One of the many things we love about spring is that it’s the perfect season for camping. The cold air starts to recede, ice and snow begin to melt, waterfalls run wild, lakes begin to rise and everything outside bounces back to life. Emerging from the bleak, cold winter to spread its sunshine and warmth, spring just seems to have a way of invigorating both us and our tents.

To give you a taste of spring, we’ve handpicked some great camping locations in the south for you to check out:

Bring in Spring with These Southeastern Campsites

1. Natural Bridges State Park, KT

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Ski lifts and trails give you different access points to view the geological formations in this beautiful area, as well as provide ample hiking and climbing opportunities. Another draw is the abundance of trees which provide shade and endless possibilities for stringing up your hammock. Read more about this campground here.

2. Seneca State Forest, WV

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When you’re camping above the forest floor, spending several days here becomes a breeze. As you watch the white fog roll in over the mountains or gaze out as the sun rises and falls, you’ll understand that camping in a fire tower on Thorny Mountain is an experience like no other. Read more about this campground here.

3. Grayson Highlands State Park, VA


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Ponies! Scattered amongst the hills of Virginia are wild ponies. These friendly but wild creatures may even come close enough to see what your plans are for the day (if you play your cards right). Either way, you’ll enjoy taking a hike from your campsite and admiring them as they graze the rolling hills. Read more about this campground here.

4. Devils Fork State Park, SC

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Few places in the south can compare to the crystal-clear lakes at Devils Fork State Park. The campsites here are very close to the water and you can choose between 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 a day well spent. Read more about this campground here.

5. South Cumberland State Park, TN

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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 those warm afternoons, Foster Falls itself provides an excellent way to cool off before hopping in your hammock for a pre-dinner nap. Read more about this campground here.

6. North Abutment, MS

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Many of the campsites at North Abutment face Grenada Lake. Watch the sun rise 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. Read more about this campground here.

7. Amicalola Falls State Park, GA

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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 their 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. Read more about this campground here.

8. Cape Hatteras National Seashore, NC

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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 to 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. Read more about this campground here.

9. Long Pine Key, FL

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Come to Long Pine Key if you want to get away from everything. While the sites are very limited, you do have a high chance of seeing snakes, 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 adventure. Read more about this campground here.

10. De Soto State Park, AL

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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, as well as waterfalls, caves, swimming holes, and hammock camping opportunities. Read more about this campground here.

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