For some, the colder months are a time to head outdoors and really get a sense of nature and the elements. The allure of winter and spring camping seems to hit many folks right about now, especially in Louisiana before the summer time heat and bugs take over, The Advertiser, Lafayette, La., reported.

Officials with the Kisatchie National Forest estimate an average of 9,800 campers will visit the forest during the months of January through May.

“For us, as far as camping, the cooler months are the busier months,” said Amy Robertson, public relations specialist for the Kisatchie National Forest. “Fall and this time of year, winter, are generally mild so it’s a good time to be outside. Now is a great time to go and some sites are set up for people who ride their own horses and (others are) also good for hunters.”

Robertson said primitive camping, or tent camping in the national forest, is the most popular activity. She said for those traveling from the south Louisiana area, there are sites near Alexandria and Minden for both tent camping and RV camping.

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