The crisp, cool autumn air, the beautiful leaves changing color, the fall activities…why wouldn’t you want to go camping this fall?

Extending your camping adventures into the cooler months is a great idea for many reasons. With a little extra prep, you may find that fall camping is the best time to experience the great outdoors.

Consider these 10 full-proof fall camping tips for this season:

1. Plan Ahead

Sounds obvious enough, right? But the beauty that comes with fall camping is being able to plan around peak color season. One of the most compelling reasons to go camping during this time of year is to enjoy the scenery of the fall foliage. The end of September through October usually are the best months to get out and go camping if you want to see some spectacular color.

2. Location, location, location

The campgrounds in New York State are all different – but all awesome. Some are woodsier than others, while others offer the beautiful lake views. Either way, you’re sure to find whatever it is you’re looking for. And the best part is, there’s tons of camping fun to experience during the fall. Based on your camping preferences, there’s truly a campground for everyone.

3. Price-Friendly

One perk of fall camping is that oftentimes, campgrounds have reduced fees after Labor Day. Since the summer is a popular time to hit the road, prices are high. But with less of a crowd, means a smaller price tag.

4. Layer Up

Fall weather is the best, but it can also be a little unpredictable. I’ve seen it all during the fall from rain, sun, clouds…even snow! The one tip I can give you when it comes to packing is to pack a little bit of everything. You can never be sure what weather to anticipate during this season.

5. Be Prepared for Shorter Days

One of the downfalls that comes with autumn is shorter days. It’s important to be aware of when the sun will set to make sure you’re allowing yourself extra time to arrive at your campsite before dark. First things first, pitch your tent – get the hard stuff out of the way. But also come prepared with flashlights, headlamps and candles to keep the light going when you’ll need it.


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