To the Woods We Go! Fall Camping in Southeast Michigan

By: Kate Chidester | October 7, 2013

There’s something about the month of October in Michigan that feels whimsical. Yes, I did just say whimsical. As much as we hate to see summer go, and as quickly as we begin to dread the inevitable bitter pill known as winter, October somehow eases the blow.

Every year I find myself wondering how I can possibly absorb every minute of the crisp warm air and colorful foliage before the snowflakes start to fly. Since I failed to take any real vacations this summer, I thought it would be a great time to experience a little “Pure Michigan” by taking an autumn camping trip.

I love Ludington State Park just as much as the next vacationer, but for the sake of saving money on gas, I am choosing to stay local. For the city slickers who don’t typically spend time in the great outdoors, you might be surprised to learn that metro Detroit has a multitude of excellent parks at your disposal. I suggest you take advantage! Here are a few to get you started:

Proud Lake Recreation Area, located in Commerce Township, is situated on the Huron River. While it may be a bit too cold to enjoy a swim in the lake, there’s still plenty of time to canoe the river and enjoy the scenery. With more than 20 miles of trails at your fingertips, get ready to hike, bike and explore to your heart’s content.  Proud Lake Recreation Area offers cabins for rental, or you can simply bring your tent and enjoy your vacation with a slightly more rustic feel.

Bald Mountain Recreation Area, located in Lake Orion, is ideal for the active and adventurous type. With steep hills and rugged terrain, you’re probably going to feel a little pain in your legs after working your way through these trails! Since camping is somewhat limited, you need to reserve one of the rustic cabins available.

Sterling State Park, located in Monroe, is settled right on Lake Erie. There are both full hookup and electric only campsites for you to choose from. This is your chance to do some fishing right from the Lake Erie shoreline!  Sterling State Park also has its share of trials, allowing you the perfect opportunity to see some wildlife and enjoy a peaceful stroll.

If you’re too busy to plan a weekend away to enjoy nature, or the kids being back in school leaves you little time to pick up and go, you always have the option to pitch a tent in your backyard. October seems to come and go twice as fast as we would like it to, so enjoy these fleeting days any way you can!