Best U.S. Camping Sites? We got the "Dyrt" 

We have been putting together a list of guest contributors from various backgrounds and from all over the world {Firestarters | Ignitors | Sparks – still need a name for this program!} We are searching for authentic people with great ideas, mutual and inclusive respect for Ma Nature and of course inspiring journeys, to be a part of the Campsite. A massive sense of humour is a must! 

We invited fellow outdoor co-inspirer and collaborator Sarah Smith to share what sparked her to initiate her U.S. camping resource, and where she plans to take it. And of course how you can share in the journey by giving your input too. Road tripping  through the United States of America this summer? Then this resource might be just perfect for you! The “fire poker stick thingy” is yours Sarah…..thanks for sharing!



I grew up camping in the north woods of Minnesota. I certainly didn’t love camping as a child. While my friends would leave for a few weeks in the summer for exotic places like Des Moines, Six Flags, and Disney World, I would spend 2 weeks swatting away mosquitos and sleeping on the ground. Life seemed very unfair to me as a child.


As an adult, I love camping. Camping provides immunity to the stresses of everyday life. This outdoor world is boiled down to your basic necessities. Shelter. Food. There is no TV to watch, no pressing bills to be paid. Activities involve hiking, eating, drinking and talking with friends and family dimly lit by the orange and red glow of the campfire. What’s not to like?

My husband and I moved to Oregon 5 years ago and have been enamoured with the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, and the bounty of camping possibilities.  As we began camping more and more, I started to see a pattern emerging. On Monday, with wide-eyed enthusiasm, one of us would begin the process of searching online for a campground for the next weekend. By Tuesday, that person would have given up and handed the reins over to the other. By Wednesday, we were both pulling our hair out with frustration that we barely even wanted to go camping anymore. Why is it so hard to find a campground information online?!

Goose Lake Camgpround, WA-1

What I wanted to see (and wasn’t finding) was a ground level view of what my campsite was going to be like before I arrived. Is it a shady spot? Is it so close to the neighbours I can see what books they’re reading? Can I hear a noisy highway or a burbling brook? These things all make a difference for me when choosing a campground and I wanted this sort of detail and couldn’t find it. I rarely dined out without first checking reviews, and I never booked a hotel without consulting a peer review site, so why couldn’t I do the same with campsites?

So, I did something I never thought I would do. I created The Dyrt, a website to help people find and review campgrounds. I’ve never started a business before or even contemplated it. So this became a journey. am passionate about camping and I believe that there is a better, less frustrating way to get us all out there. I’m hoping that through user photos, videos and reviews we will all be able to have a more satisfying experience when trying to find a campground online.  

As an incentive to get YOU involved, we are having the $3000 Great Camping Giveaway and giving away gift cards this summer. Together, we can take the frustration out of finding a campsite online! You can find out more at


 Sarah Smith, Founder of The DyrtWritten by Sarah Smith, published by Campsite on her behalf. Opinions and story are her own and valued by us! Feel free to submit questions, ideas, inspirations in the comment section. We will do our best to have Sarah answer any questions! 

Thanks Sarah! And thanks all for tuning into the Campsite. PS – us Campsite Gals had a massive brainstorming session and woah! The next few months bring some exciting new concepts and fun, FUN, fun!




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