The hot days of summer are behind us and camping takes on a new life. Chilly mornings are perfect hiking weather and warm comfort food all come together to make fall camping a must-do for any outdoors enthusiast. If you’re not convinced, here are eight very good reasons to keep your tent out just a little bit longer.
8 REASONS CAMPING IS BETTER IN THE FALL
In almost all areas of the country beautiful colors reign supreme during the fall season, which makes it a picturesque time to go camping. Though New England is known for its array of seasonal hues, there are a number of places to go for a charming autumn trip.
Through tired eyes you watch the sun crest in the east as you clutch your warm mug, steam rising into the fresh morning air. Coffee or hot chocolate never tasted so good as on a crisp autumn morning. With the right clothes and gear, these temperatures make fall camping more comfortable than in the hot humidity of summer.
After Labor Day many campgrounds drop their rates, stop taking reservations, and become first come first serve. With peak season behind you, now’s the time to get the most affordable rates.
Chilly fall temperatures chase the usual overflow of bugs to a warmer climate. This makes forested campsites, which are often flooded with mosquitos and nagging insects, more comfortable. Still, you should always keep bug spray packed, just in case.
Fall Camping Food
Cool weather makes comfort food a campsite staple. Warm up your evenings at camp with lots of creative one pot campfire and cold-weather approved meals.
A Good Night’s Sleep
Sharing a small sleeping space in the summer months can make your hot tent even more unbearable. However, sleeping is more comfortable on cool fall nights. Snuggle up with your little ones or significant other for a long, restful sleep under the stars in a tent. If you are more of a ‘glamper’, there is nothing wrong with hitting the road and camping in an RV or trailer- and they are even warmer. If you’re interested in getting a motorhome or caravan but you’re worried about the cost, check out Autofinanceonline.com to see your options for financing.
The fall season is prime time for an array of different camp activities. While we think of autumn as a a quiet, slow period in the country’s parks, things have changed. Since much of the country is seeing warmer temperatures lasting longer in the fall, park operators have discovered they can sometimes fill their campsites and cabins to capacity if they provide enough activities.
When you go camping in the fall, try:
- Apple picking
- Pumpkin picking and carving
- Local harvest festivals like Oktoberfest
- Halloween events
- Fall fishing derbies
How about making these fun pumpkin campers –
The last reason and probably the best to camp in the fall is because there is even more wide open space. Meeting new people is a great benefit of camping. Still, busy campgrounds can be overwhelming. With less people inclined to camp during the school year, you can enjoy having fewer neighbors and less crowded hiking trails.
So what are you waiting for? . . . get out there and go camping before the first snowfall this winter!