Liberty Harbor RV Park
Jersey City, NJ
By: Josh Cooper
Imagine a beautiful campground nestled amongst tall mature trees, next to a fully stocked lake with campfires burning around the clock and kids playing. You wake up to the smell of bacon; the campsite next to you is cooking on their Coleman grill. You step outside with coffee in hand and take a deep breath of the fresh air. The morning begins to awaken with mallards cooing in the nearby lake and the sound of birds’ wings flapping in the air. The night’s fog slowly lifts to the warmth of the sunrise as it breaks over a picturesque mountain range. If you are like most, this is what you might envision camping to be. However, Liberty Harbor RV Park is none of this.
When you first pull into Liberty Harbor RV Park, you pass through the 24-hour security gate and into a large paved parking lot with RVs from every generation and size packed in on each other in the 50 available camping sites. And by packed, we mean expect your neighbor’s slides to be just a few feet from your slides. As you drive to your campsite, the low lying overhead electrical lines that dangle through the park barely miss the top of your rig and instantly grab your attention. Outside of a few small patches of grass all the eye can see is a sea of blacktop surrounded in chain-link fence. This is extreme urban camping just a stone’s throw from the Big Apple. Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas any longer.
I’m guessing many of you are wondering why we would write about such a park and there is a simple answer: location, location and LOCATION! Liberty Harbor RV Park is located off the Morris Canal Basin in Jersey City less than a 15-minute ferry ride over to Wall Street. The NYC Waterway ferry will pick you up at the Liberty Harbor Marina several times per day and take you across the Hudson and into the heart of Wall Street. A short walk over to the marina and you can capture the grandeur of the New York City skyline. In fact, from our camping spot, we could see Lady Liberty and Ellis Island just outside of our RV’s window. If you are traveling to New York City in your rig, you can’t get closer to the city than Liberty Harbor RV park.
Liberty Harbor RV Park is open 365 days a year and has 50 water and electric sites as well as a small section for tent campers. Yes – you too can tent camp just outside of New York City. Dump stations, restrooms and hot showers are all easily accessible and available in the park. Accessing the park is much easier than you might think, given the location. Step-by-step driving directions for large motorcoaches can be found on Liberty Harbor RV Park’s website. We purposely timed arriving at the park around 10pm to avoid most of the usual traffic. We highly recommend this strategy. We were able to pull off of Interstate 78 and navigate the few turns in our 41-foot class A motorhome without any issues. When we departed, we left at 6am and were able to get out of town without dealing with any morning traffic. We planned to take public transportation when visiting, so we left our toad at home which made navigating the city a piece of cake. With the water ferry, train and subway stations within walking distance, Uber, Lyft and taxis a plenty, it makes sense to leave your toad at home.
If you’re hungry or want to end your long day of shopping in the city with a nightcap, The Surf City bar and Zeppelin Hall restaurant are both located on premise. If you want more options, a short walk down into Jersey City offers many other choices of bars and restaurants. Don’t feel like venturing out? Most of the surrounding restaurants offer delivery, including some New York style pizza, delivered to the campground. We chose this option a couple of rainy nights when venturing out into the soggy landscape didn’t sound fun.
While Liberty Harbor RV Park is not your typical swanky RV resort, we highly recommend it if your plans bring you to New York City. If you can overlook the extreme urban aspects of this campground and book your stay here, it’s a great place to call home while visiting the city. With popular NYC hotel rooms averaging between $300-$500 dollars per night, Liberty Harbor RV park is a welcome option for those RVers who want to visit New York City with their creature comforts in tow. With a per-night cost of a little over $100, and discounts for 7-day stays, Liberty is a highly attractive option to those RVers wanting to take a bite out of the Big Apple.