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Figuring Out Your Camping Style

The first step in ensuring a positive camping experience is making sure you’re comfortable and happy at your site. After all, a night spent in the great outdoors should be a night well spent. Whether you want to be as close to the bare ground as possible or you’d rather sleep under the stars in style, determining your preference before you head out will make the difference between striking up a continued interest in camping or permanently putting out that flickering campfire in your heart. Here are five types of camping that can help you figure out what works best for you.

Glamping (Glamorous Camping)

A full living room inside of a tent.

Camp…er…GLAMP in style! [Image: http://eluxemagazine.com/travel/glamp-of-approval-great-glamping-sites-for-any-season/]

Glamping is perfect for those that want to enjoy the great outdoors, but don’t want to get their hands dirty while doing so. A relaxing weekend away from the stresses of every day life with all the conveniences of home at your fingertips makes for a great opportunity to clear your mind. Glamping can be done in villas, huts, yurts, cabins, lodges, or at park hotels and motels.

RV Camping

A family sitting near a campfire next to an RV in front of a the lake as the sun sets.

Gather the whole family for some cozy RV camping. [Image: http://blog.elmonterv.com/wordpress/photo-gallery/index.php/page/13/]

Similar to glamping, packing up an RV and driving to a campground offers a close-up view of nature’s beauty from the safety and comfort of a camper. An RV can be stocked with all the conveniences that you’re used to and is essentially just a home on wheels (mobile home—get it?). With the open road laid out ahead of you and a cool drink at your side, there’s not many vacations that can compare!

Car Camping

A car packed with camping gear parked in front of a mountain with a tent in the background.

Pack the car and head for the hills! [Image: http://blog.tahoemountainsports.com/2011/05/23/car-camping-list-checklist/]

A bit more rustic yet still comfortable, camping from the convenience of your car gives you easy access to a lot more supplies than just one or two backpacks can hold. It’s a way to get into nature and enjoy yourself while also making sure you didn’t forget your favorite jacket or lucky socks. Just make sure you pack the car in a well-organized and easily accessible way!

Tent Camping

A tent next to campfire in front of a lake as the sun sets.

A peaceful camping trip is just what the doctor ordered. [Image: http://media.onsugar.com/files/2010/10/42/1/912/9123837/8e33a8f26a0179cc_tent_camping.jpg]

When people typically think of camping, they imagine pitching a tent in the woods and cooking over a raging campfire. This style of camping is best for those outdoors enthusiasts that want to respect and honor the nature that they’re partaking in. Head for the hills with your tents in tow, and don’t forget to camp with the best interests of curious animal friends in mind during your stay.


A backpacker standing on a cliff as the sun rises.

Load up your backpack and go explore. [Image: http://www.travellinguide.com/photo-3162-1-the-15-best-backpacking-destinations-in-2015.html]

For those adventurers looking for a challenge and deeper connection to nature, backpacking is the best type of camping to take advantage of. A pair of reliable hiking boots, a backpack stuffed with lightweight camping gear, and good company are all you need before you set off on a backpacking adventure. Part hiking, part camping, it’s perfect for those who like to make a plan and stick to it—set your hiking course, figure out where you want to set up camp come nightfall, and you’re ready to go!

Whether you’re looking to get down and dirty in the woods or want to have a taste of nature with the comforts of your home, this list should help give you an idea of what type of camping you’re most suited for. Browse our Gear Store to get any last minute camping necessities, and don’t forget to download our Pocket Ranger® mobile apps before you head out to find an accommodating campsite near you!

November Events Before the Snow Falls

Just because the temperatures are dropping doesn’t mean that there aren’t great outdoor November events at the state parks. From a buffalo auction to a rifle frolic, there’s plenty to do before the snow falls!


A retro, red trailer parked at a campground

Get ready to party with some Tin Can Tourists at the Vintage RV Show! [Image: www.messynessychic.com]

8th Annual Vintage RV Show
Koreshan State Historic Site
November 1, 2014

Before you winterize your RV, come out and see what RV’ing looked like years ago! At Koreshan State Historic Site’s 8th Annual Vintage RV Show, co-mingle with a thousand other RV enthusiasts and check out the wonderful and often quirky vintage RVs on display. There will also be quite a few vintage cars to check out, too. Reserve a campsite, so you can spend the weekend among fellow travelers.


