Camping Times: Spring Versus Fall

What to Expect in Different Camping Seasons

This second part about different camping seasons touches on the two most visited seasons which is Spring and Fall.   Each season will have its own pitfalls and perks, and Spring and Fall are opposites just like Summer and Winter.  However, unlike the hotter and colder months, spring and fall have a lot of similarities too, which makes them ideal for camping.  In both months, the weather is cooler than the summer but not as cold as the winter.

Every camper will have their own preference for when they prefer to camp, and it could be different for those that are camping in the forest, versus those that are camping on the beach.  For those areas that contain harsher conditions we will discuss that another time.  For now, we will show you the pros and cons of these two seasons so that you can decide where and when you want to camp.  This guide will not tell you what you should bring, but allow you to make a better decision with what to expect.

Spring Camping

spring camping vs fall camping

The season that people start to get out of the house is in Spring.  The weather starts to warm up a little, snow melts and the rains are sporadic at best.  Officially the first day of spring is March 21st, but it will depend on your location.  If you live near snow, spring starts when the snow melts.  If you live along the southern coast, Spring hits late February to early March.  The flowers are blooming and the skies are clear, making it ideal for campers to get out and camp.  Those who like the forest will find that these camp spots fill up the fastest in the spring.  If you are going to book a spot, do it in the winter so it is available for you.  Beach campers will have it a little easier as it is not travel time yet for those overseas and the beaches are still too cool for most people to want to visit.

Forest campers will find that the ground might still be moist, but hike-able, and it depends on how late into spring you are.  Beach campers will find the sand still moist in most locations, and it will be foggy.

Pros: The skies are typically clear with a few showers in March and April.  Flowers are blooming bringing new life, green grass and warmer weather.  The ground begins to dry up, allowing people to get out more and enjoy the weather.  Campsites open as soon as the ground is ready, making it ideal for campers to get out.  The air is breathable, and not muggy or moist in any way.  The animals are coming out of hibernation, and ready to munch on the new plants, making hunting season ideal as well.  The bugs are still waking up, so there is less of a problem with insects, especially in the beginning of Spring.  Schools let out for Easter and Spring break, so you can spend time with the family.

Cons: Because of the flowers blooming it means pollen is in the air, making those that are allergic more susceptible to their allergies.  If you have outdoor allergies this is the season that you hate the most.  Camp sites fill up quickly, especially when the kids are out of school, so plan your camping schedule accordingly.  Showers and storms still happen in the spring, although you might have more warning about them.  It can make it hard to plan a trip if you are unsure on how to pack (hot, cold, rainy, etc..).  It’s best to pack for all scenarios just in case you run into a problem.

Fall Camping

fall camping vs spring camping

While this season is similar to Spring there are some difference that make, it stands out.  Different vegetables bloom at this time of year due to the change in climate.  The heat might linger a little from the summer depending on your location, but as soon as it turns it turns fast.  The weather will start to get cooler, the plants will start to die off, or change colors, and there will be more clouds in the air.  Camping conditions can be ideal at times depending on the dryness of the area and the wind.  There could be times when no fires are allowed due to high winds and dry conditions before the rains hit.  There are scattered showers here and there as the Earth prepares itself for winter, and they could easily come out of nowhere making your trip a bit awkward.

Pros: Since plants are no longer blooming there is less pollen in the air.  The heat lingers a little so beach camping is ideal if you live along the coast.  Travelers have started to head home, and most beach dwellers that are traveling will no longer be there.  Those that live local will always be there so you will have that to contend with.  Forest camping is fun at this time of the year as you never know what to expect.  There is great fishing and hunting if allowed, and so long as you control your campfire you are sure to have a great time.  Light gear with some rain gear as backup is recommended though.

Cons: If you have allergies to pollen you could just as easily have those allergies stir up when the winds hit.  Those winds are blowing everything around and the dust will hit you as hard as the pollen.  Since rains are sporadic, although with current weather technology more predictable, you could easily get caught in the rain.  Road conditions can be tricky to travel on, so be sure and watch the weather for quick turns such as early winter conditions.  The first part of fall could mean heat waves still, and this makes it hard to camp, since it is hard to keep cool during those conditions.

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