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Eastern Shore Camping During the Fall

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Leaf Changing

This week is peak leaf changing time on the Eastern Shore, and although driving through wooded areas can be a great way to to leaf peep, a camping trip inside the woods is even better. If you have not had the pleasure of camping while hearing ocean waves lap the sand, or fire on the beach, you are missing out!

Fall Foliage Prediction Map, (from the Smoky Mountain National Park website) Includes predictions for all 50 states.

 

Fall Camping Pluses

Fall camping holds great bonuses even if you can’t camp near the ocean. Shorter days during the fall means, more time for campfires. Campfire songs, stories, cooking, s’mores, all get to be elongated, and anything by a fire is always more fun, including CHARADES! Prices of campsites are typically cheaper in the Fall. Rates go down due to low demand. Campsites will be quieter and trails will be less crowded. In the Fall, you won’t need to worry about sleeping without air conditioning. A cool night’s sleep is great for couples, and all those nights all the kids wanted to sleep in your bed you will be happy to have a family sleepover.

 

Equipment Important For Fall Camping:

  • Tent
  • Back Pack
  • Sleeping bag
  • Firewood
  • Firestarters
  • Bug Spray
  • Water
  • Layers of clothes -temperature change from day to night can be significant. You may not need gloves on your hike, but you may need them for your walk to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Keep the weather forecast at the forefront when packing – you might need wet gear or boots, it all depends on the forecast. If the weather catches you by surprise, an extra change of clothes is always a good idea.

Great Parks to Camp Near Ocean City, MD:

Assateague National Seashore

Assateague State Park

Pocomoke River State Park