for those who need assistance as well.

Veterans Memorial Park is an option to consider if you want to relax during the day whether you’re by yourself or you’re with your family. This is an expansive area that features a baseball diamond, swimming pool, splash pad, and a soccer field.

Numerous handicap features are scattered throughout the park to make it easier to get around if you’re disabled.

  • Although it’s free to enter, there are some events that are held at the park that would require a minimal fee.

Easterseals in Nebraska assists veterans and disabled residents in finding locations to visit outdoors and also offers passes for free entry to these locations. Caregivers and at least one family member who is with the pass holder can usually be admitted for free as well.

There are educational programs offered by the organization that help veterans and disabled individuals understand more about the possible limitations that they might have and how they can enjoy time at campgrounds and parks like other people who visit those locations.

Assistance is offered in securing funding if there are any fees that need to be paid and you’re unable to pay those fees. The organization also assists in finding tools needed to walk around parks and campgrounds, but most of the state parks offer railings for support and even a few wheelchairs at larger parks.

Nevada

Sierra Nevada mountains are a great camping benefit to have

In Nevada, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the camping benefits are:

The beauty and fun adventures of Nevada await at a reduced price for veterans and disabled individuals. One of the ways to enjoy camping and other outdoor activities without paying full price is to obtain a Disabled Veteran Permit.

You need to show that you have at least a 10% disability and show that you’ve lived in the state for at least a year. With the card, you won’t need to pay entry fees to campgrounds and listed recreational facilities or boat fees.

If you enjoy hunting and fishing, you can get a license for these activities for free. You will need to renew the license each year.

Another option is a reduced rate for entering state parks in Nevada. Accommodations are often made inside the park to make navigating as easy as possible.

Some of the locations that take part in the reduced rate for veterans and those who are disabled include Beaver Dam State ParkCave Lake State Park, and Spring Mountain.

Other discounts are available for using watercrafts at campgrounds and parks and for commercial bus tours as a way to gain access to the property. Discounted fees are also offered for utility connections at campgrounds and dump fees.

New Hampshire

Benefit of the Saco River in Conway, New Hampshire while camping

New Hampshire residents can contact the Parks Department to obtain a free hunting and fishing license as well as a pass for free admission to state parks. This pass can be used for a single day for entrance.

Keep in mind that activities at the park could be charged, but most parks try to allow veterans and disabled residents to enjoy the activities for free.

In New Hampshire, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the camping benefits are:

  • There is an America the Beautiful Pass that you can get that allows access to all of the national parks located in New Hampshire.
  • You also have access to Federal Recreational Lands as there are numerous open spaces to explore in the state. While on the recreational lands, you can see the towering mountains as well as sparkling streams that make up the beauty of the state.
  • There is a Golden Access Pass that includes more amenities that you can enjoy at even more parks and campgrounds in the state. This is a pass that will last for a lifetime.
  • If you get the Division Pass, you can take a guest with you to one of the locations for free. Hampton Beach and Wallis Sands are examples of places you can visit for free with one of these passes.

New Jersey

Barnegat Sunset Light house is a good benefit when camping in new jersey

Easterseals in New Jersey wants everyone to be able to enjoy the beauty that nature has to offer. One way that the organization makes this happen is by offering passes for reduced rates to enter state parks across the state for veterans and disabled residents.

There are campgrounds organized by Easterseals in the state that offer free or discounted rates as well. These facilities are designed to accommodate those who need additional assistance with their mobility while enjoying camping and other outdoor activities.

In New Jersey, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the camping benefits are:

  • The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection also offers ways for veterans and the disabled to save money on campground fees and entrance fees to state parks.

Bass River State Forest is one of the locations that offers services for those who are disabled. Some of the trails have handrails, and there are walkways on the property that are wide enough to easily accommodate a wheelchair.

  • The NJDEP offers reduced fees for most state parks and in some instances waives the fee altogether so that you can enjoy the sights and sounds of New Jersey.
  • The state also issues a fishing license to disabled veterans for free. You would need to take any certifications or documents showing your disability when you get the license.

New Mexico

benefit of a beautiful scenic road in New Mexico on rocky camping landscape

View the painted skies of New Mexico when you stay at one of the many campgrounds in the state or when you visit one of the state parks.

