Camping in the fall has many advantages—beyond the obvious kal?idoscope of colors.
It's a season when the bugs disperse, the weather cools, the crowds die down, and with it the prices. Unpack your camping gear and get ready for an autumn camping adventure.
1. It's Cheaper and Less Crowded
Fall is off-season for campgrounds, which translates to cheaper sites and less crowds. Take advantage and plan a few family camping trips before the first snowflake hits the ground.
2. Many Campgrounds Are First Come, First Served
When September and October come around, most campgrounds operate on a first-come, first-served basis. If it's a warm weekend, these sites will likely fill up by Friday evening or Saturday morning, so plan to arrive earlier than the crowds.
3. The Weather is Better
No longer will you be sweating by day and cooling off by night, nor will you have to limit your outdoor activities to the morning and evenings. In the fall, you don't have to worry about shade coverage as much, and you can break in your cozy, warm camping gear because it's the perfect temperature for hiking, relaxing, and sleeping outside.
4. But It's Still Cold
Though it's not sweltering hot, and it's not snowing, it still gets cold, especially at night. Bring your winter coat and warmest sleeping bag, and plan to spend your evenings close to the fire. And, as with any camping or hiking trip, always plan for the worst—pack for low temperatures, even a blizzard, depending on where you live.