The end of Summer Season isn't the end of Camping Season!

The end of Summer Season isn't the end of Camping Season!

As summer bids us farewell and the days grow shorter, many campers pack away their gear and wait for warmer weather to return. However, dismissing camping during the fall season means missing out on a world of adventure and unique experiences. In this blog post, we’ll explore 5 reasons why summer shouldn’t mark the end of your camping season and the benefits that come with cooler weather.

Five Great Reasons to Embrace the Fall Camping Season

1. Spectacular Scenery

The vibrant foliage of fall transforms campsites into breathtaking landscapes painted in shades of red, orange, and gold. Northern Michigan’s mixture of maple, beech, birch, and pine trees are a sight to see.  Enjoy the beauty of nature in its full glory.

2. Ideal Temperatures

Who doesn’t love pulling out the jeans and sweaters this time every fall?  Say goodbye to sweltering heat and welcome cooler, more comfortable temperatures. If you are a tenter, sleeping in a tent during the fall is often more comfortable. If you camp in an RV, open the windows and let the fresh air in!  Fall camping lets you enjoy the outdoors without the discomfort of excessive heat.

3. Cozy Campfires

Fall evenings are perfect for gathering around a crackling campfire.  Pull out the dutch oven and make a savory stew or an apple pie.  Roast marshmallows or pop some popcorn.  There is nothing like the warm heat of a campfire on a crisp fall evening. 

4. Stargazing

Crisp fall nights provide excellent conditions for stargazing. The Gaylord South/Bradford Lake KOA is less than an hour from Headlands International Dark Sky Park in Mackinaw City.  Headlands is the only ‘dark sky’ park in Michigan, given International status and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Check out their website at

5. Fall Fun

Fall is the time for fun festivals!  Let the Gaylord South/Bradford Lake KOA be your basecamp and enjoy area fall festivals that include hay rides, pumpkin decorating, costume contests, trick or treat, and so much more!  Take a scenic drive and admire the changing colors.  Play a round of golf or go on a brewery tour.  Check out the fall fun in and around Gaylord. 

Don’t let the end of summer signal the end of your camping adventures. Embrace the beauty of fall, the cozy campfires, and the unique experiences that come with cooler weather. Whether you’re an experienced camper or new to the world of outdoor exploration, fall camping offers a refreshing and invigorating way to connect with nature. So, pack your gear, grab your warm layers, and head out to enjoy the wonders of the autumn camping season. Your next unforgettable outdoor adventure awaits!

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