Camping Activities for the Fall
The fall is a busy time of year at YOGI BEAR’S JELLYSTONE PARK™ in Robert, Louisiana! There’s trick or treating, “hey” rides, golf cart poker runs, themed weekends, haunted attractions, and more! The fun doesn’t need to end with the activities that the rangers have planned for our Louisiana campground. Grab the family and have some fall-themed fun at your campsite as well! Here are a few family-friendly fall camping activities everyone will enjoy.
Go on a nature hike
Jellystone Park has several trails where you can go out and explore nature. Who knows what you might see! Research the local plants and animals known to appear in the fall and see how many you can spot while on your hike. Bring binoculars for bird watching opportunities. Host a scavenger hunt to see who brings back the most “treasure” like acorns, brightly-colored leaves, flowers, and rocks. For older kids, take a hike and encourage them to take artistic photos with their smart devices and make a collage afterward.
Carve a pumpkin
There’s nothing that says “fall” more like carving a pumpkin! Since it is all outdoors, clean up is a breeze. Plus, you don’t have to worry about pumpkin guts getting all over your dining room table. Bring pumpkins from your local pumpkin patch and spend the afternoon carving away, enjoying the beautiful fall weather. Once you’re done, you have some awesome decorations for the campsite or firepit at night! Pumpkin carving not your thing? Painting pumpkins is another great activity that’s easier for younger kids to participate in.
Play campfire games
Sitting around the campfire is a wonderful fall activity all its own, but make it even more fun by playing some campfire games. Make up your own family ghost story by starting with a spooky sentence like, “One October night during a full moon.” Then, rotate so that the person to your right adds exactly one sentence to the story. Go around the circle several times until your story appears to have a stopping point. This game is sure to have a lot of laughs as your story takes unexpected twists and turns!
Another fun campfire game is Assassin. In this game, someone is assigned to be the assassin, who winks randomly at people across the campfire, “killing” them. When this happens, the victim gets to act out a theatrical death. The remaining players try to guess who the assassin is. The flickering flames of the campfire add to the challenge of figuring out who the killer is.
Do fall arts and crafts
The beautiful falling leaves, acorns, and pinecones make for excellent natural crafting materials! Bring along your glue gun and a few other supplies to spend an afternoon creating custom natural art! Creating a fancy table centerpiece for your camping dinner using materials you find around the campsite. Or, make fall wreaths you can hang around the camp with pinecones, twigs, and leaves. Younger kids will love making beautiful leave rubbing collages. Bring crayons and paper to the campsite and have your kids place leaves under the piece of paper. Use the side of a crayon to color over the leaf for an interesting work of art. Do this multiple times to create beautiful leaf collages.
Did you know how many crafts you can do with pinecones? The possibilities are endless! Here are just a few of the ways you can use pinecones for arts and crafts. Some of these ideas are Thanksgiving and Christmas related, so you can get a head start on holiday decorating.
Camp at Jellystone Park this fall
Our Louisiana campground has many activities planned for the fall, making it the perfect time to visit. Check out our event calendar to see everything we have going on! There’s something magical about visiting our campsite in the fall. It’s a popular time to visit our campground, so make sure you reserve your campsite or cabin early!