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13 Best Campgrounds near Milton: Your 2024 Guide

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Danielle L'Ami

Growing up, I was a part of the Girl Guide Organization. Besides selling cookies, which we all know and love, we experienced a lot of different group activities, including camping. Combine this with camping with my family, and I have a treasure hold of fond memories. 

I can remember roasting marshmallows, sleeping bags in shared tents, and singing songs around the campfire, all of which I can still recite today if you asked me to.

As a Miltonian, we are fortunate to be home to and nearby many conservation areas known for their outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, and skiing. What you may not know, however, is that there are loads of camping opportunities nearby!

Read on for our list of the 13 best campsites near Milton.

Rattlesnake Point

Address7200 Appleby Line, Milton, ON L9E 0M9
Type of CampingTent camping only
Sites Available17
Seasons Open for CampingSpring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Rattlesnake Point is one of my favourite nature reserves to visit. I love to hike the trails, immerse myself in the tall cedars that line the paths, and take in the panoramic views. But this site is a hidden gem because many don’t realize you can also camp there. 

Rattlesnake Point offers conservation-area camping on mowed grass, perfect for pitching tents. Yet, you are still surrounded by lush forests. The sites are well-spaced from one another, so if you want some privacy, you will have it here. 

There is a main road that gives access to all the campsites. From the 17 sites, you will find that each site includes a picnic table and a fire pit. These sites are open year-round, but their washrooms and outhouses are closed from November to April. 

Their sites are divided into small, medium, and large. The small can hold up to 10 people, the medium, up to 20, and the large, 30-75 people. The prices are clearly stated on their webpage and are as follows:

  • Small – $119.00
  • Medium – $145.00
  • Large – $220

Their website has some extra information about admission fees, cancellations, and rules and recommendations for using their site. It’s worth noting that none of the sites has electricity. Overall, it is a great place to visit if you want to add hiking and climbing to your camping adventure. 

Kelso Conservation Area

Address5234 Kelso Rd, Milton, ON L9E 0C6
Type of CampingTent camping only
Sites Available22
Seasons Open for CampingSpring, Summer, Fall

Kelso Conservation Area is another great place to go camping if you love hiking and scenic views. Like Rattlesnake, Kelso has small, medium, and large-sized sites. They have more campsites, 22, with the same prices found on their website. 

  • Small – $119.00
  • Medium – $145.00
  • Large – $220

Kelso is a little more unique because you are free to visit the reservoir for a day of fun swimming. You can also reserve one of their boats for a serene paddle around the small lake, as they have boat rentals as an option. 

What makes Kelso and Rattlesnake a win in my books is that if you are unsure how your kids will take to camping, this is an easy option that doesn’t require a 3-hour drive. But most kids can handle one night sleeping under the starry night sky. 

Milton Heights Campground

Address8690 Tremaine Rd, Milton, ON L9E 0E2
Type of CampingRV & Trailer, Tent Camping, Seasonal
Seasons Open for CampingSpring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Milton Heights Campground is open year-round and is another great local option for anyone living in Milton or the surrounding area. Unlike Rattlesnake and Kelso, camping at Milton Heights allows campers to go beyond staying in a tent and allows small pop-up trailers. 

However, four tenting areas are available if you prefer to stick to a tent. Each of its smaller sites has 15-amp power and water. It also has full-service sites with 30 amp or 50-amp power, but tents are not permitted if you intend to use one of these sites. 

What makes this campsite different from the two previous, more nature-focused sites is that it offers some amenities, which include:

  • Outdoor heated pool (open depending on weather and maintenance) 
  • Washrooms with showers
  • Coin-operated washers and dryers
  • Complimentary basic Wi-Fi
  • Basketball nets
  • Horseshoe pits
  • Playground
  • Fully stocked store (summer season only)

Each site has a picnic table and a fire pit, perfect for roasting hot dogs and having picnic meals. Coming to this location, you will find a well-maintained site with friendly staff to help you with any problems or questions. Andy, the owner, takes pride in his park, and it shows. 

