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Reasons To Camp In The Fall

Labor Day Weekend is just one week away, which means summer is coming to a close. BUT after summer comes what I think is the best season to camp in – FALL! Fall is all about sweatshirts, warm comfort drinks and staying out by the campfire more. There are no bugs, no crowds, and the sun sets early for awesome star gazing and then there’s leaf-peeping. The peace, quiet and serenity of fall makes it a competing rival for the fast-paced summer sun and I’m counting down the days!

Reasons To Camp In The Fall

I know summer is definitely a fan favorite to most – but here me out. Here’s some reasons you might change your mind about camping in the fall:

  • You won’t be a sweaty mess when you’re hiking, biking, walking- even in general! Cool fall temps means staying outside longer and spending less time indoors with the A/C.
  • No mosquitoes! I repeat – NO MOSQUITOS. That reason alone should already have convinced you.
  • Earlier campfires. With the time changing, you have earlier sunsets which means you can kickback at the campfire longer!
  • To go along with the third bullet point, later sunrises.
  • No crowds. Campsites during the summer are all jam packed full, that’s less of a worry during the fall and you generally get to choose from a variety of camp spots.

Where To Camp In The Fall?

Depending on where you are in the United States, some campgrounds close mid-October. However, there are so many national parks that are perfect for fall camping that are open. National Forests are great affordable options for fall camping, feature gorgeous landscape views and can be a check off your bucket list!

Some of our top national park picks are: Joshua Tree National Park in California, Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota and Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.

If you’re looking for campgrounds that aren’t too super cold, we suggest going more down south. Parks like Glacier, Yellowstone, and the Tetons may already have snow. Be sure to do some research before heading out on your trip.

Fall Camping Activities

Camping is an activity in and of itself, but in case you need some more ideas for what to do on your fall camping trip, here ya go!

  • Hiking – in the summer with the beating down sun, it may be miserable to get out and do some fun leisure activity. In the fall, you don’t have to worry about the super hot weather, stay out as long as you want!
  • With the leaves changing, nature becomes this beautiful piece of art – perfect for whipping your camera out, playing around and experimenting pictures to take. You’ll just want to make sure you have waterproof gear in the off chance it rains.
  • Go canoeing or kayaking. Be sure to pick a nice warm day since the water will be a lot cooler, but you’ll get the chance to see again, the beautiful trees
  • Carve pumpkins. Fall and pumpkins just go hand-in-hand! Pick up some pumpkins before your trip or stay at a campground near a pumpkin patch and now you’ve got an awesome activity with the kiddos. plus, once you’re done carving you can make a delicious treat with roasted pumpkin seeds!

Fall really is an enjoyable season to camp in and hopefully these tips helped you make the decision to take your family on a trip this upcoming season!