In 2023, 29.8 percent of campers camped alone at least one night, according to The Dyrt’s 2024 Camping Report.

“Almost everybody’s very first camping experience is a group outing with friends or family,” commented The Dyrt founder Sarah Smith. “But once you become a seasoned camper and realize you can handle it solo, enjoying the great outdoors alone becomes a real possibility. There’s a certain peace and tranquility that can only be found when alone with nature. It’s powerful, and more and more campers are tapping into that.”

The Dyrt is consumer subscription software for camping and the largest source of information for campgrounds in the U.S. via its website and mobile app. The content on The Dyrt is user-generated, as campers post photos, videos and reviews about campgrounds in America.  

The report outlines that solo camper numbers steadily rose from 18.8 percent in 2021 and 24 percent in 2022 to nearly 30. percent last year. Members of The Dyrt community indicated many reasons for camping alone, from embarking on solo cross-country trips to simply wanting to get away.

The surge in solo camping is closely tied to the availability of free camping sites. In 2023, a significant 65.8 percent of campers chose to camp for free, an increase from 47.5 percent in 2021. Interestingly, solo campers were 36 percent more likely to have taken advantage of these free sites.

Go here to view The Dyrt’s 2024 Camping Report presented by Toyota Tacoma.