Valens Lake Conservation Area

Address1691 Regional 97 Rd, Cambridge, ON N1R 5S7
Type of CampingRV & Trailer, Tent Camping
Sites Available225
Seasons Open for CampingSpring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Part of the Hamilton Conservation Authority, Valens Lake Conservation Area is available for reservation camping from April 1 to October 31. You can book up to 11 months in advance of your visit. Outside of these months, sites are available to anyone who loves camping in the winter on a first-come, first-served basis. 

There are 225 campsites, of which 125 have electrical and water hookups. There are six group areas and walk-in sites. Walk-in sites mean you cannot drive your vehicle to the site; you must park in the parking lot and walk to your site on foot. 

This beautiful location offers sites with both lake views and forest-covered areas. Each site allows six people, and one vehicle is free with your permit. If you like to drink while camping, I’m afraid you are out of luck; Valens Lake is an alcohol-free campsite. 

While you are there, however, you will find many fun outdoor activities to do. Valens Lake has 10 kilometres of hiking trails, a 300-metre wetland boardwalk to view the waterfowl, and an observation tower to take in the spectacular forest views. 

The lake is spectacular; take a watercraft out and let the serene calm wash over you. Insider tip: they do not offer boat rentals at this time. But don’t worry, there are other ways to enjoy the lake, such as swimming or fishing for some Northern Pike, Largemouth Bass, or a variety of panfish. 

You can fish from the shoreline or the dock bridge if you don’t have a boat. If you come in the winter, you will find that many people love to go ice fishing when the lake freezes over. You’ll also find that the trails are great for cross-country skiing, making this site an excellent spot for the colder season. 

It’s worth noting that it is a bit of a walk from your campsite to the beach, depending on which campsite you selected, between ½ a kilometre to one kilometre. In any case, there is a trail upon which you will walk, and you will find a lot of parking at the beach. 

The water itself in the lake is pretty shallow but may rise if there has been a lot of rain. If you find yourself hungry, there is a snack bar at the beach. There is also one at the campground. Lastly, there is no Wi-Fi on the grounds, but I find it a perfect place to unplug from reality. 

Fifty Point Conservation Area

Address1479 Baseline Rd, Hamilton, ON L8E 3L8
Type of CampingRV & Trailer only
Sites Available70
Seasons Open for CampingApril 1 to Thanksgiving

Also a part of the Hamilton Conservation Authority, Fifty Point is the second campground site offered to those seeking a nature getaway. It is an 80-hectare park that offers swimming, camping, and plenty of walking options. 

Fifty Point is not an all-season camping ground but is open from April to Thanksgiving. It has 70 sites, each equipped with sewer, hydro, and water. All are located near the south shore of Lake Ontario. You’ll find it an upgrade from roughing it, as it has a comfort station that includes individual showers, washrooms, and laundry services. 

Unfortunately, the sites seem to need more firepits for those looking for a good campfire. There is, instead, a community fire pit, which can be a disappointment for those looking for something more intimate. 

But if you forget to bring your hotdogs, you can visit the restaurant above the marina. And if you have a boat, you’ll love the excellent access to its marina. Although the marina is currently full for docking, they can add those wanting this perk to a waiting list. 

Flamboro Valley Camping Resort

Address1158 97, Puslinch, ON N0B 2J0
Type of CampingRV & Trailer, Tents Camping, Seasonal
Seasons Open for CampingMay 1 to October 15

Located just north of Hamilton, in Puslinch, Ontario, Flamboro Valley is a family-run camping site established in 2003. It runs from May 1 to October 15. They go beyond camping in a tent to accommodate the following: 

  • Trailer
  • Pull-thru
  • 5th wheel
  • RV
  • Large Motorhome
  • Cabin and Cottage Rentals

Flamboro transcends a simple campsite and lives up to its resort title. They have plenty of amenities for the whole family. Kids have access to a splash pad, playground, heated pool, and scheduled children’s activities on the weekends. 

