Summer may be over, but it’s not the only season you can enjoy camping in Northern Michigan. Shorter days and cooler nights make it the perfect time of year for cozying up to the campfire with family and friends while roasting marshmallows and sipping mugs of warm apple cider.
Fall in the Mitten State is spectacular. There’s nothing like seeing the bright reds, oranges and yellows of autumn against the sparkling blue backdrop of Lake Michigan. Farm markets are bursting at the seams with fresh produce like apples and pumpkins. Campgrounds also have lots of fun activities on tap to help you celebrate fall and Halloween in a family-friendly atmosphere. So why not plan your fall get-a-way at one of these Northern Michigan campgrounds?
Wilderness State Park – Carp Lake
Harvest Festival – September 22 – 24
Pumpkin carving, hayrides and a pie eating contest are just some of the activities planned for campers at the Harvest Festival at Wilderness State Park. Be sure to bring your spooky Halloween decorations to deck out your campsite for the decorating contests. The kids will also want to bring their costumes for trick-or-treating. Wilderness State Park features 26-miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and numerous trails along with modern and rustic camping.
Camp Petosega – Petoskey
Halloween Celebration – October 13 – 14
Both campers and walk-in visitors are welcome to participate in trick-or-treating at Camp Petosega on October 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. The campground with 90 modern sites has 300 forested acres situated on Pickerel Lake, as well as miles of hiking trails, making it a beautiful setting for a fall camping trip.
Halloween Weekend – September 29 – October 1
You’ll need your costume and Halloween decorations for this fall celebration at the Petoskey KOA. They are hosting trick-or-treating and a site decorating contest for campers. Other activities include tie-dye, pumpkin bowling and Halloween bingo. They have lots of prizes to giveaway also! And they’re just minutes away from the beach and Lake Michigan.
Michigan Oaks Campground – Indian River
Halloween Party Plus – October 13 – 15
Michigan Oaks will host Trick-or-Trunk-Treating for campers during their Halloween celebration. They also have face painting, Halloween themed games and crafts, a haunted trail and ghost stories around the campfire. Their 160 spacious, wooded sites include options for both modern and rustic camping. You’ll be just a short drive from Mackinac City, Mackinac Island and St. Ignace, as well at beautiful Lake Michigan.