Camping in the snow is wonderful for the hearty, but when spring comes, and the flowers begin to bloom, it makes all kinds of campers search for the perfect spot to pitch a tent.
So get ready to warm up, grab your backpack and enjoy the awakening of a new season at one of these six gorgeous spots.
Anza-Borrego Springs, California
With over 600,000 acres of land, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the place where the spring flowers bloom. Whether you choose to camp in California’s largest State Park, or drive off the road and boondock, this desert playground come alive in the spring. With 92 different plant families, 346 genera and hundreds of flowering species, there is a plethora of flora to discover. Not all of the flowers bloom at once, but as you wander, you will discover that both blooming flowers and abundant wildlife will be the perfect subjects for your Instagram account.
Carter Caves, Kentucky
Spring comes alive at this Kentucky State Park with bird watching, fishing and caving as just a few of the things you can do once you pitch your tent. The actual caves at this Kentucky camp spot are like an amusement park that has taken millions of years to create—with bats as an added attraction. Beside the caves are hiking trails and even a natural bridge with a highway over it. Even though the sun is finally shining, spring is the best time to get out of your winter funk, find a cave, and go underground with the bats. The constant cool temperature might actually feel nice.
Beavers Bend State Park, Oklahoma
There’s fun blooming at this state park and while flowers are involved, so are the multitude of recreational opportunities, such as trout fishing, eagle watching, water skiing, canoeing and whitewater rafting. Beavers Bend State Park is located along the Mountain Fork River in the Southeastern corner of Oklahoma, where the Ouachita Mountains meet Lake Broken Bow. Oklahoma isn’t known for its mountain ranges, but these majestic hills filled with thick pine forests will surprise you.
Orcas Island, Washington
It’s not easy to access this spot, but getting there, as they say, is half the fun. Book a seat on the ferry in the little town of Anacortes in the San Juan Islands, take the hour-long boat ride over the sound, and look for whales while kicking back in one of the large sofa seats. Once you arrive on the island, drive or hitch to Moran State Park. Moran is a 5,252-acre camping park with five freshwater lakes, and 38 miles of trails perfect for hiking, birdwatching and mountain biking. You can also hike or drive to Mt. Constitution and enjoy the view of neighboring Canada.
Anastasia State Park, Florida
Everyone knows Florida is the place for spring break, but there’s more here than taking your top off and belly flopping in a swimming pool, with pristine beach campgrounds such as Anastasia State Park. The campground is tucked away in a stand of trees, well back from the rolling dunes, and there’s a beach concession nearby with a cafe and Wi-Fi. You can surf, or hike the trails where songbirds welcome spring, or ride your bike along the beach. This beach with its dense coastal forest is the perfect place to warm your bones and welcome spring in style.