About Camp Rockaway

Camp Rockaway is operating a "popup campground" at Fort Tilden from Sept. 21 – Nov. 6, 2017 as part of a National Park Service pilot program. Fort Tilden is located in Rockaway, within the Gateway Recreation Area of New York and New Jersey.  Fall is the perfect season for exploring historic Fort Tilden and all it has to offer — sunrise/sunset beach walks, biking, surfing, birding and nature watching, fishing, hiking and more. 

Accommodations at Camp Rockaway include furnished safari tents, canvas herder tents, and bring your own tent (BYOT) campsites.  The property offers a communal fire pit and self service kitchen, a picnic area, camp store, hammocks and games.


 Historical Context, Modern Amenities

 Beach 96th St. Summer 1909. Courtesy Stevie S. Stevens and

Beach 96th St. Summer 1909. Courtesy Stevie S. Stevens and

Recreational beach camping in Rockaway was popularized at the turn of the century.  The first wave of development brought bathing clubs, boardwalks, hotels, tent communities and roller coasters to Rockaway Beach in the early 1900s.

Today, a new wave of creative business owners are rebuilding and revitalizing Rockaway.  Re-imagined for a new century, Camp Rockaway fuses beach camping heritage with modern amenities.

Less than 350 yards from the ocean, located in a quiet corner of Fort Tilden’s nearly 100 acres, Camp Rockaway provides a unique home base to experience nature and easy access to popular local restaurants, bars, entertainment and happenings along the peninsula.


National Park Service + Camp Rockaway

 Photo by Lorem Ipsum.

Camp Rockaway is privileged to partake in Gateway National Recreation Area’s camping pilot.  The mission of Camp Rockaway is to create an innovative outdoor experience by providing unique accommodations, emphasizing design and quality of service in a comfortable campground setting.  

Our goal for the 2017 pilot is to complement and reinforce the National Park Service’s mission to, “preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.”



Camp Rockaway is excited and grateful to be working with some amazing partners to help make your camping experience a memorable one, including: 



Phone: (347) 916-6199