Make The Most Of Fall Camping

Family playing in pile of leaves

Photo courtesy KOA

Colorful leaves, crisp fall air, invigorating hikes—fall camping is a great way to extend the outdoor adventure season. And with fun fall activity weekends from KOA Campgrounds, you’ll be more than ready to whisk the family away and start a new autumn vacation tradition.

Fall Chillin’, Without the Chill

The secret to staying warm and comfortable during fall months is simple: layers. Weather can go from cool to hot this time of year. Campers who layer up from t-shirts to wind-proof jackets (with hoodies in between) can peel off or put on as the temperature changes. KOA also puts hats and head covers on their camping kit must-have list. This item is especially important for little ones who may have a harder time keeping warm.

BBQs, Markets and Parties, Oh My!

During the back-to-school months, many campgrounds are buzzing with weekend campers enjoying seasonal and social activities. From on-site BBQ cookouts to farmer’s markets and even late-season Halloween parties and trick-or-treating, many campgrounds have something unique to offer. Check out campgrounds in your favorite destinations to find an event that’s right for your family.

Campfire Cookouts

No camping trip is complete without family dinners cooked over the fire. While KOA lists a range of camping-friendly recipes on their blog, their experts recommend family favorites like foil dinners. Easy to prep and cook, foil dinners are a great way to get kids involved in mealtime. Simply gather up your meat and veggies, wrap them in foil and place in the fire for 20 minutes. Campgrounds are great places to “tailgate” before big games in the fall, and KOA has some great tailgating recipes.

Save While You Play

Camping is a wonderful way to make lasting family memories without breaking the bank. But there are even more ways to save while you’re enjoying the great outdoors.

– Plan and pack your must-have camp items like toiletries and condiments to avoid purchasing new and sometimes overpriced necessities en route. Be sure to wait to purchase your firewood at the campground. Due to various tree diseases, many states discourage transporting firewood from one location to another.

– Borrowing and sharing camping gear with friends and family is another trick of the frugal camper. Make a deal with other camp-friendly families and get great gear at half the cost.

– Seasoned campers can also save big with camping rewards card programs like KOA’s Value Kard Rewards, which offers members discounts every time they camp.

Inspired to go fall camping? Find a campsite, cabin or RV site at

Where can you find the best fall foliage? Check out the Fall Foliage Road Trip Guide.

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