9 Spring Camping Destinations

It's time to emerge from your hibernation and head outdoors for some spring camping. If you've got an itch to experience the sounds and sights of nature, here are some great places to scratch it.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

North Carolina

Spring is prime time to witness herds of elk roaming around the Cataloochee Valley among wildflower pastures and historic farmsteads. This is one North Carolina camping experience that can't be missed. Read More

Camp at Cataloochee Campground

Tishomingo State Park

Mississippi

Named after Chief Tishomingo of the Chickasaw nation, these woods boast as much scenic beauty as they do rich history. Experience the allure of Mississippi wildflowers, rock formations and ferns while the air is still nice and cool. Read More

Camp at Tishomingo State Park

Custer State Park

South Dakota

Camping at Bismark Lake gives you tons of options to stay busy, whether you're fishing, hiking, touring the Crazy Horse monument or gawking at Mt. Rushmore. Take advantage of off-season crowds this spring. Read More

Camp at Bismark Lake campground

Bryce Canyon National Park

Utah

Definitely bring your camera on this trip. The red, orange and white hoodoos formed by wind and erosion have textured the landscape of Bryce Canyon with jagged peaks and deep chasms. Costs are cheaper in the early season. Read More

Camp at Sunset Campground

Channel Islands National Park

California

If you want to experience some beautiful scenery this spring, ferry on over to the Channel Islands for white sand beaches, coastal lagoons and 54,000 acres of backcountry camping. Look for unique plants, land mammals and exotic birds at this California campground. Read More

Camp on Santa Rosa Island

Jennings Randolph Lake

West Virginia

When you're not hiking up the rugged hills of this vast mountain terrain, be prepared to get wet! The nearby Potomac River is a paradise for water sports and trout fishing. Get there early in the season before the bugs do. Read More

Camp at Robert W Craig campground

Sam Houston Jones State Park

Louisiana

Enjoy the steady pitter-patter of spring showers on the roof of your fully-outfitted vacation cabin in this 1,087-acre park. If you prefer the open air, there are also campsites alongside the lagoon. Read More

Camp at Sam Houston Jones State Park

Lake Winfield Scott Rec

Georgia

This 18-acre mountain pond is situated among valleys and ridges formed by tectonic plate movement billions of years ago. Kick off your freshwater fishing season with this area's diverse population of catfish, trout, perch, brim and bass. Read More

Camp at Lake Winfield Scott Rec campground

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