8 favorite camping spots in Taiwan 2017

To me there is no greater joy that driving around the island, seeing the sights, going on adventures, and camping in beautiful places. Here are the GPS coordinates of some of the best places I've camped at recently. You can also view last year's list here: Top 7 Camping Spots in Taiwan - 2016

(中文版: 前8露營區2017, Camping Map:https://goo.gl/UqWpl0)

Hsinchu: Lingkou Skyway

  • Lingkou Skyway, 2016/9/16
  • Lingkou Skyway, 2016/9/16
  • Lingkou Skyway, 2016/9/16
  • Lingkou Skyway, 2016/9/16
  • Lingkou Skyway, 2016/9/16

This elevated walkway sits at the top of the ridge with panoramic views on both sides. It's at 1100 meters above sea level, which is a great elevation to beat the heat in the summer.

Lingkong Skyway
Hsinchu County, Jianshi Township
凌空廊道
新竹縣尖石鄉
GPS: 24.699933, 121.262403

Miaoli: Donghe Campgrounds

  • Donghe Campgrounds, 2016/12/11
  • Donghe Campgrounds, 2016/12/11
  • Donghe Campgrounds, 2016/12/11

This is a beautiful and free public campground on the way to Valley of the Gods Waterfall. It has many parking spaces and places for tents, but no bathrooms or running water.

Donghe Campgrounds
Miaoli County, Nanzhuang Township
東河露營地
苗栗縣南庄鄉東河村
GPS: 24.598247, 121.040972

Miaoli: Liyutan Reservoir

  • Liyutan Reservoir, 2016/8/30
  • Liyutan Reservoir, 2016/8/30
  • Liyutan Reservoir, 2016/8/30

There is a large platform overlooking Liyutan Reservoir. It offers expansive views and easy access. There are some structures there which offer protection from the wind, but not from the rain. There are bathrooms, but they are closed at night.

鯉魚潭水庫
苗栗縣三義鄉
Liyutan Reservoir
Miaoli County, Sanyi Township
GPS: 24.339006, 120.778771

Taichung Riverside Park

  • Taichung Riverside Park, 2017/1/22
  • Taichung Riverside Park, 2017/1/22

Large, central, and easy to access. It's in a very convenient location for road-trips around the island.

Hebin Park
Taichung City, Dongshi District
河濱公園
台中市東勢區
GPS: 24.254293, 120.824754

Nantou: 921 Earthquake Lake

Around the park there are dozens of places to camp. The main road to Sezikeng is partially blocked by large stones, so wide cars have to park at Jiucaihu, or drive up through the lower road, which is easier in a 4WD vehicle. Motorcycles and narrower cars can drive in through the front. There is also a large covered pavilion with bathrooms.

  • 921 Earthquake Lakes Camping, 2016/4/4
  • 921 Earthquake Lakes Camping, 2016/4/4
  • 921 Earthquake Lakes Camping, 2016/4/4
  • 921 Earthquake Lakes Camping, 2016/4/4
  • 921 Earthquake Lakes Camping, 2016/4/4
  • 921 Earthquake Lakes Camping, 2016/4/4
  • 921 Earthquake Lakes Camping, 2016/4/4

921 Earthquake Lakes: Jiucaihu and Sezikeng
Nantou County, Guoxing Township
九份二山堰塞湖-韭菜湖和澀仔坑湖
南投縣國姓鄉
停車站: 23.94883, 120.85135
詳細地圖: https://goo.gl/HZF5og

Chiayi: White Horse Pavilion

This large pavilion overlooks Tsengwen Reservoir. It has a spectacular view of Dapu and the surrounding area and is well protected from the rain. The road up to the pavilion very steep and in poor condition though. Motorcycles and 4WD cars will have no problem, but it's not a suitable road low cars or new drivers.

曾文水庫
嘉義縣大埔鄉
Tsengwen Reservoir
Chiayi County, Dapu Township
GPS: 23.292003, 120.602119
Detailed Map: https://goo.gl/y738Sx

Kaohsiung: Lakesi River Swimming Pools

Just before the swimming pools there is a very large, open flat area that's just perfect for camping. It's a great place to hang out with friends around a campfire and have a few beers. It's also the trailhead for accessing Fuxing Landslide Lake.

  • Lakesi River Swimming Pools
 Camping, 2/28/2016
  • Lakesi River Swimming Pools
 Camping, 2/28/2016
  • Lakesi River Swimming Pools
 Camping, 2/28/2016

Lakesi River Swimming Pools
Kaohsiung City, Taoyuan District
拉克斯溪水游泳池
高雄市桃源區
GPS:
Parking: 23.2218, 120.81894
Detailed Map: https://goo.gl/tiAhgf

Taitung: Dapo Lake

  • Dapo Lake, 2017/1/30
  • Dapo Lake, 2017/1/30
  • Dapo Lake, 2017/1/30
  • Dapo Lake, 2017/1/30

This cozy pavilion is right on the edge of Dapo Lake with beautiful views of the lake and mountains. Scooters can drive up to it at night but campers traveling by car will have to parking lot, which is also a nice place to camp.

大坡池
台東縣池上鄉
Dapo Lake
Taitung County, Chishang Township
GPS: 23.1202, 121.22504
詳細地圖: https://goo.gl/UeqBkx

I hope you enjoy your trip around the island. Just remember that these campsites are public places. So please keep them clean, and if you camp at a pavilion, take down your tent early so that morning visitors can use them too.