Closures While tent camping is permitted in Florida's national parks, certain campsites close for upkeep and to keep campers safe at certain periods of the year. The best times to visit are between April and October, when temperatures are most likely to be comfortable. Avoid visiting during hurricane season (June through November), when winds can cause damage to trees and light posts.
Tent camping is permitted in all state parks but you will need to check with individual sites to see if they have any regulations about how long you can stay with a temporary shelter. Some state park sites may have limits on the number of people who can sleep in tents at one time. Be sure to read the restrictions printed on your receipt or online before you go to ensure you're doing things legally.
Florida law requires that anyone who plans to camp inside a city limit must get a permit from their local government. These permits are free but there is a deadline by which you must apply for them. Make sure to find out what this is before you go camping in a public space. Often there is some kind of notification system in place - for example, some cities send out emails when the date for application draws near.
Camping in state forests is only allowed at designated backcountry campsites.
All campsites are open all year. Camping is first-come, first-served, thus no bookings are allowed. Campers, especially beach campers, must acquire a camping permit, which is available at kiosks at each campground's entry. Permits are free but do require a self-registration process when you arrive. Fires are prohibited in national seashores so fireplaces, stoves, and lanterns are not permitted.
There are five areas of the national seashore where camping is permitted: South Beach, North Beach, Port San Antonio, Rancho Palos Verdes, and Morro Bay. Each has its own rules regarding distance from shelters, types of vehicles allowed, etc. The best place to find out about specific regulations is at the information centers located at each site. They will provide maps of the area with marked safe sites as well as details about other services such as grocery stores, restaurants, etc.
Permits are valid for up to 14 days. After that time, you will need to return to the website to renew your permit or find another spot to camp. If you forget to renew your permit, you will be required to pay an additional $10 per night.
Padre Island National Seashore is one of the most popular beaches in Texas. It gets its name because it was once owned by the Catholic Church who made it their mission station.
In some national parks, you can camp in traditional campsites (tents and RVs), scattered camping, or cabin camping all year. While each park is unique, each large park generally has one campground that is available all year. These are usually well maintained and have water and electric hookups. Scattered camping is allowed in most areas at any time, but check with local authorities before doing so. Cabin camping is permitted in certain areas during the off-season (winter). Check with a local ranger station for specifics.
Seasonal staff members may be on duty at some facilities to help with amenities like restrooms and drinking water. Otherwise, they're open for business as usual throughout the year!
The best time to visit a National Park is between April and October, when the weather is good and there aren't any major maintenance projects underway. Fall is beautiful in many parts of the country, and winter brings its own charms: ice skating, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing are all popular activities. Spring is amazing in some places; plant seeds in your own backyard and watch them grow over time. Summer is hot in some regions, and can be busy with visitors traveling from far away to experience our nation's beauty. Don't worry about not having time to see it all during your vacation - just do what you can when you can!
Unless closed for operational reasons, all parks are open for camping and day visitors. The status of parks may be found on the state parks map. Contact information for each park can be found on their website.
Campers are limited to one trailer/RV and one tent per site, or two tents. The same location may not be occupied by more than six persons (or one family). Check-in is at 2 p.m., and check-out is at noon. Registered campers are not permitted to swap sites without the authorization of park staff. Most sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The only exception is if you have your own private property where you're camping; in that case, you can do whatever you want as long as you follow local laws.
People often ask us if they can stay at their favorite campground throughout the summer. The short answer is no. Each year thousands of people try to stay in one of our campsites for months at a time - most aren't able to do this because these locations are usually very busy during the spring and fall. We also get many questions about people renting cabins or homes near the park. These items are also unavailable during certain times of the year. To avoid disappointment, please call before you go shopping!
Many South Carolina campgrounds are located in rural areas without electricity or running water. This means that you need to bring your own lighting and toilet facilities. Some campgrounds provide charcoal grills and picnic tables, but others don't. Be sure to check the website before you go to make sure you know what to expect before you arrive.
Since the Regional Stay at Home Order was lifted in January 2021, practically all campgrounds, day-use public outdoor locations, and interior facilities such as tourist centers and museums have reopened. Due to COVID-19, wildfire damage, or other difficulties, a few units and group campsites remain unavailable. To learn more about reopening campgrounds, visit CalRecs.com.
1. Tent camping is only possible if the weather permits. We do, however, have Smoky Mountain camping cottages that are accessible all year round in any weather! For information on these beautiful accommodations, please visit our website at www.smokymtnoutdoors.com.
2. The best time to go camping in the Smoky Mountains is in the fall or spring. In the summer, it can be very hot and crowded. If you're interested in seeing some of the most beautiful scenery in the United States, consider visiting during one of our many favorable weather conditions.
3. To camp in the Smoky Mountains, you need a permit from the National Park Service (NPS). You can get these permits online before you leave home or by calling 877-444-6777 (or 410-974-0200 for non-telephone users). The cost is $10 per person per night.
4. There are no facilities, supplies, or services available at any of our campsites. You will need to bring your own food and water. Be sure to pack enough of each because there are no stores nearby.
5. It's recommended to get a site with full-length pads so you don't have to bend over when you sleep.