In New Mexico, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the camping benefits are:

  • If you’re a veteran or disabled, then you can enjoy these adventures for free or for a reduced entry fee.
  • The Disabled American Veterans program offers hunting and fishing licenses for veterans as well as passes to enter state parks for free.
  • Parking fees at campgrounds and parks are often waived as well.

When you visit these areas, there are usually accommodations available to help with navigating on the property. Bathrooms in state parks are often equipped with handicap features, and most campgrounds have areas designated for those with disabilities to make it easier to set up an RV or tent.

  • Not Forgotten Outreach is another resource that offers reduced or free entry fees to state parks.

Not Forgotten Outreach is a large attraction that features animals, educational classes, and community services for veterans and disabled residents so that they can interact together and learn more about the state.

Markets are often set up on the property so that people can buy and sell everything from homegrown foods to arts and crafts. Entry fees are often reduced or waived for these events.

New York

Statue Of Liberty Is a benefit in New York for veterans and all people

Although New York is known for Broadway, Rockefeller Center, and shopping, there are several camping destinations in the state as well. Even for those who are disabled or someone who is a veteran, there are accommodations to make camping and exploring outdoor attractions fun and affordable.

In New York, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the camping benefits are:

  • The Lifetime Liberty Pass offers several benefits for veterans and those who have disabilities. One of the benefits of this pass is free parking when you visit state parks in New York as well as campgrounds and historic sites.
  • This pass is valid for the lifetime of the cardholder. Those who obtain this card have access to at least 25 golf courses, over 30 pools in the state, and dozens of launch sites for boats.
  • A veterans pass offers similar benefits including discounted rates at campgrounds and parks. This is a pass that is specifically designed for veterans.
  • Many campgrounds in the state offer reduced rates for staying on the property and offer special activities for veterans as a way to honor their service. The veterans pass can be used until the Lifetime Liberty Pass is approved.

Operation We Are Here is a program designed to assist those who are disabled so that they can enjoy the outdoors. Camps are available for the disabled as well as the children of veterans. Most retreats, activities, and camps are free with this program.

North Carolina

Yellow flowers and view of the Appalachian Mountains from the Bl

North Carolina is a state that offers beautiful coastline, a central area with fun attractions, and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Nestled in between all of those features are campgrounds and state parks that you can visit for free or at a discount if you’re disabled or a veteran.

In North Carolina, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the camping benefits are:

  • There are no entrance fees for veterans who want to visit state parks.
  • If you have a disability that impacts at least 50% of your health, then you can usually enter parks and campgrounds for free as well. Keep in mind that some parks do charge a minimal fee on holidays.

If you want to visit the mountains, then consider Grandfather Mountain State Park. This is an area that features a swinging bridge, animals, and several small souvenir stores. You won’t be charged admission to the park, but there are private areas nearby that could charge a minimal fee.

Chimney Rock is an area in the mountains of North Carolina as well that doesn’t charge admission for veterans and the disabled. There are a few activities in the park that you might have to pay at least a small fee to enjoy, such as entering the small zoo on the property.

Fort Fisher is an area on the coast that you can visit if you want to enjoy the ocean instead of the mountains while still entering the park for free.

Annual passes can be purchased at any recreation and parks department. They can also be purchased online.

Most campgrounds in the state offer:

  • free to discounted rates for RV sites and tent sites.

You’ll find that there are many activities at campgrounds across the state that include swimming pools, lakes for fishing, and hiking trails. Accommodations are made at as many campgrounds as possible in order to make activities enjoyable for those who are disabled.

Group discounts usually aren’t given nor are discounts given for premium campsites or lodges due to the popularity of these areas.

North Dakota

the benefit of theodore Rosevelt National Park in north dakota

In North Dakota, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the camping benefits are:

lifetime park entrance pass can be obtained in North Dakota if you are disabled or a veteran. A spouse of a veteran or a disabled veteran can also obtain a lifetime pass.

Once you receive your card, you can enter any state park in North Dakota for free. Keep in mind that the pass is only valid for single-day use. Some parks offer reduced fees or waive the fees if camping facilities are available.

Colonial Motel Campground is an option to consider if you want to enjoy the experience of camping but without staying in a tent or an RV.

  • Cabins and other facilities are set up on the premises and are offered at lower rates for those who are disabled and veterans.
  • Lodging is handicap accessible with most cabins and buildings featuring walkways with railings instead of steps.

