There are few better ways to enjoy a place than to camp there. Camping provides you with a chance to get close to nature and spend your time outdoors, breathing clean air and sleeping under the stars. There are many great places to camp around the country, some accessible via car, others on foot. Regardless of how you intend to reach your destination, if you want to explore the Southeastern United States, each of these sites offers its own unique view of our planet.
Long Key State Park, Florida
Long Key, home to eccentric locals in the offseason and lots of sunshine in the summer, features its own state park, with camping facilities at reasonable prices. Spaces are available for RVs and tents, with several tent-only areas. At the park you can enjoy hiking and snorkeling, in addition to fishing, canoeing, and kayaking.
Skidaway Island State Park, Georgia
Located just outside of Savannah, Skidaway Island State Park offers camping sites for all levels of adventure and comfort. Pitch a tent at a pioneer camp or take the RV to a site with a sewer hookup. While you’re at the park, you can spot wildlife as you walk through the forest and salt marsh. Skidaway Island is a special place where you can enjoy the beauty and peace of nature.
Pickett State Park, Tennessee
Pickett is perhaps the best campsite in the Southeastern United States to spend the night. Located in Jamestown, Tennessee, this park was the first in the region to become a certified dark sky viewing location by the International Dark-Sky Association. During the day you can explore the hiking the trails that meander through the woods and glimpse waterfalls. You can also go boating, fishing, and swimming in the park. At night, look up and you’ll be amazed by the light show put on by the stars.
Calhoun Falls State Park, South Carolina
Located on Lake Russel by the Georgia border, Calhoun Falls State Park in South Carolina offers some of the best camping in the state. There are several sites for different styles of camping, with spaces to accommodate RVs or trailers up to thirty or forty feet long, as well as tent sites with centralized water and tent pads. Unless you’re the last tent camper to arrive, chances are you can snag a waterfront site. While you’re there, you can go hiking, boating, and fishing, and even hit some balls back and forth on the tennis courts.
There are so many reasons to get outside, walk around, and explore, and the country has more great places to camp than you can shake a stick at. Wherever you do decide to camp, be sure to check with the park rangers about any regulations specific to that site. Rules vary from season to season, depending on weather, safety, and scheduled maintenance. Stay safe and enjoy your time in the wild.
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