Adults can enjoy a hot tub, outdoor chapel, scheduled activities during the week, and weekend dances. For the whole family, there are basketball and volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, walking trails, a pond, and a general store to stock up on treats for your visit. 

Each site has a fire ring and a picnic table, with an option for a shaded or sunny spot. Some believe many sites lack shade, so come prepared to love the sunshine. There are different options for amp hookups and water. In contrast, some have no hookup at all, so check online to ensure you get what you need for your camping adventure. 

Coral Park Campground

AddressMcNiven Rd, Campbellville, ON L0P 1B0
Type of CampingSeasonal camping only
Sites Available100
Seasons Open for CampingApril 24 to September 30

Coral Park is a family-run campground that has offered a seasonal-only camping experience for over 50 years. Most of the lots include 30-amp hydro, water, and sewer access. Located just outside Milton, Campbellville, Ontario, it maintains 100 seasonal sites. 

This campground is not for those who want to tent for an overnight visit. Instead, it mainly serves those looking for RV camping. This campground has a watering hole you can swim in with a small beach, a spot for horseshoe pitching, and a fire pit where you can roast marshmallows. What more could anyone need?

Bronte Creek Provincial Park

Address3201 Upper Middle Rd W, Oakville, ON L6M 4G5
Type of CampingRV & Trailer, Tent Camping, Yurt
Seasons Open for CampingMay to October

Part of the Ontario Parks, Bronte Creek is located in Oakville, Ontario and is open to the public for day use of the park and camping. 

Here’s an insider camping tip: To access the campground, you will want to use the entry at 3201 Upper Middle Road West. 

Bronte Creek has four campground loops. The Prairie Loop is meant to accommodate larger RVs, but you are free to use it with smaller trailers or tents. The other three loops, The Savannah, Woodlands, and Ravine Loops, are ideal for smaller trailers and tents. 

Each campsite has electrical hookups; if you need water taps or laundry, you’ll find them nearby. If you are looking for radio-free camping, you’ll want to book at the Savannah Loop. You may also be interested in staying in a yurt that you can rent. 

Are you still trying to figure out what a yurt is? They turn regular camping into something a little more comfortable, great for first-timers who aren’t sure if they want to sleep on the ground. Each yurt can accommodate six people, with two sets of bunk beds. They also include heating, electricity, a table and chairs, and a broom to clean up. 

Outside the yurt is a deck with a propane barbecue, a picnic table, and a fire pit. If you love hiking the trails while you camp, you’ll find 13 kilometres of beautiful paths in the surrounding forest to explore. Kids love exploring the children’s play barn and farm. 

If you have a four-legged friend you want to bring, they are welcome, but, unfortunately, not if you are staying in a yurt. They even have a dog area where you can unleash your dog for some freedom. Overall, a lovely local spot to visit with easy access to the outside world if you forget or need something. 

Toronto West KOA Holiday

Address9301 2 Line, Campbellville, ON L0P 1B0
Type of CampingRV & Trailer, Tent Camping, Seasonal, Lodging
Seasons Open for CampingApril 29 to October 31

If you are looking for KOA experience in Ontario, then be sure to try Toronto West as a great option. Recognized for their yellow signs, Kampgrounds of America (KOA) offers cabins on campsites to elevate your camping experience. They have sites for RVs, lodging in cabins, or plain old tent camping. 

And don’t let the name Toronto West throw you off. This campground is located in Campbellville, Ontario and includes some great amenities. From Wi-Fi to a lending library, a sandbox to playgrounds and a propane heated pool, it’s safe to say you won’t be bored. 

If you are looking more for the outdoor experience, walk the surrounding trails and take advantage of your on-site fire pit. Currently, they are limited on some of their regular unique recreational activities, such as an ice cream social, a mining adventure, and a movie night. 

That said, they are still offering a modified craft experience and modified themed weekends, all held to the current standards of COVID-19 protocols. They provide a neat and clean campsite, offer late check-in hours, and have friendly, accommodating staff. 