The North Dakota Parks and Recreation office makes it possible to enter parks and campgrounds for free or without paying the full entry fee if you’re a veteran.

  • Horse permits can also be obtained for free or for a minimal fee.
  • The office also lowers prices of equipment and storage rentals for those who need them while they are camping or visiting state parks.

Ohio

Ohio Prairie

Ohio is usually a cold state, but there’s time to enjoy outdoor adventures that include camping and fishing as well. The only downside I ever saw in Ohio was skunks. As we all know that’s not just Ohio.

If you’re a veteran or disabled, then you can enjoy camping for free at almost every campground in the state. Locations that don’t offer free camping often allow you to pay a reduced rate for staying on the property whether it’s in a cabin or on a campsite.

In Ohio, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the camping benefits are:

  • One hunting and fishing license can be obtained in Ohio if you’re a veteran.
  • Fees for registering any watercraft that you own can be waived as well so that you can enjoy the lakes and rivers in the state.

Disabled veterans can get discounts and deals when staying overnight at campgrounds that aren’t associated with the state recreation department. All you would need to do is contact the campground and provide information about your disability.

 Most campgrounds offer discounts for disabled residents who aren’t veterans as well. The Golden Buckeye Card is beneficial to get as it features numerous discounts for everything from camping and recreational supplies to discounts on entry fees to state parks.

This is a free card available for veterans and those who are disabled who live in the state.

Oklahoma

Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge

Enjoy the wide-open spaces of Oklahoma at a reduced rate by utilizing some of the passes and other accommodations made for people with disabilities or veterans.

In Oklahoma, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the camping benefits are:

An America the Beautiful Pass is available for veterans who want to see the sights offered at state parks in Oklahoma. Residents who live in the state who have disabilities can also obtain the pass so that they can enjoy the amenities that parks and campgrounds offer as well.

You don’t have to update the pass as it’s good for a lifetime.

  • Passengers with the pass holder can also be admitted to the park, but there is a limited number who can get in free of charge. Most of the time, the pass covers only four adults.
  • Amenity fees can be waived by up to 50% so that you save money while enjoying activities that include fishing, hunting, and boating.

Lake Thunderbird State Park offers numerous amenities for the disabled and veterans. There are over 200 campsites to choose from and several bathhouses with accessibility for those who need assistance.

Minimal fees are charged for veterans and those who are disabled so that they don’t have to pay the same rate as other guests while still camping on the property.

Oregon

Sunset at Trillium Lake with Mount Hood

Even though it can sometimes be rainy during the year in Oregon, there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors whether it’s at a campground or a state park.

In Oregon, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the camping benefits are:

Discounted rates are offered for disabled residents and veterans so that they can enjoy the same activities as others who live in the state.

An option that you have is to obtain the Special Access Pass. Free camping and free parking are offered with the pass to veterans and disabled residents who live in the state. The pass can be used at any one of the 25 parks in the state that take part in the program.

Fees for RV sites and tent sites are covered. Horse sites are covered under the program as well. Keep in mind that you can only receive the benefits of the pass for 10 nights at a time and that reservations are recommended.

You need to be able to provide certification that you are disabled or that you are a veteran before obtaining a pass.

The Northeast Oregon RV Park offers free and discounted rates for camping and activities that are held at the campground. Hot showers are available as well as free Wi-Fi and a self-service laundry facility.

Pennsylvania

Trees and lawn along dirt path in Southern York County, Pennsylv

In Pennsylvania, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the camping benefits are:

Several parks in Pennsylvania offer accommodations for those with disabilities as well as reduced rates for veterans. You can purchase a pass from the state for free entrance into most parks across the state.

Ricketts Glen Park is a campground with RV sites and tent sites for guests who have disabilities. A beautiful waterfall can be viewed from a walkway that is spacious enough for a wheelchair.

Showers and bathrooms have accessible features for those with disabilities. Service dogs and other animals are allowed in the park for those who need their assistance.

Codorus State Park is one of the locations that can be accessed using the state park pass. Lake Marburg is at the center of the park with boat access and fishing access free of charge for those who are disabled or who are veterans.

Everything from the campsites to the picnic areas are easily accessible even for those who have disabilities and need assistance in reaching these amenities.

