- Race Results
9 Rejuvenating Spring Camping Spots
Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, Colorado
Open: Year-round 1 of 10
Take your spring camping trip to the next level when you unpack your bags at this Colorado campground. Known as one of the premier destinations for whitewater boating, you can plan an adventure to write home about. Other popular activities include mountain biking, steep mountain hiking and off-highway ATV exploring.
Those looking to relax can find solace at this campground as well. Fish for brown trout, stroll along the winding mountain trails or just relax at your scenic campsite.
Smokemont Campground, North Carolina
Open: Year-round 2 of 10
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the scenic backdrop for this picturesque mountain campground. Enjoy some much-needed post-winter outdoor time as you hike along 800 miles of maintained hiking trails around the park, many of which are accessible from the campground.
Whether you're hiking around the park or relaxing at the campground, you won't be able to miss the wildflowers, which bring the park to life after heavy spring rains.
Tishomingo State Park, Mississippi
Open: Year-round 3 of 10
This campground is surrounded by breathtaking views and filled with historic sites, all of which add character to an already unique location. Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, this spring camping spot provides plenty for you to do from disc golf and fishing to canoeing and hiking. Check out the campground nature trail, or trek along the 13-mile trail system, and look for bright wildflowers and larger-than-life boulders covered in moss along the hillsides.
Santa Rosa Island, California
Open: Year-round 4 of 10
As part of Channel Islands National Park, this campground provides stunning, unmatched beauty from every angle. With 53,000 acres of grassy hills, pristine beaches and cavernous canyons, you may never want to leave. Not to mention, the island is home to over 100 bird species and rare archaeological sites. Whether you want to refresh your vitamin D stores at the beach or stretch your legs on a hike, there's something here for everyone to do.
Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area, Georgia
Open: April 19, 2014 5 of 10
Pack your bags and head down south for a spring camping trip to remember. If it's still too cold for a dip in the lake, hop in a canoe or motorboat for an afternoon in the sun. Swap your bathing suit for a pair of hiking boots and hit one of the trails located within the park: a .4-mile shoreline trail, 1-mile Jarred Gap Trail or the 2.7-mile Slaughter Creek Trail. Or, grab your tackle box and make it a fishing trip; spend your days next to the lake waiting for catfish, trout, bass and perch to bite.
Beartown State Forest, Massachusetts
Open: Year-round 6 of 10
Enjoy a spring camping adventure at this small, 12-site primitive campground, ideal for outdoor adventurers looking to reconnect with nature after a long winter inside.
The 12,000-acre forest provides wooded campsites with plenty of privacy and shade, and with a large network of sprawling trails there's more than enough terrain to explore. Access to Appalachian Trail is nearby as well.
Alexander Springs Recreation Area, Florida
Open: Year-round 7 of 10
Head to Ocala National Forest where you'll have an adventure-filled spring camping trip. The best part of this campground is its location: with deep forest trails and miles of shoreline, you can enjoy all the best parts of camping and an exotic vacation.
Try snorkeling, swimming and diving in natural-spring waters or rent a canoe and explore the Alexander Springs Wilderness. If you want to sightsee on foot, take a hike on the 1,400-mile Florida National Scenic Trail.
Cagle Recreation Area, Texas
Open: Year-round 8 of 10
Set up camp in the Sam Houston National Forest, where this southern campground is located. Cagle Recreation Area provides all the traditional camping activities you've come to know and love including fishing, birding, hiking and water sports.
Go in early to mid March to witness a stunning array of wildflowers. You can also enjoy year-round hiking along the 2-mile Cagle Trail or the 128-mile Lone Star Hiking Trail, which weaves around Lake Conroe. Keep an eye out for the bald eagles that often spend their winters in this habitat.
Arrowhead Campground, North Carolina
Open: Year-round 9 of 10
Head to this North Carolina spring camping area for a refreshing forest escape. Located in the Uwharrie National Forest, the campground provides cozy, private campsites and plenty to do from sunup to sundown. Explore along 40 miles of non-motorized trails, much of which wind around the scenic shoreline.
Bring your fishing pole and stop on the side of the trail for a few hours of fishing, or head to Kings Mountain Point, where you can sit on the floating pier.