Camping is a fun summer activity that allows you to get outside and relieve stress built up from the work week. This past weekend I had the chance to go camping at Henry Horton State Park. The campsite offers campers a variety of ways to connect with nature. Hiking through trails, building camp fires, canoeing on the Duck River, and the park swimming pool are just a few activities available that allow campers to stay active during their stay.
When choosing a campsite, here are a few things I look for to determine what is the best fit for me:
- It usually starts with the amenities. This will be different for everyone. Some people like to rough it out in wilderness camping while others prefer to be closer to facilities. I prefer to have some amenities available such as: close proximity to restroom facilities, picnic tables, and a store nearby in case I forgot something.
- I also check to see where the campsite plot is located. Some campsite plots are close to others. If you can find a corner plot or one that is not grouped with a bunch of others you may have more room to spread out. Also, keep in mind that if it rains and you are near a creek or river, you may be stuck in a very wet situation.
The fine print
- Some campsites have rules and regulations that don’t allow certain things like building campfires, or using only certain approved firewood. Make sure you know the rules before you book your site otherwise you and/or your group could get in a dangerous situation or be hit with a fine.
I hope you get a chance to get out in nature and explore this summer. It’s good for your physical and mental health too! Remember to be prepared and have fun!