Reasons to Go Camping in the Fall

Fall and winter are favorite times to go camping.With the hot days of summer behind us, camping takes on a new life. Chilly mornings, 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 seven very good reasons to keep your tent out just a little bit longer.

The Weather

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.

The Scenery

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. Some of the best states for fall camping are:
New Mexico
North Carolina
Affordable Rates
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.

Fall Camping Food

Cool weather makes comfort food a campsite staple. Warm up your evenings at camp with one of these cold-weather approved meals:

Less Bugs

Chilly fall temperatures chase the usual overflow of bugs to a warmer climate. This makes forested campsites, which are often flooded with mosquitoes and nagging insects, more comfortable. Still, you should always keep bug spray packed, just in case.

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.
Fewer Crowds
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.

Different Activities

The fall season is prime time for an array of different camp activities. 
Apple picking
Pumpkin picking and carving
Local harvest festivals like Oktoberfest
Halloween events
Fall fishing derbies
For most campers, summer is just too hot for pleasant camping in some parts of the country, but late fall and early winter can be the best time of the year in many areas.

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