Tent Camping-State Parks

Tent Camping in State parksTent camping is a great way to relax and connect with nature and your family.  If you are new to camping,  tent camping in a state park is an easy and inexpensive way to start your outdoor adventures.  A two day, weekend camping trip is a great way to ease into tent camping and build your confidence.   Let’s take a closer look at tent camping in state parks in terms of expense, amenities and outdoor activities.

One of the reasons tent camping in state parks is so popular is that tent camping is inexpensive.  In todays’ economy, cost is a big consideration for families.  In comparison to RV camping,  site fees are less expensive if you are staying in a tent.  Buying a tent is a lot cheaper than buying a RV or renting a RV.  And with gas prices sky-rocketing, fuel is very expensive for RV camping.

In addition, tent camping in a state park is also less expensive than staying in a cabin in a state park.  However, if you are unsure about tent camping, camping in a cabin is another great way to ease into camping.

So what is the cost of tent camping in a state park?  Many variables must be considered.  You will have to buy a tent.  This is a one time cost.  The tent can be used for subsequent camping trips.  Tents come in a wide range of styles and sizes. Tents range in price from approximately $50 to $300 or more.  A small tent will sleep 2 people.  A large tent will sleep 10 people, at least according to the box.  Our 9 man tent sleeps 5 people very comfortably.

The cost of pitching a tent in a state park campsite,  is approximately $20 – $50 per night depending on the park’s location.

Most state parks have a pad where you will setup your tent.  This is usually a cleared area covered with gravel.

Beside the pad is a box with a standard electrical plug, some hookups for RVs and a water faucet. The electrical outlet may be used to plug in a fan or heater. If you use a fan or heater, use them safely and according to the manufacturers’ guidelines.  Remember, there is usually 1 electrical outlet. Use it wisely!

In addition, state parks have a bath house. This is a community bath house.  Typically, the bath house will contain a couple showers, toilets and sinks with mirrors.  A couple more electrical outlets may be found by the mirrors.  These electrical outlets may be used to plug in a hair dryer.

Another benefit of  staying in a state park is all the outdoor activites offered.  You can hike, swim, fish, go geochaching, play miniature golf and more, depending on the park you choose.

When you check in at the park office, ask the ranger if any programs will be offered during your stay.  Each park is unique, but we have gone on guided hikes, made crafts and learned to identify frogs by their cries just by attending these free programs.

Be sure and print out our Tent Camping Checklist before your trip so you will be prepared when you get to the campgrounds.

In conclusion, tent camping in state parks is a fun and relaxing way to connect with nature and your family through various outdoor activities and programs.  Happy Camping!

I’ll see ya by the campfire.


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