Camp Jellystone is a fun campground for families that offers discounts on cabins and campsites to veterans. Special activities are held throughout the year at the campground including parades and festivals for holidays so that you can meet others who have served the country or who have disabilities.

Rhode Island

Newport Bridge Sunrise

Rhode Island wants veterans and residents who live with disabilities to experience the same activities at campgrounds and parks that other residents experience but at a reduced price.

Many facilities across the state are being renovated to make it easier for those with disabilities to have access to trails, shelters, and other features. Parking spaces at parks are being designed so that they are wider, allowing for vans and other vehicles that carry wheelchairs for those who are disabled.

Accommodations are being added to restrooms as well. You’ll also see that many buildings at state parks have ramps leading to the entrances.

In Rhode Island, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the camping benefits are:

  • Free access to parks that charge an admission fee.
  • Paid activities are covered with the pass as well so that residents with disabilities and veterans don’t have to worry about paying for the simple things in life that they enjoy.

Several beaches in the state offer handicapped-assisted vehicles, such as handcycles and surf chairs. These beaches include Colt State ParkSalty Brine State Park, and East Bay Bike Path. Assistance is offered for using these vehicles if you’re unable to get on and off of them or while you’re using the vehicle.

South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina, USA at Waterfront Park.

In South Carolina, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the camping benefits are:

  • Camping and lodging are available at discounted rates for veterans. Disabled individuals have options to get the best deals as well in order to enjoy the numerous campgrounds and parks in the state.

There are over 3,000 campsites to choose from in the state, most of them being located along the coast. Over 200 cabins are available for you to stay in as well with many cabins at campgrounds being handicap accessible.

Contact the South Carolina Parks and Recreation Department to get a pass that allows you to enter these locations for free or for a fraction of the regular rate.

  • Foster Creek Recreational Lodging is located in Charleston and offers discounted rates for veterans. There are 16 homes available for vacation rentals and over 50 sites for camping either in an RV or a tent.
  • Barefoot Landing is another location to keep in mind that offers reduced rates for campers.
  • Ocean Lakes Campground near Myrtle Beach has accommodations offered for disabled residents and veterans as well as deals and discounts on activities at the campground, such as swimming or miniature golf.

South Dakota

aerial view of the black hills

Aside from gorgeous views of the mountains, you’ll also notice the sparkling lakes and hillsides in South Dakota. One way to enjoy these features of the state is by staying at a campground or strolling along the trails of a state park.

In South Dakota, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the camping benefits are:

Hunting and Fishing

The South Dakota Game Office allows you to obtain a hunting or fishing license for free as well as a pass to enter campgrounds if you’re a veteran. The pass doesn’t have to be renewed.

Your entire vehicle can gain entry into the park you visit. At least 50% of the camping fees and other activity fees are also included with the pass.

Low-Income Relief Program

There is a low-income relief program in South Dakota that makes it easier to enter state parks and campgrounds for free as well. The program works with at least 60 different parks to allow disabled residents and veterans to enjoy the activities offered without paying the full price with many properties waiving the fees completely.

Call center fees when making reservations, as well as fees to use equipment at the park, are also waived when using the program.

Tennessee

Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee autumn landscape at New

In Tennessee, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the camping benefits are:

  • Residents who are disabled have access to discounts throughout the entire year at campgrounds and parks. Keep in mind that you might not receive a full discount during in-season camping, but you won’t have to pay the full price to enjoy the benefits that are offered at the campground you visit.
  • Tennessee offers free days on Veterans Day for all veterans. You can access parks across the state for free and can also enjoy a night of camping for free. Discounts are not eligible for premium campsites. You also need to present a veterans card or a disability card when receiving discounts.

While staying at state parks in Tennessee, you can receive discounts on golf fees and carts if you enjoy this activity. Meals are also discounted along with some souvenirs that you can purchase at parks and campgrounds.

Parks offer deals at restaurants and snack shops, making it easier to enjoy your vacation without worrying about what you pay.