Men dressed in period clothing carry rifles

Kentucky Riflemen [Image: parks.ky.gov]

8th Annual Tanner Station Rifle Frolic
Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park
Nov 1 & 2, 2014

We hope you’re enjoying our list of November events. Our next event takes you to Kentucky for the 8th Annual Tanner Station Rifle Frolic held at Blue Licks Battlefield State Park. This event celebrates the Kentucky flintlock rifle. In the 1780s, flintlock rifles were an essential tool used by early Kentucky settlers. This premier living history event hosts exciting, historically accurate matches that attract the best traditional flintlock shooters. High-quality prizes are awarded to winners, such as handmade knives, powder horns, and tomahawks. Many participants wear clothing that was typically worn during the Kentucky settlement period. Staff will be on hand to answer any history questions you may have. There is period camping for both vendors and participants on the grounds of Tanner’s Station. Modern camping is available at Blue Licks Battlefield State Park.


Steamin’ Day
Auburn Heights Preserve
November 2, 2014

People ride a Stanley Steamer over a bridge

Take a ride on a Stanley Steamer [Image: northdelawhere.happeningmag.com]

Celebrating the magical age of steam, don’t miss the last Steamin’ Day of the year at Auburn Heights Preserve. Steamin’ Days features steam-powered automobiles and the world’s largest operating collection of Stanley steam cars. From the vintage popper, pick up a bag of fresh steam-popped popcorn, and watch the Firing Up Demonstration to see just how the Stanley cars are put in motion. Then, hop on for a historic ride in one of the antique automobiles. The Marshall Steam Museum offers a hands-on engine display, activities for the kids, and a working 1930s Lionel electric trains display. There are also tours of the antique-furnished Auburn Heights mansion, and rides along the Auburn Valley Railroad.


150th Anniversary Battle of Johnsonville
Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park and
Johnsonville State Historic Park
October 31 – November 5, 2014

Union soldier shows visitors currency

Image: press.tnvacation.com

Not just for history buffs, the Anniversary Battle of Johnsonville held at Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park  and Johnsonville State Park has something for everyone. On November 4, 1864, Confederate troops under Nathan Bedford Forrest attacked the Union supply base at Johnsonville, causing immense damage to Union artillery and transports. This Civil War battle will be commemorated with cannon fire, artillery and infantry firing demonstrations, period civilian activities, and cavalry demonstrations. The park will recreate a 19th century Halloween; near the Crockett Cemetery, experience the same storytelling and fortune-telling games the troops told and played by the campfire. Other weekend activities will include pontoon boat rides, Civil War art, and BBQ.


Syrup Makin’ Time on the Plantation
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site
November 8, 2014

A syrup-making demonstration using an old mill

Making syrup from sugar cane [Image: jcnews.com]

In the red clay hills of Georgia, step back in time and enjoy a traditional syrup cookoff at Jarrell Plantation Historic Site. The entire process of crushing and cooking the sugar cane with a steam engine and then boiling the juice can take around six hours. Spend some of that time watching the sugaring demonstrations, and sampling the sugar juice and stalks. Stroll through the plantation, and watch as volunteers dressed in period clothing demonstrate various farm tasks, such as woodstove cooking, storytelling, crafting, and tending farm animals. Jarrell Plantation is a great example of a “middle class” Southern plantation, with many of the original buildings and artifacts of the Jarrell family still intact. Explore the historic cotton plantation houses, sawmill, gristmill, blacksmith and carpenter shops, gardens and visitor center.

South Dakota

Fall Buffalo Auction
Custer State Park
November 15, 2014

People bid on a wild buffalo in a corral--one of the greatest November events

Name your price at the Buffalo Auction [Image: gfp.sd.gov]

Looking to start your own buffalo herd? Earlier this fall, there was a rousing bison round-up at Custer State Park. Now, the park will auction off a portion of their herd, between 250 and 400 head. By auctioning off a portion of the herd to the general public, the park ensures that herd numbers are kept in balance with available rangeland forage. Funds from the auction all support the state park system. The auction includes calves, heifers, bred heifers, mature cows and bulls, and even wild burros.

