A guide to camping in the New Forest
Camping in the New Forest can be a wonderful experience. A chance to be at one with nature, literally surrounded by an area of outstanding natural beauty. With a healthy selection of campsites to choose from, many deep in the forest; you can find a wonderful spot to pitch your tent, or park your caravan, RV or motorhome for a memorable short stay or holiday in the New Forest National Park.
Wherever you camp, you are sure to fall asleep under the stars, be woken by birds and often have the odd pony or two hanging around your tent keeping a watchful eye on your breakfast! Make sure you bring your camera as you might be lucky to see deer and other wildlife.
Where to camp in the New Forest?
The New Forest is owned by the Crown and managed by the Forestry Commission. The Forestry Commission campsites cater for touring caravans and tents and tend to offer an informal layout and a traditional style of camping. There are also a number of private camping sites dotted around the forest too.
Wild camping in the New Forest
Like most places in the UK, wild camping is not permitted. So you will need to camp in one of the approved New Forest campsites and caravan parks. Many of which offer direct forest access. View our New Forest Campsite Map.
New Forest Campsites & Caravan Parks
|Acres Down Farm Campsite||Acres Down Farm Campsite is located in Minstead in the New Forest. This campsite is set on a working farm and has a toilet block with 2 showers.||Minstead|
|Aldridge Hill Campsite||Aldridge Hill Campsite is located 2 miles from Brockenhurst. Offering 170 standard pitches and set in a lovely part of the New Forest from which to explore.||Brockenhurst|
|Ashurst Campsite||Ashurst Campsite is set on the edge of Ashurst Wood, near to Matley Heath, an expanse of New Forest heathland criss-crossed with tracks ideal for walking or cycling.||Ashurst|
|Black Knowl Caravan Club Site||The Black Knowl Caravan Club Site is located within walking distance of Brockenhurst.||Brockenhurst|
|Burley Scouts||1st Burley Scout Group are based in Burley in the New Forest. 1st Burley have active Beavers, Cubs and Scouts groups. They also offer camping facilities.||Burley|
|Denny Wood Campsite||Denny Wood Caravan Park and Campsite is situated not far from Lyndhurst. No dogs allowed and there are no toilets or shower facilities.||Lyndhurst|
|Embers Beaulieu||Looking for a New Forest campsite with a campfire? At Embers Beaulieu, each pitch has its own campfire.||Beaulieu|
|Green Hill Farm Caravan & Camping Park||Green Hill Farm Caravan & Camping Park offers direct access to the New Forest. Set in 50 acres the campsite has good facilities and three lakes.||Salisbury|
|Hoburne Bashley||Hoburne Bashley Caravan Park offers static caravan rentals and touring caravan pitches. Clubhouse, swimming pools and golf course on site. Pets welcome.||New Milton|
|Hollands Wood Caravan Park & Campsite||Camping and caravanning under the trees near to the New Forest village of Brockenhurst. Remember to keep your tent shut! Ponies are on the loose.||Brockenhurst|
|Holmsley Campsite||Holmsley Campsite is located near to Burley and Bransgore in the New Forest. This large spacious site has 600 pitches and is great for families.||Bransgore|
|Long Meadow Campsite||Long Meadow caravan and campsite is set at New Park in Brockenhurst.||Brockenhurst|
|Longbeech Campsite||Longbeech campsite is located near to the New Forest village of Fritham. Longbeech campsite consists of open clearings overlooked by ancient beechwood.||Fritham|
|Matley Wood Campsite||A small and secluded campsite near to Lyndhurst in the New Forest. Chemical toilets are essential as there are no toilets, showers or electricity.||Lyndhurst|
|New Forest Caravan Club Centenary Site||The New Forest Caravan Club Centenary Site is located 3 miles away from the New Forest village of Bransgore. Originally part of a Second World War airfield.||Bransgore|
|Red Shoot Camping Park||The Red Shoot Camping Park offers 100 pitches including 46 with electric hook up for family and dog friendly camping in the New Forest close to Linwood.||Ringwood|
|Roundhill Campsite||Roundhill Campsite is a large camping and caravan site between Brockenhurst and Beaulieu. Great for camping with families with children in the New Forest.||Brockenhurst|
|Sandy Balls Holiday Centre||Sandy Balls is located at Godshill in the New Forest. With various types of New Forest accommodation including lodges, caravans, camping and ready tents.||Fordingbridge|
|Setthorns Campsite||Setthorns is a secluded campsite set in the woods 1.5 miles from Sway and 3 miles from Brockenhurst in the New Forest National Park.||New Milton|
|Sopley Lake Yurt Camp||Forest Yurts brings some Mongolian camping style to the New Forest. A chance to try "Glamping" in a designer Yurt in Sopley.||Sopley|
|Stonehill Farm||A caravan/motorhome camping site near Fawley on the edge of the Forest.||Fawley|
Camping on Common Land?
Common land, like a lot of the New Forest does not mean there is a right to camp on it, especially as this could conflict with commoners’ rights to graze animals. Some farmers and landowners may allow camping if you ask them and follow our guidelines, but if in doubt find an offical campsite; there are lots to choose from.