Nor Halton Park

Address6230 25 Side Rd, Acton, ON L7J 2L7
Type of CampingRV & Trailer, Tent Camping, Seasonal
Sites Available105
Seasons Open for CampingMarch 1 to November 30

They have 105 seasonal sites and five overnight sites for those who prefer staying in a tent. Ideally, plan to stay for a long time as that is what Nor Halton Park focuses their attention on, seasonal stays. Located in Acton, Ontario, this pet-friendly camping site offers an off-leash enclosed dog park, nearby hiking trails, a comfort station with toilets and showers, and more. 

All of their sites offer a maximum of 30 amps, including electrical, water, and sewer. Kids will love their on-site playground, shuffleboard, horseshoe pit, and volleyball court. The hosts go out of their way to accommodate visitors, including sometimes fitting you in, even if it is on short notice. Deb and Pete maintain a clean site and give a family vibe to all who visit. 

Emerald Lake

Address7248 Gore Rd, Puslinch, ON N0B 2J0
Type of CampingRV & Trailer, Tent Camping, Seasonal, Lodging
Sites Available200+
Seasons Open for CampingMay 1 to October 15

Emerald Lake is another park in Puslinch, Ontario, and it gives you all the resort feels. It has a water park, open to the public, cabin rentals, camping, and more. Select a family camping option for either RVs or tents from their seasonal sites, or rent one of their cabins. 

Their seasonal sites allow full use of their waterpark, indoor pool, and hot tub, the latter of which is designated for adults only. If you choose Emerald Lake for camping, you will also have access to their waterpark, baseball diamond, skate park, kiddies’ playground, and more. It’s a perfect getaway for a family with kids. 

Lawson Park

Address322 Concession 11 E, Freelton, ON L0R 1K0
Type of CampingRV & Trailer, Seasonal
Seasons Open for CampingApril 15 to October 15

Located in Freelton, Ontario, Lawson Park has been operating for over 50 years as a privately run seasonal campground. It offers family campsites, regular sites, and pull-through sites. Most of the sites are set up for 15 or 30-amp service. There is a laundry facility as well as three full washrooms.

Beyond camping, you will have access to the pavilion, where you can go to play bingo, darts, or dance. Still, you may also enjoy its tennis and basketball courts, splash pad, or horseshoe pits. They also have Wi-Fi stations for those who need to check in with the real world. 

You’ll find the park nice and clean with a friendly owner named Susan, who makes it evident that she loves her work. The community is quite friendly. As such, you may find a waiting list to get in. Overall, it’s a quiet park with a community feel. 

Private Camping on 137 Acres

Address6508 17 Side Rd, Halton Hills, ON L7J 2M1
Type of CampingTent camping only
Sites Available5
Seasons Open for CampingSpring, Summer, Fall Winter

I wanted to include this one because it truly encompasses all sense of the original meaning of camping. When looking it up, type in the title above in your search. It is a plot of land, isolated from the city and the noise, surrounded by trees and nature. It has only enough space for some tents on the uneven dirt-and-leaf-covered ground. 

If you want to experience the real deal, this, my friend, is it. Hosted by Annie and Mike, they run their sites through Hipcamp, a website where you can find even more campgrounds from across the world. Each site they host is not car-accessible, and you can either walk or be shuttled out to it by one of the hosts.

There are no amenities here, although they recently put in a rustic outhouse and outdoor shower. Each of the sites is located near a pond. The first two have direct pond access, while the third is within walking distance. All three have rock and metal fire pits. 

They have a hammock you can rent, they sell firewood and farm fresh eggs, and fishing is allowed in the pond. So, you can catch your dinner before you grill it over the fire pit for a delicious feast. The sites are maintained so that there is no overgrowth of cleared areas. Pets are welcome, and having a campfire is highly suggested. 

Final Thoughts and Further Reading

There you have it, a list of 13 potential campgrounds and sites to get up close and personal with the great outdoors. Whether you choose one with all the bells and whistles or prefer to rough it and only have the basics, you are sure to make memories to tell around future campfires for years to come.

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