Texas

Texas bluebonnet field at sunrise and benefit of a clear day

In Texas, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the camping benefits are:

  • The Parklands Passport is the most common way that people can save money. Benefits are only available for the person who has the pass.
  • However, many campgrounds and parks extend discounts to others who are with the pass holder at the time of entry up to a certain number of guests. You can get the pass when you visit any state park.
  • A Disabled Veterans Passport is available as well. You need to show that you are a veteran and that you have a disability that impacts at least 60% of your overall function. The pass allows free entry into state parks and a discount of 50% for one other guest.
  • A Disability Passport is available for those who receive Social Security Disability benefits. The pass can be used at any state park in Texas so that you only have to pay half of the entry fee instead of the full price. One person who is with you at the time you enter can receive the same discount. This pass needs to be renewed every year if you plan to use it repeatedly.

Utah

Yellow Meadow, Twin Peaks Wilderness, Utah scenery benefit

In Utah, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the camping benefits are:

Home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the United States, Utah is committed to making their state parks accessible to all visitors. Following the latest ADA guidelines, the Utah Division of State Parks and Recreation has installed wheelchair accessible amenities in dozens of destinations, including camping sites.

From visitor centers and boat launches to shower facilities and trail entrances, the state parks have ramps and other installations that accommodate individuals on wheelchairs. Here’s a list of some state parks in Utah that have accessible features:

  • Anasazi
  • Bear Lake
  • Dead Horse Point
  • Deer Creek
  • Great Salt Lake
  • Jordanelle
  • Wasatch Mountain


The Utah Division of State Parks and Recreation also offers the Military Appreciation Day. Typically held in early August each year, this promotion allows veterans and their family members free access to all state parks for an entire day.

Active military service people may also take advantage of this exclusive program. Additionally, the Honor Pass gives disabled veterans a day pass to any state park. This exclusive pass may be picked in most of the state’s regional offices.

To qualify for the Honor Pass:

  • you must be a resident of Utah and
  • You also have to present proof of your disabilities.

This is a very good state to go camping with A frame campers.

Vermont

Benefit of a beautiful Farmland in Vermont

In Vermont, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the camping benefits are:

Lifetime Passes – The card is called a Green Mountain Passport, and it can be obtained at any park or at the recreation and parks office. Camping fees are usually waived when using the card unless it’s during the in-season.

Even then, you’ll receive a discount on camping fees. Some of the locations that participate include Brighton, Grand Isle, and Half Moon.

The State of Vermont Human Resources Department offers assistance for those who are disabled. Documentation can be obtained at the office that can then be shown to parks and campgrounds as proof of your disability in order for the fees to be discounted or waived.

Veterans can visit the same office or the Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs to obtain everything from a free fishing and hunting license to passes that allow you to enter parks and campgrounds.

Keep in mind that the time of year can sometimes affect how much the discount will be as well as the specific location you visit.

Virginia

scenery benefit of Sunrise at Bear Rocks Preserve, in Dolly  Sods Wilderness, Monon

Camping has become a classic way to enjoy the outdoors with friends or family. Fortunately, disability doesn’t have to keep you from the joys of camping in Virginia.

Claytor Lake State Park

Located in Dublin, this park has a beautiful 4,500-acre lake where you can fish from the accessible pier. Also, you could have a unique camping experience by spending the night in an accessible yurt.

For more traditional accommodations, there are:

  • Seven accessible cabins
  • Two accessible campsites

Douthat State Park

Mountain views, a scenic lake, and a beach are just three of the many reasons you should visit Douthat State Park in Millboro. You’ll find accessible campsites and bathhouses in three of its four campgrounds.

Other accessible accommodations include two cabins and a lodge.

Shenandoah National Park

This park is well-known for its scenic mountains, forests, and waterfalls. Shenandoah National Park sprawls 105 miles south from Front Royal Virginia.

All five of the park’s campgrounds have accessible campsites, however, two campgrounds don’t have accessible showers. Also, there are three accessible lodges.

In Virginia, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the camping benefits are:

  • Also, keep in mind that in Virginia, if you are disabled, all you have to do is show proof you’re on disability then you get free entrance into the campgrounds.
  • If you’re a Veteran, again there’s no charge. It covers entrance for the veteran and anyone needed to assist him/her. It even covers boat launch and horse trailer parking.
  • If you’re a disabled veteran, this pass also gives you a %50 discount on camping, equipment usage, facilities and swimming.

Washington

Benefit of Mount Rainier Puget Sound North Seattle Snow Mountain Washington

The state of Washington has stunning landscapes that will satisfy your love for the outdoors. If you’re disabled, you can still enjoy the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest because the state offers the appropriate accommodations that comply with the latest ADA guidelines.

