Aug. 10, 2012 -- We asked and you responded! This year with drought and wildfires ravaging the nation, finding a cool campsite hasn't been easy. So we wanted to know your favorite spots and share which ones are ours as well.
@mahjerle tweeted: In the @MtHoodNF! RT @Discovery_News: Hey tweeps! We've got a question: Where are your favorite places to camp?? Let us know!
Hey mahjerle! Mt. Hood National Forest in Oregon is one of our favorites too!
@Local420tribe tweeted: @Discovery_News Big Sur Ca. - Big Basin Santa Cruz Ca. - Yosemite Ca.
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@april_YH tweeted: @Discovery_News Just about anywhere! #TennesseeStateParks #BarfieldCrescent, Murfreesboro #BackYard #LoveMeSomeNature!
@ryanjgates tweeted: @Discovery_News Greenwood Furnace State Park, PA
@ryanjates have you checked out the Pennsylvania State Parks Facebook Page?
You can also check campsite availability here: www.pa.reserveworld.com
Pennsylvania is full of natural beauty, especially in late summer and early autumn. Pictured here is the Youghiogheny [yaw-ki-gay-nee] River Gorge that runs through Ohiopyle State Park near the southern reaches of Laurel Ridge, in Laurel Highlands, Penn.
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Check out these fall colors at the scenic overlook along US Route 68 in Green Ridge State Forest, Western Maryland, not far from Discovery News headquarters!
Growing up, my family would get together with a bunch of other families from California and go house boating and water skiing on Lake Shasta or Lake Powell in Arizona.
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How do you get there? By caravan!
Caravans stand in front of Lake Powell at the Glen Canyon Dam near Page in the North of Arizona. The dam was built to provide hydroelectricity and flow regulation from the upper Colorado River Basin to the lower. Its reservoir is called Lake Powell, and is the second largest artificial lake in the country, extending upriver well into Utah. The dam is named for Glen Canyon, a colorful series of gorges, most of which now lies under the reservoir.
Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River in Page, Arizona, seen from at the start of a float trip.The 17-mile stretch of canyon between the dam and Lee's Ferry, where boats trips start the ten-day run through the Grand Canyon, is a low-traffic spot for two-day float trips on canoe, kayak or raft, as well as trout fishing.
"I would have to say that my favorite camping site in the U.S. is Hawn State Park in Missouri. It is a 5,000 acre park south of St. Louis, near St. Genevieve, Mo. Although other parks have more dramatic scenery and wildlife, Hawn is like an old sweater to me, comfortable and well-known. Growing up in St. Louis, Hawn was close enough for me to drive there for a weekend retreat."
-- DNews blogger Tim Wall
Some liked to stay close to home:
@SwiitTweets tweeted: @Discovery_News Eral Rowe in Ontario, Canada. Awesome biking, hiking and kayaking trails. Check it out!
I did: Looks fun!
@OptimusPilot tweeted: @Discovery_News my kids like to camp under 4 chairs & a blanket in the living room! :-) @yaykyle tweeted: In a tree out your window. @Discovery_News: Hey tweeps! We’ve got a question: Where are your favorite places to camp?? Let us know!”
Others really wanted to just get away from it all.
@Kill3rC tweeted: @Discovery_News Flamenco Beach on Culebra Island in Puerto Rico
@Conzky0321 tweeted: @Discovery_News "staircase to heaven" in Oman it's an old shepherds route. It's great to camp when the weather cools down.
Wow, that does not sound easy!
It was fun to read and investigate all the places our twitter fans like to camp. But this one really blew me away!
@oceanicitl tweeted: @Discovery_News Country View, Weston-Super-Mare
Sounds like the nice beach view gets all revved up in October!
Btw did you know if you dig into the sand you can see the compression of sand grains from tire tracks on the beach? We often leave more than we intend to when we go camping or to the beach so remember to pack it in and pack it out!
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