Camping in the south is a beautiful thing. The long days, the buzz of bugs, the way the hours pass lazily by… it’s an experience worth repeating.

Here are some great camping locations in the south to check out this spring.



Kentucky: Natural Bridges State Park

This beautiful Natural Bridges State Park offers lots of hiking and climbing opportunities. Ski lifts and trails give you different ways to view the geological formations. The area’s trees provide shade all day long, which means you have endless opportunities to string your hammock.

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West Virginia: Seneca State Forest Fire Tower

The days pass by quickly when you stay in the Seneca State Forest Fire Tower. Camping in a fire tower on Thorny Mountain is an experience like no other. Watch the sun rise and set over the mountains and see the white fog roll in.

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Virginia: Grayson Highlands State Park

Scattered amongst the rolling hills of Virginia are wilds ponies. They’re friendly, but still wild. Take a hike from your campsite and admire them grazing the hills. And if it’s your lucky day one might even come near to see what your plans are for the day.

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South Carolina: Devils Fork State Park

Few places in the south can compare to the crystal-clear lakes at Devils Fork State Park. The campsites are very close to the water and you can choose either drive-up sites for car camping or walk-in sites for more of a rustic feel. Two-legged and four-legged children always agree that a day spent at the lake’s white sand beaches and hidden coves is day well spent.

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Tennessee: Foster Falls – South Cumberland State Park

It’s hard to beat a campsite that’s as spacious and close to as many recreation activities as Foster Falls. Hike the nearby Fiery Gizzard Trail, or spend the morning rock climbing before it gets too warm. And in the warm afternoons, Foster Falls itself provides an excellent way to cool off before hopping in your hammock for an afternoon nap.

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Mississippi: North Abutment

Many of the campsites at North Abutment face Grenada Lake. Watch the sun pop up over the lake as fisherman cast their lines in the morning, and then set up for a picnic lunch. And if you’re into sailing you can also launch your sailboat to enjoy a day on the water.

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Georgia: Amicalola Falls State Park

Most famous for the being the southernmost point of the Appalachian Trail, Amicalola Falls State park is one of Georgia’s most sought-after camping destinations. A great day at Amicalola can be spent kicking back and watching all the AT Thru Hikers starting out on the journey. But if you want to explore some of the park for yourself, you can make your way to the largest waterfall (730 feet!) in Georgia.

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North Carolina: Ocracoke Island – Cape Hatteras National Seashore

At Ocracoke Island, you can find a quiet spot on the sand and fall asleep to the sound of crashing waves. The wind can pick up quickly, so bring a sturdy tent and be sure stake it down properly. But when the offshore winds collide with a strong swell you’ll be in for a real treat. Surfers from all over the eastern seaboard flock here to catch some big waves. And if you’re not a surfer, a short walk to the history-laden lighthouse is always an enjoyable way to spend the day.

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Florida: Long Pine Key

Come to Long Pine Key if you want to get away from everything. The sites are very limited and you almost have a 100% chance of seeing gators and the elusive Florida Panther. Bring a friend, hop in a canoe, and paddle to one of the backcountry huts to really satisfy your need for an adventure.

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Alabama: De Soto State Park

De Soto State Park is a must for anyone who loves history and outdoor recreation. Named after 11th century explorer Hernando de Soto, the campground sits near a plethora of trails for every hiker, as well as waterfalls, caves, swimming holes, and hammock camping opportunities.

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Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith

Sarah is The Dyrt's Co-founder. Growing up hiking, canoeing, and camping in the north woods of Minnesota, The Dyrt is a natural extension of her life experiences. She has traveled to over 40 countries and trekked in Nepal, biked the United Kingdom, and climbed Mt Fuji. An avid camper, Sarah now lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband Kevin (the other Co-founder of The Dyrt), and the original #DyrtDog, Brandy.