Veterans with disabilities can also save on entrance fees and other charges at the parks and camping destinations.

Most of Washington’s state parks, camping grounds and other recreational areas have accessible restrooms, lodging cabins, watercraft ramps and other facilities. For example, the 84-acre Potlatch State Park has ADA-accessible camping areas.

Covering 252 acres, Lake Sylvia State Park has accessible campsites, restrooms and hiking trails.

In Washington, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the camping benefits are:

  • The Disability Pass reduces your overnight camping fee by up to 50 percent. This pass also gives you access to boat launches and trailer dumps.
  • If you have a short-term disability, you can use the pass for a year. A long-term disability provides eligibility for five-year perks at state parks.
  • The Disabled Veteran Pass gives you complimentary access to camping sites in the state. Valid for an entire year, this program requires proper proof of a disability. You should present any relevant documents from the Department of Veterans Affairs to qualify for the pass.

West Virginia

Sunset at the New River Gorge Bridge in West Virginia

 If you’re a veteran or disabled and live in West Virginia, then you’re in luck. There are numerous deals and discounts for state parks and campgrounds that allow you to see the beauty of the state without paying a lot of money.

Sometimes, you can access the property for free. Most parks and campgrounds have cabins with walkways leading to them that also have rails for you to hold onto if you’re unable to walk as steadily as others.

In West Virginia, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the camping benefits are:

  • Veterans receive at least a 10% discount on activities that are held whether at parks or at campgrounds.
  • As a veteran, you have access to Seasonal Salutes that are held during the year. These are special events that are held at various parks across the state as a way to celebrate veterans and the sacrifices that they have made.

West Virginia celebrates Veteran’s Day by offering discounts to parks and campgrounds as well along with the activities that are available at each location.

  • For premium cabins and lodging, you can usually get a discounted rate of at least 50% instead of paying the full price to stay in a luxurious setting.

Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin, USA State Capitol Building camping benefits

Going camping can be a fun experience, but if you’re disabled, then it can sometimes be difficult to get around as other people can. Fortunately, Wisconsin offers a few camping accommodations for those who are disabled and those who are veterans who might not be able to afford the fees associated with a fun event.

Most campgrounds offer discounts for veterans and those who are disabled so that they don’t have to pay the full price for camping. Easter seals in Wisconsin provides free camps for those who are disabled.

Day camps and residential camps for overnight stays are offered. Assistance is offered with moving from one area of the camp to another as well as dressing, eating, and the activities offered by the camp.

In Wisconsin, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the camping benefits are:

  • Access Pass programs to allow those with disabilities and veterans to enter state parks at a reduced price or for free.
  • The pass also allows for free accommodations in some campgrounds, especially those that are smaller in size.
  • A recreation card is also available for veterans and the disabled that allows free or reduced entry fees to attractions in the state, such as amusement parks and other outdoor attractions.

Wyoming

Grand Tetons National Park In Wyoming is a great camping benefit there

Wyoming offers a few different options for veterans so that they don’t have to pay admission fees when they visit state parks and campgrounds. The Department of Veteran’s Affairs is a place to start so that you can get information about everything from a hunting license to locations that offer reduced or free admission.

The office can also give you information about where to find equipment that you can use at the park you visit to make your time outdoors comfortable.

Devils Tower National Monument offers beautiful views that are often miles away from where you’re standing on top of the monument. Walkways with railings lead to the top of the tower if you need accommodations instead of hiking along the trails that are on the sides of the monument.

Yellowstone National Park is one of the most popular areas to visit in the state. From sparkling streams to cascading waterfalls, there are dozens of sights to see while at the park.

In Wyoming, if you’re a veteran and or disabled, the camping benefits are:

  • Admission is free for veterans and often reduced for disabled residents.

Camping sites are available at Yellowstone National Park. Employees at the park offer assistance in any way possible so that you can reach all areas of the park if you’re disabled. Fishing is a favorite activity among many who visit.

Grand Teton National Park boasts a large lake in the middle of the property. While walking on the grounds of the park, you can see snow-covered mountains in the distance.

You’ll usually see wild animals as well while you’re walking on the trails. There are a few camping sites at the park, but most visitors make this a day trip instead of one where they spend the night.

  • Admission is often free or reduced for veterans and disabled individuals as long as the proper identification is presented at the time of entry.

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