Fall is a great time of year to head out under the stars for an evening of camping. Not only is is less hot than summer and typically drier than the spring, but it’s a great opportunity to check out the beautiful colors of the season. If you have your tent and gear at the ready, consider these wonderful campsites near Memphis for your autumn getaway.
Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park is only a 20-minute jaunt from Memphis, making it one of the most accessible options for a camping adventure. This state park boasts 13,476 acres of wilderness, as well as visitor-friendly facilities atop the majestic Chickasaw Bluffs.
Southfork Resort is a privately-owned campground that is well worth the two-hour journey from Memphis. Southfork offers picnic tables and fire pits with every campsite, as well as a bathhouse and available canoes and kayaks for heading out onto the water. It’s located near the Ozarks in Arkansas, which makes it a great stop on a larger adventure.
Sylamore Creek Camp
At Sylamore Creek Camp, you can swim in the eponymous creek, view the Ozark National Forest, and travel to nearby Mountain View or the Blanchard Springs Cavern. Not a tent kind of person? The Sylamore Creek Camp also offers RV sites and cabins to make your roughing it a bit less rough.
Dismals Canyon Conservatory
If you like the idea of primitive camping, head to Dismals Canyon Conservatory. The campgrounds enhance the pristine natural state of the park and offer relaxing privacy. The main attraction, of course, are the Dismalites — glow-in-the-dark creature that light up the canyon at night.
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