If you are looking for a good time for camping, surely winter is not your first choice. Few people want to leave their warm cozy homes and go camping on the snow-covered ground of the campsite. Most people won't do that! But for some wilderness adventurers, winter is the best time of the year for camping. They are looking forward to a white camping trip in which they can snowshoe or ski across the lake or river, and travel the snow-covered, huge, wild expanses on foot.
If you are one of these powerful adventurers and looking for a wonderful winter campsite, then you are in the right place. In this article, we will these favorite winter camping spots in the USA.
1. HOOD NATIONAL FOREST, OREGON
The Mount Hood National Forest is one of the most-visited National Forests in the United States, also makes for an exciting winter camping destination. Other common recreational activities in the Mount Hood National Forest include fishing, boating, hiking, hunting, rafting, horseback riding, skiing, mountain biking, berry-picking, and mushroom collecting. While camping in winter, you not only can enjoy a serene time in the forest, but also can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, sledding, tubing, and other snow sports.
2. PICTURED ROCKS NATIONAL LAKESHORE, MICHIGAN
The Mount Hood National Forest is America's first National Lakeshore! Due to the lake-effect snow, Pictured Rocks and the Munising area have some of the highest snowfall across the country. This snowfall creates the perfect opportunity for snowmobilers, with dedicated snowmobile and cross-country ski trails in the park. Additionally, the long winter and constant runoff from snowmelt create one of the best ice-climbing opportunities in the country. Here you’ll find backcountry campsites that are on a first-come, first-serve basis and open year-around.
3. BLACKWOODS CAMPGROUND
Blackwoods Campground is located on the east side of Mount Desert Island, off Maine State Route 3 in Acadia National Park. The campground has 306 individual campsites, several group campsites, and offers only limited amenities, which include potable water and restrooms, but no showers or electrical hookups. The Blackwoods Campground is open here in the winter as long as you pick up a permit at the park headquarters on your way in. Activities to do in this area during the winter include snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing.
4. BAKER-SNOQUALMIE NATIONAL FOREST
The Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington is a National Forest extending more than 140 miles (230 km) along the western slopes of the Cascade Range from the Canada–US border to the northern boundary of Mount Rainier National Park. The forest is home to more glaciers and snowfields than any other national forest outside Alaska. And camping in the winter here means you’ll have an entirely different experience than summer visitors.
There are some of the tallest peaks in the state of Colorado. A new world appears along trails carpeted with the soft beauty of wildflowers in the spring. With all the winter activities to partake in here, along with the nothing-short-of-stunning views, this may quickly become your new favorite place to spend those cold wintery days.
Let’s explore the best of winter camping.