Suggested Gear List:

  • Binoculars
  • Backpacks
  • Camera
  • Hats

Check out our Pocket Ranger® Gear Store for these items and much more!

Halloween Camping Recipes

The season of autumn has arrived and Halloween is in a few weeks, which means fall camping season is here! What better way to spend Halloween than camping outdoors? Here are a few spooky Halloween camping recipes to have your family screaming for more!

Marshmallow Witches Recipe

Courtesy of Tasteofhome.com

Halloween camping recipes with three marshmallow witches on a red plate

Image: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/118993615124823337/

This recipe is perfect for the whole family to enjoy. It takes 30 minutes to assemble and you can have the kids join in to help you. This recipe serves 12.


  • ½ cup vanilla frosting
  • 36 miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 12 large marshmallows
  • 1 drop each of green, red and yellow food coloring (optional)
  • ¼ cup flaked coconut
  • 12 chocolate wafers
  • 12 miniature peanut butter cups
  • 12 milk chocolate kisses


  1. For the face of the witch, place a small amount of frosting on the bottom of the three chocolate chips, then press two for eyes and one for the nose onto the marshmallow.
  2. For hair, combine green food coloring and a drop of water in a small re-sealable plastic bag; add coconut and shake well. Spread a small amount of frosting on sides of marshmallows; press coconut hair into frosting. Then, place 3 tablespoons of frosting in a small heavy-duty, re-sealable plastic bag. Tint frosting orange by adding red and yellow food coloring. Set aside.
  3. For hats, spread some of the remaining frosting in the center of the chocolate wafers; press peanut butter cups upside down into frosting. Lightly spread bottoms of chocolate kisses with frosting and place on peanut butter cups. Cut a small hole in the corner of pastry or plastic bag and insert a small star tip. Fill the bag with frosting and make stars around the base of each peanut butter cup. To each witch, secure a hat to with a dab of frosting.

 Monster Claws

 Courtesy of Kraftrecipes.com

Chicken fingers monster claws on a plate with sauce

Image: www.kraftrecipes.com

Get a spook out of these crispy chicken fingers! Total cooking time is only 30 minutes and this recipe serves 4. (Recipe can be altered to serve more.)


  • 4 small boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut lengthwise in half
  • 1 packet of Shake ‘N Bake Extra Crispy Seasoned Coating mix
  • ¼ red pepper, cut into 8 triangular pieces
  • ½ cup barbeque sauce (or any sauce of your preference)


  1. Heat up your outdoor grill. (If you are in an RV, heat oven to 400ºF degrees.)
  2. Coat chicken with coating mix as directed on package. Place on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray.
  3. Cook for 13-15 minutes or until chicken is done.
  4. Make ½ inch slit in thinner end of chicken strip; insert red pepper triangle in slit for the monster’s claw.
  5. Serve with your choice of sauce.


Pizza Mummies

 Courtesy of Spoonful.com

Several pizza mummies on a platter

Image: www.aflexiblelife.com

Add this to your all-time “Favorite Halloween Camping Recipes” list because it only takes 10 minutes, and you can alter the ingredients to make how much is needed.


  • English muffins
  • Pizza sauce
  • Black Olives
  • Scallions
  • Red or green pepper
  • Cheese sticks or slices


  1. Heat up your grill. (If you are in an RV, heat oven to 350ºF degrees.) For each mummy, spread a tablespoon of pizza sauce onto half of an English muffin.
  2. Set olive slices in place for eyes and add round slices of green or red pepper for pupils.
  3. Lay strips of cheese across the muffin for the mummy’s wrappings.
  4. Bake or grill pizzas for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the muffin is toasted.
Campground decorated for Halloween with tombstones and spiderwebs

Image: halloweencamping.com

Download your state’s Pocket Ranger® app to choose a state park that offers camping. Use the app’s Events Calendar to see which state park near you is hosting a Halloween and trick-or-treating event for campers!